Christmas — A Christian’s Perpective

Note: This post is addressed to Seventh day Adventists and Davidian Seventh Day Adventists. If you are not a  member, the references made will most likely be confusing to you. Additionally, those who believe that we should not take part in the celebration or season of Christmas, cannot be blamed for their stance. If your conviction is that no Christmas celebrating should be had, I feel the Lord will certainly hold you blameless.

The whole Christmas season has been so commercialized, to the point that the vast majority around the world, find in it a reason for carnal celebrations. Most definitely leaving out the namesake–CHRISTmas. No wonder many Christians cannot in good conscious take part in this vast heathen experience!

This subject is indeed a very controversial subject among many in Christendom. After earnest prayer and very careful study I would like to shed the light that I have been given on this subject.

What I am going to translate into this post, in the following story, is the combining of Scripture, S.O.P (Spirit of Prophecy) and Shepherd’s Rod teachings on “Christmas”. So we may see a more encompassing “big picture” of this important subject.  This post is compiled with the vision of the Lord’s Glory and honor upmost in mind.

We  can never believe God gives His prophets or prophetesses light (truth) in which to guide the people, and then later another prophet comes and contradicts such light, teaching something totally opposite of what a prior prophetess  of God has written in their inspired writings. Confusion would be the obvious result if such were the case. Instead of such confusion, can it be that Ellen White and Victor Houteff **, God’s last two prophets,  together do indeed , shine  light on a “honoring” Christmas, in a clear and undertstanding way?

Let us look at the  story of the “Smith family”. This is a story of how they “celebrate” Christmas. Before we look at it, let us look at two scripture verses to keep in mind as you read their story.

1) (Mark 9:40) “For he who is not against us, is for us”  Ask yourself after hearing the Smith Family story, are they against Christ during this season, or for Him?”

2)(1 Samuel 16:7) “..The Lord judges the heart.”  Is the Smith Family wrong in their heart to completely “turn around” the heathen customs, and bring GLORY and HONOR  to our Lord?

It is the day after thanksgiving, the famous “black Friday”. The heathen around the world are busy buying their gifts, most NEVER even dwelling on the “Christ” in Christmas. The Smiths are also out buying, however they are looking for nativity sets. You see they, as always,  put up a nativity set in place of a Christmas tree. Their two small children love to help put up the display, remembering afresh, just what “Christmas” is all about–The Lord Jesus Christ.

Their buying also includes gifts for their KIDS ONLY. For they are well aware of God’s last prophet’s word about “gift exchanging”. (Christ’s greetings-tract 13). They are not exchanging, only “giving” to their own kids. They will take no part in reveling with the heathen or exchanging gifts.

During the season, they have lights around the nativity set, among the small presents. They frequently play “Christmas music” but it is all about Christ. Songs such as Jesus Is King, Ring Christmas Bells, The First Noel, O Holy Night, O Come All Ye faithful, Joy To The World, etc.  They shun the “Santa” songs and other heathen songs.

They are ever mindful that although Mr. and Mrs. Smith would not by themselves celebrate “Christmas”, it is for their kids sake, they have this Christmas. Raising them to feel even closer to our Lord during this season. They have remembered God’s word (Prov.22:6) “Raise up a child in the way he should go and when he is older, he shall not depart from it”. They also remember how Ellen White said glory and honor can be given Christ for Christmas.

On Christmas morning, they gather around the nativity scene, with the holy music playing, the kids open the presents. After, the parents read the story of Christ’s birth from the book of Luke. The young ones listen attentively as their young minds imagine the baby Jesus story.

So we can see from the above, that the Smiths have found a way to bring glory to our Lord, despite the heathen customs. While it is true that Decemebr 25th, most likely is not Christ’s birthday, they know that it is before them, and as such, an opportunity to bring honor and glory to our Lord. Their kids could very well be scarred, being left out of this season, instead they can win all around.

