Should a New Testament Christian Celebrate Christmas and Easter?

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Should a New Testament Christian Celebrate Christmas and Easter?

I’ve been really hesitant to write this post because I knew that it would arouse the anger of many.

Our holidays are something that we all hold very dear to our hearts. We have wonderful memories of buckets full of candy on Halloween, presents around the Christmas tree and Easter egg hunts at our grandparents’ houses. No one likes to hear that the events that they find comfort in could be out of the will of God (or sin) . . . not even me.

But our flesh desperately seeks the path of least resistance.

Our carnal nature would rather appease our flesh, justify our way of life, and quietly blend in with the world around us.

Most of us already know that all three of these holidays (namely Halloween, Christmas, and Easter) have purely pagan origins, and yet we still religiously continue to follow these customs. Admittedly, a few of us may blacklist Halloween as a “pagan holiday” because Jesus is not celebrated, but we still hold on very tightly to Christmas and Easter.

There are some yearly rituals that a good little Christian must not challenge.

If you attack these two holidays, you’ve gone way too far! It’s tantamount to burning the American flag on the 4th of July.

If you think about this mindset with an honest heart and a reasonable amount of unbiased scriptural knowledge, it reeks of hypocrisy.

The truth is that I cannot find one scriptural reason why it is OK to celebrate these holidays.

New Testament Scriptures used by the church (which I will address in this post) to justify their involvements in these celebrations are cherry-picked and grossly out of context. Let’s take a look at a few Scriptures that are commonly used by often well-meaning Christians to justify their positions on the holidays.

If you seek the truth, you WILL find it, but I’ll let you know ahead of time, it will not feel good to your flesh.

Galatians 4 – You Observe Days and Months and Seasons and Years!

In my opinion, Galatians is probably THE most misunderstood book in the Bible. More false doctrine has come out of this book than any other (Romans and Revelation tie for a VERY close second).

Galatians 4:8-11
But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. 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.

Because of what our leaders have taught us, and because it is our natural tendency to incorporate what we’ve been taught into our paradigm, it is really easy to just focus on the verses that our leaders have emphasized:

…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.
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Due to our religious training, it’s inevitable that our eyes will gravitate to these verses and exclude the surrounding text, diluting (or outright distorting) the truth of the Word as we read our paradigm INTO the passage. Blindly, we proceed to the next verse, assuming that Paul was writing a chastisement to people who want to observe the “old Jewish holidays,” because somehow Jesus’ work on the cross did away with God’s commandments.

Not so, my friends.

  • We don’t think about WHO the epistle (letter) was written to.
  • We don’t think about what was happening at the TIME the epistle was written. ~and~
  • We don’t think about the CULTURE of the people who received the epistle.

We don’t study the Word for ourselves.

A careful analysis of the surrounding Scriptures will bring out the truth.

Galatians 4:8-9
But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. 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?

From the Scripture above, we see that prior to coming to the faith, the Galatians DID NOT KNOW GOD and SERVED OTHER GODS.

They were pagans, not Jews or proselytes!

One error taught by those who teach Galatians is that, somehow, the church of Galatia used to be involved in Judaism, and that the whole debate is over whether or not they should go back to “the Law.” This sets the stage for an errant “Grace vs. Law” mindset whenever anyone reads this epistle.

If you don’t get the WHO right, you’re going to have a problem interpreting these verses (as well as the entire book of Galatians) correctly.

Galatians 4:10-11
You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.

So, if we know that the members of the Galatians church were pagans prior to their conversion, we must come to the conclusion that their celebrated “days and months and years” (the “weak and beggarly elements” that they were “in bondage” to) were pagan holidays, not “Jewish” holidays. On top of that, Paul was afraid that, since the Galatians were celebrating these pagan holidays, that he had “labored in vain.”

We can learn something here. Paul calls the celebration of pagan holidays “bondage” …not “freedom.” What does that say about those who celebrate pagan holidays? …Selah.

Let’s go on, there’s more!

Galatians 4:12-16
Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you. You have not injured me at all. You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first. And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, [even] as Christ Jesus. What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me. Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

In the midst of his infirmity, Paul came to the pagans of Galatia when it was against Jewish Law to do so (and by “Jewish Law,” I mean man-made Jewish Law/Talmud, not God’s Law/Torah). He came to them with the Good News of Jesus Christ, which resulted in an opportunity for the Gentiles to become part of His people.

Contrary to what many teach in churches these days, the “Good News” ALWAYS started with the word “Repent.”

Change your pagan ways, stop your pagan celebrations, learn and do God’s ways.

And lest we forget, at this point, the New Testament didn’t exist. People learned God’s ways from “the Law and the Prophets” …Selah.

Galatians 4:17-18
They zealously court you, [but] for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them.

The “they” in this passage is referring to the Party of the Circumcision (read the entire epistle for context).

From reading the book of Acts and several other references in Paul’s epistles, it can be concluded that the Party of the Circumcision was a powerful and influential sect of the Pharisees. Many of them believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, but they allowed their man-made doctrine to tarnish their faith. Early on, they were very militant about being separate from Gentiles (Acts 11:2-3), then after Peter’s dream, they softened their stance a little, but afterward started preaching circumcision as a means of salvation (Acts 15 and the entire book of Galatians).

It is apparent from Scripture that the Party of the Circumcision followed Paul around, “adding to” the Gospel after Paul passed through. From the verses above, we can see that they were very similar to modern-day pastors and prophets, eager for a following.

Galatians 4:18-20
But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you. My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.

I’ve explained Galatians 4:8-20 for this purpose. Paul obviously did not want believers in Messiah to celebrate pagan holidays.

Much like our modern day “salvation prayer” converts, the Gentile believers grasped hold of a salvation by works mindset (saying “the prayer”) and reverted back to their old ways (celebrating their pagan holidays). Paul was calling them (again) to “come out” of the culture that they were a part of. If they failed in this area, Paul considered his efforts to be “in vain.”

Colossians 2: Let No One Judge You

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Is your flesh feeling uncomfortable yet? Yeah… mine too. I really want to crucify this flesh; it keeps me from obeying God’s commands… but dying is never painless!

