WARN YOUR PASTOR (PART 3)
(THE DECEPTIONS OF CHRISTMAS)
Christmas has been with us for a very long time, but NOT as long as some think. Many mistakenly believe that the Christian churches have been celebrating Christmas since the church started on the Day of Pentecost. The truth is, for the first 400 - 500 years of Christianity there is no mention made of a celebration centering around the "birth" of Jesus. The early church DID NOT observe what we know today as Christmas. It wasn't until well into the 4th century that some (NOT ALL) professing Christians started observing Christmas in one form or another. Over the years Christmas was polished over and over to become one of the brightest stones in Christian "theology". The Christmas of today is not the Christmas of 40 or 50 years ago. It has gone from a simple reminder of the Birth of Christ, and the exchange of simple gifts, into a highly commercialized and mainly secular holiday. Still, most of those who celebrate Christmas are unaware of the fact that many of the things which have come to be associated with Christmas have been around for a very long time - longer than Christmas itself; and dating back much further than the birth of Jesus. Rather than being "Christian" these "things" are absolutely pagan. With the passing years many "pagan customs" such as the use of holly, mistle-toe, yule logs, wassail bowls, hanging stockings and the ever-popular Christmas tree and Santa Claus, were incorporated into the Christmas celebration. All Encyclopedias confirm that the roots of Christmas is basically "Pagan", even to its December 25th. date. When one takes a SERIOUS and HONEST look at Christmas, one discovers that Christmas is anything but Christian. It wasn't until the early 17th century that the Christmas Tree was added to the Christmas tradition. It started in Strasbourg, France, spread from there to Germany, and then into northern Europe. In 1841 Albert, Prince Consort of Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, introduced the Christmas Tree custom to Great Britain. From there, it was brought by emigrants to Canada and the United States. British settlers in the New World adopted Santa Claus from the Dutch tradition of Saint Nicholas Day. When we consider all these things we need to ask: "WHERE is our Lord Jesus Christ in all of this?" Christmas and many other Pagan holidays were added to the "professing Christian church" when the church went into the prophesied (Revelation Chapter 2 and 3) spiritual darkness. Holy Spirit leadership was usurped by the leadership of man and many anti-Christian doctrines and traditions were brought into the church. It lost the spiritual revelation of the New Covenant of God's Grace and took the people into forms of godliness and idolatry. Like some of the backslidden leaders of Israel in the Old Testament had done, the leaders of the Church brought in idols and festivals out of their own hearts to satisfy the people and appease their pagan neighbors, hoping to entice them into the church. They now turned to paganism instead of the Word of God for their inspiration! It's a paradox that that period of history when the organized church held undisputed sway over all Europe, has become known to historians with unbelievable irony as the dark ages. It was especially dark in the spiritual realm, showing that the "false church, and not the "true" church was in control. But since the days of Martin Luther God has been "restoring" Truth back to the true church of the first born (Hebrews 12:23) - bringing in more and more Scriptural Light to expose the anti-Christian doctrines and traditions which were added to the Word by man. The "crowning" ministry of restoration was that of Malachi 4:5-6, revealing the Son of Man, the Mystery of the Seven Seals of the Book of Revelation and exposing the sin of denominationalism. Of course, the vast majority of professing Christians absolutely reject this "Evening Time Light" (Zechariah 14:6-7) which exposes the errors and...
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