The Christmas Compromise

It All Began With A Tree And a Snake

FALSE RELIGION BEGAN WITH A TREE AND A SNAKE
The Christmas Compromise
It All Began With A Tree And a Snake 



Look at the garland
Look at the Tree
Imagine a snake
and what do you see ?

The snake drapes and slithers
and slips round the bend
Like garland that decorates
the tree in your den

Coiled around
in a slight curvy way
Like the garland on Fir Trees
that you see Christmas day

Oh but he’s clever
in camoflauge wear
he’ll wrap round your tree
but you won’t see him there

FALSE RELIGION BEGAN WITH A SNAKE AND A TREE AND SATAN STILL USES TREES TODAY

He wrapped himself around a tree
like garland on a vine
pretending to be a Friend of hers
entangled and entwined

around the trunk and past the branch
and perched upon the leaves
He spoke his famous lies to her
in order to deceive

He feigned a voice that talked aloud
From the mouth of that old snake
the words he shared in trickery
were false with promise fake

And since those days of Eden Time
the serpent’s still around
Still using trees and trickery
to take all mankind down

A TREE AND A SNAKE

Don’t Look in belief
of all that I say
Check for yourself
about Christmas Day
The gods of galore
the elves of cement
the witchcraft and myth
all mar this event
With hidden blind symbols
that harbor great lies
That all masquerade
with Satan inside
For Jehovah is God
and Christ is His son
But Satan is Jealous
of all they have done
He’ll steal all their glory
and take you away
From the purest of worship
to his dirty decay
He’ll rob you of closeness
to the true God Above
He’ll destroy all the truth
of Jehovah’s Great Love
Stand Firm for Messiah
And hold close to his way
And the hope that he gave you
Don’t throw it away

IT ALL BEGAN WITH A “TREE”

IT ALL BEGAN WITH A TREE

How ironic that the very first rebellion against
Jehovah God – involved a Tree.   In the Garden
of Eden – Satan perched himself upon a Tree
and performed a Ventiloquist Miracle – using
a snake as a puppet.

And over the next thousands of years, mankind
continued to rebel against Jehovah God, using
Trees in their Religious Services.

Peoples of many Lands have not only worshipped
Trees, but they have even worshipped the “Spirits”
that supposedly lived within these trees.

It is common for Witches and Pagans to perform
some of their most sacred ceremonies in the groves
of Trees.   There is ample historical evidence to show
how many different religious groups around the
World have used Trees in their worship.

The Bible has scriptures in which Jehovah God has
repeatedly condemned the use of Trees in idolatrous
worship.  He had commanded His people over the
ages – to pull the offensive trees down – that were
used in worship of the many gods and goddesses
of Pagandom.

And then we have “Christendom” – who has adopted
the “Tree Worship” of the pagans.   The origin of
why they place gifts at the foot of an evergreen
tree has been obscured from their minds.

And even now, around the world – people are making
gift offerings under a tinsel tree – every Dec. 25th.

Tree Worship Adopted by Christendom

Tree Worship

In wintertime they thought the gods
lived inside the trees
And so they placed their offerings
their pagan gods to please.

Now Christendom has followed them
to copy what they do
placing gifts beneath the branch
It’s nothing all that new

The coldness of December
has caused most trees to freeze
in dormant hibernation
except for certain trees.

Yes certain fir-like evergreens
stay green the whole year round
The pagans thought that this must be
a place for holy ground

And so they take the evergreen
and place it in their home
to decorate and worship it
a custom so well known

There’s nere a place around the world
that doesn’t worship trees
and offer gifts beneath its bough
as placed on bended knees

It All Began With A Tree

IT ALL BEGAN WITH A TREE COLLAGE

IT ALL BEGAN WITH A “TREE”

Satan curled himself upon the limb of a
tree in his attempts to deceive Eve into
disobeying God.  He convinced her that the
fruit of a certain tree – was very desirable
to look upon.  In time, he succeeded in
tricking her into eating the fruit of that
tree.

All those who follow Satan’s lead in rebellion
against Jehovah God have taken tree veneration
as one of their major forms of worship.

“It was and still is in many parts of Europe
the custom to go out to the woods, cut down a
tree and bring it into the village, where it is
set up amid general rejoicings; or the people
cut branches in the woods, and fasten them on
every house. The intention of these customs is
to bring home to the village, and to each house,
the blessings which the tree-spirit has in its
power to bestow.”
-Relics of Tree Worship in Modern Europe
The Golden Bough.  1922.
Sir James George Frazer (1854–1941).

