Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

Some members of the body of Christ do not partake of the Lord’s Supper because they feel they “are not worthy.” The only passage, to my knowledge, to which they might be alluding when expressing themselves in this manner is 1 Cor. 11: 27, 28 which is as follows:

 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup..”

What should the person who is about to partake the Lord’s Supper do when he knows that he has sinned? Perhaps these words of Jesus best explain:

“If therefore you are offering your gift at the altar, and there you remember that your brother has anything against you, leave there your gift before the altar, and go your way, first to be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matt. 5:23, 24).

Notice that Jesus did not say “offer no more gifts” but told the man to correct the sin and then return to offer the gift. Likewise, if, while in the process of self examination, one finds himself guilty of sin, he should do whatever is necessary to obtain the forgiveness of that sin and then partake the Lord’s Supper.

Those who continually refuse to partake the lord’s Supper because they feel they are “unworthy” are openly refusing to obey the Lord’s command of “This do in remembrance of me.”


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