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Christmas is not to be celebrated by Christians.

The General Overseer of the Deeper Life Christian Ministry, Pastor W.F Kumuyi has warned members of his church that it is idolatrous and unscriptural, reports Punch Newspaper.

The statement was made on Saturday 21st December 2013 at the church’s annual national December convention at the church’s camp ground in Ogun state.

Read what the pastor said;

We don’t celebrate Christmas. It actually came from idolatrous background. That is why you don’t hear us sing what they call Christmas carol, Never! We always say it is the December retreat. We are only gathering together because it is the holiday period and love the lord more, and rededicate ourselves more.

When you find anybody coming in, or any leader, trying to introduce the idolatry of mystery Babylon, that they call Christmas and you want to bring all the Christmas carol saying that is the day that Jesus was born, and you don’t find that in the Acts of the Apostles or in the early church, then you don’t find that in the church either. If you don’t know that before, now you know.

We are not trying to make the church turn like the world. We want it to be like Jesus Christ, and more like the Apostles. If you don’t have that mind with us, then you have permission to go to other places.”

Monsignor Gabriel Osu, the Director of Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos responded to the statement.

“I don’t know what he means by saying the practice of celebrating Christmas is wrong.

Is he saying that Christ wasn’t born? That he didn’t come to die for us? Does he not celebrate his own birthday? Do Kumuyi’s pastors not celebrate him? It is not everything I react to; some people just seek attention. If Kumuyi is a Christian, then he must believe in Christ.

The celebration of Christmas didn’t just start today; it is too public an event for anyone to say that they don’t know what it is about. If Kumuyi is condemning the commercialisation of Christmas, I can understand that. Christ came to redeem us from our lost state; this was actualised through his coming, his birth; that is why we celebrate Christmas. It is the fulfilment of God’s promise

I saw him on the television a few days ago. He was in Akwa Ibom State and was the chief preacher during their Christmas celebration event. Kumuyi is just saying what he feels; he is not making any doctrinal statement.”

58 Comments

  1. Thelma

    December 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I try not to form opinions when it comes to matters like this but I agree with everything the catholic man has said. So far as you believe that Christ was born, and came to die for our sins then what is wrong in celebrating Christmas ? Like he said, it’s the commercialization that could be condemned. I will shut up before I give my unsolicited opinion about “certain” churches.

    http://www.thelmathinks.blogspot.com

    • MBM

      October 25, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      The Catholic man would seem to make sense in human thinking. He seems to have all the right things to say to convince you he is a nice guy with a caring spirit, and perhaps he is. However, the origins of such celebrations as Christmas and Easter just to name a couple are not of Christian origin. In fact, these celebrations predate Christianity by many many years. They date all the way back to Nimrod (that is Nimrod of the bible) and all have pagan roots. Saying it doesn’t matter where a tradition came from as long as it is celebrated in the right spirit is like saying money that came from a man who made it selling children into prostitution is OK as long as you don’t consider how he got the money. No one in their right mind would condone that. The bible does not tell us anywhere to celebrate Christmas but it does tell us not to learn the way of the heathen and in Jeremiah 10:2-5 it clearly describes a Christmas tree, telling us we are not to do such things. Please read it for yourself. Do your research. Don’t be deceived by well meaning followers of pagan festivals and traditions. May God give you understanding.

  2. Light Angel

    December 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Brief introduction:
    CHRISTmas:- The Christian masses celebrating CHRIST JESUS
    “Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”

    Regardless of what day, month or year Christ Jesus was born, He is still the redeemer I celebrate – I am personally OK with the date 25th December, makes no difference to me.

    Merry CHRISTmas Every1

    • stella

      December 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      @ light angel God bless u, as for me and my family we will celebrate christmas as long as we live. Kilode

    • Tunmise

      December 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Same to you Light Angel

    • Naya UK

      December 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      I was going to respond but you have done that for me Light angel. A great response. Merry christmas to you too.

    • Jescy Eagle

      December 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      merry Christmas to you too dear…I love Christmas!!!!

    • Private Jet Owner

      December 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Unfortunately, this prophecy DOES NOT validate your point. If you know anything about history, marking Chrit’s birthday on December 25th is all the way a pagan practice. Let’s not even get into the commercialization of this holiday (Santa, presents & trees) and how lost its meaning often gets. Now, does this make it wrong that people choose to celebrate it either way? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Does it make it wrong that Kumuyi does not celebrate it? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Different folk, different strokes. This is only a matter of preference and not anything biblical.

    • TRUTH

      December 25, 2013 at 2:59 am

      “Surely, (as for) those who reject Faith, it is the same to them whether you have warned them or have not warned them, they will not believe.”

      “Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and over their eyes is a covering, and there awaits them a great punishment.”

      Quran 2:6-7

  3. Jdy

    December 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Jesus was not born on the 25th: christmas replaces idolatory…check history.

  4. Scarlet

    December 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    God bless you , my thoughts exactly!
    @ Light angel

  5. Busarni

    December 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    each to his own

  6. Bibi

    December 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Most people will misunderstand him. He’s right on the origin of Christmas. The truth is that Christmas has come to stay so, the focus should be on celebrating Jesus and not the worldliness we see around.
    One thing is sure though, Jesus Christ was born to save the whole world. I celebrate Christmas with that understanding!

    • Bibi

      December 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Why is my my comment still awaiting moderation after almost
      two hours?

  7. Gistyinka Blog

    December 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I don’t know what to say to this kind announcement from Pastor Kumuyi..

  8. Que

    December 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Same to you Light Angel… 🙂

  9. naana

    December 23, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    many happy returns light angel.

  10. jinkelele

    December 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    makes no difference to me what day Christ is celebrated, if this time of the year is related to an old babylonian custom then its a good thing that custom has been turned over for a better reason

  11. Shocked One

    December 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I’m not religious AT ALL. I think he’s referring to the fact that the Dec 25th day that modern Christians celebrate was actually a pagan festival celebrating the winter solstice. Early Roman Catholics Christianized pagan holidays to make the religion more popular.

    • Eznuel

      December 24, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Then I think you should consider worshipping on Saturdays,
      because Sunday worshipping have a pagan origin too. Smh

  12. Shocked One

    December 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I’m not religious AT ALL. I think he’s referring to the fact that the Dec 25th day that modern Christians celebrate was actually a pagan festival celebrating the winter solstice. Early Roman Catholics Christianized pagan holidays to make the religion more popular.

    • Teddy Bear

      December 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you o!

  13. Leez

    December 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Being Christian actually means being like Christ, living the kind of life Christ wishes, doing what Christ want us to do, conforming our lives to his teachings.
    Every Christian should honestly ask him/herself: Did Christ ever ask us to celebrate his birthday? Did he himself, his family & friends ever celebrated his birthday? Christ lived for over 30 years on this earth and his life was recorded in the gospel accounts, is it just an omission therefore that there is no mention of a birthday celebration of his in the bible? Where does the date 25 December come from as it is nowhere mentioned in the bible? Isn’t Christ better placed to tell us how to remember him and not popular custom?
    Read about the origin of Christmas from secular history and ask yourself if Jesus as described in the gospel would appreciate being associated with this celebration.
    http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2011/12/origin-christmas-december/

    • TA

      December 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      @ Leez,Thank You!

    • Sarah

      December 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Thumbs up! Most people that call theirselves Christian are
      just followers of the church they go to and not followers of the
      word of God. That is why they act deaf when they hear the truth.
      Ecclesiastes 7:1 says the day of death is better than the day of
      birth that clearly shows why Jesus did not celebrate his birthday
      but instead instruct us to celebrate the memorial of his death. So
      as it is said a good name is better than fine perfume that is how
      obeying the bible instruction is better than doing ‘folo folo’ with
      the world to celebrate Christmas. Satan has cunning ways to drag
      people into eating in the same plate with him so please stop
      deceiving your self

  14. Ady

    December 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    “Christmas is idolatrous” only exists in his head/mind and that of his believers who believe in him rather than Christ. I have no word for all these people who seek for attention, their silly opinion to me is just trash and means nothing

    • Blessmyheart

      December 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Firstly, Pst Kumuyi did not say it to seek attention, he said it in the church, to the members of the church. And he did not say anything against Christ’s birth. The church is built around the birth of Christ.
      What he simply said is that the celebration of Christmas on Dec 25 has idolatrous background which is true. You can google the origin of Christmas. The Catholic Church decided to adopt a pagan festival in order to bring people to the Church.
      If you decide to celebrate the birth of Christ by acknowledging his sacrifice for us, it’s fine as long as you remember Jesus is the reason for the season. In recent times however, many people have even forgotten why Christmas is celebrated.
      P.S I’ve always wondered why the birth of Jesus is a bigger celebration that His resurrection (Easter).

  15. D

    December 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    This is going to be long….so I apologize in advance, before anyone comes and start telling one history of Christmas tree, Santa Claus or that Christmas originated from one pagan religion. All I have to say is this, we do not know the exact day Christ was born…so what??? We as Christians have decided to commemorate is birth on the 25th what is wrong in taking that day to specifically focus on what Christ is about, love and peace. Before anyone says we should do that everyday, I will ask how many of you do it everyday? if you can pause for one day or during a season and just focus on the birth of Christ and what is birth entails how is that idolatry? I understand Deeper life already believe celebrating birthdays is a sin because that was one King harrod beheaded John the Baptist but do we say because terrorists use planes to kill, planes are now sinful??? the truth is you will be hard pressed to find anything on this earth no matter the good it was created for that has not been used for evil so if I choose to focus on that then I will a tough time on this earth and might just go drown myself somewhere. I choose to celebrate Christmas because I believe in the message of Christmas so please spare the whole pagan, christmas tree history. For me Christmas is about the love of Christ and one love language most people understand and appreciate is gift giving so why not?

