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?”
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)