Headline: Of Christmas And Paganism

Headline“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge.Proverbs 18:15



Seven centuries before Christ, the birth of the Savior was prophesied:

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

“…Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23

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The following posts and articles bring into sharper focus the real history, meaning, and importance of the Christmas season.



A Brief History Of The Kingdoms Of Israel And Judah

From our CHURCH REFORM series.

Get a better understanding of where the birth of Christ actually took place. You’ll be surprised of what you’ve been missing.

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Predestination And Free Will

From our CHURCH REFORM series.

Do you believe that Christ is the Savior of only a selected and predestined few? Do you also believe that man has no free will when it comes to his salvation?

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The Family Is God’s Plan

From our CHURCH REFORM series.

God chose the family to enact every one of His plans, including the arrival of the Messiah.

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Christmas Trees

From our RIPOSTE section.

Question: In your article Is Christmas Pagan? you seem to purposefully overlook bible verses that specifically command us that we not bring a tree into our homes and affix it with silver and gold.

Answer: Here’s the passage you mentioned but was afraid to quote because it has nothing to do with Christmas trees. IN CONTEXT from Jeremiah 10:

³ For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. 4 ″They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter. 5 ″Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, And they cannot speak; They must be carried, Because they cannot walk! Do not fear them, For they can do no harm, Nor can they do any good.”

God is talking about GODS that the nations made out of wood, as in STATUES, as in “work of the hands of a CRAFTSMAN with a CUTTING TOOL,” that they fell down to and worshiped.

They decorated them with gold and silver, like Buddhists do with the statue of Buddha or Hindus with the statues of their gods.

No wonder you didn’t quote the verse but alluded to it, because, in your prejudicial spirit, you wanted to misuse the word of God for your own propagandist agenda.

Here’s Jeremiah concluding in chapter 10 verses 8-10:

“But they are altogether stupid and foolish In their discipline of delusion– their idol is wood! Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish, And gold from Uphaz, The work of a craftsman and of the hands of a goldsmith; Violet and purple are their clothing; They are all the work of skilled men. But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King.”

Shame on you for twisting God’s word!


Is Christmas Pagan?

From our CHURCH REFORM series.

Why do so many believe that Christmas is pagan?

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The Heart Adjustment

From our CHURCH REFORM series.

Are we all in need of a Heart Adjustment this Christmas season (or any season)? Of course! The good news is that said adjustment is designed for perfect everyday living.

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The Son Of God

From our WISDOM FOR TODAY series.

Jesus is the son of God.

First, it means that Jesus and the Father are one. See The Trinity Doctrine is not in the Bible.

“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

Here are 3 testimonies by 3 witnesses concerning God the Father and God the Son as a duality of one:

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God with us’).” Matthew 1:23 (Apostle Matthew)

“For in Him (Jesus) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2:9 (Apostle Paul)

“In the beginning was the Word… And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.” John 1: 1,14 (Apostle John)

Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Those who are waiting for another are waiting in vain. The matter has already been established. Period.

“Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” 2 Corinthians 13:1

Second, it denotes that Jesus is the Savior of all mankind.

“In Him (Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” John 1:4

Consequently, Jesus is Lord of all people, Christians or not.

“We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:10

Non-Christians may not realize it, but the grace and patience of God, which rest upon their lives as they’re immersed in sin, are because of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross.

“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4

Everyone has free will to accept or reject the way, the truth, and the life of Jesus in their lives.

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

However, when we use said free will to reject Him we are nothing but slaves to sin, as our lives become void of the fruit of the Spirit. See Predestination And Free Will.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5: 22-23

But the instant we give up our volition to enact His will, we become truly free.

“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for my sake, you will find it.” Matthew 10:39

Third, it entails that everything in creation is now subject to Jesus and His new commandment to “Love One Another.”

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34

Prior to Christ, it was extremely difficult for anyone to love one another. With Jesus’s sacrifice on the Cross, His resurrection, and the Advent of the Holy Spirit, applying such moral law became much easier.

