How Christmas Came To Be

Christmas

Two prominent pagan winter festivals were celebrated in December. The first, starting on December 17 and lasting seven days, honored the death of the waning sun god Saturn, and the apparent resurrection of the sun as the days began to lengthen after the Dec 21 solstice.

The second, starting on December 25 and lasting through January 1, commemorated the birth of Mithras, the Persian god of light [sun god].

Constantine merged these traditions with the Nativity story in the Bible and Christmas was born. From its beginning, Christmas was a holiday on which gifts were exchanged, families and friends gathered to feast, and a birth was celebrated; just like in the Roman and Persian festivities.  Festive evergreen trees were also set up as symbols of life.

December 25 was observed in the sun worship religion by the pagans as: Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Birthday of the Unconquered Sun).

The first mention of the birthday of the sun god [Satan] on December 25, being celebrated as Christ’s birth is found in an early Roman calendar from A.D. 336 

The word Christmas is a contraction of Christ’s Mass, derived from the Old English Cristes mæsse. It is often abbreviated Xmas, probably because X resembles the Greek letter “chi” (C) which has often historically been used as an abbreviation for Christ.

What does the word “Christmas” mean? Alot of people would probably say “the birth of Christ” – coinciding it with the idea of the “Nativity”.

JESUS’ BIRTHDAY?

Let us digress a moment. Please understand that Jesus was not born on or near December 25th. To say that He was would be a lie and not the truth. The bible, God’s Word, tells us in that the birth of Jesus could not be in the cold, rainy Judean winter but earlier in the year. You know the story of Jesus’ birth and the truth is found in Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

The shepherds of that region do not stay in the fields with their flocks in that season. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia states: “There is no certainty as to the month or day of the birth. The Christmas date, December 25, is first met with in the West in the 4th century (the eastern date was January 6), and was then possibly borrowed from a pagan festival. December, in the winter season, seems unlikely, as unsuitable for the pasturing of flocks (Lu 2:8), though this objection is perhaps not decisive (Andrews, Conder). A more probable date is a couple of months earlier.” [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Jesus Christ, 2]

CHRIST MASS

Okay, the word Christmas has nothing to do with Christ’s birth so what does the word really mean? Let us learn the truth together. The compound word is made up of two words: 1.) Christ 2.) Mass

I think we all know that “Christ” refers to God’s Son Jesus. The word “Mass” comes from Old English mæsse, a modification of (assumed) Vulgar Latin messa from the Late Latin missa, literally meaning “dismissal”; as in at the end of a religious service. The Middle English Christemasse, comes from Old English Cristes mæsse, literally, Christ’s mass – shortened to “Christ-mas”. Meaning the “dismissal” (or passing away) of Christ; or more directly, the death of Christ. Those who understand a bit about the Catholic religion realize that the “Mass” always refers to the sacrificial death of Christ. The word “Christmas” comes from the Roman Catholic ritual. Oh, they use double-speak and say it MERELY means ‘dismissal’ as in the end of a liturgy but in the same breath they share the truth of the matter.

The New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia tells us: “The word Mass (missa) first established itself as the general designation for the Eucharistic Sacrifice in the West after the time of Pope Gregory the Great (d. 604)…”

What is a “Mass”? Catholic Definition: “The Sacrifice of the Mass is really the holy and living representation and at the same time the unbloody and efficacious oblation of the Lord’s Passion [suffering] and that blood-stained sacrifice which was offered for us on the cross” [The Catholic Encyclopedia, page 375]

The Council of Trent reaffirmed traditional Christian teaching that the Mass is the same Sacrifice of Calvary offered in an unbloody manner: “The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different. And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and offered in an unbloody manner… this sacrifice is truly propitiatory” (Doctrina de ss. Missae sacrificio, c. 2, quoted in Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1367).

