|Scriptural Support Against Celebrating Christmas|
|There is no Scriptual support FOR celebrating "Christmas",|
but we do have many examples warning against it...
|2 Chronicles 33:15-17|
The Israelites had kept the old pagan form (the high places of Baal), but had
merely introduced the worship of God into that form (a refusal to let go of pagan
worship forms). God was to be worshiped in the Temple, not on the high places.
This was unacceptable worship because the right object of worship was mixed
with wrong forms of worship; the mixing of godly worship with ungodly form.
The celebration of Christmas is the same - the taking of a celebration established
by pagans for pagans, then introducing the worship of Christ into that pagan form.
God warned Israel to destroy all vestiges of pagan worship they had found in
the Promised Land. God not only wanted to prevent them from being enticed
to worship false gods, but He also specifically revealed that He did not want
His people to worship Him in the same manner the heathen worshiped their
gods. Therefore, we know that our Lord is not pleased by practices that
profess to honor Him, but are copied from traditions of false religions.
The command was to worship God only in His way, to do only
what God commands, not adding to, or taking away from them.
There is not a command in the Bible that gives special reverence to
Christ's birth more so than to any other Scripture, nor is there even a
suggestion to celebrate or commemorate His birth in any way whatsoever.
God never intended for His people to be imitators of the pagan
customs of the world, but has called us to be separate and set apart.
Nadab and Abihu offered strange fire to the Lord. The celebration of
Christmas, with all its pagan symbols and forms, is also a strange fire unto
the Lord, and this form of worship is contrary to what God commands.
|1 Samuel 15:1-3; 1 Samuel 15:7-9; 1 Samuel 15:21-23|
Saul disobeyed God's prophet in order to worship God in his way.
The celebration of Christmas is one of man's ways of worshiping Christ.
There is no Biblical command to offer worship in this manner.
|2 Samuel 6:2-7|
David attempts to transport the ark on a new cart instead of using the rings,
or poles, as the Law required Exodus 25:12-15, plus, the transporters of the ark
were not authorized to carry it. 1 Chronicles 15:2; 1 Corinthians 15:13-15 The ark
was transported in the wrong way and transported by the wrong people. Likewise,
the celebration of Christmas is the wrong way (pagan forms/traditions), with
the wrong people (the heathen of the world) joining with professing Christians.
|1 Kings 12:26-33|
In order to unify the northern ten tribes of Israel, ungodly King Jeroboam set
up pagan idols, not in place of God, but as new focal points for directing worship
to God. He even instituted a new festival on a new day; a new religious holiday of
his own choosing. Even though the true God of Israel was still to be the object
of worship in the new religious holiday, both the holiday and the worship were not
authorized by God nor accepted by Him. 1 Kings 13:1-3; 1 Kings 15:29-30 This
was because the concocted mixture of error with truth constituted false religion.
The celebration of Christmas as a religious holiday is of man's own choosing,
replete with pagan symbols and forms, all under the guise - by sincere Christians
at least - of worshiping the one true God and Savior. But this worship form
and system still constitute false religion, making it unacceptable to God.
Christians do not have the right to add a new holy day, any more than King
Jeroboam had the right to add a new holy day to God's theocratic calendar.
|1 Corinthians 8:4-13; Romans 14:1-13;|
1 Corinthians 10:14; 1 Corinthians 10:18-21
Christian liberty can best be defined Biblically as "the freedom to engage in
practices not prohibited by the Scriptures or denying oneself what is permitted
- a moral choice of self-discipline - in order to be a more effective witness for
God." So the question is, "Is Christmas permitted?" Some claim that Paul is
teaching that the participation in pagan forms condemns no one, so participating
in Christmas, even though arising out of pagan idolatry, is inconsequential.
Paul nowhere approves participation in acts of idolatry, which the participation
in the pagan forms of Christmas comes dangerously close to doing. Paul was
speaking of the liberty to continue in Jewish days of worship or festival that
had been previously ordained under the Jewish law. There is certainly no liberty
to bring outside pagan forms into the church's worship services. Likewise, there
is no liberty to Christianize Babylonian - Roman pagan holy days as special days.
Christians in the first century churches had the liberty to observe Old
Testament holy days and feasts, if they were so immature as to do so.
The weaker brother, Paul wrote, was not to be censured for continuing to
attach some importance to the Old Testament holy days, because clear
knowledge of their abolition in Christ had not yet been given to him.
But to observe a pagan holy day is something this passage does not sanction.
They certainly did not have the liberty to regard Babylonian/Roman pagan
holy days, (days that were invented by the devil), as special days.
Again, that would have been idolatry, worldliness, and even a form of Satan
worship. Therefore, the observance of Christmas Day, or any other
Babylonian/Roman Catholic holy day, cannot be a matter of Christian liberty.
But when we refuse to regard the pagan holy days as special days, we are
the ones referred to as the weaker brother in this matter. We are not
opposed to such days because we are weak in faith. Faith is defined as
believing what the Word of God says about a matter and acting upon it. It
was by faith that we stopped regarding pagan holy days as special days.
We would not be more mature Christians if we started regarding such days
again, even though it would certainly be much easier on our families and us.
