Should a New Testament Christian Celebrate Christmas and Easter??

christmas-easterI’ve been really hesitant to write this post, because I knew that it would arouse the anger of many. Our holidays are something that we all hold very dear to our hearts. We have wonderful memories of buckets full of candy on Halloween, presents around the Christmas tree and Easter egg hunts at our grandparents house. No one likes to hear that the events that they find comfort in could be out of the will of God (or sin) … not even me. But our flesh desperately seeks “the path of least resistance”. Our carnal nature would rather appease our flesh, justify our way of life, and quietly blend in with the world around us.

99% of us already know that all three of these holidays (namely Halloween, Christmas and Easter) have pagan roots, or were in some way birthed from the church’s desire to compromise with pagans (** For links to resources detailing the pagan roots of Halloween, Christmas and Easter, Click HERE) and yet, we still “religiously” continue these customs. Well, a few of us may blacklist Halloween as a “pagan holiday” because Jesus is not celebrated, but we still hold on very tightly to Christmas and Easter. If you attack those two holidays, well, you’ve gone too far! If you think about this mindset with an honest heart, it reeks of hypocrisy. “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” and “He Is Risen!” are common mantras we chant to comfort us in our compromise. After all … God knows our heart, right? I’ll address this later in the post.

No Scriptural Reason

The Truth is that I cannot find any scriptural reason why it is OK to celebrate these holidays. New Testament scriptures used by the church (which I will address in this post) to justify their involvements in these celebrations are cherry-picked and out of context. “It’s OK, as long as your heart is in the right place” is a weak excuse and does nothing to take away from the sinfulness of our actions.

Let’s take a look at some scriptures commonly used by the church to justify their position on the holidays. If you seek the Truth, you WILL find it … but it may not feel good to your flesh.

Galatians 4: You Observe Days and Months and Seasons and Years!

In my opinion, Galatians is probably THE most misunderstood book in the Bible. More false doctrine has come out of this book more than any other (with possibly Romans and Revelation coming in a VERY close second).

Galatians 4:8-11
“But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.”

Because of what our leaders taught us, and because it is our natural tendency to incorporate what we’ve been taught into our paradigm (our way of thinking), it is really easy to just focus on the verses that our leaders emphasized:

“how [is it that] you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.”

christmas-aloneAs our eyes gravitate to those verses (excluding the surrounding text), we gloss over the Truth of the Word and read our paradigm INTO the passage. We blindly proceed to the next verse, assuming that Paul was writing a chastisement to people who want to observe the “old Jewish holidays”, because somehow Jesus’ work on the cross did away with God’s commandments.

Not so, my friends.

We don’t think about WHO the epistle (letter) was written to. We don’t think about what was happening at the TIME the epistle (letter) was written. And we don’t think about the CULTURE of the people who received the epistle (letter).

We don’t study the Word for ourselves.

A careful analysis of the surrounding scripture will bring the Truth out.

Galatians 4:8-9
“But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

From the scripture above, we see that prior to coming to the faith, the Galatians did NOT KNOW GOD and SERVED OTHER GODS. They were pagans, not Jews or proselytes!

lawvs-graceOne error taught by those who teach Galatians is that, somehow, the church of Galatia used to be involved in Judaism, and that the debate is over whether or not they should go back to “the Law”. This sets the stage for an errant “Grace vs. Law” mindset whenever anyone reads this epistle.

If you don’t get the WHO right, you’re going to have a problem interpreting these verses (as well as the entire book of Galatians) correctly.

Galatians 4:10-11
“You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.”

So, if we know that the members of the Galatians church were pagans prior to their conversion, we must come to the conclusion that their celebrated “days and months and years” (the “weak and beggarly elements” that they were in “bondage” to) were pagan holidays, not “Jewish” holidays. On top of that, Paul was afraid that, since the Galatians were celebrating these pagan holidays, that he had “labored in vain”.

We can learn something here. Paul calls celebration of pagan holidays “bondage” … not “freedom”. What does that say about those who celebrate pagan holidays? … Selah. Let’s go on, there’s more!

Galatians 4:12-16
Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you. You have not injured me at all. You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first. And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, [even] as Christ Jesus. What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me. Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

In the midst of his infirmity, Paul came to the pagans of Galatia when it was against Jewish Law to do so (and by “Jewish Law”, I mean man-made “Jewish Law”/Talmud, not “God’s Law”/Torah). He came to them with the Good News of Jesus Christ, which resulted in an opportunity for the Gentiles to become part of “His People”. Contrary to what many teach in churches these days, the “Good News” ALWAYS started with the word “Repent.” Change your pagan ways, stop your pagan celebrations and take on God’s Ways. And, in case we forget, at this point the New Testament didn’t exist … people learned God’s Ways from “the Law and the Prophets” … Selah.

Galatians 4:17-18
“They zealously court you, [but] for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them.”

The “They” in this passage is referring to the Party of the Circumcision (read the entire epistle for context). From reading the book of Acts, and several other references in Paul’s epistles, it can be concluded that the Party of the Circumcision was a powerful and influential sect of the Pharisees. Many of them believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, but allowed their man-made doctrine to tarnish their faith. Early on, they were very militant about being separate from Gentiles (Acts 11:2-3), but after Peter’s dream they softened their stance a little, but then started preaching circumcision as a means of salvation (Acts 15 and the entire book of Galatians).

It is apparent from scripture that the Party of the Circumcision followed Paul around …. “adding to” the Gospel after Paul passed through. From the verses above, we can see that they were very similar to modern day pastors and prophets, eager for a following.

Galatians 4:18-20
“But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you. My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.”

I’ve explained Galatians 4:8-20 for this purpose. Paul obviously did not want believers in Messiah to celebrate pagan holidays. Much like our modern day “salvation prayer converts,” the Gentile believers grasped a hold of a salvation by works mindset (saying “the prayer”), and reverted back to their old ways (celebrating their pagan holidays). Paul was calling them (again) to “Come Out” of the culture that they were a part of. If they failed in this area, Paul considered his efforts to be “in vain”.

Colossians 2: Let No One Judge You

Is your flesh feeling uncomfortable yet? Yeah … mine too. I really want to crucify this flesh, it keeps me from obeying God’s commands … but dying is never painless!

You’ve probably noticed that I use the phrase “cherry-picked” a lot when referring to scriptures taken out of context. Have you ever picked cherries before? It’s all about eating the nice looking cherries, and throwing away the rest, huh? Sure, the throwaways are “bad” cherries, but that’s where the metaphor ends with God’s Word … it’s ALL good! There are no bad scriptures!

Another scripture that frequently gets “cherry-picked” is:

Colossians 2:16-17
“So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.”

But when you treat the letter to the church of Colosse for what it is ….an actual “letter” with a continuous thought process, the meaning of verses 16-17 is quite different! Let’s explore:

Colossians 2:6-7
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”

Paul starts off encouraging the church of Colosse to walk “in Him” … being “rooted” and “established in the faith”.

Colossians 2:8
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”

Starting with the verse above, we can see that Paul is setting up a comparison. On one side we have “the tradition of men” and “the basic principles of the world” (a deceitful philosophy that will cheat it’s followers) and on the other side we have “according to Christ.” At this point, the lines are drawn. What is about to be discussed will fall on one side of the line or the other.

Colossians 2:9-12
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”

You can clearly see, from the scriptures above, that Paul is describing the “righteous” side of this comparison. The side that is “according to Christ”. Thank God for what He has done! When we put off the body of the sins of the flesh (by crucifying it), we are taking part in the “circumcision made without hands.” Explaining this in detail is probably another post for another time, let’s move on.

Colossians 2:13-15
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

The Law of Sin and Death cursed those who disobeyed what was written in it (see Deuteronomy 28). Christ, through His Death and resurrection, did not abolish the Law (Matt. 5:17-19), but abolished the Curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13) that was upon those who lived in habitual disobedience to the Law. The Curse of the Law was “contrary to us”, but God’s Law was given to us “for our good” (Deuteronomy 6:24, 30:11-20). Again, this also is a more detailed post for another time.

Verses 9-15 shows us all of the things that Jesus did for us by His death and resurrection on the cross. They are most certainly the details that we must be aware of if we are to live a life “according to Christ.”

Colossians 2:16-17
“So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.”

spirit-of-yuleOnce again, we come across the “cherry-picked” scripture that people read out of context. Let’s take a step back and think about what we are reading here and WHO it was meant for. The church of Colosse was located in the same region as Galatia, really close to Laodicea. While we don’t know for sure if the church was primarily made up of Gentile believers or a mixture of Jew and Gentile, it really doesn’t matter. They were a group of called out believers (ekklesia) in the middle of a pagan society.

Bringing the comparison in verse 8 forward, we can easily peg those who were judging someone for celebrating a festival, new moon and Sabbath as pagans who adhere to philosophy and empty deceit.

At this point, one could say … “Yes, but the substance is of Christ … so we don’t have to worry about celebrating those ‘Jewish’ holidays!” To which I would reply with a few questions:

  • Then why would Paul tell the Colossians to not let anyone judge them? Why wouldn’t he say … “Well, it doesn’t really matter if you celebrate it or not”?
  • Why did Paul himself place great value in God’s Holy Days? (Acts 18:21)
  • Lastly, some of the “Jewish holidays” in Leviticus 23 pointed to events AFTER His Return. The events that The Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement and The Feast of Tabernacles point to have YET to occur. Where do we divide them up? Do we celebrate some and not others?

Obviously this is a subject of great debate. Personally, I feel that when God said “it shall be a statute forever” in Leviticus 23, He meant what He said.

I apologize if that was a “rabbit trail”.

Regardless of your stance on God’s Holy Days, we can see from verses 16-17, that Paul is telling the believers of the church in Colosse that they shouldn’t let any pagan judge them just because they want to take part in a God-commanded feast. NOT taking part in the feasts would be caving in to a deceit-filled philosophy that would ROB them of a life “according to Christ”. Let’s go further:

Colossians 2:18-19
Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in [false] humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase [that is] from God.”

Continuing the stream of thought from verse 8, we see Paul mentioning again a philosophy, spoken through people that would CHEAT us and disrupt our walk “according to Christ”. Not only that, but the context of these verses attributes “false humility”, “worship of angels”, and a “puffed-up fleshly mind” to the same people who would judge someone for celebrating a God-ordained holiday.

It’s “heavy stuff” to not hold fast to the Head.

