Michael Jeshurun

Yeah we’ve been crying out against Christmas, Easter and Halloween for many years now and those who have their mind set to compromise will continue to observe these abominations using all sorts of sickening justifications. But that isn’t going to stop me from crying out against it; because the divine admonition to me as a servant of God is not to trim my sails to the breeze of popular opinion, but to tell it like it is and let the chips fall where they may!

“And thou shalt speak My words unto them, WHETHER THEY WILL HEAR, OR WHETHER THEY WILL FORBEAR: for they are most rebellious!” [Ezk 2:7]

But that will not make you ‘popular’ nor draw crowds will it?

“No, it will not, and knowing this, those who love the praise of men more than the approbation of God, and who value their salary above immortal souls, trim their sails accordingly. “But such preaching will drive people away, will it not?!” We answer, better drive people away by faithful preaching than drive the Holy Spirit away by unfaithfully pandering to the flesh!”  – A. W. Pink

“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]

In the light of the above statements does it not grieve the spirit of the true child of God to see those who call themselves ‘Protestants’ jump on the bandwagon with the Roman Catholics and observe their Pagan ‘Holy Days’ such as Easter and Christmas?!

“But I am not a “PROTESTANT’” says one, “I am just a “CHRISTIAN”!

Thou fool! Knowest thou not that A ‘CHRISTIAN’ AND A “PROTESTANT” ARE SYNONYMOUS!

A ‘Christian’ is not just someone who embraces that which Christ loves, but one who HATES EVERYTHING which Christ abhors!

“Through Thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I HATE EVERY FALSE WAY”! [Psalm 119:104]

The Apostle’s admonition to you who call yourself a ‘Christian’ is – “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather REPROVE them”. [Eph 5:11] The word ‘reprove’ according to Strong’s means to ‘tell a fault’ confute and rebuke – in other words to PROTEST!

Was Jesus (the one you claim to follow) a ‘PROTESTANT’? Go back and read about the time when your Lord made a scourge of small cords and drove out of the temple those who were making a merchandise of His Father’s house! This is one of the few instances which is recorded in ALL the four gospels. Must be PRETTY IMPORTANT! And the Apostle tells us WHY he did it – “It was written, The zeal of Thine house hath EATEN ME UP”! [John 2:17]

Trust me, if you have even a little bit of Christ’s Spirit, then this SAME ZEAL ‘will eat you up’!

How can you claim to be a Christian, if you are not PROTESTING against that which parades in your Lord’s garb, while making merchandise of the souls of men?! [Rev 18:13]

Something’s seriously wrong with the ‘Christian’ who can shake hands with a Roman Catholic and call him a ‘brother’ and the Christian who knows the origins of Christmas and Easter and still stubbornly refuses to renounce it!

I am not advocating that you hate the Roman Catholic, but you have got to HATE THE SYSTEM! For it is the spirit of the ANTICHRIST! You must be willing to fight it ‘tooth and nail’ to your last dying breath! All of Christ’s true brethren fought this evil system and some of them sealed their testimony with their blood!

If you haven’t already done so, go get yourself a book called ‘The Book of Martyrs’ by John Foxe and read it and weep! And don’t just weep, but take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and cut this system and the devil which rules it to the heart!

May God help you!!




by David Figenschou

More people attend church at Christmas time than at any other time of the year. As rampant materialism and greed parade themselves in the XMAS shopping spree, the plea is heard, “Let’s put CHRIST back into Christmas.”

Perhaps many churchgoers sympathize and concur with the sentiments of this plea. They might sincerely believe that the “reason for the season” has been hijacked by the world. How do you feel about it? Are you bravely resisting the world’s experience of Christmas, trying to put the Lord Jesus Christ back where you believe He should rightly be during the “festive season”? What is your understanding which motivates you to do so? A study of the Bible has caused some to come to realize that the world has not hijacked Christmas from the “church”, but that Christians have accepted into their midst something that is alien to the faith, something that is of the world. This tract will endeavour to show that you CANNOT put Christ BACK into Christmas because He was never there in the first place.

