OBJECTIONS OF THOSE WHO JUSTIFY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ANSWERED! (2019)

OBJECTIONS OF THOSE WHO JUSTIFY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ANSWERED! (2019)

Michael Jeshurun

These objections are from a letter written to us in objection to the tract- “The Christian and Christmas’!

OBJECTION NO.1 
Are you saying saved people will end up in hell because they practice Christmas? This is not possible. But, if you are using the word ‘Christian’ to mean the nominal unsaved person who thinks they are Christian, then he will end up in hell anyway, regardless of Christmas.
We expose the darkness of Christmas dear friend not to suggest that a saved Christian will wind up in Hell if he celebrates Christmas, but to provoke and challenge everyone who claims to be Christian to examine himself whether he is truly a Christian. A Christian is not at liberty to take anything and everything and ‘sanctify’ it to the Lord in worship. This is what the ‘Regulative Principle of Worship’ is all about. A Christian cannot take that which is obviously Pagan and ‘sanctify’ it for the Lord! But even if after receiving clear light on the matter the Christian insists to do so, he must examine himself whether he be in the Faith! 

“the nominal unsaved person who thinks he is Christian, will end up in hell anway, regardless of Christmas. So why make a fuss?”. This is the most sickening statement one can make with regards to preaching. The nominal Christian will wind up in Hell anyway, so why make a fuss about anything?!

Dearly beloved, with all the spirit of discernment we have, we have no way of knowing who the nominal’s are as opposed to true Christians. And the preacher who goes about his preaching with this attitude and mindset can never be genuine or zealous in his preaching. The greatest Evangelist of them all said, “we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus”! [Col 1:28]

Who the elect or the nonelect are, is none of our business. The commission He has given His servants is to preach the Gospel to and to warn every creature, and they certainly have not fully obeyed until they bid their hearers “Repent ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). Whom God quickens, is His own affair; ours is to faithfully warn all the unsaved, to show wherein their sins consists, to bid them to throw down the weapons of their warfare against Him, to call upon them to repent (Acts 17:30), to proclaim the One who receives all who come to Him in faith.

OBJECTION NO. 2

“This is a very harsh thing to say. Most have no idea what Christmas is. They cannot just be condemned out of hand”.

This may have been true say even ten years ago, but anymore. With the coming of the ‘Information technology’ at least 90% of all so called Christians know or at least have heard that this festival is spoken against by many Christians the world over. Last year our own secular ‘Daily News paper’ had a full page article questioning the origins of Christmas. And this is one of the reasons that I did not take any pains to reiterate what many Christians have already exposed, i.e. the roots of all that goes with this Pagan practice….the tree, Santa Claus, the Star etc.

And the Holy Spirit is faithful to lead all His elect into ALL truth. And should a newly born again Christian hear for the first time that Christmas is Pagan then it is his bounden duty to examine whether it be so! Ignorance is not bliss in the Christian walk!

OBJECTION NO. 3

“And what of those Christians who hold Christmas just as a holiday? They do not use it as a disguise… it is just a holiday time”.

How lukewarm can you get! ChristMASS is an abomination done in the name of my Lord who shed His blood for me! I could care less about Ramadan or Halloween, for it does not blaspheme my Lord’s name. But as one said – “The Christian has a moral imperative to examine what is proclaimed and done in Jesus’ Name, and to expose and condemn false teaching and unbiblical behaviour.”

The true Christian is not content with having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reproves (EXPOSES) them! [Eph 5:11]. To stick your head in the sand and pretend everything’s okay and have a ‘holiday’ is no mark of a Christian. What is written concerning the Head is also true concerning all those who belong to the body ….i.e. “The zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up”!!!

OBJECTION NO. 4

“Many do not enter into ‘merrymaking’… our friend is making general statements about people he does not know”.

Many do not, but sadly many do! And it is for these many for whom this tract against Christmas is written. And incidentally this is a direct quote from Pink’s tract on Xmas! Brethren, you have to remember that when a message is preached warning people of evil, that same message is bound to be heard also by those who are not guilty of the said evil. So was Pink wrong in saying that many are merrymaking because a few don’t?! All preaching against any given sin is done with the admonition –“If the shoe fits, wear it”!

Every time a preacher stands up and exhorts a multitude to forsake a certain sin, there will always be those in that same multitude who are not in the least guilty of that sin. So should the preacher be silenced lest he offend the sinless few! Absurd!
J. C. Ryle was right when he wrote in his warning to the Churches- “Surely the dumb dog and the sleeping shepherd are the best allies of the wolf, the thief and the robber.”

OBJECTION NO. 5

“Yes, you are right to give the truth… but must be careful not to appear to be hateful towards the brethren”.

This comment was made in response to the words – “Without labouring the point, I as a true child of God should have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather exposes them [Eph 5:11], not that I might be saved, but because I am! It cannot be overstressed that ‘Christmas’ is a worldly festival, and everything connected to it – (the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, the Mistletoe, the elves all of them) has a Satanic significance. And God’s Word makes it plain that if I am a friend of the world then I am the enemy of God”!

Is it hateful to warn a professing Christian to examine himself whether he is a friend or the enemy of God? Surely then as John was the Apostle of ‘love’, James must have been the Apostle of Hate! For the whole verse reads – “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”![Jam 4:4]. James opens this letter addressing them as ‘Beloved brethren’ and now he chides them as ‘adulterers and adulteresses’. Is something wrong?! ‘If the shoe fits wear it’ or Scripturally- “he that hath ears to hear let him hear’!

