Category: Pagan Holidays



By Acharya S/D.M. Murdock

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The following article is excerpted from:

Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled

Contrary to popular belief, Easter does not represent the “historical” crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In reality, the gospel tale reflects the annual “crossification” of the sun through the vernal equinox (Spring), at which time the sun is “resurrected,” as the day begins to become longer than the night.

Rather than being a “Christian” holiday, Easter celebrations date back into remotest antiquity and are found around the world, as the blossoming of spring did not escape the notice of the ancients, who revered this life-renewing time of the year, when winter had passed and the sun was “born again.” The “Pagan” Easter is also the Passover, and Jesus Christ represents not only the sun but also the Passover Lamb ritually sacrificed every year by a number of cultures, including the Egyptians, possibly as early as 4,000 years ago and continuing to this day in some places.

Easter Around the World

‘The goddess Ēostre/*Ostara flies through the heavens surrounded by Roman-inspired putti, beams of light, and animals. Germanic peoples look up at the goddess from the realm below.’ Easter is “Pessach” in Hebrew, “Pascha” in Greek, “Pachons” in Latin and “Pa-Khonsu” in Egyptian, “Khonsu” being an epithet for the sun god Horus. In Anglo-Saxon, Easter or Eostre is goddess of the dawn, corresponding to Ishtar, Astarte, Astoreth and Isis. The word “Easter” shares the same root with “east” and “eastern,” the direction of the rising sun.

“The Phrygian sun and fertility god Attis was annually hung on a tree, dying and rising on March 24th and 25th, an ‘Easter celebration’ that occurred at Rome as well.”

The principal Mexican solar festival was held at the vernal equinox, i.e., Easter, when sacrifices were made to sustain the sun. In India, the vernal equinox festival is called “Holi” and is especially sacred to the god Krishna. The Phrygian sun and fertility god Attis was annually hung on a tree, dying and rising on March 24th and 25th, an “Easter celebration” that occurred at Rome as well. The March dates were later applied to the Passion and Resurrection of Christ: “Thus,” says Sir Frazer, “the tradition which placed the death of Christ on the twenty-fifth of March was ancient and deeply rooted. It is all the more remarkable because astronomical considerations prove that it can have had no historical foundation….” This “coincidence” between the deaths and resurrections of Christ and the older Attis was not lost on early Christians, whom it distressed and caused to use the “devil got there first” excuse for the motif’s presence in pre-Christian paganism.

The rites of the “crucified Adonis,” another dying and rising savior god, were also celebrated in Syria at Easter time. As Frazer states:

“When we reflect how often the Church has skillfully contrived to plant the seeds of the new faith on the old stock of paganism, we may surmise that the Easter celebration of the dead and risen Christ was grafted upon a similar celebration of the dead and risen Adonis, which, as we have seen reason to believe, was celebrated in Syria at the same season.”

The salvific death and resurrection at Easter of the god, the initiation as remover of sin, and the notion of becoming “born again,” are all ages-old Pagan motifs or mysteries rehashed in the later Christianity. The all-important death-and-resurrection motif is exemplified in the “Parisian magical papyrus,” a Pagan text ostensibly unaffected by Christianity:

“Lord, being born again I perish in that I am being exalted, and having been exalted I die; from a life-giving birth being born into death I was thus freed and go the way which Thou has founded, as Thou hast ordained and hast made the mystery.”crossification

Easter’s Roving Date is Astrotheological

CrossificationIn the gospel tale, there are two dates for the crucifixion: the 14th and the 15th of the month of Nisan, and within Christianity the date for Easter was debated for centuries. There continue to be two dates for Easter: the Western Catholic and Eastern Orthodox, thus demonstrating that this holiday is not the historical date of the actual crucifixion of a particular man. The dates are, in fact, astronomical, astrological and astrotheological.

In explaining this roving date, one “distinguished churchman,” as Catholic Church historian Eusebius called him, Anatolius, revealed the meaning of Easter and of Christ, as well as the fact that astrology was a known and respected science used in Christianity. Said Anatolius:

“On this day [March 22] the sun is found not only to have reached the first sign of the Zodiac, but to be already passing through the fourth day within it. This sign is generally known as the first of the twelve, the equinoctial sign, the beginning of months, head of the cycle, and start of the planetary course…. Aristobolus adds that it is necessary at the Passover Festival that not only the sun but the moon as well should be passing through an equinoctial sign. There are two of these signs, one in spring, one in autumn, diametrically opposed to each other….”

