Christians Shouldn’t Keep Christmas

As I did last year at this time, let me keep my “Christmas tradition” and make an appeal to all out there who consider themselves followers of Jesus Christ: Don’t keep Christmas.  Jesus doesn’t want you to.

Not just, “Don’t make it so commercialized” or “Keep Christ in your Christmas” — I mean the whole thing.  Don’t keep Christmas at all.  Jesus teaches His followers not to.

I know — it seems crazy, right?

But the facts are available to anyone willing to look.  God clearly commands us not to use pagan practices to worship Him (e.g., Deuteronomy 12:29-32, “…You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way…”).  Also, Jesus Christ clearly condemns ignoring God’s commands so that we may keep our own traditions that may contradict those commands (e.g., Mark 7:5-13, “…All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition…”).

These things are hardly disputed.

Also, the pagan origins of virtually all things Christmas — the date, the tree, the gift giving, the holly, the mistletoe, the Yule log, et al. — are so well known that, again, they are hardly disputed.  (If this is a surprise to you, you might start poking around Wikipedia as a convenient start.)

So, how do Christians have a biblically-backed excuse to keep Christmas?  They don’t: (1) God commands us not to use pagan customs to worship Him, (2) Jesus said not to ignore God’s commands in order to keep our own traditions, (3) Christmas traditions are pagan customs.  Therefore, (4) ignoring God’s commands and keeping Christmas goes against the teachings of Jesus Christ.

I’m not saying that “Christian” meanings haven’t been attached to these pagan symbols.  Certainly, over the centuries (indeed, for almost two millennia) many pagan symbols have been overlain with Christian words and explanations.  Frankly, Israel did the same thing with the golden calf (Exodus 32:5), and we know how well that turned out. 🙂

God is clear: “You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way…”  In other words, “I do not give you permission to worship me in that manner, even if the worship is directed at Me.”  He isn’t talking about worshiping other gods, at least not directly.  He’s talking about worship towards Him that He is unwilling to accept.

We see in this the answer to the reasoning, “Well, I’m not worshiping a false God at Christmas, I’m worshiping the real God and Jesus.”  How can we worship God by disobeying Him?  How can we worship Jesus by ignoring His teachings?  God’s command clearly says not to worship that way even if the worship is directed to Him.

I’m also not saying that those who keep Christmas as a Christian holiday are not well-meaning.  For most I know, they are well-meaning people.  Yet, I’m not interested in being simply “well-meaning.”  I want to follow Christ.  I want to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).  I want to build my house on the Rock, which requires hearing Christ’s words AND doing them (Luke 6:47-49).  I do not want to be of those who call Christ “Lord, Lord” but who do not do what He says, earning not His praise but His condemnation (Luke 6:46).

If you have kept Christmas up until now and all of this is new to you, I am not judging you.  That was me, once, too — decorating my tree, exchanging gifts, etc.  But thankfully, a time came when God — in His mercy — showed me the truth more clearly.  Someone explained to me the things I am explaining here.  And while giving up a cherished tradition wasn’t easy, my life and my walk with my Savior has never been the same since, and I would not trade that for anything — let alone for a cup of yuletide cheer.

Maybe you aren’t interested in hearing this.  The Bible does speak of a time when people will not be interested in sound teaching (2 Timothy 4:3), and I do know that learning that God is displeased with a tradition you may hold very dear isn’t the best news that you will hear all day.

But at the same time, maybe you will choose to follow Christ this year and not keep Christmas.  For the sake of your future walk with Him, I hope so.

34 thoughts on “Christians Shouldn’t Keep Christmas

  1. Howdy, jonolan, and that sounds like a good deal to me! (Although, I really don’t have it to give to you, but if I see someone with it, I will tell him you are looking for it.)

  2. Thank you! Though I think he was last seen in a Roman toga a little less than 2000 years ago 😦

    Strange how – humor aside – two opposing groups can agree on somethings. I always felt the Church’s appropriation of my religion’s holidays was a poor act that benefited neither faith in the long run.

  3. I think your Roman toga wearing perpetrator is still in Rome, so that might be a good place for you to start looking.

    For those who took over the name “Christianity,” it may have seemed a good way to “win over” the pagans, but it is self-contradictory to say that one is winning people over to the teachings of Christ by teaching them to disobey or ignore the teachings of Christ.

