Open emails to brother Jesse Boyd ~ Part 2

Dear Reader,

Birth of Christ ~ Click to enlarge Continuing on from Part 1 – please read Part 1 before reading this Part 2 as this will not make much sense – here are brother Jesse Boyd’s and writer’s email responses to the initial email.

As mentioned in Part 1 this blog post 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!

Please read first writer’s email to brother Jesse in Part 1 to get the context before reading our responses hereunder.

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From: Jesse Boyd [mailto:jboyd@fpgm.org]
Sent: 11 March 2017 05:37 AM
To: Gary Crous
Subject: Re: YOUR TEACHING SERMON PODCASTS ON "CHRISTMAS"

Gary, I’ve been through this with you before, and frankly, I’m not interested in taking the time to answer you point by point. It would be a fruitless waste of my time out here on the foreign mission field. Considering the  history of these diatribes that come from you out of nowhere, it’s very hard for me to take you seriously. The sermons that you have nit picked and misrepresented remain as is. I stand by my words, and I stand by those teachings. If the "public forum" mention was some sort of threat, be my guest. Say whatever you want. As I have told you before, I am surrounded by those who hold me accountable in ministry and have a local church and a faithful pastor who do the same.  These are aware of everything that I teach and preach. I may be obligated by my testimony in Christ to consider what you have to say, but as I in no way answer to you in matters of ministry, I am not obligated to heed your words nor take them seriously in their presumptuousness. Find something better to do with your time brother. Vain and profane babblings only increase unto more ungodliness. And without the covering of a biblically-organized local church, you are only asking for trouble in ministry.

As we are persistently laboring for the Gospel in very difficult fields and doing so with the blessing and commission of the local church and a long record of faithfulness, I have a personal policy. If I never hear from you with a word of encouragement, a response to a prayer request, or just something positive and for edification, criticism that pops out of a hole is suspicious at best. Once, I’ll consider it. The second time, I usually ignore it and sever Facebook contact. In your case, because of the labors we shared together in South Africa, I have given you more grace. Brother, this is the third or fourth you have done this following a long period of silence. Since 2015, it became hard to take you seriously after you contacted me and assured me that some support was being sent to help with the earthquake victims here in Nepal. Of course, that support never showed up and some excuse was made about a bank transfer problem. Bottom line, you contacted me and you told me you were going to do something that you never did. Before you start nitpicking my sermons, it might be better to consider what Psalm 15 says about a righteous man swearing to his own hurt and still changing not. And brother, this has absolutely nothing to do with the money. I don’t need you money, and I don’t need your support. But, don’t tell a brother you are going to do something, then you don’t do it, then you crawl out of a hole of silence with a presumptuous diatribe of criticism, and then expect that brother to take you seriously. Still, I gave you grace through the last of these diatribes that came last year (you seem to be on a once-a-year schedule of some sort) and have kept the lines of communication open. Today’s email is the last straw. There is so much wrong with what you wrote, but I will not waste the time debating with you. You are obviously off-base and unbalanced spiritually and theologically (something as simple as your constant use of "YHVH" reveals a whole lot brother). The best thing you can do is put yourself under the accountability and spiritual authority of a Bible-believing local church, and spend less time straining at a gnat while swallowing a camel.

Say what you want to say in your "public forum." I’ve got more important things to do than respond or defend myself. The LORD judge between me and thee.

Goodbye Gary. Please do not contact me again.

Jesse
Sent from my iPhone

From: Gary Crous [mailto:luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com]
Sent: 18 March 2017 12:16 AM
To: ‘Jesse Boyd’
Subject: RE: YOUR TEACHING SERMON PODCASTS ON "CHRISTMAS"

Dear brother Jesse

Thank you for your response. Whilst you say you do not want to hear from me again, I think you have made serious allegations against me that needs to be corrected. You might think it is a “diatribe” and “nit picking”, but I can assure you that there are errors that I have lovingly pointed out to you and you will not humbily accept the corrections. It appears that you are of your own opinion that you never err and that no one including me can question your teachings even when they are erroneous in parts. Brother, you are a fine biblical scholar and teacher and I have learned a lot from you, but on the issues I “nit picked” I do not agree with your errors and I can assure you I have not “misrepresented” them. Must I remain silent and not be a Berean in testing all things? Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? (Gal. 4:16)

Brother, the “public forum” was not a threat. I mentioned this as you and many other brothers, including myself, have publicly addressed and rebuked professing and true Christians publicly. I prayed about this and sought counsel before addressing you. Once you censured me for addressing you and Ricky in a private email when in my understanding both of you were present at your karate graduation, and it wasn’t a matter of you offending me personally that I needed only to have come to you alone. More on this later. Brother, I will address your response to me in point form as you made certain accusations against me that needs to be corrected.

“I in no way answer to you in matters of ministry, I am not obligated to heed your words nor take them seriously in their presumptuousness.”

Brother, I have never asked you to answer to me in matters of your ministry. However, you are answerable for what you preach and teach. If you are not answerable then you cannot question the “teachings” of others. And my words were not in their presumptuousness. I presumed nothing but addressed your words spoken.

“I have a personal policy. If I never hear from you with a word of encouragement, a response to a prayer request, or just something positive and for edification, criticism that pops out of a hole is suspicious at best. Once, I’ll consider it. The second time, I usually ignore it and sever Facebook contact. In your case, because of the labors we shared together in South Africa, I have given you more grace.”

Brother, if you go back on your Facebook wall you will notice that I have been in agreement with a thumbs up on many of your posts or pictures. I have at times made some comments, but I do admit that they have been very brief. I do not have to broadcast that I am praying for you or your ministry or your family. Believe me we as a family pray often for these mentioned items if and when they come to mind. We are reminded to pray in the closet, right? Dear brother, communication is a two way thing. When last did you comment, thumbs up or have something positive to say to me without me asking for it? Or does everything revolve solely around the ministry of Jesse Boyd? Brother, I have longed to labour with you again, and even made my intentions known to you, but if you were serious about labouring together you might well have helped in some way. You are blessed to have the strength of the US Dollar against foreign currency as apposed to the poor value of the SA Rand. Consider these Scriptures,

Act 20:33  I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
Act 20:34  Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
Act 20:35  I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

“Brother, this is the third or fourth you have done this following a long period of silence. Since 2015, it became hard to take you seriously after you contacted me and assured me that some support was being sent to help with the earthquake victims here in Nepal. Of course, that support never showed up and some excuse was made about a bank transfer problem. Bottom line, you contacted me and you told me you were going to do something that you never did. Before you start nitpicking my sermons, it might be better to consider what Psalm 15 says about a righteous man swearing to his own hurt and still changing not. And brother, this has absolutely nothing to do with the money. I don’t need you money, and I don’t need your support. But, don’t tell a brother you are going to do something, then you don’t do it, then you crawl out of a hole of silence with a presumptuous diatribe of criticism, and then expect that brother to take you seriously.”

Brother, it appears that you keep a record of wrongs and you might have a spirit of unforgiveness. Our Lord Jesus said, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Mat. 6:14,15) You have harboured this issue since 2015. I sent you many emails dealing with the support that was to come from [shortened LHBC], where I was a member at the time. As I do not hold records of wrongs, the emails I sent to you have long been deleted. You are welcome to send me copies so that my memory can be refreshed what I said. However, from what I recollect you were at the time very supportive of me and said something along the lines that “these things happen” when there was a problem with the transfer according to an elder and his wife of LHBC. They did not want to do a ‘paypal’ payment for reasons they afforded. We even asked for your physical bank account details. I expressed my dismay at the whole problem that existed back then. I genuinely was unhappy with the whole issue surrounding the Nepal Earthquake Relief funds. In fact when I told you I was going to leave LHBC you were very supportive of my move and truly encouraged me in finding a new place to worship. Of all the emails that I have left, this one is what I sent to LHBC upon my resignation as a ‘member’ from a church that offered me the right hand of fellowship and commissioned me to “go and evangelise” when [DELETED] was the previous pastor. Here is the email [it has been shortened],

From: Gary Crous [mailto:luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 13 October 2015 21:23
To: [DELETED]; [DELETED]; [DELETED]
Subject: EKKLESIA ATTENDANCE

Dear Brothers [DELETED], [DELETED] and [DELETED]

Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank you [DELETED] for your telephone call making inquiry concerning the Crous family the other week. I pray and hope you all will receive this mail in the love to you that it is sincerely intended. I write this mail to advise you – as the leadership of the [shortened LHBC] – that I have been praying and seeking the LORD regarding where we should be at this time. I had hoped to find a fellowship that had an evangelical heart for the lost. I was once told by our dear Brother [DELETED] that my frustration was showing, and it surely was as a result of a cry for my beloved LHBC brothers and sisters to be active and join me. Sadly, before becoming disillusioned, I think it is time to move one. In the past two years or so opportunities have presented themselves where we could all have worked together on missionary work – some going, some organising, some providing, all praying – to reach out to the heathen lost world, but the presented opportunities to provide and labour with our Saviour sadly escaped us. Our Master stated it best, as it is written in Luke 10:2 ~

2  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

Evangelism is not a one-man commissioned-to-go show left to one to go, to provide for his own and only rely on the prayers of the remaining rest. For the latter, it is often easier to speak to God about men than to speak to men about God! We, the saints, are to be perfected for the work of the ministry which leads to the unity of the faith as we read in Ephesians 4:11-16 ~

11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 
12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 
13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 
14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 
15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 
16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

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Here is a sermon preached on the evening of September 20, 2015 by Brother Jesse Boyd titled “Christian is a Bible Word.” Jesse raises the following question: “You may SAY you are a Christian; you may IDENTIFY yourself as being a CHRISTIAN; but can the world rightly ACCUSE you of being a Christian?” The early church turned the world upside down. Not so today. I wonder if the “church of today” – not to be confused with the beautiful and pristine Bride of Christ – has become docile and asleep due to Bible translations, men’s programmes, and the Holy Spirit being quenched and grieved by churchianity! Some weeks ago while we were going through Colossians 1:24-29 (23 August 2015: The School of Christ-like Maturity) I was saddened to hear again a mention that the scriptures will not be the same due to our different translations. By the way, I do download and listen to the podcast sermons and am encouraged! Without me becoming longwinded, the LORD commands us neither to add to nor take away from the Bible. We see this in Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32; Proverbs 4:20-21, 30:5-6; and Revelation 22:19. The Bible says: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11). Which Word is it if it changes so often? I would therefore ask that you kindly read the following articles if you have not already done so:

Here is also a video (https://youtu.be/bUR1-ewrHs4) that shows the various ‘contradictions’ in the modern translations that I request that you kindly view. . . . [shortened]

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Further, due to all the ecumenism that is taking place around the world and denominational teachings in the 37,000+ “types of churches”, to play it safe and not be attached to any I hereby wish to terminate my “membership” at [shortened LHBC] with immediate effect. I cannot trust “church organisations” and any “church denomination” affiliated to a man-made church council who is promoting man-made systems. Therefore true assemblies (ekklesia) of God should be autonomous. As a family, before God, we will not be affiliating ourselves with any denomination, church building or organization, as we hold to the Truth that born again believers have our names “written in the Lamb’s book of life” (see Revelation 21:27) and therefore need not to have our names on a man-made membership church roll! I acted in haste with my membership of LHBC when my convictions and conscience have always warned me. We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves (see Hebrews 10:25), but will freely meet at home and with other believers as our LORD directs. [The Holy Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. However, I would suggest that you add “Pagan Christianity?” by Frank Viola and George Barna to your library.]

Further, in closing, I am afraid I might fall into sin if I continue in fellowship with LHBC due to the following issues:

  • Edifying one another with different translations that ‘contradict’ the meaning of GOD’s Word. This will also diminish unity: “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.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:10
  • A lopsided budget that diminishes any other evangelical costs. [An email titled SOME SERIOUS CONCERNS dated Monday 16th March 2015 bears reference]
  • A non-payment of a committed Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund collection for FPGM (Bro. Jesse Boyd). [Not sure if Jesse has been notified by LHBC of the non-payment]
  • There is no Biblical corporate evangelism as a “ministry of reconciliation” (see 2 Corinthians 5:18).

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.

