Open emails to brother Jesse Boyd ~ Part 1

Dear Reader,

Birth of Christ ~ Click to enlarge This blog post and Part 2 which follows does not question the salvation of our dear brother Jesse Boyd, but these open emails are shared here to show the error of teachings where one tries to reconcile man’s ‘Christmas’ with GOD’s Scriptures. Whilst brother Jesse has made it clear that he does not want writer to make contact with him whilst accusing writer of being presumptuous, writer merely received “. . . the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11) and responded in love examining those words spoken by brother Jesse. It appears that brother Jesse only wants his hearers to accept what he has to say without ever being questioned. These blog posts are not to demean our brother Jesse in any way, but they will show that what has been spoken by our dear brother Jesse has not always lined up with what truly took place and that in this instance regarding his teaching on ‘Christmas’ he has missed the mark on certain issues.

These blog postings are not about trying to smear our brother Jesse’s name or his testimony for our Lord Jesus Christ. It is solely about Truth!

In Part 1, writer’s email to brother Jesse is recorded, and in Part 2 you can read brother Jesse’s and writer’s various email responses.

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From: Gary Crous [mailto:luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com]
Sent: 11 March 2017 12:37 AM
To: Jesse Boyd (jboyd@fpgm.org)
Subject: YOUR TEACHING SERMON PODCASTS ON "CHRISTMAS"

Dear brother Jesse

Greetings to you from South Africa. I come to you in love and I pray that you will receive these corrections in the spirit of love as my brother-in-Christ. I have taken time to pray and seek our Lord’s guidance hence the lengthy delay and really considered what would be the best way forward and how YEHOVAH will be glorified in all that needs to be said. I have prayed and considered coming to you privately, but you have not trespassed against me personally (Matthew 18:15). Since you have shared these teachings with a world wide audience and made them available via podcast I am at liberty to address these issues in the public forum. However, prudence and discernment has won the day, and after consulting with another brother-in-Christ on this issue I have humbled myself before God our Father and will approach you privately asking you to recant your false teachings concerning the Doctrine of Christ’s nativity.

Before addressing the corrections here, I am reminded of these two Scriptures,

Pro 18:13  He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

Pro 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

I have therefore listened to your sermons on more than one occasion and as a result thereof large portions of the sermons conducted at New Testament Christian Fellowship in Conover, NC have been transcribed here in order to deal with certain points of error. Whilst every effort has been made by me to record your exact words, it is not clear as to where the punctuation would appear, having not seen any written text from your sermons, if any. Certain emphases have been made by me based on the pitch and emphasis made by your voice recordings.

I pray that I have been a Berean who has “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).

Whilst much more can be written, not every issue has been dealt with. For each portion of your text transcribed is preceded by JB (and the text is in green) which represents you, Jesse Boyd. Each answer is preceded by GC which represents me, Gary Crous.

Every Family Apart (Zech. 12:9-14) Sermon (Part 3 of 5) (Audio)

JB: [1:01:20] “. . . These fields near Bethlehem were not the wilderness, and it would have been culturally taboo for just regular old shepherds to be keeping flocks near Bethlehem, it wouldn’t have happened, they were in the wilderness away from the towns unless it was sheep used in temple sacrifice. These shepherds in Luke chapter 2 were Levites, of the House of Levi, they were Levitical shepherds keeping watch over flocks used in temple service. These Levites Levitical shepherds would have descended from Levi, maybe through Shimei, who were of the Gershonites, remember the Gershonites took care of things related to the outside of the tabernacle, makes sense that at some point, the descendants of Gershon would continue to minister to things concerning the outside of the temple – one of which would be keeping the temple flocks it would have made them unclean so that they weren’t able to come into the temple, but they had the very important job of inspecting the sheep to make sure they were unblemished. . . . [1:02:25]”

GC: Brother, the shepherds were not Levites. There is no Scripture that confirms the shepherds of Luke 2 to be Levites. Making reference to, quote: “These Levites Levitical shepherds would have descended from Levi, maybe through Shimei, who were of the Gershonites, remember the Gershonites took care of things related to the outside of the tabernacle, makes sense that at some point, the descendants of Gershon would continue to minister to things concerning the outside of the temple” [unquote] is simply not true and at most is speculation. Further, the duties of Gershon’s family recorded in Numbers 3:21-26 does not include shepherding, nor does it make reference to “care of things related to the outside of the tabernacle” which you are alluding to, to include shepherding or sheep husbandry, for their duties were to minister in the tabernacle / temple as we can read specifically from Numbers 3:25,26,

Num 3:25 And the charge of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation shall be the tabernacle, and the tent, the covering thereof, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation,
Num 3:26 And the hangings of the court, and the curtain for the door of the court, which is by the tabernacle, and by the altar round about, and the cords of it for all the service thereof.

Levites were set apart for tabernacle / temple duties and no other. The Levites’ assignments can be read in Numbers 1:50-54 and further the duties of the Levites in Solomon’s temple can be read in I Chronicles 23:3-32, assignments for priests and Levites in I Chronicles 24:4-31, divisions of musicians in I Chronicles 25, divisions of porters in I Chronicles 26, and duties of priests, Levites and porters can also be read in II Chronicles 8:12 and 13. To use conjecture concerning the shepherds is to tread dangerously in the area of eisegesis and not exegesis.

JB: “[1:03:45] . . . When people try to talk about when Christ was born and they try to make a statement like, “Jesus could never have been born on December 25th because December is winter in Israel and shepherds never would have been out in the fields keeping watch over their flocks in winter.” So none of that is true. I’m not saying Jesus was born on December 25th, I don’t know when He was born specifically, but it makes sense to me MOST that He would have been born in the fall around the time of the Feast of Tabernacles, but He just as easily could have been born in December – if He was born in the fall it means He was conceived around December 25th – so the end of December one way or another is someway related to the birth of Christ and it is our culture to celebrate in it, it might have come from all kinds of stuff, whatever, . . . [1:04:31]”

GC: Brother, if you say, quote: “I’m not saying Jesus was born on December 25th, I don’t know when He was born specifically, but it makes sense to me MOST that He would have been born in the fall around the time of the Feast of Tabernacles, but He just as easily could have been born in December” [unquote], you are hedging between two opinions. It brings to memory the account with Elijah and the Baal worshippers, as we read,

I Ki 18:21  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

If you are “not saying Jesus was born on December 25th” then why do you celebrate and hold to the day as the birth of Christ wishing all a “Merry Christmas” on December 25th? To say you don’t know when Christ was born, but you go along anyway and celebrate His birth at December 25th then you are not being honest with those around you and therefore your statement and your actions create an oxymoron! This particular issue is dealt with later hereafter which will show the error of your ways. If you have not done so already, kindly do read this article https://luke923evangelism.wordpress.com/2016/12/25/tishri-15-or-december-25/.

JB: “[1:04:32] . . . just like our marriage ceremonies do. Then those who would would accuse us of committing sin against God because we use the word Christmas, or, maybe we got a Christmas tree in our home are the same ones who would give their daughters away in marriage in a ceremony that involves a ring, a white dress, a preacher and a licence. That all came straight from the Catholic church. So, be careful how you criticise other people when you’re guilty of the same thing. I, I get so sick of hypocrisy about, it’s these young bucks that have no right to experience that think that they know everything. . . . [1:05:03]”

GC: Brother, please consider my preceding comment. With regard to the word “Christmas” and the “Christmas tree” can you kindly provide a Scripture command given to us Christians in Book, Chapter and Verse from the Bible. We are reminded whilst praying, “9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9,10). If we are to do the Father’s will on earth as in heaven, would you think Mary and Joseph had a ‘Christmas tree’ up and decorated at the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ in the succoth (booth) at the Feast of Tabernacles? Or does Father God in heaven erect a decorated ‘Christmas tree’ every year in heaven to commemorate His Son’s birth? These are rhetorical questions and both answers are of course No! So why would disciples of Jesus Christ do that which is contrary to what the Bible teaches. In fact there is even Scripture where God says, “Learn not the way of the heathen” concerning idolatry when we read Jeremiah 10:1-4.

