IT TAKES A RADICAL CHRISTIAN TO SAY NO TO PAGAN CHRISTMAS (2019)

IT TAKES A RADICAL CHRISTIAN TO SAY NO TO PAGAN CHRISTMAS (2019)

A.W. Pink

“For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ!” [Galatians 1:10]”

And WHO is it 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, join in merrymaking under the pretense of honoring the birth of the Lord Jesus. Putting it on it’s lowest ground, we would ask, is it fitting that His friends should unite with His enemies in a worldly round of fleshly gratification? Does any true born again soul really think 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 (Ex. 23:2).

Some will argue for the “keeping of Christmas” on the ground of “giving the kiddies a good time.” But why do this under the cloak of honoring the Savior’s birth? Why is it necessary to drag in His holy name in connection with what takes place at that season of carnal jollification? Is this taking the little one with you OUT of Egypt (Ex. 10:9-10) a type of the world, or is it not plainly a mingling with the present day Egyptians in their “pleasures of sin for a season?” (Heb. 11:25) Scripture says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). Scripture does command God’s people to bring up their children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4), but where does it stipulate that it is our duty to give the little one a “good time?” Do we ever give the children “a good time” when we engage in anything upon which we cannot fittingly ask THE LORD’S blessing?

There are those who DO abstain from some of the grosser carnalities of the “festive season,” yet are they nevertheless in cruel bondage to the prevailing custom of “Christmas” namely that of exchanging “gifts.” We say “exchanging” for that is what it really amounts to in many cases. A list is kept, either on paper or in memory, of those from whom gifts were received last year, and that for the purpose of returning the compliment this year. Nor is this all: great care has been taken that the “gift” made to the friend is worth as much in dollars and cents as the one they expect to receive from him or her. Thus, with many who can ill afford it, a considerable sum has to be set aside each year with which to purchase things simply to send them out in RETURN for others which are likely to be received. Thus a burden has been bound on them which not a few find hard to bear.

But what are we to do? If we fail to send out “gifts” our friends will think hard of us, probably deem us stingy and miserly. The honest course is to go to the trouble of notifying them – by letter if at a distance – that from now on you do not propose to send out any more “Christmas gifts” as such. Give your reasons. State plainly that you have been brought to see that “Christmas merrymaking” is entirely a thing OF THE WORLD, devoid of any Scriptural warrant; that it is a Romish institution, and now that you see this, you dare no longer have any fellowship with it (Eph. 5:11); that you are the Lord’s “free man” (1 Cor. 7:22), and therefore you refuse to be in bondage to a costly custom imposed by the world.

What about sending out “Christmas cards” with a text of Scripture on them? That also is an abomination in the sight of God. Why? Because His Word expressly forbids all unholy mixtures; Deut. 22:10-11 typified this. What do we mean by an “unholy mixture?” This: the linking together of the pure Word of God with the Romish “Christ-MASS.” By all means send cards (preferably at some other time of the year) to your ungodly friends, and Christians too, with a verse of Scripture, but NOT with “Christmas” on it. What would you think of a printed program of a vaudeville having Isa. 53:5 at the foot of it? Why, that it was altogether OUT OF PLACE, highly incongruous. But 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.

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto perfect day” (Prov. 4:18). Where there is a heart that really desires to please the Lord, He graciously grants increasing knowledge of His will. If He is pleased to use these lines in opening the eyes of some of His dear people to recognize what is a growing evil, and to show them that they have been dishonoring Christ by linking the name of the Man of Sorrows (and such He WAS, when on earth) with a “MERRY Christmas,” then join with the writer in a repentant confessing of this sin to God, seeking His grace for complete deliverance from it, and praise Him for the light which He has granted you concerning it.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10). How solemn and searching! The Lord Jesus declared that “every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matt. 12:36). If every “idle word” is going to be taken note of, then most assuredly will be every wasted energy, every wasted dollar, every wasted hour! Should we still be on earth when the closing days of this year arrive, let writer and reader earnestly seek grace to live and act with the judgment seat of Christ before us. HIS “well done” will be ample compensation for the sneers and taunts which we may now receive from Christless souls.

Does any Christian reader imagine for a moment that when he or she shall stand before their holy Lord, that they will regret having lived “too strictly” on earth? Is there the slightest danger of His reproving any of His own because they were “too extreme” in “abstaining from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11)? We may gain the good will and good works of worldly religionists today by our compromising on “little (?) points,” but shall we receive His smile and approval on that day? Oh to be more concerned about what HE thinks, and less concerned about what perishing mortals think.

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil (Ex. 23:2). Ah, it is an easy thing to float with the tide of popular opinion; but it takes much grace, diligently sought from God, to swim against it. Yet that is what the heir of heaven is called on to do: to “Be not conformed to this world” (Rom. 12:2), to deny self, take up the cross, and follow a rejected Christ. How sorely does both writer and reader need to heed that word of the savior, “Behold, I come quickly; hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown” (Rev. 3:11). Oh that each of us may be able to truthfully say, “I have refrained my feet from EVERY evil way, that I might keep THY WORD” (Psa. 119:101).

Our final word is to the pastors. To you the Word of the Lord is, Be THOU AN EXAMPLE of believers in word, in deportment, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Tim. 4:12). Is it not true that the most corrupt “churches” you know of, where almost every fundamental of the faith is denied, will have their “Christmas celebrations?” Will you imitate them? Are you consistent to protest against unscriptural methods of “raising money,” and then to sanction unscriptural “Christmas services?” Seek grace to firmly but lovingly set God’s truth on this subject before your people, and announce that you can have no part in following Pagan, Romish, and worldly customs.

