Holiday Thoughts 5

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 things in the Bible is the attitude that God has toward His own name. He treats His own name as holy and commands human beings to treat His name as holy. In the Old Testament we see that out of all the ideas and concepts in the world one of the Ten Commandments was given to the Israelites by God to treat His name with reverence. If we are not going to use His name in vain, then we must treat it with reverence. It cannot be denied (by any serious reader of Scripture) that God has manifested His name in and through Christ. It is Christ who is the shining forth of His glory and the exact representation of His nature. It is Christ who has told us that if we have seen Him we have seen the Father. Therefore, we must realize that we are to speak the name of Christ and we are to treat Christ with reverence and awe.

The very word “Christ-mass” is taking the word “Christ” and joining it with the blasphemous activity of the mass. The mass is in some sense a supposed re-sacrificing of Christ and offering Him to the people to eat, which is to say that they say that they eat His very flesh. In other words, this is a very blasphemous activity. However, Protestants have taken up this time of year with utter abandonment and they also use the name of Christ and join the word “mass” to it so glibly and easily. How is this anything but a taking His name in vain or an irreverent use of the name of Christ? How can we take the name of Christ whom we are to revere and speak His name with awe and then join the blasphemous word “mass” to it and then celebrate this time of the year?

How can Protestants use this word as if it is nothing but a joyous time? Have we forgotten that out of love for Christ we should revere His holy name? Have we forgotten how blasphemous the mass really is? Have we not remembered that the name of Christ is to be set apart and used only in a reverent way and yet in “Christ-mass” we are joining His name to a blasphemous activity? This is simply inexcusable and yet no one seems to have the slightest concern with it. We have Reformed and Protestant people (in name) who seem to be quite unconcerned with using the name of Christ in such a casual manner even if they don’t think of it as joining His holy name to a blasphemous activity as represented by the word “mass.”

How far have we fallen from the basic principles of the Protestant Reformation! Not only will we use the name of Christ with such irreverence in our word for this season, but we join the world in worship and in this we should know that it is false worship because the world hates the true God and the true Christ. We also have a false idea of the Lord Jesus Christ when we worship the baby Jesus. The Lord Jesus Christ is to be worshipped with reverence and awe and that can only be done by the Divine Person and in accordance with the cross of the adult Jesus and the imputed righteousness of the adult Jesus and of Christ as the only Mediator. The baby Jesus is not something that the Bible speaks of in a way that moves us to worship. It is the life of Christ in His people purchased by His blood that should move them to worship.

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