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Churches Refuse Communion

Should churches refuse communion to non-members?

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 ---mima on 11/14/05
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No! Communion is between the person taking the communion and God. However, I know why some churches require you to be a member in order for them to give you communion - they feel it's their Christian responsibility to guard the communion from non-Christians. The "down side" to this is they are stating all the members of the church are Christians.
---WIVV on 1/29/08


1 Corinthians 11:23-29, especially verse 29. Churches may not give communion to non-members, see also Chapter 10. This communion joins us together in common belief. Unless that new person shares your belief regarding the communion and understands how to be properly prepared to receive it, it would be wrong and dangerous to share this with them. This is not about hospitality.
---lorra8574 on 7/4/07


NO, that is the basis of the church. As the body of christ we are to open our hearts to anyone seeking God. How else to honor Him then by helping people to Christ!
---Anita on 7/4/07


As long as you belong to the body of Christ, you can take communion. It is Christ's communion, not the church's personal communion. But non-belivers should not take communion. See 1 Corinthians. "For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself" (1 Corinthians 11:29, NIV).
---wes on 12/15/05


I am not a member of my church, nor was I at my previous 2 churches (totalling 28 years). My previous 2 were 'free' churches and my present one is denominational but I never refer to myself as anything other than a Christian because I think that is the only title that matters. I have never been refused communion and, on enquiring recently about baptism, was also told that lack of membership would make no difference. I am a member of God's family and believe that is the only membership necessary.
---M.A. on 12/15/05




No, I don't think so. Reason being, when we had communion last week our pastor used communion as an oppurtunity to witness to folks that hadn't excepted Jesus as their Savior yet.
---Rickey on 12/15/05


But who decides what makes a "member"? IF it is the church organization then yes they have that right. The church is a private club with private rules and rituals. IF it is the Bible then all who profess Jesus is the Christ and they follow Him, then no one has the right to refuse communion and fellowship. Seems so logical to me... Why must we be a member anyway? Why not just a Christian? Thou hast a name...
---mike_fl on 11/29/05


Churches should not refuse communion to anyone just because they are not a member of that particular church. However, they should also not say that the communion table is there for everyone who wishes to partake. It is there for those who truly love Jesus, not for those who just choose to attend church on a Sunday whether it's their own or one they are visiting. Those who refuse based on non-membership alone and those who will give to all regardless are probably the ones we should not attend.
---M.P. on 11/17/05


The RCC will not allow a non-catholic to recieve the elements of communion during their services.
---NVBarbara on 11/16/05


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