    • TA

      December 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Errr,sweetheart,you do not have to wait till December 25th to give loved ones gifts or receive same. Everyone appreciates spontaneous giving borne out of love.

  16. Different Shades of Nigerian

    December 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    You dont celebrate Christmas but you do a December retreat, which means your church is still cashing in on the whole Christmas feeling, put your money where your mouth is. Dont acknowledge Christmas, don’t December any retreat. #hiss

    • Blessmyheart

      December 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Lol. So they should not have a retreat when there is a general holiday again. You people need to stop taking it personally. They have decided not to celebrate Christmas because of the origin of that day. It’s their deicision. He didn’t say stop celebrating Christmas, he’s only telling you why they don’t. And he got the facts right

  17. prof

    December 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    y d beef haters he said it 2 his member nt in ur churches
    or d press, he nt an attention seeker u al knw dat. pls post ma
    comment

  18. Teddy Bear

    December 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I urge you all to watch this link. It was a real eye-opener.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4R6_JxMU-g&list=PLYEN9V8vlERpCVagIkkt5BpyRfbN6X2XA&index=9

  19. Cancel Reply

    December 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    “If Kumuyi is condemning the commercialisation of
    Christmas, I can understand that”

  20. voice

    December 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    with all humility, neutrality and the little I read from
    pages of Christian history Xmas is idolatry.

  21. Think Deep

    December 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    In the old testament, shrines were destroyed and alters
    were built for God. Cities where idols were being worshipped were
    stormed by believers who introduced God to them and they started
    worshipping Him. And finally when Christians pray a demon possessed
    person, they cast the demon out and ask that same person to accept
    Christ into his/her life. What is common with all of these is the
    changing from bad to good. So then, what is wrong with changing a
    day used for celebrating evil into a day for celebrating good?
    (that is if u agree with me that the birth of our Saviour is worth
    celebrating)

  22. mercy

    December 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    PLEASE PEOPLE READ THIS, “IFY” (I’M NOT A DEEPER LIFE) IT SAYS IT CLEARLY IN THE SCRIPTURE, DO NOT FOLLOW THE WAYS OF THE UNGODLY. CHRISTMAS AND THE CHURCH HAS BEEN INFILTRATED AND DENSELY POLLUTED.
    Jeremiah 10:3-4 ESV /

    For the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move

    • chinedu

      December 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      so in essence if the world starts praying or commercialize prayers then the church should stop. if the world starts having sex outside marriage then couples should desist? we just dont have a grip on who Jesus is to us and what hes done coz im pretty sure we have no qualm celebrating mandela, the big pastors, politicians etc but a day set aside to celebrate the birth of the best thing that will ever happen to mankind as we know it is celebrated and we start looking for unconnected scripture. get a grip on who Jesus is and if hes any good celebrate his with all that you are and if the world sets aside a day in honor of his birth den by all means grab it and praise him as he desires (in spirit and in truth). if the world isnt saved its coz the church hasnt honoured the great commission

  23. joy

    December 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    pastor Kumuyi, is right Christian are not to celebrate CHRISTMAS becos in JEREMIAH 52: 31-34, talks about d celebration of d EVIL MERODACH OF BABYLON d KING, who was celebrated by d people, dere is nothing like Christmas is d whole scripture, d world are celebrating Evil Merodach not Christ, Luke 1:26-45 talk about when Jesus Christ was born on d fourth month which is April by d calendar, if you ve any other prove in d bible scripture let me know

    • Eznuel

      December 24, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Read your bible carefully, It’s a there. Romans 14:1-23, and Colossians 2:16.
      Dedicating to another god makes it a sin. So tell me, who are you dedicating it too? As for me Joy, I am of Christ! May God help your unbelief

  24. Ima

    December 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Too much ignorance abey. Mr Pastor is calling for attention. I guess we should stop celebrating the birth of Christ and celebrate his own huh?
    [email protected]@##@$ ^ %& ^%*&

    • Blessmyheart

      December 23, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Seriously?

  25. Retta

    December 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    The same way the Christians took over the “Pagan” date of Festivity and turned it to Christmas to catch the attention of the non-Christians/unbelievers of the past and outrun them…
    Is the same way Pastor Kumuyi is taking Advantage of the holiday that the so called “unholy celebration/pagan worship day” brings… I mean why use the holiday that this “unholy celebration” brings? why not tell your members to refuse the Holiday because it belongs to an unholy group of people and they should protest to stay back at work and school or wherever, No holidays for them. You can start from there Sir!

    You see human beings bah! So quick to judge others but so hard to judge ourselves and remove the specs from our eyes first. Talking about paganism like you know how it all began, like you where there… *smh*
    #SameWay

  26. Sarah

    December 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Thumbs up! Most people that call theirselves Christian are just followers of the church they go to and not followers of the word of God. That is why they act deaf when they hear the truth. Ecclesiastes 7:1 says the day of death is better than the day of birth that clearly shows why Jesus did not celebrate his birthday but instead instruct us to celebrate the memorial of his death. So as it is said a good name is better than fine perfume that is how obeying the bible instruction is better than doing ‘folo folo’ with the world to celebrate Christmas. Satan has cunning ways to drag people into eating in the same plate with him so please stop deceiving your self

    • Sem

      December 24, 2013 at 1:35 am

      I presume you dont celebrate your birthday or say happy
      birthday to others abi…You just so ignorant.

  27. Lol

    December 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Christ was actually not born in December. According to the
    Hebrew calendar he was born in October. 25th of December was chosen
    to celebrate Christ because that was when the children of Israel
    left babylon. Apart from being a Christian, everyone is entitled to
    their opinions. If deep down in your heart you are celebrating his
    birth in December is fine, but done make it an idol, if u choose
    not to celebrate Christmas too, it is fine……these are just
    opinions…..you won’t go to hell by celebrating Christmas or
    not…..the most important thing is that there is no
    idolatry..

