CHRISTIAN EXCLUSIVITY [180]

There are various ways by which some churches express their exclusivity. Some are obvious, but some are more subtle. like placing conditions on membership, or on your suitability to take the “emblems” (bread and wine) (“sacraments”).

It’s apparently not enough to be a member of Christ, you have to sign up to certain conditions which include financial obligations in the form of a contract.

Then to take the bread and wine you have to “love Jesus”. Too bad if you’re having a bad day and are feeling low and unworthy, or have just come into the church on an impulse of repentance, you might feel inclined then to give the whole thing a miss. [some people may be struggling with the sense of their own authenticity in Christ, and “conditions” such as whether or not they “love the Lord”, become interpreted as an excluding factor.]

And even the sermon can present exclusivity in the form of preaching holiness in such an Old Testament  way as to increase the gap between you and God, instead of drawing you nearer.* “We all now with unveiled faces behold the glory of the Lord…” springs to mind, not hiding and distancing ourselves from the glory of God’s face. 2 Cor 3-18

[*This seems to be an example of going backwards theologically, assigning higher authority to an old covenant reference than to a new covenant reference.]

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2 thoughts on “CHRISTIAN EXCLUSIVITY [180]

  1. Do you find people may take that bread and wine when they do not regret their going with some other woman when they are married, or having had sex with minors, or when they did terrorist acts or murdered some one? I do find it a very strange assumption that you believe all those who did some gruel things shall enter the Kingdom of God and may enter the temple or worship places of god to take part of all sorts of rites in that service at that holy place.

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    • Sorry Immanuel but this is very inaccurate and presumptuous of you (giving me some of my own medicine back?) [this was one of a series of comments Immanuel made over several posts, so my answer here is not one in isolation]

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