IS KEEPING CHRISTMAS SIN?
Is Christmas a holy celebration that Jesus Christ commands His church to keep, or is Christmas-keeping rebellion, and the committing of sin against God, and a day that He detests and abhors? How can a true Christian participate in the keeping of Christmas, a day and season which through its' observance, breaks and encourages the breaking of all ten of God's Commandments. Christmas represents sin and God hates sin!
1. God's 1st commandment says, "Have no other gods before me," Ex. 20:3.
What does Christmas and the keeping of Christmas represent? From the very beginning of man, man and woman decided they would rather live by the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil," rather than to choose to live by the "tree of life." Even though God commanded them not to eat of the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil," man rebelled against his Creator from the very beginning. This decision of man has been passed down through his generations, and results in man looking to himself as the god of his life, as Satan told him he could be, Gen. 3: 5. This choice of man, who now makes decisions pertaining to his life by his own knowledge of knowing good and evil, and by this inward nature becomes the "god" of his life. This is idolatry! It is having another god before his Creator God.
Man's continual choosing of being his own "god" enables him the freedom to choose, based on what he decides is good and evil. Christmas and Christmas keeping, is the fruit of such a choice. This "passed on choice of man" is what is referred to today, as man's human nature-a mixture of good and evil. Man's human nature is the worship of himself as god, making his own decisions, based on his own opinions, and is not submitting to the will of God, and to what God commands man, by the choosing God's "tree of life." The "tree of life" is looking to God and His guidance in life by obeying His Ten Commandments, through the power of God's Holy Spirit, rather than for man to look to himself as his "god" and the leading of the spirit of Satan. People keeping Christmas cannot with their human nature, recognize the sins committed through it's celebration, because they do not recognize the Ten Commandments of God that tells people what is sin, Rom. 7: 7, I John 3:4 There is no eternal life to those that chose to live by their human nature, the god of their life.
Christmas keeping is a mixture of good and evil, and bears the fruit of idolatry. In the beginning, man became the "god" over his life, and by this decision, he decided what is good and evil, by man's own standard. God commands man not to eat from the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil," but to eat from the "tree of life, His way of establishing God's law-His Ten Commandments, and obedience to those commandments in man's life, in order for him to have the right to eternal life, Rev. 14: 22. Man refuses to submit to the instructions of His Creator God. God's warning to anyone continuing to choose and to live by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is: "you will perish unless you repent of following that way." For more information on this subject, read the article "Christmas and the Forbidden Tree."
2. God's 2nd commandment says, "You are not to make-create unto thee any graven images," (spiritually speaking--no carved out idols as creations of the heart and mind) Ex. 20:4
In order for man to feel religiously good, and feel justified about his life's choice of living by "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil," man has added to that knowledge Christian names, and the Name of Christ. Man has even created a false image of Christ, a false christ who is preached by ministers of Satan, to look over the sins of anyone keeping Christmas, with all of it's borrowed and adopted, idolatrous customs of the past, which God has commanded man not to do, Ex. 12: 28-32. Man has even changed one of the idolatrous customs of the Christmas season, which in the past acknowledged the birth of a new sun of the winter solstice as was worshipped each year in sun-god worship, to now mean, the birth of the Son of God, to give to man's Christmas keeping, a Christianized justification. For more information about this subject, read the article, "The Created Christmas Christ." Christmas keeping breaks God's second commandment, and will reap the wages of death!
3. God's 3rd commandment says, "You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes His Name in vain," Ex. 20:7.
When people keep Christmas, they take God's Name in vain! Whenever a "professed believer" eliminates what God commands, such as His Holy Days and His Sabbath, and what God sets apart for worship and honor to Himself as man's Creator, and then this false believer sets apart his own way and days of worship because of his life's choice as now being the god of his life, this professed believer takes God's Name in vain, and profanes His Holy, Righteous, Sacred Name.
God and Jesus Christ hate, detest, and abhor it whenever people, professing to be Their followers, drag Their Name into the gutter and uncleanness as in Christmas, and religiously associate Their Name with Christmas, which was founded from an idolatrous day and season of the past, with all of it's idolatrous customs, trappings, and rituals that was used to worship this false "god-a sun-god," and then call it Christmas of Christ, and of God. Read and study Deut. 12:28, II Cor. 6: 14-18. People stand guilty of the punishment of death before God, that takes His Name in vain!
4. God's 4th commandment says, " Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy," Ex. 20:8
Why do people professing to be followers of Christ, forget to remember the only weekly 7th day Sabbath Christ created, Gen. 2:1-3, and set the day aside as Holy at creation, and commanded man to remember to keep it holy, Ex. 20:8 ? It is because in their seasonal Christmas keeping celebrations, God's holy Sabbath Day, Saturday, is totally forgotten, and is profaned by professed Christians, by them doing their major portion of Christmas shopping on that day in buying and selling, in order to keep their unholy Christmas. The reason is because their worshipped, false "created christ" of their professed Christianity, has done away with the Sabbath commandment of God in their worship, along with God's other commandments, and instituted another sabbath, Sunday keeping sabbath, a day of their own choosing. This is one of the benefits Satan said man could have by choosing the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil." Man as god, has chosen Sunday to be his sabbath, another unholy day, but will reap death as the result of that decision.
Is keeping Christmas a sin? Christmas is a non-commanded and a non-holy day, but kept as a feast day of Christ. It is filled with sins and abominations against God! Yet there are "professed to be" Christians who keep all of the Christmas celebrations to exalt, and set apart this unholy day of Christmas as being of Christ. Study Isa. 1: 10-20. In these verses, God says he hates man's feast days. The wages of the sins of Christmas keeping is death, and the wages of continuing to live by man's choice of "the tree of Genesis" by being his own god is death, Gen. 3: 3, Romans 6: 23.
5. God's 5th commandment says, "Honor your Father and Mother, that your days may be long upon the land, which the Lord, thy God has given you!" Ex. 20:12
Is God the Father, honored in the keeping of Christmas and all it's sins? No, He and His Son, Jesus Christ, are dishonored in every way possible! Parents teach their children about the idol of Santa Claus through a child's early learning years, and continue to lie to them about this idol image and his god-like goodness for continuing years. Do parents etch and write in their children's minds, by this example: honesty, respect and honor before their children? By their lying example, parents who are "professed to be believers" dishonor their Heavenly Father, and by this example of lying and false witnessing to their children, are teaching their children not to trust and honor themselves as their parents. God says, "He hates lying," Pro. 6:16-19, and will destroy those who love to make a lie, Rev. 22: 15. People keeping Christmas teach their children that breaking God's commandments is to be accepted, is of Christ, is lawful, and is the teaching of their worshipped, false, "created christ," who looks over it! But the Christ of Bible will judge all of this as sin, and worthy of death.
6. God's 6th commandment says, "You shall not murder," in Ex. 20:13,
Does keeping Christmas honor the True Savior, Jesus Christ, and bring peace to families when this season generates a great sigh of relief when it is over? Some people can barely make it through the depression and discouragement Satan's spirit generates at this season, and the great let down after all the superficial hype. The spirit of the Christmas season generates more family hatred, strife, malice, and hateful anger than any other time of the year. Christ says these unrestrained emotions and outbursts are in themselves the mind and spirit of a murderer, Mat. 5: 21, and John makes it plain in I John 3:5, "whoever hates his brother is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him." Murder and the spirit of murder, is sin and will bring death. Christmas keeping lays the foundation for people to be tempted to fall into the spirit of a murderer. Why, because Satan is the father of lusts, the father of lying, and the father of murdering and it is his spirit that prevails at this season of the year, John 8:44. Murder and the spirit of murder will reap the judgment of sin!
7. God 7th commandment says, "You shall not commit adultery!" in Ex. 20:14,
Committing adultery means breaking faith with God, or breaking covenant, agreement, contract, or commitment-apostasizing from what God commands-breaking God's commandments. Does keeping Christmas cause people to break faith, covenant, and His commandments? When people profess to be believers and do not honor the covenant of the law, God's Ten Commandments, that were given to be written in their hearts, they commit adultery, or break covenant with Christ. They become unfaithful to God first, and this will be followed with breaking covenant with their mate if married, because the restraint and covenant to keep one from committing sin is broken and lost. Today, 50 % or more of all marriages end up in divorce and into adultery. This seventh commandment, and its' transgression is multiplied at the Christmas season. Sin brings curses! People tend to go along and follow the trend in society, and keep Christmas, regardless of the curses it brings. Christ says in His Word, James 4:4, "You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." Christmas and it's sinsm is an activity of Satan and his world that tempts to lead believers of Jesus Christ into this world's friendship, and will cause anyone to reap the punishment who refuse to resist the temptations of being a part of it.