The Psalmist said, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head” [Psa 141:5]. And the Apostle asks – “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth”? [Gal 4:16]

Dear Brothers, without laboring the point, this Tract on Christmas or others like it are not written to say believers go to Hell for celebrating Christmas. But this knowing willful participation in this abomination may just be a symptom of a frightening truth – i.e. an unregenerate heart!

This is what it means to sin willfully after receiving a knowledge of the truth. When a professing Christian adamantly says – “I don’t care what the Bible says, or history proves, I am going to take this ‘Pagan festival’ and sanctify it for the Lord”, then it must be questioned whether such an one is truly a child of God!

Sure, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus! But those who are in Christ Jesus are classified not as those who do as they please but those who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit! [see Rom 8:1]Those who are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God! Not those who rebelliously do whatever is right in their own eyes.

OBJECTION NO. 6

But isn’t Christmas a great opportunity to preach Christ to our loved ones. Surely they are more open to the truth during this season.

John MacArthur says “I do see Christmas concerts attracting people to the church”(GC-2022). Those who say this are ignorant of the fact that men’s hearts are the same in every season. And again, would God truly honour the witnessing efforts of those who observe Rome’s traditions which are an abomination to Him? The idea that men’s hearts are more receptive to the gospel during the Christmas season is a delusion of those who seek to compromise.

On the other hand I think if you withdrew yourself from celebrating Christmas, this would raise eyebrows and the unbelievers would ask (at least out of curiosity) why you don’t celebrate Xmas when the whole world is doing so. Then you can use this as an opening and preach not just Christ but the whole truth about true and false Christianity!

OBJECTION NO. 7

“We know, that many who are believers follow silly or even evil ways. But, it does not mean they are lost, or that God will destroy them…”

Sure there are many true believers caught in sin who are praying for deliverance. But the stubborn Christian who justifies this pagan celebration is not one who is helplessly caught in sin, but one who deliberately is suppressing the truth in unrighteousness and is determined to offer strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded us not [Lev 10:1,2]. The Lord Jesus came to save His people from their sins not in their sins! In all His dealings with us God acts in grace, but His grace ever reigns “through righteousness,” and never at the expense of it! [Pink]

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” [Proverbs 28:13]. To seek to be justified by Christ while deliberately following a known course of sin, is one of the greatest delusions of the Devil!

OBJECTIONS OF THOSE WHO JUSTIFY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ANSWERED! (2018)

OBJECTIONS OF THOSE WHO JUSTIFY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ANSWERED! (2018)

Michael Jeshurun

These objections are from a letter written to us in objection to the tract- “The Christian and Christmas’!

OBJECTION NO.1
Are you saying saved people will end up in hell because they practice Christmas? This is not possible. But, if you are using the word ‘Christian’ to mean the nominal unsaved person who thinks they are Christian, then he will end up in hell anway, regardless of Christmas.

We expose the darkness of Christmas dear friend not to suggest that a saved Christian will wind up in Hell if he celebrates Christmas, but to provoke and challenge everyone who claims to be Christian to examine himself whether he is truly a Christian. A Christian is not at liberty to take anything and everything and ‘sanctify’ it to the Lord in worship. This is what the ‘Regulative Principle of Worship’ is all about. A Christian cannot take that which is obviously Pagan and ‘sanctify’ it for the Lord! But even if after receiving clear light on the matter the Christian insists to do so, he must examine himself whether he be in the Faith!

“the nominal unsaved person who thinks he is Christian, will end up in hell anway, regardless of Christmas. So why make a fuss?”. This is the most sickening statement one can make with regards to preaching. The nominal Christian will wind up in Hell anyway, so why make a fuss about anything?!

Dearly beloved, with all the spirit of discernment we have, we have no way of knowing who the nominal’s are as opposed to true Christians. And the preacher who goes about his preaching with this attitude and mindset can never be genuine or zealous in his preaching. The greatest Evangelist of them all said, “we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus”! [Col 1:28]

Who the elect or the nonelect are, is none of our business. The commission He has given His servants is to preach the Gospel to and to warn every creature, and they certainly have not fully obeyed until they bid their hearers “Repent ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). Whom God quickens, is His own affair; ours is to faithfully warn all the unsaved, to show wherein their sins consists, to bid them to throw down the weapons of their warfare against Him, to call upon them to repent (Acts 17:30), to proclaim the One who receives all who come to Him in faith.

OBJECTION NO. 2

“This is a very harsh thing to say. Most have no idea what Christmas is. They cannot just be condemned out of hand”.

This may have been true say even ten years ago, but anymore. With the coming of the ‘Information technology’ at least 90% of all so called Christians know or at least have heard that this festival is spoken against by many Christians the world over. Last year our own secular ‘Daily News paper’ had a full page article questioning the origins of Christmas. And this is one of the reasons that I did not take any pains to reiterate what many Christians have already exposed, i.e. the roots of all that goes with this Pagan practice….the tree, Santa Claus, the Star etc.

And the Holy Spirit is faithful to lead all His elect into ALL truth. And should a newly born again Christian hear for the first time that Christmas is Pagan then it is his bounden duty to examine whether it be so! Ignorance is not bliss in the Christian walk!

OBJECTION NO. 3

“And what of those Christians who hold Christmas just as a holiday? They do not use it as a disguise… it is just a holiday time”.

