AS A SAVED CHRISTIAN GOD NOW COMMANDS YOU TO REPENT OF OBSERVING PAGAN HOLIDAYS OF CHRISTMAS AND EASTER
That’s right! It’s that awkward time of the year that I almost wish didn’t come around. The time to tell Christians that the Christmas they’ve been celebrating all along has nothing to do with either the Jesus they worship or the Bible they claim to follow. It’s that time when nominal colors really begin to show, when compromising Christian folk will use all kinds of arguments and sickening excuses to justify their little Christmas idol. But as an iconoclast I have to smash it . . . . even at the cost of losing some ‘friends’ and family! So help me God!
THIS is what sets me apart from your average run of the mill preacher, beloved! I am not here to ‘win friends and influence people’ . . . I tell it like it is and let the chips fall where they may! – Michael Jeshurun
“For what peace in the Church without Truth? All conformity to anything else is but the agreement of Herod and Pilate to destroy Christ and His Kingdom”. And again, “An agreement without truth is no peace, but a covenant with death, a league with hell, a conspiracy against the Kingdom of Christ and a stout rebellion against the God of Heaven”. [John Owen]
God does not want His church to take pagan days, and those pagan and popish rites and paraphernalia that go with them and adapt them to Christian use. He simply commands us to abolish them altogether from the face of the earth forever. YOU may not be offended by the Easter eggs and the Easter bunnies and the selection of a pagan day to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, but GOD is offended! God commands us to get rid of the monuments and paraphernalia of paganism!
If your wife was promiscuous before you married her would you be offended if she had pictures of her old boyfriends on her dresser? Would it bother you if she celebrated the various anniversaries relating to her past relationships? Would you be offended if she kept and cherished the various rings, jewelry and mementos given to her by her old boyfriends? Of course you would be offended! The Lord God is infinitely more zealous of His honor than you are; He is a jealous God. Could Israel take festival days to Baal, Ashteroth, Dagon and Molech and alter them to make them pleasing to God? Of course not! The Bible makes very clear which kings of Judah pleased God the most. God is pleased when idols, their temples, their religious dress, earrings, sacred houses, sacred trees, poles, ornaments, rites, names and days are utterly cut off from the earth, never again to be restored.
God wants His bride to eliminate forever the monuments, the days, the paraphernalia and the mementos of idolatry. “Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain” (Jer. 10:2-3). “Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods” (Deut. 12:31).
Christians must not only put away the monuments of past idolatry but also everything associated with present idolatry. Easter like Christmas is one of the most important holy day in Roman Catholicism. The term ‘Easter’ is not of Christian origin. It is another form of Astarte, one of the titles of the Chaldean goddess, the queen of heaven. The festival of Pasch [Passover and the Feast of Unleavens] was a continuation of the Jewish [that is, God’s] feast….from this Pasch the pagan festival of ‘Easter’ was quite distinct and was introduced into the apostate Western religion, as part of the attempt to adapt pagan festivals to Christianity.” (W.E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, William White, Jr., Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, article: Easter, p.192)
The Roman Catholic Church hates the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Roman church uses human inventions, such as Christmas and Easter, to keep millions of people in darkness. The fact that millions of Bible-believing Protestants are observing a Roman Catholic holy day which has not been commanded anywhere in God’s Word reveals the sad state of modern Evangelicalism.
“We cannot conform, communicate, and symbolize with the idolatrous Papists, in the use of the same, without making ourselves idolaters by participation.” Our attitude should be that of the Protestant Reformer Bucer who said, “I would to God that every holy day whatsoever besides the Lord’s day were abolished. That zeal which brought them first in, was without all warrant of the Word, and merely followed corrupt reason, forsooth to drive out the holy days of the pagans, as one nail drives out another. Those holy days have been so tainted with superstitions that I wonder we tremble not at their very names.”
