The Fallacy of Taking the Holidays Back for Christ

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The Fallacy of Taking the Holidays Back for Christ

Fully aware of the pagan roots of Christmas, Easter and Halloween, most christians will boldly declare, “We are going to take these holidays back for Christ!”

On the surface, this seems noble. If we’re part of Yahweh’s army and we’re supposed to be advancing the Kingdom, why not take these days back? It seems easy enough, go to the celebrations, make sure you either talk to someone, or listen to someone talk, about Jesus and it’s officially “sanctified,” right?

But when you dig a little deeper below the religious veneer, you will find that for most, it is just a religious excuse to protect their most-beloved traditions. There’s a reverence for these days and, as good church-going Americans, it’s all we’ve ever known. We’ve been trained from birth to give regard to (at least) Christmas and Easter, and it gives us a brain-cramp to consider any other possibility than that they are “God ordained.”

Because of our adoration for the familiar, we are more than willing to put lipstick on a pig and call it “Holy” [[Holiday – Holy day]] and, by golly, if satan is using it for his purposes … well, we’ll just take it back!

To shatter this doctrinal glass house, I’m going to use the very passage of Scripture they use to defend their reasoning for shunning the “Jewish Holy Days” (holidays).

Galatians 4:9-11
But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.

Contrary to what you may have heard, this is not a rebuke to the backsliding Galatians for returning to Jewish Feasts. Prior to coming to the knowledge of the truth, they had been pagans, not Jews.

Galatians 4:8
But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.

The churches of Galatia were located where Turkey is today – they were nowhere near Judea! Outside of possibly a few learned individuals, they had no knowledge of Judaism. They worshiped false gods and participated in pagan festivals and feasts.

What does this have to do with taking back the holidays?

Paul was admonishing the Galatians for returning to pagan festivals after their conversion. He called those festivals “weak and beggarly elements” that would put the people in “bondage.” Because the people were returning to their former practices, Paul feared that he had labored “in vain.”

Paul never said, “Hey! Go back and win those holidays for Jesus! Take it back for the Kingdom!”

Why didn’t he suggest this? Because he knew the truth and considered the notion to be complete foolishness. He was the same guy who wrote:

1 Corinthians 10:20-21
Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.

Paul knew that there is a dynamic… a “fellowship” … that occurs if a believer participates in pagan holidays. He knew that the celebrations of the Gentiles (who were unbelievers, not ex-Jews) were “sacrifices to demons,” not Yahweh.

He said, “I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.” Celebrating pagan festivals, even with pure motives is still “fellowship with demons.”

You are still drinking “the cup of demons.”

You are still partaking at “the table of demons.”

If you think I’m wrong, do your research and find out where our holiday practices come from. The tree, the Easter eggs, the caroling, the trick-or-treating … come on friends, it’s all Babylon.

I know that this is hard to swallow for most because our culture is so entrenched in paganism. Paganism with a “Jesus sticker” slapped on it is all we’ve ever known, and it has formed an almost unbreakable mindset among us. Because of this mindset, it is sorely tempting to reject this as “legalism” and walk away, staying content to wallow in our syncretism.

Don’t do that.

You’ve read the truth about the vanity in the notion that we have the ability to “take back the holidays.” It’s not that the powers of darkness are stronger than our Messiah, it’s that we’ve been tasked with eating at His table and partaking of His cup.

You simply cannot have fellowship with both.

And now you are responsible and accountable for which table you choose to sit at.

Remember, you can’t do both.

The Father told us to “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4)

Our Victorious One also said “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” (Isaiah 52:11, 2 Corinthians 6:17)

Nowhere in Scripture will you find the instruction to “Go back and call the darkness ‘light.'” In fact, you find quite the opposite.

Isaiah 5:20-21
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!

This holy-day season is a time to decide, which table will you sit at?

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  1. Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. (NASB)

    The above verse is something that a new disciple of Christ needs to know at the beginning of their journey with Christ. Sadly it was many years after deciding to follow Christ that this scripture became important to me and my relationship with Christ. Christ describes Himself as the gate, a narrow gate not the broad anything goes gate that most religions perpetuate. Christ then describes another gate a wide one that leads to destruction and that MANY enter that gate.

