In conclusion: My final post on Christmas.

In this, my last post on the subject of Christmas, I wanted to share some final thoughts.

When I first posted my reasons for not celebrating Christmas (found here) I never imagined the furor it would cause. Although I was grateful to see much healthy dialogue on the subject, and equally grateful for those readers who are beginning to examine this matter for themselves, that gratefulness was eclipsed by how the discussion disintegrated into vitriolic arguments, including threats of violence (as seen in the comments section of this post on the origins of Christmas).

Watching the exchanges deteriorate as they did grieved me. I simply wanted to present my thoughts to the readers in the hopes that they too would begin to wrestle with the subject: Not to debate about whether or not we have liberty to celebrate the holiday, but “why as Christians do we celebrate it?”

It was certainly never my intent to cause discord or division among the saints. And because of that I want to apologize to those who witnessed the graceless exchange.

In my original post on Christmas I provided two primary reasons for choosing to no longer celebrate the holiday. I spent only 305 words mentioning the Romish and pagan origins of the holiday and 1,143 words (not counting the conclusion) discussing the other reason–namely the greed, covetousness, and the massive amount of money spent on ourselves while much of the world is starving for food, water, and the gospel. Unfortunately the overwhelming majority of the comments on DefCon over the past month has focused on the 305 words and not much was mentioned regarding the other 1,143 words. The latter reason, I feel, is just as important to consider as the former.

Where words fail in communicating a point sometimes images can help. For this reason I have chosen to share the following video as an illustration of why I have such a hard time with me–as a Christian–partaking in the festival of Christmas. How can I justify to myself, my children, my family, and ultimately God, that spending more money on vain material items under the guise of celebrating the birth of the One who gave up so much for us, is actually a good thing?

When I consider how the family in this video (one of countless families throughout the world) spends their Christmas–and every other day of the year–it makes a pile of needless presents sitting under a pretty tree seem rather pointless, selfish, and almost . . . sinful.

On this Christmas I want to introduce you to Sam, Esther, and Jane of Uganda:

It has been (and continues to be) my hope and prayer that we each examine our reasons for celebrating Christmas. It is also my hope and prayer that this issue will not divide us and that I will never develop a judgmental or better-than attitude toward those who choose to continue marking the holiday.

In conclusion I ask that you ponder with me this final thought: What would you and I prefer to be caught doing if the Lord came back during next year’s Christmas season?

1). Standing in a long line at Wal-Mart purchasing a large pile of soon-to-be-forgotten presents placing us further in debt in order to celebrate a holiday birthed from an unholy union between Rome and pagans celebrated by much of the unbelieving world in which–no matter how hard we try to avoid it–Jesus gets relegated to a sentimental byline–crowded out by the hectic activities, gluttonous parties, and greed of the season, all (supposedly) in honor of Jesus Christ’s incarnation?

2). Or would you and I prefer to be found using our time, money, and resources to help those like Sam, Esther, and Jane (not just at Christmas but all year long) by putting food and water in their bellies, a Bible in their hand, and a faithful missionary preacher in their midst?

You all know where I stand on the issue . . . I just ask, will you join me?

May the Lord receive the reward for His suffering.

- Pilgrim



24 thoughts on “In conclusion: My final post on Christmas.

  1. Thank you, Pilgrim, for your courage, steadfastness, and love of Christ. The biggest challenge now and the most difficult of the Christian walk — is after knowing/seeing truth, “What am I going to do now?” We have made significant changes this year and it saddens me how our children sometimes respond. They have mature/faithful moments and they have child-like moments (me, as well). We have even had some comical moments as our daughter and son told me they were going to spend the afternoon doing yoga on the wii, reading Twilight and finishing the afternoon in devotions with a Nooma video. So through their playfulness it warmed my heart that they do recognize Truth/deception. However, our son’s struggle with “Christmas Eve” glaringly showed us what we really taught him. Praise God that He has enough grace to gently mold us into His image and my prayer is for lots of grace and patience to continue to clean out our children’s hearts and mine.

    May every good and perfect gift be yours. (James 1:17) judy

  2. Some simple thoughts…

    Yep, my wife and I are one of those odd couples who don’t celebrate the traditional American Christmas. While we do have a good long list of reasons why we have decided to leave this celebration to others, most of those have already been mentioned so let me give just a brief personal testimony of our experience.

