Wrong. It is a celebration, likely the greatest and most widespread the West and even the world has ever known; however, it is anything but holy unto God and has nothing whatsoever to do with the Lord Jesus Christ, in Whose Name it is celebrated. Christmas never did have anything to do with Him, and never will.
The Christmas Spirit
You may say, “Haven’t you ever felt the spirit of Christmas? What’s wrong with it? Doesn’t it make you feel good about yourself and good toward others?”
No doubt, the Christmas spirit makes one feel good, as a seductress makes one feel good for a time. One can get very high on the Christmas spirit, but then comes the letdown when the event is over. It is a swift and seductive, friendly rape of one’s spiritual, mental, and physical emotions and aspirations.
Part of the proof of the falsehood of Christmas is that the high is short-lived and doesn’t substantially change anyone. Some may get friendly and generous for a day or two, then they’re back at it, in a dog-eat-dog world of business and relationships steeped in selfishness. It isn’t the Spirit of Christ at all that is felt at Christmas, but that of a seducing, counterfeit, anti-Christ spirit. Otherwise, if it were of God, why the shallowness and brevity?
The only way one can know what I’m talking about is if one is truly born again of the Spirit of God, in which case one is able to discern good from evil. When Christ comes, He establishes Himself and remains through our abiding in Him by faith and obedience 24/7, 365+ days a year. How is it you can only feel the spirit of Christmas, at Christmas? Because it’s from the side of darkness, in wonderful seduction, and has nothing to do with God. Don’t be deceived.
I also loved Christmas, and amazingly, shaking that celebration was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. It’s hard being odd man out in anything, especially left out of joyous festivity with loved ones when you’ve been brought up with it from the cradle and enjoyed it for many years.
A Celebration of Giving?
People talk of giving at Christmas, which on the surface seems virtuous, and there’s an extraordinary amount of giving to family members, friends, employees, business associates, and the poor (perhaps in that order, which says something). But Christmas isn’t about giving, it’s about getting, or perhaps, to put it more comprehensively, about getting by giving. It’s a time of great selfishness, pleasing the flesh, which is at enmity with God.
“Johnny, if you’re good, Santa will bring you a present.”
“We sent them a better card than they sent us, and they can afford it!”
“Isn’t it time we got together at their place this time, instead of ours?”
The emphasis is constantly and insidiously on receiving, which opens the door to crass commercialism. After all, what is commercialism about, if not feeding the fleshly craving for getting things? And Christmas is the champion of consumptive celebrations, through which many retailers make or break their businesses.
Who is this great “giver” – Santa? He is whatever you make him out to be… an elf, a fairy, someone with magical powers who is obese and smokes, or a Catholic saint, St. Nicholas. As if the Catholic Church knows what a saint is and has the spiritual essence and right to honor one. The reality is that by its very nature the Catholic Church (along with many other churches) persecutes and opposes true saints to the death.
Christmas Minus Commercialism = Christ?
It is said Christmas would be good if not so commercialized. I ask, “So commercialized?” Can a truly holy celebration of God tolerate any commercialism? (Consider Jesus with the money-changers and sellers in the Temple – John 2:14-26.) If Christmas is full of revelry and indulgence, how do those vices exist without commercialism? With men, it is either worship of God or mammon – only two choices. Commercialism in the wide sense of the word is simply serving mammon in whatever form it takes.
Is Christmas Redeemable?
We hear the incessant call to get Christ back into Christmas. The fact of the matter is He was never in it. Trying to put Him in a pagan feast is abominable to God. There were solemn (not unrestrained merrymaking) Feasts ordained and established in the Israel of old by God’s command – Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles.
Observed in the first month of the year, the Feast of Passover represented Jesus’ death, His sacrifice for our sins. In the third month of the year, the Feast of Pentecost was held, representing the outpouring of His Spirit, which occurred 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Finally, in the seventh month, the Feast of Tabernacles was observed, representing our entering into rest and His manifestation through His people on earth. These all signified the great events and works of the Messiah on earth.
A celebration of His birth isn’t mentioned, and a date wasn’t given, as it was for the God-ordained Feasts. Consider how few knew of, and were present at, His birth (Matthew 2 and Luke 2). Shouldn’t that suggest to you God wasn’t interested in having men commemorate it?
How different the original event of His birth and the alleged yearly celebration of it! The pagan religious world has devised all sorts of superstitious practices – the Christmas tree and its trimmings, the mistletoe, the Yule log, gift-giving, card-sending, caroling, pageants, church attendance (even at midnight), and various foods and significations for them, etc. – all in the Name of Christ (“Christmas”).