    This is the time of year we begin to hear a lot from the professing Christians that have passed through the wide gate. This time of the year there is less light in more ways than one. Having left Babylon we are all aware of the emotional pull these man-made holidays have on disciples. There will be opportunities to share truth. We need to remember speaking to a deaf person or trying to show the blind somethings have to be done by God. The darkness of the world has no effect on the lighted narrow path. May we all stay the course in His strength.

    For some reason the lies as adults to the children really bothers me.

    1. “This is the time of year we begin to hear a lot from the professing Christians that have passed through the wide gate.” … I think I’m gonna frame that quote. Thank you for your input, brother.

  2. Kevin,

    Timely as always. We’ve been going to a certain church since Shavuot (I had 2 dreams prior to Shavuot, in which I was crying out against idolatry in God’s people. To make it short, the dreams had to do with this congregation).

    We asked ourselves, how will they ever know the truth in the scriptures (versus the doctrines of men) if they don’t have a preacher to tell them? So we were able to share a little over the last few months, so a number of people know where we stand.

    Today, they were talking about a special offering called “Christ for Christmas”. I was so upset in my spirit. I know I need to address this issue (the dreams make sense now). This is why we’ve been sent there. So I plan to write an email to them. Also, send them the link to Jim Staley’s “Truth or Tradition”. It is one of the best teachings I’ve come across on this subject.

    Please pray that the Father will open their hearts and mind and that the Father would guide me in addressing this issue.

    1. NOTHING that you ever do for the LORD is wasted. JESUS ‘is not’ the reason for the season. He wasn’t even born in December, it was September at the Fall Feast Of The LORD…When He comes again (at His appearing), He will fulfill the Fall Feast.

      Spread the word, follow the LORD, and do what He says regardless. You may lose friends, you may be persecuted for your true faith, that’s okay, the LORD will NEVER leave you or forsake you, so kudos to you and keep up the good work.
      Remember JESUS said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few”.

      We are saved by grace, but we will be judged by our works.

      JESUS said, “IF you love me, keep my commandments.”

  3. I am encouraged when I read comments such as these. I learn that I am not the only one “out here” who came out and away from the pagan religiousness of Christmas and Easter. It’s been over 15 years since I threw away the “Christmas tree” and the “easter eggs”, and my life is the better for it. Like Joyce, I am sometimes shunned and even considered legalistic and narrow minded in my beliefs, but I just try to show them in scripture where these things are worldly and not of God. I lost an entire Sunday School class because of taking this stand, but really it was no loss at all because I decided to believe the whole counsel (Commandment) of God and not even attend Sunday School anymore! Now I observe the biblical Sabbath! Much better.
    Thank you, Kevin, for your insightful articles. I look forward to receiving them.

    1. SUZIE, that is a good testimony indeed. You gave up the Christmas decorations, the Easter holiday and even the fake Sunday worship with Sunday School and church, so kudos to you Suzie, Praise the LORD. He is calling out those that belong to Him in these last days. The ones of us (the few that is) that will heed the calling and listen to Him. He did the “same thing” for me PTL. I gave my Christmas things away, I no longer celebrate any pagan/heathen holiday on our worldly calendar, NOTHING at all since 4 years ago. Last time I had a tree was 2011. Also in 2000 I gave up the Baptist Church where I had been a member (not at that church) but during my life I was raised a Baptist, and I stopped going and started honoring GOD only HOLY day that HE alone set aside for His people as HOLY. He said it was to be special, a sign between Him and His own.
      It’s Saturday (the original day) and NOT Sunday the (day of the sun-gods). It was changed as well as the holidays by the Emperor Constantine back around the year 534. Read about Constantine and you’ll learn a lot of what this man actually did.
      Today Christmas is a pagan celebration, it’s worldly, and it’s traditional and that’s all.
      It began in the HRCC, and it spread all over to all the other sister Churches all over the world (the mighty works of satan) the destroyer. He is the father of all lies. He came for the sole purpose of killing, stealing and destroy as well as deceive the masses of people on the earth. His time is now short, so we should put on the whole armor of GOD, and stand against the wiles of the devil in these final days on earth. JESUS is coming sooner than we thing. It’s Later Than You Think.