  28. BEN O.N

    December 23, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    CHRISTMAS; GODLY OR UNGODLY
    I grew up in a family that kept Christmas, and it was a very big event in our household every year. We left out none of the usual trimmings of this occasion. On December 24th, excitement grew with every passing minute. After going to bed on Christmas Eve, I could neither sleep nor wait to get up in the morning to see all that “Santa” had brought me.
    Christmas is thought by most to be a wonderful time, focusing the participants on giving, family togetherness, beautiful music and decorations, feasting on special foods and singing Christmas carols throughout the neighborhood (as my family did every year). All of this is supposedly centered around the worship of Christ. Surely the Bible instructs us to do all this—right?
    The answers will shock you!
    Let’s carefully examine the roots of Christmas. Let’s look at why people follow the customs associated with it. Why is it kept on December 25th? Did the early New Testament Church keep it? This booklet is filled with facts from history that, when placed together, paint a complete picture. Let’s avoid all assumptions and only accept what can be PROVEN!
    Pagan Origin
    In 1990, the Solon, Ohio (a Cleveland suburb) school board banned all nativity and other Christmas scenes on any school property because they felt it violated the separation of church and state. They were challenged in court when outraged parents opposed them, feeling that Christmas was being stolen from their children and the community. The board lost the case! The citizenry had contended that Christmas was a worldwide tradition that was not part of, and transcended, religion. It was deemed to be secular—a part of virtually all cultures worldwide.
    The court decision affirmed that Christmas has no Christian roots! However, the court’s opinion also noted that Bible reading and prayer obviously are associated with Christianity—a remarkable admission! The court concluded that Christmas-keeping and manger scenes could remain because they are not really part of either Christianity or religion—but prayer and Bible reading, which are, must remain excluded from schools!
    Nearly all aspects of Christmas observance have their roots in Roman custom and religion. Consider the following admission from a large American newspaper (The Buffalo News, Nov. 22, 1984): “The earliest reference to Christmas being marked on Dec. 25 comes from the second century after Jesus’ birth. It is considered likely the first Christmas celebrations were in reaction to the Roman Saturnalia, a harvest festival that marked the winter solstice—the return of the sun—and honored Saturn, the god of sowing. Saturnalia was a rowdy time, much opposed by the more austere leaders among the still-minority Christian sect. Christmas developed, one scholar says, as a means of replacing worship of thesun with worship of the Son. By 529 A.D., after Christianity had become the official state religion of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian made Christmas a civic holiday. The celebration of Christmas reached its peak—some would say its worst moments—in the medieval period when it became a time for conspicuous consumption and unequaled revelry.”
    Consider these quotes from the Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 edition, under “Christmas”: “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church…The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt.” Further, “Pagan customs centring round the January calends gravitated to Christmas.” Under “Natal Day,” Origen, an early Catholic writer, admitted, “…In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept a feast or held a great banquet on his birthday. It is only sinners (like Pharaoh and Herod) who make great rejoicings over the day on which they were born into this world” (emphasis mine).
    The Encyclopedia Americana, 1956 edition, adds, “Christmas…was not observed in the first centuries of the Christian church, since the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth…a feast was established in memory of this event [Christ’s birth] in the 4th century. In the 5th century the Western church ordered the feast to be celebrated on the day of the Mithraic rites of the birth of the sun and at the close of the Saturnalia, as no certain knowledge of the day of Christ’s birth existed.”
    There is no mistaking the ORIGIN of the modern Christmas celebration. Many additional sources could be cited and we will return to this later. Let’s begin to tie some other facts together.
    It was 300 years after Christ before the Roman church kept Christmas, and not until the fifth century that it was mandated to be kept throughout the empire as an official festival honoring “Christ.”
    Can Christ be Honored by Christmas?
    The most common justification that one will hear regarding Christmas is that people have replaced old pagan customs and intents by asserting that they are now “focusing on Christ.” I have heard many say that they are “honoring Christ” in their Christmas-keeping. The problem is that God does not say this is acceptable to Him! Actually, He plainly commands against it! Keeping Christmas dishonors Christ! He considers everything about it to be an abomination! We will soon see why.
    Christ said, “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:9). Christmas is not a command of God—it is a tradition of men. Christ continued, “Full well youreject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:9). Every year, throughout the world, on December 25th, hundreds of millions do just that!
    We will see that God plainly commands, “Follow not the way of the heathen.” But most people do not fear God, and He allows them to make their own decisions. Human beings are free moral agents—free to obey or disobey God! But woe to those who ignore the plain Word of God!
    Was Christ Born on December 25th?
    Christ was born in the fall of the year. Many have mistakenly believed He was born around the beginning of winter—December 25th! They are wrong! Notice the Adam Clarke Commentary, volume 5, page 370, New York edition: “It was custom among Jews to send out their sheep to the deserts about the Passover [early spring], and bring them home at the commencement of the first rain.” The first rains began in early-to-mid fall. Continuing with this same quote: “During the time they were out, the shepherds watched them night and day. As…the first rain began early in the month of March-esvan, which answers to part of our October and November [begins sometime in October], we find that the sheep were kept out in the open country during the whole summer. And as these shepherds had notyet brought home their flocks, it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, our Lord was not born on the 25th of December, when no flocks were out in the fields; nor could He have been born later than September, as the flocks were still in the fields by night. On this very ground, the nativity in December should be given up. The feeding of the flocks by night in the fields is a chronological fact…See the quotations from the Talmudists in Lightfoot.”
    Luke 2:8 explains that when Christ was born, “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” Note that they were “abiding” in the field. This never happened in December. Both Ezra 10:9-13 and the Song of Solomon 2:11 show that winter was the rainy season and shepherds could not stay on cold, open fields at night.
    Numerous encyclopedias plainly state that Christ was not born on December 25th! The Catholic Encyclopedia directly confirms this. In all likelihood, Christ was born in the fall! A lengthy technical explanation would prove this point.
    Since we now know that December 25th was nowhere near Christ’s actual birthdate, where did the festival associated with this date come from?
    Now read this quote under “Christmas”: “In the Roman world the Saturnalia (December 17) was a time of merrymaking and exchanging of gifts. December 25 was also regarded as the birth date of the Iranian mystery god Mithra, the Sun of Righteousness. On the Roman New Year (January 1), houses were decorated with greenery and lights, and gifts were given to children and the poor. To these observances were added the German and Celtic Yule rites when the Teutonic tribes penetrated into Gaul, Britain, and central Europe. Food and good fellowship, the Yule log and Yule cakes, greenery and fir trees, gifts and greetings all commemorated different aspects of this festive season. Fires and lights, symbols of warmth and lasting life, have always been associated with the winter festival, both pagan and Christian” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edit. Vol. II, p. 903).
    A final quote about the selection of December 25th as the birthdate of Christ is necessary. Note an article in The Toronto Star, December 1984, by Alan Edmonds, entitled, “We owe a lot to Druids,Dutch”: “The Reformation cast a blight on Christmas. By then, of course, clever ecclesiastical politicianshad adopted the Pagan mid-winter festival as the alleged birthdate of Jesus, of Nazareth, and thrown in a few other Pagan goodies to make their takeover more palatable.”
    December 25th was not selected because it was the birth of Christ or because it was even near it. It was selected because it coincided with the idolatrous pagan festival Saturnalia—and this celebration must be carefully examined. In any event, we do not know the exact date of Christ’s birth. While God certainly could have made it known, He chose to hide it from the world’s eyes!
    Who Was Saturn?
    Previous quotes introduced the subject of the Saturnalia. Let’s carefully study just exactly who Saturnwas. Consider the following quote from another large American newspaper, The Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York, December 1984: “The Roman festival of Saturnalia, Dec. 17-24, moved citizens to decorate their homes with greens and lights and give gifts to children and the poor. The Dec. 25 festival of natalis solis invicti, the birth of the unconquered sun, was decreed by the emperor Aurelian in A.D. 274 as a Winter Solstice celebration, and sometime (later)…was Christianized as a date to celebrate the birth of the Son of Light.”
    Dr. William Gutsch, chairman of the American Museum of Natural History—Hayden Planetarium, further confirmed the original name of Christmas with this quote on December 18, 1989, in a Westchester, New York, newspaper, The Reporter Dispatch:
    “The early Romans were not celebrating Christmas but rather a pagan feast called the Saturnalia. It occurred each year around the beginning of winter, or the winter solstice. This was the time when the sun had taken its lowest path across the sky and the days were beginning to lengthen, thus assuring another season of growth.
    “If many of the trappings of the Saturnalia, however, seem to parallel what so many of us do today, we can see where we borrowed…our holiday traditions. And indeed, it has been suggested that while Christ was most likely not born in late December, the early Christians—then still an outlawed sect—moved Christmas to the time of the Saturnalia to draw as little attention as possible to themselves while they celebrated their own holiday.”
    The Saturnalia, of course, celebrated Saturn—the fire god. Saturn was the god of sowing (planting) because heat from the sun was required to allow for planting and growth of crops. He was also worshipped in this dead-of-winter festival so that he would come back (he was the “sun”) and warm the earth again so that spring planting could occur. The planet Saturn was later named after him because, among all of the planets, with its rings and bright red color, it best represented the god of fire!
