I've attended many "memorials" and I've got to tell you, it is a terrible, scary thing to watch people intentionally not painting the body and blood of my Lord on their hearts, as He is my Passover and my only hope of escaping the Wrath of God.
It's hard for me to stay in the room and to let the body and blood pass through my hands! I can understand why some may want to partake.
Do you think this falls into the 1Corinthians 8 Teaching? Would it offend you if I ate?
Then concerning the eating of the things sacrificed to idols
, we know that an idol is
nothing in the
world, and that there is no other God except one
For though there are those who are called gods, whether in Heaven or in earth (as there are many gods and many lords), 6
but there is
to us only
one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we by Him. 7
But this knowledge is
not in all. But some being aware of the idol eat as an idolatrous sacrifice until now
, and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8
But food does not commend us to God.
For neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. 9
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours becomes a stumbling block to those who are weak
. 10For if anyone sees you who have knowledge sitting in an idol temple, will not the weak one's conscience be lifted up so as to eat things sacrificed to idols?11
And on your knowledge the weak brother will fall, he for whom Christ died. 12
And sinning in this way against your
brothers, and wounding their conscience, being weak, you sin against Christ. 13Therefore, if food offends my brother, I will eat no flesh forever, that I do not offend my brother.
I could go either way on this one. I believe verse 13 is the most important! (I won't eat if it offends you Grace) The problem here is the fact that verse 7 may be seen in this case in reverse or like this: But some being (NOT) aware of the idol eat (NOT) as an idolatrous sacrifice until now, ...
In other words its the not eating that goes along with the idolaters, but you could say that we play into their hands either way.
I know of some people, that we both love, that do partake, and I'm not offended, in fact I can see how it could be used as a witness. As of today I have not partaken, but the thought has crossed my mind.