Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

We've Been Doing Communion Wrong?

Communion - The Lord's Supper, this is something that sets Christians apart from all other religions. We gather and share the bread and wine for one joyful reason:
"This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:19)
There's no magic or miracles involved, just a command - do this and remember Me. That's what Christianity is all about; Jesus. Even false religions celebrate Communion; Mormons do it, however they're not following the bible, their ceremony comes from the oddly inspired pen of Joseph Smith, so take that for what it's worth. Followers of prosperity pimp Kenneth Copeland take communion too, for their own gain, not to glorify Jesus. And the Catholics - I'll let Jesse cover that

As for the rest of us, I bet you we do it wrong, our little church of bereans sure was. Pastor Paratus pointed this out today in his message. How many times have you been to communion, your pastor steps away from the lectern to conduct the ceremony with those words we all know:
and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24)
This is WRONG

English speaking pastors all over the world are conducting communion with these words because these are the words they were taught in seminary, and these were the words they heard in church before they went to seminary. These words are in the King James Version, they are in the New King James Version, and they're in The Message too, and all three gets it wrong. 

Bibles that were translated directly from the Greek manuscripts have it different:
and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” ( NASB 1 Corinthians 11:24)
There's no word "broken" because Jesus body was not broken, not a single bone. Yes, he was tortured near to death, nailed to a cross and left to bleed to death. John 19:31-34 tells us that when the soldiers came to Jesus to break his legs to hasten his death, they found that he was already dead, so they pierced his side with a spear but did not break his legs. John 19:36 tells us this is very important to fulfill scripture:
He keeps all his bones, Not one of them is broken (Psalm 34:20)
The Bible manuscripts do not indicate that Christ's body was broken.  The King James translators, not realizing the significance of Jesus’ bones remaining unbroken (Exodus 12:46), incorrectly embellished the Greek text.  They added the words “which is broken” to 1 Corinthians 11:24, words that are not in the original text. Jesus was the Passover lamb, and the Old Testament tells us how that lamb was handled. Exodus 12:46 tells us "...nor are you to break any bone of it." This is echoed in Numbers:
They shall leave none of it until morning, nor break a bone of it; according to all the statute of the Passover they shall observe it (Numbers 9:12)
So the wording is very important, if your pastor is saying "this is my body which was broken for you" have a little chat with him, show him what you see in the NASB, and the ESV, and the NIV et al. This is an Authority Of Scripture thing, and he will understand. 

And if he's using The Message, have a little chat with God, ask Him to have the Holy Spirit help guide you to another church.


  1. Ah, this ought to be a good bug for the KJVO cult!

    1. rgr dat!
      I really should be collecting these KJVisms. I think I stopped defending the KJV at unicorns.

  2. I don't know. Absolutely no bones were broken. That's explicit. But a body can be broken without breaking bones. He was whipped, beaten, crowned with thorns, crucified, and a spear thrust through His side. That sounds pretty "broken" to me. The reason "broken" is inserted is because it was the metaphor Jesus used with the bread. We talk of skin being broken without requiring bones being broken. Agreeing that no bones were broken and even that the word isn't in the text, how is an otherwise very broken body a significant theological problem?

    1. I have a follow-up article coming which may raise some more questions, but I made a career in the military of skewering sacred cows. Sacred Cows make the most delicious hamburgers. When I arrived at a new duty station I'd drive my superiors insane asking why we did certain things: why do we change the argon bottles on the training Sidewinder missiles if it's not empty? Why do we carry the SUU-21's on an F2 trailer when an MJ-1 will work? Why don't we leave the cluster rack mounting pads in the bomb bay if they don't interfere with the MAU-175 rack, that kind of thing, and the minute the answer came "We do it that way because we've always done it that way" it was time for Sgt Evans to serve up some sacred cow burgers.

      The take away is NOT "his body was broken because it sounds broken to me" the take away is that for centuries men of God have been initiating one of our most meaningful and beloved rituals by mouthing a horrible translation of scripture because "We've always done it that way"

      And I'm not done yet, more sacred cow burgers for communion to come

    2. AND -- it adds to Scripture, which, we all know, is a common complaint from the KJVO cult.

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