    Virtually every civilization has a fire/sun god. The Egyptians (and sometimes Romans) called him Vulcan. The Greeks named him Kronos, as did the Phoenicians—but they also called him Saturn. The Babylonians called him Tammuz (as Nimrod, resurrected in the person of his son), Molech or Baal (as did the Druids). These were all simply the various names for Nimrod. Nimrod was considered the father of all the Babylonian gods.
    Child Sacrifice
    Notice this horrible practice associated with the worship of the fire god (Nimrod, Saturn, Kronos, Molech and Baal) in the following quote from The Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop, page 231:
    “Now, this is in exact accordance with the character of the Great Head of the system of fire-worship.Nimrod, as the representative of the devouring fire to which human victims, and especially children, were offered in sacrifice, was regarded as the great child-devourer…he was, of course, the actual father of all the Babylonian gods; and, therefore, in that character he was afterwards universally regarded. As the Father of the gods, he was, as we have seen, called Kronos; and every one knows that the classical story of Kronos was just this, that, ‘he devoured his sons as soon as they were born.’ (Lempriere Classical Dictionary, ‘Saturn.’)…This legend has a further and deeper meaning; but, as applied to Nimrod, or ‘The Horned One,’ it just refers to the fact, that, as the representative of Moloch or Baal, infants were the most acceptable offerings at his altar. We have ample and melancholy evidence on this subject from the records of antiquity. ‘The Phoenicians,’ says Eusebius, ‘every year sacrificed their beloved and only-begotten children to Kronos or Saturn.’”
    But why was human sacrifice such a key to the worship of this terrible god? What possible good could human beings think they saw in slaughtering their own children? Continuing: “…he who approached the fire would receive a light from divinity” and “through divine fire all the stains produced by generations could be purged away.” Therefore, “children were made to pass through the fire unto Molech” (Jer. 32:35).
    As incredible as it seems, deceived human beings actually believed they were pleasing their “god” by sacrificing their own innocent little children to him. They believed fire purified them from original sin. The pagan doctrine of spending time in purgatory to purge the soul from all sin derives from this belief!
    Who Was Nimrod?
    We must now look more closely at who this biblical figure, Nimrod, was. We have already seen him as one of history’s original false gods, but what else can be learned?
    Genesis 10:9 says of Nimrod, “He was a mighty hunter before [in place of] the LORD.” He actually tried to replace God.
    The famous Jewish historian, Josephus, records in Josephus Antiquities important evidence of Nimrod’s role in the post-flood world. Notice: “He also gradually changed the government into tyranny…He [Nimrod] also said he would be revenged on God, if He should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach…Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God” (Bk. I, Ch. IV, sec. 2, 3).
    Under many names, mankind’s earliest and perhaps greatest rebel has been worshipped throughout false religion. Ancient Israel kept falling into serving the many false gods that Nimrod represented.
    Ezekiel 8:13-14 records a picture of the women of Israel “weeping for Tammuz.” This Tammuz (the god of fire) was considered to be Nimrod and the etymology of the word itself is fascinating. Tam means “to make perfect” and muz “fire.” The meaning is clear in light of what we have already learned. Incidentally, in the Iraqi-Kuwaiti Desert Storm War, Saddam Hussein even named one of his missiles the “Tammuz.” He certainly understood that its meaning included fire.
    Burned to Molech
    Let’s see how God’s people, Israel, worshipped Baal/Molech once they had departed from the true God: “And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into My mind, that they should do this abomination…” (Jer. 32:35).
    Notice that God Himself says that such horrible abominations never even entered His mind: “They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spoke it, neither came it into My mind: Therefore, behold, the days come, says the LORD, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter” (Jer. 19:5). Verse 6 ties the valley of Tophet or Hinnom to this practice. Jeremiah 7:31 connects Tophet and Hinnom to child sacrifice. Tophet means “the drum.” Drums were played to drown the screams of victims in the flames.
    Notice this quote from Paradise Lost, by John Milton, about the terrible god Molech: “First Moloch, horrid king besmear’d with blood Of human sacrifice, and parents tears, Though, for the noyse of Drums and Timbrels loud Their children’s cries unheard, that passed through fire To his grim Idol.” Of course, everyone will say that they do not sacrifice their children to Molech today, but read on.
    In the New Testament, the martyr Stephen was stoned to death, at least partly, because he indicted his listeners for the worship of this evil idol (Acts 7:43).
    When righteous King Josiah came to the throne, as king of Judah, he destroyed the altars in the Valley of Tophet (or Hinnom—the very same valley Christ likened to “gehenna” fire in Mark 9:43-49) soon after coming to power. He realized the great evil of the practices taking place there.
    The Druids and Human Sacrifice
    Many people have heard of the Druids. Few know who and what they were. We will refer to them later and tie them to other well-known Christmas practices. We must first establish their historic role in human sacrifice.
    Julius Caesar is the best-known source of information about the Druids. This comes from theEncyclopedia Britannica. This quote, under “Druids,” clearly explains who they were: “Druids, the learned class among the ancient Celts, whose name means Knowing (or Finding) the Oak Tree. They seem to have frequented Oak forests and acted as priests, teachers and judges. The earliest known records of the Druids come from the 3rd century [B.C.]…Druids took charge of public and private sacrifices, and many young men went to them for instruction. They judged all public and private quarrels and decreed the penalty…The Druids principle doctrine was that the soul was immortal…(they) offered human victims for those who were gravely sick or in danger of death in battle. Huge wickerwork images were filled with living men and then burned; although the Druids chose criminals by preference, they sacrificed innocent victims if necessary.”
    The Old Testament is filled with God’s condemnation of Israel for practicing the customs of the nations around them—and we are gathering important facts revealing a shocking picture.
    The Role of Cannibalism
    Another truth about the origin of Christmas springs from the modern word cannibal. This practice has its roots in a prime function of all priests of Baal. Keep in mind that the Hebrew word for priest isCahn.
    Consider the following quote from The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop, page 232: “And it was a principle of the Mosaic law, a principle no doubt derived from the patriarchal faith, that the priest must partake of whatever was offered as a sin-offering (Numbers xviii. 9, 10). Hence, the priests of Nimrod or Baal were necessarily required to eat of the human sacrifices; and thus it has come to pass that ‘Cahna-Bal,’ the ‘Priest of Baal,’ is the established word in our own tongue for a devourer of human flesh.”
    The reality of this can be lost on no one! It is also true that most civilizations have a tradition that has involved cannibalism. Notice this statement from The New York Times, “What Is the Meaning of Cannibalism?” by Erik Eckholm: “Cannibalism has once fascinated and repelled virtually every known society, including those said to have practiced it.”
    This same article went on to show that most civilizations also attached divine significance to its practice.
    What About the Santa Myth?
    Have you considered that you could also be burning, even sacrificing, your children today (though in a different way) in your practice of Christmas, while you may be trying to sincerely “focus on Christ”?
    Parents reason that they owe the whole Christmas myth to their children! Christmas traditions are focused primarily on kids, and they are certainly the center of most of what happens. I know because I kept seventeen Christmases. My older sister and younger brother and I were the recipients of much and the givers of very little on that day—and it all started with the Santa Claus lie.
    Some years ago, a priest in New Jersey told his Sunday school class that Santa was a myth. The outrage from parents and his supervisors was swift. He had “killed Santa!” He had “destroyed family tradition!” He had “usurped family authority,” the article continued. He was officially censored by his superiors for being “overzealous and insensitive.”
    His crime? He told the truth!
    According to Langer’s Encyclopedia of World History, (article “Santa”), “Santa” was a common name for Nimrod throughout Asia Minor. This was also the same fire god who came down the chimneys of the ancient pagans and the same fire god to whom infants were burned and eaten in human sacrifice among those who were once God’s people.
    Today Santa Claus comes from “Saint Nicholas.” Washington Irving, in 1809, is responsible for remaking the original old, stern bishop of this same name into the new “jolly St. Nick” in his Knickerbocker History of New York. (Most of the rest of America’s Christmas traditions are even more recent than this.) “Old Nick” has long been recognized as a term for the devil.
    In Revelation 2:6 and 15, we read about a “doctrine of the Nicolaitanes,” which Christ twice tells His Church “[He] hates.” Let’s analyze the word Nicolaitane. It means “follower of Nicholas.” Nikos means “conqueror, destroyer.” Laos means, “people.” Nicolaitanes, then, are people who follow the conqueror or destroyer—Nimrod. If you have believed that following Christmas is an innocent Christian custom, let this truth sink in!
    Is It Scriptural to Exchange Gifts?
    Merchants regularly report that over 60% of their annual retail sales occur during the Christmas shopping season. This represents a tremendous amount of gift buying. Most today believe that gift-giving comes from the Bible example of the “three wise men” (the Bible gives no number) presenting gifts to Christ. Is this true? Where did exchanging gifts come from, and what does God’s Word say about it?
    The Bibliotheca Sacra states, “The interchange of presents between friends is a like characteristic of Christmas and the Saturnalia, and must have been adopted by Christians from the pagans, as the admonition of Tertullian plainly shows” (Vol. 12, pp. 153-155).
    Like every other aspect of Christmas, the shocking truth is that even this supposed Christian custom does not come from the Bible. It is an irony that people love to believe they are following the custom of the wise men giving to Christ, when actually they are giving almost exclusively to each other! What hypocrisy! Christ is completely forgotten.
    The Bible actually teaches that Christians should not keep birthdays. Numerous scriptures make this principle clear. (Read our article “Are Birthday Celebrations Christian?”) However, what if you went to a birthday party that had been prepared for you and everybody gave gifts to each other and you were left out? The idea is ridiculous! If this happened, you would say that people were being selfish and forgetting you. In fact, most people give to others on Christmas merely because they expect to receive gifts themselves!
    Let’s briefly return to the “wise men” who gave gifts to Christ. The scripture describing this is Matthew 2:1-11: “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews?…And when they were come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
