Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary
to send forth a stinking savor:
so doth a little folly him that is in reputation
for wisdom and honor.
Many years ago when my husband and I were first married, we were invited to another young brother and sisters' home for dinner. Although still a newlywed, this young sister was an exceptional cook - thanks to her mother. As we walked through the front door of their home we were greeted with the tantalizing aroma of her famous homemade simmer-all-day spaghetti sauce. As our mouths began to water we heard the crash of glass breaking and a mournful cry from the kitchen. As we rushed in we could see that a dish had fallen out of a cabinet above the stove and had shattered right next to the pot of coveted sauce. Glass was everywhere on the counter and next to the pot. Our hardworking hostess resigned herself without hesitation to the fact that even the slightest chance that the smallest chip of glass might have bounced into the pot of sauce immediately rendered the whole precious pot ruined. We went out for pizza.
Likewise, none of us would even think of serving that tainted mixture to our guests, our husbands, or especially to our dear children.
A little leaven leaventh the whole lump (Gal. 5:9, 1 Cor. 5:6). Christ warned us in Mark 8:15 and Matt. 16:12 against mixing in the leaven of false doctrines because they can permeate and change the Truth. Yahweh has never wanted His people to mix with the world. Over and over again, throughout the old and new testaments, the separation of truth from error has been taught. The nation of Israel was commanded not to sow thy field with mingled seed, neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee (Lev. 19:19). Why? God's people were commanded not to inter-marry with the people of other nations. Why? Because Yahweh does not want an illegitimate mixture of His Truth with the false doctrines of the world. Yahweh did not want His people to take any of the practices and traditions of idol worship from the nations around them and mix them with His Holy Ways.
And when Yahweh thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shall smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them:
neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.
For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of Yahweh be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. (Deut. 7:2-5)
A little leaven leaventh the whole lump and likewise if you mix falsehood with Truth it all becomes a lie. If you mix right with wrong you haven't improved the wrong. You have destroyed the right and the wrong is still as wrong as ever. Remember, it was "a gradual change from the original" (definition of "Apostasy") that turned the Truth of God into a lie. A gradual mixing of man-made ideas into the Truth has resulted in the lies so popular as doctrines today.
The christmas Concoction
Consider this mixture of Truth and error - The christmas story so popular today:
Jesus was born on December 25. Every year, on December 25, Santa Claus comes down the chimney and delivers presents to children. Three wise men came to visit baby Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem. The three wise men brought gifts to Jesus. Santa lives at the North Pole and has a workshop where elves make toys. In one night Santa flies in a sled pulled by reindeer from the North Pole and delivers gifts to every house where the children have been good. Jesus was such a good baby that when the cattle made noise and woke him up in the manger "no crying he makes." Children should be good and better not cry or pout because Santa Claus is coming to town and he knows if they have been good or bad!
In the above christmas story how much is true? None of the sentences as they stand are true. There are bits and pieces of Truth scattered like jigsaw puzzle pieces here and there; but they are thoroughly mixed with falsehood. Whether you add them in or leave them out, the christmas story remains false.
Here are the pieces of Truth picked out of the above christmas mixture:
The rest of the story is false. Does this christmas mixture honor the Real Christ or does it honor the false gods and false traditions created by pagans and the greatest mixer of all, the Apostasy?
To Herod's question What is Truth? our real Christ answered that for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth (John 18:37). Can Jesus' coming into the world be honored by anything other than truth?
To the Samaritan woman, the real Jesus taught that true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him (John 4:23). Man-made customs and traditions, even if heartfelt, are not recognized by God as true worship.
Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites . . . in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Mark 7:6-7, Matthew 15:9).
To the disciples' question how can we know the way? our real Christ replied I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:3-6).
Is there ever any other way to honor Yahweh and His Son besides the way of Truth?
When we worship the Father, we must worship Him in spirit and in Truth through the true Jesus. If we are going to bring honor to the Lord Jesus Christ in anything that we do, it must be something that is of God, pure and true. It can't be a lie, or a part of a lie, or a mixture of truth and lies. It has to be true.
