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Do non-Catholic Christians take communion?

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Posted: 8/14/2014 12:26 AM

Do non-Catholic Christians take communion? 


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Posted: 8/14/2014 12:58 AM

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I used to belong to an Old Regular Baptist church and once a month we would have feet washing, eat unleavened bread, and drink unfermented grape juice. Only members of the church participated in the process.

I have never been to a Catholic church so I do not really know their communion procedure.
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Posted: 8/14/2014 4:37 AM

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I'm not catholic but I've taken communion in catholic and non Catholic Churches before....?
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Posted: 8/14/2014 4:55 AM

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I don't see the need to take part in communion. I will confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins.

But, that's just me.

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Posted: 8/14/2014 5:22 AM

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I don't see the need to take part in communion. I will confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins.

But, that's just me.

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I think Christ left some instructions about it.
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Posted: 8/14/2014 6:34 AM

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I don't see the need to take part in communion. I will confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins.

But, that's just me.

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I think Christ left some instructions about it.

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Yeah I never thought it was denominational.... Pretty much universal instruction.
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Posted: 8/14/2014 6:41 AM

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Posted: 8/14/2014 7:42 AM

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blugldmn wrote:


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I think Christ left some instructions about it.

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Yeah I never thought it was denominational.... Pretty much universal instruction.


Looks like SC quoted the instructions. biggrin
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Posted: 8/14/2014 8:34 AM

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I have attended both Methodist and Pentecostal Churches that have done communion at both of them. I don't think it is a Catholic exclusive thing.





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Posted: 8/14/2014 9:12 AM

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Communion — among the believers

This sharing was part of life after adult baptism from the first days of the church:

Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

It is also something that the apostles used to signal with a special handshake to show common purpose in the work:

Gal.2:9 and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

And Paul describes the donation of the church at Philippi as “fellowship” or “communion” with him in his work.

Phil.1;7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 

Or you all have fellowship with me in grace

The taking of bread and wine was instituted by Jesus (Matt.26:26) and is explained as follows by Paul:

1Co.11:23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 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.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

The true meaning then, as seen here, is: (1) remembrance of Christ; (2) proclaiming his death (and of course resurrection); and (3) a sign till he returns.

Why is it so necessary to a Christian’s life?

Firstly because Jesus commanded it. Secondly because it is a very real sign, both to the individual believer, and collectively of belonging, together, to Christ. Thirdly because it provides an opportunity to meet together.

Luke 22:15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it [again] until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

Heb 10:25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

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Posted: 8/14/2014 9:14 AM

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At out Southern Baptist church, the largest in the USA, we have communion on a once a month basis and it is open to anyone, regardless of denomination, who has accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.
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Posted: 8/14/2014 9:18 AM

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non-catholics are not to receive communion in the catholic church  (explanation involves baptism into church etc) but are encouraged to participate by being blessed if they are at a catholic mass...

The Holy Eucharist is the most important of the seven sacraments because, in this and in no other sacrament, we receive the very body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Innumerable, precious graces come to us through the reception of Holy Communion. 

Communion is an intimate encounter with Christ, in which we sacramentally receive Christ into our bodies, that we may be more completely assimilated into his. "The Eucharist builds the Church," as Pope John Paul II said (Redemptor Hominis 20). It deepens unity with the Church, more fully assimilating us into Christ (1 Cor. 12:13; CCC 1396). 

The Eucharist also strengthens the individual because in it Jesus himself, the Word made flesh, forgives our venial sins and gives us the strength to resist mortal sin. It is also the very channel of eternal life: Jesus himself. 

In John’s gospel, Jesus summarized the reasons for receiving Communion when he said: 

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever" (John 6:53–58). 

Because of the gravity of Jesus’ teaching on receiving the Eucharist, the Church encourages Catholics to receive frequent Communion, even daily Communion if possible, and mandates reception of the Eucharist at least once a year during the Easter season.

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Posted: 8/14/2014 9:20 AM

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flamtnr wrote: non-catholics are not to receive communion in the catholic church  (explanation involves baptism into church etc) but are encouraged to participate by being blessed if they are at a catholic mass...

The Holy Eucharist is the most important of the seven sacraments because, in this and in no other sacrament, we receive the very body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Innumerable, precious graces come to us through the reception of Holy Communion. 

Communion is an intimate encounter with Christ, in which we sacramentally receive Christ into our bodies, that we may be more completely assimilated into his. "The Eucharist builds the Church," as Pope John Paul II said (Redemptor Hominis 20). It deepens unity with the Church, more fully assimilating us into Christ (1 Cor. 12:13; CCC 1396). 

The Eucharist also strengthens the individual because in it Jesus himself, the Word made flesh, forgives our venial sins and gives us the strength to resist mortal sin. It is also the very channel of eternal life: Jesus himself. 

In John’s gospel, Jesus summarized the reasons for receiving Communion when he said: 

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever" (John 6:53–58). 

