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Good Bye 2011!

Posted by [email protected] on January 3, 2012 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm glad 2011 is over and that we are in the start of a brand new year. I hope this year will be a better one for me than last year was especially around September when someone dear to me made the hard decision to leave the internet for a time. I've no doubt that it will be an interesting year. Good bye 2011, hello 2012!

Should Christians Observe Christmas?

Posted by [email protected] on December 5, 2011 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Every year at this time, this question comes up and I find it necessary to repost this little treatise. Usually it is raised by cultists who try to make this nonessential into an essential of the faith once delivered, and who try to make the observance of Christmas into something displeasing to God. They invariably bring up the fact that Christmas has pagan origins and was assimilated into Christianity. They also delight in bringing up the fact that Jesus was not born on December 25th. They tell us that we are not being separate from the world if we observe Christmas.

Is it really wrong to observe the Christmas holiday? As a Christian, I do not believe so. Now, I know there are some Christians who do not observe the holiday, and I respect their decision not to do so, and I expect them to respect my decision to observe it. You see, according to Romans 14 we have liberty in Christ to honor Christ on any day of our choosing. Verse 6 tells us “he that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord.” In verse 5 we are told “Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” Thus it is up to each individual Christian to decide for himself whether or not he or she wants to observe Christmas. We should remember that this is the one day out of the year in which the entire world is forced to acknowledge the incarnation of God the Son, and certainly we should be an example to the world, and show them how to properly honor the birth of the Savior, and in that respect we ought to separate ourselves from the worldly drunken revelries that take place on Christmas. That does not mean that we should avoid observing Christmas. Some will argue that there is no command in the Bible to celebrate the birth of Christ. True, but by the same token, there is no command in the Bible telling us not to either. The apostle Paul, speaking by inspiration of the Holy Ghost, tells us that it is okay to observe certain days in honor of Him if we are fully persuaded in our own minds that it is alright to do so. It is a matter of Christian liberty, and no other Believer has the authority to judge anyone who may or may not choose to observe the day.

If you are not sure whether or not you should celebrate Christmas, pray about it, then do as the Lord leads you.

 

Why Is It?

Posted by [email protected] on October 13, 2011 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (2)

Why is it that some Christians find it necessary to fight with other Christians over matters that are nonesentials of the faith once delivered (Jude 3) and try to make those nonessentials into essentials? Why not just agree to disagree without being disagreeable? One thing I like to do when a fellow Believer seems intent on arguing nonessentials with me, is to pray about the matter, and ask God to show us who, if either of us is right, then leave it in His capable hands. Christians these days seem eager to part company with other Believers over the stupidest things that have no bearing on our salvation. We need to remember that it is not about us, but all about JESUS.


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