John A. O’Brien, writing in The Faith of Millions, said, “The Mass is the renewal and perpetuation of the sacrifice of the cross in the sense that it offers [Jesus] anew to God . . . and thus commemorates the sacrifice of the cross, reenacts it symbolically and mystically, and applies the fruits of Christ’s death upon the cross to individual human souls. All the efficacy of the Mass is derived, therefore, from the sacrifice of Calvary” (306).

“Merry Christ mass? So we have a day – that is not connected to Christ’s birth as they falsely claim – when people ‘make merry’ and exchange gifts amongst themselves over the death of Christ. Does that sound like what happens to the two witnesses?

Revelation 11:1-13 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. 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. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in 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 dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

In the Roman Catholic Mass, the priest considers himself as the vicar or substitute of Christ who offers Jesus, the victim, as a sacrifice each time the mass is performed. In offering this “sacrifice,” the priest believes he has the power to change the bread and the wine of the Communion into Jesus’ literal flesh and blood [called transubstantiation – which also is a lie], requiring the people to worship these ‘sacraments’ as Christ Himself. This constitutes idolatry (a vain repetition of Jesus’ one time sacrifice for sin — Heb. 9:12, 24-26; 10:10,12,14).

To gain more insight, or to verify what we just read, let us tap from Catholic sources some truth about the Mass. Catholic Priest John A. O’Brien, in UNDERSTANDING THE CATHOLIC FAITH, Ave Maria Press, Nortre Dame, Ind, 1955, p. 212, wrote: “The mass is the unbloody renewal of the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary’s cross…Christ, through the ministry of the Roman Catholic priest, offers Himself to God in an unbloody manner under the appearances of bread and wine. The mass is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross because the Victim is the same. The purpose of the mass is, among other things, to satisfy the justice of God for the sins committed against Him.”

O’Brien, again in Faith of Millions, Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, Ind., pp. 243-244, wrote: “When the priest pronounces the tremendous words of consecration, he reaches up into the heavens and brings Christ down from His throne, and places Him upon the (Roman Catholic) altar to be offered up again as the victim for the sins of man…Christ became incarnate a single time, the priest brings Christ down from heaven and renders Him present on the (Roman Catholic) altar as the eternal Victim for the sins of man-not once but a thousand times! The priest speaks and lo! Christ, the eternal, omnipotent God, bows His head in humble obedience to the priest’s command…No wonder that the name which spiritual writers are especially fond of applying to the priest is that of ‘altar Christus.’ For the priest is and should be another Christ.”

The Roman Catholic Mass of ‘Christ’ is plainly idolatry. By celebrating the “Mass” of Christ, one is openly supporting the authority of the Roman Catholic Church, and its pagan Mass carried over from Mithraism. Many of you know the blasphemy of the Roman Catholic system, and yet, at year-end embrace Rome’s most blasphemous abomination of them all — Christmas!

“First, the mass is a most subtle and pernicious enemy against Christ, and that double, namely, against his priesthood and against his sacrifice. …Christ’s sacrifice once made by himself on the tree, on the mount of Calvary, is the full and perfect propitiatory sacrifice to the sanctification of all them that are and shall be saved, never more to be reiterated and done again, for that signifieth an imperfection.”[Hurt Of Hearing Mass- Vol Two of The Writings of John Bradford. pp312]

Reformer John Knox wrote: “The Mass is Idolatry. All worshipping, honouring, or service invented by the brain of man in the religion of God, without his own express commandment, is idolatry. The Mass is invented by the brain of man, without any commandment of God; therefore it is idolatry.” [A Vindication of the Doctrine that the Sacrifice of the Mass is Idolatry, 1550,-John Knox-Extracted from: Selected Writings of John Knox: Public Epistles, Treatises, and Expositions to the Year 1559]
So what? I am sure that many of you have reasoned that you are not Catholic and your observance of Christmas has nothing to do with the Roman Mass. We have already learned that Christ was not born on Christmas so by what “truth” do we cling to this festival?

ORIGINS

Was it a ‘truth’ of Church tradition? Does it have “Christian” roots? Or is it a pagan lie just painted with Christian verbiage?

“Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church…the first evidence of the feast is from Egypt.” “Pagan customs centering around the January calendars gravitated to Christmas.” “… In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept a feast or held a great banquet on his [Jesus] birthday. It is only sinners who make great rejoicings over the day in which they were born into this world” [Catholic Encyclopedia,1911 Edition, published by the Roman Catholic Church]

Does Christmas really commemorate the birth of the Son of God? Or is it the birth of the Sun that is honored? The New Catholic Encyclopedia says: “The birth of Christ was assigned the date of the winter solstice (December 25 in the Julian calendar,January 6 in the Egyptian) because on this day, as the sun began its return to the northern skies, the pagan devotees of Mithra celebrated the dies natalis Solis Invicti (birthday of the invincible sun).”

“The largest pagan religious cult which fostered the celebration of December 25 as a holiday throughout the Roman and Greek worlds was the pagan sun worship — Mithraism …This winter festival was called’ the Nativity’ — the ‘Nativity of the SUN’,” (Frazer, GoldenBough,p. 471)

“We do not know its beginning…we do not really know when the Christ Child it venerates was born; or the time and place when Christmas was first celebrated: or exactly how it was that, over the centuries, a bishop-saint of Asia Minor and a pagan god of the Germans merged to become Santa Claus. “Although the Christmas story centers in the Christ child of Bethlehem, it begins so long before his coming that we find its hero arriving on the scene after more than half of the time of the story has gone by….Christmas began there [Mesopotamia], over four thousand years ago, as the festival which renewed the world for another year. The ‘twelve days’ of Christmas, the bright fires and probably the Yule log; the giving of presents; the carnivals with their floats; their merry makings and clownings; the mummers who sing and play from house to house, the feastings; the church processions with their lights and song all these and more began three centuries before Christ was born.And they celebrated the arrival of a new year.” (Earl W. Count, 4000Yearsof Christmas, pp.11,18)-

“Saturnalia and the kalends were the [pagan]celebrations most familiar to early Christians, December 17-24 and January 1-3, but the tradition of celebrating December 25 as Christ’s birthday came to the Romans from Persia. Mithra, the Persian god of light and sacred contracts, was born out of a rock on December 25. Rome was famous for its flirtations with strange gods and cults, and in the third century [274] the unchristian emperor Aurelian established the festival of Dies Invicti Solis, the Day of the Invincible Sun, on December 25.” [Gerard and Patricia Del Re, The Christmas Almanac, 1979, p. 17]

“For that day [25th of December] was sacred, not only to the pagan Romans but to a religion from Persia which, in those days,was one of Christianity’s strongest rivals. This Persian religion was Mithraism, whose followers worshipped the sun, and celebrated its return to strength on that day. The church finally succeeded in taking the merriment, the greenery, the lights, and gifts from Saturn and giving them to the Babe of Bethlehem”(Earl W. Count, 4000 Years of Christmas, p.27)

“Christmas is a very old holiday. It clearly started as a celebration of the passing of the winter solstice, and the start of the sun’s return journey from the north to the south …The ancient Romans observed this time with a festival dedicated to Saturn, the god of agriculture, and it was called Saturnalia…When Emperor Constantine decreed Christianity as the new faith of the Roman Empire, early in the fourth century, the Christians gave the holiday an entirely new name and an entirely new meaning.” [Joseph Gaer,Holidays Around the World. Boston: Little Brown, 1953. p133.]

“During Saturnalia, everyone feasted and rejoiced,work and business were for a season entirely suspended, the houses were decked with laurel and evergreen, visits and presents were exchanged between friends, and clients gave gifts to their patrons. The whole season was one of rejoicing and goodwill, and all kinds of amusements were indulged in by the people.” [J.M. Wheeler, Paganism in Christian Festivals.]

