Scroll down for many free Reformation resources (MP3s, videos, books), Reformers' quotes, and much more against keeping the Christ-mass. Also, study the second and fourth commandments, in the books and sermons of the best Puritans, Covenanters and Reformers, for many more reasons why Christmass keeping violates both these commandments and is therefor sin.
"The regulative principle of worship has clear implications for those who want to promote the celebration of Christmas. The Regulative Principle forces those who celebrate Christmas to prove from Scripture that God has authorized the celebrating of such a day. This, in fact, is impossible." - From the free online book The Regulative Principle of Worship and Christmas by Brian Schwertley (CLICK HERE).
"Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. " (Jer. 10:2-4).
BEST FREE MP3s REFUTING CHRISTMAS FROM THE BIBLE
Christmas Is Part Of Roman Catholic (Papacy/Antichrist) Missionary Strategy And High-Handed Idolatry
"Christmas was not celebrated by the apostolic church.
It was not celebrated during the first few centuries of the church. As late as A.D. 245, Origen (Hom. 8 on Leviticus) repudiated the idea of keeping the birthday of Christ, "as if he were a king Pharaoh." By the middle of the 4th century, many churches in the Latin west were celebrating Christmas.During the 5th century, Christmas became an official Roman Catholic holy day. In A.D. 534, Christmas was recognized as an official holy day by the Roman state.
The reason that Christmas became a church holy day has nothing to do with the Bible. The Bible does not give the date of Christ's birth. Nowhere in the Bible are we commanded to celebrate Christmas.
Christmas (as well as many other pagan practices) was adopted by the Roman church as a missionary strategy."
- From: The Regulative Principle of Worship and Christmas by Brian Schwertley (Free Online Book)
This book is must reading if you are a Christian (especially if you are a Calvinist, as this book deals with the sovereignty of God over worship) and you are studying Christmass or any of the worship issues! Schwertley also makes the application of Sola Scriptura to worship in this important work. FREE in MP3 format: The Regulative Principle of Worship and Christmas by Brian Schwertley.
THE BEST 3 FREE REFORMED MP3s EVER PREACHED ON CHRISTMAS (CHRIST-MASS)
Christmas Condemned By Christ (1/3) by Greg Price (Puritan Worship Series)
Christmas Condemned By Christ (2/3) by Greg Price (Puritan Worship Series)
Christmas Condemned By Christ (3/3) by Greg Price (Puritan Worship Series)
SET SUMMARY: Greg Price shows how the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ directly condemns all man-invented holy days.
Scripture and history are brought to bear most specifically on the celebration of Christ-mass, demonstrating why it is a sin to celebrate this day.
It is also noted that Scripture never commands the celebration of this day and that there is no evidence that Christ and the Apostles ever celebrated this day -- in fact, this sycretism of paganism and "Babylonian" Christianity was not first celebrated until 354 A.D. (when December 25 was chosen, in accord with the Pagan feast of Saturnalia, as the day of "celebration").
Price also clearly shows that to call yourself Reformed while you hold on to this Roman Catholic/Pagan monument of idolatry makes for a serious contradiction in your testimony -- as the best Reformed churches have always disciplined those (in accord with Scriptural teaching) who broke the second and fourth commandments by keeping antichristian festival days like Christ-mass, Easter, etc.
Citations from Martin Luther, John Calvin and the company of Geneva Pastors, the Church of Scotland's First Book of Discipline, the 1620 Dutch Synod, the Civil Government of Holland (1625), the British Colonies in the U.S. and the Westminster Assembly all speak with one voice against this Romish corruption.
Common objections against the classic Reformed position are also answered.
For more information see,
Christmas: A Biblical Critique by Kevin Reed (free online book).
There are 112 Reformation resources (books, MP3s and videos) under the category "Holy Days (Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Etc.)," and you get 1,960 search results in 268 documents if you search for "Christmas" using the Master Search Index, on the Puritan Hard Drive. Moreover, all your search results are presented in a very easy-to-use format, with one line of context for each result, situated under the book title and author for every result. You may also click on any result line and the Puritan Hard Drive will open the book to the correct page and highlight "Christmas" (in this case), or any word or phrase that you used as your original search query.
