I left this question out here once already.
How do I defend the seven sacraments? I have a friend that is Presbyterian. He says, very sternly, that there are only two sacraments. He uses that that bible only states two sacraments that are instituted by Jesus using the words Do This… But it sure seems to me that even the Eucharist he says “do this”
Can anyone help?
I’m not sure that I would disagree with him. There are only two Sacraments that are explicitly commanded in Matter and Form. The other are found with a basis in the Scriptures, some very specifically like the Anointing of the Sick, Reconciliation and Ordination. The “Anoint them with oil”, Who’s sins you forgive" and “Do not lay hands lightly upon any man” all do not command action, but assume that these actions will take place. The last two are a bit more difficult. Marriage is not instituted by Christ in the Gospels but is raised to the level of a Sacrament. It is then in St. Pauls letters where the effects and expectations of this are presented. Confirmation is the most difficult Sacrament to defend because it is a combination of both the Old Testament Anointing with oil for consecration to God and in the New Testament the laying on of hands for reception of the Holy Spirit and for the sending forth on mission.