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On Celebrating Christmas

There are many different thoughts on celebrating Christmas, and I find it something that seems to bring conflict to many who follow Christ! While many believe that practicing what originally began as a pagan celebration is wrong, the fact is that Christians turned it into a day to celebrate the birth of Christ. Others find it wrong that we celebrate birth at all. The birthday was not something that was celebrated by early Jews.

We are not instructed in the Bible to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but it is notable that the birth was noted in the Bible itself with the honoring of the baby by Angels declaring His birth, by Wise Men looking for Him and bringing gifts to celebrate His coming and recognizing the importance of His future Kingship. The gospels do not give us a date of His birth, and yet they do emphasize the importance of His birth. Without His birth, we have nothing. He had to come to earth as a human to fulfill the prophecy and give the sacrifice. It stands to reason that His birth is one of the most important days in history. And while we are also told to celebrate death over birth, without the birth, you can not have the death.

As for the fact that Christmas itself began as a pagan holiday, people ceased to associate the day with the worship of a pagan god and began to associate it with the birth of the Savior of the world. For ministry, is that not what we want? For people to disregard pagans and remember Christ’s coming?

One of the biggest problems with modern day followers of Christ is that all to often the celebration becomes more about themselves than it is about Christ. We don’t truly celebrate the birth of Jesus so much as we take the opportunity to party and feed our own desires, whether with food, friends, presents or other indulgences. Do we really spend enough time in reflection on the reason for His birth and thanksgiving for it?

While we may or may not agree on whether we should celebrate Christmas, I decided that I would include a few others thoughts on that very thing. God bless!

“Christmas now means that we mark, in Christian ways, the birth of Jesus Christ. I think the birth, death and resurrection of Christ are the most important events in human history. Not to mark them in some way, by way of special celebration, would be folly it seems to me.” From: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? John Piper

Charles H. Spurgeon on Christmas from Founders Ministries Blog:

He had little patience with his Protestant brethren who made much of the day out of religious devotion. Yet, Spurgeon was far from a Scrooge. Nor did he think it some violation of Scripture to utilize the inevitable emphasis of the season to preach the incarnate Christ. So it is easy to find sermons on the birth of Christ that he preached around Christmas time.

In December of 1855 he preached on “The Incarnation and Birth of Christ” from Micah 5:2. His opening words were these:

THIS is the season of the year when, whether we wish it or not, we are compelled to think of the birth of Christ. I hold it to be one of the greatest absurdities under heaven to think that there is any religion in keeping Christmas-day. There are no probabilities whatever that our Savior Jesus Christ was born on that day and the observance of it is purely of Popish origin; doubtless those who are Catholics have a right to hallow it, but I do not see how consistent Protestants can account it in the least sacred. However, I wish there were ten or a dozen Christmas-days in the year; for there is work enough in the world, and a little more rest would not hurt laboring people. Christmas-day is really a boon to us, particularly as it enables us to assemble round the family hearth and meet our friends once more. Still, although we do not fall exactly in the track of other people, I see no harm in thinking of the incarnation and birth of the Lord Jesus. We do not wish to be classed with those

“Who with more care keep holiday
The wrong, than others the right way.”

By Paul Ravenhill

300 years after Jesus’ death the church set December 25th as the day of commemoration and celebration of His birth.

Was Jesus born December 25th?… Possibly not!

Does the exact date matter? I don’t think so! Some people have a problem with December 25th because it was the date of the heathen celebration of the mid-winter festival. As Studdert-Kennedy (to whom I am indebted for his notes which lay the basis for this writing) has pointed out, for the heathen it was based in a time of dread
(dread of the winter cold which had taken the life from the trees and plants and
touched the waters and the fields with frost,
dread of the darkness which had taken over a greater portion of every day,
dread of the scarcity the uncertainty, the unrelenting attack of winter) from this fear was born the custom of lighting fires and burning logs to “warm up the sun” lest he flicker out and die and never rise again….. Read the rest at Christmas
By Paul Ravenhill

From Billy Graham

“I don’t think we ought to stop celebrating Christmas, but I do agree that we’ve lost sight of its true meaning. All too often, I’m afraid, we have left Christ out of Christmas, and yet (as the popular saying goes) He truly is “the reason for the season.”

Instead of focusing on what Christmas has become, however, let’s focus instead on what it can become for us, no matter what others do. Christmas celebrates the coming of Jesus Christ into the world, which set in motion the greatest event in human history. What better time to stop and reflect on what God did for us by sending His only Son into the world?

Why is Christmas important? It’s important first of all because it reminds us of our greatest need: to be forgiven of our sins and reconciled to the God who created us. If we could solve this need by ourselves, Christ wouldn’t have had to leave heaven’s glory and come to earth. But He did — because God loves us, and He wants us to know Him and spend eternity with Him.

