What About Christmas Observance for SDA’s?

by sighandcry on December 26, 2010

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With the Seventh-day Adventist church today essentially giving full sanction to the observance of the pagan institution of Christmas as evidenced by the above screen shot from the church’s flagship website one wonders what to think about this steady retreating towards the world and its customs. Also note the tragic attempt by the church leadership to justify giving heed to this unbiblical tradition as evidenced in a recent article published at Adventist News Network which resorts to some drastic historical revisionism in an attempt to side-step the pagan origins of Christmas. Please notice the promotion for “Revival and Reformation” on the very same webpage. Is not this Christmas custom something that we need to revive and reform in our own homes and churches? Let us come up with the help of the Lord and see what inspiration has to say about this practice and follow what God’s Word instructs us.

What About Christmas?

Question No. 203:

“Do not the ‘Testimonies for the Church’ sanction the observance of Christmas?”

Answer:

As the Testimonies regard Christmas as a heathen custom, passed on to the people in a charming Christian disguise, our greatest concern should be, not merely as to whether the Testimonies sanction the observance of Christmas, but as to whether the custom is Christian or heathen, and as to whether our observance of it would be honorable to Christ, profitable to His followers, and acceptable to God. Let God Himself answer the question:

“Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 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. 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 axe: They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.” Jer. 10:1-5.

Thus has God warned the church against the customs of the heathen.

Moreover, to multitudes of infidel Christmas revelers, Christ means little if any more than does a common man, and to still other multitudes, His birthday means not half so much as does the birthday of any other man in honor of whom there is observed a holiday.

Furthermore, one of Christmas’ greatest evils is the exchanging of gifts—a sin-breeding custom which is not only jealousy-creating, but is also either pocket or heart-breaking. The results are that while it goads one multitude to display of pride, and lures them into debauchery and immorality, there is another multitude of un-fortunates whom it drives to envy or discouragement, or to both, even to the point of committing suicide.

Still further, as the whole Christmas observance is a specie of heathen worship that is demoralizing the nations, let the Lord’s servants shun its pretentious spirit and spurious humanitarianism by not exchanging gifts.

“Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain. They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. For the pastors are become brutish, aud have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.” Jer. 10:7, 15, 21.–Symbolic Code, Vol. 5, Nos. 6-12, p. 9.

(See also: Tract No. 13, Christ’s Greetings)

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Ken Trip December 28, 2010 at 7:32 am

When I read Adventist home by EG WHite I get confused when she highlights that the day should not be ignored and that a Christmas tree can even be put in homes and in church. How do you harmonise the statements with the bible?

SR-admin December 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Dear Ken:
Thank you for your comment and earnest question about the apparent contradiction between the writings of Mrs. White and the Bible on the topic of Christmas trees.

When we read Adventist Home it is important to recognize that is a compilation that was published in 1952 by the Trustees of the White Estate. As such, many quotes, which are not cited from their original source material, are gathered from all over her vast body of writings and may be taken out of proper context. At the time the Estate was in active warfare against the plain teachings coming from the Shepherd’s Rod, in this particular case, the call to separate from heathen traditions such as Christmas, Easter, etc. and for us as a people to return to the plain utterances from the Bible, i.e., Jeremiah 10:1-5. It is highly recommended that you investigate the Tract entitled “Christ’s Greetings” where this appeal was published in detail and sent around the Adventist world. It is an excellent study that will clarify any apparent contradictions between her writings and the Holy Bible (the link below will take you there). Also, it is important to remember what she said about placing her writings above God’s Word (a couple of these statements are included below).

Tract No. 13, Christ’s Greetings

“Brethren, cling to your Bible, as it reads, and stop your criticisms in regard to its validity, and obey the Word, and not one of you will be lost.”–Selected Messages, Vol. 1, p. 18

“I urge our brethren to unify upon a true, Scriptural basis.”–Ibid., p. 175

“The Lord desires you to study your Bibles. He has not given any additional light to take the place of His Word. This light is to bring confused minds to His Word, which, if eaten and digested, is as the lifeblood of the soul. Then good works will be seen as light shining in darkness.”–(Letter 130, 1901.)