 

BE READY TO GIVE AN ANSWER FOR YOUR ACTIONS! JUST DON’T DO THINGS BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING IT! (2019)

BE READY TO GIVE AN ANSWER FOR YOUR ACTIONS! JUST DON’T DO THINGS BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING IT! (2019)

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear!” [1Peter 3:15]

The Scripture admonishes the Christian to be ready with AN ANSWER for the things he does. WHAT answer can you give as a Christian to someone who asks you the significance of the ‘Christmas Tree’ and WHY you bring it home and decorate it?

Lately there have been a few lukewarm compromising posts regarding the Pagan ‘Christmas tree’ and how the verse in Jeremiah 10:1-5 has nothing to do with it.

Our response –

Of course Jeremiah 10 is not about your Christmas tree just as Jeremiah 2:34 is not talking about Abortions! But that does not justify the Christians’ bringing home and decorating a ‘Christmas tree’ or a Christian undergoing abortion!

The Word of the Lord is a LIVING WORD and speaks to the saints of all ages, and though a certain verse may have been written for someone else many years ago in a different context and situation, God can still QUICKEN THAT WORD and convict, reprove or comfort a present day saint who is reading that very same verse.

A woman may be contemplating having an abortion and God may choose to convict her through Jeremiah 2:34 and stop her from committing that murder! Just because a certain verse the preacher used to point out your sin or compromise was originally used in a different context to a different people does not excuse YOUR present sin and compromise! If the shoe fits wear it and repent!

The honest Christian should ask himself as to ‘WHY’ he does the things that he does! The Apostle said, “What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray WITH THE UNDERSTANDING also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing WITH THE UNDERSTANDING also.” [1Cor 14:15]

And this applies not just to our singing and prayer but to practically everything we do. WHY am I doing this?

When the Lord instituted the Passover and the smearing of blood on the lintels and door posts He commanded the Israelites to observe this as an ordinance to them and their sons forever! And he also tells us WHY! . . . . “And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, WHAT MEAN YE BY THIS SERVICE? That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when He smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.” [Exodus 12:26]

But what can the Christian who decorates a Christmas tree with stars and Silver balls tell HIS children when they ask “WHAT MEAN YE BY THIS SERVICE?!”

If he is honest at all, all he can shamefacedly admit is – “It means NOTHING son! We’re just aping the Roman Catholics and the world, that’s all!”

Don’t be gullible my dear Christian! You don’t need a verse out of Jeremiah to prove the pagan roots of the Christmas tree, the mistletoe or Santa Claus. In fact Pagan unsaved writers who don’t know Jesus from Adam have clearly researched history and have rightly concluded the origins of all the Christmas paraphernalia and their Pagan roots.

If you want to be a compromiser and ‘follow a multitude to do evil’ then that’s your privilege! As for me and my house we will serve the Lord and choose those things that are pleasing to Him! And the Roman Catholic Christmas (or the Christmas tree) is surely not one of them!

Love
Michael Jeshurun

IF YOU SEEK TO WORSHIP GOD IN ‘SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH’ THEN YOU’VE GOT TO RENOUNCE CHRISTMAS FOR WHAT IT IS – “THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN!”

IF YOU SEEK TO WORSHIP GOD IN ‘SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH’ THEN YOU’VE GOT TO RENOUNCE CHRISTMAS FOR WHAT IT IS – “THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN!”

“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen!”  [Jer 10:2]

The holidays observed by mainstream Christianity—Easter, Christmas, New Years, Halloween, etc.—are not commanded in the Scriptures. In fact, as is easily proven from history, those very holidays are pagan in origin. Yet, those who observe them claim to be worshiping the true God. They rationalize that He now accepts such worship.

But the Scriptures do not support these assertions. God says, “am the LORD , I change not ” (Mal. 3:6). And again, the New Testament declares: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, affirms that Christians cannot worship the true God with pagan, occult rituals and holidays. He writes: “But that which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I do not wish you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of demonsYou cannot partake of the table of the Lord, and the table of demons. Now do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” (I Cor. 10:20-22).

As we will see, the same pagan holidays that were celebrated by the apostate children of Israel and Judah thousands of years before Christ are the same days apostate Orthodox Christendom hallows today. Yet, God has commanded His people to not learn the way of the heathen: “Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the LORD , ‘Do not learn the way of the heathen [occult practices and the worship of false gods], and do not be terrified at the signs of the heavens [as in astrology and witchcraft]; for the nations are terrified at them’ ” (Jer. 10:1-2).

 Idol Worship at the Temple: God’s own people repeatedly turned to idolatrous forms of worship. In a vision, God told the prophet Ezekiel, “ ‘Son of man, do you see what they do; even the great abominations which the house of Israel is doing here…?’ And He brought me to the opening of the [temple] court; and I looked, and behold, a hole in the wall…. And I went in and saw. And behold … all the idols of the house of Israel…. And He said to me, ‘Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, each man in his room of idols? For they are saying, “The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the earth” ’ ” (Ezek. 8:6-12) .

“He also said to me, ‘You shall see greater abominations that they are committing.’ And He brought me to the opening of the gate of the LORD’S house, toward the north. And behold, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz” (verses 13-14). The son of Nimrod, Tammuz was the ancient false messiah who allegedly died and was resurrected each year. James G. Frazer writes: “Under the names of Osiris, Tammuz, Adonis, and Attis, the peoples of Egypt and Western Asia represented the yearly decay and revival of life, especially of vegetable life, which they personified as a god who annually died and rose again from the dead….

“The worship of Adonis was practiced by the Semitic peoples of Babylon and Syria, and the Greeks borrowed it from them as early as the seventh century before Christ. The true name of the deity was Tammuz…. In the religious literature of Babylonia, Tammuz appears as the youthful spouse or lover of Ishtar [Easter], the great mother goddess, the embodiment of the reproductive energies of [Mother] nature…. [Every] year Tammuz was believed to die, passing away from the cheerful earth to the gloomy subterranean world, and every year his divine mistress journeyed in her quest for him … that the two might return together to the upper world, and that with their return all nature might revive.

