The War on Christ at Christmas

Think there's a war on Christmas? This side of it's worse yet.

By Tom Gilson Published on December 22, 2018

There’s another war being waged against Christmas. We’re familiar with the ongoing battle to shunt it off into oblivion — other than the commercial side, which continues merrily onward under other names. That’s bothersome, but when it’s a war on Christ, it’s even worse.

Gear up. This won’t be pleasant.

God as Unethical, Predatory Abuser?

Dr. Eric Sprankle, professor of psychology and sex therapist, at Minnesota State University, Mankato, says the Virgin Birth account is about “an unethical abuse of power at best, grossly predatory at worst.”

The problem, says Sprankle, is that “the virgin birth story is about “an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.”

(I need to warn you, there’s worse to come.)

Mary Rejoiced in the Lord — But Sprankle Missed That

There’s so much wrong with that, starting with misconceptions of God’s sovereignty and ending with Mary’s magnificent song of thanksgiving, known as the Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55, beginning,

My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.

Mary was well aware of the difference between God and herself. And she overflowed with thankful joy.

Sprankle also omitted the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38), where it’s clear that Mary knows who is God and who isn’t; and who gratefully accepts the gift given her, in advance.

I suppose Sprankle would say she was taken in, that she was in essence a foolish female. That, though, would be both re-writing the account to suit his own storyline, and denigrating women in general.

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But this is what some people do, who hate God and His Son. I’m not speculating here. Campus Reform reports that Sprankle celebrates the holiday with Satanic imagery.

Then there are the atheists — God-haters, certainly — who created this Christmas (?) postcard:

atheist postcard

I need not dwell on what’s wrong with that. There’s way too much of it, and it’s way too obvious.

The “War on Christmas” we’ve been hearing about for years is a war on a holiday. This one is different: It’s war against Jesus Christ. Not that he didn’t expect it or predict it.

Banking on Ignorance

Interestingly, though, neither of these examples work if you know the whole story. Sprankle overlooked inconvenient facts that would prove his point wrong. (And Twitter overlooked the anti-Christian offense, but that’s another story.)

The atheist postcard writers ignore the angel’s announcement to Joseph, not to mention almost everything else we know about the account. There were miracles — many of them! — and we’re not the least bit embarrassed to own them. But that wasn’t one of them.

So these attacks on Christ and Christmas all bank on ignorance. They make it appear there’s something wrong with the story, by leaving out the parts that show that they’re the ones who’ve read it wrong. This reveals how we must respond: Let’s tell the story. Don’t assume everyone knows it. Set the record straight.

Equipping, Not Anger, Is the Right Response

The war on the holiday began as a trickle, and grew. It abated some when Christians pushed back on it.

I see this direct war on Christ beginning as a holiday trickle like that one. I expect we’ll see it grow, too, over the next two to five years. In other words, you may not have run into anti-Christian messages like this already, but you probably will.

It’s worth knowing about these things, so that we can respond in wisdom, grace and knowledge (Col. 4:6). Some people hate Jesus; that’s their tragedy. They’re influencing others; that sets up our responsibility. So the point isn’t to get angry, even though these messages are outrageous and hateful. The point is to equip ourselves speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15).

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  • Lisa

    It’s hard to speak the truth in love when people are hateful toward the God love.

    • Sure is. It isn’t natural. It’s a walk of faith, depending on the power of the Holy Spirit.

    • Linda Choquette

      Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.

  • Juan Garcia

    Enemies generally don’t ramp up their attacks if they don’t perceive a threat. I see all the anti- Christ hysteria as exactly the opposite as many or most Christians do. Christian’s are becoming more outspoken and going public with their faith. Satan must fight back. Look at what’s happening in China. The Satanic government is scared so they must attack. Same with the Satanic Islamists. The media refuses to report it, but true Christianity is on the rise around the world and the world must, must – fight back.

