Jesus Not Born Deember 25th

                                                  

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

“We Christians neither cover our doorposts
with wreaths, nor…decorate our house like
some new brothel.  We…do NOT celebrate
along with you the holidays…The pagan Romans
clad their doorposts with green and branching
laurels…In the Saturnalia…Presents come and go
…There are…gifts…and Banquets…
yet Christians should have NO acquaintance
with the festivals of the pagans.”
– Tertullian, (A.D. 155-220),
quoted by David Bercot,
A Dictionary of Early
Christian Beliefs, 1998, p. 342).

“the earliest Christians simply were NOT
interested in celebrating the Nativity…
They ‘viewed birthday celebrations as heathen’.
The third-century church father – Origen
had declared it a sin to even think of keeping
Christ’s birthday ‘as though he were a
king Pharoah’.”
– December 23,1996 issue of
US News & World Report

“Christians of the first century did  NOT celebrate
the festival honoring the birth of Jesus –
for the same reason they honored NO other
birthday anniversary.   It was the feeling
at that time by all Christians – that the celebration
of all birthdays (even the Lord’s) was a custom
of the pagans.”
– Dr. John C. McCollister’s
The Christian Book of Why

 


What a Christian Jew has to say about Christmas…

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?Up until 25 years ago, I used to celebrate Christmas as much as – or even more than – any Gentile. You might think that is strange since I was born and raised in a Jewish home. But my family always had a Christmas tree every year because it was the popular thing to do. We had ornaments, mistletoe, holly wreaths, presents and everything else that goes along with the Christmas celebration.

You see, Jewish people celebrate Christmas today, not because of Christ’s birthday, but because it is popular tradition and part of our present-day culture. It’s as American as apple pie and hamburgers. And I observed Christmas for nearly 22 years of my life, until God opened my eyes to see the falseness of this pagan holiday.

It’s not because I’m a Jew that I don’t celebrate Christmas now. That has nothing to do with it. Let me tell you the real reasons why I no longer observe this pagan holiday.

Christmas Not a Bible Doctrine

In the first place, Christmas is not a Bible Doctrine. If our blessed Lord had wanted us to celebrate His birthday, He would have told us when to celebrate it and how to celebrate it. But Christ never told anyone to celebrate His birthday. Furthermore, we know from the Bible and from church history that the apostles and the early church never celebrated Christ’s birthday.

The Bible is God’s complete and final revelation to man, and it tells us everything we need to know for our spiritual lives (II Timothy 3:16). We don’t have to go outside the Bible for anything. God’s Word tells us how we’re to worship, how we’re to give money for the support of the Lord’s work, how to evangelize the lost, how to observe the Lord’s Supper and everything else pertaining to the Christian life. But not once in the Bible does God tell us to celebrate Christmas! We’re told to remember the Lord’s death, but nowhere are we told to celebrate His birth.

God’s people are supposed to be Bible people. We are supposed to live by the teaching of the God’s holy Word. So the very fact that Christmas is never mentioned in the Bible is sufficient reason for us not to have anything to do with it. But that’s not all.

Christ Not born on December 25

The second reason I don’t celebrate Christmas is that Christ was not born on December 25th. Notice:

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” Luke 2:8

Don’t miss the point: the shepherds WERE IN THE FIELDS taking care of their flocks on the night Jesus was born. As the shepherds were watching their sheep, the message came to them of the birth of Jesus.

It’s a well known fact that December falls in the middle of the rainy season in Palestine, and the sheep were kept in the fold at that time of the year. The shepherds always corralled their flocks from October to April. They brought their sheep from the mountainsides and the fields no later than October 15th to protect them from the cold, rainy seasons that followed that date. So the birth of Christ could not have taken place at the end of December.

Secondly, Luke 2:1, 3 tells us that at the time of the birth of Jesus it was decreed that, “all the world would be taxed…And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.” This couldn’t have taken place in the winter. Caesar Augustus, the ruler of Rome, would certainly not call for such a taxing in the depth of winter. Travel at this time of the year is extremely difficult; hence, it would be virtually impossible for everyone to comply with the decree if it had been given then. The Lord Himself testified to the rigors of traveling in winter, for He told the people to pray that their flight at the end of this age would not be in winter (Matthew 24:20).

No one knows the exact day when Jesus was born, but in all the probability He was born sometime during the first part of October. We can be reasonably sure of this because His earthly ministry lasted 3 1/2 years, and He was crucified on the 14th day of the month of Nisan, which corresponds to our April (John 19:31, Leviticus 23:5). If we go back 3 1/2 years to the time when Jesus was 30 years old – when He began His public ministry – we come to the month of October. This was probably the month when our blessed Lord was born into the world.

