Christmas 2016

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In the coming days and weeks I am going to be using the platform of this website to share a lot of information on the topic of Christmas.  Readers of this site will know that I have publicly opposed Christmas for many years and taught that this holiday was based upon worship traditions of the pagans.  In recent years my understanding of this holiday has greatly changed and as a result I took down my former teachings.  This year, I am going to share much of the information which has led me to this change.

To begin, I know that this is a controversial issue which elicits emotional responses in people and many I know will be angry or offended that I am going to share information defending Christmas.  It is not my intention to offend anyone, I hope those who read these articles will receive them in the spirit in which they are intended which is peaceful edification (Romans 14:19).

Why am I going to share so much on this particular subject?  First, I believe God has led me to do so and I want to be obedient to His voice (2 Corinthians 2:9).  Secondly, it is important for someone who has been in a position to teach to correct their errors as they will be judged greater than those who have merely adhered to an incorrect position but haven’t influenced others into that same error (James 3:1).  Thirdly, I am going to share a lot about this subject because it was “anti-Christmas” teachings which led me into a path of opposition against the Church/Body of Christ.  I’ll explain more on this in upcoming articles.

For those who are opposed to Christmas I humbly ask you to read (if you are so led) what I am going to share with an open mind, remembering that I too was greatly opposed to this holiday for over 10 years.  Before condemning what I share, please test these things to see if they have validity (1 Thessalonians 5:21) as the law of God requires us to hear out a matter before judging (John 7:51).

In the past few years I have been re-examining the information  I’ve shared on this website in regards to Christmas and found that some of it was factual but not truth.  In other words, I was sharing false information based upon the “facts” which I had learned.  The Holy Scriptures speak of this “science falsely so called” (1 Timothy 6:20) which I was sharing and I had to take these things down from the website so that I wouldn’t be held responsible for teaching falsehood.

I don’t believe that my opposition against Christmas was wrong when my understanding was based upon information showing it as having pagan roots.  If this holiday is truly based upon paganism then believers should stand against it.  We are not to worship the LORD as the heathen worship their gods(Jeremiah 10:2; Leviticus 18:3; 20:23; Deuteronomy 12:30-32; 13:1-5; 18:9; Ezekiel 20:32; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 1 Corinthians 10:6-7; Ephesians 4:17-18), however discernment and wisdom must be applied to this principle lest we become enchained by our perverse hearts (Titus 1:14-16) into thinking virtually everything is “pagan” as this can be a “catch all” label.

After finding that the information ‘proving’ Christmas as pagan was based upon falsehoods and that the holiday in fact traces back to the early Church and true Biblical faith, I had to change my stance.  I hope in coming weeks to share some of the information I’ve learned which proves this view and the Biblical application to the holiday and customs thereof.

I am open to the thoughts of those who read these articles but I don’t have a great desire to argue or debate.  The intention of these series of articles is to provoke thought, not to provoke debate.

When it comes to controversial issues we should not bite and devour one another (Galatians 5:15) we should try to avoid carnal disputings (Philippians 2:14) bearing one another in love (Ephesians 4:1).  I do want to hear people’s thoughts though as it is important not to shrink away from controversial issues related to the Word of God (Jude 1:3; 1 Timothy 3:16).

When it comes to doctrines, Biblical controversies and the like, we are to be faithful to the guidance of His Spirit (John 16:8, 13), but are not to condemn and cut off those who do not see as we do (Romans 8:1; Luke 6:37).  We are to edify in love (Romans 14:19; 1 Corinthians 8:1) and accept when another does not want that edification.  Messiah came as a Physician to those who knew they were sick but did not force His healing upon those who thought they were well (Matthew 9:12; Mark 2:17; John 9:39-41).

My intention is not to force my convictions on others but I do need to rectify my former stance which I believe was wrong because I used this website to teach others these things.

We can’t force our convictions on others so we must be tolerant of their understanding (1 Corinthians 13:7) as the Lord has been patient and tolerant with us.

