Great Sermon! I formerly knew about all the pagan origins of Christmas, but as I spoke to others about them, I added that we need not worry, as long as we are remembering Christ's birth. Now I know better why I was wrong.
Is Christmas From Christ or Antichrist? Thanks for the comment and encouragement B. McCausland. There is much more information about the Christ-mass holy day at "Christ-Mass (Christmas): A Roman Catholic Missions Strategy" at http://ow.ly/rxv0E or at http://www.puritandownloads.com/christmas-is-a-roman-catholic-missions-strategy/
Great Sermon! Thank God for preachers like yourself who speak against this . Coming out of catholism can't understand why some preachers partake in pagan festivals where it's commanded not too . They say Rome is wrong but come this time of year celebrate it with Rome . Very sad . Praise God for opening my eyes . This will be my 2 nd year not celebrating . I don't feel like Iam missing anything . Just can't believe how long we celebrated this thinking it was the right thing to do . God word doesn't say to celebrate it , it doesn't tell us what day he was born why does man try to add to it .
Why meditate on John Owen? A Christian friend asked me what I think is the biggest problem facing the church today? I said it is our comparing ourselves WITH ourselves and so we lower the standard. That is the very nature of desynthetization to think we aren't that bad after all. But when I want to undeceive myself and wake up out of my sleep, I read, meditate on, and narrate John Owen. It is never comfortable, but I feel it is always safest.
Thanks for the comment and encouragement David. There is much more information about the Christ-mass holy day at "Christ-Mass (Christmas): A Roman Catholic Missions Strategy" at http://ow.ly/rxv0E or at http://www.puritandownloads.com/christmas-is-a-roman-catholic-missions-strategy/.
One Quote from this Book It has been no uncommon thing for the subjects of the work, whose chief distress and anxiety antecedently arose from a sense of their being in the hands of God, unexpectedly to find them
selves rejoicing in that very consideration â€” contemplating the glory and happiness of God, as an object of higher consequence, and more precious than their personal salvation ; and all this, while as yet, they have had no idea of having experienced any saving change of heart. The impressions were such on the minds of the CHILDREN, as led them to lay aside their customary diversions, and sometimes to pass their intermissions in prayer, reading, or religious conversation among themselves.
Such as were capable, requested it as a privilege, that they might be allowed at school to read in their Bibles. Several of the scholars obtained hope respecting themselves â€” some under twelve years of age ; but the greatest number between twelve and eighteen. (Samuel Mills - 1798)
Thanks for the sermon. I copied this 7 years ago in Texas when my children were young. They, last night at revival, challenged the traveling preacher if he celebrated Xmass. Well, they are now listening to your message as they could not fully answer the preacher who does celebrate Xmass. They are learning. And we, again, thank you for the very, very biblical sermon.
added resource Hi, I thought you might like to freely use this on your website, or give to others or for yourself. It's a free prayer book by Matthew Henry called 'A Method for Prayer' 1710 edition, with added devotional prayers, Bible helps and a glossary of 2400 words of the KJV. You can use the audio files for the book if you like. www.mrmatthewhenry.com
Great Sermon! Excellent . Coming out of Catholicism I still wonder why some Protestants stll do what the Catholics do . This is an excellent series and needs to be spread among all the pastors to tell and share with church members why not to celebrate Christmas
A forgotten period in American History... Yale 1807 revival. A student, became deeply anxious for his soul, at the start of the revival. He was, indeed, the first person in college, probably, who was under conviction of sin. As the work went on, others who were awakened at a much later period, were apparently brought into the kingdom, and were rejoicing in hope, while he was left in the bitterness of despair, with the arrows of the Almighty drinking up his spirit. His health rapidly declined under his sufferings. He was confined in a great measure to his bed; and it was feared that, with a feeble constitution, he must soon sink under the weight of his distress, unless relief should be obtained. In an adjoining room there lived an atheist, who denied the reality of revivals, and had regarded those who were concerned in it with scorn. A christian friend asked him to visit the sufferer, and led him toward the bed-side. He stood for a moment looking at the emaciated form before him, he listened to the exclamations which told the distress and horror of an awakened conscience, and then turning, went back to his room, to weep there under a sense of his own sin.(Life of Nettleton). BUT these stories are almost unknown in our day. Some of my most avid book reading friends have confessed their ignorance of this history.