[A writer in 1633 said,] “If we compare our Bacchanalian Christmasses and New Year’s Tides with these Saturnalia and Feasts of Janus, we shall find such near affinity between them both in regard of time (they both being in the end of December and on the first of January), and in their manner of solemnizing (both of them being spent in revelling, epicurism, wantonness, idleness, dancing, drinking, stage plays and such other Christmas disorders now in use with Christians, were derived from these Roman Saturnalia and Bacchanalian Festivals; which should cause all pious Christians eternally to abominate them.” [Ashton, A Right Merrie Christmas, p. 6]

QUESTION: Can you take a pagan festival – abhorred by the God of the Bible, and whitewash it and call it acceptable in God’s sight? “…the golden calf was built and the celebration declared a ‘feast to the Lord.’…The people had declared a celebration to honor God that he did not recognize as being in his honor.” (Richard Rives, Too Long in the Sun,PartakersPub., 1996, pp.129-130.) Can you “make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear?”

Christmas, by name, intent and origin, is clearly not connected to the ‘birth of Jesus Christ’ but to pagan gods. Will you hold onto a lie OR the truth?

About idols, the Bible says: Jeremiah 10:2-4 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 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 move not.

PAGAN ROOTS

Is the root of present day Christmas customs “holy and acceptable” to God or is the root “corrupt and abominable” to Him? Romans 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
Luke 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

You may have read about the connection of Christmas/Saturnalia customs in other publications. Let us examine THE ROOT of the Christmas trappings briefly. Truly the customs of the people are vain and they learn their way from the heathen …

Yule Logs

“The ceremony of the Yule log, like so many of the oldest Christmas traditions, was thoroughly pagan in origin.” [Frankand Jamie Muir, A Treasury of Christmas. Glasgow: William Collins,1981.p59.]

“The Yule Log tradition comes to us from Scandinavia, where the pagan sex and fertility god Jul, or Jule (pronounced ‘yule’), was honored in a twelve-day celebration in December. A large, single log (generally considered to have been a phallic idol) was kept with a fire against it for twelve days, a different sacrifice to Jul being offered in the fire on each of the twelve days.”[Holidays and Holy Days, by Tom C. McKenney]

“The Yule log was originally an entire tree, carefully chosen, and brought into the house with great ceremony. The butt end would be placed into the hearth while the rest of the tree stuck out into the room. The tree would be slowly fed into the fire and the entire process was carefully timed to last the entire Yule season.” [The History of Christmas]

Evergreens / Ivy / Holly

“The tradition of bringing holly and ivy, or any evergreen, into the house is another Christmas practice which goes back to the Romans.” [Frank and Jamie Muir, A Treasury of Christmas. Glasgow: William Collins, 1981.p62.]

“Christmas incorporated many other pagan customs. Holly and ivy, for instance, sacred to the ancient gods Saturn and Dionysus, were believed to have magic power against evil.” [The Mystical Year. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, no date. p121.]
“Many other Christmas decorations used today were once pagan symbols. The Romans used flowers and leafy boughs in their rites. Records show that the Saxons used holly, ivy, and bay in their religious observances.” [TheNewBook of Knowledge. New York: Grolier, 1979. p291.]

“The use of evergreens was so closely associated with the garlands of pagan days that in many of the early Church celebrations they were forbidden.” [Alfred Carl Hottes, 1,001 Christmas FactsandFancies. New York: A.T. De La Mare, 1954. p15.]
“The use of Christmas wreaths is believed by authorities to be traceable to the pagan customs of decorating buildings and places of worship at the feast which took place at the same time as Christmas. The Christmas tree is from Egypt and its origin dates from a period long anterior to the Christmas era.” (Frederick J. Haskins, Answers to Questions)

Mistletoe

“Mistletoe was always known to have played an importantpart in the rituals of the Druids, and consequently, was never really accepted by the Church.”[Frank and Jamie Muir, A Treasury of Christmas. Glasgow: WilliamCollins,1981. p63.]

“The Druids gave the world the tradition of hanging mistletoe in the house.” [The New Book of Knowledge. New York:Grolier,1979. p291.]