    If adopting pagan celebrations and trappings was a factor in helping false Christianity grow to nominally become the world’s largest religion, then I suppose it could be judged as being “beneficial.” But if one’s definition of success includes sticking with the teachings of the Person whose name that religion has taken, then it is a horrible failure.

    One can’t put “Christ back in Christmas” if He was never there to begin with.

  4. If you left the teaching of your god behind in order for your Church to prosper, then you have greatly benefited that Church’s coffers. I don’t you’ve similarly benefited the souls of your worshipers.

    Oh well, your God is said to be more forgiving than mine, so they might be OK.

  5. Hey, it’s not *my* church! I belong to the Church founded by Jesus Christ, which has not left His teachings behind. The book of Revelation speaks of a Church that has held fast and that actually keeps God’s commands and the testimony of Christ.

    As for the other church, I would assume they can speak for themselves.

  6. Craig

    Howdy Mr. Smith:

    Many people today realize about the pagan origins of Xmas, but do not care. This might be the hardest thing to address. It is easy to educate on the birth day of Mithra, but difficult to get people to care.

    It was best summed up by a co-worker eight years ago who after asking why I don’t keep Christmas responded with, “I know it is pagan, but we do it for the kids!” IOW, great family time—pagan origins or not!

    People who forsake Christmas are usually left with a void, not realizing that when following the Creator God of the Bible, He has a whole set of alternate Holy Days that not only have infinitely more meaning, revealing the Plan of God for mankind, but are also wonderful for families.

    It is not just that Xmas is pagan, but God has a much, MUCH better way!

  7. Baptism was a pagan practice, as were a number of other practicing explicitly commanded in the Scriptures. I think you need to read the Bible again – I appreciate your desire to obey the Lord, but these issues aren’t QUITE as ‘simple’ as you make them out to be, and I would lump into the ‘issues of conscience’ territory…and in the process may very well be tempted to lump you into the ‘weaker brethren’ category, at least when Paul’s concept is correctly understood in context. Bah Humbug! Hope you have a merry Christmas anyway, even if we are celebrating it with an odd mix of ‘baptized’ formerly-pagan practices (how long does it take for a practice that was ONCE Pagan to be considered such no longer – even though the Pagans that practiced it and understood it’s original meaning no longer exist, and the meaning of the traditions current use is entirely different?) to celebrate the birth of God incarnate 3 about 3 months after He was probably actually born. Joy!

  8. Thanks to both of you, Craig & Saintlewis.

    Craig — That’s an excellent point. Next year I will try to include it. Thanks!

    Saintlewis — I’m afraid that you make some very common mistakes, though I assume that you make them honestly.

    Just because certain forms of pagan worship and the true worship of God share some similar features (such as variants of baptism-type rituals, use of incense in the OT, etc.) does not mean that God, who commanded these things, took them from the pagans. That would be a blasphemous assertion, no? At best it’s a bit backwards. In fact, given that Christ never sinned — that is, never broke a single commandment of God — we can (must) assume that anything He endorsed was in no way “borrowed” from pagan worship. Else He cannot be our sinless Savior, which He most certanly is.

    Christmas and its trappings, however, were very clearly taken from paganism and therefore just as clearly violate God’s law and Jesus’ teachings. It couldn’t be much more straightforward — assuming, of course, one’s will is truly oriented toward obeying the Lord instead of hunting for loopholes.

    I see no place in Scripture where obedience to the commands of God falls under Paul’s comment about matters of conscience. In fact, it was Paul who said that the keeping of the commandments of God is “what matters” — quite the opposite of your assertion.

    How long before such pagan practices become acceptable? I don’t know… Why not ask the Being for whom what took place 1,000 years ago comes to mind as if it were yesterday? Why not ask Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever?

    If “Christmas” were held on Hitler’s birthday and celebrated with various, related symbols (e.g., a swastika shaped cross, or little “cookie men” with six-pointed stars of David on their chests and baked in an oven), how long before God would approve of such things being used to worship Him?

    It isn’t just a hypothetical question. God takes seriously how He is worshipped, and He expects us to do so as well. And we don’t have to wait for His answer, as it is already recorded in His Word: “Don’t worship Me in that way.”

    Far be it from me to assume a statute of limitations where God has not stated one. I am not so presumptuous. Are you?

    I will take you up on your offer to read my Bible again. And I hope you will do the same — only read it anew and with a mind open to correction. Should be a win-win for both of us.

    Thanks so much for writing! I really do appreciate it.

