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Some of us have been spreading the word about the thoroughly pagan origins of Christmas, and the good reasons why Christians shouldn’t celebrate it. I understand many Christians have not yet heard these reasons . . . but some have and it is them that I am addressing.

There is an argument that is repeatedly put forth. It goes something like this: I’m celebrating Christmas for the glory of God . . . I’m celebrating Jesus’ birth (even though it wasn’t Dec. 25th) . . . I’m not doing anything wrong . . . God knows my heart . . . He understands.

Let me share six verses of Scripture, because there is a lesson here–for those who have ‘eyes to see’ and ‘ears to hear’.

‘ . . . but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.’ (Genesis 4:2-8)

There is a whole sermon here, but let me make just a few points. This was before the time of Moses, before the Law was established. Abel and Cain lived before the law, as Abraham did, under (the) grace (of God). It was already established that God would send a Savior. It also seems evident that God had established the practice of animal sacrifices for those who followed Him.

Cain was a farmer. I am a gardener. I can understand how Cain loved what he did, and was proud of what he produced. When he gave God an offering from what he had grown, he probably gave Him his best. He may have even done it with a heart full of genuine love for God. But He didn’t obey God–God required a blood sacrifice.

Despite his good intentions, Cain disobeyed. He did what he thought best, rather than what God wanted. He probably believed that the ends justified the means. . . that when God saw what a wonderful offering he had prepared for Him, He would be quite impressed.

Notice Cain’s reaction, when God did not accept his offering: he became irate. He did not repent. He did not return again with the proper offering. He became irate, and he sulked. Resentment took root in his heart. Resentment towards God, and resentment towards Abel, who WAS obedient and obtained God’s favor. Even when God tried to correct his attitude, he persisted in his rebellion–yes, rebellion.

As God warned him, sin was lying at the door. For all appearances, it was only a short while later that what was brewing in Cain’s unrepentant heart led him to kill his brother. If someone would have stopped him, while he was on his way to make his offering to God, and would have prophesied to him that his plan wasn’t going to work out so well . . . and that he would end up killing his brother because of it . . . would he have shook his head at them in disbelief? He was riding high that day, full of pride and expectation that God would be persuaded to see things his way.

But God stepped on his toes. When he had given his sacrifice, He knew it was not what God wanted. Yet, I believe he was so proud of himself that he believed that God would like what he gave Him even better than what He asked for. When God didn’t accept it, his pride would not allow him to repent. Instead, he became angry.

It worries me when I see this kind of a response, from people who say they are Christians. Many of them, when they are presented with the truth about Christmas, act just as Cain did. They seem to have a similar way of thinking. They believe that they can decide HOW they will obey God, and God will accept what they do because He will see that their heart is good. (That is a WHOLE other topic . . . ) They may be right, but I REALLY BELIEVE they are sadly mistaken.

Hear what Samuel told Saul, after he didn’t quite do as God had commanded him:

‘And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to OBEY [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams.

For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry.

Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king.’ (1 Samuel 15:22-23)

Wow, pretty harsh huh?

God often uses another (Christian) to give a warning. When someone gives us a warning, we should prayerfully consider it!

‘Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; . . . if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity . . . ‘ (Ezekiel 3:17,19)

For those who refuse to CONSIDER changing their ways about the celebration of Christmas . . . Christmas is no longer the issue. Such an attitude reveals a far greater issue . . . and this is what God sees when He looks into that heart: rebellion and stubbornness. Translated: witchcraft, iniquity and idolatry. (I Sam. 15:23)

(Are you still sure you want God to judge you by your heart, on this issue?)

Am I saying that no one should celebrate Christmas? I am saying that everyone should learn the roots of Christmas and then submit themselves to God to do HIS will–that means, surrender it to Him in prayer, having a willingness to do whatever He directs you to do.  Most of the ‘Christians’ who say it’s ok to celebrate it, won’t even do that.



In America, we love to celebrate holidays.  Birthday celebrations are a way to honor someone we love.  It is only fitting that American Christians would think it’s a great idea to have a big celebration to honor Jesus’ birthday.  But nowhere in the Bible is there ANY indication that Jesus, or His family, or His disciples/apostles celebrated His birthday.

So, to celebrate Jesus’ birthday is totally an invention of man.

Now, for reasons that we don’t always understand, God is very particular about how we worship Him.  One principle that has been consistently true is that GOD wants to tell us how to celebrate Him.  The few times that men have taken it upon themselves to do things THEIR way have had marked and memorably bad results.

  • Cain thought that God would love the bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains that he brought as a sacrifice to Him.  It was a fresh idea . . . an expression of his love and gratitude (or so he probably thought) . . . but God was not pleased.
  • Nadab and Abihu used ‘strange fire’ to light the incense in the temple.  That was when the people learned that there are two kinds of fire: one that proceeds from God, and one that doesn’t.  The fire from God consumed Nadab and Abihu.
  • The children of Israel needed to move the Ark of the Covenant, but instead of bearing it on their shoulders as God had taught them, they placed it on an oxcart.  ‘Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.  And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.’

In all three of these cases, men were simply doing what they thought was best.  From what I can see, none of them had bad motives.  In each case, the displeased response of God seemed to come as a shock.  People were happy and excited . . . they were doing what they thought was the right thing, or a loving thing . . . and God reacted with what seemed to be a very unloving, thankless response.