“The idea of using evergreens at Christmas also came to England from pre-Christian northern European beliefs. Celtic and Teutonic tribes honored these plants at their winter solstice festivals as symbolicof eternal life, and the Druids ascribed magical properties to the mistletoe in particular.” [The Encyclopedia Americana International Edition. NewYork:Grolier, 1991. p666.]

Christmas Trees

“Some authorities maintain that its [the Christmas tree’s] origins lay in the pagan worship of vegetation.” [Frank and Jamie Muir, A Treasury of Christmas. Glasgow: William Collins, 1981.p64.]

“The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in pagan Rome and pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm tree. In Rome it was the fir. The palm tree denoting the pagan messiah as Baal-Tamar (Judges20:33)[Baal-Tamar = lord of the tree (palm)~kh], the fir referring to him as Baal-Berith [Baal-Berith, meaning “lord of the covenant”–another false title that resembles the true~kh]. The mother of Adonis, the sun god and great mediatorial divinity, was mystically said to have been changed into a tree and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son. If the mother was a tree, the son must have been recognized as “the man of the branch” and this accounts for the putting of the yule log into the fire on Christmas Eve, and the appearance of the Christmas tree the next morning” (AlexanderHislop, The Two Babylons, p.97)

“Even the Christmas tree, which came into common use only in nineteenth-century Germany, is perhaps a throwback to a great tree from Norse mythology that was named Yggdrasil.” [The MysticalYear.Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, no date. p121.]
“The Christmas tree is the symbol of the spirit of the Yuletide in many homes. The custom came from Germany and dates to long ago when primitive people revered trees -particularly evergreens.” [The New Book of Knowledge. NewYork:Grolier, 1979. p291.]

Gift Giving

“The idea of giving presents goes back to the Romans.”[Frank and Jamie Muir,A Treasury of Christmas. Glasgow: William Collins, 1981. p84.] “The custom of presenting friends with gifts at Christmas dates back to the time of the ancient Romans.”[Everymans Encyclopedia. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1967.p1,672.]

The wise men gave their gifts to Christ, but did not exchange gifts with each other. The gifts presented to Christ were to a king, because of his royalty, and not because of his birthday: “He was a king, and the people of the East never approached the presence of a king without a present in their hands” (Adam Clarke Commentary, Volume 5, Matthew 2:11, page 34).

“The interchange of presents between friends is alike characteristic of Christmas and the Saturnalia, and must have been adopted by Christians from the Pagans, as the admonition of Tertullian plainly shows.” (Bibliotheca Sacra, Vol 12, pages 153-155)

“The giving of presents at this time of year has beena custom that has quite naturally lingered through the ages from the Saturnalia and Kalends celebrations when garlands of flowers, candles and dolls were presented as symbolic gifts to bring good luck and prosperity for the future. Although the early Christian Church turned its nose up at pagan rituals, its members saw that they were missing out on the present-giving and cleverly decided to adopt the practice in remembrance of the gifts brought to the infant Jesus by the kings and the shepherds.” [Gyles Brandreth,TheChristmas Book. London: Robert Hale, 1984. p100.]

“Because gift-giving was so essential a part of the pagan celebrations [of Saturnalia], the early Church frowned upon it as sternly as upon other and more questionable New Year celebrations.” [Christina Hole, Christmas and its Customs. London: Richard Bell, 1942. p25.]

“The practice of exchanging presents at Christmas stems from the ancient Roman custom called Strenae. During the Saturnalia, Roman citizens used to give “good luck” gifts (strenae) of fruits, pastries, or gold to their friends on New Year’s Day.” [Colliers’ Encyclopedia. NewYork:P. F. Collier, 1991. p404.]

Its all pagan. Not one lick of it originated in Christianity. So can you exchange the lie for the truth?
CHRISTMAS: FOR THE KIDS?

Okay, by now, some will argue for the “keeping of Christmas” on the ground of “giving the kiddies a good time.” But why do this under the cloak of honoring the Savior’s birth on a date when it did not occur? Does the Bible tell you to “give a good time” to your children or teach them God’s truth?

