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“What is truth?” (Jn. 18:38). Truth Can Only Be Determined From God’s Word "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (Jn. 8:32,

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1 “What is truth?” (Jn. 18:38)

2 Truth Can Only Be Determined From God’s Word "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (Jn. 8:32, NKJV) “Your word is truth” (Jn. 17:17)

3 FACT or FICTION? A.“Keep Christ In Christmas” –was Christ ever in Christmas? –if “yes,” one must show: Jesus was born on December 25 th His birth was to be observed saints the manner in which it is to be observed –search what is written: prophets, Christ’s teaching, apostles’ doctrine, early church practice

4 FACT or FICTION? Prophets: –born of a virgin, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Is. 7:14) –born in Bethlehem: Micah 5:2 Christ’s personal teaching: –nothing

5 FACT or FICTION? Apostles’ teaching: Matt. 2; Lk. 2; Gal. 4:4 –a historical narrative –doesn’t tell us what day Jesus was born –doesn’t tell us to celebrate it –doesn’t tell us how to celebrate it Early church practice: –nothing

6 FACT or FICTION? B.December 25 is Christ’s Birthday? –FICTION! December 25 was not celebrated as Jesus’ birthday by anyone in the first century prescribed by Liberius in 354 AD to be adopted previously declared by Constantine 336 AD –desire was to “Christianize” December 25 th ; pagans worshipped Saturnalia in December

7 FACT or FICTION? C.Three Wise Men at the Manger –FICTION! The wise men never went to a manger! “ And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matt. 2:11, NKJV) NOT A BARN! (1)

8 FACT or FICTION? C.Three Wise Men at the Manger –the wise men never saw a baby “ And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matt. 2:11, NKJV) NOT A BARN!NOT A BABY! (cf. v. 16) (1) (2)

9 FACT or FICTION? C.Three Wise Men at the Manger –the wise men never saw a baby “ And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matt. 2:11, NKJV) NOT A BARN! NOT A BABY! (cf. v. 16) THE TEXT DOES NOT MENTION “THREE” (1) (2) (3)

10 FACT or FICTION? D.“We Three Kings Of Orient Are” –FICTION!

11 FACT or FICTION? D.“We Three Kings Of Orient Are” –“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem” (Matt. 2:1, NKJV) “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying” (NASB) NOT KINGS “a Magian, i.e. an (Oriental) astrologer, by impl. a magician” (NASGRK)

12 FACT or FICTION? The Wise Men’s Faith –looked to the light of God’s WORLD “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him” (Matt. 2:2; NKJV) “When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy” (Matt. 2:9, 10, NKJV)

13 FACT or FICTION? The Magi’s Faith –looked to the light of God’s WORD knew one was to be born king of the Jews “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel...” (Num. 24:17, KJV) –acted on the light given “we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” –obeyed warning (Matt. 2:12)

14 “Christmas” is not found in the Bible No New Testament Christian celebrated Christmas December 25 th was chosen by man to attempt to “Christianize” a pagan feast Christmas is registered as a “national holiday” Christmas is commercialized

15 November 20, 2003 “Americans plan to spend an average of $734 on Christmas gifts this year...” (poll.gallup.com) $ X 250,000,000 Americans = $183,500,000,000.00

16 The FACTS of Christ the birth of Christ is important –fulfilled prophesy (Is. 7:14; Mic. 5:2) –to begin the mission for redemption (Matt. 1:21; Lk. 2:25-35) presumptive and insulting to affix a day for one’s birth with no proof

17 The FACTS of Christ the death of Christ is to be celebrated –ransom is in the life Jesus gave (Matt. 20:28) –death is the climax of his coming; not birth –to be commemorated (1 Cor. 11:23-26) –on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7) THOSE WHO CONTEND FOR CHRISTMAS TO BE A HOLY DAY WILL OFTEN REJECT CELEBRATING THE DEATH OF CHRIST ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK!