In establishing the “Paschal festival,” Church father Anatolius thus based his calculations on the positions of the sun and moon during the vernal equinox.jesussunmed

Christ as the Solar Hero

Jesus as the Sun God throughout HistoryThe need to time the Easter celebration – or resurrection – to coincide with the vernal equinox demonstrates that “Christ” is not an historical personage but the sun. This fact of Easter being the resurrection of the Sun has been well known for centuries, just as “the Savior’s” birth at the winter solstice has been recognized as another solar motif. Another obvious clue as to Christ’s nature is the fact that the “Lord’s Day” is Sunday.

“Christ is the Sun of Righteousness, with ‘divine beams.'”

Concerning Easter, in his “Letter I. for 329” Bishop of Alexandria Athanasius (c. 293-373) remarks, “Again, ‘the Sun of Righteousness,’ causing His divine beams to rise upon us, proclaims beforehand the time of the feast, in which, obeying Him, we ought to celebrate it…” Christ is thus the Sun of Righteousness, with “divine beams.”

The Paschal Chronicle

The Easter calculations were recomputed in the seventh century by the Christian author(s) of the Paschal Chronicle or Alexandria Chronicle, which seeks to establish a Christian chronology from “creation” to the year 628. The Paschal Chronicle determines the proper date for Easter as March 21st and the date of Christ’s resurrection as March 25th (or, midnight, March 24, three days after the beginning of the equinox). In his various calculations, the Chronicle author discusses solar and lunar cycles, including the 19-year lunar cycle, by which he reckons the crucifixion and resurrection, concluding: “This is consistent with the prior determinations of reputable men in the calculation of the heavenly bodies.” To wit, Christ’s death and resurrection are based on astrotheology.

The Chronicle author further confirms that Christianity is a continuation of the ancient “Pagan” astrotheological religion when he states that the “Annunciation of our Lady,” i.e., the conception of Christ by the Virgin Mary, likewise occurred on March 25th, the vernal equinox, exactly nine months prior to the December 25th birthdate, the annual rebirth of the sun.eostre

For more information, including citations, see Suns of God.
See also Easter: The Resurrection of Spring.



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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“. . . We have made a covenant with DEATH,
and with HELL are we at agreement;. . .”

Isaiah 28:15

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When you hear the word “halloween” what images appear? What “spirit” is invoked at the whisper of Halloween? Halloween openly promotes death, devils, witches and flagrant “appearances of evil” (1 Thess. 5:22). Halloween leaves most people scratching their heads questioning, “How and where did Halloween come from”? This article unearths the hellish tomb of Halloween to exhume its sinister “covenant with death and hell.”

Halloween began over 2,000 years ago among the Celts and their pagan priests called the Druids. The Druids are, without question, history’s king of the occult. Witchcraft, Satanism, paganism and virtually all facets of the occult acquire instruction from the Druids. From the popular jack-o’-lantern, trick-or-treat, costumes, to the pranks, ghoulish ghosts, demons, goblins and witches – Halloween owes its morbid birth to the Druids.

Halloween—the day itself is of Druidic origin. (Myers, Robert J. Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays, p. 258)

The mystic rites and ceremonies with which Hallow’en was originally observed had their origin among the Druids. . . (Douglas, George William. The American Book of Days, p. 566)

The Druids celebrated two special nights of the year: Beltane and Samhain. Beltane took place on May 1 and marked the birth of summer. Samhain occurred on November 1 and signified the death of summer. Samhain, a night celebrating death and hell, was the Druids most important ritual. It was a terrifying night of human sacrifices. And it was the original Halloween.

The Druids believed, during Samhain, the mystic veil separating the dead from the living opened. The Druids taught these roaming spirits loosed on Samhain went searching for a body to possess. The frightened Celts would masquerade as demons, evil spirits and ghosts, hoping to convince the roaming evil spirits, they were another evil spirit, and leave them alone. The Celts also prepared meals as “treats” to appease the evil spirits from “tricks” or malicious acts; hence our custom of “trick or treat.” The Druids performed horrifying human sacrifices and other vile rituals during Samhain. Let there be no doubt—Samhain night was a terrifying “covenant with death, and with hell.” And let there be no doubt – Samhain was the original Halloween night.