However, let’s remember that it’s not the date of Jesus’ birth that’s important. The important thing is that He was born and that He died for our sins. We’re not worshipping a helpless infant lying in a manger. We are worshipping a risen and exalted Christ who has all power in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18).

Origin of Christmas

Where do you suppose Christmas originated? Certainly not with God! Christmas started with the sun worshipers in the time of Nimrod, the man who supervised the building of the tower of Babel. And that’s another reason why I don’t celebrate Christmas.

Thousands of years before Jesus was born, heathens in every country observed December 25th as the birthday of a god who was called the sun-god. Semiramis, the widow of Nimrod, was his mother. She claimed to be the queen of heaven. And she had a son who was supposed to have been born on December 25th; his name was Tammuz.

According to all the heathen religions of that time, Tammuz had a miraculous birth; and for centuries his birthday was celebrated with feasts, revelry and drunken orgies. The heathen celebrated Tammuz’ birthday according to the very example he set for them. He was the world’s greatest lover of women, strong drink, dirty jokes and other sensual fun. It is said that he loved everybody and that everybody loved him. And it was on December 25th that all the pagan religions celebrated the birthday of Tammuz, the son-god.

This is all clearly brought out in Alexander Hislop’s great book, “The Two Babylon’s.” Any reputable encyclopedia will also verify these facts.

It’s plain to see, isn’t it, that Christmas is a pagan holiday that came out of old pagan Babylon. As born-again believers, let’s have nothing to do with it.

Christmas: A Catholic Holiday

The fourth reason I don’t celebrate Christmas is because Christmas is a Catholic holiday. Why should I steal Christmas from the Catholics? They got it from the pagans, and I’m happy to let them keep it.

Notice what Encyclopedia Americana has to say about Christmas and Catholicism.

“Christmas – it was according to many authorities NOT celebrated in the first centuries of the Christian churches as the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth. A feast was established in memory of the birth of the Saviour in the FOURTH CENTURY. In the Fifth Century the Western Church (Roman Catholic) ordered it to be celebrated forever on the day of the old Roman feast of the birth of Sol. The holly, mistletoe, the yule log and the wassail bowl are of pre-Christian times. The Christmas tree has been traced back to the Romans. It went from Germany to Great Britain.”

Encyclopedia Britannica has this to say about Christmas:

“Christmas (i.e., the Mass of Christ) was not among the earliest festivals of the church.”

After Constantine became the Emperor of Rome, he forced all the pagans of his empire to be baptized into the Christian Church. Thus pagans far outnumbered true Christians.

Since the church worshiped the Lord Jesus as the Son of God, when the 25th of December rolled around and the pagans wanted to worship Tammuz, their sun-god, Constantine knew that he would have to do something. So he had the church combine the worship of Tammuz with the birthday of Christ, and a special mass was declared to keep everyone happy. Thus pagan worship was brought into the Christian church and called “Christ-mass.”

Every time we say “Merry Christmas,” we’re actually mixing the precious and holy name of Christ with paganism. This is not right. God says in Ezekiel 20:39, “Pollute ye my holy name no more.”

The World and Christmas

That brings me to the next reason why I don’t celebrate Christmas. Christmas is of the world, and we’re commanded, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” I John 2:15 The very fact that the world which hates Christ and His blood atonement for sin makes more fuss about Christmas than any other holiday proves to me that Christmas is not of God. If December 25th were truly the birthday of the blessed Son of God, the world would have nothing to do with it!

You don’t have to be a Christian to celebrate Christmas. Even in non-Christian countries like Japan, Czeckoslovakia, Poland and Russia the people celebrate Christmas.

People throughout the world, who for the most part have no awareness of the Bible or Jesus Christ, eat up the Christmas celebration. To take Christmas from the world would be harder than taking candy from a child.

Let’s face it, the world is married to the idol of Christmas. In fact, more people get drunk at Christmas than any other time of the year. There are more big parties and more selfish spending than any other season. Doesn’t that prove that it’s not of God?

The world loves Christmas, but it hates Christ.

Unscriptural Traditions

Another reason why I don’t celebrate Christmas is that it’s filled with unscriptural tradition. The exchanging of gifts, the Christmas tree, the singing of carols and Santa Claus are all pagan origin. These all crept into the church during or after the Fourth Century.

