The Holy Spirit, through the Apostle Paul, warned the church of seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Never in the history of the church have we seen this scripture come alive as we do today in the modern church. It is the endeavor of New Light Christian Center Church to reestablish Godly character in the celebration of certain public holidays, removing the perversions of the devil and the lust of the flesh, placing God back on the throne and casting down idols which have been established by men.
It is our prayer that each church family will bring this vital area of their life into harmony with God's will. We understand that this is an area that is steeped deeply in family tradition, yet Jesus himself warned of this in Mark 7:13, "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which you have delivered: and many such like things do ye." We believe you will agree with us when we say, "We should obey God, rather than man."
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rediments of the world, and not after Christ." (Colossians 2:8)
"True spirituality covers all of reality. There are things that the Bible tells us as absolutes which are sinful which do not conform to the character of God. But aside from these, the Lordship of Christ covers all of life and all of life equally. It is not only that true spirituality covers all of life, but it covers all parts of the spectrum of life equally. In this sense, there is nothing concerning reality that is not spiritual." (Francis A. Shaeffer; A Christian Manifesto, 1981).
"See that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15-17).
Every aspect of daily life affects our walk with Christ. Indeed, all of life is training for eternity. This is why God placed such tremendous importance on His words, His laws, His precepts, and His statutes to us and to our children continually and in every endeavor. (Deuteronomy 6:1-25). God requires this of us because ". . . thou are an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth." (Deuteronomy 7:6).
God knew quite well when He gave the great commandments that His people would easily forget their covenant with Him and be enticed by other Gods and the things of the world. God also knew that His people would need to be reminded constantly of His promises, provisions, principles, and power, or they would turn from loving Him and His words would not be in their hearts. God knew that when he gave the feasts and High Holy days to the nation of Israel (Leviticus 23:1-44), in their annual observance the people would teach their children of faith and heritage they had through their covenant with Him. The Holy days which God established were and still are platforms for God to instruct His people from. In type and shadow, each aspect of these celebrations revealed prophetically God's plan for redemption as fulfilled in Jesus Christ and was vividly, systematically, and repeatedly displayed and remembered year after year, generation to generation. No aspect of any culture more reveals its relationship to God than the way in which it celebrates and what it chooses to pass on to its children through ritual and tradition. As Christians, we must take a hard look at our motives and actions and "In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path" (Proverbs 3:6). In the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, Jesus called us to be salt and light to the world, reminding us that our lights could be hidden, and that salt having lost its savor is worthless (Matthew 5:13-16).
It is necessary to question the values taught by holiday traditions. Christmas and Easter are examples of Christian celebrations whose meaning and teaching have been observed by traditional customs which have little to do with the intended purpose of these observances. Many Christians have sought to redeem these holidays and there are varied personal convictions.
It is important to recognize that most of the symbols and observances we are all so familiar with have been promoted by the card and candy industries over the last century to such an extent that the original meaning has been forgotten. The toy and entertainment aspect of holidays are within themselves even more alarming in their potential for fostering lifestyles contrary to biblical truth. In the case of "Christian Holidays," much of modern tradition, as we shall show, is rooted in pagan rites. The adoption of such customs associated with the worship of false gods may have been politically or socially expedient in the early years A.D., but the 20th century church is inundated with media; printed, filmed, taped, and pumped; designed to place emphasis on materialism and humanism and less emphasis on spiritual life through Jesus Christ. The obvious avoidance of Jesus as the central character of Christmas and Easter reveals plainly the spirit of the Antichrist desiring to point to anything or anyone other than God and His plan of redemption.
New Year's, Valentines, and even Thanksgiving are celebrated in ways so contrary to the walk of holiness or sanctification that we, as Christians, need to take a hard look at the effect these times have on our relationship with God. The acid test of all behavior is in asking a simple question: "Would Jesus participate in this?" Why should this test be avoided where holidays and traditions are concerned?
The following is an overview of customs and origins of Holidays popularly celebrated in the United States. Some are omitted, such as Presidents Day, Flag Day, and more. These are memorial or commemorative observances for the purpose of remembering our heritage and honoring national heroes and/or accomplishments, and their meaning, symbolism and, traditions are not particularly controversial. The facts stated here are readily available from most collegiate encyclopedias.