By Dr. Richard Ing
December 5, 2005
We’re in the middle of Christmas season once more and
it’s a time for fairy tales, pretences and lies. Although the church has the duty to defend
the truths that God gave us, most Christians would rather defend a bunch of
When I preached that Christmas was not Jesus’ birthday
and the early church never celebrated either Christ’s birth or resurrection,
pastors in the Philippines
got upset and argued with me for over an hour and a half. But as Ptr. Isagere of Cavite said, they
killed all the prophets in the Old Testament that came to deliver the Word of
truth. The truth is an embarrassment and
inconvenience to the world. To get along
with others, it is easier to lie. Christmas
is an abomination to God. It has nothing
to do with the birth of Jesus. It has everything to do with the worship of
Tammuz (Eze. 8:14), the sun god of Babylon,
who is born on December 25 of each year.
The famous Christian writer, Bishop Alexander Hislop, pointed out that
the overwhelming majority of Bible scholars believe that Jesus was not born on
IT IS NOT A CHRISTIAN
The encyclopedia says that Christmas started with a pagan
festival that honored the winter solstice (shortest day of the year) and
celebrated the birthday of Tammuz.
Mistletoe came from the Druids and the Yule log came directly from the
worship of Tammuz. If you surf the net
on your computer, you will find that witches claim Christmas to be their
holiday, not Christianity‘s.
The celebration of Christmas was copied by the Roman Catholic
Church from pagan religions as they also incorporated pagan customs such as
monks, nuns, monasteries, robes, habits, shaved heads, celibacy, prayer beads,
use of candles, confession boxes, female goddess worship, chanting, meditation,
penances, relics, elite priesthood, large church buildings, purgatory, many
pagan observances and ceremonies, etc.
You cannot find any mention of these practices in the Bible, and of
Christmas or Easter. The famous
historians, Eusebius and Philo, claim that for the first three hundred years,
the church did not observe either the birth or resurrection of Jesus. They lived and wrote their books around 275
to 300 A.D.
Department stores in Japan,
Hong Kong, China,
Malaysia, India and many
non-Christian countries also celebrate Christmas with their trees, decorations,
Santa Claus and Christmas carols. Most
in these countries have no idea who Jesus is.
Christmas trees are idols in the lives of countless
Christians all over the world. God
warned us in Jeremiah 10:1-5 that trees cut out of the forest with an axe,
stood upright in houses with nails and decked with silver and gold were the
ways of the heathens (Babylonians) and not to be copied. Yet, many Christians defend their trees on
ground that they are cut with saws, not axes, and clamps, not nails, are used
to stand them upright and anyway, they do not use real silver and gold. Christians will say anything to defend the
lie and disobey God.
Many Christians claim that it doesn’t matter if it’s not
Jesus’ birthday because it is a wonderful time of fellowshipping, love and
gift-giving. It is also the most
depressing time of year and more suicides take place during Christmas season
than at any other time of the year. Many
think that Christmas is a powerful tool to convert sinners. But, it is a false assumption. Only the true gospel of salvation (gospel of
the cross) and the convicting power of the Holy Ghost can bring someone into
the kingdom of God.
It is not good feelings among friends and the need to find love that
brings people to Jesus. It is genuine
humility, conviction of sins, repentance and faith that saves. Only the Holy Spirit can convict and save and
only the Father calls people to Jesus, not Christmas. While there may be a few who came to Jesus
after being influenced by Christmas celebrations, it is the grace of God, not
the occasion. God can extend His grace
at any time of the year. Frankly, I
don’t know any Christian that was converted because of Christmas. While it may be true that Christmas can be
one of the things that attract people to Christianity, it is also true that
other false practices and pageantries can attract also, for the wrong reasons.
CHRISTMAS IS A BIG LIE
There are only two kingdoms in the universe: the kingdom
of truth and the kingdom of lies. They
are in direct opposition to the other.
It is not just a matter of lies versus truth. It is a clash of kingdoms. There is an evil spiritual power behind lies
- the spirit of death and darkness. The kingdom of lies is ruled over by Satan,
the father of lies. Jn. 8:44. Deception and lies are Satan’s weapons.
There is also a spiritual power behind truth. The Holy Spirit is the power of the godhead;
but first and foremost, He is the Spirit of Truth. Jn. 14:17; Jn. 16:13. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the
Life. You cannot separate the Way and
the Life from the Truth. They are one
and the same. Truth is the Way; Truth
leads to Life. Truth is a person; His
name is Jesus Christ.
There is no darkness or gray area in heaven - only the
light of truth. We are called children
of light (Jn. 12:36) because the truth abides in us by the Holy Spirit of
Truth. Even as Christ is the light of
the world, we are to be filled with light and truth. God desires truth in our inward parts. Ps. 51:6.
“What communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Co.
When we were saved, it was because we became true and
came to the light. Jesus said in John
And this is the condemnation, that
light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because
their deeds were evil. For every one
that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds
should be reproved. But he that doeth
truth cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (underlining added)
Men are not saved
“. . . because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” 2 Th. 2:10b.
