Against Pagan and Roman Catholic Holy-days (Holidays) Like Christmas and Easter (Because of the Biblical Regulative Principle of Worship, the Second and Fourth Commandments, etc. - Reformation, Covenanters, Puritans, et al.)
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"I would to God that every holy day (including Christmas - ed.) whatsoever besides the Lord's day were abolished. That zeal which brought them first in, was without all warrant of the Word, and merely followed corrupt reason, forsooth to drive out the holy days of the pagans, as one nail drives out another. Those holy days have been so tainted with superstitions that I wonder we tremble not at their very names." - Martin Bucer, cited in William Ames, A Fresh Suit Against Human Ceremonies in God's Worship (1633), pp. 359-60.
"And next in particular, concerning festival days findeth that in the explication of the first head of the first book of discipline it was thought good that the feasts of Christmas, Circumcision, Epiphany, with the feasts of the Apostles, Martyrs, and Virgin Mary be utterly abolished because they are neither commanded nor warranted by Scripture and that such as observe them be punished by Civil Magistrates. Here utter abolition is craved and not reformation of abuses only and that because the observation of such feasts have no warrant from the word of God." - The Acts of the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland, December 10, Session 17, 1638, pp. 37-38
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"Christmas was accurately depicted (by the Puritans - ed.) by such names as the Profane Man's Ranting Day, the Superstitious Man's Idol Day, the Papist's Massing Day, the Old Heathen's Feasting Day, the Multitude's Idle Day, and Satan - that Adversary's - Working Day."
- X-Mas: The Biggest Pagan Holiday/Holyday of the Year by Dr. Scott Johnson
Principle of Worship and Christmas by Brian Schwertley (See the summary for the free MP3 audio Is Christmas Christian (1/2 & 2/2)
below, also by Brian Schwertley, for more information on this book, The Regulative Principle of Worship and Christmas.
This book is must reading if you are a Christian
[especially if you are a Calvinist, as this book deals with the sovereignty
of God over worship] and you are studying
Christmas or any of the worship issues! Schwertley also makes the application
of Sola Scriptura to worship in
this important work.)
FREE ebook at: http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CHRISTMAS.htm
Christmas: A Biblical Critique by Kevin Reed, M. Schneider & D.W. Cason (Three excellent articles: 1.) "Is Christmas Christian?" by Michael Schneider; 2.) "Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding Its Origins and Opposition to It of Creeds and Confessions" by Kevin Reed; 3.) "Christmas-Keeping and the Reformed Faith: A Response to Professor David Engelsma" by David W. Cason. Regarding the last article: "In 1994 and 1995, Professor David Engelsma defended Christmas observance in the pages of the Standard Bearer, a denominational publication of the Protestant Reformed churches. In support of Christmas-keeping, the professor used arguments which bear upon Reformed principles of worship in general, as well as Christmas observance in particular. In this booklet David Cason examines Engelsma's remarks, showing that the professor has seriously misrepresented principles of worship which are foundational to the Reformed faith. Cason shows how biblical principles of worship apply to ecclesiastical festivals, and he reviews the historic testimony of Reformed churches and authors regarding Christmas observance. The chapter 'Christmas Versus John Calvin' is especially interesting."
(Christmas) by A.W. Pink
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Biblical Worship by Kevin Reed
BLOG: DO DEMONS LOVE CHRISTMAS?
Foundation For Reformation: The Regulative Principle Of Worship - Greg L. Price
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What Fellowship Hath Christ and Belial?
An examination of the religious celebration of Christmas in light of the Scriptural duty of separation and the Regulative Principle of worship.
by Douglas W. Comin
"The real meaning of Christmas is compromise - a sinful fusion between the worship of the true God and the worship of the pagan world that was instituted by a church which was not prepared to cast down the idols of the nations and burn the Asherah poles - or Yule logs - and enforce the pure worship of the God of the Bible. We must not join with them. We must not follow in the ways of Jeroboam, son of Nebat. We must not be yoked together with unbelievers. Let us reclaim instead the glory and delight of the Lord's Holy Day and learn to call the Sabbath a delight. Let us rejoice together in the precious sacrament which Jesus has given to His Church as a celebration of His life, death, and resurrection. And in doing these things we are promised a blessing from God:
Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing and I will receive you and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God."
Devil's Holiday by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon
Recalling the fundamentals of the Papist Holiday and what we should be thinking about as true Christians.
An Article from the
Reformed Presbyterian Magazine on Christmas.
An Article from
the Reformation Advocate Magazine on Christmas Trees.
An Article from
the Reformation Advocate on Faith in Christmas.
An Article from the
Associate Presbyterian Magazine on Christmas.
