The Christmas question

Every Christmas the effects of traditional culture and humanist materialism slowly erodes the meaning and significance of the Advent season. This great historic event is now a celebration of the glory of self with rampant indulgence smothered in a flood of mumbo-jumbo, heathen practices and religious nonsense. The hearts and minds of humankind turn away from the simple message to serve their Adamic nature …

A quest for truth

The following will discuss the many questions that may be asked concerning taking part in the festivities of the “Christmas season”, not to judge or condemn but to encourage individual research and understanding of the deception of traditionalism.

The following extracts may be a good beginning. Read also Eby’s writings.

(Gal 4:5-11 NIV) to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. [6] Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” [7] So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. [8] Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. [9] But now that you know God–or rather are known by God–how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? [10] You are observing special days and months and seasons and years ! [11] I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

Is Christmas day a special day? If so this Scripture calls it a weak and miserable principle.

(1 Tim 4:7 NIV) Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

Much of our Christmas traditions are myths and old wives’ tales (Father Christmas, elves etc.)

Awake, Awake. Put on thy strength. O Zion: Put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the Holy City: henceforth there shall no more come into you. The uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake yourself from the dust. Arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: Loose yourself from the bands of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the Lord, You have sold yourselves for nought; And you shall be redeemed without money.” (Isaiah 52:1-3).

(Rom 14:1-10 NIV) Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. [2] One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. [3] The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. [4] Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. [5] One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. [6] He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. [7] For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. [8] If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. [9] For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. [10] You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.
This quest is for each persons understanding and growth and not a judgmental exercise

Study to be a workman

Give time to carefully search out the origin of the rituals, traditions, and dogmas of present day religious systems. Lack of knowledge makes for deception that brings us into the bondage of believing a lie. Enslavement slows the attaining of a wise understanding of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Blind acceptance of traditional teachings even when given by those who profess to have “religious” education or special calling is not enough. Each individual believer must receive direct from the Father by the Holy Spirit the revelation of the truth in all things.

(Isa 5:13 NIV) Therefore my people will go into exile for lack of understanding; their men of rank will die of hunger and their masses will be parched with thirst.
(Hosea 4:6 NIV) my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
(Mat 5:20 NIV) For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
(Rom 6:13 NIV) Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
(2 Tim 2:15-19 NIV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. [16] Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. [17] Their teaching will spread like gangrene.
(2 Pet 1:13-16 NIV) I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, [14] because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. [15] And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. [16] We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

Come out and be free

Search out for yourself concerning the origin of Christmas and any other so-called Christ centered holiday or “holy day”. Be fully persuaded in your own mind about the esteeming of one day above another.

The Holy Spirit will convince grown-up and child alike that the call of God is to come out of the world and its carnal, man-made religious systems and become totally separated to God.

(Rom 8:21-23 NIV) that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
(Rom 8:29-30 NIV) For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. [30] And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
(Rom 12:1-2 NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. [2] Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
(Gal 5:1 NIV) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
(Gal 5:13 NIV) You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love.
(Rev 18:4-5 NIV) Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; [5] for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.

He that has an ear to hear

The Holy Spirit reveals the mysteries of God. He makes us aware of vain philosophy and empty seduction that has crept into so much of Christianity through the blindness of human traditions. Rituals in harmony with the knowledge of the world do nothing to worship God in spirit and truth.

(John 4:24 NIV) God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
(Acts 17:25 NIV) And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.

All of the promises of God, which have to do with participating in the kingdom age, have been made to those that overcome or conquer the deceptions written into the religious systems built by humankind and the Adamic nature in their endeavor to become godly. The calling to the saints is toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. A seeking to come to the place of not being conformed to this age and being transformed by the exchanging of our thinking for the mind of Christ. To no longer focus on things that are of the earthly but learning to compare spiritual things with spiritual things. So we are brought to the place of experientially knowing the Father and the Son. and growing to walk in the Spirit and in the reality of truth.

