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CLARITY – 10-30-19 Denied

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-30-19

Denied

It’s Happening: “Last Sunday, in a South Carolina Catholic Church, history was made…Vice President and 2020 Democrat Presidential hopeful Joe Biden was denied holy communion by a priest saying, any ‘public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.’ Rev.Robert Morey, the priest of Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence refused to serve Vice President Biden because the Catholic Church is vehemently Pro-Life, and Biden, though his philosophy on the issue has been varied over the years (recently – in June – dropping his long-standing support of the Hyde Amendment which blocks government funding of abortions), he considers the issue a private one now (https://www.yahoo.com/news/catholic-priest-denies-joe-biden-144747433.html). ‘Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to Former Vice President Joe Biden,’ Morey was quoted. ‘Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So, I’m a Protestant…does that make any difference to me?”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…maybe not. It really depends on God’s posture on the subject. Let’s see what He has to say:  ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood…” (Lev. 17:11) Life at least begins at the circulation of the blood…some say at conception…  ‘I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…’ (Ps.139:14) ‘…thou didst form my inward parts: Thou didst cover me in my mother’s womb.’ (Ps 139:13)  Hmmm…seems obvious to me.

“Christians? We could have the argument as to whether Catholics or Protestants are Christians…that’s a subject for another blog. Still, there is no doubt that God seems to be for the life of the unborn…and certainly a priest has the right (some would correctly say the responsibility) to serve whom he will in Communion (1 Cor. 11:27-28). Of course, maybe Mr. Biden should not have presented himself for Communion.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the courage of our convictions and to pay whatever price that may cost; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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