Hillsong – having Communion with cookie & juice or whatever is convenient.

“Communion is not just a nicety we participate in once a month at church. May we never lose sight about what it commemorates. The very night Jesus was betrayed He established the ordinance of Communion. He did not pass out cookies, break them and say that they were His body broken for us. He did not then pass out orange juice and claim it was the blood of the New Covenant. Every time we break bread and partake of the fruit of the vine we proclaim His death until he comes again! You do not merely replace the elements with whatever is convenient for you! Was His death convenient? Was the cross convenient? This is the end result of the purpose driven, seeker friendly models of church preaching. When you do not preach about the cross it will mean nothing to you. When you do not preach about the blood suddenly orange juice will do.” (Link)

From ‘The Museum of Idolatry’, comes an update on Hillsong’s view of Holy Communion:

Hillsong Church invited people to take communion at home with a cookie and juice or whatever is convenient.

“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another – if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home – so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-34

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