“Places for worship of Baal were often
high places in the hills consisting of an
altar and a sacred tree.  Teachings of
“Sacred Trees” were not exclusively limited
to Babylon, Assyria and Baal Worshippers.
These customs were widespread throughout
many ancient cultures.”
-Source: Mythology by Edith Hamilton
New American Library, 1942, page 312

“The practice of tree worship has been found
in many ancient cultures. Often, trees were
brought indoors and decorated to ensure a good
crop for the coming year. Trees have also been
linked to divinity.  Egyptians associated a tree
with the god Baal-Tamar, while the Greeks and
Romans believed that the mother of Adonis was
changed into a fir tree. Adonis was one of her
branches brought to life.”
-Winter Holiday Roundup
Origins and Meanings of Christmas Items
by David Johnson

“Part of Tammuz worship was to place
golden balls on the tree which were
representative of the testicles of Tammuz,
as he was also considered a god of sex.”
-ALL ABOUT “CHRISTMAS”
2000 B.C.E. to 2007 C.E.
by Ed Stevens, James Trimm
& Baruch Ben Daniel

“Tree-worship was rooted in the oldest
nature worship, which included offerings
to them or the placing of lights upon them.”
-Tree and Plant Worship; Chpt XIII
Stat. Account, iii. 27; Moore, 151;
Sébillot, i. 262, 270

TREE WORSHIP IN CHRISTMAS

“The Christmas tree is specifically a Babylonian symbol.
On Christmas Eve the Yule Log is thrown onto the fire.
On Christmas Day there is the tree, covered in
decorations and surrounded with presents,
representing the resurrected Nimrod of Babylon.”
-The True Meaning of Christmas
by Mike Gascoigne; 1996

“The Christmas tree custom is also a pagan
tradition stemming from Nimrod’s mother
in her attempt to immortalize her son.”
-Seven Seals Publication
The True History of Christmas
An Excerpt From:
“The Biography of Noble Drew Ali
The Exhuming Of A Nation”

“Scandinavians celebrated the solstice as Yule.
In Norse mythology the first man sprang from an
evergreen tree.  During the Middle Ages the
Feast of Adam and Eve was celebrated on December 24.
Evergreens were decorated with red apples.”
-The Christmas Tree
“A Modern Herbal” by Maud Grieve.

“Evergreen trees were important fertility
emblems for pre-Christian ceremonies marking
the winter solstice. The decoration of
Christmas trees is a survival of pagan tree
veneration.”
-John Williamson,
in “Christmas Greenery”
The Dallas Morning News
(December 6, 1986)

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The EVER-Green Tree
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The evergreen was their favorite tree to use
for their idolatrous rites, since it remained
green all year round – which to them was indicative
that a god was living within it.

Yes, while all the other trees appeared to die
in the bitter cold of winter, the evergreen
appeared unaffected by the freeze and remained
green and vibrant.

The cruel winters gave the pagans reason to
try to appease the tree gods.  They longed for
a mild winter, and looked to the tree dwelling
gods to help them.   Gifts were traded for these
favors or requests.

Thus, they decorated the evergreen trees
as a way of honoring the indwelling tree spirits.
They also placed gift offerings beneath the branches
at the foot of the trees,  as tokens of good will
in their efforts to please the god of the tree.

Like a sacrifice upon an altar to their gods, the
gifts were offered as appeasement to the evil spirits.
But instead the altar was a “TREE”.

Yes, the very object of rebellion was now being placed
in a position of honor and veneration..

Yes, they placed gifts at the foot of the evergreen
trees, in their form of worship, as offerings to
the spirit gods that lived within the tree.

And just as Satan had hoodwinked Eve into obeying
him, he also tricked the early pagans into doing
the same.

“Pagan Germans were tree worshipping people.
Like the old Romans they prized evergreen trees
as a sign of life in winter time. Branches were brought inside
to give shelter to the wood spirits who dwelled in these trees.
Sometimes small trees were brought inside.”
– Merry Christmas, A History of the Holiday;
by Patricia Bunning Stevens


The Tree is the “CENTER”
of Christmas –  Why ?

