Is Christmas Christian?

The answer is: No. It is not. The proof is in all the history behind it. This history is available to anyone who is interested in knowing the origins of this empty ritual that many “Christian” churches celebrate today to the gratification of the world’s economy.

This secular history indicates that the celebration of Christmas was foreign to the first Christians. It was not until the third century when Constantin made Christianity (a pseudo-Christianity of his own making) the official religion of the Roman Empire, that this ritual was introduced in the churches of the time.

The Bible does not allow for celebrations of Christ’s birth. There is no one place in God’s Word where the birthday of any saint was celebrated. We find wedding feasts and dedications of temples and houses, like in Psalm 30, but there is no mention of anyone’s birthday with the exception of the wicked, pagan King Herod in Mark 6:21, where we learn of the demised of John the Baptist.

In the book of Ecclesiastes 7:1 says, “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” In other words, the day of birth is not better, because we all are born into this kingdom of darkness and into an evil world ruled by evil men.

Christmas celebrations belong in the evil world we have to live in. It is, and since 1870 always has been, a commercial holiday with the sole purpose of enticing the ignorant masses to worship the king of darkness: Satan. It is so unfortunate that today’s Christian kids are not taught to separate from the world. On the contrary, they are deceived by “well-intentioned” parents to believe in idols like Santa and elves that appear and disappear and to accept these behaviors as innocuous.

God does not look on this with indifference as many “Christians” pretend. He very clearly states that if we love the world, the Love of the Father is not in us. If we are friends of the world and the worldly system of religion, we make ourselves enemies of the True God. We cannot serve two masters.

Christmas is a worldly holiday as all other religious holidays are. Christmas was born out of the heart of wicked, evil men devoid of the Spirit of God. They made it a tradition within the so-called Christian churches, but God also warns His people about it, “Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.” Mark 7:9. Judge yourselves if it is lawful to obey men rather than God.

In conclusion, Christmas is NOT Christian. We are not called to be part of the world, but to separate from it, and we should teach our children to do so. We worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth. There is no room for decorations, rituals, and gifts in our worship. Our worship is a sacrifice that honors and gives thanks to God. As Hebrews 13:15 reminds us, “By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

The Christian Church (part 2)

If the Church of Christ is not divided, if the Church of Christ is only One, Why are there so many churches? The answer is simple: every “church” has come out of the heart of man. Men – most of them non-believers – have created and established their own churches. They have created their own rules and regulations to organize their congregations.

That is why we have so many different Christian churches. Some practice “ordinances”; others call it “sacraments”; some view the atonement as particular; most see it as universal; some call themselves Bible believers; others do not care about the Truth of the Bible.

We could spend a lifetime describing all these different church practices and beliefs, but it would be easier to see what all of these churches have in common – and it is not the Gospel, they all collect mandatory offerings and tithes and the most “powerful” sermon of the year is stressing the “importance” of these collections. This should be a good warning to us to discern if those who practice this are a true church of God.

As believers, we have the responsibility to search and know that if the church we are part of is a true church of God or if it has been formed by the “inspiration” of men instead of the Holy Spirit.

How do we check and be sure the church we belong to is a true church of God? God gives us the answer: “Try the spirits whether they are of God…” (1John 4:1) We try the spirits with the Truth of the Word of God. As believers, we should be able to discern the Truth from the lie. How can we know we are saved or are we deceiving ourselves? This is crucial to know. Are we walking with Christ or are we walking in one of the thousand false ways of the world? Is the church we belong to a true church of God? Do they preach the True Gospel?

In order to answer these questions, every believer should have a working knowledge of the Truth of the Scripture. Among these Truths regarding the church, we can name a few: Christ said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) Also, “You are the temple of God” (1Cor. 6:19) Also, Revelation 21:22 speaks about a glorious future with NO temple. With these statements, Christ is dismissing the idea that we need a particular kind of building or place to congregate and become a “church”.