It is truth that joins us to God.
Lies join us with Satan. The more
truth in us, the more mature in the Spirit we become; the more lies we have in
us, the closer we are to the kingdom of darkness. To be sure, it is not the knowing of truth,
the speaking truth or even the assent to truth that makes us true. It is truth in the inward parts that compels
us to walk in truth and be true. Our
love of God is really no greater than our love for the truth. The truths of the faith are, and will continue
to be worth living and dying for.
The church and each individual saint must be guardians of
the truth. Every lie must be rejected
and never allowed to taint the truth.
Without the truth, or with only a watered down and diluted version of
the truth, we are no longer God’s true church.
God is not interested in how large your congregation is or how many
“Christians” there are in the world, as He is in how much truth is in His
THE CHURCH TODAY
The church has suffered greatly from many false doctrines
and practices. We are being directly
attacked by Satan’s kingdom of lies. It
is not just false doctrines such as Pre-tribulation Rapture, Lucifer,
Christmas, Easter, Ecumenical Movement, etc.
The church itself has become false.
Even our services have become expressions of man’s
selfishness and desire for control. We
have become legalistic and stiff-necked.
Our services are a planned program with everything designed and led my
men for man’s benefit, entertainment and blessings. Our services have become “give me, bless me,
admire me” programs. We have cut Christ
out of our services and substituted man’s version of worship in the flesh. The Holy Spirit has as much liberty to direct
our services as the janitor who closes the windows and doors when our services
are over. Good feelings have become more
important than truth. Entertainments and
programs take precedence over repentance and humility.
Instead of blessing and honoring God, we come as
spectators expecting to be entertained and blessed.
A RACE TO PERFECTION
As the apostle Paul said, we are in a race to perfection
in Jesus Christ.
9:24-27; Phil. 3:8-15. There is a cloud
of witnesses looking down on us and cheering us on into perfection. Heb. 12:1.
As we mature in Christ, we become more true and our light increases
until we become just like Jesus - Morning Stars in the world. Rev. 2:28; Rev. 22:16. It is not enough that we attend church every
Sunday, put a few dollars in the offering plate and think that we are going to
heaven. The path and gate to eternal
life is a very narrow one. Presumption
kills. In Matthew 7:22-23, Jesus said, “Many
will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and
in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful
works? And then I will profess unto
them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” These had power to cast out devils,
prophesy and do wonderful works in Jesus’ name, but they did not know
Jesus. They lived the way they wanted
and were not true to the Word or the Lord.
They presumed that they pleased God.
Be not deceived. Spiritual gifts
and power do not translate into spiritual maturity and the knowledge of God.
The apostle Peter said in 2 Peter 1:19, “We have also
a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that ye take heed, as unto
a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star
arise in your hearts; ….” When truth
begins to reign in your heart and life, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col.
1:27) will shine forth in the darkness of this world through you. Maturity begins with truth and ends with all
It is God’s desire that we live in
truth. 3 Jn. 2:4 says, “I have no
greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” Ephesians 4:15a says, “. . . let our lives lovingly express truth in all things – speaking truly, dealing
truly, living truly.”
The truth must be the whole truth or
it is a lie. Truth must be lived or it
will cease to be truth. To walk truth is
to walk in and by the Spirit of Truth.
Walking in the Spirit will mean speaking and thinking truly. That’s what it means to walk in truth. We need to consider pretense and guile to be
sin as well. Our very lives depend on
it; for a life that is not true is not life.
Our false appearances, facades, pretences, acts, are killing us and
preventing us from knowing God. Speaking
the truth must penetrate to the deepest recesses of our souls. Hypocrisy is not merely an outer shell or mask
over the surface of things, but an inner force intermixed with the whole substance
of a life. If I am not living truly, my
speaking truths makes my condition worse, not better, because it hides the
corruption beneath the surface until finally my words and doctrines themselves
are corrupted from within and are transfigured into lies.
If we are indifferent or resistant
toward truth, it is not only truth that we will lack but everything that the
Spirit of Truth was intended to convey.
Christmas and Easter (Babylonian festival of Ishtar, the goddess of
fertility and witchcraft whose signs are colored eggs and hot-cross buns) are
only the shadow and the symptom of a deeper sickness in the church. It is the love of lies and resistance to
truth that keeps the devil in the church and the saints from becoming real.
As I shared a long time ago, I was
praying one morning and asking God what was wrong with the church. I suddenly had a vision of the yellow pages
of a phone directory. I saw a right
forefinger point to the word at the upper right hand corner of the page. I said, “APPEARANCES.” Our false appearances, facades, pretenses,
make-believe and imaginations, and lies are killing us! They cover up a lack of holiness, spiritual
maturity and knowledge of God. God help
Note: This writer drew many of his ideas and
thoughts from The Spirit of Truth, written by Arthur Katz and Paul Volk.