For many years people lived in fear of Krampus,
especially in European Countries. Children were
taught that at Christmas time – that an Santa Claus
had an Evil Companion known by many different
names, such as “Krampus”. These children were told
to be good – not to pout and not to cry – because the
evil Krampus would whip or punish them. Some
countries even taught the children that Krampus would
take them away and never bring them back if they
were naughty. Krampus became known as the “Holiday
Devil”. Even to this day, there are many Europeans
that still teach this as part of their Christmas Festivities.
“The hunger for a darker Xmas holiday has made
the evil Santa Claus character a staple of pop
culture, as seen in movies such as Rare Exports,
The Nightmare Before Christmas, books such as
Dean Koontz’s Santa’s Twin and many others.”
— Who in Hell is Krampus?
Home of the Christmas Devil
A resurgence of Saturnalian rituals of December 25th
and animistic practices during the winter season
is evident in Santarchy, a flash-mob phenomenon
started in 1994 on America’s west coast now enacted
in many countries including Korea, Norway and Ireland.
On selected days in early December, large crowds of
costumed Santa Clauses descend en masse on public
squares and shopping centers to confound, amuse and
A new appreciation of ancient traditions that
smoulder in the dark recesses of holiday revelry
continues to rise around the world. Krampus, with
his horns, hooves and tongue, embodies this revived
spirit of the Xmas season!
OF THE FALSE KRAMPUS
2004 CE — Blab! Magazine curator Monte Beauchamp
publishes Devil In Design, a collection of vintage
Krampus postcards from the turn of the 19th century.
This book marks an increase in Krampus’ popularity
in the English speaking world.
2004 CE — An Adult Swim show The Venture Brothers
features Krampus during a Christmas special.
2007 CE — The American television show Supernatural
features an evil Krampus character for Christmas.
2009 CE — American satirist Stephen Colbert is
visited by Krampus on his television Christmas show
during The Colbert Report.
FREEDOM FROM FEAR
“….the truth will set you free.”
“….the truth will set you free.”
There are so many types of Freedom that we just
take for granted. Many people, before learning the
truth as written in the Bible – were slaves to various
things – without really knowing it.
Many people think that by ignoring God and refusing
to follow any rules or principles set out in the Bible –
That they are experiencing True Freedom in its most
Unfortunately these same people that ignore God,
find themselves enslaved to various worldly things
and don’t even realize it.
A Slave to Sin
“…For as long as we lived that old way of life,
doing whatever we felt we could get away with,
sin was calling most of the shots….”
“You know well enough from your own experience
that there are some acts of so-called freedom
that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin,
for instance, and it’s your last free act…”
“I’m using this freedom language because
it’s easy to picture. You can readily recall,
can’t you, how at one time the more you did just
what you felt like doing—not caring about others,
not caring about God—the worse your life became
and the less freedom you had?
And how much different is it now as you live
in God’s freedom, your lives healed and expansive
“It is obvious what kind of life develops
out of trying to get your own way all the time:
repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking
accumulation of mental and emotional garbage;
frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness;
trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid
loneliness; cutthroat competition;
a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved;
divided homes and divided lives;
small-minded and lopsided pursuits;
the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone
into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable
addictions; ugly parodies of community.
and I could go on. This isn’t the first time
that I have warned you, you know.
If you use your freedom this way,
you will not inherit God’s kingdom.”
but they themselves are slaves of corruption,
for if they’re addicted to corruption
—and they are— then they are enslaved.”
“They promise freedom,
but they themselves are slaves of sin
and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever
The Most Obvious Freedom
FREEDOM FROM SIN AND DEATH
The Most Obvious Freedom that Bible knowledge gives,
is Freedom From Sin and Death.
Jesus promised his followers that by obeying his Father,
and following Jesus – we could be released from the wages
of sin – and eventually reap everlasting Life.
“…The decisive issue – is whether they obey
my Father in heaven.”
Jehovah Gives Freedom –
Jehovah God – “He is so rich in kindness and grace
that he purchased our freedom
with the blood of his Son…”
“Teach me, O Jehovah, the way of thy statutes;
And I shall keep it unto the end.
Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law;
Yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
So shall I observe thy law continually
For ever and ever. And I shall walk at liberty;
For I have sought thy precepts.”
Oh Jehovah – “I have gained perfect freedom
by following your teachings.”
“God pays for each slave’s freedom;
no one who runs to him loses out.”