Not coming under the power of the ungodly

The Apostle Paul taught all things are lawful, yet he did not find all things to be expedient, useful or beneficial. That is, not everything results in righteousness. So he simply would not come under the power of anything that did not produce a godly relationship in Spirit. .Many in this hour are saying that they are totally free to “eat the meat offered to idols.” Maybe, this is your own belief or conviction. Does a feast eaten in companionship with false traditions embrace this idea? How do we personally relate to all this false tradition? What does it teach our children? Do/should we ask our Father about this plethora of falsehood?

December Twenty-Fifth is not the birth date of Jesus

The exact date of the birth of Jesus is unknown. Any reliable encyclopaedia or commentary including such an authority as the Roman Catholic Encyclopaedia testifies that Christ was not born on December Twenty-fifth. The word of God does not comment as to the day of Jesus’ birth. Lack of scriptural reference in itself is significant in showing God’s feelings toward the keeping of His Son’s birthday.

(Heb 13:9 NIV) Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.
(Deu 12:31 NIV) You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.
In late December of each year, thousands of religious tourists flock into the small town of Bethlehem in the Judean Hills south of Jerusalem to participate in annual Christmas celebrations there. Some make the six mile journey from Jerusalem on foot. Upon arrival, they crowd with silent awe into the paved expanse of Manger Square in front of the revered Church of the Nativity, built over the traditional sight of Jesus’ birth. Inevitably, some of these tourists arrive in Israel unprepared. They have not thoroughly studied their guidebooks. As they step off their plane, the weather is a real shock! November through early March is “winter” in Israel! The weather gets cold, especially at night. often it rains—or even snows! Yet many arrive in Israel carrying luggage bulging with summer attire, reasoning that it is always hot and arid in the Middle East. They hurriedly purchase coats and sweaters in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem for their pilgrimage to Bethlehem. Sadly most of those who stand in Manger Square on December 25 each year—prepared and unprepared alike—fail to perceive the message being proclaimed by the weather around them.

Few of the early scholars really believed that Christ was born on December 25. See Smith’s Dictionary of Christian Antiquities, Vol.1, p. 358. But the people just couldn’t give up celebrating the season. The truth is, no man knew—or knows—when Christ was born! The Gospels say nothing as to the day of His birth. This lack of reference makes evident that God has not planned for us to observe and celebrate Christ’s birthday.

Paul underlined such understanding in Galatians. Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? [10] You are (still?) observing special days and months and seasons and years! [11] I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

When was the season of His birth.?

The Shepherds & the weather

“there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, and keeping watch over their flock by night” (Lu. 2:7-11).

The custom in Israel was to send their sheep into the fields in early spring and there the shepherds would keep them day and night until the coming of the first winter rain, which began in mid-October. Then, the sheep were brought back into the folds “no later than October fifteen” in order to protect them from the freezing cold rains that followed.

The Census & the weather

At the time of Jesus’ birth, men, women, and children were travelling to their home towns to be taxed. Joseph took Mary, who was great with child, and made the long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem (about seventy-five miles). Such a journey would be unlikely during the winter month of December. The cold wet winters of the region were much too severe for the people to be exposed out of doors for any long period of time. Jesus knew this when He said that men should pray their journey would not come during the winter season We can also see the practical side of such a statement when we consider the intense winter cold in this region.

(Mat 24:20 NIV) Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.

Adam Clarke in his commentary writes : “During the time they were out, the shepherds watched them night and day. As…the first rain began early in the month of Marchesvan, which answers to part of our October and November (begins in mid-October), we find that the sheep were kept out in the open country during the whole summer. And, as these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks, it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, our Lord was not born on the 25th of December when no flocks were out in the fields; nor could He have been born later than September, as the flocks were still in the fields by night, on this very ground, the nativity in December should be given up. The feeding of the flocks by night in the fields is a Chronological FACT … see the quotation from the Talmudists in Lightfoot.”>

Comparison with John the Baptist

(Luke 1:36 NIV) Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.

Zacharias, John’s father, was a priest in the temple at Jerusalem.

(Luke 1:3-5 NIV) Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, [4] so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. [5] In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah

Each priest had a definite period of time in which he would serve the temple. These time periods were called “courses.” There were twenty four courses a year and each course lasted one week. These sessions began in the early spring with the first month of Jewish sacred calendar. This first month of this calendar called Nisan, also known as Abib. Every priest served the temple for a week twice a year. (one week every six months). All the priests served together in the temple during the annual feast seasons of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles.
Zacharias served in the Course of Abib, which is Abijah in the Hebrew language. That is, he served in the eighth order of these divisions. His course would fall into our calendar in approximately the first week of June, if it was his first week of service in the year. If it was his second week of service, it would be about December. After this time of service, we are told that he went home to his wife, who was barren, and she conceived. By adding nine months to June or December, John was born in either March or September (1 Chr 24:10 NIV) the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah

Since Jesus was three months younger than John, adding the three months to March or September gives June or Dec, for the birth month of Jesus. Jesus was born in the late part of the autumn, before the winter rains. Accepting the December period is invalidated by the inclement weather.

Mary conceived Jesus in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist.

(Luke 1:36-38 NIV) Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. [37] For nothing is impossible with God.” [38] “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

This means that Jesus was born fifteen months after the angel Gabriel appeared to Elizabeth’s husband, Zechariah. Zechariah was a priest of the order of Abijah. Gabriel appeared to Zechariah while he was serving as a priest.

(Luke 1:5 NIV) In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah;
(Luke 1:8 NIV) Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God>

The order of Abijah served as priests during the second had of the fourth month. Fifteen months later would place the birth of Jesus in the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. (late September or early October…autumn)

God has never revealed to us the exact date, nor has he ever given us a commandment to keep his Son’s birthday.

The winter of the region (December) were considered by the people to be much too cold for extensive travel. .

 

Shepherds never kept flocks in the field at night after October fifteenth.

Much of the accepted Christmas story is unscriptural!

Many of the traditions and events surrounding the actual birth of Jesus, as they are commonly known and taught today, are incorrect representations of the facts that are written in the Bible.
The manger
It is said that “Jesus was born in a manger,” actually He was born in a stable and laid in a manger.
( Luke 2:7 NRSV) And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.>
The Wise men.
It is taught that three wise men came to the stable on the night of Jesus’ birth and brought Him gifts . The Bible does not tell us how many wise men actually came to visit him. The consistent visits of two witnesses at all of the significant happenings in the life of Jesus would more adequately support two wise men. We just do not know. These men did not visit the stable in Bethlehem as advised by the King. They followed the star to the house of Joseph and Mary in Nazareth. .
(>Luke 2:39 NIV) When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
( Mat 2:9-11 NIV) the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. [10] On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
The wise men came from the East and walked down the streets of Jerusalem saying, “Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the East.” God placed in the heavens something supernatural, something new, something divine – a star. Out of the East, “magi”, men who studied the stars, began to converge on Jerusalem. Read the story again.
(Mat 2:3 NRSV) When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him;>
Could only “three” men from the East cause such a commotion in Jerusalem? There may well have been three hundred. At their appearance king Herod was troubled/disturbed/frightened and the whole of Jerusalem with him. They may have come from many of the countries of the east. All of them said, “We have seen His star, and we’ve come to worship Him.”
How did they come to associate the coming of Christ, as a King with a star? In the book of Numbers a prophet had a message from God and said ,
” I shall see Him, but not now: I shall behold Him, but not nigh: there shall come a star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth… out of Jacob shall come He that shall have dominion” (Num. 24:17-19).>
Perhaps this prophesy had been kept by the Gentiles.
The Gifts
The gifts they brought were not birthday presents or Christmas presents. It was a custom of the Far East to bring gifts to present when coming before a king. The wise men were looking for the king of the Jews and recognizing Jesus as a king, brought Him kingly gifts. Their visit had no relationship to His birthday.
(Mat 2:2 NIV) and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
This visit is closely linked with the killing of the innocents and why those under two years were slaughtered. Jesus was near this age at the time of the wise men’s visit. This was likely to be the age told to Herod by the wise men. It is probable that their journey from the east took about two years.
(>Mat 2:16 NIV) Herod gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
The Star
It is pictured and taught that the star appeared over the manger in Bethlehem. The Bible teaches that the star was seen in the east and followed by the wise men to the house of Joseph and Mary in Nazareth. The wise men were never at the stable/manger. and the star was a guide for the wise men rather than a sign over the stable. Notice that the wise men came from the east. Where were they when they first saw the star? In the east. The star was for them a moving guide to locate the king. It went ahead of them..
(Mat 2:9-11 NIV) After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. [10] When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. [11] On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary,

25th Dec
Children are told and the world left to believe that Jesus was born on the first 25th Dec.”Christmas” day.

Where did the Christmas idea begin?

The word Christmas means Mass of Christ. It was known in the Old English as “Christes Maesse,”. In about the sixteenth century the spelling became changed to “Christmas.” From the advent to about the third century no special Mass was held for Christ.. Then the apostate Roman Church brought this particular Roman Catholic Mass into being. But why choose December?

The answer is in most encyclopaedias. . For centuries before the birth of Jesus, during the season of the solstice of the sun, the world celebrated the rebirth of the sun god. This 25th day of the December solstice festivity dates all the way back to the times of ancient Babylon. Babylonians called this day the “nativity.” It was celebrated in honour of the birth of Tammuz, the son of Nimrod. Tammuz had been conceived through an incestuous relationship which Nimrod had with his mother. Nimrod’s mother and wife, Semiramis, was the Babylonian Queen of Heaven. As this celebration spread, it became an established custom throughout the entirety of the heathen world. Although Tammuz was supposed to be the reincarnation of the sun god, Nimrod, he became known by many different names. Names such as: Osiris, Horus, Hercules, Bacchus, Adonis and Jupiter.

In ancient Rome, this mid-winter festival became known as Saturnalia. Saturn being just another name for Nimrod and Tammuz. During this time all the restraints of the law were laid aside. It became a time of licentiousness, drunkenness, and debauchery. to compromise with the pagan practices of this season, the Roman Catholic Church chose the winter festival of Saturnalia with many similar adornments and rituals. This conciliation of the heathen helped to swell the number of adherents to Roman Church.

The name “Yule Day,” by which Christmas is known also confirms its pagan and Babylon origin. Yule is the Chaldee name, or word, for an “infant” or “little child.” The twenty-fifth of December was referred to as Yule Day among many nations long before there was any kind of Christian influence in the world.

The Pagan Traditions of The Christmas Season!

The leaders of the early apostate church looked to find as many similarities as possible between the pagan customs and the teachings of Christianity in order to make the merger of church and state less noticeable.

The Christmas Tree

The tree was said to represent the tree upon which Jesus died. Moreover, the “green” was said to symbolize the “life that He so freely gave.”Green” trees have been a part of the Yule season for many centuries before the birth and death of Jesus.
In Babylon, Semiramis, the mother of Tammuz, claimed that overnight an “evergreen” tree sprang up from a dead tree stump. The dead stump symbolized her dead husband, Nimrod. While the new evergreen represented Nimrod come to life again in the person of Tammuz. Tammuz, was also known as: “The Sin Bearer,””Savior of the World,””King of Kings and Lord of Lords,” “Judge of the Dead,” “Branch of God,” “Shining One,” and many more antichrist titles.

In Scandinavia it was believed that their god, Woden or Odin, would bestow special gifts at Yuletide to those who would honor him by approaching his SACRED FIR trEE. In the Bible we are told numerous times that the green tree is associated with idolatry and false worship
(Jer 10:2-5 NIV) This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. [3] For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. [4] They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. [5] like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.”
Similar to the present day custom of the Christmas Tree? Of course, people of this day and hour do not put up Christmas trees in their homes, businesses, and churches for the purpose of worshiping them. However, the word of God says, the customs of the people are vain. That is, they are worthless and empty, adding no power to true worship. Furthermore, we comprehend that standing before a Christmas tree to admire its beauty makes no difference to God. It might be compared to finding beauty within the art work of any pagan idol, shrine, or arti-fact. Yet, the Scriptures declare that all such idols, shrines, and arti-facts are an abominable stench before the living God of the whole earth.