Because of the gravity of Jesus’ teaching on receiving the Eucharist, the Church encourages Catholics to receive frequent Communion, even daily Communion if possible, and mandates reception of the Eucharist at least once a year during the Easter season.

It appears the Catholic Church could learn a bit from the Southern Baptist church I attend.

Communion should have nothing to do with being in the "church" but everything to do with being in a a relationship with Jesus.
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Posted: 8/14/2014 9:24 AM

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I did at an episcopal church
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Posted: 8/14/2014 9:25 AM

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TXEER wrote:
It appears the Catholic Church could learn a bit from the Southern Baptist church I attend.

Communion should have nothing to do with being in the "church" but everything to do with being in a a relationship with Jesus.

It appears you could learn a bit about what is meant by "the church."

I realize you think less of Catholics (and quite a few other denominations) because you don't know any better.
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Posted: 8/14/2014 9:29 AM

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...and of course that includes gays being in a relationship with Jesus....
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Posted: 8/14/2014 9:32 AM

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dotphan wrote:
TXEER wrote:
It appears the Catholic Church could learn a bit from the Southern Baptist church I attend.

Communion should have nothing to do with being in the "church" but everything to do with being in a a relationship with Jesus.

It appears you could learn a bit about what is meant by "the church."

I realize you think less of Catholics (and quite a few other denominations) because you don't know any better.
As long as a Catholic accepts Jesus they are as "Christian" as anyone else. I daresay the Catholic Church does not take the same open minded position about other denominations.

But this is what he said ..." non-catholics are not to receive communion in the catholic church  (explanation involves baptism into church etc) "

And that according to the Bible is incorrect.

Salvation is not about "church" membership regardless of the denomination,,,,it is about a relationship with Jesus.

Now for the question of the day.

Does the Catholic Church teach that in order to have eternal life with Jesus is it a requirement that you must be baptized into the Catholic Church?

And with respect to the Catholic Church, I certainly have my disagreements but do not confuse me with Magneto!

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Posted: 8/14/2014 9:57 AM

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TXEER wrote:
flamtnr wrote: non-catholics are not to receive communion in the catholic church  (explanation involves baptism into church etc) but are encouraged to participate by being blessed if they are at a catholic mass...

The Holy Eucharist is the most important of the seven sacraments because, in this and in no other sacrament, we receive the very body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Innumerable, precious graces come to us through the reception of Holy Communion. 

Communion is an intimate encounter with Christ, in which we sacramentally receive Christ into our bodies, that we may be more completely assimilated into his. "The Eucharist builds the Church," as Pope John Paul II said (Redemptor Hominis 20). It deepens unity with the Church, more fully assimilating us into Christ (1 Cor. 12:13; CCC 1396). 

The Eucharist also strengthens the individual because in it Jesus himself, the Word made flesh, forgives our venial sins and gives us the strength to resist mortal sin. It is also the very channel of eternal life: Jesus himself. 

In John’s gospel, Jesus summarized the reasons for receiving Communion when he said: 

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever" (John 6:53–58). 

Because of the gravity of Jesus’ teaching on receiving the Eucharist, the Church encourages Catholics to receive frequent Communion, even daily Communion if possible, and mandates reception of the Eucharist at least once a year during the Easter season.

It appears the Catholic Church could learn a bit from the Southern Baptist church I attend.

Communion should have nothing to do with being in the "church" but everything to do with being in a a relationship with Jesus.
I do agree. The Catholic Church is arrogant about their Eucharist. I was baptised a Lutheran when I was an infant, but I did convert with RCIA to marry my 1st Wife. IMO as long as your a christian and believe, one should be able to take Communion at any Christian Church.
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Posted: 8/14/2014 10:08 AM

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I have to disagree with you on this one Tex. The bible discusses allowing or accepting sin in the church. It gives us a couple parables to relate it to. "And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." Matthew 5:30. I know people can interpret this in different ways, but I take "body" as meaning the church. " For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ." corinthians 12:12

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7urge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." Corinthians 5:6. "But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat." Corinthians 5:11.

"But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils." Corinthian 10:20-21


These scriptures lead me to believe that a church should be concerned with how their members act. The bible actually lays out steps to addressing the sinful acts of members. "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matthew 18:16-19.

Now you are probably wondering what point I am trying to make Tex, because you clearly said that your church allows communion with anyone who has accepted Jesus. The issue arises when you take communion with those you do not know. There are many that confess the Lord with their mouth, but their heart is far from him. I guess you could call it more of a precautionary measure, instead of an exclusionary act.
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Posted: 8/14/2014 11:25 AM

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   I believe this, your relationship with Jesus is between you and Jesus, I nor anyone else can truly know where that relationship is.  As far as communion, I believe you need to have that relationship and it be in good standing beforehand.  However, if you choose not to participate then it's not up to me to judge why or why not. That is between you and God.  It's none of my business and does not have anything to do with your salvation.
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