By David Watson

Benchley, December 11, 2016

  • Acts 17:10
  • We should only engage in authorized worship.
    • John 4:24
    • II John 9
    • Genesis 4:3-5
      • Hebrews 11:4
      • Romans 10:17
    • Golden calf – Exodus 32:5
    • Leviticus 10:1-2
    • I Kings 12:28, 32
  • Christmas is not authorized as a religious observance in the Bible.
    • It wasn’t until the 4th century that the birth of Jesus became associated with December 25.
  • We may engage in cultural practices that do not involve unauthorized worship.
    • Circumcision
      • Galatians 5:1-6; 2:3-5
      • Acts 16:3; 15:1-2
      • Okay, but not as a religious practice.
    • If there is some practice rooted in religion, and which some people still practice religiously, I can observe it secularly.
    • Two people may observe the same basic practice, but one is right and one is not because of their intent.
    • Eating of meats
      • I Corinthians 8:1-8
      • I Corinthians 10:14-27
      • Okay, but not when connected to idols.
  • Some of us will disagree on how we should engage with customs of the world.
    • Can we say “Christmas” (Christ Mass)?
      • Baal could mean husband. Proverbs 31:11
      • “Twin Brothers” (Acts 28:11)
      • Hanukkah (John 10:22-23)
    • Can I rest on Saturday without observing the Sabbath as a religious practice as Seventh Day Adventists do?
    • Can I eat fish on Fridays without it being a religious practice?
  • Don’t do anything that would violate your conscience.
    • Romans 14:14, 22-23
  • Don’t put a stumbling block in front of others.
    • Romans 14:1-6, 13-15, 21
    • I Corinthians 8:9-13
    • I Corinthians 10:27-31
  • Specific questions:
    • Star on tree
    • Gifts
    • Songs/carols about Christ

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