There are many unscriptural traditions that have cluttered up the story of the birth of our wonderful Saviour. For instance, many people believe that the wise men of East and the shepherds were together in Bethlehem at the time our Lord was born. But nothing could be further from the truth. The shepherds came to Bethlehem to see Jesus at His birth. The wise men came to Nazareth to see Jesus when He was almost two years old (Matthew 2:16).

Furthermore, the Bible says nothing about three wise men, nor does it say that they were kings. The fact is the Bible does not give their number at all but merely states that they were wise men.

Perhaps the worst part of the Christmas celebration is thousands of parents will teach their children the falsehood of Santa Claus. Children are taught that Santa Claus makes his home at the North Pole, and once each year he fills his sled with toys for the boys and girls who have been good throughout the year. If they are good, he brings them toys on Christmas Eve, and if they are bad, he passes them by.

Is it any wonder that many times when children grow up and learn the truth, they question whether Christ is also a myth?

The Bible says in Colossians 3:9, “Lie not one to another,”. We are commanded in Ephesians 4:25 to put “away lying,” and to “speak every truth with his neighbor.”

Now I know that some of you loving mothers are saying, “Don’t you think we should give the children a good time? They don’t understand all the paganism behind Christmas.”

Let me ask you a question, mother. Is it necessary to drag the holy name of our blessed Lord down to the low level of fleshly gratification and drunkenness to show the kiddies a good time? A thousand times, no! Let’s teach our children the truth about Christmas. God’s Word says that we should bring up children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Why should we dishonor the name of Christ in such a manner under the pretense of showing the children a good time? There are 364 more days in the year during which we can give gifts to our children.

Merrymaking and Exchanging Gifts

Without question, the most important part of Christmas for most people is buying and exchanging gifts. I don’t celebrate Christmas because exchanging gifts has nothing to do with Christ’s birthday.

Perhaps some of you are asking, “Didn’t the wise men give gifts to Jesus?” They certainly did, but they didn’t give them to one another. And their gifts were not birthday gifts because the wise men did not come to visit Jesus until He was nearly two years old (Matthew 2:16). The shepherds came to visit Jesus as His birth, but the wise men came to see Him nearly two years later.

Did you know that giving gifts to a king was common custom in the Far East? That’s the reason why the wise men brought gifts to Jesus – because He was born to be King of the Jews. But they were not birthday gifts. So there is no connection between Christmas and the birthday of Jesus in this respect.

One final word before leaving the matter of exchanging gifts. Let me point out that even this is a part of Satan’s antichrist program. The greatest Christmas celebration yet to come will be during the awful days of the tribulation. During the antichrist’s reign all hell will be loose. The two witnesses who God shall send to the people of the earth will be killed when God is finished with them. Can you guess who will kill them? The antichrist will put them to death. Listen to God’s Word:

“And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.” Revelation 11:7

It is under antichrist’s reign that the last and greatest Christmas celebration shall take place. As a result of the death of these prophets of God, the world will be so delighted and thrilled that they will exchange gifts with one another. Here is what the Bible says,

“And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in the graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwell on the earth.” Revelation 11:9-10

What further proof do we need that Christmas celebration is not of God? Truly the Lord’s people should not celebrate Christmas. It is anti-God, anti-Christ, Satanic, and unscriptural. The call of God is, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate…and touch not the unclean thing.” II Corinthians 6:17. God’s command to all His people is, “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11

Christmas Condemned by the Puritans

The pagan history of Christmas has been well known throughout history. In fact, at one time the celebration of this pagan custom was forbidden by law in England. In 1644, Parliament declared Christmas to be unlawful; and, consequently, it was abolished. The English Puritans looked upon the celebration of Christmas as the work of Satan

At one time in early American history, the observance of Christmas was illegal. A law was adopted in the general court of Massachusetts about 1650, which required that those who celebrated Christmas were to be punished. The statue read, “Whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas, or in any other way…shall be subject to fine of 5 shillings.” The law’s preamble explained its purpose was “for preventing disorders…(by) observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other countries to the great dishonor of God and the offense of others.” After the Mayflower pilgrims landed in 1620, the first December 25th was spent in labor and cutting down trees “in order to avoid any frivolity on the day sometimes called Christmas.”

Opposition to the observance of Christmas continued just past the second half of the Nineteenth Century. An article in the December 26, 1855 edition of the New York Daily Timesstated,

“The churches of the Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists were not open on December 25 except where some mission schools had a celebration. They do not accept the day as a holy one, but the Episcopalian, Catholic and German churches were all open. Inside they were decked with evergreens.”

The Puritans knew the truth about Christmas and regarded it as a pagan holiday. It would be good if all believers followed their example.

