Brothers and sisters, it is my conviction that the real “Christmas War” isn’t a conflict between the Church and the world but within the Church, that is, between us, and for crucial reasons.
The following excerpt is from:
IS THE KEEPING OF CHRISTMAS PLEASING TO THE LORD?
by Robert D. Gracey (1935)
“…My own suspicion is that Christmas-keeping was a device of Satan – who according to 2 Corinthians 11:14 is transformed into an angel of light with a view to creating a place where Christian and unconverted might eventually meet on common ground in the Name of the Lord Jesus. If my suspicion is correct, Satan’s plan would seem to have proved to be one of his masterpieces, for Christmas calls supreme attention to the birth of Jesus whereas it is unmistakably evident from the Scriptures that God would have us constantly engaged with the efficacy of His atoning death.
“Commemorating the Lord’s death involves reproach, which is true Christian ground. Heb. 13:13. Commemorating a day which is generally accepted as His birthday involves no reproach whatever; on the contrary, to fail to keep it is sure to cause misunderstanding and reproach.
“Evidently, therefore, not to keep the Day as the masses do is consistent for those who ‘esteem the reproach of Christ’, Heb. 11:26.”