    It is so freeing to not see the inside of a mall any time in December. It is wonderful to not feel the burdens commercialism lays on you. We do not yet have kids (married less than 4 years) but we don’t want them to grow up with the mixed message that Christmas invariably communicates to them no matter how careful some are. We would think it quite rude to celebrate anyone else’s birthday by focusing on ourselves, some random ancient Christian, family, or anyone other than the one having the birthday but somehow it is good enough for God Himself that He is largely ignored. We don’t condemn those in our family who do celebrate Christmas but plainly stating our many reasons, we leave it to their conscience.

    But for those of you out there on the fence, I can only say that having left the practice myself four years ago, I have never been the slightest bit sorry I did. No longing looks back. Consider trying it yourself one year and see if you don’t feel as refreshed as we have felt. As a curious side note, when it comes up with your pagan friends natually in conversation that you do not celebrate Christmas, they get very curious and ask a number of questions which opens up very natural channels to share the Gospel with them. I would love to share more if anyone is interested. My website is http://www.missionvango.com and my contact info is there.

    Grace and peace,

    Thomas K.

  3. Dear Judy and Thomas:

    I wasn’t sure how the absence of all that is Christmas was going to feel on December 25th (this is our first year abstaining), but it is now Christmas morning here and so far it feels . . . good, freeing, liberating!

    Thank you for your continued encouragement in this matter.

    I also wanted to let you know that since you last read this post, I’ve (just) revised the entire ending of it (everything after the video) so you may want to revisit the post and read the new ending.

  4. Standing in a long line at Wal-Mart purchasing a large pile of soon-to-be-forgotten presents placing us further in debt in order to celebrate a holiday birthed from an unholy union between Rome and pagans celebrated by the world in which–no matter how hard we try to avoid it–Jesus gets relegated to a sentimental byline–crowded out by the hectic activities, gluttonous parties, and greed of the season, all (supposedly) in honor of Jesus Christ’s incarnation?

    Certainly not! This is definitely a sad testimony. While I don’t personally know any Christians who actually observe Christmas in this manner, I don’t doubt for a moment that many are out there.

    Or would you and I prefer to be found using our time, money, and resources to help those like Sam, Esther, and Jane (not just at Christmas but all year long) by putting food and water in their bellies, a Bible in their hand, and a missionary preacher in their midst?

    Definitely one commendable way among many to invest one’s time and resources!

    There are also many other options available to Christ’s people when it comes to observing, or not observing, Christmas.

    For example we typically catechize our children in anticipation of the ubiquitous “Christian traditions” we’ll see taking place all around us, and this year in particular I began deeply researching the true origins of the day, digging back to the ante-Nicene fathers (pre-Romanism) and their reasons and efforts for attempting to date significant events in Christ’s life (his birth date wasn’t even their primary goal, it was a by-product) which occurred in as many four disconnected regions of the early church (there was no direct Romanist connection, these dating efforts themselves were pre-Roman Emperor-decreed-Saturnalia), and the dating investigations were undertaken for various reasons.

    As a family we discussed the historical developments of the day, and talked about its various accretions over time, parsing the significant trends all the way down to modern times with a focus on how and why the world celebrates Christmas in a way different than believers as we remember and rejoice at the Incarnation. We also discuss why the Incarnation is significant – to wit Jesus came to be a Savior, and to die for His people, rising again on the third day and thereby sealing the promise (covenant) to all those who believe that we are assured to be with Him, and be conformed to His image forever and ever.

    I also quite enjoy sitting with my family and reading aloud through the prophets (particularly Isiah 9:6, Micah 5:2), and then reading aloud through the Gospels, which point to Christ as the promised Messiah, the eternal One who was to be born in Bethlehem, even as we are reminded that someday, prayerfully soon, He will come again! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

    Speaking only for myself I’m not particularly concerned with what the Lord will (or won’t) find me doing when He comes, I am His and He is mine, and I so look forward to meeting Him face-to-face! My hope is in Him, and I’m justified on the grounds of His righteousness alone, which – praise be to His Name! – I cannot improve upon, nor diminish in any way. My poor service, such as it is, is only acceptable insofar as it honors Him, and insofar as it is done in His name from a grateful heart overflowing with love, of which I sorely need more and more!

    I’ll close with a timely quote by Spurgeon:

    A Sermon Delivered On Sunday Evening, December 28, 1862, By Pastor C. H. Spurgeon, At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

    Oh sing to the Lord a new song; for he has done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, have gained for him the victory. (Ps 98:1)

    “I love to see holy mirth; I delight to see men well feasted. I like Christmas; I wish it came six times a year. I like the generosity of those who give to the poor. Let it be extended. I would not stop a smile. God forbid me! But can men not be happy without drunkenness? Can they not be mirthful without blasphemy? Is there no possibility of being happy without lewdness? Are there no other ways of finding true pleasure besides selling your soul to the devil?”

