Sunday, November 18, 2007

Faith Without Works Is...

…Like the ministry of Christ without Good Friday. To communicate, or not to communicate? That appears to be the question here.

More to the point, is the Eucharist really a necessary part of worship? That is a good question to ask one’s self if emptiness is being experienced from an absence of communion. There is a lot written about how the Eucharist cannot be a necessary component to worship, but none of it really gels with the biblical account. For one thing, the force of the Eucharistic necessity question is answered in the command of Christ to do it. In case there was some misunderstanding pertaining to the establishment of the Eucharist as a practice, Christ revealed His Church with the New Covenant in the Upper Room at Jerusalem through a Passover meal divinely transformed into a Eucharist. Anamnesis is transformed from the OT remembrance feasts pertaining to divine interventions for Israel, to “Do this in remembrance of Me”. Even though He had not been crucified yet, His blood was shed for us. There was a catechumenal aspect to the Eucharist rite, but this education occurred as it was being demonstrated.

In 1922, British mathematician and educator Alfred Whitehead, probably most noted for his book “Symbolism: Its Meaning And Effect”, ISBN: 082321138X, wrote an interesting essay titled "The Rhythm of Education”. Whitehead discussed the learning processes of students through three distinct stages he identified as romance, precision and generalization. This description of a phase-based learning process for formal education had the first-order effect of a rhythmic progression. If education itself can be said to be categorized in these ways, romance was the initial discovery and investigation with the subject being learned. It then becomes an axiom that insisting on precision too soon could stifle the initiative to go beyond, although precision and exactness are a desirable quality to aspire to. Whitehead sought the metrics of rhythm applied to education. Whitehead’s argument is a completely conceptual approach to about how things are learned. However, it cannot be argued against that much learning occurs by doing. What and how are we teaching children?

Besides the command of Christ, it is irrelevant to attempt to pit the preaching of the Word against celebrating the Eucharist at this point because the Eucharist does not give anything different than preaching. However, what does take place is that those who accept the invitation show that they accept it.


Blogger Sara Schmidt said...

The following paper will be of interest and pertinence to you for possibly several reasons among many. It has been our great honor to discern and identify the error and spirit of John Calvin, whose rule is yet propagated in the hearts of men with evil consequences for all. The Lord Jesus Christ has visited us with the Light of His countenance to put an end to this evil, justifying His servants whom Calvin murdered, and His Name in the sight of all.

The Fruit of Cain Multiplied: The Murderer John Calvin

Show me whom you follow, and I will know what manner of person you are or will become. If you do not know whom you are following, don't you think it is time to find out how and where you are being led? Do you think you will altogether escape the consequences because ignorant? Think again. You already suffer them.

John Calvin was one of the most vicious of wolves ever to pose as a lamb of God. His supremely self-righteous spirit lives on in those who lionize and follow him, even unbeknownst to themselves. Truly, "that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God."

Paul Cohen & Victor Hafichuk

3/19/2008 12:09:00 PM  
Blogger KosmicEggburst said...


Greetings. Interesting subject. One might say that the Reformed are always reforming, even as far as the east is from the west, and inasmuch as the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.

3/19/2008 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger Sara Schmidt said...

Hi Kosmic,

The term "reformation" itself gives credibility to the Catholic Church, as though it has anything whatsoever from God that is worth reforming or salvaging. That is a totally presumptuous and impossible notion. It never entered the mind or heart of God to start the abomination called "The Catholic Church." Those who seek to reform only reveal themselves to be part of the sham and perpetuating religious works of men.

3/21/2008 03:35:00 AM  
Blogger KosmicEggburst said...

There is only one true church - the one that Christ revealed in the upper room.

3/21/2008 04:33:00 AM  

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