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Doctrine of Christmas

July 25, 2010

Doctrine of Christmas

I.  Preliminary considerations.
Is Christmas a legitimate celebration of the birth of Christ??
Is it ordained by God??
C.  If not, what is its origin??
D.  If God established it, where is the month and  day  recorded  in
scripture??
E.  If there is no date established by scripture, where did the date
of December 25 originate??
F.  What does the word “Christmas” mean??
G.  What  is  the  meaning  of  the  ritual  associated   with   the
celebration of Christmas which includes:
1.  The yule log.
2.  The Christmas tree.
3.  The mistletoe.

II. The birth of Christ.
A.  The date of the birth of Christ is not fixed  precisely  by  the
WOG.
B.  Every feast or celebration which God instituted for  His  people
is fixed with extreme accuracy.  Ex. 12:3,15; Lev. 23
C.  There are those who consider it  impossible  for  the  birth  of
Christ to have occurred in winter, but their objections  can  be
answered.
1.  Lightfoot, Hislop, Mede and others state that it  could  not
have been during the winter, based  on  such  scriptures  as
Luke 2:8 and Matt. 24:20.
2.  The accepted chronology which  we  use  fixes  the  date  in
Dec. 5BC or Jan. 4BC..
3.  Still, in no way is anything fixed as to  the  exact  month,
much less the exact day.
4.  As a matter of fact the year is still debatable.
D.  Mark and John do not deal with His birth  at  all;  Matthew  and
Luke do in Matt. 1:18-25 and Lk. 2:1-14.
E.  Neither account fixes anything that can be called  a  definitive
date.
F.  Since there is nothing in the gospel accounts  or  the  epistles
concerning the date of the birth of Christ, and since  there  is
no mention of a command to celebrate it, we conclude  that  this
celebration is not the command of God, but the tradition of men.
G.  A tradition, which did not come into existence until the end  of
the third century AD.  There is no record of the early  churches
celebrating Christmas.

III.The origin of the tradition.
A.  In order  to  understand  this  tradition  one  must  have  some
understanding of the Mother/Son cult of Babylon.
B.  This religious counterfeit of the truth  was  originated  during
the time of Nimrod, his wife Semiramis,  and  their  son.
Gen. 10:8-10, 11:1-4
C.  Nimrod was an apostate who masterminded the tower of  Babel  and
led men in revolt against the Most High.
D.  His system  had  two  main  divisions,  the  political  and  the
religious.
E.  This apostasy has existed in various  forms  throughout  history
and the final forms are seen in Revelation 17 and 18.
F.  Having seen the political form and its modern  day  counterpart,
we will examine the religious form.  (See USA in Prophecy)

IV. The events which brought religious Babylon into existence.
A.  Nimrod was an apostate who wielded great authority and power  in
the post-diluvean civilization.
B.  His wife Semiramis occupied  an  exalted  position  due  to  her
husband.
C.  Scripture is silent on  the  death  of  Nimrod,  but  a  careful
examination of the cultures which have the  Mother/Son  cult  is
quite enlightening.
D.  All consistently state that the ringleader met a  violent  death
and was cut in pieces and/or burned with fire.
E.  Thus the cosmic system went into shock at  the  death  of  their
most wonderful benefactor.
F.  This originated the practice of weeping for the dead, which is a
common practice of the Mother/Son cult in every land.
G.  At the death of Nimrod, Semiramis realized that she  would  lose
her position and authority, so she forged a  plan  to  keep  her
place in the scheme of things.
H.  The plan was simply this: that Nimrod  had  willingly  died  for
mankind, crushed the head of the serpent, and came back from the
dead in the form of her son.
I.  The consistent representation of this  in  every  culture  is  a
woman holding in her arms a baby, who is recognized  to  be  the
equal of his father.
J.  If the child was to be adored, much  more  the  mother,  without
whom the work of redemption could not be accomplished.
K.  To justify this worship the mother was elevated to the status of
Deity, and given the title Alma Mater, The Virgin Mother.
L.  She was finally given the highest title, The Queen of Heaven.
M.  She is known under such  names  as  Rhea,  Venus,  Diana,  Hera,
Athena, Aphrodite, Isis, and others.
N.  Her husband/son is known as  Nimrod,  Tammuz,  Tahmurs,  Kronos,
Ninus,  Baal,  Bacchus,  Iacchus,  Kisson,  Phoronesus,  Osiris,
Dionysius, and others.

