(TMC) I donât do Yoga because the underlying philosophy is anti-Christ; not because I think particular body positions make it easier for demons to attack- that is called superstition. Same goes for the âPutting gifts under a tree is worshiping itâ argument. If kneeling in front of something automatically equals worship, how many Christians are guilty of worshiping toilets and car tires? Who made Creation? God. Who is Lord of Creation? God. Evergreens, Mistletoe, and Holly are all made by- God. They, along with the rest of Creation, have no special power of themselves other than to point to one being- God. Same goes for Essential Oils- a plant extract holds no spiritual power- only whatever physical properties the Lord designed it to have when he caused it to grow. Instead of giving credence to the Worldâs superstitions by superstitiously avoiding these things, we should be leading the charge to declare Christâs Lordship in these areas! There is a difference between hacking down an Oak Tree that is being worshiped and avoiding Oak Furniture because Pagans once worshiped The Oaks that spawned that Oak and some vestige of evil might be lurking in the woodgrain. One is proclaiming Christâs Lordship, the other is quivering superstition. 4/4
(TMC) But even if the Monk is right and Sol Invictus came first, so what? Pick any day on the calandar and some Pagans at some point were worshiping their idols on that day. Next month is January- dedicated by the Romans to the god Janus. Today is Wednesday- a day set aside by Norse and Germanic peoples to worship Wodan. Every Sunday- a day set aside by those same people to worship the sun, we worship the Son of God without the slightest twinge of guilt over the dayâs past connections. Why? Because Christ is Lord over every square inch of space and time. Our forefatherâs idols were and are nothing. This is beyond debating meat actually held up and offered to literal idols that the majority of the populace worshiped - we are debating the lawfulness of having a celebration on the same day that dead Pagans worshiped dead âgodsâ over 1,800 years ago! Idols whose very names are forgotten by everyone but some Christians and the Atheists who want to erase every mark of the advance of Christâs Kingdom. We are to take every thought captive- how much more every day? Every Christian is free to follow his conscience and not celebrate. But the level of superstition engaged in by those who accuse their brethren of idol worship this time of year, is disconcerting at least. 3/4
(TMC) As for the often touted âSaturnalia/ Sol Invictusâ argument, it is based only on a note scribbled on the margin of a page by a monk in the Middle Ages hundreds of years after December 25th was settled on. This was then popularized in the sloppy, irreliable 1800âs work of Alexander Hisslop, who repeatedly distorted and misrepresented his source materials to âproveâ his thesis. From there it has become a widespread Urban Legend with multiple varitions, popular in both church and atheist circles. But is it actually true? Archeological and Anthropological Discoveries have cast a lot of doubt on the well-known story. Firstly, Saturnalia was not celebrated on the 25th, per popular legend, but rather was a multi-day celebration that ended several days before the 25th. Sol Invictus, was only declared to be a Roman Holiday in the 200âs AD, by one Emperor to celebrate his favorite minor âgodâ. It was not a long-standing tradition that people were attached to. The church at the time was still under great persecution and was not engaging in the syncritisim that cropped up later on. It is considered likely that Sol Invictus was actually a Pagan mimicry of Christmas rather than the other way around. (BTW, the Sun/ Son thing only works in English- in Latin itâs Sol and Filius.
(TMC) 200's AD- First recorded celebrations of Christ's birth and calculations setting the date as December 25th. 500's AD- Old English/Latin form of word "Mass" (meaning "to send") in wide use. 1038 AD- First recorded use of term "Christmas". 1215 AD- Heresy of Transubstantiation (the idea of "sacrificing" Christ at Communion) adopted by the RCC.
It is absolutley correct that only God can declare a day to be particularly âHolyâ or binding in observance. âGood Daysâ however, are Biblically instituted by men to memorialize particular Providences of God. These include family days like Birthdays and Anniversaries; national days like Independence Day, Guy Faulkes Day, Cinco De Mayo, etc.; and world-wide days like Purim, the Feast of Dedication, Christmas, Easter, and New Yearâs. No one is required to participate in these Good days, so if you choose to ignore your Wedding Anniversary, thatâs fine. I just find it odd to celebrate personal Providences and then call out as âinconsistantâ those who choose to celebrate the Providential event that history literally hinges on- the reason we call this âThe Year of Our Lord, 2018â. 1/4
(TMC) âIf only leaders like Macron and Merkel would take time to read the Bible they would quickly discover that the God who made us and placed us on this planet isn't a globalist but a NATIONALIST!!â
âSounds like a bunch of globalists to meâ
Umm... No. God is not a Globalist or a Nationalist. (Nor a Republican or a Democrat for that matter) God is the Sovereign Ruler of the Entire Globe AND Individual Nations. He establishes Nations and tears them down on a Global scale. He currently uses them to advance His will, but upon His return, they will pass away. He is God of the entirety and the particulars at the same time!
If I may, you for some reason seem to be assuming that John UK disagrees with you about the propriety of what the pastor in the article did. Iâm not sure what you mis-read to come to that conclusion, but you are wrong.
John UK was clearly talking about the propriety of âAll Welcomeâ signs and how the Church should interact with Non-Member Sinners - not the situation in the article. He further stated that he had no problem with internal discipline. You jumped in, clearly without taking the time to understand your âopponentâsâ position, and started swinging. He un-offensively pointed you back to his earlier statement in an attempt to clarify. How did you respond? With a very rude comment about his ability to think! John UK then pointed out to Christopher that you were using the exact same style of argumentation that they had been discussing on a seperate thread that involved Steelites and Covenanter.org. And so, now you are back to swinging again, still not taking the time to really understand what people are saying.
Even if you had been right in your assumptions, your way of expressing your âzealâ is very much in violation of Scripture: James 3:17. Many Christian âWarriorsâ seem to have replaced the admonition to speak the truth âIN loveâ with the i
@Tasha I canât know your situation; but have you considered Homeschool? It is far cheaper- if you spent $600 per student per year that would more than cover what you would need. Academically, it creates the best atmosphere for children to gain a life-long love of learning and sets them up to better function in the world at large. But the best part of Homeschooling is the relationship building- both with other family members and the Lord! Iâll be praying as well.
@TB Here in the US, we are also forced to pay for the public school. My parents Homeschooled us for 21 years out of their own pocket while also paying the local school taxes. The problem with taking government funding is best sumed up: âHe who pays the piper calls the tune.â Yes, it is originally the peopleâs money- (Government knows no other kind) but anytime they offer it back to you, sooner or later the attached strings start to get pulled and you become a puppet. Itâs just not wise, and should be avoided if possible.
Whereâs the âsportâ in killing âdefenseless animalsâ that were raised in captivity, and lived their short doomed lives in confinement, to stock Grocery Store shelves? At least Deer have a sporting chance!
I actually believe the entirety of Godâs Word should be bookmarked. Including:
âIf thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?â ~ Proverbs 12:11-12
Letâs be honest- if you were truly consistent in your belief that all âlegislating of moralityâ is wrong, you would be an Anarchist. After all, how dare the Government pass laws modeled on such moral ideas as âThou shalt not killâ, and âThou shalt not stealâ! And how can you stand to get gas from a pump with a seal declaring it to be in compliance with the command âBut thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have:...â! We still have Murderers, Thieves, and Cheaters - so lets just legalize it all!
The truth is that all Law is a Moral declaration that âthisâ is right and âthatâ is wrong.
âA-moralâ law is just as mythical as âobjectiveâ journalism.