Are you playing church with God, like fun-filled children play house? If you want to mess with God, just go ahead and participate in the sacrament of communion – without attention to your current relationship with Jesus.
God notices when we dare to celebrate His most holy death – yet stand there actively into sin, keeping sin… dissing Him with our hypocrisy. Do you know His Word enough to realize His displeasure is a clear and present danger – there at “communion”?
In that attitude, the partaker disrespects God, fails to “recognize the body [of Christ]” (1 Corinthians 11: v30)… and thus “…eats and drinks a judgment on himself”. – Source: God still shows His displeasure dramatically – even today
Take note. Your heart is bare open. God sees and knows. And God still shows His displeasure dramatically – even today.
Read: Why I left the Catholic Church – Author Unknown
but I agree with this bishop. Nancy Pelosi was refused communion the other day, by the Catholic bishop in her town of San Francisco. He based the refusal over her support of abortion.
You’ve heard of “Karens”. 2 But, are you “a Nancy”, living contrary to what the Bible teaches?
I suspect there are many “Nancys” (and …male “Jacks”, shall we call them?) playing church with their little “god”, misunderstanding the One and Only God, messing with Him, living in sin, yet taking the holy sacrament of communion.
* See a debate last year (2021) over whether Catholic politicians who support abortion should be denied Communion.
Real Life Consequential Acts
So, how are you living-out your days? Whether young sunrisers, or old sunsetters – we will all be held accountable for how we spend our earth days. All our little “acts”, our every day poor behaviors towards others, our apathy… lack of involvement for the good of others, self-centered lifestyle — are actually eternally consequential. There are no “small acts”. God picks-up on them.
- For the unforgiven on That Day of Judgement, little acts will be a big deal as God shows us His justified condemnation.
- For the born again, we will be shown to have “wood, hay, straw” (1 Corinthians 3:8-15) because of our acts in the flesh.
Verses 13-15 of 1 Corinthians 3:8-15
13 each one’s work will be clearly shown [for what it is]; for the day [of judgment] will disclose it, because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality and character and worth of each person’s work.
14 If any person’s work which he has built [on this foundation, that is, any outcome of his effort] remains [and survives this test], he will receive a reward.
15 But if any person’s work is burned up [by the test], he will suffer the loss [of his reward];
yet he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has barely escaped] through fire.
Careless and unworthy participation in communion
Communion is one of those “little acts”. It is consequential. Don’t be a Nancy.
*Excerpt from: God still shows His displeasure dramatically – even today
Partaking of communion, participating without a repentant heart, or without repentance when you are in active sin, or having an attitude “without solemn reverence and heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifice of Christ” (v30)… can bring-on God’s very real and present punishment upon you, physically. This does not mean you loose your salvation, but – He may allow sickness or actually take you Home “before your time”, so to speak.
1 Corinthians 11:18-34.
“many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep [in death].” God may actually step into our life to inflict physical weakness, sickness, or even death – if we participate in a holy commemoration of His death, what we call “communion”, without “solemn reverence” of Him, without a sincere repentance of some active sin in our life. In that attitude, the partaker disrespects God, fails to “recognize the body [of Christ]” (v30)… and thus “…eats and drinks a judgment on himself”.
1 Corinthians 11:27-32.
Verse 30 states this about participating in communion: that “the reason why many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep [in death]” – is because “anyone who eats and drinks [without solemn reverence and heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifice of Christ], eats and drinks a judgment on himself if he does not [a] recognize the body [of Christ].”
What we, weak humans, do,
(whether born again or not)
can offend God
– and sometimes
God will dramatically
show His displeasure
through dramatic events on earth.
“as an example and warning”
We must learn from what God has done in the past – because of “little acts”.
“Now these things happened to them as an example and warning [to us]; they were written for our instruction [to admonish and equip us], upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”
– Verse of 11 of 1 Corinthians 10:11-13
God still shows
His displeasure dramatically
– even today.
See 1 Corinthians 10: verse 11
We are warned: “run [keep far, far away] from [any sort of] idolatry [and that includes loving anything more than God, or participating in anything that leads to sin and enslaves the soul]”
– Verse 14 of 1 Corinthians 10:9-14.
Further Reading: God still shows His displeasure dramatically – even today
Scripture says to examine your own self. Do you? Are you tolerating evil?
Durbin responds to Pelosi Communion ban, says ‘some bishop’s conscience’ can’t decide such issues …Basically Durbin said: The killing of a baby in the womb should be a personal choice of conscience – not something for religious leaders to speak against. Unbelievable audacity!
- in the wings
– out of sight in the stage wings
– close at hand in the background : readily available; had a plan waiting in the wings.
“Karen is a pejorative slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled, and often racist middle-aged white woman who uses her privilege to get her way or police other people’s behaviors.
As featured in memes, Karen is generally stereotyped as having a blonde bob haircut, asking to speak to retail and restaurant managers to voice complaints or make demands….”
“Tropes that developed about Karen here were that she is an annoying (and always annoyed) middle-aged, suburban, minivan-driving white, divorced mother of poorly behaved boys (of whom she has custody) who has a so-called “speak to the manager” haircut.”