Is it a sin to receive communion without first going to confession?


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Mini Jennifer Henkel Bible/History Middle School Teacher, Lover of the OT!
If, by "going to confession," you mean going to a church building, and telling your sins to a human priest, then NO, this is unnecessary.

Forgiveness of our debt to God cannot be doled out by any human. Our forgiveness of sin comes when we confess our sins to God, through Jesus Christ, our only mediator needed (Hebrews 9:11-15, Hebrews 4:14-16).

Paul tells us that we should first examine ourselves (I Corinthians 11:27-32) before taking communion, so that we are not participating in an unworthy manner. I believe this would include confessing your sins privately, to God, through prayer, being truly sorry for them. Then you are ready to take communion!

Communion in the early church was actually a pot-luck affair, in which the attendees would bring food to share, and remember Christ's death during the dinner when they ate bread and drank wine, which would have been a normal part of every meal (See 1 Corinthians 11). They often ate together (possibly every night), because they loved being together and sharing what Christ had been doing in their lives.

How we ended up eating a tiny bit of bread, matzoh, wafer, etc and sipping a bit of wine or grape juice, and worse, teaching that the little wafer magically becomes Jesus' actual body, and you have to "eat" a certain amount of Jesus during your lifetime in order to go to Heaven (paganism!) is really tragic and not Biblical.

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