Now, after seeing and understanding this, who among us will be the first to throw a stone at the Smiths? No, we must say all honor and praise to You, our most wonderful and powerful Lord- Jesus Christ. We are FOR you , not against you. May we be a good example in this Christmas season to all the heathen around us.

Questions and answers:

1) Why shouldn’t we have Christmas tree’s?

We are told in many inspired writings not to partake in heathen customs and practices. The “tree” for Christmas nowadays,  is certainly symbolic of a heathen type of Christmas. Additionally ,(Jer. 10:1-5) clearly says that decorating a tree is a heathen custom. It is ALWAYS safer to be on the side of caution, than  presumption.

2) What about going to church on Christmas?

If you are led by the Holy Spirit to go and praise Him among others, then by all means go. Again, this is each one’s own decision.

3) What about the brothers and sisters sending out warnings against celebrating Christmas?

They CANNOT be faulted for this. Their motive most likely is one of warning the people not to DO as the heathen are doing all around, with all their customs. This post provides an additonal perspective for those who choose to decide to honor and glorify our Lord during this season.

4) What about Christmas lights on the home and yard?

Again, this has symbolically become a symbol of the “heathen” Christmas. It should be avoided.

5) What about brother Houteff’s warning  message to us on “Christmas observance?”

In “Christ’s greetings” book  (tract 13) I find no direct warning against Christmas observance, only the “involvement” of it (the heathen type). Mr. Houteff explains “…The fact that Christmas is not, in reality, observed to the honor of the Saviour, but to the glorification of a heathen custom and to gratification of the carnal heart. Consequently, “altogether -Christians” cannot therefore consistently participate in celebrating the Christmas myth. ” Obviously the Smith family are not those who brother Houteff is speaking of, because they honor the Lord ONLY during the season, by shunning any and all heathen customs of the season.

Here is the clear message,   that because those that celebrate Christmas, leaving out “honor of the Saviour” are practicing carnal gratification, THIS type of Christmas must not  be participated in. If we leave that out and PUT IN the honor of our Saviour during this season, our LORD can be glorifed and honored. The “exchanging” of gifts is to be avoided. He says “..The Lord’s servants will invariably shun the exchanging of Christmas gifts.”

6) We have read that Ellen White has written many things about how Christmas can be kept per the White Estate references  http://www.whiteestate.org/issues/christmas.html#To Glorify God, Not Man . Yet, Victor Houteff seems to say –stay away from it. How do you reconcile these contradictions?

Perhaps the best way is to  read again the “Smith story”.  If Christmas is celebrated as shown by them, it does indeed honor and bring glory to our Lord. And keeping the true intentions of the Lord’s message through His prophets. In (1 Cor.10:31) we read “..whatsoever you do, do ALL to the glory of God.” Christmas certainly can be included in “all”.

7) What kind of gifts should we give our children?

Ellen White suggests practical and beneficial gifts, such as God centered books. She also says, ” Our children have been educated to expect gifts from parents and friends upon Christmas. Christmas is celebrated to commemorate Christ’s birth. If we celebrate it only in seeking to give pleasure to our children and one another, our offerings are diverted from the true object. We should bring our thank offerings to the Lord, laying our gifts at the feet of Him who has opened the treasures of heaven to us.

While we can give some Christ centered gifts to the young ones, we need to also encourage them to make some gifts themselves, to bring to the Lord on Christmas. They can do a painting, make a poem, make their own small nativity set or whatever their imaginations can stir up.

Once again we know as adult Christians, this Christmas observance is strictly for the young kids. If we participate in this season we can do as the prophetess said —

“Turn the Current Heavenward”

In closing, may we ever bring to the heathen our good example of  being Christ’s representatives, in all things, even in Christmas observance.

In Christ,  Rob

** For those of you who are not aware of who Victor Houteff was, see our post  “Has Elijah Come?”  and “Who as Victor T. Houteff?”  under the heading–Elijah.

