Scripture Verses and Quotes of Note

And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God. ~Luke 16:15 NKJV 

“On that day of judgment,” says the Lord,“I will punish the leaders and princes of Judah and all those following pagan customs. ~ Zephaniah 1:8

There are many scriptures to warn against the X Mass and Easter  “holy” days and this is the weapon of our warfare. X Mass worshippers make the scriptures say what it does not, in truth, mean in order to make themselves feel good about their unholy celebration. They must make the Author’s authors complicit with christianizing paganism. We must rightly discern the scriptures and be good Bereans when confronting their version of scripture interpretation.

Some use Romans 14 to justify their supposed Christian liberty.  If the Christ Mass, or birth of Christ (which, in truth, is not what the term really means), is to be celebrated, the apostles would be the ones to get it started. It was a few hundred years after the start of the Church when the tradition began. And it was one of the first seeker sensitive moves by the Church to bring in the unconverted pagans. There just isn’t clear thinking by the best of preachers and teachers when it comes to justifying the keeping the Christ Mass and Easter.

“For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.” 1 Peter 4:3

Many in the Reformations were protesting the paganism of the Roman Church. They gave their lives because they would not submit to the taking of the unholy Eucharist, aka, the Christ’s Mass. We find that many reformers and early Protestants had nothing but condemnation for the celebrating of Christ’s birth on a man-made “holy” day. In Church history we can find many preachers and teachers who spoke out against it. For example:

Perhaps  we should contemplate the words of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, delivered in a Lord’s Day sermon on December 24, 1871:

“We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first,  because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Saviour; and consequently, its observance is a superstition, because [it’s] not of divine authority. Superstition has fixed most positively the day of our Saviour’s birth, although there is no possibility of discovering when it occurred. …

“It was not till the middle of the third century that any part of the church celebrated the nativity of our Lord; and it was not till very long after the Western church had set the example, that the Eastern adopted it. Because the day is not known, therefore superstition has fixed it; … Where is the method in the madness of the superstitious? Probably  the fact is that the holy days were arranged to fit in with the heathen festivals. … We venture to assert that if there be any day in the year of which we may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which the Saviour was born, it is the twenty-fifth of December. … regarding not the day, let us, nevertheless, give God thanks for the gift of His dear Son.”

And from Dr. H.A. Ironside’s Lectures on the Book of Revelation (1920: p. 301):

“It is a lamentable fact that Babylon’s principles and practices are rapidly but surely pervading the churches that escaped from Rome at the time of the Reformation. We may see evidences of it in the wide use of high-sounding ecclesiastical titles, once unknown in the reformed churches, in the revival of holy days and church feasts such as Lent, Good Friday, Easter, and Christ’s Mass,  or, as it is generally written, Christmas. … some of these festivals … when they are turned into church festivals, they certainly come under the condemnation of Galatians 4:9-11, where the Holy Spirit warns against the observance of days and months and times and seasons. All of them, and many more that might be added, are Babylonish in their origin, and were at one time linked with the Ashtoreth and Tammuz mystery-worship. It is through Rome that they have  come down to us; and we do well to remember that Babylon is a mother, with  daughters who are likely to partake of their mother’s characteristics …”

And from Alexander Hislop’s 1916 classic, The Two Babylons:

On the Papal Worship: “Upright men strove to stem the tide, but in spite of all their efforts, the apostasy went on, till the Church, with the exception of a small remnant, was submerged under Pagan superstition. That Christmas is a Pagan festival is beyond all doubt. The time of the year and the ceremonies with which it is still celebrated, prove its origin.”

http://www.pbministries.org/Parachurch/christmas.htm

“[T]hose who quote those portions of Scripture in opposition to the idea of a divine obligation on Christians to observe the Sabbath are found for the most part, in one section of the Church, and as members or dignitaries therein they are very far from being consistent. Their reasoning on behalf of their theory and their practice are diametrically opposed. If the Apostle Paul were permitted to revisit earth, we might imagine him addressing them somewhat after the following manner:–‘Ye men of a half-reformed Church, ye observe days and times. Ye have a whole calendar of so-called saints’ days. Ye observe a Holy Thursday and a Good Friday. Ye have a time called Easter, and a season called Lent, about which some of you make no small stir. Ye have a day regarded especially holy, named Christmas, observed at a manifestly wrong season of the year, and notoriously grafted on an old Pagan festival. And all this while many of you refuse to acknowledge the continued obligation of the Fourth Commandment. I am afraid of you, lest the instruction contained in my epistle, as well as in other parts of Scripture, has been bestowed upon you in vain.’”