Colossians 2:20-22
“Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations — Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle, which all concern things which perish with the using — according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.”

When we “died with Christ”, we died to the “basic principles of the world”. I understand that you all have a wide range of beliefs and interpretations of how a believer should relate to the Law of God. Although that should not be, one thing must be True: God’s Law was NOT created by man, nor was it EVER a “basic principle of the world.” So to use the verse above to support the man-made philosophy that we no longer need to “subject ourselves” to God’s commands is dangerous ground (at best).

What the verse above is saying is to not subject yourselves to man-made doctrine. Analyze yourself a moment …. what kind of doctrines/regulations/traditions regarding Christmas and Easter do you subject yourself to?

Matters of the Heart

heartBesides scripture, many people have other “pat” responses as to why they think it’s OK to celebrate Christmas, Easter and Halloween. They usually sound similar to what you see below.

  • God knows my heart
  • We celebrate “Jesus” during the holidays, so He trumps the pagan holidays.
  • Whatever you do, do ALL to the Glory of God
  • People are more open to the Gospel during Christmas
  • Satan doesn’t own any day, why should I give “pagan holidays” any credit in his behalf?

In light of scripture, these responses hold no weight. The Old Testament is FULL of scripture where God warns His people against idolatry and taking on the customs and practices of the nations. We can also see, from the content above, that God carries this command through to the New Testament. In fact, the very scriptures that people use to support their “right” to celebrate pagan holidays are actually found to mean the exact opposite!

So why do good, “Christian” people celebrate these holidays?

To be honest, it’s really difficult to break with years of tradition, the expectations of our loved ones, and our own wicked desires.

Jeremiah 17:9
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”

The Truth is that our hearts are wicked and no one can know (be intimately acquainted with) it. We don’t even know ourselves … how can we know the hidden desires of our own hearts?

We can’t … but GOD can!

Hebrews 4:12-13
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

Keep in mind that the above verse was referring to the Old Testament as the New Testament wasn’t even written (or it was just starting to be written) at that time.

Time and space doesn’t permit me to go into a huge study on how God judges the human heart, but I would encourage you to dig deep into your bibles for the answer! If you do, you will find that the condition of your heart is directly related to your obedience to the commands of God.

In Closing

Kevin KleintContrary to what you may think, I didn’t write this post to be the proverbial “Scrooge” that wants to take away your holiday cheer. I have a passion for the Word of God, finding the Ultimate Truth that lies within it, and doing my best to Obey accordingly.

We’re at a point within the “Church Era” where we are finding out that our “Game Plan” isn’t working. You have to be in a serious state of denial to think that the Church is going forward … just look around you!

Our struggle to “Stay Relevant” is futile, and has run its course … ending in confusion and apostasy.

Let’s get One Thing in our heads:

“The True Church will NEVER be relevant to a carnally-minded society. It will either STAND on the Word of God, or CAVE to the pressure of syncretism.”

The Call to “Come Out from Among them” has never been stronger.

The following video gives us some great “food for thought”.

May God bless you with Truth this Season …

For the Truth,

Kevin Kleint
Email: kevinkleint@outlook.com



** A Little Bit About Christmas, Easter and Halloween:

Note: The links above are sources to some good information … that doesn’t mean that I 100% endorse what they teach (with the exception of my own articles, haha).

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  1. Christa Guenther says

    Jeremiah 10:1-5 “Hear ye the word which the LORD speaks unto you, O house of Israel: Thus says the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.”

    I believe this describes a “Christmas” tree and the Lord is specifically saying we should NOT learn the ways of the heathens. Yes, it is hard not to “celebrate” all these pagan holidays but we don’t have to lie to little children about the feasts of the Lord. We teach kids not to lie and then we lie, lie, lie to them about Santa and the Easter bunny. The word says all liars will not inherit the Kingdom of God, there is no such thing as a little white lie.

  2. says

    In my blog, http://thejoyfulpursuitofladywisdom.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/but-thats-not-what-it-means-to-me/ I wrote how an atheist enlightened me about how the ‘non-believers’ scoff at Christian’ ignorance of the fact that their ‘religious’ holidays are pagan in origins.

    By enjoining what seems like harmless ‘fun’ with Christian celebrations have we tainted our witness?

    “When Moses saw that the people had lost all control because Aaron had let them get that way, and he realized their wild behavior had become a mockery in the sight of their enemies…” Exodus 32:25

    Daniel 7:25 took on new meaning for me this week. “He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and God appointed laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time.”

    What harm can possibly come upon us since we don’t really believe we are practicing pagan idol worship with a beautiful christ-mass tree or a cute little bunny with kids joyfully hunting for colored eggs?

    You might want to ask the people who didn’t have the mark of God on them because they practiced those things God said not to nor did they “sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in the midst of it.” (His Sanctuary!) Ezekiel 9

    Or ask the people who celebrated a ‘Feast to the LORD’ around the golden calf. The Levites were commanded to kill anyone who had partaken in the revelry even if it was their brother, friend, or neighbor. Three thousand men died that day. Then Moses said to the Levites; “Because of your devotion TO GOD, you have earned His blessing today.”

    These two examples seem to prove that just because something doesn’t mean bad things to us, it doesn’t necessarily NOT mean bad to GOD. I think HIS opinion matters most.

    In Ezekiel 8:9-18; The LORD said, “Now walk through the door and take a look at the obscenities they’re engaging in.”

    I entered and looked. I couldn’t believe my eyes: Painted all over the walls were pictures of reptiles and animals and monsters—the whole pantheon of Egyptian gods and goddesses—being worshiped by Israel. In the middle of the room were seventy of the leaders of Israel, with Jaazaniah son of Shaphan standing in the middle. Each held his censer with the incense rising in a fragrant cloud. He said, “Son of man, do you see what the elders are doing here in the dark, each one before his favorite god-picture? They tell themselves, ‘God doesn’t see us. God has forsaken the country.’”

    Then he said, “You’re going to see worse yet.”

    He took me to the entrance at the north gate of the Temple of God. I saw women sitting there, weeping for Tammuz, the Babylonian fertility god. (The 40 days of Lent?)

    He said, “Have you gotten an eyeful, son of man? You’re going to see worse yet.”

    Finally, he took me to the inside court of the Temple of God. There between the porch and the altar were about twenty-five men. Their backs were to God’s Temple. They were facing east, bowing in worship to the sun.

    He said, “Have you seen enough, son of man? Isn’t it bad enough that Judah engages in these outrageous obscenities? They fill the country with violence and now provoke me even further with their obscene gestures. That’s it. They have an angry God on their hands! From now on, no mercy. They can shout all they want, but I’m not listening.” Ezekiel 8:9-18

    Begin at My sanctuary. (For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey? 1 Peter 4:17) So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple [who did not have the Lord’s mark on their foreheads]. And He said to [the executioners], Defile the temple and fill its courts with the slain. Go forth! And they went forth and slew in the city.

    Then said He to me, The iniquity and guilt of the house of Israel and Judah are exceedingly great; the land is full of blood and the city full of injustice and perverseness; for they say, The Lord has forsaken the land; the Lord does not see [what we are doing]. And as for Me, My eye will not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their wicked doings upon their own heads. And behold, the man clothed in linen, who had the ink bottle at his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as You have commanded me. Ezekiel 9:1-11 Amplified

    After reading these scriptures, I wonder if people will still think that it doesn’t matter to GOD how we entwine pagan festivities with HIS appointed Holy Days?

  3. Clare says

    I agree with you. The early church wasn’t celebrating Christmas and Easter, let alone Halloween. We’d be better very careful if we practice anything outside of the scripture.

  4. Gyan isaac says

    God b with u kevin as u proclaim the truth 2 b known.we re nt alone.God is with anyone wu stands 4 the truth. bt e lawless being wu contradict,whether u agree or vice versa the truth wld kam 2 broad day light.read 2thess 2:9-17.tnks
    gyan.

  5. Gyan isaac says

    Kev God bles. u.i hav tried hard in persuadin ma family 2 the truth abt dis pagan celebration,bt 2 no avail.bt ma advise 2 dos whu contradict with u abt pagan celebration “christmas/easter” to change their mind b4 itz 2late.read 2thess.2:9-17.beware!

  6. Jeanne Theunissen says

    While I fully agree with you that Christians should have nothing to do with celebrating Halloween (other than the fact that it happens to be my mother’s birthday), I have read a number of other articles that have refuted the pagan origins for the celebrations of Christmas and Easter.

    Easter, especially, has been attributed to the pagan goddesses Astarte or Ishtar, but it is actually an Anglo-Saxon word derived from the German word (Ost) meaning East. When Martin Luther translated the Bible into German, he translated the Greek word pascha (the word William Tyndale translated as Passover in English around the same time) as either Oster or Osterfest. These, in turn, were likely derived from the Old German words auferstehen / auferstanden / Auferstehung meaning “rising from the dead,” or “resurrection.” Since English is a Germanic language, this is where the word Easter is really derived from.

    The words Passover (derived from the Greek) and Easter (derived from the German) could have been used interchangeably, but Tyndale felt that it would have been anachronistic to use the German word for “resurrection” before the event had actually occurred, which is why he used the word Passover throughout the Old Testament and in the Gospels.. However, the word Easter does appear in Acts 12:4 of the KJV when talking about the arrest of Peter (even though it is the same Greek word pascha used throughout the Bible): “And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.”

    I found these articles to be of great interest. If you have a chance to read them, I would be interested in hearing your take on them.

    http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2008/12/19/feedback-the-origin-of-christmas

    http://creation.com/was-christianity-plagiarized-from-pagan-myths

    http://www.piousfabrications.com/2010/12/pagan-origins-of-christmas.html

    http://creation.com/easter-and-good-friday-questions-and-answers

    http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2011/04/12/easter-date-pagan

    http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2011/04/19/name-easter-pagan

    http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2011/04/26/symbols-easter-pagan

    • says

      Hi Jeanne … I’ll check these out, as I appreciate counter-evidence to study.

      Having said that, there are a TON of articles out there that support both sides of the argument. People usually stand on the side that they are the most comfortable with.

      My gripe isn’t necessarily with the origins of the word, but what the various customs and practices represent. The bible (the best source of info IMHO) is replete with scriptures that warn us about taking part in the pagan customs of the nations. Unless these articles can give indisputable Truth that disproves the facts that I’ve read, I sincerely doubt that I will be moved from my stand.

