Weird Communion

Discussion in 'Fellowship Time' started by Laeomis, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. Some Churches take communion very seriously, NOTE: Scripture above. Example: Our Pastor makes it very clear how Holy communion is and the implications of taking communion when we are out of sorts with God (regarding sin our hearts). I have even heard of some places not allowing visitors to partake communion because of this since they are uncertain of the visitors spiritual condition. The Church is accountable to God for it's people.

    Our Pastor will let anyone partake; but he ensures that all present at least acknowledge they understand the implications if they are 'unworthy'. It's not that Christ is not available to All who ask, it is a process to grow the Church in Holiness....

    'Go make things right between your brother (and God) before bringing your sacrifice to the altar' (Matt 5:23)

    Our altar sacrifice is Jesus Christ: Communion is our remembrance of that event and a time for cleansing our souls.
     
  2. Ah, thank you. It's not always clear when pure scripture is posted.
     
  3. Forgive me, but that doesn't make any sense. Sounds like a man's law. If you read the word of God for yourself you'll see how free it truly is and not bound by rule and regulations.
     
  4. That’s interesting. Why do you do that? I mean why don´t you have it in church?
    Here in Czech, only catholic church doesn’t allow communion for Christians who are not its members (but there can be found some exceptions even in CC). Protestant churches usually allow it for everybody who is baptized.
     
  5. And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake [it], and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave [it] to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

    Mark 14:22-24

    And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup [is] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

    Luke 22:19-20
     
  6. This definitely explains it.
    This is often called "Closed Communion." It isn't a way to make people feel unwelcomed, but that because they value the Eucharist, it is an exclusive activity only to those in good standings with their Church. You'll find this in many different types of churches, not just Lutheran or Catholic. You'll find it with some Presbyterians, CME's, and even some Baptist churches I believe.

    Two Sundays ago at Mass, I saw one woman approach to receive communion. The priest held up the Host and said "The Body of Christ." I take it she said "Amen" (which is the proper response), and he placed it in her hand. She began to walk away with it. One of the ushers stopped her and told her she had to eat it. She didn't want to, she was about to put it in her pocket. The priest went over to her (since she was the last person) and asked her "Are you a Catholic?" She shook her head, and he had to take it back from her.

    To some, this may have looked extremely rude of the priest and usher, because they believed in the true presence of Christ in that Host, they were right to take it back because they knew what happened was desecration, and they did their best to preserve honor and worship to Christ. Allowing desecration would have been a problem, and they knew it.

    So in some situations, a denial of communion isn't wrong at all. Sometimes it is absolutely responsible. However, in other cases (which I have experienced), denial of communion is absolutely terrible depending on the reason.
     
  7. Because I live in a country where I do not speak the local language to attend.
     
  8. Oh, now I understand.
     
  9. So... Back to our OP...

    Understanding now that it's not that they personally wanted to offend you - but rather that they believe the Eucharist is something sacred.... and they are doing this practice as part of their formal doctrine....

    So...

    If you found that you REALLY love one of these churches... Perhaps one really sticks out as the place for you..... but Communion is the reason you left....

    I would encourage you to go back and to pursue membership. They will have a procedure as well as indoctrination/education to teach you their traditions and rituals...

    I have personally thought myself that there should be some real difference between "Membership" and non-member attendance... With most churches - the main difference is that you get the newsletter... but if you really think about it - one of the intended benefits of Membership is to provide more access to the "Meat"... Deeper fellowship, chances for open and honest confession of sins without being scandalized, brotherhood, etc...

    Thanks
     

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