“Laments for the departed Tammuz are contained in several Babylonian hymns…. His death appears to have been annually mourned, to the shrill music of flutes, by men and women about midsummer in the month named after him, the month Tammuz” (Frazer, The Golden Bough, pp. 378-79; emphasis added).

Orthodox Christendom practices a similar ceremony in the spring of the year at Easter time. This ceremony begins on “Good Friday” evening with mourning for the crucified Jesus (as was done for Tammuz) and is continued through Saturday night. In some predominantly Roman Catholic countries, women beat themselves with whips and weep in an attempt to enter into the physical sufferings of Jesus. At the stroke of midnight, beginning Easter Sunday, the mourning is turned to joy with shouts, “He is risen! He is risen!” These familiar Good Friday and Easter rituals are clearly derived from pagan Babylonian practices.

In all the ceremonies and sacrifices that God commanded to be performed at the temple, the priests and Levites always faced toward the west, not the east. However, when the apostate Israelites and Jews worshiped the sun god Baal, they worshiped toward the east with their backs to the temple of God. Ezekiel continues: “And He said to me, ‘Have you seen this, O son of man? You shall see greater abominations than these.’ And He brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and behold, at the opening of the temple of the LORD , between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east . And He said to me, ‘Have you seen, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they do the hateful things which they do here?’ ” (Ezek. 8:15-17).

Yet, thousands of years ago, before God brought them into the Promised Land, He warned the Israelites not to follow the customs of the nations around them. “You shall not do according to all that we do here today, each doing whatever is right in his own eyes…. Take heed to yourself that you do not become ensnared by following them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not ask about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods [the customs of the heathen], that I may also do likewise?’ You shall not do so to the LORD your God , for every abomination to the LORD , which He hates, they have done to their gods; even their sons and their daughters they have burned in the fire to their gods. Whatsoever thing that I command you, be careful to do it. You shall not add to it, nor take away from it ” (Deut. 12:8, 30-32).

God made no exceptions when He commanded Moses to write, “If a prophet rises among you, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder which he foretold to you comes to pass, saying, ‘Let us go after other godswhich you have not known, and let us serve them,’ you shall not hearken to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deut. 13:1-3).

Both the Old and New Testament Scriptures uphold God’s ban on occult practices, which are named in the book of Deuteronomy (Deut. 18:9-14). The Scriptures do not make a distinction between using witchcraft or sorcery to achieve a “good” purpose or an evil purpose. Despite the intention, all such practices are inherently evil because they make an appeal to a forbidden source of power—Satan and the demons. The Church has the obligation to disfellowship those practicing such sins (Matt. 18:15-17; I Cor. 5:4-13).

God Hates the Abominable Occult Holidays : God is a jealous God and will not give His glory to any other so-called god, nor to images: “I am the LORD ; that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images” (Isa. 42:8). Therefore, it is impossible to worship God by the means of occult holidays and/or rituals. Yet, Israel and Judah repeatedly went into apostasy wherein they denied the true God and worshiped false gods.

As Jeremiah testified, they exchanged God’s seventh-day Sabbath and annual holy days for the practices of the other nations. But God proclaims that He hates those practices: “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them. Nor will I regard the peace offerings of your fat animals. Take the noise of your songs away from Me; for I will not hear the melody of your harps…. Have you offered sacrifices and offerings to Me forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? But now you have carried the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiunyour imagesthe star of your gods which you made for yourselves” (Amos 5:21-26). As we saw in Ezekiel, ancient Israel and Judah became so corrupt that they had the gall and hardheartedness to actually worship other gods at the temple of the true God in Jerusalem!

Modern Christendom is doing the same today. In the name of Jesus Christ, ministers, priests and popes command the faithful to worship on occult holidays. They teach people to sin against God while claiming that God has sanctioned these abominable iniquities and lies. Yet, these days—Easter, Christmas, Halloween—are the same pagan occult days of worship that ancient Israel and Judah observed when they apostatized from the living God.

 The Apostles Encounter Occult Opposition : The early New Testament Church was confronted with an occult adversary who was a powerful religious leader in Samaria. His name was Simon Magus (i.e., magician), a false prophet who bewitched his followers with sorcery. “But there was a certain man named Simon, who had from earlier times been practicing sorcery [witchcraft] in the city and astounding the nation of Samaria, proclaiming himself to be some great one. To him they had all given heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, ‘This man is the great power of God.’ Now they were giving heed to him because he had for a long time bewitched them with sorceries” (Acts 8:9-11). Peter and John later confronted Simon Magus (verses 18-23). History shows that Simon Magus never repented. Rather, he devised a counterfeit Gnostic religion—which has become the world’s greatest “Christian” religion with its headquarters in Rome.

In the book of Acts, we find that after Paul came to Athens he witnessed to the philosophers and religious thinkers gathered at Mars’ hill, the center of pagan Greek religious and philosophical thought. The Greeks did not worship the true God and had never heard of Jesus Christ. They worshiped all the known gods and goddesses of their region, and they even had an altar dedicated to an unknowngod. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Paul “stood in the center of Mars’ hill and said, ‘Men, Athenians, I perceive that in all things you are very reverent to deities [demons]; for as I was passing through and observing the objects of your veneration, I also found an altar on which was inscribed, “To an unknown God.” So then, He Whom you worship in ignorance is the one that I proclaim to you. He is the God Who made the world and all things that are in it. Being the Lord of heaven and earth, He does not dwell in temples made by hands; nor is He served by the hands of men, as though He needs anything, for He gives to all life and breath and all things. And He made of one blood all the nations of men to dwell upon all the face of the earth, having determined beforehand their appointed times and the boundaries of their dwelling; in order that they might seek the Lord, if perhaps they might feel after Him and might find Him; though truly, He is not far from each one of us, for in Him we live and move and have our being; as some of the poets among you also have said, “For we are His offspring.” Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we should not think that the Godhead is like that which is made of gold, or silver, or stone—a graven thing of art devised by the imagination of man; for although God has indeed overlooked the times of this ignorance, He now commands all men everywhere to repent [of such idolatry and paganism]’” (Acts 17:22-30).

Likewise, Paul evangelized and taught about the true God in numerous cities known for their paganism—such as Ephesus, where there was a great temple dedicated to the pagan goddess Diana. In all of the Gentile areas where Paul preached the gospel he encountered pagan religions and idolatry. For example, recently converted believers in Galatia had previously worshipped false gods and idols. Some time after their conversion, a number of them began to apostatize from the teachings of Christ that Paul had taught them and began reverting to pagan practices. Paul instructs them in his epistle: “ [When] you did not know God, you were in bondage to those [idols] who are not gods by nature…. [Now] after having known God—rather, after having been known by God— how is it that you are turning again to the weak and impotent elements, to which you again desire to be in bondage? You are of your own selves [again] observing [pagan] days, and months, and times and years. I am afraid for you, lest somehow I have labored among you in vain” (Gal. 4:8-11).

In the same epistle, Paul writes that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatrywitchcraft [hence, all pagan occult observances and practices], hatred, strifes, jealousies, indignations, contentions, divisions, sects, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such things as these; concerning which I am telling you beforehand, even as I have also said in the past, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:19-21). Likewise, when Paul wrote to the Colossians, he urged them to stand fast in Christ and not be deceived by “ the traditions of men, according to the elements [elemental spirits or demons] of the world…” (Col. 2:8).

Throughout the Scriptures, commonly accepted “Christian” days of worship are identified as ancient pagan holidays which have been cleverly disguised, sugar-coated, re-packaged and sold to Christendom as though they had spiritual value. But the true God of the Bible cannot be worshipped via pagan, occult holidays—even if they are “Christianized.” God seeks only those willing to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

 

OBJECTIONS OF THOSE WHO JUSTIFY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ANSWERED! (2019)

OBJECTIONS OF THOSE WHO JUSTIFY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ANSWERED! (2019)

Michael Jeshurun

These objections are from a letter written to us in objection to the tract- “The Christian and Christmas’!

OBJECTION NO.1 
Are you saying saved people will end up in hell because they practice Christmas? This is not possible. But, if you are using the word ‘Christian’ to mean the nominal unsaved person who thinks they are Christian, then he will end up in hell anyway, regardless of Christmas.
We expose the darkness of Christmas dear friend not to suggest that a saved Christian will wind up in Hell if he celebrates Christmas, but to provoke and challenge everyone who claims to be Christian to examine himself whether he is truly a Christian. A Christian is not at liberty to take anything and everything and ‘sanctify’ it to the Lord in worship. This is what the ‘Regulative Principle of Worship’ is all about. A Christian cannot take that which is obviously Pagan and ‘sanctify’ it for the Lord! But even if after receiving clear light on the matter the Christian insists to do so, he must examine himself whether he be in the Faith! 

“the nominal unsaved person who thinks he is Christian, will end up in hell anway, regardless of Christmas. So why make a fuss?”. This is the most sickening statement one can make with regards to preaching. The nominal Christian will wind up in Hell anyway, so why make a fuss about anything?!

Dearly beloved, with all the spirit of discernment we have, we have no way of knowing who the nominal’s are as opposed to true Christians. And the preacher who goes about his preaching with this attitude and mindset can never be genuine or zealous in his preaching. The greatest Evangelist of them all said, “we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus”! [Col 1:28]

Who the elect or the nonelect are, is none of our business. The commission He has given His servants is to preach the Gospel to and to warn every creature, and they certainly have not fully obeyed until they bid their hearers “Repent ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). Whom God quickens, is His own affair; ours is to faithfully warn all the unsaved, to show wherein their sins consists, to bid them to throw down the weapons of their warfare against Him, to call upon them to repent (Acts 17:30), to proclaim the One who receives all who come to Him in faith.

OBJECTION NO. 2

“This is a very harsh thing to say. Most have no idea what Christmas is. They cannot just be condemned out of hand”.

This may have been true say even ten years ago, but anymore. With the coming of the ‘Information technology’ at least 90% of all so called Christians know or at least have heard that this festival is spoken against by many Christians the world over. Last year our own secular ‘Daily News paper’ had a full page article questioning the origins of Christmas. And this is one of the reasons that I did not take any pains to reiterate what many Christians have already exposed, i.e. the roots of all that goes with this Pagan practice….the tree, Santa Claus, the Star etc.

And the Holy Spirit is faithful to lead all His elect into ALL truth. And should a newly born again Christian hear for the first time that Christmas is Pagan then it is his bounden duty to examine whether it be so! Ignorance is not bliss in the Christian walk!

OBJECTION NO. 3

“And what of those Christians who hold Christmas just as a holiday? They do not use it as a disguise… it is just a holiday time”.

How lukewarm can you get! ChristMASS is an abomination done in the name of my Lord who shed His blood for me! I could care less about Ramadan or Halloween, for it does not blaspheme my Lord’s name. But as one said – “The Christian has a moral imperative to examine what is proclaimed and done in Jesus’ Name, and to expose and condemn false teaching and unbiblical behaviour.”

The true Christian is not content with having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reproves (EXPOSES) them! [Eph 5:11]. To stick your head in the sand and pretend everything’s okay and have a ‘holiday’ is no mark of a Christian. What is written concerning the Head is also true concerning all those who belong to the body ….i.e. “The zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up”!!!

OBJECTION NO. 4

“Many do not enter into ‘merrymaking’… our friend is making general statements about people he does not know”.

Many do not, but sadly many do! And it is for these many for whom this tract against Christmas is written. And incidentally this is a direct quote from Pink’s tract on Xmas! Brethren, you have to remember that when a message is preached warning people of evil, that same message is bound to be heard also by those who are not guilty of the said evil. So was Pink wrong in saying that many are merrymaking because a few don’t?! All preaching against any given sin is done with the admonition –“If the shoe fits, wear it”!

