The Word of God which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy God.
That is Westminster’s shorter statement on Sola Scriptura. It’s the answer to the second question of the Shorter Catechism. What offends people is the word “only“. Unfortunately most who claim to be reformed don’t really believe that.
Earlier this week, I saw for the first time this year the annual regurgitation how “Christian Holidays” do not have pagan origins. This of course is beyond laughable because of the lead in to this post.
In the Mosaic administration — I was going to write “Old Testament”, but then there is no record of holy days in Scripture other than the weekly sabbath prior to the exodus and what we refer to as the Mosaic administration — God commands in very specific detail a set of Holy Days and Feasts that His people are to keep: e.g., The Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread, The Feast of Tabernacles, The Day of Atonement. Not only does God specifically command how these Holy Days are to be observed, but exactly when. For example, the Passover is at evening on the 14th day of the first month. All of the annual holidays are commanded for specific dates in the year.
For the New Testament Churches, exactly how many holy days are prescribed in scripture? What days of the year does scripture say to keep them? What does scripture say about how we should observe those holy days? Answers: Zero, none, and nothing.
We know from the Old Testament that God is meticulously detailed in His commands about exactly when and how to keep his commanded holidays. We also know that the holidays of the Mosaic administration are fulfilled in Christ and like the rest of the ceremonial law are no longer to be observed by Christians.
That leaves us with the same number of commanded holidays in the New Testament as before the Mosaic administration, which is exactly one per week, the weekly sabbath.
Since that weekly sabbath is from the beginning and is part of the moral law, it remains. However Christ’s resurrection from the dead on the first day of the week, wherein he entered in to his Glory, changed the day of the week of the sabbath to the first day of the week. Now the sabbath is a commemoration of the resurrection of Christ which is the basis for our entering God’s rest, and is called the Lord’s Day . (Psalm 95 and Hebrews 3, Rev 1:10).
Christians have 52 holy days a year, once a week on the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day.
As for those other days that so many like to refer to as Christian holidays, they are no such thing. They are not commanded in scripture — don’t forget to apply the word “only” in Shorter Catechism 2 — and according to the regulative principle of worship, which is an application of Sola Scriptura, therefore forbidden. Where then could their origins be? We know that scripture doesn’t command them so their origin is not scripture.
Since the origin is not scripture they must be pagan, and they are pagan. Look at Jeremiah 10, Learn not the way of the heathen … and then goes on about cutting down a tree and decking it with gold and silver because they were like the heathen, i.e, pagans, dismayed at the signs of heaven. Can anyone wonder what sign of heaven would dismay those who saw it. Like the lowering of the sun in the sky every year, generating fear and dismay that it will completely disappear beneath the horizon not to be seen again?
Not only do we have no command for holidays (other than the weekly Lord’s Day) in the New Testament, but we have proof from Scripture that the origin for your other so called holidays is utterly pagan and heathen.
The bottom line is this. To legitimize the observance of a holiday, the commands of when (month and date) and how to observe it must come only from Scripture,and as stated above except for the weekly Lord’s day there is nothing. Most people like to twist it in rebellion, like they do with very many things.