"The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread."
– 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Imagine you're a pastor. It is your job to be a steward of the Mysteries of Christ. Knowing that you hold in your hands God Himself, and that this gift is so powerful that an unworthy guest to the Table might harm himself by partaking of God without faith… how would you handle that responsibility?
Would you assume that anyone coming to you is a heretic or an unbeliever so that no one would benefit from abiding in Christ through the Eucharist? No. What about coming up with a formula, if a person is this young or this old or this disabled, we can assume they might be heretics so we will refuse them the Supper? Should we assume that any of our baptized membe...