A fantastic series refuting 'Protestants' on the road to Rome! The first sermon in this important series exposes how some modern Protestants are leading people astray from biblical (Reformation) teaching on worship and holy days -- and right into the arms of Papal Antichrist! Schwertley mentions and/or convincingly refutes errors by James Jordan, Horne, Meyers, Strawbridge, Steve Schlissel, R.J. Gore, John Frame, Peter Leithart, Doug Wilson, and Norman Shepherd. Sadly, though a number of these men first headed toward Rome regarding worship they are now even polluting the doctrine of justification by faith alone, in a further step toward adopting Romish heresies. First they rejected sound teaching related to the second commandment (worship) and now are further apostatizing by promoting errors in opposition to the first commandment (on justification by faith alone). This message is must listening for everyone who who seeks to follow the Lord, as He has revealed Himself in Scripture, in all things. Remember that the Lord Jesus Christ said in John 14:15, "If ye love me, keep my commandments," and in Matthew 15:9, "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men," -- then ask yourself, "Where in Scripture is Christ-mass keeping commanded by God"?
History of Holy Days (Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, etc.) by Dr. Steven Dilday (7 Free MP3s)sd
An sensational series of sermons and a "must listen" for all seekers after truth who are interested in what the Bible teaches about holy days (holidays), including
Christmas and Easter.
This set of messages is certainly among
the best series of sermons we have heard on holy days, excepting Dr. Dilday's position on headcoverings (see The Customary Practice Of Headcoverings: An Exegetical/Historical Study Of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Presented In A Series Of Letters by Greg Price).
Faithful listeners will be well rewarded for investing time in listening to all seven messages below.
History of Holy Days (1/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
History of Holy Days (2/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
History of Holy Days (3/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
History of Holy Days (4/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
History of Holy Days (5/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
History of Holy Days (6/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
History of Holy Days (7/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
The crowning sermon of this fine series on little heard Bible truth related to removing Antichrist's holy days, removing the monuments to idolatry of the Papal Antichrist, the duty of the civil magistrate [rulers] in these matters, errors of Dispensationalism, the egalitarian American amendments to the Westminster Confession of Faith, Jonathan Edwards on Antichrist and his holy days, David Steel on separation, etc.
Dr. Steven Dilday is a major modern-day Reformation scholar and has produced an amazing series of messages in the "History of Holy Days" series featured above. Dr. Dilday is also Pastor of Liberty and Grace Reformed Church in Northern Virginia, President of The Matthew Poole Project, Professor of Hebrew and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Puritan History and Literature at Whitefield Theological Seminary. He also directs the Master of Theology degree in "Ecclesiastical Latin" at Whitefield Theological Seminary. Dr. Dilday is currently translating the "Synopsis" written by the Puritan Divine, Matthew Poole.This project when completed will consist of approximately 82 volumes. Dr. Dilday's comments on the Puritan Hard Drive follow below.
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In this present time, a great many Presbyterians (particularly in North America) have forgotten and implicitly (perhaps unwittingly) rejected their Presbyterian heritage. Strangely,
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Although the Westminster Assembly produced a beautiful statement of soteriological Calvinism, the histories clearly demonstrate that soteriology was not the principle focus, nor chief interest, of the Assembly.
The Westminster Assembly was primarily concerned with uniformity in worship (in accordance with the Regulative Principle), the form of church government (Presbyterianism jus divinum), and Church-State relations (the Establishment Principle). It is a sad irony that the great and distinctive attainments of the Westminster Assembly have been ignored and rejected by so many Westminster confessing churches.
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Click here for more FREE ONLINE MP3s, VIDEOS and TEXT RESOURCES from the best Puritan, Covenanter, Presbyterian, Reformed Baptist authors and preachers, on the Biblical view of holy days (including CHRISTMAS, EASTER, Etc.)
More free MP3s against Antichrist's holy days (Christmas, Easter, etc.)
History of Holy Days (Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, etc.) by Dr. Steven Dilday (SWRB Blog)
Is Christmas Christian? Part I by Brian Schwertley
Is Christmas Christian? Part II by Brian Schwertley
Historical Overview of Christmas by Brian Schwertley
XMAS (Christmas) by A.W. Pink
Christmas: A Biblical Critique by Kevin Reed, D.W. Cason, et al.
