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FRONT PAGE  |  11/30/2022
WEDNESDAY, DEC 26, 2018  |  14 comments  |  2 commentaries
Keeping Christ in Christmas: Sacred Carols
Yes, it is easy to forget, in our hyper-commercialized, secularized, paganized world, that the real basis for our celebration of “Happy Holidays” is two Christian “Holy Days”: Christmas (December 25, the Nativity of Jesus Christ, the Lord) and Epiphany (the “Revelation of Christ to the Gentiles,” characterized by the worship of the Magi, or Wise Men, celebrated either on January 1, or, more traditionally, January 6).

In our deeply troubled world, where there seems abundant cause for dismay, we can indeed take comfort and joy from the knowledge that “Christ, our Savior, was born on Christmas Day, to save us all from Satan's power ?when we were gone astray.” ...


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News Item12/26/18 6:33 PM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
Good points, 123. I was brought to the Lord through many experiences. The worship thru the Christmas celebration imcluding the carols will ultimately be seen as one of the tools the Lord used to bring me.

No, not everyone who sings a carol or a part in The Messiah is saved, just as not everyone who calls out "Lord, Lord" will be accepted by the Lord Jesus. There is a huge difference in liberal or secular groups who perform Handel's work masterfully and those Christian groups who actually believe the passages they are singing.

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News Item12/26/18 2:50 PM
1Mississippi2Mississippi3 | Mississipppi  Find all comments by 1Mississippi2Mississippi3
The verse I was thinking about was:

Phillipians 1:18
What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

So the question that needs to be asked of any Christmas carol---is Christ preached in this song?

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News Item12/26/18 1:26 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Unprofitable Servant wrote:
Not sure what message you have been trying to convey John UK. I know of no one who doesn’t think their walk with God could be better or their church is perfect. All of us are a work in progress. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any spiritual people or spiritual churches in this present day.
Brother US, a work-in-progress changes from year to year. If there is no change, two things are possible.

1. The church sees itself as perfect.

2. The church no longer seeks perfection.

Whichever one is true, it is a very sad state of affairs. And that is what the church in the UK is like, 99% of the time.

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News Item12/26/18 12:16 PM
1Mississippi2Mississippi3 | Mississipppi  Find all comments by 1Mississippi2Mississippi3
It reminds me of what Paul said, that in any way, someone will be reached with the message of Jesus.
I don't know a single Christian who can point to any Christmas Carol as the one thing that brought them to faith.
And I think we all can find examples of Jewish people singing these Carols, or Handel's Messiah in a choral group, without it touching them.
You would think they are "halfway there" to faith in Christ because at least they believe in the Old Testament. But the problem is that this is not true; many Jews, I have heard even up to one-third in the US, do not even believe in God. Some of them point to the Holocaust and say, "There is no God because why did he let that happen?" and then they blame every Christian for being connected to the German Lutheran who played along with that Holocaust (although, if they knew history, they would see that Europe was always a place full of anti-Semites, and Luther was just an example).
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News Item12/26/18 12:14 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Not sure what message you have been trying to convey John UK. I know of no one who doesn’t think their walk with God could be better or their church is perfect. All of us are a work in progress. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any spiritual people or spiritual churches in this present day.
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News Item12/26/18 11:20 AM
June A. Nadolny | Holland, Ohio  Find all comments by June A. Nadolny
sc wrote:
June A- if you came out of Roman Catholicism and are a Christian, now that is good news indeed!
Thank you for your input into this issue. Maybe Christians will take note of your testimony and re-examine their love for "christmas" in light it. I often wondered why Christians would choose to look like RCs during their beloved holy days knowing full well of the lies of the RC church.
...always good to hear of those who come out from those who work iniquity
sc . . both my husband (Ralph) and I renounced Roman Catholicism 20+ years ago because after thoroughly examining their history . . their doctrines . . their traditions . . their rituals . . their ceremonies, and their unbiblical feast days . . in the light of God's Word we found it to be unscriptural.
As many former RCs have discovered, the Roman Catholic "church" is in truth . .
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Rev. 17:5)

Former RC priest Richard Bennett puts these things into perspective:
"Because many Evangelicals have a poor grasp of the Gospel, biblical doctrine, and church history, they leave themselves vulnerable to Roman Catholicism."

But praise God . . we are not ignorant of their devices!