You’ve probably noticed that I use the phrase “cherry-picked” a lot when referring to Scriptures taken out of context. Have you ever picked cherries before? It’s all about eating the nice-looking cherries, and throwing away the rest, right? Sure, the throwaways are “bad” cherries, but that’s where the metaphor ends with God’s Word because His Word is ALL good! There are no bad Scriptures!

Another Scripture that frequently gets “cherry-picked” is:

Colossians 2:16-17
So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

But when you treat the letter to the church of Colossae for what it is… an actual letter with a continuous thought process, the meaning of verses 16-17 is quite different! Let’s explore:

Colossians 2:6-7
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Paul starts off encouraging the church of Colossae to walk “in Him” …being “rooted” and “established in the faith.”

Colossians 2:8
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

Starting with the verse above, we can see that Paul is setting up a comparison. On one side we have “the tradition of men” and “the basic principles of the world” (a deceitful philosophy that will cheat its followers) and on the other side we have “according to Christ.” At this point, the lines are drawn. What is about to be discussed will fall on one side of the line or the other.

Colossians 2:9-12
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

You can clearly see from the Scriptures above that Paul is describing the “righteous” side of this comparison. The side that is “according to Christ.”

Thank God for what He has done! When we put off the body of the sins of the flesh (by crucifying it), we are taking part in the “circumcision made without hands.” I explain the “circumcision made without hands” in the following post:

Link: Circumcision of the Heart – The Secret to Living Set Apart

Colossians 2:13-15
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

The Law of sin and death cursed those who disobeyed what was written in it. (See Deuteronomy 28.) Christ, through His death and resurrection, did not abolish the Law (Matthew 5:17-19), but abolished the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13) that was upon those who lived in habitual disobedience to the Law.

The curse of the Law was “contrary to us,” but God’s Law was given to us “for our good” (Deuteronomy 6:24, 30:11-20). This will be explained in a more detailed post at another time.

Verses 9-15 show us all of the things that Jesus did for us by His death and resurrection on the cross. They are most certainly the details that we must be aware of if we are to live a life “according to Christ.”

Colossians 2:16-17
So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

Once again, we come across the “cherry-picked” Scripture that people read out of context. Let’s take a step back and think about what we are reading here and WHO it was meant for.

The church of Colossae was located in the same region as Galatia, really close to Laodicea. While we don’t know for sure if the church was primarily made up of Gentile believers or a mixture of Jew and Gentile, it really doesn’t matter. They were a group of called out believers (an ekklesia) in the midst of a pagan society.

Bringing the comparison in verse 8 forward, we can easily peg those who were judging someone for celebrating festivals, new moons, and Sabbaths as the pagans who adhere to philosophy and empty deceit.

At this point, one could say, “Yes, but the substance is of Christ… so we don’t have to worry about celebrating those ‘Jewish’ holidays!”

To which I would reply with a few questions:

  • Then why would Paul tell the Colossians to not let anyone judge them? Why wouldn’t he say… “Well, it doesn’t really matter if you celebrate it or not?”
  • Why did Paul himself place great value on God’s Holy Days? (Acts 18:21)
  • Lastly, some of the “Jewish holidays” in Leviticus 23 pointed to events AFTER His return. The events that the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles point to have YET to occur. Where do we divide them up? Do we celebrate some and not others?

Obviously, this is a subject of great debate. Personally, I feel that when God said “it shall be a statute forever” in Leviticus 23, He meant what He said.

Regardless of your stance on God’s Holy Days, we can see from verses 16-17 that Paul is telling the believers in the church at Colossae that they shouldn’t let any pagan judge them just because they want to take part in a God-commanded feast. To NOT take part in God’s feasts would be caving into a deceit-filled philosophy that would ROB them of a life “according to Christ.” Let’s go further:

Colossians 2:18-19
Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in [false] humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase [that is] from God.

Continuing the stream of thought from verse 8, we see Paul mentioning again a philosophy, spoken by people who would CHEAT us and disrupt our walk “according to Christ.” Not only that, but the context of these verses attributes “false humility,” “worship of angels,” and a “puffed-up fleshly mind” to the same people who would judge someone for celebrating a God-ordained holiday.

Romans 8:7
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

It’s “heavy stuff” to not hold fast to the Head.

Colossians 2:20-23
Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations — do not touch, do not taste, do not handle, which all concern things which perish with the using — according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

When we “died with Christ,” we died to the “basic principles of the world.”

I understand that you all have a wide range of beliefs and interpretations for how a believer should relate to the Law of God. Although that should not be, one thing must be true: God’s Law was NOT created by man, nor was it EVER a “basic principle of the world.” So to use the verse above to support the man-made philosophy that we no longer need to “subject ourselves” to God’s commands is dangerous ground (at best). What the verse above is instructing is that we not subject ourselves to man-made doctrine.

Analyze yourself a moment… what kind of doctrines/regulations/traditions regarding Christmas and Easter do you subject yourself to?

Matters of the Heart

Besides Scripture, many people have other “pat” responses as to why they think it’s OK to celebrate Christmas, Easter, and Halloween. They usually sound similar to what you see below.

  • God knows my heart.
  • We celebrate “Jesus” during the holidays, so He trumps the pagan holidays.
  • Whatever you do, do ALL to the glory of God.
  • People are more open to the Gospel during Christmas.
  • Satan doesn’t own any day, why should I give “pagan holidays” any credit on his behalf?

In light of Scripture, these responses hold no weight.

The Old Testament is FULL of Scriptures where God warns His people against idolatry and taking on the customs and practices of the nations. We can also see from the content above that God carries this command through to the New Testament. In fact, the very Scriptures that people use to support their “right” to celebrate pagan holidays are actually found to mean the exact opposite!

So why do good “Christian” people celebrate these holidays?

To be honest, it’s really difficult to break with years of tradition, the expectations of our loved ones, and our own wicked desires.

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

The truth is that our hearts are wicked and no one can know (be intimately acquainted with) them. We don’t even know ourselves… how can we know the hidden desires of our own hearts?

We can’t… but GOD can!