  9. saintlewis,

    “how long does it take for a practice that was ONCE Pagan to be considered such no longer – even though the Pagans that practiced it and understood it’s original meaning no longer exist, and the meaning of the traditions current use is entirely different?”

    We Pagans are alive and well we remember and keep to our holidays. Proper worship does not change because times change. The gods (God for you) set forth how they wished us to worship and until we’re told otherwise that practice must continue, not pervert itself into something else.

  10. New4Ever

    With tears in my eyes, I write to thank you for the articles
    Christmas WWJD and Christians Shouldn’t Keep Christmas.
    I haven’t celebrated Christmas for several years.
    Your SO correct; IF you search you will find the truth. I was
    convicted and I just can’t celebrate it anymore. I found a Messianic Fellowship almost 5years ago and things haven’t been the same since.
    Mostly because I am rather gruff with my reasons as to why one shouldn’t celebrate Christmas or Easter….
    We are called to be salt and light in this world and there is just no way to add a pinch of salt to the subject of Christmas without offending someone or hurting there feelings. Well, Christ wasn’t pollitically correct when he told one of his disciples,” your of you father the devil”….My point is that I would rather offend someone than offend G-d.
    However, you have in achieved both! Your articles have proven to me that you can do both; with kindness, and love present you thoughts effectively.
    With Humble Thanks,

  11. Wow, New4Ever — your comment is very humbling. Thank you so much for writing.

    You might be interested in one of the free booklets that our church gives away: “THE HOLY DAYS – God’s Master Plan”. You can find it at our television program’s website, http://www.tomorrowsworld.org, by clicking on “Booklets” and poking around. You can also order a free copy for yourself to be mailed to you. (I’d put the link in this comment, but I don’t know how to do that on my mobile phone!)

    Thanks, again, New4Ever. Your comment has made my morning!

  12. Howdy, saintlewis, and thanks for writing again.

    “But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?'”

    As you can see, that sort of reasoning has been around for a long time. Please forgive my bluntness, saintlewis, and I do hope that you will continue to visit my blog in the future, but that is one of the most Pharisaical answers I have seen in a long time.

    Um… We did look at a passage in the Bible that condemned using pagan practices like Christmas trees to worship God. Do you have a five passage minimum requirement? 🙂

    (By the way, Jeremiah 10:1-5 actually does come amazingly close to specifically condemning Christmas trees — even in the incredibly and unjustifiably picky manner you seem to declare is necessary. But a heart looking for excuses to do what it wants (as opposed to a heart looking for ways to obey its Lord) will always find the excuse it seeks. Jeremiah 17:9 all but guarantees it.)

    I don’t question that you have zeal and good intentions, saintlewis. But it’s just not a “zeal according to knowledge.” And as for good intentions — well, we’ve all heard about the pavement on the road to hades, right? 🙂

  13. Greetings one more time, saintlewis.

    I was tempted to delete this post as it seems to be a blatant attempt to advertise one of your websites and get more traffic as opposed to actually contributing to the discussion.

    However…

    (1) I do appreciate your contributions thus far, so I will give you this one on the benefit of a doubt. 🙂

    (2) Your lack of having anything significant to say concerning the scriptures and reasoning you’ve been shown is a great public demonstration of what little anyone can say in the face of God’s clear instructions (that is, in the face of what you call on your site the “solid foundation of the Scriptures”).

    (But after this, no more gimmes. I’m not here to be a billboard.)

    I can’t say that I wish your celebration went well, though I certainly won’t say I wished you ill, either. I guess I could say that I hope it did you no permanent damage.

    While you do seem to be in denial for the time being and unwilling to consider what the Bible actually says, I can only hope that the Scriptural principles you’ve read here will plant some sort of seed in your mind, and that the next time Saturnalia rolls around you might think a little differently… Maybe even open you up to the possibility of trading in tired old pagan days which the Lord you incorrectly believe you are following has commanded you to leave for the true Biblical Holy Days He instituted for us to keep.

    Those Holy Days (the days Christ actually wants us to observe) can be read about here: The HOLY DAYS–God’s Master Plan

    (I note, as well, the cover article of this month’s free Tomorrow’s World magazine: “Christmas: Harmful to Children?”)

    Anyway, it looks as though our exchange has come to an end. But thanks, again, for your previous contributions, saintlewis.

