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         Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 02:52:35 -0000
         From: "damsel_of_forgiveness" <damsel_of_forgiveness@...>


      If you observe the birth of Jesus every December 25th,


      Jesus never is older than one year old to you.


      FROM ANOTHER MINISTRY


      "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence
      only, but now
      much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and
      trembling" (Phil. 2:
      12). DELIVERANCE from a few religious spirits (praying to Mary, Mass,
      etc.) is not enough,
      Believer.


      We must confront the strongmen behind the more subtle, or occult
      traditions practiced in
      the church today. The spirit of Christmas, for example, not only binds
      us to Babylon, but
      allows formerly expelled spirits to re-enter our lives. STRONGMEN MUST
      BE COMPLETELY
      OVERCOME, because the slightest compromise will increase their
      influence over our lives.


      The Tradition of Christmas


      Christmas is a pagan substitute for the blessing of God.


      The Joy of the Lord


      Christmas counterfeits the joy of the Lord.


      The Myth of Christmas


      Excitement and expectation fill the air as the "big day" approaches.
      People run to and fro,
      gift lists grow, parties are planned, homes are decorated, egg nog,
      reefers and other
      stimulants flow freely, and charitable contributions rise.


      The Reality


      It all looks good, but beneath the false glitter, people are depressed,
      suicidal, filled with
      hate, resentment or murder, and thousands are killed, maimed and
      traumatized by drunk
      drivers (highway accidents) or desperate men (street muggins).


      Ungodly soul ties are formed at office parties, financial and emotional
      bondage intensify
      and drunkenness, reveling and fornication abound. Favoritism and
      bribery (of mailmen,
      legislators, politicians and clients) proliferate, merrymakers purchase
      last minute gifts for
      unexpected friends (Deut. 16:19) and long periods of financial bondage
      follow excessive
      credit-card purchases. The seasonal excitement slithers to a dead halt
      somewhere
      between Christmas and New Year's Day, business slumps, dieters dig out
      the yogurt and
      magazine articles advise post-holiday depressants how to cope. What a
      mess!


      Christmas in the Protestant Church


      "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of
      Egypt, out of the house
      of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Ex. 20:2-3).
      Christmas
      appropriates worship which belongs to the Lord JESUS Christ to other
      gods.


      Denominational Ties


      "What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body?
      For two, saith he,
      shall be one flesh" (1 Cor. 6:16). Denominational churches hold Romish
      candlelight
      services which strengthen ungodly soul ties to the harlot and fill
      undelivered minds with
      spirits of antichrist, religion, idolatry, and an infant JESUS.


      Non-Denominational Churches


      "Fear ye not me? saith the Lord...." (Jer. 5:22). Non-denominational
      churches, as well, often
      fail to speak out against the tradition of Christmas, either because
      they too, are entrapped
      in the mire of religion, concerned about losing their congregations or
      fearful of financial
      ruin.


      Idolatry


      "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any
      thing that is in
      heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water
      under the earth" (Ex.
      20:4). Merchants profit from the sale of idolatrous figurines, wax
      candles and other occult
      items which bring curses upon the purchasers.


      CARDS AND GIFTS


      "And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a
      thousand two
      hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth... And when they
      shall have finished
      their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit
      shall make war against
      them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.... AND THEY THAT DWELL
      UPON THE
      EARTH SHALL REJOICE OVER THEM, and make MERRY, AND SHALL SEND GIFTS ONE
      TO
      ANOTHER; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt upon the
      earth" (Rev.
      11:3,7,10). Christmas gifts and cards counterfeit the gifts of God's
      Spirit. The church is
      commanded to demonstrate God's mercy and love (healing and DELIVERANCE)
      to the
      afflicted, sick and vexed among God's people, but this great commission
      has degenerated
      to a wrapped present, once a year on Christmas day. How strange it is
      that the only
      scriptural precedent for exchanging gifts is the death of the two
      witnesses.


      LIGHTS


      " I am the light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in
      darkness, but shall
      have the light of life" (John 8:12). Festive lights flickering in
      windows and on housetops try
      to counterfeit the Light of CHRIST, but JESUS is the only Light in this
      totally dark world,
      and His Light is SPIRITUAL.


      SANTA CLAUS


      Santa Claus, also known as Saint Claus, or Saint Nicholas, the famous
      mythical character
      loved by multitudes across the world, is a demonic caricature of our
      Lord JESUS CHRIST.