The common objection against the argument that pagan monuments must be abolished is that these things occurred so long ago as to be harmless to us. But this is totally untrue. Not only do we have the present idolatry of Romanism, but there is a revival going on at this very moment in Europe and North America of the old pagan European religions. The radical feminist movement is presently reviving the fertility goddesses and gods of the ancient Near East. God’s law-Word says to get rid of the monuments to idolatry. God’s law is not rendered null and void with the passage of time.
The ONLY day that God has authorized as a holy day is the Lord’s day. If the church wants to please Jesus Christ and honor Him, then it should do so by keeping His day and by setting an example to the outside world. When Christians make Easter or Christmas more special than the Lord’s Day, they disobey the teachings of Christ and dishonor His day!
ARE SOME OF OUR ‘PASTORS’ DUMB DOGS THAT CANNOT BARK?!
“His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, THEY ARE ALL DUMB DOGS, THEY CANNOT BARK; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. they are GREEDY DOGS which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” [Isaiah 56:10,11]
The dog is a faithful animal which is known and valued to guard that which is entrusted to it and warn the shepherd of the prowling wolves! Likewise God expects and has commissioned His ministers to not only feed His flock but to guard them as well. And those who fail to do so he chides them as being ‘Dumb Dogs’! [Isaiah 56:9-11]
Here is what Daniel E. Parks had to say. In fact he said this back in 2004 but they reprinted it in one of his current Newsletters –
MY THOUGHTS REGARDING CHRISTMAS
I am not overly fond of the manner in which the world has traditionally celebrated Christmas. I certainly do not recognize it as the birth date of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Nor do I find in Holy Scriptures any exhortation to celebrate His birth, nor any intimation that it occurred on the date men have appointed for it. I recognize that much associated with Christmas has no real connection to Jesus Christ, and that much that is presently associated with it arose out of paganism.
But neither am I a Scrooge regarding Christmas. I delight in having the holiday so that I may spend time with my loved ones. I delight in the feasts and fellowship we enjoy during that season. I delight in giving and receiving gifts, and in seeing the wide eyes of children as they open theirs. I delight in the sales merchants provide during that season. I delight in the spirit of good cheer so prevalent in our society during that season – but wish it prevailed also during the rest of the year. I delight in knowing that many people who very rarely attend a worship service will indeed be present on the Sunday of that season. I delight in that rare opportunity to present the gospel of Christ to them, and hope for another such opportunity before Easter.
I am amused at the paranoia regarding Christmas presently and increasingly exhibited in certain “politically correct” sections of our society. Cities and towns are forbidding from their parades floats displaying a Christian theme. Schools are forbidding students to utter the name of Christ in their programs. Some retail stores have begun forbidding the Salvation Army to collect money for the needy in its Christmas pots – and I am boycotting such stores. Christmas itself is being excluded in an attempt to make the holiday inclusive.
I refuse to exclude Christ from the Christmas season. However, I will not make more of Him during this season than I would at any other time.
I therefore will celebrate during this season not only the birth of Jesus Christ, but also His death, burial, resurrection, and exaltation to glory. And I will exhort people to believe and obey the truth regarding Christ’s first coming, for He will at His second coming judge them according to whether or not they have done so (Acts 10:34-43). – Daniel E. Parks, (December 7, 2004)
Another compromiser Charles Woodruff says –
“There is a lot about Christmas activity for the true Christian not to like. Much that we cannot partake of, in good conscience. Remember, the Puritans did not celebrate Christmas, as well as many other Christians of the past, and the situation was not as extreme as it is now. Be that as it may, I am not writing this to condemn Christmas. It likely would do no good; it is here to stay. But if we are going to observe any of it, we should know what it purports to represent. I hope to stir your conscience to put Christ first”.
This is nothing but the old excuse of the compromising lukewarm ‘Pastor’ exhorting his flock to ‘put Christ back into Christmas’! A repetition of the history of Saul justifying his sin! When Samuel asked Saul- “What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? Saul justified his sin saying – “They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God”! [1Samuel 15]
Let’s put Christ back into Christmas! Jesus is the reason for the season! etc
Hogwash! Plain rubbish! The stench of a dead lion in God’s nostrils! “For a living dog is better than a dead lion”. [Ecc 9:4]. But these are all dumb dogs, that cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. [Isa 56:10].