What About the Christmas Tree?

Another reason why I don’t observe Christmas is because the Christmas tree is condemned by the Bible. Notice: “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 may not move. But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.”Jeremiah 10:2-4, 9

Here you have a perfect description of the Christmas tree, called by God “the way of the heathen.” We are commanded not to learn that way or follow it! The Christmas tree is also viewed in this passage as idolatry. The fifth verse says that these tress cannot speak-cannot walk-must be carried. Some people misread this to make it say that there is no harm in having a Christmas tree, but that is not what it says at all. Rather, the Prophet Jeremiah tells us that it is vanity and foolishness and says, “Learn not the way of the heathen.”

Some people will be up all night to work on an old dead tree. They’ll trim it all up and stand off a little ways and admire their handiwork. Then many of them will sit up all night and look at that old Christmas tree.

I hope some of you preachers will get up in the middle of the night and throw out that old tree out of your house and out of your church right at Satan’s head. I realize that some of you will just gnash your teeth and call me “narrow minded.” Well, you can call me anything you want, but I’m just giving you the Word of God.

Did you know that the green tree is mentioned 14 times in the Bible, and in every instance it is likened with idolatry? There isn’t one place in the Bible where God commends the use of the “green tree” in connection with true worship.

Perhaps you’re wondering why people have a Christmas tree during the Christmas celebration. You can search the Bible through and through, but you won’t find a reason for it there. The first decorating of any evergreen tree began with the heathen Greeks and their worship of their god Adonis, who allegedly was brought back to life by the serpent Aesculapius after having been slain. And each Christmas multitudes of people will secure an evergreen tree and dress it up with bright glitter, lights and tinsel, not realizing that they are following the tradition of a pagan festival in honor of a false god!

No doubt there are many sincere Christians who think that they are honoring Christ by having their Christmas tree when, in reality, they are dishonoring Him by having anything to do with a heathen festival that God hates.

As you read these lines perhaps you say, “I have my Christmas tree but I don’t worship it, and consequently, I see nothing wrong with it.” Let me remind you, however, that you don’t determine what is right and what is wrong. God determines what’s right and wrong. If the Christmas tree is not an idol to you, why are you so reluctant to give it up? What are you doing down on your knees when you place your gifts under it?

Observing Days Forbidden

Finally I don’t celebrate Christmas because God’s Word forbids the observance of any holy days in this dispensation of grace. Listen:

“Ye observe days, and month, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.” Galations 4:10-11

This tells us that the observance of days is a sign of weakness, childishness and lack of development. There are no special holy days for members of the body of Christ. The Lord wants us to worship Him the same 365 days a year.

We’re not worshiping a dead Christ or a helpless infant lying in a manger, but we’re worshiping a real living Christ who lives all year round.

Sometimes well-meaning people will make the statement, “Let’s put the Christ back into Christmas.” This sounds very good on the surface…but beloved, how can you put Christ back into something when He was never there?

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the famous English preacher of the last century, said,

“We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas…we find no scriptural word whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Saviour; and consequently, it’s observance is a superstition, because (it’s) not of divine authority…probably the fact is that the ‘holy days’ (were) arranged to fit in with the heathen festivals…how absurd to think we could do it in the spirit of the world, with a Jack Frost clown, a deceptive worldly Santa Claus, and a mixed program of sacred truth with fun, deception, and faction.”

While the world celebrates Christmas with its gift swapping and wild parties, what should be our attitude? God’s Word makes it plain that we should have nothing to do with this pagan holiday. Let’s not associate the birth of the holy Son of God with the pagan traditions of men. Let us heed God’s command; “Be ye separate, O my people.” II Corinthians 6:17 

Christmas – is A “Sparkling”
and “Tempting” Compromise
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Christmas – is A Compromise
With Pagans

“The man…COMPROMISES with worldlings,
and to quiet his own conscience,
he invents a theory by which
such compromises are justified,
even commended.  He receives the praises
of the judicious, but he has, in truth,
gone over to the enemy.”
-(C-H, Spurgeon., 1888,
The Sword and the Trowel)

“We have no superstitious regard
for times and seasons.
Certainly we do not believe in
the present ecclesiastical
arrangement called Christmas.
We find no Scriptural warrant whatever
for observing any day as the birthday
of the Savior; and, consequently,
its observance is a superstition,
because it is not of divine authority.”
-(Charles Spurgeon,
Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871).

