Pastor's Take On Coffee in Church Has Parishioners Scalding Hot

On Saturday, Sept. 30, a post from Pastor John Piper of Minnesota ignited a fiery discussion regarding the suitability of consuming coffee during Sunday worship services.

"Can we reassess whether Sunday coffee-sipping in the sanctuary fits?" Piper posed on X, previously recognized as Twitter.

Serving as a theologian, pastor, and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Piper is a Baptist.

He also referenced Hebrews 12:28, noting, "Let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe."

The post by Piper elicited over 1,000 reactions. Some users expressed astonishment at the thought of introducing coffee into reverent church ceremonies, while others remained unfazed.

"@Kellys_ex commented on X, "I think we have bigger fish to fry, John. Personally, I'm in awe God puts up with me at all, Sunday through Saturday."

Meanwhile, @NathanielJolly shared, "There is a valid principle to consider here, whether or not you agree w/this particular application. Those w/ a heart & concern for reverential worship & holiness should take some time to consider the principle."

One Roman Catholic priest, when questioned by Fox News Digital, exclaimed, "Who's drinking coffee during Mass?!"

For followers of Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Coptic, and some Protestant sects, there's a mandate to abstain from food and drinks before partaking in the Eucharist.

Different traditions specify their own fasting durations, as highlighted on their respective websites.

According to Canon 919 of the Code of Canon Law, individuals planning to receive communion should abstain from all food and drinks, excluding water, for a minimum of one hour before reception.

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