Save Them For Christ

Christmas Excuses
Save Them For Christ

Christ said – “Why do you call me -‘Lord, Lord’,
but do Not do what I say?”
(Luke 6:46)(NIV)-BibleGateway

“Why do you keep on saying
that I am your Lord,
when you refuse to do what I say?”
(Luke 6:46)(CEV)-BibleGateway

“…I will punish those who….
introduce pagan….practices;
And I’ll punish all who import
pagan superstitions….”
(Zephaniah 1:7)(MSG)-BibleGateway

Christmas Excuses
Save Them For Christ 

Save Your Excuses 

Save your excuses
don’t waste them on me
I’m only a messenger
with words that are free

Oh, sure t’would be nice
if all would enjoy
the invites of Jesus
if all would employ

The name of his Father
and the joys and the hope
of the New Earth before us
t’would help us to cope

with the evils around us
the violence and crime
if we focused our hearts
and our thoughts and our mind

on the Kingdom’s pure blessings
the Bible’s pure words
But most will reject them
the scriptures they’ve heard

For Jesus foretold
that most would not heed
that most would be goats
refusing his lead

They’d chose the wide road
that leads to destruction
a way that is easy
with no rules or instruction

They’d say they love Jesus
but refuse to obey
their worship is futile
they do it their way

Ignoring God’s counsel
they do as they please
they fake their religion
as they pray on their knees

But God can’t be mocked
and neither can Christ
you can’t fool our maker
or His son who is wise

If you think your excuses
are all that you’ll need
when Christ does return
to tear out the weeds

Your justifications for
ignoring his words,
may not be acceptable
when judgment is heard

For the limits of God
and what He’ll accept
were recorded in scripture
lest we should forget

So save your excuses
discover and learn
what God thinks about them
soon Christ will return

“…At the time that God
has already decided,
he will send Jesus Christ
back again.”
(1Timothy 6:15)(CEV)-BibleGateway


“…they have no excuse whatsoever
for not knowing God.”
(Romans 1:20)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“They have no excuse;
the way that God works is well-known.”
(Psalm 9:16)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“…according to the hand of Jehovah…
Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven,
let it be done exactly…”
(Ezra 7:6,23)(ASV)-BibleGateway 

The Wide Road to Destruction 

“Go in through the narrow gate.
The gate to destruction is wide,
and the road that leads there is easy to follow. 
A lot of people go through that gate.
But the gate to life is very narrow.
The road that leads there
is so hard to follow 
that only a few people find it.”
(Matthew 7:13,14)(CEV)-BibleGateway

“Go in through the narrow gate.
The gate to destruction is wide,
and the road that leads there is easy to follow. 
A lot of people go through that gate.
But the gate to life is very narrow.
The road that leads there
is so 
hard to follow 
that only a few people find it.”

(Matthew 7:13,14)(CEV)-BibleGateway

“Enter by the narrow gate.
For the gate is wide and the way
is “easy” that leads to destruction
and those who enter by it are many.
For the gate is narrow and the way
is “hard” that leads to life,
and those who find it are few.”
(Matthew 7:13,14)(ESV)-BibleGateway 

A Fake Religious Veneer

“…in the last days…
Instead of loving God,
they will love pleasure.
Even though they will make a show
of being religious,
their religion won’t be real.
(2Timothy 3:1-5)(CEV)-BibleGateway

“They will act as if they are religious,
but they will reject the power
that could make them godly.
(2Timothy 3:5)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“Christmas Day originated when the church
used the stories of the birth of Jesus to place a
“thin Christian VENEER” over the pagan holiday
celebrating the Winter solstice.”
-Christmas Unwrapped:
Edited by Richard Horsley and James Tracy
Trinity Press International,
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2001, 234 pp

Warning Examples
of Those Who Gave Excuses


“All these events happened to them
as examples for us.
They were written down to warn us,
who live at the time when this age
is drawing to a close.”
(1Corinthians 10:11)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“Just as written in God’s revelation to Moses,
the catastrophe was total. Nothing was held back.
We kept at our sinning, never giving you a second
thought, oblivious to your clear warning.”
(Daniel 9:13)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“These are all warning markers–DANGER!-
in our history books, written down so that we
don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the
story are parallel–they at the beginning,
we at the end–and we are just as capable of
messing it up as they were.”
(1Corinthians 10:11)(MSG)-BibleGateway


“These things happened to them
as a warning to us.
All this was written in the Scriptures
to teach us who live in these last days.”
(1Corinthians 10:11)(CEV)-BibleGateway


God Cannot be Fooled or Mocked

“Do not be deceived:
God cannot be mocked.
A man reaps what he sows.
The one who sows to please his sinful nature,
from that nature will reap destruction;
the one who sows to please the Spirit,
from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
(Galatians 6:7,8) (NIV) -BibleGateway


