HOW CAN YOU ADVOCATE CELEBRATING PAGAN FESTIVALS LIKE CHRISTMAS AND EASTER, AND LYING TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT MYTHICAL CHARACTERS LIKE FATHER CHRISTMAS?
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your letter.
No, of course, I would never advocate celebrating a pagan festival in God's Name, or in any other name.
We are talking about thoroughly Christian festivals, celebrating the Incarnation of Christ, the Atonement of Christ, the Resurrection of Christ, the Ascension of Christ, the giving of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. These are great and important events in the history of the Church and vital doctrines for us to build our lives around.
To integrate them into our calendar in a thoroughly Christian manner, is not to celebrate a pagan festival. We must reject anything of the world and apply the Lordship of Christ in a thoroughly Biblical way in our lives and families.
In our family and Mission, we have nothing to do with the pagan trappings of what many today call Christmas, or Easter. What we are celebrating are the truths and doctrines of Scripture alone.
We can have nothing to do with fairy tales such as Father Christmas and it is unacceptable for any parents to lie to their children about some mythical creature. Christmas is not about Santa Clause. It should be a festival of Christ celebrating the Advent of Christ and the Incarnation. He is Immanuel – God with us.
The Church needs Reformation and Revival and so do our calendars! All too many people thoughtlessly adopt occultic calendar events such as May Day and Halloween, and celebrate humanistic holidays such as Woman’s Day, Human Rights Day and Youth Day. Many happily celebrate their countries independence and their own birthday. Let us rather celebrate things that are thoroughly Christian.
May God abundantly bless, guide and strengthen you.
Yours for the fulfilment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond