June 22 – 1750 = Jonathon Edwards was dismissed from his congregation over Lord’s Supper
1 Corinthians 8:12 “Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.”
Jonathan Edwards is most remembered for his revivals during the Great Awakening. However, he was later fired from his congregation because he disagreed with their practice of open communion. Edwards disliked the practice of letting people come to the table who showed no signs of conversion, but the church had always allowed those people to the table in hopes that the Lord’s Supper would be a converting ordinance. But starting in 1748 Edward began to refuse those whom he thought were not ready for communion because of a lack of conversion, and on June 22, 1750 after a panel of local ministers had backed the church, the church removed Edwards from their pulpit. While Edwards lost the fight against such Lord’s Supper practices as were then common under the Half Way covenant, his arguments would win in the end. Churches began to end the practice, but by this time Edwards himself had died for he lived only another seven years. Edwards stood his ground for what he believed was right and while it cost him, in the long run the more biblical practice of only allowing professing believers to the table won out.
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