Constantine was the quintessential politician. In order for everyone in his empire to “play nice” he combined holidays and traditions into one. The last week in December, especially December 25, has been celebrated for millenia prior to the birth of Jesus by multiple pagan religions. Constantine simply “added in” all the pagan celebrations and packaged it into a day to celebrate Jesus. It is patently obvious that Constantine did not know the nature of God. He just wanted peace in his empire. Can Christianity ever be forced on anyone? But that is what he tried to do.
And it is wrong. Does God EVER countenance pagan influence in the Bible? Would God EVER allow pagan traditions with a holy observance? Would God EVER share HIS sacred celebrations with a pagan god?
You all know the answer. But we are so steeped in the evil of Christmas that our minds slip away from contemplation of this. As did I when I first vaguely became aware of this some years ago. It has taken me years to come to terms with the entrenched evil attached to this holiday. Tearing the pagan away from Christmas has been HARD.
As is any entrenched sin in our lives.
The pagan tradition of bringing in trees and decorating them and bowing to them was forbidden in the Old Testament. Yet, what do we do at Christmas? We bring in a tree, decorate it and then bow to it to receive the gifts placed underneath it. Without any idea of the real meaning of what we are doing.
No, God does not repackage pagan traditions into His own. He did not repackage the “christmas” tree, nor did He repackage Nimrod’s birthday. Those who know His divine nature know better than that. Man did this.
But, but….christmas is FUN. Like going to an amusement park. Yes, Satan packages acts abhorrent to God into things pleasurable to our sin nature.
Pagan christmas needs to be separated out from the devout Christian. If Christians want to celebrate Jesus’ birthday a different day and different traditions must be chosen. The current tradition of christmas is steeped in the idolization of money, wealth and greed. Christmas is about the Haves and the Have-nots. It is Satan’s temptation wrapped in a shiny gift. Adding in a few hymns and good cheer and unauthorized religious observance doesn’t make it right. One must ever unequally yoke the good with the bad.
Because every year we obey Satan. Shame on us. It is time to get back to the beginning and back to the Bible.
No where in the Bible is the celebration of the DAY of the birth and death of Jesus commanded or suggested or observed by the early Christian church.
No, the early Christian church was Jewish. And because we threw out the Jewishness of Christianity, we don’t understand what we are to BE celebrating.
But I tell you, here and now, that combining Jesus’ birth date with Nimrod and Saturnalia, and His death and resurrection with Ishtar, is blasphemous.
God doesn’t share with anyone.
And for certain the one day that Jesus WASN’T born was on Nimrod’s birthday. Read about Nimrod if you will. He was evil incarnate.
What are we to celebrate then? We are to follow and celebrate what we are told in the Bible to celebrate eternally. This includes everything that God stated “This will never end”. This includes 3 Jewish holidays and Communion.
But you say “I am not Jewish”. As a christian you have been grafted into the tree so yes, you are adopted into all the traditions and rules appointed by God that He states will never end. Look for these in the Old Testament. They are uncommon and eye-opening.
Few in the Christian world adhere to these commandments. Because in our arrogance we threw out Jewish culture, teachings and history from Christianity. We cut off The Way’s arms and legs and positioned ourselves for the Great Deception.
Most Christian churches erroneously think that the Old Testament is not very relevant in today’s world. Because we are now steeped in cultural relativism, and the Old Testament is uncomfortable. And we dont understand the ancient Jewish culture and thought. But disregarding the Old Testament is blasphemous. The New Testament only stands on the foundation of the Old Testament. And when God said that “this celebration will never end” He meant that it will never end. Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection did not negate these celebrations.
So what celebrations am I talking about? They are these:
The Holy Convocation in the Feast of Weeks (Lev 23:15-25) Note that it states: “It is a statute forever in all your dwelling places throughout your generations.”
The Day of Atonement (Lev 23:27-32) Note what verse 31 states: “It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.”
Sukkot (Lev 23:34-44) Note what vs 41 states: “It is a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month.”
God doesn’t often say that “this is a rule or feast that is to be celebrated forever”. He put that in there so that we would stop wool gathering and pay attention. There are a few OT rules that He adds “and this will never end” which means that we should also pay attention to it.
God wants us to obey Him, not make up celebrations that He did not authorize. Constantine was like Saul in 1 Samuel 13, who, pressured by his troops, offered a sacrifice to God after he waited for Samuel for 7 days. But it wasnt up to Saul to offer a sacrifice. That was Samuel’s job. And it wasnt up to Constantine to change God’s appointed feasts and day of rest. And he will be judged for it, as will all of us who follow his authority and not God’s.
God, in His wisdom and patience, can turn any evil into good. And in His divine and holy grace He turns hearts to him, even at Christmas. But it is in spite of us to minister to and reach the lost.
It isn’t up to us to decide what holy celebrations we will honor. God has told us what to do. It is time we start to obey.