Tis the Season to ….. Tell the Truth!

 

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Well tis the season. The season for what, for Christmas? Not for me or my husband. I personally have not celebrated Christ-mass for about 4 years now. I have felt for a long time that it was not right but obviously my flesh liked it so I didn’t look into why I was feeling this way. In other words I didn’t want to listen to that still small voice telling me something was wrong.

But as time went on I could no longer take the nonsense of it all. It was not biblical. It was not done by the apostles. Nor was it spoken about it scripture. And I am sure we all know Christ was NOT born on December 25. I did some research on the History of Christmas and I didn’t like what I found. I literally felt ill as I read the truth behind this abomination.

During this time of year work for me is difficult. Most know I do not celebrate this holiday or want to participate in it. The trouble is I work with children and who is focused more on then the children at this time. It is difficult indeed! I choose not to talk about or do any planning pertaining to this holiday. I focus more on winter activities, art and crafts. When asked why I don’t participate. I just say it is not biblical and it seems to satisfy. No one really wants to know more then that! I can truly say I can’t wait for it to be all over. I just want to stay away from it all until it is done. Unfortunately no where to hide!!! At least for now, looking forward to leaving Egypt behind!! Just like the Moses and Isreal left Egypt and it pagan ways behind.

So why is Christmas celebrated today? The Catholic Church is behind why this holiday is celebrated. They allowed pagan festivals to become apart of their religion in order to attempt to convert them.

Here is some info about winter solstice and how some of its pagan celebrations come to be apart of Christmas celebrated today. Christ-mass it self didn’t even start until the late 1400 hundreds.

Below taken from an article (Puritanism today)

In Scandinavia, the great feast of Yule with all its various ceremonies, had celebrated the birth of the winter sun-god. In the Latin countries there reigned  Saturnalia, a cult of the god Saturn. The date December 25, coincided also with the birth of Attis, a Phrygian cult of the sun-god, introduced into Rome under the Empire. The popular feasts attached to the births of other sun-gods such as Mithras, were also invariably celebrated at the time of the winter solstice.

The transition from festivals commemorating the birth of a sun god to a celebration ostensibly for the Son of God occurred sometime in the fourth century. Unable to eradicate the heathen celebration of Saturnalia, the Church of Rome, sometime before 336 A.D., designated a Feast of the Nativity to be observed.

Many of the customs associated with Christmas also took their origins from the heathen observances. The exchanging of gifts, extravagant merriment, and lighting of candles all have previous counterparts in the Roman Saturnalia. The use of trees harkens back to the pagan Scandinavian festival of Yule.

This process of assimilation is characteristic of Roman Catholicism throughout the centuries. Within Roman Catholicism, there is no policy designed to eradicate such heathen practices; rather, the general practice is to foster assimilation by replacing pagan superstitions with similar ecclesiastical institutions. An example of this policy is illustrated by a letter which Pope Gregory wrote to Abbot Mellitus on how to order things in Britain (A.D. 606):

The temples of the idols among the people should on no account be destroyed. The idols themselves are to be destroyed, but the temples themselves are to be aspersed with holy water, altars set up in them, and relics deposited there. For if these temples are well-built, they must be purified from the worship of demons and dedicated to the service of the true God. In this way, we hope that the people, seeing that their temples are not destroyed, may abandon their error and, flocking more readily to their accustomed resorts, may come to know and adore the true God. And since they have a custom of sacrificing many oxen to demons, let some other solemnity be substituted in its place, such as a day of Dedication or Festivals of the holy martyrs whose relics are enshrined there. On such occasion they might well construct shelters of boughs for themselves around the churches that were once temples, and celebrate the solemnity with devout feasting.

This is quite a program! The church is encouraged to give the pagans ecclesiastical relics, rites, ceremonies, and festive celebrations as a substitute for their heathen ones. This policy differs greatly from the conduct of the children of God who cut down sacred groves, destroyed the remnants of idolatry, or burned their heathen books in order to make a clean break with pagan ways (Ex. 34:13; Deut. 12:2-4, 29-32; 2Kings 18:4; Acts 19:19).

 

Along with Rome‘s direct infusion of paganism, the papal church has added some novelties of its own. The principal perversion is the celebration of the Mass. Since the middle ages, the concept of transubstantiation has been an integral part of Popish worship. Roman Catholics contend that the communion elements are transformed into the actual body and blood of Christ, in order to offer a re -sacrifice of Christ ­ a sacrifice which is said to possess propitiatory merits. The Mass is a blasphemous assault upon the finality and perfection of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross of Calvary (Cf. Heb. 9:12, 24-26; 10:10-14).

The Mass is the preeminent feature of Christmas celebration. “In the Roman Catholic Church three masses are usually said to symbolize the birth of Christ eternally in the bosom of the Father, from the womb of Mary and mystically in the soul of the faithful.

The concept of the Mass is embedded in the English term Christmas, its etymology being traced to the Old English words Christes maesse, meaning “the mass or festival of Christ.

