|1 Corinthians 10:15-17 |
15 I address you, considering you to be wise men; judge what I say.
16 The cup of blessing which we bless, does it not signify that we share a fellowship in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, does it not signify that we share a fellowship in the body of Christ?4
17 For we, being many, are one body because we are all partakers of the one bread.
4 Examining the various translations of verse 16 from the parallel display above, you can see the confusion that existed between the various translators. Unfortunately this confusion contributed to the rise to the "communion ritual " in the sects. When in fact, the bread and wine were taken at the conclusion of a supper meal, eaten together by a group of believers, (not during a rehearsed, scheduled, sect ritual that supposedly grants godliness); along with the specific instructions of Jesus: "as often as you do this, [that is: eat a meal, and after the meal, then break bread, eat it, and share wine] do it in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes. 1 Cor 11:25-26. The deficit sects have twisted these very specific instructions to make a "sect ritual" of them; without a meal eaten together, and without a clue as to what "until he comes" means. Christ is telling us to remember that his death made it possible for his body and blood to be shared with us by faith; that is, he made it possible for himself [Jesus in spirit] to be resurrected in us. His resurrection to occur at the conclusion of the death of our sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial, when he appears within us, (unseen by the world, without visible sign or observation), bringing our salvation and the Kingdom, as Christ and the Father make their home in the hearts of those who have shown their love by obeying his commands.
The worst superstitious practice comes from the Roman sect believing that their mass with bread and wine eaten is a necessary sacrifice for sins. Francis Howgill addresses this abomination of belief, which counts the blood shed by Jesus as an insufficient atonement for sins:
Her [the Roman sect's) un-bloody sacrifice of their mass is of no benefit at all; for where no shedding of blood is, there is no remission. Heb 9:22; therefore her [the Roman sect's] sacrifice is abominable, and is an idol.
That the sacrifice of the mass is entirely useless, must be obvious to all who receive the doctrine of the apostles: "By one offering Christ has perfected forever all those who are sanctified." Heb 10:14. "CHRIST is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world."1 John 2:2. "There remains no more sacrifice for sins." Heb 10:26. From these doctrines the ineffectiveness of penances is also obvious; and it is evident that a dependence upon them and masses for expiation from sin, and for acceptance with God is idolatrous; because those who trust in them look to other objects for propitiation for their sins and acceptance with God, than the One which God has set forth, which is Christ: Rom 3:25, by whom alone we have access to the Father. John 14:6.
The Greek Orthodox Eucharist is also filled with magical superstition. They believe that the bread and wine are a fire that devours and burns away our sins, and should it be taken without before fasting, (from sunset Saturday until after taking it), prayer, and confession, it can become a fire that devours and consumes us if we partake of it unworthily.
The Lutherans also follow their Roman Catholic mother, superstitiously believing that the wine and bread are actually transformed into Christ's body and blood, which when eaten, fills them with heavenly peace and joy, gives them forgiveness of sins, and sanctifies them in body and soul, (makes them holy).
There is no end to man's inventions of ceremony and ritual that stem from his superstitious imagination.