Christmas and Birthday Celebrations are for SINNERS, not Saints!

I have shared a few good resource sites below, and also encourage each of us to stand for Truth, regardless of what others choose to do . . .'

Catholic Encyclopedia: "in the scriptures, sinners alone, not saints, celebrate their birthdays" Lev. Hom. viii in Migne, P.G., XII, 495.

FYI: That's why so many bad things are happening to people that could be avoided, because they are keeping and observing things the Most High never commanded them to. Their trust has been put in the inventions /traditions of man, instead of the creator of man and all things. So mischief falls upon them, and in most cases people aren't able to get it off, which is why some end up dead when they could have lived. Since they not following the Most High, they have no watchmen over their soul, so when the sword cometh, there is none to warn them so therefore they are taken suddenly, not knowing what was coming unto them: http://www.macquirelatory.com/Birthday%20Untold%20Truth.htm

Christ Mass IS SUN WORSHIP! Oh my! Forgive us God in Heaven for not knowing!

CHRISTMAS IS CHRIST-MASS A HOLY DAY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH FOR THE MASSES:

Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ's Mass") is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

Learn more here about Christ Mass, a holy day set aside by the Roman Catholic Church.

The writings of the early third century Catholic theologian Origen of Alexandria show that, even that late, Orthodox Catholics were against the celebration of birthdays. The Catholic Encyclopedia states:

"Origen, glancing perhaps at the discreditable imperial Natalitia, asserts (in Lev. Hom. viii in Migne, P.G., XII, 495) that in the Scriptures sinners alone, not saints, celebrate their birthday" (Martindale C. Christmas, 1908). http://www.hope-of-israel.org/paganbirthdays.html


Did you not notice the statement quoted from the Catholic Encyclopedia: "Sinners alone, not saints, celebrate their birthdays." The custom of birthdays is not a Christian, but a pagan (Satan worshiping) custom, observed by sinners!

Birthday celebrations are actually rooted in paganism: 
http://www.hope-of-israel.org/paganbirthdays.html

LaVey and the Church of Satan deemed an individual's birthday to be the most important festival of the year.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVeyan_Satanism

The World Book Encyclopedia (volume 3, page 416) states:

"The early Christians did not celebrate His [the Messiah's] birth because they considered the celebration of anyone's birth to be a pagan custom."


THE MASS OF "CHRIST" MASS: ChristmasIsALie.com

91. As the twenty-fifth of December is observed to commemorate the birth of Christ, as the children have been instructed by precept and example that this was indeed a day of gladness and rejoicing, you will find it a difficult matter to pass over this period without giving it some attention. It can be made to serve a very good purpose. The youth should be treated very carefully. They should not be left on Christmas to find their own amusement in vanity and pleasure-seeking, in amusements which will be detrimental to their spirituality. Parents can control this matter by turning the minds and the offerings of their children to God and His cause and the salvation of souls.
92. DOES IT REALLY HONOR CHRIST? Now come two arguments often used to justify Christmas observance. 1) Many will reason this way: "But, even though the exact date of Jesus' birth is unknown, should we not select SOME date to celebrate as His birthday?" The answer is positively no. Did you not notice the statement quoted from the Catholic Encyclopedia: "Sinners alone, not saints, celebrate their birthdays." The custom of birthdays is not a Christian, but a pagan custom, observed by sinners!
93. DOES IT REALLY HONOR CHRIST? Now come two arguments often used to justify Christmas observance. 2) But, many still reason, "Even so - even though Christmas was a pagan custom, honoring the false sun-god, we don't observe it to honor the false god, we observe it to honor Christ."
94. DOES IT REALLY HONOR CHRIST? Now come two arguments often used to justify Christmas observance. But how does God answer in His Word? "Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them [the pagans in their customs]... that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Eternal, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods" (Deut 12:30-31).
95. A Message to leave Babylon ( False worship and Idolatry ) Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel (Messenger) come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
96. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.








http://toolong.com/christmas-dec-25-by-richard-rives/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9h5humhhzw
http://amazingdiscoveries.org/S-deception_Catholic_pagan_Christmas_feasts
http://amazingdiscoveries.org/S-deception_pagan_Catholic_Easter_Ishtar