“God will give to each person
according to what he has done.”
(Romans 2:6 ) (NIV) -BibleGateway

Do not merely listen to the word,
and so deceive yourselves.
Do what it says.”
(James 1:22)(NIV) -BibleGateway

“each will receive his own reward
according to his own labor. “
(1Corinthians 3:8) (NASB) -BibleGateway


“In the past God overlooked such ignorance,
but now he commands all people everywhere
to repent. For he has set a day when he will
judge the world with justice by the man that
he has appointed. He has given proof of this
to all men by raising him from the dead.”
(Acts 17:30,31)(NIV)-BibleGateway
The Christmas Excuse

“the Church father Origen was proclaiming it
heathenish to celebrate Christ’s birthday…
The day was not even known to be Christ’s birthday.
It was merely AN EXCUSE to continue
the customs of the pagan Saturnalia.”
-(Gerard and Patricia Del Re,
The Christmas Almanac p. 20).


“GOD says we must NOT worship Him according
to the “dictates of our own conscience”
The Bible says God will NOT accept people
who take a pagan custom or manner of worship
and try to honor Christ with it.”
-The Plain Truth About Christmas
by Herbert W. Armstrong; 1974


“The man…COMPROMISES with worldlings,
and to quiet his own conscience, he invents
a theory (excuses) by which such compromises are justified,
even commended. He receives the praises of the
judicious, but he has, in truth, gone over to the enemy.”
-(C-H,S., 1888, Sword and the Trowel)


“Using Christmas as an excuse
They have combined pagan ideas, beliefs
and practices with Christianity – without
examining to see whether God approves.”
-Christmas, Syncretism and Presumption
by John W. Ritenbaugh; December 2001


“But what has happened through the centuries?
People have felt free to expand their religious
horizons into areas of thinking far removed from
the orthodox teachings of the Bible.
They say, “Isn’t this idea interesting?
Wouldn’t it be good if Christianity absorbed this?
Look at the benefits it would bring!”
Thus, they throw away the holy days and the Sabbath,
but accept pagan holidays, the trinity,
and heaven and hell. Through the centuries,
the truth is forgotten, and the false ideas that sprang
from human reason become a major part of the religion.”
-Christmas, Syncretism and Presumption
by John W. Ritenbaugh; December 2001


The Easter Excuse

“There in ancient Babylon were born the false beliefs
that have wormed their way into almost every religion.
Even today millions and millions of people who may want
to live according to the right ways are not aware that
their manner of worship follows very closely that of
ancient idol worship and pagan rites begun at Babel.
People today, calling themselves Christians, keep the
Babylonian festivals of the pagan Solstice at Christmas
and the pagan observance of Easter, which is the
festival of Ishtar (the ancient fertility goddess of Babylon).”
– Nimrod and False Religion;
Adapted from Chapters 5 of The Bible Story
Volume 1 by Basil Wolverton
Published by Ambassador College Press.


The Excuse
to Ignore Jehovah God


“The Council of Nicea
was a pivotal event in the history of Christianity.
The sudden adoption of a quasi-philosophic term
to define the historic Jesus as equal to God
was a major departure from scripture
Further, the use of this term
in a Creed meant that, from 325 on,
Nicenes could and did proclaim other 
that have no basis in Scripture.”
– State Church of the Roman Empire;
Ben H. Swett; 1998


“The ASV (American Standard Version)
has “Jehovah” in it about 6,823 times,
just like the original Hebrew,
but the NASB removed it every time. ”
-Jason Beduhn
Northern Arizona University
Department of Humanities Arts and Religion

“And I will hallow my great name,
which was profaned among the nations…..
and the nations shall know
that I am Jehovah,
saith the Lord Jehovah….”
(Ezekiel 36:23)(YLT)-BibleGateway

“Remember this,
that the enemy hath reproached,
O Jehovah
And that a foolish people
hath blasphemed thy name.”
(Psalm 74:18)(ASV)-BibleGateway


“That they may know that thou alone,
whose name is JEHOVAH,
Art the Most High over all the earth.”
(Psalm 83:18)(KJV) -BibleGateway


“O righteous Father,
even though the world does not know you,
I know you,
and these know that you have sent me.
I made known to them your name,
and I will continue to make it known…….
“I have manifested Your name
to the men whom You gave Me
out of the world.”
(John 17:25,26,6)(ESV)-BibleGateway


Christ’s Opinion of Excuses 

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
and do NOT do what I say ?”
(Luke 6:46)(NIV)-BibleGateway 

“On judgment day many will tell me,
`Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name…
and performed many miracles in your name.’
But I will reply, `I never knew you. Go away;
the things you did were unauthorized.’ ”
(Matthew 7:22,23)(NLT)-BibleGateway



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