Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
Spurgeon – The Treasury Of David
“Sing ye praises with understanding.” Sing a didactic Psalm. Sound doctrine praises God.
Sometimes we say things by rote, rather than with understanding.
If you do something by rote, you do it without thinking about it or understanding it properly, often because you have learned about it by repeating it many times.
Who taught us to say Merry Christmas? Was it the Holy Spirit? I don’t think so.
Consider the following…
“Christmas” is a shortened form of “Christ’s mass”.
It is derived from the Middle English Cristemasse, which is from Old English Crīstesmæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038 followed by the word Cristes-messe in 1131.
Crīst (genitive Crīstes) is from Greek Khrīstos (Χριστός), a translation of Hebrew Māšîaḥ (מָשִׁיחַ), “Messiah”, meaning “anointed”; and mæsse is from Latin missa, the celebration of the Eucharist.
The form Christenmas was also historically used, but is now considered archaic and dialectal; it derives from Middle English Cristenmasse, literally “Christian mass”.
The Catholic Church believes that the Mass is exactly the same sacrifice that Jesus Christ offered on the Cross at Calvary.
Transubstantiation is, according to the teachings of the Catholic Church, the change of substance or essence by which the bread and wine offered in the sacrifice of the sacrament of the Eucharist during the Mass, become, in reality, the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
The Catholic Church teaches that in the Eucharistic offering bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Christ. The reaffirmation of this doctrine was expressed, using the word “transubstantiate”, by the Fourth Council of the Lateran in 1215. It was later challenged by various 15th century reformers — John Wycliffe in particular.
The Mass and Transubstantiation are both false doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.
Now add the word merry to all of that.
1. full of cheerfulness or gaiety; joyous indisposition or spirit:
2. laughingly happy; mirthful; festively joyous; hilarious:
3. Archaic. causing happiness; pleasant; delightful.
Christmas. Makes me think of these verses in Daniel chapter 3.
“Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: Daniel 3:4-5
And these verses also…
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;