How lukewarm can you get! ChristMASS is an abomination done in the name of my Lord who shed His blood for me! I could care less about Ramadan or Halloween, for it does not blaspheme my Lord’s name. But as one said – “The Christian has a moral imperative to examine what is proclaimed and done in Jesus’ Name, and to expose and condemn false teaching and unbiblical behaviour.”

The true Christian is not content with having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reproves (EXPOSES) them! [Eph 5:11]. To stick your head in the sand and pretend everything’s okay and have a ‘holiday’ is no mark of a Christian. What is written concerning the Head is also true concerning all those who belong to the body ….i.e. “The zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up”!!!

OBJECTION NO. 4

“Many do not enter into ‘merrymaking’… our friend is making general statements about people he does not know”.

Many do not, but sadly many do! And it is for these many for whom this tract against Christmas is written. And incidentally this is a direct quote from Pink’s tract on Xmas! Brethren, you have to remember that when a message is preached warning people of evil, that same message is bound to be heard also by those who are not guilty of the said evil. So was Pink wrong in saying that many are merrymaking because a few don’t?! All preaching against any given sin is done with the admonition –“If the shoe fits, wear it”!

Every time a preacher stands up and exhorts a multitude to forsake a certain sin, there will always be those in that same multitude who are not in the least guilty of that sin. So should the preacher be silenced lest he offend the sinless few! Absurd!
J. C. Ryle was right when he wrote in his warning to the Churches- “Surely the dumb dog and the sleeping shepherd are the best allies of the wolf, the thief and the robber.”

OBJECTION NO. 5

“Yes, you are right to give the truth… but must be careful not to appear to be hateful towards the brethren”.

This comment was made in response to the words – “Without labouring the point, I as a true child of God should have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather exposes them [Eph 5:11], not that I might be saved, but because I am! It cannot be overstressed that ‘Christmas’ is a worldly festival, and everything connected to it – (the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, the Mistletoe, the elves all of them) has a Satanic significance. And God’s Word makes it plain that if I am a friend of the world then I am the enemy of God”!

Is it hateful to warn a professing Christian to examine himself whether he is a friend or the enemy of God? Surely then as John was the Apostle of ‘love’, James must have been the Apostle of Hate! For the whole verse reads – “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”![Jam 4:4]. James opens this letter addressing them as ‘Beloved brethren’ and now he chides them as ‘adulterers and adulteresses’. Is something wrong?! ‘If the shoe fits wear it’ or Scripturally- “he that hath ears to hear let him hear’!

The Psalmist said, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head” [Psa 141:5]. And the Apostle asks – “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth”? [Gal 4:16]

Dear Brothers, without laboring the point, this Tract on Christmas or others like it are not written to say believers go to Hell for celebrating Christmas. But this knowing willful participation in this abomination may just be a symptom of a frightening truth – i.e. an unregenerate heart!

This is what it means to sin willfully after receiving a knowledge of the truth. When a professing Christian adamantly says – “I don’t care what the Bible says, or history proves, I am going to take this ‘Pagan festival’ and sanctify it for the Lord”, then it must be questioned whether such an one is truly a child of God!

Sure, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus! But those who are in Christ Jesus are classified not as those who do as they please but those who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit! [see Rom 8:1]Those who are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God! Not those who rebelliously do whatever is right in their own eyes.

OBJECTION NO. 6

But isn’t Christmas a great opportunity to preach Christ to our loved ones. Surely they are more open to the truth during this season.

John MacArthur says “I do see Christmas concerts attracting people to the church”(GC-2022). Those who say this are ignorant of the fact that men’s hearts are the same in every season. And again, would God truly honour the witnessing efforts of those who observe Rome’s traditions which are an abomination to Him? The idea that men’s hearts are more receptive to the gospel during the Christmas season is a delusion of those who seek to compromise.

On the other hand I think if you withdrew yourself from celebrating Christmas, this would raise eyebrows and the unbelievers would ask (at least out of curiosity) why you don’t celebrate Xmas when the whole world is doing so. Then you can use this as an opening and preach not just Christ but the whole truth about true and false Christianity!

OBJECTION NO. 7

“We know, that many who are believers follow silly or even evil ways. But, it does not mean they are lost, or that God will destroy them…”

Sure there are many true believers caught in sin who are praying for deliverance. But the stubborn Christian who justifies this pagan celebration is not one who is helplessly caught in sin, but one who deliberately is suppressing the truth in unrighteousness and is determined to offer strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded us not [Lev 10:1,2]. The Lord Jesus came to save His people from their sins not in their sins! In all His dealings with us God acts in grace, but His grace ever reigns “through righteousness,” and never at the expense of it! [Pink]

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” [Proverbs 28:13]. To seek to be justified by Christ while deliberately following a known course of sin, is one of the greatest delusions of the Devil!

IF YOU’RE A ‘CHRISTIAN’ JUSTIFYING THE OBSERVATION OF PAGAN CHRISTMAS BY QUOTING ROMANS 14:5-6 . . . THIS ONE’S FOR YOU 

IF YOU’RE A ‘CHRISTIAN’ JUSTIFYING THE OBSERVATION OF PAGAN CHRISTMAS BY QUOTING ROMANS 14:5-6 . . . THIS ONE’S FOR YOU

Michael Jeshurun

Every Christian who is determined to disobey or compromise usually looks for a verse in the Bible to justify his compromise. The attitude being – “We are delivered to do all these abominations?” (Jer 7:10) And so the alcoholic Christian shrugs his shoulders and says, “You know the Bible does say that we ought to drink a little wine for our stomach’s sake, doesn’t it?” (1Tim 5:23) And the Christian who is deceived by the ‘prosperity gospel’ says, “The Bible does say that God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant, doesn’t it?” (Psa 35:27)

Interestingly the nominal compromised Christian who cannot buck the tide and forego his idol of Christmas has a verse too. And at surface level this verse does seem to give clout to his compromise in observing this Babylonian abomination of Christmas. That verse is Romans 14:5,6. “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Etc” But does that verse really justify his compromise? We cannot do better here than to quote the words of another . . . .

