Christmas.

xmassThis is just going to be a short post about Christmas.

There are many, many people who have tried to show believers the origins of Christmas and what the Bible says about it, but most don’t seem too concerned about it. There is much proof that it is NOT Jesus’ birthday, and there is much proof that it is pagan in origin. Still, many people don’t seem too concerned about those facts.

Many of the reasons I hear are that ‘I know it’s not Jesus’ birthday, but I choose to celebrate it at Christmas anyway’; or ‘It’s not pagan and the traditions all relate to Christ’ (ie evergreen tree represents ever lasting life, the star on the tree represents the star of Bethlehem, the lights represent Jesus as being the light), or ‘I know it’s a pagan day, but God can redeem anything’ etc.. They do these things in remembrance of Jesus.
So, lets look at what the Bible says to do in remembrance of him: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.   1 Corinthians 11:24
This verse is not talking
about trees, stars, tinsel and lights, is it? No, these are all traditions made up by men. What does the Bible say about those? “Beware lest any man spoil* you through philosophy and vain deceit*”, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8 (*seduce; **empty deception)

One event in particular to take note of is Cain and Abel. Both went to give an offering to the Lord. One brother did what the Lord instructed, the other did what *he* thought was best. That didn’t turn out too well for Cain did it?! He did what he thought God wanted, but God actually wanted a different offering. The result was Cain became jealous and angry and killed Abel because God didn’t respect his offering.
This verse comes to mind in this instance: There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12 and Proverbs 16:25

Celebrating Christmas as Jesus’ birthday is basically celebrating a lie. Most Christians know it isn’t Jesus’ birthday but insist on celebrating it as if it is. How is that being honest? The Bible states: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
With this verse in mind, are you really celebrating Him in truth?
It’s a bit like your friends and family celebrating your birthday on a different day of the year, without you there.
Say your birthday is January 1st for example, and you love chocolate cake and green decorations, but your friends choose to celebrate your birthday on September 17th with blueberry cheesecake and orange decorations. Is it really you they are trying to please, or themselves?! It doesn’t sound like they really care what you want, does it?

So it is with Christmas (and any of the other so called Christian holidays). They are all based on how *man* wants to celebrate God, and not how God wants us to worship Him (as in the Cain and Abel example).
I hope that you will read this and that you will truly seek the Lord on the matter. Does He really want you celebrating Him the exact same way the world celebrates Christmas, or does He want you to come out of the world and be separate and worship Him in the way that He wants?..
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

Just another quick thought. These popular sayings: “Jesus is the reason for the season” and “Put Christ back in Christmas” are so wrong. Jesus is the reason for every season, every day and everything, not just ‘Christmas’. Also, you can’t put Christ back into something that he wasn’t in in the first place.

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Christmas.

  1. Thank you for this…I am one of the people who do not celebrate christmas and have been ‘scorned’ by so many ‘christians’. My sentiment has been Christ should be celebrated every day. Dont just feed the poor at christmas or give gifts to orphans….do it throughout the year. I still stand on His Word, and I cringe when I walk into a church and am greeted by the biggest christmas tree right in the front……not even in the foyer or outside!!! Be blessed for telling the truth.

    • Hi Liz,

      Glad you like the post. It was something that I felt I had to write to try to get out there.
      I’m sure there’s more I could have added, but I wanted to make sure it wasn’t too long and didn’t bore ppl to death. lol

      I haven’t celebrated it for a few years now, but sadly, most people I know still do, even though I’ve tried to show them the origins of it all.
      The church I attend celebrates the birth of Christ at Christmas time, but no trees or decorations are put up, thankfully. It still boggles my mind that people like pastors who know the origins still choose to celebrate Jesus’ birthday when the world does. I just don’t get it. :/
      Hopefully many will see this message and truly seek out the truth and the Lord’s will about it.
      God bless. 🙂

      • My last pastor declared to me the “Nobody is going to take away MY Christmas:” He did not want to hear anything about why we should not be celebrating it. .

        I also have a dear cyber friend who is a former Pentecostal Pastor I dearly love him, but he just is so set in his belief system and we are constantly at odds. Here are his exact words in an email to me:
        “Much is said “every year” about Christmas – and I end up debating or discussing it – as I do with Easter. The negative people stay negative and the unlearned and unreasonable will maintain their sense of arrogance and superiority…I REJOICE BECAUSE “HIS NAME” IS HONORED BY THE SENSIBLE AND HONEST PEOPLE…and let the rest – GO TO…their favorite destinies!
        I REALLY DO NOT CARE- when He was born…the fact remains – HE WAS BORN!…AND WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTH – ALL YEAR!…every day should holy to the Lord!!! LET EVERY DEMON WEEP!
        TIME FOR GOD’S CHILDREN TO “STAND UP!” I don’t really care “whose” MASS this is – I claim it! I don’t care who started the holiday season – WE CAN CLAIM IT FOR JESUS!”

        • Hi Patti, thanks for your comment.
          I’m wondering if his attitude is why he’s now your former pastor? 😉 lol

          All joking aside, that seems to be the attitude and reasoning behind many Christians these days, and not just about Christmas.
          There is one word that comes to mind when I read things like what he said, and that is ‘stiffnecked’.
          It doesn’t sound like much, but when you think about what the word means, it has a really strong context about people being stubborn and resisting the Holy Spirit. It’s dangerous ground when people resist the Holy Spirit.
          I’m sure we’ve all done it at times, but to continue in something, knowing the origins and where it has come from, and knowing that it goes against God’s word, is where it gets dangerous in my way of thinking.