–Robert Nevin (minister, Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland and editor of the Covenanter Magazine in Ireland), Misunderstood Scriptures (1893).

The Easter season – is this celebration Biblical?

Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

Isaiah 42:8  “I am the Lord; that is my name!  I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.

Ephesians 5:11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

 

 

33 responses to “Scripture Verses and Quotes of Note

  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. 9 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

    1 Thessalonians 5:22
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    22 Abstain from every form of evil.
    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Thes.+1%3A8-10%3B+5%3A22+&version=NKJV

    — Paul says to turn from idols, not rename them and Christianize them

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  2. Is a Christian’s Decision to Celebrate Christmas a Part of Christian Liberty?

    A. Romans 14:1-13 — This passage is speaking of Jews who were observing the Old Testament Jewish holy days/festivals and dietary laws even though they were now believers in Christ; but they were also judging their Gentile brothers-in-the-Lord who did not observe the Jewish customs. Likewise, the Gentile Christians were judging their Jewish brothers who were seemingly caught-up in ceremonial law. Paul was thusly saying, “To you Gentile Christians — leave the Jewish Christians alone, because they are not violating any Scriptural commands by their actions (i.e., it’s a “disputable” matter [doubtful or gray area] and not a moral issue). To you Jewish Christians — it’s okay for you to observe the Jewish festivals and dietary laws because they were given by God in the Old Testament, and thereby, are considered to be previously approved worship forms, but don’t judge your Gentile brothers, because there is no Biblical command for either of you to continue to observe these things.” (Actually, it wasn’t “okay” [see IV.C. below], but Paul allowed it as an act of an immature/weaker brother [see II.G. above].) If a moral issue is involved (i.e., a practice that is covered in Scripture), then this passage and its application to Christian liberty (i.e., the freedom to engage in practices not prohibited by Scripture) would obviously not apply. And as brought out earlier in this report, the celebration of Christmas appears to be such a moral issue, because its celebration is not only not from God, but is from ancient paganism itself!

    B. 1 Corinthians 8:4-13 — The Gentile Christians, who had been raised in an idolatrous system, were having a problem with their Jewish brothers who were eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols. (Apparently, this was the only “healthy” meat available.) Similar to the Romans 14 passage above, Paul says that eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols is not a moral issue, and thereby, is not prohibited. However, Paul does not say that it is okay to go into the pagan temple itself; in fact, in other passages (1 Cor 10:14, 18-21), Paul specifically prohibits getting involved with the pagan feasts. In other words, it’s not a moral issue to partake in the byproducts of a pagan religious system (note, however, that there is no indication here that the Jewish Christians were using the “idol meat” as part of their worship), but it is not okay to partake in the religious system itself (because the corrupt character of the participants would be harmful for believers). Rather, we must be separate from the worldly system (2 Cor 6:14-7:1). Therefore, when items (byproducts) associated with a pagan religious system not only develop religious associations of their own, but have been integrated into what would otherwise be true Christian worship (as the celebration of Christmas has clearly become in our culture), then we should pull away from them so that there is no confusion over our allegiances.

    C. Galatians 4:9-10; Colossians 2:16-17 — Both these passages of Scripture refer to the Jewish holy days under Old Testament law. If Christians were not even to observe the Old Testament holy days — days that did have divine sanction, for a time — they certainly don’t have the liberty to observe pagan holy days!