    Amen brother Spurgeon, amen! May God’s people observe this day or that, or not observe this day or that – as with all things – as unto the Lord, and never as a license for sin, false piety, or as legalistic a burden to yoke upon others!

    I don’t wish to offend anyone, but I would like to wish Merry Christmas to all those who love the Lord, and will not be ashamed at His coming (1 John 2:28)!

    In Christ,
    CD

  5. Pilgrim,

    “When I consider how the family in this video (one of countless families throughout the world) spends their Christmas–and every other day of the year–it makes a pile of needless presents sitting under a pretty tree seem rather pointless, selfish, and almost . . . sinful.”

    How very true! Thank you for another reminder with Sam, Esther, and Jane in Uganda. Sadly, the focus of the group was providing for their social needs and not the ultimate need of the truth of God’s Word being faithfully proclaimed. What a solemn reminder that time is of the essence!

    TDP

  6. Sadly, the focus of the group was providing for their social needs and not the ultimate need of the truth of God’s Word being faithfully proclaimed. What a solemn reminder that time is of the essence!

    Well said, TDP! And how sadly often this occurs, not only in “overseas missions”, but in our “backyard missions” as well. May we all be good and faithful servants with that which the Lord has given us!

    In Him,
    CD

  7. Kelly says:

    As my children and I watched the video we were so saddened by these precious children. We want to know how we can help. Which organizations are legitimate. We want to take the money we would have spent on Christmas and help give food, water, and the gospel to children just like that.

  8. CD:

    Yes, I understand that I am in Christ and Christ is in me and what I’m doing at the moment of His return is not necessarily germane to my salvation (that was taken care of at Calvary), but that does not preclude me from desiring to be faithful at the moment of His return, and hopefully it won’t be just as I hit my finger with a hammer or get cut off in traffic.

    DP and CD:
    What’s saddening to me is that instead of reflecting on the point of the video, we’re so quick to look for the dark side (“the group was [only] providing for their social needs”). Sometimes we become overly critical when it’s unnecessary.

    No one praised the couple in this video, or held them up as bastions of Christianity, nor said we should join whatever church or organization that they’re a part of (they are Roman Catholic). The video was NOT about this couple. It was about Sam, Esther, and Jane. It was about the needs of a lost and dying world. Unfortunately our immediate default position seems to be to respond critically to those who have made us aware that there’s another whole world out there beyond our comfortable Christianity unless they are completely aligned with us doctrinally. Perhaps God uses other individuals with heretical theology as a wake-up to us that we should be the ones doing something.

    Does every instance in which someone mentions helping/loving others require a disclaimer and then high-five each other over that disclaimer all the while the need never gets addressed and the point of the video is completely forgotten?

    I know that neither of you deep down in your hearts feel that way, and that you both have a great passion for the gospel, the truth, and the lost. But step back for just a moment and consider how the preceding comments are taken by our readers. It sounds as if our criticisms outweigh our compassion, and that’s the message that too often comes across and what often causes us to be attacked on erroneous grounds by those who don’t understand why we do what we do here.

    Sadly, most of these articles, videos, etc. I keep coming across that remind us of the needs of others seem to come from Roman Catholics, Emergents, secularists, etc. while the Christians are ominously silent (only to to be heard offering their objections and/or precautions and/or excuses when these matters are brought up).

    We all understand that the greatest need far above and beyond providing for the poor’s material/physical needs is their need of the Savior. (What’s the point of filling someone’s tummy while they descend into Hell?) I am grateful that you, we, I, understand this, I just see it being clouded by our propensity to find fault in moments when it’s not necessary.

    When I view the above video I don’t think “bad white couple, only caring for Sam and Esther’s physical needs.” I am brought to tears and think “bad me, only caring for myself.”

    On that note, Kelly, I am grateful that you acknowledge the need and are willing to help, and I further admire that you’re not willing to just throw money at a problem to fill a temporal physical need, especially to organizations/churches that bring a heretical, soul-damning, false gospel with their benevolence.