          And God doesn’t tell us to claim anything for Him as far as I know. He actually tells us to stay away from pagan things and evil, not to redeem them and make them holy, just so we’ve got something we can celebrate. :/

  2. A Huge Amen!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. At some point or another, I am sure a good majority have done such a worldly thing not understanding or realizing, n maybe perhaps even knowing so, but have only chosen to continue to pursue the flesh. With that being said, there is no escaping in what is true, GOD’S Truth! Many don’t choose nor care to hear it, due to having then actually give up these things they find enjoyable, regardless of the cost. It seems that most people do not want to consecrate nor surrender. Little do they know, once we make the choice to give up the world’s standards n to truly live our lives set apart in a holy fashion, for just as GOD IS HOLY, there is a Way of Life beyond anything that could ever be in comparison!!! God rewards those who diligently seek His Face. We are able to have a Relationship w the One True King on a Supernatural level! Jesus is Alive in us n when we follow the guidance of His Holy Spirit, we become Alive in Him!!!!! Praise the LORD forevermore as we bow down n Worship Him together at His feet. Glory to the Most on High!!!

    • Thanks for reading Pamela.
      I felt led to write something short and simple to get people thinking. If people get to thinking, then hopefully they’ll get to praying and actually seek the Lord’s will on the matter.

      When I think of things like being convicted of Christmas/Easter and the like, this verse comes to mind: “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,” Hebrews 10:26
      This, to me, says that if we continue to wilfully celebrate these things after learning the truth and being convicted, then we are in trouble.

      Once we are born again, we are to leave the ‘old man’ behind and we have become new. If we don’t leave behind the fleshly, carnal things, then are we truly walking in the spirit?
      As I’m writing this, this verse comes to mind: ““There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
      Sadly many modern versions of the Bible omit the last half of that verse, giving (I believe) people a false sense of security so to speak.
      It’s vitally important that we are following after the Spirit, not after our flesh, and if Christmas and the like aren’t a huge ‘flesh fest’, then I don’t what is.

  3. I believe that Romans chapter 14 allows for people to esteem one day higher than the other in their own celebrations as well as allowing people to esteem every day the same. Verse 6 says, “He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.” This chapter allows Christians to be able to do things in God’s name in Romans 14:18,19 “For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” If people choose to celebrate Christmas in December and it is a time where they truly do build each other up in the faith (edify) by thinking of God, teaching about His ways and His Son to their families, then I believe there is Christian liberty there to be able to do so without being condemned. The chapter also encourages us to not judge whether or not someone else is wrong for choosing to do the celebrations of God that they do. Yes I believe you’re right in saying that many people use this season to fulfill their own lusts and coveteousness but there are other families that truly do sanctify the day and make it holy before the Lord in their own hearts and give honor toward the gift He gave the world, Jesus Christ. I think the bigger thing is that we make sure whether we are Christmas celebrating people or non-celebrating people that we respect each other as verses 13 and 14 say, “Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.” You may see the celebration of Christmas as an unclean thing, but we have to still understand it is a personal choice, “and not make it a manner of offense and division. This where I think that how you talk about and share your choice to/not to celebrate to those who do/don’t do the same as you can be the point of causing the offense and judgment. And according to this chapter whatever we do (celebrate or not) should be of faith (verses 22,23) or it is sin. I am glad for Christian liberty for this argument and so many others because what it all boils down to is personally being accountable unto God. “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

    • It is not my job to try to convince anyone otherwise, so I’m not going to do that. I have put this out there and if people don’t agree with it, that’s up to them.

      All I ask when I post things like this is for people to do their research and pray about it and ask whether or not the Lord would like them to continue such things.

    • When Paul wrote about esteeming one day more than another, he was talking about Jewish holy days. Christmas didn’t enter the Christian calendar until the mid to late 300’s and Paul was beheaded @ 65 A.D., so Christmas wasn’t even on the radar yet. Remember as well that Jesus Himself said that there will be many in that day that will say, “Lord! I did these things in Your name.” and the things they did will be more noteworthy than celebrating a pagan festival renamed…such as healing the sick, raising the dead. And He will say, “Depart from Me, I never knew you.” What we should be wanting, then, as Christians is to be known by Jesus and Nahum 1:7 reveals that that happens when we trust Him. John 15 says you abide in Him when you do as He says, and Jeremiah 10 God tells us not to learn from the heathen or do what they do. Question, have you stopped long enough to sit quietly before the Lord Jesus and ask Him about this honestly? I know I fasted and prayed when I first learned that Christmas was filled with rituals that God would not have us partake in…there cannot be an agreement between the temple of God (whose temple YOU are if you have been filled with the Holy Spirit) and the temple of demons, which the elements of Baal worship used at Christmas come from that table. But you are free to choose: walk as Jesus walked in the earth, or not. He always did what His Father told Him to do, always acted as is Father did and always did those things that pleased His Father. God has let us know that it does not please Him when we bring false worship before Him…Ahab, Cain, Eli’s sons, Aaron’s sons, Ananias and Sepphira. Ask Him. And yes, I have asked Him repeatedly with an open heart willing to return to Christmas celebrations if He desires such and the response I have gotten is to go and lead people out of it, like Jesus went to the feast of dedication (a non-God ordained feast of celebration of the miracle of oil at the re-dedication of the Temple after the Maccabean revolt during the 400 silent years from God), and He spoke of the false shepherds and the true (John 10). Just one more question: Jesus always did what He saw the Father do, we are to do what we see Jesus do, so where in all the scripture do you see God using false worship to His glory? partaking with sexual orgies and child sacrifice and calling it all good to His name now? This is the foundation of Christmas celebrations, other foundation can no one lay than that which is laid which is Jesus Christ…so the foundation for excusing this must be in God somewhere if we are to justify our celebrations adopted from Baal. If not, we need to forsake it.

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