The Spirit Within The Tree

TREE SPIRITS WERE VENERATED BY ANCIENT PEOPLES BY ADORNING THE TREE

“evergreen tree worship survives
in the adoration of the Christmas Tree.
People the world over venerate the tree.
The veneration of tree spirits, has been
an important feature of Asian cultures.”
-Pole-Spirits North and South
(Santa Claus and the Origin of
the Christmas Tree)
by Patrick Harrigan;
researcher and journalist
“TO the Nordic people of Scandinavia,
any tree that did not ‘die’ by losing
its foliage through the bitter cold of
the long freezing winters was considered
to be harboring a tree-spirit of unfailing
life. Appropriately called ‘evergreens’,
it is not surprising, therefore, that
evergreen trees are adopted for use as
Christmas trees.”
-Pole-Spirits North and South
(Santa Claus and the Origin of
the Christmas Tree)
by Patrick Harrigan;
researcher and journalist

“Pre-Christian Europe, where trees and
forests were especially venerated, was
a veritable hotbed of tree worship,
and remains so to this day in one form
or another. The cult of the tree was
especially prevalent among the early
Celtic and Nordic peoples of western
and northern Europe respectively.”
-Pole-Spirits North and South
(Santa Claus and the Origin of
the Christmas Tree)
by Patrick Harrigan;
researcher and journalist

“Celtic wizards or magicians, called
druids, selected sacred tree groves
as the best sites for their esoteric
ritual performances. Oak and ash trees
were felt to be especially powerful as
bearers of magical wisdom.”
-Pole-Spirits North and South
(Santa Claus and the Origin of
the Christmas Tree)
by Patrick Harrigan;
researcher and journalist

“The proximity of Christmas to the
time of the winter solstice was no
accident and served to identify certain
pagan beliefs and practices with
Christian themes. Thus, winter
solstice-time rites of the evergreen
tree easily evolved into those of
the modern Christmas tree.”
-Pole-Spirits North and South
(Santa Claus and the Origin of
the Christmas Tree)
by Patrick Harrigan;
researcher and journalist

What about today ? 

Has Satan once again tricked people
into giving gift offerings to a tree ?

Millions upon millions of human beings
delightedly gather around their “Christmas trees”
each year, without the slightest knowledge
whatsoever of the utterly pagan, and demoniacal
origin of the custom!

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 A  Mockery
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What a mockery upon God and what contempt
for mankind – that Satan has coerced
people to honor and venerate a tree !
Even in their ignorance, Christendom
gives glory to the very thing that caused
Adam and Eve to lose eternal life.

Yes, look at the Christmas tree with
it’s sparking lights and glorious tinsel.
Even the star upon the top gives elegance
like a crown,  as if it were a King on
a pedestal to be exalted and glorified.
And the gifts which are said to be given
to Christ – are really being presented to a tree
beneath it’s very Feet.

TREE WORSHIP IN CHRISTENDOM

And those who place the gifts there, must
get upon their knees in order to place the gifts
beneath the spreading branches of this evergreen god.

As much as people may deny it – they are still acting out
an age-old custom of tree worship.  They never stop and
think of why the presents cannot go on a Table, or on
anwhere else – but they must be placed beneath the
tree – in much the same way that pagans have placed
their gift offereings to their pagan gods – beneath their
Feet.

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 Ancient Proof
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Ancient Proof of Tree Worship

“Tree worship was a common feature of
pagan religion among the Teutonic and
Scandinavian peoples of northern Europe
before their conversion to Christianity.
They decorated houses and barns with
evergreens to scare away demons.”
-COMPTON’S INTERACTIVE ENCYCLOPEDIA,
1997 Edition; article on “Christmas”

“The Christmas tree, now so common among us,
was equally common in pagan Rome and pagan Egypt.
The Christmas tree is Nimrod – the slain god of
Babylon, come to life again.”
-The Two Babylons
Alexander Hislop
“People in Scandinavia once worshipped trees.
When they became Christians, they made evergreen
trees part of Christian festivals.”
– THE WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA, 1966 Edition
Article Titled – “Christmas”

“Tree worship was a common feature of
pagan religion among the Teutonic and
Scandinavian peoples of northern Europe
before their conversion to Christianity.
They decorated houses and barns with
evergreens to scare away demons.”
-COMPTON’S INTERACTIVE ENCYCLOPEDIA,
1997 Edition; article on “Christmas”

“Since earliest times everygreen trees
have been worshipped as symbols of life,
fertility, sexual potency and reproduction,
and were often brought into the house and
set up as idols. The pagans of old have hung
apples and other fruit as a food offering
and would offer gifts to the tree, which is
where we get putting presents under the tree.
This was purely pagan in origin.”
— Holidays and Holy Days,
by Tom C. McKenney