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1. Happy Sabbath Exodus 20: 8 -11 / Genesis 2: 2-3 or Merry Christ - Mass Bible Scripture ?
2. The True Meaning Behind
3. Hosea 4:6 King James Version (KJV) 6 My people are destroyed for lack of Knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
4. Lets start from the Beginning….
5. Venerable day of the Sun
6. “One of Noah’s great grandsons was called Nimrod. Nimrod was a great leader, and was the first empire builder ( Babel, Nineveh etc.). He was the ruler of then then known world. His wife, history says, was named Semiramis, and she was a very great queen. Satan was working to counterfeit God’s plan of salvation; and, when Nimrod died, the people said he was a god. Semiramis told them that he was indeed the sun god (Sun worship began here) , and that his spirit was still living, dwelling, in the sun. Genesis 10:8
7. “In order that the people should love her as queen as long as she lived, Semiramis (Isis, ishtar (easter), Ashtoreth, Aphroditi, Venus, Mary) told them that hers was the spirit of the moon; and, when she died, she would dwell in the moon as Nimrod already dwelt in the sun. “Satan was laying the foundation for every system of falseh hood and error the world has ever known. The sun god, under different names, (Nimrod, Mithra, Santa, Satan, Zeus, Odin, Baal, Ra, Osiris, Cupid) was worshiped ( on the sun’s day) in Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as conquering nations were conquered by the religion of their captives.
8. “After the death of Nimrod, Semiramis never married again—indeed how could the queen of heaven marry an ordinary man? But some years later she gave birth to a son. His name was Tammuz, and he was born on the 25th day of December! There was wild rejoicing in the nation over which Semiramis was queen. She told the people that the spirit of the sun, her husband Nimrod, was the father of Tammuz (virgin birth) , and thus through her sin, Satan persuaded the people of the counterfeit birth of Jesus; for Jesus was really born of a virgin. AFTER Solar Disk
9. “Tammuz was hailed as the Son of the Sun, and the first letter of his name became in time the symbol of sun worship. Human sacrifices to the sun god were offered on this initial letter, made of wood, known as the cross. His birthday, December 25, was honored more and more, and the first day of the week was called the Sun’s day, or Sunday. The people forgot God’s Sabbath, and honored the day of the sun.
10. “While yet a young man, Tammuz, a hunter like his supposed father, was killed by a *wild boar. What weeping there was in the kingdom! And the forty days before the time of the celebration for the moon (Queen Semiramis’s day (ishtar or easter) set apart as days of weeping for Tammuz (Thor, Baccus ) Ezekiel 8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.
11. “It was by associating with idolaters and joining in their festivities that the Hebrews were led to transgress God’s law and bring His judgments upon the nation. So now it is by leading the followers of Christ to associate with the ungodly and unite in their amusements that Satan is most successful in alluring them into sin. ‘Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean.’ 2 Corinthians 6:17. “God requires of His people now as great a distinction from the world, in customs, habits, and principles, as He required of Israel anciently. If they faithfully follow the teachings of His Word, this distinction will exist; it cannot be otherwise. The warnings given to the Hebrews against assimilating with the heathen were not more direct or explicit than are those forbidding Christians to conform to the spirit and customs of the ungodly.” —Patriarchs and Prophets, 457-458
12. Yes, where did Christ-mass come from? It did not begin at the birth of Christ; It began earlier! The December 25 celebration had nothing to do with His birth or with Christ at all.
13. The First Christ-mass Night – The first Inconsistency Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
14. WHEN WAS JESUS BORN? It is well-know among Biblical scholars that Jesus was not born in December, because the shepherds were never out in the fields with their sheep at that time. “There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”— Luke 2:8.
15. Shepherds always brought their sheep in from the mountainsides and field and corralled them not later than October 15, to protect them from the cold, rainy season that followed. (Also read Songs of Solomon 2:11 and Ezra 10:9, 13.) “It was an ancient custom among Jews of those days to send out their sheep to the fields and deserts about the Passover [early spring], and bring them home at commencement of the first rain. During the time they were out, the shepherds watched them night and day. As October ended the sheep were brought in because of the cold and the first rains of winter, we find that the sheep were kept out in the open country during the whole summer.
16. “And, as these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks [when Christ was born in Bethlehem], it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, our Lord was not born on the 25th of December, when no flocks were out in the fields; nor could He have been born later than October, as the flocks were still in the fields by night. On this very ground the nativity in December should be given up.