    Warm regards,
    Wallace Smith

  14. Craig

    The last response of saintlewis is a perfect example of what I was referring to. This world’s Christianity, by and large, does not care that Xmas is pagan. As he said, we will “celebrate the birth of our savior” (in any way we want to). Christ’s has no say in the matter!

    Few seem to understand that if He REALLY is our “savior,” He makes the rules, not us! Otherwise we will get a rude awakening, as per Matt. 7:21-23. He is not talking to pagan unbelievers here!

  15. Howdy, Craig, and I would agree. Christ’s “okeedokey” is assumed, when He isn’t even asked.

    Perhaps He isn’t asked because people assume He can’t answer. Of course, He can answer, and He does so — through the Bible.

    Have a great Sabbath!

  16. Leah

    Hi Wallace

    I completely agree with you. My husband and I struggled with the ‘Is it biblical to celebrate Christmas and Easter?’ question for about 3 years until the Lord convicted us 2 years ago that it was not biblical and we haven’t celebrated it since.

    My family feels like our actions as ‘fundamentalist Christians’ (my Mum’s words, not mine) are pulling the family apart, by taking away the celebrations. Since there belief systems are based on feelings only, without any logical support at all (biblical or not) they just cannot and will not try and understand our position.

    Any emotional support you could offer us would be great.

    God bless
    Leah.

  17. Howdy, Leah —

    I wish I had more time to write, but let me just say that God appreciates it when we act on what we learn — so few are willing to do that! As we act on what we learn, it gives Him the room He needs to teach us more. I pray that you are blessed for your decision.

    If you might interested in our free booklet on the biblical holy days — as opposed to Christmas and Easter — I really do highly recommend it. You could not pay my children would not trade the biblical holy days for this world’s holidays (well, maybe one of the boys — but don’t tell him I said that!). You can find the booklet on either of our two websites: http://www.lcg.org or http://www.tomorrowsworld.org. You can request a booklet be mailed to you or you can read it online. In accordance with Christ’s command that we freely give as we have freely received, the booklets cost nothing to have mailed to you — there is not even a request for a donation. We just want to share what Christ has given us.

    Thanks for sharing, and I pray that your walk with God continues. It may be hard now with your family, but your example will, in the end, provide more benefit to them than compromising your walk with God ever would. We obey God not just for our own good, but for the good of those whose lives we touch. Take courage and take heart!

    Warmest regards,
    Wallace Smith

  18. Leah

    Thanks so much for your quick reply Wallace 🙂 We have actually been in touch with Tomorrow’s World before, back when we first started to doubt the ‘Christian’ celebration of Christmas. The booklet was very helpful.

    I don’t see why passover and the other ‘holy days’ are still celebrated though. We simply choose to celebrate Christ’s sacrifice for us daily. Thoughts?

    Leah 😉

  19. Howdy, again, Leah —

    My apology for the delay. Since shortly after I wrote my response, I have been consumed with finishing and filming two of our television broadcasts. I flew (on a plane, not flapping my arms) out of Charlotte yesterday and arrived in Texas late last night. We’ll be in various Texas cities until after Thanksgiving when we’ll finally return home to Missouri. It’s the Turkey Day Tour!

    But, here at my in-laws I now have consistent Internet access, and I apologize that I let your comment languish — especially when my response will be so short! 🙂

    If you have studied our booklet before, then I would figure that you read there why we keep the biblical holy days. If not, I would highly recommend that you review it again, as I am certain it explains things much better (and more thoroughly) than I could here in a blog comment! 🙂 I will summarize my reasoning very briefly, though.

    My family and I keep the “feasts of the Lord” (Lev. 23:2) for the same reason we don’t keep Christmas — I love the Lord and, therefore, I love His commandments. I may celebrate — in some way, perhaps — His sacrifice daily, but it does not remove the obligation I have to obey His commandments, nor does it take away my desire to keep them. (And while I may worship God in my own (lawful) way daily, it does not remove my obligation to worship Him in the way He wants to be worshipped.)

    A certainly imperfect but hopefully helpful analogy might be this: I try to celebrate my love for my wife daily, but I still do try to do something special for her on our anniversary. The fact of the one does not negate the other — in fact, if anything my constant love for my wife motivates me all the more when our anniversary comes around, not less.

    Really, for a more thorough explanation, I highly recommend reading our booklet about the holy days. It really is very helpful and I imagine that it would be a much more pleasant read than this blog post!

    Thanks so much for writing, and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving next week.