The grand Jewish temple was yet standing when Christ and Paul uttered those words and they were signaling to the destruction of that temple (Matthew 24) and the opening of the very “throne of Grace” (Hebrews 4:16) where the believers can enter boldly to obtain mercy and grace in the time of need. Now, all true believers, have access to the very Throne of God through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Then, as we test the spirits with God’s Word – our precious Spiritual Sword – we must realize that if Christ is with us in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23) if we are called to worship God in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24) if He is in our midst when two of us (husband and wife; one family) are gathered in His Name, if our bodies are the temple of God, and if we are allowed to come boldly to the Throne of Grace, then we really do not need a cathedral, or chapel, or sanctuary, or any tangible building to come before the very presence of the Living God.

The true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are in continuous communion with God, anywhere and everywhere; no need of building, no need of offerings, no need of holidays, because WE are the true church of God.

 

The Christian Church

Many people call themselves Christians in our world today. People who go to church, pray publicly, sing a lot, get baptized, and give offerings or pay dues to belong in the church community of their choice. They have been taught that is the way to God. But, Is it?

There are more than sixteen hundred kinds of “Christian” churches in the United States alone. One has to ask, Which one is the right one? They all are very similar in practice, and they all use the Bible in some way, but which one is the right one? Are they all telling the Truth?

One thing is for sure, not all of these churches know or follow the Bible. They have rituals and outward practices that may appear pious but most of them have no regard for the truth of the Scriptures. Biblical doctrine is ignored, changed, and unimportant.

What does Christ and His Word teach about the church? Are all of these churches real Christian churches? We need to examine this in the light of the Scriptures if we want to know the way of truth. It is very important to be sure of the path we take because it is a matter of life and death; eternal life and eternal death.

The Bible teaches that there is only one way to God: the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Way. Regarding His Church the Bible also says, Is Christ divided? Did Christ come to create different churches? Of course not! There is only One true church. But, which one?

The first thing we need to learn is that Christ created the church. He built it and declared that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. This is of great significance and it is imperative to understand what Christ meant as He was preparing His church to face this present evil world.

The church is a spiritual body in communion with the Lord Jesus Christ.

(To be continued)

 

Christ is Coming Again

The so called Christian world of our days is preoccupied about Christ’s second coming. Unfortunately, the majority of “Christians” have no idea of what God really says about it. Most believe the lie that pastors and false teachers tell them, especially from the popular, false system called ‘Dispensationalism’.

When the disciples asked the Lord, “What shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?” in Matthew 24:3, Jesus unequivocally answered, “Take heed that no man deceive you”. He reiterates that warning against deception three more times in verses 5, 11, and 24. Christ warned His people against the great deception that would prosper in the religious world before His second coming.

We only need to look around and realize how many different doctrines prevail today regarding Christ’s second coming. In every generation a false teacher arises claiming that Christ will be coming at a specific date that they have “calculated” and they draw big crowds into their deception. These are masters of deception that if it were possible, they would be able to deceive even the very elect – “if it were possible”.

The Gospel that most people hear nowadays is false. Very few are concerned or interested in going to the Scriptures and search what God truly says regarding sin, salvation, Christ’s coming and eternal damnation. Let’s see what the Scriptures say:

The first thing that Christ says about His second coming is that “of that day and hour knoweth no man”. This should be sufficient to disqualified anyone claiming that Christ is coming on such and such a date. Still, many fall for this deception. They do not believe the Scriptures but prefer to believe the lie.

Also, many so called “christians” see nothing wrong with sin. They have followed the way of “this present evil world”. This is the kingdom of Satan, and sin and deception prevail. We all are born in sin and in iniquity we are formed and come to this world in a lost state. Christians today seem not to believe the reality of sin. Most are conformed to this world and want to believe that sin is not exceedingly sinful as the Scriptures say.

Only the Lord Jesus Christ can deliver us from the bondage of Satan and sin. But we need to know the Truth about it. No one can “accept” Christ or “invite” Him into their hearts because we are all spiritually dead in sin. That is a terrible indictment. The first thing the sinner has to do is recognize his hopeless state and his urgent need of a Savior, and that the only Savior is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ is coming again, and His reward is with Him. People should be very concerned about their eternal destiny. Instead of being preoccupied for the “signs” of His coming, we should be assured that we are saved. Am I walking in the Spirit with Christ? Do I have the faith of Christ? When Christ comes, will He receive me with His elect? These questions are the most important to ask ourselves, and we find the answers in the Scriptures of Truth.