      1. Great truths! Congrads on sharing the hard truth. We as a ministry family have nothing to do with any of the pagan holidays. We try to share with others and though they agree mostly, they go right on as if they know nothing. They think we are too extreme and shun us for it many times. We have been so extremely blessed beyond anything we could have believed for taking a firm stand.

        1. Oh goodness, this sounds like what happened to me. I lost family, so called people that I thought were friends and even neighbors b/c of my stand and beliefs.
          I also have NOTHING anymore to do with ALL these pagan holidays. I have, like you, tried to share with others and you are right they shake their heads and say, “Really, I didn’t know all that”, and they continue to decorate for the holidays just like they always have, it doesn’t seem to matter to them. It goes in one ear and out the other.
          I also have been accused of being extreme, told that I needed to lighten up some, called legalistic, and shunned as well, not included in the group, or activities around me.

          Well, here’s what I have to say, If following the LORD is a problem for them, then so be it. Man will fail you, but GOD will never fail you, therefor go with GOD as that’s the only sure way to be safe.
          Better to be safe than sorry. Best to be prepared than unprepared.
          Most won’t listen I am finding out, but some will, and you never know who will unless you reach them with the TRUTH. GOD calls them out of darkness into the light, they have to accept the invitation.
          But, when they know the truth, the truth will set them free.

          I have a hobby and it’s making beautiful necklaces and bracelets, and I sell them sometime to people. I had a customer in a store that is an all ADULT store. I go in, sell her what she wants and immediately leave, not a good place to hang out.
          I was there today, and a lady was purchasing a game and some perfume and another item or two, and I waited for her to finish, then I said, I like your earrings, and I sell Jewelry and have a nice necklace and bracelet set here in my bag that would match them perfectly. She loved the set and she bought it from me.
          Then she looked at me and asked me “what church do you go to”…OH my, was I shocked? Yes absolutely to say the least. She was in there buying all these thing and then she goes to a church…So I said to her, right now I am not going anywhere, and she immediately told me that her church was wonderful, it was a Baptist church downtown and I should be sure to visit it, I would love it. I smiled, trying to be polite and said Thanks for telling me about it.
          Well, I must say when the Baptist ladies start shopping in the ADULTS ONLY stores, there must be something going on. I am NOT judging her, but it sure was odd that she would mention church in a place such as that.

          1. When emotions are intricately intwined with favorable childhood memories the lines can be blurred to man’s traditions with sacrifices that are acceptable to God.

            After Gideon obeyed the LORD by pulling down the false altars, the town folk wanted to kill him. Yes. People take very seriously their traditions.

            “Take your father’s bull and pull down your father’s altar that has been consecrated to Baal. Then cut down the image of Ashram made of wood that is beside the altar. Then BUILD CORRECTLY an altar to ME, your TRUE GOD, on the top of this stronghold.” (Judges 6:25-32)

  4. HE tells us in Rom. 8 – to walk by the Spirit, not by the flesh – Our Father is not pleased with “flesh” walking whether it is giving out tracts or preaching on the sidewalks – because, the fact of the matter, it will do no good and only irritate those around us. Only those drawn by the Father to the Son will hear any message and it comes through us by THE SPIRIT not because we have been taught by religion to do those things. sadly, we have all participated in those things and had to learn by Our Father that only He can bring those in – the harvest that Our Master spoke about that is so ripe for commited submitted servants as HE was when He went to the cross – He didn’t want to go and suffer as His prayer in the garden stated, but HE did it for us. we are or should be submitted servants that will do whatever He asks of us – not what we have been taught is the right thing to do.
    the holiday at the end of the year is coming up – i don’t know what i will be doing – i will take it as it comes – BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS ELOHIM and i will hear HIS voice directing me how to be. one of the first things i got rid of when i learned the Truth was the nativity scene –
    churches put on all the passion plays, etc. and they are not by the Spirit – just more of man’s work and sadly, mostly to glorify man.
    if we are Spirit led, our works will NOT glorify us or bring attention to us – we may not even be aware of the fact that we are being used. i have needed confidence building as i go along and Our Father is always there ready to supply it and help me to trust HIM and HIS word.
    we are so fortunate to live in a time that we learn to KNOW Him – He has stripped us of religion – oh, there is plenty of it around us but HIS discernment in us will help us to walk away from it. AGAIN, BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS ELOHIM.

