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FRIDAY, DEC 23, 2016  |  46 comments  |  1 commentary
Author Jon Acuff Under Fire for Support of Cancelling Church on Christmas
Popular author and inspirational speaker Jon Acuff sparked controversy this week for a tweet thanking pastors who have cancelled church this Sunday, Christmas Day.

The tweet read, "Shoutout to churches cancelling services this Sunday. We pastor's kids often leave faith because the church stole our Christmas every year."

Instantly, the post caused a firestorm of opinions. Most commenters argued that Christmas is about Christ, not presents or family time. Acuff was called an idolater, selfish, and in need of repentance, Charisma News reports. ...


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Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
sc, you just need to set aside the issues of the day of the year , the pagan religion history and what the world's emphasizes.

The most significant day in the history of the human race, when the God who spoke the world into existence took on flesh (needed to fulfill His ministry here on Earth) and what you are basically saying is there is no importance for this event.

Celebrate that One who became poor (that would be at His birth) that we through His poverty (that would be His death) might be made rich. It is HUGE. God could have been just to let the entire human race stay hopelessly lost on the broad road that leads to destruction and pass over them all in judgment. But He didn't!! He sent His eternally begotten Son into the World (that would be at His birth) so that He might pay the price of salvation (at His death) for His undeserving church. This should give you reason for joyous celebration and adoration regardless of what is going on in the world.

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News Item12/26/16 6:20 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
There is one thing for sure. Soon the issues of Christmas will decrease and the issues of Easter will increase. Again
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News Item12/26/16 6:07 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
sc, there is no aspect of our Lord Jesus which is not worth our adoration and consideration. Whether it is His lowly birth, His preincarnation, the prophecies concerning Him, the happenings at the Temple when He was 8 days old, His journey to Jerusalem as a twelve year old, His choosing of the disciples, His miracles, His overcoming the devil after 40 days of fasting, His sermons, His parables, His overthrowing the money changers in the temple, His proclamations, His zeal, His humanity, His Deity, His journeys, Gethsemane, Gabatha, Golgatha, the grave, the glorious resurrection, Great High priestly ministry, anything about Him is worth our joying over and contemplation of.

Col 1:19  "For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;"

every gem we can garner from our meditation of Him is a treasure to us. For us to live is Christ, who is our all in all.

Read Philippians 3:7-14 and see Paul's passion.

In thinking about our glorious Lord we say with the Psalmist
My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD

You focus on the things of this world instead of the things which be of God.

Everyday in my life, sc, is a Christian day to, by His grace, bring glory to God, the world's calendar has no effect upon that.

Rodney

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News Item12/26/16 6:06 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
US...is this true? : )

Hi Rodney...

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News Item12/26/16 5:32 PM
Rodney K. | Tennessee  Contact via emailFind all comments by Rodney K.
I always wondered who picked the day. Now I know. It was US.
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News Item12/26/16 5:22 PM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
U S, "...which is about both His birth and His atoning death."

That's my point...one cannot/should not try to celebrate the one without the other.
If you had not been so steeped in family/church/worldly traditions,you wouldn't have picked a day (as the disciples did not)to "christianize" a day.
Esteeming one day above another hardly would qualify pagan days as (they are,yes?)...can't deny that...
as acceptable and God honoring.Otherwise,anything and everything is fair game.
Of course,many Christians consider most pagan things as viable instruments for worship. This is why we have heavy metal,rap,movies,zumba,etc...in church.
If we can use pagan holidays then we will have all sorts of junk that doesn't belong in the church and that's what we have- our "quail",in a manner of speaking.

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News Item12/26/16 5:20 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
SteveR wrote:
God answered evangelist Will Graham's, the grandson of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, prayer when he was recently in the Southeast Pacific rainforest nation of Papua New Guinea.
Nearly 800 people committed their life to Christ out of the 23,000-people crowd at the Celebration of Good News event in Mount Hagen, the capital of the Western Highlands province, during the three-day event, July 25-27.
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/will-graham-preaches-to-23000-people-in-papua-new-guinea-nearly-800-people-commit-to-jesus-124507/#PRvooRHChROdELRl.99
Steve R, seeing that this missionary has never spoken of any of these things, I am pretty sure the area in which he ministers is not affected by the event of which you spoke. Communication on the island of New Guinea is not the same as in the West. But I will stand corrected, obviously some areas have been affected by the Graham organization.
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News Item12/26/16 5:08 PM
Ladybug  Find all comments by Ladybug
Nowhere does the Bible tell sinners to 'commit their life to Christ'. The bible commands sinners to repent and believe. The Graham family has twisted the word of God and added to it, a 'decisionism' gospel which is no gospel at all. Many who've made such a 'decision' soon fall away -

http://www.rogershermansociety.org/easy-believism.htm

It's also noteworthy of the Graham ties to and backing of the RCC, thus the 'approval' of their 'free will' type gospel, which the RCC just loves. The Jesuit troll would gladly uphold such an accursed gospel.

