Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas...


Having several friends who share with me their reasons for their love of the holiday that comes every year on the 25th, I have decided to post 120 reasons I don't. Perhaps you've heard them before, perhaps not. But those who love the LORD Jesus Christ and want to serve and worship Him in spirit and in truth should be careful about this as about every other aspect of their Christian walk. We cannot let our feelings or tradition dictate what we believe and practice. We must base all we do simply on the pure Word, the oracles of God. Is it really about Jesus Christ? Are we as Christians called to observe Christ-Mass? Prayerfully consider each point in light of Scripture.

For those who don't celebrate, its always good to have a refresher on why we do what we do because the world is daily warring against us and we do not want to turn back from the truth. Lets walk therein it!

. . . the LORD condemns using pagan religious practices in His worship (Deut 12:29-31).
. . . the LORD condemns adding to or taking away from His commandments (Deut 12:32).
. . . the LORD condemns doing anything under green trees in His worship (Deut 12:1-4).
. . . the LORD condemns the heathen use of decorated trees at a solstice (Jeremiah 10:1-4).
. . . the LORD commands us to separate from and not touch pagan religion (II Cor 6:14-18).
. . . the LORD commands us to come out of Roman Catholicism and her sins (Rev 18:4).
. . . the LORD condemns turning to the left or right from His commandments (Deut 5:32-33).
. . . the LORD told the apostles to teach us to observe only His commandments (Matt 28:20).
. . . the LORD rejected David's worship for a small detail and killed Uzzah (II Sam 6:1-10).
. . . the LORD rejected and killed Nadab and Abihu for offering different fire (Lev 10:1-7).
. . . the LORD rejected Moses from seeing Canaan for a slight modification (Num 20:12).
. . . the LORD rejected Cain's worship simply for bringing an alternative sacrifice (Gen 4:7).
. . . the LORD rejected Saul forever for noble intentions in a modification (I Sam 15:22-23).
. . . the LORD rejected Uzziah and gave him facial leprosy for a new idea (II Chr 26:16-21).
. . . the LORD rejected and killed Ananias and his wife for fudging a large gift (Acts 5:1-11).
. . . the LORD requires reverence and godly fear in worship to avoid His fire (Heb 12:28-29).
. . . the LORD seeks true worshippers to worship Him in truth, not superstition (John 4:23-24).
. . . the LORD commands us to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered (Jude 1:3).
. . . the LORD requires us to esteem all His precepts but to hate all other ideas (Ps 119:128).
. . . the LORD commands us to prove all things by Scripture and reject the bad (I Thes 5:21).
. . . the LORD expects us to be noble and search Scripture to know true worship (Acts 17:11).
. . . the LORD gave Scripture to perfect us, which does not mention Xmas (II Tim 3:16-17).
. . . the LORD curses any gospel different than Paul's, and he didn't preach xmas (Gal 1:8-9).
. . . the LORD condemns fellowship with men having only a form of godliness (II Tim 3:5).
. . . the LORD condemns loving pleasure more than God as perilous times (II Timothy 3:4).
. . . the LORD condemns anything different from His Word as dark ignorance (Isaiah 8:20).
. . . the LORD abominates anything popular with the world and esteemed by it (Luke 16:15).
. . . the LORD condemns friendship with the world as becoming His enemy (James 4:4).
. . . the LORD condemns traditions in His worship as evil and vain hypocrisy (Mark 7:5-13).
. . . the LORD hates the polluting of His glorious name with pagan idolatry (Ezekiel 20:39).
. . . the LORD condemns the superstitious idolatry and blasphemy of the Mass (I Cor 11:26).
. . . the LORD condemns bringing any item of false religion into our houses (Deut 7:25-26).
. . . the LORD commands us not to set up any image, which He hates (Deut 16:22; Ex 20:4-6).
. . . the LORD hates religion that goes under green trees (I Kings 14:23; Isaiah 57:5; Jer 3:6).
. . . the LORD condemns adopting any practices of the pagans around us (Leviticus 18:1-4).
. . . the LORD condemns sun worship (Deut 4:19; 17:3; II Kgs 23:5; Job 31:26-28; Eze 8:16).
. . . the LORD endorses only apostolic traditions, and they never celebrated it (II Thes 2:15).
. . . the LORD is honored by gifts to Him rather than a selfish exchange of gifts (Matt 2:11).
. . . the LORD teaches us to remember His death rather than His birth (Phil 3:10; I Cor 15:3).
. . . the LORD gave baptism and His supper to remember His death (Rom 6:3-5; I Co 11:26).
. . . the LORD resents the hatred of pagans who exchange gifts against His men (Rev 11:10).
. . . the LORD condemns "the spirit of Christmas" as another spirit He hates (II Cor 11:1-4).
. . . the LORD condemns a mother and child wearing halos as another jesus (II Cor 11:1-4).
. . . the LORD condemns a tradition glorifying sun worship as another gospel (II Co 11:1-4).
. . . the LORD loves us to give up dear things as proof of our love to Him (Matt 10:37-39).
. . . the LORD did not come to bring peace on earth but rather a dividing sword (Mat 10:34).
. . . the LORD blessed giving over receiving, but Xmas is selfish exchanging (Acts 20:35).
. . . the LORD calls Jewish holy days matters of liberty, but not pagan holidays (Col 2:16).
. . . the LORD calls Jewish holy days matters of liberty, but not pagan holidays (Rom 14:6).
. . . the LORD considers the birth of His Son worthy of honor rather than folly (Heb 1:6).
. . . the two chief New Testament ordinances - baptism and the Lord's supper - pertain to His death, not His birth.
. . . celebrating Christmas sincerely is identical to Jeroboam's two calves (I Kings 12:26-33).
. . . Aaron led Israel to worship the LORD with a golden calf to their judgment (Ex 32:1-5).
. . . it breaks the first commandment by having other gods - the sun god Mithra (Ex 20:3).
. . . it breaks the second commandment by having images - a Christmas tree (Ex 20:4-6).
. . . it breaks the third commandment by taking His name in vain - "Christmas" (Ex 20:7).
. . . it breaks the fifth commandment by promoting children's greed over parents (Ex 20:12).
. . . it breaks the tenth commandment by promoting covetousness to children (Ex 20:17).
. . . many Baptist martyrs gave their lives to oppose Catholic superstitions and traditions.
. . . it was a crime to observe Christmas in America, when our country truly feared God.
. . . it was a crime to observe Christmas in England, when that country truly feared God.
. . . all the God-hating, Christ-denying, and sin-loving pagans get excited about this day.
. . . Santa Claus is a pagan mockery of God the Father with white hair, grandfatherly image, eternal, lives in the North, unlimited resources, omniscient of children's behavior, omnipresent for a night, hears confessions, comes as a thief, blesses children, and distributes judgment for works.
. . . the name Christmas came from "Mass of Christ," and Christians hate the Catholic mass.
. . . every sincere birthday party honors the one born that day rather than all the mere guests.
. . . a gift exchange dictated by a calendar is not a message of love but a ritual of obligation.
. . . a gift exchange at the winter solstice was invented by pagans to celebrate the sun god.
. . . Christianity is giving gifts unexpected without obligation to reciprocate (Luke 14:12-14).
. . . secular encyclopedias will gladly tell you that Christmas came from pagan sun worship.
. . . the first state in our Bible-oriented country to make it a holiday was Alabama in 1836.
. . . a little drummer boy did not travel to the manger to play his drum for the infant Jesus.
. . . for the two centuries following the Pilgrims, Christians in America called it "popish."
. . . English parliament under Oliver Cromwell outlawed it in 1644 and punished violaters.
. . . loving Jesus Christ is keeping His commandments, not decorating a tree (John 14:15).
. . . you cannot do unto the LORD what the LORD has condemned (Deut 12:1-4; 12:29-32).
. . . Christmas is not a matter of liberty left up to our consciences and/or heart preferences.
. . . true followers of God will not follow a multitude or majority to false worship (Ex 23:2).
. . . Xmas is most adored by women, whom God calls silly and weak (II Tim 3:6; I Pet 3:7).
. . . a time of unbridled greed, covetousness, and materialism cannot honor Jesus Christ.
. . . this unique holy day in the Roman Catholic calendar is exalted by three profane masses.
. . . the world loves a jesus helpless in a manger, but God's Christ is the LORD and Judge.
. . . on Christmas Eve the Pope of Rome conducts a special mass seen by much of the earth.
. . . godly parents don't lie to their children about a Roman Catholic myth named Nicholas.
. . . the Bible is totally silent about using this day or any such celebration to honor Christ.
. . . the gospel according to Christmas tradition, cards, and plays corrupts the Bible facts.
. . . the Pilgrims in 1620, seeking to worship God in truth, formally banned the holiday.
. . . the Puritans in 1659, seeking to worship God in truth, set a 5 shillings fine for keeping it.
. . . the modern Christmas tree was not introduced to this country by Germans until 1821.
. . . Jesus was not born in December, for one-half year back from Passover is rather October.
. . . Jesus was not born in December, for shepherds did not stay in the fields during winter.
. . . Jesus was not born in December, for taxation would not have been in the dead of winter.
. . . Jesus was not born in December, for wise taxation would have been shortly after harvest.
. . . Jesus was not born in December, for careful calculation of the priest's courses exclude it.
. . . the Roman feast at the winter solstice was to the sun god Mithras from the Persians.
. . . the Roman, extended feast prior to the winter solstice was to Saturn, god of agriculture.
. . . so many consider Christmas a "sacred cow" and beyond questioning or condemning.
. . . our past lives suffice us for lusts, excess of wine, revellings, and banquetings (I Pet 4:3).
. . . Emperor Aurelian picked December 25 for this holiday in 274 to worship the sun god.
. . . pagan sun worshippers had a great festival to the sun at the winter solstice before Jesus.
. . . it would be wrong to have a golden calf with candles to worship the Lord our Strength.
. . . the public schools in Boston were still open for classes on December 25 as late as 1870.
. . . the "birthday of the invincible sun" (dies natalis Solis invicti) was this date in Rome.
. . . December 25 was chosen by being the date of the winter solstice in the Julian calendar.
. . . Satan uses this pagan feast to steal glory from the Son of God for ignorant sun worship.
. . . Christmas American-style is oppression of parents by greedy children (Isaiah 3:1-5, 12).
. . . Jesus promised that the majority are on the wrong road leading to death (Matt 7:13-14).
. . . Charles Spurgeon, the most popular Baptist minister, preached against it as late as 1871.
. . . all the unique customs of Christmas may be traced individually to pagan religious rites.
. . . Hindus, Jews, Mormons, Pagans, and other cults celebrate it while despising Jesus.
. . . using Scripture's silence to justify anything not expressly forbidden will lead to Coke and chips for the Lord's supper and ouija boards for difficult decisions.
. . . it creates the most foolish, hectic, stressful, guilt-ridden, and unproductive time of year.
. . . the LORD is a jealous God and will judge any playing with other gods (Ex 34:12-16).
. . . New Testament charity may accommodate weakness, but it cannot error (Romans 14:1).
. . . the moderation taught in the New Testament is temperance or self-discipline (Phil 4:5).
. . . it would be identical to offering incense to the brasen serpent of Moses (II Kings 18:4).
. . . the only day observed by the apostles was the Lord's day (Rev 1:10; Acts 20:7; I Cor 16:2).
. . . we choose to emulate Jacob, who put away family idols to worship God (Gen 35:1-5).
. . . we choose to emulate Jehu, who defiled Baal worship to please God (II Kings 10:26-28).
. . . we choose to emulate Josiah, who defiled all pagan worship to please God (II Kings 23:1-37).
. . . we choose to emulate Asa, who defiled his mother's favorite idol (II Chron 15:12-16).

Saturday, December 20, 2014

What For?

"And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?"

1 Samuel 17:29

Do you remember what was happening when David said these words? He had gone down to Saul's camp when they were up against the Philistines and had heard the blasphemous words of the giant and with zeal assayed to go out against Goliath! He couldn't believe the lack of courage that the army was displaying because they had JEHOVAH on their side!

Now I fast forward to now... to this generation. What is different about today than about that day? Jesus Christ, the promised seed has been to earth, lived a sinless life and then sacrificed that life for His Father's elect and He will never lose one of us!

If David, for the love of the LORD JEHOVAH, could face the philistine giant... can we, no, can I, for the love of the Lord Jesus Christ, face this life, its trials, the world and temptation and stand? Yes! The LORD helping me I can! And so can you! Pray for it.

If we let the trials of this life rule our spirit and our passion for living zealously for our God, we have not truly understood the consequences and there is a verse or 2 about that... About counting the cost. There is a cost for the cause, but if we count it and surrender ourselves to it, to Him, then we can live victoriously for Him! If we do not then we will be waylaid!We will become dead weight to the Kingdom of Heaven at best... We will become as blasphemers of our Lord at worst! LORD keep me in Thy Way!

I have been rejoicing in the mercy of God... He gave me His truth, a zeal for it... He gave me such passion to say with David so sincerely "Is there not a cause?!"... but then, because of life, the trials sent, etc. I can and have become discouraged, cast down and have failed to tell my spirit to hope in God!but yet there is a promise, one given to Israel which I can lay hold of by faith that says, "I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for mine anger is turned away from him. I will be as the dew unto Israel. He shall grow as the lily and cast forth his roots as Lebanon..." It goes on with more sweetness (I typed that from memory may not be word for word from Hosea 14) He will heal any backsliding when we acknowledge it and repent!

Now, is there not a cause to find our first passionate love and rekindle it with fire from above!?! I believe there is! Jesus Christ and His goodness and mercy are enough to live for without anything else in this world! He is completely and fully satisfying! Nope, don't read that as redundant because our English language fails to adequately state His nature! Were we able to speak in the tongue of angels it wouldn't give Him justice!

The things in this life tend to distract us from the Cause and when we have hopes disappointed here we grow weary in well doing and sometimes become as the Psalmist saying "There is no reward for the righteous..." But oh there is! And we ought not to forget it! The problem lies in where we put our hope... the things in this life? Or the things above... Jesus Christ!

What for? What do we live for? Jesus Christ! Let us not grow weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not! Call upon Him, He will hear you, be with you in trouble, deliver you... and finally be looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ! Who gave Himself for us!!!

My mind's been full... this is a little of what has been in it... perhaps more will come :)