This passage is speaking of Jews who were observing the Jewish holy
days (festivals and dietary laws of the Old Testament), even though
they were now believers in Christ; but, they were also judging their
Gentile brothers in the Lord who did not observe the Jewish customs.
Likewise, the Gentile Christians were judging their Jewish brothers
who were caught-up in observing these festivals and dietary laws.
Paul was saying,
"To you Gentile Christians, leave the Jewish Christians
alone, because they are not violating any Scriptural commands
by their actions. It's a disputable matter, not a moral one.
To you Jewish Christians, it's okay for you to observe the Jewish festivals
and dietary laws because they were given by God in the Old Testament, and
were previously approved forms of worship, but don't judge your Gentile
brothers because there is no Biblical command to continue to observe them."
Actually, it wasn't okay, but Paul allowed it as an act of an immature,
weaker brother. If a moral issue (a practice covered in Scripture)
is involved, then this passage and its application to Christian liberty
(the freedom to engage in practices not prohibited by Scripture),
would not apply. Celebrating Christmas is a moral issue because
its celebration is not from God, but from ancient paganism itself.
|1 Corinthians 8:4-13|
The Gentile Christians who had been raised in an idolatrous system
were having a problem with their Jewish brothers who were eating
meat that had been sacrificed to idols. This was the only healthy
meat available. In Romans 14:1-13 Paul says that eating meat that had
been sacrificed to idols was not a moral issue, so it was not prohibited.
However, Paul does not say that it is okay to go into the pagan temple itself.
In other passages, 1 Corinthians 10:14; 1 Corinthians 10:18-21, Paul specifically
prohibits getting involved with the pagan feasts. In other words, it's not a
moral issue to partake in the byproducts of a pagan religious system, and
there is no indication here that the Jewish Christians were using the idol meat
as part of their worship, but it's not okay to partake in the religious system itself
because the corrupt character of the participants would be harmful for believers.
We must be separate from the worldly system - 2 Corinthians 6:14;
2 Corinthians 7:1. When items, or byproducts associated with a pagan
religious system, develop religious associations of their own, and have
been integrated into what would otherwise be true Christian worship,
(as the celebration of Christmas has clearly become in our culture),
then we must pull away, so there is no confusion over our allegiances.
|Galatians 4:9-10; Colossians 2:16-17|
Both these passages of Scripture refer to the Jewish holy days
under Old Testament law. If Christians were not even to observe
the Old Testament holy days, days that did have divine sanction for
a time, we certainly don't have the liberty to observe pagan holy days.
James is saying that Christians may only judge a brother on matters
determined in God's Word - moral issues. If a matter is not covered in the
Word, it is a matter of Christian liberty Romans 14:1-13; 1 Corinthians 8:4-13.
He who judges issues of Christian liberty is judging and condemning the Word
of God as being an imperfect standard to which the judge refuses to submit.
|We have clear Scriptural precept that condemns the things|
that go on around December 25th in the name of Christ,
so the celebration of Christmas is a matter of moral conduct.
One cannot take something condemned in God's Word and use
it to spread the Gospel. God will not bless it to spread His Word.
Unacceptable worship mixed with unholy (pagan) forms is not
the normal means through which God blesses the faithful.
Satan works to blend together his system with God's system, because when
unacceptable worship (paganism) is blended with true worship (God's truth), true
worship is destroyed. Any time one mixes pagan ideas and practices with the pure
religion of Christ, it is condemned in Scripture as the heinous sin of idolatry!
God has always detested taking those things dedicated to idols, and using them
to worship Him. As a matter of fact, this "special time of the year" is probably
more of a hindrance to the receptiveness of the gospel message than a help.
Much of the celebration observed by our contemporary society deludes people
into assuming that God is pleased, when in reality, He is offended by false religion,
pseudo-worship, and alien philosophies. The ecumenical spirit and a counterfeit
"love" under the guise of "peace and goodwill among men," more than likely dulls
one's sensitivity to his desperate need to repent and be reconciled to a holy God.
If we have the right to add a special holy day to the Christian economy,
then we can add 10,000 other things. Then we will be no better than the
false cults and the Roman Catholics who follow heathen traditions! Besides,
celebrating Christ's birth is a form of worship, but since Christmas is a lie,
those who celebrate it are not worshiping in "spirit and truth". John 4:24
The modern conservative cry to put Christ back into Christmas
is absurd because Jesus Christ never was in Christmas.
It's a lie to say He was. He has no part in a lie.
When anyone takes the truth and mixes it with a lie, they no longer have the truth.
They have changed the truth into a lie. Neither is it possible to take a lie and mix
it with enough truth to change the lie into the truth. You still come out with a lie.
It cannot be denied that the celebration of Christmas is pagan, pure and simple,
from beginning to end. God gives us specific instructions in His Holy Word:
Jeremiah 10:2 - Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen.
The very popularity of Christmas should cause the Christian to question
it. Anyone and everyone can celebrate Christmas without question -
outright pagans, nominal Christians, and even Buddhists and Hindus.
If, in reality, December 25th were a date set by God to remember
the birth of Jesus, there is no doubt that the world would have nothing
to do with it. After all, God has commanded one day in seven, the Lord's
Day, to worship Him. Does the world observe it? Of course not.
As expected, the world loves Christmas, but hates
the Lord Jesus Christ. John 15:18; John 15:23-25