Plantation SDA Church
Deeper Episode 10: Should/Could a Genuine Christian Celebrate Christmas?
Join us as Pastor Joseph Salajan continues our new Series Deeper. Deep study into the book of Matthew
Locations & Times
  • Plantation SDA Church
    400 NW 118th Ave, Plantation, FL 33325, USA
    Wednesday 7:30 PM
Deeper Theme: What should be the attitude of a genuine Christian toward the Christmas celebration?

What we know…

No biblical data supports December 25th as Jesus’ Birthday

• Biblical data seem to lead toward Jesus’ birthday in the Fall (September-October ➔ Fall Festivals – Tishri)

• Some historical data seem to be pointing to a pagan origin (Birthday of Sol Invictus)
Could we draw the conclusion we shouldn’t have anything to do with this celebration?

Christmas ← Criste-masse (middle Engl.) = Christ’s Mass
(Christos = Meshiah = Anointed)
• Xmas ←Χριστός

• Two main concerns: pagan origins and practices (e.g. Christmas three) + materialism, consumerism, debauchery
Can we celebrate any holyday that is not ordained by God in the Bible?

Can we celebrate Thanksgiving?
• Is the last Thursday of November in the Bible?

Purim – Celebration of Deliverance (Esther ch. 9)

• John 10:22 Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.
• Why went Jesus to the temple? –Mission opportunity?
How do we deal with the “pagan” aspects of Christmas?

• 1 Corinthians 8:4 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.

• …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.

Duty ←➔ Liberty

• Ellen White:

Letters of inquiry have come to us asking, Shall we have a Christmas tree? Will it not be like the world? We answer, You can make it like the world if you have a disposition to do so, or you can make it as unlike the world as possible. Adventist Home, 482.
Your Take-Away

Reflection on the incarnation – the Greatest Gift!

Proclamation of God’s love through Jesus Christ our Savior (words and acts of grace)