Every time a preacher stands up and exhorts a multitude to forsake a certain sin, there will always be those in that same multitude who are not in the least guilty of that sin. So should the preacher be silenced lest he offend the sinless few! Absurd!
J. C. Ryle was right when he wrote in his warning to the Churches- “Surely the dumb dog and the sleeping shepherd are the best allies of the wolf, the thief and the robber.”

OBJECTION NO. 5

“Yes, you are right to give the truth… but must be careful not to appear to be hateful towards the brethren”.

This comment was made in response to the words – “Without labouring 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 overstressed 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”!

Is it hateful to warn a professing Christian to examine himself whether he is a friend or the enemy of God? Surely then as John was the Apostle of ‘love’, James must have been the Apostle of Hate! For the whole verse reads – “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”![Jam 4:4]. James opens this letter addressing them as ‘Beloved brethren’ and now he chides them as ‘adulterers and adulteresses’. Is something wrong?! ‘If the shoe fits wear it’ or Scripturally- “he that hath ears to hear let him hear’!

The Psalmist said, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head” [Psa 141:5]. And the Apostle asks – “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth”? [Gal 4:16]

Dear Brothers, without laboring the point, this Tract on Christmas or others like it are not written to say believers go to Hell for celebrating Christmas. But this knowing willful participation in this abomination may just be a symptom of a frightening truth – i.e. an unregenerate heart!

This is what it means to sin willfully after receiving a knowledge of the truth. When a professing Christian adamantly says – “I don’t care what the Bible says, or history proves, I am going to take this ‘Pagan festival’ and sanctify it for the Lord”, then it must be questioned whether such an one is truly a child of God!

Sure, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus! But those who are in Christ Jesus are classified not as those who do as they please but those who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit! [see Rom 8:1]Those who are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God! Not those who rebelliously do whatever is right in their own eyes.

OBJECTION NO. 6

But isn’t Christmas a great opportunity to preach Christ to our loved ones. Surely they are more open to the truth during this season.

John MacArthur says “I do see Christmas concerts attracting people to the church”(GC-2022). Those who say this are ignorant of the fact that men’s hearts are the same in every season. And again, would God truly honour the witnessing efforts of those who observe Rome’s traditions which are an abomination to Him? The idea that men’s hearts are more receptive to the gospel during the Christmas season is a delusion of those who seek to compromise.

On the other hand I think if you withdrew yourself from celebrating Christmas, this would raise eyebrows and the unbelievers would ask (at least out of curiosity) why you don’t celebrate Xmas when the whole world is doing so. Then you can use this as an opening and preach not just Christ but the whole truth about true and false Christianity!

OBJECTION NO. 7

“We know, that many who are believers follow silly or even evil ways. But, it does not mean they are lost, or that God will destroy them…”

Sure there are many true believers caught in sin who are praying for deliverance. But the stubborn Christian who justifies this pagan celebration is not one who is helplessly caught in sin, but one who deliberately is suppressing the truth in unrighteousness and is determined to offer strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded us not [Lev 10:1,2]. The Lord Jesus came to save His people from their sins not in their sins! In all His dealings with us God acts in grace, but His grace ever reigns “through righteousness,” and never at the expense of it! [Pink]

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” [Proverbs 28:13]. To seek to be justified by Christ while deliberately following a known course of sin, is one of the greatest delusions of the Devil!

My Christianity and Christmas (2018)

My Christianity and Christmas (2018)

 Mike 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 labouring 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 overstressed 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]

OBJECTIONS OF THOSE WHO JUSTIFY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ANSWERED! (2018)

OBJECTIONS OF THOSE WHO JUSTIFY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ANSWERED! (2018)

Michael Jeshurun

These objections are from a letter written to us in objection to the tract- “The Christian and Christmas’!

OBJECTION NO.1
Are you saying saved people will end up in hell because they practice Christmas? This is not possible. But, if you are using the word ‘Christian’ to mean the nominal unsaved person who thinks they are Christian, then he will end up in hell anway, regardless of Christmas.

We expose the darkness of Christmas dear friend not to suggest that a saved Christian will wind up in Hell if he celebrates Christmas, but to provoke and challenge everyone who claims to be Christian to examine himself whether he is truly a Christian. A Christian is not at liberty to take anything and everything and ‘sanctify’ it to the Lord in worship. This is what the ‘Regulative Principle of Worship’ is all about. A Christian cannot take that which is obviously Pagan and ‘sanctify’ it for the Lord! But even if after receiving clear light on the matter the Christian insists to do so, he must examine himself whether he be in the Faith!

“the nominal unsaved person who thinks he is Christian, will end up in hell anway, regardless of Christmas. So why make a fuss?”. This is the most sickening statement one can make with regards to preaching. The nominal Christian will wind up in Hell anyway, so why make a fuss about anything?!

Dearly beloved, with all the spirit of discernment we have, we have no way of knowing who the nominal’s are as opposed to true Christians. And the preacher who goes about his preaching with this attitude and mindset can never be genuine or zealous in his preaching. The greatest Evangelist of them all said, “we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus”! [Col 1:28]

Who the elect or the nonelect are, is none of our business. The commission He has given His servants is to preach the Gospel to and to warn every creature, and they certainly have not fully obeyed until they bid their hearers “Repent ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). Whom God quickens, is His own affair; ours is to faithfully warn all the unsaved, to show wherein their sins consists, to bid them to throw down the weapons of their warfare against Him, to call upon them to repent (Acts 17:30), to proclaim the One who receives all who come to Him in faith.

OBJECTION NO. 2

“This is a very harsh thing to say. Most have no idea what Christmas is. They cannot just be condemned out of hand”.

