I have been trying to keep silent about the celebration of Christmas. My focus has been on preparing for the new calendar year but questions asked by some prophets on Facebook have provoked a response. Particularly questions by prophets Latoya Francis and Benjamin David. Each time I responded to their question I find myself giving a very long response. It led me to ask myself a very pertinent question. What does God want to be said to His people at this time? Why does is it important for the message to be shared with the world? This article and another will seek to share the word of the Lord concerning the Christmas celebrations.
Just recently Prophet Benjamin David asked the below question on Facebook. He was not seeking to be judgmental or controversial. He simply wanted to provoke thought. In doing so he wanted to alert people to things the Holy Spirit showed him concerning how we celebrate Christmas.
A slight study of Christmas will show it is more pagan than Christian. Therefore, should we celebrate Christmas? Your thoughts… (Paraphrased by yours truly to make it more succinct).
I celebrate Christmas. I believe we should thank God for giving us the gift of His son. However, I no longer observe the traditions.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. Although I was very shy and feared singing solo before an audience I loved the plays. Oh yes! The songs of course. I every song word for word. I just loved the merriment in the air. People who hated each other made nice. Gifts were exchanged. Everyone had a smile on their face. It was just an extremely happy time. What I loved the most was the family gathering. We did not get gifts. Mom just couldn’t afford it. We knew and accepted that. What she could afford she gave. That was food. She would save her money. Raise chickens. Purchase fruits we couldn’t afford during the year. Christmas day she would go to church very early in the morning and be back home to make breakfast. Followed by a very sumptuous dinner. When we grew older and left home we still came together for Christmas. Being older and working allowed me to have certain indulgencies that I couldn’t as a child. I could now afford to buy gifts. We could now have a Christmas tree. I looked forward to decorating the tree. Putting up the lights. Gorging on Jamaica black cake (soaked with red label wine) and of course having oxtail. We could afford that meat when we were children. As adults it had to be on the table. To not have oxtail would be sacrilegious! Of course, there were the parties. If it was keeping I would be there.
Each year I went through a conflict. Part of me loved the festivities but their would be questions that would arise in my heart. I now know God began to change my view of Christmas from I was a teenager. Each time I participated in a Christmas play or concert, a question would arise in my heart. What is the reason for this season? The birth of Jesus. That was always my response. That answer caused me to feel drawn to spending time with God. I didn’t know Him but I felt lead to read the story of His birth in the Bible or watch the television reruns of the Nativity story. That pulling to simply be quiet and acknowledge the birth of Jesus did not last. After an hour or two, I would jump into the swing of things. The questions would fade. Those annual questions continued until November 2014.
In this period the Holy Spirit began preparing me for visits by our sweet Lord Jesus. During one of the sessions He spoke to me about the Christmas tree. My eyes were opened to see that the Christmas tree was an object of idolatry. Worshipped in many homes each year. If we simply stop to analyze our actions and seek God for the truth we would see that very clearly. Just think about it for a moment! Much time is spent hunting for the perfect tree. The tree is then decorated. Gifts are placed at its feet. Hours are spent admiring the work of our hands. Pictures are taken and shared with the world. An inordinate amount of time is spent talking about it. Children bow to the tree as they receive their gifts from it. Everyone competes to have the best decorated tree. Little do we know that this is no different from the practice of the Canaanites in the Old Testament. They would find wood. Decorate it with carvings dedicated to the goddess Ashtoreth. Set it in a place of honor and bow down to it. The Holy Spirit also drew my attention to many other thing we do to celebrate the season that displeases Him.
I believe we must examine how the Lord Jesus is worshipped. We are joined in a covenant relationship with Him. We are the bride of Christ. He is the groom. Being in a marriage means there must be comprise. I am married. I know that when something displeases my wife I cannot continue to do it. For example, simple things like leaving the toilet seat uncovered or throwing my clothes everywhere just cannot be done. When she has a long and hard day at work. I may be tired but I understand that I have to put that aside and help her with dinner or simply cook the meal. Leaving the kitchen stocked high with dirty dishes and filthy counter tops will not encourage her to come home and cook. Yet we profess to love God but do not seek to do what is necessary to please Him.
What is worst is the fact that we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life but we fail miserably at that. Year after year we remain stuck at having only as Savior. He never becomes Lord of our Life. A Lord owns everything. Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Yet in our hearts we have not crowned him. Why do I know? We have not sought the heart of God to know His ways. We have not been willing to leave behind all that displeases Him.