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8 Responses to “Christmas — A Christian’s Perpective”

  1. 7thchurch Says:

    Saul gave the same examinations after being confronted by the prophet on the way home from the battle….Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God” 1 Samuel 15. I do not see any relevence for (Mark 9:40) and 1Samuel 16:7 relating with CHRISTMAS. God simply love the commandment keeping person neither less nor more. If Christmas is the commandment do you find in the Bible then we must celebrate otherwise comeout from the pagan fastival.

  2. godsloveandlaw Says:

    So sad to see you equate the reasonings here to Saul’s reasonings, totally different in many ways.The “spirit” of God’s word in (Mark 9:40) and (1 Samuel 16:7) is what applies here, obviously not specific relating to Christmas.If you’ll re-read again, you’ll find NO COMMANDMENT to observe Christmas. You may be the first to stone the “Smith Family” I shall not.

  3. Teri Says:

    I like the Smith family example. The things they did to celebrate Christmas were motivated by their love for God. We are all at a different place spiritually as we are growing in truth. I have been a christian for over 30 years and an SDA for almost two years and I never understood that Christmas was a pagan holiday until the last six years or so. So how many other christians are in the dark about this? I used to believe like the Smiths that if I only celebrated Christmas in the spirit of Christ, that it would glorify GOD.
    First I learned that the Christmas tree was full of pagan roots. So I gradually over about 5 years weaned myself off of having a Christmas tree. I went from a cut tree to an artificial tree and then to a live norfolk pine with christian ornaments. At that time I thought I was doing the right thing. About three years ago I finally came to the realization that I should have no part in having any Christmas tree. I also felt bad if I didn’t put a few outside lights up because my neighbors decorated their houses up so pretty for Christmas. Some of them being christians and just not knowing the pagan roots of Christmas. Praise God that HE winks at ignorance. Then last Christmas I quit putting lights up. It has been a process of working out my salvation with fear and trembling. Each Christmas has become less of a celebration for me, however I still love to give a few gifts to special loved ones and I enjoy having a special dinner with family and friends. When I read your article it was the first time I learned that we should only give gifts to our children. And now with the help of the Holy Spirit I will need to work thru this to stop participating in this secular Christmas holiday.
    Bottom line, thru the working of the Holy Spirit in me, I believe we should have nothing to do with this pagan holiday. Just because we are in this world doesn’t mean we have to go along with their traditions, customs, and become a part of their sinful ways. However, we need to extend grace to those who are still babes in Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth about Christmas to each of them as He did for each of us. It would also be nice if the pastors would teach the brethren about the pagan roots of Christmas . As for me, I don’t have any part of Halloween and I believe I should treat Christmas the same. But I agree that we should not throw a stone at those celebrating Christmas. We should let our example and the spirit of HIS love change their hearts on the matter.
    Thank you Rob for your boldness in sharing about this neglected topic.

  4. godsloveandlaw Says:

    Thank you Teri for those enlightening comments. You are right to “fear” God and to be led by the Holy Spirit to shun all “heathen” customs, including the “heathen” Christmas. The Smith family , as mentioned, would not celebrate Christmas on their own, it was ONLY for the kids they did that. And as could be clearly seen glory and honor was brought to Christ. I am confident our Lord would look approvingly upon them and bless them for their thoughtfulness and purity in focusing on the CHRIST in Christmas, and not the heathen customs which nowadays almost completely encompass this season. ps. I praise the Lord, I received a dream and clear sign from the Lord, that this post has His blessing! I prayed before and after I posted this, for HIS TRUTH on this matter,He did not let me down.

  5. anonymous Says:

    Thank you for this post, it was a real blessing to me.

  6. godsloveandlaw Says:

    Praise to our Lord, from whom all good things flow!

  7. Rosalee Says:

    Thank you for continuously sending me messages about God. It helps me alot. God bless.

  8. godsloveandlaw Says:

    You’re welcome Rosalee. As we are told, we are to reach out wherever we can , and thank God He has helped me reach the people through the messages.

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