Holiday Thoughts 4

Exodus 20: 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol…7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

Matthew 6:9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Leviticus 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the LORD spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.'” So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.

Psalm 2:11 Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling.

Isaiah 6:3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;

One of the most obvious ways that we should see with great clarity that the professing Church has gone so wrong in the way it approaches December 25th is that it joins the world in a celebration of baby Jesus or at least some form of turning that time into something other than true worship. It should give us great pause when we consider that the liberals and very worldly people will join us in this time of celebration of something. If the liberals and worldly people are willing to worship this “Jesus”, then this is not the biblical Jesus. The baby Jesus that the liberals and the world love and are willing to worship in some way is not the biblical teaching of Jesus.

The world hates Jesus, so how can it join in the true celebration of the true Jesus? The truth of the matter is that the world is not joining in the true celebration of the true Christ. But if the world has joined in something called worship with the professing Church, then what does that say about the professing Church? When will the professing Church wake up and realize this? The world and the liberals hate the true Jesus and so they cannot and will not worship the true Jesus. When will the true Church wake up and realize this? When will the true Church recognize that it cannot blend the truth of who Christ really is with that which is acceptable to the world? The baby Jesus that the world is so willing to be part of is not the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, as long as the professing Church is willing to be part of this, the world and the liberals will continue to think that they worship the true Jesus.

The world and the liberals hate God and so when they see the true Jesus they will hate Him. The true Jesus came and was the very shining forth of the glory of God and as such was hated by those who were at enmity with Him by birth. As long as the world and the liberals do not hate the Jesus the professing Church is willing to join in some form of celebration with, we can know that the true God who shines forth in Christ is not being declared. But if the true God is not being declared in Christ, then we can know that it is not the true Christ that is being celebrated.

As said above, if the professing church is in worship of the same Jesus as the world and the liberals are celebrating, then the professing church is not celebrating the true Jesus. The professing church is never more like the world than when it celebrates the same Jesus that the world and the liberals do. This must be something that opens the eyes of the true Church. We must take it to heart and wake up. When we are joining with the liberals and the world in something of God, we must know that their hatred of God will not allow them to adore the true Christ. This means that we have descended to their level and we are involved in false worship. Oh how we must be awakened by the true and living God and be granted repentance from our false worship of Him.

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