Christians That Celebrate Christmas: Worthy of Being Condemned?

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With Christmas right around the corner I see an increasing trend that really disturbs me, people attacking those who celebrate Christmas. You would think I am referring to those of the secular world who see Christmas as an unwanted intrusion of God into what otherwise would be a great holiday.

Sadly I am not referring to those folks, I am speaking of other Believers in Christ.

Lets go back for a moment to the secular world. I try not to disparage unbelievers, but I do take exception to some of their practices as related to Christmas. Christmas for some is nothing more than an excuse to throw a party and get drunk. Others will stop at nothing to get “the deals” in the stores including pushing and shoving, even hurting others. These actions are deplorable.

For yet others, Believers and unbelievers both Christmas is a time of painful memories: a recent loss of a loved one, a divorce, or maybe a job loss. For all of these folks we should be praying, especially for those not saved in Christ that they may come to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and in so doing find healing for their painful wounds.

Why do some who believe in Jesus find it necessary to attack other Believers who celebrate Christmas? This is so wrong…

While true that the Bible does not tell us to celebrate the birth of Yeshua, still there is nothing wrong with doing so.

Romans 14:5-6 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord…

This could be no clearer for us…in other words celebrating a day (Christmas here) or choosing not to celebrate it, either choice is allowable and acceptable.

While discussing our differences on Christmas or Easter etc. is fine, attacking one another is completely unacceptable behavior.

Romans 14:10 You then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.

Romans 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another…

Whether or not you realize it, if you attack another Believer for celebrating Christmas, you are passing judgment on that person. You are in effect condemning him or her because of their actions that you believe to be wrong.

I implore all my brothers and sisters in the Lord, please do not attack and condemn your own family members…the body of Christ, because their choices differ from your own. Whether you choose to celebrate Christmas, or you choose to not do so…either choice is acceptable. Whatever your choice is, do so unto the Lord.

No Believer in Christ should be attacking another for any reason let alone over an inconsequential matter. Instead let us all bless one another and be praying for each other.

If we as Believers in Christ are truly not of this world…and we are not, then what business do we have acting like the world does?

In this ever changing chaotic world we live in, with things becoming worse all over, shouldn’t we concentrate on loving one another, forgiving each other, and extending the hand of fellowship to each other?

Give the gift that keeps on giving…encourage your brothers and sisters in Christ; let them know that you love them. Pray for them unceasingly…in so doing these things we are fulfilling Christ’s command; love your neighbor as yourself.

May the love of the Lord fill your heart to overflowing.

May His peace be intertwined with your spirit.

Love to all in Christ
Greg

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Comments 21

  1. Eric Raider

    Well said Greg. We suffer enough persecution at the hands of unbelievers, at the hands of those who worship false gods and idols. This is the time to love one another. As a Jewish believer in Yeshua as my Lord and savior, I may or may choose to celebrate Christmas. It is a personal decision and as long as we honor and glorify the Lord that is all that really counts. We can and should do this each and every day, picking up our cross daily and following Him. Let us stand firm together as believers and worship in spirit and truth. God bless.
    Rabbi Eric

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      Thank you and well said Rabbi Eric, always appreciate your thoughts on things especially because you are a Messianic Jew.
      God bless you
      Greg

  2. catlover60

    Amen! I had friends long ago who were believers and chose NOT to celebrate Christmas with a tree or decorations etc. I was fine with that…that was their conviction that they should not ‘celebrate’ it the way most of the world does. They were fine with the fact that my mother and I DID celebrate Christmas with decorations etc. What is the deal here? Are believers becoming MORE judgmental of each other? As the world attacks us for HIs Name, should we not loving and encouraging each other, as you wrote? For him who it is wrong, don’t judge OTHERS for celebrating it. It irks me to no end when Christians tell their kids about Santa or send cards with him etc. but I’m not going to attack or judge another believer for that. Attacking a brother or sister in Christ for celebrating Christmas? Come on people! To be honest, sometimes I’m ashamed to be called a “Christian’ NOT because of Christ but because of the behavior of my brothers and sisters in HIm. Sharing this post.

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      Yes Believers ARE becoming more judgmental, this is right in line with what the Word says will happen in the end of days at risk of offending others…which is not intended.

  3. Shirley Anne

    I am a Christian who has stopped celebrating Christmas in recent years. I consider celebrating the birth of my Saviour each and every day in my heart and for me I think that is right. As for following in the ways of the world I resist that temptation as best I can. Because of the origins of Christmas and because of the way in which it is celebrated by the world I wish no longer to be a part of it all. I am brought under conviction not to observe this man-made tradition. Each of us must look into our hearts and make up our own minds. I have no problems with my brothers and sisters who choose to think differently though I will always give an account of my own decision if I am asked. However you celebrate remember that being a Christian should be an all year round commitment celebrated by the way you live,

    Shirley Anne x

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  4. loopyloo305

    Amen and amen! Personally I believe that if you say we should not celebrate the birth of Christ, nor just not celebrate that day, you are ceding the day to evil, and that is something that we should never do. All days should be for rejoicing the Lord! God bless you Greg!

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  5. niebo

    I John 5:16 says, “If any man see his brother sinning a sin not unto death, he shall ask, and God will give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: not concerning this do I say that he should make request.”