  5. I have encountered many that know the truth, but remain due to the sophisticated entreaties by their pastors, priests (hirelings), to remain because, after all, the ‘Church is the body of Christ’, and the ‘body of Christ’ needs them to be complete, because there is no perfect church. The classic exit interview ‘required by many’churches’ . These leaders have often agreed with their new found truthes, But use their love of others, to ‘trick ‘ them into staying, ‘because they, ”Body of Christ’ found in these buildings, can only be changed by those that know the truth and stay within them. The change never comes about and they remain trapped due to their never developing friendships outside the group and their increased fondness of the members therein. Be obedient. Come out from amoung them. Anything less is co-signing their B.S.

  6. The Christians couldn’t care less what we tell them. It seems to fall on completely deaf ears. They worship a Jesus of their own fashioning, a religion of their own mindless ideas. The bible has nothing to do with their make believe religion. They just think we are crazy. I always told our congregation this……you may bring a pig into the church sanctuary, wash it, put a suit around it, but it is still a pig, oinks like a pig and will still defecate on the sanctuary floor like a pig. They love the glitter and indulgence the holidays encourage. It was one thing when I did not know and we practiced it, but when alerted and we dug into it, we turned quickly and “came out from among them and refused to touch the unclean thing and now know that in doing so we bless and honor the Lord.. There is no “grey” area in our Christianity. Either we follow the Lord according to His Word or we do not. Sadly, too many chose to even pay attention. Our American Christianity is a cheap and easy gospel to say the least. And it is a fake gospel.

    1. You took the words out of my mouth…that’s okay, I forgive you (ha ha)!!!
      Our traditional holidays have NOTHING at all to do with JESUS or anything CHRISTIANS.
      The pastors have deceived the people big time by telling them that JESUS is the reason for the season, however that is not the TRUTH.
      JESUS was born at the Fall Feast Of The LORD! That happened to be in the fall of the year in September. Mary was with JESUS by the HOLY SPIRIT in December, and she had the precious baby JESUS 9 months later being September.
      It was too cold in the month of December for the Christmas story to be true. In LUKE 2 it tells us that the shepherds were out in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by night. And that story is true, but the timing is all wrong. The month as well as the season of the year is wrong, it wasn’t winter, but fall.
      JESUS didn’t want us to remember His birth anyway, but the death and resurrection were important to Him.
      JESUS is NOT the reason for the season. He cares NOTHING at all about any of our worldly, commercial, pagan holidays…Don’t be deceived.
      We are honoring satan with these holidays all of them.
      Every single holiday on the calendar we have are fake, they are false and phony. ALL of them are man made and not GOD made. GOD made the Feast of the LORD, and we were supposed to honor and celebrate them but we don’t…

  7. Thank you for speaking the Truth….traditions have enslaved us for centuries and no one wants to stand with the Truth!

    1. I want to and I’m sure there are more out there who want to as well, not many, but the few that the LORD has chosen want the truth out. It’s the truth that will set us free.
      I have a manuscript that hopefully will be published soon entitled, The Truth Will Set You Free, all about these important issues, and it may step on some toes, but so be it.
      The LORD tells us we cannot worship Him and satan at the same time.
      He wants our allegiance and our obedience as well. We are saved by grace, but we are judged by our works, so our obedience is important to JESUS. “IF you love me, keep my commandments”, said JESUS.
      Pray for more truth to be told about these pagan/heathen holidays that serve satan and not JESUS.

  8. I think perhaps two things are getting confused here, at least as far as Easter is concerned; that is, that the name commonly used for a holy day is of pagan origin – just as the days of the week are. Should Christians cease to meet on the Day of the Sun or Saturn’s Day just because they are badly named in English? We’re exhorted to meet (Hebrews 10:25) – but whichever day we choose to do so, we’re running the risk of celebrating the feast of a pagan deity. (Perhaps Russian names would be better – Monday to Friday are Days 1 to 5; Saturday id Sabbath, Sunday is Resurrection Day. Sounds cool – and is something that the Soviet atheists made no serious attempt to change)

    Easter, similarly, is named for a pagan goddess – but celebrates the Christian passover (a link that Paul makes in 1 Cor 5:7). Perhaps we should go back to using the Greek term (Pascha), just as we tend to use Pentecost for what an older generation would have called Whitsun.