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Decorating A Tree –  Why ?
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DECORATING TREES GOES WAY BACK TO ANCIENT TIMES

“Virgil, the Roman poet, speaks of decorating
pine trees in honor of Bacchus, the god of drinking
and revelry.”
-The Origins of Christ-Mass
By G.V. “Rene” Growcott

Customs have been preserved in practically
every part of the world of hanging objects
upon trees in order to establish some relationship
between the gift giver and the tree. Tree
worshipers, believed that their sacred trees
contained the spirits of all sorts of gods.

DECORATING THE CHRISTMAS TREE

“The decorating of an evergreen tree was part of
the worship of Tammuz or Baal, the Sun-god of ancient
Babylon. Through the Church of Rome – the Babylon of
the Apocalypse – this act of Baal-worship has been
handed down through the centuries. Deluded Protestants,
by setting up Christmas trees in their homes, schools
and churches, are guilty before God of upholding and
perpetuating a practice peculiar to the worship of Baal.
How can anything connected with the worship of Baal
be pleasing to the Lord?”
–The Pagan Origin of Christmas; A Reminder
Rev. William MacLean (1907-85)

“the male reproductive organ was of tremendous
importance in the Mystery Religions representing,
no doubt, power and fertility. Trees were common
phallic symbols connected with the sun god.
the Ball shaped ornaments, representing the womb
were hung all around the phallus. Today, families
gather together in breathless anticipation and delight
when the obelisk (tree‑top ornament) is placed in its
position of honor. When you learn that it represents
the sexual union between the Babylonian mother-goddess
and her sun‑god, son/husband (Nimrod), it becomes an
object of disgust.”
–(The Encyclopedia Britannica, 14th edition, 1973)

“Part of Tammuz worship was to place
golden balls on the tree which were
representative of the testicles of Tammuz,
as he was also considered a god of sex.”
-ALL ABOUT “CHRISTMAS”
2000 B.C.E. to 2007 C.E.
by Ed Stevens, James Trimm
& Baruch Ben Daniel

In this fashion, the growing universal(catholic)
church allowed massive numbers of pagans to come
right into the so-called “Christian” religion,
while retaining their ancient superstitions,
festivals and objects of worship!
“The modern Christmas tree was born in
the 8th century, when St. Boniface was
converting the Germanic tribes. The tribes
worshipped trees, decorating them for the
winter solstice.”
-Winter Holiday Roundup
Origins and Meanings of Christmas Items
by David Johnson

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Gift Offerings
Beneath a Gilded Tree
Christmas Dividers

“Since earliest times evergreen trees
have been worshipped as symbols of life,
fertility, sexual potency and reproduction,
and were often brought into the house and
set up as idols. The pagans of old have hung
apples and other fruit as a food offering
and would offer gifts to the tree, which is
where we get putting presents under the tree.
This was purely pagan in origin.”
— Holidays and Holy Days,
by Tom C. McKenney

“Offerings were placed by the folk
on sacred trees, because the trees were
the abode of spirits or divinities.”
-Tree and Plant Worship; Chpt XIII
D’Arbois, Les Celtes, 52.

ANCIENT TREE WORSHIP ON KNEES GIVING GIFTS IN TOTAL IGNORANCE

“Pagan families would bring a live tree
into the home so the wood spirits would
have a place to keep warm during the cold
winter months.  Bells were hung in the
branches so they could tell when a spirit
was present.  Food and treats were hung
on the branches for the spirits to eat
and a five-pointed star, the pentagram,
was placed atop the tree.”
-Christmas Legends
Spider’s Christmas Gifs
“Pagan Germans were tree worshipping people.
Like the old Romans they prized evergreen trees
as a sign of life in winter time. Branches were brought inside
to give shelter to the wood spirits who dwelled in these trees.
Sometimes small trees were brought inside.”
– Merry Christmas, A History of the Holiday;
by Patricia Bunning Stevens

LIKE THEIR PAGAN ANCESTORS THEY BRING THE TREE INDOOR AND DECORATE IT

“It was and still is in many parts of Europe the
custom to go out to the woods, cut down a tree
and bring it into the village, where it is set up
amid general rejoicings; or the people cut branches
in the woods, and fasten them on every house.
The intention of these customs is to bring home
to the village, and to each house, the blessings
which the tree-spirit has in its power to bestow.”
-The Golden Bough
by Sir James George Frazer; [1922]
Relics of Tree Worship in Modern Europe
Chapter 10