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Can they not ‘have a good time’ if they are not LIED to? Then WHY promulgate the Lie?

What about “Santa”? How many ‘Christian’ parents have bore false witness to promulgate this myth? Santa is neither Real nor Christian. So this is another lie.

“He is the patron of storm-beset sailors (for miraculously saving doomed mariners off the coast of Lycia), of prisoners, of children…which led to the practice of children giving presents at Christmas in his name and the metamorphosis of his name, St. Nicholas, into Sint Klaes, or Santa Claus, by the Dutch. It should be noted though that the figure of Santa Claus is really non-Christian and is based on the Germanic god Thor, who was associated with winter and the Yule log and rode on a chariot drawn by goats named Cracker and Gnasher.” [The Catholic Pocket Dictionary of Saints.]

Is it okay to break God’s laws to give the kids “a good time”? If you are a Christian … you know the answer you must give. Additionally, you do NOT need a pagan holiday as an excuse to buy someone a gift (not expecting reciprocity). You can surely give your children gifts any other time of year – good gifts – not tainted by pagan holidays or lies. Do not use weak reasoning to deny the truths you have learned.

CHRISTMAS: IS IT FOR CHRISTIANS?

Who is it that celebrates “Christmas?” Arthur Pink wrote: ‘”The whole “civilized world.” Millions who make no profession of faith in the blood of the Lamb, who “despise and reject Him,” and millions more who while claiming to be His followers yet in works deny Him, join in merrymaking under the pretense of honoring the birth of the Lord Jesus. Putting it on its lowest ground, we would ask, is it fitting that His friends should unite with His enemies in a worldly round of fleshly gratification? “‘

Exodus 23:1-2 Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

Many different peoples of a variety of religions, or even of no religion at all, celebrate Christmas. It would be a lie to say that Christmas is just for “Christians.” The secular world also shares the same holiday. As we have learned, Christmas was observed before there were any Christians! Why is it then necessary take His holy name and unequally yoke it with what takes place at that season of carnal pagan celebrations?

“Does any Christian reader imagine for a moment that when he or she shall stand before their holy Lord, that they will regret having lived “too strictly” on earth? Is there the slightest danger of His reproving any of His own because they were “too extreme” in “abstaining from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11)? We may gain the good will and good works of worldly religionists today by our compromising on “little (?) points,” but shall we receive His smile and approval on that day? Oh to be more concerned about what He thinks, and less concerned about what perishing mortals think.” [Arthur Pink]

The Mass of Christ, the pagan customs and the entire celebration are NOT Christian. They have NO connection to Jesus. Will you be a friend of the world? James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

It is easy to just conform to popular opinion; but it takes much grace, diligently sought from God, to be TRANSFORMED in your mind. A Christian is called to deny oneself, to take up the cross, and follow a Christ rejected by the world. Can YOU be faithful enough to reject the pagan inventions of men? Can you “love the truth” and “put away lying”? God so loved you that He sent His Son to die for your transgressions of His holy law. Is it too much for God to ask you to put away the pagan observance of Christmas? Can you be faithful in this small thing?

Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

In the day of judgment, let us be able to say as David did in Psalms 119:101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
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Holding Fast Deceit

In Charles Dickens tale ” A Christmas Carol”, we can all remember the catch phrase of Ebeneezer Scrooge: ” Christmas: Bah, Humbug!” At the time this unholy work was penned, Christmas was still not accepted by the Christian world as it is today. This story was wholly designed to ‘domesticate’ the papal-made/pseudo-Christian holiday and remove the resistance that the last remaining anti-papists held. Along with promulgating the false doctrine of the immortality of the soul, this tale, embraced by millions, concocted by Dickens, had undertones designed to ridicule those people who were not keeping Christmas because they knew of its abominable pagan origins and undertones. …And it is utilized the same way today … how many of you have been called a “Scrooge”?

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