17. The census of Caesar Augustus is mentioned in Luke 2:1-2, but historians are not certain when it was issued. But it is improbable that he would call for the citizens of the Roman Empire to return to their native homes, to be enrolled in the census in the middle of winter. Even his own armies avoided marching during the hazards of winter weather. Luke 2:1-3 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
18. Many authorities believe that Christ was born in the spring of the year; but, in the wisdom of God, the date of Christ’s birth has been hidden from us. Why, then, does all the world celebrate the birth of Christ—not merely in December—but on a certain day in December? We need to know (1) What is “Christ-mass?” (2) How did Christ-mass get into the Christian church? (3) Why did it enter back in those early days? Here are answers to these questions:
19. “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church . . The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt ( center of Idolatry and Pagan Worship). Pagan customs centering around the January calends [the pagan calendar] gravitated to Christmas.”— Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 ed., “Christmas.” Origen, an early Christian writer, said this about celebrating birthdays in the Bible: “In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept the feast or held a great banquet on His [Christ’s] birthday. It is only sinners [like Pharaoh or Herod] who make great rejoicings over the day in which they were born into this world.”—Origen, quoted in Catholic Encyclopedia, 11th ed., “Natal Day.”
20. How much the date of the festival depended upon the pagan Brumalia [The December 25 celebration], following the Satur-nalia [an eight-day December 17- 24 festival preceding it], and celebrating the shortest day of the year and the ‘new sun’ . . cannot be accurately determined. The pagan Satur-nalia and Brumalia were too deeply entrenched in popular custom to be set aside by Christian influence . . The pagan festival with its riot, drunkenness , gift giving and merrymaking was so popular that Christians were glad for an excuse to continue its celebration with little change in spirit and in manner
21. Christian preachers of the West and the Near East protested against the unseemly frivolity (silliness, foolishness )with which Christ’s birthday was celebrated, while Christians of Mesopotamia accused their Western brethren of idolatry and sun worship for adopting as Christian this pagan festival.”—
22. Church leaders adopted a pagan holiday, in spite of the protests of some godly local pastors. It was considered idolatry to do this, since it was nothing more than a heathen day of worship. In addition, the day for this worship had been selected in honor of Mithra ( Baal, Nimrod) the sun god. December 25 was dedicated to the keeping of his birthday.
23. Therefore sincere Christians considered it to be a form of sun worship. The sun had reached its lowest angle in the sky on December 21 (the winter solstice), and the 25th was the first observable day in which it began rising in the noon sky. So December 25 had, for centuries, been celebrated as the “birth of the sun god.”
24. These heathen customs are not found in the Bible as being used by Christians, so they ought to be shunned by conscientious Christians. The Roman world was essentially pagan. Many converts to Christianity had come to enjoy those festivities and did not want to forsake them after baptism into the Christian church.
25. But when half-converted church members rose to positions of leadership in the Church, they made policy changes in agreement with contemporary heathen customs. sun god Mithra on a lion Pope with sun god symbol And that is how we got Christ-mass. Revelation 13:3 ….and all the world wondered after the beast.
26. “A feast was established in memory of this event [Christ’s birth] in the fourth century. In the fifth century the Western Church ordered it to be celebrated forever on the day of the old Roman feast of the birth of Sol [the Latin word for ‘sun’], as no certain knowledge of the day of Christ’s birth existed.” —Encyclopedia Americana (1944 edition), “Christmas.”
27. If the Bible contained no certain knowledge of when Christ was born, then we should not try to select a definite day on which to worship Him. Instead, we should remain with the only weekly worship day God ever gave us, the seventh-day , The Holy Sabbath Day (Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11).
28. The above quotation spoke about a pagan feast back then, in honor of the yearly birth of Sol. That word means “sun” in Latin and was another name for Mithra, the sun god.
29. It was clearly understood by the faithful Christians that this pagan holiday should not be adopted as the memorial day of the birth of Christ.
30. HOW DID MITHRA WORSHIP BRING THESE THINGS INTO THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH?
31. In order to understand how and why Christ-mass came into the Christian church back in those early centuries, we need to understand the tremendous influence of pagan Mithraism in the first few centuries after the time of Christ—and how Christian leaders decided to adopt the customs of paganism in order to win the battle against it.
32. The following information is vital and comes from an earlier study Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday THE PLANETARY WEEK