    It is commonly supposed that these were birthday presents for “baby Jesus.” But is this what the Bible actually says? Absolutely not! First, it is important to note that they did give the gifts to Jesus. They did not stand in His presence and exchange gifts among themselves or give them to others. The gifts were “presented unto Him.” Also, they arrived well after His “birthday.” This is another reason these could not have been “birthday presents.”
    A long-standing, ancient custom of the East was to present gifts when coming before a king. These men understood they were in the presence of the “King of the Jews.” The Bible carries many examples of people sending gifts to kings or presenting them upon arrival into their presence. This custom is common today when ambassadors or others come into the presence of a world leader.
    Finally, notice what the Adam Clarke Commentary, volume 5, page 46, states about what really happened on this occasion: “Verse 11. They presented unto him gifts. The people of the east never approach the presence of kings and great personages, without a present in their hands. This custom is often noticed in the Old Testament, and still prevails in the east, and in some of the newly discovered South Seas Islands.” Gifts were customarily presented to kings.
    What could be more plain?
    The Origin of the Christmas Tree
    No booklet about Christmas is complete without some explanation of the “Christmas tree.” We have touched on it without directly focusing on it. The modern Christmas tree originated in Germany. But the Germans got it from the Romans, who got it from the Babylonians and the Egyptians.
    The following demonstrates what the Babylonians believe about the origin of the Christmas tree: “An old Babylonish fable told of an evergreen tree which sprang out of a dead tree stump. The old stump symbolized the dead Nimrod, the new evergreen tree symbolized that Nimrod had come to life again in Tammuz! Among the Druids the oak was sacred, among the Egyptians it was the palm, and in Rome it was the fir, which was decorated with red berries during the Saturnalia!” (Walsh, Curiosities of Popular Customs, p. 242).
    Frederick J. Haskin’s Answers to Questions states, “The Christmas tree is from Egypt, and its origin dates from a period long anterior to the Christian Era.” Did you know this—that the Christmas treelong preceded Christianity?
    Most aspects of Christmas are not referred to in the Bible. Of course, the reason is that they are not from God—they are not part of the way He wants people to worship Him. The Christmas tree, however, is directly mentioned in the Bible! Turn to Jeremiah 10:2-5, “Thus says the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen…For the CUSTOMS of the people are VAIN: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.”
    This plain description of the modern Christmas tree is clear. God directly refers to it as “the way of the heathen.” Just as directly, He commands His people to “learn not the way of the heathen,” calling these customs “VAIN.” Verse 23 adds a remarkable and powerful statement: “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his [own] steps.” God must teach people how to live. Man simply cannot figure out God’s ways for himself.
    There is no room in Jeremiah 10 to believe, as some have tried to suggest, that because these trees are powerless of themselves, it is not really forbidden to have a Christmas tree. God condemns the putting up of pagan (Christmas) trees with this plain Bible command!
    The Source of Holly Wreaths, Yule Logs and Mistletoe
    The Encyclopedia Americana states, “The holly, the mistletoe, the Yule log…are relics of pre-Christian times.” In other words, paganism! The Yule log was commonly used in a rite of Teutonic nature worship.
    Frederick Haskin further states, “The use of the Christmas wreath is believed by authorities to betraceable to the pagan custom of decorating buildings and places of worship at the feast which took place at the same time as our Christmas.”
    The Encyclopedia Britannica, under “Celastrales,” exposes the origin of the holly wreath: “European pagans brought holly sprays into their homes, offering them to the fairy people of the forests as refuges from the harsh winter weather. During the Saturnalia, the Roman winter festival, branches of holly were exchanged as tokens of friendship. The earliest Roman Christians apparently used holly as a decoration at the Christmas season.”
    There are dozens of different types of holly. Virtually all of them come in male and female varieties—such as “Blue Prince and Blue Princess” or “Blue Boy and Blue Girl” or “China Boy and China Girl.” Female holly plants cannot have berries unless a nearby male plant pollinates them. It is easy to see why the holly wreath found its way into pagan rituals as a token of friendship and FERTILITY!
    Christmas is incomplete to many unless it involves “kissing under the mistletoe.” This pagan custom was natural on a night that involved much revelry done in the spirit of drunken orgies. Just like today, this “kissing” usually occurred at the beginning of the Saturnalia/Christmas celebration. I will never forget having to always kiss my friends’ mothers upon entering each of their houses every Christmas. It was the first thing that we did. I hated it—but it was something I “had to do”! Mistletoe was considered to have special powers of healing for those who “reveled” under it.
    The Encyclopedia Britannica, under “Santalales,” states, “The European mistletoe is thought to have had special ritual significance in Druidical ceremonies and lives in folklore today, its special status as the Christmas mistletoe having come from Anglo-Saxon times.” Mistletoe is a parasite that lives on oak trees. (Recall that the Druids worshipped in oak tree groves.) The ancient Celtics (associated with the Druids) used to give mistletoe as an herbal remedy to barren animals to make them fertile. It is still referred to as “all healer” in Celtic.
    Like mistletoe, holly berries were also thought to be sacred to the sun god. The original “sun log” came to be called the yule log. “Yule” simply means “wheel,” which has long been a pagan representation of the sun. No wonder people today commonly speak of the “sacred yule-tide season.”
    Worship of the True God Mixed with False Practices
    The modern term for merging false pagan customs with the worship of the true God is calledsyncretism. Anyone who did this in ancient Israel was put to death (Lev. 18:21, 29)! It was that serious!
    A fascinating look into how Israel thought and believed, in their own minds, that they were worshipping God as an entire nation, comes from II Kings 17:33: “They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from there.”
    Did you grasp this? Yes, they feared the true God while serving other gods. No wonder the very next verse (34) states that they really “fear NOT the LORD” according to the way God commanded. This is how God views what people are doing today—no matter what these people copying ancient pagan practices might think of their own actions!
    Verse 30 says that all this had been learned from contact with “the men of Babylon” (among others), whose chief god, we will recall, was Nimrod (Baal or Molech)—who we now know were one and the same.
    Notice how specific was God’s warning to Israel in Deuteronomy 12:29-31, and why He warned them! “When the LORD your God shall cut off the nations from before you…and you succeed them, and dwell in their land; Take heed to yourself that you be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before you; and that you enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? Even so will I do likewise. You shall not do so unto the LORD your God: for EVERY ABOMINATION to the LORD, which HE HATES, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters have they burnt in the fire to their gods.”
    Many verses, similar to Deuteronomy 12, should be carefully studied. (See Exodus 34:10-17; 23:23-33;Leviticus 20:22-26; Deuteronomy 20:13-18, etc.) The true God knew that serving other gods always led to sacrificing children to them!
    Deuteronomy 12:32 made clear that God does not want us to mix His ways with any false ways: “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it.”
    These are God’s PLAIN WORDS to all who say that they can mix the horrible customs of outright paganism with a supposed “focus on Christ.”
    Ancient Israel’s Pagan Practices in Modern Customs
    Deuteronomy 12:2-4 establishes an important context. God plainly says, “You shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which you shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: And you shall overthrow their altars…and burn their groves with fire…you shall not do so unto the LORD your God.”
    Notice God’s references to “every green tree” and “their groves.” There are at least ten similar verses throughout the Old Testament referring to “green trees” and their association with idolatry. Historians hold that the reference to the term “green” refers to green year-round—evergreen trees!
    Once again, let’s more closely examine the actual history and origins of some of the Saturnalia customs still practiced today. Notice the following chilling quote from the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, “Oscilla” 3rd edition, volume II: “…all ranks devoted themselves to feasting and mirth, presents were exchanged among friends, and crowds thronged the streets, shouting ‘Lo Saturnalia.’ An offering was made beneath a decorated evergreen tree, according to the pagan poet, Virgil. Figurines and masks—called ‘oscilla’—were hung on the tree, as are Christmas decorations today. History admits…there can be no doubt that we have in these ‘oscilla’ a relic of human sacrifice…”
    Doesn’t all of this sound familiar? Presents, singing in the streets, evergreen trees, decorations, offerings under the tree, merrymaking, feasting? They may sound wonderful, but they represent things that are truly abominable.
    Modern oscilla look like chubby little “angels” when hanging on a tree. I placed these little “angel babies” on our tree, myself, as a small child. At least I thought they were angel babies. How wrong I was! Do you think any of your friends realize what they really represent? Of course not—but that does not make it any less serious or less wrong in God’s eyes!
    Outright Paganism Blended into the Church
    One additional source demonstrates how this all came to be a heritage practiced so “innocently” by millions—yet far from innocent in God’s sight. Now read the following quote from Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th edition, volume 10, pages 1062-3: “Christianity…by a complex and gradual process…became the official religion of the [Roman] empire.
    “For a time, coins and other monuments continued to link Christian doctrines with worship of the sun, to which Constantine had been addicted previously. But even when this phase came to an end, Roman paganism continued to exert other, permanent influences, great and small…The ecclesiastical calendar retains numerous remnants of pre-Christian festivals, notably Christmas, which blends elements including both the feast of the Saturnalia and the birthday of Mithra. But, most of all, the mainstream of Western Christianity owed ancient Rome the firm discipline that gave it stability and shape.”
    An authority as reputable as the Encyclopedia Britannica actually acknowledges, for any willing to see, that the Saturnalia and ancient Rome are what defined the “discipline…stability and shape” of Western Christianity!
    This is a truly stunning admission!