CHRISTMAS AND ROMANS 14:5-6A

by Joe Garnett


Proponents of Christmas often appeal to these verses to defend their celebration of this pagan holy day. At first glance this scripture appears to support their position. But the Bible student should look closer, determining the context and whether this passage can have application to the syncretistic festival of Christmas.

Most commentators teach that Romans 14 deals with Christian liberty. It does, by way of interpretation, only narrowly. By way of interpretation merely two problems are covered, that of whether or not to eat certain meats and whether or not to observe certain days. With regard to Christmas, it is needful that we deal only with the observing of days.

The disputes in this passage take place not because there are simply differences of opinions. The disputes arise because some in the church are weak (immature) and others are strong (mature). This is important to keep in mind because in time one should expect the problem to be solved by the immature becoming mature. (Of course we understand that there might be others coming into the church continually with the same problem, thus protracting the dilemma for some time).

The goal of Biblical instruction is to make the saint a mature person in Jesus Christ (Col. 1:28). Thus in regard to this passage, we need to understand that if all the believers in the church had reached a certain degree of maturity, the problem would not have existed. The solution that Paul gives should be considered a temporary solution for these weak brothers and not a permanent one. (No one would disagree that Christians should always respect and love each other). We should expect these who are now weak to one day become strong as they reside under proper instruction.

The specific problem in verses 5-6a concerns the keeping of days. It appears that the majority of commentators understand the problem to arise from young Jewish converts to the Christian faith. These converts feel obligated to continue to observe Jewish holy days. This should not surprise us for these were proper days for them to observe prior to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. They have not at this time received the understanding that it is no longer necessary for them to observe these days under the new covenant. We find them in a transition period in which they are confused. If they were to not observe these days they would feel that they were not being obedient to God. They don’t have a grasp on the glorious truth that the work of the Lord Jesus Christ is complete and the days that they observe are only shadows of His fullness (Col. 2:17).

To summarize, I make these observations:

The dispute involves different understandings between weak and strong brothers in Christ.

The weak feel that they must observe the Jewish holy days as they were previously commanded to do.

The strong understand the completed work of Jesus Christ and the new covenant make these days obsolete.

These different understandings cause dissension.

The only possible solution at this time is for both groups to accept one another in love.

In time we should expect the weak to become mature after they have been instructed in the truth and come to an understanding of what Jesus Christ has accomplished.

This is believed to be the interpretation of this passage or its proper understanding. Thus we must expect anyone making application from this passage to keep this understanding in mind at all times.

This is the question which now comes before us: Is the Christian observance of Christmas protected by way of application in this passage? To determine this let us consider the circumstances involved in both cases and see if there are any likenesses.

We shall consider the situation addressed in Romans 14 and compare it against the situation of present day Christmas celebrants.

(1) The young Jewish believers observed a day.

Those who celebrate Christmas are celebrating a season and a festival. Although they claim to celebrate a day, their actions betray them. Long before the day arrives they will be putting up trees, shopping for presents (not for Jesus), building and placing creches, decorating with lights and other objects (many of occultic background), planning and going to parties and endlessly talking about these activities.

(2) The Jewish converts were keeping days that they were previously obligated to observe.

The Christmas celebration has never been sanctified by scripture. It is built upon the lie, which is acknowledged by most everyone, that Jesus Christ was born on December 25. Rather than having support from the word of God, it is man made religion which is condemned by Jesus (Matt. 15:9).

(3) When the weak Jewish convert kept a day, there were disciplines that he performed. For instance, if he felt he needed to keep the sabbath, he had instruction from the scripture with regard to his activity (Deut. 5:12-14).

The celebrants of Christmas adhere to no spiritual disciplines. If they were to spend the day in the scripture with fasting and prayer they could at least be commended. However, the day will be spent by most in a festive atmosphere, eating, exchanging gifts and doing whatever they choose to do. These are the same “spiritual disciplines” that the pagans have done as this Babylonian festival evolved.

(4) The observances of these young Jewish believers did not take place in the church. The day that the weak brother regarded, he regarded it unto the Lord. The observance that he performed he rendered without the presence of those who did not wish to take part in the observance. For certain observances he most likely went to the synagogue. The strong brother was not required to endure the observances of the weak.

The Christmas celebration takes place within the church as well as in the world. In most churches the celebration generally consumes the month of December with decorations in the church building, parties, programs and some emphasis in all the services. If there is one who does not desire to celebrate, he must choose between being absent or enduring the festival.

(5) The weak Jewish brother could be expected in time to mature and be released in conscience from observing obsolete holy days.

The celebrant of Christmas expects to continue in a syncretistic fable originating from Babylonian mystery religion on a day when the now glorified Son of God was not born.