The Yule Log

The Yule Log represents the dead stock of Nimrod cut down by his enemies. It was believed by the Babylonians that the slain god came to life again, in the blaze of the Yule Log fire. This blaze was likened to the light of the sun.

The Mistletoe

The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe came to us from a Druidic superstition which was derived from Babylon. The mistletoe bough represented Nimrod as the “Messiah,” “The Man, The Branch.” It was regarded as a divine branch that came out of heaven and grew upon a tree that sprang forth out of the earth. By the engrafting of the celestial branch into the earthy tree, heaven and earth had been joined together and sin severed. By this the mistletoe became the token of the divine reconciliation to man. . The kiss is a well known token of pardon and reconciliation.

The Christmas Ham

Ham & pig>have origins in paganism. The sacrifice of the boar was an important part of the season throughout all heathen nations. In Rome the boar was the most prominent article at the feast of Saturn. It was believed that the “boar would make you a good Saturnalia.” Today in England at Christmas dinner, the boar is still served with its head intact as was the custom of their ancient ancestors, the Druids. Yet the reason behind the tradition has long been forgotten.

The Christmas Goose & the Yule Cake

These were>essential articles in the worship of the Babylonian Messiah. It was believed that the goose could not be eaten except in the depth of winter. In Rome, the offering of a goose and a thin cake was believed to be the only way to pacify the god, Osiris, if he had been offended. The exchanging of Christmas gifts, the wreath, the holly, and Santa Claus are all equally unscriptural and clearly identifiable with Babylonian traditions. What an ridiculous Mixture!.

In considering the above customs is not to to imply that anyone is worshiping idols or serving false gods. However, a mixture of godless pagan practices associated with this season. These are unworthy behaviours that are still supported by the religious system.
Have we been tardy in not searching the word of God to see if these things are so. Do we seek out and find if there be any truth within such a dogma of religious ritual. Many became enslaved to the greed and Godless commercialism that proceeded out from the hearts of carnal profiteers, because they did not search out these things.
(Acts 17:11 NIV) Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.>
The example of the Bereans is a good one to follow.
So far this paper has discussed some of the facts about this day that the worldly esteem above others.. Its customs, or meats, are a result of pagan practices.
Is It Expedient or Profitable?

Is the Christmas season beneficial for producing a worship of God that is in the reality of spirit and truth? Jesus clearly told us that the hour is coming, and already is, when true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit. Can we mix the falsehood of our present Christmas with truth in our worship?
(John 4:23-24 NIV) Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. [24] God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
Is there anything about Christmas that is expedient or profitable a walk with God? Jesus came to redeem us out of the unprofitable life of sin and death. Paul tells us we are to find out what is acceptable to the Lord. He also tells us to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

As you received Christ Jesus, let us walk in Him, rooted and built up and established by the faith. Abound in the faith with thanksgiving. . It is obedience and godliness that will profit us in all things. See to it lest anyone spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to traditions of men according to the rudiments of the world, and not according to Christ

Does the Christian have the liberty to keep the festivities of the Christmas season? Are many under the power of deception? Has it become so habitual that it does not really matter what the truth is about in this festive season. Is it necessary to keep the holiday, with all of its trimmings in order to have peace with yourself, family, friends, and brethren? No one will ever think any less of those who do.. However, if for one season persons who begin to declare the truth about this feast of pagan origin, are likely to find that the carnal, religious world will withstand them. The worldly will speak against them even as the Lord said they would. Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love her own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you, the world abhors you.” So there may be a decision to make .

Each must consider the truth concerning these things. Then decide for themselves how much mixture and pollution is acceptable before God. (Ez. 20:39).