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The Christian and Christmass by Charles Spurgeon, A.W. Pink, John Knox, et al.
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Authors: C.H. Spurgeon, A.W. Pink, John Knox, et al.

An excellent introduction to Christian opposition to the Roman Catholic/Pagan holy-day commonly called "Christ-mass" (which proves that Christmass is essentially a pagan holiday; and that its religious elements foster an imitation gospel which actually keeps the world from understanding the true gospel). Much more information on the old Puritan and Reformed view of Christmas at the OUTSIDE WEB LINK provided below.

C.H. Spurgeon, in the Treasury of David, on Psalm 81:4, wrote,

"When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, 'Is this a law of the God of Jacob?' and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty."

Spurgeon also wrote:

"As the apostle says to Timothy, so also he says to everyone, 'Give yourself to reading.' He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritanic writers, and expositions of the Bible. The best way for you to spend your leisure is to be either reading or praying."

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SWRB (12/27/2016)
“ Christmas Is A Roman Catholic Missions Strategy! ”
"Christmas was not celebrated by the apostolic church. It was not celebrated during the first few centuries of the church. As late as A.D. 245, Origen (Hom. 8 on Leviticus) repudiated ...the idea of keeping the birthday of Christ, "as if he were a king Pharaoh." By the middle of the 4th century, many churches in the Latin west were celebrating Christmas. During the 5th century, Christmas became an official Roman Catholic holy day. In A.D. 534, Christmas was recognized as an official holy day by the Roman state.The reason that Christmas became a church holy day has nothing to do with the Bible. The Bible does not give the date of Christ's birth. Nowhere in the Bible are we commanded to celebrate Christmas. Christmas (as well as many other pagan practices) was adopted by the Roman church as a missionary strategy." - The Regulative Principle of Worship and Christmas by Brian Schwertley FREE BOOK at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/a ctualNLs/CHRISTMAS.htm or on the Puritan Hard Drive http://ow.ly/dZ3ua FREE MP3s & VIDEOS: CHRISTMAS CONDEMNED BY CHRIST (EASTER & OTHER PAGAN HOLY DAYS TOO) BY GREG PRICE (39,700+ VIEWS) http://www.sermonaudio.com/new _details3.asp?ID=13415 Chris tmas: 8 New Free Reformed MP3s http://ow.ly/xXZCD

B. McCausland (12/26/2016)
“ Useful ”
How can the church expect blessing unless is obedient? Separation is the route into blessing "Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest." Ps 95

Janine ElizabethContact via email (12/12/2013)
from Louisiana
“ Great Sermon! ”
Much to consider and ponder.

Ab (12/18/2011)
from NM
“ Great Sermon! ”
Very convecting. Don't listen to it unless you are a Christian with a open mind that wants to please God. Will recomend.

Joseph VaughnContact via email (1/5/2011)
from Ohio
“ Great Sermon! ”
Wow, I have celebrated my last Christmas!

BWS (12/15/2009)
“ Great Sermon! ”
While the pastors presently, of the most "conservative" and even "reformed" traditions, are justly condemning Ecumenical worship and Ecumenical Statements (e.g. Manhatten Declaration) "because they confuse the true gospel", THEY PERSIST AND CLOSE THEIR EARS, EVEN GNASH THEIR TEETH, AT THOSE WHO CRY OUT AGAINST THE ECUMENICAL RELIGION OF XMAS! What is more Ecumenical than this unholy day? Does this not "confuse the gospel" too? What hypocrisy not to be consistent in condemnations against Ecumenicalism. What blindness not to see this is plainly the case.

Jeremy (12/25/2008)
from United Stated
“ Great Sermon! ”
Originally, God commanded the Jews to observe certain holy days. After the fulfillment of all things in Christ, the great Apostle Paul gently rebuked the Galatian church for continuing the observance of them. Now will we add pagan 'holy days' into the worship of Christ when even the Divinely appointed days designed to point to Him are no longer of use? (I do not mean the Sabbath)

DeborahContact via email (9/19/2008)
from Angus, Scotland.
“ Great Sermon! ”
Just a second thought. God will never send revival to His Church when it participates in such paganism.

DeborahContact via email (9/19/2008)
from Angus, Scotland.
“ Great Sermon! ”
This is a superb sermon against this evil which is an abomination against Christ. I was saved 28 years ago, of no church background. About 2 years later I stopped my children participating at school in halloween and xmas. I was persecuted for itand so were my 2 little sons, by ungodly teachers. But is was better to honour the Lord. I would encourage true believers to pray for grace and courage to have nothing to do with this paganism. The Lord blesses abundantly when we shall honour his name. The church of Rome is SO subtle, we are to flee from anything which is associated with it.

MikeContact via email (11/25/2007)
“ Great Sermon! ”
These sermons are much needed. The idolatry that goes on with the celebration of Christmas is unreal. I'm thankful the Lord has enabled to put this link on my website which also addresses the subject of Christmas and it's practices.

Arthur (2/14/2005)
from Scotland
“ Great Sermon! ”
*Excellent warning!!! The 'REAL' meaning of "CHRISTMAS"....and why the true Christian never, 'NEVER' celebrates it.