NUMEROUS SUN GODS WERE BORN ON DECEMBER 25

“It was in the fifth century
that the Roman Catholic Church
commanded that the birth of Christ
be observed forever on 
December 25th,
the day of the old Pagan Roman feast

of the birth of Sol, one of the names
of their pagan sun-god ! ”
– Encyclopedia Americana, Vol.6, p.623

“Adonia, Appolo, Attis, Baal, Bacchus,
Dionysus, Helios, Hercules, Horus, Mithra,
Osiris, Perseus, Ra, Theseus, Tammuz,
and Woden are just some of the false gods
associated with sun worship across many
cultures, all of which placed great import
on the feast following the winter solstice,
which was kept on 25 December.”
-Guess who’s not coming
for Christmas dinner
by David Pollina

The DATE – December 25th
(Is A Compromise)
The Birthday of Mostl sun gods
Starting with Nimrod

THE LORD OF CHRISTMAS NIMROD

“THE BIRTHDAY OF Nimrod,
the son of the Babylonian Queen,
was adopted by the Roman Church,
giving it the name of Christ.
This tendency on the part
of the apostate Church of Rome,
to COMPROMISE and meet paganism
half-way – was very early developed.”
-The Two Babylons; pg. 93
Alexander Hislop

CHRISTMAS COMPROMISE WITH SUN GODS

“Nimrod, one of the great-grandsons of Noah,
is accredited with being the originator of sun worship.”
–Paganism in the Church – Part 2
Joe Crews

“The more knowledgeable a Christian becomes with
today’s “Christianity,” the more they realize that
it is the end result of a continuous effort to
appease the pagan Romans in order to gain their
support. This has regrettably resulted in the
foisting upon Jesus – the pre-existent beliefs
of ancient paganism. The established beliefs of
these pagans were “inserted” into the word of God
and its religious practices through the agency
of many centuries of the Church.  Knowledgeable
Christian scholars are the most well-acquainted
with this fact.”
-Ancient paganism
and the dangers of COMPROMISE;;
“Bible myths and their parallels
in other religions” by T. W. Doane

“In the ancient world,
the sun was the most common object
of this false worship, and often,
dates of importance in the cycles of
that orb also became associated with
human god-types they symbolised.
One of these – whose birthday was 25 December
– was Tamuz, the real-life son of the
Babylonian king Nimrod and his own mother
Semiramas, who called herself the
“queen of heaven”.”
-Guess who’s not coming
for Christmas dinner
by David Pollina

CHRISTMAS IS A COMPROMISE WITH PAGANISM

Compromise is Forbidden by God

“So leave the corruption
and DO NOTt COMPROMISE ;
leave it for good,” says God.
“Don’t link up with those
who will pollute you.
I want you all for myself.”
(2Corinthians 6:17)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“They…lived  WITHOUT  Compromise….”
(Revelation 14:3,4 )(MSG)-BibleGateway

“Like a muddied fountain
and a polluted spring
is a righteous man who yields,
falls down, and  COMPROMISES
his integrity before the wicked.”
(Proverbs 25:26)(AMP)-BibleGateway

“And have NO Fellowship
with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather reprove them.”
– (Ephesians 5:11)

“Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers.
How can light live with darkness?
What harmony can there be between Christ
and the Devil ?…Therefore, come out from them
and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things…”
(2Corinthians 6:14-17)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“And why do you break the command of God
for the sake of your tradition?
Thus you nullify the word of God
for the sake of your tradition.”
(Matthew 15:3,6)(NIV)-BibleGateway

“obey his commands with all purity.
Then no one can find fault with you
from now until our Lord Jesus Christ
returns.”
(1Timothy 6:14)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be steadfast, immovable….”
(1Corinthians 15:58)(NASB)-BibleGateway

“so that you will prove yourselves to be
blameless and innocent, children of God
above reproach in the midst of a crooked
and perverse generation, among whom you
appear as lights in the world.”
(Philippians 2:15)(NASB)-BibleGateway

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight
of our God and Father is…to keep oneself
unstained by the world.”
(James 1:27)(NASB)-BibleGateway

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
and do NOT do what I say ?”
(Luke 6:46)(NIV)-BibleGateway

“…we’re pleased we can report
that we’ve come out of this with
conscience and faith intact…
and can face you with our heads
held high…It was God who kept us
focused on him, UNCOMPROMISED.”
(2Corinthians 1:12)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“The people got up early the next morning…
After this, they celebrated with feasting
and drinking, and they indulged in pagan
revelry. Then the Lord said, “I have seen
how stubborn and rebellious these people are.
How quickly they have turned away from
the way I commanded them to live!
Now leave me alone so my fierce anger can
blaze against them, and I will destroy them.”
(Exodus 32:6,8,10)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“Inquire not after their gods,
saying, How do these nations serve their gods?
…You shall not do so unto Jehovah your God”
(Deut. 12:30-31).(ASV)-BibleGateway

“Learn not the way of the heathen”
(Jer. 10:2).