The Testimony of History

The pages of history show that the “celebration” of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ in the manner of an annual Christmas festival was unheard of until the mixing of the apostles’ teaching with that of pagan traditions. This mixing or rather, perverting, of the pure worship of God took place over a period of time. The changes took place as tares planted amongst the early Christian churches began to bear fruit. Vigilant shepherds (pastors) dealt with and exposed the corrupt practices of the false disciples. But gradually the corrupt influences began to have effect, “the mystery of iniquity” began to spread its roots and its branches grew in all directions. When Constantine gained the “imperial purple”, “professed” conversion to Christianity and assumed the right to govern and defend the churches, then the flood gates were thrown open to allow pagan idolatrous practices to pour into the churches.

Soon after, Christianity gained special preferential status over the pagan religions with state patronage, and the pagans were harassed and seduced into “professing” conversion. And thus the formerly relatively pure Christian congregations now became swollen with religious pagans who were seeking to get on the right side of the Emperor and state authorities. It is at this time (about 336 A.D.), that the first recorded “Christian Christmases” were kept. In fact the festivities were not motivated by ardor and zeal to honor the Lord Jesus Christ, but were the result of popular pagan sentiments intruding themselves under the veneer of devotion to Him.

“Christmas Day”, December the 25th, could not possibly have been the birth date of the Lord Jesus Christ for a number of reasons deduced from a consideration of the Biblical data. For example, consider the climate and weather conditions in Palestine in December. The reason for Joseph and Mary travelling to Bethlehem was to obey Caesar’s taxation decree. It is unlikely that the authorities would force the travelling required by the decree during the sharp cold months of the Palestinian winter. The Jews were considered a troublesome race and the Roman overlords wisely avoided unnecessary antagonism. The journey was a long one by the standards of those days; from the home town of Nazareth to Bethlehem just past Jerusalem. From what the Gospels record of Joseph, we know that he was a just man and a compassionate and considerate husband and nothing but absolute necessity would cause him to take his wife in a very advanced state of pregnancy on such a long journey.

The severity of the Palestinian winter is indicated by the fact that Herod was forced to postpone a military campaign because of the onset of winter, this indicates that winter was no time for prospective mothers to be travelling in an advanced state of pregnancy. Remember also our Lord’s words concerning the future destruction of Jerusalem, “Pray that your flight be not in winter” – why? Because winter was severe. Compassion would have dictated that in these circumstances a journey in the winter months be not undertaken. Shepherds would not likely spend winter nights out in the fields with their flocks as in fact they did, as Luke 2 v.7 records. Hence it would not have been winter when the Lord Jesus Christ was born.

The Origin of Christmas Pagan

Well then, how was the date December the 25th fixed upon? Encyclopedias and histories reveal that this day was in fact the birthday of “Sol Invictus”, the “unconquered sun”, and special worship festivities were held in Rome and with variations throughout the pagan world. The Emperor-pleasing devotees in the churches had by this time risen to high ranking positions and pandered to popular demand and incorporated sun worship into the “church calendar”. In Rome, where this new cult first began, the term “Christmas” was coined from “Christ” and “mass” because of the special masses held on that day, supposedly in honour of the Lord Christ.

In the great revival which emancipated whole nations from the idolatrous yoke of the papacy in the 16th century and the “puritan era” in Britain and America, this pagan festival was recognized for what it was. The puritans in their zeal to offer pure worship before God outlawed the keeping of Christmas. In the generations following, infiltration by Jesuit plants and sinful lapsing into lukewarmness and formalism sapped the vitality of the churches and indifference to the divine demand for purity in His worship grew apace. Until today, the keeping of Christmas has become an almost universal event, and has again become an “essential” part of the “Christian calendar”.

The Testimony of The Word

As the Word of God is the statute book of the Christian Church and records the will of the Head of the Church for His people, let us see if anything resembling Christmas can be found in the sacred volume. Alas! You can search as much as you want, but you won’t find a trace of a suggestion that the apostles or the faithful early disciples kept such a day as Christmas. Do we think that we can be more zealous for divine honor in worship than the newly formed apostolic community? They were in the full bloom of revival, and their love for the Saviour would not have allowed them to miss the opportunity to celebrate their Redeemer’s incarnation and advent in such a festival as Christmas IF it was allowed or desired by Him. Scripture records that the angels of God worshiped Him when He came into the world, this was not OPTIONAL on their part, nor was it COERCED OR FORCED from them, it was in GLAD and JOYOUS OBEDIENCE. Such an event as this would surely have been annually celebrated on a particular day in a special way if it had been allowed. Surely the early disciples (and especially the apostles) would not have missed such an opportunity to demonstrate their devotion and affection to their Lord? No, the silence of the Scriptures is deafening.

The Bible DOES reveal however that the infant Church OFTEN reflected upon the advent of the Lord from heaven. Throughout the New Testament there is wondrous mention of His incarnation and coming into the world. This was a regular and essential part of the Gospel message, not something that was made a fuss about once a year and then forgotten. Modern churchgoers seem to be content to pay lip service to His first advent and their participation in an event supposedly in remembrance of that advent appeals to their sense of “Christian propriety”. The Saviour Lord Jesus Christ was not negligent to instruct His followers in keeping those things that were pleasing to Him. There was one SPECIAL day on the calendar of the infant Church; that day was the Lord’s Day; the first day of the New Creation; the first day of every week. On this day they met to worship according to His command “do this in remembrance of me”, and received the apostolic instruction and prayed together.

Will Worship Detested By God

What are the consequences of devising means of worshiping God about which God has not given us instruction? Some say, “Surely God looks on the heart, and if a person has sincere intentions God will overlook their failings.” God does not require or desire worship based on imaginations or images. In the Old Testament, God instructs us how He regards those who dare to innovate in His worship. He did not tolerate it. When “strange fire” was offered before the LORD it was unacceptable and provoked Him to wrath.

The Lord Jesus in the New Testament proclaims the acceptable way of worship which the Father seeks, and it is not optional either; they that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The apostle Paul writes of those who indulge in what he calls “will worship”, these people sought to worship God (or so they said) by doing things which God neither commands nor delights in.

What You Must Do

Now that you know about the origin of Christmas, what the Word of God says about it, and how God condemns will worship, you stand responsible to do something about your involvement in so-called “Christmas celebrations”.

Opposition, Evasions, and Excuses

No doubt, if you take the right stand, refusing to participate in the paganizing of the worship of our Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, you will face the opposition of those who don’t care to receive the testimony of His Word, and who think that they can lightly devise or participate in a type of worship which is condemned in His Word. Do not be deceived, now that you know the truth, God will not overlook your disobedience, your blatant disregard for His commandments. The Lord Christ pronounces dreadful sentence against idolaters, see Revelation 22 v.15; they will be shut out forever from the presence of the Lord.

There are some who might even acknowledge the pagan origins, that the Word of God bears no record of the annual “celebration” of the advent and incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, yet they say that Christians should take over non-Christian activities and influence them for good, for the glory of God, etc. And thus they justify their continued participation in this abomination. “Take the opportunity,” they say, “to proclaim the Gospel; all these people coming to church. What an opportunity!” So they have “Christmas services” where the gospel is preached, but at the same time they reinforce the “knowledgeable” unbeliever’s deep-seated suspicions about the insincerity of the church, knowing that it is pandering to the popular but un-Biblical demand. Doesn’t this remind you of something or someone? This is exactly how this alien celebration rooted itself in the churches in the first place, and this is exactly how it will continue to be propagated.

Let us cease pandering to the popular but pagan demand and let us once and for all tell the world that it can keep its Christmas, we Christians will have nothing to do with it. Let us also take care to warn them at the same time of God’s anger against those who take His name in vain.

Christian, hear the word of the Lord! “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him” (John 4 v.23).

Will you worship Him according to His word and will, or will you carry on according to your own ideas and imaginations?



“What do you think of the Roman Catholic ‘Church’?”, the Anglican clergyman was asked. “If it’s not the Church of Jesus Christ, then it has to be the devil’s mistress.”, was his reply. Poor man, Oxford had taught him Greek and Hebrew, and yet he was still not quite clear as to the satanic character of Roman Catholicism. Yes indeed, Papal Rome is Satan’s masterpiece, and much the same can be said of Rome’s adulterous offspring – CHRISTMAS – arguably the most ancient, powerful and universal seduction known to man.  Who can deny that the Christmas observance has something in it to appeal to EVERYONE? The world’s giant retailers depend on it for a significant part of their annual profits. In fact, its “religious” content notwithstanding, the enormous appeal – the very complex mystique, of this annual festivity can be reduced to two driving forces : PROFIT and PLEASURE.

