Thursday, December 11, 2008

Spurgeon on Christmas

"We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority."
-Charles Spurgeon, Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871

"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."
-Charles Spurgeon's Treasury of David on Psalm 81:4.

7 comments:

Sam said...

I think it is utterly ridiculous to condemn a holiday which commemorates our dear Saviors birth. Commanded by scripture? No. But if we remember our own birth days, why is it wrong to forget Christ's?

It's also interesting that those who are so concerned about keeping the sabbath suddenly are suddenly proud of the fact that they don't superstitiously observe days.

By the way, I love Spurgeon, and I love your blog, so please don't take this the wrong way. I just think that Christmas is the least of our worries. It's a harmless day to remember our Lord's birth. If the world doesn't treat it that way, it's no wonder as they have no regard for Christ.

Puritan said...

Amen Sam, it is inconsistent for people to celebrate their own birth and then go on a crusade against the birth of Christ.

The reason the early church didn't celebrate the birth of Christ is because they didn't celebrate birthdays at all. The reformers had mixed views, and objected to the word "mass".

a helmet said...

While there is no specific date of Christ's birth mentioned in the bible, Christmas can nevertheless be theologically justified. Christ was born at the end of times (Heb. 1,2; 9,26) and so revealed at the end, the remembrance of which fits well into the end of the year. The fact that Christ was physically born is vital to the christian understanding of the savior's humanity, and worth remembering!
The virgin birth is a remembrance that salvation and the answer to sin is wrought by the power of God, not the power of man.

Besides, I agree with Sam and Puritan that there is no reason to reject a tradition that conforms with scriptural values just because it is not mentioned or prescribed. Not all tradition is by itself bad! And if we celebrate everybody's birthdays why not Christ's ?

onetriumphant said...

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: "this do in remembrance of me".

Belittling is the word that hangs in my mind,to think of putting my king, creator and Lord of all in the universe back into a little manger year after year? Now that is disturbing and offensive to me.
Like proudly displaying an idol of my savior hanging dead and lifeless...

Rite, I have the tree up and stockings hung sure even a couple of gifts to give but it will be just another day of me in need of the great physician.

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ

I stand with Charles spurgeon, for the Bible as the infallible, written Word of God and against the anti-christ system and traditions of rome!

Samantha said...

I take a different side on this issue. I agree with Spurgeon that there is no biblical evidence for December 25 being the birthday of Christ and also no where in the bible are commanded to recognize a certain day as the birth of our Saviour. Instead we should be celebrating the birth of Christ everyday. Also, when you follow traditions without testing them with the scriptures you end up like Catholicism, from which I came. In fact, all the evidence shows that the traditions of Christmas are of pagan origins. That is not to say I believe we should completely throw out the holiday, because that will never happen, but I won't be telling my future children that December 25 was the day our Saviour was born and I will certainly not tell them that there is such a thing as Santa Claus.

adam said...

The saddest thing here is that Spurgeon has been taken completely out of context. That is one paragraph of a Christmas sermon by Spurgeon. Read the rest of the sermon. He was not at all opposed to celebrating the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. What he was arguing against was the idea that Jesus was born on December 25th. This type of propaganda is dishonest. If you would like to view the rest of the sermon for yourself, go to http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/1026.htm.

Jayne Ahrens said...

The Lord God of Israel warns not to mix pagan traditions with worship to HIM. That is what Charles Spurgeon was saying. Not only are Christmas and Easter celebrations pagan, but they can be very easily looked up both in scripture AND historical documents, verifying the authenticity. If you really want to seek the truth, you will find it. Its not about celebrating according to 'you'...its about celebrating the LORD according to how HE wishes. Look up the verses yourselves....Google the origins of these detestable practices yourself. Here are a few the LORD states in His Word: Jeremiah 10:2-5, Leviticus 18:30, Mark 7:7-8, Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:3-8, & 29-32, Proverbs 30:6