    The next powerful quote reveals how this idolatrous, pagan festival slipped into the “Christian” world. It is from the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, under “Christmas”:
    “How much the date of the festival depended upon the pagan Brumalia (December 25) following the Saturnalia (Dec. 17-24), and celebrating the shortest day of the year and the ‘new sun’…cannot be accurately determined. The pagan Saturnalia and Brumalia were too deeply entrenched in popular custom to be set aside by Christian influence…The pagan festival with its riot and merry-making was so popular that Christians were glad of an excuse to continue its celebration with little change in spirit and in manner. Christian preachers of the West and the Near East protested against the unseemly frivolity with which Christ’s birthday was celebrated, while Christians of Mesopotamia accused their Western brethren of idolatry and sun worship for adopting as Christian this pagan festival.”
    One additional source reveals how the Roman church absorbed Christmas into an official celebration. The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1946 edition, states, “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church…Certain Latins, as early as 354, may have transferred the birthday from January 6th toDecember 25, which was then a Mithraic feast…or birthday of the unconquered SUN…The Syrians and Armenians, who clung to January 6th, accused the Romans of sun worship and idolatry, contending…that the feast of December 25th, had been invented by disciples of Cerinthus…”
    Thus, a pagan festival, celebrated long before Christ’s birth, found its way into recognized Christianity.
    Did you know that even the seventeenth century Puritans of New England understood how wrong Christmas was? They actually banned its observance by law, in 1659, throughout the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Fines and imprisonment could result from being found keeping it. It was almost 200 years (1856) before people stopped working on Christmas in Boston. The Puritans knew its roots and labeled it “heathen, papist idolatry.”
    Those Who “Change Times and Laws”
    The prophet Daniel (7:8) speaks of a “little horn,” which (7:25) “shall speak great words against the Most High…and think to change times and laws.” This little horn is a great religious authority that attempts to superimpose its own view of dates and celebrations, on an unsuspecting world, in place ofGod’s plain instruction.
    The Hebrew word translated “change” means to “transform, alter or set.” The word translated “times” means “appointed occasions, seasons or times.” The Hebrew word translated “laws” means “decrees or laws of God.” When put together, this phrase refers to an authority that attempts to “transform appointed occasions and seasons within the Law of God.” Certainly, Christmas is a great example of how this has been done. God’s instructions have been replaced with religious traditions of men.
    The following quote reveals how this has happened. It also comes from the Encyclopedia Britannica, under “Christianity”: “Thus, the Easter liturgy has been developed more highly in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Christmas liturgy more highly in the Roman Catholic Church…The Christian calendar is the most widely disseminated Christian institution. The seven-day week and the rhythm of the Christian festivals have been accepted even by most of the non-Christian countries. Despite energetic attempts at the introduction of a sliding work week, the seven-day week with work-free Sunday could not be eliminated even in Communist states with an Atheist world view. Even in Atheistic circles and organizations throughout the world, Christian holidays enjoy an undisputed popularity as work-free days…especially Christmas.”
    Truly, it has been the “ecclesiastical politicians,” referred to earlier, who have sought to impose the modern “Christian” calendar on an unknowing world. It is these leaders who have “thought to change times and laws.”
    The Dangerous Power of Lies
    One of Satan’s names is Destroyer (Rev. 9:11). Nimrod/Saturn/Molech/Baal, like Satan, is the fire god who destroys and devours little children.
    The real Jesus Christ was never in and never will be in Christmas! He cannot be put back into where He has never been. But the “god of this world,” Satan (II Cor. 4:4), has always been in Christmas. He is its author!
    The true God commands that we “must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24). This does not mesh with the great Christmas and Santa Claus lies that all children so willingly believe.
    I Timothy 4:2 warns of those “speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” Parents can “burn” their own children, to the point of searing them, with the Christmas deception and lie!
    There is no “safety in numbers” in this world for those who keep Christmas, because Satan, who is called “the father of lies” and “a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44), has “deceived the wholeworld” (Rev. 12:9)! Turn to this verse and read it. Then recognize that Christmas is certainly a testimony to that great deception.
    But Christ refers to His Church as a “little flock” (Luke 12:32). Many other verses show this. This Church does not have the large numbers of the respected, established brands of the Christianity of this world.
    “Another ¬ Jesus”
    There is another problem with the idea of “putting Christ back in Christmas”—and it is big! The “Jesus” that is the focus of this season is NOT the true Jesus Christ of the Bible!
    Most have been taught that there is only one Jesus Christ. But God’s Word speaks of a counterfeit, and this substitute Christ is identifiable in history. The proof? The apostle Paul warned of “another Jesus.”
    Grasp what is at stake ¬ here!
    First, consider Paul’s entire introduction as he sets the stage for the warning that follows: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent [Satan] beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Cor. 11:3).
    Now for the actual warning in the next verse: “For if he that comes preaches ANOTHER JESUS, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him” (II Cor. 11:4). The Corinthians seemed to “bear with this” without much ¬ resistance.
    Paul, under inspiration of the true Jesus Christ of the Bible, was moved to record the peril of unwittingly following “another Jesus.” Consider. Most have probably never remotely considered the idea of a false Jesus for even a ¬ moment—that ¬ there is such a thing as a wrong, different and “false ¬ Christ” (Matt. 24:23-24)—¬ called “another Jesus.” In the past, this “Jesus” has even corrupted the thinking of true Christians. This much is plain. But the “subtilty” of how this can happen, and how it has occurred in history, is so ¬ deceptive—¬ so ¬ seductive—¬ that even true Christians can unknowingly slip into worshipping this ¬ so-¬ called Jesus. This is what was happening to the ¬ Corinthians.
    People can worship in ways that represent things that are far different than what they sincerely believe or intend. Bible “believers” today can think that they are worshipping the true Savior when they are really worshipping a false ¬savior—¬ANOTHER JESUS! The entirety of traditional Christianity is actually worshipping Nimrod/Saturn/Molech/Baal. The modern mother/child “Mary/Jesus” emphasis, including the worshipful adoration of Mary by millions, is a parallel with Nimrod and his mother, Semiramis, that cannot be ¬ missed.
    Here is the point of what is being explained. Many speak of “putting Christ back into Christmas.” This is heard every year from thousands of pulpits and elsewhere. But the true Christ was never there! Just as a person cannot go back into a room that he had never entered, Jesus Christ cannot be “put back” into an event that He has never been in, and that He in fact hates! (Again, see Mark 7:7.) The Jesus that these preachers and religionists have in mind is another Christ, one with another gospel, another spirit—the Christmas spirit!—bringing totally different doctrines and teachings.
    Can you see the connection?
    What Should You Do?
    Finally, let’s examine what God told His people they should do and the way they ought to teach their children.
    Recall Jeremiah 7:31, where God condemned Israel for burning their children in the Valley of Tophet. Eight verses earlier (vs. 23-24), God had made plain what He requires: “But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people: and walk you in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not…but walked…in the imagination of their evil heart…”
    Human beings do not want to obey God (Rom. 8:7). They would rather follow their own “imagination.” They do not understand that God wants their lives to go “well.” He wants happiness, joy and blessings to flow into people’s lives. All these are the results of obeying Him.
    God inspired Moses to warn parents of the grave responsibility that they have in what and how they teach their children. Notice His instruction in Deuteronomy 6:1, 6-7, 20-21, 25: “Now these are thecommandments…which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go to possess it…And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up…And when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God has commanded you? Then you shall say unto your son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand…And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us.”
    God took Israel out of Egypt—from slavery—out of the customs of the world around them and revealed His Law to them. He does not want His people going back to the traditions, customs and ways from which He has called them.
    When all of the interconnected traditions, filled with the symbolism of worshipping an ancient pagan, humanly devised god, are taught, this is not worshipping the true Creator.
    We Have not Known that Christmas is of Babylon
    Jesus said twice, in Matthew 7:16 and 20, that “you shall know them by their fruits.” Everything that people say or do, good or bad, has fruits. The fruits of Christmas are terrible. This season leads the entire year in adultery, loneliness, jealousy, drunkenness and drunk driving, family arguments (and worse), and accumulation of debt that often lasts until March. This problem is so significant that almost all churches typically report that their incomes—how ironic—drop during this period as people “recover” from all their spending!
    The Real “Christmas Spirit”
    The prophet Isaiah was inspired to write, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression” (58:1). I have done this. Now that you have read the PLAIN TRUTHabout the true origin of Christmas, what will you do?
    The next quote comes from the booklet The Plain Truth About Christmas, by Herbert W. Armstrong. It summarizes the booklet you have just read:
    “Christmas has become a commercial season. It’s sponsored, kept alive, by the heaviest retail advertising campaigns of the year. You see a masqueraded ‘Santa Claus’ in many stores. Ads keep us deluded and deceived about the ‘beautiful Christmas spirit.’ The newspapers, who sell the ads, print flowery editorials exalting and eulogizing the pagan season, and its ‘spirit.’ A gullible people has become so inoculated, many take offense when told the truth. But the ‘Christmas spirit’ is created each year, not to honor Christ, but to sell merchandise! Like all Satan’s delusions, it appears as an ‘angel of light,’ is made to appear good. Billions of dollars are spent in this merchandising spree every year, while the cause of Christ must suffer! It’s part of the economic system of Babylon!
    “We have professed to be Christian nations, but we’re in Babylon, as Bible prophecy foretold, and we don’t know it! ‘Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues’—now soon to fall—is the warning of Revelation 18:4 [emphasis mine].