    D. James 4:11 — James is saying that Christians may only judge a brother on matters determined in God’s Word (i.e., moral issues). If a matter is not covered in the Word, then these are matters of Christian liberty (á la Rom. 14:1-13 and 1 Cor 8:4-13), and he who judges in these areas of Christian liberty is, in effect, judging and condemning the Word of God as being an imperfect standard to which the judge, thereby, refuses to submit. On the other hand, since we have clear Scriptural precept that condemns the things that go on around December 25th in the name of Christ, the celebration of Christmas does not appear to be a matter of liberty, but one of moral conduct.

    http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/xmas/celeb.htm

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  3. Christmas Celebration and Romans 14

    FTA: If we are not free to elevate any day and give it religious significance–and scripturally speaking, we are not–we have a right–in fact, we have an obligation, to judge whether a brother in Christ is violating the New Testament teaching about adding to or taking from God’s inspired word. On matters of opinion, we are not to judge a brother because his opinions differ from ours. If he wants to refrain from eating meat, I have no right to tell him he cannot be a faithful Christian and eat only vegetables. He believes he has a right to eat vegetables only. I believe I have a right to eat flesh. We can and should work together and not question the other’s motives. The same applies to observing certain days as being special, so long as we do not give them religious significance. Paul advised: “Let not him who eats despise him who eats not; and let him who eats not judge him who eats: for God has received him” (Rom. 14:3).

    Our emphasis in our examination of the bulletin article is not on the word “significance,” but on the word “religious.” Does our friend know or does he care that we have no right to give religious significance to any doctrine or to any practice that does not have scriptural support? Is that not what Paul meant when he wrote to the Colossians: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever you do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks unto God and the Father by him” (Col. 3:16-17)?…

    Since the scriptures do not authorize Christmas as a religious holiday, Christians have no right to do so. We can use that season of the year to exchange gifts, to meet as families and friends, to enjoy the vacations our companies provide and to have wonderful meals together. But our brother has overstepped biblical authority when he writes: “Regarding the subject of Christmas, they have the freedom in Christ to do so.” He adds these inexplicable observations: “Well, again, it seems to me that if a local, autonomous congregation decides to have a special program of sorts, whether it’s Christmas, Easter, Homecoming, Gospel Meeting, Sing Son, etc., that’s up to the leaders and members of that congregation.

    One expression in this discussion of Christmas bothers me considerably, that is, “it seems to me.” Deciding what should be included in the work and worship of the church cannot be decided on the basis of what seems right to you or to me. Almost three thousand years ago, Solomon made it plain what seems right may be eternally damning. “There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof is the way of death” (Prov. 14:12). To some people, the burning of incense, worshipping idols and engaging in human sacrifice may seem right, but those activities are not acceptable to the Lord.

    Tragically, many religious leaders–including some among churches of Christ–use the book of Galatians to support total freedom in Christ. Since we are not under the law of Moses, they argue, we can do just about whatever we please and not bring the wrath of God on our heads. How anyone can read Galatians and arrive at such an illogical conclusion defies imagination. Have those left-leaning preachers ever read: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8)? We are free in worship to follow the Lord’s instructions. We are not free to do what seems good to us. If we were, there would be no end to what might be introduced into the worship of the church. If you want to know how far churches go when they do what seems good to the leaders and to the members, watch almost any worship service on Trinity Broadcasting Network. Is that what some churches of Christ will eventually do, unless the leadership has enough respect for the scriptures to stop it?

    http://www.gospelhour.net/1966.html

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  4. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and its lust; but he who does the will of God abides forever. Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have risen up, by which we know that it is the last hour.” (1Jn2:15-18) (bold mine for emphasis)

    Where in scriptures can we find that it is His will that we celebrate this man-made “holy” day? Where do we find that He has changed His mind about not worshiping Him using pagan means? Where?

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    • Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”

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  5. From the study notes of the Geneva Bible:

    Matthew 15:3 2 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

    (2) Their wicked boldness in corrupting the commandments of God (and that upon the pretence of godliness) and usurping authority to make laws, is reproved here.

    http://www.ewordtoday.com/comments/matthew/geneva/matthew15.htm

    It is not good to put the traditions of men, X Mass and Easter, before God’s commandment, and, that we do not use pagan ways to worship Him with.

