We must protect the church. The issue, as always, is the glory of Christ. John Calvin was once being forced by the secular government of Geneva to offer communion to a man of known ungodliness. He wrote, “I . . . took an oath that I had resolved rather to meet death than profane so shamefully the Holy Supper of the Lord. . . . My ministry is abandoned if I suffer the authority of the Consistory to be trampled upon, and extend the Supper of Christ to open scoffers. . . . I should rather die a hundred times than subject Christ to such foul mockery” (Calvin in his Letters, 77).
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