      With respect,
      Kevin

      • Jeanne Theunissen says

        Hi Kev,

        Thanks for the reply. At least one of these articles points out that the Christian celebration of Christmas predated any pagan holidays around that same time, and also gives reasons for picking the particular date of December 25. I don’t claim to be any sort of church historian, so don’t know how accurate that is. If true, though, it would be another case of Satan coming in to usurp and pollute something that was originally meant for the glory of God. But then, since that’s all Satan is able to do, that shouldn’t be surprising.

        More seriously, though, I’m wondering if this whole discussion doesn’t fall into the same category as the argument in Acts 15 between Peter and Paul and the Pharisaic converts in Jerusalem over whether the Gentile converts to Christianity (or The Way, if you prefer) should be forced to be circumcised and obey the other parts of the Law.

        7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
        8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
        9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
        10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
        11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

        After this debate, the apostles and disciples wrote letters to the Gentile churches saying only that they abstain from meat offered to idols, from blood and animals that were strangled, and from fornication.

        The purpose of the Law was to show that it is impossible for us to live up to God’s standards, and to point out our need for a Saviour. When asked which was the greatest commandment in the Law, Jesus Himself said in Matthew 22:

        37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
        38 This is the first and great commandment.
        39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
        40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

        Therefore, I believe that in whatever we say or do, we should be asking ourselves, “Is this bringing glory to God?” If you can answer yes to that question with a clear conscience, then you’re okay. Even Paul says that some people’s consciences are more sensitive than others. He had no problem eating any type of meat, since he knew that it all came from God. But he knew that others DID have problems eating certain types of meat, so he would abstain in their presence so as not to offend THEIR consciences. Bottom line; if you believe something is wrong, then for you it IS wrong. If your conscience is clear, then God will be your judge.

        If you want to go back to obeying the Law of Moses, then you need to abide by EVERY part of it, including the parts about sacrifices (which Jesus clearly made unnecessary) and going to the priest if you have a rash or there’s mildew in your house. Under the Law, the priest was the mediator between man and God, but Jesus is now our high priest, and through Him we can go directly to God ourselves.

        In His Love,
        Jeanne

        • says

          Hi Jeanne, I understand where you are coming from, but there are several points that you brought up that are in error. Not that I think you intend to mislead, you’re just reading the Word through the lens of what you’ve been taught. Namely:

          - your exegesis of Acts 15
          - “The purpose of the Law was to show that it is impossible for us to live up to God’s standards”
          - “If you want to go back to obeying the Law of Moses, then you need to abide by EVERY part of it”

          These are inaccurate interpretations … but it’s what we’ve been taught, so it’s really easy to see WHY you’ve arrived at these conclusions. While I don’t have time right now to write on all this (I have a 40 hr/wk job and a wife ‘n kids), it’s definitely on my “to do” list.

          Be blessed, and seek His Word!

          Kevin

  7. Caleb says

    Hello Kevin,
    I read your article a few days ago on “Should a New Testament Christian Celebrate Christmas and Easter??” and I wanted to give it a little thought and prayer prior to posting a comment. First of all, I would like to say that you are spot on with the Word and an encouragement. I was raised in a Christian family that celebrated Hanukkah instead of Christmas for the same reasons that you posted. I decided, when I was grown and away from home, that I would do my own thing and drag a tree into the house and decorate everything in spite of my upbringing. It wasn’t until the last couple years that I have been convicted about EVERYTHING. I got into an argument with my dad about clean and unclean for instance, and later that day when I was driving a talking to the Lord, I got it. It was as if my eyes were opened and I was convicted. I haven’t eaten pork since then. The weird thing about it is that I was raised to be obedient and never ate unclean things as per the scripture, but again, I had to be disobedient as an adult because I was grown and “knew better.” My point of writing you is that I just wanted to make an observation. The name of Jesus Christ is powerful. Just calling the name of Jesus is water in a desert and is life to the dying. The holiday that is called Christmas has its originations in idolatry and sin, but in spite of man’s screwed up nature, Jesus is able to move when His name is on people’s lips. I personally witnessed people being led to salvation in a completely dead church, not because of the people in the church, but in spite of them. What I am trying to say is that although I am sitting here on Christmas morning minus a tree and wreath simply because of my conviction which was completely solidified when I read your article, even though I may not participate, I believe that just because Jesus is mentioned around this time of year, it is far better than the rest of the year when His name is forbidden. People don’t even realize that when they sing “Christmas Carols” there are quite a few of them that are simply praise to Jesus, which should be sung year round in my opinion. What are your thoughts?

    • says

      Hi Caleb,

      There are many well-written songs that sing praise to Jesus, and I have no problem with that. I’m pretty sure that He has no problem with that either. And I won’t contest that the Christmas holiday could be used as an opportunity to bring someone to Christ – although this is used by many just for an excuse to justify their participation in the holiday. In truth, I believe this to be a rarity. The unsaved don’t love the holiday because of Jesus …. they love it for the gifts and the warm fuzzies it gives them.

      What we need to look at what is the “end goal” of our walk with Him. (Proverbs 4:18) Throughout the bible, God calls His people OUT of their backgrounds, customs and practices. They forsake ALL to follow Him.

      In the past, we’ve all had our pet scriptures used to justify participating in these holidays – like the scriptures from Galatians and Colossians that I discussed above … the problem is, they don’t mean what we’ve been taught. In some instances, like the scriptures above, they mean the EXACT OPPOSITE.

      So, with those pet scriptures out of the way, we are left with only our excuses. And the excuses we have are based upon what feels good “to our heart” (Judges 17:6, 21:25) The problem is, our heart is deceitful and wicked (Jer. 17:9), so we can’t trust that.

      If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a thousand times … man/woman does what is right in their own eyes (or according to their own heart), and they call it the “leading of the Holy Spirit” …. the strange thing is, they are going against God’s Word when they claim that.

      So who/what is right? Are we right because it feels good? Are we right if we follow “a leading” that goes against the Word of God? Or is the Word of God right? I think you know the answer.

      In the End, it will be His Word that matters …. did we, or did we not, obey what He said …. did it even matter to us?

      God bless you as you seek Truth, brother. Stay true to your convictions …. obedience to the Word of God is not without it’s rewards!

  8. Terry Robinson says

    Yes. Why should children believe us about Christ when they find there is no real Santa bringing them gifts? If we’ve taught them a fairy tale, as real when they were young, why should they not think we are just fantasizing about this Messiah?

  9. Dude says

    Thanks for this article. I appreciate it. The point I want to take is the relevant scriptural references seem to deal with “pagan legalism”. What I mean is my reading of them is a bit more in line with the ‘Rach, ‘Schac and ‘Bedni situation where they refused to partake in religious worship – ergo the prevailing and compulsory religious festivals were to be abstained from. Now we’re all very clear from your article and the commentary that the Sun Festival was such a festival at the relevant time, but over time it has evolved for many into something more secular. In Australia, where I am, it is very much about buying stuff for your loved ones and having a family day. Other than the long-lost historical roots which are, admittedly, habitually clung to by many, I can’t see anything profoundly or inherently evil in participating therein if you avoid anything inherently pagan (though I accept you take the view the whole thing is). I guess what I’m saying is I’m partially persuaded, but not wholly. I suspect the comments section is an inappropriate place to expect you to win me over…

    • says

      Thanks Dude! Truthfully, I can’t be the one to convince you. All I can do is give you what the Word says and leave it to you to decide. As you can tell from Jane’s responses (and I’m sure there are more that feel that way), there will be those who will decide to continue celebrating these holidays. The bible is replete with verses where God tells His children not to take part in the pagan celebrations of the nations …. I choose to obey. What do YOU choose to do?

      As far as legalism goes … after you are saved, “legalism” shouldn’t even be an issue. In bible times “legalism” wasn’t even a word … it was actually created in the 1800′s. While we are saved by grace, and not by works …. it is AFTER you are saved where you choose to follow Jesus … or follow Paul as He follows Jesus. Obedience, and conforming to His image, is something that you do out of love.

      Bless you Dude …

      • Dude says

        I agree with everything you’ve just said, and I’m all about obedience, I’m just not convinced that the Christmas/New Year season need necessarily be the observation of a pagan festival. For me it’s always been the time of the year when my family converges on one place and I get to see them all. Not to mention the much-appreciated time off work. We’re not enjoined from those things, just celebrating pagan festivals. Anyway, I haven’t made up my mind yet. I also certainly don’t see the need to get angry at you for pointing out that we’re not to observe pagan festivals.

        • says

          So the question would be “Is it OK to celebrate a holiday, if you’re not really celebrating the “pagan-ness” of that holiday? Or if, in your heart, your focus is on something other than taking part in pagan activities?” Let me bring up a couple points that may help you decide.

          1- The Day on which it is celebrated is not the birthday of Christ, but the birthday of Mithra. People INSIST on celebrating on THAT DAY … if you attempt to get them to change that custom, you will fail. So we know that the day is valued/revered.

          2- Although we do have good “family times” during these holidays, the pagan customs of the tree, the gift giving and usually Santa Clause are rarely, if ever, forsaken. So we know that they are valued/revered.

          3- I thought I would add this in.

          In Exodus 32, the golden calf incident, what happened? Aaron makes an idol, and says “These be thy gods [elohim], O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” He then follows with saying “Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord!” He was taking an idol, and trying to make people think that it was OK to worship it, if it only had a “God” sticker on it. Does that make sense? I’m sure there were some very good-hearted people who worshiped the idol that day … they offered burned offerings and peace offerings …. but God said that they had corrupted themselves (Ex 32:7-8). Needless to say, it didn’t end well for the idol worshipers that day.

          God bless you in your search.

  10. Jane says

    Since Christmas is undeniably the most Magnificent yearly Worldwide Witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who other than a spirit of antichrist would be happy to see its demise?

    The celebration of the birth of Christ our Savior is best exemplified by the three wise men in God’s story of the birth of Christ. Their gifts to Jesus represent a love freely given without cost to its recipient, just as Christ’s gift of eternal life represents a love freely given without cost to its recipients. Our personal joy and gifts to each other at this time represents to the world not only our joy but also the loving and giving spirit of the season.

    The celebration of both Christmas and Easter represents to the whole world the two most important events in human history and their celebration offers a blessed eternal hope to all mankind.