    Christmas (the feast of Christ) is more problematic; as Kevin has pointed out before, we’re nowhere commanded to celebrate the birth of Our Saviour. In any case, Jesus was more likely born in October rather than December (with no snow, nor Christmas tree, nor Yule log). But the greatest event in world history after Creation (which paved the way for an even greater event, Christ’s resurrection) is something we should remember.

    1. 1Corinthians 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

      “Perhaps we should go back to using the Greek term (Pascha), just as we tend to use Pentecost for what an older generation would have called Whitsun. ”

      Or perhaps we should move on and realize that WAS sacrificed means it is over, no longer do we need to do something that is a shadow of something that was to come. Most are not Jews that need to keep the Passover commanded by Moses anyway. Even if some are Jews would not Jesus actually fulfilling the Passover let them know some things are done away with and the new leaven is needed. The same with Pentecost, has the Holy Spirit been sent or not? Are most of us not Pagans that need only to not eat meat sacrificed to Idols and care for the poor? None of the New Testament Ekklesia are noted being taught to become Jews, yet today there are entire “Churches” or movements that seek out exactly that. Mixing pagan stuff with fulfilled Jewish stuff is in the end “stuff”.

      Christmas is actually Christ Mass, as in the Catholic Church sacrifice of the mass. The mass is done many times in one day, they sacrifice over and over “their” Christ. There is only one Christ and His sacrifice has been accepted by God “once for all”. To have a high or low mass to again sacrifice the body and blood of Christ is man made and actually not possible. Christ sits at the right hand of the Father. All power in heaven and earth have been given to Christ from God (the father) and is truly Lord of all. (God said so)

      Christ said to remember His death, but not with fan fare and the worldly approach that is always added to anything that man does. We are commanded to pick up our cross daily, I can’t pick my cross up without knowing what the purpose of a cross is in the first place. As a disciple I’m to follow Christ, he died on the cross as I’m to die daily to what the Spirit leads. This isn’t directed at you specifically Jonathan, your comments sparked several thoughts that’s all.

    2. Believe it or not, JESUS didn’t die on a Friday, and He also didn’t rise before sunrise on a Sunday morning (the first day of the new week). He said He would be in the depth of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights (a literal 72 hrs. of time). He said it would be as the sign of Jonah was in the belly of the big fish (whale), which was 3 days and 3 nights.
      There were 2 Sabbath’s the week JESUS died. He died the week of Passover. There was an annual High Holy Day Sabbath that week occurring on a Thursday.
      There was also the original Sabbath day Saturday.
      JESUS in order to keep His word that He would remain in the tomb for 72 hrs. He had to of died on Wednesday that week at approximately 3 p.m. and by the time He was actually in the tomb it would have been around 6-6:30 p.m.
      An Annual High Holy Day was also known as a Sabbath day.
      They were in a hurry to get the 3 men down off the crosses b/c the Annual Sabbath was coming that night at dark (a day starts at dark, not at midnight). Therefore He was taken down and put in the tomb, and He remained there until around that same time on Saturday. By the time the 2 Mary’s went to the tomb, the Angel told them, He has risen, He was in fact gone by the time they arrived being early in the morning before sunrise so it was still dark outside.
      He arose the night before just as prior to it getting dark outside.
      A Friday to Sunday (before sunrise) resurrection would be impossible as that was not 3 days and 3 nights. So, there goes the Easter Sunrise service.
      Easter is pagan, about fertility and rabbits producing fast. Constantine is responsible for that.

      Now, as for Christmas, yes it was about CHRIST mass, and is associated with the HRCC. All the sister churches have followed them through the ages.
      JESUS was born in September at the Fall Feast of the LORD. He fulfilled the Spring feast at His coming in the beginning and will fulfill the fall feast when He returns in power and great glory. He will appear in the clouds with a multitude of His own Heavenly Angels.
      It was too cold in December consequently the shepherds wouldn’t have been out in the fields keeping watch over their flock by night.
      The story in Luke 2 of the birth of JESUS was a true story, but the month, and season is all wrong, the timing is off by 3 months, since He was born in September.
      JESUS “never” wanted us to remember His birthday anyway, and perhaps that’s why it’s not commanded in the scriptures, however, He did want us to remember His death and resurrection…He said, “This Do In Remembrance Of Me”.
      It’s worldly, it’s a commercial holiday and it’s traditional, and that is all it is, but it means NOTHING to JESUS at all. He could care less. Nothing we do at this time of year pertaining to this pagan/heathen holiday matters to Him, b/c it’s all man-made, it’s fake, phony, superficial.
      JESUS, “is not” the reason for the season!!! We can’t worship GOD and satan at the same time, impossible.
      What I did before I knew the truth is one thing, and what I now do is another…No more pagan holidays for me, I was done with that about 4 years ago, when the LORD opened up my eyes to the TRUTH, that set me free in the word.

