Kirk Cameron’s “Saving Christmas” Film

It is with unhappiness and much sadness that I write this article as it relates to two men I came to respect and love in the ministry and had the privilege of meeting, labouring with and being instructed in the ways of open-air preaching and sharing the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. By the providence of our Great God and Saviour I was able to leave the shores of Africa and visit the United States of America in June 2008 and briefly attend the Ambassadors’ Academy 3, a ministry of Living Waters, under the leadership of the two brothers in the faith, namely Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron of The Way of the Master ministry.

Saving Xmas

Just recently I viewed Kirk Cameron’s Facebook page where he had been promoting his “Saving Christmas” film as depicted here-above. I had been made aware of this film through an article that appeared at Christian News Network where it is surprisingly quoted:

Was Santa Claus a Christian? A ‘defender of the faith’? Is this reason to sit on the lap of the bearded man at the mall who “knows if you’ve been naughty or nice”? That is what Kirk Cameron is claiming as proof why Christians should celebrate Christmas in a new documentary that opens this Friday [November 14, 2014] in theatres across the country—an assertion that is raising concerns over Cameron’s confusion of Roman Catholicism with Christianity.

Cameron, best known for his role as Mike Seaver on the 80’s TV sitcom “Growing Pains” and films such as “Fireproof” and “Left Behind,” has been promoting his new film “Saving Christmas,” in which the actor seeks to “keep Christ in Christmas,” stating that some holiday traditions aren’t so bad or pagan after all.

Saint Nicholas, as painted on the Kizhi monastery in Russia. After recently asserting that Christians should celebrate Halloween, in a video clip released last week entitled “Do You Love Santa Claus,” Cameron stated that “maybe someone like Santa Claus is actually on our team.” He then released a second video providing the history of the figure of Santa Claus, who was actually the Roman Catholic Bishop Nicholas of Myra, Turkey under Pope Sylvester I.

“He was a devout Christian,” Cameron states, but not noting Nicholas’ Roman Catholic faith. Read more Here (Full Report)

Another Christian News Network article that should be read appears at this link: ‘Maybe the Grinch Had a Point’: Kirk Cameron’s ‘Saving Christmas’ Won’t Be Saved From Critics.

Whilst I have personally not viewed the film, and will not be viewing the same in its entirety, I have watched the trailer and read some reviews on it, and have also seen the comments on Kirk Cameron’s Facebook page – for the film vs. against the film; pro-Christmas vs. anti-Christmas; man’s pagan traditions vs. Biblical Historical Truth. It all makes for interesting reading, but there can be only one Truth. Just as our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ said:

31  . . . If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. ~ John 8:31,32 & 36

Birth of Christ This is the saddest part of this blog posting. I had placed a comment on Kirk’s Facebook wall, including the birth chart to the left (click on it to enlarge in another tab), and my comment was deleted. You read right – D E L E T E D. It appears that when one confronts error with the literal Biblical Historical Truth you are summarily deleted and not allowed to “play in the play-group.” I am saddened and really disappointed by how professing Christians can censure Christians if they do not agree with their world view! It goes much deeper than that as it is a matter of Truth vs. error and those in error do not want to listen! Well argue with the Word of God then. When one reads the Holy Scriptures, are you able to find “Christmas Day” mentioned in YHVH’s Holy Feast Days in Leviticus 23? Or maybe it was instituted in the New Testament and I have just missed the Chapter and Verse! No, you can’t find it, because it doesn’t exist.

Surprisingly an initial comment with the chart also appears to have mysteriously disappeared on Ray Comfort’s Facebook wall, and this before I reposted three more comments randomly! It is also very surprisingly that Kirk Cameron who is attempting to evangelise the masses has also changed his comment settings and you have to “possibly like” his page before you can comment thereon; or is the comment feature only not available to me? Well, getting back to the initial comment on Kirk’s page which went something along these lines, not verbatim as the original one was deleted:

Christian, please read your Holy Bible and you will find out that Yeshua, our Lord Jesus Christ, was born on 15 Tishri (September/October) at the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) and He was born in a Sukkot (Booth) and not a stable/cave. If you know what to look for start reading: Luke 1 and 2; 1 Chronicles 24:10; Leviticus 23:33-44; Deuteronomy 16:16; and many other Scriptures.

To help with the Scriptures quoted here-above please view the afore-stated Birth of Christ Chart together with the following powerpoint presentation: The Nativity of Yeshua HaMeshiach.

Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron receive literally thousands upon thousands of “hits/likes/shares/comments” on their Facebook accounts and it is mostly by idolising Christian folk. If a message is being proclaimed please make sure it is without error. In the past I too fell into the trap of “idolising” men such as Comfort and MacArthur, and I had to REPENT before God for being so caught up in men’s ministries in idolatry instead of listening to the leading Holy Spirit and walking with God. Don’t say it will never happen to you. For many of you it has already happened and you can’t see the woods for the trees!

The only conclusion I can arrive at is that the literal Biblical Historical Truth that I presented showed up the errors in Kirk Cameron’s “Saving Christmas.” My plea to ALL reading this is: Stop trying to put the Lord Jesus Christ into something He was never in to start off with! Do you think the “Christmas” practices that are undertaken every year were at His birth? Was there a Xmas tree and all the tinsel and trappings in the sukkot Yeshua, our Lord Jesus Christ was born in? Or do you think there is a Xmas tree in heaven before the throne of God Almighty every year to celebrate His Son’s birth? Obviously the first century believers never celebrated this way so why should you/we do so now? YES – certainly preach the Gospel at every opportunity including on December 25, but don’t be pagan like the rest of the heathen world. You can do so separated from the worldly system (see James 4:4). You are to be in the world, but not of the world, as it is written:

15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
~ John 17:15-17

We are commanded to have unity in the Christian faith. Unfortunately we don’t see unity, but rather divisions. As it is written:

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? ~ 1 Corinthians 1:9-13

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. ~ Ephesians 4:3-6

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: ~ Ephesians 4:14,15

Christ Jesus made it abundantly clear how we are to remember Him. It is recorded what we are to do in remembrance of Him until He returns for His spotless, unified Bride:

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; read with Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19,20. [my emphasis]

Maybe Chris Williams, movie reviewer for the Advisor and Source in Michigan has it right. At the second Christian News Network report above, quote: “Williams said that in the end, “Kirk Cameron hasn’t made a movie for Christians. He’s made a movie for Kirk Cameron.””  I would have thought Kirk would contend for the faith and would have told the literal Biblical Historical Truth and stood as a light in this dark wicked world, and “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). We read further in Romans 13:12  “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). The “Saving Christmas” film is not reproving the unfruitful works of darkness, but encouraging them. If this is so, then brother Kirk Cameron in sincere love I call you to repentance.

SOLI DEO GLORIA!

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P.S. This blog posting will be placed on my Facebook wall and Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron will be tagged accordingly.

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New “Way of the Master” Evangelist Graduates

For the past six weeks Brother Mark McDonogh has been conducting The Way of the Master Basic Training Course at the Hayfields Baptist Church in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. I assisted Mark in the training of the following “students”: David Gooden, Glynnis Prinsloo, Cathy Hutton, Kathy Newman, Brenda Randal, Frances Hanson, Thulani and Zanele Mkhize, Angel Mangena and Peter Clover.

On Saturday, October 2nd, we completed the course’s “practical day-out” fishing for souls in Church Street, Pietermaritzburg, which was a truly blessed day of the Lord. The “nervous” newbies swallowed their “fear” and went to the fish with a mission and they were out there to Glorify God in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Glynnis Prinsloo and Peter Clover fishing in Church Street

Manny (Roman Catholic), Edwin (Roman Catholic), and Michael (Full Gospel Christian) are from Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal and received the Gospel of Christ in Church Street, Pietermaritzburg. Please pray for them.

Shadrack and Paul McDonogh drawing a crowd to do the “Good Person Test”

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At the evening service at the Hayfields Baptist Church on Sunday October 3, 2010, this is the message shared by me.

What is the Chief End of Man?

Good evening Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I greet you all in the wonderful and precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I thank our Father, Almighty God for the privilege to share a word with you this evening.

My name is Gary Crous and I have been assisting Brother Mark McDonogh over the past six weeks with an evangelism course that has been taking place here at the Hayfields Baptist Church. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be able to be a servant of our Great God Jesus Christ in helping Brothers and Sisters in Christ to see the biblical mandate of the Great Commission that our Lord has given each one of us to fulfill for His glory and furtherance of His Kingdom.

As with any message that is brought, or any word of encouragement spoken, or any witnessing encounter undertaken – be it one-to-one or open-air preaching – in the fulfilling of the Great Commission, our first and foremost responsibility is to do it in spirit and truth to the glory of God our Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and by the awesome power of the Holy Spirit.

I am sure most of you have heard of the Westminster Catechism or The Shorter Catechism which was penned by godly men in 1674. The chief aim was to pen the biblical doctrines of Truth where questions are asked and answers given. There are 107 Q & A items – for tonight I will ask the first question and pray God the Holy Spirit will minister from there.

Question – What is the chief end of man? (Anyone want to answer this question? And Jack Donnell got it spot on). The answer is: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him for ever.

That is the chief end for each one of us. The Scripture I will read now is from Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 ~

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

A short history will follow to put this message in perspective. The Book of Ecclesiastes gets its name from the Greek translation of the Septuagint – the term ekklēsiastēs which means “preacher”, derived from the word ekklĕsia, translated “assembly” or “congregation” in the New Testament. Both the Greek and Latin versions derive their titles from the Hebrew title, Qoheleth, which means “one who calls or gathers” the people. We also know that the author of Ecclesiastes is King David’s son Solomon and Scripture tells us more about him in 1 Kings 3:7-12 ~

And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people which you have chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this great people of yours? And the speech pleased the LORD that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said to him, Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself long life: neither have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies; but have asked for yourself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to your words: lo, I have given you a wise and understanding heart; so that there was none like you before you, neither after you shall any arise like to you.

Solomon was truly a wise man and we know that God’s Word says: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; and in Psalm 19:9 ~ The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

So we come back to that first question. What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him for ever. We know from Scripture that all are born spiritually dead – enemies of God, separated from Him – so how would a man’s chief end be to glorify God when he is an enemy of God by his evil and wicked works? Before we were regenerated in our spirit, before we came to an understanding of who God is, before we called upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to save us, the Word of God says we were slaves to sin. We were unrighteous in everything we thought, said or did. There was nothing good in us. In Jeremiah 17:9 the prophet tells us: The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jesus also tells us in His Living Word in Matthew 13:34 ~

O generation of vipers, how can you being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you, That every idle word that man shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

If there was no good in our hearts, and Scripture also goes on and says in Romans that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; then how did we come to know our chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him for ever? Was it not through the preaching of the Gospel of Christ? Was it not someday when God showed you mercy and grace and opened your hard heart to receive the Truth? Was it through prayer and the spoken or printed Word of the Gospel? Yes, my friends, and now we know our chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him for ever.

As a child of God called into His Kingdom we now know the will of God and have the Ministry of Reconciliation that God the Father has given us. 2 Corinthians 5:19-21 reads ~

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be reconciled to God. For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Think for a moment – reflect on this. If God has been merciful to me and has turned my evil hard heart into a fleshy heart able to love – not because we loved God, but because God loved us first – and if I will glorify God and enjoy Him forever, should I not be reaching out to the lost who are still slaves to sin? The love of God – the agape love should compel each one of us to GO into our Jerusalem, our Judea, our Samaria, and unto the ends of the world (see Acts 1:8). Jesus has given us a command in Mark 16:15 ~

Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

In Matthew 28:19,20, Jesus said ~

Go therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.

You see this brings glory to God when we obey His commands. I believe we should all be asking God for wisdom and understanding just as Solomon asked. And the Lord raises up some to be teachers, pastors and evangelists. They are there to equip and teach from the Word of God how to GO and reach those perishing in their sins – that is how the Kingdom of God will be advanced. It is each and every born again child of God’s responsibility to evangelise the lost. 1 Peter 3:15 reads ~

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

Jesus also said in Luke 9:23 ~

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

In that verse is three questions you should ask yourself –

  1. Am I denying myself?
  2. Am I taking up my cross daily? and
  3. Am I following Jesus Christ?

If we are, we can know our God Jesus Christ will be with us:

He that has my commandments and keeps them, he it is that loves me; and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. ~ John 14:21

To understand what it means to follow Christ, which is truly leaving everything, listen to a conversation between the apostle Peter and the Lord Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Mark 10: 28-30 ~

Then Peter began to say to him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed you. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say to you, there is no man that has left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s. But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Now is the time, like no other, as we see this evil and wicked generation wanting to stop the preaching of Truth, that we are to be equipped biblically to preach the Gospel of Christ. If we are doing it biblically we can expect persecution – Jesus tells us we will experience trials, tribulations and persecutions. Ask our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Pakistan, India, China, Vietnam, North Africa, the Middle East, and the list goes on. The persecuted Church means death to Christians living in the 10/40 window. It is coming to a neighbourhood near you! Preach the Gospel of Christ while we still enjoy the freedom in these lands. It will either be: preach and die or non-preach and deny.

The apostle Paul said:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God to salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. ~ Romans 1:16,17

And Paul also says in 1 Corinthians 9:16 ~

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is to me, if I preach not the gospel!

To end off I will leave you with two quotes to stir your soul:

  • If you have no desire for the lost to be saved. Then you are not saved yourself, be sure of that. ~ Charles Spurgeon

And George Whitefield said:

  • I was honoured today with having a few stones, dirt, rotten eggs, and pieces of dead cats thrown at me.

What are you going to do? Will you take the Gospel to the world? Enlist now!!

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