“Rebellious man has also used such memorials and symbology in a religious context, that is attributed to God, but for the benefit of the flesh. Those things done of man for God through the flesh will always detract (take away) from God’s glory no matter how noble the original or observed intent. This is why man must be submitted and led of the Holy Spirit. No good thing proceeds out of the heart of man – we must yield to God’s transforming power. Man always interjects his opinion and sentiment (things fleshly which tend to be foremost) in his religious endeavors and sees no wrong in it. Man has always been strongly attracted to fleshly things and has always been very rebellious to spiritual things that deny the flesh (proven over and over in scripture and observance). This is why God requires that we follow (obey) Him (God’s direction, leading, working). Man will always choose a wrong course that is based upon his desire. We are not to try and take the lead or make the decisions. What would have been the result if Moses had changed the pattern given by God for the tabernacle and its instruments? Exodus 25:9, “According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.” Exodus 25:40, “And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.” Perhaps an item or two could have been improved upon? No matter how one justifies his actions, refusal to obey God’s direction (as given) is transgression against God’s will. Deuteronomy 4:2, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” AND Deuteronomy 12:32, “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” So, what is the result when man takes the initiative and devises his own celebratory feast for God (adds to God’s observances)? The answer can be found in the observance of Christ-mass. What has come to be known as Christmas started as a Romish (Catholic) mass celebrating the birth of Christ. The date selected was the time of an established pagan feast that was adapted and “Christianized” and fallaciously (inaccurately, erroneously, doubtfully, untrustworthily) assigned as the date of Christ’s birth to appease and lure converts into the religious organization. Jeroboam devised such a date and feast out of his own heart to control the people (1 Kg 12:26-33). 1 Kings 12:33, “So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.” This event of Christmas was completely determined and authorized (instituted) by man and is nothing more than a tradition or requirement of man. Nowhere in the Bible are followers of Christ directed to celebrate His birthday nor how. Nowhere in the Bible is Christ’s birth date given. We must understand that Jesus’ existence is eternal and cannot be relegated by dates of man (Jn 1:1-3, Col 1:16-17). Jesus came (as a man – flesh and blood) denying His own will and only seeking that of the Father. Christ never exalted self, but rather died to self (the flesh). The observance of a godly birthday is flawed and is uncharacteristic of the nature of Christ (as He walked) and is dishonoring. The concept of a birthday looks at Jesus as a fleshly man given-in to the desire of the flesh rather than an exalted Lord who overcame the flesh to reconcile all to God through faith (which is opposite of the flesh). No doubt, Christ is now greatly exalted and victorious above all and is due worship, honor and praise. However, as a man, the Lord set the example of perfect obedience and submission to God and denial and death to the things of the flesh. The greatest understanding of this matter we could have is that it was not authorized by Christ, who is the head of the church (Eph 1:22, 4:15, 5:23, Col 1:18, 2:10) – the One whom we must follow. Christmas is a commandment of man (stop celebrating and see) and we are told not to add to God’s Words/commands (Deut 4:2). Let us consider that the Christmas that is now celebrated goes far beyond the observance of Jesus’ birth. Through the centuries paganism from all over the world has been interjected by man into this unauthorized celebration. This is a very worldly celebration that almost anyone feels comfortable participating in (fleshly). In other words, there is no condemnation or conviction of the flesh, but rather an exaltation (we are told to look at such fruit). To feed the flesh is to deny the Spirit (Gal 5:17, Rm 8:8).”
— David Neal
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.