Comparing Tenet 21 of Watchtower to the Holy Bible…Observance of Holidays


WATCHTOWER CLAIMS

Tenet 21 – Christians should not celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Easter, other similar Christian holidays, or secular holidays such as Mother’s Day or Independence Day. All such celebrations are regarded as pagan. wit.irr.org

Watchtower seems to have two objections to the above celebrations. 1.) Sometimes these celebrations are celebrated with drinking and debauchery 2.) They believe that Christmas is rooted in ancient pagan festivals, such as the Roman Saturnalia, a celebration dedicated to Saturn, the god of agriculture and that Trinitarians celebrate Easter. Watchtower wrongly teach that Christianity is a false religion and therefore it is wrong to celebrate Easter. They say the holidays do not please God.

THE BIBLE TEACHES

These holidays did not exist when the Bible was written. 

I find that Children learn much about the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ our Lord during these holiday seasons if we celebrate them as unto the Lord.

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Col. 3:17)

Children are to be told the story of God and His great love from generation to generation:

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. Psalm 145:4

Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. Joel 1:3

When we are accused we must remember that God has said:

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.” (Colossians 2:16)

“One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord.” (Romans 14:5-6a)

Is it wrong to be forced by a religion to observe certain holidays such as Lent or Sundays in Advent? Is it sinful to celebrate a person’s birthday? Joyful Heart Ministries has some interesting observations on these questions.

Isn’t Easter A Pagan Holiday?

Dr. Wilson, at the above site, reminds the Christian that each day of the week and each Month of our calendar is named for pagan gods. That doesn’t mean that we refuse to acknowledge when Monday, or Friday, or March rolls around. At Easter and Christmas we can worship the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father in the Holy Spirit. We should not miss this opportunity to worship and share the gospel, but rather:

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

As for observing Lent or other special days only because we’ve been told that we must, remember what we just learned:

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.” (Colossians 2:16)

“One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord.” (Romans 14:5-6a)

Again, we should observe special days that help us worship our Lord and Savior and give Him glory, but do so out of love, not legalism.

Birthdays, Independence Day, and anniversaries fall into a different category. They are not Christian or religious holidays. Birthdays are celebrating people, so, is it sinful to celebrate on someone’s birthday? The Bible does not directly address this.

At got?questions.org we read:

Whether or not a Christian celebrates a birthday, he should strive for a clear conscience and love of his brothers and sisters in Christ. Those who celebrate birthdays should not despise those who don’t, and those who don’t celebrate birthdays should not look down on those who do. As with all issues not specifically addressed in Scripture, we have the freedom to celebrate or not celebrate birthdays, according to personal preference.

For further reading: Is Birthday Celebration a Sin

CONCLUSION

God does not forbid any of these celebrations. Each person must decide according to his conscience and how well he understands the liberty we have in Christ, but Christians have a responsibility to teach each generation the story of Christ and His love. Christmas and Easter should be a time of worship, celebrating God’s love and teaching the younger generations. We should make certain that Christ is lifted up and that God gets the glory during these seasons and on these holidays.

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I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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