With regards to the LHBC’s R500.00 monthly payment to the Crous family, you are at liberty to discontinue the same as you deem fit.

In Christ’s service,

From: [DELETED]
Sent: 07 November 2015 09:34 AM
To: ‘Gary Crous’
Cc:[DELETED]‘; ‘[DELETED]
Subject: RE: EKKLESIA ATTENDANCE

Gary,

Thank you for the email you sent on the 13th. Although we are saddened by the situation, we appreciate your email and the expression of your concerns. As it seems that most of your main concerns are long-term issues which have been addressed before by [DELETED], we think it wise not to revisit them all, and therefore accept your resignation.

We continue to pray for you, your family, and your street evangelism. With regard to the R500 monthly contribution, we would like to use it for our church’s missions work, and will therefore redirect it elsewhere. We will continue the support of your ministry till the end of December, but will then stop the payments.

Much love and prayers,
The elders of [DELETED]

[DELETED]

Pastor,
[DELETED]

Sadly brother, your mention, quote: “And brother, this has absolutely nothing to do with the money. I don’t need you money, and I don’t need your support. has everything to do with the money. Then why do you mention this? To try discredit me and my witness and testimony? Your scathing comments are not Christ-like. I hate stooping to a level of bringing up past events, but this incident is very relevant. Brother, do you remember your reaction when you were in South Africa the first time and a brother in the USA was withdrawing his support from your FPGM and how you openly verbally vented your frustration? I am sure it wasn’t about the money and your travels, right? Brother, you have held a record of wrongs for close on two years now. Don’t you think you should let it go?

“Still, I gave you grace through the last of these diatribes that came last year (you seem to be on a once-a-year schedule of some sort) and have kept the lines of communication open. Today’s email is the last straw. There is so much wrong with what you wrote, but I will not waste the time debating with you. You are obviously off-base and unbalanced spiritually and theologically (something as simple as your constant use of "YHVH" reveals a whole lot brother). The best thing you can do is put yourself under the accountability and spiritual authority of a Bible-believing local church, and spend less time straining at a gnat while swallowing a camel.”

Brother, last year was not a “diatribe” either. And I do not have a “once-a-year schedule of sorts”. Here is the opening salutation and warning that I offered you in 2016:

From: Gary Crous [mailto:luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com]
Sent: 05 June 2016 09:36 PM
To: ‘Jesse Boyd’
Subject: RE: Just Checking In

Dear brothers Jesse and Ricky

Grace to you, and peace in God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. In response to your email hereunder, we say many thanks to you for the updates that you send out periodically and we assure you we keep praying for you and your ministry when you come to mind with a need as we hold the ropes here in South Africa. Our prayers are for the work of evangelism where ever you go. I must admit that I am at fault where I have not communicated with you as often as I should, both in private conversation or on social media. Please do accept my apology.

I still follow your and Ricky’s Facebook postings so we know your thoughts, your actions and your mission work and we are mostly encouraged by what we see and read. However dear brother Jesse, I watched a video that Eva Tsai posted on FB which was linked to your wall on April 5, 2016 with regards to your martial arts’ black belt graduation in California after your return from Israel. Brother Jesse, I was deeply saddened to see you and the parties present all bow to a framed photograph (?) on some steps. Brother, can you kindly explain this practice! What I am concerned about is that this video is in the public domain and it clearly shows a violation of the Second Commandment by bowing to an object (idolatry). What further concerns me is that it appears that the brethren have not picked up on this, whilst yet congratulating you and liking your martial arts’ postings. I am not sure whether anyone else has approached you concerning this matter.

I do believe I am in the faith and led of the Holy Spirit, so I am surprised at your outburst, quote: “You are obviously off-base and unbalanced spiritually and theologically (something as simple as your constant use of "YHVH" reveals a whole lot brother).” For you (FPGM) that reach out to Israeli backpackers in Nepal and South America and who give them the Tanakh as well as the B’rit Chadashah it is common knowledge that in Hebrew the LORD’s Name appears as “Yod He Vav He” (YHVH). I merely state the True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So what is wrong with that since many people mention a false ‘god’?

Brother, it appears that you are trying to deviate the issues at hand away from what you said in your sermons. If I am wrong please point out my error so I can apologise. Besides, why would you, a learned man. even want to hold to a false “holiday” that has no Biblical foundation? And remember the Bride of Christ is one body. We are all accountable to each other in Christ Jesus,

1Co 12:19  And if they were all one member, where were the body?
1Co 12:20  But now are they many members, yet but one body.
1Co 12:21  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1Co 12:22  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

With much love,
In Christ’s service,

From: Jesse Boyd [mailto:jboyd@fpgm.org]
Sent: 18 March 2017 10:02 AM
To: Gary Crous
Subject: Re: YOUR TEACHING SERMON PODCASTS ON "CHRISTMAS"

Gary, I asked you not to contact me again. I disagree with your conclusions and presumptions. Period. The LORD judge between me and thee. I stand by the teachings that you failed to hear and recall in their proper context, and I stand by every correspondence I have sent to you in response to your criticisms over the years. Frankly, I’m done. I never reached out to accuse you; you have done this to me numerous times. And, your comment about the dollar versus the Rand, I’m not interested in partnering with anyone in ministry that has  this man-centered mindset. I partner with South Asian believers who know far more about  devalued currency and financial struggle than you could ever know, and the Lord has used them to do mighty things for His Kingdom. I will say no more. Please don’t waste your time trying to contact me again to debate things I am not interested in debating with you. You write long emails, but they are not serving to prove any point. In fact, "in the multitude of words, there wanteth not sin" (Proverbs 10:19). Ecclesiastes 5:3 is also pretty clear. I’m really busy over here in South Asia with the work of the Gospel, and its time to cut out the distractions. I sense no call from the Lord at this time or any time in the near future to return to or labor in South Africa, so  partnership with you is a moot point anyway. Stop concerning yourself with me, I’m a nobody, and do something better with your time in what the Lord has called you to do in your own country.

Maranatha, 
Jesse

P.S. Future emails from you attempting to debate with me or argue about "Christmas" will be ignored and will not receive a response.

Conclusion:

One point which will be made here as brother Jesse does not want writer to contact him by email, without addressing each issue to the last email here above, is that writer never made reference to labouring alongside brother Jesse in South Africa, but he presumed such. Brother Jesse was well aware that writer made his intensions known that he wished to labour alongside him in South Asia and/or the USA and/or Israel, and therefore he quoted Acts 20:33-35 to be read in context with the preceding sentences thereto.

Since brother Jesse will, quote: “stand by the teachings that you failed to hear and recall in their proper context, and I stand by every correspondence I have sent to you in response to your criticisms over the years” [unquote] writer does not understand how he “failed to hear and recall in their proper context” when the sermons were transcribed and addressed from the very words spoken. The context was certainly taken into consideration for there was no other way to take what was said any other way. If you think writer has criticised you over the years, writer was asking questions and pointed out certain facts what he believed to be true. If i transgressed in any way against you which was personal criticism (which i would ask that you give me proof thereof), i humbly ask for your forgiveness for any wrong committed. However, what has been said in these blog posts, i stand by what has been written.

Soli Deo Gloria

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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.

Tishri 15 . . . or December 25?

Birth of Christ

TISHRI 15 . . .

OR

DECEMBER 25?

~ ‘Christmas’ is a Pagan Tradition ~

~ With Compliments ~

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Gary Stephen Crous

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Introduction

The physician Luke’s account of the Gospel of Jesus Christ includes very pertinent information that none of the other Gospel writers have included in their accounts. It is not that Matthew, Mark and John had overlooked this information – it just appears that Almighty God gave Luke the insight of recording the historical and legal information for our benefit.

To say Scripture is silent concerning the birth of Jesus Christ is to not take the Author of the Scriptures, YEHOVAH, at His Word. Man is to live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Mat. 4:4; Deut. 8:3), and he can truly know when the Christ child JESUS entered into this world – when God took on human form (John 1:1,14). From examining His Scriptures we can know when Christ was born. We will start with an important piece of information given to us as recorded by the apostle Luke in verse 1:5 of the Gospel – the word “Abia” (or “Abijah”). This is our referenced starting point and it is from here that we will calculate towards the birthdate of the Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

The Course of Abijah

From Scripture, the Levite priests of the sons of Aaron were allotted to serve at the Temple as recorded in the Law of Moses and these courses were divided into twenty-four divisions, as recorded in 1Chronicles 24:1-19.

Each course served for two weeks of each year, once in the first half and once in the second half of the Hebrew year. The Temple priests also served collectively for three weeks during the year as commanded by God during the three pilgrimage festivals as recorded in Deuteronomy 16:16 “in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles”.

The Jewish Calendar

To calculate when the course of Abijah would appear in the year we need to first understand the Jewish calendar. The time period when Jesus Christ was born into this world, the Jewish calendar would be using the post exilic sacred months as recorded in the diagram hereafter.

The year starts off in the Hebrew month of Nisan (March/April) and the months are based on the lunar calendar of 30 days per month. The Jewish calendar would therefore equate to a 360-day lunar year. In accordance with the courses that the priests would appear in the Temple, the calculation would be:

MONTH

PRE- / POST EXILIC

OF YEAR SACRED / CIVIL

MODERN

EQUIVALENT

MONTHS

Abib / Nisan

1 / 7

March / April

Ziv / Iyyar

2 /8

April / May

Sivan

3 / 9

May / June

Tammaz

4 / 10

June / July

Ab

5 / 11

July / August

Elul

6 / 12

August / September

Ethanim / Tishri

7 / 1

September / October

Bul / Heshvan

8 / 2

October / November

Chislev

9 / 3

November / December

Tebeth

10 / 4

December / January

Shebat

11 / 5

January / February

Adar / Adar I

(Leap Year)

12 / 6

February / March

24 Courses multiplied by 2 Temple duties a year equals 48 weeks, plus the three pilgrimage weeks which totals 51 weeks.

The 51 weeks equate to 357 days which fits within the 360-day lunar year calendar.

As a result, the course of Abijah, i.e. the eighth course (1Chr. 24:10), would serve the tenth week during the first half of the year, as a result of the Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread being celebrated starting on 14th/15th Nisan (Lev. 23:5-8) and the Feast of Weeks [Shavuot (Pentecost)] (Lev. 23:15,16).

Zechariah had his vision while serving in the eighth course of Abijah, which fell in the tenth week of the year, calculating from the month Nisan. As with the manner of women, we add two weeks to comply with the purity laws (Lev. 15:19,25) which brings the conception of John to be in or about the 12th week of the year. If John was born about thirty-nine weeks (nine months) later (for we are not sure of the exact day of conception calculated at about 39 weeks from Elisabeth’s last menstruation cycle) during the fifty-first week (12 + 39 = 51) that brings us to the birth of John at the Passover festival. Therefore, in God’s providence John the Baptist was born at Passover at the very time that Elijah was to appear.

The Seder Table and Elijah

During the Passover feast, Jewish tradition has a chair left open and a wine goblet set at ‘Elijah’s place’ at the seder (lit. set order) table, each year awaiting his arrival. A quote from a book titled Christ in the Passover sets out a traditional Jewish Passover seder table:

“Also at the seder table, beside each place setting are small wine goblets – small because four times they will be filled with sweet, red Passover wine during the seder. The custom of drinking four cups dates back to ancient Temple times . . . these four cups correspond to the four verbs in Exodus 6:6-7, describing God’s redemption: I will bring you out; I will free you; I will redeem you; I will take you to be My people.

“Two of the wine goblets at the table are usually larger and more ornate than the rest. They have silver, intricate pictures of the Bible history crafted into the metal. One of these goblets sits at the head of the table for the ruler of the feast; the other occupies a prominent place at the foot of the table, before an empty chair. It awaits the lips of Elijah, who, according to Malachi 4:5, is to announce the coming of the Messiah. The prophet is the invited guest of honor at every seder, for, should he come, it would indeed be the most festive of Passovers! The Messianic hope prevails more strongly at Passover than at any other time, for Midrashic tradition says: “Nisan is the month of redemption; in Nisan Israel was redeemed from Egypt; in Nisan Israel will again be redeemed” (Exodus Rabbah 15:12 Cf. chap. 6, 64-66).” (Christ in the Passover, Ceil & Moishe Rosen, Moody Publishers, Chicago, pages 82-83).

During the Passover, a child opens the house door to see if Elijah has “arrived”, to accept the invitation to come inside and announce the coming of the Messiah, and this is done every year as they await his “arrival”! We read in Scripture that John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:17). At the transfiguration of Christ, Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus and His disciples Peter, James and John, reading in Matthew 17:10-13

10And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12But I say unto you, That Elias is come already [see Matthew 11:14], and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. [See also Mark 9:10-13 and Luke 9:33].

From the preceding calculations, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit six months (about 26 weeks) after John the Baptist’s conception. For God’s Word says thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her” (Luke 1:36). Therefore, Christ Jesus was conceived about the 38th week around the festival Hanukkah. This means the “Light of the world” [John 1:9] was conceived during the festival of lights! Conceived, not born in flesh entering into the world, as the ‘Christmas’ man-made tradition dictates – there is a huge difference here!

To fulfill prophecies, God, being a God of divine order, is exact and precise in bringing His Word to pass, so too was the birth of His Only Begotten Son precisely “when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law” (Gal. 4:4).

Therefore, concerning God’s precise mandate and ordination of all things, Jesus was born thirty-nine weeks later (around week 76 from the preceding year’s month of Nisan; that is week 25 of the following year) which brings us to the autumn Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) in the month Tishri (i.e. September/October). God fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah (7:4) when He revealed Himself as God the Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and entered into this world as the God-Man? – “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14) – “Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Mat. 1:23).

The Feast of Tabernacles

It all points to the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot, Booths). A combination of two aspects – firstly, the taxing that Caesar Augustus decreed (Luke 2:1-4), and secondly, every Jew was required to come to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles (Deut. 16:16), and this would have resulted in Jerusalem being “booked out” where the Temple was situate as well as Bethlehem just five miles away. Therefore, it would be understandable that “there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). We must remember that Jews attending the Feast of Sukkot would be residing in booths for the duration of the festival according to the Jewish Law.

In Genesis 33:17 ~ 17And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth*. [*That is Booths]

The Hebrew word for “booth” is [+] 5521 sukkâh, sook-kaw’: feminine of 5520; a hut or lair– booth, cottage, covert, pavilion, tabernacle, tent. A specialized usage is employed for booths constructed for the fall harvest festival (Lev. 23:42,43) which is known as the chag hassukkôwth, the Feast of Booths (Deut. 16:13,16). This reminded the Israelites that they lived in booths when the LORD brought them up from Egypt (Lev. 23:43).

Therefore, Joseph and Mary stayed in a booth during the Feast of Booths at the time of Jesus’ birth and not in a cave nor in a stable. His birth was on the first day of Sukkot, “The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD” (Lev. 23:34), and He was circumcised on the “eighth great day”. Shemini Atseret (“Eighth Day of Solemn Assembly”) is observed immediately after Tabernacles on 22nd Tishri, as laid down in the Pentateuch: “on the eighth day shall be a holy convocation . . . it is a solemn assembly (Atseret);” (Lev. 23:36; cf. Num. 29:35). The term Atseret was the original “Simchat Torah” (Rejoicing of the Law) which celebrated the Law of Moses. The Son of man entered the covenant (circumcised) on the day of “rejoicing in the Torah.” Sukkot is symbolic of God dwelling in a “tabernacle” (body) with us. John 1:14 reads ~ 14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The Greek word “dwelt” is [+] 4637 – skēnoō; to tent or encamp, i.e. (figurative) to occupy (as a mansion) or (special) to reside (as God in the tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion):- dwell.

The Shepherds of Bethlehem

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. ~ Luke 2:8

The word “abiding” is the only time that this word is used with the Greek word agrauleō [+] 63 – agrauleō; to camp out – abide in the field. The shepherds were camping out which would not be the case if they were in the Gregorian month of December. Winter would have set in and the latter rainy season would have commenced from late October and it would be unlikely that the shepherds would have their flocks out in the fields at night. When the rainy season started in the late fall, temperatures would also be freezing, the shepherds would have already brought their sheep in from the fields and sheltered them. The shepherds always bring their flocks in from the mountain slopes and fields no later than October 15th!

The Bible also states that winter is a rainy month: 11For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; ~ Song of Solomon 2:11. And in Ezra 10:9,13 we are told in “the ninth month” there was “the great rain” and “a time of much rain.” The ninth month referred to is Chislev (November/December).

Swaddling Clothes

Also note the “clothing” that the baby Jesus was wrapped in at the time of His birth which would not be appropriate for the middle of winter. We read pertaining the swaddling clothes:

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. ~ Luke 2:6,7

The Greek word for “swaddling” is [+] 4683 – sparganoō from sparganon (a strip from a derivative of the base of 4682 meaning to strip or wrap with strips); to swathe (an infant after the Oriental custom):- wrap in swaddling clothes. This reveals that Joseph and Mary were not only poor by the offering that they offered at the Temple, “a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:24 and Lev. 12:6-8), but the clothes were also strips of wrap. From the evidence, the birth of Jesus Christ could not have been in the middle of winter.

The Wise Men

Another misconception about the practice of ‘Christmas’ is depicting the “three wise men” at the birth of Christ handing over three gifts to Jesus. This shows the inaccuracy that the world portrays during Nativity scenes, school and church productions of Jesus’ birth and on ‘Christmas’ cards, alike. We need to consult the Scriptures in Matthew 2:1-12, 16-18 to see the correct events as they happened concerning them coming to worship King Jesus. It would have taken them months to travel before arriving in Jerusalem, where they asked king Herod where is he that is born King of the Jews. When king Herod heard this – in order to fulfill Scriptures – “he demanded of them where Christ should be born” (Mat. 2:4b).

The shepherds were the first to see the baby Jesus lying in a manger and they broadcast the good news (see Luke 2:17,18) – the first evangelists!

A false depiction is given of the “three wise men” around the manger when the historical facts relate to two descriptions of Jesus. In the manger the word for “babe” is used [+] 1025 brephos, bref’-os; of uncertain affinity; an infant (properly unborn) literal or figurative:- babe, (young) child, infant. However, when we read the account of the wise men meeting Jesus, He is a “young child in a house” and the Greek word for “child” in Matthew 2:11 is [+] 3813 paidion, pahee—dee’-on; neuter diminutive of 3816; a childling (of either sex), i.e. (properly) an infant, or (by extension) a half-grown boy or girl; figurative an immature Christian:- (little, young) child, damsel.