What do we tell our children about who Santa Claus is? Unless our children live in a bubble that is totally controlled by us, we will not be able to shield our children from the man-made fable of Santa Claus. When our children were very small we tried our best to keep them out of areas where there might be Santa impersonators. Nevertheless, there were countless times that we ran across Santas. When our children asked who they were, I hissed (Jer. 50:13; Jer. 19:4-8; Jer. 49:15-18; 2 Chronicles 29:5-8) and explained that they were called "SC" and were mean clowns. They easily understood this explanation and felt no draw toward this blasphemous character.
As our children grew older we explained that many parents play tricks on their little children by telling them that this mean clown is the wisest, kindest, most friendly and most generous friend to children in the whole universe. We would tell our children the Truth, always the Truth, that SC is only pretend and is not real. We would tell our children that we need to tell everyone about our God, Yahweh, because He is real, and it is Yahweh that really and truly is the wisest, kindest, most powerful friend to children and adults in the whole universe! It is Yahweh who gives us all good gifts (not SC).
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights... (James 1:17)
During 2nd and 3rd grades, time and time again our children's school mates came to our children and confessed their new-found realization that their own parents had tricked them and now they knew the truth - Santa was not real. A few even told our children that they were right all along - Santa is a lie.
We should be constantly reminding our children that Truth is very, very important both to God and to us, that God expects us as parents to try our hardest to always tell our children the truth, and that God also expects our children to always tell the truth - no matter what.
There be six things which Yahweh hateth; yea, seven which are an abomination to him: . . . a lying tongue . . . a false witness that uttereth lies . . . (Prov. 6:16-19)
A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies. (Prov. 14:5)
A false witness shall not be unpunished; and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. . . and he that speaketh lies shall perish. (Prov. 19:5,9)
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor. . . (Eph. 4:25)
Where did this Santa Claus lie come from?
Apparently, the fable of Santa Claus comes from a popular historical "so-called" saint of the Roman Catholic Church, St. Nicholas. According to Catholic history, St. Nicholas was born in 280 A.D, in Patara, a city of Lycia, in Asia Minor. St. Nicholas was eventually named the patron saint of children, sailors, Russia and Greece. He was a priest who later became a bishop. He was a rich person, and traveled the country helping people, giving gifts of money and other presents. St. Nicholas did not like to be seen when he gave away presents, so the children of his days were told to go to sleep quickly or he would not come. Today, the world still tells their children that Santa Claus will not arrive on christmas unless the children go to sleep early.
The Catholic history tells the story that once there was a poor man who had no money to give to his three daughters on their wedding day. But St. Nicholas secretly dropped bags of gold into the stockings which the girls had left to dry by the fire. The sisters found the gold and ever since, children have hung up stockings on christmas eve hoping that they will be filled with presents from St. Nick by christmas morning.
Catholics believe that a saint is someone who has lived such a holy life that, after dying and "going to heaven," he or she is still able to help people on earth. By 800 A.D. the Eastern Catholic Church had recognized Bishop Nicholas as a bona fide "saint."
Catholic history states that by the end of the 1400s, St. Nicholas was the third most beloved "religious" figure, after Jesus and Mary. There were more than 2,000 chapels and monasteries named after good ol' St. Nick.
History tells us that Santa Claus was derived from the Dutch "Sinter Klass" pronunciation of St. Nicholas. Early Dutch settlers in America brought with them their traditions of St. Nicholas. The story goes that as children from other countries tried to pronounce "Sinter Klass" this soon became Santa Klass, which was settled as Santa Claus and remains unto this present day.
Santa Claus Today
A classic and popular song about Santa Claus represents much about the claims today of who Santa Claus is:
I just came back from a lovely trip Along the Milky Way, I stopped off at the North Pole to spend a holiday; I called on dear old Santa Claus To see what I could see. He took me to his workshop and told his plans to me. So you better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming' to town.