What? Put the Holy Lord Christ back into a satanic, pagan, Babylonian Christ-MASS?! ‘What communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial’? [2Cor 6:14,15]. And don’t tell me that these ‘Pastors’ are ignorant of the origins of Christ-MASS! It is their bounden duty to try the spirits, test all things and expose that which is an abomination to God! [1Thes 5:21]
As Woodruff above admits –“the Puritans did not celebrate Christmas, as well as many other Christians of the past! Be that as it may, I am not writing this to condemn Christmas. It likely would do no good; it is here to stay”.
Yea while you’re at it why not put Christ into sodomy, abortion and Rock music also?! Because it would do no good condemning them either! They are here to stay too!
“Dumb dogs” is the blunt term Isaiah used to describe those of his day who failed in their duty of guarding the flock of God—”dumb dogs, they cannot bark.” (Isa. 56:9-11) In this scene Isaiah pictures the helplessness of the flock when they, because of the failure of the guarding dogs, are exposed to the wild beasts of forest and field. The dog is a faithful animal which guards that which is entrusted to its care! But a dumb dog is a false sentinel, an ally of the Wolf!
A consideration of the present Christ-MASS justification in the Church brings Isaiah’s scathing rebuke to mind. For it is very apparent that the church is seriously threatened and is in real danger because of the silence of many of her preachers. Too many preachers in the pulpits are “dumb dogs”, ignoring the ominous threat of error and evil; too many in the pew are praising these “dumb dogs” for their very silence and are heaping contempt upon those who raise the alarm.
Our “adversary, the devil as a roaring lion goeth about seeking whom he may devour.” Sobriety and vigilance are required of every Christian. Let no one be deceived; the enemy will avail himself of every opportunity afforded by the silence of the watchman. To fail to give warning when danger appears is simply criminal.
The barking of the faithful watch dog will be annoying, not only to the one who desires to devour in peace, but also to the complacent and blind shepherds who are “dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.” The enemies of the flock are just as ravenous today as ever. Their tactics are to lull with a smile, or to cow with a sneer of arrogance. They get by the “dumb dogs” with the smooth and fair speech of the of the modernist.
The failure of the dumb dogs to sound the warning is ascribed by Isaiah to several causes. One of them is blindness. “His watchmen are blind; they are all without knowledge.” They may have the “wisdom of the world” but they do not have the wisdom that enables them to discern the approach of evil. And there is no excuse for their blindness, for they could have that knowledge. It is accessible to them.
We need not think it strange to discover learned men who are mute when they should be raising their voices in warning. Paul speaks of those who were “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (II Tim. 3:7) Care must be exercised always to avoid such blindness; discernment must be developed.
Another factor contributing to the dumbness of the watch dogs was complacency. Their complacency is pictured by the prophet in these words, “dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.” Complacency and laziness go hand in hand. Dreaming, indifference, and spiritual lethargy on the part of the watchers provide the devourer with his best opportunity for wreaking havoc with the flock. Certainly it is not easy to jeopardize one’s position, especially when that position is one of ease and “all men speak well of you.” It is so much easier to murmur, “peace, peace,” and to doze off again than it is to come out with a roaring bark, disturbing the whole neighborhood, antagonizing many, and disturbing one’s own dreamy nap.
If this combination of words, “greedy dogs” hurts some oversensitive ears, the best we can suggest for you is an examination of your hearing apparatus. You may find that the cause of your super sensitivity is a bad case of the itch—”itching ears.” it was God’s prophet Isaiah, who wrote, “Yea, the dogs are greedy, they a never have enough; and these are shepherds that cannot understand they have all turned to their own way—each to his own gain.”
If some should count such language unrefined as offensive, yet even they must admit that it fitly describes the one who would withhold warnings of danger for fear of losing some temporal advantage. Any man who “turns to (his) own way—each to his own gain” automatically disqualified as a watchman. He, like greedy dog, will take a bribe from the devil. In Isaiah’s figurative presentation he charges that the silence of the dogs was due in part to their greediness. Greedy dogs like greedy preachers, are dumb when their silence is calculated to bring them some selfish gain. Surely, this Great Shepherd of the sheep has no place in his service for the “dumb dogs” who are motivated by such base desires.
