Trump White House will ‘engage in the celebration of Christmas’

As mainstream media ramps up attack on President Trump for refusing to cancel Christmas at the White House, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended today the President’s decision to host about a dozen Christmas gatherings in the coming days, in spite of Coronavirus fears that are gripping the nation.

As mainstream media ramps up attack on President Trump for refusing to cancel Christmas at the White House, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended today the President’s decision to host about a dozen Christmas gatherings in the coming days, in spite of Coronavirus fears that are gripping the nation.

During the White House Press Briefing today, a reporter asked if the White House is “setting a good example for the public” in hosting “holiday parties” at a time when the “CDC and other organizations are asking Americans to forgo those kinds of celebrations for their own safety.”

McEnany replied that if people in America have been allowed to “loot businesses, burn down buildings, engage in protest, you can also go to a Christmas party, you can celebrate the holiday of Christmas, and you can do it responsibly.”

The White House press secretary said that Christmas gatherings hosted in the East Wing this year will have various protocols in place because of Coronavirus.

There will be smaller guest lists, masks will be made available to attendees, social distancing will be encouraged, and hand sanitizing stations will be present. “But we will engage in the celebration of Christmas,” McEnany said.

Irreducible Elements of the Gospel

The gospel is the great nonnegotiable of Christian truth. We aren’t allowed to add to, subtract from, embellish, or rejigger the sacred message of how sinful men can be reconciled to a holy God.

That’s why the apostle Paul reserved his sternest warning for anyone who would dare to mess with the message: “If any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed” (Galatians 1:9).

The preacher is left with one option when it comes to faithful gospel proclamation—and it’s not an elusive option reserved for scholars. Paul expected his audience to be able to clearly differentiate between the one true gospel and all the other pretenders. It is an expectation implicitly placed upon all believers. With that in mind, we recently asked John MacArthur to identify and explain the essential truths of saving faith—the irreducible elements of the gospel.

Our destinies hinge on the unshakable nature of those truths. Any variation in just one of them and the hope of eternal life completely collapses.  

If you present a different god than the God of Scripture, you are effectively calling people to idolatry. If you preach another Christ you do not have the Lord; you have a liar or a lunatic. If salvation by grace through faith alone is corrupted with even the smallest amount of works-righteousness, “Christ will be of no benefit to you” (Galatians 5:2). If we don’t repent from our former sinful ways, we will perish (Luke 13:3,5).

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