KEEP THE FEAST RIGHTLY
"... let us keep the feast ... with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth," 1 Corinthians 5'8. Apparently, the Lord's Supper-Table was not being observed this way.
If Believers are going to keep the feast at all only one thing motivates them. It is this: "... Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us," 1 Corinthians 5'7.
Nevertheless, 1 Corinthians chapter 10 refers to ungodly thinking and behaviour in the keeping of this feast. Sadly, in chapter 11 there's more.
It seems they had lost their realisation of being in the presence of God. Consequently, instead of being godly they were being ungodly.
The Elders-Overseers had allowed slackness to set in. They should have been ministering words of teaching, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness so that the feast would be kept in sincerity and truth.
The time had come for God's rebukes, warnings and reminders. All for their own good:
"Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.
For first of all, when you come together as Christ's Called-Out People, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.
For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.
For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in?
Or do you despise the Called-Out Ones of God and shame those who have nothing?
What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this?
I do not praise you," 1 Corinthians 11'17-22.
Strong, straight words, indeed!