There was a point in time that being purposefully excluded from the “Lord’s Supper” was a meaningful punishment for believers who sin.
I’ve never heard of anyone losing the opportunity to partake of the meal for any reason in any of the churches I’ve been involved with. I wonder, though, is that punishment at all effective anymore?
If not, I conjecture that it is due to what I see as a fundamental difference between New Testament Lord’s Suppers and those of the contemporary church:
What was once an intimate remembrance meal among believers has become overwhelmingly ritualized. Likewise, the elements which are meant to represent the flesh and blood of the Son of God have been reduced to a tiny wafer and half an ounce of grace juice.
The more I think about this, the more it bothers me. Am I right to be annoyed by something like this?