“And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven,
and when you see the SUN, and the moon, and the stars,
even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to
WORSHIP them, and serve them…”
(Deut. 4:19).

The Christmas Tree
is A “Compromise”

CHRISTMAS TREE WORSHIP

“Offerings were placed by the folk
under sacred trees, because the trees were
the abode of spirits or divinities.”
-Tree and Plant Worship; Chpt XIII
D’Arbois, Les Celtes, 52.

“The pagans of old have hung apples and other
fruit as a food offering and would offer gifts
to the tree, which is where we get putting
presents under the tree. This was purely pagan
in origin.”
— Holidays and Holy Days,
by Tom C. McKenney

“Tree-worship was rooted in the oldest
nature worship, which included offerings
to them or the placing of lights upon them.”
-Tree and Plant Worship; Chpt XIII
Stat. Account, iii. 27; Moore, 151;
Sébillot, i. 262, 270

The Tree has long been associated with False
Worship.  The first rebellion against God
began with a tree.  Satan cleverly wrapped
himself in the branches of a tree, while he
cunningly convinced Eve to eat of a certain
tree that was off limits to her by Jehovah God.

Pagans over the ages have used trees in their
worship of their pagan rites and pagan gods.

“It was and still is in many parts of Europe
the custom to go out to the woods, cut down a
tree and bring it into the village, where it is
set up amid general rejoicings; or the people
cut branches in the woods, and fasten them on
every house. The intention of these customs is
to bring home to the village, and to each house,
the blessings which the tree-spirit has in its
power to bestow.”
-Relics of Tree Worship in Modern Europe
The Golden Bough.  1922.
Sir James George Frazer (1854–1941). 

“The practice of tree worship has been found
in many ancient cultures. Often, trees were
brought indoors and decorated to ensure a good
crop for the coming year. Trees have also been
linked to divinity.  Egyptians associated a tree
with the god Baal-Tamar, while the Greeks and
Romans believed that the mother of Adonis was
changed into a fir tree. Adonis was one of her
branches brought to life.”
-Winter Holiday Roundup
Origins and Meanings of Christmas Items
by David Johnson

“Many of these pagan rites centred on a cut
and decorated evergreen tree. Greek worshipers
of Adonia decorated fir trees, as did Roman
worshipers of Bacchus who decked them with
bits of shiny metal and ornaments resembling him.
The Druids placed fruit and candles on the
branches to honour Woden. The Egyptians,
without any local fir trees, used palm trees
instead. So pervasive in antiquity was the
custom of decorating trees in a bid to magically
ward off the decline of the sun, that it is
mentioned specifically in the (Old Testament)
book of Jeremiah.”
-Guess who’s not coming
for Christmas dinner
by David Pollina

“In the end, worshiping any replacement
for the True God is worshiping Satan,
and that’s just where the Christmas Tree
originates.
-Guess who’s not coming
for Christmas dinner
by David Pollina

Some types of Compromise
are Acceptable to Men

But “Religious” Compromise
is Condemned by God –

Many people think of the word “compromise” as a
good or positive thing.  Being able to bend and to
meet people “half-way”, is often viewed as a good
thing.  Rather than people that have to have things
always “their way”, compromise denotes a willingness
to being peacable by allowing other’s to have their
way as well.  This is all well and good, when it
comes to yielding to peaceableness.  But when it comes
to Worship of the Almighty God, Our Creator – how is
compromise in Worship – vieweed by Him ?

“The Church became compromised with paganism.
Ever since, the Roman way of converting pagans
to its style of worship – has been to absorb
them gradually, along with their idolatrous
observances. The church was content to meeting
paganism halfway
.  The Roman church has continued
the same approach until this day. How then did we
receive our holidays (holy days) with their customs
and traditions ? ­ Christmas as well as Easter?
Each of them has come to us from ancient Babylon,
through Rome, through the Roman Catholic Church.”
-Is Christmas Christian?
by Michael Schneider

True Christians
Do NOT Compromise
with Paganism

“True Christians NEVER compromise
(Matt. 6:24; Acts 4:19, 20)
The Christians, strong in their faith,
would make no such compromises.”
– The Book of Culture, by Ethel Rose Peyser,
     1934, p. 549.