“In pagan Roman times trees were decorated
with trinkets. In the celebration of the pagan
Yule season, the ancient sun-worshiping Teutons
are said to have decorated fir trees.”
-Christ and Christmas ;
  the Truth and the Lie
by Robert A. Grove

“Tree worship was common among the pagan
Europeans and survived their conversion to
Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of
decorating the house with evergreens.”
-Encyclopedia Britannica
article; “Christmas Tree”

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 A Compromise
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“This compromise between paganism
and Christianity resulted in the
development of “the man of sin”
as foretold in prophecy as opposing
and exalting himself above God.
That gigantic system of false religion
is a masterpiece of Satan’s power–
a monument of his efforts to seat himself
upon the throne to rule the earth
according to his will.”
-The Great Controversy,
page 50, paragraph 1 –
Chapter Title: An Era of Spiritual Darkness

A SINISTER PLOT TO BRING TREE WORSHIP INTO YOUR HOME

“The Church often effected a compromise.
Images of the gods affixed to trees were
replaced by those of the Virgin.”
–Tree and Plant Worship; Chpt XIII
Grimm, Teut. Myth. 76; Maury, 13, 299

“The Romans called their December celebration
‘Saturnalia’ – in honor of their god, Saturn.
The Romans celebrated using evergreens to
decorate their homes. As you can see the
Christian tradition of honoring and decorating
a Christmas tree is nothing new.”
-The Christmas Tree
“A Modern Herbal” by Maud Grieve.

“So leave the corruption
and  DO NOT COMPROMISE ;
leave it for good,” says God.
“Don’t link up with those who will pollute you.
I want you all for myself.”
(2Corinthians 6:17)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“Historians have found evidence of tree decoration
and tree worship in places such as ancient Rome
and Egypt. The Old Testament also records God’s
displeasure with his own people for following pagan
practices involving trees.”
-FAITH UNDER FIRE
Christmas in America becomes battleground
WorldNetDaily Exclusive
December 14, 2002

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Would Christ be honored
by This “TREE” ?
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Of Course NOT  !

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Early Christian Attitude
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“The gospel required men to reject
every false religion.”
-Noel, Union of Church and State,
pg. 39

“The early Christians discouraged the use of
evergreen decorations in Christian homes and
assemblies, because their display had long been
associated with heathen festivals.”
-Campbell ; The Story of Christmas
“During the days of the apostles in the first century,
the early Christians had no knowledge of Christmas…
But, as a part of the Roman Empire, they may have noted
the Roman observance of the pagan Saturnalia
on Dec 25th…”
-Christmas: The Untold Story

“In the days of Christ, December 25th
was sacred to the pagan Romans…”
-The Xmas Story Part 4
“Heathen Holidays” by Denise Snodgrass
CHRISTMAS AND PAGANISM; The Winter Solstice
“Familiar to early Christians was the Saturnalia,
an ancient Roman festival celebrated during the
last days of December in honour of Saturn, the god
of agriculture. The Saturnalia…was diametrically
opposed to the teachings of Christ.”
– Hidden Truths About Christmas
UCG; Australia
“To the pagans, the Saturnalia was fun.
To the Christians, the Saturnalia was an
abomination
 in homage to a disreputable god
who had no existence anyway.”
-4,000 Years of Christmas:
A Gift from the Ages (1997)
Earl Count
“About Christmas…As for the first believers,
they had NOT THE SLIGHTEST INTEREST
IN ANYTHING OF THE KIND.
Hope in the Lord’s imminent return from heaven
in great power and glory was the flame
that fired their devotion.”
-Abbott-Conant Dictionary of Religious Knowledge
“At the time of persecution,
Christians were detected
by NOT decorating their houses
at the Saturnalia. The ancient Christians
were puritanically jealous of anything that
might seem like coqueting with idolatry. ”
-Crippen
“It was customary to hold great feasts
in honor of the birth of HEATHEN GODS.
The early teachers of Christianity
PROHIBITED THESE FESTIVALS as unsuited
to the character of Christ.”
-The Customs of Mankind


“Down to the fourth century
Christianity rejected BIRTHDAY celebrations
as a pagan custom.”
-Schwäbische Zeitung
(magazine supplement Zeit und Welt),
April 3/4, 1981, p. 4.

