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IS CHRISTMAS IDOLATRY?
By: Earline Moody
Printed in the United States of America
Lake Hamilton Bible Camp
This is a strong and often unpopular lesson but truth is vital, and deception must be uncovered.
Have you ever wondered where out traditional Christmas celebration came from? If Christmas is truly a Christian holiday, why then does the world celebrate it, seeing that “the world is at enmity with God?” Where did the Christmas tree with all its trimmings come from? What is the history of the Yule log, and the mistletoe, the lights and decorations?
Because this has been a tradition in our families for years, many of us never stopped to ask God how He feels about it.
In this booklet, you will see where the root of this traditional celebration comes from. As you read, pray for the Lord Jesus to give you discernment. If you are hungering for the truth, and yielding to the Holy Spirit.
Father, we take authority over every spirit that would hinder our learning, our desire to seek and to know, and our desire for truth. We bind them and ask you to send the 7-fold Spirit of the Lord upon us in Jesus name. Lord help us to discern the truth in what we hear and discard all the rest, in Jesus name. Amen.
Here is a list of scriptures on this topic for your study:
Exodus 20:1-5 Jeremiah 10:10-15, 23-25
Exodus 22:18 Ezekiel 8
Exodus 23:13 Amos 5:25-27
Leviticus 19:31 Micah 5:12-13
Deuteronomy 4:15-19 Matthew 23:1-3,28:18-20
Deuteronomy 4:23-32 Acts 13:6-11
Deuteronomy 4:39-40 Acts 16:16-18
Deuteronomy 5:7-9 Acts 19:19
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 Romans 6:12-13
Deuteronomy 7 I Corinthians 6:9-11
Deuteronomy 18:9-14 II Corinthians 5:17
Joshua 7:11-13 Galatians 5:19-21
Joshua 23:7 Ephesians 4:24-27
I Samuel 28:7-20 I Thessalonians 1:9
II Kings 17:7-8 II Timothy 1:7
Isaiah 1:5-9, 16-20 James 4:4-10
Isaiah 5:11-25 I John 5:21
I felt impressed for two years to give a lesson on Christmas. And yet I held back because I knew that it was going to be unpopular and that I hadn’t done my research. When our daughter was in Junior High School, she did research for a project telling what she liked about Christmas. When she finished her research, she told us, “Please do not have a Christmas tree, and please do not do the things that are not right.” So we gave up our Christmas tree, and then we gave up a lot of other Christmas things as we began to read what she’d written, and do more research. I prayed a lot and every time I would say, “Lord, show me how you really feel about it.” I did that and one word always showed up – Idolatry.
Now I’ve been told by a lot of my friends, “Earline, there’s nothing wrong with the Yule log, the Christmas tree. There’s nothing wrong with that because we’ve Christianized it.” But my question to you is, can you take something that was used for satan worship and Christianize it? What agreement can there be between the temple of God and idols? Leave idolatry and heathen worship. Touch not any unclean thing. (II Corinthians 6:16-17) Many of the little ornaments we put on trees, wear on our clothes, and have in our homes are symbols. Ye turned from idols to God, turn not again. (I Thessalonians 1:9)Keep yourselves from idols. (I John 5:21)
After we quit doing very much at Christmas, we would sometimes go to someone’s home who knew of our decision. If they had a Christmas tree, they wouldn’t want to take us into the room where it was. I wasn’t offended by their Christmas tree, but they were offended by our stand. I’m not supposed to be conformed to this world. I love things of beauty. I used to look at the Christmas tree and say, “Isn’t that the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?” Have you ever seen an advertisement for cigarettes that invites you to smoke? Have you ever seen a man on the advertisement with the blood coming out of his lungs, coughing so hard he can’t breathe? No, they only want to show you the pretty stuff to get you in there and then it catches you in the end. Just like satan, he dresses it up pretty.
Another thing that came to me when I was studying about Christmas is this: We say we are celebrating the birth of Christ. A birth is a beginning. Did Christ begin then? No, in Genesis He was there. So I asked the Lord, “How can we change our thinking?” And it came to me like this; He came here and He confronted us, he had the same bodily limitations that we have, but that was not his beginning. We know that he was very successful, because the first church was very powerful. Our churches today sometimes are not very powerful.
Certain holidays got into the Christian church by way of the Catholic Church. To keep the country united, Roman Emperors began to give Christian meaning to pagan rituals. And be not conformed to this world. (Romans 12:2) Shortly after Jesus’ death, persecutions of the believers began as part of Satan’ s plan to pollute what God had begun Years later; the Devil began a religious system that he hoped would replace the true church. ‘The persecutions were temporarily stopped. And a deal was offered to both the Christians and pagans It went something like this: Let’s stop fighting over our religious differences and just Christianize the pagan gods and holidays. Both sides gave a little so they could all live in peace. By doing that, the Christian commitment and dedication to Jesus Christ only was seriously damaged.
I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God, that you approach this material with a heart and mind seeking the truth, and that you will prayerfully consider the facts contained within these pages. Remember that after the big compromise, the true believers didn’t accept the new system, but chose to go into hiding rather than deny their Lord and Savior.
Most people say that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, even though more non-Christians participate than Christians. Jesus told us that those who were like him, Christians, would be hated by all nations for His name’s sake. (Matthew 10:22, 24:9; Mark 13:13 & Luke 21:17) Please note that Jesus said that His followers would be hated by the world because of Him. If they hate us because of Him, why would they celebrate His birthday?
Lets look at what it means to celebrate one’s birthday. The word celebrate means to perform publicly and with appropriate rites, to honor by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business, to demonstrate satisfaction in festivities or by other deviation from routine. Could we say then, that in order to celebrate someone’s birthday, we should participate in activities that reflect the person’s life? Could we, at least, say that in commemorating one’s birthday our activities should be restricted to such things that the honoree would be pleased with? A large majority of the activities employed by people involved in the supposed celebration of Jesus’ birthday are public, yes; but neither appropriate nor solemn. Much of it is outright sin, and how can sin satisfy Jesus Christ who is the opposite of sin?