This may have been true say even ten years ago, but anymore. With the coming of the ‘Information technology’ at least 90% of all so called Christians know or at least have heard that this festival is spoken against by many Christians the world over. Last year our own secular ‘Daily News paper’ had a full page article questioning the origins of Christmas. And this is one of the reasons that I did not take any pains to reiterate what many Christians have already exposed, i.e. the roots of all that goes with this Pagan practice….the tree, Santa Claus, the Star etc.

And the Holy Spirit is faithful to lead all His elect into ALL truth. And should a newly born again Christian hear for the first time that Christmas is Pagan then it is his bounden duty to examine whether it be so! Ignorance is not bliss in the Christian walk!

OBJECTION NO. 3

“And what of those Christians who hold Christmas just as a holiday? They do not use it as a disguise… it is just a holiday time”.

How lukewarm can you get! ChristMASS is an abomination done in the name of my Lord who shed His blood for me! I could care less about Ramadan or Halloween, for it does not blaspheme my Lord’s name. But as one said – “The Christian has a moral imperative to examine what is proclaimed and done in Jesus’ Name, and to expose and condemn false teaching and unbiblical behaviour.”

The true Christian is not content with having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reproves (EXPOSES) them! [Eph 5:11]. To stick your head in the sand and pretend everything’s okay and have a ‘holiday’ is no mark of a Christian. What is written concerning the Head is also true concerning all those who belong to the body ….i.e. “The zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up”!!!

OBJECTION NO. 4

“Many do not enter into ‘merrymaking’… our friend is making general statements about people he does not know”.

Many do not, but sadly many do! And it is for these many for whom this tract against Christmas is written. And incidentally this is a direct quote from Pink’s tract on Xmas! Brethren, you have to remember that when a message is preached warning people of evil, that same message is bound to be heard also by those who are not guilty of the said evil. So was Pink wrong in saying that many are merrymaking because a few don’t?! All preaching against any given sin is done with the admonition –“If the shoe fits, wear it”!

Every time a preacher stands up and exhorts a multitude to forsake a certain sin, there will always be those in that same multitude who are not in the least guilty of that sin. So should the preacher be silenced lest he offend the sinless few! Absurd!
J. C. Ryle was right when he wrote in his warning to the Churches- “Surely the dumb dog and the sleeping shepherd are the best allies of the wolf, the thief and the robber.”

OBJECTION NO. 5

“Yes, you are right to give the truth… but must be careful not to appear to be hateful towards the brethren”.

This comment was made in response to the words – “Without labouring 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 overstressed 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”!

Is it hateful to warn a professing Christian to examine himself whether he is a friend or the enemy of God? Surely then as John was the Apostle of ‘love’, James must have been the Apostle of Hate! For the whole verse reads – “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”![Jam 4:4]. James opens this letter addressing them as ‘Beloved brethren’ and now he chides them as ‘adulterers and adulteresses’. Is something wrong?! ‘If the shoe fits wear it’ or Scripturally- “he that hath ears to hear let him hear’!

The Psalmist said, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head” [Psa 141:5]. And the Apostle asks – “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth”? [Gal 4:16]

Dear Brothers, without laboring the point, this Tract on Christmas or others like it are not written to say believers go to Hell for celebrating Christmas. But this knowing willful participation in this abomination may just be a symptom of a frightening truth – i.e. an unregenerate heart!

This is what it means to sin willfully after receiving a knowledge of the truth. When a professing Christian adamantly says – “I don’t care what the Bible says, or history proves, I am going to take this ‘Pagan festival’ and sanctify it for the Lord”, then it must be questioned whether such an one is truly a child of God!

Sure, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus! But those who are in Christ Jesus are classified not as those who do as they please but those who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit! [see Rom 8:1]Those who are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God! Not those who rebelliously do whatever is right in their own eyes.

OBJECTION NO. 6

But isn’t Christmas a great opportunity to preach Christ to our loved ones. Surely they are more open to the truth during this season.

John MacArthur says “I do see Christmas concerts attracting people to the church”(GC-2022). Those who say this are ignorant of the fact that men’s hearts are the same in every season. And again, would God truly honour the witnessing efforts of those who observe Rome’s traditions which are an abomination to Him? The idea that men’s hearts are more receptive to the gospel during the Christmas season is a delusion of those who seek to compromise.

On the other hand I think if you withdrew yourself from celebrating Christmas, this would raise eyebrows and the unbelievers would ask (at least out of curiosity) why you don’t celebrate Xmas when the whole world is doing so. Then you can use this as an opening and preach not just Christ but the whole truth about true and false Christianity!

OBJECTION NO. 7

“We know, that many who are believers follow silly or even evil ways. But, it does not mean they are lost, or that God will destroy them…”

Sure there are many true believers caught in sin who are praying for deliverance. But the stubborn Christian who justifies this pagan celebration is not one who is helplessly caught in sin, but one who deliberately is suppressing the truth in unrighteousness and is determined to offer strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded us not [Lev 10:1,2]. The Lord Jesus came to save His people from their sins not in their sins! In all His dealings with us God acts in grace, but His grace ever reigns “through righteousness,” and never at the expense of it! [Pink]

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” [Proverbs 28:13]. To seek to be justified by Christ while deliberately following a known course of sin, is one of the greatest delusions of the Devil!

My Christian Faith and Christmas!

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My Christian Faith and Christmas!

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 labouring 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 overstressed 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]

AN ANSWER TO THOSE WHO JUSTIFY THEIR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS!

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AN ANSWER TO THOSE WHO JUSTIFY THEIR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS!

Michael Jeshurun

These objections are from a letter written to us in objection to the tract- “The Christian and Christmas’!

OBJECTION NO.1
Are you saying saved people will end up in hell because they practice Christmas? This is not possible. But, if you are using the word ‘Christian’ to mean the nominal unsaved person who thinks they are Christian, then he will end up in hell anway, regardless of Christmas.

