God NEVER compromises with evil.
You must not worship the Lord your God in their way.
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Acts 15:20 GOD’S WORD® Translation
Instead, we should write a letter telling them to keep away from things polluted by false gods…
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
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).
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The traditions of Christmas comes from the pagan worship of their sun-god. Why do Christians imitate them? They have been practicing these traditions before Christ’s birth. Let them be the sole owners of such things in worship of their god and let us obey the only true God as He would have us do. He has told us to make no compromise with paganism (2 Corinthians 6:17) and that we are not to learn the ways of the heathen to worship Him in the same manner (Deuteronomy 12:30; Jeremiah 10:2-4). Why do we disobey God unless it is because we worship the pagan/papist traditions of men “holy” day and/or family more than Him?
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Deuteronomy 12:30- 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.
2 Corinthians 6:17- Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
FTA: Pagans used tree worship thousands of years before Jesus Christ was born. They would put up a tree, holly, mistletoe, and wreaths that are rooted in worship toward a pagan fertility god worship. The Christmas tree represents an erect male phallus and the circular wreath, the female reproductive organ. The silver, or Hcolored ball ornaments represent testicles, the tinsel semen, and red ribbons labia. This is the grotesque symbolic imagery of every Christmas tree in the living rooms of almost every home during the Christmas season. The imagery is hidden in plain sight. That’s right, it is a decorated erect male phallus and the wreath is an open female reproductive organ that hangs in most doorways, or with a phallic candle in the middle of it on the dining room table…Many Wiccans to this day celebrate the Vernal Equinox that is about fertility and sex that points to the impregnation of Asherah and the birth of Baal (the sun god). Source
And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction. – Deuteronomy 7:26
Here is an article on Easter where you will find many quotes on the “holy” day by Wiccans : Easter: Christians Celebrating Abomination
FTA: This article will demonstrate the foundations of Easter, where the traditions came from, and why. There is a reason why so much paganism comes with the holiday. When church-goers are practicing things in their church buildings that are directly associated with paganism and witchcraft, and is well-received by the world, we need to get our facts straight so we can get right with the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
-1 John 5:21
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
-2 Corinthians 2:11
As the sin is great, for it is a contempt of God, a hanging out of the flag of defiance against him, and rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, so the punishment will be great. It cuts off from mercy. God’s mercy is for them that keep his commandments, but there is no mercy for them that live in a wilful breach of them. All God’s judgements set themselves in battle array against the disobedient: temporal judgements and eternal. Lev 26: 15, 16. Christ comes in flames of fire, to take vengeance on them that obey not God.2 Thess 1: 8. God has iron chains to hold those who break the golden chain of his commands; chains of darkness by which the devils are held ever. Jude 6. God has time enough, as long as eternity, to reckon with all the wilful breakers of his commandments.
How shall we keep God’s commandments?
Pray for the Spirit of God. We cannot do it in our strength. The Spirit must work in us both to will and to do. Phil 2: 13. When the loadstone draws, the iron moves; so, when God’s Spirit draws, we run in the way of his commandments. ~ Thomas Watson, in his commentary on the 2nd Commandment
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