“I am not writing this to condemn Christmas. It likely would do no good; it is here to stay”. [Charles Woodruff]
One thing for sure! It would surely do no good to your profession as a preacher! Now that you have gathered a large flock of ‘Calvinist goats’ who have no regard for the whole counsel of God, you might as well continue to amuse them lest they cast you out of their synagogue as Jesus said they would! [see John 16:2]. Surely you cannot afford to wind up as men like A.W. Pink without a ‘Ministry’! If you made it your aim to only feed the sheep and expose the wolves, where would your ‘Ministry’ be?! You would wind up like your Master, ‘a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief’!
“I delight in knowing that many people who very rarely attend a worship service will indeed be present on the Sunday of that season. I delight in that rare opportunity to present the gospel of Christ to them, and hope for another such opportunity before Easter”. [Daniel E. Parks]
Why wait for Christ-MASS till they come to ‘Church’? Why not go and knock on their doors with the gospel before that? Maybe if you knocked on their doors long before Christmas and told them why you refuse to join the compromised Christians in celebrating this Pagan festival, they might perk up and listen. Then while you’re at it you could not only present Christ, but the whole truth about true and false Christianity!
Much more could be said concerning these dumb dogs (as the prophet terms them) and their silence! But suffice it to say, if you are still a part of a Church that is either celebrating this Pagan Romish festival or is silent about it with its ‘in the sand’, then confront your pastor about it! If he heeds your word and repents, you have won a brother, but if he justifies it and wants to continue in it; then GET OUT OF THAT CHURCH ASAP!
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities”! [Rev 18:4,5]
Many Americans will celebrate ‘Thanksgiving’ this month. Some will sincerely thank the Lord for all that He is to them and all that He has done for them, while the majority will only be concerned about the ‘roast Turkey’, the booze and the revelry.
I just wanted to share in a few words what the word ‘Thanksgiving’ itself means to me personally.
The Pharisee in the temple prayed, “God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers …etc.” Truth is, I too many times pray thus, but not in pride or self-righteousness, but in humility and a deep sense of thankfulness! For by the grace of God I am what I am! And by that same grace I have been taught and established in the doctrine of the ‘Absolute Sovereignty of God’ to realize full well that but for God’s sovereign choice I could have been the Pharaoh, Saul or Judas or any one of the ‘many’ vessels of wrath prepared afore for destruction! And I would have had no say in the matter whatsoever. A contemplation of this truly makes me shudder at who Jehovah really is!
On the other hand I look around me and see people who are so morally good and religiously faithful (unlike me), but notwithstanding are lost; my heart melts with gratitude and thankfulness for the God who CHOSE ME to be His son! As the apostle said- “Behold, WHAT MANNER OF LOVE the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. [1John 3:1] And again, “NOT by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS MERCY he saved us! [Titus 3:5].
The objector to God’s Sovereign grace questions God saying “why hast Thou made me thus”? And the Apostle rightly rebukes him for this! But I too often times find myself asking this very question. Not in rebellion or hatred to God’s sovereignty, but in sheer awesomeness and awareness of my own unworthiness! As the Psalmist exclaimed , “Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that Thou hast brought me hitherto”? [2Sam 7;18] Or as Mephibosheth after him, “What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a DEAD DOG AS I AM”? [2Sam 9:8]
Spurgeon commenting on this verse says –
“If Mephibosheth was thus humbled by David’s kindness, what shall WE be in the presence of our gracious Lord? The more grace we have, the less we shall think of ourselves, for grace, like light, reveals our impurity. Eminent saints have scarcely known TO WHAT TO COMPARE THEMSELVES, their sense of unworthiness has been so clear and keen. “I am,” says holy Rutherford, “a dry and withered branch, a piece of dead carcass, dry bones, and not able to step over a straw.” In another place he writes, “Except as to open outbreakings, I want nothing of what Judas and Cain had.”
