What’s With Christmas?

Heathen tradition ~ Jeremiah 10:1-4 It is that time of year again when heathens and “hardcore” Christians “celebrate” in much the same way and where both camps will attempt to ratify the ‘reason for the season’ to fit with their own worldview! It would be understandable if only the heathen and the “wishy-washy deceived christians” were those who were being hoodwinked into believing the lie – just as many regard the fables given to their children when they lie about the “Tooth fairy” and “Santa Claus and his little helpers” – but it is tragic that those who purport to be theologically and biblically sound in their Christian doctrine are also going along with the lie and are partaking at the table of devils,

21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
22  Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? ~ 1 Corinthians 10:21,22

We can read in the Matthew Henry commentary,

The apostle applies this to feasting with idolaters. Eating food as part of a heathen sacrifice, was worshipping the idol to whom it was made, and having fellowship or communion with it; just as he who eats the Lord’s supper, is accounted to partake in the Christian sacrifice, or as they who ate the Jewish sacrifices partook of what was offered on their altar. It was denying Christianity; for communion with Christ, and communion with devils, could never be had at once. If Christians venture into places, and join in sacrifices to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, they will provoke God.

We are to continue steadfast and follow the apostles’ doctrine (Acts 2:42) “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” (Ephesians 2:20) – we are not commanded to follow after man’s customs and traditions for they make the word of God of none effect (see Matthew 15:6; Mark 7:13). We see Christians following after men and worldly traditions when GOD has NOT given those commands. The apostle Paul confirms our Lord Jesus Christ’s commands of His remembrance,

23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The word “shew” in verse 26 here above is,

G2605 καταγγέλλω, kataggellō, kat-ang-gel’-lo; from G2596 and the base of G32; to proclaim, promulgate: – declare, preach, shew, speak of, teach.

Therefore, “ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come” NOT His birth! It is therefore safer and an act of obedience to continue proclaiming the death of our risen Lord Jesus Christ who through His death purchased a believer’s redemption, than be found to be “celebrating with strange fire” when our GOD has NOT commanded us to do so! If you could, go and confirm with Nadab and Abihu about offering strange fire in an act of worship before the LORD Who changes not – there is no freedom to worship as you please before a Holy, Perfect and Righteous GOD Who hates idolatry! It is an abomination in GOD’s sight! We Christians – ALL, not some, are to worship GOD in “spirit and truth” (see John 4:24) as said GOD’s only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Any action other than in “spirit and truth” is to commit spiritual adultery against the bridegroom our Lord Jesus Christ.

002 So, why are “Christmas trees” found as central decorations in houses during the 25th of December’s “Christmas” celebrations? When GOD manifest Himself and took on human form in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, was a “Christmas tree” put up by Mary and Joseph to “commemorate” His birth? And every year is there a “Christmas tree” in Heaven before the Throne of GOD to “celebrate” the birth of GOD’s only begotten Son? If you think the two latter questions are so ridiculous and would be answered in the negative, then why would a “Christmas tree” be erected and decorated in a place of prominence where gifts – not for Christ – will be placed under them? If no gifts are placed under them, then why are “Christmas trees” erected in homes in the first place? How does “Christmas trees” glorify our King of kings and Lord of lords? And where in the Scriptures does the Lord Jesus Christ or His apostles command us to do so?

A German-inspired carol “O Tannenbaum” that has a whole host of English variant translations, reads as follows:

O Christmas tree!*

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Thy leaves are so unchanging;

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Thy leaves are so unchanging;

Not only green when summer’s here,

But also when ‘tis cold and drear.

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Thy leaves are so unchanging!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Much pleasure thou canst give me;

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Much pleasure thou canst give me;

How often has the Christmas tree,

Afforded me the greatest glee!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Much pleasure thou canst give me!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Thy candles shine so brightly!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Thy candles shine so brightly!

From base to summit, gay and brightly,

There’s only splendour for the sight.

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Thy candles shine so brightly!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

How richly God has decked thee!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

How richly God has decked thee!

Thou bidst us true and faithful be,

And trust in God unchangingly.

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

How richly God has decked thee!

–ooo–

Not only are the above lyrics pandering to the lust of man’s flesh, the lyrics should read in its simplest form:

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree! Thou art idolatry!

GOD’s Holy Word will have the final say concerning this day and all its heathen traditions, as we read,

1  Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 
2  Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 
3  For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 
4  They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. ~ Jeremiah 10:1-4

Click on the Birth of Christ Chart to open in new window The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ** can surely be known! Just trust His Word! To not do so is unbelief which is sin, as we read,

12  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. ~ Hebrews 3:12,13

Soli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* Do a Google search of “O Christmas tree” to see the many English variances of the carol.

** Various links hereunder of previous blogposts dealing with the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ –

The following 120 Reasons Against Christmas are as they appear at the website LetGodBeTrue.com. We at Repent and Believe South Africa ministries agree!

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We Don’t Celebrate Christmas Because . . .

. . . 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 encyclopaedias 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 violators.

. . . 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).

See Also …

Christmas is Spiritual Adultery

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