V.  The  rituals   associated   with   religious   Babylon   and   their
significance.
A.  The word Yule is the Chaldean  word  for  an  infant  or  little
child.
B.  The mother/son cult in Egypt and  other  places  celebrated  the
birth of the son of the Queen of  Heaven  at  the  time  of  the
winter solstice.
C.  Part of this celebration consisted of the  bringing  in  of  the
yule log with great pomp and using it as the foundation for  the
fire.
D.  The following morning the palm  or  fir  tree  was  set  up  and
decorated.
E.  The day was celebrated with  a  great  feast,  which  originally
consisted of a boar’s head or goose.
F.  The festival was continued with a great deal of merry making and
giving of gifts.
G.  The date for these activities was set at Dec. 21,  the  time  of
the winter solstice, and Dec. 24, for the burning of the log.
H.  The yule log symbolizes Nimrod, cut down in the  height  of  his
power, cut into pieces and burned.
I.  The Christmas tree represents the reincarnated Nimrod, back from
the dead, never to die  again.   That  is  the  reason  for  the
popularity of the evergreen.
J.  The period of weeping for Tammuz, symbolizes the  grief  of  the
cosmos for their dead benefactor.
K.  The following of  that  period  of  weeping  by  the  period  of
merrymaking and giving of gifts symbolizes the joy at his return
from the dead.
L.  The dates are chosen to portray the death of  Nimrod  (Solstice=
to stand still) and his rebirth as the seed of the woman.
M.  The mistletoe was a representation of the pagan messiah  in  his
character as “the man, the branch”

VI. These activities were observed long before the CA and  are  referred
to  in the OT.
A.  At the time of the writing  of  Jere.  44,  the  Jews  had  been
involved in the worship of the queen of Heaven.   c.  6th  cent.
BC.  Jere. 44:15-17
B.  Part of this idolatrous worship consisted of the burning of logs
and the decorating of trees, and the making  of  cakes  for  the
queen of heaven.  Jere. 7:17-18, 10:1-9
C.  God made no secret of  the  fact  that  this  activity  did  not
glorify  Him,  but  brought  His  wrath  on  the  practitioners.
Jere. 7:17-20, 10:17-22, 44:20-30
D.  The cult of the mother/son originated during the time of Nimrod,
and at the dispersion spread into every nation, obviously  under
different names, but advocating the same evil.
E.  In Canaan the cult operated under the  names  of  Ashtaroth  and
Baal.  Judges 2:13; ISam. 7:3, 12:10  c.1350 BC
F.  Even as late as Ezekiel,  Israel  was  heavily  engaged  in  the
worship of the sun god, and weeping for Tammuz.  Ezk. 8:14-18
G.  While the mother/son cult has been  active  throughout  history,
it is easily documented that these celebrations  did  not  enter
the Church until the third century AD, and  did  not  gain  wide
acceptance until during the fourth century AD.

VII.Concluding observations and applications.
A.  Christmas has a history which predates the birth  of  Christ  by
hundreds if not more than a thousand years.
B.  It’s roots lie in the  Babylonian  mystery  cult  and  has  been
practiced in all the cultures with have the mother/son history.
C.  The Roman Catholic Church,  which  is  the  final  form  of  the
mother/son cult, instituted the observance of Christ’s Mass,  as
is evident in the very name.
D.  As positive believers in the CA we should be informed  and  have
an understanding of this, or any  other  activity  in  which  we
might engage.
E.  The adjusted believer recognizes that there are  no  special  or
“holy days” in our dispensation.  Gal. 4:8-10; Col. 2:16
F.  However, as positive believers we are not to judge  one  another
in regard to the celebration of certain days.  Rom. 14:4-6
G.  Neither are we to despise or be contemptuous  of  believers  who
may not have a complete  understanding  of  certain  principles.
Rom. 14:1-3,10
H.  We should certainly not emulate the cosmos in their  celebration
of Christmas, which includes:
1.  Lying concerning Santa Claus
2.  Unbridled pursuit of the details
3.  Unrestrained partying and merrymaking
4.  Phoniness and hypocrisy
5.  Inordinate spending and the incurring of debt
6.  Gluttony
7.  Human good activities
8.  Guilt
I.  Like anything else in the CWL  Christmas  should  be  approached
with doctrine and prayer.
J.  As to the ritual of Christmas, what you do is your business, and
the leadership of this church will  not  tolerate  legalism,  or
spiritual bullying.  Rom 14:10-14
K.  At this LC we recognize that Christmas  is  not  a  God-ordained
command, so we will do nothing in  terms  of  special  services,
etc., but will continue to glorify God by pursuing His Word.