The purpose of this paper is to offer some options for people to think about in their celebration of Christmas.

O. G. OLIVER, JR. Said:
Scriptures do not reveal the exact date of Christ’s birth and the earliest Christians had no fixed time for observing it. December 25 eventually became the officially recognized date for Christmas because it coincided with the pagan festivals celebrating Saturnalia and winter solstice. The Church thereby offered the people a Christian alternative to pagan festivities and eventually reinterpreted many of their symbols and actions in ways acceptable to Christian faith and practice. In every period of Christian history the observance of Christmas has been opposed by a minority of Christian Leaders. (Evangelical Dictionary of Theology pg. 220)

Galatians 4:9-11
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? 10) You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11) I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.

Neither Peter, Paul or anyone else recorded within the New Covenant celebrated Christmas. Only after around 350 AD and the forming of the Roman Catholic Church did the celebration of Christmas originate.
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1. What is the purpose of the observance of Christmas?
2. Does the Bible instruct us in the observance of Christmas?
3. What would be unacceptable to Christ in regards to the celebration of Christmas?

1. What is the purpose of the observance of Christmas?
To emphasize the deeper truths of the doctrine of the incarnation.
God became a man in order to provide a way of redemption.

We that have been saved can rejoice in the birth of Christ. It is an opportunity for us that have been saved to communicate to people we come in contact with the significance of our experience with Christ.

 

2. Does the Bible instruct us in the observance of Christmas? (No!)

The Bible does say:

Galatians 4:10-11:
You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11) I fear for you that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.

3. What would be unacceptable to The Lord Jesus Christ in regards to the celebration of Christmas?

By lying to our children and telling them there is a Santa Claus would be unacceptable to the Lord Jesus Christ. Telling our children that December 25th was the day Jesus was born, when in fact it was not, would be lying and unacceptable to Christ.

The money changers who are making millions of dollars exploiting the Christmas season, with their only motive to line their pockets with money, is unacceptable to the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Christmas can be a good season for those having money. For the poor who do not have money, Christmas can be a hurtful time. Even with those having money, Christmas can become a time of broken relationships and ill feelings because of the pressures and mis-directions of the event.

Just think of the number of things that the Christmas money is spent on to create some kind of festive atmosphere. Creating this atmosphere is built on tradition not Christ. Many people, in order to keep up with their friends and relatives and the traditions, go into debt at this time. All of which would be unacceptable to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Most people are involved in the celebration of Christmas, but only a few go to church and attempt to live for Christ. This should indicate that something is seriously wrong.

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Whatever importance Christ’s birth has, Satan’s desire is to blur the perspective so that people have a difficult time perceiving the truths. Satan uses good and harmless appearing ideas in order to hide these truths to accomplish his goal.


Man can sin against self.
Man can sin against his neighbor.
Man can sin against God.


All sin is wrong, but sinning against God and His work is most serious. We should not want to be a part of a great Satanic deception against God.

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What should the Christian do?

Option 1
Blend right in with the world thinking somehow you can handle Christmas correctly in order to maintain relationships.
I think not!

Option 2
Draw a line of what is acceptable and what is not. In other words, maintain relationships, but attempt to be a testimony to the truths of the Scriptures. Indicate by word and example that there are certain traditions about the way the world celebrates Christmas that are unacceptable to you.

Option 3

Look at Christmas as any other day having little or nothing to do with the celebration, which is not even based on the correct day. The intent for your relationships with people in regards to Christmas is to be a testimony of the separation of your experiences with Christ from the world’s view of Christmas. Be the same kind of an example as Israel was in its separation from the world, as instructed by God.

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Each person is going to have to be persuaded in their own minds what approach will be most acceptable to Christ. A family should fall in step with the spiritual guidance of the head of their household.

Colossians 2:16
Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day —

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