He's making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty and nice, Santa Claus is comin' to town.
He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake; he knows if you've been bad or good, so be good, for goodness' sake! Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is comin' to town.
Now Santa is a busy man, He has no time to play. He's got millions of stocking to fill on christmas day; You'd better write your letter now, and mail it right away, because, he's getting ready His reindeer and his sleigh.
The kids in girl and boyland, will have a jubilee; they're going to build a toyland all around the christmas tree. So you better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is comin' to town.
Today, SC is promoted as having god-like powers and qualities. To believers in Yahweh, SC is a false god that we utterly reject. SC is not cute or harmless fun to lovers of God and lovers of Truth. SC is a modern-day strange god that we must put away from among us (Gen. 35:2; Exo. 20:3; 1 Sam. 7:3, etc.).
SC is said to have many attributes and actions that mimic God and Jesus. These are only a few:
SC is immortal and lives on year after
year. Yahweh alone has immortality
Tim. 6:16). SC sees all and knows if you have been
bad or good and will judge you accordingly. SC commands children to be good and obey
their parents. Children are commanded to obey their
parents by Yahweh (not SC) and it is pleasing to Yahweh (not
6:1; Col. 3:20) SC calls all children to him and holds
them in his arms. The Bible tells us that this is what
Jesus did in Matt.
19: 13-15, Mark 10:13-16 and Luke 18:
15-17. Santa usually sits on a throne in the
mall. Yahweh tells us that He has a throne in
11: 4, etc. Children are told that no one knows the
hour of Santa's coming and if they are not ready and
obedient when he comes they will receive no presents. In
fact Santa's coming is a real and blessed hope for countless
boys and girls in this present day. To the children of Yahweh, our real and
blessed hope is the coming of Jesus Christ. We believe that
Jesus really is coming soon and his reward is with him
22:12). In Luke
12:40 we are warned to be ye
therefore ready also; for the Son of man cometh at an hour
when ye think not.
SC is immortal and lives on year after year.
Yahweh alone has immortality (1 Tim. 6:16).
SC sees all and knows if you have been bad or good and will judge you accordingly.
SC commands children to be good and obey their parents.
Children are commanded to obey their parents by Yahweh (not SC) and it is pleasing to Yahweh (not SC). (Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20)
SC calls all children to him and holds them in his arms.
The Bible tells us that this is what Jesus did in Matt. 19: 13-15, Mark 10:13-16 and Luke 18: 15-17.
Santa usually sits on a throne in the mall.
Yahweh tells us that He has a throne in Psa. 11: 4, etc.
Children are told that no one knows the hour of Santa's coming and if they are not ready and obedient when he comes they will receive no presents. In fact Santa's coming is a real and blessed hope for countless boys and girls in this present day.
To the children of Yahweh, our real and blessed hope is the coming of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus really is coming soon and his reward is with him (Rev. 22:12). In Luke 12:40 we are warned to be ye therefore ready also; for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
SC promotes children's covetousness and modern materialistic attitudes. This in itself is a form of idolatry (Col. 3:5) that is difficult for believers of any age to identify and guard against.
Santa Claus is a modern-day, blasphemous false god that evolved from the worship of a Roman Catholic "saint" that true worshipers of God will have no part with - they nor the children that God has given them.
The Date of christmas - December 25.
The history connected to this time of the year goes way back in time: back to the time of Nimrod shortly after the flood. Nimrod, grandson of Ham, son of Noah, was the real founder of the Babylonish system that has gripped the world ever since. It is a system of organized competition, of man-ruled cities, governments and empires, based upon a competitive and profit-making economic system. Nimrod built the tower of Babel, the original Babylon, ancient Nineveh, and many other cities. Nimrod organized the world's first kingdom. Incidentally, the name "Nimrod" in Hebrew is derived from "Marad," meaning "he rebelled."
