What Fellowship Hath Christ With Belial?

So here we are, in the midst of Christmas in July but outside the hubbub of the actual season. With plenty of time to think about it beforehand, why not think along with Pastor Douglas Comin, in the light of Scripture and the regulative principle of worship.

Comin Sense

An examination of the religious celebration of Christmas in light of the Scriptural duty of separation and the Regulative Principle of worship
by Douglas W. Comin

Preface

The following discourse was presented as a sermon to the congregation of the First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Beaver Falls, PA on December 22, 1991. It was not an easy message to preach. It is never easy to re-examine practices and patterns of thinking that have been presumed and taken for granted for a lifetime. It is especially difficult when these practices are associated with intense emotional feelings and are bound up with deep-rooted family traditions. Such is the case with the subject of Christmas. To even call into question the annual celebration of the birthday of Jesus Christ is inconceivable for most modern Christians. That anyone would even suggest that Christmas and its festivities have no warrant in the Word of God…

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Worshipping the Father in spirit and in truth

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John 4:22-24

22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

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In light of this, what should we do about Christmas? Should we celebrate it or not?

There is a highfalutin term known as “the regulative principle of worship.” It means that we should worship the Lord only in the ways He has commanded, such as, the singing of hymns, the Lord’s Supper, the preaching of His Word, prayer, etc.

This first video focuses on true and false worship and shows why this principle is important. 

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The second video provides some insight into Evangelical publishing houses, and the power they have to promote what they want through artistry. Also, we aren’t always informed about their affiliations and may not realize that like secular publishers they are in the business of making money and often control how we see the world. Take note that in 1988 Zondervan was bought by HarperCollins, a division of News Corp

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