Only God Can Make A Day Holy

From: 8 Reasons Christian Holidays Should Not Be Observed

“The acceptable way of worshiping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited to his own revealed will, that he may not be worshiped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representations or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scripture (Exod 20:4-6; Deut 4:15-20; 12:32; Mat 4:9-10; 15:9; Acts 17:25; Col 2:23).”

Westminster Confession of Faith 21:1

God forbids us from worshiping him “after our own heart and eyes,” because our fallen minds will cause us to go “a whoring;” true holiness is to worship God according to His commandments (Num. 15:39-40). Only the mind of God is able to guide us into holy worship, we are not able to do it ourselves. Man made holy days and ceremonies are an affront to the Head of the Church because man has no power or authority to sanctify days or to invent elements of worship “by art and man’s device” (Acts 17:29; cf. 1 Kings 12:33). Assigning spiritual significance to something Scripture doesn’t is the epitome of will worship (Col. 2:23), i.e. idolatry.

“What is idolatry, if this is not, to ascribe to rites of man’s devising, the power and virtue of doing that which none but He to whom all power in heaven and earth belongs can do?”

George Gillespie, A Dispute Against the English Popish Ceremonies, p. 192.

God alone has the prerogative and authority to set apart a special day of worship and rest. Human beings have no authority to sanctify a day, we cannot worship God as we please, we must worship God how He has told us He wants to be worshiped. Christ as Head of the Church has not sanctified any other day but the Lord’s Day for New Testament worship. Therefore, to add our own church calendar to Christ’s church calendar would be an affront to His headship over the Church. We ought to sanctify by observing what God has instituted, not by attempting to impress God by our ingenuity and innovation in worship.

“There is no power either civil or ecclesiastical can make an holy day: no King, no Kirk: only the Lord that made the day, and distinguished it from the night: he hath sanctified the seventh day…If the special sanctification of a day to an holy use dependeth upon Gods commandment and institution, then neither King nor Kirk representative may make an holy day.”

Perth Assembly, p. 67.

While Christmas and Easter may not be considered inherently holier than other days, they are “holy days” in the sense we are speaking here in respect to their purpose and use because they are set apart for religious exercises. Specific biblical texts must be chosen unlike the Lord’s Day where it is left free to teach any part of God’s Word. Unbiblical ceremonies are added, such as the lighting of candles, the waving of palm branches, and certain decorations with intended religious significance, all of which violate the Regulative Principle of Worship and subvert the headship of Christ over His Church. Thus, in actuality, the holy days of man’s appointment are not merely equal with, but “in solemnity surpass the moral Sabbath appointed by the Lord” (Ibid.).


6 thoughts on “Only God Can Make A Day Holy

  1. In the above article, reasons 3 and 4 enlightened me concerning the observance of Feast Days. I thought there was no harm in it if it is used for educating us about Christ’s fulfillment. Not so…


    1. FTA: The observation therefore of anniversary days even in respect of remembrance was to the Jews pedagogical, rudimentary and elementary, and consequently ceremonial… If the Jews had no anniversary solemnities to endure after Christ’s coming when they should be converted to Christianity, how can the observation of anniversary days be taken up by Christians?”

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  2. Wow! There was a children’s show on. It was dinosaurs and right on that show the mom didnosaur was saying how when she was little she celebrated the shortest day of the year-the winter solstice. They decorated their nest and another one said they went and got this special tree. They showed a picture of it…yep~an evergreen! It was right there-in the faces of many-but yet many professing Christianity still want to use a profane day to celebrate the Holy???? So thankful for God’s constant reminder to stay away! Even through a children’s show! I turned it off!

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    1. I looked up “Christmas” at a Bible website to see what scriptures would come up and every one of them showed the few scriptures there are of the incarnation. This is a hard fight! That website should have shown a “no results found.”

      Praises to our God who calls His own out from among them. May He raise up more watchmen not afraid to tell the truth to the brethren! amen!

      Have a blessed day, Elizabeth!

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  3. Just a note about the Sabbath Day. There is no where in the New Testament that says that the 7th day is sanctified for a holy day of sabbath rest nor that the 1st day of the week is sanctified as a holy day to gather together (though it certainly is a matter of Christian liberty and it is good for us to assemble together once a week, at least) because Christ Jesus is our Sabbath rest. All but that one commandment is mentioned in the New Testament.

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