SPURGEON: Did he celebrate Christmas?
The following excerpt is taken from this sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who hasbeen regarded by pastors of numerous denominations as the “Prince of Preachers”.
Spurgeon’s understanding of Christmas in 1855 was it was Catholic not Protestant
Spurgeon did not celebrate Christmas as stated by him in 1856
Spurgeon told his church in 1857 to use Christmas gatherings for evangelism
Spurgeon did preach on the birth of Christ during Christmastime in 1859 and 1868
Spurgeon’s learning brought him to believe Christmas to be of pagan origin in 1871
Spurgeon no longer preached on Christmas after 1871. He died in 1892.
Christmas was a witch’s sabbath used by Catholics on their festival calender and was generally suppressed both in England and the American colonies by the Protestants
The following excerpt is from Spurgeon’s last message on Christmas in 1871.
“WE HAVE NO superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Saviour; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. Superstition has fixed most positively the day of our Saviour’s birth, although there is no possibility of discovering when it occurred. Fabricius gives a catalogue of 136 different learned opinions upon the matter; and various divines invent weighty arguments for advocating a date in every month in the year. It was not till the middle of the third century that any part of the church celebrated the nativity of our Lord; and it was not till very long after the Western church had set the example, that the Eastern adopted it. Because the day is not known, therefore superstition has fixed it; while, since the day of the death of our Saviour might be determined with much certainty, therefore superstition shifts the date of its observance every year. Where is the method in the madness of the superstitious? Probably the fact is that the holy days were arranged to fit in with heathen festivals. We venture to assert, that if there be any day in the year, of which we may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which the Saviour was born, it is the twenty-fifth of December. Nevertheless since, the current of men’s thoughts is led this way just now, and I see no evil in the current itself, I shall launch the bark of our discourse upon that stream, and make use of the fact, which I shall neither justify nor condemn, by endeavoring to lead your thoughts in the same direction. Since it is lawful, and even laudable, to meditate upon the incarnation of the Lord upon any day in the year, it cannot be in the power of other men’s superstitions to render such a meditation improper for to-day. Regarding not the day, let us, nevertheless, give God thanks for the gift of his dear son.”