I am inquiring whether an "inverted bilateral" is possible, where the inference is surrounded by two grounding claims. Comments appreciated
Published January 22nd, 2020; Updated January 22nd, 2020
Main point summary
The Corinthian church's factions invalidate their participation in the Lord's supper and leave them without ground for commendation from Paul.
1 Corinthians 11:17-22
But in the following instructions I do not commend you,
I cannot say anything good about your church gatherings.
because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.
The reason I can't commend you is because your church gatherings aren't making you better, they are making you worse.
For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, r I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, 1 for s there must be factions among you in order t that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.
The reason your church makes you worse, rather than better, is because it is riddled with factions and divisions.
When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat.
Therefore, your meals where you break bread together aren't really the Lord's supper, they are just a spiritual sham.
For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, u another gets drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise v the church of God and w humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you?
The reason they are a spiritual sham is because your eating is entirely self-absorbed, without any care or concern for the body.
Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.
Therefore, I cannot say anything to commend your church gathering.