We Are Not Free to do What Seems Good to Us


From the article: Christmas Celebration and Romans 14:

Since the scriptures do not authorize Christmas as a religious holiday, Christians have no right to do so. We can use that season of the year to exchange gifts, to meet as families and friends, to enjoy the vacations our companies provide and to have wonderful meals together. But our brother has overstepped biblical authority when he writes: “Regarding the subject of Christmas, they have the freedom in Christ to do so.” He adds these inexplicable observations: “Well, again, it seems to me that if a local, autonomous congregation decides to have a special program of sorts, whether it’s Christmas, Easter, Homecoming, Gospel Meeting, Sing Song, etc., that’s up to the leaders and members of that congregation.

One expression in this discussion of Christmas bothers me considerably, that is, “it seems to me.” Deciding what should be included in the work and worship of the church cannot be decided on the basis of what seems right to you or to me. Almost three thousand years ago, Solomon made it plain what seems right may be eternally damning. “There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof is the way of death” (Prov. 14:12). To some people, the burning of incense, worshiping idols and engaging in human sacrifice may seem right, but those activities are not acceptable to the Lord.

Tragically, many religious leaders–including some among churches of Christ–use the book of Galatians to support total freedom in Christ. Since we are not under the law of Moses, they argue, we can do just about whatever we please and not bring the wrath of God on our heads. How anyone can read Galatians and arrive at such an illogical conclusion defies imagination. Have those left-leaning preachers ever read:

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8)

We are free in worship to follow the Lord’s instructions. We are not free to do what seems good to us. If we were, there would be no end to what might be introduced into the worship of the church.

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