I have often been rebuked for my teaching on communion; I teach that it is not a time for confessing our sin.
Each time this happens the person rebuking me will point out 1 John 1 v 9, as if I’ve never read that verse before!
My reply is to ask them where it says anything about communion in that verse or indeed that whole passage?
“But this is obviously talking about communion”, they say.
What they really mean is that they think it is about communion, or have been taught that it is about communion, so have come to that conclusion.
What they are actually doing is adding their interpretation to Scripture and stating this as fact.
That is a very dangerous thing to do with Scripture.
We are to rightly divide the Word, but not add to it.
Take the account of Ananias and Sapphira; this is another example.
Many people say that God killed them both, and that it states thus in Scripture.
If you carefully read the start of Acts 5 you will have to admit that Scripture does not say that God killed them.
You can make an interpretation and say this, but it is not stated explicitly.
Scripture is to be rightly divided and not added to.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your written Word, and thank you for the Holy Spirit who is here to help us understand the truth within”.
1 John 1 v 9…..If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness