|Holiday Reveal Tuesday: Christmas|
Sunday is a Roman pagan day for worshipping the sun god. Since Christianity was gaining so much popularity among the Roman citizens, Constantine wanted to be favoured by the majority, he played politics, and made a compromise to gain favour from pagan beliefs and Christian’s faith. The gentile continued to worship their sun god and the Christians the Son of God on the same day, Sunday.
Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity for personal gain only. The power of emperors was generally based on the accumulation of powers from republican offices and the support of the army. Several other titles and offices were regularly accumulated by Roman emperors, such as caesar, princeps senatus, consul, and Pontifex Maximus (Pope). Constantine ignored Jesus’ teaching which under the Law of Christ commands Christians not to dispute among themselves on days they should or shouldn't observed.
Making Sunday a doctrine (false doctrine) and obligation as a day of worship, it became unfavourable for Christian's gentile, Christians Jews and Jews. For Christian's gentile there was no specific day appointed for the get-together. As for Christians Jews, they kept the traditional Sabbath Saturday to assemble. Persecution took all together a different form for both Jews and Christians who refused to obey. It did favour the Roman citizens that observed their pagan god. It turned for the worst when the pope declared himself the only vicar between man and God. Jesus died on the cross not only to redeem our soul but also establish a true relationship directly with God the Father. Please read:"THE CHRISTMAS LIE: It's Bigger Than You Think".
Have a big dose of reality check... today Christianity is a pot of soup with Jesus teaching mixed with pagan observance in which the scriptures called tradition of man. Please watch: Occult/Satanic Holidays Exposed! (X-mas, Easter, V-Day, & Halloween)
"Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ," Colossians 2:8. Compare with Paul teaching relating to Christian's tradition; "Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you," 1 Corinthians 11:2. Please view this video from John MacArthur over Christmas.
The difference between pagan holiday and God's appointed festival to the Jews is that God's festivals are full of teaching pertaining God's plan for man. Pagan holidays are meaningless or are counterfeit to hide God's plan. To understand the meaning of God's festival I encourage you to read a free on line book title “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done" by Ron Graff and Lambert Dolphin, at http://ldolphin.org/kingdom/.
Now then, if we are to celebrate Jesus birthday on December the 25th, let us therefore celebrate it in the truth.
“And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.””This is for Christians whose desire is to live in the spirit of the Philadelphia church: you have kept Jesus teaching and have not denied His name. To understand the spirit of the Philadelphia church please read my commentary title, "The Philadelphia Church" at "http://www.simplicityinthegospel.com/2012/12/the-philadelphia-church.html" .
“For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world,” 1 John 2:16.
Now there are Christians who celebrate both customs. The scripture is specific; “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon," Matthew 6:24, and “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor," John 12:26.
Unfortunately, the bad news is that so many Christians (or so-called Christians) live in a lie and teach a lie. The worst part is that they keep saying the same lie years after years and profess that there is nothing wrong with it. What is the lie? Let me give you a hint: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea,” Matthew 18:6. Who are the little ones that Jesus is talking about?
"These little ones who believe in Me are children that attend Sunday school, who are taught that Jesus is the One that listen to them, and that they can trust Him. All year round, they are encouraged to know Jesus except on Christmas day. Santa is introduced in their early live just because it always have been so.
Lies, lies, Satan lies. Santa is a myth yet is treated as equal to God. The lyric in "Santa Claus is Coming to town" describes Santa as such: He see you when you are sleeping, he knows when you are awake, he knows if you've been bad are good, so be good for goodness sake. In "Here comes Santa Claus", it claims that "Santa knows that we're God's little children, that makes everything right".
Is it right to lie? Is it right to lie to little children, especially to children who believe in Jesus? “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea,” Matthew 18:6
From Simplicity in the Gospel, which consist of my wife (editor) and I, we pray for Thy Kingdom Come and that God bless you and your love ones on Christmas day, forever to eternity and beyond. Merry Christmas