There’s nothing wrong with disagreements with one another as we all see through a glass darkly.  The important thing to remember is that love covers a multitude of sins and the wisdom from above is “pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy…and the fruit of  righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” (James 3:17-18).

If someone has a “religious spirit” and only wants to attack and condemn then we should let them alone as we see Christ do with the Pharisees (Matthew 15:14).  In Greek, the word ‘let them alone’ is ἀφίημι ‘aphiēmi’ which also means to forgive (Matthew 6:12, 14-15; 9:6; 18:21 etc).

I don’t believe in forcing other believers to see as I see or to follow Messiah as I follow Him.  If we can’t come to agreement on an issue, ‘let it alone.’  If the wrong party is truly following Christ, He will guide them to the truth.  If they are walking in blindness they will fall into the ditch where He will be to lift them up (Psalm 37:24; 40:1-2; 50:15; 145:14).

Christ led people to the truth in love, gently and meekly (Ephesians 4:15; Isaiah 42:1-4; Matthew 12:16-20).  Hence, we are to work out our own salvation with meekness and fear (Philippians 2:12), preferring others over ourselves (Romans 12:10) and seeking to edify them in love (1 Corinthians 8:1)…not judge them as infidels or pagans etc. because they’ve irritated us with their understanding.

2Co 13:14  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

When it comes to things such as Christmas, let each person follow the Lord wholeheartedly in their conviction (Romans 14:5-6).  We all have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling so we ought not to point the finger of condemnation at others as each one of us falls or stands according to the Lord, not man (Romans 14:4).  Regardless of what ‘side’ one chooses, we are to receive each other as the Lord has received us (Romans 14:1-4), bearing one another in love (Romans 15:1-3; 1 Corinthians 13:7).

Next article: In Defense of Christmas

Upcoming articles in this series:

In Defense of Christmas

Christmas & Herbert Armstrong

Christmas and the Bible

Christmas – Little Guy in the Eye

 

December 25th

“Unto You is Born this Day” – Kurt Simmons

Dating the Birth of Jesus of Nazareth – Michal E. Hunt

How December 25 Became Christmas – Biblical Archaeology Society

December 25th & Pagan gods

Christmas is not Pagan

Christmas & Herbert Armstrong

Christmas Trees & the Bible

Christmas Gifts

YES! Evidence Indicates Jesus Really Was Born Dec. 25th – Kurt Simmons

The Nativity of Christ & Death of Herod the Great – Kurt Simmons

Star of Bethlehem or Nazareth? – Kurt Simmons

Objections to Christmas and the Dec. 25th Birth of Christ Answered – Kurt Simmons

Refutation of Ernest Martin’s “The Star that Astonished the World” – Kurt Simmons

Is Christmas Lawful, or Is It Pagan? – Kurt Simmons

Presbyterian & Puritanial Curmudeons and the War Against Christmas – Kurt Simmons

Christmas Was Never a Pagan Holiday

Is Christmas Really a Pagan Holiday? – Come Reason Ministries

The Quotes Before Christmas – As Bereans Did

The Plain Truth About December 25th – As Bereans Did

On Nimrod and Christmas Trees – part I  – “As Bereans Did”

On Nimrod and Christmas Trees – part II  – “As Bereans Did”

On Nimrod and Christmas Trees – part III – “As Bereans Did”

Jeremiah 10 and Christmas Trees?  – “As Bereans Did”

Christmas and Paganism Part 1: December 25th was not an Ancient Pagan Holiday – Throwback Christianity

Christmas and Paganism Part 2: Jesus’ Death, the Early Church, Ancient Judaism and Christmas – Throwback Christianity

Christmas and Paganism Part 3: The Winter Birth – Throwback Christianity

Christmas and Paganism Part 4: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? – Throwback Christianity

How The Pagans Stole Christmas!

Calculating Christmas: The Story Behind December 25 – William J. Tighe

Christmas: Pagan Festival or Christian Celebration? – Dr. Anthony McRoy

Holidays

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