All histories of Halloween inevitably wind back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. . . (Skal, David J. Death Makes a Holiday: The Cultural History of Halloween, p. 20)

Halloween had its origins in the festival of Samhain among the Celts of ancient Britain and Ireland. (Encyclopedia Britannica 2005 “Halloween”)

Halloween can be traced directly back to Samhain, the ancient Celtic harvest festivalhonoring the Lord of the Dead. (Thompson, Sue Ellen. Holiday Symbols and Customs, p. 251)

The rituals of the Druids reek from the deepest hell. Their most repulsive activities involve their human sacrifices of children on the night of Samhain or Halloween.

First-born sacrifices are mentioned in a poem in the Dindshenchaswhich records that children were sacrificed each Samhain . . . (Rogers, Nicholas. Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, p. 17)

Halloween. That was the eve of Samhain . . . firstborn children were sacrificed. . . Samhain eve was a night of dread and danger. (National Geographic. May 1977, pp. 625-626)

The Druids would drink their victim’s blood and eat their flesh.

They [Druids] sacrificed victims by shooting them with arrows, impaling them on stakes, stabbing them, slitting their throats over cauldrons (and then drinking the blood). . . (Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. Harper’s Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience, p. 167)

Therefore we cannot too highly appreciate our debt to the Romans for having put an end to this monstrous cult, whereby to murder a man was an act of the greatest devoutness, and to eat his flesh most beneficial. (Pliny, Natural History, xxx, 13)

The Druids “counted it an honourable thing” to eat their father’s flesh and perform incest with their mothers and sisters.

. . . since they are man-eaters as well as heavy eaters, and since, further, they count it an honourable thing, when their fathers die, to devour them, and openly to have intercourse, not only with the other women, but also with their mothers and sisters;. . . (Strabo,Geography)

May I remind you, this is what occurred on the original Halloween night! Today, Halloween lives and breathes with the foul stench of the diabolical Druids.

The Druids also celebrated the festival of Beltane. The word Beltane (Beltaine, Beltinne, Beltain, Beiltein) literally means the “fires of Bel.” Bel is the same god called Baal, found over 80 times in the King James Bible. The Lord condemns Baal worship probably more than any other false “god.”

. . . then the Druids lit the Baal-Tinne, the holy, goodly fire of Baal. (Wilde, Lady Francesca Speranza. Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland)

The god whom the Druids worshipped was Baal, as the blazing Baal-fires show, and . . .children were offered in sacrifice to Baal. (Hislop, Alexander. The Two Babylons, p. 232)

• HALLOWEEN: BAAL WORSHIP •

The original Halloween was a hellish night of Baal worship and child sacrifice. And most of our current Halloween customs derived directly from Baal rituals!

On November first was Samhain [Halloween] . . . Fires were built as a thanksgiving to Baal. . .(Kelley, Ruth Edna, The Book of Hallowe’en, Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Co. Boston, 1919)

The mystic rites and ceremonies with which Hallow’en was originally observed had their origin among the Druids . . . ancient Baal festivals from which many of the Hallow’en customs are derived. (Douglas, George William. The American Book of Days, p. 569)

Baal is also a synonym for the devil. (Burns, Cathy. Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated,p. 327)

Halloween glorifies death in worship to Baal or the devil!

The Druid festival of Samhain was a celebration of death. Strutting its hellish death images of skulls, skeletons, ghosts, demons, devils and incarnate evil – today’s Halloween glorifies Death. David Skal titled his history of Halloween—Death Makes a Holiday:

The grand marshal of the Halloween parade is, and always has been, Death. (Skal, David J.Death Makes a Holiday: The Cultural History of Halloween, p. 18)

Halloween can be traced directly back to Samhain, the ancient Celtic harvest festival honoring the Lord of the Dead. (Thompson, Sue Ellen. Holiday Symbols and Customs, p. 251)

The Devil glorifies death. Hebrews 2:14 says, “. . . that through death he [Jesus] might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;” Proverbs 8:36 says all they that hate the Lord “. . . love death.” Revelation 6:8 says the rider of the antichrist’s pale horse, “. . . and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”

• THE ORDINATION OF HALLOWEEN •

Understanding the hellish history of Halloween—why in the world did decent people so embrace it? What magic “trick” transformed rancid Samhain into the giddy Halloween?