  29. BEN O.N

    December 24, 2013 at 12:25 am

    CHRISTMAS; FOR CHRIST OR ANTI-CHRIST Christmas is a holiday
    shared and celebrated by many religions. It is a day that has an
    effect on the entire world. To many people, it is a favorite time
    of the year involving gift giving, parties and feasting. Christmas
    is a holiday that unifies almost all of professing Christendom. The
    spirit of Christmas causes people to decorate their homes and
    churches, cut down trees and bring them into their homes, decking
    them with silver and gold. In the light of that tree, families make
    merry and give gifts one to another. When the sun goes down on
    December 24th, and darkness covers the land, families and churches
    prepare for participation in customs such as burning the yule log,
    singing around the decorated tree, kissing under the mistletoe and
    holly, and attending a late night service or midnight mass. What is
    the meaning of Christmas? Where did the customs and traditions
    originate? You, as a Christian, would want to worship the Lord in
    Spirit and in truth, discerning good from evil. The truth is that
    all of the customs of Christmas pre-date the birth of Jesus Christ,
    and a study of this would reveal that Christmas in our day is a
    collection of traditions and practices taken from many cultures and
    nations. The date of December 25th comes from Rome and was a
    celebration of the Italic god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the sun
    god. This was done long before the birth of Jesus. It was noted by
    the pre-Christian Romans and other pagans, that daylight began to
    increase after December 22nd, when they assumed that the sun god
    died. These ancients believed that the sun god rose from the dead
    three days later as the new-born and venerable sun. Thus, they
    figured that to be the reason for increasing daylight. This was a
    cause for much wild excitement and celebration. Gift giving and
    merriment filled the temples of ancient Rome, as sacred priests of
    Saturn, called dendrophori, carried wreaths of evergreen boughs in
    procession. In Germany, the evergreen tree was used in worship and
    celebration of the yule god, also in observance of the resurrected
    sun god. The evergreen tree was a symbol of the essence of life and
    was regarded as a phallic symbol in fertility worship. Witches and
    other pagans regarded the red holly as a symbol of the menstrual
    blood of the queen of heaven, also known as Diana. The holly wood
    was used by witches to make wands. The white berries of mistletoe
    were believed by pagans to represent droplets of the semen of the
    sun god. Both holly and mistletoe were hung in doorways of temples
    and homes to invoke powers of fertility in those who stood beneath
    and kissed, causing the spirits of the god and goddess to enter
    them. These customs transcended the borders of Rome and Germany to
    the far reaches of the known world. The question now arises: How
    did all of these customs find their way into contemporary
    Christianity, ranging from Catholicism to Protestantism to
    fundamentalist churches? The word “Christmas”itself reveals who
    married paganism to Christianity. The word “Christmas” is a
    combination of the words “Christ” and “Mass. The word “Mass” means
    death and was coined originally by the Roman Catholic Church, and
    belongs exclusively to the church of Rome. The ritual of the Mass
    involves the death of Christ, and the distribution of the “Host”, a
    word taken from the Latin word “hostiall” meaning victim! In short,
    Christmas is strictly a Roman Catholic word. A simple study of the
    tactics of the Romish Church reveals that in every case, the church
    absorbed the customs, traditions and general paganism of every
    tribe, culture and nation in their efforts to increase the number
    of people under their control. In short, the Romish church told all
    of these pagan cultures, “Bring your gods, goddesses, rituals and
    rites, and we will assign Christian sounding titles and names to
    them. When Martin Luther started the reformation on October 31st,
    1517, and other reformers followed his lead, all of them took with
    them the paganism that was so firmly imbedded in Rome. These
    reformers left Christmas intact. In England, as the authorized
    Bible became available to the common people by the decree of King
    James the II in 1611, people began to discover the pagan roots of
    Christmas, which are clearly revealed in Scripture. The Puritans in
    England, and later in Massachusetts Colony, outlawed this holiday
    as witchcraft. Near the end of the nineteenth century, when other
    Bible versions began to appear, there was a revival of the
    celebration of Christmas. We are now seeing ever-increasing
    celebrating of Christmas or Yule, its true name, as we draw closer
    to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ! In both witchcraft circles
    and contemporary Christian churches, the same things are going on.
    As the Bible clearly states in Jeremiah 10:2-4, “Thus saith the
    Lord, learn not the way of the heathen; and be not dismayed at the
    signs of heaven. For the heathen are dismayed at them. For the
    customs of the people are vain. For one cutteth a tree out of the
    forest. The work of the hands of the workman with the axe. They
    deck it with silver and with gold. They fasten it with nails and
    with hammers that it move not.” So, what is wrong with Christmas?
    1. To say that Jesus was born on December 25th is a lie! The true
    date is sometime in September according to the Scriptures. 2.
    Trees, wreaths, holly, mistletoe and the like are strictly
    forbidden as pagan and heathen! To say that these are Christian or
    that they can be made Christian is a lie! 3. The Lord never spoke
    of commemorating his birth but rather commanded us to remember the
    sacrifice of His suffering and death, which purchased our
    salvation. Think about it! Can we worship and honor God by
    involving ourselves with customs and traditions, which God Himself
    forbade as idolatry? Can we convince God to somehow “Christianize”
    these customs and the whole pretense and lie of Christmas, so we
    can enjoy ourselves? Can we obey through disobedience? So what is
    right about Christmas? 1. Nothing

  30. JOHN

    December 24, 2013 at 2:41 am

    The Catholic church fabricated and proclaimed that Jesus
    was born on December 25! ITS A LIE OF THE DEVIL DON’T CELEBRATE IT!
    “There is a way that seems right to man but its end is the way of
    death” Proverbs 14:12 “But now, overlooking the times of ignorance,
    God is telling everyone everywhere that they must repent, because
    He has fixed a day when He shall judge the world in righteousness
    by that man He has appointed. ” Acts 17:30-31 The Origin Of
    Christmas Most people assume that Christmas had its origin in the
    events surrounding the birth of Christ and was established in the
    early Church as a memorial of these things to honor the Son of God
    who came down to earth to save the world and was instituted as such
    by His early followers. The fact is that there is no instruction in
    scripture to remember His birth, not any record of the early
    believers doing so. Nor is there any historical record of any
    official celebration of Christmas until after 300 AD when the
    emperor Constantine made Christianity a State ‘religion’ and gave
    the pagan celebrations of the period a “Christian” face. The Roman
    Empire’s religion was one of sun-worship (Mithraism), a pagan deity
    whose religious influence became widespread in the Roman Empire
    during the first few centuries A.D.. Mithra was related to the
    Semitic sun-god, Shamash, and his worship spread throughout Asia to
    Europe where he was called Deus Sol Invictus Mithras. Rome was
    well-known for absorbing the pagan religions and rituals of its
    widespread empire. As such, Rome converted this pagan legacy to a
    celebration of the god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the sun god
    during the winter solstice period. The winter holiday became known
    as Saturnalia and began the week prior to December 25th. The
    festival was characterized by gift-giving, feasting, singing,
    drinking and downright debauchery, as the priests of Saturn carried
    wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession throughout the Roman
    temples. The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church,
    p. 223: “December 25 was the date of the Roman pagan festival
    inaugurated in 274 as the birthday of the unconquered sun which at
    the winter solstice begins again to show an increase in light.
    Sometime before 336 the Church in Rome [under Constantine’s
    control], unable to stamp out this pagan festival, spiritualised it
    as the Feast of the Nativity of the Sun of Righteousness.” Hislop
    observes, “That Christmas was originally a Pagan festival, is
    beyond all doubt. The time of the year, and the ceremonies with
    which it is still celebrated, prove its origin,” The Two Babylons,
    p. 93. Constantine enforced this blended form of Christianity and
    Mithraism on the empire. He out-lawed the true Sabbath, and
    enforced Sun-day worship under penalty of death. He established
    Catholicism (Latin meaning: Universalism) by setting the dates for
    observing the weekly “sabbath” as Sun-day, and Easter for the
    empire. (Easter was already one of several vital Pagan observances,
    originally “Ishtar”, commemorating the impregnation of the
    Earth-Mother nine months prior to the winter solstice!). The
    Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume II (1943-1973), under Christmas, we
    find: “In the Roman world, the Saturnalia was a time of merrymaking
    and exchanging of gifts. December 25th was also regarded as the
    birthdate of the Iranian Mystery god, Mithra, the Sun of
    Righteousness.” Mithra, according to ancient legend (pre the birth
    of Yeshua the Messiah), was born on December 25, of a virgin. His
    birth was witnessed by shepherds and magicians [magi]. Mithra
    raised the dead and healed the sick and cast out demons. He
    returned to heaven at the spring equinox (northern hemisphere) and
    before doing so had a last supper with his 12 disciples
    (representing the 12 signs of the zodiac), eating mizd, a piece of
    bread marked with a cross (an almost universal symbol of the sun).
    (Such is the counterfeit “Christ” of he who would assume to be like
    the Most High God) So it was not difficult to have the pagans of
    that period accept the name “Christmas” (Christ’s -Mass) for their
    celebration of their “Sun of righteousness”, the savior/redeemer
    Mithra, understanding that there was no change in the customs or
    the traditions. The Catholic church fabricated and proclaimed that
    Jesus was born on December 25 and the festival of Saturnalia and
    the birthday of Mithra were now going to be celebrated as the
    birthday of “Christ” and it became a State holiday (“holy-day”).
    With the publication of a standardised text of the writings of the
    apostles the Messiah’s name had also undergone a change. His Hebrew
    name was Yehoshua (God’s salvation), in usage shortened to Y’shua.
    When translating from Hebrew into Greek, the Greek name “IOSOUS”
    (the name of the Greek god of healing) was chosen to replace His
    Hebrew name, further paganising His image and making Him
    ‘acceptable’ to the pagan masses of the Roman/Greek-speaking
    peoples. This name was later changed to JESUS in Latin. The true
    Messiah was not born in December. Shepherds could not have been in
    the fields in the northern hemisphere mid-winter. It can be
    calculated when he was born from the records given in scripture of
    the priestly cycle, the details surrounding His birth, the
    historical records of King Herod death and the astronomical
    calculations and records of eclipses and star sightings of the
    time. The Bible-believing “Christians” of the time regarded the
    “Christmas” and “Easter” celebrations which were introduced as
    blasphemous and refused to endorse them. Origen proclaimed it
    heathenish to celebrate ‘Christ’s birthday’ as if He were merely a
    temporal ruler when His spiritual nature should be the main concern
    and Clement of Alexandria and Epiphanius said it was pagan.
    :(Encyclopedia Britannica 15th edition Vol.4 p.499). Up till this
    time the only holy days which the followers of the true Messiah had
    kept were the Passover, the Feast of Pentecost and the Feast of
    Tabernacle in Sept/Oct.. When early Christians celebrated a
    specific day for a person, it was associated with their death,
    usually as a martyr, and was an epitaph to their life’s service to
    God. Only pagans celebrated birth-days. All of the customs of
    Christmas pre-date the birth of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. It was
    noted by the pre-Christian Romans and other pagans, that daylight
    was at its lowest point prior to December 22nd when they assumed
    that the sun god died, and began to increase after that date. These
    ancients believed that the sun god rose from the dead three days
    later as the new-born and venerable sun. Thus, they figured that to
    be the reason for increasing daylight. This was a cause for much
    wild excitement and celebration. Gift giving and merriment filled
    the temples of ancient Rome, as sacred priests of Saturn, called
    dendrophori, carried wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession. In
    Germany, the evergreen tree was used in worship and celebration of
    the yule god, also in observance of the resurrected sun god. The
    evergreen tree (Christmas tree) was a symbol of the essence of life
    and was regarded as a phallic symbol in fertility worship. Witches
    and other pagans regarded the red holly as a symbol of the
    menstrual blood of the queen of heaven, also known as Diana. The
    holly wood was used by witches to make wands. The white berries of
    mistletoe were believed by pagans to represent droplets of the
    semen of the sun god. Both holly and mistletoe were hung in
    doorways of temples and homes to invoke powers of fertility in
    those who stood beneath and kissed, causing the spirits of the god
    and goddess to enter them. These customs transcended the borders of
    Rome and Germany to the far reaches of the known world at that
    time.People gave gifts to each other and prepared special foods.
    They decorated their homes with green branches. Everywhere, people
    stopped work to join in the celebration. The merrymaking,
    exchanging of gifts, etc. (from the festival of Saturnalia ) and
    the date, December 25, was an adaptation of the birthday of Mithra
    (the sun god). In England, as the authorized Bible became available
    to the common people by the decree of King James II in 1611, people
    began to discover the pagan roots of Christmas, which are clearly
    revealed in Scripture. The Puritans in England, and later in
    Massachusetts Colony in 1647, outlawed this holiday as witchcraft.
    Yahweh God said to His people “take heed to yourselves that you are
    not ensnared to follow them, ..(the people of the nations) .. and
    that you do not enquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these
    nations serve their gods? I will also do likewise. You shall not
    worship Yahweh your God in that way .. .. .. Whatever I command
    you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take
    away from it.” Deut.12:30-32 The Prophet Jeremiah condemned as
    Pagan the ancient Middle Eastern practice of cutting down trees,
    bringing them into the home and decorating them, “Thus saith
    Yahweh, learn not the way of the nations/heathen; and be not
    dismayed at the signs of heaven. For the heathen are dismayed at
    them. For the customs of the people are futile. For one cuts a tree
    out of the forest. The work of the hands of the workman with the
    axe. They decorate it with silver and with gold. They fasten it
    with nails and with hammers that it will not topple.. .. ..”
    Jeremiah 10: 2-4 Ezekiel 8:14-18 condemns ancient Israel for
    adopting worship of Tammuz (the legendary son and re-incarnation of
    Nimrod), which included sun worship and the asherah (phallic
    symbols using trees and poles). Tammuz is the Phoenician
    counterpart of Mithra. The nation of Israel was constantly being
    disciplined by God for incorporating into their form of worship
    toward Him, the customs of the other nations – the pagans round
    about them. He did not accept them following the traditions of
    their day. We are to cast off the works of darkness (Rom.13:12)
    knowing that no one who engages in idolatrous practices is
    acceptable with God and we are told as new covenant believers to
    keep ourselves from things to do with idols (Acts 21:25; 1 John
    5:21; 1 Cor.10:14). “Live as children of light .. and find out what
    pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of
    darkness” Eph 5: 8-11 Ignorantly, those engaging in the customs and
    traditions associated with Christmas are participating in pagan
    worship directed toward the god Mithra (as he was known to the
    Romans) who is the counterfeit saviour of the world. We know from
    past examples in the scriptures that although the general masses of
    the people followed false traditions in ignorance, He still held
    them accountable for their sin in turning away from the way of
    worship which He had revealed, and He corrected them. Yeshua
    (Jesus) the Messiah said that the true worshipers must worship God
    in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) Doing it our own way is not
    acceptable. That is being insubordinate to what He has decreed and
    established as the way to approach Him. He is God! – the whole
    universe functions on the laws which He has established. “There is
    a way that seems right to man but its end is the way of death”
    Proverbs 14:12 “But now, overlooking the times of ignorance, God is
    telling everyone everywhere that they must repent, because He has
    fixed a day when He shall judge the world in righteousness by that
    man He has appointed. ” Acts 17:30-31