    Perhaps our readers can help direct you accordingly, but you may want to consider Village Church Planters in West Africa as a possibility. Another possibility is the Fruin family currently working in an orphanage in Mexico. They are in dire need for support as their funding has dried up and they may be forced to leave their work. (I have not had the time to review everything about them yet, but some friends have alerted me to their need.)

    I hope this helps for now.

    Sincerely,
    - Pilgrim

  9. Pilgrim,

    My apologies for that was not the focus of my comment. It was not my intention to denigrate the need. The fact is that to sit here with so much with an “is that all I get attitude” when there is so much needed elsewhere in the world – this was my focus and what I obviously did not convey.

    I was trying to state that while they need the gospel, the reality is that it is sad (as you have rightly stated) that the only people who seem to be doing anything are those who are totally focused on the social needs of people like Sam, Esther, and Jane. This is why I quoted your comment as a preface to how I was feeling. When I first watched that video, it struck me as overwhelming and it was no less so today. We have posted this video in the past both on my personal blog as well as DefCon. It remains as poignant as it did when we first showed it.

    To illustrate the point that I am making, I quote from you again –

    “When I view the above video I don’t think “bad white couple, only caring for Sam and Esther’s physical needs.” I am brought to tears and think “bad me, only caring for myself.”

    So to our readers, I also extend an apology if there appeared to be a lack of caring on my part. This is the furthest thing from the truth on my part. It is frustration that more is not done. It is also frustration that I sit here with so much when I could also be more involved. Instead, I so often watch the only people who are spending time driving where there are no roads are those who truly offer no hope to a lost and dying world. Shame on me! Shame on America! Shame on the church bought by the precious blood of Christ.

    In Christian love and grace,

    TDP

  10. Yes, I understand that I am in Christ and Christ is in me and what I’m doing at the moment of His return is not necessarily germane to my salvation (that was taken care of at Calvary), but that does not preclude me from desiring to be faithful at the moment of His return, and hopefully it won’t be just as I hit my finger with a hammer or get cut off in traffic.

    I know you know that, but based on many of the comments throughout the various Christmas threads I’m not sure how many of DefCon’s readership understand that, which I why I’ve been highlighting certain things like the dangers of legalism, and the glorious truth of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. It’s so easy for men to slip into a works based mindset, that I think we would be remiss not to take into consideration our readerships’ perspectives on these discussions and posts. I’m not trying to “counterbalance” you, I’m trying to head off the almost inevitable (in my opinion) misinterpretation of some who will read through these exchanges – and watch these videos – and conclude that they just need to do a little more, be a little better, try a little harder, give a little more, in order to be truly pleasing to God. It just doesn’t work that way, it never has, and it never will.

    Sadly, most of these articles, videos, etc. I keep coming across that remind us of the needs of others seem to come from Roman Catholics, Emergents, secularists, etc. while the Christians are ominously silent (only to to be heard offering their objections and/or precautions and/or excuses when these matters are brought up).

    That’s mostly because they’re a.) sounding their trumpet, and doing their works, before men to be seen of men, and to receive the praise of men, instead of b.) quietly doing what God commands, going about His work, and making the most of the opportunities He grants, whether it’s giving a cold cup of water to a saint, or sacrificing their lives away in obscurity in some forsaken, hapless, part of the planet. But that’s what legalism and works-righteousness always does, it says, “Look at me! Applaud me! I’m so humble and I’m doing so much, but it’s all for Jeebus!” *wink-wink* It also tries to hood-wink people by piling on burdens heavy to bear, and then preying on those same burdens; “You’re not doing enough for the Lord! You should do more of this or less of that to really be pleasing to Him! He can’t possibly be pleased with you, look at yourself!” That, of course, is a lie from the pit of hell since God’s gracious love, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness is totally unmerited, and cannot be earned. Many people easily conflate justification and sanctification, so that’s why I’m going out of my way to draw these distinctions, not for your benefit necessarily, but for those who will come along later, and perhaps get the wrong impression. In the Christian walk if it doesn’t proceed from LOVE, then it proceeds from SIN and the FLESH and needs to be confessed and repented of.

    In conclusion it’s my well considered opinion that the people who are actually doing b.) from the paragraph above as opposed to a.) typically aren’t the ones making YouTube vidoes and posting blogpost after blogpost pointing at themselves, and their “good works”, and generally trying to bamboozle people into wishing they were as wonderful, selfless, sacrificial, and holy as them. Just my .02 worth.

    But at the end of the day I rejoice that the Lord is dealing with you using whatever means He deems fit. Follow Him.