    Take care,
    Wally Smith

  20. Dear Brother Smith,
    It is certainly refreshing to hear someone so eloquently and politely deal with this subject. Too many times I get the “it doesn’t matter” or “it has to be in the Bible” response to the Christmas subject. Craig was all too correct in stating that most folks simply don’t care about discovering the truth of Christmas origin and keeping.

    Our challenge is to get people to see the need to really study their scriptures with an open mind and a willingness to sacrifice worldy comforts/habits that do not align with the word of God despite the relationship strains that may accompany such a decision.

    In short, a truly personal walk with God. As a preacher, I struggle on how to spark that zeal and fervor for more of God above everything else.
    Thanks again for so eloquently dealing with the myth of “scriptural Christmas keeping”
    Sincerely,
    Brother Shay

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  23. Ah. The old chestnut of assuming that the way one’s neighbourhood keeps Christmas is the way the whole world does. Talk about throwing the baby (Jesus) out with the bathwater. But I can’t be grouchy today, of all days. Merry Christmas!

  24. Ah. The old chestnut of assuming that just because you like Christmas, Jesus must like it, too. You can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater if He was never in the bath to begin with.

    Your irrational-but-sadly-common assumption doesn’t change the facts: Jesus and His Father command us not to keep Christmas — regardless of how “one’s neighbourhood” keeps it.

    So, no Merry Christmas for me, thank you, but I do hope that your Thursday is going well. And regardless of the reason, I’m glad you are not grouchy. 🙂

  25. ‘You can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater if He was never in the bath to begin with.’
    Careful with your wording there, mate. You’re *this* close to stating that, if there was no baby, the Incarnation never happened.

    Your irrational-but-sadly-common assumption doesn’t change the facts
    How exactly is your assumption that Jesus does not like it more rational?

    Jesus and His Father command us not to keep Christmas
    Where exactly, if I may ask? I remember God commanding his people to worship him and no other, but not specifying how he wanted to be worshipped.

    The Christmas customs I grew up with are not pagan. Do your research, or don’t. I may drop by on July 4 to wish you a happy Saturday.

  26. Ruth Smith: Thanks! [Note: Ms. Smith actually commented on “Egg Nog, yes. Christmas, no.” and not on this post. Sorry!]

    M: Wow. It’s hard to know where to even begin with a stance so off the mark.

    I’m glad you’re watching out for my wording, but it’s just fine. I didn’t say that there was no baby — just that this baby isn’t in that particular bathwater.

    As for my “assumption,” it’s more rational because it isn’t an assumption. Jesus makes His feelings about celebrations that violate His Father’s commands pretty clear.

    You say that you “remember God commanding his people to worship him and no other, but not specifying how he wanted to be worshipped.” Really? Talk about needing to do research — the Bible is replete with God’s teaching and instruction about how He wants to be worshiped. Did you just miss those parts? Even the few verses I mention in this post should give you a clue, but maybe you didn’t read it. I strongly suspect that you have misspoken in that statement and that you are not truly so uninformed. However, I mean no offense in that statement and if you really don’t know where God talks about how he wants to be worshiped I would be happy to show you some of what you’ve missed — as long as you agree to act on what you’re shown to be true.

    I would be curious to know what Christmas customs you grew up with and how they escaped being pagan given that the very observance of Christmas, itself, is pagan in origin, dating back to a time well before the apostate church split into eastern and western divisions. I’d love to “do my research” if you have anything to add to it: Kalanta? Kallikantzari? Blessing of the waters on Epiphany? Those certainly won’t do. Maybe there’s something else?

    And, frankly, even if brand new customs were invented to celebrate Christmas that did not explicitly originate in pre-Christian customs, they are still condemnable in that they are being used to celebrate a day that is, itself, of pagan origin. That Christmas — regardless of the means by which it is observed — is a pagan introduction into “Christianity” around the fourth century is obvious to even the most casual observer of the facts of history, let alone to those who have “done their research.” Concerning such things — as I outlined in the post above — God says “do not worship the LORD your God in that way” and “do not learn the way of the heathen.”

    It’s simple, no matter how you slice it: The observance of Christmas is a pagan accommodation made by the “church” around the fourth century; God commands us not use the manners and customs of the heathens to worship Him; and Jesus says do not ignore God’s commands in order to keep your own traditions. What’s complicated about that?

