December 16, 2009

To whom it may concern:

This is to inform you that I cannot join the Christmas party tonight due to the fact that I do not participate in any pagan celebration. Christmas celebration is a pagan celebration. Nowhere in the Bible is recorded the birthday of Jesus Christ neither is there any record of any of God’s people celebrating birthdays. The day when Christ was born was made known to no one. Ellen white clearly states it:

“The twenty-fifth of December is supposed to be the day of the birth of Jesus Christ, and its observance has become customary and popular. But yet there is no certainty that we are keeping the veritable day of our Saviour’s birth. History gives us no certain assurance of this. The Bible does not give us the precise time. Had the Lord deemed this knowledge essential to our salvation, he would have spoken through his prophets and apostles, that we might know all about the matter. But the silence of the Scriptures upon this point evidences to us that it is hidden from us for the wisest purposes. In his wisdom, the Lord concealed the place where he buried Moses. God buried him, and God resurrected him, and took him to heaven. This secrecy was to prevent idolatry.” -Review & Herald 12-9-1884

“For the very same purpose he has concealed the precise day of Christ’s birth; that the day should not receive the honour that should be given to Christ as the Redeemer of the world, – one to be received, to be trusted, to be relied on as he who could save to the uttermost all who come unto him. The soul’s adoration should be given to Jesus as the Son of the infinite God.

“There is no divine sanctity resting upon the twenty-fifth of December; and it is not pleasing to God that anything that concerns the salvation of man through the infinite sacrifice made for them, should be so sadly perverted from its professed design. Christ should be the supreme object; but as Christmas has been observed, the glory is turned from him to mortal man, whose sinful, defective character made it necessary for him to come to our world.” -Review & Herald 12-9-1884

“Even Christmas, the day observed professedly in honour of the birthday of Christ, has been made a most effective means of turning the mind away from Christ, away from his glory. ” -Review & Herald 12-9-1890

Please read the papers enclosed for further study.

My family is disappointed because of this institution’s compromise with the world. Indeed “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14

With this said, I rather obey God than men. Acts 5:29

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Stephen Jan

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