33. The various days of the week were, in ancient times, called The First day, The Second day The Third day The Fourth day The Fifth day The Sixth Day The Holy Sabbath for these were their Biblical names. But about the time of Christ they were given new names. The non-Christians began calling them the Day of the Sun, the Day of the Moon, (Tiw’s (war god)day)Mars Day, Mercury Day, Thor’s Day, Freya’s Day, Saturn’s Day ., in honor of different heavenly bodies. This was known by the pagans as the “planetary week.”
34. Each day was ruled over by a different god; but the most important of all gods was given the rule of the first day of the week, with the idea in mind that the first is always more important than that which follows it. The most important of all the heathen gods was given the rule over the first of the seven days. It was his day, the day of the Sun. And Mithra ( Nimrod), the Sun god was worshiped each week on his day, the Sun day.
35. Now, although these names for the days of the week were new, the day devoted to the Sun god was not new. The worship of the sun arose from a devotion to that most powerful of natural objects. It was one of the most ancient forms of worship and is represented by solardisk images found on nearly every continent of our world. “Sun worship was the earliest idolatry.” A.R. Fausset, Bible Dictionary
36. Entering Canaan under Joshua, the Hebrews again encountered Sun worship. Baal of the Phoenicians, Molech or Milcom of the Ammonites, Hadad of the Syrians, and later the Persian Mitras or Mithra. Shemesh was an especially important Sun god in the Middle East. Later, in Egypt, Aton was the name of the god of the Sun Disk. The temple at Baalbek was dedicated to Sun worship.
37. By associating with Sun worshipers, the Israelites frequently practiced it themselves (Lev 26:30, Isa 17:8). King Manasseh practiced direct Sun worship (2 Kgs 21:3, 5). Josiah destroyed the chariots that were dedicated to the Sun and worship processions (2 Kgs 23:5, 11-12). Sun altars and incense were burned on the housetops for the sun (Zeph 1:5). And Ezekiel beheld the “greatest abomination”: direct Sun worship at the entry way to the temple of the true God. This was done by facing eastward to the rising sun (Eze 8:16-17).
38. MITHRA AND THE DAY OF THE SUN All during those earlier centuries, there was no particular day that was used for heathen worship of the Sun god. But then, about the time of Christ, or a little before, the various days of the week were dedicated to specific pagan celestial gods—dies Solis—the day of the Sun, dies Lunae— the day of the Moon, and so on.
39. The sacred day of the Jews and Christians was the memorial of Creation—the true Sabbath—the seventh- day—the only weekly Sabbath given in the Bible. But, in marked contrast, the sacred day of paganism was the memorial of the Sun god—the first day of the week. His day was called “the Venerable Day of the Sun.”
40. Sunday keeping never occurred in the Old or New Testaments, nor was it commanded. In the time of Christ and the Apostles, the official religion of the Roman government did not have a sacred day, but gradually Sunday keeping began to become common among the non-Christian people of the empire. The planetary week, each day named after a different planet in the sky, played a very important part in the worship of the sun. By the time of Christ, Sun worship was most powerfully represented in Mithraism. Now, Mithra (also called Mithras) was originally an ancient god of Iran, and for centuries had been worshiped as the god of strength and war by the descendants of the Persians. But, by the first century A.D., Mithra had been transformed, oddly enough, into the leading Sun god—and foremost pagan god of any kind—throughout the Western civilized world. The Romans often called him by a new name, Sol Invictus, “the Invincible Sun”
41. During the early centuries of the Christian Era, Mithra was the greatest pagan rival of Christianity. And this was not without a carefully developed plan; for Satan had arranged that Mithraism would closely approximate, in several ways, the only true religion in the world—Christianity. It had such similar features as a dying-rising Saviour, a special religious supper, a special holy day out of the weekly seven—the Sun Day, and baptism of converts to the faith by having blood from a slaughtered bull sprinkled upon them. It counterfeited the religion of the true God more cleverly than any other religion up to that time in history.
42. Gradually, large numbers of non-Christians began observing Sunday as a holy day in honor of Mithra ( Nimrod, Odin, Satan, Santa). He was especially adored by the Roman soldiers; for his worship included athletic feats of skill and “war-like manliness.” Gradually, the worship of the Invincible Sun became even more popular and widespread among the Roman Empire. Then, about 200 years after the last book of the Bible had been penned, Emperor Aurelian (A.D. 270- 275) whose mother was a priestess of the Sun, made this solar cult the official religion of the empire. His biographer, Flavius Vopiscus, says that the priests of the Temple of the Sun at Rome were called pontiffs. They were priests of their dying-rising Saviour, Mithra, and vicegerents in religious matters next to him.
