Mat 6:24 (KJV) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
1Co 10:21 (KJV) 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.
By Rod McNair
By John H. Ogwyn
"To billions around the world, no time of the year is more eagerly anticipated than the Christmas season. "‘Tis the season to be jolly," is how the song goes. Of course, for many people, Christmas can be a depressing season, emphasizing their loneliness and isolation from family." for more of this article go to: http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/cgi-bin/tw/tw-mag.cgi?category=Magazine33&item=1104261794
"Millions observe Christmas because it's a feel-good time with holiday music filling the air, brightly decorated trees, Santa Claus for the children and family togetherness. But does the Christmas season have a strong, commercially motivated magnetic pull that goes unnoticed by most?" for more on this article go to: http://www.gnmagazine.org/issues/gn73/christmas.htm
"Where did Christmas originate? From the Bible or paganism? What is the real origin of Santa Claus—mistletoe—Christmas trees—holly wreaths—and the custom of exchanging gifts? Many are concerned about putting “Christ back into Christmas.” Was He ever there? Here are the stunning answers! " for more on this article go to: http://www.thercg.org/books/ttooc.html
"Does the Bible teach that there are specific days God made holy? If so, what are they—and are they still in effect? And did God only intend them for ancient Israel? Did Jesus do away with these days and exchange them for Christmas, Easter, New Year’s and other days of pagan origin? Which days should you keep? Does it matter? Prepare to be shocked by what the Bible really teaches!" for more on this article go to: http://www.thercg.org/books/ghdoph.html
If GOD will not partake with the devil, than how can he be in a celebration that was not even meant for him? If you read, most newspapers even, there is plenty of proof that the origins of christmas do NOT begin with Christ. He was later misplaced into the Pagan celebrations by the Catholic church to INCLUDE Christians in the celebrations. So how can GOD accept it as a celebration for him, when he's only substituting Pagan deities? Further more, even if your intentions are to celebrate only his birth, than why do the traditions we hold to celebrate them, include lying to our children about santa, giving gifts to others and idolizing a tree??
Yes, we will be spending Dec. 25 with family around a dinner table. But not to celebrate Christmas, or participate in giving gifts, idolizing a tree, talk of how much money we overspent for they're presents, but rather to enjoy the rare opportunity to get together with all my family at one time. Armed with the truth for those who ask because:
Mat 5:14 (KJV) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
How can our light shine, if we are in a closet alone?
If you don't agree with me, that is between you and God, but know this, closing your eyes so you can't see the truth still makes you responsible for it.
These are only a few articles, a search will provide you many, many more. In my agreeing with these articles, I am in no way saying, I agree with all of the beliefs and doctrines of the organizations who published them.
Jam 4:17 (KJV)Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.