It’s that time of year again where most of the world prepare for the Holiday gift wrapping along with the anxious desire to see loved ones tear through those same gifts on the day it is said Christ was born. You will have Christians on one side who say they will have nothing to do with Christmas because of its pagan origins and then others on the opposite side who say they cannot imagine life without it. Why the division and confusion about a day that is said the Savior came into the world? Is God for or against Christmas or does he care either way? What should we think about those Christians who do not participate in the Christmas traditions? Will not celebrating it send one to the deepest pits of Hell? I do not think we can directly answer that question but we can answer why some decide not to celebrate it.
I would like to approach this article as if I was discussing this topic with the average Christian. In the past decade of not celebrating Christmas and getting the dreadful “, you’re going to Hell” look, I have gathered a few questions that get asked time and time again. Stick around and read through this with an open mind and with a heart of understanding and love. The last thing that we want to do is become stumbling blocks for our brethren or to create division between one another. However, many times we get into this tunnel-visioned mentality where we block out anything that would go against what we have been taught our whole lives. Many will get mad after reading this and many will rejoice. But the point of this article is to explain why some Christians do not celebrate Christmas and why that is ok.
What’s The Issue With Christmas? We Know It Has Pagan Roots
Truth is that for the most part, the majority of Christians already know that Christmas has its origins based on ancient Pagan beliefs and practices. If you didn’t know that, you go read my article “Christmas is Sun Worship” or just do a quick Google search “Is Christmas Pagan?” as I am certain you will get your answer. Whether it is pagan or not isn’t for debate right now. The question is, however, what should we do with this information? Can we continue to go on with a celebration that God never instituted for celebrating on the basis that we think Jesus is involved in the Christmas equation? You might find yourself in the middle not knowing what side to take and that is an understandable place to be. Most of us have wonderful memories of past Christmas days with friends and family which has given the holiday the spirit it has today. Truth is that for many adults this Holiday tradition is simply nostalgic. If I had the ultimate power to answer the question should we continue to celebrate Christmas, it would be to not partake of such tradition but I understand that every man must be convinced in their own mind as scripture put so well in Romans 14:5.
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
I believe Paul was dealing with the same issues in his time regarding days of celebrations and just like today, there wasn’t a definite and clear answer for the Church without a little digging from our part so let’s do that together. Let this article provoke this thought in you today; how would you feel if someone your loved celebrated your birthday on your enemy’s birthday? Think about it, we know the facts about the December 25th date and how it is connected to the winter solstice celebration which traces itself back to Nimrod or sun god worship. And we know the almost exact date that Jesus was born in Bethlehem so we could celebrate it closer to the actual date. Yet, we willfully and purposely choose to acknowledge another god’s day of worship as our own, believing that we are doing God a service from both sides of the spectrum. You will have some who never step foot into a church building except on Christmas and Easter day hoping not to make God mad by staying home. Or the Preacher who feels if he doesn’t have a Christmas service, he will lose that opportunity with those individuals. If we feel that not having a service on these particular days risks losing people to the Gospel, then we are not doing enough for the kingdom throughout the year.
The issue with celebrating Christmas as the birth of Jesus is that it isn’t the day of his birth and ignoring the origins does not change the fact that December 25 continues to be acknowledged as the day to worship the sun deity. Shouldn’t the fact that scripture never mentions celebrating Christ’s birth be enough not to esteem this day so highly? It should bother you that the Church has taken on a day that was and is separated by the ancient Devil worshipers as a religious time for the Lord. It was a day in a season where death was all around and the people looked to God’s creation instead of God and worshipped the movements of the sun. They claimed the sun was reborn and on it’s way to a new year of life so they celebrated it. This is what is behind the masked Christmas celebration. You are not meant to see the esoteric meaning of Christmas in today’s world as it has been sugar-coated with a Christian face and a guilt trip if you do not celebrate. You can and should celebrate and worship Jesus every day and any day of the year but to separate a day as a Christian celebration not marked as a milestone in Christ’s life nor a building block for the kingdom is something to consider thinking about.
“Well, I’m Doing It Because I Want To Make The Devil Mad!”