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  6. George Gillespie, one of the Scottish Commissioners to the Westminster Assembly, and one of the greatest theologians since the days of the Apostles, writes,
    “By communicating with idolaters in their rites and ceremonies, we ourselves become guilty of idolatry; even as Ahaz, 2 Kings 16:10, was an idolater, eo ipso, that he took the pattern of an altar from idolaters. Forasmuch, then, as kneeling before the consecrated bread, the sign of the cross, surplice, festival days (like Christmas-ed.), bishopping, bowing down to the altar, administration of the sacraments in private places, etc., are the wares of Rome, the baggage of Babylon, the trinkets of the whore, the badges of Popery, the ensigns of Christ’s enemies, and the very trophies of antichrist, — we cannot conform, communicate and symbolise with the idolatrous Papists in the use of the same, without making ourselves idolaters by participation.

    Shall the chaste spouse of Christ take upon her the ornaments of the whore? Shall the Israel of God symbolise with her who is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt? Shall the Lord’s redeemed people wear the ensigns of their captivity? Shall the saints be seen with the mark of the beast? Shall the Christian church be like the antichristian, the holy like the profane, religion like superstition, the temple of God like the synagogue of Satan?” (A Dispute Against English Popish Ceremonies, in Gillespie’s Works volume one, p. 80, SWRB reprint, or as free MP3s at A Dispute Against the English Popish Ceremonies emphases added).

    Listen to the teaching here: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=715111534397

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  7. 1 Corinthians 10:23
    All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

    Matthew Henry’s Commentary: There were cases wherein Christians might eat what had been offered to idols, without sin. Such as when the flesh was sold in the market as common food, for the priest to whom it had been given. But a Christian must not merely consider what is lawful, but what is expedient, and to edify others. Christianity by no means forbids the common offices of kindness, or allows uncourteous behaviour to any, however they may differ from us in religious sentiments or practices. But this is not to be understood of religious festivals, partaking in idolatrous worship. According to this advice of the apostle, Christians should take care not to use their liberty to the hurt of others, or to their own reproach. In eating and drinking, and in all we do, we should aim at the glory of God, at pleasing and honouring him. This is the great end of all religion, and directs us where express rules are wanting. A holy, peaceable, and benevolent spirit, will disarm the greatest enemies. (bold mine)

    Geneva Bible Notes: Coming to another type of things offered to idols, he repeats that general rule, that in the use of indifferent things we ought to have consideration not of ourselves only, but of our neighbours. And therefore there are many things which of themselves are lawful, which may be evil when done by us, because of offence to our neighbour. (bold mine)

    see also:
    http://www.ewordtoday.com/comments/1corinthians/mh/1corinthians10.htm

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  8. Lev 10:10 states, “And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean” and Isa 5:20 states, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

    John 15:19 states, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” Compare this with Rev 18:4 “I heard another voice from heaven, saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues.’”

    hattip: http://judahsdaughter.hubpages.com/hub/The-Truth-Behind-Christmas

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  9. Beware of False Gods

    Deuteronomy 12:29 “When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, 30 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.

    32 “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+12&version=NKJV

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  10. Idols and the True God

    Jeremiah 10:1 Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel.

    2 Thus says the Lord:
    “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
    Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven,
    For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.
    3 For the customs of the peoples are futile;
    For one cuts a tree from the forest,
    The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
    4 They decorate it with silver and gold;
    They fasten it with nails and hammers
    So that it will not topple.
    5 They are upright, like a palm tree,
    And they cannot speak;
    They must be carried,
    Because they cannot go by themselves.
    Do not be afraid of them,
    For they cannot do evil,
    Nor can they do any good.”