43. On March 7, 321, the first national Sunday Law in history was decreed. This was the first “blue law” to be issued by a civil government. Here is the text of Constantine’s Sunday Law Decree: “Let all judges and townspeople and occupations of all trades rest on the Venerable Day of the Sun [Sunday]; nevertheless, let those who are situated in the rural districts freely and with full liberty attend to the cultivation of the fields, because it frequently happens that no other day may be so fitting for ploughing grains, of trenching vineyards, lest at the time the advantage of the moment granted by the provision of heaven be lost. Given on the Nones [seventh] of March, Crispus and Constantine being consuls, each of them, for the second time.”
44. CHRIST-MASS FIRST OBSERVED “The first footsteps we find of the observation of this day are in the second century, about the time of the emperor Commodus CHRIST-MASS NOT AN OFFICIALLY ACCEPTED CHURCH DAY UNTIL THE FOURTH CENTURY.—“ It is now generally granted that the day of the nativity was not observed as a feast in any part of the church, east or west, till some time in the fourth century. If any day had been earlier fixed upon as the Lord’s birthday, it was not commemorated by any religious rites, nor is it mentioned by any writers.” —Samuel J. Andrews, The Life of Our Lord Upon the Earth, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1891, 17.
45. THE BIRTHDAY OF THE SUN (god) WAS SELECTED— “The early Christians, who attributed to Christ not only the title (Kyrios – Lord and Master) but also many other honors that the pagans paid to their ‘divine’ emperors, naturally felt inclined to honor the birth of the Saviour. In most places the commemoration of Christ’s birth was included in the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, one of the oldest annual feasts. “Soon after the end of the last great persecution, about the year 330, the Church of Rome definitely Assigned December 25 for the celebration of the birth Of Jesus Christ. For a while, many Eastern Churches continued to keep other dates, but toward the end of the fourth century the Roman custom became universal.
46. Since the Bible calls the Jesus the Messiah the ‘Sun of righteousness’ (Malachi 4:2), it was argued that His birth had to coincide with the beginning of a new solar cycle, that is, He had to be born at the time of the winter solstice . . This explanation, though attractive in itself, depends on too many assumptions that cannot be proved and lacks any basis of historical certitude.
47. “There remains then this explanation, which is the most probable one, and held by most scholars in our time: the choice of December 25 is influenced by the fact that the Romans, from the time of Emperor Aurelian (275), had celebrated the feast of the sun god (Sol Invictus: the Unconquered Sun) on that day. December 25 was called the ‘Birthday of the Sun,’ and great pagan religious celebrations of the Mithras cult were held all through the empire. What was more natural than that the Christians celebrate the birth of Him Who was the ‘Light of the World’ and the true ‘Sun of righteousness’ on this very day? The popes seem to have chosen December 25 precisely for the purpose of inspiring the people to turn from the worship of a material sun to the adoration of Christ the Lord. This thought is indicated in various writings of contemporary authors.
48. THE PAGAN WORSHIPERS OF MITHRA CELEBRATED THE BIRTHDAY OF THE SUN ON DECEMBER 25 Each day in the week, the planet to which the day was sacred was invoked in a fixed spot in the crypt; and Sunday, over which the Sun presided, was especially holy . “The rites which they [the Mithraists] practised offered numerous analogies . . They also held Sunday sacred, and celebrated the birth of the Sun [god] on the 25th of Decemberber.”— WORSHIPERS OF MITHRAS, THE SUN GOD, WON BY MAKING DECEMBER 25 THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS CHRIST—
49. 2 MITHRAIC HOLY DAYS ADOPTED AS CHRISTIAN HOLY DAYS “Remains of the struggle are found in Two institutions adopted from its rival by Christianity in the fourth century, the two Mithraic sacred days, December twenty-fifth, dies natalis solis [birthday of the sun], as the birthday of Jesus, Sunday “the venerable day of the Sun,” as Constantine called it in his edict of 321.”—Walter Woodburn Hyde, Paganism to Christianity in the Roman Empire, 60
50. SUMMARY OF PAGAN ORIGIN OF CHRISTMAS It is admitted by the most learned and candid writers of all parties, that the day of our Lord’s birth cannot be determined; and that, within the Christian church, no such festival as Christmas was ever heard of till the third century. Not till the fourth century was far advanced did it gain much observance. How, then, did the Romanish Church fix on December the 25th as Christmas Day? Why, thus? Long before the fourth century, and long before the Christian era itself, a festival was celebrated among the heathen at that precise time of the year, in honor of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven (who the Catholic church now worship and pray to as mary the virgin);
51. Is It Scriptural to Exchange Gifts?
52. ........that Great City...... Revelation 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!... Revelation 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: Jeremiah 51:7Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
53. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