From ancient history, considerable information can be learned about the mighty Nimrod who began the great organized, worldly apostasy that is in direct opposition to God and has dominated this world until now. Nimrod was so evil, history records that he married his own mother, whose name was Semiramis. After Nimrod's untimely death, his so-called mother-wife, Semiramis, propagated the evil doctrine of the survival of Nimrod as a spirit being. She claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang up overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life of the dead Nimrod. On each anniversary of his birth, which was December 25th, she claimed Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. This is the real origin of the christmas tree.
Through her scheming and conniving, Semiramis became the Babylonian "Queen of Heaven," (spoken of in Jer. 7:18 and 44:17-25) and Nimrod, under various names, became the "divine son of heaven." Through the generations, in this idolatrous worship, Nimrod also became the false Messiah, son of Baal the Sun-god. In this false Babylonish system, the "Mother and Child" (Semiramis and Nimrod reborn) became the chief objects of worship. This worship of "Mother and Child" spread over the world long before the birth of Jesus. Every christmas season you can still hear sung dozens of times the hymn "Silent Night, Holy Night," with its familiar "Mother and Child" theme. Those who have been born in such a Babylonish world, reared and steeped in these things all their lives, have been taught to revere these things as holy and sacred. Some who come to love God and his Word are shocked to learn the truth about this popular and worldly holiday. As shocking as these facts are, they are still the facts that we find both in history and in the Bible.
The worship of the decorated evergreen tree with gifts hanging on it and at its feet became one of the most common forms of idol worship. God's people are warned to stay away from these tree idols in Jer. 10:2-4:
Thus saith Yahweh, Learn not the way of the heathen . . . 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 moves not.
The phrase "under every green tree" appears 10 times in the Old Testament and in every case it is used in association with this pagan idol worship. Decorated trees were not just something that sprang up after the birth of Jesus Christ. It was a common pagan custom in Jeremiah's time (as well as in our own). It was for these very same practices that God judged Israel time and time again. Many, many thousands of people died at the hand of God because Israel tried to practice the custom of tree worship and other appealing idolatrous superstitions of the heathen.
In Exo. 32:5-6 Aaron mixed the worship of Yahweh with the idolatrous worship of the golden calf.
And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, Tomorrow is a feast to Yahweh.
And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
Israel incorporated an image from pagan culture into a feast to Yahweh and offering burnt offerings and peace offerings. Was Yahweh pleased? The rest of the chapter clearly shows that this corruption of worship drew God's fierce anger and harsh consequences. What makes us think that God feels any different today about these same practices? 1 Cor. 10:5-7 uses this very incident to warn us not to be idolaters, as were some of them and to not lust after evil things as they also lusted. Would we bring a golden calf into our homes and hang a wreath around its neck, and drape multi-colored lights on it and proclaim that it was done all to the glory of God and His Son? How is that any different from the decorated evergreen tree found in many homes during christmas time which is no less condemned in the scriptures as an element of superstitious idolatry?
The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to Yahweh your God.
Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing. (Deut. 7:25-26)
The Date of Baal-mass - December 25
The worshippers of the sun god Baal chose this time of the "winter solstice" to celebrate the birth of their sun god because it was the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere. The "winter solstice" was the day when the sun started its cycle over again, or was "re-born." This is based on the sun's cycles that continue to this day. While those worshippers of the sun did not have the same calendar we use today, they chose the day of the "winter solstice". Our modern-day calendar is a solar calendar and so the winter solstice never shifts more than a few days, and always lands right around December 25. So putting all calendars aside and going purely by the cycle of the sun, this is indeed the exact time of the year that the ancients worshipped the sun god, Baal. Long before our Lord Jesus Christ was born, the days around December 25 were celebrated as the birthday of the sun god, Baal. We know from countless specific Scriptural confrontations and warnings that Yahweh has NO desire to be associated with these "gods" in any way. Nor does He want those that are His to have any part or association with these false gods.
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD which he hateth have they done unto their gods. . .
