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Excusing Paganism in Christmas

Many 'Christian' leaders embrace a celebration that has undeniably pagan roots, stemming from the winter solstice festivals, observing the rebirth of the sun.

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A Sanitary Christmas

By its materialism and syncretism, this world's Christianity has helped the modern, secular world sanitize Christmas, disinfecting it of its biblical 'taint.'

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So You Plan to Keep Christmas Now?

Mike Ford takes a few stabs at Christmas trees, lights and Barbie dolls—all, believe it or not, traceable to pagan customs!

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The Conundrum of Christmas Cheer

December is a time that mainstream Christians are supposed to be celebrating a joyous event, yet it leads the year in suicide, depression, and aggravation. Why?

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Christmas Contradictions

Christmas is a bundle of contradictions, inanities, and outright lies. The astounding fact is that most people are aware of this, yet still observe this pagan day.

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Reasons for Not Celebrating Christmas

Jesus was not born on December 25. The roots of Christmas are found in Saturnalia, and many of the trappings of Christmas are directly imported from paganism.

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The Crazy in Christmas

Jesus tells us that we must worship God in spirit and truth. Where is the truth in Christmas? What is the Christmas spirit, and where does it come from?

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Cogitations on Christmas

Because of the pagan origins of Christmas, increasing numbers of Christians realize that one cannot 'put Christ' back into something in which He never was.

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The Plain Truth About Christmas

Did Christmas come from the Bible or paganism? Here are the origins of the Christmas tree, Santa Claus, mistletoe, the holly wreath, and exchanging gifts.

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What's Wrong With Christmas?

The Catholic Church mixed truth and falsehood to have the 'official' birthdate of the Son of God coincide with the rebirth of the sun, the winter solstice.

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Christmas, Syncretism, and Presumption

Many think keeping Christmas is fine, yet God never tells us to celebrate His Son's birth. Celebrating such an obvious mix of paganism s presumptuous.

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Christmas and Sun Worship

Christmas, Easter, and Halloween all derive from sex, fertility, and sun worship. Christmas traces to the incestuous relationship of Semiramis and Nimrod.

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The Names of Christmas

Christmas is also called Yule, Noel, the Nativity, Advent, and the Feast of the Incarnation. Many were borrowed from other languages; all come from paganism.

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The Rea$on for the Season

If there is indeed a 'war on Christmas,' then let Rome defend it, for it was pagan Rome that co-opted the winter solstice and inserted the presumed birth of Jesus.

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Celebrating a Lie

The true story of Jesus' birth has been syncretized into a non-Christian festival, and even that has been obscured by a wrong date and a phony crèche scene.

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Spirit and Truth

The pagan origins of Christmas are well known. How can Christians practice something that has always been anti-God? Is this worshiping 'in spirit and in truth'?

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A Search For Christmas Truth?

Rejecting the Sabbath or embracing Christmas requires rejecting fundamental biblical truths. If we do not do what Christ did, we cannot claim to follow Christ.

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When Was Jesus Born?

The Catholic Church chose December 25 as the date of Jesus' birth, centuries after the fact. However, internal biblical evidence gives a very different story.

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'Tis the Season: Help for Our Young People

As another Christmas season approaches, many in God's church dread having to endure it. Have you ever wondered how our children feel about it?

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Syncretismas!

Christmas is a very blatant form of syncretism, the blending of diverse religious practices. The origins of Christmas testify of why we should reject it.

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Insinuating the Savior Into Paganism

Despite the pagan origins of Christmas being well known, here is still defensiveness when anyone poses questions about the appropriateness of it all.

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Dating Christ's Birth

While a minority of Christians insist that December 25 is the actual date of the Nativity, most people realize that proof for this early winter date is quite scanty.

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Pagan Holidays

The holidays of this world counterfeit God's holy days, but it is obvious that they are very different. God warns us not to be involved in them.

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Presumption and Divine Justice

Orthodoxy in virtually every aspect of life has been discarded, indicating how perverse human nature is in its determination to rebel against God.

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For the Love of the Truth

Christ has never been in man's holidays, which are built on lies, and which teach children they cannot trust the veracity of their own parents.

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Satan's Pagan Holy Days

New Years, Christmas, Easter, Halloween and birthdays all originate in paganism. Satan entices many into accepting these pagan practices through emotional appeals.

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Sincerity Without Truth Is Worthless

It is dangerous to judge something on the basis of apparent 'sincerity,' which is often the opposite of godly sincerity. Godly sincerity is paired with the truth.

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Truth (Part 1)

If we are going to search for truth, we should not be seeking it in the philosophies of men, but rather in the fullness of truth found in God's revelation.

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Does Paul Condemn Observing God's Holy Days?

Galatians 4:9-10 is a favorite crutch of those who claim Christians no longer need to observe God's holy days. However, Paul's meaning is quite different.

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Nicolaitanism Today

The end-time church is warned against Nicolaitanism, for it exists today. The Scriptures, plus some first century history, reveal who the Nicolaitans are.

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The Second Commandment (1997)

Many fail to perceive the difference between the first and second commandments. The second commandment defines the way we are to worship the true God.