Hebrews 4:12-13
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Keep in mind that the above verse was referring to the Old Testament, as the New Testament wasn’t even written (or was just beginning to be written) at that time.

Time and space don’t permit me to go into a huge study on how God judges the human heart, but I would encourage you to dig deep into your Bible for the answer! If you do, you will find that the condition of your heart is directly related to your obedience to the commands of God.

Link: Covenant Connections – The Torah written on your heart

In Closing

Contrary to what you may think, I didn’t write this post to be the proverbial “Scrooge” who wants to take away your holiday cheer. I have a passion for the Word of God, finding the ultimate truth that lies within it and doing my best to obey accordingly.

We’re at a point within the “Church Era” where we are finding out that our “Game Plan” isn’t working. You have to be in a serious state of denial to think that the church is going forward – just take a look around you. Our struggle to “stay relevant” is futile, and has run its course… ending in confusion and apostasy.

Link: 2 Thessalonians 2 is Happening Now! The “Mystery of Lawlessness” is No Longer a Mystery

Let’s get one thing straight:

The true church will NEVER be relevant to a carnally-minded society. It will either STAND on the Word of God or CAVE to the pressure of syncretism.

The call to “come out from among them” has never been stronger. Do not allow the popular excuses of the so-called “church” to taint your understanding of what Yahweh is saying to us in His eternal Word.

“Jesus is the reason for the season” and “He Is Risen!” are only mantras that we use to comfort us in our compromise.

“It’s OK, as long as your heart is in the right place” is just a weak excuse and does nothing to take away from the sinfulness of our actions. Besides, if you are bound and determined to contradict Scripture so that you can maintain the status quo, then you have just revealed where your heart is.

The following video gives us some great “food for thought.”

May God bless you with Truth this Season …

A Little Bit More About Christmas, Easter, and Halloween:

Note: The links above are sources to some good information … that doesn’t mean that I 100% endorse what they teach (with the exception of my own articles, haha).

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  1. Oh FINALLY! I have felt like I am in a desert! I read Jill Shannon’s book Biblical Feasts and really realized the lies we are holding on to. Christ was born during the Feast of Trumpets, the year he was born, in the Jewish calendar would have been in September that year. The feasts are a foreshadow of things to come. Christmas and Easter and PAGAN! They are not from GOD!

    Christ and the disciples all followed the feasts. God’s son celebrated them! Shouldn’t we? I have not been able to put up a Christmas tree, or buy presents or wish anyone a merry Xmas, let alone Easter. Now just try and get someone to learn about the feasts of the Lord with me! It’s a lonely place.

    Thanks for putting the truth out there Kevin! you are encouraging me! bless you!

    1. Good on you guys! Firstly for Kevin’s courage and then for the pat’s positive comment.

      We are living in a religiously confused world where god of this age is nothing but Lucifer who turned to be Satan. I believe that we are truly living in the last days of the present age that will end in the near future. That I will say with 100% certainty based on God’s word.

      We don’t have to go that far to convince the world what is correct and what is right. Just by looking at the number 144,000 in Revelation who are sealed by Jesus to reign on the God’s Kingdom in the tomorrow’s world will tell you what it means to be in that number for all humanity from the day of Adam and Eve to the end of this age.

      God bless you all for God’s grace in opening your minds.

    2. Pat,

      I know how you feel. I have been celebrating the feasts of YHVH going on my full first year and I do feel alone in the process. By whom?! Why my fellow Christians. Many non-believers are attracted to the zeal, appreciate my authenticity, and are interested in true Christianity that I do my best to daily display; on the other hand, it is many other Christians who think I am “taking things to far” or “too zealous”. How can zeal for the Lord’s house EVER be “too” much?! They are trapped into giving demons, archons, and principalities power by worshiping Ishtar, Ashtaroth, Sol, and Helios. I feel very alone, but I know that is a good thing because we are aliens (1 Peter 2:11) and otherworldly. Our citizenship is in heaven! I bless you and pray you find solid believers to celebrate the feasts and commune with. I also am looking for such believers. These last days are winding down. Soon we will see him face to face as he is. Maranatha! Love in Christ,

      Brent

    3. Hey Guys/Gals,

      I’m with you. This is actually the second year that my family and I have “abstained” from the idolatry. It is a lonely road, but think of the good side … you are becoming more and more like Him! Before He went to the cross, He said (paraphrased) “The enemy has NOTHING in me.”

      IMHO, the less ground I give to the enemy, the better. You can NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER be too extreme in your love for the Word and your zeal for obedience! All those who say otherwise are looking for an “out”. They may stress listening to the Holy Spirit, which is AWESOME … but if they are hearing things that conflict with the Word, I’m not buying it. And neither should you!

      Many blessings to you.

      Kevin

      1. To anyone who says I’m into legalism for not doing Christmas and Easter etc…I tell them that there is nothing legalistic about being obedient to the scriptures. Legalism is following the TRADITIONS OF MEN!

        1. To me … legalism is doing “stuff” in order to be saved. Salvation is “by grace through faith”. Once you are saved, however, obedience is a MUST in order to maintain your walk with God. If obedience is “legalism”, then Jesus was the most legalistic person ever born! He followed God’s Law PERFECTLY. And we are to walk as He walked …. so there you go.

          1. ABSOLUTELY! I agree completely–salvation is by grace alone, and if we are truly His followers we will DESIRE to be like Him. Once we are saved, we should want to change and be obedient. We desire to study the word and spend time in fellowship with Him. If there is no evidence of being different than the world, then we are still the world. Faith without works is dead.

      2. Amen Kevin

        People that are willing to write posts like this and give others a chance to see the truth are doing all they can to turn the light/truth on darkness. But……………………………. as you know with all the rationalization that goes on today in the institutional churches many love the darkness and will turn off the truth to continue in their lukewarm environment.

        In order to be lukewarm for Christ you have to be running the hot and cold water at the same time. The problem with mixing is that it becomes totally subjective to the individual. Some like it hotter and some like it colder. The more the things of this world you have the more you want. The more you want the more the cold faucet is opened. Just as a little leaven works so is the effect of cold water. In order to get and remain hot we will need to tear down things we have built and toss them into the fire.