  • Trilemma

    And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. – Thomas Jefferson, April 11, 1823

    The attack on the virgin birth has been a part of America from its beginning.

    • Stephen D

      Yes precisely. So one has to hope that you personally are working to address this issue, and are actively witnessing to your personal belief in the biblical account of the birth of Jesus among your friends and acquaintances and in your public discourse!

    • Patmos

      And you’ve been trolling this site for just about as long!

    • That’s a valuable insight, in my opinion. He was wrong, of course. But there is a history here worth remembering.

    • Brand New Key

      So you’re using something Jefferson wrote in private as evidence that there was an “attack” on the virgin birth?

      You obviously never read a history book. Jefferson never his whole life made any public statement attacking Christianity. He sent both his daughters to Catholic schools. While he was president, Christian worship services were often held in the Capitol, and Jefferson sometimes attended. Jefferson was no Christian, but he understood that he lived in a predominantly Christian country. He was like most deists, he believed – incorrectly, as it turned out – that Christian was in decline and would probably become extinct in time. He was a smart politician but a very lousy prophet.

      Btw, if you’re using that Jefferson quote to prop up your own atheism: Why should the opinion of Thomas Jefferson carry any weight? He was not an atheist, first off. Second, he was a very flawed human being who fathered children by his slave women. He wrote that all men are “created equal,” yet he owned slaves his entire life and never freed even one of them, so clearly he could not even practice what he preached. When the slaves in Haiti revolted against their white masters, Jefferson sided with the whites. You don’t believe the Bible is a divinely-inspired writing – well, I don’t believe the words of Thomas Jefferson or any deist or atheist are divinely inspired either. The fact that you agree with him about the virgin birth does not mean you are correct, it just means you cite sources that confirm your own biases.

      • Trilemma

        I doubt Thomas Jefferson’s views on Christianity were secret. Even though he wasn’t a Christian, he was obviously tolerant of Christian beliefs, something that is seems lacking today. In America, Christianity is in decline.

        I am not an atheist. I am a theistic rationalist. It’s more likely one of Thomas Jefferson’s sons fathered children by the slave woman. Thomas Jefferson was conflicted on the issue of slavery. He was against slavery but was reluctant to free uneducated slaves because they would probably end up worse off because they wouldn’t be able to find work.

  • Stephen D

    I don’t read these two examples (Sprankle and the postcard) as hateful necessarily. I would say they arise from misunderstanding, and maybe an unwillingness to believe the Christmas story. The postcard reflects what was obviously a common perception of Mary’s pregnancy at the time (after all, even Joseph considered divorcing her). Sprankle I think has simply misunderstood the nature of God, who is entirely beneficent, and the pre-existing relationship between God and Mary. Tom rightly points out that Mary was not horrified to find she was having God’s child, but actually was absolutely overjoyed, because of her existing relationship with the God she loved.

  • JP

    This is another good reason for Christian to understand what they believe and why. Get prepared and this kinds of attacks will whither when confronted.
    There are lots of excellent resources that a Christian can access and master. Then engage the culture on whatever level.

  • Patmos

    God is not mocked, you reap what you sow. Just as Elijah dealt with the 50, so it will be with the mockers and the scoffers. Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.

  • davidrev1911

    “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.

    “Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” (Psalm 2:1-9/ESV)

    And a very Merry Christmas blessing is extended to one-and-all – including all those God-mocking “enemies of the cross of Christ” – in post-Christian God Bless America! Shalom!

  • Calhoun Tubbs

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

  • Walt Viet

    It is more than just war on Christmas. It is evil attacking anything and everything that has anything to do in any form with God. We need to remember we have been told this would happen and get even much worse. It says “as in the days of Noah” I will say this no matter what, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL.

    • G H

      MERRY CHRISTMAS to you too Walt! God bless you.

  • Grn724

    The need to shut Jesus up was strong enough they killed Him. They have doing it ever since.

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