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And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Romans 13:11-14
Robert McCurry, Editor & Publisher
December 7, 2012
The Truth About Christmas
by Robert McCurry
December is a special month for almost everyone. The commercial world loves December because this is the ‘Christmas season’—not that it believes in the Incarnation and ‘loves little baby Jesus’; the commercial world loves December because it successfully blends religious dogma, romanticism, and sentimentality with wanton materialism that make the cash registers ring and hopefully will increase the annual profit margin.
Churches love December because it provides opportunities to increase attendance during the ‘Christmas season’ with cantatas and dramas about the purported birth of Jesus. Outdoor Nativity scenes with live animals are now popular with some churches. A few churches even include jolly ‘ole Santa Claus’ and his sleigh of reindeer as part of the décor.
Definition of ‘Christmas’
The word “Christmas” is a combination of the words “Christ” and “Mass” and comes from Cristes Maesse, an early English phrase that means “Christ’s Mass” or "Mass of Christ." ‘Christmas’ or ‘Christ Mass’ is a sacred Catholic Church tradition. Christmas is a special feast day made to fit the Catholic Church liturgical calendar. The word “Christmas” was coined originally by Constantine in A.D. 336.
Webster’s contemporary dictionary gives this same definition:
Christ·mas - Pronunciation: \ˈkris-məs\ - Function: noun - Etymology: Middle English Christemasse, from Old English Cristes mæsse, literally, Christ's mass.
"Mass", as used by Roman Catholics, has traditionally been rejected by Baptists and Protestants; obviously, ‘Christmas’ is an exception; ‘Christmas’ is an acceptable commonality between Baptists, Protestants, and Catholicism.
Baptists and Protestants also rightfully condemn the Roman Catholic Church for icons and idols in their church buildings that are part of their worship and service; yet these Baptists and Protestants will display religious icons and imagery in their church buildings during the Christmas season of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds, wise men, angels, wreaths, greenery, lights, candles, and a tree. Some even include Saint Nicholas—Santa Claus—a venerated Catholic Bishop.
Idolatry is idolatry whether in a Catholic, Baptist, or Protestant Church building.
Was Jesus born on December 25th? No. This day is the invention of paganism and Romanism. The date of His birth is unknown. ‘Christmas’ is not a Bible word or subject. These facts notwithstanding, it is a biblical and historical truth that Christ was born!
The Incarnation, the Virgin Birth of Christ, is a Bible subject and the cardinal truth of the Gospel and biblical Christianity.
The pagan origin of ‘Christmas’ and its subsequent fantasies and abuses notwithstanding, Christians should not be subservient to the fallacies of ancient pagans or to the modern day adversaries of Christ and Christianity—Atheists, Jews, the ADL, ACLU, B’nai B’rith, et. al. —who have not only denied, perverted and subverted the indisputable biblical truth of the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth of Christ—but continue to aggressively pursue an unprecedented political, academic, and judicial agenda to eradicate the name of Jesus Christ from these arenas in particular and the public arena at large. It is undeniable that Satan and those who work in concert with him hate the Person of Christ, the Name of Christ, and the Message of Christ..
Is there a biblical command for Christians to observe an annual celebration of the birth of Jesus? No. Should Christians celebrate the Incarnation, God with us? Yes.
Celebrate v. = To extol or praise; to make widely known; to praise publicly; proclaim.
But such celebration should not be confined to one day—it should be done 365 days of the year!
Jesus Christ is no longer ‘little baby Jesus in a manger.’ He occupies His eternal, majestic, throne as the sovereign Almighty Jehovah God. Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is God. Let us worship Him and make His Name, His Person, and His Message known to others.
“I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name forever and ever.
Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.”
Wake-up, Pastors! Wake-up, Christians!
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