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
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
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.