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it. (Deut. 12: 30-32)
We are plainly told in the Bible that God will not accept any worship that is copied from the traditions of false religions, even though intended to His honor. If we do so, we are offering an abomination to God, and honoring not Yahweh, but the false pagan idols and gods from which we are told to turn away. We are not free to worship Yahweh according to the dictates of our own conscience, but only by the ways that God has commanded in the Bible, neither adding to nor taking away from them. (Deut. 12:30-32; Rev. 22:18-19)
Knowing the true origin of christmas, and because we are jealous for the precious name of the real Christ and would not want to take his name in vain, we prefer to call christmas "Baal-mass" among ourselves. It is fitting and much closer to the real truth.
The Progression from Paganism to "Christianity"
By the fourth century A.D., the Roman Catholic Church was well established. However, pagan worship of the sun was still strong. The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church were looking for a way to "Christianize" the whole empire. They decided to continue to have a celebration on the winter solstice, but to put a Christian theme to it, so that the pagans could convert without giving up their beloved festivals. These festivals are still beloved today as christmas traditions and many "Christians" also cannot bear to give them up - not for anything.
It was decided around 340 A.D. that December 25, the day celebrated for centuries as the birth of the sun god Baal, would now be the birthday of Jesus. Not until this point in history was the birthday of Jesus ever celebrated. A thorough search of the Scriptures will show a date of the birth of Jesus is never mentioned; no precept for the celebration of the birth of Christ is ever given; and there is not even one single example of any man who celebrated the birthday of Christ during the time of Christ or the apostles. So the idea to celebrate the birthday of Jesus, whenever it was, is not from God but is a man-made custom.
When was Jesus born according to the Bible?
Although the Scriptures give no exact date of Jesus' birth, there are several references to the time of year of his birth. For instance, we know that Christ was born in the time of the year when shepherds were abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night (Luke 2:8). In the land of Israel the flocks were kept in the open country during the whole of the summer. They were let out in the pastures around the time of the Passover in late March/early April and brought back in late October/early November when the rainy season began. During this time the shepherds never left the sheep but dwelled out in the fields with their flocks night and day. Rotherham translates Luke 2:8 as: And there were shepherds in the same country dwelling in the fields, and watching watches of the night over their flocks. When the shepherds were visited by the angels announcing Christ's birth, they had not yet brought their flocks in for the cold wet winter months. Shepherds in Israel would never keep their flocks out in the fields at night during December.
The account of the birth of John the Baptist in Luke 1 gives several clues as to the time of year that Christ was born because it states in verse 5 that the father of John the Baptist, Zacharias, was a priest of the daily course of Abijah. It was during the time of Zacharias' appointed course that Gabriel came to him saying his wife Elizabeth would conceive. Immediately after Zacharias' return home, Elizabeth did indeed conceive.
The temple courses are divided using the Hebrew calendar. Abijah is the eighth temple course or division (1 Chronicles 24:10-19) of twenty-four. Each course or division served for two weeks each year in the Temple. Therefore, the division of Abijah, of which Zacharias was a part, served during the 15th and the 16th weeks of the Hebrew year. The dates from the beginning of the 15th week to the end of the 16th week are the 10th of Tammuz to the 24th of Tammuz. Tammuz is the 4th month of the sacred Hebrew calendar and has 29 days. So by the beginning of Ab, the 5th month which follows Tammuz, Elizabeth had conceived (Luke 1:23,24).
Now in Luke 1:26-37 Gabriel is sent to Mary to give her the news of her expected child and tells Mary that her cousin, Elizabeth, is in the sixth month of her pregnancy. Six months from Ab brings us to the month Pebeth (the 10th month) and nine months later would put Jesus' birth somewhere in the month Tishri (the 7th month) which is around the end of September and beginning of October on our calendars. This would fall during the most holy time of the year for Israel: the Memorial of the blowing of trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feasts of Tabernacles and Ingathering.
