Q. What are the ordinances in the church?
A. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, or Communion. (See page on baptism.)
Q. Isn’t foot-washing an ordinance?
A. No. Foot-washing was done in Bible times because travelers had dusty feet, and when they came into someone’s home, a servant washed their feet out of respect and cleanliness. When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, He was teaching them an example in being a servant to all. We today do not have the need for foot-washing, even though some churches do this. However, it is not an ordinance.
Q. When is the Lord’s Supper observed?
A. In my church, for example, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper once a month on the first Sunday. However, it varies within churches. Some churches observe it every week, some every few months. The important thing is that it is observed because Jesus Christ ordained it.
Q. Why do I have to confess my sins to God and get right with Him before partaking of the Lord’s Supper?
A. Because in 1 Corinthians 11:27-30, the Bible teaches that if we partake of the Lord’s Supper unworthily, we are eating and drinking damnation (judgment) unto our self; in other words, Jesus Christ is to be honored in the Lord’s Supper in that we remember His supreme sacrifice on the cross for us. We can’t treat Him as something common or unclean, so we must show reverence and discern the Lord’s body by confessing our sin to Him before we participate. This is a good question. See this informative article: Not Chosen To Salvation
Q. What if I don’t confess my sins?
A. Then you are trampling upon the blood of Christ by treating it shamefully, and you will be severely chastened of the Lord. The Lord’s Supper is not to be trifled with. See above article.
Q. Can children partake of the Lord’s Supper?
A. Yes, they can, if they are born again. Communion (the Lord’s Supper) is only for born again believers.
Q. What if my child is not saved? Can he/she still participate?
A. No. They must be shown and taught that they need to believe that Christ died for their sins so they may be saved first. Then they can participate. Until then, it is discouraged.
Q. What if I as an adult am not saved? Can I participate in the Lord’s Supper?
A. No. You must be a born again child of God. Communion is for BELIEVERS ONLY. Until you are saved, it is forbidden for you to partake of Communion.
Q. What is the difference between open communion and closed communion?
A. Open communion is given openly to the church during church service. Wikipedia says, “Closed communion is the practice of restricting the serving of the elements of Holy Communion to those who are members in good standing of a particular church, denomination, sect, or congregation.” However, “Holy Communion” here means the same as the Catholic Eucharist, which is a falsehood. I don’t trust Wicked-pedia, I only know the meaning of open communion. I’ll have to get back to you on that.
Q. Is the Roman Catholic Eucharist the Lord’s Supper?
A. Though they may falsely claim it to be, during each Mass Catholics are participating in a sinful act their priests call “transubstantiation”, in which the priest has the so-called “power” to call down the body, soul and spirit of Christ out of heaven and into the wafer they call the Eucharist. This is a man-made doctrine of devils and cannot be the same as the Christian church’s ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.
Q. But I always thought that the Eucharist is the same as the Lord’s Supper. What’s the difference?
A. Catholic tradition is not Bible doctrine. What Catholics teach is a thousand miles away from what the Bible says. Christians partake of the Lord’s Supper IN REMEMBRANCE of what Jesus Christ did for them. Catholics worship their wafer god and claim that it IS God (see picture of a monstrosity they call a “monstrance”).
That circle in the center houses the wafer god. It is an abomination, and God hates it.
Q. Is it real wine being drunk at the Lord’s Supper?
A. No, in the Christian church it is only non-fermented grape juice. During the Mass, Catholic priests drink real fermented wine out of a gold cup called a chalice. This is another huge difference in the Catholic vs. the Christian churches.
Q. Why is it only the priest drinks the wine?
A. Because in the Catholic church certain powers are given only to the priests. The laity (common men) is forbidden certain privileges the priests have. In the Roman Catholic church, everything is diametrically opposed to the truths found in the Bible. The Catholic religion is a false cult, and God wants you to come out of it now and be born again (2 Corinthians 6:17).
I hope this helps.