This email was sent to me by someone who said someone had emailed to him. I am just assuming this is a Christian pastor, and one who claims to be knowledgeable in the Scriptures and above the common herd. I could be wrong. I was not told who this was.
Regardless, my comments are in [brackets].
Before you read, check all feelings at the door and pray and ask God to reveal HIS Truth and Will.
He that hath ears to hear...
December 26, 2015
This email was sent to me by someone who said someone had emailed to him. I am just assuming this is a Christian pastor, and one who
claims to be knowledgeable in the Scriptures and above the common herd. I could be wrong. I was not told who this was. Regardless,
my comments are in [brackets].
Before you read, check all feelings at the door and pray and ask God to reveal HIS Truth and Will.
He that hath ears to hear...
Most of my friends are aware of the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ was not born on December 25, but was born at the Feast of Tabernacles in the fall.
December 25 was a pagan day of celebration, Saturnalia. Early Christians, in an attempt to wipe out the pagan celebration, decided to celebrate our Lord's birth on December 25 instead.
We think that any and all such attempts to wipe out paganism are to be commended.
We happen to like this time of year, and look forward to it each year. It is the ONLY time of year when you can go anywhere --- shops, restaurants, etc. --- and hear songs being sung about our Lord Jesus Christ. This fact absolutely thrills us, and we revel in it.
[DELUSION: THE VAST majority of songs I hear sung are about rudolf and sleigh bells. Christ is not honored by being stuck in a panoply of gods to be worshipped as one among many. What Bible do you read? The fact that it is only ONE TIME A YEAR shows that it is NOT REAL but ARTIFICIAL and a DELUSION. Drink some more fluoridated water. 95% of people who celebrate Christmas are not happy about God's salvation, but getting and giving gifts to each other, and seeing family, and special shows on tv, parades and pageants, and a grand assortment of food, and being on vacation from school, playing games, going on vacation to a ski trip to Vale Colorado or the beach in Hawaii, doing special things, going to the mall with all the glitz and glamor, going to the movies; it is a social holiday, not a Christian one, regardless of your wanting to believe it so. Maybe you and your family give gifts ONLY to JESUS instead of to each other (if you give them to each other, give me your Bible verses to support this practice; my Bible says the wise men gave gifts to JESUS, not to each other). It does not honor Christ to celebrate His birth on the day of a pagan god. You don't understand holiness. How "praiseworthy" it must be to God to have a few hymns played or sung in public places one time a year, and even while those people are committing adultery, living in sin, violating His Law with impunity, GOING INTO DEBT (as MANY people do) in order to buy expensive gifts for loved ones (which has nothing to do with Jesus) all the while living in unrepentance with unconfessed sin in their lives... even people who do not know God or even claim to... do you really think that honors Him? ]
Yes, there are still a few pagan customs associated with Christmastide which remain, and every one of them should be purged from all Christian homes. But we personally can find nothing wrong with celebrating JESUS any time of the year . . . and that includes December 25.
[A "FEW"...? IT is pagan in toto, with a thin veneer of "Christianity" which veneer is peeled away more each year, which is a GOOD thing. You don't water down the medicine... you don't water down truth.... You don't teach the truth mixed in with error—You separate and teach the truth by itself. If you don't find anything wrong with Christmas, try opening your eyes and looking. You say "we" think, "we personally" etc., who is "we"? the ones in your family who would be cold and hostile to you if you put your foot down and said, "no more Christmas"...? So, to appease them, you justify your observance of a pagan holiday in which you give gifts to each other? Of course, I don't know you or your situation, I am merely speaking from experience and knowledge of the general reaction of any family if the father said there would be no more Christmas. If this is application in your situation (whether you are in denial about it or not), your humanism and caving in to the "emotions" of family members who want to keep it is a false god in your life. Tell me, how do you celebrate Jesus ANY OTHER time of the year? if you celebrate Him every day, why then do you feel the need to celebrate Him in DIFFERENT and in a pagan manner on a pagan day—a day on which you KNOW He was not born? and how is it celebrating HIM to give gifts TO EACH OTHER? Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not to him it is sin. Come out from among them and be ye separate. Be not like the heathen.]
Think about it. Has it ever seemed to you that there is something special in the air at this time of year? We believe there is a good reason why there is so much joy in the hearts of so many at this time of year. Have you ever stopped to think that if Christ were born at Tabernacles (which He was), then He would have had to have been conceived in mid to late December.