“I will say to the prisoners,
‘Come out in freedom,’
and to those in darkness,
‘Come into the light.’ ”
Of Jesus it was said –
“The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me;
because Jehovah hath anointed me to preach
good tidings unto the meek;
he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison
to them that are bound; ”
“So the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed him,
and he opened the scroll and found the place where
it was written: “Jehovah’s spirit is upon me,
because he anointed me to declare good news
to the poor, he sent me forth to preach a release
(Freedom) to the captives and a recovery of sight
to the blind, to send the crushed ones away with a
release (Freedom), to preach Jehovah’s acceptable
year.” With that he rolled up the scroll,
handed it back to the attendant and sat down;
and the eyes of all in the synagogue were intently
fixed upon him. Then he started to say to them:
“Today this scripture that YOU just heard
“….to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
“…the creation itself will be liberated
from its bondage to decay
and brought into the glorious freedom
of the children of God.”
“,,,under your new Master
you’re going to experience a marvelous freedom
you would never have dreamed of….”
“But the Scriptures declare that
we are all prisoners of sin,
so we receive God’s promise of freedom
only by believing in Jesus Christ.”
“Christ has set us free to live a free life.
So take your stand!
Never again let anyone put a harness
of slavery on you.”
Jesus – “In him and through faith in him
we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
Jesus – “He gave his life to purchase freedom
How Should We Exercise Our Freedom
After Learning the Bible’s Truths ?
“…Exercise your freedom by serving God,
not by breaking the rules…”
“…you must NOT use your freedom
as an excuse for doing wrong.”
Are You Still Enslaved –
After Learning Bible Truths ?
There are some people who claim to embrace the
life-giving FREEDOM that the truth provides –
and yet they continue to enslave themselves with
Worldly pursuits, dishonest practices, and acts that
the Bible condemns.
They fail to recognize that – by obeying the truth in
The Bible – they would be set free from the bad effects
of enslavement to many unnecessary and harmful things.
THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE FROM —
1. Free From The effects of immoral and illegal life styles – including
a. freedom from sexually transmitted diseases
b. freedom from unwanted pregnancies
c. freedom from the pain of divorce and broken families
d. freedom from the effects of committing crimes or evil acts
2. Free From Fear of Pagan and man-made religious doctrines.
a. no more fear of endless torment in a mythical hellfire
b. no more fear of death – and the uncertainties of not knowing
the truth about the condition of the dead.
c. no more fear of purgatory and other mythical beliefs
d. no more despair or feeling predestined to fail, etc.
3. Free from enslavement to quasi-pagan holidays
4. Free from caring what the world thinks anymore
5. Free from peer pressure to perform immoral or illegal acts.
6. Free from the lies of pagan Rome that have haunted Christendom
7. Freedom from the fears of what the future holds,
since the Bible assures that all good people will live on a paradise earth.
8. Free from fear of terrorism and political unrest –
since the Bible tells us that Christ is going to take over the rule
of the entire inhabited earth.
9. Free from the fear of a nuclear holocaust –
since the Bible assures us that God will step in at just the right time.
10. Free from the fear of man – and what he can do to us –
since the Bible assures us that Jehovah is watching over all those
who love him.
11. Free from the anxieties of Life, because Christ will soon return.
12. Free from the worries of tomorrow – because we know what God
has in store for those who love him.
Worldly Holidays — Freedom or Slavery ?
There are many people that have been celebrating
holidays each year – without realizing that their pagan
origins and pagan content would make them wrong –
based on God’s rules and principals.
“Get rid of all your pagan idols,
purify yourselves, and put on clean clothing.”
“Do NOT worship the Lord your God
in the way these pagan peoples worship their gods.”
“…The people imitated the detestable practices
of the pagan nations…”
“On that day of judgment,”says the Lord,
I will punish…all those following pagan customs.”
“…They were well-warned:
God said, “Don’t!” but they did it anyway…”
They ignore these pagan trappings and do them anyway.
They insist that theirs is the freedom to worship God,
in anyway that they choose. But at what cost ?
What Freedom.? Watch these people as they are enslaved
to these popular worldly holidays. They spend weeks, and
even months in preparation. They become exhausted,
not only financially, but even mentally and physically.
They get themselves into tremendous debt that they often
cannot afford. They spend many hours shopping for their
gifts – only to have the recipient act ungrateful or even
displeased with them. Tempers run hot – as late hours
are kept in preparation – with all the wrapping, decorating,
cooking, baking, cleaning, and arranging of events.
Couples are seen fighting during the holidays, even in public,
Tempers and nerves become frazzled. Family expenses are
stretched to the limit and even beyond.. The kids are cranky
and unruly during these long hours of shopping and preparation.
No one is getting enough sleep or rest..