At least two years had elapsed from the time the star first appeared to the wise men, and them informing king Herod, for when Herod saw that he was “mocked” by the wise men who did not report back to him, he fulfilled an ancient prophecy recorded in Jeremiah 31:15 when he “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.” So when the wise men saw Jesus he was not a babe, but a young child.

Conclusion

Based on all the true facts given in this document we should have absolutely nothing to do with a man-made pagan tradition such as ‘Christmas’. We are never commanded in God’s Word to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, we are commanded:

23For 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: 24And 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. 25After 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. 26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ~ 1 Cor. 11:23-26

Soli Deo Gloria

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Gospel Tract Distribution in Alexandra Park

A panoramic view of the venue in Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg On Sunday 27 November 2016, I went to Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg to distribute Gospel literature at the “1st Annual Christmas Festival.”

'1st Annual Christmas Festival' poster Had some conversations with various faiths and denominations, inter alia Christians, Orthodox, Muslim, Hindus, an Indian Anglican that agreed that Anglicanism is very close to Roman Catholicism, and a very fruitful conversation with a Zimbabwean named Naison, whose wife is a ‘Methodist’, and who is looking for a place to fellowship! Judging from the various people groups who attended this secular “Christmas Festival” it would appear that the true Gospel of the true Christ was missing! It was just another commercialised money-making secular event that pampered to the world with their advertising an “inflatable water theme park, beer garden, snake shows, live band and night market”! All these activities pamper to the flesh! The Lord Jesus Christ is no-where to be seen in events of this nature! You cannot put the true CHRIST back into “Christmas” for He never was in it to begin with!

Set-up on Park Drive This event surely needed the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ! So i set-up on Park Drive to engage the ‘whosoever’ would be attending this event. Also had the privilege of a Hindu lady threaten taking the “Reincarnation . . . or Resurrection? ~ A Message to Hindus” tract to The Witness newspaper seeing that she is a Hindu as she pointed out! Writer did ask that if she did so that she must make sure that they quote the full tract in context! Please pray for Hindu communities to come out of idol-worship bondage! For GOD the Creator says,

4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 
5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 
6  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. ~ Exodus 20:4-6

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Introduction

The physician Luke’s account of the Gospel of Jesus Christ includes very pertinent information that none of the other Gospel writers have included in their accounts. It is not that Matthew, Mark and John had overlooked this information – it just appears that Almighty God gave Luke the insight of recording the historical and legal information for our benefit.

To say Scripture is silent concerning the birth of Jesus Christ is to not take the Author of the Scriptures, YEHOVAH, at His Word. Man is to live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Mat. 4:4; Deut. 8:3), and he can truly know when the Christ child JESUS entered into this world – when God took on human form (John 1:1,14). From examining His Scriptures we can know when Christ was born. We will start with an important piece of information given to us as recorded by the apostle Luke in verse 1:5 of the Gospel – the word “Abia” (or “Abijah”). This is our referenced starting point and it is from here that we will calculate towards the birthdate of the Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

The Course of Abijah

From Scripture, the Levite priests of the sons of Aaron were allotted to serve at the Temple as recorded in the Law of Moses and these courses were divided into twenty-four divisions, as recorded in 1Chronicles 24:1-19.

Each course served for two weeks of each year, once in the first half and once in the second half of the Hebrew year.  The Temple priests also served collectively for three weeks during the year as commanded by God during the three pilgrimage festivals as recorded in Deuteronomy 16:16 “in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles”.

The Jewish Calendar

To calculate when the course of Abijah would appear in the year we need to first understand the Jewish calendar. The time period when Jesus Christ was born into this world, the Jewish calendar would be using the post exilic sacred months as recorded in the diagram hereafter.

The year starts off in the Hebrew month of Nisan (March/April) and the months are based on the lunar calendar of 30 days per month. The Jewish calendar would therefore equate to a 360-day lunar year. In accordance with the courses that the priests would appear in the Temple, the calculation would be:

MONTH

PRE- / POST EXILIC

OF YEAR SACRED / CIVIL

MODERN

EQUIVALENT

MONTHS

Abib / Nisan

1 / 7

March / April

Ziv / Iyyar

2 /8

April / May

Sivan

3 / 9

May / June

Tammaz

4 / 10

June / July

Ab

5 / 11

July / August

Elul

6 / 12

August / September

Ethanim / Tishri

7 / 1

September / October

Bul / Heshvan

8 / 2

October / November

Chislev

9 / 3

November / December

Tebeth

10 / 4

December / January

Shebat

11 / 5

January / February

Adar / Adar I

(Leap Year)

12 / 6

February / March

24 Courses multiplied by 2 Temple duties a year equals 48 weeks, plus the three pilgrimage weeks which totals 51 weeks.

The 51 weeks equate to 357 days which fits within the 360-day lunar year calendar.

As a result, the course of Abijah, i.e. the eighth course (1Chr. 24:10), would serve the tenth week during the first half of the year, as a result of the Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread being celebrated starting on 14th/15th Nisan (Lev. 23:5-8) and the Feast of Weeks [Shavuot (Pentecost)] (Lev. 23:15,16).

Zechariah had his vision while serving in the eighth course of Abijah, which fell in the tenth week of the year, calculating from the month Nisan. As with the manner of women, we add two weeks to comply with the purity laws (Lev. 15:19,25) which brings the conception of John to be in or about the 12th week of the year. If John was born about thirty-nine weeks (nine months) later (for we are not sure of the exact day of conception calculated at about 39 weeks from Elisabeth’s last menstruation cycle) during the fifty-first week (12 + 39 = 51) that brings us to the birth of John at the Passover festival. Therefore, in God’s providence John the Baptist was born at Passover at the very time that Elijah was to appear.