If Godly, How Come the World Loves Christmas?
Pleasure-seekers, calling themselves Christians or not, join right in. And nominal Christians justify themselves, saying, “It’s the thought that counts. We take the occasion to worship Christ, even if it is pagan.” Some use Paul’s words as an excuse, saying they are being all things to all men in order to reach unbelievers (1 Corinthians 9:19-22). But Paul isn’t speaking of joining the world to win it. The Bible never speaks of partaking of the world. On the contrary, it warns against it. You join the world and you lose yourself, if you have anything to lose to begin with.
God commands us to come out of the world and not to so much as touch the unclean thing (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). Use your excuses to keep your pleasures in the Name of Jesus, and be sure God will call you into account for every bit of it.
“God alone knows the heart,” you may object. Yes, He does, and you don’t, so He sends us to tell you, if perchance you will listen and be spared.
The Origin of the Name of Christmas
The event itself is evil enough – of the world, the flesh, and the Devil – but putting the Name of Christ to it heaps sin upon sin. The word “Christmas” is from the Catholic pagan abomination of the Mass… “Christ Mass,” wherein the priest “offers up” the body and blood of Christ as a sacrifice to God, then serves it to the congregants. In effect, symbolically, those holding Mass continue to crucify Him, blatantly, publicly, presumptuously, hypocritically, universally, and proudly.
The origin of the central element of the Mass is a pagan one of Baal/sun god worship, holding up a wafer to receive life from the sun’s rays. And they attach Christ’s Name to this! Speak of Daniel’s abomination of desolation (Matthew 24:15)! And all the Protestants, who think they aren’t Catholic, follow and believe basically no different from the Catholics even if they don’t hold Mass (many do).
Christmas the Birthday Celebration of the Anti-Christ
Here’s the kicker, people – Christmas is the birthday celebration not of the Christ, but of the anti-Christ. It all began centuries before Christ with Nimrod, his wife Semiramis, and Tammuz, at the winter solstice of the sun. That’s why Christmas is held on December 25th, a day all Biblical scholars agree was nowhere near to when Jesus Christ was born. Baal, the sun god, is anti-Christ’s common name, and he goes by many names throughout many nations, races, and cultures. I believe it was of these Jesus spoke when He said, “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them” (John 10:8 MKJV).
Many Non-Catholic Christian Groups Err
How is it Protestants and evangelical, Bible-preaching Christians celebrate a pagan Catholic feast? Because the Reformation wasn’t new wine in new wineskins. It was a mixture of new substance in old containers, and old substance in new containers. The Lord warned us neither would work:
“And no one sews a patch of new cloth on an old garment, else it takes away from its fullness, the new from the old, and a worse tear occurs. No one puts new wine into old wineskins, else the new wine bursts the wineskins, and the wine spills, and the wineskins will be ruined. The new wine must be put into new wineskins” (Mark 2:21-22 MKJV).
To be sure, the tyrannical power of the Catholic Church was significantly diminished in the Reformation; we can be very thankful to God for that. Yet tyranny and confusion remain. All organized religious works of men exercise at least subtle tyranny over simple souls. The ignorant and idolatrous are bound by lies that affect their total lives whether they realize it or not. If they do see their lives affected, they are deceived, thinking it is for good.
Confusion lies in the fact that all the churches (many thousands today) stand there, saying, “We are the True Church or the closest to it,” yet are really no different from one another in basic doctrine, practice, and spirit. But God’s work goes on unseen, unofficially, by unrecognized saints, and not by men’s organizations called “Christian.” The prophets were outside the camp, Jesus was and is outside the camp, and so are all those who follow Him, heeding His voice, not the voice of strangers.
For more on Christmas, read That Devilish Spirit of Christmas. You can also read Alexander Hislop’s Two Babylons, an interesting, if not shocking, fact-packed exposé on the “Holy Roman Catholic Church,” Mystery Babylon the Great. “Mystery” indeed.
Consider the alternative to this doctrine: Where in the Bible does it command you to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus and that on a date commemorating a heathen god? Will you not sever yourself from something abominable to God and reap reward? Flee revelry and idolatry!
This doctrine is not often preached in nominal Christendom, but it seems a rather strange thing to find so many people professing to be Christians who believe this lie. Yet why should I be surprised to find such in the?church systems, the gates of Hell? Isn’t it written, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2)?
Even though the Gentile calendar is not the one God would ultimately have, certainly not with all its elements like the months and the days named after other gods, still He has demonstrated to us that He observes and honors the dates, whether for Himself, for us, or for both. All things are in His hands, including the Gentiles and all that they do.