Thus, this writer concludes that Romans 14 does not exonerate the practice of Christmas from scriptural condemnation. The day that the weak Jewish convert observed was a day formally warranted by scripture with designated disciplines. It was observed outside the church without involving the strong.

The weak brother could be expected in time to mature in conscience and no longer feel obligated to observe it.  In contrast, the “day” the Christmas celebrant celebrates is a pagan originated festival of unknown duration having no basis in scripture nor God-ordained disciplines. It is celebrated in the church and considered immutable. Thus we see that there is no relationship between the two “holy” days.

The scripture condemns such practices as Christmas. Jeremiah 10:2,3 tell us to “learn not the way of the heathen” and that “the customs of the people are vain.” In Matthew 15:9 Jesus explains that men worship Him in vain, “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” In Colossians 2:8 we are told to beware lest someone should spoil us “through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world.” I Timothy 1:4 instructs us to “neither give heed to fables … which minister questions.”

Jude 3 exhorts us to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” The “faith” is the body of truth contained in the scripture. Matthew 28:20 reveals that what is to be taught and observed are “all things whatsoever I (Jesus) have commanded you.” Titus 2:1 commands us to “speak thou the things which become sound doctrine.”

Another verse often used by the proponent of Christmas is Colossians 2:16, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.” They interpret this to mean that they can eat and drink what they want and celebrate any day they wish. However the context shows that evil men were demanding that the Christians keep certain laws. Paul instructs them that they do not have to adhere to these commands and that they shouldn’t. His instruction is not that they can keep a certain day, but that they are not obligated to do so by those who would make them.

Christmas is a deceitful Babylonian fable with assorted heathen traditions added through the centuries. You cannot mix it with Christianity and call it “worship in spirit and truth” any more than you can mix skunk manure with honey and call it a feast.
Christmas is not part of the faith for which we are to contend. It is not that which the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us to observe. It is not sound doctrine.

Christians should abhor it for the demonically inspired Babylonian myth that it is.

My Christian Faith and Christmas!

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My Christian Faith and Christmas!

Michael Jeshurun

So I claim to be the ‘elect’ of God for whom Christ died. I know enough theology to debate any Atheist or Evolutionist and prove him wrong. But could it be that I am just a spiritually dead Christian with a lots of doctrine in my head?

I have heard this for a long time now that Christmas is Pagan and an offence to the God I claim to love and obey, but I could care less. I don’t want to be that ‘oddball’ who shuns Christmas and preaches against it. I have no desire to go forth unto Him, outside the camp (of apostate christianity) bearing His reproach like all the Elect! [Heb. 13:12,13].

“It’s not a moral issue” I reason! And where does the Bible say ‘don’t celebrate Christmas’? Ha, spoken like a genuine purebred goat, you say! Maybe you’re right! Maybe I need to “examine myself whether I am in the Faith” [II Cor. 13:5]. The true saint of God they say does not abstain himself only from those things which are morally wrong, but hates “every false way” [Psa. 119:104].

Could it be true that many such dry, dead, graceless head-knowledge Christians are burning in Hell right now who professed to know God but denied Him in works! [Titus 1:16]

Could it be that “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing” is not just good advice but a command? Looks like my very affiliation and participation in the pagan festival of Christmas reveals my true identity. Maybe after all I am just a goat with a head full of theology, and the ‘root of the matter is not in me’! [Job 19:28].

Sometimes I wonder, “Why not go all the way and join the Pagans in celebrating all their other Babylonian festivals”?!

But wait a minute! Isn’t the Christmas season a great time to win the lost? At least they are more open to the Gospel! Doesn’t the end justifies the means. I would love to organize a Christmas program, a Rock or Rap concert, do anything as long as I can lead folks to Christ and get them to pray and ask Jesus into their hearts. After all what better day for lost souls to make a decision and open their heart to invite Jesus in than his Birthday?!

And surely I can’t deny my kiddies a good time by being such a nonconformist radical. Yes Moses took all the little ones with him out of Egypt (Ex 10:9,10). But times are different now! There are times when I have to follow the multitude to do evil and allow my children to mingle with the present day Egyptians in their “pleasures of sin for a season“? (Hebrews 11:25).

But seriously here is the truth: “In the sight of God the circus and the theater are far less obnoxious than the “Christmas celebration” of Romish and Protestant “churches.” Why? Because the latter are done under the cover of the holy name of Christ; the former are not”. [A.W. Pink]

The question is not whether I will lose my salvation if I join in this pagan abomination done in my Lord’s name, but whether I am saved to start with! I am smart enough to know who it is that celebrates “Christmas”! The whole “civilized world.” Millions who make no profession of faith in the blood of the Lamb, who “despise and reject Him,” and millions more who while claiming to be His followers yet in works deny Him, joining in the merrymaking under the pretense of honoring the birth of the Lord Jesus!

Putting it on its lowest ground, I must ask myself, “You claiming to be His friend, will you unite with His enemies in a worldly round of fleshly gratification?” Am I kidding myself that He whom the world cast out is either pleased or glorified by such participation in the world’s joys? Verily, “the customs of the people are vain“; and it is written, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exodus 23:2)

Without labouring the point, I as a true child of God should have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather exposes them [Eph 5:11], not that I might be saved, but because I am! It cannot be overstressed that ‘Christmas’ is a worldly festival, and everything connected to it – (the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, the Mistletoe, the elves all of them) has a Satanic significance. And God’s Word makes it plain that if I am a friend of the world then I am the enemy of God! [James 4:4]

If the Master walked into my house this month and saw my decorated Christmas tree [Jer 10:2-4], the Satanic Pentagram (Christmas Star), Santa Claus etc would he commend me with a “well done thou good and faithful servant’ or “depart from me I never knew you”?! Surely I ought to know the answer to that! If as I claim, Christ has set me free, then it was not that I might be delivered to do all these abominations! [see Jer 7:10]

And I think it is high time that I stopped justifying my celebration of this paganism by quoting other blind Christian leaders who are leading their blind congregations into the ditch!