      The godly qualities of joy (jolly) wealth (bearer of gifts),
      omnipresence (everywhere on the
      same night), eternal life (ageless), travel in the Spirit (magical
      flight), punisher of the
      wicked (withholds gifts), and rewarder of good (giver of gifts), are
      combined with the
      ungodly qualities of Antichrist and World Unity, in this pitiful, comic
      substitute for the
      CHRIST of the Bible. Adults as well as children are force-fed this
      demonic lie (usually from
      birth), which exposes them to violence, magic, fantasy, war games,
      dancing reindeer and
      mystical cartoons, while the Son of God, His truth and His
      righteousness, are denied and
      blasphemed by the world.


      WHAT ARE WE REALLY CELEBRATING?


      "Then JESUS said unto them ...Me, the world hateth, because I testify
      of it, that the works
      thereof are evil" (John 7:6,2). Christmas (according to tradition) is
      the Lord's birthday, BUT
      WHY WOULD A WORLD THAT HATES AND REJECTS THE SON OF GOD, CELEBRATE HIS
      BIRTHDAY?


      CHRISTMAS IS ROMAN CATHOLIC


      "JESUS needeth not daily...to offer up sacrifice... for this, he did
      once, when he offered up
      himself...By the which.... we are sanctified once for all" (Heb. 7:27;
      10:10). Christmas is
      not Christian! It is a Roman Catholic tradition which directs the
      attention of the world, to
      the world, to the church at Rome, its ecclesiastical head, the Pope,
      and millions of Roman
      Catholics across the world, as they participate in the sacrifice of the
      CHRIST MASS, the
      idolatrous recrucifixion of JESUS CHRIST.


      TREES


      "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 ax.
      THEY DECK IT WITH SILVER AND WITH GOLD; THEY FASTEN IT WITH NAILS AND
      WITH
      HAMMERS, THAT IT MOVE NOT" (Jer. 10:2-4).


      "Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be
      a cursed thing like
      it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it;
      for it is a cursed thing
      (Deut. 7:26). Tree worship, which originated in ancient Rome,
      counterfeits the resurrection
      of JESUS CHRIST.


      The great Roman god (the Roman Nimrod) who died in the midst of his
      power and glory,
      was symbolized as a huge dead tree, stripped of all its branches and
      cut down almost to
      the ground.


      Baal-Berith (the Babylonian Tammuz) was symbolized as an evergreen, or
      immortal tree.


      The Christmas tree, then decked with gold (deity), and silver
      (unlimited provision),
      represents the deified, reincarnation life of Nimrod, which has sprung
      forth from the dead
      tree stump.


      Face it or not, Believer, THAT TREE IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR LIVING ROOM
      IS A CURSED
      MONUMENT TO THE PAGAN GOD, TAMMUZ.


      JESUS IN BABYLON


      "His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns;
      and He had a name
      written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a
      vesture dipped in
      blood; and His Name is called The Word of God" (Rev. 19:12-13). My dear
      friend, Rome
      has mingled the crucifixion and resurrection of the Lord JESUS CHRIST
      with the pagan
      death and reincarnation of the Nimrod. It is indeed, the CHRIST of the
      Bible whom Rome
      crucifies on Christmas eve, but it is Tammuz who appears on Christmas
      morning, infantile
      and powerless in the arms of Semiramis, who reigns supreme over her
      son/husband and
      the entire Roman Catholic Church. Like it or not, Believer, CHRISTMAS
      IS THE CELEBRATION
      OF JESUS' DEATH AND THE TRANSFERENCE OF HIS RESURRECTED GLORY TO THE
      PAGAN
      GOD TAMMUZ.


      ARE YOU CAUGHT IN THE SNARE?


      "And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye
      between two opinions? If
      the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him" (1 Kings
      18:21). The wicked
      history of this winter festival can be found in any encyclopedia, yet
      many Believers, snared
      by the spirit of Christmas, joyously enter into the "holiday season",
      blinded to, or unwilling
      to face, its pagan roots. "AND THE ANGEL CRIED MIGHTILY WITH A STRONG
      VOICE,
      SAYING, BABYLON THE GREAT IS FALLEN, IS FALLEN, AND IS BECOME THE
      HABITATION OF
      DEVILS, AND THE HOLD OF EVERY FOUL SPIRIT, AND A CAGE OF EVERY UNCLEAN
      AND
      HATEFUL BIRD (Rev. 18:2)


      "AND I HEARD ANOTHER VOICE FROM HEAVEN, SAYING, COME OUT OF HER MY
      PEOPLE,
      THAT YE BE NOT PARTAKERS OF HER SINS, AND THAT YE RECEIVE NOT OF HER
      PLAGUES.
      FOR HER SINS HAVE REACHED UNTO HEAVEN, AND GOD HATH REMEMBERED HER
      INIQUITIES" (Rev. 18:4-5).