        Revelation 3:16 ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

        Rich

    4. Hey Pat, about the feast of the LORD. Yes you are right, and believe it or not, I was raised a Baptist in Alabama and my grandma took me to her church every time the doors opened it seems. I learned much, but they NEVER to my remembrance said anything about GOD’s feast days. Nor about JESUS (YESHUA) being born in September. These are ALL things I have recently discovered through a friend of mine that’s in Missouri.
      Most Christians don’t know anything about all the feast, they assume they’re all just for the Jews, not us Gentiles.

      I don’t celebrate the holidays of man anymore. They are worldly, commercial, pagan, fake, and have NOTHING at all to do with JESUS.

      You’re right it’s a lonely place when you try to tell people the truth as most of them aren’t looking for anything except preachers and books that will tickle their itching ears, just as scripture told us.

      I know much now that I didn’t know thanks to my Messianic friend in Missouri. He keeps the Sabbath (Saturday, not Sunday) and he also keeps everyone of the feast days of the LORD. Do you know who Monte Judah is? He is a Messianic Jews and he is an author of several books.

      1. Hey WandaKate, where in Alabama are you? Huntsville/Madison County by any chance? My husband and I live in the Huntsville/Madison County area. Would like to correspond with you if possible.

  2. The false religious system has overtaken this earth as prophesied in the word. Many adherents to it cry out ‘Lord, Lord’ , without doing as he commands. With so many hirelings (pastors, priests) available to comfort these indolent souls and their ‘delightfully’ self deceptive ways, they continue on to their destruction. If not for Emanuel’s words telling me that, when I see such abominations and the torments coming upon this earth To “Rejoice, to lift up my head and to stand up straight”, I would be overwhelmed and bummed out over it all. So, in obedience to Christ, I rejoice and awaken (without even trying) from rest, with a song in my heart in spite of living on this infected planet. I never feel alone or discouraged (for over a decade now), for I know that Our Father walks beside me each step of the way. Remember how wrong Elijah was when He stated to Our Father that he was alone, and felt he was the only one. Talk about being bummed out! But he was corrected in his thinking by Our Father. This site bears witness to the fact that none of us are alone, that the elect are still on this planet, that sons and daughters of Yahweh still walk on this very earth in these very days. May we rejoice together in the fact that we are not alone on this earth, that we have each other, and that our redemption draws near.

    1. Thanks for your comment, I liked that. We’re in it together, and the LORD knows what He’s doing. There are many who are seeing eye to eye and are on the same page in the end of days which actually surprises me, b/c so many are lost, and trying to persecute the Christians and those who may life different from the mainstream Christians and what the churches are teaching.

      I do think that GOD told us the best things for us, like clean and unclean foods. Pigs are the most filthy animals and carry lots of disease (I have a report on this) and when we eat Pig meat as well as all of the scavengers, we get cancer and many other health issues that people who DO NOT eat these things don’t get. And yes MANY on that day will say to JESUS…LORD, LORD, but won’t enter the Kingdom of GOD b/c they didn’t live in “obedience” to Him or His words. We have fallen short of the glory of GOD. We need to get back onto the narrow road, and off the wide road that is leading people to HELL…

  3. Do you mind if I re-blog this in it’s entirety with your name and a link to your page?I think it’s a very important post. Unfortunately, I have a friend who took all this too far and ONLY looked at the holidays part but discarded the rest. She is now Hebrew Roots of sorts, belonging to Israel of God church (it’s a nation wide church) and they uphold all the Jewish feasts and dietary laws and all those Old Covenant laws. It breaks my heart! When I got out of the charismatic movement she tried real hard to recruit me to that, thank God He was looking out for me.

      1. Kevin I didn’t see the links to the rest of those entries. Kevin you tell me not to be broken hearted over a friend of mine who has fallen into legalism, is that right? Either I misunderstood you and your entry, or you are somewhat into that Hebrew Roots movement yourself. I am hoping I am wrong. I HAVE studied it, we are NOT under the Law, not in the sense where the HR folks take it to. Celebrating Passover or Feast of Tabernacles is not a requirement for today’s church, either is not eating pork or keeping the Law like the HR claim! Paul even said that NO ONE has ever kept the Law (except for Jesus), Paul said if we walk in the spirit then we’re not under the Law. The law-keepers always say “well you’re taking Paul’s words out of context!” no, he plainly says it. If we’re walking in the spirit then our hearts desire IS to obey the Lord. But legalism is nothing short of religion.

        1. Hi Sarah, this isn’t the correct post/venue to get into a huge debate over what’s invalid/valid in the OT. There are extreme elements in Hebrew Roots, just like there are in any other denomination/sect/christian “movement”. So, it’s important not to assume everyone in one sect (for lack of a better term) has the same view. The Hebrew Roots movement sources that I’ve studied never put obedience to the Law, nor celebration of the Feasts, dietary laws, etc as a prerequisite for salvation. That would fly in the face of being saved by Grace.

          The purpose behind most of the posts on this site is to get people to study the Word. To shed mindsets and thinking that would be detrimental to our walk with God and walk in purity — according to the Word. If, in the process of learning God’s Word and Will for us, we end up giving up our Ways and taking on His Ways … I’m all for that.

          1. I did not mean to come across argumentative (I am told at times in my written responses that I come across that way but I truly don’t mean to). That said, I wasn’t trying to debate, and I speak really from not only just seeing my friend fall into this church/movement -where I have seen with my own eyes those teachers/pastors preaching that if “we eat pork we’re gonna burn in the lake of fire”, I constitute that as legalism. But I have also known two people, via facebook friends I was in constant communication at one time, two people who had no affiliation whatsoever, start to subtly embrace a “mild” sect of HR, as time went on they both -during different times- are now submerged in the law keeping doctrine. I’m convinced its a spirit, just like calvinism, the core doctrines are in line with the scriptures but they’re veered off the path somehow. I am not against someone who may wanna add a-little Messianic traditions here and there if thats their heart, but when it starts getting dogmatic and legalistic then there is a problem. Again I sincerely am not trying to debate, my point is only that its a heart issue. One can do all the feasts they desire, abstain from all the “unclean” foods they choose, but it still doesn’t make them anymore righteous or saved or “good” in the eyes of the Father than someone who doesn’t keep all feasts etc. but yet still loves Him with all their heart. Anyway I am sorry for seeming rude that was not my intent. I digress. God bless.