Testimony against Several Profane and Superstitious Customs, Now Practiced by Some in New-England, by Increase Mather (1687). - See chapter three, " Against profane Christ-mass-keeping. In the Apostolical Times the Feast of the Nativity was not observed. The very name of Christmass savours of superstition. It can never bee proved that Christ was born on December 25. It is most probable that the Nativity was in September. The New-Testament allows of no stated Holy-day but the Lords-day. Objections answered. It was in compliance with the Pagan Saturnalia that Christ-mass Holy-days were first invented. The manner of Christ-mass-keeping, as generally observed, is highly dishonourable to the Name of Christ. "
Christmas or Easter by Loughbrickland Reformed Presbyterian Church
Christian and "Christmas" - Author Unknown
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Martin Luther on Holydays
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The Puritan Principle of Worship by Dr. William Young
Free Protestant HoHo (i.e. Christ-mass) Carols
Introductory Essay to John Knox's True and False Worship by Kevin Reed
A Vindication of the Doctrine that the Sacrifice of the Mass is Idolatry (1550) by John Knox
The Present Evangelical Crisis: A Book Review With Commentary by Kevin Reed
PAGAN ORIGINS OF BIRTHDAYS & BIRTHDAYS THE HIGHEST OF ALL HOLY DAYS (HOLIDAYS) IN THE SATANIC BIBLE
Condemned By Christ 1/3 by
Greg Price (Puritan Worship Series)
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Principle of Worship and Christmas by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
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Christmas Christian (1/2 & 2/2) by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
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SUMMARY: A very strong and thorough testimony about why the celebration of Christmas is a violation of the commandments of God and is therefore sinful. Also touches on foundational problems in the Christian Reconstruction movement, with a specific testimony against Doug Wilson, and demonstrates how real Scriptural (and national) reformation will come about according to God's Word. Furthermore, Brian Schwertley writes,
The Puritan/Presbyterian wing of the Reformation accomplished a purity in worship not seen since the apostolic church. This purity was attained by making the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments the only infallible standard and authority in determining worship ordinances. Any ordinances solely based on church tradition or man's authority were discarded. However, this purity attained by our spiritual forefathers has, with the passage of time, been cast aside. Pragmatism, tradition and human opinion are exalted in determining how God's people are to worship Him. The attitude among many in church leadership positions is to give the people what they want, rather than to submit to God's divine revelation.
The purpose of this booklet is to show that God does not leave it up to man to make up his own rules regarding worship. Christians are to learn and submit to what God says in this area. The first part of this booklet discusses the "regulative principle" of Scripture and worship. God has set down in Scripture how He is to be worshipped. Man is not to add to or detract from what God says. The second part of the booklet examines the keeping of Christmas. Christmas is a good example of how many people violate this regulative principle of worship. It is celebrated almost universally, even by those who claim to adhere to the regulative principle.
Christmas Christian (1/2) by
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Sabbath Day 5/5 by Greg Price
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The Paganism of
Christmas #1 by Harold Chase
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Reformed Discussion of Holy Days (Lord's Day/Christian Sabbath, Christmas,
Easter, etc.) by Greg Barrow
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Opposition To Man-Made Holy Days (Christmas, Easter, etc.) by James Gilfillan
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Do Not Observe Christmas, Easter, etc. (A Reformation Argument Against Popish
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Protestants Oppose Its Celebration by Evangelist
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(Christ-mass), Babylonianism, Paganism, Romanism and Reformation... by Matthew
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Biggest Pagan Holiday/Holyday of the Year by Dr. Scott Johnson
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Against Festival Days, Christmas, Easter, Etc. (By the Perth Assembly) - David
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Man-Made Holy Days & Ceremonies by George Gillespie (Scottish Commissioner
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Excerpted from Gillespie's classic, A Dispute Against the English Popish Ceremonies Obtruded on the Church of Scotland (the full book is available at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/g.htm)
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Satanism, the Satanic Bible, Separation, the Devil's Tricks, Idolatry and
Paganism by Matthew McMahon
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The Way of
the Heathen: A Brief History of Halloween by Matthew McMahon
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Christian Celebrate Christmas? part 1 of 2 by Dr. William Crews
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Christian Celebrate Christmas? part 2 of 2 by Dr. William Crews
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the Unlawful Rites of the Ungodly by John Calvin
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Spurgeon Quotes on Christ, Calvinism, Christmas, Covenanters, Separation,
Reading, Affliction, Atonement, etc.