  11. Jane says

    I just found an outstanding summary of why no Christian should ever be made to feel guilty by others for their celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas time. It takes up every consideration we need to, well, consider in this matter, and it’s here….

    https://bible.org/article/should-christians-celebrate-christmas

    For just one example of what’s in the article, did you know the names of the days of our week also had their origin in pagan beliefs? Thursday originally stood for the Germanic god of the sky or of thunder. Tuesday stood for Tiw, the god of war. And Wednesday is derived from Woden, the chief god in Germanic mythology. Sunday and Monday were related somehow to the worship of the sun and the moon. Saturday is from Saturnus, or Saturn, and Friday comes from Fria, the goddess of love.

    Just read the article for the source of that and so much more.

    So should I expect the legalists here to never acknowledge or say the name of a day ever again? Really? Legalism doesn’t just work to kill our spirit, it also makes just about everything…no good and no fun.

    • says

      Yes I knew about the days of the week … and there are tons of articles out their that seek to justify the celebration of pagan holidays … all in the name of “Jesus.”

      As for the veiled accusation of legalism, your just going with what you’ve been taught. The term “legalism” has to do with doing “stuff” in order to be saved. That’s a given. But, AFTER you are saved, you don’t have to try to EARN your salvation anymore. Now it should just be “obedience” to the Father because you love Him.

      1 John 5:2-3 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

      Which leads me to ask you, Jane … you’re really going at these comments trying to prove your point. Why do you not want to obey what God says? Why do you insist that your traditions, and the attachment you have to them, SUPERCEDE what God’s Word says?

      On Judgement Day, God is going to ask you if you obeyed His Word …. not “Did you have fun??”

  12. Alan says

    What does Christ say regarding Christmas……….. Would Yehushua celebrate christmas if he was here as a man today……… sorry you can not run Christmas through the Torah, Prophets, The Masters Words…… And some use the epistles to support this romanized/paganized hybrid festival which is a contortion of YHWH’s straight forward ways. Every time Gods people operated in mixture of paganism with Gods prescribed ways it ended up in devastation/decimation. Grace is the great patience God has in allowing us to come out of the world and to Him and His ways and the power to do such externally and internally.

    • Jane says

      “Would Yehushua celebrate christmas if he was here as a man today?”

      Well, he wouldn’t be celebrating his birthday with us if he were a Jehovah’s Witness. :)

      • says

        Actually, if you studied it out, Jesus wouldn’t have celebrated His birthday because it was the pagan nations (like Greece/Rome) that celebrated birthdays. The Hebrews were known to celebrate the death of people, honoring them for the life that they lived.

  13. Eric says

    The video at the end of this article is “no longer available”. Kevin: I appreciate your efforts in putting the TRUTH out for all to see… Thank You and may GOD continue to bless you!

  14. John the Baptist the 2nd says

    The so called christmas holiday celebrated by children of this world has lured many “children of God ” into some very unseemly conduct. Eph. 4:25 Col. 3:9. These verses talk about the use of deception. Perhaps I have failed to procure ‘the new, improved with addendums Bible” that must encourage and state somewhere that it is ‘alright to do it with children if it is fun for you’. Imagine a Kingdom where parents teach, with joy, thier youngs ones about a real hero, Immanuel, without deception involved. Imagine a writing that substitutes Immanuel for santa in ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Jesus the Christ’… or don’t. Let those that practice ‘delightful deception’ continue on their path with every justification and rationalization they can dream up. As for me, I awaken with a song in my heart that cannot be quenched, practically every single day of my life, and will not participate in the deception of ‘their’ children. I teach them that there is a Jesus the Christ, a real hero in every season. Of course, I am not the sharpest tack in the box, nor am I a very clever man. Not very well liked either. Kids sure seem to enjoy listening to me though.

  15. Kathy says

    Ok let me just ask one question: do you believe everyone (all true blood bought believers) who celebrate these holidays (Christmas and Easter) are in reality going to hell? If your answer is “yes” then I really feel sorry for you and your narrow-mindedness. If your answer is “no” then all I can say is “Merry Christmas” and what difference does it make if we celebrate them?

    • says

      It really doesn’t matter what my belief is on this one. The Word of God says:

      Revelation 21:8
      “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

      Either the Word of God is False, or it is True. You decide …

      • Jane says

        Kevin….it’s ‘interpretations’ like yours that make me glad I see God’s Word so plainly. You may ‘read into’ it as you like but I have never seen any idolatry in the celebration of Christmas with anyone. All the world knows Christmas is about the birth of Christ. But if you see a pagan in that manger instead, you are free to do so. But do not assume that I see it too.

        Seriously, this is sort of a mindless subject that just turns into really needless argumentativeness. Those who don’t wish to celebrate Christian holidays are free not to, and I don’t condemn them for it. So really, it would be nice if we also were not condemned by man for these celebrations. Our hearts are good, trust me. God knows.

        • says

          Honestly Jane, I see no “polite” way of putting this, but your assumptions in this matter astound me. You accuse me of “reading into” the Word of God when I’m taking the literal meaning and putting it forth, and yet you bend the exact same scriptures to fit your own understanding. That’s hypocrisy.

          The whole article above was not meant to condemn or even argue, but to show that the “pillar scriptures” that mainstream christianity has stood on to justify their participation in a worldly, pagan tradition actually mean the EXACT OPPOSITE of what you have been taught.

          The Truth is … our hearts, our intentions, our “good feelings” mean nothing …. all that matters is whether or not we willingly disobeyed the Word of God, or whether we submitted to His Words and changed OUR ways to fit HIS ways. I hope you learn that before it’s too late.

          Sincerely,

          Kevin

    • John the Baptist the 2nd says

      Kathy, I like it when lovers of this world and it’s traditions spend thier time feeling sorry for the narrow minded that live as Immanuel taught. Spend more and more and more of your time feeling sorry for ones like me because your such a noble creature.Plus ,It helps to keep your time occupied and inflickting even greater harm. I have not spent one second feeling sorry for you.Nor will I.

  16. Sharon says

    Here’s my question-
    If we as a society would never celebrate any more Christmas holidays, what would suffer the most?
    Our witness and testimony of Jesus Christ? Or the Economies of the world?

      • Sharon says

        I agree. I personally do not “do Christmas” anymore and it can be quite a challenge to maneuver through this season. When applicable, I enjoy time and food with family and friends. But without a doubt, God has been “working me over” to become more fruitful and consistent in faith and trust in Him, everyday!

    • Tyrone says

      We don’t need a pagan holiday to share Jesus with anyone… I share him everyday and celebrate him everyday… God Bless

  17. Jane says

    I must disagree with you wholeheartedly, Kevin. First, no one can tell me that all the Christmas’ I celebrated all those years as a child and still today means nothing but my devotion to pagan gods. That is absurd. No one can rob me of the celebration of the birth of Christ my Savior, and all the wonderful joys and scents that go with it. If some people long ago put up a tree to celebrate the birth of a pagan god 2,000 years ago, that is their business and means nothing to me. But the Christmas that my family and friends and I celebrate is not pagan, it is wonderful, and Christ focused.

    Also….just because our first parents turned out to be sinful and tainting all humanity doesn’t mean I must avoid all people because we’re all pagans.

    Now as for the Galations. If the Galatians Paul was admonishing were Jew and Gentile Christians, then his message would be most appropriate for today as well, for there are still many Jew and Gentile Christians who love to honor all the Jewish “days, and months, and times, and years” of verse 10 (think Messianic), which in essence, mean nothing but the worship of ‘no gods’ but just Judaism ‘works of tradition’. (I guess celebrating the Christian Jew’s traditions is about as close to trying to be a ‘real’ Jew as some jealous Gentile Christians can get.) Then again, they’d probably say that they don’t do these traditions to gain favor but just to honor God. So be it.

    But I can’t say it better than Dr. John Walvoord who says of this Galatians passage, “Under the influence of the Judaizers the Galatians had at least begun to observe the Mosaic calendar. They kept special days (weekly sabbaths), and months (new moons), and seasons (seasonal festivals such as Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles), and years (sabbatical and jubilee years). (Cf. Col. 2:16.) They observed these special times, thinking that they would thereby gain additional merit before God. But Paul had already made it clear that works could not be added to faith as grounds for either justification or sanctification.”

    To me, I can’t help but thing that picking a fight about the Christian celebrations of Christmas and Easter is just evidence of sour grapes. And so I pity all Christians who willingly deny themselves and their children all the awesome joys of celebrating Christmas and Easter.

    • says

      Jane, did you even read the post? If you did, you would see that both you and Mr. Walvoord’s comment are erroneous. Please, go back and read that part again. Those verses, in context, mean the exact opposite of what you are saying … it’s pretty straightforward. Same thing with Colossians.

      I’m not saying that our past experiences with these holidays are not “good times.” Hey, I enjoyed them too. But “good times” do not define obedience to what the Word says.

      As we study the Word out and learn more, it’s our responsibility to conform ourselves to GOD’S WAYS, not adhere to our own preferences.

      I’m just showing you what the Word says. You appear to be bent on keeping your traditions, which is fine. But you’re going to have to give account for what you choose to do.

      • Kate says

        Why can we not extend grace to one another instead of this condemnation? My understanding is that one’s eternal destiny depends upon his or her acceptance or rejection of Christ’s sacrifice for us, not on what holidays we celebrate. Put out your information and allow the Holy Spirit do the convicting.

        • says

          I never said this was a “salvation” issue, but an “obedience” issue – although willfully disobeying God once you know the Truth of His Word DOES put you in a very precarious place.

          Modern day “christianity” may leave it up to you to decide what commandments you want to obey, but God never made that an option – in either the Old or New Testament.

          His Word is fairly plain.

      • Jane says

        Kevin,

        On this one, I’m not worried one little bit about having to give an account of celebrating Christmas and Easter. Because it’s the spirit of the thing in your heart that’s important, not the outward display (which I must admit is quite nice too).

        Ain’t nobody gonna steal the spirit of Christmas and Easter away from me! LOL

        • says

          The Word says …

          Jeremiah 17:9
          “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”

          Jane, the “spirit” that you are experiencing is nothing more than your emotional attachment to tradition. Like I stated before, I had good times during the holidays as well, but then I learned the Truth. I chose to repent and change my ways.

    • John the Baptist the 2nd says

      Jane, you are in wrong and failed to mention your delight and participation in the santa deception. Continue on your course of doing what pleases yourself and this world. It’s a delightfully easy path. Enjoy, enjoy until you can’t.

