A British Methodist pastor plans to tweet Holy Communion to his flock.
Social media, as Steve Thorngate points out, has its uses. But this is ridiculous.
Pastors get defrocked for adultery, theft, and all other manner of crimes against civic order. What about crimes against Church? Abuse of the sacrament? Can culture be considered a mistress?
Says the pastor:
“The perception of church is often that it is rusting away in antiquated buildings and not in touch with the world around us, but this is a statement that we’re prepared to embrace the technological revolution.”
This is offensive on a number of levels, least of all its fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the sacrament itself. And he’s a Methodist! Evangelical though he was, John Wesley would not stoop to the level of compromising the dignity and beauty of the sacrament to “reach” people.
May God make us all Catholic or Orthodox if we keep abusing His Church in this manner.
And tell me, would the man who penned these words condone such an abuse of the Eucharist?
As our bodies are strengthened by bread and wine, so are our souls by these tokens of the body and blood of Christ. This is the food of our souls: This gives strength to perform our duty, and leads us on to perfection. If, therefore, we have any regard for the plain command of Christ, if we desire the pardon of our sins, if we wish for strength to believe, to love and obey God, then we should neglect no opportunity of receiving the Lord’s Supper; then we must never turn our backs on the feast which our Lord has prepared for us. We must neglect no occasion which the good providence of God affords us for this purpose. This is the true rule: So often are we to receive as God gives us opportunity. Whoever, therefore, does not receive, but goes from the holy table, when all things are prepared, either does not understand his duty, or does not care for the dying command of his Saviour, the forgiveness of his sins, the strengthening of his soul, and the refreshing it with the hope of glory.
-From “The Duty of Constant Communion,” by John Wesley