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Law (Regulative Principle) of Worship by William H. Vincent
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Principle of Worship in the New Testament by Greg Price
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Principle of Worship in the Old Testament by Greg Price
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Terms of Communion 8 of 19: Presbyterian Worship and Government ½ by Greg Price
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Worship & Separation by John Owen
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For Those Who Attend Idolatrous Worship by John Philpot
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The Christian and
Christmass by Charles
Spurgeon, A.W. Pink, John Knox, et al. (Puritan Worship Series, Revelation 18:4)
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Reforming the Church 1 of 4 (1544) by John Calvin
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False Worship, Idolatry & Popish Principles by John Calvin
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Occasional Hearing? (1/3) On Biblical Separation by Greg Price
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Occasional Hearing 1 of 7(1820, second edition) by James Douglas
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Worship: The Regulative Principle of Worship in History by Dr. Reg Barrow (Discusses the very foundation of all faithful public worship. Dovetails splendidly with Calvin's Necessity of Reforming the Church. Cites numerous examples from Reformation history (Calvin, Knox, Owen, the Westminster Divines, etc.) exhibiting the Reformation consensus regarding the basis of biblical faithfulness in this area. A good short, easy-reading introduction to this topic.)
Psalm Singing in Scripture & History by Dr. Reg Barrow (Discusses Reformed worship-song in the context of the regulative principle of worship [Sola Scriptura in Worship]. Defends exclusive Psalmody from Scripture and the writings and testimony of the most prominent Reformers.)
FREE The Psalms of David in Metre (being the Scottish Metrical Psalter, first authorized by the Westminster Divines and then also by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland [in 1650], with notes by John Brown of Haddington.)
A Warning Against the False and Dangerous Views of James Jordan Concerning Worship: A Book Review of Kevin Reed's Canterbury Tales by Reg Barrow
An Essay on Psalmody by Dr. William Romaine
The Psalms: the Divinely Authorized and Exclusive Manual of Praise by Dr. W.I. Wishart
How Unitarians Saved Christmas and why we celebrate the Solstice (a telling article about how the enemies of Christ view the Christ-mass)
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Price shows how the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ condemns all man-invented holy days. Scripture and history are brought to bear most specifically on the celebration of Christ-mass, demonstrating why it is a sin to celebrate this day. It is also noted that Scripture never commands the celebration of this day and that there is no evidence that Christ and the Apostles ever celebrated this day -- in fact, this sycretism of paganism and "Babylonian" Christianity was not first celebrated until 354 A.D. (when December 25 was chosen, in accord with the Pagan feast of Saturnalia, as the day of "celebration"). Price also clearly shows that to call yourself Reformed while you hold on to this Roman Catholic/Pagan monument of idolatry makes for a serious contradiction in your testimony -- as the best Reformed churches have always disciplined those (in accord with Scriptural teaching) who broke the second and fourth commandments by keeping antichristian festival days like Christ-mass, Easter, etc.. Citations from Luther, Calvin and the company of Geneva Pastors, the Church of Scotland's First Book of Discipline, the 1620 Dutch Synod, the Civil Government of Holland (1625), the British Colonies in the U.S. and the Westminster Assembly all speak with one voice against this Romish corruption. Common objections against the classic Reformed position are also answered. "Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen" (Jer. 10:2). For more information see Christmas: A Biblical Critique by Kevin Reed free at: http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/Xmas_ch0.htm.
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+++ From C.H. Spurgeon's Treasury of David, on Psalm 81:4.
Ver. 4. For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, "Is this a law of the God of Jacob?" and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty.
+++ C.H. Spurgeon (December 24, 1871, http://www.swrb.com/catalog/s.htm)
We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority.
+++ George Gillespie (Scottish Commissioner to the Westminster Assembly) on Christmass Keeping and More
George Gillespie, one of the Scottish Commissioners at the Westminster Assembly, waxes eloquent on this matter, including festival days among those "ceremonies that are unlawful, because they sort us with idolaters."
"by communicating with idolaters in their rites and ceremonies, we ourselves become guilty of idolatry; even as Ahaz, 2 Kings 16:10, was an idolater, eo ipso, that he took the pattern of an altar from idolaters. Forasmuch, then, as kneeling before the consecrated bread, the sign of the cross, surplice, *festival days*, bishopping, bowing down to the altar, administration of the sacraments in private places, etc., are the wares of Rome, the baggage of Babylon, the trinkets of the whore, the badges of Popery, the ensigns of Christ's enemies, and the very trophies of antichrist, -- we cannot conform, communicate and symbolise with the idolatrous Papists in the use of the same, without making ourselves idolaters by participation. Shall the chaste spouse of Christ take upon her the ornaments of the whore? Shall the Israel of God symbolise with her who is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt? Shall the Lord's redeemed people wear the ensigns of their captivity? Shall the saints be seen with the mark of the beast? Shall the Christian church be like the antichristian, the holy like the profane, religion like superstition, the temple of God like the synagogue of Satan?" (A Dispute Against English Popish Ceremonies, in Gillespie's Works volume one, p. 80, SWRB reprint http://www.swrb.com/catalog/g.htm, emphases added).
+++ From Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding Its Origins and Opposition to It by Kevin Reed, free at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/Xmas_ch2.htm
From the outset of the Scottish Reformation, the discussion focussed upon the nature of true worship. John Knox repeatedly confronted his papal adversaries by contending that true worship must be instituted by God. True worship is not derived from the innovations of men.
