I’m sitting here in tears as I just found out about an even deeper falling away of one of the supposed churches of Jesus Christ, Revolution Church in Minneapolis, with Rev Jay Bakker. He exchanged the pure symbol of the body of Christ, with the symbol of homosexuality and offered it as a remembrance of the suffering of gays in place of Holy Communion.
Bakker and his wife recently reloaded from New York City to Minneapolis to start another Revolution Church, the first of which meets in a bar in Brooklyn. To celebrate the first day of his new church, and the recent decision of legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota, Bakker and his wife and daughter thought it would be a great idea to bake rainbow-colored communion break to share at the church service.
“…the rainbow communion bread became a really beautiful thing,” explains Bakker. “It was special to honor Christ as well as to honor those LGBT people who didn’t make it this far and hope for a better future. It became a real source of redemption.”
Bakker understood that the rainbow communion started people questioning his orthodoxy. He responds that “I don’t think Jesus is insecure about sharing communion with others, including gay folks who suffered. So many lives have been lost because of what Christians say and preach. Heterosexisim and homophobia are deadly.” Bakker commented that it was especially important to him that the first day of his new church was Mother’s Day, saying “it was like there was a big eyelash in the sky winking at me.” – Per Huffington Post.
The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, is nothing to take lightly. Jesus didn’t take it lightly and neither did His disciples. The bread represented His very body, the body that would be shortly whipped and beaten beyond recognition, the body that would have nails pounded into it, the body that would hang for three hours from the cross gasping to catch his breath, and the body that died and was poured out as a sacrifice for those who would put their faith in Him, so that the Holy, Heavenly Father would be able to accept His children back into His family. Partaking in Holy Communion is remembering the sacrifice that was poured out for you and I. It is not remembering the works or sufferings of man, but only the works and sufferings of Jesus Christ.
- Luke 22:19-20 “And when Jesus had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them saying, “This is My body, which is given for you, do this in remembrance of me. And in the same way, He took the cup after they eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
Paul, the writer of most of the New Testament, didn’t take it too lightly either. In Paul’s opinion, if someone were to eat the bread or drink the wine in a way that was not worthy of the body of Christ, he would be guilty of judgement from Father God. This is a serious accusation. He spent much of 1 Corinthians 11 chewing out the people of Corinth, who were making a mockery out of the Lord’s Supper. They were not taking it seriously for what it really meant. They were taking the body and blood and changing it into their own versions, which including taking out the true meaning associated with the meal.
- 1 Corin 11: (various verses)- 17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good…20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, …22… What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!” 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment.
To counteract Bakker, I totally disagree with him that “Jesus isn’t insecure about sharing communion with others, including gay folks who suffered.” The meal of Jesus Christ’s body and blood is only about Him. This meal is not about anyone else. We do not take this meal to remember our sufferings. We take this meal to remember His sufferings only. He will not share His glory with anyone else and those who come to His table unrepentant are unworthy to partake in His meal. By modifying this meal to our own liking, we are going against the very standards set by the one who’s body was broken and crushed.
- Isaiah 2:11 “The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.”
- Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
See my previous post explaining the full details of the Lord’s Supper & Holy Communion