Be watchful because Christ is returning at a time when the many will not expect, but occupy yourself with making sure of your election and your salvation with fear and trembling. That is the priority.

Beware of false teachers and false teachings!

 

In Everything Give Thanks

Eph_5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanks should be given to God the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, because that is His will.

Col_1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

He chose us and made us partakers of the inheritance of the Saints in light. Even when we did nothing to deserve it.

1Th_5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

That is why we give thanks first and foremost for our salvation, and for giving us the wonderful gift of Faith.

Heb_13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

That is our living sacrifice. Jesus Christ the Lamb of God crucified on behalf of His people, sacrificed once for all, that we could come boldly to the throne of grace and offer our sacrifice of Thanksgiving.

2Th_2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

Amen!

Common Grace and the Free Offer

There is a big problem with the preaching of the Gospel today. Thanks to people like Billy Graham, most church goers have been lead to believe that God loves everybody, every single human being who walks on this planet.

Christian churches have used one single verse from the Bible, John 3:16, to support this idea. The preachers and teachers in most churches make a strong emphasis on the words, “For God so loved the world”, almost dismissing the rest of the clause, “all who believe in Christ”.

Others question the idea of a God who loves everyone by saying, “If God loves the world, why there is so much evil?”

The difficulty arises from the fact that most people do not know the truth about God and mostly about us. We need to know God’s Word and learn what He says, first. We can find the answers in His Word.

God, who created the heavens and the Earth, and who made man with His own hands, is Spirit. He declares who He is: Holy, Righteous, Inhabits unapproachable Light. He designed and created a world and universe for His own pleasure and glory. His idea was to create a Kingdom on Earth with people that will honor, obey and love Him.

 

 

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Reprobation

As well as election, reprobation is the other doctrine that the churches never teach. Even when it is stated in the Scriptures and God talks about it in divers manners, it has become almost unknown to Christianity, but both these doctrines spring out of God’s Everlasting Covenant.

What is reprobation? This doctrine is a very important part of the Covenant. It is God’s way of telling the wicked that they have no part in His Kingdom. It is God telling those who do not believe His Word that they are destituted of His glory and they will never have a part of it.

Reprobation is the action of a Sovereign God (Rom. 9). He is who He is: The Great I Am. Satan deceived man in the Garden of Eden by telling him that he would be like God. Man believed the lie and lost his communion with His Creator. Man became enslaved to Satan and fell under his power.

Man died spiritually and could not have communion with God anymore. Then, he died physically. His body became subject to death and decay, and his soul was taken to Sheol after death.

Even when Sheol was the place for all who died before the cross, there was a group of people who were separated and had hope that they would be out of Sheol one day: the saints of the Old Covenant (before the cross). Christ accomplished this.

Christ fulfilled all the promises God had prepared for His people, and when Christ died on the cross, He went to Sheol/Hades and took His Old Covenant saints out to translate them to Paradise. Mat. 27:53

The rest, the reprobate, those who never knew or obeyed Jehovah God, were left in Sheol. They are joined daily by all the reprobates that have ever died after the cross, and they will remain there until the judgment of the last day. They were always strangers to the covenant of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Eph. 2:12

Short Study on Hell

Before going into the matter of Hades or hell, we should keep in mind that as God is revealed in the Scriptures as the Triune God, He created man triune, too: spirit, soul, and body (1 The. 5:23; Heb. 4:12) It is the soul of man that separates from the body at the time of death, and this soul goes to one of two places: to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, or to Hades (or hell).

Going to the beginning of creation, we learn that God is a Covenant God. Before the foundation of the world God made an everlasting Covenant with Himself, within the Godhead. God, the Father was going to create a people for Himself; God, the Son was going to redeem these people from death  and God, the Holy Spirit was going to indwell them forever.