At the heart of Knox's argument is an appeal to Deuteronomy 4 and 12. These portions of scripture teach that it is unlawful to add to, or subtract from, the worship which God has instituted in his Word. Consequently, all religious ceremonies and institutions must have direct scriptural warrant if they are to be admitted as valid expressions of worship. This statement of the regulative principle of worship was a hallmark of the Scottish reformation.
Knox made his case for the regulative principle at the beginning of his ministry, before he had studied on the Continent. Knox condemned the false worship of Roman Catholicism. In a public debate against the Papists, Knox declared:
"That God's word damns your ceremonies, it is evident; for the plain and straight commandment of God is, 'Not that thing which appears good in thy eyes, shalt thou do to the Lord thy God, but what the Lord thy God has commanded thee, that do thou: add nothing to it; diminish nothing from it.' Now unless that ye are able to prove that God has commanded your ceremonies, this his former commandment will damn both you and them. With this understanding of worship, the Scottish Church cast out a multitude of the monuments of idolatry which were part of papal worship; graven images, the Mass, false sacraments, Romish liturgical ceremonies, and Roman bishops were all removed from the Church. Ecclesiastical holidays were also expelled from the Church of Scotland.
In 1560, Knox and several others drew up the First Book of Discipline. In this book, the First Head of Doctrine begins with a general statement on the nature of the gospel.
After the opening statement, an "explication" is given which asserts the sole authority of scripture as it relates to doctrine and worship. Note the firm condemnation of holidays, as incorporated in this remarkable document:
"Lest upon this our generality ungodly men take occasion to cavil, this we add for explication. By preaching of the Evangel, we understand not only the Scriptures of the New Testament, but also of the Old; to wit, the Law, Prophets, and Histories, in which Christ Jesus is no less contained in figure, than we have him now expressed in verity. And, therefore, with the Apostle, we affirm that 'all Scripture inspired of God is profitable to instruct, to reprove, and to exhort.' In which Books of Old and New Testaments we affirm that all things necessary for the instruction of the Kirk, and to make the man of God perfect, are contained and sufficiently expressed.
By contrary Doctrine, we understand whatsoever men, by Laws, Councils, or Constitutions have imposed upon the consciences of men, without the expressed commandment of God's word: such as be vows of chastity, foreswearing of marriage, binding of men and women to several and disguised apparels, to the superstitious observation of fasting days, difference of meat for conscience sake, prayer for the dead; and keeping of holy days of certain Saints commanded by men, such as be all those that the Papists have invented, as the Feasts (as they term them) of Apostles, Martyrs, Virgins, of Christmas, Circumcision, Epiphany, Purification, and other fond feasts of our Lady. Which things, because in God's scriptures they neither have commandment nor assurance, we judge them utterly to be abolished from this Realm; affirming further, that the obstinate maintainers and teachers of such abominations ought not to escape the punishment of the Civil Magistrate. ...
In 1899, the General Assembly of the pcus was overtured to give a "pronounced and explicit deliverance" against the recognition of "Christmas and Easter as religious days." Even at this late date, the answer came back in a solid manner:
There is no warrant in Scripture for the observance of Christmas and Easter as holydays, rather the contrary (see Gal. 4:9-11; Col. 2:16-21), and such observance is contrary to the principles of the Reformed faith, conducive to will-worship, and not in harmony with the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (emphases added).
+++ From Is Christmas Christian? by Michael Schneider, free at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/Xmas_ch1.htm
How then did we receive our holidays (holy days) with their customs and traditions -- Christmas as well as Easter, Halloween, and Mardi Gras? Each of them has come to us from ancient Babylon, through Rome, through the Roman Catholic church.
It was for this very reason that in Calvin's Geneva you could have been fined or imprisoned for celebrating Christmas. It was at the request of the Westminster Assembly that the English Parliament in 1644 passed an act forbidding the observance of Christmas, calling it a heathen holiday. In an appendix to their "Directory for the Public Worship of God" the Westminster divines said: "There is no day commanded in scripture to be kept holy under the gospel but the Lord's day, which is the Christian Sabbath. Festival days, vulgarly called 'Holy-days', having no warrant in the word of God, are not to be continued." (See also, James Bannerman, The Church of Christ, Vol. i, pages 406-420).
When the Puritans came to America they passed similar laws. The early New Englanders worked steadily through December 25, 1620, in studied neglect of the day. About 40 years later the General Court of Massachusetts decreed punishment for those who kept the season: "...anyone who is found observing, by abstinence from labor, feasting, or any other way, any such days as Christmas Day, shall pay for every such offense five shillings."
It was not until the 19th century that Christmas had any religious significance in Protestant churches. Even as late as 1900, Christmas services were not held in Southern Presbyterian churches. ...