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Who Were the Wise Men?

The wise men or magi have been mysterious figures since their appearance 2,000 years ago. Within the Bible's consistent revelation lies clues to their identity.

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More on Tolerance

Many are guided by a multicultural value system that posits that all values, regardless of their source, are equal and should be tolerated. But God has one way.

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Pitfalls of Scholarship

Responding to a caustic charge that the Church of the Great God does not make adequate use of the scholarship of this world, Richard Ritenbaugh offers the following rebuttal: While we find much biblical scholarship useful and productive, without the added insight supplied by God's Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13; I Corinthians 2:11-16) most biblical scholarship'like all other worldly scholarship'is at best a mixture of good and evil (Genesis 3:5) and at its worst positively corrupt and deliberately suppressive of the truth. Elect members of God's church are between two extremes: Genesis 1:26, the earthy man, having no understanding of the things of God, and I John 3:2, the perfected member of God's spiritual family. In the meantime, God's Spirit (i.e., the mind of Christ) enables us to rightly divide truth from error. Biblical scholarship must pass under this bar of spiritual discernment, separating truth from falsehood.

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Announcing . . . Christ's Birth!

The blending of paganism with inspired Scripture has degraded and obscured the meaning and glory of what happened in the announcement of Jesus Christ's birth.

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God Is Writing His Law

God promises to write His Law on our hearts and minds. When we experience the consequences of our or others' sins, we lean the depth of how bad sin is.

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Gray Areas in Human Reasoning

Martin Collins describes the multi-cultural assimilation, compromise and adoption of Gentile Christmas customs into Jewish family celebration - compromises also made by members of our prior fellowship. We need to be on guard about the incremental nature of gray areas (oxen we push in the ditches), matters left to individual consciences. Godly reasoning recognizes no gray areas, recognizing that just because something is lawful does not mean it should be practiced. We need to guard against gray areas which are (1) derived from bad habits that have mastered us, (2) place stumbling blocks before our brothers, (3) do not edify or are beneficial, (4) do not provide a proper witness for Christ, (5) suggest it is acceptable to be unfaithful in what is considered least, (6) are done in doubt (without conviction of its lawfulness), (7) in which Jesus would not participate, and (8) do not glorify God. Using God's spirit, we should encounter no gray areas.

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The Commandments (Part 3)

Idolatry derives from worshiping the work of our hands or thoughts rather than the true God. Whatever consumes our thoughts and behavior has become our idol.

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John (Part 11)

The storm on the Sea of Galilee instructs us that when we are in a trial and getting nowhere, if we invite Christ into the situation, we will have peace.

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The Second Commandment: Idolatry

The natural mind craves something physical to remind us of God, but the Second Commandment prohibits this. Any representation will fall short of the reality.

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Are You Being Brainwashed? (Part 1)

Martin Collins states that George Orwell's book 1984, in which a brainwashed working class, bred to serve the elite, were kept in ignorance by newspeak and doublethink, the official "truth" of the party, consisting of despicable lies and deceit, is a prediction of what is happening now. Politically correct newspeak is disseminated by hopelessly biased "agenda-driven" media and public educational institutions, patterning their deceitful techniques after the Communist Chinese process of brainwashing. Therefore, to protect ourselves from the influences of the world, we, as God's called-out ones, have been cautioned not to love the world, namely the lustful, sensual outlook on life that has totally abandoned God and has blatantly pursued self-glorification and self interest (works of the flesh), ambitiously excelling at the expense of others. Instead we have been instructed to embrace the fruits of the Spirit, preferring God's truth to the deceitful spin, brainwashing, and the disgusting doublespeak of the world's institutions.

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Are You Being Brainwashed? (Part 2)

Martin Collins, reflecting upon the ugly synergy of crowd mentality, suggests that darkness (encouraged by the shadowy anonymity of the crowd) conceals evil activity from ordinary view, emboldening abject cowards to act viciously. Professor Stanley Millgram, in a Yale study experimenting with student teachers in order to discover how people could have blindly followed Hitler‚s commands, found that under group or authority pressure, many people would willingly inflict torture on other human beings, especially if sanctioned by a scientist in a white coat. The public education systems have been working overtime to control student behavior, shaping students to become enslaved to public opinion or societal pressure. We, as God‚s called out ones commanded to love one another, cannot follow the murky darkness of the world‚s crowd mentality. Those who hate their brethren or neighbors are living in darkness.

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Choosing to Have a Good Relationship

Martin Collins reveals that the Bible emphasizes marriage as the primary bond of society. The purpose for the marriage relationship is to depict the metaphorical marriage of Christ and His bride (the collective members of His affianced church). Ancient Israel violated this betrothal contract, embracing pagan idolatry, the metaphorical equivalent of spiritual adultery. Using a five point outline, derived from Len Wood in his book,"Tough Choices" [on marriage], Martin Collins, using abundant scriptural examples, gives us a formula for keeping our relationship with Christ chaste by making choices: 1. to be committed for better or worse, 2. to speak or not to speak, 3. to make our house a home, 4. to marry the whole family, 5. to live in love, 6. to stay till death do us part.