WHEN THE SON OF MAN COMES WILL HE FIND FAITH ON EARTH?
From the telegraph: "Beatles songs as likely to explain Christianity as the Bible, says bishop"...
"The Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Croydon, has urged churches to use hits by bands such as U2 and the Beatles in their services.
"In a book backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, he argues that pop music writers can convey deep theological concepts in a way that is more accessible to the younger generation.
"Hundreds of evangelical churches have already turned to guitar-based songs instead of traditional hymns, but the bishop suggests that clergy still need to be more creative in appealing to non-churchgoers.
"Artists highlighted for exploring Christian themes in their music include Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and John Lennon, who famously claimed the Beatles were bigger than Jesus.
"For many people the language of the Bible has become inaccessible and yet pop song writers can make a connection with people because their language is fresh," he said.
"They are able to open our imagination to a way of thinking about God that we've become deaf to in church language."
Another article is about the new trend in many Protestant denominations of "Open Communion" where everyone is permitted to receive communion. Many denominations have also done away with the notion of making a "first communion"...
"Who am I to say who should be at God's table?" said the Rev. Gale Davis Morris, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Acton. "Most of Scripture is pretty clear about who the ultimate judge is, and it's not anybody that's human. And I would much rather err on the side of inclusion than exclusion."
"We welcome all people to Communion at Trinity and make an intentional announcement to that effect every Sunday," said Trinity's rector, the Rev. Anne B. Bonnyman..."
"It's not that it's some sort of horrible blasphemy, but it's highly incoherent that the Eucharist would be given to people who are not Christians," argues the Rev. Ephraim Radner, a professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College in Toronto.' And it's against the consistent practice of Christians for centuries."
Such a move should of course come as no surprise since every Protestant denomination has already tossed the notion that communion is the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ and is a mere symbol instead. Nevertheless, I am left wondering what they make of the powerful words of scripture:
"Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body". 1 Cor 11:27-29.