“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The real Christmas reason

“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.” (Rev. 12:5).

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1Tim. 2:5).

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Is. 9:6,7).

During the Christmas season, we pay reverence to the birth of Jesus. Yet, our homage to Him is pagan, indeed. Almost everyone today has been informed of the intrusion of paganism into a backslidden apostolic church, welcomed by half-hearted Christians almost 2,000 years ago. Christmas was just another example of this.

True, God sent His Son into the world to save sinners, to “save His people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21). But if Christmas is pagan with some truth mixed into it, why can’t we celebrate it in the right spirit and understanding and receive a blessing anyway?

Is it all right to give our children a cup of milk with just a tiny bit of poison in it? Would you put just the tiniest amount of Drano in your baby’s formula? No, you would very likely choose a bottle that has never had anything in it except food products, then sanitize it and the nipple ever so carefully, and keep the formula refrigerated until time of feeding so that no spoiling will take place. Zero tolerance is what you would allow in the feeding of your beloved child and your heart breaks when you see the conditions babies suffer in undeveloped countries.

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” (Matt. 7:11). Zero tolerance is God’s goal in leading us in the paths of righteousness. His standard never flags and loses its zeal. His standard remains high. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Is. 55:9). “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48).

What makes Christmas so wrong is that it was borrowed from, and lands on the same day as, Saturnalia, a Roman festival of debauchery and licentiousness dating from the remotest antiquity. It stood for pure rebellion for God’s Law. Shem justly apprehended Nimrod for his open apostasy following Noah’s death, when he established a government in which immorality was the law of the land, wickedness which had destroyed the antediluvian world by the great flood.

Following Nimrod’s execution, his fellow rebels and his equally rebellious wife, Semiramis, revolted and determined to continue the evil practices of her deceased husband, weaving subtle symbology into tradition. Ostentatious and pleasing to the senses, these traditions permitted the general populace to continue the self-indulgent practices actively introduced by Nimrod, practices which had been borrowed from the other side of the flood by his grandfather Ham, the son of Noah, and encouraged and developed by his father Cush.

Heaven’s power of redemption and sanctification could have no effect on the human heart, caught up in that which pleases the carnal nature of fallen man. Thus, Satan maintained his iron grip on this world.

It was genius intellect and creativity inspired by the supernatural that forged the voluminous ways to represent and repeat the rebellion of Nimrod, and of Semiramis and their fellows. Of the many forms they used to encode license into every-day life was the period of human gestation.

Seeing a comparison between one-fourth of the annual cycle of the seasons and the time it takes for a baby to develop in the womb, they established a nine month period in the spring. This allowed for nature worship, for a celebration of an illegitimate son to Semiramis through her occultic sexual practice, and for chaining the citizens of the world to traditions that would invite them to participate in every kind of self-indulgence. Hence, the feast to Astarte, Easter, at the spring equinox; and at the end of the period was the feast to Tammuz (or Horus or Nimrod) at the winter solstice.

The grace of God that brings salvation was far removed from their souls. After all He had done to save the human race from extinction by flood, no gratitude dwelled in their thoughts. Empty of a relationship with their Creator Father, with a God-size hole in their hearts, they sought to fill that hole with sensuality and appetite and materialism. Thus, using the basest methods, Satan shook his fist at God through his human associates.

By yearly repetitions, enforced by social taboo, leadership in government would grow up in a corrupted environment and would train the citizenry in always retaining the roots of vice by accepting some error with truth, a little evil with good, forever hating the whole truth and a life of purity and obedience to a clean conscience.

The mother-child motif of Semiramis and Tammuz are seen around the world, in all the world religions far more ancient than young Christianity. And what is the attraction here? We don’t hear of occultic sexuality associated with it anymore. But is there still a snare left in it?

When the Bible speaks of the incarnation of the son of God, the cause of worship comes from what He did as a man, not as a child. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Phil. 2:5-8).

Certainly, our hearts go out in sympathy to Christ as a baby. He was cute and innocent. But how much grace and love did He have to offer as a newborn? How much forgiveness and overlooking of our faults could Christ do as a baby?

Since grace is such an unknown to the human heart distanced as it is from God, the world seeks a form of worship that it can identify with. They can appreciate beauty and cuteness. Therefore, the modern Christian worship of baby Jesus, not based on His magnanimity and condescension and forgiveness, is nothing more than nature worship. It goes no deeper than the atheistic love to hike the mountains, and does nothing in reclaiming the stubborn human heart from pride and self-sufficiency.

Another issue in this babiolatry is that as an infant, how much reproof could Jesus give? Of the Messiah it was written, “The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears: But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth: with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and faithfulness the girdle of His reins.” (Is. 11:2-5).

Rebuke is the last thing the unconverted heart wants to hear. With the power of Satan behind it, pride rages against reproof and correction. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Prov. 1:7). As Paul described it, “I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” “The law worketh wrath: … where no law is, there is no transgression.” (Rom. 7:9;4:15).

Yet, in order to redeem man from his pit of sin, Jesus must present truth. His truth is always mixed with grace—ALWAYS!!! But, likewise, His grace is always mixed with truth! When we can be reconciled to this arrangement, we will become the best, kindest, most loving, wisest people alive. This is the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation!

The Christ-childolatry never provides salvation or an object of true worship, because we are never brought face to face with our sin and with the knowledge of God’s acceptance of us in our sinful condition. Christ-babiolatry subtly avoids all this, all the while appearing perfectly acceptable to God and His word. This is why the popes have always promoted Christmas. A fallen Church is ensnared in a counterfeit of satanic deception.

Let’s find the real Savior—the Savior from sin. (Matt. 1:21). Let Him lead us to the restrictive gate and narrow path which few ever find. (Matt. 7:14). Let us bring our guilt and defilement of our sin to the One who can accept our sorrow for hurting Him and our resolution to obey Him, and enclose us in His arms of grace and love.

“When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Gal. 4:4,5).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, I am so glad that you have writen about Chrismas thank you for being straight, personally I have gotten good notice for my class and an answer to the so many questions regarding this. you have brought out its history tis the reason Iam so happy. sincerely its a small poison we give people by trying to fix it to people. However its a good season to thank God for making through the year and enjoy that last week of the year. Its so bad however to call it Christ's birthday. Thanks again and God is in need of men and women who frankly will stand for the truth at all costs.

Daniel in Uganda

1/04/2008 3:46 AM  
Blogger David said...

Thanks, Daniel,

It is a shame truth has to be so encumbered with falsehood. Let's stand for the truth and more will be given to us.

Error is intoxicating because it imbibes the spirit of the world and makes us too comfortable in this world to ever want it to end.

But truth is a tonic with power to perks us up and keep us tuned to God.


1/04/2008 4:30 AM  

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