In none of these cases do we know of any particular law that said ‘don’t do ____________’, and yet the people WERE being disobedient.  God saw their hearts.  Their motives don’t appear to US to be wrong.  They don’t appear to be deliberately breaking any rule–and yet, they WERE disobedient.  They were disobedient because God had laid out specific instructions for how things were to be done YET THEY DID THINGS THEIR OWN WAY INSTEAD.  They did what seemed to THEM to be right . . . thinking that their way was just as good as how God had told them to do things, or maybe better . . . and they usurped God’s authority in the process.

Think about that.  Let it sink in.  When God gives us instruction for what we are supposed to do, and how we are supposed to do it . . . IF WE DO IT DIFFERENTLY we are USURPING HIS AUTHORITY.  We are showing that we have not yet submitted ourselves to God’s authority.  We are revealing that we think WE can make judgments that are just as good as God’s, or better.  We are being presumptuous, and competing with Him to be in charge.

Now, lets think again about ‘Christmas’.  Did God ordain this holiday?  No.  Do we have ANY example of Jesus or the early Christians having such a celebration?  No.  Does God ever specifically say ‘don’t celebrate Jesus birthday’?  No.  BUT THAT DOESN’T MATTER.

Do you still think your ways are as good as, or better than God’s ways?  Having seen the examples we just looked at, do you think it is such a good idea for you to launch out on your own and do something that God has not told us to do?  Are you so much better than Cain, Nadab and Abihu, and Uzza that you think God will overlook your presumptuousness based on the good motives of your heart?

If you think so, then go ahead and celebrate Christmas.  Some people have to find out the hard way.  But remember, you have something that Cain, Nadab, Abihu and Uzza didn’t have: you have their examples, and YOU have received a warning.

(As for Halloween . . . do I really NEED to write a note telling you not to celebrate Halloween?)





American church, you have lost your way!  You are a ship, adrift at sea, cut loose from your moorings.  Great storms are coming, yet you have been rocked to sleep and are drifting unaware into the eye of the hurricane.

You call your prophets alarmists, and in your hearts you mock the messages God sends to you.  You shun words of correction, but chase after those who will flatter you and say what you want to hear.  You adore those who tell you that you can live as you wish and still inherit the kingdom of God.  (In this case, who is the God, and who is the servant?  By living this way, you exalt yourself to be God and relegate God to the position of a genie who grants your wishes whenever you rub his bottle in prayer!) You pick and choose what to believe, casting aside whatever doesn’t suit you.

Some of you have ‘chosen God’ as a means to wealth, power, unlimited blessings, unending grace and supernatural protection.  I’m not just speaking to the leaders!  Most of you see Christianity as the way to a blessed life here on Earth.  What will you do if He takes it all away?  If He strips you to your bare skin and all you have left is His outstretched hand and His invitation to walk with Him?

God is fully able to keep those who want to walk with Him.  He will guide them so that they stay on the path, and help them up when they stumble.  But, unlike the adversary, God holds no man against his will.

When you, who are Christians, choose to live in sin, you abuse the generosity of God and insult his gift of grace.  If you continue to live that way, His anger will burn hot against you.  You were chosen to be a cleansing, preserving salt, and a light of wisdom and hope to the world around you.  Many of you are neither.  Of what use are you then to God?  Step aside and let another take your place, lest He sweep you away in His anger!

You have been given the choicest meats, the finest grain, the most fertile and beautiful lands, yet you take it all for granted!  Many of you even think you deserve it.  On what grounds?  What makes you any better than the man in India who will never sleep one night in a bed?  Or the filthy little orphan children who dig their food out of a garbage dump, and are never rocked to sleep in the arms of a loving parent?

Don’t you know you are balanced on the head of a pin?  All that you hold dear was given you by the grace of God–yet  how many of you even remember to thank Him?  If a little breeze should blow, you would topple to the ground!  God chooses who to humble, and who to exalt.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking your position is secure!!

Do not practice sin, it will not release you from its grip. Make no mistake, it is ‘him who endures to the end’ who shall be saved.  If, after knowing Christ, you resume a life of sin–there is no sacrifice left that will cover your sins!

Examine your heart and your motives!  Do you really love God, or merely the gifts He gives His children?  At dusk, He will come and take His children by the hand.  They will gather up their toys and take them from you, then they will head for home.  All that will be left for you is silence, and the vision of their backs as they walk away into the deepening night.

If you have let your zeal for God grow cold, if you are living a life of sin, BEWARE!  You are standing on the edge of the abyss!  You are in very real danger of eternal damnation!

It is not that God cannot forgive your sin, it is that you may soon be unable to repent–unable to feel sorrow, shame or regret, or to even summon the motivation to seek forgiveness!

Sin deceives you, sears your conscience, takes away all shame and modesty, hardens your heart and mind, and closes your ears to the invitation of God to return to Him!  You don’t know which stab of guilt will be the last you feel–which will be your final call to repent, before sorrow can no longer penetrate the hardness of your heart, and ceases to strive with you, leaving you to practice your sin unbothered.

Don’t be deceived, God is not mocked–a man reaps what he sows.

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