    6 Inasmuch as there is none like You, O Lord
    (You are great, and Your name is great in might),
    7 Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
    For this is Your rightful due.
    For among all the wise men of the nations,
    And in all their kingdoms,
    There is none like You.
    8 But they are altogether dull-hearted and foolish;
    A wooden idol is a worthless doctrine.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+10&version=NKJV

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  11. The following quote, from Kevin Reed’s, The Canterbury Tales, is apropos,

    In a Lutheran/Anglican posture, Mr. Jordan is asserting that the church has been granted broad discretionary power to establish means of worship. This is similar to the Anabaptist notions, which allow the ‘moving of the Spirit’ to govern the present activities of the church, without any direct appeal to the law of God. In both cases, the church has the power to worship God according to the devices of men. However, the Anabaptist opts for subjectivism (due to an emphasis on individualism); the other opts for traditionalism (with an emphasis on the corporate consensus). Yet, the law of God rejects both a subjective appeal (Deut. 12:8), and an appeal to the consensus (Deut. 12:30-31). Rather, the biblical admonition directs men to the scriptural pattern of worship (Deut. 12:32).

    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/Canterbu.htm

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  12. Matthew Henry, in his Bible commentary on Jeremiah chapter 10 stated:

    “If you think to mend the matter by mending the materials of which the idol is made [and decorated], you deceive yourselves. …..the stock [of the tree] is a “doctrine of vanities” (verse 8), it teaches lies, it teaches lies concerning God. …it amuses ignorant worshippers. …They [the tree images] are falsehood; they are not what they pretend to be, but a great cheat put upon the world. Enquire into the use of them and you will find they are “the work of errors” (verse 15) grounded upon the grossest mistakes…..”

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  13. Jeremiah 10:2
    King James Version (KJV)

    2 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.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+10%3A2-5&version=KJV

    Leviticus 18:30
    New International Version (NIV)

    30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the Lord your God.’”

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+18:30&version=NIV

    Mark 7:7-8
    King James Version (KJV)

    7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
    8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%207:7-8&version=KJV

    Deuteronomy 12:3-4
    King James Version (KJV)

    3 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.
    4 Ye shall not do so unto the Lord your God.
    (this shows how serious God is about the things and practices of the heathens in their worship-these things were THAT detestable that they should be utterly destroyed so that His children would not be tempted to pick them up again and defile themselves with the things of pagan worship)

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy%2012:3-4&version=KJV

    Deuteronomy 12:29-32
    King James Version (KJV)

    29 When the Lord thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
    30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
    31 Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
    32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy%2012:29-32&version=KJV

    2 Corinthians 6:15-18
    King James Version (KJV)

    15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
    16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
    17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
    18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%206:15-18&version=KJV

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    • 2 Kings 17 reveals that God’s patience does run out where the paganized worship of Him is concerned…christianized paganism leads to paganized worship of God which does descend into worship of another God, another Jesus. And, is not pagan/papist “holy” days, traditions and rituals, an idol when one cannot loose their grip of them when confronted with God’s Word saying, do not do as the heathen do? If one must justify, apart from scriptural authority, or, with scriptures contorted, doing that which God forbids then the thing being done is an idol.

      Now, if God judged and punished the Israelites for their syncretic worship of Him, why do Christians believe they will get a pass for doing the same?

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  14. 1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

    Why the need to tell God’s own children to keep from idols? Does this not apply to us today? If Christ Mass is putting a Christian veneer over an ancient pagan “holy” day that was still being celebrated by the heathen at the time of its christianization, then are we really heeding John’s words?

    Its beyond me how anyone can think God is pleased with the use of articles and symbols and such that were used for the worship of idols (Tammuz and the Queen of Heaven) to worship Him. Sneaky tactic of the devil…it worked/s in deceiving the Christian masses, even me before He opened my eyes to truth.

    Are not the Christians who celebrate this christianized pagan “holy” day all through the ages, from its inception until now, giving their approval for disobeying God’s Word concerning having >>>NOTHING<<<to do with idols and the works of darkness? This “holy” day, and all christianized pagan practices, are the stumbling blocks put before fellow christians.

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    • The answer as to why Christians in the early Church were told to keep from idols is because many were turning to the Nicolaitans’ form of worship-they were a church that combined paganism with Christianity (like Roman Catholicism and Chrislam of today). It is said that Constantine was of this “denomination” and that it was the precursor of the Roman Catholic Church. This was detestable to our Lord and Saviour as he addressed the issue to the churches at Ephesus and Pergamon.