Every religion or philosophy, which espouses loving one another and good will towards man, whether aware of it or not, has benefited from Jesus’s new commandment, which is the foundation of Christian enlightenment.

“And when everything is subject to Christ, then the Son Himself will also be subject to the One who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all. ” 1 Corinthians 15:28


That Christmas Feeling

From our WISDOM FOR TODAY series.

During the Christmas season many experience an indescribable longing.

It is God using that time of the year to tug at our spirit, and draw our attention to what He has done for us.

He became man in the person of Jesus in order to experience our pains, our joys, our hopes, and our failures. That way when He says, “I know how you feel,” we know it’s true.

He also came to bestow salvation, which is the gift of Himself in our lives – the greatest present imaginable.

A gift that fills all the cracks of our human frailty: the emptiness, the hurts, the regrets, and the failures. In the end, that gift will take us from this earthly life to the eternal one.

And there’s only one way to get that gift. Make sure you claim it right here, if you have not already done so.

To help set the mood for the Holidays, we’ve selected three songs about the real reason for the season. JESUS. Watch videos below.

1) O Holy Night, best Christmas song ever 2) O Little Town of Bethlehem, 2nd best Christmas song ever – both are interpreted by the AMAZING Nat King Cole 3) Boney M‘s Mary’s Boy Child/Oh my Lord, best modern Christmas medley.

If they don’t stir your soul, there might be something wrong 😉 .

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“Behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

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Of Nagging Women And Angry Men

C H U R C H   R E F O R M   S E R I E S

By Biblicism Institute

The actress/scriptwriter Nia Vardalos in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding wrote the following line: “The man may be the head of the household, but the woman is the neck, and she can turn the head whichever way she pleases.”

It may be a funny one-liner, but it’s a dangerous one.

Why?

Entertainment and media have a great influence on many people. That one-liner has wormed its way into our society’s consciousness, using a comedic wrapper that makes it palatable as well as reinforcing a notion that many women are already inclined to develop.

Some preachers even use it to make their audience laugh, but in truth it’s no laughing matter.

MAN IS THE HEAD. PERIOD.

“But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:3

Adam and Eve 2The head of woman is man, not Jesus. The head of an unmarried woman is her father or the elder brother if dad is deceased. The head of a married woman is her husband or whomever the husband puts in charge after his passing, usually the elder son who has the right of the firstborn.

“He shall acknowledge… the firstborn (male), by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.” Deuteronomy 21:17

From the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden, the woman managed to usurp the man’s authoritative role, and the result has been the catastrophic state of sin we currently find ourselves in.

The Serpent knew what he was doing when he approached the woman.

“And he said to the woman, ‘Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?’ ‘ ” Genesis 3:1

The most cunning of all creatures, he discerned that woman was the weaker vessel and therefore not built to withstand his attacks, and that man for all his bravado could not long endure a woman’s pleading eyes. He was certain that man’s ingrained chivalry would get the best of him.

He was right. Eve fell and then induced Adam to fall. Quite the bull’s-eye on both counts for the Serpent. In other words, he caused Eve to become the neck that turned Adam’s head, and voilà!

Since then women everywhere, way before Nia Vardalos penned that “funny one-liner,” have been either trying to “neck around” their husbands or have actually been doing precisely that.

The consequences of such a disposition are disastrous.

Women who embrace said frame of mind end up being these nagging and manipulative creatures that drive their husbands crazy or angry.

Many of these men bottle up their anger until one day they explode and divorce their wives. Some morph into these feeble, castrated individuals who are trapped and cannot move forward, while others are in a permanent state of resentment as they continually butt heads with their wives.

When God says that man is the head, He means it.