The enemy is far from getting mad at you for celebrating “Christ’s birth” on a day where he influenced the ancient world to worship him through an idol created by man. He is, in fact, glad that you refuse to acknowledge Christ’s birth accurately. Anything he can do to keep us from the truth is ok in his book. Can Christmas affect his plan to deceive and manipulate? Yes. Can Christmas be used as a tool to reach the lost? Yes. Anything we do can potentially be used as a tool but does that mean you will get highly wasted with your friends in order to reach them for Christ? The Christmas spirit is real and is in the air. That spirit is not the spirit of soul reaching and gospel preaching to lost souls. It’s a spirit of giving and receiving materialistic goods both of which do not increase the kingdom. Sure we can always find time to inject Christ’s name and stories into our traditions but they are vain unto the Lord. There is a sense of guilt that we get when we pass by a charity bucket without dropping a dime during Christmas or when we ignore the offering plate during service after the preacher mentioned it is for a special need. It is a game played with our emotions and without the discernment of the Holy Ghost, we are vulnerable to fall for anything.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Let’s not worry so much about making the devil mad by trying to take traditions created by man and “converting” them to a holy day for the Lord. Let’s instead look to please the Father through true worship in spirit and in truth. If we want to have a close relationship with God, why wouldn’t we want to do what is pleasant in his eyes? There are legitimate holidays that God set up for his people to celebrate with song, decoration, and feasts, so why not consider to do those on a yearly basis?
Will Celebrating Send Me To Hell?
Whether something we do that is not explicitly spelled out in scripture sends us to Hell is for the Holy Spirit to convict and for God alone to judge. That should never be the question you ask yourself anyway. Because a thing will not send us to hell, does that mean we are free to do it? God forbid. If using vulgar language does not send me to hell, can I go ahead and speak in that manner? God forbid. Let not the same tongue we use to bless the Lord be used to curse our brother. Do not ask yourself, does it send me to hell, ask yourself does it please my Father in heaven.
Are There Spiritual Implications?
For the longest time, I could not see the spiritual impact on entertaining the traditions we have set up as days of worship. This goes beyond the realms of Christmas and other holidays like Easter. This applies to anything that we set up as a religious practice and teach the Church to practice. The heart and energy we put into these teachings as doctrine is where we begin to walk on thin ice. God is a God that never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever and if he was not in favor of a particular thing in the ancient days, he isn’t for it today. If we are not careful with the things we associate ourselves with, we can easily open up gateways into our lives that can bring unintended consequences.
God warned his people not to learn the ways of the heathen and not for his own benefit but for the benefit of the people. God has never forced anyone to serve him but does plead that we turn to him for blessings, forgiveness and eternal life being the ultimate blessings. Let’s look at some scripture to put things in context.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
We must understand that we all are destined for Hellfire without the forgiveness of our sins. Payment for the sin debt required a human sacrifice of one that was pure from sin. No one on earth could live up to those requirements so God himself came down to become that sin offering. He did not have to do this for us. His love and compassion for his creation drew him to give himself up through his Son in order to bring us home, forgiven and sinless. What can we obtain here on earth that can even out the payment he made for us? There isn’t anything we can obtain, we need to give him what we have, and that is ourselves as a living sacrifice. A sacrifice is to give something you love so dearly and in our case, it’s our worldly and flesh desires and sometimes that is a payment we find hard to give.
Through Christ, the laws were moved from the physical to the spiritual. Christ said that murder takes place in the heart first, adultery takes place in the heart first. Sacrifices are now done in the heart and tithing are done in the heart first. What comes from the heart is manifested outwardly. The world was conquered through the cross and barriers that were once blocked, are now destroyed by Christ’s resurrection. Do we therefore not have any more restrictions in the world because he overcame the world for us? God forbid. For we are still told to not have any fellowship with the things of this world. God warned his people to flee from pagan practices and nothing has changed. He exhorts his people on what not to do after conquering the land.
Deuteronomy 7: 24-26
24 And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.
25 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therin: for it is an abomination to the Lord thy God.
26 Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
29 When the Lord thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
31 Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
We have conquered the world through the cross of Christ and are now joint heirs with him. But as God commanded his people to detest all practices done by the Gentiles, so should we detest the things of the world. One thing I want to point out from Deuteronomy 7:30“..and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.” God clearly warned about adopting a practice originated for another god and attempting to “transform” into to a practice for the one true God. There is no benefit for us to do so and God isn’t moved by our traditions. We block our spiritual blessings from God when we go after those things that are not pleasant in his eyes. You cannot change the original symbology of the pagan winter solstice traditions with scripture reading and storytelling. Adding baby Jesus to the winter sun celebration does not change the paganism that comes in the spiritual realm every year around this time.
We are here to support one another in loving admiration and if there is anything that helps unlock spiritual blessings, we should strive to encourage one another with these words. I leave you with words from the Apostle Paul:
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.