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Christmas is on Sunday this year. A Facebook friend recently posted, "A church that is closed on Christmas needs to have a MAJOR priority check." But how does one defend that without becoming legalistic? MUST Christians go to church on Christmas? MUST they ALWAYS worship on Sunday?
Harry, generally, scripture does not refer to believers as sinners. I'm not saying we do not sin - we do, but it no longer defines our nature. As believers, a fundamental change has taken place. That why Jesus says we have crossed from death to life. We are saints. Even with all the critiques Paul had for Corinth, he never called them sinners.
I'm kind of a "hyper-New-Covenant" believer. I don't regard ANY days as "holy," including Sundays, Christmas, and Easter. It's certainly good to gather with the Church, but for me, "when" is irrelevant.
I would even say that if you feel "guilty" about not attending, you may be slipping into legalism. (Given that it is a tension that is difficult to balance precisely, my personal commitment is to always err on the antinomian side of the spectrum.)
Neil, can you explain why it is optional to celebrate His birth and resurrection on an annual basis, but "required" in the NT for us to go to church every Sabbath/Sunday? I see examples of that in the NT, but no commands to be at church on Sunday. So can you unpack that a bit and explain what *you* see that I don't?