Greed and comparison of gifts brings out jealousy and anger
in some people. And the list goes on. And when it’s all over –
It’s obvious that the holidays have held many in a slave-like
state for weeks and months in preparation for all the so-called
“Time’s up. My Judgment Day is near:
…I will punish those…Who introduce pagan
prayers and practices; And I’ll punish all who
import pagan superstitions…On Judgment Day…
I’ll find and punish those who are sitting it out,
fat and lazy, amusing themselves and taking it easy,
Who think, ‘God doesn’t do anything, good or bad.
He isn’t involved, so neither are we.’ But just wait.
They’ll lose everything they have…”
“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
the Jews and early christians –
“regarded birthday celebrations as part
of idolatrous worship…”
-M’Clintock & Strong’s Cyclopedia
(Vol. I, p. 817)
“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
Slaves To Worldly Holidays –
“But now that you know God.
Even better, now that God knows you.
So why are you turning back to those weak
and worthless beliefs? Do you want to be
slaves to them all over again?
You are observing special days and months
and seasons and years! I am afraid for you.
I am afraid that somehow I have wasted
my efforts on you.”
RETURNING TO SLAVERY –
“So now that you know God – or should I say,
now that God knows you, why do you want to go
back again and become slaves once more to the
weak and useless spiritual principles of this world?
You are trying to earn favor with God by observing
certain days or months or seasons or years.
I fear for you. Perhaps all my hard work with you
was for nothing.”
“But now that you know God,
or better still, that God knows you.
How can you turn back and become the slaves
of those weak and pitiful powers?
You even celebrate certain days, months, seasons,
and years. I am afraid I have wasted my time
working with you.”
FREEDOM FROM WORLDLY PURSUITS
Every one is trying to change the world.
They vote and pledge allegiance to the different
governments of the world. Many feel that mankind
can and will – clean up the world’s problems and
restore peace to the earth.
This is not a thought of a true Christian –
for Jesus himself refused to get involved with
worldly politics and so did his apostles and
the earliest of his followers.
If we truly believe the promises that Christ made
while he was on the earth – We would show our faith
in him – looking to him and his Father for mankind’s
The solution to the earth’s turmoil was foretold
not only by Christ but also by the prophets of Jehovah
God. When we base our hope on those promises –
rather than upon mankind – we are exhibiting strong
Faith in the promises made by God himself.
“For evil-doers shall be cut off;
But those that wait for Jehovah,
they shall inherit the earth.
For just a little while longer,
and the wicked ones shall be no more:
Yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place,
and he shall not be.
But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves
in the abundance of peace…
The righteous shall inherit the earth,
And dwell therein for ever…
Wait for Jehovah, and keep his way,
And he will exalt thee to inherit the earth;
When the wicked are cut off,
thou shalt see it.”
The World’s Friendship – or God’s Friendship
You have to choose – One or The Other
You can NOT have them both
“You adulterous people,
don’t you know that friendship with the world
is hatred toward God?
Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world
becomes an enemy of God.
“You people aren’t faithful to God!
Don’t you know that if you love the world,
you are God’s enemies?
And if you decide to be a friend of the world,
you make yourself an enemy of God.”
“Do not love the world or anything in the world.
If anyone loves the world,
the Father’s love is not in him.”
Hated by the World –
Because you are Different
“Now your former friends
wonder why you have stopped
running around with them,
and they curse you for it.”
“Those who do not know God
are surprised you do not join them
in the sinful things they do.
They laugh at you and say bad things against you.
The end of the world is near.
You must be the boss over your own mind…”
“But remember…that the apostles of our Master,
Jesus Christ, told us this would happen:
“In the last days there will be people
who don’t take these things seriously anymore.
They’ll treat them like a joke…
These are the ones who are…thinking only
of themselves. There’s nothing to them,
no sign of the Spirit!
Jesus Said –
“All men will hate you because of me,
but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. ”
“If the world hates you,
keep in mind that it hated me first.”
Jesus Said :
“…they have hated both me and my Father…”
In Prayer to Jehovah
Jesus Said :
“…Jesus…looked toward heaven
and prayed :
‘I have given them “YOUR” WORD
and the world has hated them,
for they are not of the world
any more than I am of the world.’ “
This World is Passing Away
“…For this world in its present form
is passing away.”
“Deal as sparingly as possible with the
things the world thrusts on you. This world
as you see it is on its way out.”
“…For the outward form of this world –
the present world order – is passing away.”
“While you live in this world,
live as if the world has no hold on you.
The way of this world will soon be gone.
I want you to be free from the cares
of this world.”
“And this world is fading away,
along with everything it craves.
But if you do the will of God,
you will live forever.”
“The world and all its desires
will pass away.
But the man who obeys God
and does what He wants done
will live forever.”
The World Becomes Your Enemy
When the Truth Sets You FREE
“Am I now your enemy,
just because I told you the truth?”