WHY DO BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS SAY “MERRY CHRISTMAS”?

Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

With Understanding

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“Sing ye praises with understanding.” Sing a didactic Psalm. Sound doctrine praises God.

Sometimes we say things by rote, rather than with understanding.  

By Rote

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.

Source:  https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/by+rote

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”.

Source:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas

The Mass

The Catholic Church believes that the Mass is exactly the same sacrifice that Jesus Christ offered on the Cross at Calvary.

Source:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_(liturgy)

Transubstantiation

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.

Source:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_(liturgy)

The Mass and Transubstantiation are both false doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.

Now add the word merry to all of that. 

Merry

1.  full of cheerfulness or gaiety; joyous indisposition or spirit:

2.  laughingly happy; mirthful; festively joyous; hilarious:

3.  Archaic. causing happiness; pleasant; delightful.

Source:  dictionary.com 

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;

About Cathy

My name is Cathy White and I am a born again Christian, saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother was born again in her old age, in her 80's. Her name is Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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11 Responses to WHY DO BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS SAY “MERRY CHRISTMAS”?

  1. Cathy, thank you for posting this! It is good to get to talk to you in a comment.

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  2. Deborah Graff says:

    Another AMEN! What is so merry about the dismissal of Christ? Praise the Lord that you have been delivered from Roman Catholicism!

    “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” Colossians 1:13.

    “For by one offering he hat perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Heb. 10:14.

    “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.Jn 1:13.
    “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1,2.

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    • Cathy says:

      Hi Deborah, I was saved in 1988 and am so very grateful to the Lord for delivering me from Rome. Thank you for stopping by and for the Bible verses!

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  3. bornagain732 says:

    May I print and share this?

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  4. bornagain732 says:

    Amen, Cathy! I can not ever say it again!! I think being brought out of that religion-ALL GLORY TO GOD-solidifies why we can’t bring ourselves to say it-it makes me cringe when some one says it to me or I hear people say it. It has almost become a defiance from people to say it because of all the political correctness, too. Problem is they TRULY can NOT understand nor do they stop and think about what it means…I use to throw it around, also! So I will take the eye rolling knowing that the Good Lord has given me (us) His truth and we are to share it! HE IS GOOD LIKE THIS, TOO ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Cathy says:

      bornagain732… The world doesn’t know any better, but I wonder why born again Christians are involved in all the Christmas stuff. I think Pastors have introduced much of what we see in the churches today that isn’t biblically based, and the sheep follow. When someone wishes me a Merry Christmas I usually wish them a healthy New Year etc. It’s interesting that most people assume you celebrate Christmas and thus the greeting. My husband and I say that December 26 is our favorite day of the year 🙂.

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