The Seder Table and Elijah

During the Passover feast, Jewish tradition has a chair left open and a wine goblet set at ‘Elijah’s place’ at the seder (lit. set order) table, each year awaiting his arrival. A quote from a book titled Christ in the Passover sets out a traditional Jewish Passover seder table:

“Also at the seder table, beside each place setting are small wine goblets – small because four times they will be filled with sweet, red Passover wine during the seder. The custom of drinking four cups dates back to ancient Temple times . . . these four cups correspond to the four verbs in Exodus 6:6-7, describing God’s redemption: I will bring you out; I will free you; I will redeem you; I will take you to be My people.

“Two of the wine goblets at the table are usually larger and more ornate than the rest. They have silver, intricate pictures of the Bible history crafted into the metal. One of these goblets sits at the head of the table for the ruler of the feast; the other occupies a prominent place at the foot of the table, before an empty chair. It awaits the lips of Elijah, who, according to Malachi 4:5, is to announce the coming of the Messiah. The prophet is the invited guest of honor at every seder, for, should he come, it would indeed be the most festive of Passovers! The Messianic hope prevails more strongly at Passover than at any other time, for Midrashic tradition says: “Nisan is the month of redemption; in Nisan Israel was redeemed from Egypt; in Nisan Israel will again be redeemed” (Exodus Rabbah 15:12 Cf. chap. 6, 64-66).” (Christ in the Passover, Ceil & Moishe Rosen, Moody Publishers, Chicago, pages 82-83).

During the Passover, a child opens the house door to see if Elijah has “arrived”, to accept the invitation to come inside and announce the coming of the Messiah, and this is done every year as they await his “arrival”! We read in Scripture that John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:17). At the transfiguration of Christ, Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus and His disciples Peter, James and John, reading in Matthew 17:10-13

10And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12But I say unto you, That Elias is come already [see Matthew 11:14], and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. [See also Mark 9:10-13 and Luke 9:33].

From the preceding calculations, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit six months (about 26 weeks) after John the Baptist’s conception. For God’s Word says thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her” (Luke 1:36). Therefore, Christ Jesus was conceived about the 38th week around the festival Hanukkah. This means the “Light of the world” [John 1:9] was conceived during the festival of lights! Conceived, not born in flesh entering into the world, as the ‘Christmas’ man-made tradition dictates – there is a huge difference here!

To fulfill prophecies, God, being a God of divine order, is exact and precise in bringing His Word to pass, so too was the birth of His Only Begotten Son precisely “when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law” (Gal. 4:4).

Therefore, concerning God’s precise mandate and ordination of all things, Jesus was born thirty-nine weeks later (around week 76 from the preceding year’s month of Nisan; that is week 25 of the following year) which brings us to the autumn Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) in the month Tishri (i.e. September/October). God fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah (7:4) when He revealed Himself as God the Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and entered into this world as the God-Man? – “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14) – “Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Mat. 1:23).

The Feast of Tabernacles

It all points to the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot, Booths). A combination of two aspects – firstly, the taxing that Caesar Augustus decreed (Luke 2:1-4), and secondly, every Jew was required to come to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles (Deut. 16:16), and this would have resulted in Jerusalem being “booked out” where the Temple was situate as well as Bethlehem just five miles away. Therefore, it would be understandable that “there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). We must remember that Jews attending the Feast of Sukkot would be residing in booths for the duration of the festival according to the Jewish Law.

In Genesis 33:17 ~ 17And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth*. [*That is Booths]

The Hebrew word for “booth” is [+] 5521 sukkâh, sook-kaw’: feminine of 5520; a hut or lair– booth, cottage, covert, pavilion, tabernacle, tent. A specialized usage is employed for booths constructed for the fall harvest festival (Lev. 23:42,43) which is known as the chag hassukkôwth, the Feast of Booths (Deut. 16:13,16). This reminded the Israelites that they lived in booths when the LORD brought them up from Egypt (Lev. 23:43).

Therefore, Joseph and Mary stayed in a booth during the Feast of Booths at the time of Jesus’ birth and not in a cave nor in a stable. His birth was on the first day of Sukkot, “The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD” (Lev. 23:34), and He was circumcised on the “eighth great day”. Shemini Atseret (“Eighth Day of Solemn Assembly”) is observed immediately after Tabernacles on 22nd Tishri, as laid down in the Pentateuch: “on the eighth day shall be a holy convocation . . . it is a solemn assembly (Atseret);” (Lev. 23:36; cf. Num. 29:35). The term Atseret was the original “Simchat Torah” (Rejoicing of the Law) which celebrated the Law of Moses. The Son of man entered the covenant (circumcised) on the day of “rejoicing in the Torah.” Sukkot is symbolic of God dwelling in a “tabernacle” (body) with us. John 1:14 reads ~ 14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The Greek word “dwelt” is [+] 4637 – skēnoō; to tent or encamp, i.e. (figurative) to occupy (as a mansion) or (special) to reside (as God in the tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion):- dwell.

The Shepherds of Bethlehem

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. ~ Luke 2:8

The word “abiding” is the only time that this word is used with the Greek word agrauleō [+] 63 – agrauleō; to camp out – abide in the field. The shepherds were camping out which would not be the case if they were in the Gregorian month of December. Winter would have set in and the latter rainy season would have commenced from late October and it would be unlikely that the shepherds would have their flocks out in the fields at night. When the rainy season started in the late fall, temperatures would also be freezing, the shepherds would have already brought their sheep in from the fields and sheltered them. The shepherds always bring their flocks in from the mountain slopes and fields no later than October 15th!

The Bible also states that winter is a rainy month: 11For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; ~ Song of Solomon 2:11. And in Ezra 10:9,13 we are told in “the ninth month” there was “the great rain” and “a time of much rain.” The ninth month referred to is Chislev (November/December).

Swaddling Clothes

Also note the “clothing” that the baby Jesus was wrapped in at the time of His birth which would not be appropriate for the middle of winter. We read pertaining the swaddling clothes:

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. ~ Luke 2:6,7

The Greek word for “swaddling” is [+] 4683 – sparganoō from sparganon (a strip from a derivative of the base of 4682 meaning to strip or wrap with strips); to swathe (an infant after the Oriental custom):- wrap in swaddling clothes. This reveals that Joseph and Mary were not only poor by the offering that they offered at the Temple, “a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:24 and Lev. 12:6-8), but the clothes were also strips of wrap. From the evidence, the birth of Jesus Christ could not have been in the middle of winter.