      FROM ANOTHER MINISTRY




      WHY ISN'T JESUS IN CHRISTMAS?


      Satan Worship Disguised


      Two phrases that are usually given as an excuse, reason, and/or basis
      for Christians to
      continue the celebration of Christmas (CHRIST-mass) are: It's alright
      as long as you keep
      "JESUS in Christmas" and as long as you remember that "JESUS is the
      reason for the
      SEASON"; Without giving it a second thought we readily accept these
      excuses as the basis
      for our zeal to "worship God (on this special day) in Spirit and
      Truth." Yet in all of our zeal
      we don't even question the origin of Christmas or how much truth is in
      it. We just assume
      that because part of JESUS' name is attached to this event and because
      our motive is to
      celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST that these are
      reasons enough to
      celebrate this event. Now that may sound like a real good spiritual
      reason or motive,
      however, what we fail to consider, is that God did not tell us to do
      this particular thing.


      Let us reflect for a moment on a man who is mentioned in the Bible and
      who also felt like
      he had a good motive for doing something that he thought would honor
      and please God.
      His name is Uzza. "And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of
      the house of
      Abinadah: and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart. And when they came unto the
      threshing floor
      of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen
      stumbled. And the anger
      of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and he smote (killed) him,
      because he put his hand
      to the ark: and there he died before God." (l Chr. 13:7,9-10). Why did
      God kill him? Wasn't
      he helping God in his effort to keep the ark from falling on the
      ground? Wasn't that a good
      motive that he had? Yes, his motive was a good one and I'm sure he felt
      that he was
      helping God. However, God still killed him! Why? Because God did not
      tell him to put his
      hand to the ark. Also, only the Levi priest could handle the ark. Uzza
      illustrated (in his
      actions) the same type of zeal that we show as the basis for our
      celebration of Christmas.
      However, if we would just reflect on the origin of Christmas, we would
      readily realize that
      Christmas is another one of satan's subtle attempts to cover up a pagan
      practice (satan
      worship), by attaching part of JESUS' name to it and deceiving people
      into believing that to
      celebrate Christmas is to celebrate the birth of CHRIST, when it really
      isn't.


      Let us now consider those two statements that were mentioned earlier
      for our basis for
      celebrating Christmas. Consider for a moment, if JESUS was in Christmas
      from it's origin,
      we wouldn't have to be constantly reminded to "Keep JESUS in Christmas"
      or for that
      matter do we have the power (of ourselves) to put JESUS there, take him
      out or keep him
      there in the first place. What we fail to keep in mind is that JESUS
      has power over himself
      and us, whereas we have no power over him; to constrain him to do
      anything that is not in
      his will. Remember, if it was God's will for us to set aside a day to
      celebrate the birth of his
      Son (JESUS CHRIST), God would have commanded you to do so in His Word
      (the Bible).
      JESUS gave us two ordinances to observe (until his return). They are
      the "Baptism" and the
      "Lord's Supper". (Rom. 6:3-5, Col. 2:12, I Cor. 11:17-34) Nowhere do
      you read in the Bible
      where JESUS, his disciples or apostles stopped and set aside time or
      even a day to
      celebrate JESUS' birth. Nowhere in the Bible has JESUS required you to
      do so either. Yet, we
      are told by popular religious leaders that "JESUS is the reason for the
      season", but when
      researching the origin of Christmas, we find that this statement is
      untrue and that we are
      really being deceived. However, because of the "lust in our hearts"
      (sin which leads to
      rebellion) we continue to join the world in celebration of this
      so-called special day. But
      God has said "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
      by the renewing
      of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and
      perfect will of
      God." (Rom. 12:2)


      POPULAR RELIGIOUS LEADERS APPROVE THE CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS even
      though it's
      not Scripturally based.


