The Disturbing trend of young ones not going to church on the first Sunday of every month for the avoidance of being labelled a sinner, in Ghana is way becoming too much. It is in this direction that Amenuvor Emmanuel Mawuenam takes his fellows through communion service and its associated Phobia.
The article which was posted in 2019 and picked by our team is in its unedited version below.
“…Boys Boys we no go church
If you ask communion be the cause…”
Perhaps this is the most important line missing in Tulenkey’s ‘FVCK BOYS’ song.
The word ‘Communion’ comes from the Greek word ‘KOINONIA’ which according to the Concordance means to communicate, participate and followship. These words clearly show that communion is for everyone who wants it so I don’t know why our church leaders creat so much tention around communion Services.
To most young men and women, first sunday services are ‘no no’ because of the discriminations they have to face each month.
After the rules are read, your mum and dad give you fierce gaze and when you see the suppossed righteous people get ready to take communion, there is this air of unwanted guilt that always blows through the temples.
Worst of it, when you fail to make it to the table, you are immediately condemned criminal who wouldn’t even see heaven’s gates.
How funny? You would have actually partaken in it if it was administered by Christ, right?
CHURCH – CREATED DOCTRINES:
Most churches hide behind the communion service to promote their doctrines to the detriment of what the Bible actually instructs.
For instance, most Pentecostal churches claim that when you aren’t baptized you are not eligible. More importantly, one must be baptized in accordance with the church’s doctrine.
One must go through the water baptism process lest he is disqualified. What is the need to be baptized in a particular church’s way before one can take communion in that church if one has been baptized already in another church but not in a particular way?.
What has the communion service got to do with marriage status, were the Hebrews really married to one partner or were there anything like weddings?
In the Church of Pentecost for example, one can take communion if he is married but to more than one.
Even those married to one are still not free to take partake if they didn’t follow the so called ‘church wedding process’ which in the actual sense is about Western marriage ceremony.
The fact that we have accepted a foreign religion doesn’t mean we can’t make it to suit our culture just like the Coptic Church of Egypt does.
” Jesus said to them ‘very truly I tell, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life. Whoever eats my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drink my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the father sent me and I live because of the father,so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” (John 6:53-58).
This was the original instructions Jesus gave about communion and should have remained the basis for conducting communion services in our various churches but no, there is a grand agenda to push church doctrines.
No where in the text above did Jesus say that one has to be a righteous person before he takes communion. Jesus’ instructions are about the benefits rather than what one ought to do to take the communion.
Our church leaders keep twisting and changing the rules till we got to where we are today.
RIGHTEOUS VS UNRIGHTEOUS:
I keep asking questions like ; who is righteous, who is not, who determines who a righteous or an unrighteous person is, is the communion for the righteous or the unrighteous, between the righteous and unrighteous who needs more, does it mean that all those who preside over Communion Services are really righteous?.
Jesus came for the unrighteous, lived with the unrighteous dined with the unrighteous and died for the unrighteous so why will eating his flesh and blood be for the righteous?
“Then Jesus declared ‘ I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will not go hungry and whoever believes in me will never go thirsty”.(John 6:35).
From this text it’s clear the demand from Jesus – if you need all the benefits associated with the spiritual food, go for it. It’s not about your righteous Vs unrighteous status.
Jesus again in Luke 24:30 did something that I believe will help us understand this issue very well. ” When he was at the table, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them”
I want us to pay attention to the word “them“. Jesus really gave the bread to all of them? Ah ! was Judas there?
Churches’ leaders attitudes and gestures towards Communion Services must stop.
What is the essence of praying a week towards taking communion, is it to keep one away from sin or to renew one’s righteousness status? When communion is due then every church leader behaves like they just arrived from heaven, just so that they would be considered fit for the communion service.
There is a growing stigma coming up against those who fail to partake in the communion Service, the earlier the church straightens up things the better for us all.
Communion is for everyone, I encourage you to go to church and have a taste of the life Christ promised us.
Amen! Amen!! Amen!!!