Stephen ZatkoContact via email (11/23/2002)
from PA. - USA
“ Great Sermon! ”
Spurgeon calls pastors to lead in a biblical interpretation of Christmas, as did Calvin and the members of the Westminster Assembly. A congregation's Christmas gift to its pastor, running into thousands of dollars, guarantees a pastor's "shunning to declare unto you all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:27) on the subject of Christ-mass. Congregation and pastor are separated FROM, not "separated unto the gospel of God." (Romans 1:1) ...And the people love to have it so. (Jer 5:31)

Alvin CroftsContact via email (11/1/2002)
from Texas
“ Great Sermon! ”
Thank you for posting the truth about this pagan accomidation and Christian lie. I cringe everytime I hear someone say "Lets put Christ back into Christmas" Impossible, He was never there to begin with. Even professing believers who really should know better cling to this fleshly holiday. Want to give gifts - why not Thanksgiving, there is no paganism associated with that day. The fact that folks who have made Jesus's name a curse word observe this holiday should tell you something. If this holiday were created today would you still observe it? Why does 1700 years make it right? Where is the boundry between Christian freedom and license? Give it up and stop lying to your children about santa clause...you do the faith much harm continuing in this.

Benjamin MengContact via email (7/7/2002)
from Indianapolis, IN.
“ Great Sermon! ”
A very True exposition, exposing the vileness of that pagan, catholic, most superstitious, and Idolatrous Christ-Mass! It is a grand thing to hear a Christian speak the truth about this deceptive false birth-day. How did this Un-holy day Slip into our churches? Listen to this superb audio tract and learn the TRUTH! I wish more pastors would stand against this foul and abhorred celebration.

B. A. BernalContact via email (12/22/2001)
from United States
“ Commendation with Qualification ”
Although Spurgeon identifies some of the intrinsic idolatry associated with Christ-mass, we find the general principle of regulativism lacking in Spurgeon's doctrine and practice. This itself is the fundamental and primary basis for rejecting the observation of this "holy" day, as well as all other human inventions proposed as devotion to God. Suppose that the elements and associations of the nativity "holy" day were in themselves **intrinsically** pure and faithful, and appointed by pious and well intended persons; it nevertheless would be a God offending idolatry (though often done in ignorance) to observe such a recurring "holy" day by virtue of the fact supposed: it would be a humanly devised observation that is appointed or suggested as being an acceptable devotion to God. This very same reasoning implicates Spurgeon himself in the use of uninspired compositions in his form of worship. If we would honor God's sovereignty, we must not only acknowledge that he sovereignly governs all things in the universe according to his reserved, immutable, and mysterious counsel; but we must honor his sovereign being and prerogative by accepting his sovereign yoke in Christ to rule us personally -- and to govern the Church visible -- according to his sovereign, revelatory prescriptions and proscriptions in the Holy Scripture. Religion is either from God or “not-God”. The second category is an eclectic collective of demonic and human minds integrated over human history, and it often borrows from God's religion to appear more plausible. We are unabashedly told by humanists that religion is merely the result of human experience and development, and the needs thereof. Many persons who say they are Christian, nevertheless, embrace this anti-supernatural position in their philosophy or practice. Where is **every** part of your religious belief and practice from? But, to return, just as we cannot bring our will in our hand as an offering to God as a basis (in whole or part) for our salvation, so we cannot bring our will in our hand as an offering to God as a basis (in whole or part) for our devotion to him. God is sovereign in worship as well as salvation: we must not presume to bring any kind of thing of our own devising for our acceptance. God calls it "will-worship" to do otherwise, because we have more deference to honor our will and desire, than the command and authority of God in Christ. The tentacles of Arminianism reach far into the heart, and must be unraveled from the deep crevasses of our native brains. But in the case under consideration (the nativity day), not only is God's declarative sovereignty trampled under foot by human invention, but the observations and associations are themselves intrinsically pagan and worldly (which cannot be disputed by any who observe the history), although historically they have been conveniently syncretized with "Christianity" by the whore of Roman Catholicism, and contemporaneously by her sister: apostate and multiform "Protestantism". We are thankful to God for Charles Spurgeon for the illumination he had in some areas, although we cannot be faithful unless we testify against his transgressions of perjury (against the Solemn League and Covenant), independency, idolatry (in form of worship), and against his erroneous baptismal doctrine.

Edgar IbarraContact via email (12/19/2001)
from San Francisco, Ca
“ Great Sermon! ”
Excellent sermon on the truth about Christmas. Gives a good history of how this evil crept into the Church. Only those that love the city of Babylon can celebrate her whorish festivities the true Christian can only flee without turning back, remember Lot's wife. WE can only follow what Christ has given to us, not what that false Prophet spews from his mouth. If you love Christ keep His commandments, and little ones keep yourselves from idols.

W.J. MencarowContact via email (12/14/2001)
from Kerrville, TX USA
“ This Sermon Is Offensive! ”
I doubt if you will ever hear a sermon like this in your church. It offends people, and if pastors offend too many people they lose their jobs. It’s so much safer to preach “Jesus Is The Reason For The Season.” Spurgeon had the courage to preach the whole counsel of God, including the “offensive” parts. Ask your pastor to listen to it, and then ask him to preach this message. If he won’t, ask him why.

Adriana OlivaContact via email (11/18/2001)
“ Great Sermon! ”
EXCELLENT exposition of what constitutes a real deceit to christians, truly a false gospel. May God have mercy on His church and humankind.

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