‘three pillars of the American Christmas…. idolatry’

With each passing Christmas season we see increasing attacks against Christmas and vehement in their nature . There is a concerted effort from this anti-Christ spirit, which is alive and well, to remove any and all acknowledgement of Christ and any association to Him from the public forum.

Yet with each new year this attack is being met with greater and more vocal opposition from Christendom. It has dug its heels in and fully prepared to fight for it’s Christmas tradition. Now if you want to see the hair raise on  religion’s neck, just mess with their traditions.

One can only wonder, is Christendom in America upset with the world’s attempts to remove Christ from every aspect of our daily life or is the true crux of the matter that their traditions are in jeopardy?

In his letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul exhorted them….

“not to be idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”

The reference is found in Exodus 32. Moses was delayed in coming down from the mount, and the people requested of Aaron that he would make them gods which should go before them.

When Moses came down from receiving the oracles of God, he found a spirit of celebration, a festive spirit of sorts… ‘a feast to the Lord’.  A Mardi Gras like spirit, worshipping this golden calf. The people cried out…

“these be thy gods, O Israel which brought the up out of the land of Egypt”,

…and they rose up early and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offering and the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up early to play. How easy it is for someone to fashion an idol that will satisfy the lust of their flesh.

One other example we must consider . In the 21st chapter of Numbers, the Israelites journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, and the people became very discouraged because of the way. When the people spoke out against Moses, God sent fiery serpents among the people as a form of judgement and if someone was bitten by these serpents they died.

Therefore the people cried out in repentance and petitioned Moses to stand before God and plead for His mercy in their stead. Moses did and God had compassion on His people and told Moses to make a brazen serpent and set it upon a pole, and if anyone who has been bitten by the fiery serpent, will come and look on the serpent of brass, they shall live.

When Hezekiah began to reign in Judah some 700 years later, one of the first things he did as king was to remove the high places and brake the images and cut down the groves there were a part of the idolatrous worship of the day, and the scripture goes on to tell us that he brake in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made. What! break in pieces the brazen serpent? For unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it.

What had once been used of God as an instrument of mercy and a source of deliverance and life had become an idol…. an object of vain worship.

Now with regard to the birth of Christ, we do not know the day that Jesus was born. There is no instruction from God’s word that we are even to remember or celebrate His birth. All indications are that it was in September / October and not December. So where does December 25th originate?

 

The date of December 25th comes from Rome and was a celebration of the Italic god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the sun god. This was done long before the birth of Jesus. This was a cause for much wild excitement and celebration. Gift giving and merriment filled the temples of ancient Rome, as sacred priests of Saturn, called dendrophori, carried wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession.

The question now arises: How did all of these customs find their way into contemporary Christianity, ranging from Catholicism to Protestantism to fundamentalist churches?

The word “Christmas”itself reveals who married paganism to Christianity. The word “Christmas” is a combination of the words “Christ” and “Mass. The word “Mass” means death and was coined originally by the Roman Catholic Church, and belongs exclusively to the church of Rome.

A simple study of the tactics of the Romish Church reveals that in every case, the church absorbed the customs, traditions and general paganism of every tribe, culture and nation in their efforts to increase the number of people under their control.

In short, the Romish church told all of these pagan cultures, “Bring your gods, goddesses, rituals and rites, and we will assign Christian sounding titles and names to them.

When Martin Luther started the reformation on October 31st, 1517, and other reformers followed his lead, all of them took with them the paganism that was so firmly imbedded in Rome. These reformers left Christmas intact.

In England, as the authorized Bible became available to the common people by the decree of King James the II in 1611, people began to discover the pagan roots of Christmas, which are clearly revealed in Scripture. The Puritans in England, and later in Massachusetts Colony, outlawed this holiday as witchcraft. The Origin of Christmas- Last Trumpet Ministries

I find it rather ironic today, that the earliest attack against Christmas came not from the atheist and the unbelieving, but astute students of the scripture, believers with strong convictions….

“not to be idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”

…. but today from those who want to destroy any acknowledgement of Christ. Those like Herod who would kill Him if they could get their hands on Him. The creation killing the Creator… ought not to be my friend.

So if the church does not have the scripture to stand upon in terms of Christmas celebration, then their spiritual footing can be grounded in nothing more than traditions. Now traditions are not necessarily wrong in and of themselves, unless the tradition has become the idol. 

malachi

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