Brother, concerning your analogy regarding persons giving their daughters “away in marriage in a ceremony that involves a ring, a white dress, a preacher and a licence” this is not the issue here at hand. But since it has been raised, that would make everyone who is married guilty of wearing a wedding ring. However, let us not forget that the practice of wearing “something” comes from before the Roman Catholic days when Abraham’s eldest servant was sent to find a wife for Isaac, as we read concerning Rebekah,

Gen 24:47  And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.

So brother, you should be very careful about criticizing people when you too conduct marriage ceremonies “that involves a ring, a white dress, a preacher and a licence.”

JB: “[1:05:04] . . . But anyway, this idea that shepherds wouldn’t be in the fields in the winter is foolishness, because Levitical shepherds had a had a year round responsibility. That’s like me saying, just because [pause] President, President-elect Trump wants to repair relationships with Vladimir Putin it automatically means that the Russians hacked the elections and they are the reason why Trump was elected. That’s the kind of, that’s the same type of a statement when someone says there is no ways shepherds could have been in the field, that just reveals your ignorance about the Scriptures. They would have been in the fields in winter. In fact there is a sheep that’s used in the Middle East – that most sheep give birth once a year in the spring, but there’s sheep, a sheep in the Middle East that is native to the land of Israel and other places nearby – the Awassi sheep that is known to give birth in both the spring and in the autumn. If rams are introduced into the flock right after they finish weaning their spring ah…ah litters, I don’t know if the word litters, litter wouldn’t be right for sheep, I don’t know what they would call it, ah… but, right after they weaned their new born lambs in the spring, if you introduce the rams they will get pregnant again and have another ah cycle in the autumn. They’re very fertile sheep and they are native to the Middle East, and so there would be lambs having to be cared about, cared for throughout the year. . . . [1:06:30]”

GC: Brother, whilst the Awassi sheep is native to the Middle East and known for its hardness and exceptional milk production, this type of sheep is found worldwide from Canada to New Zealand, and even in my home nation of South Africa. “The Awassi is the most common sheep breed in the Arab countries and the name allegedly comes from the El Awas tribe which roamed between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.” The information gleaned and quoted here is from a website titled http://kenanaonline.com/users/YasserTawakol-SheepAndGoatPage/posts/193738. “However tough the Awassi may be in hot climates, it may succumb to ill-health if a succession of rainy or cold days, plus a lack of feed, leads to the depletion of the fat reserves in the tail leaving the animal susceptible to death from exposure and starvation.” This preceding quote is very interesting concerning sheep being out in the rainy or cold days (winter). Further, in my research I was unable to find any information that the Awassi ewes were able to have two lambs – once in the spring and again in the autumn during one breeding cycle. However, I did come across this Israeli website:

Sheep Farming in Israel (Source: http://www.dairyschool.co.il/sheep-farming-in-israel/

“Sheep farming in Israel is some of the most productive in the world, with carefully developed breeds of sheep that produce high quantities of milk. This success is perhaps no surprise when you consider the history of sheep farming in Israel. In the Old Testament, Abel, the second son of Adam and Eve, became a shepherd. Many other important Biblical figures, including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Rachel, and King David, kept flocks of goats and sheep. For early Jews, sheep provided wool, meat, and milk. Because flocks of sheep were transportable, shepherding was an ideal occupation for Jews as they travelled in search of a permanent homeland.

“Today, Israelis have built upon this legacy of shepherding by improving their sheep breeds. Sheep farming in Israel is some of the most productive in the world. The Awassi is Israel’s native sheep breed. Israeli sheep farmers have been improving the Awassi breed over the last 85 years. . . . The one downside to the Awassi sheep is their rate of reproduction. Awassi ewes typically lamb just once a year and usually give birth to just one lamb.” [my emphasis]

Further, calculations can be made from this reliable information: “Awassi ram and ewe lambs reach puberty at around 8 and 9 months of age, respectively. The breeding season of Awassi ewes starts as early as April [spring] and lasts through September [autumn]. After puberty, Awassi rams are sexually active throughout the year. The normal oestrus cycle in Awassi ewes is 15-20 days (average 17 days). Oestrus ranges from 16-59 h (average 29 h) during the breeding season. The reproductive performance of unimproved Awassi sheep has been low while improved Awassi has the highest fertility and milk production and are the heaviest among all Awassi populations. The gestation length varies from 149 to 155 days (average 152 days). . . .” (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21509455)

JB: “[1:06:31] . . . And there would be temple sacrifices needed all year long. So these shepherds could have been out anytime of the year, in fact the Mishnahs the oral laws speak of shepherds in the field thirty days before Passover. Thirty days before Passover is in February which is the rainiest and at times the coldest month in the land of Israel. And if you think people couldn’t be attending flocks in the winter in Israel, then you have never been into Israel. Okay, Israel is not Alaska in the winter. It’s not here in the winter, it’s not that cold. It actually snows once in a while, but it’s not that cold. WE go to Israel in the winter and we CAMP OUT! And we see shepherds and sheep out in the fields. What a stupid statement people make sometimes without even thinking about it. . . . [1:07:19]”

GC: Brother, the Mishnah (Judaism oral law committed to writing about AD 200 – Source: GotQuestions.com) is not our final authority and we should hold to the Holy Bible as our only Authority for our faith, teachings and righteous living. The Bible also states that winter is a rainy month:

Song of Solomon 2:11  For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

And

Ezr 10:9  Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for the great rain. . . .

Ezr 10:13  But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand without, neither is this a work of one day or two: for we are many that have transgressed in this thing.

The ninth month referred to in the preceding verses is the month Chislev (November / December) according to the sacred Jewish calendar which is the heart of Israel’s winter. Further, it appears according to your travel blog, and from what I am aware of, you and Ricky travelled to Israel on two occasions. On both occasions in 2015 and in 2016 you were there in the spring over the time of the Jews’ Passover – the latter one you were there a month earlier as the Jews’ Passover was in a leap year – and so you were not in Israel in the heart of winter camping out as you say. You might well have had seen shepherds and sheep out in the fields, but at the beginning of and/or in the spring time. Also certain modern farming practices might have changed the way things are done nowadays.

JB: “[1:07:20] . . . But when we consider that there were shepherds near Bethlehem, and that the Jews would not allow that to happen unless it involved the temple service, its very evident that these shepherds were Levites. In fact the word Bethlehem, the city of Bethlehem over the years became synonymous with sacrificial lambs, because they were kept nearby. It’s like the city of Nazareth. When Philip went and told his brother Nathaniel in the Book of John that he had found the Messiah, he was of Nazareth . . . Nathaniel saying said, could anything good come out of Nazareth? Nazareth became synonymous with rejected. It was a synonym. Rejected. Okay, just like the word ‘Hillary’ is synonymous with ‘Devil Witch.’ I mean you know it just means that . . . [background laughter] [pause] . . . So when the Bible says when Joseph took Mary and the baby Jesus to live in Nazareth, and it says, as it was written in the prophets He shall be a Nazarene, it never says specifically in the prophets He’ll be a Nazarene, but He’s referencing Isaiah 53 Messiah will be rejected. If, if you want me to sum up Isaiah 53 in one word, Jesus was a Nazarene – He was rejected. The city of Nazareth became associated with rejection. It meant rejected, Oh you Nazarene, you rejected one. We do the same thing. Bethlehem became synonymous with sacrificial lambs. When you spoke of Bethlehem the immediate thing that came to mind were the sacrificial flocks. Kinda like we say Ashville – Ashville means liberal. You say, “San Francisco” – what immediately comes to your mind “Homo”. The same thing with Bethlehem it was associated with these Levitical flocks. . . . [1:09:20]”

GC: Brother, when I think of Bethlehem, I think of the City of David, I think of the “House of Bread.” Also, Matthew 2:23 does not appear to be referencing Isaiah 53 as the Messiah being a Nazarene for nowhere in the chapter is Nazareth or Nazarene mentioned. However Judges 13:5 appears to be the cross reference of Matthew 2:23. Further, there is no Scriptural foundation to say “the city of Bethlehem over the years became synonymous with sacrificial lambs”. The same would apply to you saying “just like the word ‘Hillary’ is synonymous with ‘Devil Witch.’” That statement is disrespectful to your sister’s-in-Christ whose names happen to be ‘Hillary.’ Some would know you are specifically referring to ‘Hillary Clinton’, but others may not. What happened to meekness, gentleness and teaching all with humility? Brother, you are coming across as arrogant.

The Honor of Kings (Pr. 25:2) Sermon (Part 4 of 5)(Audio)

JB: [9:56] “. . . It’s our honor to seek the truth and take a stand and if we are shown to be wrong by the Scriptures to wilfully admit it, and change. . . . [10:06]”

GC: Brother, I hope by the end of these corrections given to you in love, you will stand true to your word.

JB: [12:45] “. . . But please understand that our authority is not tradition. It’s not fairy tales or fables we tell at Christmas time. It’s not the Catholic church, it’s not the Catholic encyclopaedia, it’s not Wikipedia. The authority is the Scriptures. And many times the things we assume [pause] are true, are based on tradition and we think that they are based upon the Scriptures. But the Scriptures are our authority so I want to ask a few questions today, and we are going to let the Scriptures answer them. . . .” [13:20]

GC: Brother, much what you have preached in these sermons are based on tradition and not Scripture.

JB: “[17:23] It’s funny. Turn to Luke chapter 12. Jesus makes a subtle reference to so called wise men. There was a lot of them in the Jewish religious circles, always debating, always doubting, always seeking for answers outside of the Scriptures. Luke 12:29, Jesus says to the people, and it’s a subtle reference, to such wise men, a rebuke of sorts, that we aren’t to be like this.  “And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.” You see the things that wise men seek, seek, seek, seek after and worry, worry, worry, worry about are the things we are not to be concerned with, because our Father knows our needs and we are to be seeking the Kingdom of God. And to seek the Kingdom of God is to seek Him in His Word. It’s funny because this phrase here in verse 29 “do not be of a doubtful mind”. If you look at it in the original language it’s the word from which we get meteor. The meteors floating around in the heavens. In other words Jesus said, “Don’t meteorise.” A subtle reference to those who would look at the heavens and try to discern the times and try to ah, ah, ah, prognosticate about what’s happening. We’re not to be like that. . . . [19:05]”

GC: Brother, “of doubtful mind” is not making reference to a heavenly body as a meteor, or referencing prognosticators, but in the context of the Scriptures Jesus is referring to having one’s mind suspended or fluctuating in space in the sense of being anxious – having one’s mind all over the place similar to the worldly saying “being an air head”. We should be careful of taking a Scripture verse in isolation and spiritualising the same to fit our own point we are trying to make.

JB: [41:35] “. . . Buddha prophesied a coming Messiah. I’ve actually got the writing at home. . . . [41:40]”

GC: Brother, with all due respect what has Buddha got to do with “Christmas”? Are you equating Buddha to the Old Testament prophets of old who prophesied the coming Messiah? Referencing Buddha can open up to referencing Nostradamus as a biblical sage! Very dangerous and heretical!

JB: [46:00] “. . . It’s only 10 after 12 and half of you already look like you are asleep. Is this boring? Maybe it is, I’ll quit. . . . [46:08]”

GC: Brother, is it possible God was showing you something?

JB: [49:48] “. . . Wasn’t the same night as the shepherds when they came to Bethlehem that’s a Catholic myth. There’s a lot of Catholic myths out there that we believe. There’s a lot of myths that we believe in American history. Like the Civil War was fought over slavery that nobody questions because nobody seeks out historical records. Lots of myths so it isn’t surprising that we, is it at all surprising that we in the church falls for them. That’s a Catholic myth. I would tell you that [pause] Jesus had to be at least 41-days old before the wise men showed up in Bethlehem. Turn over to Luke chapter 2. The wise men obviously saw the star two years before they showed up in Herod’s court. The Bible never says that Christ . . . that there were two years between the star and Christ’s birth; it doesn’t say that at all. The star appeared two years earlier, it didn’t take them two years to get there. So there must have been a time of seeking and searching the Scriptures and then a four month journey [from Babylon]. So the two years could have started before Christ’s birth some time. All we know is that it was two years from the appearing of the star to Herod’s court. Christ could have been born any time in that two year period. . . . [51:09]”

GC: Brother, your statement is untrue, quote: “The Bible never says that Christ . . . that there were two years between the star and Christ’s birth; it doesn’t say that at all.” [unquote]. You appear to be contradicting yourself with your many references to the two years. When the wise men saw the star of Jesus it must have been a sign from God of the birth of His Son, or what was the wise men to have searched out, or known that Christ was born? In Matthew 2:2,3, when the wise men had arrived in Jerusalem, we read,

Mat 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Mat 2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

The sighting of the star is connected with the birth of the “king of the Jews?” (Matt 2:2). Later, Herod then privately inquired of the wise men “diligently what time the star appeared” (Matt. 2:7). He wanted to know the exact time and the wise men told Herod, and later we read,

Mat 2:16  Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

The death of the children were “two years and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men”, so when the wise men saw the star signalling the birth of Christ it was two years from when they first saw it in the east.

If you say, quote: “Christ could have been born any time in that two year period” [unquote], then the time diligently received by Herod from the wise men could have been, let’s say, one year, then Herod would most probably only have had to kill the children from one year old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Brother, you are not being faithful to The Word.

JB: “[55:44] . . . Now we’ve talked about the time of Christ’s birth and when it could have been in times past and I don’t want to get into that again today, people that say it could not possibly have happened on December 25th, that’s not true. We can’t know exactly when Jesus was born. It makes sense to me that He would have been born in the fall around the time of the Feast of Tabernacles that symbolises God dwelling with His people – a partial fulfilment of the Feast of Tabernacles. We know that He truly fulfilled the first feast of the spring times season in His first coming and I believe those fall feasts will be ultimately fulfilled at His second coming, but it makes sense to me based on the course of Abijim (sic) and when Zacharias would have been in the temple that He would have been born sometime in the fall. And what’s interesting is that, in 5BC the Feast of Tabernacles would have started on October 16th 5BC. Herod would have been dead before April 10th 4BC. That means the forty-first day, if Christ was born on the opening day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the forty-first day when He was presented in the temple would have been December 25th 4BC. So this idea that we are way off base because we choose to talk about Christ’s birth on December 25th, most of that’s cultural, but Christ could have been born in December. If He was born to fulfil the Feast of Tabernacles then He was conceived around December 25th. Or it could be that He was presented in the temple forty-one days after His birth if He was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles. The Scriptures don’t say. We can speculate, but to argue that December, the end of December has NOTHING whatsoever to do with Christ coming into the world is foolishness. It is, it’s just as much a possibility of December 25th as of any other day I suppose, because we can’t know. We know when Herod died, we know when the Feast of Tabernacles was. . . . [57:42]

GC: Brother, as we have dealt with previously it would be advisable to stick with what you MOST believe that our Lord Jesus Christ was born at the Feast of Tabernacles. To make the statement, quote: “. . . people that say it could not possibly have happened on December 25th, that’s not true” [unquote] is untrue on your part. The evidences of Scripture reveal the facts and you will be shown the error of your teachings here. In the Old Testament God tabernacles with His people continuously in the tabernacle and the temple of old. He then comes to tabernacle physically amongst His people in the New Testament Gospels. So why can He not partially fulfil the Feast of Tabernacles at His first coming? Well, you start believing this then you move away in the opposite direction.

Brother, you have greatly missed the mark in your calculations concerning your attempt to get the forty-first day to land on December 25th. Your statement, reads, quote: “And what’s interesting is that, in 5BC the Feast of Tabernacles would have started on October 16th 5BC. Herod would have been dead before April 10th 4BC. That means the forty-first day, if Christ was born on the opening day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the forty-first day when He was presented in the temple would have been December 25th 4BC.” [unquote]. Firstly, forty-one days from October 16th 5BC using the Gregorian calendar would land on November 26th 5BC (16 + 15 = 31 days in October. Therefore 15 + 26 days in November = 41 days in total). Secondly, it is not December 25th 4BC, but 5BC. And thirdly, the Feast of Tabernacles appears in the Hebrew month Tishri (which fluctuates between the Gregorian months September and October) so even if one had to move the date a month in advance to November the same will violate the Hebrew calendar. So dear brother, to say, quote: “So this idea that we are way off base because we choose to talk about Christ’s birth on December 25th, most of that’s cultural, but Christ could have been born in December” [unquote], yes, you are way off base and I plead with you to give up this foolishness and false teaching. And no, Jesus was not conceived on the Roman Catholic sun worshipping day December 25th, a day steeped in idolatry and heathenism – past and present, but He would have been conceived during the Feast of Hanukkah (early December not late December) – The Light entered the world. Remember brother, conception is different to the physical birth of the Messiah for which December 25th is professed by ‘Christians’ to be a birth day not a conception day!

JB: “[59:59] . . . If Christ was born on December 25th things would have happened much quicker, but these things are certainly possible. A man I respect greatly with regard to Old Testament chronology argues that, based on a lot of things, that, the shepherds came the night of Christ’s birth and the wise men showed up the next day in Jerusalem looking for the Christ. And by a day or so later Mary and Joseph were relocated into a house and the wise men showed up just two or three days after He was born. And then they, fled, almost immediately, and were gone for only a few weeks. I respect this man, . . . [1:00:47]

GC: Brother, whoever the scholar ‘man’ is who you respect, I would reject his teachings if I were you, as you and I will agree that he got it totally incorrect. We are reminded in Scripture, “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” (Galatians 5:9). We are to avoid error at all costs! Truth is 100%. A 0.1% error renders the 99.9% untrue! That is why we must strive to be perfect, for we read,

Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

In conclusion my dear brother, there is error also in your part 5 “Tower of the Flock (Micah 4:8)” sermon and since there are many errors recorded here already there is no need to address any of your “Christmas” teachings further.

Brother, this is an important doctrine of God’s Holy Word concerning the birth of His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. If these errors are being taught, new and old believers alike are practicing and teaching falsehood amongst the brethren and in the assembly of believers. We are commanded to be in unity of speech, mind and judgment when we read in I Corinthians 1:9-13,

9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

We are also to keep the unity of the Spirit as we read in Ephesians 4:3-6,

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

We are to get away from the heretical teachings of men and hold to the true heroes of our faith as recorded in the Holy Bible. If you are holding to this foolish teaching of “Christmas” so you won’t offend your financial supporters and/or those already taught this fallacy, brother please repent and change so we can have unity in the faith.

In closing, this is why Christ Jesus gave us the Lord’s table to remember Him by to avoid all false teachings and divisions among brethren, as we read in I Corinthians 11:23-26,

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.

Brother, please head the call to recant of this false teaching. Do what is true and right. With much love in Christ,Soli Deo Gloria______________

Part 2 can be read Here.

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