That was going to be the work of the Messiah, to redeem a people and to give them the promise of eternal life. That was the Covenant of Promise. That was the Promise that all the saints in the Old Covenant hoped for. They were waiting for this redemption, that the Messiah was going to do. OC saints did not receive the promise, but saw it “afar off”. (Heb. 11:13,39)

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit was also something strange to the saints in the OC. They, only the Jews, were able to know God, because God dwelled in the midst of them in the tabernacle and later in the temple. Only a few special people like priests, prophets and some kings were indwelled by the Holy Spirit. He was not given to everyone. That’s why David cries “do not take your Holy Spirit from me” after he had sinned in Psalm 51. The Holy Spirit was that promise that the saints received at Pentecost. (John 7:37-39)

Also, we learn in the beginning that the sin of Adam brought death and damnation to the human race. Man died after he sinned, and death is the most terrible thing that could have happened to him and us. Now, we all die. Our bodies are destined for corruption and once death comes, judgment will follow. That was the condition of man after the fall. When man rejected God in the Garden of Eden, Satan became the prince of this world. He enslaved man and acquired dominion of Sheol and of death. (Heb. 2:14-15)

Now, we should examine the meaning of the words ‘Sheol’ and ‘Hades’. The word for Hades in the Old Covenant (Testament) is “Sheol” (H7585). The KJV translates ‘Sheol’ as ‘grave’, also as ‘hell’ and ‘the pit’, but if we see the Hebrew, the word used in all these instances is ‘Sheol’. There is actually a different word/s for ‘grave’ in the Hebrew language (H6900, H6912, H6913)

Before the cross, there was one place where all souls of men went after death. Saints and reprobates went down to Sheol. The Lord Jesus Christ explained that this place was separated by a great ‘gulf’ (Luke 16) and no one could pass from one place to the other, but Sheol was within closed iron gates, and Satan had the keys. (Heb. 2:14)

As we continue reading in the OC, we will find that there was never mention of heaven or paradise. The saints who died were all knowledgeable that their souls were going down to Sheol. This word appears sixty-five times in the OC and every time refers to the place where the souls went after death. A place down below inside the Earth. The notion of going to heaven or Paradise after death was the teaching of Christ. John 14:2. Christ had to die to prepare that place for His people.

The first time we encounter the word ‘Sheol’ is in Gen. 37:35 where we read of Jacob mourning for his son Joseph who, he believed, was dead. He said, “I will go down to Sheol unto my son mourning”. Jacob was one of God’s elect, why did he say that he was going down to Sheol to be with Joseph who was also elect? The fact is that all the saints knew that everyone was going to be in Sheol after death.

The meaning of ‘Sheol’ is always a place down below, in the “nether parts of the Earth”. The sad story of Numbers 16, the rebellion of Core, shows how all these wicked men descended into Sheol alive, including their little children. Also, in 1 Samuel 28:13 when Saul uses the woman from Endor to call Samuel from the dead, she said, “I saw gods ascending out of the Earth”. This word ‘gods’ is Elohim, and it should have been translated ‘judge’ because it refers to Samuel, a saint, in this case. So, the saints went to Sheol together with the reprobates.

There was never mention of the saints in the OC going to be with the Lord after death. There are though, many references to Christ going to Sheol or Hades. In the Psalms, which all prophesied of the Messiah, we read, “For you will not leave my soul in Sheol” (Ps. 16:10; 18:5; 49:15; 86:13; 116:3 among many more).

In the New Covenant (Testament) we find that Hades was the Greek word that replaced the Hebrew ‘Sheol’. When Christ was asked for a sign of His Messianic authority, He gave the sign of the prophet Jonas saying, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Mat.12:40). What was Christ talking about?

Also, when Christ told Peter, “…upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Mat.18:16) What was Christ talking about? He is the only One who can tell us.

Christ had to come to destroy the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8). He died on the cross and went to Hades (Eph. 4:9) to wound the head of the Serpent (Rev. 13:3) as was prophesied in Gen. 3:15. That is the battle that is described in Rev. 12, Michael (Christ) and His angels fought against the dragon and cast him out. That was the sign of the prophet Jonas and that’s why Christ was three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth.  After that, the Devil didn’t accuse the saints anymore (Job 1), and Christ took His saints from Hades, the dominion of Satan, and translated them to Paradise.