“I recommend to you, dear reader, the Word of God as the rule of your faith and practice. By that Word we are to be judged. God has, in that Word, promised to give visions in the “last days”; not for a new rule of faith, but for the comfort of His people, and to correct those who err from Bible truth. Thus God dealt with Peter when He was about to send him to preach to the Gentiles.”–Early Writings, p. 78

Erik December 31, 2010 at 4:38 pm

There is no evidence that the full import of the origins of the Christmas holiday was known by Sis. White and the pioneers. But we do know today, not only from ancient historians, but also from Jeremiah 10: 1-5. “We have many lessons to learn, and many, many to unlearn. God and Heaven alone are infallible.” – Testimonies to Ministers, p. 30. This is something that we must unlearn. The SDA church is merely pretending to not know the difference between “the evil…and the good” on this matter.

Stephen Marcial January 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm

There is a salient point that all Seventh-day Adventists who tend to like Christmas miss. On the 24th December the sun goes to its furthest point southward or dies. On the next day the sun starts to travel northward. The birth of the sun happens on the 25th day of December signifying the birth of the sun which the pagan deifies and worship. Christmas is suppose to be the celebration of the worship of sun as a god. It is the annual commemoration of the reason for Sunday worship. What the curse is true sabbath worshipers of the true and Living Creator of the sun doing part-taking in the merriment of this season. What are they doing being dismayed by the sign of the heavens even at Easter. God hate lies and if Christ was not born on the 25th December what must his followers have to do with this lie behaving merry and gay around Tamus Birthday. The claim is that it is a season of giving and forgiving, happiness and a good time to win souls to the Lord because Mrs White made some claims in Adventist home. What SDA’s forget is that Mrs White writings take more than half a century to complete and mature. At one point it would not support 7th day observance, not eating pork, or health reform. I am sure that God hates the Roman Catholic X-mas or Christmas, how could he inspire the writing of error. Or was it good advice given as a guide, to a people by a prophet that was not given enough divine light on the subject matter as yet as righteousness by faith, the law as a school master, the mark of the beast etc. which was to come later in the development.

SR-admin January 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Dear Bro. Stephen:

Thank you for the comments and observations regarding some of the obvious contradictions it presents to the world for us as Seventh-day Adventists to say on one hand that we are a people of the Bible, yet on the other flirt with this fully heathen custom of pagan origin and attempt to justify our course by the use of Mrs. White’s writings. Strange fire indeed.

Michael Miletic June 17, 2011 at 1:21 am

Sister White when mentioning about a tree in her writings does nowhere state that it is referring to a xmas tree , She referred to just a tree even she knew we are not to worship the Lord as the heathen do, how many who keep xmas and easter except the spilled blood of our savior Jesus Christ

SR-admin July 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

Dear Michael:

We have to follow what the Bible says as plainly stated in Jeremiah 10:1-4. Scripture further warns us not to worship trees as do the heathen, Deuteronomy 16:21-22. It does not seem reasonable that Sis. White would not be referring to Christmas trees during the end of the year holiday season when you examine the time setting her statements were penned. What other tree could she possibly be referring to?–The Publishers

Kevin McMillen November 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

I find it very revealing that the SDA organisation accepts xmas and Easter yet reject the biblical Feasts of YHVH.

Kevin McMillen
Morganyown WV
kljcmc@comcast.net

SR-admin November 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Dear Kevin, Thanks for your comment and observation that the keeping of pagan customs such as xmas and Easter is not Biblical.

It is true that the mother church is steadily retreating towards Egypt (5T 211) by paying homage to these pagan festivals. On the other hand, others who advocate the literal keeping of the feast days are missing an important present truth lesson as well. The only way to fully understand the ceremonial feasts is in their antitypical application. We would like to invite you to come investigate a most interesting study from Leviticus 23 to illustrate the antitypical application of the feasts of wave sheaves, wave loafs, and the tabernacles and how it explains the final harvest of souls in these last days of earth’s history at the following link:

http://www.shepherds-rod-speaks.org/shepherds-rod-studies/the-ceremonial-harvest-and-the-feast-days/

CHAFES Ministries December 1, 2012 at 7:44 am

Our Father, Who is in heaven show me the understanding of the 7 trumpets, and 7 seals, as apply to the Seventh Day Adventist Church through the Bible.

SR-admin December 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Dear Friend,

Greetings in Christian love!