54. Merchants regularly report that over 60% of their annual retail sales occur during the Christmas shopping season. This represents a tremendous amount of gift buying. Most today believe that gift-giving comes from the Bible example of the “three wise men” (the Bible gives no number) presenting gifts to Christ. Is this true? Where did exchanging gifts come from, and what does God's Word say about it? The Bibliotheca Sacra states, “The interchange of presents between friends is a like characteristic of Christmas and the Saturnalia, and must have been adopted by Christians from the pagans, as the admonition of Tertullian plainly shows” (Vol. 12, pp. 153-155).
55. The fact is, this custom fastened upon people of exchanging gifts with friends and relatives at the Christmas season HAS NOT A SINGLE TRACE OF CHRISTIANITY ABOUT IT, strange though that may seem. This does not celebrate Christ's birthday nor honor it or Him! Suppose someone you love has a birthday. You want to honor that person on his or her birthday. Would you lavishly buy gifts for EVERYONE ELSE, trading gifts back and forth with all your OTHER friends and loved ones, but ignore completely any gift for the one whose birthday you are honoring? Rather absurd, when viewed in that light, isn't it?
56. Yet this is exactly what people the world over are doing. They honor a day that is not Christ's birthday by spending every dime they can scrape together in buying presents to trade back and forth among friends and relatives. But I can say by years of experience, as I believe most pastors and ministers can say, that when the month of December rolls around, nearly all professing Christians forget to give gifts to Christ and His cause almost altogether.
57. December often is the most difficult month to keep Christ's work from dying. People are too busy trading gifts back and forth among themselves to think of Him (Jesus) and His Work, it seems. Then, in January and even into February it seems they have to catch up from what they spent for Christmas, so they seldom get back to normal in supporting Christ and His Work before March.
58. December often is the most difficult month to keep Christ's work from dying. People are too busy trading gifts back and forth among themselves to think of Him(Jesus) and His Work, it seems. Then, in January and even into February it seems they have to catch up from what they spent for Christmas, so they seldom get back to normal in supporting Christ and His Work before March.
59. WHY GIFTS PRESENTED TO CHRIST Matthew 2:1-11. "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born KING OF THE JEWS? ...And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him: AND WHEN THEY HAD OPENED THEIR TREASURES, they presented unto HIM gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
60. Notice, they inquired for the child Jesus, who was born KING of the Jews. Now why did they present gifts to Him? Because it was His birthday ? Not at all, because they came several days or weeks after the date of His birth. (Jesus was likely up to 2 years old when they visited Him )Was it to set an example for us, today, to trade gifts back and forth among ourselves? No, notice carefully. They did not exchange gifts among themselves, but "they presented unto HIM gifts." They gave their gifts to Christ, not to their friends, relatives, or one another.
61. Why? Let me quote from the Adam Clarke Commentary, volume 5, page 46: "Verse 11. (They presented unto him gifts.) The people of the east never approach the presence of kings and great personages, without a present in their hands. The custom is often noticed in the Old Testament, and still prevails in the east, and in some of the newly discovered South Sea Islands."
62. There it is. They were not instituting a new Christian custom of exchanging gifts with friends to honor Christ's birthday. They were following an old and ancient eastern custom of presenting gifts to a king when they came into his presence. They were approaching Him, born King of the Jews, in person. Therefore custom required they present gifts - even as the Queen of Sheba brought gifts to Solomon - even as many people today take a gift along when they visit the White House for an appointment with the President. No, the custom of trading gifts back and forth does not stem from this scriptural incident at all, but rather, as quoted from history above, it is the continuance of an ancient pagan custom. Instead of honoring Christ, it invariably retards His Work, often sets it back, at the Christmas season every year.
63. SANTA CLAUS St. Nicholas is thought to be a fine old saint in the church, but not so. It is true that there may have been a Nicholas, bishop of Myra, who lived in the fourth century and was said to have helped the poor. But Santa Claus was named after another “old Nick.” which is another name for Satan
64. The legend of Santa Claus is quite similar to those of the ancient Egyptian god, Bes. Bes was a short rotund god who was said to give gifts to children. They were told he lived in the far north, where he spent most of the year making toys for them. The Roman god, Saturn, was similar—and probably copied from Bes. He too was said to live in the Northernmost part of the world, making gifts for children who were good. The Romans said he was the one who, each December, brought them the gifts of the new year. The names, “Santa Claus” and “Kriss Kringle,” do not go as far back into history. “Sant Nikolaas” (Sant- Ni-Klaus) and “Kriss Kringle” are from the German “Christ Krindl,” or “Christ Child.” So we have here a counterfeit Christ.
65. TRUE Jesus Christ False Santa (satan) Sabbath Worship Christmas and Sun’s day Worship
