Xmass is very much about not obeying the fourth commandment. Why would we make a "holy day" not prescribed in the word of God and then make the Lord's day (most call it Sunday) into a day for recreation?
We have 52 feast days, 52 holy days each year, but many will not partake and if they do they may do it halfheartedly...we have one very compromised and foolish day of December 25th when all hell breaks loose and a vast majority of our society partakes of that.
The incarnation of Christ Jesus was a most blessed miracle for us. A mercy extremely undeserved. 52 days in the year we celebrate his birth and his death and his resurrection, and we do this â€“ not when the pope says...
I disagree with your assessment of covenanting and also of baptism. This is no new thing between Presbyterians and Baptists, though I pray that we might be unified in the one true doctrine, which I believe is set forth, according to the word of God, in the Westminster Confession of Faith, which was written after the other European Confessions of Faith had been written and deeply studied by the Westminster divines.
All Christians are in covenant with God and his Christ. To be in covenant with him means that you agree with God and what he has revealed in his word. You agree with his commandments, even the fourth.
To be in covenant with God and his Christ is to have him as your Lord. This is done so personally most often, but churches used to be unified in covenanting with God also. Covenanting with God is shown throughout his word. It is not unscriptural.
I never did say, nor did I infer that my worship was only done on the Lord's day. Six days of the week, my Lord commands me to labor. But every day of labor is greeted with prayer and thanksgiving, and closed that way as well. Those who hunger and thirst for Christ do not leave him for only one day a week. But the Lord's day is a feast day with him. May we all partake
Unprofitable Servant might be more blessed if he read and studied the Confessions of faith that were written by men who had sincerely studied the Scriptures for years and years and could preach in Latin or Greek or even Hebrew.
The wisdom that comes from above must first of all be pure then peaceable, gentle and easily entreated...
Prayer for understanding is needed, not for being the one who is "right" but for unity in faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, that he might guide our words, remembering our weakness.
The problem is that Christians have been letting go of the Lord's day sabbath, and doing other things that day besides resting in and worshiping the one true living God, privately, in the family, and in public worship. If you loved Christ you would want to spend all your time that day with him.
"Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame."
You will find a lot of people will go to church on Xmass and Easter but hardly ever any Lord's day. That is indicative of motive and the nature of Xmass and Easter.
I personally find no warrant for the celebration of Xmass in the Holy Scripture, the word of God. The word of God is the only rule for me. I am happy to obey my King and not leave him in a manger. This makes many unhappy that I will not "play." (See Exodus 32:6).
The only birthdays celebrated in the word of God are Pharaoh's and Herod's.
We must look at the fruit also, as our Lord tells us. Certainly the police force and emergency services see vast numbers of suicides and heart issues caused by this season. Drunkenness abounds. Gluttony is encouraged. Covetousness knows no bounds at Xmass.
This is so very different from the commanded rest that we have in the Lord every seventh day. Christ is the Lord of the sabbath, and that is a Christian's only holy day wherein we celebrate Christ and praise our Father and are filled with joy in the Holy Ghost.
Is that not enough? Must we ourselves add a little bit, a little dab, more of what we think might be good. What do we know? It is God who teaches us, not the other way around.
Hello my dear brethren in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. All glory to God.
I had work to do and it seemed to me that you all had your minds really made up so I left you to yourselves and see what you have done?
Do you feel very righteous now?
The fact that the church is not upholding the law of God but following after laws made by men is the basic sin and reason for this judgment of God.
His judgment is to allow nations like Scotland to approve sodomy and then we ourselves are mired in the mess we have not risen up against.
We allowed this to happen because churches are so busy entertaining themselves and patting themselves on the back that we are not fighting against sin, either in ourselves or our neighbors.
"Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him."
Sodomy is against the law of God. Will we support a nation that supports evil? The civil magistrate is one described in Romans 13 as "a minister of God to thee for GOOD...he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doest EVIL."
We are not to follow after rulers that do evil. We are not to follow after Hitlers or Stalins. We are not to follow after sodomites.
Unprofitable servant, can you see how if you start with the 1st amendment that you have started with the wrong premise?
Why? Because it tolerates evil, such as pornography and idolatry. These things are against the law of God.
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth..." not the founding fathers of the United States.
From Two Sons of Oil by Samuel Wylie:
"... All this delegated or derived power should be exercised to his glory, and regulated by his law... â€śWhether, therefore, ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of GOD.â€ť
To effect this end, all our powers should be directed; and of this, his law is the unerring rule. By this, therefore, all rational beings are indispensably bound.
GOD has given them no right to do what it prohibits. To suppose men to possess any such right, is wicked and blasphemous. This would be the same as to suppose GOD to say to them, â€śI, as the Supreme Legislator, give you my law. To the least breach of it, I annex the penalty of eternal damnation; yet I give you a right to violate this my law, and to wage war with your GOD, and direct your artillery against the Sovereign of the Universe!!!â€ť The Scriptures inform us otherwise...."
A lot of these comments are blindsiding the issue of satanic governance by whichever nation. Ad hominem arguments are not Christian. People use them to sidetrack the real issue.
What is the real issue? That governments in this world are not obeying Christ our King, who is King of kings and Lord of lords. They make laws against his laws and so when we support these rebellious governments, we are equally guilty of rebellion.
If you like it that way, you are Satan's minion and you are not free in the liberty which Christ gives by his death and resurrection.
Security and smugness does not complement your profession. Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. (I am NOT saying that anyone who is truly saved can be lost so do not even go there.)
"And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting,and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and to our fathers, and to all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee...
God's people may be safe in Christ but they are often punished in this world by a loving Father.
Our covenant with God... according to the Holy Scripture we are in covenant with God if we are his...if we are Abraham's seed...
I see an awful lot of what I would call worldliness in the church these days. Being an older woman, I have seen great changes in our society since I was a little girl and they were not toward godliness, let me assure you.
People professing Christ, even "ministers" making jokes in the pulpit while people are dying and going to hell all around them. There is no fear of God in these churches. Many go home from church and turn on the television and do not meditate on God's word or what they have heard. They have no idea of the fourth commandment.
A great many people professing Christ these days are LAZY and PROFANE. They are in the broad road to destruction.
We are being judged because we are NOT following after Christ our Lord. I submit to you, John, that whatever prayers are going up to God and whatever studying they are doing of his word must be a pitiful small part of their lives.
That we are plagued by our own unfaithfulness to God, John.
From the Solemn League & Covenant sworn by our forefathers to God:
II. That we shall, in like manner, without respect of persons, endeavour the extirpation of Popery, Prelacy (that is, Church government by archbishops, bishops, their chancellors and commissioners, deans, deans and chapters, archdeacons, and all other ecclesiastical officers depending on that hierarchy), superstition, heresy, schism, profaneness, and whatsoever shall be found contrary to sound doctrine and the power of Godliness; lest we partake in other men's sins, and thereby be in danger to receive of their plagues; and that the Lord may be one, and his name one, in the three kingdoms...
My dear, dear brothers in Christ, If we do not speak to one another about our differences there is no hope at all...
And yes, things could be worse and probably will be.
Mr. Frank, Jesus said "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but NOW (my emphasis) is my kingdom not from hence."
Our Lord must be crucified for our sins and not rescued from the cross.
Okay...what do we pray for in the Lord's prayer? If this world were to remain in Satan's hands, why would the Lord ask us to pray that his kingdom come, that his will be done on earth, as it is in heaven?
And see Revelation 11:15: "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
Scotland and all nations will be part of the kingdom of God. We were speaking in these posts of the apostasy of the United States Constitution and so I do not believe the below quote of mine is inappropriate.
Scotland in 1688 had what is called the Glorious Revolution. That was when they "threw in the towel" so to speak.
Here is the first Amendment of the United States of America:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Here is the First Commandment of the One True Living God:
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
These two statements cannot be reconciled.
We must choose one. The first is from fallible men. The second, (which was actually first) is from an infallible, eternal, infinite, just, unchangeable, Almighty, all-wise, good God, all true.
Who will we stand with? That is all that Erik is pleading. To stand with both is like standing between the boat and the dock. We will get (and have gotten) wet...
Mr. Lurker, The Lord is always right. Men are often wrong and sinful and full of misunderstandings.
We know that the Word of God does not contradict itself but men often pose it in such positions. There is absolutely no contradiction in Jesus dying for our sins and therefore fulfilling the law which we had broken and loving our neighbors as ourselves; but with this caveat: We cannot love as Jesus loved. And we cannot pay an infinite God for the sins that we have committed against him and will commit against him. We do not have the capacity of the God man.
I do not think that it is an either/or question. Please see my post below.
Please explain, Lurker, why, when Jesus was punished for our sins that he could not at the same time love us whom he died for.
In fact, he still does love us and intercedes for us everyday. (Hebrews 7:25) Read Hebrews 12:7 to be sure that punishment is not hateful, but loving. God is love, as you have written.
Here is my explicit text as requested:
"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. "