So I think for a start I am going to ‘Test everything (even Christmas) and hold fast to that which is good and Scriptural’ [1Thes 5:21]

I think I am going to quit justifying myself and seriously “Examine myself, whether I am in the Faith!”! [2Cor 13:5]

AN ANSWER TO THOSE WHO JUSTIFY THEIR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS!

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AN ANSWER TO THOSE WHO JUSTIFY THEIR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS!

Michael Jeshurun

These objections are from a letter written to us in objection to the tract- “The Christian and Christmas’!

OBJECTION NO.1
Are you saying saved people will end up in hell because they practice Christmas? This is not possible. But, if you are using the word ‘Christian’ to mean the nominal unsaved person who thinks they are Christian, then he will end up in hell anway, regardless of Christmas.

We expose the darkness of Christmas dear friend not to suggest that a saved Christian will wind up in Hell if he celebrates Christmas, but to provoke and challenge everyone who claims to be Christian to examine himself whether he is truly a Christian. A Christian is not at liberty to take anything and everything and ‘sanctify’ it to the Lord in worship. This is what the ‘Regulative Principle of Worship’ is all about. A Christian cannot take that which is obviously Pagan and ‘sanctify’ it for the Lord! But even if after receiving clear light on the matter the Christian insists to do so, he must examine himself whether he be in the Faith!

“the nominal unsaved person who thinks he is Christian, will end up in hell anway, regardless of Christmas. So why make a fuss?”. This is the most sickening statement one can make with regards to preaching. The nominal Christian will wind up in Hell anyway, so why make a fuss about anything?!

Dearly beloved, with all the spirit of discernment we have, we have no way of knowing who the nominal’s are as opposed to true Christians. And the preacher who goes about his preaching with this attitude and mindset can never be genuine or zealous in his preaching. The greatest Evangelist of them all said, “we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus”! [Col 1:28]

Who the elect or the nonelect are, is none of our business. The commission He has given His servants is to preach the Gospel to and to warn every creature, and they certainly have not fully obeyed until they bid their hearers “Repent ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). Whom God quickens, is His own affair; ours is to faithfully warn all the unsaved, to show wherein their sins consists, to bid them to throw down the weapons of their warfare against Him, to call upon them to repent (Acts 17:30), to proclaim the One who receives all who come to Him in faith.

OBJECTION NO.2

“This is a very harsh thing to say. Most have no idea what Christmas is. They cannot just be condemned out of hand”.

This may have been true say even ten years ago, but anymore. With the coming of the ‘Information technology’ at least 90% of all so called Christians know or at least have heard that this festival is spoken against by many Christians the world over. Last year our own secular ‘Daily News paper’ had a full page article questioning the origins of Christmas. And this is one of the reasons that I did not take any pains to reiterate what many Christians have already exposed, i.e. the roots of all that goes with this Pagan practice….the tree, Santa Claus, the Star etc.

And the Holy Spirit is faithful to lead all His elect into ALL truth. And should a newly born again Christian hear for the first time that Christmas is Pagan then it is his bounden duty to examine whether it be so! Ignorance is not bliss in the Christian walk!

OBJECTION NO.3

“And what of those Christians who hold Christmas just as a holiday? They do not use it as a disguise… it is just a holiday time”.

How lukewarm can you get! ChristMASS is an abomination done in the name of my Lord who shed His blood for me! I could care less about Ramadan or Halloween, for it does not blaspheme my Lord’s name. But as one said – “The Christian has a moral imperative to examine what is proclaimed and done in Jesus’ Name, and to expose and condemn false teaching and unbiblical behaviour.”

The true Christian is not content with having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reproves (EXPOSES) them! [Eph 5:11]. To stick your head in the sand and pretend everything’s okay and have a ‘holiday’ is no mark of a Christian. What is written concerning the Head is also true concerning all those who belong to the body ….i.e. “The zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up”!!!

OBJECTION NO. 4

“Many do not enter into ‘merrymaking’… our friend is making general statements about people he does not know”.

Many do not, but sadly many do! And it is for these many for whom this tract against Christmas is written. And incidentally this is a direct quote from Pink’s tract on Xmas! Brethren, you have to remember that when a message is preached warning people of evil, that same message is bound to be heard also by those who are not guilty of the said evil. So was Pink wrong in saying that many are merrymaking because a few don’t?! All preaching against any given sin is done with the admonition –“If the shoe fits, wear it”!

Every time a preacher stands up and exhorts a multitude to forsake a certain sin, there will always be those in that same multitude who are not in the least guilty of that sin. So should the preacher be silenced lest he offend the sinless few! Absurd!
J. C. Ryle was right when he wrote in his warning to the Churches- “Surely the dumb dog and the sleeping shepherd are the best allies of the wolf, the thief and the robber.”

OBJECTION NO. 5

“Yes, you are right to give the truth… but must be careful not to appear to be hateful towards the brethren”.