I believe we shall never grasp the awesomeness of what it means to be saved until we grasp the awesomeness of what it means to be LOST FOR ETERNITY. So terrible is this that the Master said, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the WHOLE WORLD, and lose his OWN SOUL? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul”? [Mark 8:36,37] And again – “it had been good for that man if HE HAD NOT BEEN BORN”. [Mat 26:24]. As an ex-Satanist I have had some horrific experiences with demons, and to think that the one who is damned to Hell will spend an eternity with them is more frightening and fearful than tongue can tell! [See Matt 25:41]
And when I begin to understand that I of my own free will would have never chosen the Lord and on the contrary was enmity itself toward Him, it breaks and melts my heart beyond measure so that I realize my unworthiness and exclaim with Peter, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord”. [Luke 5:8].
Another comforting thought and experience in my Christian walk is that not only has He saved me but KEEPS ME SAVED! Oh how oft have we provoked him and grieved Him with our sins. Both sins of omission and sins of commission. And that in spite of a sound knowledge of the Word! But praise His Name He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities [Psa 103:10]. But as a father pitieth his children he pitieth us remembering that we are dust! As the grand old hymn says –
His love has no limit, His grace has no measure, His power has no boundary known unto men, For out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth and giveth and giveth again. [Hallelujah!]
Once again I look around and see men schooled in some of the best Universities and Theological Seminaries money can afford, and yet for all that they are as blind as a bat and deaf as an adder concerning the knowledge of God and His ways. And here I am the dumbest in my family and with not so much education as most of them had , and yet the Lord Jesus has come and given me an understanding of who the Mighty Jehovah is and His ways, all because He sovereignly chose to do so!
Even when many Christians who claim to know Him are deluded with the devil’s lies, speaking of ‘the free will of man’ and ‘creature ability’ – Christ has chosen to teach me the true doctrine of my Total Depravity and His Absolute Sovereignty and what the plan of God is concerning His dealings with men. A knowledge known and understood ONLY by Divine revelation. Oh I am not worthy of this. Thank you Jesus!
Again how thankful should we be for the Holy Spirit who comes to us again and again in our times of discouragement and despair, when we no longer feel the presence of God because of some disobedience. In times like these the Spirit comes to us and assures us that WE ARE STILL GOD’S CHILDREN and brings to mind every verse we know on assurance; assuring us that God will never leave us nor forsake us and that He hath inscribed us on the palms of His hand!
Oh Beloved, He is not called the Comforter without a good reason. Many a time this is the only comfort we ever get! Friends, theologians and well-meaning loved ones most often turn out to be like Job’s comforters! [see Job 16:2]. But our Lord has ALWAYS been our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble!
Dearly Beloved, I wrote all this because I just wanted to share with someone what God has done for my soul and how gracious He has been to me in healing my backsliding and loving me freely [Hosea 14:4]. Yes many a time I have become quite bitter and exclaimed with Jeremiah- “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His Name. But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay”. [Jer 20:9] ‘Let the redeemed of the Lord say so whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy! [Psa 107:2]
MAN’S ABILITY TO CREATE – PROOF THAT HE IS MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
The lion in the photo is created from a collection of nothing else but plain driftwood.
In the first book of the Bible we read, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” [Genesis 1:27]
One of the undeniable proofs that man did not ‘evolve’ from an ape but was rather created in the image of God like the Bible says he was, is his creativity or his ability to ‘create’.
Though he can never create something out of nothing like God can, he sure can create some amazing masterpieces using what the great God has already created and that notwithstanding his Fall.
None of the other created beings possess this talent or gift save the one created in His image and likeness. (Genesis 1:26; 5:1)
The Psalmist does not say, “I will praise Thee; for I have fearfully and wonderfully evolved!” But rather “I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully MADE!” [Psalm 139:14]
i.e. made by YOU O Lord God – Creater of ALL THINGS!
For “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made!” [John 1:3]
And again, “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” [Col 1:16,17]