Take, for instance, the very date of Christmas, December 25. As you are probably aware, no one really knows the time of Christ's birth and December 25 is a highly unlikely time. Why then December 25? Well, at the time of year when the days began to lengthen again, the Babylonians celebrated the victory of their sun god. The Roman copy of this Babylonian custom was called Saturnalia, the feast of the birth of Sol. It was for centuries an abomination to Christians. The celebration was an orgy of pagan revelry. But the Church, instead of standing firm against paganism, began to compromise. It wanted to "help" weak young Christians who didn't want to give up the fun and merrymaking surrounding the winter solstice. So the Church said, "Go on with your fun and celebration. Only now we'll call it a celebration of the birth of the Son of God. Instead of losing people to paganism, we'll combine the two and gradually even win some of the pagans of our day to profess Christianity. Let's not force men to choose between the two."
Then think about the name Christmas itself. What does it mean? Many people do not even know that it is a combination of Christ and mass. Christmas is the Roman Catholic celebration of a particular mass in honor of the birth of Christ. Perhaps it would impress on our minds the real meaning of Christmas if we would refer to it as Christmass. What is the significance of the mass? At its heart the Roman Catholic mass is a denial of the sufficiency of Christ's atonement. It professes to be a reenactment of the sacrifice of Christ for sin. It is a denial of the gospel (Heb. 9:12, 24-26; 10:10, 12,14). The Roman Catholic Church has many other masses, such as Michaelmass, but it is their Christmass that Protestants have singled out for observance. ...
The very popularity of Christmas should cause the Christians to question it. Anyone and everyone can celebrate Christmas without question! Outright pagans, nominal Christians, even Buddhists join in the celebration. If, in reality, December 25 was a date set by God to remember the birth of Jesus, you can be very sure that the world would have nothing to do with it. After all, God has commanded the observance of one day in seven, a day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ, the first day of the week, the Lord's day -- but does the world observe it? Of course not. The world totally disregards it. Shouldn't the Christian be suspicious of a celebration in which the whole sinful world can join without qualms? There are multitudes of people who continually desecrate the Lord's Day, but somehow have great zeal about being in church at Christmas.
The crucial question for the believer is the Lordship of Christ: "Know ye not that ... ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price" (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Are you sincerely willing to think whatever God would have you
think about this whole matter? Are you willing to do whatever God would have you do, even though it may mean a drastic change in your thinking or practice? It's at this point that the conflict really comes.
I have heard many people say about this subject, "No I don't want to read a book about it. No I don't want to think about it. I don't want to talk about it. I'm going to have my Christmas no matter what. I enjoy it, and no one is going to take it away from me" (the implication being, not even God). It's then that Christmas becomes an idol. An idol is anything that comes between you and God: anything you refuse to give up, even at his command. General exhortations to surrender all don't affect us greatly; but discipleship really counts when it affects some concrete area we really care about. The real question is, can you sincerely say to God about this issue, "Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven" -- "Thy will be done?"
+++ Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day
(Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 21).
I. The light of nature showeth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all; is good, and doeth good unto all; and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might. But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he *may not be worshipped* according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation or *any other way not prescribed in the holy Scripture* (emphases added).
VII. As it is of the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in his Word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment, binding all men in all ages, he hath particularly appointed one day in seven for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him: which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which in Scripture is called the Lord's Day, and is to be continued to the end of the world as the Christian Sabbath. (Westminster Confession of Faith on the Reformation Bookshelf CD set (http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformation-bookshelf-CDs.htm), Still Waters Revival Books, 2002).
+++ Acts of the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland on Festival Days
Festival days not commanded nor warranted by scripture. General Assembly seeks total abolition not reformation of abuses only.
December 10, Session 17, 1638.
And next in particular, concerning festival days findeth that in the explication of the first head of the first book of discipline it was thought good that the feasts of Christmas, Circumcision, Epiphany, with the feasts of the Apostles, Martyrs and Virgin Mary be utterly abolished because they are neither commanded nor warranted by Scripture and that such as observe them be punished by Civil Magistrates. Here utter abolition is craved and not reformation of abuses only and that because the observation of such feasts have no warrant from the word of God. (The Acts of the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland, pp. 37-38 [Still Waters Revival Books, reprint, 1997], at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/c.htm under "CHURCH OF SCOTLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY 1638-1649").
+++ Observation of festival days censurable.
February 13, 1645.
Act for Censuring the Observers of Yule-day and other superstitious days especially if they be scholars.