          2. No! You weren’t rude or argumentative at all. I just know that, once a discussion goes down the “grace vs law” path, things can go absolutely crazy, hehe. I agree with you as far as what you experienced with the teachers/pastors you heard … that was out of line w/scripture (meaning they were out of line, not you). But I also know that our God doesn’t change …. ever. And dispensational thinking has robbed us our understanding of scripture …. so we owe it to ourselves to go back to the OT and really dig in, while not forgetting the NT at all. Anyhow…. God bless, it’s all good sis!

  4. The Lord bless you and your family Kevin. There are not many yet, who will declare the whole counsel of the Word of God. Press on with His work of getting the truth out in a day when darkness appears to get darker, but truth brings a great awakening to those who know the truth. Keep pushing onward brother.

  5. Thanks for this, Kevin. The Lord delivered me from Xmas several years ago. It was a gradual process, no tree, no decorations etc, then finally when I discovered that it was not the date of our Messiahs birth but totally pagan, that was it. I announced to all my friends that I would not be celebrating it any more. The same went for easter. Since then I have found out more about the Babylonian roots of our vain traditions, received from our forefathers, from which Peter says we have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. Peter also gives a comforting word to those who reject these pagan revelries in 1Peter 4:3-4: “For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that you run not to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you.”

    But as verse 5 goes on to say, they, and we, shall give account to Him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

    The call to leave Babylon, as you rightly say, is ever louder in these days; but it has always been the heart cry of the Lord from Genesis 12, when Abram was called out, through to Revelation 18.

    As this post-modern world rejects the things of God in its attempt to establish itself as post-christian, people are taking the Christ out of christmas. But the truth is He never really was there in the first place. God is just allowing these festivals to be seen for what they really are – pagan revelries. The separation will become more evident in the end times as evil men and seducers wax worse and worse.
    I pray that more believers hear the call to come out and take a bold stand for truth.

    The Lord bless you and you wife and children abundantly, (and thanks also for the Dragon Flood series)

    In Christ
    Melanie

  6. In 1989, as I read Jeremiah 10:4 the memory returned of Christmas 1980 where I had tied my tree to a large nail to keep it from falling over. That was the first the LORD dealt with me about the tree and the traditions. A few years later our pastor basically made fun of people who didn’t have a tree. On the way home, my kids told me I was wrong. When they left home four out of my six children put up trees. Now a fifth child said that a historian spoke at her church and she is thinking of getting a tree. Even tho I’ve ‘taught’ them the pagan truths about Christmas, they have rejected them. I wrote the blog, “But that’s not what it means to me.” keeping it short hoping that more people would read it and at least take it as a matte of prayer to GOD.

    Thank you for what you have written. It was so encouraging. I don’t feel all alone right now.

  7. We looked into the pagan roots of Christmas back in the late seventies. Many things have pagan roots, the wedding ring being one of them. Mother’s Day? Father’s Day? Armistice Day? We didn’t really celebrate Christmas for years, but we were on the mission field and it was not a big deal in those days. Returning to Canada, we began to do more. I decorate, we have a turkey dinner, buy some presents (not tons) and bake cookies. Have not ever gone back to the tree, but that is my husband’s thing more than mine. The carols of Christmas time are filled with glorious lyrics. Everyone hears them at this time of year! God could breathe on those words and people could be saved. It is a great time to reach out to the lonely among us. We can invite them for Christmas or a meal, give them something….I send out *Jesus is born* type cards, although almost the whole world knows He was not born then, but in the fall. I love Christmas and believe that God can use it for His glory, if we look to Him. Some celebrate, and some see every day as the same as every other day…..just not a big deal to me. There is so much more to concern ourselves with, like sin and the condition of our hearts!

  8. I attended a church which went the way of the “Toronto blessing” and “Hebrews roots” at the same time. I found it very repulsive that we were being told we could NOT eat pork, shellfish, etc., we HAD to celebrate these Jewish feasts that no one really had any knowledge of and we had to roll on the floor laughing to boot! I even had the guts to ask the pastor if he was going to go into the men’s restroom and check if all the men were circumcised to which re replied “if I have to”. We left VERY soon after all this went down. Sorry but I will stick to my “traditions” of Christmas, sure they aren’t all Scriptural but I don’t see how they can be classified as “sin”. We don’t bow down and worship a tree, we worship the One who was crucified on a tree. Tone of voice is non-argumentative. Love ya in Jesus. (I will say this much, I’m not so sure Jesus is the “Reason for the Season” as much as the almighty dollar is the real “reason for the season”. I’m just glad people are more open to Him in December).

  9. Sorry I forgot to add – you really sound like a Jehovah Witness in your view of Christmas. How do you feel about celebrating birthdays in general? I’m asking because birthdays were not celebrated in the Bible. What about other “days” celebrating our nation such as July 4 or Memorial Day? Should we really honor the dead considering not all deceased military were Christians? See it’s a slippery slope to “attack” one “American” holiday (including Christmas) as others could follow. Just sayin’

    1. Hi Kathy, I’m not a JW, so no worries there.

      This isn’t about identifying with a certain “movement” or a certain “cult” … it’s about taking God at His Word and obeying it. There is overwhelming evidence in both the NT and the OT to not celebrate these pagan holidays, and if one really wants to obey God, you will obey His Word. In fact, the very definition of your Love for God can be measured by your obedience to His commandments (1 John 5:3).

      From your own comment, you said that you would rather stick with your “traditions”. Do a study on the traditions of man in the bible, especially in comparison to obeying God’s commands. In that Day, we’ll all give an account for the commands that we chose to disobey because it was inconvenient for us to change our ways (repent) and follow Him.

      Submitted humbly by a former bacon lover who still celebrates birthdays.

