It’s that time of year again where we see much activity and festivity in preparation for the great and wonderful day of Christmas. Wonderful for us – but is it for God? I do not think so. Why? Well, I believe it to goes against the very person of Christ and God the Father and to put it more bluntly I believe it antichrist as it distracts and has a bait and switch quality to it. This is where I’ll lose most of you perhaps, but I would only ask for you to oblige me in hearing why I say such a staggering thing. That after what is said here we would look past our love for Christmas and open ourselves up to at least see it from His point of view and go to Him asking Him to reveal His heart in the matter.
It becomes clear in the teachings of Jesus:
Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. Luke 9:23
The way of Jesus contradicts the very essence of Christmas for it is a holiday that is all about self-indulgence to which self-denial has no part in. We are attempting to honor God from our carnal mind and flesh and because it is rooted in self it will remain earth bound, flesh soaked, greed and pleasure driven to produce more works of our flesh than that of the fruit of the Spirit; Gal 5:19-23.
You will not read anywhere in the scriptures where God encourages anyone to carry on the way we do at Christmastime. Conversely, anywhere God has instructed us to honor or worship Him is a sober event, with specific instructions to follow and not meant for our pleasure but for His.
God tells us we are not to be like the other nations, nor are we to adopt their customs and rituals.
Deut 12:30-32; take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ 31 You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.
We see the consequence resulting in 3000 dead of such participation in the account written in Exodus 32, when the children of Israel took it upon themselves to institute their form of worship to God, as well as in Numbers 25 when they mixed with the other nations in their worship.
Today we the Church are instructed:
2 Cor 6:14-18; Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”
“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18 “I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”
Peter reveals how we are easily prone to make something religious in the event of Jesus’s transfiguration by wanting to build tabernacles of meaning; Mark 9:1-8 to which God interrupted. Similarly we have made the advent of Jesus’s birth, though it be most miraculous and joyous into a religious event of honor, worship and celebration. We somehow forget and dismiss the fact that it is God who commands and institutes not men and are warned of this:
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8
This is not discrediting anyone in their love and passion for the Lord but we must understand our love and passion is not the qualifying factor here, or anywhere. For who demonstrated love and devotion better then on the day where God’s people took to moving the Ark into their own hands with disastrous results; Samuel 6. Because they did not obey Gods instructions regarding moving the Ark Uzzah paid the consequence by losing his life. Good intentions was not what God wanted, He wanted and still wants today our obedience.
Jesus nor did anyone from the early church have given to us a hint that even resembles the Christmas holiday in scriptures, and I believe the silence speaks volumes. What He did say and instituted to us was not a birthday celebration in His honor but quite the opposite, for it was to be in remembrance of His death:
1 Cor 11:24-25; For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
The kind of worship God is looking for is not found in this world and certainly not in Christmas much to many’s disagreement, and sadly there is little interest in seeking to know what this means.
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24