Last Sunday’s sermon was from 1 Corinthians 10, and was the second in my series on communion. This week, I focused on the fact that in eating the Lord’s Supper, we are fellowshipping with God, and in doing so making a statement about our unity and solidarity with Him. That is, we are stating that we are His people.
Paul is exhorting the Corinthians to put away their association with idolatry, since eating at the altar is fellowship with the altar. Therefore, eating at the altar of demons is fellowshipping with demons, since the pagan nations (albeit unknowingly) worship demons. If we try to fellowship with God at the same time as we are fellowshipping with the enemies of God, we will fail, we will be hampered in our efforts by our divided loyalties and muddled allegiance.
This is a warning most specifically against those who believe themselves to be strong in the faith. The Corinthians’ argument was, “We are strong, and we know an idol is nothing in the world. Therefore we can fellowship with these pagans in their pagan practices and not be affected by it.” Paul’s answer to that is, “He who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall.”
Are demons still active in the world? And if we wanted to fellowship with those demons, where would we go to find them? Satan is the father of lies, and wherever you find the lies that lead people astray in our own age, there you will find the demons of our own age. And wherever you find people engaging the activities that express those lies, you will find people fellowshipping with demons.
It is difficult to apply this precisely to every believer’s own situation. We have liberty in Christ and we ought not infringe on another believer’s liberty. But we should also not use our liberty simply to protect our amusements and lifestyle. Our question should be, how do we grow closer to God? How do we aid our fellowship with God, and with God’s people? And what should we avoid doing to avoid hindering that fellowship?
This is the subject of last week’s sermon. If you’d like to pursue this topic in greater detail, listen to the sermon and / or leave me a comment.