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Why born again Pentecostals don't celebrate Christmas?
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  Discussion: Why born again Pentecostals don't celebrate Christmas?

JOJI JOSEPH · 5 years, 7 months ago



By Rev.Shibu Thomas, Mumbai


> Why the peentacostals (only malayalee penticost) are against christmas
> and christmas Day (25th dec)
>
> If u r against X'mas
> YOU ARE AGAINST CHRIST
>
> If U r against CHRIST
> u r with SAITAN.
>
> It does't matter CHRIST was born on 25 th or 26th.
> but it's true that CHRIST is born.


One my mail receiver asked me this question, you Pentecostals are of
Satan, that’s why you don’t celebrate Christmas, let me give answers for the
same.
 
Really, that is a question that each one of us must make a decision about
for themselves. In order to do so, a person needs to examine the facts
about the holiday of Christmas, and see what Bible principles apply in
this case to help each one make a sound judgment.
 
If I may, I would like to draw your attention to some things about
Christmas and some scriptures that will help you decide for yourself.
 
First, even though the name "Christmas" sounds very much Christian, the
holiday itself comes from pre-christian pagan sources. According to the
New Encyclopedia Britannica, it was originally the pagan celebration of
"the birth of the unconquered sun." Yes, it was the Saturnalia festival
which was a celebration to the sun god, and it featured feasting,
decorating of homes, exchanging of gifts, and general merry-making.
Candles and bonfires were lit by the people who believed that doing so
would help the sun god re-awaken from his perceived, winter, sleeplike
condition.
 
Over 300 hundred years after Jesus death, the Roman Catholic church
decided to adopt the holiday of the Saturnalia into the church along with
it's customs, and renamed it "Christ's Mass" (later known as Christmas).
 
The Bible gives us some principles that helps us decide on what to do
concerning this holiday. One is found at Isaiah 52:11, where God
instructed the Israelites as they were traveling through certain areas
areas where there was much false religious practices, to "touch nothing
unclean." The context of the scripture indicates that God was indicating
to them not to come in contact with unclean religious practices and idols.
 
Ephesians 5:10 encourages Christians to "keep making sure of what is
acceptable to the Lord." So in doing so, it would be reasonable that we
would not want to get involved with unclean religious practices.
  
As far as "Christianizing" the holiday, the Bible tells us not to be
mixing false religion with worship to God and Jesus. At 2 Corinthians
6:14-15 it says," Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what
fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what sharing does
light have with darkness? Further, what harmony is there between Christ
and Be´li·al? Or what portion does a faithful person have with an
unbeliever?"
  
God does not agree to compromise with false gods or the worship of them.
 
Knowing all of this, a Christian who wishes to please God, with therefore
need to weigh matters carefully to make a sound decision regarding the
Christmas holiday.
 

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