    3. His resurrection and NOT His birth was exactly what He told them to “remember”. He NEVER once told anyone to “remember” His birthday or to celebrate it in any way. Our tradition of celebrating this holiday is manmade, it’s phony, it’s commercial, pagan and worldly. It’s NOTHING more than tradition and has a lot of people in bondage to satan b/c it’s what he wants them doing.

      JESUS told His disciples…”This Do In Remembrance Of Me.” That was what we were to remember, His death and resurrection through the partaking of the LORD’s supper.

      When they know the “truth”, the “truth” will set them free (spiritually free) from these worldly holidays of Easter, Halloween as well as Christmas, (all have pagan origins). Blessings Kevin for showing them the TRUTH that will set them free.
      GOD wants none to perish. JESUS came to set the captives “FREE”.

  9. Freewill choice gives souls the opportunity to pursue a phantom imitation of the One who has all knowledge and power designed by their own imaginations. They like it that way and will use insidious countless methods to have others walk as they. Wheat and tares. The Harvest approaches. HalleluYah, HalleluYah, HalleluYah.

  10. Joyce, Your last two statements sum up the problem perfectly.
    Tanya, Thank you for your precise observation. “Enslaved By Tradition” would make a great title for a Christian expository of truth.
    Would that many of us on this Comment board could fellowship together. It appears we are all of a like mind. I haven’t read one comment with which I would take umbrage.
    Thank you, Kevin, and thank you all for your insightful (read that “scriptural”) observations of a very basic truth that has sadly been twisted and turned into an ugly lie straight from hell.
    Thank You, Father, for your wonderful gifts of discernment, eyes to see and ears to hear.

  11. Do keep in mind that only under the guidance of the Holy Spirit will their ears receive the words we speak in reference to unholy days celebrated. Contrary to that, we will find ourselves working against the Spirit in that God is in charge of who is to hear and to be saved.

    I am 66, and after 40 years in the gospel, and 23 years in Asian mission work, I am still learning these basic principles from our wonderful Lord and Master. In prior years I could be said to be classified as a “Jesus freak: , passing out tracks and witnessing to everyone I met. As I matured, the Spirit showed me that I was to be more obedient and let Him decide who should hear such precious secrets.

    As always Kevin, God bless your wonderful calling.

    James David Black, Sr.

    1. God says preach the gospel to all nations in season or out. It is up to God where the Spirit leads and how He opens hearts. Our job is to be obedient and try to reach the losst whether they recieve it and listen or not. We are just the seed planters, it is God who changes hearts, but hearts won’t be changed unless the gospel gets out. I say this as I am adamanent about getting the gospel out as you once were. I think being faithful is continuing to obey while we still have time because it is running out.
      Blessings!

  12. From a re-formed babelholic, Thanks Kevin for addressing the issue. May you and those who understand, continue to stand strong in the Lord and speak His truth and in love, help those who are enslaved.

  13. Kevin, I really appreciate your thoughts on so many topics relating to our walk. Like so many have previously posted, I am quite uneasy with the secular celebrations of Christmas. I have such fond memories as a child and miss the times in public grade school when we actually sang songs about Jesus. I also had a Jewish teacher a few of those years that included teaching us the story of Hanukah. Anyway, I, too, have pulled away more and more and quite honestly would be fine with not celebrating it at all. As has been previously stated I would prefer to error or the side of caution.

    Like you, it has been a process. But of all the posts I have read, yours and responses, I have not seen anyone refer to 1 Corinthians 10:30-33, “30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I slandered concerning that for which I give thanks?
    31Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; 33just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.”

