James made a big deal about the frequency of the Cathedral’s taking of the Lord’s Supper. I find this to be really interesting, as Norm talked about it earlier in the week.
They both said that the Church of Christ takes it weekly, on the first day of the week, because in Acts 20:7, which says:
“And upon the first [day] of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.”
Now, it’s fine if they want to observe the Lord’s Supper each week. However, these passages don’t say the NT church took the Lord’s Supper each time they gathered on the first of the week, it says they gathered on the first day, broke bread, and listened to teaching. If you do a study of the number of times “break bread” is found in the NT, you find it about 12 times. About half of those times are direct references to the Lord’s Supper. The other half are talking about people having a meal. I don’t see any reason for saying that weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper is an imperative.
For some reason, James started quoting 1 Cor 11:23-26 to help support his position. He was making a big deal out of “as oft as ye drink it” and “eat it”. He got distracted by a phone call, and never came back to the point he was making, but I really hope he wasn’t trying to say that the “as oft as” passages were telling people that they had to take communion weekly. It’s just saying that Christians are to remember Christ and His sacrifice whenever the Lord’s Supper is taken.
Again, I think it’s fine if a church takes the Lord’s Supper weekly. However, I don’t think it’s fine for a church to stand in judgment of a church that doesn’t. There is no Biblical justification for this sort of judgment.