    I love you brother, and by no means do my comments intend to denigrate or minimize the very real needs throughout the world, or your heart’s desire to care for the lost, physically and spiritually.

    In Christ,
    CD

  11. brother Michael says:

    Pilgrim – Thanks for the links for commendable ministries to support. If you or anyone else knows of other godly brethren doing the work of the Lord that need support, further posts or articles about them would be very much appreciated. I have pretty much stopped giving to main-line para-church ministries as I have found them to be voracious for more and more money as often they become kingdoms unto themselves.

    One ministry I think very highly of is Chapel Library

  12. Jeff H says:

    Hey, an idea…
    AS AN EXAMPLE ONLY, why not give a pair of sheep through World Vision (for example) and Bibles through monthly donations to Bible League International (for example).

    My $0.02,
    - Jeff H

  13. Brother Michael:
    I have not researched the Fruin family info yet to be able to give them a glowing endorsement, but they are worth checking into for sure.

    Jeff H:
    I cannot endorse World Vision. They (like Compassion International) tend to lead with their social gospel foot. In fact, my wife and I just had a couple over for dinner last week and they told us how they were supporters of WV and were advised that they could not include any gospel message in their gifts. I wasn’t shocked by this because of much of what I’ve heard about WV in the past.

    I recommend researching the Fruin family for yourself as well as World Vision. Nowadays finding a good charitable organization seems to be just as difficult as finding a good church.

  14. Jeff H says:

    Hi Pilgrim,

    I should have been clearer… I was not endorsing World Vision either. I tried to pick organizations that were the extremes of the spectrum to make a point that we can, in our giving, do both tasks: proclaim the Gospel and care for the poor.

    I apologize; I should have been clearer in the intent of my message.

    I recommend researching the Fruin family for yourself as well as World Vision.

    Will do.

    Nowadays finding a good charitable organization seems to be just as difficult as finding a good church.

    Amen! I was disheartened to find out that the Susan Komen foundation gave $7M to Planned Child Murder Parenthood.

    The Enemy is at work everywhere.

    Blessings,
    - Jeff H

  15. Stella Marie says:

    When thinking on covetousness, lusts of the world ect, you are still dealing with idolatry.

    “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” Col 3:5.

    All these other things are just the fruit of the root!

  16. brother Michael says:

    I will second a non endorsement of World Vision. I use to support them and had sponsored children. But over time, as I grew in understanding, I came to see that they were very ecumenical and promote Catholics as brothers/sisters in the faith. If you read their publication or search their website you will find this to be true. So very lamentable.

  17. Brother Cary says:

    How refreshing. I was beginning to think I was the only one that want’s to step away from the Americanized version of Christmas by showering endless amounts of gifts on ourselves and our children. I only wish I wasn’t the only one in our family that feels this way. Please pray for me as I’ve started an argument with my wife over this very issue yesterday because of all the gifs that were given to our kids from her family and I didn’t want to do that but I’ve felt very strongly about it this year and wanted to stand strong in my belief but now I feel like an outcast because of my “weird” view on the matter. I’ve searched scripture this morning and prayed and feel strongly about the issue of not celebrating Christmas the way we do. Blessings to everyone.

  18. (Here’s a copy of the letter I sent out this year……..personal emails are welcome……God’s Blessings to all of you)

    An open letter to my Brothers and Sisters in Christ -

    It’s that time of year again. Many well-intentioned Christians are of the firm belief that they are honoring our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, by keeping this “holiday”. After all, aren’t we exercising our Christian liberty in celebrating the birth of our Blessed Lord and Savior? Shouldn’t all things concerning God, constitute worship? How can something that seems so right be so wrong? “There is a way that seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof, are the ways of death.” – Proverbs 16:25 (KJV)

    Let’s look at the day……December 25th. It is no hidden fact that this day was declared “holy” and “Christianized” by the Roman Catholic Church. A day not ordained by God as mentioned anywhere in His Word. “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of The Lord your God which I command you.” – Deuteronomy 4:2 (KJV) Can we say that we are being a discerning Christian when we fail to recognize the blasphemy, heresy & idolatry that constitutes the Roman Catholic faith and her traditions? Who gave the world the graven image of our Savior that is commonly found in the manger scene and on the cross? Fashioned images of angels? “Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” – Exodus 20:4 (KJV) You won’t find that commandment in the Catholic bible. It was conveniently removed so as not to point to her own condemnation.