“We Christians neither cover our doorposts
with wreaths, nor…decorate our house like
some new brothel.  We…do NOT celebrate
along with you the holidays…The pagan Romans
clad their doorposts with green and branching
laurels…In the Saturnalia…Presents come and go
…There are…gifts…and Banquets…
yet Christians should have NO acquaintance
with the festivals of the pagans.”
– Tertullian, (A.D. 155-220),
quoted by David Bercot,
A Dictionary of Early
Christian Beliefs, 1998, p. 342).

“the earliest Christians simply were NOT
interested in celebrating the Nativity…
They ‘viewed birthday celebrations as heathen’.
The third-century church father – Origen
had declared it a sin to even think of keeping
Christ’s birthday ‘as though he were a
king Pharoah’.”
– December 23,1996 issue of
US News & World Report

“Christians of the first century did  NOT celebrate
the festival honoring the birth of Jesus –
for the same reason they honored NO other
birthday anniversary.   It was the feeling
at that time by all Christians – that the celebration
of all birthdays (even the Lord’s) was a custom
of the pagans.”
– Dr. John C. McCollister’s
The Christian Book of Why

DECEMBER 25 AND PAGANISM

 

How did The Compromise Happen ?

“The Babylonians celebrated the victory
of their sun god in December. The Roman copy
of this Babylonian custom was called Saturnalia,
the feast of the birth of Sol (the sun god).
It was for centuries an abomination to Christians.
But (eventually)  the Church, instead of standing firm
against paganism, began to compromise. So the Church
said,  ‘Go on with your fun and celebration. Only now
we’ll call it a celebration of the birth of the
Son of God. Instead of losing people to paganism,
we’ll combine the two and gradually even win some
of the pagans of our day to profess Christianity.
Let’s not force men to choose between the two.'”
-Is Christmas Christian?
by Michael Schneider

“The story of the Christian church
between Pentecost of 31 A.D. and the
Council of Nicea in 325 A.D., almost 300
years later, is an amazing story (of Compromise).
It is the story of how yesterday’s orthodoxy
became today’s heresy and how old heresies
came to be considered orthodox Christian doctrine.
It is the story of how church tradition
and the teaching of the bishops came to supersede
the Word of God as a source of doctrine.
It is a story that is stranger then fiction,
yet very much historically verifiable.
(It is a story of COMPROMISE).”
-John H. Ogwyn,
“God’s Church Through The Ages.”

“The forms and ceremonies of paganism
gradually crept into the worship.
Some of the old heathen feasts became
church festivals with change of name…”
– Story of the Christian Church, p.79;
by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut

“Subtly…the old gods had entered
into their churches…And they live still
in the festivals of Christianity.”
-Testament: The Bible and History,
Romer, 1988, pp. 230-31).

“No lover of the Gospel can conceal
from himself – the fact that…A new religion
has been initiated, which is no more Christianity
than chalk is cheese, and this religion,
being destitute of moral honesty,
palms itself off as the old faith
with slight improvements…”
-C.H.S., Quoted by Russell H. Conwell, 1892
in “Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
the World’s great Preacher”

Pressure From Friends and Relatives
To Compromise

“The man…COMPROMISES with worldlings,
and to quiet his own conscience,
he invents a theory by which
such compromises are justified,
even commended.  He receives the praises
of the judicious, but he has, in truth,
gone over to the enemy.”
-(C-H,S., 1888, Sword and the Trowel)

COMPROMISE
in these “Last Days”

And Jesus’ Viewpoint

“…in the LAST DAYS…
Instead of loving God,
they will love pleasure.
Even though they will make
a show of being religious,
their religion won’t be real…”
(2Timothy 3:1,4,5)(CEV)-BibleGateway

Jesus said – “On judgment day…
I will reply, `I never knew you.
Go away; the things you did
were unauthorized.‘ ”
(Matthew 7:22,23)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“We have no superstitious regard
for times and seasons.
Certainly we do not believe in
the present ecclesiastical
arrangement called Christmas.
We find no Scriptural warrant whatever
for observing any day as the birthday
of the Savior; and, consequently,
its observance is a superstition,
because it is NOT of divine authority.”
-(Charles Spurgeon,
Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871).

Standing “Firm”  for your beliefs
is the OPPOSITE of  “Compromise”.

Jesus said,  “All men will hate you
because of me,  but he who STANDS
FIRM 
 to the end, will be saved. ”
(Matthew 10:22)(NIV)-BibleGateway

Would Jesus come to Your
Christmas Dinner ?