    2. What Yahweh told his people in Deuteronomy “Take heed to yourself that you be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before you; and that you enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.” Deuteronomy 12:30. His celebrations he wants us to keep are in his word anything else is of the world. Since we are not of the world we do not do as the world taking on the world’s customs & practices. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15. The “things of the world” include all the world’s celebrations & practices.
      Stick with the scriptures you can’t go wrong.

      Check out celebration of birthdays mentioned in scripture, Something bad happened at every one of them. Our focus is not on US our focus is on our Master Yahshua & Yahweh: his Father & ours, his Elohim & ours.

  10. Kevin:

    Just discovered your website. Thanks for your honesty and search of the scriptures. I just read the holidays article; good research and interpretation. My spouse and I help others to see into this as well.

    As you know, the occult surrounds us more than most Christians want to believe My wife and I do
    charity/gospel work in Vietnam for some 22 years now. At times we have seen God’s movement as in the book of Matthew. Most of what is seen in America is of the counterfeit spirits movement. Your articles are extremely timely and I commend you for your efforts.

    I hope to write you again soon and possibly share some insight between us on some other areas that the
    Christian world has so misunderstood concerning God’s word.

    Your brother in the true Christ Jesus,

    Dave Black

  11. “christians” do just about anything they want they just have to write it in their rule book

    – someone who reads HIS word and follows HIS example does not – the Follower wants to be like HIM – HIS word is their guide –

  12. Kevin, thank you for this post. I am sharing it in hopes that it may reach some of my friends and family who are totally dedicated to the pagan holidays. Praying that their eyes and ears may be opened to the Truth! Blessings –

  13. i am thrust into the holiday and i don’t have a choice – when i was alone, it was easy to eliminate the holiday from my life –

    i prayed much about what i was to do regarding it – i am to do what He did when He was on earth – just walk around it – He was not involved in politics – He did not criticize the herods or cesars – He did what HE came to earth to accomplish. we need to keep focused on the jerusalems in our lives – HE put HIS face toward jerusalem and knew what He was facing – we need to just do what we face each day. if we are His sheep, yielded to HIM, He will keep us on track.

    religion gets us involved in rules and traditions – He didn’t do that – He walked with people of all ideologies, yet He did not criticize – He just was Himself – the only people He spoke harshly to were the pharisees. my walk with Him has simplified my life – it eliminates judging or separating myself from – our goals in life should be to be pleasing to Him. the holiday that is rapidly approaching is no longer troubling me – it took me a long time to learn the TRUTH – others have to find their own way to the TRUTH.

    1. The one thing that you’re overlooking here is that Christ did not participate in any of the pagan practices at the time. He lived in the world, in society without blending in. He was separate and apart from the practice of sin. He was an example to us of how we are to live in this world without becoming like the world. This isn’t a legalism issue it is a life that we are expected to strive to live. We are to be a reflection here on earth of our heavenly Father. Jesus set the example we should be trying to follow.

      1. Yes, absolutely, as the word tells us to be “in the world, but not of the world”.

        People celebrate holidays that have pagan roots, they are worldly, they are commercial, they are fake (from man, not GOD), and they are basically selfish. Christmas (the worldly name for it), is ALL about $$$$, and self. It’s about shopping, eating, drinking, partying, and getting presents to increase the “stuff” that we already have, when so many are in the world suffering from lack of food or anything else. Many don’t even have the basics, and we have everything and want more.

        JESUS I’m sure isn’t please, He NEVER wanted us to celebrate Easter of Christmas. Easter was the Passover to Him. The 3 Kings took gifts b/c JESUS was the new KING and it was their custom to give gifts to the KINGS. They weren’t birthday presents. He was born at the Fall Feast in September, before the animals were put into the barn for the wintertime. Constantine had a lot to do with this…

  14. i didn’t learn the TRUTH from another man’s teaching – an idea may have been planted but it was through prayer for the TRUTH because there is so much DECEPTION in religion – if we truly want the TRUTH and are willing to give Him our wills, He will teach us Truth – remember, it is the first horse up in Rev. 6 – the white horse of Deception –

  15. Thank you, Kevin, for the article and video, which I have forwarded to many.

    I sent this last week:

    Dear friends,

    That certain time of year is rapidly approaching and my heart and my spirit grow heavy within me. I cannot and will not celebrate Christmas, and here’s why.

    For me, even using the term “Christmas” is unscriptural. Apart from the fact that Jesus was NOT born on December 25th, yet another lie that erroneously stems from the Roman Catholic Church, it is clearly a combination of the words “Christ’s Mass” or the “Mass of Christ”, meaning the SACRIFICE of Christ, OVER and OVER again on Roman Catholic altars. It immediately reveals the link to the apostasy of the Roman Catholic Church, of which many would claim to be separated from, in knowing this truth.

    There is nothing in the Word of God that even hints at such a term as Christ’s Mass, and we are clearly commanded not to add to what is already written.

    I personally find the use of the term “Christmas” to be very offensive and I can only just imagine how it must make our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ feel, especially when hearing it from those who claim to know very well the connection between the Roman Catholic “MASS” and its false christ. Surely, it is tied to “another Jesus” that was clearly NOT preached in God’s Word! When we celebrate Christmas, we are in effect saying that we’re “ok” with the total disregard of Christ’s ONE TIME sacrifice for our sins, NEVER to be offered again, and suggests we are in agreement with the RCC in their continual daily sacrifice of Jesus over and over again.

    In His Word we are neither asked, nor are we commanded, to remember His birth on a particular day, but rather to remember His death, burial and resurrection. “…do THIS in remembrance of me.” He never instructed us to celebrate His birthday, and for years, I never have.

    Interestingly, the Lord brought me into truth about Christmas over 20 years ago at an Anglican church I was attending at the time; as you know, the Anglican Church is very big on Christmas!

    I used to try and justify that day when really it only idolises materialism and promotes deception and lies which hide behind the deceivable works of satan, in presenting a jolly old man in a red suit named Santa Claus (Coincidence? I think not!) whom the UNGODLY world in which we live promotes as being just as omnipresent as God Himself! (“He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you are bad or good, so be good for goodness sakes.”)