Christmas reminds us too of what God has done for us. We could never save ourselves — but Christ came to save us by His death and resurrection. Make Christ the center of your Christmas this year — and then you’ll begin to understand the greatness of God’s gift to us that first Christmas. As the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)”. Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

From A.W. Pink:

 To you the Word of the Lord is, “Be THOU AN EXAMPLE of believers in word, in deportment, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12). Is it not true that the most corrupt “churches” you know of, where almost every fundamental of the faith is denied, will have their “Christmas celebrations?” Will you imitate them? Are you consistent to protest against unscriptural methods of “raising money,” and then to sanction unscriptural “Christmas services?” Seek grace to firmly but lovingly set God’s truth on this subject before your people, and announce that you can have no part in following Pagan, Romish, and worldly customs.

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  4. Let God be true and all men liars.

    I noticed a few men mentioned here in this post who are ecumenical-willing to hold hands with the Roman Catholic Church which is about witchcraft and another Jesus rather than the true Gospel. Ecumenicalism is about doctrines of demons and the true Gospel coming together-light and darkness, the unholy with the holy.Its the Church’s multiculturalism. And its no different than using heathen methods to celebrate the birth of our dear Lord Jesus. It ought to be heartbreaking to all of you who call evil good on this one day of celebration. Jesus does mind that His birth is commemorated on the same day the heathens celebrated the birth of their sun-god. He does mind exchanging places with that false god-child named Tammuz, for one of its many names. He is NOT in the Christ Mass-that is a different Jesus you are honoring and many church leaders after both of the Reformations knew this and tried to prevent it from being celebrated for the sake of the purity of the Christian faith.

    We don’t have God’s permission to mix paganism into our worship of Him. “Learn not the ways of the heathen…”does that not ring any bells for you? This very paganism is that which brought strong judgement on Israel. God’s views haven’t changed despite how man has turned the christianized pagan holiday into a christian holy day. Paganism is unredeemable. God’s in charge and if He wanted us to have a day to honor the birth of His Son He would have told us! He surely would not have chosen the false god’s day had He done so. He surely wouldn’t leave it up to man on how to do so. Where is God’s permission for setting up the tree in the house and the use of other pagan traditions of men written in scriptures? Its still pagan in God’s estimation. Just as pagan as the golden calves that Israel made to worship Him with. My! But we do love to justify our disobedience to God! When we go outside of God’s holy Word for our worship practice by using christianized pagan idoltry we are telling God that His completed Word isn’t so complete. And that He needs us to christianize pagan and other cultic practices for Him. Non-mention doesn’t mean its OK! It means God doesn’t want you to even consider it. And, no, Paul would never ever tell Christians that they could regard the pagan holidays. Corrupting the true meaning of God’s Word is evil! Its adding to His Word by creating a man-made celebration and its taking away from His Word when His warnings to us not to practice the heathen ways in worship to Him are pooh-poohed. Hath God said…? Are we willingly going to disobey God to His face and tell Him He doesn’t know what He is talking about? We will be judged for this idolatry we call X Mass so we had better know full well what we are doing and put God first in the matter and not our love for this helliday or our concern for the children over God’s Word. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating Christ’s birth. It should be a daily thanksgiving to God. But its wrong to do it by veneering the unholy paganism with the holy. None of your eyes have been opened to the sin of your celebrations. May God grant you to know what HIS estimation of your vain worship is. Your sincerity of heart, if that is truly what God sees in your reasonings, won’t be counted in your favor when God makes His judgement. It is NOT OK to commit spiritual adultery with the scarlet harlot by christianizing paganism. We are to worship in spirit and in truth. X mass is very deceptive. No wonder occultism has seeped into the churches with labrynths and yoga and centering prayers, to name a few.

    Oh, but never mind silly ol’ me. I used to be a celibrrant of this adulterous admixture of worship to God but now I’m of a supposedly weaker conscience because I’m no longer bound to such evil practices. My desire is to be obedient to God out of appreciation for sending His Son. My heart grieves for all of those Christians who celebrate this helliday.
    Merry Tammuzmas!

    December 10, 2013 at 3:24 am

  5. Sherry, you said “God’s in charge and if He wanted us to have a day to honor the birth of His Son He would have told us!” He didn’t tell us anywhere in the Bible to celebrate Jesus death and resurrection either. Should we cease to celebrate these? The Bible does tell us that God can turn evil into good, and that He uses foolish things to instruct. If this is your choice and you think that it is evil, I applaud your decision. I do intend to rejoice in the Lord, and will take this opportunity as one of many to do so. God bless you!
    I am repasting this from my addendum comment below because I think this comment needs clarification. Although I will let the other comment stand as well!
    The only instruction we are given was by Jesus Himself, that was to remember His death with communion. To celebrate Jesus birth is not a requirement of any faith that I know of, it is simply an act of rejoicing in the fact of it.

    December 10, 2013 at 3:44 am

    • Before anything, I understand the general message of what you’re stating here but just a small correction. Jesus did tell us to celebrate his death specifically. This is why we have the Lord’s Supper. In celebration of his death. To do this in remembrance of what he gave to us, meaning his blood and broken body.

      December 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      • I hope that I clarified it in the comment below, perhaps it is just a slightly different interpretation. I meant celebration in regards to how Christmas is usually done, to remember Jesus in communion has a little different aspect in my own mind and that is the reason for the distinction for me.

        December 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      • No biggy… Just didn’t want someone else to go hog-wild on you for a possible mistake.

