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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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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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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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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 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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So You Plan to Keep Christmas Now?

Decorating with evergreens, festivals of lights, and the practice of giving dolls as gifts in the middle of winter all originate in pagan festivals.

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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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Truth-Based Worship Vs Spiritual Confusion

God never accepts worship that comes from human reasoning and the traditions of man. The starting point for worship must always be God and His revelation.

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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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Appointments

Clyde Finklea demonstrates that God's revelation extensively discusses His Sabbaths and Holy Days throughout. God established the weekly Sabbath, sanctifying it on the seventh day of Creation (Genesis 2:2-3); He established His Holy Days (also called His Feasts, or appointed times—the "seasons" denoted by the Hebrew word moed) on the fourth day of Creation by configuring the sun and moon to reflect the coming of these Days (Genesis 1:14-15)—thereby instituting His calendar. God based this calendar on the moon; the new moon indicating the start of each month. God codified His Sabbaths and His Holy Days for modern man (as distinct from those living before the Flood) in Leviticus 23, providing there an outline of His plan of salvation through the annual progression of the appointed times. In Exodus 31, He makes it clear that the weekly Sabbath is the sign identifying His Own people. All the major events in Scripture, including Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac, the Passover, the crossing of the Red Sea, the incarnation of Christ and His sacrifice happened on these moeds—God's appointments with history. Likewise, the Scriptures indicate that we can expect future events of moment—the return of Christ, the cleansing of restored Israel, the Millennium, the second resurrection and the creation of the new heaven and new earth, to take place on these Days appointed from the beginning by the sovereign God.

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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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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

We must be on guard for the incremental nature of gray areas. Godly reasoning recognizes no gray areas; just because something is lawful does not mean it is good.

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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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Hosea's Prophecy (Part Three)

Martin Collins, continuing his exposition of Hosea, draws parallels between the scattering of physical Israel and the Church of God. The adulterous leadership of physical Israel has turned its back on God, despising God's omniscience, omnipotence, and mercy, and has glorified moral perversion such as homosexuality and sodomy, redefining marriage and condoning the gruesome murder of millions of unborn fetuses. We attempt to hide from ourselves, hide from others, but we cannot hide from God. Modern Israel has a form of religiosity, but it is empty and unsatisfying because it refuses to acknowledge or obey God, and substitutes the customs, precepts, and traditions of man in its place. Even though modern Israel has a dearth of knowledge about God, it has become unfaithful to the Covenant, trusting in gentile allies instead of God's protection. Ephraim is depicted as a half-baked cake, a dove, and a faulty weapon which inflicts wounds on its user. As Israel rejects God, God will use measured responses, as is depicted in the imagery of a pesky moth and a terrifying lion. God is always calling Israel to repent. The only antidote to sin is true, sincere repentance.

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Are You Being Brainwashed? (Part 1)

We must embrace the fruits of the Spirit, preferring God's truth to the deceitful spin, brainwashing, and doublespeak of the world's institutions.

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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 2)

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.

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Choosing to Have a Good Relationship

The Bible emphasizes marriage as the primary bond of society. The purpose for the marriage relationship is to depict the marriage of Christ and His bride.