[Special in the air. Yeah, its called the rum or the Jack Daniels in the egg nog. There's also something special in the air during Spring Break, Octoberfest, Mardis Gras, and Carnival. What Scripture do you use to validate something being "acceptable" because of some "feeling" you think you "feel" in the "air"...? I am sorry, but I must have missed that doctrine in my study of theology. The pathology of this specialness in the air is as described above: food, presents, holiday, no school, etc. Try walking out among the teeming masses and ask people of every age and persuasion what is special about "this time of year" to them (don't say "about Christmas" for that would be "leading the witness")—don't ask those coming out of a church service (for they will not be honest; they know that a "spiritual" answer is expected of them, though in their heart they are thinking of everything but—even as you are, but you are not honest enough to admit it; otherwise, you would not be clinging to Christmas); but rather, ask those at the mall, coming out of a movie theater or grocery store, and ask them what is it that excites them about "this time of year"... if they could pick only ONE thing, what do they like about it most. Your spiritual delusion (which I have termed "Pagano-Christian-Christmas-Denial Syndrome") is not generalized to the population. Your "feeling" is not supported by the Word of God. Situation ethics and feel-goodism are not theology. There was something "special in the air" when Uzza put forth his hand to steady the Ark of the Covenant when the ox cart it should not have been on hit a bump... the people were all excited to have the Ark being returned. "Oh what a feeling". Did God share in the "special feeling"...? "Feelings in the air" are not real. They are subjective. Scripture does not say, "For God so loved the world that He gave us a feeling in the air." If you are minister, you should be ashamed to so justify anything called "Christian".]
Knowing that our fleshly life begins not with birth but with conception, we know that it was truly at this time of the year when God came down and put on the body of His flesh . . . most likely at the Feast of Dedication.
[You go to absurd lengths to justify your carnal desire to celebrate Christmas. I am sorry, I missed this too. Where in the Bible are we told to celebrate the date of Christ's conception?... either purely or in a hybrid cacophony of paganism?]
In short, don't do away with the celebration, worship and praise of our Lord Jesus Christ at this, or any other, time of year. Do away with what is pagan, and what is not Christ-centered, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water.
[CHRISTMAS is what is pagan. And it is not bathwater that Jesus is put in, that is another delusion. You have the baby Jesus wallowing in the pig mire and are content to worship Him in the swine urine and feces... and what is even worse, not only do you embrace and justify sin, but you encourage others to join you! Have you not read anything in the Word of God about Holiness? The fire on the altar, the ash from the altar anything that touched the altar was holy. That was not merely some archaic ritual. It was real because God is Holy. God commands us to be holy. Holy means separate from everything that is not holy. However, that which touches the altar became holy does not mean it was given a halo. It means it was to be burned with fire—not necessarily on the altar. A pig could not be sacrificed on the altar; things not fit to be sacrificed on the altar were burned with fire outside the camp. Things dedicated were accursed. Jericho was burned with fire because it was dedicated unto the Lord. Achan stole what was dedicated/accursed to the Lord so Achan was burned with fire. Uzza likewise was struck down. Were you a priest of Israel, no doubt, you would have been like Aaron to help fashion the golden calf, and then continue to worship God amidst paganism, rather than like Gideon and Hezekiah who threw the pagan altars down and chopped down their groves and images and destroyed their high places... rather than placidly and impotently folded your hands piously and pretended amidst the paganism that you were just happy that God still got "honorable mention" somewhere.]
Think of it this way --- if we take the Lord Jesus Christ out of Christmas, all that is left is paganism . . . and then we are right back where we started.
[That's it, delude yourself that worshiping Jesus in the midst of paganism is a good thing; out of your own mouth you confess that if you remove Jesus, all that is left is paganism—WHY CAN YOU NOT SEE then, that CHRIST DOES NOT BELONG THERE? God gave precise manner, rigidly, how He was to be worshipped and He FORBADE any common pagan practices "special feeling in the air notwithstanding" of the day, such as in high places or in the groves—and if you can't go to the groves, then bring the grove to you, and bring the tree and the wreath and the mistletoe and the yule log inside. Either let go of paganism or let go of Christ, because He is not honored, but blasphemed, and He said, "I wert that you were either hot or cold, but because you are lukewarm I will spue you out of my mouth". If you understood, even with a glimpse, God's Holiness and command for us to be holy, you would not justify your carnal pleasure and appeasement of the flesh in some weak, limp, impotent attempt to justify it Biblically—without your even offering one Bible verse to support it.