66. When the Dutch came to America and established the colony of New Amsterdam, their children enjoyed the traditional ‘visit of Saint Nicholas’ on December 5; for the Dutch had kept this ancient Catholic custom even after the Reformation. Later, when England took over the colony and it became New York, the kindly figure of Sinter Klaas (pronounced Santa Claus) soon aroused among the English children the desire of having such a heavenly visitor come to their homes, too.
67. “The English settlers were glad and willing to comply with the anxious wish of their children. However, the figure of a Catholic saint and bishop was not acceptable in their eyes, especially since many of them were Presbyterians, to whom a bishop was repugnant. In addition, they did not celebrate the feasts of saints according to the ancient Catholic calendar. “The dilemma was solved by transferring the visit of the mysterious man whom the Dutch called Santa Claus from December 5 to Christmas, and by introducing a radical change in the figure itself. It was not merely a ‘disguise,’ but the ancient saint was completely replaced by an entirely different character. Behind the name Santa Claus actually stands the figure of the pagan Germanic god Thor (after whom Thursday is named). Some details about Thor from ancient German mythology will show the origin of the modern Santa Claus tale:
68. “Thor was the god of the peasants and the common people. He was represented as an elderly man, jovial and friendly, of heavy build, with a long white beard. His element was the fire, his color red. The rumble and roar of thunder were said to be caused by the rolling of his chariot, for he alone among the gods never rode on horseback but drove in a chariot drawn by two white goats (called Cracker and Gnasher).
69. According to Langer’s Encyclopedia of World History, (article “Santa”), “Santa” was a common name for Nimrod throughout Asia Minor. This was also the same fire god who came down the chimneys of the ancient pagans and the same fire god to whom infants were burned ( passed through the fire) and eaten in human sacrifice among those who were once God’s people.
70. SANTA’s LAUGH JOYOUS LAUGH In History the hobgoblin which is a medieval nickname for the devil was a sinister creature. The hobgoblins trademark was his laugh before his presence was known you would hear this laugh Ho Ho Ho.
71. In Revelation 2:6 and 15, we read about a “doctrine of the Nicolaitanes,” which Christ twice tells His Church “[He] hates.” Let’s analyze the word Nicolaitane. It means “follower of Nicholas.” Nikos means “conqueror, destroyer.” Laos means, “people.” Nicolaitanes, then, are people who follow the conqueror or destroyer— Nimrod. If you have believed that following Christmas is an innocent Christian custom, let this truth sink in!
72. KRAMPUS Santa’s Elves
73. Krampus is represented as a beast-like creature, generally demonic (goat-like) in appearance. They follow after Santa frightening children with rusty chains and bells. When People hear the sound of the bells they would know that Santa is on his way. Thus – “Jingle Bells, jingle bells….” The theme of the famous christ-mass song. Many countries still retain the Krampus tradition within Christ-mass as some countries have modernized them into helpful elves in Santa’s toy house
74. The Christ-Mass Star The star which we believe is placed on top of the Christ-mass tree is no star but a sun bust representing the sun god which represented his worship. This sun burst is not new and can be see everywhere where sun worship is practiced openly or subtly
75. MISTLETOE Where did the mistletoe custom originate? Among the ancients, because mistletoe was considered sacred to the sun, it was used at the December festival of the winter solstice, when the sun was lowest in the noon sky. Kissing under the mistletoe was thought to be an act of solar worship, empowering the worshipers for still further worship. As this indicates, pagan sun-worship services were very licentious. Temple prostitution and heterosexual and homosexual orgies were performed along with drunken merrymakings during the eight-day Roman Saturnalia which immediately preceded the December 25 sun-birth celebration Adultery, Lesbianism, Gay, Orgies, Pedophilia, Pre-martial sex , Bestiality – All manner of immoral sexuality were practiced under this symbol
76. Mark 7:7-8 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
77. WREATHS AND HOLLY “Circular wreaths of evergreen branches (especially holly) were a featured part of the festival. These were formed in the shape of the sun, and represented life which could not exist without sunlight. These wreaths were placed on inside and outside walls during the celebrations
78. CHRISTMAS TREES Green trees were cut down, mounted, and then decked with offerings of food and precious gifts to Mithra. Evergreens, because of their ability to remain fresh and green throughout the year, symbolized immortality and fertility. Egyptian priests taught that the evergreen tree sprang from the grave of their god Osiris, who, after being murdered by another god, was resurrected through the energy in an evergreen tree.
79. Even the Bible speaks about the pagan custom: “Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen . . 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. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”—Jeremiah 10:2-4.

