Christmas is not a scriptural word. There is no command or decree that directs Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by having special church meetings, gathering with friends and family, exchanging gifts, and eating (probably too much). The word is a compound of two words: â€śChristâ€ť (from Greek christos), meaning â€śanointedâ€ť or â€śmessiahâ€ť and â€śmasâ€ť (from Latin missa or English mass) meaning â€śsentâ€ť or â€śgatheringâ€ť. So, Christmas means something like â€śChrist sentâ€ť or â€śChrist gatheringâ€ť. Yes, there are alternatives out there, and yes, some are negative and controversial. We will avoid those today because say what you will about what the word Christmas means, the fact remains: Jesus Christ was sent and on Christmas Day, Christians (should) gather and remember Jesus Christ.
Remarkable comment, Bill The lines of demarcation have become so blurred due to theological flippancy, that consciousness amounts near nil, giving place to autocratic practice.
Great sermon! Christmas is Christ's mass. The mass is transubstantiation. Early Baptists were persecuted for refusing the mass, and now Baptists want to join hands with Rome.flee from this practice and be Baptists again. Idolatry has gripped American Christianity, and we would be wise to forsake the world, as our early brethren did. It's leading christians back to Rome and she wants to rule. Stand out, let the world see we forsake the world's festivals, and live totally for him. You cannot make this practice clean by baptising it in christianity, it's pagan, it will always be pagan. Has God given us liberty to do this day, perhaps, but the larger question should be does he want it? I know that Israel was judged severely for mixing paganism with his worship, you think it's different for us? I'll depart with one final question, has America grown more in liberty or tyranny, the more believers join hand with pagan Romish traditions? God bless