We expose the darkness of Christmas dear friend not to suggest that a saved Christian will wind up in Hell if he celebrates Christmas, but to provoke and challenge everyone who claims to be Christian to examine himself whether he is truly a Christian. A Christian is not at liberty to take anything and everything and ‘sanctify’ it to the Lord in worship. This is what the ‘Regulative Principle of Worship’ is all about. A Christian cannot take that which is obviously Pagan and ‘sanctify’ it for the Lord! But even if after receiving clear light on the matter the Christian insists to do so, he must examine himself whether he be in the Faith!

“the nominal unsaved person who thinks he is Christian, will end up in hell anway, regardless of Christmas. So why make a fuss?”. This is the most sickening statement one can make with regards to preaching. The nominal Christian will wind up in Hell anyway, so why make a fuss about anything?!

Dearly beloved, with all the spirit of discernment we have, we have no way of knowing who the nominal’s are as opposed to true Christians. And the preacher who goes about his preaching with this attitude and mindset can never be genuine or zealous in his preaching. The greatest Evangelist of them all said, “we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus”! [Col 1:28]

Who the elect or the nonelect are, is none of our business. The commission He has given His servants is to preach the Gospel to and to warn every creature, and they certainly have not fully obeyed until they bid their hearers “Repent ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). Whom God quickens, is His own affair; ours is to faithfully warn all the unsaved, to show wherein their sins consists, to bid them to throw down the weapons of their warfare against Him, to call upon them to repent (Acts 17:30), to proclaim the One who receives all who come to Him in faith.

OBJECTION NO.2

“This is a very harsh thing to say. Most have no idea what Christmas is. They cannot just be condemned out of hand”.

This may have been true say even ten years ago, but anymore. With the coming of the ‘Information technology’ at least 90% of all so called Christians know or at least have heard that this festival is spoken against by many Christians the world over. Last year our own secular ‘Daily News paper’ had a full page article questioning the origins of Christmas. And this is one of the reasons that I did not take any pains to reiterate what many Christians have already exposed, i.e. the roots of all that goes with this Pagan practice….the tree, Santa Claus, the Star etc.

And the Holy Spirit is faithful to lead all His elect into ALL truth. And should a newly born again Christian hear for the first time that Christmas is Pagan then it is his bounden duty to examine whether it be so! Ignorance is not bliss in the Christian walk!

OBJECTION NO.3

“And what of those Christians who hold Christmas just as a holiday? They do not use it as a disguise… it is just a holiday time”.

How lukewarm can you get! ChristMASS is an abomination done in the name of my Lord who shed His blood for me! I could care less about Ramadan or Halloween, for it does not blaspheme my Lord’s name. But as one said – “The Christian has a moral imperative to examine what is proclaimed and done in Jesus’ Name, and to expose and condemn false teaching and unbiblical behaviour.”

The true Christian is not content with having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reproves (EXPOSES) them! [Eph 5:11]. To stick your head in the sand and pretend everything’s okay and have a ‘holiday’ is no mark of a Christian. What is written concerning the Head is also true concerning all those who belong to the body ….i.e. “The zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up”!!!

OBJECTION NO. 4

“Many do not enter into ‘merrymaking’… our friend is making general statements about people he does not know”.

Many do not, but sadly many do! And it is for these many for whom this tract against Christmas is written. And incidentally this is a direct quote from Pink’s tract on Xmas! Brethren, you have to remember that when a message is preached warning people of evil, that same message is bound to be heard also by those who are not guilty of the said evil. So was Pink wrong in saying that many are merrymaking because a few don’t?! All preaching against any given sin is done with the admonition –“If the shoe fits, wear it”!

Every time a preacher stands up and exhorts a multitude to forsake a certain sin, there will always be those in that same multitude who are not in the least guilty of that sin. So should the preacher be silenced lest he offend the sinless few! Absurd!
J. C. Ryle was right when he wrote in his warning to the Churches- “Surely the dumb dog and the sleeping shepherd are the best allies of the wolf, the thief and the robber.”

OBJECTION NO. 5

“Yes, you are right to give the truth… but must be careful not to appear to be hateful towards the brethren”.

This comment was made in response to the words – “Without labouring 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 overstressed 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”!

Is it hateful to warn a professing Christian to examine himself whether he is a friend or the enemy of God? Surely then as John was the Apostle of ‘love’, James must have been the Apostle of Hate! For the whole verse reads – “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”![Jam 4:4]. James opens this letter addressing them as ‘Beloved brethren’ and now he chides them as ‘adulterers and adulteresses’. Is something wrong?! ‘If the shoe fits wear it’ or Scripturally- “he that hath ears to hear let him hear’!

The Psalmist said, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head” [Psa 141:5]. And the Apostle asks – “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth”? [Gal 4:16]

Dear Brothers, without laboring the point, this Tract on Christmas or others like it are not written to say believers go to Hell for celebrating Christmas. But this knowing willful participation in this abomination may just be a symptom of a frightening truth – i.e. an unregenerate heart!

This is what it means to sin willfully after receiving a knowledge of the truth. When a professing Christian adamantly says – “I don’t care what the Bible says, or history proves, I am going to take this ‘Pagan festival’ and sanctify it for the Lord”, then it must be questioned whether such an one is truly a child of God!

Sure, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus! But those who are in Christ Jesus are classified not as those who do as they please but those who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit! [see Rom 8:1]Those who are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God! Not those who rebelliously do whatever is right in their own eyes.

OBJECTION NO. 6

But isn’t Christmas a great oppo tunity to preach Christ to our loved ones. Surely they are more open to the truth during this season.

John MacArthur says “I do see Christmas concerts attracting people to the church”(GC-2022). Those who say this are ignorant of the fact that men’s hearts are the same in every season. And again, would God truly honour the witnessing efforts of those who observe Rome’s traditions which are an abomination to Him? The idea that men’s hearts are more receptive to the gospel during the Christmas season is a delusion of those who seek to compromise.

