Q: I have set Christmas aside for the last 3 yrs, but it confuses me that various (seemingly devout) leaders seem to see it all differently? Can you help me with that?
A: I’ve wrestled over that question for years in a search for Yeshua’s heart in the matter. BTW – For a more through answer, please see the comprehensive study done in a book I wrote in obedience to making a vow to the LORD’s face to tell the Christian Church that “Christmas will be the Golden Calf of America” —> http://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417122267&sr=1-1&keywords=santa-tizing
First, let me say that I know that I am a forerunner for this message. It’s a divine mandate of mine to help bring forth His Pure & Spotless Bride. Some leaders are just not there yet, and some will never choose to be. Coming out of Babylon (mixture) is a pure and spotless Bride (i.e. eternal rewards) issue. We can be saved by grace through faith, but still miss the mark of becoming His pure and spotless Bride. Remember Matthew 25 speaks of ten virgins. Virgins are representative of believers (i.e His Church). Five of the virgins were wise and went with Him to the marriage and five had the door shut on them (Matt 25:10).
What comes to mind most right now is Proverbs 20:25 speaks about us not being rash to devote something as holy. If we declare something as holy (like a holy day – holiday) and that thing that we declared to be holy is not; then it literally becomes a snare for people. It’s why people get so upset when someone “comes against Christmas,” because they believe that their hearts are pure when they worship God during Christmas. But Scripture tells us that it’s not about what we believe (by choosing our own will that makes us pure), but what He says when it comes to pure unadulterated worship (See John 4:23-24). A casual glance shows many Christian’s emotions and affections are so entangled in this celebration that some can’t even look at the facts. I go into this at length in Chapter 5 – THE GOLDEN SNARE – of the SANTA-TIZING book.
BTW – The phrase “Christ’s mass” (i.e Christmas) is first found in the 11th century (1038 AD). Prior to this time Christmastime was associated with the Winter Solstice. For simplicity’s sake I use the term “Christmas,” because that is what we know it as today. “Christmas” was dubbed “holy” by the Catholic Church in 379 AD when they assimilated Mithra’s Winter Festival into the ecclesiastical calendar. The Catholic Encyclopedia tells us that Mithra’s Winter Festival (called The Nativity or The Nativity of the Sun or The Nativity of the Unconquered Sun, which is a celebration of a pagan sun god birthday) claims strong responsibility for our Dec 25th date. FYI – The first recorded evidence of a questionable “Christian” Christmas taking place on Dec 25th isn’t found until the time of Constantine in 336 AD. That means that the believer’s primordial state for the first 300 years of Christ’s Church was no Christmas celebration whatsoever. They did do Hanukkah however, just like Yeshua did (John 10:22-23).
I could go on and on, and I did in the book covering every excuse or reason that my husband or I have ever heard. Hope this helps! I leave you with an article that I wrote last year about how it really wasn’t that long ago that devout Christians acknowledged Christmas’s paganism —> http://wp.me/p158HG-DB.
Many free articles about Christmas and Hanukkah can be found here —> https://santatizing.wordpress.com/
SANTA-TIZING: WHAT’S WRONG WITH CHRISTMAS AND HOW TO CLEAN IT UP was written to fulfill a vow made to Yeshua’s face to tell the Christian Church that “Christmas will be the Golden Calf of America.” It took 10 years of full-time research, a heavenly golden scribe (Melchizedek Enoch), a content editor who’s an expert in Semitic languages & Old Testament Studies, and the Spirit’s leading to unearth His Truth in thesands of time. It’s a kingdom examination of the world’s most loved holiday, and covers every argument about Christmas. This book is really, really meaty being both scripturally and historically accurate!!! The book’s three sections cover the subjects revealed through Yeshua’s three epiphanous appearances. Here are a couple articles testifying about those encounters: http://wp.me/p158HG-4E and http://wp.me/p158HG-kH
You can order SANTA-TIZING here, if you are interested —> http://www.amazon.com/SANTA…/dp/1607911159/ref=sr_1_1