Christmas: Is it Christian or Pagan? – Part 9
Conclusion and remedy
Galatians 5:9 “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”
Jon Watkins Online Ministries November 2015
Cynthia Pawl edited, corrected and added to this.
1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Religious people and the lost cannot possibly discern Spiritual things! There is nothing inside of them (namely the Holy Spirit) to enable/empower them to perceive the truth, convict them of their sin or to lead and guide them in the wisdom of God. The flesh, without the power of the Holy Spirit, is subject to sin and prey to demons. They do not even realize that Demons are manipulating them and pushing the carnal flesh, driving them to submit to their Sin Nature. They are slaves to the Sin Nature, which causes them to embrace worldly pleasures and shun the things of God.
The pagan community, have no problem participating in Christmas, which is supposed to be a Christian holiday. Why is that? They have no trouble with it because the Son of the living God, Jesus Christ who died on the Cross, is NOT the Jesus that is in Christmas. Christmas is a pagan holiday. The Christ in Christmas, is another Gospel.
You can look at the rituals of Christmas and liken them concocting a milk shake unaware that you are using some tainted ingredients. Christmas contains many beliefs and practices (Leaven) that have been cleverly joined, mixed together to create something altogether different. Just like the tainted milkshake, once it has all been blended together, it is impossible to separate and remove one or two ingredients. Even after you’ve tasted it and realize it is contaminated (because it leaves a nasty taste in your mouth), all you can do, is throw out the milk shake and start all over with good pure ingredients. There is no other solution, unless… you have very specialized equipment and properly honed skills need to… “purge” them!
What are the pure ingredients?
In the case of the holidays and anything to do with True Christianity, it should be ONLY what is found in the Word of God. Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the Word. He was conceived miraculously and born for one purpose. He came to die on the Cross for our sins. He was buried for 3 days and arose on that third day. He ascended into heaven. All of this was witnessed and attested to, by many. He now sits at the right hand of God the Father, awaiting the day when God says to him, go get your children! Before he left this earth, he promised that he would send a comforter. This comforter would be a helper to us and would lead us to all truth. Jesus kept his word, as always. The Holy Spirit is here! That is the Good News of the Gospel, in its entirety. There is no way to pervert it or contaminate it. Unfortunately, mankind has fallen for Satan’s deception. Foolish people have allowed Satan to speak to their minds and convince them that there is more to the Gospel.
Paul warns all believers about perverting the Gospel:
2nd Corinthians 11:3-4 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
Galatians 1:6-9 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
Being accursed and falling under God’s wrath will not be a pleasant thing to bare, dear reader. Those who are not saved are already condemned. Those of you who are saved and call Jesus Lord and Savior, should know better. Now that you do know better, will you repent and turn from your wicked and rebellious ways, or will you continue in rebellion?
1st Samuel 15:23-26 “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. 24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. 26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.”
Reader… will you be another Saul?
There are many people, saved and unsaved, that are convinced that Old Testament scripture, like the above, is obsolete. That it was only relevant in Old Testament times and not applicable to New Testament Christians. Not so! 2nd Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” This is another area, where the apostate Church has mislead the flock. The entire Word of God is intended for all mankind. One cannot even really comprehend the meaning of the “New Testament” scriptures, without understanding the “Old testament”. So many of the teachings of Christ are lost, without that groundwork. There are also many warnings regarding this very issue, in the New Covenant (Testament). I will include just a couple here, so this article does not turn into a book!
Paul was instructing the Galatians, who were allowing Rabbinical Laws and rituals to creep back into their liturgy. They were corrupting and perverting the Gospel. Matthew 16:16 “Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” Andin Galatians 5:9 Paul warns: “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” (also Matthew 13:33 and Luke 13:21) Leaven is yeast (false doctrine and pagan rituals, in this instance we are talking about Christmas traditions) and when you work just a tiny bit into the recipe, you Leaven the WHOLE thing, not just a little bit. The Leaven being the pagan practices that have been mixed, not only into Christmas, but into most of the Religious rituals and observances throughout ALL of what is called Christianity! Paul tells us exactly what to do with that leaven (again, false doctrine and pagan rituals in Christmas).1st Corinthians 5:7 “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:” If you knowingly refuse to purge out the leaven, then you are in rebellion. There is no room here to expand on the leavening of the Gospel, I suggest you complete your own study on the subject.
2nd Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”
There is another scripture I would like to address at this time. It is an area, in God’s Word, where he is speaking to the Seven Churches. I would like to focus your attention on what he has to say to the Church of the Laodiceans.
Revelation 3:14-17 “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”
Most of you, who profess to be Christians today, are sitting in the Laodicean Church. Sunday only, or twice a year Christians, you give God an hour or two a week and the rest of the time, live like the devil. You are neither Hot or Cold. You have one foot in the church and one in the world. And whether you know it or not, you are predominantly leaning to the side of the world. STOP IT! Serve God or serve Satan, one or the other…that is what the Word is saying! God has placed the choice before you, life or death. CHOOSE! If you continue in your rebellion, he will “Spew you out of his mouth”!!
You had better study up on these 7 churches folks and get into the Church of Philadelphia! Selah!