The Christian and Christmas
The Christian and Christmas — what do the two have in common?
We have nothing to say in this message to the world, nor to anyone who does not belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. Our appeal is to those who love Him and desire to please Him in all things. To such devoted persons, we would like to point out some important facts about the holiday known in the world as "Christmas," keeping in mind that the Word of God is the only true and sufficient guide for the child of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The fact that God has not commanded the celebration of the birth of His Son, is sufficient reason for any child of God NOT to have any part in such practice.
As for the word "Christ-mass," we prefer not even to take it on our lips. Think of associating the title of our blessed Lord with the abominable, Romanized, heathen mass! The modification with the Greek initial (Xmas) is preferable to us, for it at least leaves the precious name of our Savior out of the shameful affair.
Some will ask: "Do not Christians the world over observe this holiday?"
To which we would say: It is more generally practiced by the world and by nominal professors — than by true Christians. And whatever the world practices, ought to be held in suspicion by the believer, for "all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father, but is of the world." And "we know that we are of God, and the world lies in wickedness." (1 John 2:16 and 5:19)
We regretfully admit that many Christians, whose salvation we could not doubt, are too badly misled by men's traditions and too blind to the importance of taking guidance solely from God's Word — to take any godly stand against this Xmas monstrosity. But all who acknowledge the supreme authority of the Holy Scriptures to direct in such matters, will most certainly have no more to do with this unholy holiday after their attention has been called to it.
As to its origin, Xmas was originally a Roman heathen celebration of the birthday of the sun god. It was taken over by the Catholics, with such changes as suited their abominable idolatry. And then the Protestant daughters followed the "Mother of Harlots" (Revelation 17:5), and modified it a little more, until they think they are now honoring the Lord by its observance.
The Xmas tree, the mistletoe, the holly wreaths, candles, and the child-deceiving tradition of Santa Claus — are all of heathen origin. There is not one word in Holy Writ in favor of any of them. But listen to what the Word of God does say about it: "Thus says the Lord: Do not learn the ways of the heathen...for the CUSTOMS of the people are vain." Jeremiah 10:1-3
The fact that the world joins in the celebration of Xmas is a proof that it is not according to the will of God, "For the carnal mind is enmity against God — for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be." (Romans 8:7)
God has not allowed us to know the time of the birth of His Son. It is not His birth that we are asked to remember. It is His death on the cross, His precious blood that paid for our sins, that we are told to remember. And that is what the world tries to soft pedal. "The preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who perish." (1 Corinthians 1:18)
What may be said of Xmas may also be said of Easter — just another religious heathen celebration, in which religious professors have joined the rest of this Christ-rejecting world in putting our Lord to an open shame, associating eggs and bunnies with the solemn spectacle of the cross, the empty tomb, and His resurrection!
Let every genuine believer in Christ hang his head for any part he ever had in such unholy business.
Let every true Christian take his stand openly on the Lord's side, by having nothing to do with these festivities which are the inventions of modern Babylon.