The General Assembly taking to their consideration the manifold abuses, profanity, and superstitions committed on Yule-day and some other superstitious days following have unanimously concluded and hereby ordains; That whatsoever person or persons hereafter shall be found guilty in keeping of the foresaid superstitious days shall be proceeded against by Kirk censures and shall make their public repentance therefore in the face of the congregation where the offence is committed. And that Presbyteries and Provincial Synods take particular notice how Ministers try and censure delinquents of this kind within the several parishes. And because scholars and students give great scandal offence in this, That they (being found guilty) be severely disciplined and chastised before their Masters. And in case the Masters of Schools or Colleges be accessory to the said superstitious profanity, by their connivance, granting of liberty of vacancy to their Scholars at that time, or any time thereafter, in compensation thereof, That the Masters be summoned by the Ministers of the place to compear before the next ensuing General Assembly, there to be censured according to their trespass; And if Scholars (being guilty) refuse to subject themselves to correction, or be fugitives from discipline, That they be not received in any other school or college within the kingdom. (The Acts of the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland, pp. 285-286 [Still Waters Revival Books, reprint, 1997, at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/c.htm under "CHURCH OF SCOTLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY 1638-1649").
"The PRELATE, by his doctrine, practice, example, and neglect of discipline, declareth that he hath no such reverend estimation of the Sabbath. He doteth so upon the observation of Pasche [Easter], and Yule [Christ-mass], and festival days appointed by men, that he preferreth them to the Sabath, and hath turned to nothing our solemn fasts and blessed humiliations."—David Calderwood, The Pastor and the Prelate. (1628).
In the early 1640s, as power passed from Charles I (who largely supported the existing rituals and festivals) to the Long Parliament, parliament began the process of clamping down on the celebration of Christmas, pressing that "Christ-tide‚" (as they preferred it called, thus doing away with the "mass‚" element and its Catholic echoes) should be kept, if at all, merely as a day of fasting and seeking the Lord. In January 1642, shortly before civil war began, Charles I had agreed to parliament's request to order that the last Wednesday in each month should be kept as a fast day; many hoped that Christ-tide, 25 December, would come to be seen and kept as just an addition to these regular fast days. The Long Parliament, in fact, met and worked as usual on 25 December 1643. In late 1644 it was noted that 25 December would fall on the last Wednesday of the month, the day of the regular monthly fast, and parliament stressed that 25 December was strictly to be kept as a time of fasting and humiliation, for remembering the sins of those who in the past had turned the day into a feast, sinfully and wrongfully "giving liberty to carnal and sensual delights." Both Houses of Parliament attended intense fast sermons on 25 December 1644 (http://www.olivercromwell.org/faqs4.htm).
To start this study out lets look at some quotes from a book entitled:
Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach To Living The Old Ways by Edain McCoy (A
(Page 53): “Yule is a time of mixed emotions for pagans. All around us we see
evidence of the Christmas celebration…one which we know takes its form and
meaning from ancient pagan practices. Virgin births, decorated trees,
festive lights, feasting, wreaths, bells, and fragrant fires, were-and still areat
the heart of pagan Midwinter observances.”
(Page 59): “For pagans, this usurping of Yule (by Christians) has one great
advantage-it has preserved for us many ancient Yule customs which might
otherwise have been lost. Look in any book and Christmas customs
around the globe and you will find a plethora of pagan traditions.”
(Pages 85 and 86): “Music is another important part of Yule, and Christmas
carols are yet another idea taken from paganism. Many common Christmas
carols contain pagan images that are not so subtle. “Carols are form an Old
/French word meaning “joyous songs”, and were also the name of round dances
celebrating the rebirth of the Frankish pagan gods. The English Christmas
Carol “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly” contains not one Christian
religious image.” (Note: That is because the images mentioned are pagan in
their origin as we will see.) “When Yule rolls around you should feel free to
have a lighted tree in your home, hang a wreath on your door, ring the jingle
bells, and give gifts in memory of loved ones. Remember that this is a Sabbat,
a pagan festival, a time that marks the return of the Sun god both to his
Goddess Bride and to his joyous people.”
II Corinthians 6:15-19: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what
communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the
temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath
said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall
be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And
will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord
I Corinthians 5:6: “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven
leaveneth the whole lump?”
Her son had many names as well. Some of them are Horus, Harpocrates, Mithras, Sol
Invictus, Hercules, Attis and Tammuz. What do these god-babies have in common?
Well, for one, they were all born on December 25th. Which is where we derive the
pagan celebration of Christmas from, which was originally known by the Romans
as Saturnalia. December 21-22 -- Winter Solstice/Yule. One of the Illuminati's
Human Sacrifice Nights December 21-22 -- Yule -- When the sun begins its
northward trek in the sky, and days began to grow longer again, pagans
celebrated the Winter Solstice by burning the Yule log. Since the sun had reversed
itself and was now rising in the sky, pagans believed this was a sign that the
human sacrifices carried out in Samhain (Halloween) had been accepted by the
gods. The Roman Catholic Church later changed the day of celebration to
December 25, calling it Christmas.