An objective appraisal of Christmas would have to conclude that it is THE WORLD’S GREAT ANNUAL DRUNK. Not that all are intoxicated over Christmas, BUT MANY ARE; many that rarely get drunk during the rest of the year.  This alone speaks volumes about Christmas.  This writer has very clear memories of the drunken Christmas seasons he witnessed while growing up in South Africa. O how sad was the sight of men staggering in the streets or sitting on the curb, next to their own vomit, barely able to mutter a “Merry Christmas.”! The loud call of Christmas is undoubtedly, “let us eat, DRINK and be merry.”  And O! how eagerly does the infamous “mother” of this baptized paganism – Papal Rome, seize on this season as her greatest opportunity to bring many unwary souls under her bewitching influence.

Think of it, dear Christian reader, has not experience shown you that Christmas “intoxicates” all who participate in it? Those who don’t get drunk on whisky, are still temporarily carried away by the distracting flurry of activities associated with it.  There is the often frantic search for suitable gifts, the Christmas cards, the finding, decorating and setting up of the idolatrous Christmas tree (Jer.l0:4), the preparation for sumptuous feasts, and for most congregations in America, this seasons calls for tedious exercises in drama, in preparation for the annual Christmas play.  And “‘Tis the season to be jolly”, and also for the endless repetition of “Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.” – very honest expressions, because the very heart and soul of Christmas is – not worship, but MIRTH – frequently great, debauched and even disastrous mirth.  O the strange mystique of Christmas!

How seductively it lures its devotees into overspending, massive overeating, powerful emotional upheavals that bring on deep depression, making Christmas the prime season of the year for suicide.  Surely it can’t be an overstatement to say that a fierce cosmic force like this must be anti-Christian and satanic, and cannot possibly be of God. The fact that some truly Christian people participate in this festivity in no way  mitigates against its really pernicious effect, but only underscores its tremendously powerful influence over human nature.

Former Russelite, William Schnell, described his deliverance from that totalitarian religious system as a passing from powerful religious deception “into the light of Christianity.”  And so can this writer testify to his deliverance – total and very happy deliverance, from the Christmas tradition.  Most gracious Father, Thou knowest what a poor slave I was to the carnal charms of that pagan festivity – a slavery that had its start in very early childhood.  Thou Knowest that though we tried so hard to make it Christian, yet we never failed to experience spiritual, emotional and even physical harm by participating in it.  Blessed by Thy most precious Name for delivering us from its powerful bonds, opening our eyes to see its deep paganism and Christ-dishonoring character.

Reader, have we digressed from our meditations on what Grace teaches us (Titus 2:l2)? Not at all!  Grace commands us to “Live soberly”, and we have found that Christmas activities are a powerful threat to that lovely sobriety.  How can we experience anything but spiritual distraction, defeat and loss when, without a word of Scriptural warrant, and against all Scriptural direction, we join with a depraved, God-despising world in its idolatrous mirth? A dear neighbor – a professing Christian woman, has a sign in her yards that reads “Keep Christ in Christmas.”  No, dear soul, He was never in that abomination, and you will never find Him there.  May the Lord pity her and any reader standing in need of these few remarks, sent only for the honor of our most precious Christ and the good of the reader.

Come, let us lift our voices high – high as our joys arise.

And join the songs above the sky where pleasure never dies.

Jesus, the God that fought and bled, AND CONQUERED WHEN HE FELL;

That rose, and at His chariot-wheels dragged all the powers of Hell.

The Lord! How glorious is His face! How kind His smiles appear!

And O! what melting words He says to every humble ear!

“These are the wounds for you I bore, the tokens of My pains.

When I came down to free your souls from misery and chains.”  – l.Watts

More, much, much more than enough is He for this ever- needy soul,

Matthew Pacifico





Michael Jeshurun

So I claim to be the ‘elect’ of God for whom Christ died. I know enough theology to debate any Atheist or Evolutionist and prove him wrong. But could it be that I am just a spiritually dead Christian with a lots of doctrine in my head?