As the Catholic missionaries swarmed Britain and Ireland seeking the mass conversion to Catholicism their orders from Pope Gregory in 601 A.D. was to cunningly convert the Druid rituals into Catholic rituals. The Catholics converted the ritual of Samhain into the festival of All Saint’s Day, a day of celebration and prayer to dead “Saints.”

Halloween begins well over 2,000 years ago in the British Isles. Here, we find the holiday stripped to its most essential element: a night when Celtic tribes communed with the spirits of the ancestral dead. These grand and glorious pagan celebrations were assimilated by the Catholic church. . . Rather than extinguish old customs, the church leaders provided Christian versions of them: from the Middles Ages on, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day replaced the ancient Celtic celebrations of the dead. (Bannatyne, Lesley Pratt, Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History, Facts on File, Inc., New York, 1990 p. x)

The Catholic festival of All Saints Day was also known as All Hallows Day, with the word “hallow” replacing “saints.” The day before All Hallows Day (October 31) was recognized as All Hallows Eve. Eventually, All Hallows Eve became Hallows Eve; hallow’even; hallow’en and ultimately today’s Halloween.

All Saints’ Day perpetuated the pagan Samhain of November Eve. (Bonwick, James, Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions, Dorset Press, 1984 (1986ed), p.87)

Many traditional beliefs and customs associated with Samhain . . . continued to be practiced on 31 October, known as the Eve of All Saints, the Eve of All Hallows, or Hallows Even. It is the glossing of the name Hallow Even that has given us the name Hallowe’en. (Santino, Jack editor, Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life, The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN 1994 p. xvi)

 

In 835, Pope Gregory IV “blessed” All Saint’s Day as a sacred “day of obligation,” consequently on that day, the Catholic Church officially “ordained” Halloween. Halloween owes its very life and breath to the “blessing” of the Catholic Church. Samhain would have breathed its last breath many years ago if not for the “ordination” of the Catholic Church.

Few holidays have a stranger or more paradoxical history than Halloween. Technically, it is the vigil of All Saints Day, observed by Roman Catholics . . . Halloween has clear connections with the rites of the druidic priests. . . (Douglas, George William, revised by Helene Douglas Compton, The American Book of Days, The H.W. Wilson Company, New York, 1948, p. 741)

A perverse and blasphemous twist to Halloween concerns the name “Halloween.” The word “hallow” means “holy, sanctify or consecrate.” The popular Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9 begins with, “. . . Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. . .” The label “hallow” belongs to God the Father—Hallowed be thy name. Halloween was a night sacrificing young children to the worship of Baal. It is no accident that the name of history’s most hellish night, glorifying “death and hell,” wears God the Father’s holy name of “hallow.” The blasphemous name of “Halloween” clearly bears the fingerprints of Lucifer as found in Isaiah 14:12, “. . . I will be like the most High.”

• THE OCCULT & HALLOWEEN •

While Halloween masquerades as childish fun and frolic, it’s serious business in the occult world. Witchcraft, Wicca, Satanism and paganism believe, on the night of Halloween, devils and spirits are unleashed. They perform their most hideous and potent rituals on the night of Halloween.

Samhain: This is the “Witch’s New Year” and the primary Sabbat from which all others flow. (RavenWolf, Silver. Teen Witch, p. 42)

Halloween is one of the four major Sabbats celebrated by the modern Witch, and it is by far the most popular and important of the eight that are observed. . . Witches regard Halloween as their New Year’s Eve, celebrating it with sacred rituals. . . (Dunwich, Gerina. The Pagan Book of Halloween, p. 120)

Halloween is also among Satanism’s most cherished days. Anton LaVey, founder of The Church of Satan and author of The Satanic Bible writes:

After one’s own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht (May 1st) and Halloween. (LaVey, Anton Szandor. The Satanic Bible, p. 96)

Satanic High Priestess Blanche Barton, on The Church of Satan web site, praises Halloween:

It [Halloween] gives even the most mundane people the opportunity to taste wickedness for one night. They have a chance to dance with the Devil . . . I see Satanists all over the world meeting in small groups this night and Hallowe’ens 500 years hence, to raise a glass to the Infernal Hosts. . .