    Happy Holidays! I’m confused….what exactly are we celebrating? Trees, lights, mistletoe, wreaths, Santa, yule log, …..did I leave anything out? A short internet search on the origins of these things and the mysticism they represented is available at the touch of a button. “Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.” – Jeremiah 10:2-4 (KJV) When we attach Christ’s name with the objects of this holiday we are using His Name in an irreverent manner. “Thou shalt not take the name of The Lord thy God in vain; for The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His Name in vain.” – Exodus 20:7 (KJV)

    Regarding Christian liberty ……In short, this liberty can be defined by freedom to make decisions about matters that are not revealed in scripture without fear of sinning against God (good source: The West Minister Confession of Faith) In order to redeem the holiday, many Christians will quote “One esteemeth one day above another: another esteemed every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” – Romans 14:5 (KJV) God’s Word is not contradictory. Let scripture interpret scripture. We cannot rightly apply this verse to qualify as our proof text while ignoring the rest of God’s Counsel against mixing darkness with light, Godliness and ungodliness, idolatry, altering God’s Word, or taking The Lord’s name in vain.

    God is concerned with how we are to worship him. We are not at liberty to follow sinful examples. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
    reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” – II Timothy 3: 16-17 (KJV) We have shamefully allowed this tradition to go unchecked and have been complacent in our duty to be as Boreans in testing all things in accordance with God’s Word.

    May God give us all the wisdom and strength to follow everything that He commands in His Word.

    In love & prayer,

    Leslie

  19. Nightshine says:

    Yes, yes, we ALL know it is actually pagan (even the “pagans” know this), it is money-wasting, and it is commercialised and heathenised. But it is one of those rare opportunities we all need to take leave from work and be sociable with friends and family. Unfortunately we haven’t adopted any Jewish festivals to take its place and provide ALL people with the time and space to intermingle on an equal footing and maybe focus on God even a tiiiiiiiiiiiiiny bit. So relax & enjoy. You don’t have to go overboard with decor put but the odd splash of festive colour won’t harm anyone and remember to invite the uninvited to YOUR home next Christmas!!!!!!!

  20. Pilgrim,

    This is an issue I have wrestled with extensively. I try to simplify gift giving and receiving…even asking others to not purchase us gifts (which they do anyway, as there seems to be a sense of obligation to do so at Christmas). For us, we are being more simple in our gifts to each other and loved ones….and giving monetarily to those who have less (through Compassion etc.). I know of many of my friends and family who do anonymous gift giving for those around us who are living with so much less.

    I truly agree with you on the points you make…it’s hard to not appear as a scrooge, though, when you try to share these feelings with others. But then…my mind goes to this question: Is it wrong for us to spend the money to redo a room in our home? Is that being frivolous? Is it better to buy from Goodwill than brand-new (which I do often) or should we just not buy at all? How much is too much? Or is truly anything too much? It all falls right in (for me) with what David Platt is saying in his Radical message.

    It all truly sends my mind in circles.

    After reading through other comments….particularly CDs and I am sent into thinking…I *am* trying to please God in what I am doing…I don’t intend for it to be *works* centered…as I know salvation comes from Jesus and His Grace alone…but in attempting to be pleasing to Him…am I trying too hard? Or maybe not hard enough? Or should I not be *trying* at all? I think I am starting to confuse myself. I am glad my salvation doesn’t depend on *my* knowledge or understanding because I would have NO hope in that case! ;)

  21. Pilgrim, I’m hopeful my reply comes late enough that it mostly goes unnoticed with the exception of you. This year my family is abandoning the tradition of Christmas. I also write a blog and am beginning a series tomorrow on this subject. I’m a follower of DefCon and absolutely look forward to reading any posts that occur. I’m relatively new to the blogosphere, I have a small following and look forward to whatever persecution might come for His name’s sake. God Bless you as you continue to stand on truth. Kevin

  22. Thank you for these articles which i have found very helpful. I have seen too many Christian websites that try just to hard in reclaiming Christmas from it’s pagan and RC roots, that try to mkae out Christmas is okay if they can make out the Christian connection rather than the pagan/RC. I mean so what? St Nicholas has still morphed into satan claws (mispelling intentional) and decorations into symbolic idols. I have observed too many Christians who just blindly follow the traditions of men without question. I became a christian only a couple of years ago so my children are not converted, my wife believes in Jesus but still likes to celebrate christmas with the decs and all. I personally won’t take part this year, i will still give the kids some gifts but will have to promote the gift of salvation as the only real celebration.

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