Christmas and Romans 14:5-6 by Joe Garnett

One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it .He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. Romans 14:5-6

Proponents of Christmas often appeal to these verses to defend their celebration of this pagan holy day. At first glance this scripture appears to support their position. But the Bible student should look closer, determining the context and whether this passage can have application to the syncretistic festival of Christmas. 

Most commentators teach that Romans 14 deals with Christian liberty. It does, by way of interpretation, only narrowly. By way of interpretation merely two problems are covered, that of whether or not to eat certain meats and whether or not to observe certain days. With regard to Christmas, it is needful that we deal only with the observing of days. 

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10 thoughts on “Christmas and Romans 14:5-6 by Joe Garnett

  1. For those who would like to use Romans 14:14
    I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

    FTA: To the casual reader, one problem that seems to jump off the page (IF Paul was not addressing a very specific and limited situation) is verse 14: “I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.” If we view this statement in a sort of ‘universal’ way, then Paul seems to be giving license for absolutely anything at all that would normally be considered ‘unclean.’ Many Christians use this verse to justify observances of questionable things. Yet, if that is what Paul meant, why does Revelation state that nothing “unclean” (same Greek word) will enter the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:27)?

    Of course, the literary context is speaking about food. It is the theme of the entire chapter, from beginning to end. The mention of observing ‘days’ is only mentioned briefly, right in the middle of his speaking about food, and appears to be only incidental to the main issue of food. The ‘days’ mentioned in this context (vss. 5-6a) seem absolutely linked to the issue of food by the context. Only by understanding the issue that Paul was dealing with historically will we be able to properly apply the principles of Christian liberty in this passage to any situations that we might face.

    FTA:It is apparent, however, that discussions of the use of Romans 14 and fellowship must continue due to the increased and widespread misuse of these verses by respected brethren who would include sinful doctrines and practices in local fellowships.

    Since Romans 14 applies only to matters of authorized liberties, each Christian can follow his own con-science, “being fully assured in his own mind” (v. 5). Can each Christian also follow his own conscience, “being fully assured in his own mind,” about sinful doctrines and practices? If so, truth is subjective instead of objective and situation ethics becomes a viable option.

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  2. I am going to have to share this!!! For some reason I can;t re-blog from article I have to share-I don’t know if it is because of Google Chrome that I have to use now on this computer.

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    1. Elizabeth, share in any way anything from this blog that you want. I put this blog together as a one stop source so everything belongs to everyone for any good and godly use. Loves ya, sis! God bless you! \o/

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