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Should Christians Stop Celebrating Christmas

Should Christians Stop Celebrating Christmas?

 

For many years, I have come across several different biblical reasons why not to celebrate Christmas.  I agree with most of those reasons. When Adonai led me to a messianic congregation about fifteen years ago, I was confronted with the fact that Christmas is based on pagan traditions, not to mention Yeshua was not born in December. I immediately stopped celebrating Christmas my kids were horrified and hated it. I am sure many thoughts I was crazy. All the while I struggled in my heart about the whole thing. I struggled because I had seen all the good that was done during the Christmas season.  I struggled on a deeply personal level as well.

My childhood wasn’t perfect I have very few fond memories. My parents fought all the time and eventually divorced. There was physical and mental abuse by both my parents. I was teased and bullied by family and kids at school.  I was probably a difficult child.  

The most wonderful memories I have as a child was at Christmas. It was the only time I felt love and peace.  When I had my family, I embraced the Christmas Spirit so to speak. I found out I was pregnant with my youngest child the week of Christmas that was a good Christmas. When I gave my life over to Adonai Christmas was, even more, meaningful.

Then my husband left me, and I was devastated and I had trouble celebrating Christmas.  Every year Adonai would bless us at Christmas as a single mom this meant a lot to me.

One year I had no money for gifts and the large church I was going to let you dip your hand in the offering bucket as it went by to help with Christmas. To my dismay, there was only one dollar in the bucket.  What I didn’t know was the ushers were dipping in the buckets for me. They gave me five hundred dollars that year. 

Another year I didn’t have any tree or ornament and no money for presents.  My cousin calls me out of the blue to ask if I needed a tree and ornaments.  That same week I got another call from the church asking if they could bring presents to the girls.  My girls received almost 20 presents a piece that year.

 I would watch all those Christmas shows and cry and cry every year. Watching all those miracles in the movies and my personal life just moved my heart and helped my faith explode.

 G-d showed me love during Christmas, so I couldn’t understand why celebrating Christmas was bad. I didn’t have peace not celebrating, so I decided to ask G-d for His opinion.

He showed me this scripture

Luke 2:8-14 (NASB)
8  In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
9  And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.
10  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
11  for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12  "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13  And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14  "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."

I noticed in the scripture above several things. The first thing I noticed that the Angel in verse 10 said I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people.  Messiah birth is Good News and with great joy we should rejoice because He was born.

The second thing I noticed in verse 13 and 14

 13  And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14  "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.

Did you notice?  They celebrated His Birth by praising G-d and Giving Him Glory.

The Key is that even the Heavenly host celebrated Yeshua’s birth.

G-d Spoke to my heart and said, “Michelle it is ok to celebrate my son’s birth just celebrate His birth in a Holy manner. Honoring Him.”

I finally had peace I had permission to celebrate my Saviors birth.  Of course, this was good news for me and filled me with great Joy. Because now I could celebrate His birth for the right reasons.

I am still praying about when to celebrate, but as I was writing this article, the Spirit of G-d revealed to me that this time of year is when Believers all over the world talk about HIS Son in unity. December 25 is not the day He was born, but it is the Day that the world hears the GOOD NEWS OF OUR SAVIORS BIRTH.  So G-d used what was profane to bring the Good News of His gift, His Son Yeshua to the World.

 

Now the question is Should Christians celebrated Christmas? My answer would be no!! It does not give praise and glory to our Father in Heaven or our Messiah Yeshua. You cannot mix the Holy with the profane.

We can Celebrate Messiah’s Birth with new traditions that are void of Pagan Origin, Traditions that honor God that can be made holy unto God. Praising Him and giving HIM the glory for the birth of G-d’s Son Yeshua. 

I do believe you can celebrate Messiah’s Birth and Not Celebrate Christmas

 To those who know the truth and have struggled with the thought of not celebrating Christmas a tradition that has brought you closer to G-d that has always brought joy to the heart to celebrate. I understand your struggle, and so does Adonai. Please pray about what G-d would have you do!

STOP CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS  this year by removing the profane pagan traditions.

 START CELEBRATING MESSIAH’S BIRTH by praising G-d and giving HIM glory honoring HIM by being Holy and separated unto Him. Tarring down those pagan idols that Christmas brings to our hearts.

You may have to Take a long time and a lot of praying, but You can do all things through Messiah, who strengthens You.

 

Michelle Enterline

 

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