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Communion Meditations (2013)

Cup of Demons

Originally scheduled for June 2

There is a modern view of the whole concept of a relationship with God which is completely foreign to the Scriptures — but well known within the church.

Here’s an example.  In a sermon delivered before the Diocese of Venezuela on the island nation of Curacao, Presiding Bishop The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori said that by driving the demon out of her Paul was "depriving her of her gift of spiritual awareness." The lady is the presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America. You might well ask how anyone could make such a statement.

Here is the difference: in the new spirituality mankind defines what is acceptable and not. Is mankind says one thing is right or another is wrong; and it’s perfectly acceptable if it’s right for you and wrong for me. From this you can easily determine that the concept of “right and wrong” has been reduced from a fact of nature to a point of view. It sounds warm and fuzzy to say that someone who is demon possessed really was someone who had “a gift of spiritual awareness.” Indeed, if Paul is guilty in this circumstance, then how often was Jesus likewise guilty of depriving someone of their “gift of spiritual awareness” (formerly known as demon possession)?

The Scripture finds it rather differently; warm and fuzzy opinions which allow practically anything to be called Christian just simply don’t exist there. Here’s how Paul put it to the Corinthians:

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.

(1 Corinthians 10:21 NASB)

 

There it is. Taking communion is to proclaim that you have made a choice to believe and trust in the sacrifice of your Lord Jesus Christ. It means quite specifically that you believe in the death, burial and resurrection in bodily form of Jesus the Christ. If you do not believe this, then please accept this warning: don’t touch it.

Communion implies that you’ve already made the choice:

·         You have chosen to accept grace rather than rely on your own merits.

·         You have chosen to be righteous all the time, not double minded just on Sunday.

·         You have chosen to be in the union with Christ and with his church, which is his body on earth.

That’s what you are telling the world around you; that’s what you’re telling the church beside you. Be sure that you are telling the truth.

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