1 Corinthians 11:20-22:
“Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.”
I believe and this is just my opinion nothing clearly Biblical to back it up, that God follows the “Law of Diminishing Returns” because of the carnality of mans “tyranny of good intentions” In other words Good Christians can slowly drift further and further from the pure gospel because their flesh and outside influences war against the Holy Spirit that resides within them. Their carnal side wants to see large numbers, a BIG church, and to be “relevant”, The Holy Spirit says “Stay true to the Word” But the people side with their flesh and drift further away until they reach a point that God releases them to their own desires, and they lose the guidance of the Holy Spirit and they fall headlong into Humanistic thinking and blindness, and the Holy Spirit has completely departed from dwelling within them! It’s what we all must guard against and say to ourselves when we see this “But for the Grace of God, There go I”
In a religious conundrum? Just ask yourself: What Would Jesus Brew?
A growing number of churches across the country have taken to serving beers and ales as a means of attracting younger members. Other congregations ditch the sacred space entirely and flock to the local pub, preferring neither water nor wine, but perhaps a nice IPA.
In a fascinating look into modern Christian culture in America, NPR’s The Salt blog examines the strange brew of religion and alcohol — and how it’s attracting unexpected people to Christianity.
In Fort Worth, Texas, Church-in-a-Pub gets churchgoers in the spirit, so to speak. Worship leaders hold communion at the bar and even sing hymns and songs of praise. Phil Heinze, who is part of Calvary Lutheran Church’s bold new initiative, said that the idea is to spark curiosity in those around.
“I’m interested in having people have significant relationships around Jesus,” he told NPR. “And if it turns out to be craft beer, fine.”
A parish in Portland, Ore., does much the same. First Christian Church holds an event called “Beer & Hymns” once a month, attracting about 100 swilling and singing young people.
To keep things in check, the church enforces a two-beer maximum. The casual environment, far from the notions of being in your starched Sunday bests, lends itself to attracting those who wouldn’t be seen sitting in a pew.
Even New York — a hallowed haven for microbrews and craft beers — has ministries centered around brewskis. Theology-on-Tap NYC , which came to the city in 2000, takes questions of eternal life and false prophets and puts them in the most unorthodox of settings — an Irish pub.
The group says on its website that it is “in perfect alignment with the Pope,” explaining that the Holy Father commands that the Gospel of Christ should be taken to where the people are.
The event is held at Connolly’s Bar on W. 45th St. in Manhattan every Sunday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.