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News Item12/26/18 11:19 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Gadfly wrote:
Uh...those are not holy days. Christians have one holy day each week...Sunday, the Lord's Day and we have sacred, God-breathed songs to sing, the 150 Psalms contained within the Psalter. Let's return to the old paths and forget manmade/pagan celebrations. Let's strive for personal holiness and purity in doctrine. Semper Reformanda! Protestantism was a protest against Romanism and paganism. Let's us echew all trappings of idolatry and pursue Reformation.
Oliver Cromwell was a semper ref; he hated every sniff of Roman Catholicism and thrust it out of the church, piece by piece. We could learn from a man like that.

But there are so many church people who claim perfection, they have no need of any sort of reformation, and they actually say, "I am fine, my church is fine, our worship is fine, our church structure is fine, we have no need of change or improvement, therefore........"

"I am perfect, and my church is perfect."

Not!

I've seen this so many times.

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News Item12/26/18 10:40 AM
sc  Find all comments by sc
June A- if you came out of Roman Catholicism and are a Christian, now that is good news indeed!
Thank you for your input into this issue. Maybe Christians will take note of your testimony and re-examine their love for "christmas" in light it. I often wondered why Christians would choose to look like RCs during their beloved holy days knowing full well of the lies of the RC church.
...always good to hear of those who come out from those who work iniquity
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News Item12/26/18 10:29 AM
June A. Nadolny | Holland, Ohio  Find all comments by June A. Nadolny
Gadfly wrote:
Uh...those are not holy days. Christians have one holy day each week...Sunday, the Lord's Day and we have sacred, God-breathed songs to sing, the 150 Psalms contained within the Psalter. Let's return to the old paths and forget manmade/pagan celebrations. Let's strive for personal holiness and purity in doctrine. Semper Reformanda! Protestantism was a protest against Romanism and paganism. Let's us echew all trappings of idolatry and pursue Reformation.
Very well said. What is needed is a love for the truth, the truth as it is in Jesus . . and a return to the simplicity of the gospel. May God be pleased to bring true spiritual revival to his people.

"2 Corinthians 11:3
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee . . ."

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News Item12/26/18 8:30 AM
Gadfly | USA  Find all comments by Gadfly
Uh...those are not holy days. Christians have one holy day each week...Sunday, the Lord's Day and we have sacred, God-breathed songs to sing, the 150 Psalms contained within the Psalter. Let's return to the old paths and forget manmade/pagan celebrations. Let's strive for personal holiness and purity in doctrine. Semper Reformanda! Protestantism was a protest against Romanism and paganism. Let's us echew all trappings of idolatry and pursue Reformation.
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News Item12/26/18 7:14 AM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
The author's lack of direction is obvious when placing the Ave Maria along with "Hark, the herald angels sing" and "Gesu Bambino".
Again, another effort at sanitising the season, not from the religious position, but from the musical angle.
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News Item12/26/18 5:27 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Man will always try to organise his religion; it is part of his nature. He will still try to passify his flesh.

Maybe it is time for modern Christians to do a big study on what it means to obey God.

1. Is it important or not to obey God?

2. How do we obey God?

3. Are God's instructions in the word of God?

4. Are God's instructions given through mystical experience?

5. Am I obeying God if I sing a Christian carol as worship?

6. And so on.

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News Item12/26/18 3:14 AM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
Jim Lincoln wrote:
excerpt from, "45 Christian Quotes about Christmas "
[ https://pushpay.com/blog/quotes-christmas/ ]
There are quotes from Christmas carols besides at this site.
I'm not sure that it is that easy to sum up the Incarnation of Jesus Christ in "Immanuel," but I can see Dr. MacArthur's point.

Certainly agree with the premise that singing carols as a type of song with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16) are important to maintaining our focus on Jesus as we run the race of faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

We should sing as individuals, families, and as churches. Have seen a couple of different churches recently, having been traveling, in which the worship bands operate as if the worship service is a rock concert with the congregation singing along with the performance. In contrast, my wife when she plays for a worship service is working to support congregational singing.

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News Item12/26/18 1:16 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
John MacArthur wrote:
If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words,
these would be the words: “God with us.”
We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ.
The greater truth of the holiday is His deity.
More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth
that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth! 
excerpt from, "45 Christian Quotes about Christmas "

[ https://pushpay.com/blog/quotes-christmas/ ]

There are quotes from Christmas carols besides at this site.

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