I can’t figure out why any pastor would teach scriptures so as to make the Apostles agreers that paganism can be christianized except that they love these “holy” days of X Mass and Easter, and/or their children above God. I have yet to run across a pastor or teacher who can show, with correct interpretation, scriptures that truly mean we have liberty to celebrate christianized pagan (an oxymoron) “holy” days. Why didn’t the Apostles agree to such a wicked thing when the converted former pagans of their day were burning to ashes all vestiges of their ungodly pagan worship? Isn’t it adding to God’s Word to say its OK to christianize pagan holidays? Isn’t it subtracting from the Word to ignore scriptures warning us not to partake in pagan practices to worship God with? And isn’t it outright disobedience to God’s Word when we are told not to combine the holy with the unholy?…to touch not the unclean things?
I do find it interesting, also, that pastors will, rightly so, condemn idol worship in the lives of Christians yet this time of year the tree goes up and is decorated to honor God just as it was done to honor Tammuz though God clearly tells us not to do such a wicked thing. And then there are apologetics ministries that wish everyone a “Merry Christmas” yet correctly condemns the ministry of Youth with a Mission’s mission of telling the indigenous peoples that the god they worship is actually the true God (supposedly following Paul’s example on Mars Hill). And they are vehemently against the seeker friendly tactics of increasing the numbers of mega churches yet that is what the Church of Rome did with the pagans’ gods so as to build up the numbers of converts back in the days of Constantine.
Has anyone actually pondered why they are bringing into their house a tree to decorate? Why they are practicing all of these pagan traditions this time of year? Does it truly enhance the Gospel? Are we not telling God He needs our help this time of year to make His Gospel known to the World through these christianized pagan traditions of men? Do we truly believe that God will reward us and/or be pleased with our efforts? Even the Wiccans and most unbelievers know this is a pagan “holy” day and they laugh at the Christians with their admixture worship of God. Is it any wonder that unregenerate people believe that Christianity came from paganism?
We are far from set apart from the world at this time of year…