The Satanic Calendar decrees for Halloween: “One of the two most important nights of the year. . . Blood and sexual rituals. Sexual association with demons. Animal and human sacrifice—male or female.” (www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/satanic_calendar.htm)

Former occultist Johanna Michaelsen reveals, “Halloween is also a prime recruiting season for Satanists.” (Michaelsen, Johanna. Like Lambs to the Slaughter, p. 192)

• THE ORNAMENTS OF HALLOWEEN •

The ornaments decorating Halloween came directly from the Druids and the occult.

The popular associations of Halloween are derived from ancient Celtic and Druid pagan religious customs. (Mather, George A. and Larry A. Nichols. Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult, p. 237)

Samhain was a vital part of Celtic culture, its rituals were passed from generation to generation through the oral tradition of the Druids. The genesis of many of America’s Halloween traditions can be found in these ancient celebrations . . . (Bannatyne, Lesley Pratt, Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History, Facts on File, Inc., New York, 1990 p. 6)

WITCHES are the reigning Queen of Halloween. If you’ve been lullabied by the gospel of Halloween that witches are harmless folks, wake up, witches worship the devil:

In many instances, according to the confessions of the witches, besides their direct worship of the devil, they were obliged to show their abhorrence of the faith they had deserted by trampling on the cross, and blaspheming the saints, and by other profanations. (Spence, Lewis. An Encyclopedia of Occultism, p. 433)

The witches held a party at Hallowe’en and the women . . . sold their soul to the devil, would put a stick in their beds anointed with the fat of murdered babies. . .(Douglas, George William. The American Book of Days, p. 569)

Although witches vigorously protest they have no dealings with the devil, under the heading, “A Witch’s God,” the popular witch’s training manual, Witchcraft: Theory and Practice, plainly states:

A Witch’s God. . . He is . . . Lord of the Underworld [Hell] . . . He is named . . .Baphomet . . . Lucifer . . . Baal. . . (Angeles, Ly de. Witchcraft: Theory and Practice, p. 60)

The Lord God’s judgment upon witches should not be taken lightly.

Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Exodus 22:18

JACK-O’-LANTERN: If Witches are the Queen of Halloween, the smiling jack-o’-lantern isthe King. The demonic jack-o’-lantern leaves most historians baffled tracing its spooky origin. One popular tale, tells of Jack who tricked the devil in a deal for his soul. But the origin of the jack-o’-lantern is much more sinister. It arrives from the Druid’s ghastly reverence of the severed human head! They proudly decorated their houses and temples with bloody severed heads. The Druids believed the head housed the soul, hence the light or candle in the skull. The original jack-o’-lantern was not a pumpkin or turnip, but a severed human head!

Trophy, charm, or ornament, the human head figured prominently in Celtic life. Warriors hung enemy heads on their houses as a show of prowess, and Druids, believing that the head harbored the soul, placed skulls in sanctuaries to ward off evil. (National Geographic, May 1977, p. 603)

. . . they hang the heads of their enemies from the necks of their horses, and, when they have brought them home, nail the spectacle to the entrances of their homes. . .(Strabo, Geography)

It is believed that faces, rather than other images or symbols, were originally carved onto the pumpkin because they gave the jack-o’-lantern the look of a headThe Celts of ancient times believed that the head was the most sacred part of the human body, for it housed a person’s immortal soul. (Dunwich, Gerina. The Pagan Book of Halloween, p. 32)

. . . the jack-o’-lantern is generally presented in its traditional form as a festive euphemism for the death’s-head, the triangular nose hole and rictus grin being the “dead” giveaways. (Skal, David J. Death Makes a Holiday: The Cultural History of Halloween, p. 38)

Carved and illuminated by a candle, they are symbolic of death and the spirit world. (Thompson, Sue Ellen. Holiday Symbols and Customs, p. 256)

TRICK OR TREAT is another Druid inspired custom.