THINK OF IT THIS WAY... ask the average person at the mall what they would think if everything but Jesus was stripped from Christmas, no holiday meal, no sleigh rides, no vacation from school or ski trips, no family visiting, no gift giving or receiving, no tree, no lights, no decorations, no parades, no parties... PARTIES! PARTIES...! FOOD AND BOOZE AND "HOOKING UP", no tv specials, no "FEELING IN THE AIR", no CHRISTMAS BONUS CHECKS OR PAID VACATION... ask the average person what they would think if ALL THAT AND MORE... if everything but Jesus was stripped from Christmas, what would they think...? I think they would say "HELL NO" or give you a dirty glare, turn around, and walk away... which is what most family members would do if the head of their house was godly. Is that why "WE personally see nothing wrong with Christmas, and WE believe, and WE feel...?
THAT is the way a CHRISTIAN should think, and especially the head of a household and a minister (I am just assuming that this is a minister, I could be wrong, but what I say applies, regardless of the individual; the truth is the truth; however, an individual's responsibility increases in proportion to the authority God has invested him)... if everything was taken from Christmas but Jesus, IT WOULD NOT BE CHRISTMAS and the VAST MAJORITY (you included) would lose that "special feeling".
But you, for some reason, think just the opposite. You think that Jesus should be left in the paganism, because if He was taken out (of someplace in which He does not belong because it is blasphemous) that paganism is all that would be left, and even uttering all those words you still think what you are doing is right.
Show me from Scripture and refute my points. Don't talk about feelings (in the air or otherwise). If you are a minister, the "Rev." before your name should indicate something BIBLICAL, not humanistic or about "feelings"; and if you know the Word of God, the Word of God says,
"20Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 22Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: 23Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! 24Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. " (Isaiah 5)
"14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (II Corinthians 6)
"15Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. " (I Corinthians 6)
“I am Yahweh: that is My Name: and My Glory will I not give to another, neither My Praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:8)]
A week earler, I had emailed my e-mail list:
As I show in my booklet: Merry Anti-christmas (24pp., 2.50 + 2.00 P&H) the advertising is blatant to anyone not already brainwashed. The below, which I print in the booklet in B&W, is from a popular mail order greeting card / christmas junk catalog that came in the mail to me about 24 years ago. I saved the page, so blatant was its message.
this cannot be a "mistake" or a "co-incidence".
NOTICE ALSO THAT THE REINDEER OVER SANTA'S FOREHEAD MOCK CHRIST MIMICKING A CROWN OF THORNS!!!!!!
Notice also that the full moon is in front of Santa's head, which is no doubt some pagan symbolism, but also implies Santa encompasses the universe. Since the reindeer bisect the moon, the moon may also represent Saturn (the deer forming the ring) for which Saturnalia was named, the god Saturn.
"God bless us" is also under the pic of santa. The top right sales-pitch says "capture the true meaning of the season"—what is that meaning other than "Satan (oops) Santa is God" ...?
The clear message is Santa is a god to whom children pray. The cute little teddy bear and jolly saint nick is supposed to elicit warm nostalgic feelings so those without a brain don't notice the blatant message.
In an episode of the t.v. sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which features an Italian-family version of “All in the Family” (oddly, the roles are played mostly by Jews), Raymond was considering telling his four-year old girl that Santa Claus did not exist. When Raymond’s wife told Raymond’s mother that Raymond was going to tell his little girl that Santa Claus did not exist, Raymond’s mother exclaimed, “What, my son’s an atheist?!” Of course the studio laughter makes everyone laugh, but not realize it is what children are actually led to believe. Though this was a comedy, it cannot be denied that comedy often is very revealing about what people actually believe.
Christmas was outlawed by the Puritans / Pilgrims, because they knew it was a pagan holiday which was hybridized by the Roman Catholic church with elements of Christianity and it is an insult to God and those Christians who observe it insult God by worshiping Him in a PAGAN manner, rather than in purity and in truth; it violates "NO OTHER GODS" because it is worshiping God in context with a circus of other gods and pagan practices. The wise men did not give gifts to each other and didn't gather around a pagan idol (christmas tree). As I explain in my book, how you would your wife like it if you celebrated her birthday on the day of your ex-wife / ex-girl friend? Christ was not born anywhere close to Dec. 25, that is the pagan celebration of Saturnalia. See my booklet.