    • Eznuel

      December 24, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Let no man sit in judgment on you in matters of food and drink, or with regards to a feast, new moon, or a sabbath day. Colossians 2:16

      High-mindedness is the problem face the church these days. Some thinks there better, while some thinks there are the chosen. But the fact is Christ is the saviour, and the end of the law of righteousness to anyone that believes. To he that’s a sin to, to him only shall it be a sin to. And also he that doubts is dammed because he celebrate without faith, and whatsoever is done without faith is a sin. Romans 14:1-23

      Lastly, let’s use this medium of Christmas celebration to reach out to the needy, for Christ is love. Christmas was established on love, not for the satisfaction of the flesh. #CelebrateRight #MerryChristmasToYouAll

  31. ilovetruth

    December 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Assumption is the best test for the smartness of fools!
    Have you ever wondered how read this man is? For a start, most of you throwing aspersions are younger than he is – in Africa we say you know less than he does cos’ what he sees sitting, you wouldn’t see standing!
    So my advice is tread carefully with your comments.

    To prove your smartness, read before you comment.
    I wonder if you can browse the internet, why can’t you use it to educate your mind than passing unfounded and ungrounded statements?!

    And now I beg you just reply me and display your foolishness to reason and clear my doubts of you been a fool!

    Wise people say things because they have something to say while fools speak because they just feel their empty but loose brains must mutter something.

    So to my learned friends, research the truth and know for thyself but to the fools out there please display what you know how to do best!
    #ILoveLearningTruths #Everday

  32. Ade

    December 24, 2013 at 9:19 pm

  33. Ezirim Vitus

    December 25, 2013 at 3:03 am

    With due respect, I expect Pastor Kumuyi to be deeply engaged in the Unity of the Church which is the Body of Christ and not border himself with things that are not realy relivant. From TV as Box of sin, to Marrying only from Deeper Life Church, to Do not Honor outside Invitations and now ‘Christmass’. I hope you’ll stand by this one? Here is an instruction, if you realy want to be like JESUS; Stop travelling by Airplane, Car, but try ridding on Donkey as our Lord did. Stop the use of microphone, and hope you did not fulfill traditional wrights before Wedding your Wife? No cell phones, Less I forget; remember our Lord ‘JESUS’ was not married to a wife. For those of you who are mere followers trying to make meanimg out of nothing I have a word for you, if I were you, I will try to educate people on the importance and significants of Chriitmass and win more souls for the Kingdom on Christmass day, how about that? Instead of these acts of retrogresion, rebelion and selfrightousness. The Kingdom of GOD is light therefore, the light of Christmass has taken over the darkness in idols. Having said that, Pastor Kumuyi need to apologies to the Christian community arround the Glob, regardless of his Ideology, for calling US idol worshippers. (Black mans Christianity) A good reason GOD did not come from Africa otherwise, some might insist we dress like ADAM and EVE all in quest of becoming a sancrosant. GOD have mercy!!!

  34. Baba Dipson

    January 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    The truth cannot be hidden forever. I rest my case in Jesus and in the hope that He is coming soon to take over.

  35. clavere tomety

    February 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Kumuyi suprised me a lot . By saying Christmas is idolatrous , he is indirectly saying that christ is an idol. What does he recognise that Jesus was born? if yes , what is wrong in celabrating the birth of the saviour of the world? He said it is from idolateous background, yes people in Roman empire celebrated festival for god
    d the sun , is it the god sun we are praising today? Not at all , we are prasing Jesus the saviour of the Kumoying and his family on the 25th of December. If Kumoyi has a son born on 25th of december , will he say that his son born on 25th of december is an idol because 25th of December was a date of idolarous celabration ?
    moreover he called his gathering december gathering, where is it in the scriptures that the early church in acts of apostles gathered every December? he tough his church member not to wear earings, is it scriptural? where is it it the scriptures that that the early church forbade christians to wear earings? the bible says women should be modest in their dressing , not putting on gold. Gold is not ear ring. gold is a raw material used to manufacture clicks, necklaces, waches , finger rings , ear rings …. . No where the bible did not mention ear ring , but he persuaded his church member not to wear ear rings, . for he is an Hypocrite , whatever name he calls his december gathering , he is celabrating christmas. I am afraid that one he will come and tell people that christ was not born or christ was an idol . may God help him to understand that christmas carols are to praise Jesus not any other idol in his mind. amen. he spoke like an ordinary man of the street not like a pastor.

  36. Iboro Udoh

    February 1, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    @Light Angel and Monsignor Gabriel Osu, 2 Cor. 11:14: “And no marvel; for satan is transformed into an angel of light.” I will sail no further.

  37. Johnny Dahnquan

    May 18, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Acknowledge God In All You Do

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  38. Johnny Dahnquan

    May 18, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Let me be bold and glad to declare the truth of christmas unto you; all those who opposed to the teaching of PASTOR KUMUYI do you understand and read your BIBLE very well to know the truth of GOD’S WORD; the BIBLE say “in the last days many shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirit and the doctrine of the devil……….. ;and many shall heap teacher to themselves having itching ears, these things teach and exhort. (1Tim.4:1-2, 2Tim 3:3-4).
    many people love celebration, merimant and fleshy ambition, therefore they will Not yield to God counsel And command.
    They Love To Celebrate Christmas And Forget God To Fulfill Their Desire.
    They Celebrate That Day By Going To Club, Drinking , And Abusing Their Preciousness.
    Be Wise To Perish Not.

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