      • Tyrone says

        The Plain Truth about Christmas

        Does Christmas really celebrate the birthday of Jesus? Was He born on December 25th? Did Paul, the apostles, and the early Church of the New Testament celebrate Christmas? Do you know what the BIBLE says about the Christmas tree?

        Stop and think! Very few know WHY we do the things we do, or WHERE our customs came from! We were born into a world filled with customs. We grew up practicing them, taking them for granted, but NEVER QUESTIONING WHY!

        A PAGAN, Not Christian Festival

        We have supposed CHRISTMAS to be the chief of the Christian holidays. Without asking questions, we have blindly assumed its observance must be one of the principal teachings and commands of the New Testament. We have supposed Jesus was born December 25th, and that the New Testament set this day aside as the chief Christian festival. We have supposed we exchange gifts because the wise men presented gifts to the Christ-child.

        But, let’s quit supposing, and look into history and the Bible for the FACTS!

        The word “Christmas” means “Mass of Christ” or, as it later became shortened, “Christ-Mass.” It came to us as a Roman Catholic mass. And where did they get it? From the HEATHEN celebration of December 25th, as the birthday of Sol the SUN GOD! It is, actually, an ancient rite of BAALISM, which the Bible condemns as the most abominable of all idolatrous worship!

        It is not so much as MENTIONED anywhere in the New Testament. It was never observed by Paul, the apostles, the early true Christian Church!

        The idea that Jesus was born December 25th, is one of the FABLES the Apostle Paul prophesied (II Tim. 4:4) would deceive the world in these latter days.

        The plain truth is, Christmas is NOT Christ’s birthday at all! And this festival, important as it seems to so many, is not of Christian, but of pagan — Babylonish — origin! But does that make any difference? Isn’t it all right to go ahead and observe it anyway? Isn’t the “Christmas SPIRIT” a good and splendid thing, regardless of how it got started? WE SHALL SEE!

        Jesus NOT Born December 25th

        Now let’s look to the interesting PROOF! When was Jesus born?

        Jesus was not even born in the winter season! When the Christ-child was born “there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” (Luke 2:8). This never could have occurred in Palestine in the month of December. The shepherds always brought their flocks from the mountainsides and fields and corralled them not later than October 15, to protect them from the cold, rainy season that followed that date. Notice that the Bible itself proves in Song of Solomon 2:11, and Ezra 10:9, and 13, that winter was a rainy season not permitting shepherds to abide in open fields at night.

        It was an ancient custom among Jews of those days to send out their sheep to the fields and deserts about the Passover (early spring), and bring them home at commencement of the first rain, says the Adam Clarke Commentary, Vol. 5, page 386 (and 370).

        Continuing, this authority states: “during the time they were out, the shepherds watched them night and day. As . . . the first rain began early in the month of Marchesvan, which answers to part of our October and November [begins mid-October], we find that the sheep were kept out in the open country during the whole summer. And, as these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks, it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, our Lord was not born on the 25th of December, when no flocks were out in the fields; nor could He have been born later than September, as the flocks were still in the fields by night. On this very ground, the nativity in December should be given up. The feeding of the flocks by night in the fields is a chronological fact . . . See the quotations from the Talmudists in Lightfoot.”

        Any encyclopedia, or any other authority, will tell you that Christ was not born on December 25. The Catholic Encyclopedia frankly states this fact.

        The exact date of Jesus’ birth is entirely UNKNOWN, as all authorities acknowledge — tho if I had space in this booklet I could show you Scriptures which at least strongly indicate that it was in the early fall — probably September — approximately six months after Passover.

        If God had wished us to observe and celebrate Christ’s birthday, He would not have so completely hidden the exact date.

        What Encyclopedias Say

        There is not one word in the New Testament, or anywhere in the Bible, telling us to observe Christmas. The Christians of the first century, under the inspired teachings of Peter and Paul and the other apostles, never observed it. There is NO BIBLE AUTHORITY for its observance, strange as it may seem.

        Then where did we get “Christmas”? Since it has come to us thru the Roman Catholic Church, and has no authority but that of the Roman Catholic Church, let us examine the Catholic Encyclopedia, published by that Church. Under the caption “Christmas,” you will find:

        “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church . . . The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt. . . . Pagan customs centering around the January calends gravitated to Christmas.” And, further, we find this truth acknowledged: ” . . . in the Scripture, sinners alone, not saints, celebrate their birthday.

        Encyclopaedia Britannica has this: “Christmas (i.e., the Mass of Christ). Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church . . . .” It was not instituted by Christ or the apostles, or by Bible authority — it was picked up afterward from paganism.

        The Encyclopedia Americana says: “CHRISTMAS. It was, according to many authorities, not celebrated in the first centuries of the Christian church, as the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth . . .” (The “Communion” which is instituted by New Testament Bible authority, is a memorial of the DEATH of Christ.) “. . . a feast was established in memory of this event [Christ's birth] in the fourth century. In the fifth century the Western Church ordered it to be celebrated forever on the day of the old Roman feast of the birth of Sol, as no certain knowledge of the day of Christ’s birth existed.”

        HOW This Pagan Custom Got Into The Church

        Now notice! These recognized historic authorities show Christmas was NOT observed by Christians for the first two or three hundred years — a period longer than the entire history of the United States as a nation! It got into the Western, or Roman Church, by the FOURTH century A.D. It was not until the FIFTH century that the Roman Church ordered it to be celebrated as an official “Christian” festival!

        Then HOW did this heathen custom CREEP INTO a so-called Christianity?

        The Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia explains it clearly, in its article on “CHRISTMAS”: “How much the date of the festival depended upon the Pagan Brumalia (Dec. 25) following the Saturnalia (Dec. 17-24), and celebrating the shortest day of the year and the ‘new sun’ . . . cannot be accurately determined. The pagan Saturnalia and Brumalia were too deeply entrenched in popular custom to be set aside by Christian influence . . . . The pagan festival with its riot and merrymaking was so popular, that Christians were glad of an excuse to continue its celebration with little change in spirit and in manner. Christian preachers of the West and the Near East protested against the unseemly frivolity with which Christ’s birthday was celebrated, while Christians of Mesopotamia accused their Western brethren of idolatry and sun-worship for adopting as Christian this pagan festival.”

        Remember, the Roman world had been PAGAN. Prior to the fourth century, Christians were few in number, tho increasing, and were persecuted by the government and by pagans. But, with the advent of Constantine as emperor, who made his profession of Christianity, in the fourth century, placing Christianity on an equal footing with paganism, people of the Roman world began to accept this now popular Christianity by the hundreds of thousands.

        But remember, these people had grown up in PAGAN customs, chief of which was this idolatrous festival of December 25th. It was a festival of merrymaking, with its special SPIRIT. They ENJOYED it! They didn’t want to give it up! Now this same article in Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia explains how the recognition by Constantine, of Sunday, which had been the day of pagan SUN-worship, and how the influence of the pagan Manichaeism, which identified the SON of God with the physical SUN, gave these pagans of the fourth century, now turning over wholesale to “Christianity,” their EXCUSE for calling their pagan-festival date of December 25th (birthday of the SUN god), the birthday of the SON of God.

        And that is how “Christmas” got into our so-called Christianity! We may call it by another NAME, but it’s the same old pagan sun-worshipping festival still! The only CHANGE is in what we CALL IT! You can call a rabbit a “LION,” but it’s a RABBIT, just the same.

        Again from the Britannica: “Certain Latins, as early as 354, may have transferred the birthday from January 6th to December 25th, which was then a Mithraic feast . . . or birthday of the unconquered SUN . . . The Syrians and Armenians, who clung to January 6th, accused the Romans of SUN-WORSHIP and IDOLATRY, contending that the feast of December 25th, had been invented by disciples of Cerinthus . . . .”

        The Real ORIGIN of Christmas

        But if we got Christmas from the Roman Catholics, and they got it from paganism, where did the pagans get it? Where, when, and what was its real origin?

        It is a chief custom of the corrupt system denounced all thru Bible prophecies and teachings under the name of BABYLON. And it started and originated in the original Babylon of ancient Nimrod! Yes, it stems from roots whose beginning was shortly this side of the Flood!

        Nimrod, grandson of Ham, son of Noah, was the real founder of the Babylonish system that has gripped the world ever since — the system of organized competition — of man-ruled governments and empires, based upon the competitive and profit-making economic system. Nimrod built the tower of Babel, the original Babylon, ancient Nineveh, and many other cities. He organized this world’s first kingdom. The name Nimrod, in Hebrew, is derived from “Marad,” meaning “he rebelled.” (Gen. 10:6, 8-12)

        From many ancient writings, considerable is learned of this man, who started the great organized worldly apostasy from God that has dominated this world until now. Nimrod was so evil, it is said he married his own mother, whose name was Semiramis. After Nimrod’s untimely death, his so-called mother-wife, Semiramis, propagated the evil doctrine of the survival of Nimrod as a spirit being. She claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life of the dead Nimrod. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed, Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. December 25th, was the birthday of Nimrod. This is the real origin of the Christmas tree.

        Thru her scheming and designing, Semiramis became the Babylonian “Queen of Heaven,” and Nimrod, under various names, became the “divine son of heaven.” Thru the generations, in this idolatrous worship, Nimrod also became the false Messiah, son of Baal the Sun-god. In this false Babylonish system, the “Mother and Child,” (Semiramis and Nimrod reborn); became chief objects of worship. This worship of “Mother and Child” spread over the world. The names varied in different countries and languages. In Egypt it was Iris and Osiris. In Asia, Cybele and Deoius. In pagan Rome, Fortuna and Jupiterpuer. Even in Greece, China, Japan, and Tibet, the counterpart of the Madonna is to be found, long before the birth of Christ!

        Thus, during the fourth and fifth centuries, when the pagans of the Roman world were “accepting” the new popular “Christianity” by the hundreds of thousands, carrying their old pagan customs and beliefs along with them, merely cloaking them with Christian-sounding NAMES, the Madonna and “Mother and Child” idea also became popularized, especially at Christmas time. Every Christmas season you’ll hear sung and chanted dozens of times the hymn “Silent Night, Holy Night,” with its familiar “Mother and Child” theme. We, who have been born in such a Babylonish world, reared and steeped in these things all our lives, have been taught to revere these things as holy, and sacred. WE NEVER QUESTIONED TO SEE WHERE THEY CAME FROM — WHETHER THEY CAME FROM THE BIBLE, OR FROM PAGAN IDOLATRY!

