There is nothing to defend here. Your eyes are being open by the Holy Spirit to Christ’s truth. I would approach it in this direction. This isn’t about you (or the Catholic Church) being right and them being wrong. This is about following what Christ asked us to do and until you figure that out you would appreciate their love and support as you journey with the Holy Spirit.
66 After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him. 67 Jesus said to the twelve, “Will you also go away?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
I think at this point of your journey you are like Peter standing before Jesus. You are basically saying I don’t fully understand what Jesus is saying here but I know when Jesus speaks I should listen. I am still trying to understand what He is telling me in John 6 but at this point I know what He is telling me to do involves more than bread and grape juice.
I recently approached a catholic priest who I recently became acquainted with this question. I told him that it violated my conscious to participate in protestant communion now and I couldn’t ignore it any longer, but was afraid how people I love and respect in my church would take it and that I feared it would create a scandal. He urged me to follow my conscious on the matter. He’s gone for a week, so I won’t be able to ask him about this until he gets back.
I agree with Father here.
So, today happened to be the day where my church was having their protestant communion/ Lord’s supper. This happened within a few days of me asking him this question and I was a bit caught off guard, but not expecting to have to do this so soon. And I happened to be sitting down next to one of the pastor’s of the church! Very awkward! Instead of them coming around as usual to give the bread and the grape juice, they invited everyone to come up to take it. The pastor invited me to join her when it came clear I hadn’t gone up yet. I said “I can’t. I have a disagreement.” She went up as usual and nothing more was mentioned of it. But I know it’ll eventually come back up again. She knows I want to become catholic, so it’s a matter of time until I may have to explain my action.
I would not use the word disagreement, it comes off as confrontational. I would simple say what I stated above you are praying that the Holy Spirit will help to lead you to the Truth.
It an emotional experience for me to turn down something that I’ve been doing all my life and stand up for what I believe. It’s very awkward too to do something like this. I feel afraid of what’s going to happen now and the consequences of what I have done and will continue to do there in the future. Guys, I can’t leave there yet for those of you wondering. So I need advice on how to defend my action other than pointing them to a catholic tract or something. I don’t really want to have to explain my action. Maybe I’m also looking for some comfort and support here from you guys
. Yes this can be very emotional. Instead of going on the defensive I would try offense instead. I would tell them you have been doing a lot of prayer and study on the Lord’s Supper and there is a lot you need to figure out to ease your conscience that you are following God’s path for your life. Tell them that this is something you need to figure out before you can move forward. Then I would let them know if they need to understand further you would be happy to provide them with what you have been reading and the talks you have been listening to.
Tim Staples Living Bread is a great talk on the Eucharist.
I also love The Fourth Cup - Deep Deep Theology
If you are dealing with one of your Pastor’s, in my opinion, they should be more than willing to listen to EVERY, and I mean EVERY, question you would have on the Eucharist. If the Pastor is in charge of the flock and you are a member of the flock then they should be more than willing to answer and explain every question you would have. They should want to guide you and in no way should it be turned into a debate.
The Eucharist is pretty deep theology. I mean no disrespect with this comment, but I think it would be very informative to hear how all of the points Tim and Scott make in their talks are explained away. The amount of Biblical evidence for the Eucharist seems to be endless. Just yesterday I was listening to a talk and she pointed out how the book of Genesis had foreshadowing of the Eucharist.
I know I did the right thing, but I’m really sad to have to cause a division like this to people I love and respect. I’m not sorry for my action though. I truly believe in the catholic teaching on the Eucharist. I’m terrible at explaining and defending things in my opinion. I’m truly weak in that area. This whole experience is causing me anxiety, stress and fear. It’s a completely new experience for me and a new step in the right direction.
I to have this problem. The words are in there and I can type them easy enough but one on one the emotions get in the way and I end up tongue tied. I feel your pain and frustration. At this point all I can do for you is pray:
Dear Lord we pray for Cyril, that you strengthen him and guide him in your Word. Give him the strength to live in your Word and feel confident when he speaks. Help him to trust in you and give him the security he needs to feel safe and easy his fears. In Your name we pray.