Shane Hipps, a Muslim Woman, and an “Open” Table

19 Sep

I know you guys mainly come to my site for satire & humor but this is something you really need to see. I will give some background to those who may not be aware of this interesting development in the Emergent Church Carnival. This, folks, is the reason why it is a bad idea to replace sound, expositional Bible teaching with drama, self-help sermonettes, and extra loud extra long music segments… Read on.

Shane Hipps is the “teaching pastor” at Rob Bell’s Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The issue at hand happened a few weeks ago at the church just mentioned. The church was observing the Lord’s Table or taking Communion or whatever you prefer to call it. There was a lady in attendance who was (as we have been told) a practicing Muslim. She was offered participation in the Communion ceremony by someone or several people in the church. Shane Hipps applauded this in several tweets to his followers. 

Hipps went on to also tweet that the woman did not participate noting that her Theology would have been violated more than his since he observes an “open table”.  This sounds very magnanimous but is it? Let’s go to scripture.

In every account of the giving of the wine and bread which Christians continue to observe, the participants were Jesus’ followers. (Judas was pretending to be a follower and was allowed since he was the vehicle by which the betrayal would occur. This is a subject for another discussion) No casual attenders or just regular folks were present when Jesus broke the bread & gave the wine during which he proclaimed these to represent His body and His blood. See Matt 26: 26-29, Mark 14: 22-25, and Luke 22: 17-20.  

Also, in 1 Corinthians 11, Paul is correcting the improper conducting of the ceremony in which some members of the church in Corinth were hoarding the food and guzzling the wine. Paul strongly cautions them against taking the bread and wine in an improper manner. Some may argue that all present were not Christians but the letter to the Corinthians was addressing people who were professing believers.

So, does it make sense to invite someone who does not profess Jesus to take part in the observance of Communion? Even though this may change, historically, even the most liberal of churches in America do not invite non believers in Jesus as their Savior to take Communion. So is Hipps correct? No, he is not.

The thing that really saddens me is even the Muslim woman knew it made no sense for her to take Communion and Hipps apparently does not! His “open table” cannot be defended with scripture. This table is not open. And this guy serves as “teaching pastor”… God help us. We need it.


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9 responses to “Shane Hipps, a Muslim Woman, and an “Open” Table

  1. Truthinator

    September 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Please note that my post does not criticize the fact that a Muslim woman attended a church service. We (Christians) should be sharing and taking the Gospel to everyone. The issue is the Communion observance is not for those who do not yet have the relationship with Jesus that saved people have.

    The even larger issue is that Shane Hipps, teaching pastor, does not know this…and the Muslim woman apparently does!

  2. Simon

    September 20, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Yes I seen a couple of video clips of Shane Hipps teaching…makes the mind boggle. As you say the Muslim woman at least had more sense!

  3. Michael Acidri

    September 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    this story is very similar to the one of the anglican vicar who offered a poodle communion…it all arises out of little concern for doctrinal understanding of the fundamentals of the faith

    • Truthinator

      January 19, 2012 at 4:58 am

      Arf! Kibbles & Bits? (That is a popular brand of dry dog food in America.)

  4. SusanC

    September 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Sad to say she honored her beliefs and followed her tenants more closely than those who were professing to be Christians. Where is the zealousness for the Word? I wonder. I have seen so much lately in the way of people desecrating communion it’s saddens and sickens me. The only thing that keeps me from becoming totally and completely frustrated is knowing that all this points to only one thing..and one thing only..He’s coming soon! Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord…

    • Truthinator

      September 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      I wonder what music they play during Communion in Rob Bell’s church? Van Halen’s “I Want the Best of Both Worlds”…?

  5. SusanC

    September 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Burning My Candle At Both Ends? Highway to Hell? Imagine by John Lennon? I Got Friends in Low Places…no wait..that’s Perry Noble’s church..come to think of is Highway to Hell…Rob Bell’s church…hmmmm..ooh I think I got it..The Barney Song..I love you, you love me..We’re just one big family..Or perhaps John Lennon’s Whatever Helps You Sleep at Night..yeah,,yeah that’s it..ends the service on Communion Sunday..oy oy oy

    • Truthinator

      September 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      All are excellent suggestions and all will probably appear in a church near you on Sunday… sadly…

      Thanks. Great comment!

  6. carolynb

    September 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Hipps’ beliefs and behavior, summed up in two words: utterly reprehensible.


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