There is so much more information out there on this subject and should be taken serious by each and everyone who claims to be a true believer.  Christ-mass is a pagan festival and should only be done by pagans. The early Christians forbade this celebration as they know it was pagan and NOT of God!

A.W Pink said this:

Christmas is coming! Quite so: but what is “Christmas?” Thus it is of Romish origin, brought over from Paganism. But, says someone, Christmas is the time when we commemorate the Saviour’s Birth. It is? And who authorized such commemoration? Certainly God did not. The Redeemer bade His disciples “remember “ Him in His death, but here is not a word in Scripture , from Genesis to Revelation, which tells us to celebrate His birth. Moreover, who knows when, in what month, He was born? The Bible is silent there on. Is it without reason the only “birthday” commemorations mentioned in God’s Word are Pharaoh’s (Gen. 40:20) and Herod’s (Matt. 14:6)? Is this recorded “for our learning?” If so, have we prayerfully taken it to heart?

And who is it that celebrates “Christmas?” 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 ho 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? Does any truly born again soul really think that He whom the world cast out is either pleased or glorified by such participation in the world’s joys? Verily, the customs of the people are vain: and it is written, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” (Ex. 23:2).

Some argue for the “keeping of Christmas” on the ground of “giving the kiddies a good time>” But why do this under cloak of honoring the Savious’s birth? Why is it necessary to drag in His holy name in connection with what takes place at ehat season of carnal jollifications? Is this taking the little ones with you our of Egypt) (Ex. 10:9,10) a type of the world, or is it not plainly a mingling with the present-day Egyptians in their “pleasures of sin for a season?”(Heb. 11:25). Scripture says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”(Prov.22:6). Scripture does command God’s people to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eh. 6:4), but where does it stipulate that it is our duty to give the little ones a “good time?” Do we ever give the children a “good time” when we engage in anything upon which we cannot fittingly ask the Lord’s blessing?”

Thus saith the Lord, Learn not he way of the heathen for the customs of the people are vain.” (Jer.10:1-3)

The Necessity of Reforming the Church, Calvin exclaims:

I know how difficult it is to persuade the world that God disapproves of all modes of worship not expressly sanctioned by His Word. The opposite persuasion which cleaves to them, being seated, as it were, in their very bones and marrow, is, that whatever they do has in itself a sufficient sanction, provided it exhibits some kind of zeal for the honor of God. But since God not only regards as frivolous, but also plainly abominates, whatever we undertake from zeal to His worship, if at variance with His command, what do we gain by a contrary course? The words of God are clear and distinct, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” “In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men,” 1 Sam. 15:22; Matt. 15:9. Every addition of His word, especially in this matter, is a lie. Mere “will worship” (ethelothreeskia) is vanity [Col. 2:23]. This is the decision, and when once the judge has decided, it is no longer time to debate.

In speaking of various corruptions of worship, Calvin comments:

I come now to ceremonies, which, while they ought to be grave attestations of divine worship, are rather a mere mockery of God. A new Judaism, as a substitute for that which God has distinctly abrogated, has again been reared up by means of numerous puerile extravagancies, collected from different quarters; and with these have been mixed up certain impious rites, partly borrowed from the heathen, and more adapted to some theatrical show than to the dignity of our religion. The first evil here is, that an immense number of ceremonies, which God had by his authority abrogated, once for all, have been again revived. The next evil is, that while ceremonies ought to be living exercises of piety, men are vainly occupied with numbers of them that are both frivolous and useless. But by far the most deadly evil of all is, that after men have thus mocked God with ceremonies of one kind or other, they think they have fulfilled their duty as admirably as if these ceremonies included in the whole essence of piety and divine worship.

all modes of worship must be expressly sanctioned by God’s word, if they are to be considered legitimate. Since Christmas observances, and other ecclesiastical festivals, are not commanded in the scriptures, they fail to meet divine approval, even if there were no additional objections to them.

From the outset of the Scottish Reformation, the discussion focused upon the nature of true worship. John Knox repeatedly confronted his papal adversaries by contending that true worship must be instituted by God. True worship is not derived from the innovations of men.

That God’s word damns your ceremonies, it is evident; for the plain and straight commandment of God is, “Not that thing which appears good in thy eyes, shalt thou do to the Lord thy God, but what the Lord thy God has commanded thee, that do thou: add nothing to it; diminish nothing from it.” Now unless that ye are able to prove that God has commanded your ceremonies, this his former commandment will damn both you and them.

     About the turn of the century, (1900’s) however, various Christmas customs began appearing in Presbyterian churches. These came through the introduction of frivolities like St. Nicholas in children’s Sunday school, the use of Christmas trees, and other festive elements. The observance appears to have come from the lower levels of the church ­ that is, from sentiments of people in the congregations ­ and worked its way into sermons and more general acceptance.

