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Questions: Why do Some Christians skip Communion?

Dear ——-,

Question: Why do some of the brothers and sisters skip church when we are having communion or if they are there, they do not take communion?

I am tempted to answer with a brief observation: Maybe they have no burning desire to have fellowship with the Lord at His Table.

The word communion as used in 1 Corinthians 10:16 in the King James Version (participation in the New International Version) is usually translated fellowship. It literally means to share or to participate together. If people have no basic, fundamental, burning desire to have fellowship with Jesus, they will have no driving desire to be part of the fellowship with Him around His Table.

As to those who are present in the assembly of the saints but choose not to break the loaf or drink the cup, many times this comes from a misunderstanding of 1 Corinthians 11:27.

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. (KJV)

They take this verse to mean that if they themselves are “unworthy” and still partake of the Supper, they incur guilt on themselves.

Notice that the text does not say, “Unworthy people who eat the bread and drink the cup shall be guilty.” It says, “whosoever shall eat… and drink… unworthily….”

The NIV translates it, “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.” How would you do that? Verse 29 says, “Anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself” (NIV).

Not one who comes to the Table is worthy of being there. The Lord invites us, sinful though we are, by His grace and kindness. When He first gave His disciples this Supper the night He was betrayed, one of the ones who were present was Judas Iscariot.

In fact, it is probably when we consider ourselves most unworthy that we can appreciate His invitation to the Table most.


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