Christmas Under Intense Attack This Holiday Season
The holiday season is here again, and with it has come the predictable attacks on Nativity scenes, Christmas trees ‚ÄĒ and Charlie Brown? That's right, Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown, the theatrical adaptation of a Peanuts holiday cartoon children and families have enjoyed for years, is under attack from an atheist group that caught wind that an elementary school in Little Rock, Arkansas, was going to take some of its students to see the play at a local church.
According to the Christian Post, teachers at Little Rock's Terry Elementary School sent a letter home duly warning parents that the play at nearby Agape Church might ‚Äúexpose your child to Christianity,‚ÄĚ so ‚Äúif you prefer your child to not attend the program they may stay at school.‚ÄĚ
While the musical's storyline, which finds Peanuts mainstay Charlie Brown in search of the true meaning of Christmas, can hardly be termed an overt promotion of...
John Yurich USA wrote: Well those professing Christians are not insane to believe that by celebrating the Birth of Our Lord Jesus or by sinning in any way that they will lose their salvation. They know that the Bible states that if any one who is Born Again sins all they have to do is ask Jesus for forgiveness and they are instantly forgiven. But you loons on here who are against celebrating the Birth of Our Lord Jesus believe that if one who is Born Again celebrates the Birth of Our Lord Jesus or does anything else not mentioned in the Bible that one can lose ones salvation.
John, do you believe calling people names enhances your arguments?
America wrote: Let us hear the conclusion of the matter. Two very wise and old pastors who have gone on to glory said. The other said he had professing Christians tell him they did not care what the truth was about Xmas they were having it anyway.
Well those professing Christians are not insane to believe that by celebrating the Birth of Our Lord Jesus or by sinning in any way that they will lose their salvation. They know that the Bible states that if any one who is Born Again sins all they have to do is ask Jesus for forgiveness and they are instantly forgiven. But you loons on here who are against celebrating the Birth of Our Lord Jesus believe that if one who is Born Again celebrates the Birth of Our Lord Jesus or does anything else not mentioned in the Bible that one can lose ones salvation.
Let us hear the conclusion of the matter. Two very wise and old pastors who have gone on to glory said. Just try and get that idol of Xmas out of their hand. They will turn and rend you. The other said he had professioning Christians tell him they did not care what the truth was about Xmas they were having it anyway.
"We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority." - (Charles Spurgeon, Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871).
"As long as I've been a minister, as long as I've been engaged in the work of Christ, as long as I've been a Christian, I would say the year 1994 has been the year of the most difficult stress and struggle, theologically, that I have ever witnessed. I honestly believe that there's been no time since the 16th century when evangelicalism was in worse shape than today. I am watching Reformed Christianity in America come apart at the seams. I'm watching evangelicalism about to disappear. And I am sensing the intrusion of a new dark age. I wake up every morning thinking about this and I begin to feel the pressure and the enticement and the lure of despair ... til I think of Christmas." -Dr. R. C. Sproul Sr., "How We Should Think Because of Christmas"
Happy holidays wrote: From R.C. and the entire Presbyterian Church in America, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
"From the beginning of their arrival in the America colonies, the Presbyterians, who were mostly transplanted Scots and Ulster Scots, did not observe Christmas or other ‚Äėholy days.‚Äô The Presbyterian view is clearly stated in the appendix to the Westminster Directory for the Public Worship of God, Touching Days and Places for Public Worship: "There is no day commanded in scripture to be kept holy under the gospel but the Lord‚Äôs day, which is the Christian Sabbath. Festival days, vulgarly [commonly] called Holy-days, having no warrant in the word of God, are not to be continued. Nevertheless, it is lawful and necessary, upon special emergent occasions, to separate a day or days for publick fasting or thanksgiving, as the several eminent and extraordinary dispensations of God‚Äôs providence shall administer cause and opportunity to his people. As no place is capable of any holiness, under pretence of whatsoever dedication or consecration; so neither is it subject to such pollution by any superstition formerly used, and now laid aside, as may render it unlawful or inconvenient ...." (WCF on Public Worship)
Rufus wrote: The most merry Christ Mass from the world's perspective: "And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth." - Revelation 11:10
Oh, none of this "Happy Holiday," ah, junk. It's Merry Christmas! But,
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: God hasn't kept His evaluation of man's spiritual condition a secret or left it open to speculation. He has spoken very clearly concerning the seriousness of sin and of the fact that every person has been found guilty, 'for all have sinned.' The temporal and eternal consequences of this verdict are devastating and will be paid - without exception. Death is the payment that will be made to God for every sin, by every person - with one and only one exception. That one exception is that those who will confess their sin, turn from it and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be reconciled to God. Self-righteous attempts will never be sufficient to satisfy God's wrath against sin and payoff the debt incurred by sin.
By faith in Christ alone, not only is sin forgiven but the believer is credited with the righteousness of Christ. His perfect righteousness satisfies the holiness of God, opening the way for a personal, intimate and eternal relationship with God....
Happy holidays wrote: I CAN‚ÄôT THINK OF ANYTHING MORE PLEASING TO CHRIST THAN THE CHURCH CELEBRATING HIS BIRTHDAY EVERY YEAR.‚ÄĒR.C. SPROUL
Exactly: *HE* can't think of anything. That's ever been the problem since the Garden, doing what carnal men think rather than what God has revealed. Do you want to really please God? Then do what he has expressly commanded, instead of dreaming up your own commands.
And none of that answers the ‚ÄúPagan Holiday‚ÄĚ question anyway. Whether it's pagan or not (origins are irrelevant), Christ-Mass is not a Biblical holyday, it's an invention of men, period.
Is Christmas a Pagan¬†Holiday? FROM R.C. Sproul Dec 07, 2012
Tweet¬†this: I CAN‚ÄôT THINK OF ANYTHING MORE PLEASING TO CHRIST THAN THE CHURCH CELEBRATING HIS BIRTHDAY EVERY YEAR.‚ÄĒR.C. SPROUL
"I wish we had more annual festivals. The Roman Catholic Church, for example, celebrates with great joy the Feast of the Ascension every year. Some Protestant bodies do, but most do not. I wish we would celebrate that great event in the life of Christ when he was raised up into heaven to be crowned King of kings and Lord of lords. We celebrate his birth; we celebrate his death. I wish we would also celebrate his¬†coronation." ‚ÄĒR.C. SPROUL
John Yurich USA wrote: I was just thinking along the same lines that Rufus must have a works based theology if Rufus believes that Born Again Christians who celebrate the Birth of Our Lord Jesus will lose their salvation. Rufus, One who is Born Again can't lose their salvation because they may sin. One who is Born Again and sins the Bible states only has to ask Jesus for forgiveness and they are instantly forgiven.
Rest easy, Rufus does not believe any born again believer will lose their eternal salvation for anything one does whether it be good or bad and certainly not whether they choose to celebrate or not celebrate any certain day.
Christmas is a beautiful HOLY day. I always look forward to this time of the year. It is also wonderful to have Christmas trees, candy canes...There isn't anything wrong with this. This is part of a wonderful holy tradition!