1940 -1950 Smith cites the acceptance of the liturgical calendar as a mark of the growing apostasy in the church. The change in attitude came with the growth of theological liberalism. Liberalism undermines the scriptural foundations of worship; and liberals will not feel threatened by holidays, because they have already abandoned the regulative authority of scripture in matters of worship.

The observance of Christmas is only part of a much larger problem

The scriptures, both by precept and example, forbid the use of any form of worship which is not ordained by God. Since Christmas has no biblical warrant, it should be rejected, even if there were no other reason to question it. The reader, who doubts this conclusion, should take a thoughtful look at scriptural passages which demonstrate the unlawfulness of adding to the worship of God through the innovations of man. (See Deut. 4:2; 12:29-32; Lev. 10:1-2; 1 Sam. 13:9-13; Col. 2:16.)

Christmas has brought an infusion of paganism into the Church. This kind of admixture was prohibited among God’s people in both the Old and New Testaments. The people of God must purge such corruptions from their midst. “What agreement hath the temple of God with idols?… Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2Cor. 6:16-17).

Christmas remains a monument of the superstition of the Church of Rome. If anyone doubts this proposition, he may turn on a television and watch the Papal Mass on Christmas Eve; the Pope struts around the altar, chants the prescribed words, and holds up the elements so they may be adored by a fawning multitude. This is not a light matter. It is aggravated by a modern softness toward Popery. Instead of looking for an Antichrist of the dispensational model, Protestants had better reawaken to the dangers of the Pope, who is “that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God.  All remnants of Papal superstition must be eradicated from the Church, including favorable references to the word Christmas. The term Christmas itself lends credibility to Popery (via the Popish Mass), and God demands that his people purge even their language from the terminology of corrupt worship (see Deut. 12:3; Ex. 23:13).

Christmas observance undermines the sanctity of the Lord’s day. The yearning for festivals and celebrations among God’s people is understandable. Indeed, God instituted the Lord’s day (and the Lord’s Supper) to fulfill a need which men have in this vital area. One reason why people are so enamored with the festivity of holidays is that the Lord’s day is often perceived only in terms of what activities are prohibited on that day. If the Lord’s day is celebrated properly, with great joy, much of the desire for these other days will dissipate. We should be overjoyed with the grand truths of redemption on the day of Christ’s resurrection: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24). It is no mere accident of history that holidays and the Lord’s day are so often linked together in discussions of this sort. Where one is prominent, the other fades in significance. May the Lord’s day be restored to its rightful place in worship.

Moreover, during the Christmas season numerous manger scenes and religious images are erected in public places, church buildings and homes. This multiplication of graven images is a blatant violation of the second commandment, which explicitly forbids making or using any pictorial representations of God. The second commandment prohibits the making of any images of God, including “pictures of Christ” in the manger. ]

At the outset of the Reformation in Scotland, John Knox issued the following charge to the heads of households:

You are ordained of God to rule your own houses in his true fear, and according to his Word. Within your own houses, I say, in some cases, you are bishops and kings; your wife, children, servants, and family are your bishopric and charge; of you it shall be required how carefully and diligently you have always instructed them in God’s true knowledge, how that you have studied in them to plant virtue and repress vice.

Gillespie stand as an appropriate exhortation:

Do not reckon it enough to bear within the enclosure of your secret thoughts a certain dislike of the ceremonies and other abuses now set afoot, except both by profession and action you evidence the same, and show your faith by your fact. We are constrained to say to some among you, with Elijah, “How long halt ye between two opinions?” and call unto you with Moses, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Who?” “Be not deceived: God is not mocked.” And, “No man can serve two masters.”

 

For more information if you really were not convinced then go to:

www.biblicalagrarianism.com  http://www.biblicalagrarianism.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1003

http://www.biblicalagrarianism.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1001

http://www.biblicalagrarianism.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1033

So I leave you with the truth and the rest is up to you. Choose this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house We will serve the Lord!

Blessings to those who heed the truth

Debylin  

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The Lord is gracious and is just and I am thankful that He has before the foundations of the World chosen a remnant to call His own.
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4 Responses to Tis the Season to ….. Tell the Truth!

  1. Natasa says:

    I agree with you.

  2. Lacy says:

    Hi Debylin!
    Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog! 🙂 Our family also does not celebrate christmass, nor have we now for several years. I actually just published a post on this very subject!!

    Of course I don’t mind if you link to me! The Lord has greatly blessed me by allowing me to meet so many other striving Christians on the internet! 🙂

    ~ Lacy

  3. Penny in TN says:

    Shalom! It’s good to see how YHWH has taken so many of his followers out of Egypt…thanks for the post, we too have not celebrated ChristMas for about 7 years now…My Messiah richly bless you and yours
    Penny in tN

  4. Greetings debylin, I praise the Lord for the heart that is set on the Spirit of conviction. May God bless you and your family as you stand for His word.

    It is ironic that the attacks against Christmas came from astute students of God’s word, now the attack is coming from the atheist and unbelieving, and the church is defending something that is not even biblical.

    malachi

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