      Read more on this here: Who were the Nicolaitans? http://www.lightsource.com/ministry/refuel-with-rick/articles/who-were-the-nicolaitans-and-what-was-their-doctrine-and-deeds–14510.html

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      • Today its not just Roman Catholicism and Chrislam…its a vast majority of Protestants and Evangelicals! When you christianize paganism you always, without fail, end up with paganized christianity-an oxymoron in the truth of it. Vain and impure worship to a Most Holy God. Unacceptable.

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      • Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

        1 Corinthians 10:6-14 Carnal desires gain strength by indulgence, therefore should be checked in their first rise. Let us fear the sins of Israel, if we would shun their plagues. And it is but just to fear, that such as tempt Christ, will be left by him in the power of the old serpent. Murmuring against God’s disposals and commands, greatly provokes him. Nothing in Scripture is written in vain; and it is our wisdom and duty to learn from it. Others have fallen, and so may we. The Christian’s security against sin is distrust of himself. God has not promised to keep us from falling, if we do not look to ourselves. To this word of caution, a word of comfort is added. Others have the like burdens, and the like temptations: what they bear up under, and break through, we may also. God is wise as well as faithful, and will make our burdens according to our strength. He knows what we can bear. He will make a way to escape; he will deliver either from the trial itself, or at least the mischief of it. We have full encouragement to flee from sin, and to be faithful to God. We cannot fall by temptation, if we cleave fast to him. Whether the world smiles or frowns, it is an enemy; but believers shall be strengthened to overcome it, with all its terrors and enticements. The fear of the Lord, put into their hearts, will be the great means of safety.
        (bold mine)

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  15. 1 Ki. 12:26-33 — In order to unify the northern ten tribes of Israel, ungodly King Jeroboam set up pagan idols, not in place of God, but as new focal points for directing worship to God. He even instituted a new festival on a new day; i.e., a new religious holiday of his own choosing. Even though the true God of Israel was still to be the object of worship in the new religious holiday, both the holiday and the worship were not authorized by God nor accepted by Him (1 Ki. 13:1-3; 15:29,30). Why? Because the concocted mixture of error with truth constituted false religion! Likewise, is not the celebration of Christmas a religious holiday of man’s own choosing, replete with pagan symbols and forms, all under the guise (by sincere Christians at least) of worshiping the one true God and Savior? But does not this worship form and system still constitute false religion, and thereby, make it unacceptable to God? And besides, where in the Bible do Christians have the right to add a new holy day to the so-called Christian calendar, any more than King Jeroboam had the right to add a new holy day to God’s theocratic calendar?

    http://www.pbministries.org/Parachurch/christmas.htm

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  16. X Mass celebrants cannot do this concerning their unlawful “holy” days:

    2 Corinthians 4:2
    King James Version (KJV)

    2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty (the true pagan history of X Mass), not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully (by twisting scriptures to make that which is unlawful into something that is lawful through causing the apostles to be agreers that it is OK to christianize pagan traditions and holidays) ; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

    (my commentary in parenthesis)
    In context: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=II%20Corinthians%204:1-18;&version=KJV

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  17. Exodus 23:24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt n utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.

    (n) God commands his own to not only not worship idols, but to destroy them.

    note: This is the Geneva Bible notation on the verse yet, a few verses before, it mentions Easter and Whit as though they are not of pagan origin. My, but the blindness is strong! But such are many who condemn, rightly so, Roman Catholicism while adopting its traditions and practices during X Mass and Easter.

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  18. Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ”

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  19. Proverbs 2:10 When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, 11 Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, 12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things, 13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness; 14 Who rejoice in doing evil, And delight in the perversity of the wicked; 15 Whose ways are crooked, And who are devious in their paths; 16 To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words, 17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God. 18 For her house leads down to death, And her paths to the dead; 19 None who go to her return, Nor do they regain the paths of life— 20 So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness.

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    • Those who practice Christo-paganism do not believe they are in error with God, but with increased wisdom and knowledge they soon begin to see the error they are in and turn to the path of life.

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  20. Ephesians 4:18-25

    This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Therefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

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  21. Father God, please abundantly bless every person who has read every post until this one! I needed a place to put all of the scriptures and this post/thread was it. 😀

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