Christmas is almost upon us. Christmas has redeeming qualities in that the gospel can be preached. But I do not believe that this is the birthday of our LORD Jesus Christ.
When Jesus returns, we will celebrate His coming to earth the first and the second time during the Millennial. (The lyrics on the photo are about His Second Coming!)
“It is supposed by many that our blessed Saviour was born much about the time of this holiday; then He left his mansions of light above to tabernacle among us (John 1:14), and he dwelt in booths. And the worship of God under the New Testament is prophesied of under the notion of keeping the Feast of Tabernacles (Zec.14:16).”
Zechariah 14:16 (NKJV) The Nations Worship the King 16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
Matthew Henry Commentary (Zechariah 14) “Every action and every enjoyment of the believer, should be so regulated according to the will of God, that it may be directed to his glory. Our whole lives should be as one constant sacrifice, or act of devotion; no selfish motive should prevail in any of our actions. But how far is the Christian church from this state of purity! Other times, however, are at hand, and the Lord will reform and enlarge his church, as he has promised. Yet in heaven alone will perfect holiness and happiness be found.”
I humbly attempt to reform the church because the church has had filtered into it Babylonian and pagan tendencies.
FOR HIS GLORY
John Piper in Don’t Waste Your Life wrote: “God created us for His glory… It is all for His glory.”
So how does modern-day Halloween bring God glory? With it’s vampires and ghouls and ghosts and witches and warlocks. Does the Day of the Dead bring God glory?
“So, the origins of contemporary Halloween are a mixture of old Celtic pagan rituals, superstitions, and varied Roman Catholic traditions. The English Puritans, and founding fathers of America, refused to permit the holiday to be observed because they knew it was a Satanic holiday which was condemned by the Biblical record. Halloween was not widely celebrated in the U.S. until about 1900. It seems that its vibrancy began in the 1840’s where there was a potato famine in Ireland which sent thousands of Roman Catholic Irish to America. Unfortunately, they brought Halloween with them.” http://www.apuritansmind.com/the-christian-walk/a-brief-history-of-halloween-by-dr-c-mathew-mcmahon/
John Calvin the Reformer also didn’t celebrate Halloween.
I humbly attempt to reform the church from these pagan tendencies.
I choose to celebrate the FEASTS of the LORD as best I can. I’ll repeat it, with Matthew Henry, “But how far is the Christian church from this state of purity!”