Grape Juice and Crackers: The Lord's Kiddie Table.
Please disagree with us, but please do not do so in a mocking tone. It is not the Lord's Kiddie Table
, it is reverently remembering the Lord's death for our sins, until he comes.
Some churches use "crackers", as you put is, because they believe that the Passover meal was celebrated with unleavened bread.
The shift to some beverage other than wine arose (as far as I know) out of the 19th century so-called "Temperance" movement, which mutated into a total-abstinence movement. It has been called an "American heresy". Here in Britain it first caught on most strongly among the Primitive Methodists and gradually spread to other Evangelical bodies, but not to those within the Church of England.
As an earlier post says, it goes beyond sola scriptura
and dominical history, and suggests that many who profess to believe in sola scriptura
in fact do not do so at all, but have that doctrine embedded within their own tradition, just as Orthodox do - except that many of those Evangelicals pretend it is not so. Non-alcoholic communion beverages are not the only example of this.
I was talking some while ago with a convert from a Moslem background, who said that the moment when he felt he had truly broken with Islam and become a Christian was when he had his first drink of beer. The earlier post is correct in pointing out that Islam is a teetotal religion, whereas the religion of the OT and the NT is not.
However, in re sola scriptura
in all this - although I believe the wine should be wine and not some alternative symbol, nonetheless I am also aware that the scriptures do not say it must be wine, but refer to "the fruit of the vine" and the "cup", so there is not really an explicit contradiction here.