In further support that this was the time of year that Christ was born, a fitting word was used in John 1:14: And the Word was made flesh, and "tabernacled" among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Luke 3:23 states that at Christ's baptism he began to be about 30 years of age. This may be the only reference to the birthday of Christ in the Scriptures. Christ was baptized on or near his 30th birthday and if you add the 3 1/2 years of his recorded ministry, then we conclude that Christ was approximately 33 1/2 years old when he was crucified during the Passover (Matt. 26:2). This also corresponds with the time of Christ's birth and baptism being somewhere around the Day of Atonement in Tishri (our September/October), which is 6 months before Passover.
Another clue to support that Christ was born in the fall is found in the history of the Roman empire's custom during that time period to tax its people right after the harvest season when the people had money from their crops and the weather was still good enough to travel. (Luke 2:1-3)
To summarize, nowhere in Scripture are we commanded to commemorate the birth of Jesus. God chose not to make the exact date of his birth known. The only reason to celebrate December 25th is to join with the world in celebrating the false gods - Baal and St. Nicholas, and the Babylonish system of greed and rebellion that they represent.
However, we are clearly commanded to remember and commemorate Jesus' death. And for that we are instructed that any day of the year will do. We find no salvation in the birth of Jesus by itself, for salvation was only made possible through his death and resurrection.
What about the Children?
Today, christmas has become a commercial, profit-making season. It is sponsored, kept alive, by the heaviest retail advertising campaigns of the year. Ads keep us deluded and deceived about the "beautiful christmas spirit." The newspapers, who sell the ads, print flowery editorials exalting this pagan season, and its "spirit." Like the people in Nimrod's time, people today have become so inoculated and entrenched in this "season" that they are often offended when told the Truth. But the so-called "christmas spirit" is created each year, not to honor Jesus Christ, or God, but to sell merchandise. It is still a part of the economic system of Nimrod's Babylon which we are warned in Rev. 18:4 to come out of and be not partakers of her sins . . .
The last thing children need is to learn the "spirit" of christmas. Children need the nurture and admonition of Yahweh's Holy Ways. (Don't we all!) Children don't need to be confused with the pagan traditions and materialism of the world which will only draw them away from the Truth and encourage the lust of their eyes, the lust of their flesh and the pride of life. The powerful emotional hold that christmas has on the world will not take hold of our children unless we introduce it into their lives. For the most part, it is the parents who continue to keep the fables and candy-coated lies and traditions alive by passing them on to the children. Who passed them on to us?
For many, even those who celebrate it to the hilt, christmas can also be a very stressful time, especially for the wives and mothers, who do the majority of the work involved in this yearly celebration. Most of the work revolves around what has to be done with all the food/gifts/decorations/cards that are purchased. Most people spend money they don't have or go into debt that creates a hardship on the family for months following christmas. Why? It is not an honor to God, or Christ. It is not a part of the separate life we are instructed to live in the Scriptures. In fact, it promotes many of the things the Scriptures warn us to avoid: greed, materialism, idolatry and mingling with the world.
However, there are parts of the christmas mixture that have a strong pull on many:
Certainly no one could speak against these lovely things. However, when they are mixed with a lie about The most important Person that ever moved on this earth, the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to find another time to have those activities. We don't have to wait for any "season" to come along to enjoy these activities. We have all year to do good works, and to plan and enjoy good times, good music and good food with family and friends; activities that become honorable when not mixed with the unsavory and blasphemous superstitions of the world. Then we can enjoy the good conscience of knowing that whatsoever ye do in word or deed is done all in the name of the Lord Jesus (Col. 3:17) - the Real Jesus. In fact, when we are free of the holds and demands of christmas, these activities are even more enjoyable because they are not accompanied with the stress and pressures that are forced upon us at this mad season.
Can the Real Christ be mixed with christmas?
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And 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. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord,and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Cor. 6:14-18)
Let us strive to keep ourselves unspotted from the customs of this world (James 1:27) by keeping ourselves and our children from idols (1 John 5:21) and putting away all of the mixture of the pagan customs of Baal-mass. Let us take into our lives only the pure worship and service of Yahweh and His Son found in the Scriptures, and in so doing show the confused world that there is a difference.
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