Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?
Rev. Randy K. posted a comment · Dec 19, 2016
To put it succinctly, comparing Jeroboam's sin to that of Christians celebrating Jesus' birth is simply nonsense Zeloo. Romans 14 IS applicable. God looks at the heart. Worship is from the heart. If a Christian chooses to celebrate Jesus' birth on December 25th because they so grateful that Jesus was willing to come to earth to redeem mankind then that is certainly NOT a sin. You need to be careful that in your effort to dot every "i" and cross every "t" you don't misspell the word. That's what the Pharisees were famous for and what Jesus rebuked them so often about.
Zeloo Agathos posted a comment · Dec 16, 2016
All would be well and good if we only were to worship in sincerity only. The problem is that we are to worship in spirit and in truth. All the lies and contradictions with scriptural worship do not put this in a Romans 14 category. It is not a disputable matter just because we have people on both sides of the dispute. It is only a Romans 14 thing if nothing in it is contradicted in precept or principle in the Word of YaHWeH. To do this holiday and not to obey what is commanded that we celebrate is not much different than Jeroboam's sin...and e caused all Israel to sin. That is his legacy. It might come down to the same thing with those that teach us to go ahead and do Xmas.
MJS777 posted a comment · Dec 11, 2016
Well-said, Dr. Brown! I especially appreciate how you impart during any of your teachings, that above all, we should treat one another with mutual respect and honour no matter what side of the debate we are on. To me the best quote in your clip: "Don't condemn those for whom Jesus is at the heart of the celebration."
SMac77 posted a comment · Dec 08, 2016
Great commentary. Have had numerous passionate debates about this very subject. I have no issue with a person who feels that Christmas is not uplifting for them. I have no issue with a person who celebrates Christmas. It's a personal preference. Those who tend to castigate others who celebrate Christmas often do so by making assumptions (that somehow those people are worshipping pagan God's rather than holding a feast in honor of their Savior) that simply are not true. We should not start off assuming the worst of others who have bowed the knee to Jesus Christ. Secondly, I would point out that the Jews certainly did not think that all holidays had to be instituted by God. Let's look at Purim for example. At no point does God ever command the Jews in Persia to celebrate Purim, and yet they decided on their own to celebrate their deliverance from their enemies. There seems to be no condemnation for this. Lastly, I personally do not see any unequivocal historical evidence that somehow Christmas originated as a way of coopting pagan holidays and practices. However, let's assume for a moment that it is true. So what? If Jesus can coopt and redeem a symbol of horror, oppression, and despair such as the cross, and turn it into a symbol of freedom, salvation, and hope, then I have to believe that he can do the same thing today with other symbols. God bless.
Rev. Randy K. posted a comment · Dec 08, 2016
What does the Bible have to say on the subject? "One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord." Romans 14:5-6a (NIV)