1 Corinthians 10:16-22 “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. 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. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”
Pew Research: Pew Research did a massive study on the behavioral patterns of members and guests of churches. In their most recent study, the respondents noted seven key reasons for choosing a church. They were allowed to offer more than one reason. Here are the top seven reasons for choosing a church:
We don’t come to church, to be a church. We come to Christ, and then we are built up as a church. If we come to church just to be with one another, one another is all we’ll get. And it isn’t enough. Inevitably, our hearts will grow empty, and then angry. If we put community first, we will destroy community. But if we come to Christ first and submit ourselves to Him and draw life from Him, community gets traction. - C.S. Lewis
We have a clash of cultures… that reflects some incompatible worldviews.
“Today’s totalitarianism demands allegiance to a set of progressive beliefs, many of which are incompatible with logic – and certainly with Christianity. Compliance is forced less by the state than by elites who form public opinion, and by private corporations that, thanks to technology, control our lives far more than we would like to admit.” Rod Dreher, Live not by Lies.
For the Corinthian church, their struggles had to do with influencers… who were swaying their affections toward past passions, and not present power. The resulting arrogance had led them to agreement with current philosophies, and trendy spirituality. It was showing up in their church in the acceptance of sin personally and corporately…The kind that robs you of your discernment, and drains the Gospel of its power. This conclusive statement on idol worship is really the reminder to them that what they have in common is that their is BLESSING at the table of the Lord…it is seen in that they were called out of something, and into something… at the Table of the Lord. It is seen in the symbolism of the Lord’s Table.