Wives, respect and obey your husbands…” 1 Peter 2: 1

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” Ephesians 5: 22

DESTRUCTIVE FEMINISM

Feminism has conditioned most women, even many Christian ones, to rebuff the above-mentioned laws. To masquerade their unbecoming behavior, these women usually use the following nonsensical statements about their husbands – with our rebuttal.

  • But he’s doing the wrong thing. Rebuttal: Then advise him.
  • But he doesn’t listen. Rebuttal: Then the onus is on him, not on you.
  • But he’s leading our family to disaster. Rebuttal: Then why did you marry him?
  • But I thought I could change him. Rebuttal: Did you, now? Is the bride of Christ the one who changes to accommodate Him, or is it the other way around?
  • But he’s gonna fail if I don’t take over. Rebuttal: Then let him fail. There’s nothing wrong with failure. Failure sobers a man up and gives him wisdom. Moses failed to convince Pharaoh over and over until his persuasive argument won the day.
  • But he’s gonna bring shame to me and my family. Rebuttal: Ah-Ha! It’s your pride then. Shade of Eve.
  • But he can’t make up his mind. Rebuttal: Then wait until he can.
  • But he’s lazy. Rebuttal: Then why did you marry him?
  • But I didn’t know. Rebuttal: Did you follow The Biblical Marriage Blueprint?
  • But I thought I could change him. Rebuttal: Aren’t we going in circle here?

Women can help their husbands, advise them, encourage them, build them up when they’re down, etc., but in the end final decisions are up to the husband. God is the one who put him in charge, and therefore he’ll have to answer to Him.

When a woman takes upon herself the man’s responsibilities, she takes upon herself duties that were not assigned to her, and sooner or later the result will be a frustrated woman who’ll end up disrespecting, even despising her husband.

Job’s wife is a great example of how women can step out of their supportive role and be putty in the devil’s hand. She could not see God’s purpose in Job’s trials, so instead of showing respect to her husband she cursed him (and God) instead.

“Why don’t you curse God and die?” Job 2:9

Likewise, most women prefer to nag and nag until they get what they want, not unlike female characters in many movies who insolently mouth off at their husbands or at their fathers. Such a devastating sinful trait will drive a family to ruin, just like Eve drove her family out of the Garden.

“It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.” Proverbs 21:9

“It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.” Proverbs 21:19

“A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike; to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in one’s right hand.” Proverbs 27: 15-16

Women like these grind down a man’s self-esteem. They are the reason many run away from their wives and into the arms of those who indulge and respect their God-appointed position.

“Your adornment must not be merely external– braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands.” 1 Peter 3: 3-5

MEN OF GOD

Now to the men.

Be men, godly men! Not sissies, nor brutes.

“But if someone doesn’t provide for their own family…They are worse than those who have no faith.” 1 Timothy 5:8

“Husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” Ephesians 5:28

“Fathers, do not anger your children, but rear them in the discipline and in the teaching of Our Lord.” Ephesians 6: 4

Husbands must work hard and provide for their families in every aspect: financial, spiritual, emotional, in knowledge, in wisdom, in decision-making, etc. In other words, they must become real men, leaders of their homes.

Some husbands actually cause their wives to become the necks that turn their heads, and then they wax all hot and bothered, even angry.

There’s nothing uglier than a man who’s not a man, meaning a man who does not fulfill his responsibilities. If that’s you, then it’s about time you took back your role as head of your family and applied God’s principles to turn your situation around. But in so doing, remember to exercise loving firmness and patient understanding, especially if your wife has already settled in the neck-turning-the-head role.

“Husbands, dwell with your wives with understanding, giving honor unto the wife as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7

CONCLUSION

Adam and EveWhat if Adam had put his foot down and told Eve to behave? What if he had said, “Now listen darling, God said it’s a no-no to eat of the forbidden fruit. Now throw it away because I’ll have none of it. Quickly go and ask God to forgive you!” Do you think we’d all be in different circumstances right now?

In short, guys, be biblical men!

And you, ladies, be biblical women!

Your lives will be better for it.

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22

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