Every year on Halloween, many children throughout the world dress up in costumes and go door to door in a ritual known as trick or treating . . . unaware that their innocent masquerade is actually the remnants of a Druidic religious practice from times most ancient. (Dunwich, Gerina. The Pagan Book of Halloween, p. 11)

Whatever the wrinkles, the root assumption is the same: trick or treat had its beginning in the Celtic dawn. (Santino, Jack. Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life, p. 82)

MASKS & COSTUMES: Masks and costumes carry a long history in the occult and demon possession. Masks are contacts to the spirit world to invite the spirit to “possess” them.

In rituals, a person wearing a mask of a god or spirit often feels possessed by the supernatural being. . . (World Book 2005, p. 263)

The person wearing the mask feels internally transformed and takes on temporarily the qualities of the god or demon represented by the mask. (Biedermann, Hans. Dictionary of Symbolism, p. 218)

BAT: “One of the animal shapes commonly used by these demons (or “familiars,” as they were often called) was the bat. Bats and their blood were also used in the casting of spells (especially those of black magick), the brewing of potions. . .” (Dunwich, Gerina. The Pagan Book of Halloween, p. 29)

OWL: “On Halloween night, demons in the form of owls were said to have traveled with Witches and their cats . . . some were even believed to be Witches in disguise. . . (Interestingly, the owl was called a strix by the Romans—a word that means “Witch.”)” (Dunwich, Gerina. The Pagan Book of Halloween, p. 43)

“BLACK CATS were associated with darkness and death . . . they embodied demonswho performed the witches’ task of maleficia against their neighbors. . . Black cats are said to be the devil himself.” (Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, p. 49)

APPLES: “The practice of bobbing for apples at a Halloween party comes form our Pagan ancestors, who highly valued apple magick.” (RavenWolf, Silver. Teen Witch, p. 42)

SKULL: “An interesting symbol, the skull . . . It is prominent in Witchcraft and Demon worship as a celebration of death.” (Burns, Cathy. Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, p. 388)

• THE OBSCENE IN HALLOWEEN •

Halloween has always wallowed in the obscene. Its horrid history is paved with vandalism, destruction and wickedness. The sickening depravity of razor blades in apples and poisoned candies of the 1970’s was a clear testimony to the evil of Halloween.

Some say that Halloween brings out the evil side of human nature in certain individuals. The number of vandalism acts committed each year on Halloween certainly seems to support this. . . (Dunwich, Gerina. The Pagan Book of Halloween,p. 23)

Halloween has always been a night of perversion and inversion—a night where misrule rules and decadence masquerades as decency. Halloween’s “best kept secret” is its romantic love affair with homosexuals. Halloween was the golden key that unlocked the homosexual’s closet of perversion. Halloween’s spirit of inversion, bestowed the homosexuals one utopian night to publicly flaunt their decadence and perversion.

It is an opportunity to act out one’s desires or fantasies. . . Halloween is unquestionably a night of inversion. (Rogers, Nicholas. Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, p. 137)

Halloween has always been a night of misrule and the outrageous. In recent years, it has been adopted by the gay community in America. . . (Morgan, Sheena. The Real Halloween, p. 42)

The Halloween machine turns the world upside down. One’s identity can be discarded with impunity. Men dress as women, and vice versa. Authority can be mocked and circumvented. (Skal, David J. Death Makes a Holiday: The Cultural History of Halloween p. 17)

Halloween has done more for the current acceptance of homosexuality than any other event. Years of huge homosexual Halloween street parades of gaudy perversion and decadence in New York’s Greenwich Village, Washington, D.C,’s Georgetown, New Orleans’s French Quarter and the infamous Castro Street in San Francisco almost single handily detonated the current homosexual explosion.

