A WORD ON CHRISTMAS
The vast majority of modern day Christians celebrate 24-25 December as an annual church festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ into the world. Special gifts and greetings are common. Even non-Christians join in. On the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean, noted for its multi-racial and multi-religious mix (Hindu, Moslem and Christian) all the communities join in the celebrations. Even the communists used to celebrate it as a public holiday.
The whole yuletide season has become highly commercialized and worldly and it is primarily for this reason that it is shunned by New Covenant Christians. Moreover, the traditional date of Christ's birth -- 25 December -- is of pagan origin, and actually stems from the birthday of the original anti-Christ, Nimrod. The various Christmas traditions -- yule logs, Christmas trees (Jer.10:3-4), holly, exchanging of presents, etc. -- are all pagan in origin, and stem from some of the most detestable practices ever invented by the wickedness of man. We are expressly commanded never to imitate pagan practices (Deut.18:9).
We have no objection to people celebrating the birth of Christ whenever they want to and rejoice at the opportunity that the Christmas season sometimes gives to witness of the Saviour and His love, but we will not ourselves partake of any of the pagan practices which have become to fastened into our nations' traditions.
May this Christmas season give you the same opportunity to be a bearer of peace and good will as all other times of the year (Luke 2:14), while you await to celebrate of Jesus' true birthday next April. Amen.
Please visit our Christmas Website for more information.
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Last updated on 18 January 2002
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