Note: For our family, we believe that Biblically, celebrating Christmas for Christ isn’t God honoring, so we choose not to do so. I hope that these posts will be helpful to anyone who is questioning the validity of Christmas, but please, don’t take my word for it. You will never go wrong if you stick to what scripture says and abide in Christ. Blessings!
This is Part 1 of our seven part Christmas series. Other topics include:
(Is Celebrating Christ’s Birth Wrong?)
(The Pagan Roots of Christmas)
(The Worldliness of Christmas)
(The Sufficiency of Scripture and What’s Next?)
(It’s All About Me)
(Worship in the Spirit v. the Flesh)
It is early November, and I really should be writing about thankfulness. Instead, since researching the roots of Halloween, everything Christmas related has been swirling around in my brain.
I am a very black and white person. For the most part, events, objects, behaviors, etc. are either good or bad, right or wrong, righteous or ungodly. Sometimes I wish this was not so. Life would be much easier if when I noticed a ray of good in something, I could allow my family to participate with a clear conscience. However, with all honesty that isn’t biblical. We should flee from even the smallest appearance of evil and by God’s grace strive towards righteous living.
This year, while studying Halloween, I came across some quotes by Spurgeon regarding Christmas. I honestly do not know how. I truly believe that the Lord has been slowly working on my heart regarding Christmas, without me even realizing it. He is so kind and gracious, and His timing is always perfect.
“We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority.”
-Charles Spurgeon, Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871
“When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, “Is this a law of the God of Jacob?” and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty.”
-Charles Spurgeon’s Treasury of David on Psalm 81:4.
After further study of the word “Christmas,” or “Christ’s Mass,” I’ve discovered that the term really doesn’t bring honor to Christ at all. This “holiday” just screams of pagan traditions and history that has nothing to do with my Lord and Savior. I will be sharing information about the pagan roots of Christmas at a later time with you all.
Some other questions I hope to answer during this month while looking through Scripture:
Is celebrating Christ’s birth wrong?
What pagan practices are associated with this time?
Are you going to celebrate/decorate at all during this holiday season?
If the Lord looks at our heart, and knows our heart’s motives, does it really matter if we celebrate or not?
Aren’t your children going to be deprived?
This season is a wonderful time of giving, regardless of pagan roots and idolatry that we no longer think of today. Why give that up?
Even the names of the days of the week come from pagan roots and idols. If Christians can call the first day, “Sunday,” then why shouldn’t they celebrate Christmas?
If the world openly embraces a holiday as good, does that mean it is not of God?
The Bible says, whatever you do, do so for the Lord. As long as we are attributing the day to Him, celebrating is okay, right?
I was the one who would say, Keep Christ in Christmas! and Jesus is the Reason for the Season! from the rooftops. Just a few weeks ago I gave away a Christmas ornament shirt on this site. I’m so very humbled by the way God works. The gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit is never condemning, praise God!
I have one final thought for today. John 4:24 says this,
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
We must worship Him in truth. This scripture looks more like a command than a suggestion. Is it true from scripture that Jesus’ “birthday” is December 25th, or is that a human tradition? Even if it was true that our Lord was born on the 25th, is the way we “celebrate” truly worshipful to Him? This is a verse from scripture about human tradition:
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
I’m really looking forward to continuing this series throughout November. Many blessings to your family!