The Synod of Zeeland: Against kneeling at communion

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... And let not that move you which is pretended; that such ceremonies as kneeling in the holy Supper, conduceth much to stir up piety, and to avoid contempt: that forewarning of the Apostle hath taken deep impression in our hearts, That such things have a shew of wisdom in will-worship and humility: but in effect are of no worth. Such things have the appearance of wisdom, but not the reality thereof. What? came not such a thought into our Saviour’s mind? Why then sat he after the ordinary custom of the country?

Why enjoined he not kneeling? Next, what if some other should appoint for greater humility and submission of mind, that we should come with sack-cloth and ashes to the holy Supper? Yea, if another should appoint, that we ought to come with ropes about our necks, that by this sign they might openly declare their extreme unworthiness, and that they had deserved death, as the servants of Benhaded came unto the King of Israel? And in end, what shall be the end, if this door shall once be opened? therefore we must not pass from the Primitive worship. ...

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Pergamum

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Note that they do not go as far as some people would on the matter, as they regarded posture as largely a cultural matter. The issue with kneeling, however, was that the accompanying superstition rendered it a monument of idolatry.
Now that we are distanced somewhat from Rome, do you agree that kneeling might be okay again?
 

Reformed Covenanter

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Now that we are distanced somewhat from Rome, do you agree that kneeling might be okay again?

No, because kneeling is still accompanied with the superstitious notion that it is more holy to kneel than to sit or stand. Also, I am not convinced that we are actually that distanced from Rome nowadays.
 

Charles Johnson

Puritan Board Sophomore
I enjoyed what Herman Witsius had to say about posture in prayer and worship in his disputation on the matter in the first chapters of the Disputations on the Lord᾽s Prayer. There's good Scriptural precedent for prayer in positions other than sitting, and since reading his disputation I've taken up the practice of kneeling for prayer, not because I believe that it's holier or that my prayers will be acceptable to God only on account of my external posture, but because I believe it's reverent, naturally indicative of submission. But regarding its use in the Supper, Christ and his disciples were reclined, as in a meal, so Rome does not do well in requiring kneeling. And in our society we eat while seated, so it appears to me to be just as fitting to be seated when receiving the supper.
 
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retroGRAD3

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No, because kneeling is still accompanied with the superstitious notion that it is more holy to kneel than to sit or stand. Also, I am not convinced that we are actually that distanced from Rome nowadays.
I would agree with both parts of this. With the distance from Rome comment, most Protestants are on the side of Erasmus these days. They are always talking about their "free will" (libertarian free will, not the biblical definition of it).
 

Susan777

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Now that we are distanced somewhat from Rome, do you agree that kneeling might be okay again?
But that juggling enemy, who can transform himself into a thousand shapes, after he hath brought in kneeling, can remove a Table: for what hath kneeling to do with a Table? And having once removed a Table, can easily bring in an Altar: and then at last persuade to offer there a sacrifice for the living, and for the dead.
 
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