No He would NOT – “To understand why
he didn’t come to Christmas dinner,
imagine how he feels about having his
birthday celebrated on a day that marked
the birthday of many false gods.
Imagine how he feels having the customs
from the worship of these gods
used to supposedly honour his birth.
-Guess who’s not coming
for Christmas dinner
by David Pollina

“I am  thy God…..
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
(Exodus 20:2,3)(ASV)-BibleGateway

“…for I am a jealous God
who will not tolerate your affection
for any other gods.”
(Exodus 20:5)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“…they’ve deserted me
and taken up with other gods;
they’ve made me thoroughly angry
by setting up their god-making businesses.
My anger is raging white-hot against this
place and nobody is going to put it out.'”
(2Chronicles 34:22)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“Troubles multiply for those
who chase after other gods…”
(Psalms 16:4)(NLT)-BibleGateway

…Don’t follow other gods,
or they will ruin your lives.”
(Jeremiah 7:6)(NCV)-BibleGateway

God says, “…the mothers make bread
to be offered to ‘the Queen of Heaven’!
And as if that weren’t bad enough,
they go around pouring out libations
to any other gods they come across,
just to hurt me. No wonder I am
so angry!…. “
(Jeremiah 7:16,18)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“Thus saith Jehovah…This evil people,
that refuse to hear my words,
that walk in the stubbornness
of their heart, and are gone after
other gods to serve them….”
(Jeremiah 13:9,10)(ASV)-BibleGateway

God’s Viewpoint
of Pagan Practices

“Do not worship the Lord your God
in the same way that these pagan peoples
worship their gods.”
(Deteronomy 12:4)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“….the detestable practices
of the pagan nations….”
(1Kings 14:24)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight,
following the detestable practices
of the pagan nations….”
(2Kings 21:2)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“…Hurry up, pagans!
Wherever you are,
get a move on!
Get your act together.
Prepare to be shattered by God!”
(Joel 3:9)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“….I will punish those….Who introduce
PAGAN prayers and practices; And I’ll punish
all who import pagan superstitions….
Judgment Day!” God’s Decree!
….Wail, you shopkeepers on Market Street!
Moneymaking has had its day.
The god Money is dead. On Judgment Day,
I’ll search through every closet and alley
…I’ll find and punish those who are
sitting it out, fat and lazy,
amusing themselves and taking it easy,
Who think, ‘God doesn’t do anything,
good or bad. He isn’t involved,
so neither are we.’  But just wait.
They’ll lose everything they have….”
(Zephaniah 1:7)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“On that day of judgment,”says the Lord,
“I will punish….all those following pagan
customs.
(Zephania 1:8)(NLT)-BibleGatewayCorinthians 10:5-7)(NLT)-BibleGateway

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Jesus Was NOT Born
in December – (click-here)

The “Nimrod” Tree
Nimrod – The Lord of XMAS
(click-here)

Who Are You Really Honoring
on December 25th ?
Nimrod and Babylon
(click-here)

Christmas – XMAS
What Would Christ Say ?
What Would Christ Do ?
(click-here)

“Christmas” – is a Betrayal of Christ
Following in the steps of Judas.
Betraying Christ – Just Like Judas
(click-here)

Santa Claus
and sun-god Worship
(click-here)

“Christmas” is a “Mockery”
of Christ – Why ?  (click-here)

A Christmas Comparison
A Parable to Consider
(click-here)

Christmas and Calf Worhip
What do they have in common ?
(click-here)

The Very First  XMAS
Began with Nimrod and Babylon
(click-here)

The Christmas “TRAP”
Have You Been Ensnared ?
(click-here)

“THOR”  says  “HO – HO – HO !”
and so does the Devil  (click-here)

“KRAMPUS”  Reveals the Evil Origins of XMAS
Why The “Warning Lyrics” in a Christmas Carol ?
(click-here)

Krampus and Santa
What is the Connection ?
The “CLAWS” (Claus) of Krampus
(click-here)

Who is Krampus ? –
Santa’s Evil Helper
(click-here)

The MANY Faces of Santa Claws (Claus)
KRAMPUS – Santa’s Alter Ego
(click-here)

“APOSTATE”  Christendom
Has Made a “PACT” with the Devil
HOW ? –  Krampus and Santa
(click-here)

CHRISTMAS –
How “Un-Like” Christ
(click-here)

Christmas “EXCUSES”
Save Them For Christ
(click-here)

Do “Naughty” Children
Get Punished at Christmas ?
(click-here)

It All Began With A Tree
From The Garden of Eden – Onward
Satan has used Trees
(click-here)

 Krampus Beast Punishing Naughty Children Yule Folklore

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