You have come to the right place. Yes indeed God will answer your sincere prayer seeking for understanding on the topic of the seven trumpets and the seven seals as the Holy Spirit guide, leads, and directs us unto all Truth. There are two tracts Nos. 5 and 15 entitled “Final Warning” and “To the Seven Churches”, respectively, which specifically address these two subjects in brilliant and clarion detail that will amaze and convince the honest at heart that it is a fresh revelation of Truth so much needed by the Seventh-day Adventist church to prepare us for the final conflict ahead. We will contact you by email so that these two tracts can be sent to you without cost or obligation. In the meanwhile, here is a link to reveal the troubles the church is facing on the topic of the seven trumpets as a result of advancing private uninspired opinions of men rather than seeking for inspiration’s answer to their dilemma. Also there are two links that will directly download original scans of these tracts as PDF files for reading directly on your computer.

http://www.shepherds-rod-speaks.org/2011/04/the-seven-trumpets-who-has-an-inspired-interpretation/
http://www.shepherds-rod-speaks.org/wp-content/Original-Scans/Tract-5-3rdEd-s.pdf
http://www.shepherds-rod-speaks.org/wp-content/Original-Scans/Tract-15-1948-reprint-s.pdf

May God richly bless your search for Truth as for hidden treasure.

Yours in that blessed hope, The Publishers

Sieg Hoppe December 16, 2012 at 3:35 am

Would you kindly send me copies of these as well? Thank you and God bless.
Sieg Hoppe

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SR-admin December 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Dear Friend,

Greetings in Christian love!

You have come to the right place. Yes indeed God will answer your sincere prayer seeking for understanding on the topic of the seven trumpets and the seven seals as the Holy Spirit guide, leads, and directs us unto all Truth. There are two tracts Nos. 5 and 15 entitled “Final Warning” and “To the Seven Churches”, respectively, which specifically address these two subjects in brilliant and clarion detail that will amaze and convince the honest at heart that it is a fresh revelation of Truth so much needed by the Seventh-day Adventist church to prepare us for the final conflict ahead. We will contact you by email so that these two tracts can be sent to you without cost or obligation. In the meanwhile, here is a link to reveal the troubles the church is facing on the topic of the seven trumpets as a result of advancing private uninspired opinions of men rather than seeking for inspiration’s answer to their dilemma. Also there are two links that will directly download original scans of these tracts as PDF files for reading directly on your computer.

http://www.shepherds-rod-speaks.org/2011/04/the-seven-trumpets-who-has-an-inspired-interpretation/
http://www.shepherds-rod-speaks.org/wp-content/Original-Scans/Tract-5-3rdEd-s.pdf
http://www.shepherds-rod-speaks.org/wp-content/Original-Scans/Tract-15-1948-reprint-s.pdf

May God richly bless your search for Truth as for hidden treasure.

Yours in that blessed hope, The Publishers

SR-admin December 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

Dear Sieg:

All praises be unto our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. We will be happy to send you the tracts you requested on the 7 Seals and the 7 Trumpets without delay.

May God richly bless your search for Truth as for hidden treasure.

In that blessed hope,
The Publishers

amie lazado December 20, 2012 at 4:57 am

I find the interactions so enlightening and spiritually uplifting. May God’s blessings be upon you always as you labor for Him.

I am grateful for your discussions on Christmas issues. Surely the young people of my church will be more than glad to hear such facts about Christmas as they assigned me to talk about this Sabbath.

SR-admin December 30, 2012 at 7:09 am

Dear Friend of Truth;

Thank you for your kind words. We are thankful to God that our labors have been a blessing in your search for Truth about Christmas and your courage to speak up in behalf of God’s Word. May you continue to stand strong for the Truth, come what may.

In that blessed hope,
The Publishers

cyril. February 28, 2013 at 1:57 am

The Holloway SDA Church did celebrate Valentine Day. What is your comment and advise?

SR-admin March 8, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Dear Brother Cyril:

Since Valentines is definitively pagan in origin and practice it should be shunned as other pagan festivals such as Easter, Christmas, Holloween, etc. God desires for His people to be separate and not learn the ways of the heathen which is for our own good, see Jer. 10:2, 14, 15. Valentines if full of graven images, hearts, cupids, love potions, etc.

May God bless you as you stand strong for the Truth, come what may.

The Publishers

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