What false humility is this? Why would anyone think such a ridiculous disclaimer. Does he consider himself that great, as a political savior? Is he delusional thinking he needs to say this about himself lest he be worshipped? He's too young and filled with self glory to be trusted to high office.
It is forbidden for Christians to participate or celebrate a heretical false faith invented by a false prophet. You will not see him attempt to enter any mainstream Protestant evangelical or conservative Baptist church whom he considers inherently bigoted and evil. He legitimizes the illegitimate and impugnes the more sound yet claims to be a Christian. The apostles would disown him and have no fellowship with him.
wondering So it's not a Roman Catholic day but yet Protestants do it? And what is the basis of observing it? Tradition? Whose tradition? The day is that from paganism and adopted by the Roman Catholic Church by Constantine on the day of Saturnalia celebrated by pagan Rome. Spurgeon admitted that the day is therefore "superstition". So why should we observe something arbitrary as if it is a law in require attendance or even expect it when it is really an excuse together and quote remember before everybody goes home and exchanges presents with trees which has no basis whatsoever except from ancient custom of the pagans. The confusing of December 25th and even the name Christmas is erroneous and misleading to Christians. If we fear God why can't we do otherwise?
Something worse? And this is complement? Do we need his endorsement? Atheism leads to anarchy and it's opposite, totalitarianism to restrain it. In that regard paganism in Rome was better than ahtheism, which is a more recent 19th century innovation
important Sermon! any church where there is no fear of God and the pastors always smile and the spirit of levity and joking around prevails it cannot be a true church. If the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom the lack thereof shows foolishness only. Levity is the mark of the world. People dislike all seriousness anymore. Where do you find levity in the Bible or Jesus? Only among mockers. It never says Jesus laughed, only wept. God only laughs in scorn upon wicked rebels who dare conspire against him. Silly humor is rebuked in Colossians
important Sermon! The second commandment is most relevant to worship today but is ignored. The timing of this relates directly to so called Christmas which is contrary to this commandment. As far as preferences versus God's requirements it begs the question about the use of massive pipe organs, which is a tradition of men.
important! George Lucas admitted in an interview at the advent of the first Star Wars that the purpose of the series was to introduce Americans to a new way of thinking. It is filled with occult mystery religion, witchcraft, it's not innocent fiction. It's indoctrination on a much greater scale than that of Harry Potter. Christians have no business patronizing this film or taking their families and children to it for mere Entertainment.
Same exact thing George W. Bush said which is factually true. Why politicize it? It's also true that Isis tries to paint it this way to cast USA as Crusaders to recruit Muslims and sympathizers for Jihad, i.e. militants defense in their eyes....the motive at Ft Hood, San Bernadino, and Paris.
....."If it be not lawful to make the image of God the Father, yet may we not make an image of Christ, who took upon him the nature of man?
No! Epiphanies, seeing an image of Christ hanging in a church, brake it in pieces. It is Christ's Godhead, united to his manhood, that makes him to be Christ; therefore to picture his manhood, when we cannot picture his Godhead, is a sin, because we make him to be but half Christ - we separate what God has joined, we leave out that which is the chief thing which makes him to be Christ.
But how shall we conceive of God aright, if we may not make any image or resemblance of him?
We must conceive of God spiritually. (1) In his attributes - his holiness, justice, goodness - which are the beams by which his divine nature shines forth. (2) We must conceive of him as he is in Christ. Christ is the 'Image of the invisible God' as in the wax we see the print of the seal. Col 1: 15. Set the eyes of your faith on Christ-God-man. 'He that has seen me, has seen the Father.' John 14: 9.
"Avoid superstition, which is a bridge that leads over to Rome. Superstition is bringing any ceremony, fancy, or innovation into God's worship, which he never appointed. It is provoking God, because it reflects much upon his honour, as if he were not wise enough to appoint the manner of his own worship. He hates all strange fire ..." Thomas Watson, the Second Commandment.
The Puritans frequently pointed out that God used Mohammedanism as they called it to punish areas of false Christianity. Usually from the excesses of idolatry and ritualism. But today May be more so because of the worldliness , casualness, and absolute stupid and silliness of modern Christianity which no longer has any credibility. see also Dabney on the attractions of popery.
Only people whose minds are driven by television promotion and propaganda of terrorism are more fearful than of people driving on the roads everyday as they should be. The threat is exaggerated from a few incidents and political posturing.
Once you go down the road of accepting worship forbidden by the second commandment and following the pure New Testament pattern, i.e with no musical instruments ceremonies vestments etc. this is the end result
Don't miss the article also in BP news how Baptist are gradually creeping into ritualistic idolatry about Christmas and the quote Advent season unquote:
Anglicans and Lutherans maintained Advent. Puritans -- British and American Christians who sought to purify the Church of England in the 1500s and 1600s -- believed churches should eliminate all worship practices without clear biblical warrant, and they included Advent in that category. In fact, they eliminated all Christian celebrations except the Lord's Day.
Early Baptists, with many of their roots in Puritanism, "would have shared that sort of attitude," Haykin said.
Not until the late 1700s did Baptists' aversion to Christmas start to shift, with English pastor John Ryland, for example, preaching a Christmas sermon. By the mid-1800s, Baptists began to celebrate Christmas more broadly, Haykin and Norman said.
Basil Manly Jr., one of Southern Seminary's founding professors, wrote in an 1867 letter that "a custom has sprung up, since the [Civil] War began, of having a Christmas tree." London pastor Charles Spurgeon said in an 1891 sermon that while "perhaps it is not right to have the birthday [of Christ] celebrated," he would "say nothing, today, against festivities on that great birthday of Christ."