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News Item12/26/16 4:59 PM
SteveR | Mt Zion  Find all comments by SteveR
Unprofitable Servant wrote:
1. I would safely assume that people in Pau Pau New Guinea have probably never heard of Billy Graham or his organization and the missionary doesn't use his tactics. Their comprehension of things is different, it is just the same Spirit that quickens. Same question could be asked of you, do you know their hearts? No need to be skeptical.
God answered evangelist Will Graham's, the grandson of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, prayer when he was recently in the Southeast Pacific rainforest nation of Papua New Guinea.
Nearly 800 people committed their life to Christ out of the 23,000-people crowd at the Celebration of Good News event in Mount Hagen, the capital of the Western Highlands province, during the three-day event, July 25-27.
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/will-graham-preaches-to-23000-people-in-papua-new-guinea-nearly-800-people-commit-to-jesus-124507/#PRvooRHChROdELRl.99
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News Item12/26/16 4:54 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
s c wrote:
1. You know their hearts? I've seen many step forward at a Graham crusade too...

2.To be consistent,since you are so convinced that it is the "christmas" sermon which has power,perhaps your church should hold it every service.

3. Yes,U S,preachers may actually preach the gospel anytime of the year.

4. What my Bible doesn't have in it is the cross at the manger. Preachers do have to add that now,don't they? Otherwise the manger alone doesn't make sense.
God was with the Israelites who rebelled too but it didn't have a good end for them.

1. I would safely assume that people in Pau Pau New Guinea have probably never heard of Billy Graham or his organization and the missionary doesn't use his tactics. Their comprehension of things is different, it is just the same Spirit that quickens. Same question could be asked of you, do you know their hearts? No need to be skeptical.

2. We do have powerful services every Lord's day, thanks for asking.

3. Very astute point.

4. Have you tried Genesis 3:15. "Seed" speaks of birth and the bruising of Satan's head happened at the cross. Maybe Matthew 1:21 which is about both His birth and His atoning death. Isaiah 53 and Galatians 4:4&5 would be good also. Just for starters.

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News Item12/26/16 4:46 PM
Dave | Oz  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dave
Rodney K. wrote:
Jesus' birth can be an excellent starting point to present the cross. End quote.

Our neighbours daughter 8, wanted to know who this Jesus guy was she's been singing about at the Christmas school party.
Her parents reject god, yet they said to come talk to me and Zac, as the think she should know about god, wow what a blessing.
Just a few a days ago this happened, she couldn't remember hark the herald angels sing, from her concert, so she was swinging on our swings at home singing, Jesus, Jesus, I love Jesus. Made me cry.
What a blessing.
I used to have distaste for Christmas, but how can I, I celebrate it as the human birth of my heavenly redeemer, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen

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News Item12/26/16 2:27 PM
Ladybug  Find all comments by Ladybug
Giving the whole counsel of God would include speaking of His lowering Himself and coming as God Incarnate, and as Rodney has stated, could lead to beneficial questions as to why He had to come, to die, and to be raised. This is not unbiblical; the birth of Christ isn't about Dec. 25 and the pomp and circumstance that comes with that. God's elect know this already. We've beaten that to death and it needs to be put to rest.

May we seize every opportunity to speak of Christ and His gospel, regardless of what the calendar says. Point sinners to Christ! Disregard those who attempt to shame and scold, who desire for others to come under their legalistic 'religion'. Do as the Spirit leads and you will never go wrong. Proclaim Christ in season and out of season and warn the lost to flee the wrath to come.

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News Item12/26/16 2:11 PM
Rodney K. | Tennessee  Contact via emailFind all comments by Rodney K.
Jesus' birth can be an excellent starting point to present the cross. The incarnation presents a monumental question - Why? Why did Jesus leave heaven? Why did He come as a man? These questions only find their answer in the cross.

I might add, that the story did not stop at the cross. Jesus was buried, rose bodily from the grave, and ascended to heaven where He intercedes for His beloved. His first coming makes us long for His second coming.

Sure, the incarnation doesn't tell the entire gospel story, but try to fully explain the cross (or the resurrection, ascension, etc.) without addressing the incarnation (Christ's deity). Without the incarnation, redemption's story is ludicrous.

Bottom line - the gospel can be preached from Luke 2 as easily as it can from Romans 3, Ephesians 2, or any other passage.

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News Item12/26/16 1:46 PM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
U S,...I read a Facebook post from a missionary in Pau Pau New Guinea that had 3 saved at his service, Praise the Lord!!

You know their hearts? I've seen many step forward at a Graham crusade too and everywhere else who "receive" Christ but many of them are not saved.

To be consistent,since you are so convinced that it is the "christmas" sermon which has power,perhaps your church should hold it every service.

Yes,U S,preachers may actually preach the gospel anytime of the year.
What my Bible doesn't have in it is the cross at the manger. Preachers do have to add that now,don't they? Otherwise the manger alone doesn't make sense.
God was with the Israelites who rebelled too but it didn't have a good end for them.

