Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas to Euangelion Readers

From Joel and myself a very merry Christmas to all and blessings for the new year ahead!

Anyway, here is a quote from my "Stupid History" calendar for Dec 24:

"The Puritans, known for their religious fervor, hated Christmas. A law was passed in 1659 outlawing the celebration of Christmas, and a five-shilling fine was levied against anyone 'found observing, by abstinence from labor, feasting or any other way, any such days as Christmas day.' They considered Christmas 'an extreme forgetfulness of Christ, by giving liberty to carnal and sensual delights'."

This is why the Free Presbyterians in the UK don't celebrate Christmas today.

That is also why I'm not Free Presbyterian (plus several other very good reasons).

The grace be with you all!


John Thomson said...

Is this what happens when Reformed folks get political power?

What happened to Christian liberty?

Rom 14:5-6 (ESV)
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.

Merry Christmas!

S.Cruver said...

Is this the denomination that Ian Paisley is a part of?

Paul J said...

Thanks for sharing your research, thoughts and humor on this blog. It has been helpful for me.

... Paul J

Mr Veale said...

The Free Presbyterian Church in Ulster is not linked to the ("wee free") Free Presbyterian Churches of Scotland.
As far as I know the Free Presbyterian Church in Ulster has no problem with Christmas. Both groups are Protestant Fundamentalists (the Free Presbyterian Church in Ulster explicitly so.)
The "wee frees" yearn to return to a Golden Age of reformed Orthodoxy, which like all Golden Ages, never existed. The Free Presbyterian Church in Ulster was founded as a response to the growth of "liberalism" and "ecumenism" in Irish Protestantism. (More controversially, it could be interpreted as a reaction to growing Catholic power in Northern Ireland).
So each Church is in full retreat from Modernity. (Can you blame them?) However the Free Presbyterian Church in Ulster would be closer to Bob Jones University in theology than it would to "Banner of Truth" publications.


jeff miller said...

Maybe it is not your local church's "job" to either condemn, nor espouse or promote, the culture's holiday calendar. This calender does not really belong to following Christ. The next event on "our" calendar is the second coming of Jesus. Other than commemorating His death until he comes, which we do at every fellowship meal, we really don't have our own calendar...rather we accommodate the culture's calendar and get on with our business of witnessing/martyring for Jesus until he comes. For an interesting look at how "Christmas" has developed into the modern powerhouse holiday that it is read Penne L. Restad's "Christmas in America: A History". It should probably be read annually just to keep some perspective.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

fliptop said...

Puritans disdained Christmas, partly because it was celebrated in early America (inherited from European tradition -- inherited in turn from ancient Romans) as a season of misrule. Their complaints about 'carnality' were not misguided. I'm not pro-Puritan here; just trying to put things into historical context. If what you knew of Christmas was strangers having sex in your front yard in front of your kids, or drunks banging on your doors in the middle of the night, or vandalism masquerading as a carnival atmosphere, you'd have a wee bit of a problem with Christmas, too. (and might we not all have a bit of a problem with Christmas's materialistic excesses?)