      Let us consider for a moment what a popular religious leader said about
      Christmas. He
      said "Christmas is, by and large, looked at in one of three ways: the
      biblical context, the
      framework of commercialism, or the perspective of it's heathen
      origins." He also stated
      that the biblical context is found in the first and second chapters of
      St. Luke. But when we
      look in Luke 2 and 3, we find the fulfillment of the prophecy
      concerning the coming of the
      Messiah, as spoken in Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us
      a son is given: and
      the government shall be upon his shoulders and his name shall be called
      Wonderful,
      Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
      Of the increase of
      his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of
      David, and upon his
      Kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice
      from henceforth
      even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of host will perform this."


      Yet, here in Luke as well as in Matthew we don't read where JESUS said
      for us to (at
      sometime during the year) pay special homage to this event. Notice the
      popular religious
      leader stated that Christmas has a biblical context, yet we can't find
      it in the Bible. He also
      speaks of Christmas in context of commercialism and its heathen origin.
      The truth of the
      matter is that the celebration of Christmas was and still is a pagan
      holiday (of heathen
      origin) with JESUS' name attached to it to give some believability.


      The commercialism is just a "by product" at this pagan celebration. You
      say at this point,
      "what is wrong with celebrating the birth of my Lord and Savior JESUS
      CHRIST?" and "I'm
      NOT participating in a pagan holiday because on that day I worship
      JESUS in spirit and in
      truth." That sounds good, however, true worship can only be based upon
      "truth". Consider
      now the origin of Christmas and reflect for a moment on all of the lies
      one must ignore in
      order to continue to celebrate this day.


      THE ORIGIN OF CHRISTMAS


      A. ITS DATE...


      Actually, Christmas (or CHRIST-mass) was the direct adoption of a
      heathen festival
      observed on December 24 and 25, in honor of the son of the Babylonian
      queen, Astarte.
      Observed for centuries BEFORE CHRIST, the Chaldeans called this "child
      day" or "yule day".
      (Does the expression, "yule time season" sound familiar)?


      B. THE CHRISTMAS TREE...


      As part of this pagan form of satan worship, heathens (Gentiles) would
      bring (into their
      houses) fir or pine trees, during this period of the year. They would
      deck the tree with
      GOLD AND SILVER ORNAMENTS or gold and silver colored ornaments. The
      heathens
      (Gentiles) believed that by bringing this tree into their homes and
      dressing it up, it would
      protect their homes from evil spirits. According to one legend, on the
      eve of the day (Dec.
      24). the yule log was cast into a tree from which divine gifts appeared
      -- PRESENTS from
      the gods to bless men in the new year. This tree was common in the days
      of Jeremiah, who
      expressly warned Israel to forsake this heathen custom. God recognized
      this custom as a
      form of idolatry. (Jeremiah 10:1-9) (Psalm 115.4-7)


      C. THE TIME OF JESUS' BIRTH


      There is no indication whatsoever, that CHRIST was born on Dec. 25.
      Rather, from
      everything found in scripture, one must conclude that He was born
      during the warmer
      months of the year. For one thing we know he was laid in a manager
      (outside in an
      unheated stable). The cold months in Israel (from Dec. to Feb.) are
      generally too severe for
      traveling to pay a tax, as Joseph did with his family. One must realize
      that all travel in
      those days was by foot, or leastways by very primitive means; scripture
      tells us that
      shepherds were in the fields. Even though there are times when
      shepherds might be in
      fields at this time of year, it is not likely that they would be out in
      the open with their
      flocks during the winter months. (Luke 2:9)


      D. THE WISE MEN MYTH...


      The manger display you see every Christmas with the wise men isn't
      true! It's tradition and
      tradition is unreliable! The bible doesn't say THREE wise men! It
      doesn't give a number.
      Remember, it said all Jerusalem was troubled when they entered the
      city. So they would
      have to travel in large caravans so that they could pass the crime
      infested desert regions.
      When the wisemen saw JESUS he was 18 months old (or older) and no
      longer a baby. The
      bible says they went to the "young child's HOUSE".


      E. YULE WREATHS, EXCHANGING GIFTS; LIGHTING CANDLES AND CHRISTMAS
      TREES...


      are a direct extension of pagan worship to the sun god. Yet good
      Christian people
      participate and enjoy this form of pagan worship under the disguise of
      Christmas.


      F. NO SCRIPTURAL BASIS FOR CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS...


      We know further that the apostles did not observe the day we do as
      CHRIST's birthday.
      Tertullian, writing in the middle of the THIRD CENTURY, lamented the
      fact that Christians
      were BEGINNING to observe the customs of the heathen in this regard. He
      said, "Gifts are
      carried to and fro, New Year's Day presents are made with din, (loud
      noise) sports and
      banquets are celebrated with uproar."