Presbyterians Do Not Observe Christmas, Easter, etc. (A Reformation Argument Against Popish Holy Days) by Samuel Miller
CHRISTMAS, REFORMED ICONOCLASM, THE SCRIPTURAL LAW OF WORSHIP & WE NEED A NEW WAR AGAINST THE IDOLS!
Days, Months, Seasons and Years by Brian Schwertley This sermons sets forth the classic Puritan, Presbyterian and Reformation view of holy days against human inventions in the worship of God, including the liturgical calendar. This message also looks at and refutes some modern arguments by wayward Christians who try to justify what the Devil loves and Scripture condemns regarding holy days. It also upholds, based on the second and fourth commandments (or what is sometimes called the "Scriptural Law of Worship" or the "Regulative Principle of Worship"), the Lord's Day or Christian Sabbath. This MP3 also deals with the "adiaphora" or "things indifferent" argument anddemonstrates who is really legalistic when the issue of holy days is debated.
Christian Opposition To Man-Made Holy Days (Christmas, Easter, etc.) by James Gilfillan
Christmas: Why Protestants Oppose Its Celebration by Evangelist
A Puritan Reformed Discussion of Holy Days (Lord's Day/Christian Sabbath, Christmas, Easter, etc.) by Greg Barrow
MERRY CHRISTMAS SAYS THE ANTICHRIST... THE POPE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING THE CHRIST-MASS
"Christmas was accurately depicted (by the Puritans - ed.) by such names as the Profane Man's Ranting Day, the Superstitious Man's Idol Day, the Papist's Massing Day, the Old Heathen's Feasting Day, the Multitude's Idle Day, and Satan - that Adversary's - Working Day."- X-Mas: The Biggest Pagan Holiday/Holyday of the Year by Dr. Scott Johnson
Introductory Essay to John Knox's True and False Worship by Kevin Reed
True and False Worship: A Vindication of the Doctrine that the Sacrifice of the Mass is Idolatry (1550) by John Knox
More Puritan and Reformed Quotes on Christmas (Christ Mass)
"I would to God that every holy day (including Christmas - ed.) whatsoever besides the Lord's day were abolished. That zeal which brought them first in, was without all warrant of the Word, and merely followed corrupt reason, forsooth to drive out the holy days of the pagans, as one nail drives out another. Those holy days have been so tainted with superstitions that I wonder we tremble not at their very names." - Martin Bucer, cited in William Ames, A Fresh Suit Against Human Ceremonies in God's Worship (1633) , pp. 359-60.
In the pure Apostolical times there was no Christ-mass day observed in the Church of God. We ought to keep to the primitive Pattern. That Book of Scripture which is called, The Acts of the Apostles, saith nothing of their keeping Christ's Nativity as an Holy-day. The [Cent. 2.] Centuriators, and many others take notice that in the first Ages of the New-Testament Church, there were no stated Anniversary Holy-days among Christians. Easter was kept a long time before the Feast of the Nativity, and yet the Apostles never ordained that, as [Lib. 5. c. cap. 22.] Socrates (the most excellent of the Ancient Ecclesiastical Historians) does truly observe. Had there been the least hint of any such day observed in the primitive times, learned Vossius would have told the world of it. One [Voetius in Disput. de Nativ. Christi. p. 22.] saith of him, Si pergama dextra defendi possunt etiam hac defensa fuissent . But he acknowledges that the Feast of Christ's Nativity was not kept in the first nor yet in the second Century. After Prelatical writers have said all they can say, Chemnitius [ Contra Conc. Trial. part. 4 de Festis. p. 262.] his words will be found true. Anniversarium diem Natalis Christi celebratum fuisse, apud vetustissimos nunquam legitur . The most Ancient writers speak not the least word concerning the celebration of Christ's Birth-day.
The word Christ-mass is enough to cause such as are studious of reformation to dislike what shall be known by a name so superstitious. Why should Protestants own any thing which has the name of Mass in it? How unsuitable is it to join Christ and Mass together? i.e., Christ and Antichrist. But what Communion has light with Darkness, and what concord hath Christ with Belial? 2 Cor. 6:15. some of the Jesuits [So the Rhemists.] have advised that endeavours should be used to keep up their old terms and names, such as Priest, Altar, Christ-mass, Candlemass, and the like, hoping that by means thereof in time the things would follow the Names whereby their memory is preserved."