On the other hand I think if you withdrew yourself from celebrating Christmas, this would raise eyebrows and the unbelievers would ask (at least out of curiosity) why you don’t celebrate Xmas when the whole world is doing so. Then you can use this as an opening and preach not just Christ but the whole truth about true and false Christianity!

OBJECTION NO. 7

“We know, that many who are believers follow silly or even evil ways. But, it does not mean they are lost, or that God will destroy them…”

Sure there are many true believers caught in sin who are praying for deliverance. But the stubborn Christian who justifies this pagan celebration is not one who is helplessly caught in sin, but one who deliberately is suppressing the truth in unrighteousness and is determined to offer strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded us not [Lev 10:1,2]. The Lord Jesus came to save His people from their sins not in their sins! In all His dealings with us God acts in grace, but His grace ever reigns “through righteousness,” and never at the expense of it! [Pink]

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” [Proverbs 28:13]. To seek to be justified by Christ while deliberately following a known course of sin, is one of the greatest delusions of the Devil!

My Christian Faith and Christmas!

Funny surprising and very excited kid girl looking in camera on blue background

My Christian Faith and Christmas!

 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 labouring 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 overstressed 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]

 

Christmas a Pagan Festival

Christmas goats

Christmas a Pagan Festival

Christmas is a holiday shared and celebrated by many religions. It is a day that has an effect on the entire world. To many people, it is a favorite time of the year involving gift giving, parties and feasting. Christmas is a holiday that unifies almost all of professing Christendom.

The spirit of Christmas causes people to decorate their homes and churches, cut down trees and bring them into their homes, decking them with silver and gold. In the light of that tree, families make merry and give gifts one to another. When the sun goes down on December 24th, and darkness covers the land, families and churches prepare for participation in customs such as burning the yule log, singing around the decorated tree, kissing under the mistletoe and holly, and attending a late night service or midnight mass.

What is the meaning of Christmas? Where did the customs and traditions originate? You, as a Christian, would want to worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth, discerning good from evil. The truth is that all of the customs of Christmas pre-date the birth of Jesus Christ, and a study of this would reveal that Christmas in our day is a collection of traditions and practices taken from many cultures and nations.

The date of December 25th comes from Rome and was a celebration of the Italic god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the sun god. This was done long before the birth of Jesus. It was noted by the pre-Christian Romans and other pagans, that daylight began to increase after December 22nd, when they assumed that the sun god died. These ancients believed that the sun god rose from the dead three days later as the new-born and venerable sun.

Thus, they figured that to be the reason for increasing daylight. This was a cause for much wild excitement and celebration. Gift giving and merriment filled the temples of ancient Rome, as sacred priests of Saturn, called dendrophori, carried wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession.

In Germany, the evergreen tree was used in worship and celebration of the yule god, also in observance of the resurrected sun god. The evergreen tree was a symbol of the essence of life and was regarded as a phallic symbol in fertility worship.

Witches and other pagans regarded the red holly as a symbol of the menstrual blood of the queen of heaven, also known as Diana. The holly wood was used by witches to make wands. The white berries of mistletoe were believed by pagans to represent droplets of the semen of the sun god. Both holly and mistletoe were hung in doorways of temples and homes to invoke powers of fertility in those who stood beneath and kissed, causing the spirits of the god and goddess to enter them. These customs transcended the borders of Rome and Germany to the far reaches of the known world.
The question now arises: How did all of these customs find their way into contemporary Christianity, ranging from Catholicism to Protestantism to fundamentalist churches? The word “Christmas”itself reveals who married paganism to Christianity. The word “Christmas” is a combination of the words “Christ” and “Mass.

The word “Mass” means death and was coined originally by the Roman Catholic Church, and belongs exclusively to the church of Rome. The ritual of the Mass involves the death of Christ, and the distribution of the “Host”, a word taken from the Latin word “hostiall” meaning victim!
In short, Christmas is strictly a Roman Catholic word.

A simple study of the tactics of the Romish Church reveals that in every case, the church absorbed the customs, traditions and general paganism of every tribe, culture and nation in their efforts to increase the number of people under their control. In short, the Romish church told all of these pagan cultures, “Bring your gods, goddesses, rituals and rites, and we will assign Christian sounding titles and names to them.

When Martin Luther started the reformation on October 31st, 1517, and other reformers followed his lead, all of them took with them the paganism that was so firmly imbedded in Rome. These reformers left Christmas intact.
In England, as the authorized Bible became available to the common people by the decree of King James the II in 1611, people began to discover the pagan roots of Christmas, which are clearly revealed in Scripture.

The Puritans in England, and later in Massachusetts Colony, outlawed this holiday as witchcraft.

Near the end of the nineteenth century, when other Bible versions began to appear, there was a revival of the celebration of Christmas.
We are now seeing ever-increasing celebrating of Christmas or Yule, its true name, as we draw closer to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In both witchcraft circles and contemporary Christian churches, the same things are going on.

As the Bible clearly states in Jeremiah 10:2-4, “Thus saith the Lord, 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. For one cutteth a tree out of the forest. The work of the hands of the workman with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold. They fasten it with nails and with hammers that it move not.”

So, what is wrong with Christmas?

1. To say that Jesus was born on December 25th is a lie! The true date is sometime in September according to the Scriptures.

2. Trees, wreaths, holly, mistletoe and the like are strictly forbidden as pagan and heathen! To say that these are Christian or that they can be made Christian is a lie!

3. The Lord never spoke of commemorating his birth but rather commanded us to remember the sacrifice of His suffering and death, which purchased our salvation.

Think about it! Can we worship and honor God by involving ourselves with customs and traditions, which God Himself forbade as idolatry? Can we convince God to somehow “Christianize” these customs and the whole pretense and lie of Christmas, so we can enjoy ourselves? Can we obey through disobedience?

So what is right about Christmas? Nothing! It is a Pagan practice and if you claim to be a Christian you need to stop celebrating it!