Word of the Week: Omniscience

Flash Eucharist: Just set up a golden calf and dance naked around it, why don't you?

Count the violations. Go on, count. How many blasphemies can you count in 3 minutes?



OK, first let's soberly and studiously look at the meaning of the Lord's Supper from GotQuestions.org:

"A study of the Lord’s Supper is a soul-stirring experience because of the depth of meaning it contains. It was during the age-old celebration of the Passover on the eve of His death that Jesus instituted a significant new fellowship meal that we observe to this day. It is an integral part of Christian worship. It causes us to remember our Lord’s death and resurrection and to look for His glorious return in the future."

"The Passover was the most sacred feast of the Jewish religious year. It commemorated the final plague on Egypt when the firstborn of the Egyptians died and the Israelites were spared because of the blood of a lamb that was sprinkled on their doorposts. The lamb was then roasted and eaten with unleavened bread. God’s command was that throughout the generations to come the feast would be celebrated. The story is recorded in Exodus 12."

"During the Last Supper—a Passover celebration—Jesus took a loaf of bread and gave thanks to God. As He broke it and gave it to His disciples, He said, “’This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you’” (Luke 22:19-21). He concluded the feast by singing a hymn (Matthew 26:30), and they went out into the night to the Mount of Olives. It was there that Jesus was betrayed, as predicted, by Judas. The following day He was crucified."

"The accounts of the Lord’s Supper are found in the Gospels (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:17-25; Luke 22:7-22; and John 13:21-30). The apostle Paul wrote concerning the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:23-29. Paul includes a statement not found in the Gospels: “Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself” (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). We may ask what it means to partake of the bread and the cup “in an unworthy manner.” It may mean to disregard the true meaning of the bread and cup and to forget the tremendous price our Savior paid for our salvation. Or it may mean to allow the ceremony to become a dead and formal ritual or to come to the Lord’s Supper with unconfessed sin. In keeping with Paul’s instruction, we should examine ourselves before eating the bread and drinking the cup."

"The Lord’s Supper/Christian Communion is a remembrance of what Christ did for us and a celebration of what we receive as a result of His sacrifice."

So who is qualified to oversee the Lord's Supper?
"Christians universally agree that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ and should be observed as an ordinance in the church by His followers. It was to the Corinthian church that Paul wrote instructions concerning the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Paul later wrote to Timothy about the qualifications for church leaders, bishops/elders and deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-13). In the original language the word “deacon” comes from a verb that means "to serve," probably in the sense of waiting on tables, but it also came to be used to signify a broad range of service in the church. Because of the connotation of table service in the word deacon and the centrality of the Lord’s Supper in the worship of the early church, there is strong indication that serving the communion elements was an important function of deacons." [And church leaders are males].

"From this we can conclude that designated church leadership conducted the Lord’s Supper in the early church; however, there is no Scripture specifically given with "how to" instructions. Therefore, it would seem reasonable for the leadership, if there were an insufficient number of deacons present, to appoint laymen to serve."

"More important than who serves communion is the attitude with which it is both served and received. First Corinthians 11:27 goes on to say that those who take the elements in an “unworthy manner” are guilty of sin against the body and blood of Christ. An unworthy manner can mean the taking of the elements by those who do not belong to Christ or taking them in a flippant or irreverent manner. It can also mean using the ceremony as a means to be seen before the eyes of men to be exalted by them. Verse 28 gives the criteria for both serving and participating in the Lord’s supper. We are to examine ourselves before we partake and be sure our hearts are right before the Lord. Then both the servers and the receivers can be sure of pleasing God when they participate in His communion."

So knowing all this, with Scriptures to back it up, how many violations can you count? How patient He is to endure all this blasphemy and idolatry and perversion! How longsuffering! Soon enough, His name will at long last be recognized by one and all as the Holiest. Until then, we have righteous anger at the profaning of His spotless name and His holy ordinances ... and we also have a deep love for those who know not what they do, because surely, the Lord's anger will be unleashed on them many times over.

Comments

  1. Hi Elizabeth,
    This just didn't sit right with me at all! No wonder there are many people sick for they are drinking and eating in an unworthy manner.

    They have been a few times when communion has been served at our church where I let it pass as my heart was unsettled in either anger or unforgiveness towards one of my family members. We are told to make things right with others and ourselves before we come to Christ's table otherwise will be bring judgement down on us.

    This video is very sad for me as it brings to light what is happening around us that I am unaware of.

    Thanks for sharing,
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  2. I counted about ten-- visible and individual ones, anyway. (And I think I lost count around 6... so I'm not positive)

    I say visible, because I don't know the hearts of the partakers-- who knows how many MORE there actually were?

    I'm not positive that's a mall, though it looks like one. The directional signs in the background seem out of place for a mall, so I'm not sure.

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  3. Wow, aside from unbelievers being offered an opportunity to trample the blood of Christ, communion being offered to gay people, no clear authority, not solemnity, no acknowledgment of sin-let alone confession of sin, no repentance, no gospel, Unitarian blasphemy . . . they have the NERVE to pray the Lord's prayer!!!

    Are they seriously appealing to God's will???? How can God's will be done on earth, in their hearts when they refuse to submit to it!!!!

    There is joy, personal joy in communion because we remember what He did, we know what we deserve (judgment for our sins), and we look forward to Him coming again and us partaking in communion with Him in heaven. BUT, in their artificial joy, their forced and phony enthusiasm, they are dishonoring the sacred. Why would they even have joy? Communion isn't a pot luck party. We have to see our depravity and His holiness, in order to really feel the beauty of this act.

    And on top of it all, the "ministers" were CREEPY with their theatrical voice inflections!

    It is the last days. "Ministers" are leading people to hell.

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  4. They profaned His name. It really did kind of remind me of the scene Moses must have been greeted with when he descended from the mount... an orgy of gleeful idolatry

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  5. 1 Corinthians 11:27-32
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    Examine Yourself

    27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood[a] of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner[b] eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s[c] body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

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  6. This looks like a scene out of the early 70's - and NOTHING good came out of the early 70's!

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  7. It does look hippie dippie, doesn't it! I looked further and it is from a couple of weeks ago the United Church of Christ General Synod in FL. "Pastor" Danielle leading a yeast-filled communion as a flash mob in the lobby

    http://mtzionucc.org/CMS/blogs/committee/archive/2011/07/07/mt-zion-ucc-participates-in-flash-eucharist-at-the-general-synod-in-florida.aspx

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  8. I haven't heard good things about the United Church of Christ. This being the latest "not good thing": http://www.christianpost.com/news/god-no-longer-father-for-united-church-of-christ-52418/

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  9. Yes, that is the same language that the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention rejected when they resolved to reject the gender neutral NIV. God is spirit, and as such, is not a gender. However, He chose to reveal Himself to us a male, and we must have faith in His revelation of Himself to us in every say, including the pronouns.

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  10. This is another gospel. They are not worshiping the true Jesus Christ. We will see more and more of this. It will end up where the people who are living deviant lifestyles will go to these so called churches and then when they encounter a true church of Christ, they will report back to the 'world' that we are hateful and judgemental, because they are conditioned to accept themselves as is, no need of repentance. The true church will become 'black-listed' amongst the worldly false churches before too long. By the way, what did that pin on the red monkey say? I couldn't get a clear pic of it.

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