SHOULD WE KEEP
Gospel Tract Distributors
MOST Christians are well aware that Satan delights to assume a quasi Christian
character to deceive if it were possible even the very elect. If he can
do this on a large scale, he knows he stands a much better chance of ensnaring
even the wary. It is very easy for even the watchful saint to accept the
standards of the world where the interests of the latter happen to seize
upon some Christian matter. This very misfortune has befallen the celebration
of the Nativity of the Saviour.
Satan has built up one of the most successful universal frauds of all time
round the simple story of the humble family of Nazareth. It is not that
for two or three days in the year the Way attracts millions of adherents
from the world in widespread acceptance of the "spirit of Christmas"; it
is rather that the devil is very willing to allow his own to dabble in
a little pseudo- Christianity because he well knows that not only will
this blunt the edge of the worldling's conscience, but that the keenest
spiritual perception of the saint may be dulled, and his attention withdrawn
from Christ to the crib, the carol, the Christmas tree, and even the carousal.
To be carnal minded is death.
There are seven reasons why I cannot take part in Christ-mass festivities:
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No authority for Christ-mass is found in the Scriptures, and not the remotest
hint in history, sacred or profane, that the early church engaged in any
It is of heathen origin, as can be learned by consulting any good encyclopedia.
The Papacy and her daughters ecclesiastic are the most enthusiastic celebrators
of Christ- mass, which is conclusive proof that the practice is not in
accord with the mind of God. Had it been in accord with His mind He would
not only have given instructions to that effect, but would have told us
the proper day to thus celebrate the birth of His Son.
Associating revelry, frivolity and mirth with the precious name of our
Lord and Saviour is monstrous. The world in its revelry on this occasion
seems to gloat over the awful crime it has committed against the Son of
It makes merchandise of sacred things. For the world's merchants and manufacturers
it is the biggest money-making time of the year. No wonder the merchants
will all weep when God destroys the Romish system that has spawned this
thing. - "And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her;
for no man buyeth their merchandise any more" (Revelation 18:11).
Drunkenness, frivolity and license for engaging in all kinds of excesses,
is the chief characteristic of the Christ-mass - and we know God could
not be the author of this kind of thing.
That precious name, at which angels veil their faces is mentioned in levity,
and with the multitudes there is almost total disregard for Him. They want
Christ-mass but they don't want Christ! - R.U.G.
For the believer, it seems to us that one question should settle the whole
matter about Christ-mass: Is it of God, or is it of the world?
If it is of God, then we will find it in His Word, and it will be something
in which instructed believers rejoice while the world despises. But if
it is of the world the world will glory in it and it could not be of the
Father. "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the
lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of
the world" (1 John 2:16). And again, "Love not the world,
neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the
love of the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15).
Regarding the great apostate "Christendom" of today, headed up by Roman
Catholicism, there is a potent word in the Lord's message to the church
at Thyatira, in Revelation 2:20: "Notwithstanding I have a few
things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth
herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication,
and to eat things sacrificed unto idols."
Hence we see something of the origin of all our favorite heathen notions.
Imagine associating the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
with "Rudolph, the red nosed reindeer," or with a big, fat "Ho-ho" man
in a red suit, or our Saviour's death and resurrection with new hats, colored
eggs and bunny rabbits! These things did not come to us from God's Word.
They came from sheer heathendom. See Jeremiah 10:3-4, about the
We do not attempt to reform the world, the unsaved; they will keep right
on with this heathen holiday. Our appeal is to believers to take their
stand with courage and conviction on God's side in this matter. And every
year more of His own blood bought ones are doing so, to God's praise and
We realize, however, that in homes where one spouse is saved and the other
unsaved the believing spouse must have grace, patience and understanding.
He or she must suffer much that is contrary to the conscience, meanwhile
resorting to earnest prayer and casting the problem in the Lord's hands
day by day.
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