Justin Martyr 148-155 AD:
“This food we call the Eucharist, of which no one is allowed to partake except one who believes that the things we teach are true, and has received the washing for forgiveness of sins and for rebirth, and who lives as Christ handed down to us. For we do not receive these things as common bread or common drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior being incarnate by God’s Word took flesh and blood for our salvation, so also we have been taught that the food consecrated by the Word of prayer which comes from him, from which our flesh and blood are nourished by transformation, is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus.”
“First Apology”, Ch. 66, inter A.D. 148-155.
—-He says “No one is allowed to partake except one who believes the things we teach our true” Now, if you don’t believe in the same things as the Catholic Church, for example you believe that their doctrines are false here and there, how do you believe what they teach is true? How can you then take communion and be united to a body you believe is teaching false things? You can’t.
Justin also mentions how the communion is real flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. many Protestants do not believe communion is the real flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. So then they take the communion of Catholics which is real consecrated flesh and blood of Jesus but believe its only a symbol!!! Paul speaks of not regarding the body and blood of Christ in 1 Corinthians:
“Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 11:27
It is there and they say its there and if you don’t believe its there, what business have you eating it!!!!!
Letter to the Trallians 3
Correspondingly everyone must show the deacons respect. They represent Jesus Christ, just as the bishop has the role of Father and the presbyters are like God’s council and an apostolic band. You cannot have a church without these.
——-Ignatius says you can’t have a church without the presbytery, bishops and deacons. he states a clear hierarchy. Protestants often don’t have a hierarchy which isn’t the most important issue here. The issue is that Protestants often flat out deny there is any authority of bishops at all! If you don’t even have a church according to Ignatius’s conditions how can you take communion with this church community whose authity you deny?
Ignatius of Antioch 107 AD
Letter to the Smyrnaeans 8
Flee from schism as the source of all mischief.
You should all follow the bishop as Jesus Christ did the Father. Follow too the presbytery as you would the apostles and respect the deacons as you would God’s laws. Nobody must do anything with the church without the bishop’s approval. You should regard that Eucharist as valid which is celebrated by either the bishops or someone who represents him. Where the bishops is present, let the congregation gather, just as where Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic church.
————The Eucharist is valid only when celebrated by the bishop or his representative (the presybter). Therefore Protestants being in schism do not have the SAME EUCHARIST as Catholics do wshom are in communion with the bishops and apostolic presbytery. If yopu are in defiance to the bishop and apostolic presbytery, YES, the church has authority to say “No communion for you!!”
Matthew 18:17-18: ” If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Ignatius, Letter to the Philadelphians 3-4
Be careful to observe one Eucharist. For there is one flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ and one cup of his blood; that makes us one, and one altar just as there is one bishop along with the presbytery and the deacons, my fellow slaves. In that way whatever you do is God’s will.
———The Protestants by maintaining their separation from the apsotolic epicsopacy, are in effect celebrating a different Eucharist in a church body that does not believe what the apostolic church body teaches is true.
There is only one flesh of Jesus Christ. Jesus cannot disagree with himself:
“That all of them may be one, Father, **just as you are in me** and I am in you.” – John 17:21
Therefore when people who believe what the apostolic church teaches is false take the Eucharist, they are in effect divinding Christ. One body in one accord and agreeance takes the Catholic Eucharist, not Bill, Jow and Bob from Bill, Joe and Bob’s church who all disagree with eachother on primary doctrine.
2 Thessalonians 3:6 –
“But, by the authority of the Lord, we command you, brethren, to stand aloof from every brother whose life is disorderly and not in accordance with the teaching which all received from us.”
Whe are not being mean of bigoted when we don’t allow Protestants to take Catholic communion. Communion is not only becomming one body and soul with Christ, but becomming one body and soul with the church body.
1 Corinthians 10:17-
“Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.”
Therefore if we do not agree and are not reconciled to one another, when taking communion, we dishonestly imply a unity of soul and body that is not there. We are not unified, we are not one in accord and heart as Paul teaches us to be. Why pretend?
Another thing, it is just the respectful thing to do when at another church not to take communion unless you are in full agreeance with them.
“make my joy full, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
…….Who goes into another person’s house and says “I have a right to eat whatever’s in your fridge!” Its just plain ruse to assert your own feelings and opinions over the respected tradition of any church. You don’t walk into other people’s churches and say “I can do what I want”. Please people, when visiting other churches, keep to the ettiquete and guidelines of that church so you’ll be welcomed back.
I hope this makes some sense…………….