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News Item12/25/16 3:58 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Unprofitable Servant wrote:
Yes, dear brother, we all need to be busy about giving out the gospel to those around us. Thank God for the zeal God has put in your heart to evangelize the lost. God used Spurgeon to reach London because Spurgeon wept for it and endeavored to reach as many as he could with the good news of the gospel. May the Lord grant to us all a greater burden for those who are on the pathway to destruction. God bless you dear brother.
Brother US that is a wonderful post and most encouraging to all of us to be serving our Lord, either on the front line of battle, or as prayer warriours, or as those who welcome into a church fellowship those who are drawn in to hear the good news. The Lord Jesus went through so much, in his incarnation, his life, and his suffering on our behalf at Calvary. It is a wonderful thing when we see souls receiving the benefits of his atonement, and then going on to make him known to others; for he lives, and there is life for a look at the crucified one.

May the Lord also bless you, my dear bro in Christ. We may disagree on a few things, but fellowship is not marred.

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News Item12/25/16 2:57 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
John UK wrote:
Hello brother,
Yes, it is in his hands, amen!
But hey, if you want more people to be under the gospel, you know what is needed? It needs the church to get into gear and revved up for a full scale missionary endeavour. Hence the title of Norm Lewis's book: "Priority One".
Local mission work is very demanding, but is the one thing guaranteed to please the Lord. It was his idea to save, and it was his idea to use us in the salvation of souls. I know it's different in the States, but here in Wales it is rare to find anyone lamenting over lost souls, and even rarer to find anyone engaged in outreach. Well, apart from cults like JW's, Mormons and Muslims.
Yes, dear brother, we all need to be busy about giving out the gospel to those around us. Thank God for the zeal God has put in your heart to evangelize the lost. God used Spurgeon to reach London because Spurgeon wept for it and endeavored to reach as many as he could with the good news of the gospel. May the Lord grant to us all a greater burden for those who are on the pathway to destruction. God bless you dear brother.
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News Item12/25/16 2:29 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Unprofitable Servant wrote:
John the number of Lydia's who's heart God opens is in His hands. Just thankful for the opportunity for more to be under the preaching of the gospel of Christ.
Hello brother,

Yes, it is in his hands, amen!

But hey, if you want more people to be under the gospel, you know what is needed? It needs the church to get into gear and revved up for a full scale missionary endeavour. Hence the title of Norm Lewis's book: "Priority One".

Local mission work is very demanding, but is the one thing guaranteed to please the Lord. It was his idea to save, and it was his idea to use us in the salvation of souls. I know it's different in the States, but here in Wales it is rare to find anyone lamenting over lost souls, and even rarer to find anyone engaged in outreach. Well, apart from cults like JW's, Mormons and Muslims.

I find that very sad, and very dishonouring to the Lord, that unregenerate men outshine God's own beloved people, when it comes to propagating a message.

The OT is replete with examples of God speaking to his people about not permitting influences from the heathen. And here we are today, allowing THEM to dictate to US.

I will stick to being "odd" for Jesus.

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News Item12/25/16 1:56 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
s c wrote:
"just sayin"...kinga like when a RC might happen to hear something akin to the gospel at their church? They do use the same terms.
Just because God is sovereign doesn't mean that anything goes as a chosen instrument/vessel.God will use anything but we shouldn't mock Him by going along with vain traditions/secular trends,otherwise,why not just call this day "gay day"?
I often wonder how many preachers would have been better led by the Spirit to preach on something other than the same Scriptures which are used in order to follow a liturgical calendar?
I would think that in season or out would also mean that we are not influenced by the world in sermon selections.
We heard a message out of Luke 2 on the message of manger. It was a great sermon. Not just about His birth but His death and resurrection. They don't have that chapter in your Bible?

I read a Facebook post from a missionary in Pau Pau New Guinea that had 3 saved at his service, Praise the Lord!!

Matthew 19:25-26 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

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News Item12/25/16 1:24 PM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
"just sayin"...kinga like when a RC might happen to hear something akin to the gospel at their church? They do use the same terms.
Just because God is sovereign doesn't mean that anything goes as a chosen instrument/vessel.God will use anything but we shouldn't mock Him by going along with vain traditions/secular trends,otherwise,why not just call this day "gay day"?
I often wonder how many preachers would have been better led by the Spirit to preach on something other than the same Scriptures which are used in order to follow a liturgical calendar?
I would think that in season or out would also mean that we are not influenced by the world in sermon selections.
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News Item12/25/16 1:11 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
John UK wrote:
Hello Bro US,
I've read your post several times, and agree with it, unless I'm missing something.
Or is it that you are saying more people hear the gospel at this time of year? Therefore, we could expect more people to be saved at this time of year?
I actually don't mind when people get saved. The Bible says, "Today...."
The problem with "today" is, that by far the vast majority of sinners are distracted by all the trimmings and false joyfulness and false lovey dovey and acid stomaches and drunkenness and nativity scenes and Christmass Number ones and disney animations and midnight masses and phone calls and parties and orgies and trees and mistletoes and yule logs and Christmass trees and carols at christmass and airey-fairy films on TV and monopoly boards and foreign holidays and a million and one other th
John the number of Lydia's who's heart God opens is in His hands. Just thankful for the opportunity for more to be under the preaching of the gospel of Christ.
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