[This post is written to born-again Christians]
Here’s scripture regarding communion for your consideration:
1 Corinthians 11
23 “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”
Well if you read that entire chapter, you’ll find that the people being admonished there were engaging in drunkenness and gluttony (in the church) while partaking in communion!
And if that isn’t a Satanically directed mocking of Christ, then I don’t know what is.
Can you imagine such a thing going on today?
What if you (as a Christian) walked into a church and encountered such a thing.
What would you say to them?
If you’re like me, you’d probably say something like this:
“Are you kidding me! Y’all are drunk???!
And you’re taking communion in church while you’re wasted???! Seriously?!
You’d better check yourselves, because I can’t believe that a real Christian would do such a blasphemous thing!
Repent of your wickedly disrespectful-attitude toward God, and get on your face & cry out to the risen Lord Jesus Christ to save you.”
When you attend your local church during communion, are the people there drunk and acting like pagan hedonists like those Corinthians were?
The answer is no. They’re just regular folk, doing the same thing that you’re doing.
But what do many churches do when they engage in communion?
They make communion a remembrance of your (the Christian’s) sins don’t they?
They tell Christians to privately pray and confess and forsake your sins before you take communion, (or let the cup pass you by).
Which of course makes you the focus of communion, while denying the very purpose of communion in the first place, (to be thankful to Christ for removing all of our sins from us).
I’ve yet to meet the Christian who’s stopped sinning.
“let a man examine himself”, is a command to self-examine oneself in regard to regeneration.
And the good news is, Jesus has qualified every Christian to engage in communion.
He has made us to be the righteousness of God by the obedience of one (Himself);
He has made us accepted in the beloved.
Therefore we can (and should) engage in communion frequently until He returns.
5 “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever!