=ChosenOne7;13248480]And that’s what I’m saying… It’s a man made ideal… Based on man’s own ideas they deciding what is an isn’t acceptable to God… We won’t need to add anything to praise and worship God to what the Bible says already.
Wait. Christ said He would build a Church. Scriptural. That Church is given authority. Scriptural. The Church is made up of men. Scriptural, and obvious. So it stands to reason, scripturally, that the authority is granted to men, as long as the decisions can be held accountable to scripture. And giving praise and thanksgiving to God is scriptural.
Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 95:1-6 – O Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
Psalm 98 Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
A new song!!! A new one. The new song, to the Lord who makes known His salvation in Christ, the Savior. Why would we not make a new song unto the Lord for the birth of the Incarnate Word, the Word made flesh?
But if true Christians really wished to celebrate an occasion in honor of Jesus Christ, matters should be presented truthfully. Jesus said at John 4:23 that true worshipers shall worship “in spirit and truth”. So anything to which Christ’s name is attached should therefore be factual. Christmas really does not measure up to this primary identification of Christ’s teachings and true Christians.
Really? Was it not Christ born of a virgin. Were it not the angels and shepherds who were the first to celebrate His birth?
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
Glory to God in the highest. A multitude? And you believe there is no scriptural precedent for a celebration of His birth?
There’s nothing factual about Christmas… Many of the details of Jesus’ birth that are widely accepted as heartwarming facts are untrue and are actually sinister in nature.
Was Jesus born on the 25th? Not biblical
Was it 3 “wise men” that visited Jesus? the Bible writer Matthew does not specify how many of these men came, nor does he call them “wise men,” much less “three kings.” He uses the Greek word ma’goi, which means “astrologers.” This alone should give us a clue that something evil is at work here, for astrology is an art that God’s Word condemns and that faithful Jews scrupulously avoided. (Deut. 18:10-12; Isaiah 47:13, 14)
Is this what you object to? Fine. There are indeed things not readily provable around the celebration of the birth of Christ. And if that is what keeps you from celebrating it, be my guest, but a celebration of the birth of the Christ is scriptural!
What about Santa? Who does he represent? Santa, stars, solar worship, birthdays of Gods, tree worship… they are all idols that were and are still used by non-Christian worshipers.
How many worship services do you know of incorporate Santa Claus? :rolleyes:
The celebration of Christmas has also promoted the worship of Jesus in place of his Father, He directed all worship to his Father, saying: “It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.” (Matthew 4:10)
Not in the Lutheran setting. We promote the worship of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.