Everytime you bow down to put a gift or get a gift under the Christ Mass tree you are bowing down and worshiping the god MITHRA!

80. Christ-mass Ornaments Christ- Mass Balls on the tree represented the testicles of the fertility god hanging on the up-right tree which was symbolic of the male organ
81. Leviticus 18:30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.
82. Deuteronomy 12:3-4 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.
83. CHRISTMAS HAM It is because of Tammuz being killed by a Pig, why we have incorporated eating the ham (wild boar/ pig) on his birthday “While yet a young man, Tammuz, a hunter like his supposed father, was killed by a wild boar. What weeping there was in the kingdom! And the forty days before the time of the celebration for the moon (Queen Semiramis’s day [ Ishtar / Easter]) set apart as days of weeping for Tammuz ( Lent). Ezekiel 8:14
84. CHRIST’S MASS “Christmas” means “Christ’s Mass.” This is a special Roman Catholic mass performed on December 25. It must be attended by the faithful, under penalty of mortal sin for not doing so. At this mass—as at every other—Christ is offered by the priest in a wafer. The people are to worship this wafer as the true body, blood, mind, and soul of Jesus Christ! One of the most recent Vatican statements on this reveals that this worship of a piece of bread remains unchanged: “There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that all the faithful ought to show to this most holy sacrament [the communion wafer] the worship which is due to the true God, as has always been the custom of the Catholic Church. Nor is it to be adored any the less because it was instituted by Christ to be eaten.”—Vatican II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents.
85. TAKE TIME TO THINK? Is the Holy God of Heaven ok with us stealing worship practices from the enemy (Satan) and giving it to Him because we like it?
86. “But as persecution ceased, and Christianity entered the courts and palaces of kings, she laid aside the humble simplicity of Christ and His apostles for the pomp and pride of pagan priests and rulers; and in place of the requirements of God, she substituted human theories and traditions. “The nominal conversion of Constantine, in the early part of the fourth century, caused great rejoicing; and the world, cloaked with a form of righteousness, walked into the church. “Now the work of corruption rapidly progressed. Paganism, while appearing to be vanquished, became the conqueror and superstitions were incorporated into the faith and worship of the professed followers of Christ.” —Great Controversy, 49-50
87. “The religion which is current in our day is not of the pure and holy character that marked the Christian faith in the days of Christ and His apostles. It is only because of the spirit of compromise with sin, because the great truths of the word of God are so indifferently regarded, because there is so little vital godliness in the church, that Christianity is apparently so popular with the world.” —Great Controversy, 48
88. Ellen G. White Writes "Christmas is coming," is the note that is sounded throughout our world from east to west and from north to south. With youth, those of mature age, and even the aged, it is a period of general rejoicing, of great gladness. But what is Christmas, that it should demand so much attention? This day has been made much of for centuries. It is accepted by the unbelieving world, and by the Christian world generally, as the day on which Christ was born. When the world at large celebrates the day, they show no honor to Christ. They refuse to acknowledge Him as their Saviour, to honor Him by willing obedience to His service. They show preference to the day, but none to the one for whom the day is celebrated, Jesus Christ.
89. The twenty-fifth of December is supposed to be the day of the birth of Jesus Christ, and its observance has become customary and popular. but yet there is no certainty that we are keeping the veritable day of our Saviour's birth. History gives us no certain assurance of this. The Bible does not give us the precise time. Had the Lord deemed this knowledge essential to our salvation, He would have spoken through His prophets and apostles that we might know all about the matter. But the silence of the Scriptures upon this point evidences to us that it is hidden from us for the wisest purposes.
90. There is no divine sanctity resting upon the twenty-fifth of December; and it is not pleasing to God that anything that concerns the salvation of men through the infinite sacrifice made for them, should be so sadly perverted from its professed design. Christ should be the supreme object; but as Christmas has been observed, the glory is turned from Him to mortal man, whose sinful, defective character made it necessary for Him to come to our world.
91. As the twenty-fifth of December is observed to commemorate the birth of Christ, as the children have been instructed by precept and example that this was indeed a day of gladness and rejoicing, you will find it a difficult matter to pass over this period without giving it some attention. It can be made to serve a very good purpose. The youth should be treated very carefully. They should not be left on Christmas to find their own amusement in vanity and pleasure-seeking, in amusements which will be detrimental to their spirituality. Parents can control this matter by turning the minds and the offerings of their children to God and His cause and the salvation of souls.
92. DOES IT REALLY HONOR CHRIST? Now come two arguments often used to justify Christmas observance. 1) Many will reason this way: "But, even though the exact date of Jesus' birth is unknown, should we not select SOME date to celebrate as His birthday?" The answer is positively no. Did you not notice the statement quoted from the Catholic Encyclopedia: "Sinners alone, not saints, celebrate their birthdays." The custom of birthdays is not a Christian, but a pagan custom, observed by sinners!
93. DOES IT REALLY HONOR CHRIST? Now come two arguments often used to justify Christmas observance. 2) But, many still reason, "Even so - even though Christmas was a pagan custom, honoring the false sun-god, we don't observe it to honor the false god, we observe it to honor Christ."
94. DOES IT REALLY HONOR CHRIST? Now come two arguments often used to justify Christmas observance. But how does God answer in His Word? "Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them [the pagans in their customs]... that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Eternal, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods" (Deut 12:30-31).
95. A Message to leave Babylon ( False worship and Idolatry ) Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel (Messenger) come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
96. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
97. This year, instead of gift trading, why not put that money into God's Work? For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
98. PLEASE NOTE (P.S.) A lot of Good is done in this season, However as a True Child of God, Being GOOD is not seasonal, it’s a LIFESTYLE.
99. THE END… God Bless you as you and I journey this land not as nationals but as pilgrims looking forward to the second coming of our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who will take us to Heaven for 1000 years and then in the New Jerusalem with us take us back to this Earth made new. That is our Hope. New Hope Ministries Sunbrina Brown Delthonette Brown Refhalee Hanson Roxanne White Kenya Hanson Alanzo Brown Andrew Brown Antonio Bernard (Not apart of new hope ministries)


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