That’s why we read in Mat. 27:53 that many saints rose again after His resurrection. Christ took them out of Hades. That was the first resurrection told of in Rev.20:5. Also, Christ repeats many times in Rev. 1-3 that He has the keys of death and Hades. Christ overcame Satan at the cross. Satan has no more power over Christ’s people to take them to Hades after death. He still has the liberty to go and deceive the nations as he has always done, but he can never deceive the elect of God, because the gates of Hades shall never prevail against  the saints, the true church of Christ.

On the other hand, the reprobate was left in Sheol or Hades. They are still there, in torments, awaiting the judgment of the last day. Christ said it very clearly in Luke 16:19, which is a true story that only the Man who came from heaven could tell (John 3:13).

Daniel was the first to talk about the resurrection, “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” Dan.12:2

Christ also reiterates it in Mat. 25:46, “These shall go away into everlasting punishment”. In Rev. 14:11 God pours the cup of His indignation upon the two thirds (reprobates) and they “shall be tormented with fire and brimstone…and the smoke of their torment ascends up forever and ever, and they have no rest day nor night”…

So, eternal punishment is real and it will be painfully surprising to many deceived people who believe in the lie of annihilation.

Election

Election is God’s way. He chooses some and rejects others. To our puny little mind this may seem terrible and unfair. Isn’t God a God of love? How can He send people to hell?

God, first of all, is a Covenant God. He made a Covenant within the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) (Heb. 6:13) that He was going to create a world and a creature (mankind) for His glory (Rev. 4:11). This may seem strange to us today, specially because the human mind has been corrupted by psychology for a long time.

God is Sovereign. He is immortal. He is pure light. He dwells in light that no man can approach unto (1 Tim 6:16) No man can see Him, and no man know Him unless God reveals Himself to him.

He created man for the purpose of having communion with him. God prepared the fall of man to bring about the work of Redemption by Jesus Christ, because man could not remain with God or go back to God, on his own. He needed -and still needs- God’s help.

This universe and everything that is in it, including mankind, was designed by this Creator, who reveals Himself in the Scriptures. And here is were election starts.

In His Book, the Bible, God declares how He created this world and how He made mankind. He tells the story from the beginning, but He didn’t tell His story to everyone He ever created.

Before the flood, God revealed Himself to certain individuals, who are referred to as “Sons of God” in Genesis 6. These were the descendants of Shem, the son God gave to Adam in place of Abel. Contrary to many false opinions, these “sons of God” were not angels (how absurd) or giants, or any other extinct species. These were men who like Enoch, the seventh from Adam, walked with God and knew Him.

God’s purpose for His creation was mainly to have a relationship with man. Very early in the history of humankind, man is already corrupted and running away from God. After almost six thousand years from creation, the Earth is full of violence, and God destroys that first world with the flood. Only Noah “found grace in the eyes of the Lord”. In other words, God elected Noah and his family to be saved.

This is the story God tells, not to everybody, but to Moses. Moses wrote from God and he communicated this revelation to the “people of God”, the Jews, only. God did not tell it to the Egyptians, or Babylonians, but to the Hebrews alone. The rest of the world lied in complete darkness.

After the cross, God took His Word from the Jews and delivered it to the elect in all the nations of the world. At first, the truth of God went out from Asia Minor, but these churches became apostate not too long after.

Paul, the Apostle, was sent to Macedonia to bring the Gospel of Christ. It was to this hellenistic world that God sent His Word. Again, it was not the whole world. There were many in the East and other remote and unknown places who were left in darkness.

Today, we have the Word of God translated into most of the languages of the world. Still we see that “all have no faith”. Many enemies of Christ have prospered with false religions that mimic the truth but are not true.

Then, if it were not that God elected some to salvation, if it was left to man to seek the way of life, there would be no hope for anybody. But God in His Mercy and Love elected some to salvation before He created the world. That is His election of Grace. (Rom. 9)