Roman Catholicism is a demonic blend of ancient pagan religions made to look like
Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church. It was
not celebrated, commemorated, or observed, neither by the apostles nor in
the apostolic church -- not for at least the first 300 years of church history! … The
Constantine-led Roman Church was more than willing to adapt and adopt pagan
practices in order to make Christianity palatable to the heathen
Pagan holidays were reclassified as Christian holidays (holy-days).
December 25th was the "Victory of the Sun-God" Festival in the pagan
Babylonian world. In the ancient Roman Empire, the celebration can be traced
back to the Roman festival Saturnalia, which honored Saturn, the harvest god,
and Mithras, the god of light; both were celebrated during or shortly after the
winter solstice (between the 17th and 23rd of December). To all ancient pagan
civilizations, December 25th was the birthday of the gods -- the time of year
when the days began to lengthen and man was blessed with a "regeneration of
nature." Moreover, all of December 25th's Babylonian and Roman festivals were
characterized by 5-7 day celebration periods of unrestrained promiscuous revelry
In order to make Christianity palatable to the heathen, the Roman Church simply
took Saturnalia, adopted it into Christianity, and then eventually many of the
associated pagan symbols, forms, customs, and traditions were reinterpreted (or
"Christianized") in ways "acceptable" to lukewarm Christian faith and practice. (In
fact, in 375 A.D., the Church of Rome under Pope Julius I merely announced that
the birth date of Christ had been "discovered" to be December 25th, and was
accepted as such by the "faithful." The festival of Saturnalia and the birthday of
Mithras could now be celebrated as the birthday of Christ!) The pagans flocked
into the Catholic places of worship, because they were still able to worship their
old gods, but merely under different names. It mattered not to them whether
they worshiped the Egyptian goddess mother and her child under the old names
(Isis and Horus), or under the names of the "Virgin Mary" and the "Christ-child."
Either way, it was the same old idol-religion (cf. 1 Thes. 1:8-10; 5:22 -- Paul says
to turn from idols, not rename them and Christianize them). Roman Catholicism's
Christmas Day is nothing but "baptized" paganism, having come along much too
late to be part of "the faith once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3). … "'A compound religion had been manufactured, of
which ... Christianity furnished the vocabulary and Paganism the doctrines and
rights.' The idolatry of the Roman world, though deposed from its ancient preeminence,
had by no means been demolished. Instead of this, its pagan
nakedness had been covered with the garb of a deformed Christianity" (W.E.
Vine). Pagan customs involving vestments, candles, incense, images, and
processions were all incorporated into church worship and continue today.
The blasphemous "Christ's Mass" shortened to "Christ-mas" -- The Roman
Catholic "Christ's Mass" is a special mass performed in celebration of Christ's
birth. In this mass, Jesus is considered both the priest and the victim,
represented by the Catholic priest who offers Him as a sacrifice each time the
mass is performed. In offering this "sacrifice," the priest believes he has the
power to change the bread and the wine of the Communion into Jesus' literal
flesh and blood, requiring the people to worship these elements as they do God
Christmas Tree (The sacred tree of the Winter-god) -- Evergreen trees,
because of their ability to remain green through-out the winter season when most
other forms of vegetation are dormant, have long symbolized immortality, fertility,
sexual potency, and reproduction, and were often brought into homes and set up
as idols. For ages, evergreen trees would be brought into the house during the
winter as magic symbols of luck (Lucifer) and hope for a fruitful year to come.
The five pointed star is a sacred symbol of Nimrod and also is a representation of
the stars to which the ancient Chaldean astrologers looked for guidance.
It was left to the Puritans to denounce everything. For them, Christmas was
rightfully part popish, part pagan, and was forbidden to be kept as a holiday or
feast day. The attack began in 1644 when the Puritans controlled the Parliament;
December 25th was changed to a Fast Day. By 1647, even the Fast Day was
abolished as a relic of superstition, synonymous with the Church of Rome. No
observation on December 25th was any longer permitted, but the day was to be
observed as a normal market-day. Christmas was accurately depicted by such
names as the Profane Man's Ranting Day, the Superstitious Man's Idol Day, the
Papist's Massing Day, the Old Heathen's Feasting Day, the Multitude's Idle Day,
and Satan -- that Adversary's -- Working Day. In those days, any Christmas
celebrations would be broken up by troops, who would tear down decorations
and arrest anyone holding a service. Some who celebrated it in Europe were also
thrown into prison. Because of the riots that broke out following the banning of
Christmas, the celebrations and revelry were restored in 1660 by King Charles II,
a Roman Catholic (Sulgrave Manor, "A Tudor Christmas," p. 3).
From X-Mas: The Biggest Pagan Holiday/Holyday of the Year by Dr. Scott Johnson
Also see Christmas Was Not Originally A Christian Holiday (Ignore the Arminianism and idolatrous pictures of "Christ" near the end of the video on this page).