    As for July 4th, you are more than welcome to stop by and wish me whatever you like. In fact, on March 25th feel free to wish me a Happy Greek Independence Day, as well, if you want to — I’d love to hear from you! Hopefully you will stop by again. But if you do, you might want to, you know, do your research first. 🙂

  27. Always an eye-opener to see self-proclaimed ‘Christians’ more ready to observe a holiday in honour of men than one in honour of God. And if there are ‘apostate churches’, you can trace them back to 16th century arrogance, which continues today. No wonder you can’t tell folk superstition from church tradition. Ah well. Not everyone who owns the name is owned by the name. Have a fun life.

  28. Well, regrettably it is never an eye-opener to meet yet another “Christian” eager to “honor” God by disobeying Him, as if He has no say in how He should be honored — or even an opinion. As for “apostate churches,” I’m afraid that it goes back much further than the 16th century (again, there’s that “research” thing), so it is no wonder many can’t distinguish between church tradition and what God actually approves of. Jesus demonstrated in Mark 7:9 and elsewhere that He understood God’s commands trump “church tradition” — do you?

    Instead of simply calling Him Lord, try obeying Him as Lord (Matt. 7:21-23). You might actually find out what being “owned by the name” really means.

    Thanks for your contribution, M. And have a great Friday.

  29. Julie

    This is absurd!! I am a Christian and I grew up in a small strict Baptist Church! There was never a mention that Christmas trees were pagan and we sure celebrated CHRISTmas, Jesus’ Birthday and the birth of our SAVIOR! I can’t fathom any Christian not celebrating the birth of CHRIST!! There is something terribly wrong here! I think this is what Jesus meant when He told us to watch out for false prophets! I will continue to celebrate my Saviors birth and on Easter I will celebrate and be thankful for His death and Ressurection that saved us from all of our sins!!! May God Bless you and lead you in the right way! Praying for you!

  30. Howdy, Julie, and thanks for writing in.

    First, you have my sympathies, because I was once in a similar situation. I, too, grew up in a small town Christian church, full of people I respected (and still do). And they never mentioned the pagan origin of Christmas trees, ornaments, gift giving, etc. there, either. The problem, of course, is just because our teachers may not mention it, it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

    I hope you will reflect both on what I’ve written and on your response. I have done only two things, really: (1) I have pointed out some historical facts that anyone can find backed up anywhere. (Try Wikipedia, or–actually–give your old Baptist minister a call. He will very likely verify for you everything I have said about Christmas trees and the like.) And (2) I have shown you what the Bible says about such things and about your obligations as someone who says she wants to follow and obey Jesus Christ.

    I’m glad that you want to follow Jesus Christ! That’s great. Then you need to give me the Bible’s answers for the things I have brought up. You can’t argue away the facts about the origins of Christmas — those facts are general knowledge, admitted by even the most respected and popular “Christians” around (e.g., Dr. James Dobson, the Pope, etc.).

    I’m also glad that you want to worship Christ! But can you worship Him by disobeying Him? If He commands you not to celebrate His birthday (which December 25 is not, by the way) as pagans celebrated the birthdays of their gods, how can you disobey Him and do so anyway? Your “spirit” or intent may be right, but God is looking for more, Julie. Jesus Christ, Himself, says His Father is looking for those who will worship Him “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).

    Again, can you worship Christ by disobeying Him?

    I think you know the answer to this, don’t you, Julie?

    Capitalizing the letters “CHRIST” in “CHRISTmas” doesn’t change the words of the Bible. It’s actions that count. And, again, as Jesus, Himself, says, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,” and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).

    A lot of people have answers to why they, as Christians, will continue celebrating Christmas and Easter — many similiar to yours and some different. The problem is that their answers, while sincere and heartfelt, disagree with what the Bible says.

    Your deep and sincere emotions don’t change what the Bible says, Julie. And if you do really want to worship Jesus, consider worshiping the way He teaches us in the Bible. God’s Word does have a celebration concerning His death for our sins, for instance: the New Testament Passover. It similarly has celebrations concerning His soon coming return to earth, His reign for 1,000 years, and many other teachings of Christ. These are out of His own word and teachings, and are not tainted by being of pagan origin and do not require you to disobey Him.

    Your desire to worship Christ is good! I hope you will act on it. The free booklet I mention at the end of my most recent post on this can help, Julie. But denying reality won’t. (I know, because I have done my share.)

    Thanks, again, for writing, and I hope this has helped. I’ll pray for you, too. 🙂

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