Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

Does Keeping Christmas Matter? (December 2001)

December 2001
Volume 10, Number 10

Christmas is considered a ?Christian? holiday, even though its biblical connections are tenuous. Its customs have more in common with ancient European pagnism than Christianity. Does its supposed honoring of Christ make it a legitimate holiday for Christians to celebrate? (Holce)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
Christmas, Syncretism, and Presumption

Many think keeping Christmas is fine because it honors Christ, yet God never tells us to celebrate the day of His Son's birth. John Ritenbaugh explains that it is presumptuous on many Christians' parts to believe that such a syncretized holiday could please God.

Ready Answer
The Whole Truth

by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Most of us have heard the courtroom mantra, "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." John Reid, however, applies these criteria to our behavior, showing that many of us shy away from "nothing but the truth"!

Prophecy Watch
Globalism (Part Six):
Tide and Countertide

by Charles Whitaker

Globalism has an equal and opposite counterpart: tribalism. Charles Whitaker explains what tribalism is and how it affects the world and the church.

by Mark Schindler

Some of us cannot seem to realize a blessing if it slaps us across the face! Mark Schindler, in recounting a personal story, shows how ingratitude can hold us back in our relationship with God.


by David C. Grabbe

A survey of news, events, and trends in relation to Bible prophecy for December 2001.

Bible Study
First Tithe

by Martin G. Collins

Many churches understand tithing but do not believe that God commands them for today. This Bible Study shows that tithing has always been God's way of financing His work on earth.