Could the church have been all wrong about the Lord’s Supper/Communion/Eucharist? Brethren writer Vernard Eller asked this question years ago and made it the title of a book. Admittedly, phrased this way, the question is a shocker. It’s a shocker to those who put a lot of stock in church history as a support for doctrine and practice. But the question is not off-base. Especially when you consider that there’s not a whole lot of Scripture devoted to instruction on how to observe the Lord’s Supper. I have read at least one writer make the (I think) legitimate observation that there is clearer explanation in Scripture on how to perform feetwashing than the Lord’s Supper.
There are some who scoff at those who show concern for identifying the “right” way to do some church ceremony or ritual. Well, as far as I’m concerned, scoff away! The reason I care about the right way to do ritual is not because I’m obsessive-compulsive about Bible interpretation. No – I care about this because I want to understand the Lord’s Supper’s intended meaning, and I want to personally gain from the Lord’s Supper the benefit that God intends for me. Continue reading Could the Church Have It All Wrong about the Lord’s Supper?