    It distresses me greatly people say “Merry Christmas”, knowing what I now know. I am so saddened when people say “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”, or “Let’s put Christ back in Christmas.” He wasn’t in it in the first place! He is NOT the reason we celebrate this season! He says take up your cross and follow Him, not pagan customs!

    The fact is, the origin of Christmas is occultic.

    The tradition of celebrating December 25 as Christ’s birthday came to the Romans from Persia. Mithra, the Persian god of light and sacred contracts, was born out of a rock on December 25. Rome was famous for its flirtations with strange gods and cults, and in the third century the unchristian emperor Aurelian established the festival of Dies Invicti Solis, the Day of the Invincible Sun, on December 25.

    You can read more about its pagan origins in the book “The Two Babylons” by Alexander Hislop. This book played a very large part in bringing me into truth concerning the celebration of Christmas, and I thank God for it.

    Our Lord was certainly not born on December 25; rather, He was born around the time of the Feast of Tabernacles. “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” (Luke 2:8 KJV). December weather around Bethlehem is often miserably cold, wet and rainy then. No shepherd in his right mind would have kept his flocks outside at night at that time of year!

    As well as this, Luke 2:1-4 tells us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem because his parents came to that town to register in a Roman census. The Romans were well known as highly efficient administrators. It would have made no sense to have conducted a census in the dead of winter, when temperatures often dropped below freezing and travelling was difficult due to poor road conditions. Taking a census under such conditions would have been self-defeating!

    There is more I could say, but there is enough here to suffice.

    I leave this with you, my dear friends, and I hope you will consider it prayerfully.

    In Him,

    Sally

  16. We, all of us, have to make choices. We have to either stand for and apply scriptual teaching in our lives or follow the way of the heathen, the world. It is our choice, always was always will be. So be very careful in what you get involved in. We can rationalize all we want but keep Matthew 7:21-23 in mind as you rush to celebrate holidays YHWH says he hates and are an abomination to him. Keep mixing pagan worship practices in with your worship of YHWH and say you are doing those pagan worship practices for him and you will find yourself tossed out of the Kingdom just as those in Matthew 7 were AND YOU’LL BE JUST AS SURPRISED, only I don’t see why it would surprise you Kevin and others plainly teach you the right way. You will have no excuse of ignorance when you stand before him. Get out of organized religion, make a clean break and don’t look back, remember Lot’s wife! Come out from among them and be ye seperate!

  17. Hello my Brother in Christ. My husband and I are so astonished at the history of Christmas. We had stopped celebrating it a long time ago due to the simple facts, like the meaning of the word was thought upon and that it meaning the mass of Christ, and that Jesus was a Jew and would not “do” a mass was enough right there to know something was not quite right. As we read your History lesson, we are flabbergasted to say the least. I never liked the term Merry Christmas and a couple of years ago there was a big push in the Christian mind-set to be sure to say Merry Christmas, more and get in there and be more Christ-like, etc. , etc. as you may or may not be aware of. During more study into your lessons finding the meanings of all this pagan and heinous treatment of the Jews, as if the Holocaust wasn’t enough, makes me cry and saddened even more. When I learned from scriptures that the gentile is grafted in, at the time of our conversion, was so exciting to me. My heart is full of thanks for these heart-rending but necessary awakening to these truths. For years I have told people that I have a Jewish heart I get really strange looks and comments. Now, having becoming aware of all these things, saying that I have a Jewish heart has so much more meaning now. Our love to you dear Brother and your family.

    1. Hi Rusty/Sharon!

      I’m so glad that you have found the Truth out about these pagan holidays. Let me encourage you to do a study on what it means to be “Israel.” Obviously I can’t go into all the details right here, but there is a difference between being “Jewish” and being “Israel” – I don’t think you will be disappointed in the answers you find.

      Shalom!

  18. Good evening Kevin, My name is Melanie. God saved me this past May. His Truths have been being unraveled and revealed to me. I wanted the Truth no matter what. I didn’t know anything. I still don’t know much except there is SO much deception out there. I have been alone and searching for like minded people to serve Him with. All the while the more I search I seem to fall away from Him. I just found your web site tonight. Oct. 24,2016. and I thank God for it. I was searching how to tell my family that I would not be celebrating holidays anymore, when I found this site. I have much I would like to say. All I know is He saved my life so I could give it to Him. And I need support in this.I pray for like minded alive thinking breathing Truth needing people who love and want to serve Him above all. God Bless and much peace to you.

    1. Kevin: I shared you article,and wanted to share something that came to me the other day.First the question: What is the church? Now it is my understanding that the church is the universal body of Christ made up of true believers based on Romans 10:9 and 10. Therefore I see the question “Do you go to church?” as an oxymoron.If we are the church,how does the church go to church.Just a crazy thought.

        1. Thank you, Kevin, for re-releasing this! As usual, this is an excellent study and very timely as Passover is here and “Easter” is only a couple of days away. It seems that there is no end to the layers of the enemy’s deceit. We have been so trained to misread scripture, if we even read it at all, and to not even see entire passages that contradict the Christian party line (or even the first 3/4 of the Bible!) If the enemy can’t completely rewrite scripture, he can cause people to mistranslate it, misread it and misapply it. Cognitive dissonance at its finest.

          Acts17:11
          “For the Bereans were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, and checked the scriptures daily to see if what Paul said was true”

          What scriptures were they checking? The “Old” Testament! As you stated, there was NO “New” Testament yet. Without checking in and being grounded in the “Old” Testament scriptures, we will never truly understand the “New” Testament. The “Old” defines what the “New” means. It completely clears up the questions about Godly celebrations versus pagan celebrations.
          “Resurrection Sunday” is a “Firstfruits” celebration, NOT an Easter celebration. (Leviticus 23:9-21, 1 Corinthians15:20-23)

          Below is a link to an article about Jesus as the “Firstfruits”

          https://oncedelivered.net/2008/05/29/jesus-in-the-feasts-of-israel-the-feast-of-firstfruits/

  19. I heard an unnamed Pastor say it this way…”I love the NATIVITY but I hate Christmas!”
    My best spiritual advice, take to heart what God says in Jeremiah 10…”Learn not the way of the heathen”…any time of the year!