        We are SHOCKED to learn the TRUTH — some, unfortunately, take offense at the PLAIN TRUTH! But God commands His faithful ministers, “CRY ALOUD, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and SHOW MY PEOPLE THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS!” Isaiah 58:1. Shocking as these facts are, they are the plain facts of history and the Bible!

        The real origin of Christmas goes back to the ancient Babylon. It is bound up in the organized apostasy with which Satan has gripped a deceived world these many centuries! In Egypt, it was always believed that the son of Iris (Egyptian name for “Queen of Heaven”) was born December 25th. Paganism celebrated this famous birthday over most of the known world for centuries before the birth of Christ.

        December 25th, is NOT the birthday of Jesus the true Christ! The apostles and early true Church never celebrated Christ’s birthday at any time. There is no command or instruction to celebrate it in the Bible — rather, the celebrating of birthdays is a HEATHEN, not a Christian custom, believe it or not!

        Nowhere does the Bible tell us to worship “Mother and Child.” The apostles and early true Christians never did it! The Scriptures show an angel saying to Mary, “Hail, thou art highly favored, the Lord is with thee” — the addition “blessed art thou among women,” is omitted in the best original manuscripts (in Greek). Elizabeth said to Mary, “Blessed art thou among women.” And Mary herself said, “From henceforth all generations shall call me blessed” (Luke 1:28, 42, 48).

        She was highly blessed by God, and this has been acknowledged by all generations from that time — but this does not mean she is to be deified, worshiped, made a divine being, when she was merely human. The widespread worship of Mary, as “the Mother of God,” the doctrine of the immaculate conception, which refers to her as a counterfeit mediatrix between man and God, is a continuation of this ancient Babylonian idolatry, begun by the clever deceptions of Semiramis, wife of Nimrod! It is inextricably bound up with the “Christmas” idea!

        Thus the ancient idolatrous “Chaldean Mysteries,” founded by this wife of Nimrod, have been handed down thru the pagan religions into the Catholic Church under new Christian-sounding names, and from there into the Protestant denominations and on to all of us today!

        Origin of Holly Wreath, Mistletoe, Yule Log

        Now where did we get this MISTLETOE custom? Among the ancient pagans the mistletoe was used at this festival of the winter solstice because it was considered sacred to the SUN, because of its supposed miraculous healing power. The pagan custom of kissing under the mistletoe was an early step in the night of revelry and drunken debauchery — celebrating the death of the “old sun” and the birth of the new at the winter solstice. Mistletoe, sacred in pagan festivals, is a PARASITE!

        Holly berries were also considered sacred to the sun-god. The yule log is in reality the “sun log.” “Yule” means “wheel,” a pagan symbol of the sun. Yet today professing Christians speak of the “sacred YULETIDE season!”

        Even the lighting of fires and candles as a Christian ceremony is merely a continuation of the pagan custom, encouraging the waning sun-god as he reached the lowest place in the southern skies!

        The Encyclopedia Americana says: “The holly, the mistletoe, the Yule log . . . are relics of pre-Christian times.” “PAGANISM!” The book, Answers to Questions, compiled by Frederick J. Haskins, found in public libraries, says: “The use of Christmas wreaths is believed by authorities to be traceable to the pagan customs of decorating buildings and places of worship at the feast which took place at the same time as Christmas. The Christmas tree is from Egypt, and its origin dates from a period long anterior to the Christian Era.”

        Yes, and Even SANTA CLAUS!

        But surely dear old Santa Claus is not a creature of pagan birth? But he IS, and his real character is not so benevolent and holy as many suppose!

        The name “Santa Claus” is a corruption of the name “St. Nicholas,” a Roman Catholic bishop who lived in the 5th century. Look in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 19, pages 648-9, 11th edition, where you’ll read: “St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra, . . . a saint honored by the Greeks and Latins on the sixth of December . . . . A legend of his surreptitious bestowal of dowries on the three daughters of an impoverished citizen . . . is said to have originated the old custom of giving presents in secret on the eve of St. Nicholas [Dec. 6], SUBSEQUENTLY TRANSFERRED TO CHRISTMAS DAY. Hence the association of Christmas with Santa Claus . . . .”

        Thru the year, parents punish their children for telling falsehoods. Then, at Christmas time, they themselves tell their little children this “Santa Claus” lie! Is it any wonder many of them, when they grow up and learn the truth, begin to believe God is a myth, too?

        One little fellow, sadly disillusioned about “Santa Claus,” said to a playmate, “Yes, and I’m going to look into this ‘Jesus Christ business,’ too!” Is it CHRISTIAN to teach children myths and falsehoods? God says, “Thou shalt not bear FALSE WITNESS!” It may seem right, and be justified by human reason, but God says, “There is a way that seemeth RIGHT to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of DEATH!” “Old Nick” also is a term for the devil! Is there a connection? Satan appears as an “angel of LIGHT,” to deceive! II Cor. 11:4 and Rev. 12.9.

        And so when we examine the facts, we are astonished to learn that the practice of observing Christmas is not, after all, a true Christian practice, but a pagan custom — one of the ways of BABYLON our people have fallen into!

        What the Bible Says About the Christmas Tree!

        But if the Bible is silent about telling us to observe CHRISTMAS, or recording any such observance by the apostles or early true Church, it does have something to say about the Christmas tree!

        This will come as a real surprise to many. But here it is:

        Jeremiah 10:2-6 “Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen . . . For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a TREE out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”

        There is a perfect description of the Christmas tree, termed by the Eternal as “the way of the heathen — the custom of the people.” We are commanded NOT to learn that way or follow it! It is also viewed in this passage as idolatry. The fifth verse shows that these trees cannot speak — cannot walk — must be carried. “Be not afraid of them; for they (the trees) cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.” They are not gods to be feared. Some people misread this to make it say there is no harm in having a Christmas tree, but that is not what it says.

        Isn’t Exchanging GIFTS Scriptural?

        But when it comes to the most important part of all in this Christmas observance — the Christmas SHOPPING season — the buying and exchanging of GIFTS — many will exclaim triumphantly, “Well, at least the Bible tells us to do THAT! Didn’t the wise men give gifts when Christ was born?”

        Again, we are due for some SURPRISES, when we learn the PLAIN TRUTH! First, let’s look at the historic origin of trading gifts back and forth, then see exactly what the Bible does say about it.

        From the Bibliotheca Sacra, Vol. 12, pages 153-155, we quote. “The interchange of presents between friends is alike characteristic of Christmas and the Saturnalia, and must have been adopted by Christians from the Pagans, as the admonition of Tertullian plainly shows.”

        The fact is, this custom fastened upon people of exchanging gifts with friends and relatives at the Christmas season, has not a single trace of Christianity about it! Strange tho that may seem! This does NOT celebrate Christ’s birthday or honor it or Him! Suppose someone you love has a birthday. You want to honor that person on his or her birthday. Would you lavishly buy gifts for everyone else, trading gifts back and forth with all your other friends and loved ones, but IGNORE COM-PLETELY any gift for the one whose birthday you are honoring? Rather absurd, when viewed in that light, isn’t it?

        Yet this is exactly what people the world over are doing! They honor a day that is NOT Christ’s birthday by spending every dime they can scrape together in buying presents to trade back and forth among friends and relatives. But I can say by years of experience, as I believe most pastors and ministers can say, that when the month of December rolls around, nearly all professing Christians forget to give gifts to CHRIST and HIS CAUSE almost altogether!

        Now consider what the Bible says about giving gifts when Christ was born. It is in Matthew 2:1-11. “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? . . . And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto HIM gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

        WHY Gifts Presented to Christ

        Notice, they inquired for the child Jesus, who was born KING of the Jews! Now WHY did they present gifts to Him? Because it was His birthday? Not at all, because they came several days or weeks after the date of his birth! Was it to set an example for US, today, to trade gifts back and forth among ourselves? No, notice carefully! — they did not exchange gifts among themselves, but “they presented unto HIM gifts.” They gave THEIR gifts to CHRIST, not to their friends, relatives, or one another!

        WHY? Let me quote from the Adam Clarke Commentary, Vol. 5, page 46: “Verse 11. (They presented unto Him gifts). The people of the east never approach the presence of kings and great personages, without a present in their hands. The custom is often noticed in the Old Testament, and still prevails in the east, and in some of the newly discovered South Sea Islands.”

        There it is! They were not instituting a NEW Christian custom of exchanging gifts with friends to honor Christ’s birthday. They were following an OLD and ANCIENT eastern custom of presenting gifts to a KING when they came into his presence. They were approaching Him, born KING of the Jews, in person. Therefore custom required they present GIFTS — even as the Queen of Sheba brought gifts to Solomon — even as many people today take a gift along when they visit the White House for an appointment with the President.

        No, the custom of TRADING GIFTS back and forth does not stem from this Scriptural incident at all, but rather, as quoted from history above, it is the continuance of an ancient PAGAN custom. Instead of honoring Christ, it invariably RETARDS His work, often sets it back, at the Christmas season every year!

        We’re IN BABYLON, and Haven’t KNOWN IT!

        Christmas has become a COMMERCIAL season. It’s sponsored, kept alive, by the heaviest retail advertising campaign of the year. You see a masqueraded “Santa Claus” in many stores. Ads keep us deluded and deceived about the “beautiful Christmas SPIRIT.” The newspapers, who sell the ads, print flowery editorials exalting and eulogizing the pagan season, and its “spirit.” Gullible people have become so inoculated, many take offense when told the TRUTH! But the “Christmas SPIRIT” is created each year, not to honor Christ, but to SELL MERCHANDISE! Like all Satan’s delusions, it appears as an “angel of LIGHT,” is made to appear GOOD. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS are spent in this merchandising spree every year, while the CAUSE OF CHRIST must SUFFER! It’s part of the economic system of BABYLON!

        We are God’s people ISRAEL! Yes, we’re IN BABYLON, as Bible prophecy foretold, and we don’t know it! Come OUT of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her SINS, and that ye receive not of HER PLAGUES” — now soon to fall — is the warning of Rev. 18:4.

      • Jane says

        I’m enjoying it as we speak! And thanking my God for all the joy this Christmas brings to my whole family.