I acknowledge His birth but do not follow the traditions of the Christmas season. Our home is not decorated with lights. We do not have a tree. We do not have a nativity scene. Careful examination of scripture reveals that Jesus was not in the manger when the wise men visited his family.
If we seek after truth. If we do not come into agreement with the spirit of deception that clouds so many hearts and mind during this season, we will accept that Jesus Christ of Nazareth was not born during this time. The feasts God gave to Israel give more revelation of the possible time of His birth.
There are too many pagan rituals in the Christmas celebration. Father God sternly warned the Israelites not to adopt the practises of the people around them. Why should it be different for us? Many of us are no different from Cain. We give God what we want and expect him to accept it. We want His blessings but we do not care to do what He says. Like any parent, Father God will excuse our mishaps when we are an infant. When we mature He expects better. Now more than ever He is calling His church to maturity.
Do you realize that anything tainted does not endure forever in His house? For decades Israel could be assured that their sins were cleansed by just sacrificing an animal. God allowed them to do this until they thought that was all that was necessary to appease Him. I can almost hear some conspiring among themselves.
“Hey! Once two bulls are sacrificed Father God is good. Let’s do as we please.”
God laughed at their ignorance. He sent prophets to warn them. They ignored His messengers. They killed His messages. Their hearts got hardened. They continued in their ways. So He became angry with them. The people were removed from their land. All sacrifices were stopped. Prayer became the norm. Prayer was to prepare them for He who is holy. For the Messiah. Who alone could redeem mankind from sin (John 3:16).
In this hour, God is no longer ignoring our ignorance. He is purging His house of everything that blocks His glory. We want His Presence to manifest powerfully in our midst. Yet we think we can offer anything and He will come. NOT SO! If we wish to have days of awe and wonder we must learn from the mistake of Israel. God dwelt among them. Yet their continued disobedience and disregard for His Presence drove Him from their midst. The more He left them the more they pursued the gods of the nations around them. Our God is jealous. We must not provoke him to jealousy (Exodus 20:5; Exodus 34:14; Deuteronomy 4:24; Deuteronomy 32:16). Please do not forget. He does not share His glory with another.
I am the Lord; that is My name! And My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images.
In this season everything is being shaken. Only what is founded in God will remain. My brother, my sister it is absolutely important that you examine yourself. The pandemic has revealed several weaknesses in our lives. The church as a whole lacks the power and glory that the Lord Jesus left us (John 17:22-23). Why are we contented to be less than the victorious church he birthed?
And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
We certainly cannot say that the gates of hell have not been prevailing against us. Hell has enlarged its mouth to consume many (Isaiah 5:13-14). Saints and sinners alike are living in fear. We simply cannot continue as we do. God has done everything for us. All He needed to do for the church has already been done. He has given but we have not received. We must change. We have got to remove everything that covers the glory. We need Him to manifest so powerfully in our midst that we gather without fear of anything. We can be confident that every sickness and disease will be eradicated. Every need met. Lame bodies restored. Missing body parts created. Blind eyes opened. Miracles, signs and wonders are normal as heaven invades earth. I am not talking occasionally or by a few ‘special ministries’. I desire this for the body of Christ. I desire that the church be the church. The headquarters of the Kingdom of God on this earth.
Please hear me. I am imploring you to consider what I am saying. Let us not continue in things that lead to death. Let us seek the way of life. The blood offers grace but it does not excuse sin.
The Lord Jesus is calling His bride to be ready. She must mature. She must remove every ungodly thing. Only then will she be stronger.
There are greater things to come against mankind. The church must be ready to stand against all the enemy wishes to unleash against the world. We must remove the leaven; sin that so easily overtake us (1 Corinthians 5:7).
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Let us seek after knowledge of the holy. Let us cling to what is Holy. What is righteous. What empowers. Let us seek the glory.
18 And Moses said, I beseech You, show me Your glory.
19 And God said, I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim My name, The Lord, before you; for I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy and loving-kindness on whom I will show mercy and loving-kindness.
20 But, He said, You can not see My face, for no man shall see Me and live.
21 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place beside Me, and you shall stand upon the rock,
22 And while My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.
23 Then I will take away My hand and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.