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Christmas
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • Posted December 12, 2013

Gerry -

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was born in Bethlehem. No one knows the exact date on which He was born, because the recording of so-called "birthdays" is a pagan practice. The Gospel of Luke says the shepherds were still in the fields, so in reality Jesus was not born in winter. He was likely born much earlier in the year, and since His miraculous conception and birth is a Biblical subject recalled by several writers, it is a subject that in all circumspection ought to be given careful attention throughout the year.

Furthermore, even though church "tradition" dedicates December 25 as celebration of Christ's birth, let us in all solemnity consider that December 17 ("Saturnalia") and December 25 ("Brumalia") originated as pagan festivals based on merry-making, feasting, gift-giving and worship of the sun and the winter solstice. There is overwhelming evidence that the December 25 celebration, which was adopted by sun worshippers calling themselves Christians and is basically an amalgamation of Christians into the pagan festivals of antiquity.

Jesus Himself says in John 4:24, "'God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth.'" Therefore, we must understand that God will not accept any false worship. He will accept ONE TRUE WORSHIP - worship of ONLY THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT AND ONLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES AND NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH ANY "TRADITION OF MEN." (Mark 7:8)

Therefore, we should remember that TRUE worship of God is NOT about "saving up" our worship, praise and honor of Him for one day out of the year - December 25 - a date of PAGAN, BABYLONIAN ORIGIN. Furthermore, our worship of Him is NOT about us and our vain "accomplishments" throughout the year. It is NOT about materialism and how many gifts are bought, given and received, nor how much money is spent. It is NOT about a phony "Santa Claus," elves and outlandish talking, flying reindeer (although "Santa" isw based on a real-life Christian man, Saint Nicholas, he has subsequently been made into a fictitious, even idolatrous character whom people ask instead of God to fulfill their heart's desires). It is NOT about putting up evergreen decorations, because these have pagan, non-Biblical roots, and paganism DOES NOT HONOR GOD. And it is NOT about eating and drinking and worthless idle talk.

In short, TRUE WORSHIP OF FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT ARE NOT about UN-Godly, man-made "traditions and self-glorification which ALL DETRACT FROM THE TRUE GLORY OF GOD. It is ALL AND ONLY ABOUT GOD ALONE and CONTINUALLY thanking, praising, worshipping and honoring Father, Son and Holy Spirit EVERY SINGLE SAY FOR THE GREATEST GIFT EVER GIVEN - SALVATION - which was set in motion by Jesus' miraculous conception and birth and which culminated in His atoning death and resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit. If we spent every second of our fleeting lives ceaselessly praising and thanking God, it would NEVER BE ENOUGH.

"But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are might; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, Who became for us wisdom from God - and righteousness and sanctification and redemption - that, as it is writen, 'He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.'" (1 Corinthians 1:27-31)

"The city ha dno need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light." (Revelation 21:23)

"Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name." (Hebrews 13:15)

Pamela Lamm

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