The Abolition of Christmas

Marley confronts Scrooge

“When Jesus died on the cross, he abolished the observance of holy days. They are no longer valid. They cannot be observed today with God’s authority.” ~ “Christmas: From Heaven or From Men?”, Seek The Old Paths, November 2010

This is the level of absurdity to which one can sink when:

  • One assumes that every conceivable action is either morally right or morally wrong
  • One assumes that the moral rightness of every conceivable action must be established by God’s authority; if unauthorized, that activity is condemned
  • One has the infallible skill to accurately apply his own judgment and logic to determine that moral rightness for one’s self and everyone else.

When you read articles like this, it’s good to keep in mind how much is being assumed … and presumed upon … by the author.

And remember, too, that it is so very disrespectful to God, His word and one’s readers

  • to isolate scripture from its context,
  • to interpret it to reach the desired conclusion instead of letting scripture lead one to a conclusion, and
  • to ignore other scripture which clearly refutes the conclusion one desires to reach (such as, in this case, Romans 14).

Observing or not observing Christmas as a holiday – or a “holy day” – is a matter for one’s own conscience, not someone else’s.

Even Scrooge did not presume to rob others of the joy of the season.

“Nephew!” returned the uncle, sternly, “keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine.” ~ A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

6 thoughts on “The Abolition of Christmas

  1. They may be a minority viewpoint, but they’re vocal. And hurtful. My question is, how do we reach people who have fallen prey to the schemes of false teachers who spew this kind of poison?

  2. Aaron, the answer I’ve found to be true has been very difficult to accept. We reach people any way we can with the truth, praying for opportunities and the Spirit’s strength to follow through on them. And we keep loving those who teach these things, and keep praying for them, and keep holding them close in our hearts as brothers in Christ.

    • You’re right, that is very difficult to accept. I can’t do much of any of that except pray for them (from a distance, and even that’s hard sometimes). I find it hard to accept as brothers those that teach things so contrary to the Spirit and character of God, let alone the clear teaching of scripture. But right on regarding the love, nonetheless.

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