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JEHOVAH WITNESS - THE CROSS & HOLIDAYS

 

I THE SYMBOL OF THE CROSS

1a Stated: The wearing or display of the cross is contrary to God’s will for three reasons

1b Christ did not die on a cross but on a stake

1c The word for cross when used in some contexts can mean a “stake”

2c Thus in their translations:

1d Cross is replaced by the words “torture stake” (Heb. 12:2; Phil. 2:8)

2d Crucifixion is replaced by the words “impaled” (1 Cor. 2:2, 8)

2b The concept of a cross comes from early pagan worship (as early as the Babylonian religion) and was introduced to the church when pagans began entering the church at the time of Emperor Constantine

3b No instrument of death should be cherished (especially if used on a loved one)

2a Considered

1b #1: the term “cross” speaks of a cross not a stake

1c The term when you in the context of the Roman form of execution always speaks of the cross not a stake well before Christ’s time

2c Because the vertical member was left in the ground and the cross member was then placed down on it, one can understand where they came up with the reference to a stake

2b #2: the symbol of the cross

1c The cross as a symbol is used repeatedly in the NT Church as something to glory in (Gal. 6:14)

2c The execution of a loved one is dreaded event unless it is a sacrifice of great love and power as our Lord’s was – memorial day

3b #3: It does not matter whether the instrument was a stake or a crossed member – the importance is that Christ died for our sins!

3a Summarized: this is a mark often of a false Christianity – to make issues over the trivial to appear separate and better than others (1 Tim. 6:20; 2 Tim. 2:16, 23; Titus 3:9)

II HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS

1a Secular Holidays

1b Stated: All holidays or celebrations centered on individuals, nations, or 

organizations are wrong to practice

1c We are exalting the creation not the Creator (Rom. 1:25)

1d No birthdays

2d No mother’s day

3d No father’s day

4d No 4th of July

5d No presidents day

6d Memorial Day

7d Veterans Day

2c The Christian is to keep himself separated from the world (John 5:29)

2b Considered: the error in this doctrine is seen in three points

1c #1: The Bible never condemns celebrating secular holidays as long they fall within two important perimeters

1d Involves sinful or unbiblical conduct: Halloween (1 Cor. 10:31)

2d Violate the law of conscience

1e Cause a you to sin (Rom. 14:5-6)

2e Cause a fellow Saint to sin (1 Cor. 8:7-13)

3e Cause a stumbling to the unbeliever (1 Cor. 10:25-30)

2c #2: God did not oppose secular celebrations (1 Cor. 8:9-11)

3c #3: The celebration of a birthday is not to exalt the individual but to show love and appreciation for them – likewise Presidents day, July 4th, etc.

2a Religious Holidays: Easter and Christmas

1b Stated: Easter and Christmas as they are celebrated by most Christians and the world are against God’s will

1c They have practices which have their roots in pagan worship or practice

1d Easter: Hot cross buns and coloring of eggs – carryover from Babylonian Religion

2d Christmas: the conversion of the Roman holiday that worshipped Saturn into a Christian holiday

2c They are not commanded of God to be worshipped – the only thing commanded to be remembered is the death of Christ in Communion (1 Cor. 11:24-26)

3c They were not celebrated by the early Church

2b Examined the error in this doctrine is seen in five points

1c Pagan roots do not necessary disqualify something from present use (1 Cor. 10:25-31)

1d The design of Solomon’s temple is similar to pagan temple

2d The term propitiation (Rom. 3:25; 1 Jn. 2:2; 4:10)

2c The absence of a practice in the Scriptures does not mean it is prohibited: we are not commanded to have a choir, use an organ or piano, etc. but that does not make it wrong

3c There are some historical records that indicate that these were celebrated in the early church

1d The reason the church worshipped on the first day was to commemorate the resurrection of Christ

2d The early practice of Epiphany seems to have been tied into this

4c The misuse of something good does not make it invalid: Knives and cars are misuse – is it wrong to go on using them?

3b Applied: The guidelines to be followed by a Christian are as follows:

1c Are there aspects of my practice of the celebration that are contradictory to scriptural teaching?

2c What effect will this have on my testimony among unbelievers?

3c Cause a brother or sister to stumble into sin?

4c Will this interfere in my relationship with God?