Sunday, September 13, 2015

Missed it by That Much - Dollar on Holy Communion

I happened to be listening to TBN this morning and Creflo Dollar came on with a show on how to read the Bible properly.  I wasn't overly interested in hearing a Protestant minister telling me how to read the Bible, but I left it on while I got up to do the dishes I left in the sink the night before.  Then I overheard him talking about 1 Cor. 11:23-34

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 giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me.
25 In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.
26 For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come.
27 Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.
30 Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep.
31 But if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But whilst we are judged, we are chastised by the Lord, that we be not condemned with this world.
33 Wherefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
34 If any man be hungry, let him eat at home; that you come not together unto judgment. And the rest I will set in order, when I come.
Now, what struck me is that when Dollar came to verse 34, he spoke of the necessity to eat at home so as to not bring the judgment of the Lord upon us.  He stressed this is not due to sin, but due to not understanding what you are receiving in Holy Communion.  OK, at this point I had to pause from the dishes for a moment and give him more of a listen.  He repeated, you don't partake in Holy Communion because you are hungry, physically, and if you do - you are not perceiving the significance and meaning behind Holy Communion!  Yes, Dollar, you have this much right - but (quoting Maxwell Smart/Don Adams from the 1960's TV show, Get Smart) you "Missed it by that much!"  

You, Mr. Dollar, were SO close, but you didn't testify to the reality of what St. Paul was getting to in this passage.  What is it that St. Paul states you would be guilty of?  Verses 27 and 29 makes it clear that one would be unworthy if they did not recognize or discern the body of the Lord.  Not that Holy Communion is symbolic of the body of the Lord - but IS the body of the Lord - and if you do not discern THIS then you are guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.  The Eucharist is not just symbolism - but reality.  St. Paul uses the same words of consecration as do the earlier apostolic references - recording (again) Christ's own words testifying this IS the body of Christ and this IS the blood of Christ given to us so that the sins of the many may be forgiven.  Come to the reality of the fullness of the Truth - which you're not receiving from any Protestant reading of Scripture.  Yes, many of you come close - but "you missed it by that much" and the part which should scare you and convince you is what you touched upon in 1 Cor. 11:29 - that Holy Communion is not just a symbol, it IS the body and blood of our Lord.  You need to join with us in that proper discernment and flee from those who do not properly perceive and those who lack the faith to believe that Jesus Christ gave to us this ceremony of the Mass which consecrates mere bread and wine to become His body and blood.

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