The original always trumps the copy. The copy and that which is derived from the original may have some value but can never be as "instrumental" as the original. I'm using this as an analogy between Scripture and hymns.
Connor,the RCs gave us "christmas". If they had not,we would not be celebrating it. Apparently,you have no idea what the RC mass is? "christmas" is taking God's name in vain because it connects Christ with "mass". ..which by the way is an oxymoron. The One who is seated at the right hand of the Father and has FINISHED the work of redemption for us does not leave to be continually offered up as an emaciated victim by anyone.
If we need to do something for salvation,then sending Christ to purchase our redemption/be the propitiation was a waste of time. And then one may also ask how many "good" works must one do to get to Heaven. Hillary's problem is that she has created a god which suits her. The bad news for her and for RCs is that that god doesn't exist.
To care- "christmas",given by the RCC, hasn't changed meaning for them. The RCs are just less deceptive with it. They celebrate the mass;Christians embrace their word and try to redeem it. ..and,of course,Christians who are ensnared by it,wouldn't be if they hadn't succumbed to the culture. Why is it okay to take God's name in vain this time of the year? If it still means the mass of Christ in the RCC,why are we using it? Traditions of men are vain.
j Y,it is unscriptural unless you can show in Scripture where people celebrated it on that date. We don't find anyone celebrating it after the fact either (i.e. years later) The followers of Christ never did. Christians didn't start celebrating it until they gave into the culture and into the RCC. The word didn't even exist until they made it up. The RCC mass never changed. Why would Christians who know better continue to use their word? Hint: a word doesn't change meaning just because people perceive it so. A word cannot mean what it does and simultaneously not. Again,we don't have a license to lie even for outreach purposes. We can and ought to proclaim all of His works daily. Setting aside one false day automatically diminishes the rest. Rejoice daily and drop the lies,however small they are perceived.
We're expecting God to skip over judging us and actually expect Trump to stay true to his promises. The most that he might do is to turn the decision back over to individual states. Hopefully. What he does have going for him is that Hillary is clearly a poor choice. Nothing can really change without prayer and repentance. Repentance is key.
Yes,English Rose,kinda wonder how the obvious escapes us. We don't need a RC invention to proclaim the works of Christ. He came,past tense, and was resurrected. His word is sufficient and needs no help at all from abominable man made traditions. Mixing lies with the truth undermines the truth and even the heathen know this. Well meaning or not,Christians who partake in the lie drag Christ through the mud.
There is no mass,whether it "means that to one" or not, to be celebrated by true Christians. We don't have the liberty to lie.
Yes,Ladybug. What we do know is that we are under judgment. We need to pray and repent. God has been long suffering and merciful towards us. We cannot continue to mock Him before He totally takes His hand off of us. It would appear that it is too late. We're bothered by the sodomites but instead of understanding that God uses them as judgment against our licentiousness,we blame them and the liberals...instead of ourselves. Continuing on the course that we have been and expecting God to intervene is suicide as is placing faith in self-seeking,questionable men.
We're under judgment either way. The candidates well represent who we are as a nation: the self-consumed playboy and the "liberated" woman. Let's continue to pray for both of them and ourselves that we would repent. Ladybug has addressed the issue quite well in other threads.
The word "christmas" diminishes the evangelistic objective. It is critical to keep the truth pure and not mingle it with error. Connor,I am involved in evangelism. Thank you for keeping me in check. We rejoice in Christ always and don't need to negate what He has DONE and will do by using vain traditions.