Greenwich Village has a long, albeit erratic, history of impromptu Halloween celebrations, and there is undoubtedly a link between the recent emergence of such carnivalesque celebrations and the increasingly public nature of gay culture. . . (Santino, Jack. Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life, p. 194)

Yet it has been the gay community that has most flamboyantly exploited Halloween’s potential as a transgressive festival . . . Indeed, it is the gay community that has been arguably more responsible for Halloween’s adult rejuvenation. (Rogers, Nicholas. Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, p. 132)

For gay people, Halloween is a moment of utopian wishfulness . . . (Santino, Jack. Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life, p. 211)

• THE OMEN OF HALLOWEN •

While many deem Halloween as harmless fun and fantasy, Halloween subtlety disarms our (and especially our children) discernment of witches and the occult. Halloween’s magic potion of “fun and frolic” transformed witches, demons, devils and evil incarnate into “fine folks.” Over 1.2 million practicing and proud witches live in America. Witchcraft currently is the fastest growing religion in America. At some time, nearly every little girl becomes a witch on Halloween. Witch RavenWolf delights when a vulnerable little girl dresses as a witch on Halloween:

Today, just about every little girl in our society, at one time or another, has chosen to costume herself as a Witch. . . If you choose a Witch’s costume this Halloween . . . Hold your head up and wear your Witch’s garb proudly in their honor. (RavenWolf, Silver. Halloween: Customs, Recipes & Spells, p. 64)

Occult historian Jean Markale discloses Halloween bids more than childish dress-up. It is a pagan “initiatory journey” guided by someone [Satan] “hidden in the shadows,” and none “return from Halloween innocent”:

The passage into the world of Halloween is truly an initiatory journey. One does not return from it an innocent. But making the journey alone does not mean there was no guide, no initiator, someone who prompted the quest and who, sometimes hidden in the shadows, watches over the comings and goings of the neophyte through this labyrinth that is the Other World. (Markale, Jean. The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween, p. 127)

Dr. David Enoch, former senior consultant psychiatrist at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and the University of Liverpool, states:

Halloween practices open the door to the occult and can introduce forces into people’s lives that they do not understand and often cannot combat. . . (Parker, Russ. Battling the Occult, p. 35)

• OPPORTUNITIES OF HALLOWEEN •

Halloween is the soul winner’s dream. Rather than going to a wicked rock concert, or Mardi Gras, or a parade to witness – on Halloween they come to you! On Halloween lost children (and parents!) come to your door for a treat! Give them a real treat – the gospel of Jesus Christ!As you hand them some candy, give them a tract.

The frightful night of Halloween can be a fruitful night for Bible believing churches! Parents are looking for a safe alternative to Halloween. Have a real “Fall Harvest”! Advertise it; build it up; put some time and prayer into it! Encourage kids to dress up as “Bible characters.” Have games and goodies for the kids. And here’s the harvest part: Provide some tables and refreshments for the parents. Have some covert “soul winners” quietly mingle among the parents to converse and tell them of the wonderful Lord Jesus!

Some may object such tactics on Halloween as “partaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 1:11), but Christian friend, Satan is “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4); and “the whole world lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19) – not just the one night of Halloween! Our days of the week wear the names of pagan gods: Moon-day, Zues-day, Woden’s-day. Thor’s-day, Freyja-day, Saturn-day, Sun-day. Ever look on that dollar bill displaying the satanic all-seeing “eye of Lucifer” in the pyramid? This earth is the devil’s turf (Luke 4:6). You can’t escape his wicked influence. But as David took Goliath’s own sword and cut his head off (1 Sam. 17:51), we can take one of Satan’s “swords” and cut some souls from hell.

Use this Halloween as an opportunity for the Lord Jesus.“. . . The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;”
Matthew 9:37
“And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire. . .”
Jude 1:23


Friend, I want to ask you the most important question you’ll ever answer:

Have you ever received Jesus Christ as your Savior?

Not joining a church, not religion, not baptism, not good works, not sacraments — but trusted Jesus Christ and Him alone, as your Savior. If not, Friend you could be — one year, one month, one hour, one minute, one heartbeat — away from eternity in a lake of fire!

Revelation 20:15 says, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Friend, God does not want you to go to hell. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is. . . not willing that any should perish. . .” Jesus loved you so much He died on a rugged cross, to pay for YOUR sin, and to keep YOU out of hell! Revelation 1:5 says, “. . . Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”

Friend, don’t EXIT this message, until you MAKE SURE you’ve received Jesus Christ!I assure you — if you die without Jesus Christ — it’ll be the biggest mistake you’ll ever make!

DO NOT TAKE THE CHANCE!

Friend, If you’ve never been saved, don’t wait another minute!

FRIEND, YOU CAN BE SAVED THIS VERY MINUTE!

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