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Holidays and Observances

People often celebrate holidays without thinking about their origin; where they came from or what they mean. Even holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter that are important to most Christians, and most Americans, have been trivialized with commercial, and sometimes pagan, attachments. This can be especially true of holidays or observances considered to be less serious or even frivolous

The Bible indicates that in observing, on not observing days it is to be done “unto the Lord,” Romans 14:1-6. The Apostle Paul said in Colossians 2:14-16 that we are not to be judged over not observing an Old Testament “holyday.” But, in I Corinthians 2:15 that the Christian is to, “judge all things.” So, you are to judge, but that judgment should be in line with Scripture: “what saith the scripture?” – Galatians 4:30 We should also consider how our actions may affect, or influence, others. The Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 8:4, 7, 9, “As concerning therefore the eating of  those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one…

Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled…

But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. The Christian is given the clear and simple guiding principle “… Abstain from all appearance of evil.  – I Thessalonians 5:22

The Christian is not to be “yoked” (joined) to those things that are clearly a bad testimony - II Corinthians 6:14-18. He has liberty in those things that are not inherently sinful, but is not to allow his liberty to become a stumbling block to the weaker brother.

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