In reply to the post at http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/aug2010/jim811.htm I don't see anything in the Bible passage below where the Lord Jesus said we are healed by taking of the bread and the wine or grape juice during communion. And if anyone knows of any New Testament scripture where someone was healed after doing so during communion, please let me know what the scripture is.1 Corinthians 11:23-32 says,, "For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the [same] night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink [this] cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of [that] bread, and drink of [that] cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many [are] weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world."However, there is a Bible scripture showing that 2 believers named Ananias and his wife Sapphira died from lying according to Acts 5:1-11. Do you think they unworthily took of the bread and the wine, and the Lord chastened them by premature death as an example to other believers not to lie? Then there is an instance of a believer committing fornication with his father's wife in 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, and Paul says in verses 3-5, "For varily as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." If this believer who was a fornicator was taking the bread and wine in communion, then he was eating the bread and drinking the wine unworthily, and could expect to be chastened by the Lord because he is not discerning that the Lord's body was a pure sacrifice for his sins.So yes, believers commit sins, but none of us would want to be in a state of sin like fornication or adultery, for example, which is on going until repented of which is why believers need to examine themselves before taking the bread and the wine, and repent of any sins in their life and confess them so we don't end up being chastened by the Lord through sickness or premature death.And any believer needing healing needs to believe Isaiah 53:5, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." We also need to believe 1 Peter 2:24, "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes we were healed." Also James 5:14-16 says, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." There is nothing in these passages that we should take the bread and the wine in communion and be healed. It has to do with the prayer of faith.We are also cleansed of all unrighteousness and sin by the blood of Jesus Christ when we ask forgiveness of our sins. As we know disobedience to the Lord and sin can cause sickness and death. 1 John 1:5-10 says, "This then is the message which we have heard of him and declare unto you, that God, is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."Then of course, there is the apostle Paul who had a thorn in his flesh, an infirmity, which the Lord wouldn't take away from him according to 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 although Paul asked the Lord 3 times to remove it, and it isn't wasn't because Paul was unworthily partaking of the bread and the wine that he had this infirmity. So unworthily partaking of the bread and the wine in communion isn't the only reason why believers become sick, and taking the bread and the wine in communion didn't heal Paul who was an Apostle commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus.2 Corinthians 12:7-9, "And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."Then in Acts 9:36-43 we find a certain disciple named Tabitha who did good works and almsdeeds, and she became sick and died. Peter prayed, and said "Tabitha arise." She sat up and was alive. So taking the bread and the wine in communion didn't heal this disciple either. Otherwise, she wouldn't have died in the first place.So it looks like there is more than one reason for born again believers to become sick or die besides unworthily taking of the bread and the wine in communion.I also do not believe that we have to discern that the bread in communion is the actual body of Christ after we eat it nor do we have to discern that the wine is the actual blood of Christ after we drink it which makes us unworthily eating the bread and unworthily drinking the wine. We are supposed to examine ourselves of our sins before taking communion and discern that the Lord Jesus body and blood was a pure sacrifice for our sins, and we have no business taking communion if we haven't repented of our sins before communion.