        December 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      • :-), I understand, that was the same reason I clarified it as well!

        December 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

  6. The only instruction we are given was by Jesus Himself, that was to remember His death with communion. To celebrate Jesus birth is not a requirement of any faith that I know of, it is simply an act of rejoicing in the fact of it.

    December 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

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  8. It all boils down to ones individual soul and the spirit in which things are celebrated. For me, the three Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day are a group of special times for me to pause and revere our God in heaven… and for me, the story of Salvation is ‘revisited’ each year. The glorious message of Salvation begins with Christ Jesus being born and ends with His death and resurrection at the Easter season. Where my heart, my spirit, my mind and my actions are focused is what is important during during this time. We are instructed never to put a ‘stumbling block’ before another believer… and I would never force my ‘ways’ upon another, however, I will not conform to others beliefs either… I will continue to strive to live for The Father in heaven, His Only Begotten Son Christ Jesus and follow the leading of His precious Holy Spirit. To HIM be all glory, no matter where we each personally find ourselves! The beauty is, He knows our heart and He knows our intentions and for that, I am so thankful! 😀

    December 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    • Amen!

      December 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    • I actually disagree a bit with this being treated as a blank statement. Reasons to follow:
      1. The heart of man is the last place that you should attempt to justify good or evil (Romans 1:18-3:10 especially 3:11; I Timothy 4:1-2 especially verse 2 – states that the conscience can be ‘seared’ or ‘burned out’). It is through the scriptures and what God says that is the moral rule for Christians.
      2. To state that speaking the truth is considered a ‘stumbling block’ to believers is a gross misinterpretation of the scripture in question. The stumbling block in question is a Christian leading another Christian to sin. To teach the truth is quite the contrary and it leads to righteousness.
      3. The glorious message is not inclusive of the birth of Christ. Paul summed up what the glorious message is, that being, I Corinthians 15:1-8. His birth is not inclusive.

      December 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      • 1. My point was, that God knows my heart and whether I am following His Scripture or not.
        2. That was not what I meant regarding ‘stumbling block’, sometimes I’m not very good at expressing my thoughts through text. What I mean is, if I know a fellow believer thinks something is evil, than I will go out of my way not to participate in that activity in front of them.
        3. I never said it was ‘inclusive’, for me, it starts with His birth… He was born to die. He came as a lamb and will return as a lion.

        I’m sorry you misunderstood my comment… however, we do not know each other, so, that is easy to do. But God does know me, AMEN! 😀

        December 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      • Cool deal.

        December 10, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      • 😀 Thank you for being gracious and understanding… I wish I could put forth my thoughts clearly, so that others know exactly what I mean, but I do have difficulty with that! :/ While it is a fact that people will disagree with each other, it is a blessing that it can be done with respect and kindness!

        December 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      • 😀

        December 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      • I must say…. ‘kindness’ is a characteristic I am not known by… so Thank You Very Much! Hehehe

        December 10, 2013 at 6:14 pm

  9. I’m actually right in between both loopyloo305 and Sherry. The main problem, in my opinion (and, in this respect, that is exactly what it is), is not necessarily in celebrating the birth of Christ. I personally don’t really care about his ‘birth’ other than to know what was proclaimed of him. Nevertheless, others celebrate it and are not, in their minds, celebrating a pagan holiday so I feel no guilt in hanging out with them.

    On the other side of the coin, I am not in agreement with ‘proclaiming the birth of Christ’ to be on that day. Unfortunately, people do not separate the difference. Too many people claim that the ‘Real Meaning of Christmas’ is Christ instead of stating what it actually is, that being, though the real meaning of Christmas is not Christ, I personally choose to celebrate it today. To state that the real meaning of Christmas is Christ cannot be any further from the truth. The ‘real meaning of Christmas’ is that it was a pagan religious holiday incorporated by Catholicism into Christianity. That’s the ‘real meaning’. For Christians to proclaim otherwise, the only thing I can state is that they are ‘lying about Christ’ simply because they are.

    You do not start evangelizing unbelievers by agreeing to a lie that they may eventually find out it is. You preach the truth. You don’t have to become completely separatist (we are not commanded to judge unbelievers actions anyways) but, as you’re enjoying it with them, tell them the truth, and, while you’re at it, the whole truth inclusively what Christ did for them by coming.

    December 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    • I agree,but I do think that we can use any opportunity for education and there are sometimes that people reach out for God more than other times. If we deny them because at one time it was a pagan holiday, we are doing a disservice to them and to God. We should always rejoice in the Lord and pass the message that He gave us to anyone who is willing to hear. Those that are not are going to close their minds no matter what, and someone will always find a way to denigrate those who believe. God bless you!

      December 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

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  15. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours! 🙂 Peace, luvz, and hugz! Uncle Tree ▲

    December 24, 2013 at 1:32 am

    • Thank you and God bless you Uncle Tree! Hope your Christmas is wonderful!

      December 24, 2013 at 1:38 am

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  17. Reblogged this on Armor of God and commented:

    The greatest thing about celebrating the birth of Christ is the joy we have in knowing His gift to us is life!

    December 10, 2016 at 6:50 am

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