Today's Bible Reading
     I Samuel 31
     I Corinthians 11
     Ezekiel 9
     Psalms 48
      ''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 that bread and drink of that cup."
(I Corinthians 11:27-28)
      Paul continues to deal with matters of utmost concern in the church at Corinth. Here, he is dealing not only with the important matter of the Lord's Supper, and pointing out that every believer should be a participant in this communion, but Paul is dealing with the consequences of sin in the Corinthian church.
      He is correcting one of the errors in the church - the manner in which they were observing the Lord 's Supper. Some of the members had sinned, resulting in death. We discover in Scripture that there is, indeed, a ''sin unto death." When the Child of God continues to stray and will not repent, he brings about physical death upon himself. Paul warned the church, saying, ''For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many die." The sins that led to weakness, sickness, and death  in the Church of Corinth were . . .
      Division - they were divided over personalities. (I Corinthians 1:11-13)
      Dissention - they had tolerated heresies, wrong doctrine, which caused division among the people. We are not told what the heresies were, but it is clear that there were factions and cliques held together by social function, or some theory or doctrine.
      Drunkenness - some became drunk. (verse 21)
      Discrimination - they shamed the poor among them, and showed no respect for the Lord and His church. (verse 22)
      Departure - they left the proper observance of the Lord 's Supper by failing to proclaim the Lord 's death till He comes.  (verse 26-30) The Lord's Supper looks back to the vicarious death of our Lord on the Cross. It also looks forward to His Second Coming as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, when He will establish His Kingdom on the earth, and reign upon His Kingdom throne.
      Defective partaking - they ate the bread and drank the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner. They must have thought themselves worthy to take the Lord 's Supper; the only ones truly worthy to take the Lord 's Supper are those who recognize their total unworthiness. It is the honest recognition of one's unworthiness that makes one worthy.  If you feel worthy to partake, you are unworthy.
      There is no other worship experience more meaningful, however, when a believer is spiritually prepared, than the communion of the Lord's Supper. It points us back to His death and forward to His second advent. lt calls us to oneness in the Body, and forces us to focus on His blood shed for us.
      Pray today for the blindness toward pagan Catholicism in Brazil. Brazil is the world's largest Catholic country with nearly 10% of all Catholics in the world.  Annual losses of 600,000 people to evangelicals continues.  Only 13 percent of Catholics are active in their commitment; nominalism and spiritism are rife among those who profess. Pray that the Christian Gospel, anointed by the Holy Spirit, will relieve the people of this bondage and blindness, and bring them to a new relationship with God through Christ.
''I would sooner be a cat on hot bricks or a toad under a harrow than let my own children be my masters."