8. God's 8th commandment says, "You shall not steal," Ex. 20:15.
It is reported that there is more stealing that goes on at Christmas than at any other time of the year. People steal so they can keep Christmas! Merchants have to raise the prices on their merchandise to compensate for all the stealing that people commit at the Christmas season, and this is all done in the name of Christianity's day of celebrating Christ's birth at Christmas. Zechariah gives a prophecy for the last days inspired of God, that should put fear into everyone that keeps Christmas and it's celebration, with it sins of stealing and lying, Zech. 5:3-4. The wages of sin is sure death!
Zechariah 5:3-4---Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goes forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that steals shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that swears falsely (lying or bearing a false witness) shall be cut off as on that side according to it. I will bring it forth, says the Lord of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that swears falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
9. God 9th commandment says, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor," Ex. 20:16.
Does Christmas keeping and the spirit of Christmas generate lying? In every family from the least to the oldest, Christmas lying is taught and accepted. Satan and his Santa Claus idol, is the objective of the lying, with all the exalting and praising of Santa Claus, as the idol for children to worship. This idol of Santa is idolalized in the young child's mind, and is built on lies, false witnessing, dishonesty, and false swearing, affirming it to be true. People, keeping Christmas, talk with each other about having the spirit of Christmas, but the spirit of Christmas is a lying spirit. True Christians are warned to test the spirits, I John 4:1. For more information on this subject, read the article "The Lying Spirit of Christmas." The penalty for lying is death unless there is repentance. Read Zech. 5:3-4 again!
10. God's 10th commandment says, "You shall not covet (unlawful desire and lust) anything belonging to others," Ex. 20: 17.
In order for people to keep Christmas, people's minds and hearts are led by the world to focus on the things appealing to their flesh, and the satisfying of the flesh. People are pressured to do their Christmas shopping, to buy for their family and others at the sake of going into debt, run over top of other people in shopping to get the sale item, get into a pressured mind set all to satisfy one's lust and desires. People at Christmas are pressured to buy things and to desire things they don't need and can't afford, to keep up with the world during this unholy celebration. Society creates a false economy at Christmas, based on debt, people's coveteousness, and a desire of people's minds to be centered on the flesh, and all the (things) works and working of the flesh. For the Christian, God gives a warning in Romans 8: 13, "If you live after the flesh, you shall die," verse 6, "To be fleshly-minded is death," verse 8, "So that they that are in the flesh (pursuing the things of the flesh) cannot please God."
Keeping Christmas keeps potential believers away from the working Spirit of God, that teaches and inspires people to worship God in truth and spirit. Christmas keeping keeps a person that desires to be Christian from having a mind led by the spirit of Christ, and worshipping God in spirit and truth, as Christ points out in John 4:24. Keeping Christmas pressures people and lays great stress on them, to keep their minds on the flesh, and all the unlawful things, lusts and desires of the flesh, and a life that is desired to be led by the flesh. God says, "Coveteousness is idolatry, which is the worship of the flesh and all of it's unlawful desires and lusts," Col. 3: 5. Christ says in Heb. 10:26-27, If we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins; but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Christmas keeping is sin, and all of its works pertains to sin, the ways of the flesh, a way that seems right to the flesh, but will end in the reaping the penalty of death. Christmas is presented to everyone as being of Christ, and originating with Christ. Christmas is Satan's masterpiece of deception! He inspires his ministers to present it as light from God's Word, with lights, glitter, and customs borrowed from idolatry of the past, and presented as the birth of Christ, the Son of God, taken from the birth of the new sun, the winter solstice, worship of the sun of the past, and all of it is his masterpiece of coverup and deception, and doing all he and his ministers can do to cover and justify all the sins associated with it. Jesus Christ is still crying out loudly, "repent of your sins, repent of Christmas keeping and all it's sins, or you will perish."
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