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Holy Communion: Are Pastors Doing It Right?

And he took bread, and brake it, and gave thanks 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

The passage quoted above is the bedrock of what we Christians call Holy Communion.  Jesus kept it simple and solemn, and It is for remembrance only.

That being the case, how come all the rules, regulations and red tape that has been introduced into this simple act? For example:

Don’t eat Holy Communion if you are not baptized by immersion

Don’t eat if you don’t have the Holy Spirit/speak in toungues

Don’t eat if you are divorced, or separated from your spouse

Don’t eat if you still fall into temptation from time to time

Don’t eat if you’re not legally married to your spouse

Don’t eat if you are the second wife in your home e.t.c, e.t.c

At the end of the day, about 98% of the congregation has already been eliminated. Seeing that Jesus never asked all these conditions of his disciples, are Pastors doing right by forcing man-made rules on the congregation?

Is Christendom doing it the way Jesus laid down?

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Likely out of ignorance, most christians, only drink/have Christ's blood occasionally, when conducted in "church"

Snipped from the below thread

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria?topic=310616.msg4391487#msg4391487

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  My dude was talking to me about this very point few days ago. You're 100% right and I wonder how "communion" shrunk from its original form into what we have today. The early Catholic church?

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That is very correct of you guys.

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Very wrong indeed. It should be a personal choice. You need to tell that pastor that he's wrong.

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Believe me SeanT21, in my church(Pentecostal) not everyone does. To qualify, you must have passed so many "tests" of "holiness".

Why all these rules? Jesus did not set any conditions after all. In fact, I believe the disciples were still sinners when they ate the passover with Jesus. So why are our Pastors being so Holier than thou?

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We eat Agege bread with agoyin beans as holy communion every sunday service.What isn't right about that?

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Another interesting observation is that not that many church gatherings share this eucharistic meal. And those that do give you a sip of wine and a tiny wafer at most.

Yet we know that it was a full meal when Christ instituted it and the early church practiced it. Are the pastor afraid of the cost of wining and dining their entire congregations. I can bet if they were actually practicing the proper eucharistic meal they wouldn't be so keen for so many converts. That will just be shortening their ration.

Now all this ties in very neatly with the whole idea of tithes. Because that too is a feast that is shared in order to worship God. Those who have are supposed to provide for those that do not have, the widows, the orphans, and the levites who do not have an inheritance amongst the people. In fact we find that sharing a meal is a common form of worship in all traditional religions around the world. Why is it that it is only in these new fangled churches that people do not eat? Why? And they are paying tithes, but nobody is eating inside the tithe. The pastor is just using it to buy expensive suits. What a farce!

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AKO

That is called a 'film trick'

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What denomination are U?? Everyone takes it in my church.

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