    If I see a brother sinning, I can, with intercessory prayer, pray life for him; that is, pray for his forgiveness. If, however, that brother sins the sin leading to death, I am not to intercede on his behalf.
    No, in this case, the sin is between the man and our God. Rather than judge him, I am to inform the elder as a father, the youth as a son, and my contemporary as a brother.

    I John 5:20-21 says, “And we know that the son of God is come, and hath given us understanding, that we know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. My little children, guard yourselves from idols.”

    God is true; we are in God, in His Son, Jesus Christ, and we have eternal life. Unless we worship idols, for idolatry is the “sin unto death”.

    Jeremiah 10:2-5 says, “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the nations. . . . For the customs of the people are vanity; for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe. They deck it with slver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers that it move not. They are like a palm tree, of turned work, and speak not; they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.”

    The tree is the product of the Saturnalia. The nine day feast was an opportunity for people to get drunk, partake in, er, um, “love feasts”, and, in some cultures, to engage in human sacrifice. The “Feast of Saturn” is idolatry.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturnalia

    Jesus was born when there was grass in the fields for the sheep to eat, or else, the shepherds would not have been in the fields with them (Luke 2:8). (Though it is the Middle East, which has a milder climate than the US, just last week, Jerusalem had a blizzard.) So, to “observe” his literal birth (as it has been observed for generations) at this time of year is to partake in a lie.

    So. . . this celebratioin is a lie AND it is idolatry. 1 Cor 10:14: Flee from idolatry. Ephesians 4:25:
    Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another. Because Ezekiel 3:21 “However, if you have warned the righteous man that the righteous should not sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; and you have delivered yourself.”

    Prepare the bride for the return of the Groom! Reform this church!

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      I will say again…Romans 14. There is nothing at all wrong with celebrating Christ’s birth. You assume much when you associate those of us that do celebrate Christmas with anything pagan or satanic. We have nothing to do with such things…
      To make that accusation is wrong in and of itself.

      The mistake all of you make in thinking and labeling Christmas as idolatry is that you assume we are identified in any way with any pagan nonsense. We that celebrate it of the “Christian” faith do so with an eye to celebrating the birth of Christ, worshiping Him and remembering all He has done for us. I cannot and will not see that as wrong, but you are certainly entitled to your opinion.

      Also, December 25th is only the date set to celebrate Christmas, it means nothing insofar as His actual birth. Jesus should be worshiped and celebrated every day tis true…Christmas is simply a remembrance of Him, a celebration and time of worship and a time to spend together with family and friends.

      May God bless you
      Greg

  6. ampro274

    Greg just two notes, first this is one great article and its message is long overdue. I have never been a big Christmas person but the idea that it is wrong to celebrate it is itself very wrong. We should be delighted that at this time of year millions are pondering the birth of our wonderful Savior.

    Secondly, The new landing page logo is spectacular and quite beautiful.

    Merry Christmas to all the staff and the great readers of Vine of Life.

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      Thank you Rev Michael! You are a blessing to all of us. The header was designed for us by a friend of Lyn’s…I think it is very beautiful as well. 🙂
      Merry Christmas my friend and to all our readers as well!
      Greg

  7. Miguel

    Thank you and GOD bless for sharing. Agree with you…”Romans 14:5-6 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord…” I do not celebrate it as the world does, but do take the day as an occassion to praise GOD for the gift of His Son. For some people it is a lonely day as they may not have family or separated from them due to military deployment–for these we should also offer a special prayer.

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  9. Gordon King

    Greg, Brother, right on! There is absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior into this world. Nothing, nada, zip!

    In fact, I beg to differ with those who say that those in the bible did not celebrate Christ’s birth. What about the three wise men who came to worship Jesus at his birth and bring him gifts. Was this not a Christmas celebration? Did these men not come in celebration and worship of the birth of the Savior of the world? Yes they did!

    As do I. I have nothing to hide. Nothing to fear from the Lord for celebrating the birth of Jesus on Christmas day. For this is the day chosen to celebrate our Creators incarnation. If I am wrong let God be the judge of me! For my service is to the Lord, not to man!

    Romans
    4 “Who are you to condemn God’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The Lord’s power will help them do as they should. 5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. Each person should have a personal conviction about this matter. 6 Those who have a special day for worshiping the Lord are trying to honor him. Those who eat all kinds of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who won’t eat everything also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.”

    Whether we celebrate on this day or another does it really matter? Does it matter which day we choose as our sabbath? Does it matter the food we eat, or the clothes that we wear?

    No!!!!

    What matters is our faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! It’s not about us people! It’s about Him! Precious Jesus! It’s all about Him. Don’t make it about us, please! That’s an abomination unto the Lord.

    We cannot do anything righteous or holy without the Lord. For He is the one who indwells us with His Holy Spirit and produces such good deeds, not us!

    The real tragedy here is not whether or not we should be celebrating Christ’s birth on Christmas day, but that Christians are persecuting other Christians for doing such a thing! If we were not living in the end times I would think this unbelievable.

    God Bless Everyone! I say this out of the love in my heart. The love of Christ that is in me! Without him I am unable to truly love.

    Worthy is the Lamb of God, Praise to Him who sits at the right hand of the throne with His Father in Heaven! For only He is worthy of such praise and admiration. Let us not forget! It’s about Him!!!

    Amen

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