    For anyone not familiar with this passage I would encourage the reading in full context – V23-33.

    I agree that we may not be correct in saying, “We need to take back Christmas” as it wasn’t Biblical to begin with. But I do feel that we can take any opportunity to worship our Lord and celebrate Him every opportunity we have. This is also a time when people are most open to sharing Jesus with those who do not know Him. The challenge if one does chose to observe this time, it seems to me and my thought process, is with every action you take that has ANYTHING to do with celebrating Christmas needs to be weighed to ensure it is being done not for tradition but for true worship. THAT is a very thin tight rope for the person who choses to walk it.

    With that, thank you for your posts that make your readers think about these very important issues. People ARE watching us and we do have something important to share.

    1. Shannon, When I first got saved I had a Budweiser memorial in my room. I had a model of the Clydesdale horses pulling the beer wagon. I threw the beer parts of the model away and kept the horses. Because I had been making models since very young (I was now 22) I was going to “make something for Jesus” out of the pieces I had kept. The preacher didn’t know it but he said “God doesn’t fix the old and make something with it, HE MAKES ALL THINGS NEW”. So I threw it all away. You know it’s origins are not from God. God bury’s the old and makes all things new. God will never be in it. Either we are in Him and let him guide us or we don’t. To use celebrating Christmas as a reason to glorify God is weak. You can glorify Him the same today as you can on December 25. Set your mind on things above and those things that will endure forever. There will be no Christmas or Easter forever.

    2. We here every year of how depressing it is for so many at this time of year. The huge debt people take upon themselves, etc. etc. The solution is simple. Let Christmas and it’s falsehood go. No Christmas, no baggage to go along with it.

    3. Hi Shannon, thank you so much for the kind words.

      When you read 1 Corinthians 10:30-33, it can appear to give kind of a blanket-statement endorsement of whatever you do…. just as long as “God is glorified.” But ask yourself, is God really glorified in WHATEVER we do? If so, then let’s go out and get drunk, fornicate and attend satanic ceremonies, as long as we give thanks to God, right?

      I know that what I just wrote sounds ridiculous, but it’s the logic we must use if we read that statement the way the church has read it for years. Keep in mind, that Paul wrote earlier in the same chapter:

      1 Corinthians 10:20-21
      But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 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.

      Was Paul contradicting himself in the same chapter? I don’t think so. Rather, he was addressing situation where the person who was eating and was unaware of what he was partaking of.

      Taking the full context of 1 Corinthians 10, it would be more fitting to read “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” as “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, make sure God is glorified.”

      All the best.

      1. Good response, I would also add that if the reasoning is true that anything that Glorifies God is Ok then God would not have had a problem with the golden calf, nor would he have mentioned in Deut 12:29-32 that the things used for pagan worship were NOT to be used to worship Him and that he hated them all. I don’t know about most people but when you love someone you certainly don’t want to do something that they hate. It’s sort of like having an affair then saying you did it to honor your spouse. Remember, God called Israel adulterers when they strayed from worshipping him into pagan worship. Same thing with us!

  14. Great post. I gave up the holidays when I got saved in 1988. Our fellowship is one of FEW in this town that doesn’t eat at that demon table. People/ good believers don’t want to come out and be separate.

  15. I struggled for many years with the Christmas issue, very hard to give up a season where so many family memories reside in my head, but I eventually did and the scripture that sealed it for me is: Deut 12:29 “When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, 30 take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ 31 YOU SHALL NOT WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD IN THAT WAY; FOR EVERY ABOMINATION TO THE LORD WHICH HE HATES THEY HAVE DONE TO THEIR GODS; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
    32 “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

    In this passage not only is there a command, but God tells us something about his character so even if you think the Torah is not binding upon you, what God likes and hates is certainly binding upon him since he declares that HE and Jesus are the same yesterday, today and forever, therefore, He did not change his mind after the death of Jesus and decide to allow the things he hates to be used to honor Him. Eating pig meat is also something he calls an abomination. Isaiah 65 & 66

  16. WONDERFUL teaching! Simple and straight forward! I’ve worked for DAYS about this on Twitter and been called names, mocked and all the other accompaniments that those who are deceived will use. But as Yahweh tells me, I STAND FIRM.

    Thank you!

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