This comment was made in response to the words – “Without labouring the point, I as a true child of God should have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather exposes them [Eph 5:11], not that I might be saved, but because I am! It cannot be overstressed that ‘Christmas’ is a worldly festival, and everything connected to it – (the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, the Mistletoe, the elves all of them) has a Satanic significance. And God’s Word makes it plain that if I am a friend of the world then I am the enemy of God”!

Is it hateful to warn a professing Christian to examine himself whether he is a friend or the enemy of God? Surely then as John was the Apostle of ‘love’, James must have been the Apostle of Hate! For the whole verse reads – “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”![Jam 4:4]. James opens this letter addressing them as ‘Beloved brethren’ and now he chides them as ‘adulterers and adulteresses’. Is something wrong?! ‘If the shoe fits wear it’ or Scripturally- “he that hath ears to hear let him hear’!

The Psalmist said, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head” [Psa 141:5]. And the Apostle asks – “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth”? [Gal 4:16]

Dear Brothers, without laboring the point, this Tract on Christmas or others like it are not written to say believers go to Hell for celebrating Christmas. But this knowing willful participation in this abomination may just be a symptom of a frightening truth – i.e. an unregenerate heart!

This is what it means to sin willfully after receiving a knowledge of the truth. When a professing Christian adamantly says – “I don’t care what the Bible says, or history proves, I am going to take this ‘Pagan festival’ and sanctify it for the Lord”, then it must be questioned whether such an one is truly a child of God!

Sure, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus! But those who are in Christ Jesus are classified not as those who do as they please but those who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit! [see Rom 8:1]Those who are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God! Not those who rebelliously do whatever is right in their own eyes.

OBJECTION NO. 6

But isn’t Christmas a great oppo tunity to preach Christ to our loved ones. Surely they are more open to the truth during this season.

John MacArthur says “I do see Christmas concerts attracting people to the church”(GC-2022). Those who say this are ignorant of the fact that men’s hearts are the same in every season. And again, would God truly honour the witnessing efforts of those who observe Rome’s traditions which are an abomination to Him? The idea that men’s hearts are more receptive to the gospel during the Christmas season is a delusion of those who seek to compromise.

On the other hand I think if you withdrew yourself from celebrating Christmas, this would raise eyebrows and the unbelievers would ask (at least out of curiosity) why you don’t celebrate Xmas when the whole world is doing so. Then you can use this as an opening and preach not just Christ but the whole truth about true and false Christianity!

OBJECTION NO. 7

“We know, that many who are believers follow silly or even evil ways. But, it does not mean they are lost, or that God will destroy them…”

Sure there are many true believers caught in sin who are praying for deliverance. But the stubborn Christian who justifies this pagan celebration is not one who is helplessly caught in sin, but one who deliberately is suppressing the truth in unrighteousness and is determined to offer strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded us not [Lev 10:1,2]. The Lord Jesus came to save His people from their sins not in their sins! In all His dealings with us God acts in grace, but His grace ever reigns “through righteousness,” and never at the expense of it! [Pink]

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” [Proverbs 28:13]. To seek to be justified by Christ while deliberately following a known course of sin, is one of the greatest delusions of the Devil!

OBJECTIONS OF THOSE WHO JUSTIFY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ANSWERED!

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OBJECTIONS OF THOSE WHO JUSTIFY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ANSWERED!

Michael Jeshurun

These objections are from a letter written to us in objection to the tract- “The Christian and Christmas’!

OBJECTION NO.1

Are you saying saved people will end up in hell because they practice Christmas? This is not possible. But, if you are using the word ‘Christian’ to mean the nominal unsaved person who thinks they are Christian, then he will end up in hell anway, regardless of Christmas.

We expose the darkness of Christmas dear friend not to suggest that a saved Christian will wind up in Hell if he celebrates Christmas, but to provoke and challenge everyone who claims to be Christian to examine himself whether he is truly a Christian. A Christian is not at liberty to take anything and everything and ‘sanctify’ it to the Lord in worship. This is what the ‘Regulative Principle of Worship’ is all about. A Christian cannot take that which is obviously Pagan and ‘sanctify’ it for the Lord! But even if after receiving clear light on the matter the Christian insists to do so, he must examine himself whether he be in the Faith!

“the nominal unsaved person who thinks he is Christian, will end up in hell anway, regardless of Christmas. So why make a fuss?”. This is the most sickening statement one can make with regards to preaching. The nominal Christian will wind up in Hell anyway, so why make a fuss about anything?!

Dearly beloved, with all the spirit of discernment we have, we have no way of knowing who the nominal’s are as opposed to true Christians. And the preacher who goes about his preaching with this attitude and mindset can never be genuine or zealous in his preaching. The greatest Evangelist of them all said, “we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus”! [Col 1:28]

Who the elect or the nonelect are, is none of our business. The commission He has given His servants is to preach the Gospel to and to warn every creature, and they certainly have not fully obeyed until they bid their hearers “Repent ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). Whom God quickens, is His own affair; ours is to faithfully warn all the unsaved, to show wherein their sins consists, to bid them to throw down the weapons of their warfare against Him, to call upon them to repent (Acts 17:30), to proclaim the One who receives all who come to Him in faith.

OBJECTION NO.2

“This is a very harsh thing to say. Most have no idea what Christmas is. They cannot just be condemned out of hand”.

