Westminster and Wine

Does anyone who uses or advocates the use of grape juice in the Lord’s Supper ever take exception (or identify a scruple) to the explicit requirement in the Westminster Standards and the PCA Book of Church Order that wine be used in the Lord’s Supper? All of these documents are all wine, all the time. WCF 29: 3, 5, 6, and 7; WLC 168, 169, 170, 177; WSC 96; BCO 58-5.

Obviously this isn’t an article upon which the Christian faith stands or falls. Nor do I have an axe to grind; culturally we are where we are. In all such areas, pastors must take what they are given and help move people along the right trajectory. But, if exceptions are never taken, doesn’t this (i.e., the fact that candidates do not feel the need to take exception to these requirements) raise interesting questions about subtle power of cultural syncretism as well as the degree to which language – even language in the Standards – can be rendered malleable in our theopraxis?


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