Who is driving? Solomon wrote in Proverbs 16:9, â€œIn his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines
I have followed with pain and interest the constant reports in the southern New Mexico newspapers about the deaths and child abuse of small children over the past five years. These are cases of serious injury and/or death to very small children that were caused by the parenting adults living with the child. In nearly every case, there was a working woman with one or more children, and a live in boyfriend that was freeloading off the woman. The death or serious injury of a child that was participated in or allowed by the mother was caused by the live-in male. A constant thread ran through the newspaper reports; the male in the house was called a â€œfatherâ€ yet had no true responsibility for or had never bonded with the infant. The infant began to cry while the mother was at work and the live-in male was supposed to be baby sitting. It didnâ€™t take long till the live in became angry and began to hurt the baby to keep it quiet. Death was not far away. It breaks my heart to see mothers of babies and small children move in a non-related man and allow him to have parental responsibilities, just because she wants a man in her bed. This is tossing infants to the wind.
There are two sacraments universally accepted by the biblical-centered churches of Jesus Christ. One is baptism, and we will address that on another occasion; the other is the Lordâ€™s Supper also called communion, referred to in the Bible as breaking bread and fellowship. Since I said I wanted to bring a biblical review, I will bring what the Bible says about communion without regard to particular denominational teachings. I know that in 1215 A.D. the Roman Catholic church came with a doctrine of transubstantiation, that the bread and the wine of the Lordâ€™s Supper became the actual body and blood of Christ. They teach that each communion service causes Jesus to be sacrificed again; however, Paul writes in the book of Hebrews that Jesusâ€™ sacrifice was for once and for all time (Hebrew 9:12 & 28). The thing I believe that the Roman Catholics had right was the â€œAs oft as ye meet togetherâ€ understanding. They realized that the first church in Jerusalem â€œEvery day they continued to meet together in the temple courts, they broke bead in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere heartsâ€ (Acts 2:46). The Roman Catholics understand that there is as much scriptural direction for offering the Lordâ€™s Supper daily as there is weekly. We find no place in the Bible where the Lordâ€™s Supper was a monthly, quarterly or yearly sacrament and celebration. Acts 20:7 tells us that Paul was visiting in Troas and it was the Lordâ€™s day (Sunday), â€œOn the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people, and because he intended to leave the next day, kept talking until midnight.â€ As important as Dr. Luke knew the Apostle to be, he is mentioned second to the communion service on a regular Sunday. It was a little over a week since the Jewish Passover, so it was just a regular Sunday. Everything we find in the writings of the first several centuries, the Lordâ€™s Supper was at least a weekly remembrance.
When you use the word church in the twenty-first century western world, you conjure up a lot of different meanings. To some they mentally see a cathedral with stained glass windows such as the beautiful Notre Dame of Paris, France. To others a country church that is located at the cross- roads of county lanes, a simple frame structure which is much like all the farm houses in the neighborhood. In the New Testament, the Greek word translated church means the called out ones. It refers to the people that are a part of the family of God, not the building. Western usage in Europe and then transferred to the United States began to call the meeting house a church. We are kind of stuck with that culturally here in the west.