Again this teaching this teaching is out of place here, as it does not specifically come from either the Calvinistic or Armenian theory, but certainly does seem to crawl out of the corners in all churches. I can remember it being taught as a child, and it seems in what ever church I have attended. I will attempt to make my point in the following manner.
In the past when I studied the scripture, and the teachings of Paul, it never occurred to me that Paul would have spent a lot of time in the cities where he taught. It always seemed to me he would come into a town, preach the gospel which always infuriated the Jews. He then was jailed or beaten, or he just became aggravated and gave up and left town. It was my own idea that all this probably took place in a space of time that probably took no more than a week or so, which constantly kept him on the race between towns. I can now laugh at myself for this line of thought.
In Acts chapter 18, we find that Paul has come to the city of Corinth. Here he also met resistance , but the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, and told him to speak boldly as there were many of his people there.
Acts 18:9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
Acts 18:10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
Then we find Paul stayed with these people 18 months.
Acts 18:11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
Now I ask you, if Paul came to your town and was willing to stay a year and a half, how well would you understand the Gospel? How many of the questions that seem to exist today in all churches would you have answers to? How well could you then go and tell others the Gospel of Christ? How exciting this would be to have Paul here in my town to learn from. I think right now I would try to never miss a teaching. The truth to this is HOGWASH. I wonder how much time Paul spent with the Church of the Galatians? We really donít know if they ever got it right. Go to the book of First Corinthians and look at the type of questions he had to answer for the Church there. They were the most basic and elementary of things they could ask. What did they really learn in 18 months? The church of Corinth was Paulís problem child. Now, what did he tell them about the Lordís supper? I wonder in 18 months how many times he had the Lordís supper with them?
You see , there was a problem here. These guys would come to the assembly hungry, eat until filled, and drink way too much wine. This is what Paul had to say about it.
1 Cor 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
1 Cor 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
1 Cor 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
Now! How many times have you, in church, ready to partake of the Lordís supper, had some nit wit behind the pulpit say, EXAMINE YOURSELVES TO SEE THAT YOU ARE WORTHY. Here they are, out of seminary , a BIG spiritual education, and they canít read or understand. The word is not worthy. It is unworthily. It is an adverb. It modifies the action, which is the action of partaking.
I am not worthy, nor you, and we never will be. He is saying examine your
selves to see if your behavior is fitting for the occasion, are you
rightly discerning the body of the Lord. Now think about it. Here we
standing in an assembly, a cookie in one hand, a cup of grape juice in the
other, "which is not scriptural". Does this preacher really
think anyone is going to remember a sin they might have committed, and put
down the drink and cookie and go back to his seat in front of everyone?
Paul wasn't talking about our sins. He was talking about our attitude
toward the Lord's supper. Give me a break.