Jer. 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
Jer. 10:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
Jer. 10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
DEMONS LOVE CHRISTMAS?
Also, if you listen to the free MP3 at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=6706153329, titled "Demon Possession (1 of 3) in Early
America," you will hear how the demons consider Christmass a very
special day for them. On one
occasion, the particular demons is this account even instructed a person who
wanted to make formal covenant with them (and ultimately, Satan) to wait
especially for Christmas day to transact this great wickedness. This example is
at about 8:50 to 9:50 on this MP3. A second historic example, where the demons
desired to keep Christmas with one they oppressed, can be heard in the free
MP3 at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=6706155859, titled "Demon Possession (2 of 3) in Early
America." This second example is at about 20:20 to 21:20 on this
"Sect. XXX. After this, we had no more such entertainments. The Demons it may be would once or twice in a Week trouble her for a few minutes with perhaps a twisting and a twinkling of her eyes, or a certain Cough which did seem to be more than ordinary. Moreover, Both she at my house, and her Sister at home, at the time which they call Christmas, were by the Demons made very drunk, though they had no strong Drink (as we are fully sure) to make them so. When she began to feel her self thus drunk, she complain'd, "O they say they will have me to keep Christmas with them! They will disgrace me when they can do nothing else! " And immediately the Ridiculous Behaviours of one drunk were with a wonderful exactness represented in her Speaking, and Reeling, and Spewing, and anon Sleeping, till she was well again. But the Vexations of the Children otherwise abated continually. They first came to be always Quiet, unless upon Provocations. Then they got Liberty to work, but not to read: then further on, to read, but not aloud, at last they were wholly delivered; and for many Weeks remained so" (Cotton Mather, Memorable Providences, Relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions (1689).
Satan loves his demon-inspired, man-made holy days, and this is a clear example of one of the ways in which devils come as "angels of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14), feigning unscriptural religiosity to deceive the ignorant and scandalous. When the church has been at her strongest these Papist/Pagan/demonic holy-days (Christmass, Easter, etc.) have been matters of discipline, as noted in the free online quotes at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/freebook/holyday.htm. These quotes also demonstrate that civil sanctions, in accord with Scripture, have at times also been enacted. For example,
"It was for this very reason that in Calvin's Geneva you could have been fined or imprisoned for celebrating Christmas. It was at the request of the Westminster Assembly that the English Parliament in 1644 passed an act forbidding the observance of Christmas, calling it a heathen holiday. In an appendix to their 'Directory for the Public Worship of God' the Westminster divines said: '
There is no day commanded in scripture to be kept holy under the gospel but the Lord's day, which is the Christian Sabbath. Festival days, vulgarly called 'Holy-days', having no warrant in the word of God, are not to be continued.' (See also, James Bannerman, The Church of Christ, Vol. I, pages 406-420).
When the Puritans came to America they passed similar laws. The early New Englanders worked steadily through December 25, 1620, in studied neglect of the day. About 40 years later the General Court of Massachusetts decreed punishment for those who kept the season: '...anyone who is found observing, by abstinence from labor, feasting, or any other way, any such days as Christmas Day, shall pay for every such offense five shillings'" ( Is Christmas Christian?, Schneider, http://www.swrb.com/newslett/freebook/holyday.htm and http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/Xmas_ch2.htm).
Is Christmas Christian?
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Also see Kevin Reed's book Christmas: A Biblical Critique (which proves that Christmass is essentially a pagan holiday; and that its religious elements foster an imitation gospel which actually keeps the world from understanding the true gospel).
+++ BARROW, GREG
A Puritan Reformed Discussion of Holy Days
Covers the fourth commandment and how it is related to man-made holy days like Christmass, Easter, etc. Argues that these man-made days are unwarranted and have the effect of diminishing the zeal with which the Lord's Day is kept holy, even, in some cases, leading to a disregard for the sanctity of the Sabbath altogether.
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THIS BOOK DEALS WITH BOTH "CHRISTMASS" AND EASTER:
Contrasts the distinctive characteristics of the truth with the lies and idolatry of the Roman antichrist. Chapters cover the "Objects of Worship," "Festivals," "Doctrine and Discipline," "Rites and Ceremonies," "Religious Orders," and the development of the two systems considered "Historically and Prophetically." The prophetic section is especially interesting and shows how far Protestants have moved into Rome's camp concerning eschatology. The whole book, in fact, shows in a most explicit manner how much Romanism has infected the modern Protestant churches and their thinking. And as Hislop notes,
it has been known all along that Popery was baptised Paganism; but God is now making it manifest, that the Paganism which Rome has baptised is, in all its essential elements, the very Paganism which prevailed in the ancient literal Babylon, when Jehovah opened before Cyrus the two-leaved gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron."
A welcome rebuke to those who would offer the right hand of fellowship to the "beast from the sea." 330 pages.
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