- Such as have been baptized;
- Such as are able to examine themselves;
- Such as believe the Words of Institution;
- Such as must not first remove a public offense that has been given.
Finally, he notes that when the Pastor distributes the Lord's Supper, he is giving private absolution. How can this happen when the pastor has not met (even briefly before the Divine Service) the communicant that approaches the altar?
Churches that simply leave people to read a vague, jargon-laden bulletin announcement effectively relinquish the need for pastoral oversight, and do a grave injustice to the souls coming under their care. The welcoming attitude is well-intended, but has the same effect as removing prescription medicines from the pharmacy and selling everything over the counter: some people will abuse the medicine and use it to their harm (1 Cor. 11).