        I guess some need to get more in touch with their spirit and their heart in the matter than counting so much on all the deprivations they think God will reward them for. You just need to watch the Charles Dicken’s movie about Scrooge. :)

        • says

          Sin can bring joy …. the children of Israel were VERY joyful around their golden calf. Hey, they even had a “feast to the Lord” in celebration of that calf! But it didn’t turn out too good for them.

          The bottom line is, your “heart” and the “spirit” of things mean nothing (and I say that with respect, believe it or not) …. we will not be judged on our intentions, or the “spirit” in which we disobeyed. We will only be judged by whether or not we obeyed His Word.

          • Jane says

            If one’s heart and spirit mean nothing…then how will God judge people? I can’t believe you said that.

            But the way….why is there a large white ‘Honor of Kings’ ‘strip across the Reply boxes that obscures the box and makes it hard to do a reply? I’ve resorted to doing my reply in another App and then just pasting it here. An easy fix but we shouldn’t have to do that should we? I just wonder why the strip is there.

          • says

            God judges his people by their words (Matthew 12:37) and their deeds (Romans 2:5-7) …. notice those are New Testament scriptures. What the Western church knows as “their heart” or “their spirits” really just means their “intentions” of “feelings” on the matter. This truly means nothing. You heart and your spirit, and your overall love for God is gauged upon your obedience. (1 John 5:2-3)

            Now, either the Word is True, or it’s false ….. you decide.

  18. Val Schuetze says

    I agree with Terri’s post….this issue is pretty unimportant in the face of adultery, worldliness and sin at every level…kind of seems like straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel. Most of us know that the origins of Christmas celebration are kind of mixed, but I really don’t care a whole lot at this point. There is so much other mess to deal with. I have friends who celebrate, friends who don’t, friends who have trees, and friends who don’t….I would use just about ANYTHING to reach out to people for Jesus…..this verse came to mind, don’t know if it makes sense or not, but 1 Cor. 7 :31 Those who use the things of this world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.

    We have so much that we can fight about, but I would rather keep it to essentials, things that alter our outlook on the kingdom of God and His holiness, and our salvation…..that has been majorly changed in the last thirty years and is affecting people’s eternal destiny….this issue does not.

    • says

      Hi Val,
      One thing we have a habit of doing is “ranking” sin from not so bad -> really, really bad. While the consequences on this earth may vary, God views sin as “sin.” And idolatry is a sin. Whether our culture considers it a sin or not is immaterial. God’s Word says what it says. The holiness and salvation that you want to focus on involve obedience to the commandments. In fact, you can’t separate the two.

      Revelation 21:8
      “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

      Looks like a salvation issue to me.

      Many blessings ….

      Oh and PS: 1 Cor. 7:31 has to do with possessions, not whether or not you’re an idolater (read v.28-33 for context)

  19. terri says

    Well, this is a lengthy post and it doesn’t seem quite fair to expect people to adequately respond without writing their own dissertation. One problem I have is what you list under Matters of the Heart, even though you suggest they are “pat” responses, actually do come into play as far as I’m concerned. My motivations are important. A person can do “right” things with wrong motivations- didn’t Cain run into that with his offerings to the Lord? We live in the fallen world and no matter how much we separate ourselves, we will still have to deal with our own sin. (Ex. As soon as I have a spiritual victory, I have to deal with the tendency of my heart to have spiritual pride.) Somehow, even after all that you wrote on obedience, it seems to get a little off-track for me. Would 2 Corinthians 3:6 “The letter of the law kills, but the Spirit gives life” be applicable? As far as my own family, the way I approach the Christmas season has drastically changed, but we do still participate with parts of it. I still like putting up a tree, but could be fine without one. Doing it or not doing it doesn’t have a lot of power. My biggest change was when I emotionally realized that the “Christmas” season does not source the gospel or control the gospel of Christ. That was a huge victory for me personally. :)

    • says

      Hi Terri, thanks for responding.

      While we should never attempt to do the “right things” with “wrong motivations” … we should attempt to do the “right things” out of Love for the Father and Love for His Word.

      Something that we need to understand is that God Himself declared His Law to be a GOOD THING.

      Proverbs 6:23 “… the law is light”,

      Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

      I could take up an entire page writing out scriptures from the Old Testament where our Unchanging God talks about how blessed you will be if you keep it. Now, why would our God change His mind and say that this “letter of the law” kills?

      He didn’t. He’s not double-minded. But we have been taught and conditioned to think that way … think about it … He’s not going to contradict Himself.

      Prior to Jesus coming on the scene, the Pharisees had created a bunch of extra rules and regulations that were in no way the will of the Father … these were called the “traditions of the Fathers” (they are also included in the Jewish Talmud). Jesus frequently reprimanded them for actually declaring God’s law null and void so that they could enforce their traditions (Matt 15:3).

      Anyhow, I said all that to say this. The very depth of our love for the Father is measured and defined by our obedience to His commands.

      1 John 5:2-3 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

      By saying our “intentions” count for anything … like saying, “I disobeyed this commandment, but I meant well” flies in the face of the Word (reference the video above) and is tantamount to saying …. “I’m saying ‘I love you’ with my mouth, but my actions are saying something else.”

      The Father is constantly saying throughout His Word to “come out from among them.” Yes, we are called to be in the world and deal with certain things …. but we must strive to stand out. How do we stand out? Obey His commands …. that’s what sets us apart.

      I hope you don’t take this as me being mean or anything … I have to stand on His Word and do my best to obey it.

  20. Keith says

    I have just been baptized (Nov 13, 20013) and now am seen as a full fledged Christian. I was never baptized or Christened prior. I struggled with who to listen to and have tried many churches / denominations. I have seen many inconsistencies throughout Christendom and am confused. But, one thing I can say is, I do NOT celebrate the holidays.

    Through my studies, I have learned that all of the nationally accepted holidays are in fact based in pagan/ mythological roots. I am always shocked to hear Christians who are so blinded to this information. I am equally taken back by the lack of people actually reading the Bible for themselves in this modern day of abundance. The Bible remains on the best sellers list, but few are actually reading it. I suppose people are not willing to take the journey. As for me and my household, we will worship the true living God. I have been tempted to join in, celebrating the major holidays, and have done so in the past to appease others. I always have felt crunchy afterward. I know people want to see their family and friends and the holidays are the means in which they can do this. I have felt like an outsider my entire life bc of my non-involvement in the holidays, especially Christmas. My personality longs to be accepted, but my heart will not allow me to attend, or celebrate. I really liked the mentioning of the heart in your blog. and how to recognize the condition of our own hearts.

    Its nice to know that I am defiantly not a lone in the view that we are doing something wrong when we give in and join the crowd bc we are ashamed to stand out. Shame has been used as a weapon against me for such a long time, and still I can not conform to the mainstream ideas that holidays are harmless. I do try to explain my viewpoints to those who ask, but not preach or attack their civil rights to choose what to believe and act upon.

    I guess what I am really saying is, thank you for standing out, and giving such detailed and well thought information. It really does matter to know I am not alone.

    • says

      You are most definitely not alone, brother. Stay strong and know that, with every righteous act you do, your righteous robe gets a little brighter (Revelation 19:8)!

      Yah bless!

  21. Kathy says

    Sorry I forgot to add – you really sound like a Jehovah Witness in your view of Christmas. How do you feel about celebrating birthdays in general? I’m asking because birthdays were not celebrated in the Bible. What about other “days” celebrating our nation such as July 4 or Memorial Day? Should we really honor the dead considering not all deceased military were Christians? See it’s a slippery slope to “attack” one “American” holiday (including Christmas) as others could follow. Just sayin’

    • says

      Hi Kathy, I’m not a JW, so no worries there.

      This isn’t about identifying with a certain “movement” or a certain “cult” … it’s about taking God at His Word and obeying it. There is overwhelming evidence in both the NT and the OT to not celebrate these pagan holidays, and if one really wants to obey God, you will obey His Word. In fact, the very definition of your Love for God can be measured by your obedience to His commandments (1 John 5:3).

      From your own comment, you said that you would rather stick with your “traditions”. Do a study on the traditions of man in the bible, especially in comparison to obeying God’s commands.

      In that Day, we’ll all give an account for the commands that we chose to disobey because it was inconvenient for us to change our ways (repent) and follow Him.

      Submitted humbly by a former bacon lover who still celebrates birthdays.

  22. Kathy says

    I attended a church which went the way of the “Toronto blessing” and “Hebrews roots” at the same time. I found it very repulsive that we were being told we could NOT eat pork, shellfish, etc., we HAD to celebrate these Jewish feasts that no one really had any knowledge of and we had to roll on the floor laughing to boot! I even had the guts to ask the pastor if he was going to go into the men’s restroom and check if all the men were circumcised to which re replied “if I have to”. We left VERY soon after all this went down. Sorry but I will stick to my “traditions” of Christmas, sure they aren’t all Scriptural but I don’t see how they can be classified as “sin”. We don’t bow down and worship a tree, we worship the One who was crucified on a tree. Tone of voice is non-argumentative. Love ya in Jesus. (I will say this much, I’m not so sure Jesus is the “Reason for the Season” as much as the almighty dollar is the real “reason for the season”. I’m just glad people are more open to Him in December).

  23. Val says

    We looked into the pagan roots of Christmas back in the late seventies. Many things have pagan roots, the wedding ring being one of them. Mother’s Day? Father’s Day? Armistice Day? We didn’t really celebrate Christmas for years, but we were on the mission field and it was not a big deal in those days. Returning to Canada, we began to do more. I decorate, we have a turkey dinner, buy some presents (not tons) and bake cookies. Have not ever gone back to the tree, but that is my husband’s thing more than mine. The carols of Christmas time are filled with glorious lyrics. Everyone hears them at this time of year! God could breathe on those words and people could be saved. It is a great time to reach out to the lonely among us. We can invite them for Christmas or a meal, give them something….I send out *Jesus is born* type cards, although almost the whole world knows He was not born then, but in the fall. I love Christmas and believe that God can use it for His glory, if we look to Him. Some celebrate, and some see every day as the same as every other day…..just not a big deal to me. There is so much more to concern ourselves with, like sin and the condition of our hearts!

