Calvinist Critique of 2003 “Auburn Affirmation” – Refutation of the Hypercovenantal Sacramentology of Reverend S. Wilkins

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Back in the 1990s, Auburn Avenue P.C.A. Monroe Louisiana’s Rev. Steve Wilkins, taped eight of his sermons — proposing that also baptized but unconfirmed young children should manducate at the Lord’s Supper.   Later, he augmented his tapes with four articles (which were posted to his website in 2001).   Here is an updated 125-point critique of those taped sermons and published articles — by Australia’s Presbyterian Rev. Professor-Emeritus Dr. Francis Nigel Lee. 

1) Rev. Wilkins should note that God the Father, Son and Spirit have all and always been mature Persons — from all eternity past.   They have never been immature children

2) This mature Triune God made a mature Adam (and a mature Eve) as His Own mature image(s).   Though infant humans too, immaturely image God — they are immature images.   So too (in His human nature) was the pre-adolescent human being, Jesus Christ Himself.   Significantly, Luke 2:40-52 records His first attendance at a Passover celebration when He was twelve — one year before attaining His human maturity at thirteen.

3) The transgression by the mature Adam of God’s first covenant with man, is recorded at Hosea 6:7.   Later, his sons Cain and Abel brought their sacrifices to God only when they had become mature enough to be married.   Genesis 4:3-17.   Indeed, even the re-establishment of this covenant with the mature Noah and his sons, was effected only when all of those sons were themselves mature.   Genesis 6:18.

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4) The Bible never calls the prefall tree of life, a Sacrament.   Yet it was not for manducation by the unweaned or by toddlers (neither of which existed before the fall) — but only for adults.   Even if the fall had never occurred, the fruit of that tree would not have been given to unfallen children at least until after weaning them (probably around four years of age) — and more likely yet, not till they attained adolescence and became capable of marrying (cf. Genesis 2:24).   Indeed, the fruit of that tree of life would not have been given to anyone — until all were fully mature in their service of God (cf. Genesis 2:9; 3:22-24; Proverbs 11:30; 13:12; 15:4; Revelation 2:7; 22:2,14,19).

5) It is true that olive-trees produce olive-shoots, and not shoots of trees other than olive-trees. Yet even olive-shoots are only non-fruitbearing olive-shoots.   They are not fruit-bearing olive-trees — till they themselves later mature.   Romans 11:16f cf. John 15:1-7.

6) It is incorrect to claim that infidels’ babies were killed at the exodus.   Only the first-born sons of the Egyptians were — and such first-born would then usually have been adults.

7) It is incorrect to claim, in Psalm 137, that the Babylonians’ babies were to be bashed.   Such babies were not criminally wicked.   Those to be bashed (though called ‘little ones’), were not sucklings or toddlers but obviously adolescents or adults who had cruelly wronged Israel.   The same applies to the sodomites in Sodom who had pestered Lot.   Genesis 18:26-33 & 19:4-11 cf. Second Peter 2:5-8 and (Calvin’s commentary on) Jonah 4:11’s “ discern” with First Corinthians 11:28-29.

8) “Suffer the little children to come to Me” indeed includes babies (or at least toddlers who could toddle to Jesus), but has nothing to do with the Eucharist from which also Rev. Wilkins would exclude babies (yet not exclude toddlers).   If he wishes to use this text to support Paedocommunion, he should admit even babies thereto.   But he admits babies only to Baptism, but not to the Lord’s Supper.   And herein he rightly differentiates between those two Sacraments. 

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