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“the early church fathers frowned upon the
celebration of birthdays and thought them
a heathen custom.”
-(The New Book of Knowledge.
New York: Grolier, 1979. P289)


“In the scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept
a feast or held a great banquet on his birthday.
It is only sinners [like Pharaoh and Herod] who make
great rejoicings over the day in which they were born
into this world.”
-the Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 edition
Volume  X,   p. 709.
under the heading  ‘ Natal Day ‘.

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“the Christian usage in general was to
celebrate the death of remarkable persons
rather than their birth…”
-The Encyclopedia Americana,
1944 edition

“…the day of one’s death is better
than the day of one’s birth.
The end of a matter is better
than its beginning…”
(Ecclesiastes 7:1,8)(NASB)-BibleGateway

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“The apostles and early true Church never
celebrated Christ’s birthday at any time.
There is no command or instruction to celebrate
it in the Bible – rather, the celebrating of
birthdays is pagan,  NOT a Christian custom.”
– Herbert W. Armstrong, The Plain Truth
About Christmas (1974), pp. 8-9, 15.
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“The Christian Jews in Christ’s day
knew God’s attitude toward birthday celebrations,
‘Nay, indeed, the law does not permit us to make
festivals at the births of our children’
-(Flavius Josephus, Against Apion,
Book II, section 26).

“The notion of a birthday festival was far from
the ideas of the Christians of this period.”
-Historian Augustus Neander
(The History of the Christian Religion and Church,
During th First Three Centuries,
translated by Henry John Rose,
New York 1848, p. 190).

the Jews and early christians –
“regarded birthday celebrations as part
of idolatrous worship…”
-M’Clintock & Strong’s Cyclopedia
(Vol. I, p. 817)
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“birthday parties…were something disgusting
to the early Christians.”
-Horst Fuhrmann, professor of medieval history
at the University of Regensburg
in the German newspaper “Süddeutschen Zeitung”

“For quite a long time, December 25th had NOT been
marked at all by Christians, for the death of Jesus
was long considered much more important than the event
of his birth.”
-How Christ Got into Christmas
By Peter H. Samson, S.T.D.

“Gift Giving – during the Roman festival of Saturnalia,
gifts were given as good luck emblems and houses were
decorated with greenery.  The early Christians, however,
frowned on this pagan ritual, and wouldn’t have any part of it.”
– Christmas Traditions & Trivia
1999 HFCWillcox

“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).

“At first the ancient Church frowned upon
the intrusion of paganism…
– Campbell;
The Story of Christmas

“We Christians neither cover our doorposts with wreaths,
nor…decorate our house like some new brothel.
We…do not celebrate along with you the holidays…
The pagan Romans clad their doorposts with green
and branching laurels…In the Saturnalia…Presents
come and go…There are…gifts…and Banquets…
yet Christians should have no acquaintance with
the festivals of the pagans.”
– Tertullian, (A.D. 155-220),
quoted by David Bercot,
A Dictionary of Early
Christian Beliefs, 1998, p. 342).

 “And have no fellowship
with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather reprove them.”
– (Ephesians 5:11)

“Christians of the first century did not celebrate
the festival honoring the birth of Jesus – for the same
reason they honored no other birthday anniversary.
It was the feeling at that time by all Christians
that the celebration of all birthdays (even the Lord’s)
was a custom of the pagans.”
– Dr. John C. McCollister’s
The Christian Book of Why

 

“the earliest Christians simply weren’t interested
in celebrating the Nativity…They ‘viewed birthday
celebrations as heathen’. The third-century church
father – Origen had declared it a sin to even think
of keeping Christ’s birthday ‘as though he were a
king pharoah’.”
– December 23,1996 issue of
US News & World Report

“The Christians, strong in their faith,
would make no such compromises.”
– The Book of Culture, by Ethel Rose Peyser,
1934, p. 549.

“But what makes you Christian people so offensive
is your stubbornness. You are antisocial snobs.
You will not show proper respect for our festivals.”
— Glimpses Issue #139 :
Why Early Christians Were So Despised;
Ken Curtis PH.D., Beth Jacobson,
Diana Severance Ph.D.,
Ann T. Snyder and Dan Graves. ©2003
by Christian History Institute.
“The Octavius of Minicius Felix” ;
2nd century A.D.