      The Origin of Christmas in the Church


      The church structure, full of pagans since Constantine's reign, became
      so corrupt in its
      effort to recruit ever more to church membership, that the heathen
      festival of Dec. 25 was
      adopted and its name changed to "CHRIST-mass". With the "S" being
      dropped later, it
      became an acceptable holiday to the Protestants because they no longer
      considered it a
      mass for CHRIST (which it still is).


      Christmas Defined


      The mass is a ceremony conducted by the Catholics. In this ceremony the
      priest are
      (supposed) to offer CHRIST as a sacrifice for sin. They also (suppose
      to ) have the power to
      bring CHRIST off the Cross and then make him take the form on a little
      wafer. This wafer is
      given to the people participating in this ceremony. The people are told
      (by the priest) that
      when they eat this wafer, "they have received JESUS". This entire
      practice is unscriptural
      and of pagan origin.


      The Catholic Church instituted the celebration of Christmas and sold
      the idea to both the
      Protestants and the world. The Protestants were deceived into believing
      that they are
      celebrating the birth of CHRIST, but in reality, they are celebrating a
      pagan holiday that
      had a name change. The world accepts Christmas as what it really is --
      just another pagan
      holiday with a Christian name. A time to be merry and make merry! Often
      times, you hear
      people say that a person doesn't have the "Christmas Spirit" if he
      looks sad or says
      something against Christmas.


      However, if you ever took notice, its quite apparent that the
      "Christmas Spirit" is not of
      CHRIST.


      Christmas and the Christian


      When the facts about Christmas are revealed, it becomes easy to see
      that JESUS is not and
      has never been a part of Christmas. JESUS would never associate His
      name with lies
      because He is truth. One must readily see that Christmas is another one
      of Satan's many
      subtle tricks to deceive us. Well, the question comes to mind, "Why do
      well known
      religious leaders advocate the celebration of ChristMas?" The answer is
      found in one word,
      "MONEY". This is the time of the year when it is easiest to get people
      to give money to just
      about any cause and this is the time of the year when they can get the
      most for their
      programs, networks etc. Keep in mind, that God holds them accountable
      for their Sin and
      this shouldn't influence you to join them in this Sin because they
      choose to.


      After you evaluate the facts and weight the evidence, the only
      conclusion that you can
      reach is that JESUS is NOT in Christmas, and never was. Also, we don't
      have the power to
      put JESUS in Christmas (even if we wanted to). God has not asked, told,
      or commanded us
      to celebrate CHRISTmass, but we, like Uzza, (who put his hand on the
      ark and died)
      believe that we are doing God a favor and bestowing great honor on His
      Son. We assume
      (in this instance) that we know the mind of God and to celebrate (we
      say) the birth of His
      Son, just has to be in God's will. But in reality, we don't know the
      mind of God. "For who
      hath known the mind of the Lord? Or, Who hath been his counselor? Or,
      who hath first
      given to him and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him,
      and through him
      and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen." (Romans
      11:34-36).


      Why Is celebrating Christmas a Sin? Because their is no truth in it,
      and God cannot receive
      glory from any event that has no truth in it. God commands us to
      worship him in spirit and
      in truth. "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the TRUE WORSHIPERS
      shall worship the
      Father in spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship
      him. God is a spirit
      and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
      (John 5:23-24)
      Anything less is Sin. God is asking you to examine yourselves, whether
      ye be in the faith;
      prove your own selves, how that JESUS CHRIST is in you except ye be
      reprobates? (2 Cor
      13:5)


      When the world asks you and begins to persecute you for not celebrating
      Christmas, ask
      yourself this question; "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I
      seek to please men?
      For if I yet please men I should not be the servant of CHRIST." (Gal.
      1:10) Don't celebrate
      the fact that JESUS was born into this world as someone in history, but
      rather be joyous
      and celebrate (everyday) that this same JESUS saved your sin sick
      soul."


      But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they SACRIFICE
      TO DEVILS (DEMONS),
      and not to God; and I would not that ye should have FELLOWSHIP with
      DEVILS. Ye cannot
      drink the "Cup of the Lord" and the "Cup of Devils": Ye cannot be
      partakers of the Lords
      Table, and of the Table of DEVILS." (l Cor 10:20-21) Remember, God
      said; "And Ye SHALL
      know the Truth and the Truth shall set you Free." (John 8:32).




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