  24. says

    http://porcelain-ponderings.blogspot.com/2012/04/but-thats-not-what-it-means-to-me.html

    In 1989, as I read Jeremiah 10:4 the memory returned of Christmas 1980 where I had tied my tree to a large nail to keep it from falling over. That was the first the LORD dealt with me about the tree and the traditions. A few years later our pastor basically made fun of people who didn’t have a tree. On the way home, my kids told me I was wrong. When they left home four out of my six children put up trees. Now a fifth child said that a historian spoke at her church and she is thinking of getting a tree. Even tho I’ve ‘taught’ them the pagan truths about Christmas, they have rejected them. I wrote the blog, “But that’s not what it means to me.” keeping it short hoping that more people would read it and at least take it as a matte of prayer to GOD.

    Thank you for what you have written. It was so encouraging. I don’t feel all alone right now.

  25. melanie allsopp says

    Thanks for this, Kevin. The Lord delivered me from Xmas several years ago. It was a gradual process, no tree, no decorations etc, then finally when I discovered that it was not the date of our Messiahs birth but totally pagan, that was it. I announced to all my friends that I would not be celebrating it any more. The same went for easter. Since then I have found out more about the Babylonian roots of our vain traditions, received from our forefathers, from which Peter says we have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. Peter also gives a comforting word to those who reject these pagan revelries in 1Peter 4:3-4: “For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that you run not to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you.”

    But as verse 5 goes on to say, they, and we, shall give account to Him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

    The call to leave Babylon, as you rightly say, is ever louder in these days; but it has always been the heart cry of the Lord from Genesis 12, when Abram was called out, through to Revelation 18.

    As this post-modern world rejects the things of God in its attempt to establish itself as post-christian, people are taking the Christ out of christmas. But the truth is He never really was there in the first place. God is just allowing these festivals to be seen for what they really are – pagan revelries. The separation will become more evident in the end times as evil men and seducers wax worse and worse.
    I pray that more believers hear the call to come out and take a bold stand for truth.

    The Lord bless you and you wife and children abundantly, (and thanks also for the Dragon Flood series)

    In Christ
    Melanie

  26. Ray Anthony says

    The Lord bless you and your family Kevin. There are not many yet, who will declare the whole counsel of the Word of God. Press on with His work of getting the truth out in a day when darkness appears to get darker, but truth brings a great awakening to those who know the truth. Keep pushing onward brother.

  27. Sarah says

    Do you mind if I re-blog this in it’s entirety with your name and a link to your page?I think it’s a very important post. Unfortunately, I have a friend who took all this too far and ONLY looked at the holidays part but discarded the rest. She is now Hebrew Roots of sorts, belonging to Israel of God church (it’s a nation wide church) and they uphold all the Jewish feasts and dietary laws and all those Old Covenant laws. It breaks my heart! When I got out of the charismatic movement she tried real hard to recruit me to that, thank God He was looking out for me

      • Sarah says

        Kevin I didn’t see the links to the rest of those entries. Kevin you tell me not to be broken hearted over a friend of mine who has fallen into legalism, is that right? Either I misunderstood you and your entry, or you are somewhat into that Hebrew Roots movement yourself. I am hoping I am wrong. I HAVE studied it, we are NOT under the Law, not in the sense where the HR folks take it to. Celebrating Passover or Feast of Tabernacles is not a requirement for today’s church, either is not eating pork or keeping the Law like the HR claim! Paul even said that NO ONE has ever kept the Law (except for Jesus), Paul said if we walk in the spirit then we’re not under the Law. The law-keepers always say “well you’re taking Paul’s words out of context!” no, he plainly says it. If we’re walking in the spirit then our hearts desire IS to obey the Lord. But legalism is nothing short of religion. 

        • says

          Hi Sarah, this isn’t the correct post/venue to get into a huge debate over what’s invalid/valid in the OT. There are extreme elements in Hebrew Roots, just like there are in any other denomination/sect/christian “movement”. So, it’s important not to assume everyone in one sect (for lack of a better term) has the same view. The Hebrew Roots movement sources that I’ve studied never put obedience to the Law, nor celebration of the Feasts, dietary laws, etc as a prerequisite for salvation. That would fly in the face of being saved by Grace.

          The purpose behind most of the posts on this site is to get people to study the Word. To shed mindsets and thinking that would be detrimental to our walk with God and walk in purity — according to the Word. If, in the process of learning God’s Word and Will for us, we end up giving up our Ways and taking on His Ways … I’m all for that.

          • Sarah says

            I did not mean to come across argumentative (I am told at times in my written responses that I come across that way but I truly don’t mean to). That said, I wasn’t trying to debate, and I speak really from not only just seeing my friend fall into this church/movement -where I have seen with my own eyes those teachers/pastors preaching that if “we eat pork we’re gonna burn in the lake of fire”, I constitute that as legalism. But I have also known two people, via facebook friends I was in constant communication at one time, two people who had no affiliation whatsoever, start to subtly embrace a “mild” sect of HR, as time went on they both -during different times- are now submerged in the law keeping doctrine. I’m convinced its a spirit, just like calvinism, the core doctrines are in line with the scriptures but they’re veered off the path somehow. I am not against someone who may wanna add a-little Messianic traditions here and there if thats their heart, but when it starts getting dogmatic and legalistic then there is a problem. Again I sincerely am not trying to debate, my point is only that its a heart issue. One can do all the feasts they desire, abstain from all the “unclean” foods they choose, but it still doesn’t make them anymore righteous or saved or “good” in the eyes of the Father than someone who doesn’t keep all feasts etc. but yet still loves Him with all their heart. Anyway I am sorry for seeming rude that was not my intent. I digress. God bless. 

          • says

            No! You weren’t rude or argumentative at all. I just know that, once a discussion goes down the “grace vs law” path, things can go absolutely crazy, hehe. I agree with you as far as what you experienced with the teachers/pastors you heard … that was out of line w/scripture (meaning they were out of line, not you). But I also know that our God doesn’t change …. ever. And dispensational thinking has robbed us our understanding of scripture …. so we owe it to ourselves to go back to the OT and really dig in, while not forgetting the NT at all. Anyhow…. God bless, it’s all good sis!

  28. John the Baptist the 2nd says

    The false religious system has overtaken this earth as prophesied in the word. Many adherents to it cry out ‘Lord, Lord’ , without doing as he commands. With so many hirelings (pastors, priests) available to comfort these indolent souls and their ‘delightfully’ self deceptive ways, they continue on to their destruction. If not for Emanuel’s words telling me that, when I see such abominations and the torments coming upon this earth To “Rejoice, to lift up my head and to stand up straight”, I would be overwhelmed and bummed out over it all. So, in obedience to Christ, I rejoice and awaken (without even trying) from rest, with a song in my heart in spite of living on this infected planet. I never feel alone or discouraged (for over a decade now), for I know that Our Father walks beside me each step of the way. Remember how wrong Elijah was when He stated to Our Father that he was alone, and felt he was the only one. Talk about being bummed out! But he was corrected in his thinking by Our Father. This site bears witness to the fact that none of us are alone, that the elect are still on this planet, that sons and daughters of Yahweh still walk on this very earth in these very days. May we rejoice together in the fact that we are not alone on this earth, that we have each other, and that our redemption draws near.

  29. Pat says

    Oh FINALLY! I have felt like I am in a desert! I read Jill Shannon’s book Biblical Feasts and really realized the lies we are holding on to. Christ was born during the Feast of Trumpets, the year he was born, in the Jewish calendar would have been in September that year. The feasts are a foreshadow of things to come. Christmas and Easter and PAGAN! They are not from GOD!

    Christ and the disciples all followed the feasts. God’s son celebrated them! Shouldn’t we? I have not been able to put up a Christmas tree, or buy presents or wish anyone a merry Xmas, let alone Easter. Now just try and get someone to learn about the feasts of the Lord with me! It’s a lonely place.

    Thanks for putting the truth out there Kevin! you are encouraging me! bless you!

    • Indraj says

      Good on you guys! Firstly for Kevin’s courage and then for the pat’s positive comment.

      We are living in a religiously confused world where god of this age is nothing but Lucifer who turned to be Satan. I believe that we are truly living in the last days of the present age that will end in the near future. That I will say with 100% certainty based on God’s word.

      We don’t have to go that far to convince the world what is correct and what is right. Just by looking at the number 144,000 in Revelation who are sealed by Jesus to reign on the God’s Kingdom in the tomorrow’s world will tell you what it means to be in that number for all humanity from the day of Adam and Eve to the end of this age.

      God bless you all for God’s grace in opening your minds.

      Thanks

    • says

      Pat,

      I know how you feel. I have been celebrating the feasts of YHVH going on my full first year and I do feel alone in the process. By whom?! Why my fellow Christians. Many non-believers are attracted to the zeal, appreciate my authenticity, and are interested in true Christianity that I do my best to daily display; on the other hand, it is many other Christians who think I am “taking things to far” or “too zealous”. How can zeal for the Lord’s house EVER be “too” much?! They are trapped into giving demons, archons, and principalities power by worshiping Ishtar, Ashtaroth, Sol, and Helios. I feel very alone, but I know that is a good thing because we are aliens (1 Peter 2:11) and otherworldly. Our citizenship is in heaven! I bless you and pray you find solid believers to celebrate the feasts and commune with. I also am looking for such believers. These last days are winding down. Soon we will see him face to face as he is. Maranatha! Love in Christ,

      Brent

    • says

      Hey Guys/Gals,

      I’m with you. This is actually the second year that my family and I have “abstained” from the idolatry. It is a lonely road, but think of the good side … you are becoming more and more like Him! Before He went to the cross, He said (paraphrased) “The enemy has NOTHING in me.”

      IMHO, the less ground I give to the enemy, the better. You can NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER be too extreme in your love for the Word and your zeal for obedience! All those who say otherwise are looking for an “out”. They may stress listening to the Holy Spirit, which is AWESOME … but if they are hearing things that conflict with the Word, I’m not buying it. And neither should you!

      Many blessings to you.

      Kevin

      • Shelly says

        To anyone who says I’m into legalism for not doing Christmas and Easter etc…I tell them that there is nothing legalistic about being obedient to the scriptures. Legalism is following the TRADITIONS OF MEN!

          • shelly says

            ABSOLUTELY! I agree completely–salvation is by grace alone, and if we are truly His followers we will DESIRE to be like Him. Once we are saved, we should want to change and be obedient. We desire to study the word and spend time in fellowship with Him. If there is no evidence of being different than the world, then we are still the world. Faith without works is dead.