Increase Mather's Testimony Against that Prophane and Superstitious Custom of Christ-mass Keeping.
George Gillespie, one of the Scottish Commissioners to the Westminster Assembly, and one of the greatest theologians since the days of the Apostles, writes,
"By communicating with idolaters in their rites and ceremonies, we ourselves become guilty of idolatry; even as Ahaz, 2 Kings 16:10, was an idolater, eo ipso, that he took the pattern of an altar from idolaters. Forasmuch, then, as kneeling before the consecrated bread, the sign of the cross, surplice, festival days (like Christmas-ed.), bishopping, bowing down to the altar, administration of the sacraments in private places, etc., are the wares of Rome, the baggage of Babylon, the trinkets of the whore, the badges of Popery, the ensigns of Christ's enemies, and the very trophies of antichrist, -- we cannot conform, communicate and symbolise with the idolatrous Papists in the use of the same, without making ourselves idolaters by participation.
Shall the chaste spouse of Christ take upon her the ornaments of the whore? Shall the Israel of God symbolise with her who is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt? Shall the Lord's redeemed people wear the ensigns of their captivity? Shall the saints be seen with the mark of the beast?
Shall the Christian church be like the antichristian, the holy like the profane, religion like superstition, the temple of God like the synagogue of Satan?" (A Dispute Against English Popish Ceremonies, in Gillespie's Works volume one, p. 80, SWRB reprint, or as free MP3s at A Dispute Against the English Popish Ceremonies emphases added).
RELATED SERMONS SERIES ON THE LORD'S DAY, CHRISTMAS, ETC. by GREG PRICE
Likely the best audio series you will ever hear on the Lord's Day (fourth commandment)!
Sermon five deals with Christmas in light of the previous teaching of Scripture on the Lord's Day.
Remember the Sabbath Day by Greg Price
Five free MP3s, the fifth deals with Christmas, Easter, etc.
Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day
(Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 21)
Best extra-biblical book ever written!
I. The light of nature showeth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all; is good, and doeth good unto all; and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might. But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that
he may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation or any other way not prescribed in the holy Scripture (emphases added).
VII. As it is of the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in his Word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment, binding all men in all ages, he hath particularly appointed one day in seven for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him: which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which in Scripture is called the Lord's Day, and is to be continued to the end of the world as the Christian Sabbath (emphases added).
Related Sermons (Free MP3s and More!)
BLOG: DO DEMONS LOVE CHRISTMAS?
Shows how Satan loves his demon-inspired, man-made holy days, this instance being a clear example of one of the ways in which devils come as "angels of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14), feigning unscriptural religiosity to deceive the ignorant and scandalous.
When the church has been at her strongest these Papist/Pagan/demonic holy-days (Christmass, Easter, etc.) have been matters of discipline, as noted in the free online quotes at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/freebook/holyday.htm. These quotes also demonstrate that civil sanctions, in accord with Scripture, have at times also been enacted. For example,
It was for this very reason that in Calvin's Geneva you could have been fined or imprisoned for celebrating Christmas. It was at the request of the Westminster Assembly that the English Parliament in 1644 passed an act forbidding the observance of Christmas, calling it a heathen holiday. In an appendix to their 'Directory for the Public Worship of God' the Westminster divines said: 'There is no day commanded in scripture to be kept holy under the gospel but the Lord's day, which is the Christian Sabbath. Festival days, vulgarly called 'Holy-days', having no warrant in the word of God, are not to be continued.' (See also, James Bannerman, The Church of Christ, Vol. I, pages 406-420). When the Puritans came to America they passed similar laws. The early New Englanders worked steadily through December 25, 1620, in studied neglect of the day. About 40 years later the General Court of Massachusetts decreed punishment for those who kept the season: '...anyone who is found observing, by abstinence from labor, feasting, or any other way, any such days as Christmas Day, shall pay for every such offense five shillings'" (Is Christmas Christian?, Schneider, http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/Xmas_ch2.htm).
