To all you little diggers!!! :)
I got a bunch of good feedback from many of you on this ... keep it up. I will make a place for this particular issue on theshovel.net (including some of your comments).
The REAL question, of course, was not "do we have to confess our sins", but: was the bread and wine thing about remembering Christ ... or remembering sin?
Don't you realize that you were raised to be sin-conscious? And this makes no difference if you went to a religious institution sometime in your childhood or not. Just watch the dynamics in the world around you ... it's everywhere! From little children to old folks, we are submerged in judging wrong vs. right, good vs. bad, better vs. worse. But sin-consciousness is the mindset we have been DELIVERED FROM in Jesus Christ!!
Why in the world do we need a meal to remind us of our sins? The problem is that we think on them FAR TOO OFTEN!! From the moment we wake until we lay our head down ... and even in our sleep sin-consciousness chases us like a mean dog!! While many religious leaders and teachers profess a strong concern that believers may become too "flippant" about sin, nothing could be further from the truth.
With all the insecurity and depression and bondage and fear and guilt and shame that we see around us in believers everywhere (even in our own lives), isn't it overwhelmingly evident that something is terribly wrong with the whole picture? Flippant about sin? Just how black and blue do believers need to beat themselves to prove how ridiculous that idea is? Do any of you question the reality of how much we punish ourselves? All you gotta do is notice just how fast and how many of us run to the latest Christian self-help program or seminar!! We, as a whole, are suffering incredibly from the heavy guilt, shame, fear and judgment we think we deserve! Oh, on the outside we can put on a pretty good show, but it's just a facade.
The gospel means GOOD NEWS! You want a picture of good news? Just look at the significance of the wine.
This cup is the new covenant in MY blood 1 Corinthians 11:25
Uh ... new covenant?
I will remember their sins no moreJeremiah 31:34
Don't you get it? The reality of what Christ accomplished on the cross is the ONLY place where we can GET AWAY FROM OUR SINS!! The remembrance of HIM found in this representation reminds us that THERE IS NO SIN TO REMEMBER ANYMORE!
What are you beating yourself up over right now? What is it that makes you feel unworthy? What gives you a sense of inferiority? Why in the world are YOU remembering your sins when GOD DOESN'T?
Am I overlooking the obvious references in 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 about eating in "an unworthy manner" and being "guilty of the body and blood" and "he who eats and drinks judgment to himself"? If this passage scares you, then you have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER as to what Paul was saying!! (I will deal more with it and publish it on the website.) Do not fear! There is nothing that is against you or can separate you from the love of God ... not even your fear that there are Bible verses that condemn you!! :)
As you go through your day and are remembering your sins ... remember CHRIST, AND HIM CRUCIFIED instead.
Have a shovelacious day! :) :)