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Old 06-06-2011, 02:48 AM
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:08 AM
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I just had a long debate with my wife today about communion. Her church tried a new format (from the typical) where everyone goes to the front of the church to receive the Hosts. I grew up in a Protestant church where communion was brought to you at your pew.

She said (walking to the front) symbolizes "coming to Christ".

I said (entering the church) symbolizes coming to receive Christ.

It was more of a discussion than a debate, but interesting conversation. I was going to start a thread but someone beat me to it.
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Why would they?
Are you saying, "why would they be allowed"? My first thought was, why would a non-believer want to take communion?
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:17 AM
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You can't force them not too, but it should be clearly stated by a church that communion is for those that have a confessing faith in Jesus Christ.

My take on communion is this, Anglicans do a better job of it than the evangelical community. My only experience with communion was the typical stay in your seat and the grape juice comes to you and than some square cracker type for bread. When I met my wife her family was Anglican and I would go to their church for some services and than I was part of a thing called cursillo and after experiencing communion when you have to actively participate seems to me a better way of doing it. Plus they use wine and real bread.(For the kids grape juice.)

There is a reverence to getting up and being active in communion. It helps prepare your heart for maybe some confession time before you take communion or during, or maybe it is a time of celebration for the grace that God has given you. There is more significance to it when you have to get up and go to the front of the church than if you are just sitting in your seat.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:21 AM
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NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-06-2011, 12:13 PM
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Maybe a non-believer taking communion will trigger a thought that puts him on the right path. It doesn't hurt to allow them, so why not allow all and hope it helps a message get through to some?

Worst case scenario, nobody changes and you have a little less bread and grape juice.
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Are you saying, "why would they be allowed"? My first thought was, why would a non-believer want to take communion?


No, I was thinking the same as you. Why would a non-believer want to take part?
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Old 06-06-2011, 02:07 PM
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who is going to know inside a person's heart whether or not they are a believer?
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:27 PM
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who is going to know inside a person's heart whether or not they are a believer?
GOD.

Don't hit me! I do know what you're saying RNC...I just couldn't help myself! No seriously, GOD will know of course, and that person will know (or should) unless they are terribly confused. But, you're right, no one (human) can know what is truly in someone's heart.

I think an even better question is: Should a believer be taking communion when he/she is knowingly sinning? Of course, I know we are all sinners, but I think y'all know what I mean by "knowingly".
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