Liturgical Antinomianism by Brian Schwertley (8 free MP3s) A series of sermons about how Roman Catholic idolatry enters Protestantism. This whole MP3 series contains very important messages about how Satan is corrupting the worship of God in our day, using men (like James Jordan, John Frame, Doug Wilson, Steve Schlissel, Jeffrey Meyers, Vern Poythress, et al.) who claim some connections to the Reformed faith, but who, in reality, teach principles of worship much closer to Rome and the Papacy than to the Reformation and the best Reformers. To find out why John Calvin would have excommunicated both John Frame and James Jordan, given the idolatrous nature of their beliefs and public teaching regarding worship, please see http://www.swrb.com/newslett/a ctualNLs/frameexc.htm. The free article, "A Warning Against the False and Dangerous Views of James Jordan Concerning Worship," is at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/a ctualNLs/blastjj.htm and will also expose more about the heresy and idolatry noted throughout Brian Schwertley's "must hear" MP3 series entitled "Liturgical Antinomianism." This series also contains many clues as to how Papal superstition (Roman Catholicism) and will worship (idolatry) is introduced into Protestant Churches. Sermon four is a much needed study refuting the nonsense, idolatry and heresy of James Jordan. More refuting James Jordan the can be found at http://www.swrb.com/newslett /freebook/refworsh.htm (search for "Jordan"). The following quote, from Kevin Reed's, The Canterbury Tales, is apropos,
In a Lutheran/Anglican posture, Mr. Jordan is asserting that the church has been granted broad discretionary power to establish means of worship. This is similar to the Anabaptist notions, which allow the 'moving of the Spirit' to govern the present activities of the church, without any direct appeal to the law of God.
In both cases, the church has the power to worship God according to the devices of men. However, the Anabaptist opts for subjectivism (due to an emphasis on individualism); the other opts for traditionalism (with an emphasis on the corporate consensus). Yet, the law of God rejects both a subjective appeal (Deut. 12:8), and an appeal to the consensus (Deut. 12:30-31). Rather, the biblical admonition directs men to the scriptural pattern of worship (Deut. 12:32).
In sermon eight Brian Schwertley conclusively demonstrates how Jordan's views on worship are seriously flawed and how his writings "often show more charity toward Papists, than toward the Reformed faith" (p. 28,
Canterbury Tales by Kevin Reed).
What Fellowship Hath Christ and Belial? by Douglas W. Comin
An examination of the religious celebration of Christmas in light of the Scriptural duty of separation and the Regulative Principle of worship. Below is a quote from the article.
The real meaning of Christmas is compromise - a sinful fusion between the worship of the true God and the worship of the pagan world that was instituted by a church which was not prepared to cast down the idols of the nations and burn the Asherah poles - or Yule logs - and enforce the pure worship of the God of the Bible. We must not join with them. We must not follow in the ways of Jeroboam, son of Nebat. We must not be yoked together with unbelievers. Let us reclaim instead the glory and delight of the Lord's Holy Day and learn to call the Sabbath a delight. Let us rejoice together in the precious sacrament which Jesus has given to His Church as a celebration of His life, death, and resurrection. And in doing these things we are promised a blessing from God: "Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing and I will receive you and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God."
Christmas-Keeping and the Reformed Faith David W. Cason
Why No Christmas or Easter by Loughbrickland Reformed Presbyterian Church
Brian Abshire's Justifications of Christmas Refuted, Part 1 by Brian Schwertley
Brian Abshire's Justifications of Christmas Refuted, Part 2 by Brian Schwertley
Reasons Against Festival Days, Christmas, Easter, Etc. by David Calderwood (By the Perth Assembly) 4 Free MP3s
Increase Mather's Testimony Against that Prophane and Superstitious Custom of Christ-mass Keeping.
An Article from the Reformed Presbyterian Magazine on Christmas.
An Article from the Reformation Advocate Magazine on Christmas Trees.
An Article from the Reformation Advocate on Faith in Christmas.
An Article from the Associate Presbyterian Magazine on Christmas.
Martin Luther on Holydays
The Puritan Principle of Worship by Dr. William Young
Free Protestant HoHo (i.e. Christ-mass) Carols
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For more free resources on the regulative principle of worship, Christmas, etc., please see Reformation Worship Against Arminianism In Worship.