“December 25th is not the birthday of Jesus…
The apostles and early true Church never celebrated
Christ’s birthday at any time. There is no command
or instruction to celebrate it in the Bible.
The celebrating of birthdays is a pagan,
not a Christian custom.”
-The Plain Truth About Christmas
by Herbert W. Armstrong; 1974

“Faithful men of God who knew and loved
the Scriptures of truth fought against
the mingling of paganism with the name of Christ.
They were valiant in opposing the entry of
Christmas and its festivals among the believers.”
-The Truth about CHRISTMAS
Flee from Idolatry
by R. F. Becker

“…In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept
a feast or held a great banquet on Jesus birthday.
It is only sinners who make great rejoicings over
the day in which they were born into this world.”
-Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 Edition
“Christmas… It was not celebrated in the first
centuries of the Christian church…”
-Encyclopedia Britannica, 1946 edition
“Christmas…was not instituted by Christ
or the apostles, nor by Bible authority.
It was picked up afterward from paganism.”
-Encyclopedia Britannica, 1946 edition

“During the first two centuries after Christ’s death,
Christmas was NOT celebrated.”
-A Short History of the Christmas Holiday
Victor M. Parachin
Christian Reader. Nov/Dec 1995.
Vol. 33, No. 6, p. 27

Christmas Dividers
Warnings From the Bible
Christmas Dividers

“…I will punish those who….
introduce pagan….practices;
And I’ll punish all who import
pagan superstitions….”
(Zephaniah 1:7)(MSG)-BibleGateway
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Learn NOT the way
of the heathen nations…For the customs
and ordinances of the peoples are false,
empty, and futile; it is but a tree which
one cuts out of the forest, the work of the
hands of the craftsman with the ax or other tool.
They deck the idol with silver and with gold;
they fasten it with nails and with hammers
so it will not fall apart or move around.”
(Jeremiah 10:2-4)(AMP)-BibleGateway

“Do not bring a detestable thing into your house
or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction.
Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart
for destruction.”
(Deut 6:26)(NIV)-BibleGateway
CHRISTMAS TREE JEREMIAH
There is a condemnation in the Bible – of those
who cut down a tree for any kind of worship service.
(Jeremiah 10:2-8)

“…An idol is nothing but a tree
chopped down….They trim it with
tinsel and balls, and use hammer
and nails to keep it upright.”
(Jeremiah 10:3,4)(MSG)-BibleGateway

Idol worship under “green trees” is condemned
in the following Scriptures (1 Kings 14:22-23;
2 Kings 16:1-4; 2 Kings 17:9-10; Chronicles 28:4;
Isaiah 57:3-5; Jeremiah 2:20; 3:6-13; 17:1-2;
and Ezekiel 6:13)

“Their religion is worthless!
They chop down a tree….
cover it with silver and gold,
and then nail it down
so it won’t fall over.”
(Jeremiah 10:3,4)(CEV)-BibleGateway

“the origin of the “tree” with Nimrod (Baal),
which makes more significant the many times
“green tree” is mentioned in the Bible in relation
to heathen idol worship and heathen gods. Green trees
were part of Baal worship”
-Christmas
Parts 7 through 13
By Willie Martin

“thus saith Jehovah,
Learn NOT the way of the nations…
For the customs of the peoples
are vanity; for one cutteth a tree
out of the forest….They deck it
with silver and with gold;
they fasten it with nails
and with hammers, that it move not.”
(Jeremiah 10:2-4)(ASV)-BibleGateway

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

Christmas Dividers
Making Excuses
Christmas Dividers
“The man…COMPROMISES with worldlings,
and to quiet his own conscience, he invents
a theory 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)

“Faithful men of God who knew and loved
the Scriptures of truth fought against the
mingling of paganism with the name of Christ.
They were valiant in opposing the entry of
Christmas and its festivals among the believers.
But in spite of their efforts, the lukewarm and
rapidly decaying church, with the exception of
a few faithful Christians, was overcome and
finally forced to submit.”
-The Truth about CHRISTMAS
Flee from Idolatry
by R. F. Becker

“…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

“Formerly, when you did not know God,
you were slaves to those who by nature
are not “gods”.
 But now that you know God–
or rather are known by God– 
how is it that
you are turning back
 to those weak and
miserable principles?  
Do you wish to be
enslaved by them all over again?
You are observing special days and
months and
 seasons and years.
I fear for you, that somehow
I have wasted my efforts on you. ”
(Galatians 4:8-11)(NIV)-BibleGateway

“…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
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