This may have been true say even ten years ago, but anymore. With the coming of the ‘Information technology’ at least 90% of all so called Christians know or at least have heard that this festival is spoken against by many Christians the world over. Last year our own secular ‘Daily News paper’ had a full page article questioning the origins of Christmas. And this is one of the reasons that I did not take any pains to reiterate what many Christians have already exposed, i.e. the roots of all that goes with this Pagan practice….the tree, Santa Claus, the Star etc.

And the Holy Spirit is faithful to lead all His elect into ALL truth. And should a newly born again Christian hear for the first time that Christmas is Pagan then it is his bounden duty to examine whether it be so! Ignorance is not bliss in the Christian walk!

OBJECTION NO.3

“And what of those Christians who hold Christmas just as a holiday? They do not use it as a disguise… it is just a holiday time”.

How lukewarm can you get! ChristMASS is an abomination done in the name of my Lord who shed His blood for me! I could care less about Ramadan or Halloween, for it does not blaspheme my Lord’s name. But as one said – “The Christian has a moral imperative to examine what is proclaimed and done in Jesus’ Name, and to expose and condemn false teaching and unbiblical behaviour.”

The true Christian is not content with having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reproves (EXPOSES) them! [Eph 5:11]. To stick your head in the sand and pretend everything’s okay and have a ‘holiday’ is no mark of a Christian. What is written concerning the Head is also true concerning all those who belong to the body ….i.e. “The zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up”!!!

OBJECTION NO.4

“Many do not enter into ‘merrymaking’… our friend is making general statements about people he does not know”.

Many do not, but sadly many do! And it is for these many for whom this tract against Christmas is written. And incidentally this is a direct quote from Pink’s tract on Xmas! Brethren, you have to remember that when a message is preached warning people of evil, that same message is bound to be heard also by those who are not guilty of the said evil. So was Pink wrong in saying that many are merrymaking because a few don’t?! All preaching against any given sin is done with the admonition –“If the shoe fits, wear it”!

Every time a preacher stands up and exhorts a multitude to forsake a certain sin, there will always be those in that same multitude who are not in the least guilty of that sin. So should the preacher be silenced lest he offend the sinless few! Absurd!
J. C. Ryle was right when he wrote in his warning to the Churches- “Surely the dumb dog and the sleeping shepherd are the best allies of the wolf, the thief and the robber.”

OBJECTION NO.5

“Yes, you are right to give the truth… but must be careful not to appear to be hateful towards the brethren”.

This comment was made in response to the words – “Without labouring the point, I as a true child of God should have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather exposes them [Eph 5:11], not that I might be saved, but because I am! It cannot be overstressed that ‘Christmas’ is a worldly festival, and everything connected to it – (the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, the Mistletoe, the elves all of them) has a Satanic significance. And God’s Word makes it plain that if I am a friend of the world then I am the enemy of God”!

Is it hateful to warn a professing Christian to examine himself whether he is a friend or the enemy of God? Surely then as John was the Apostle of ‘love’, James must have been the Apostle of Hate! For the whole verse reads – “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”![Jam 4:4]. James opens this letter addressing them as ‘Beloved brethren’ and now he chides them as ‘adulterers and adulteresses’. Is something wrong?! ‘If the shoe fits wear it’ or Scripturally- “he that hath ears to hear let him hear’!

The Psalmist said, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head” [Psa 141:5]. And the Apostle asks – “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth”? [Gal 4:16]

Dear Brothers, without laboring the point, this Tract on Christmas or others like it are not written to say believers go to Hell for celebrating Christmas. But this knowing willful participation in this abomination may just be a symptom of a frightening truth – i.e. an unregenerate heart!

This is what it means to sin willfully after receiving a knowledge of the truth. When a professing Christian adamantly says – “I don’t care what the Bible says, or history proves, I am going to take this ‘Pagan festival’ and sanctify it for the Lord”, then it must be questioned whether such an one is truly a child of God!

Sure, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus! But those who are in Christ Jesus are classified not as those who do as they please but those who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit! [see Rom 8:1]Those who are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God! Not those who rebelliously do whatever is right in their own eyes.

OBJECTION NO.6

But isn’t Christmas a great opportunity to preach Christ to our loved ones. Surely they are more open to the truth during this season.

John MacArthur says “I do see Christmas concerts attracting people to the church”(GC-2022). Those who say this are ignorant of the fact that men’s hearts are the same in every season. And again, would God truly honour the witnessing efforts of those who observe Rome’s traditions which are an abomination to Him? The idea that men’s hearts are more receptive to the gospel during the Christmas season is a delusion of those who seek to compromise.

On the other hand I think if you withdrew yourself from celebrating Christmas, this would raise eyebrows and the unbelievers would ask (at least out of curiosity) why you don’t celebrate Xmas when the whole world is doing so. Then you can use this as an opening and preach not just Christ but the whole truth about true and false Christianity!

OBJECTION NO.7

“We know, that many who are believers follow silly or even evil ways. But, it does not mean they are lost, or that God will destroy them…”

Sure there are many true believers caught in sin who are praying for deliverance. But the stubborn Christian who justifies this pagan celebration is not one who is helplessly caught in sin, but one who deliberately is suppressing the truth in unrighteousness and is determined to offer strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded us not [Lev 10:1,2]. The Lord Jesus came to save His people from their sins not in their sins! In all His dealings with us God acts in grace, but His grace ever reigns “through righteousness,” and never at the expense of it! [Pink]

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” [Proverbs 28:13]. To seek to be justified by Christ while deliberately following a known course of sin, is one of the greatest delusions of the Devil!