18 Is It Sinful To Celebrate Christmas? As a Church? –YES! –“You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain” (Gal. 4:10, 11, NKJV) As a Holy Day? –YES! –“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col. 3:17) –No authority!

19 Other Questions Can a preacher preach about the birth of Christ on Christmas? –YES! preachers are to preach the whole council of God (Acts 20:27) all scripture is profitable for doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16) the birth of Christ is a scriptural subject in any season –He cannot preach that Christmas is Christ’s birthday

20 Other Questions Can we ascribe a certain day of the year to Jesus’ birth? –NOT BY FAITH (Rom. 10:17) –Bible is silent; cannot be “convinced in his own mind” (Rom. 14:5)

21 Other Questions Can a Christian observe Christmas as a national holiday –YES! Jews celebrated Purim’s national days (Esther 9:26-28) –was not in the law of Moses Jews celebrated the Feast of Dedication (Jn. 10:22) –originated in inte r-testament period

22 Feast of Dedication “The feast of dedication was one of eight days’ duration and began upon the twenty- fifth of Chisleu, which, according to the calculation of M. Chevannes, fell upon the nineteenth or twentieth of December, A.D. 29. The feast was kept in honor of the renovation and purification of the temple in the year B.C. 164, after it had been desecrated by the Syrians under Antiochus Epiphanes (1 Macc. 1:20-60; 4:36-59; 2 Macc. 10:1-8; Josephus, The Antiquities of the Jews, ,7)” (J. W. McGarvey, Four Fold Gospel)

23 Other Questions Can a Christian observe Christmas as a national holiday –QUESTION: “What about it’s pagan/Catholic connections?” Christmas has nothing to do with a religious service for me! –Principle: 1 Corinthians 8:4-10

24 4 Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. 5 For even if there are so–called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. 7 However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. 9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? 1 Cor. 8:4-10, NKJV

25 Additional Thoughts a tree (or any plant) with lights on it does not have to signify any religious theme to the faithful Christian, December 25 has nothing to do with Christ’s birthday or a lost pagan feasts –if it falls on the first day of the week it is the Lord’s Day we can call the seventh day “Saturday” without giving homage to some so-called god of Saturn— Saturn is nothing! we can call the first day of the week “Sunday” without worshipping Sun-gods: Ra, Helios, Mithrias, etc.; they are nothing! we can call the second day of the week, “Monday” without making it a “moon day” for the goddess Lunae; she is nothing!

26 Biblical Principles moderation in spendingmoderation in spending –“And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses’” (Lk. 12:15, NKJV) Many of the gifts we buy/receive/give will be forgotten in a yearMany of the gifts we buy/receive/give will be forgotten in a year moderation in spendingmoderation in spending –“And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses’” (Lk. 12:15, NKJV) Many of the gifts we buy/receive/give will be forgotten in a yearMany of the gifts we buy/receive/give will be forgotten in a year

27 Biblical Principles keep yourself purekeep yourself pure –don’t defile the flesh with alcohol –“Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise” (Prov. 20:1, NKJV) keep yourself purekeep yourself pure –don’t defile the flesh with alcohol –“Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise” (Prov. 20:1, NKJV)

28 keep Christ’s birth out of Christmaskeep Christ’s birth out of Christmas –choose Christmas cards and stamps without nativity scenes –don’t use angels and mangers on tree –avoid music that leaves the impression of celebrating Christ’s birthday –opt out of religious musicals do not try to force God to accept man- made inventions...worship God in spirit and truth!do not try to force God to accept man- made inventions...worship God in spirit and truth! keep Christ’s birth out of Christmaskeep Christ’s birth out of Christmas –choose Christmas cards and stamps without nativity scenes –don’t use angels and mangers on tree –avoid music that leaves the impression of celebrating Christ’s birthday –opt out of religious musicals do not try to force God to accept man- made inventions...worship God in spirit and truth!do not try to force God to accept man- made inventions...worship God in spirit and truth! Biblical Principles


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