I have heard this for a long time now that Christmas is PAGAN and an OFFENCE to the God I claim to love and obey, but I could care less. I don’t want to be that ‘oddball’ who shuns Christmas and preaches against it. I have no desire to go forth unto Him, outside the camp (of APOSTATE Christianity) bearing His reproach like all the Elect! [Heb. 13:12,13].

“It’s not a moral issue” I reason! And where does the BIBLE say ‘don’t celebrate Christmas’? Ha, spoken like a genuine purebred goat, you say! Maybe you’re right! Maybe I need to “examine myself whether I am in the Faith” [II Cor. 13:5]. The true saint of God they say does not abstain himself only from those things which are morally wrong, but hates “EVERY FALSE WAY” [Psa. 119:104].

Could it be true that many such dry, dead, graceless head-knowledge Christians are burning in Hell right now who professed to know God but denied Him in works! [Titus 1:16]

Could it be that “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing” is not just good advice but a command? Looks like my very affiliation and participation in the pagan festival of Christmas reveals my true identity. Maybe after all I am just a goat with a head full of theology, and the ‘root of the matter is not in me’! [Job 19:28].

Sometimes I wonder, “Why not go all the way and join the Pagans in celebrating all their other Babylonian festivals”?!

But wait a minute! Isn’t the Christmas season a great time to win the lost? At least they are more open to the Gospel! Doesn’t the end justifies the means. I would love to organize a Christmas program, a Rock or Rap concert, do anything as long as I can lead folks to Christ and get them to pray and ask Jesus into their hearts. After all what better day for lost souls to make a decision and open their heart to invite Jesus in than his Birthday?!

And surely I can’t deny my kiddies a good time by being such a nonconformist radical. Yes Moses took all the little ones with him out of Egypt (Ex 10:9,10). But times are different now! There are times when I have to FOLLOW THE MULTITUDE to DO EVIL and allow my children to mingle with the present day Egyptians in their “PLEASURES OF SIN FOR A SEASON“? (Hebrews 11:25).

But seriously here is the truth: “In the sight of God the circus and the theater are far less obnoxious than the “Christmas celebration” of Romish and Protestant “churches.” Why? Because the latter are done under the cover of the holy name of Christ; the former are not”. [A.W. Pink]

The question is not whether I will lose my salvation if I join in this pagan abomination done in my Lord’s name, but whether I am saved to start with! I am smart enough to know who it is that celebrates “Christmas”! The whole “civilized world.” Millions who make no profession of faith in the blood of the Lamb, who “despise and reject Him,” and millions more who while claiming to be His followers yet in works deny Him, joining in the merrymaking under the pretense of honoring the birth of the Lord Jesus!

Putting it on its lowest ground, I must ask myself, “You claiming to be HIS FRIEND, will you unite with HIS ENEMIES in a worldly round of fleshly gratification?” Am I kidding myself that He whom the world cast out is either pleased or glorified by such participation in the world’s joys? Verily, “THE CUSTOMS OF THE PEOPLE ARE VAIN“; and it is written, “THOU SHALT NOT FOLLOW A MULTITUDE TO DO EVIL” (Exodus 23:2)

Without laboring the point, I as a true child of God should have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather exposes them [Eph 5:11], not that I might be saved, but because I am! It cannot be over-stressed that ‘Christmas’ is a worldly festival, and everything connected to it – (the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, the Mistletoe, the elves all of them) has a Satanic significance. And God’s Word makes it plain that if I am a FRIEND OF THE WORLD then I am the ENEMY OF GOD! [James 4:4]

If the Master walked into my house this month and saw my decorated Christmas tree [Jer 10:2-4], the Satanic Pentagram (Christmas Star), Santa Claus etc would he commend me with a “well done thou good and faithful servant’ or “depart from me I never knew you”?! Surely I ought to know the answer to that! If as I claim, Christ has set me free, then it was not that I might be DELIVERED TO DO ALL THESE ABOMINATIONS! [see Jer 7:10]

And I think it is high time that I stopped justifying my celebration of this paganism by quoting other blind Christian leaders who are leading their blind congregations into the ditch!

So I think for a start I am going to ‘Test EVERYTHING (EVEN CHRISTMAS) and hold fast to that which is good and Scriptural’ [1Thes 5:21]

I think I am going to quit justifying myself and seriously “EXAMINE MYSELF, whether I am in the Faith!”! [2Cor 13:5]