  20. Praise God! Someone who truly understands scripture and has the courage to post it. I applaud you for your correct understanding of God’s word and this post. Way too many Christians have been deceived by their well meaning pastors. My church leaders are angry at me because I won’t bow down to their Christmas and Easter idols but there isn’t a single church in our city that teaches the truth on these matters. I need help to start one. God bless. Keep revealing the truth.

  21. Look at Jeremiah 10! Also look at what these pagan holidays actually were they are disgusting! Sacrificing children and babies for stuff! You can also figure out Yeshua’s birth by looking at John the Baptist’s birth. It says He was born 6 months after John. John was born around Passover. Also, Early Church did not allow their disciples to celebrate these pagan religions. If you look at parts of Europe, they still celebrate them in their true demonic forms.

  22. I am so thankful to our precious Lord for bringing me to this site. The Apostle Paul admonished believers to “not forsake the assembling of yourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25). I have to drive an hour to attend a Messianic service. I’m getting older and driving alone at night isn’t particularly safe for me these days. What breaks my heart is that I pass hundreds of houses of worship that are promoting Christmas and Easter on the hour drive to the Messianic house of worship. My heart is truly broken, but I thank God that I have come out of religion. The Lord actually brought me out. Lord, I pray for those who have eyes, but choose not to see and those who have ears, but choose not to hear. They are knowingly leading many (especially innocent children) astray. I bind the spirit of religion and the traditions of men and the fear of man in the name of Yeshua. I loose hope in Christ and truth in Christ, according to the full counsel of the Word of God, which is truth, in His mighty name. Wake them up, Dear Lord, I pray, in the precious name of our anointed Messiah, Yeshua. Convict them through Your Ruach Ha Kodesh ( your Holy Spirit), I pray , Dear Lord

  23. As old as I am, I’m still left scratching my head when I hear someone seem to be quite proud of belonging to the Catholic church of Rome. They seem to have no knowledge of the fact that Romans murdered our Messiah! Constantine mixed Paganism with God’s precepts to pull the Roman Pagans into his new religion!

    The first followers of Yeshua HaMashiach were called The Way. That’s how I choose to walk my faith – in Yeshua’s footsteps, NOT in a sister church of Rome!

  24. Magnificent work Kevin!
    You proved your case. This article is succinct. Anyone who truly wants to examine truth of scripture against traditions will see the need to cleanse one’s self from any contrary practice.

    It is not just about out hearts. It is about our works. Each of the 7 Churches in Revelation, Yeshua states: “I know your works”. Our hearts and actions both must be ain agreement to the Word of God.

    Thank you. I am passing this on to a number of friends today.

    1. “What is highly esteemed among men is an abomination to God.” Luke 16:15
      Christmas is the most highly esteemed “holiday” (satanic mimicry of HOLY DAY) known to man. Santa is Krampus (a demon they are teaching their little goats aka “kids” to worship instead of Christ). Jeremiah Chapter 10:1-6 gives God’s perspective on Nimrodmas (“Christmas”). Christmas is the pagan celebration of King Nimrod, the first antichrist (which means instead of Christ). But the willfully ignorant will continue to justify their man made traditions in preference to the Truth (Jesus) because it’s the wide and easy path (to destruction- Matt 7:13) They love to twist Paul’s words to their own destruction, just as Peter said the “untaught, sinning and unstable” people would do. (Where did my comment go??)

  25. Great article, Kevin! May eyes be opened to His Truth!
    Here’s, hopefully a couple of thought provoking words to ponder; in the privacy of yourselves…………
    Born again? But, are you born from above?
    Law……..Torah…….instructions……..Instructions!
    law-Hebrew #8451 tow-rah, Torah, instructions
    Greek #355 regulation
    Reality 101 Instructions!

    Many professing believers celebrate their special religious holidays and do not celebrate any of the 7 Feasts of YHWH.

  26. Great Article! Also consider this…

    Colossians 2:16-17
    So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ

    “is” is italicized in the KJV and there are no commas in the Greek; translators added them as they saw fit…

    So let no one judge you…but the substance (body) of Christ

    1. Iam sad you feal the way you do, but if you can only eat fish and not meat that’s just fine.We brother Christians don’t want to stumble you with Easter or any other day you cant handle. (Whatever) is not done in faith, for them it is sin, but don’t impose it on others Mr…. or is it rabbi Singer

      1. We can eat meat, but only “clean” meat. That means no pork. If you walk in Messiah’s footsteps, remember that He taught and lived Torah. He ate only clean meat. And only fish with fins and scales, no fish like shark and no shellfish. A book that might help you is “Holy Cow.” It’s a quick and easy read. For instance, we don’t eat shrimp because God created it to be a sea water filter, not food. One shrimp can filter as much as 50 gallons of sea water a day, some of it containing such things as cholera.

        Hope this helps.

  27. Thanks for all your hard work Kevin. You laid out your case clear and concise using scriptures well. Even though your scriptures are proof for some, there are many who are blinded and can not see or don’t want to see the truth.

  28. “What is highly esteemed among men is an abomination to God.” Luke 16:15
    Christmas is the most highly esteemed “holiday” (satanic mimicry of HOLY DAY) known to man. Santa is Krampus (a demon they are teaching their little goats aka “kids” to worship instead of Christ). Jeremiah Chapter 10:1-6 gives God’s perspective on Nimrodmas (“Christmas”). Christmas is the pagan celebration of King Nimrod, the first antichrist (which means instead of Christ). But the willfully ignorant will continue to justify their man made traditions in preference to the Truth (Jesus) because it’s the wide and easy path (to destruction- Matt 7:13) They love to twist Paul’s words to their own destruction, just as Peter said the “untaught, sinning and unstable” people would do.

  29. Not sure if I can share the New2Torah post as one of their “members” offended me, went into my character without even knowing me. Okay, easter is wrong – but one of the Catholic people is the only who who sent me a message of support after I came out of hospital which is more than I can say for most of the other people I know, whether Torah or not. He may be in error, but ..

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