The Scriptural Law (Regulative Principle) of Worship by William H. Vincent
Regulative Principle of Worship in the New Testament by Greg Price
Regulative Principle of Worship in the Old Testament by Greg Price
PAGAN ORIGINS OF BIRTHDAYS & BIRTHDAYS THE HIGHEST OF ALL HOLY DAYS (HOLIDAYS) IN THE SATANIC BIBLE
"The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ... Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church. Irenaeus and Tertullian omit it from their lists of feasts; Origen, glancing perhaps at the discreditable imperial Natalitia, asserts (in Lev. Hom. viii in Migne, P.G., XII, 495) that in the Scriptures sinners alone, not saints, celebrate their birthday
... The well-known solar feast, however, of Natalis Invicti, celebrated on 25 December, has a strong claim on the responsibility for our December date. For the history of the solar cult, its position in the Roman Empire, and syncretism with Mithraism, see Cumont's epoch-making "Textes et Monuments" etc... Though Rome gives three Masses to the Nativity only, Ildefonsus, a Spanish bishop, in 845, alludes to a triple mass on Nativity, Easter, Whitsun, and Transfiguration (P.L., CVI, 888)." - From The Catholic Encyclopedia.
"Of all the feasts throughout the year the celebration of Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are the most popular... The date of December 25 was established about the year 320, and the Popes seem to have chosen the twenty-fifth day of December principally to divert the attention of the people from the celebration of a pagan feast of the Mithras cult which was called the "Birthday of the Unconquered Sun" (Natalis Solis Invicti)... Throughout the Middle Ages, Christmas came to be celebrated more and more. Especially during the period from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries all the arts and crafts of the Christian nations were made serviceable to the festivities associated with the Nativity of the Saviour. Plays and songs, carols and dances, spices and flowers, images and statues - all creation was made to serve the celebration of the feast. The foundation of all these customs and traditions was always Holy Mass - the Christ-Mass - the Divine Office and the sacramentals. The unfortunate zeal of the Puritans has certainly influenced the American celebration of Christmas. It is very difficult in our day to realize that Christmas was outlawed in New England until the second half of the last century. As late as 1870, classes were held in the public schools of Boston on Christmas day, and any truant pupil was gravely punished or even publicly dismissed from school." - "Meaning and History of Christmas," CatholicCulture.org.
"For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies." (Rev. 18:3)
"Christmas. This is the name of the day on which is wont to be celebrated the idolatrous Romish sacrifice of the mass, in honor of the birth of Christ. As nearly as can be now ascertained, the day was first set apart for this purpose by the authority of the bishop at Rome, toward the close of the fourth century, or early in the fifth. ... We do not acknowledge the authority of its appointment. If the religious observance of Christmas was divinely enjoined upon us, or if we had evidence in the writings of the apostles, that they observed it, or that they taught the churches which they established to do so, then we should feel ourselves obliged to observe the day. But as Protestants, we long ago abjured the authority of the Pope of Rome, and we still utterly repudiate his right to legislate for us, either over our consciences or our conduct. It was an essential principle of the Reformation, which we hold to have been sound, and the only principle which could have been safe, to reject every thing which appeared manifestly to be of human contrivance, and thus to carry the church back, both in its doctrines and its practices, to the incorrupt simplicity of the apostolic times." - "Christmas," from The Reformed Presbyterian magazine, January, 1851.
"The Romish Church, in opposition to the word of God, has a great multiplicity of annually returning sacred seasons. The 25th day of December is one of those seasons; at which time, originally, a heathen festival was held. 'This day was next baptized into a Romish mass for the birth of Christ.' The truth is, the day of Christ's nativity has been irrecoverably lost. Had this date been designed for special religious veneration, its date would have been preserved in the Holy Record, and a divine command given for its proper observance. The absence both of the date and command, makes it as clear to us as a sunbeam, that the natal day of our Saviour, even were it known, should not be honored by any religious observance whatsoever." - "Christmas," from The Associate Presbyterian Magazine, February, 1879.
"And next in particular, concerning festival days findeth that in the explication of the first head of the first book of discipline it was thought good that the feasts of Christmas, Circumcision, Epiphany, with the feasts of the Apostles, Martyrs, and Virgin Mary be utterly abolished because they are neither commanded nor warranted by Scripture and that such as observe them be punished by Civil Magistrates. Here utter abolition is craved and not reformation of abuses only and that because the observation of such feasts have no warrant from the word of God." - The Acts of the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland, December 10, Session 17, 1638, pp. 37-38.