The Wise Men

Another misconception about the practice of ‘Christmas’ is depicting the “three wise men” at the birth of Christ handing over three gifts to Jesus. This shows the inaccuracy that the world portrays during Nativity scenes, school and church productions of Jesus’ birth and on ‘Christmas’ cards, alike. We need to consult the Scriptures in Matthew 2:1-12, 16-18 to see the correct events as they happened concerning them coming to worship King Jesus. It would have taken them months to travel before arriving in Jerusalem, where they asked king Herod where is he that is born King of the Jews. When king Herod heard this – in order to fulfill Scriptures – “he demanded of them where Christ should be born” (Mat. 2:4b).

The shepherds were the first to see the baby Jesus lying in a manger and they broadcast the good news (see Luke 2:17,18) – the first evangelists!

A false depiction is given of the “three wise men” around the manger when the historical facts relate to two descriptions of Jesus. In the manger the word for “babe” is used [+] 1025 brephos, bref’-os; of uncertain affinity; an infant (properly unborn) literal or figurative:- babe, (young) child, infant. However, when we read the account of the wise men meeting Jesus, He is a “young child in a house” and the Greek word for “child” in Matthew 2:11 is [+] 3813 paidion, pahee—dee’-on; neuter diminutive of 3816; a childling (of either sex), i.e. (properly) an infant, or (by extension) a half-grown boy or girl; figurative an immature Christian:- (little, young) child, damsel.

At least two years had elapsed from the time the star first appeared to the wise men, and them informing king Herod, for when Herod saw that he was “mocked” by the wise men who did not report back to him, he fulfilled an ancient prophecy recorded in Jeremiah 31:15 when he “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.” So when the wise men saw Jesus he was not a babe, but a young child.

Conclusion

Based on all the true facts given in this document we should have absolutely nothing to do with a man-made pagan tradition such as ‘Christmas’. We are never commanded in God’s Word to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, we are commanded:

23For 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: 24And 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. 25After 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. 26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ~ 1 Cor. 11:23-26

Soli Deo Gloria

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“Happy Birthday Lord Jesus”

So where were all the posts in social media by Christians ‘congratulating Jesus on His birth’? If any ‘day’ holds the credence of being the Birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ – The Messiah – this would be the day. Tishri 15 in the Hebrew calendar (Tishri 15, 5777 = October 17, 2016; ט״ו בְּתִשְׁרֵי תשע״ז) being the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot I)* holds the truth according to the Holy Scriptures given to Jew and Gentile by GOD.

Christians and heathens alike cannot say, “The Holy Bible is silent on the date of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ” – the sent and anointed Son of GOD – when the Word of GOD speaks specifically pointing to the Feast of Tabernacles when one starts reading in the historical, literal and grammatical context the Gospel account by the physician Luke in chapters 1 and 2, cross referencing other Scriptures, for Scripture confirms Scripture.

Why will true Christians hold to pagan and heathen tradition ‘celebrating with the world and cult religions’ a false birthday and birth date of the sovereign King Jesus?

Here is a Birth Chart worth considering (click to enlarge) –

Birth of ChristSoon we will be entering the silly season with all its deceptive man-made traditions given to the world by Satan through the Roman Catholic institution. Almighty GOD YEHOVAH has not commanded Christians to celebrate HIS ‘birthday at December 25th’, but the fulfilment of GOD manifest as man in the Person of Jesus Christ is in accordance with HIS WORD at the Feast of Tabernacles, and no other. To remember and celebrate at a date nowhere confirmed in the Holy Scriptures is to ‘worship another Jesus’ for HE was not born on that day! It is tantamount to compare it to the Muslim Isa of their Qu’ran, who is not the Lord Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible, for Isa is not the Son of YHVH, Isa is not the incarnate YHVH, and Isa did not die upon a cross for sinners! So, as Isa is not the true Lord Jesus Christ, so the ‘Jesus’ born on December 25th is not the true Lord Jesus Christ born on Tishri 15! For the incarnate and sovereign YEHOVAH our Lord Jesus Christ confirmed how we are to remember HIM,

19  And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. ~ Luke 22:19,20

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

For more posts pertaining to this true historical fact kindly visit the following links –

Soli Deo Gloria

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Footnote

* Sukkot / סוכות

Sukkot (Hebrew: סוכות or סֻכּוֹת, sukkōt, or sukkos, Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles) is a Biblical holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (late September to late October). It is one of the three biblically mandated festivals Shalosh regalim on which Jews were commanded to make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.

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

The Christmas Truce ~ 100 Years Ago

With regards to the article here-under titled "The Christmas Truce – 100 Years Ago" (1914-2014), although it was "Christmas" we do not have concrete evidence that the truce was conducted all by Christians, just as "Christmas" is celebrated by mostly the heathen world in 2014 in a carnal fashion so too the act on the Western Front in 1914 could have been an act of humanism and universalism. If it was truly a Christian movement across the whole Western Front that had Christians on both sides, why were there hundreds of thousands of deaths prior to Christmas of 1914 where men going to war had a measure of hatred for their enemies in their hearts? The ultimate result was that the truce of Christmas 1914 was a goodwill action by a small percentage of soldiers from both sides, but ultimately the wickedness of men’s hearts were manifest as the war continued for almost a further four years with a total of 38,880,500 military casualties – i.e. killed in action, wounded in action and missing in action – excluding civilian casualties, from 1914 to 1918. It is also reported that the total deaths amounted to between 9 million and 15 million! [http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I]

Yes, I guess I understand now – men remain wicked even after an act of goodwill –

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. ~ Jeremiah 17:9,10

THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE ~ 100 YEARS AGO

The Christmas Truce - 100 Years Ago On Christmas Eve 1914, a spontaneous cease-fire was observed across the whole of the Western Front. The Christmas Truce of the First World War, a singular event unprecedented in the history of warfare, initially received widespread media coverage in the New York Times of 31 December 1914, followed by British newspapers, such as the Mirror, The Illustrated London News and the Times, which printed front page photographs of British and German troops mingling and singing Christmas carols. – Read the entire article at: ReformationSA.org

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