Many of us know the Word and follow the apostles' doctrine. We will not be deceived, nor shaken in mind by your deceptions.
1. The Bible says that the observing or not observing of holy days is not a salvation issue:
Let us consider what the inspired apostle wrote...,
"Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it." Romans 14:4-6
Why do you condemn others who esteem one day higher than you do? We are taught by the inspired apostle that the keeping or not keeping of specific days IS DEFINITELY NOT a "salvation issue". Even the devils knew and recognized the apostles authority. By what authority do you then contradict the apostle?:
"Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but WHO ARE YOU?" Acts 19:15
Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ and we cannot deny his teachings on this or any other subject. This is because we, as living stones,
are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
The doctrine of Christs apostles therefore is foundational to our faith as believers in Jesus.
Let us consider therefore the following definitive teaching then:
"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
For IN HIM dwelleth ALL the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power
LET NO MAN therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." Colossians 2:6-17
We have received Christ by faith, nothing more, nothing less. We are not made more complete by the keeping of the O.T. ceremonial practices, nor are we made less complete by forgoing the same. Rather, we are ALREADY COMPLETE in Christ by faith. Therefore, the eating or not eating of ceremonially unclean meats, or the observing or not observing of ceremonially holy days does not affect our being complete or our complete acceptance in Him.
We see then that an exacting observance of holy days is not required by God. This is absolutely settled by the Holy Ghost, who inspired the apostle. Since it is the Holy Ghost Who has made the final determination on this matter, we must submit to His will and stop judging ("condemning") others over which days they observe.
2. Attempting to discredit something by supposedly showing a pagan origin is biblically and historically inaccurate:
Consider: you may or may not be aware that there are literally dozens of false-christ stories that pre-date our Lords coming to earth, and their stories share many similarities to that of our Lords. Many of these Greco-Roman-eastern false-christs were said to have been sired by God and born of virgin women around the time of the winter solstice.
Some were said to have lived moral lives, died as martyrs, and some were even said to have been raised again from the dead. Using the same pagan origin reasoning that you have espoused, Christs enemies to this day continue to argue that the story of His coming in the Gospels originates from these pagan myths, because the myths supposedly came first; i.e. the virgin birth has a pagan origin; His martyrs death has a pagan origin; His resurrection has a pagan origin. They say the Gospels are interpolated and false and that Jesus is therefore just another myth; i.e. He is just another false-christ.
However, just because pagans first believed similar (though twisted) stories about their false-christs doesnt change the truth about Jesus Christ! This misleading, (though easily believed) pagan-origin type of argument has been around a long time, but was ably answered by one of our Roman brothers (Justin Martyr) almost 19 centuries ago. His reasoned that:
Satan tried to poison the well; he early anticipated as much as possible of what he was able to understand of the prophesies of Christ, and then unleashed as many twisted, distorted versions of it upon mankind as he could, in order to preempt, deceive, distract, confuse, and lead astray as many people as possible from seeing the true Christ when finally He did come.
But those who hand down the myths which the poets have made,
we proceed to demonstrate that [these false-christ stories] have been uttered by the influence of the wicked demons, to deceive and lead astray the human race. For having heard it proclaimed through the prophets that the Christ was to come, and that the ungodly among men were to be punished by fire, they put forward many to be called sons of Jupiter, under the impression that they would be able to produce in men the idea that the things which were said with regard to Christ were mere marvellous tales, like the things which were said by the poets. And these things were said both among the Greeks and among all nations where they [the demons] heard the prophets foretelling that Christ would specially be believed in; but that in hearing what was said by the prophets they did not accurately understand it, but imitated what was said of our Christ
Furthermore, you imply that pagans first used December 25th as their holy day. You say that pagans worshiped Baal on this day, during this very darkest time in the year, (December 25th occurs very close to the winter-solstice.) So, the implication of such an argument is that Christians can have nothing to do with this day of the year.
But I ask, what is the actual true origin of December 25th? How was this day used before the pagans tried to take it over? Was it not a part of the year, and of the seasons, and of the times that God had made good in the very beginning? Yes it was. Were not the beautiful evergreens and holly trees likewise a part of Gods good creation then too? Yes they were. But you may say these things that God first made good were later taken by pagans and made evil. Well, yes, that would be true, if one first denies the Lordship of God over all His creation. But denying His Lordship is unbiblical, and mere men cannot actually make anything evil. The closest thing they can do is change some of Gods creation into a false representation of god, an idol.
But it is manifest that wreaths, and hollys, and trees are not idols, (just as cars, and houses, and furniture are not idols), unless they are worshiped as such. Likewise, consider my friend that God is the origin of all things; and of December 25th, as well as of every other day. How can you rather imagine that this day, or any of Gods days belong to mere pagans?
Because we understand that it is God who originates and owns every day, we Christians dutifully:
1. Cut out the pagans, (since they neither originated nor own any day of the year), and then we,
2. Give God thanks alone as LORD of every day that He has made.
Because today, as every day,
"...is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24
Therefore, rather than ceding territory back to the devil, (as your view would require), we should reconsider our theories about the origin of Christmas. One could just as easily argue that some "Roman" Christians decided way-back-when to take this dark day back from Satans followers, and to celebrate the coming of the "Light of World into the darkness on this day instead.
Their apparent error in reckoning the exact day is perhaps lamentable, but as we have seen above, God does not require the practice of an exact day in order to be saved. After all, the true, biblical position is that Jesus owns every day; Baal gets nothing, and Satan (the supposed "god of this world") has already been beaten, owns nothing, and has no power, but what our Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ allows him to have. And this same Jesus is the KING of kings and the LORD of all the earth,...
"Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him!" 1 Peter 3:22
3. Christmas Trees are not condemned in Scripture:
Ashtaroth worship is.
"Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee."
Since the physical temple and altar of God is no more, it would be impossible for us to literally transgress this commandment against worshiping the goddess Ashtaroth today, except perhaps in the sense of setting up a tree independently and actually worshiping it as some kind of idol. I dont know of any people who do that, but I would certainly condemn such practices if they were occurring.
Barring literal worship of the tree, today Christians could only transgress the principle implied by this commandment against worshiping trees; which according to the teaching in the New Testament could perhaps be defined as:
...that we should not put a tree, (nor anything else), ahead of our worship of God. Doing so would of course be spiritual idolatry.
4. Attempting to use a false-dilemma argument is a logical fallacy:
You impose the false view that there are only two positions in this issue: celebrating Christmas or not celebrating Christmas. Actually, there is third way: celebrating Jesus Christ from the heart at Christmas time, while eschewing secular rubbish that has nothing to do with Him.
5. One who erects walls of division between believers over non-essentials is a wicked abomination to Jesus Christ:
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:,
he that soweth discord among brethren. Proverbs 6:16,18
Consider also the wrath of the Great Shepherd against all those who would hurt and maim His precious sheep. As proven above, He has spoken on this issue and it is now settled. If you persist therefore in continuing to attack the body of Christ; if you continue to damn His people over something He Himself has deemed to be a non-essential, you will be making yourself an abomination in His sight.
Consider His JUDGMENT to come. Jesus is even at the door. Labor yourself therefore to be found by Him in peace. Set aside your misplaced attacks against Christs own body and judge your heart in the inspired light of Christs requirements:
"But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
WHERE THERE IS NEITHER GREEK NOR JEW, CIRCUMCISION NOR UNCIRCUMCISION, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but CHRIST IS ALL, and in all. Colossians 3:8-14
Truly in Christ,