The Fir Trees Rejoice
This post must begin with a simple truth. The truth is that most Christians do not study to show themselves approved. Many are content with going to church on Sunday and listening to the wise words of their pastor as he tickles their ears with fanciful stories of how their grace has saved them and they will now enter the Kingdom of heaven without having had to accomplish any deed whatsoever. They fail to realize that they are sitting in a pagan house and listening to one of the many wolves we had been warned would enter the body of Messiah to drag believers away from the truth.
Most have never cracked open a history book, learned how to parse Greek or Hebrew or attempted to understand the times or situations in which the words were spoken. John 4:24: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” And yet there is no search for the truth and no discovery of the Word. They allow others to tell them what to believe instead of discovering the Truth on their own.
One would think that after reading articles, such as presented in this blog, that there would be some inquiry made. But in most cases there is nothing but rejection. These are not just “closed minded” people. These are the minds that hate the things of YHWH.
We have all heard someone say “God knows my heart.” And they are absolutely right. Here is what YHWH has to say about the heart: Jeremiah 17:9: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Let us look at the very next verse: Jeremiah 17:10: “I YHWH search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
“To give every man according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.” In my recent posts I have attempted to demonstrate that “obedience” is the fruit of the faith we have obtained through grace. A great many Christians reject this teaching by claiming that we are “saved by grace.” I do not disagree that we are saved by grace. I just disagree that there is nothing more required of us. Do these Christians honestly believe that once they are saved there is nothing further they need to do?
Christians will not argue the fact that modern holidays are rooted in pagan origin. They still believe that these practices are allowed based on the fact that they are done in the name of Christ. The church has done away with all observances commanded in the Word and replaced them with pagan observances in defiance of the Word. When considering that YHWH is the Word, that’s a very strong statement.
1 Corinthians 10:21 tells us that “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”
And this is repeated in 2 Corinthians 6:14 where it says: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
These verses tells us that we cannot mix that which YHWH has found to be evil or profane with the things of righteousness and truth. And yet, the church has done just that by slapping the name of Christ to pagan observances and adopting them as their way of worship. Here is what the Creator of all things has to say about that:
Deuteronomy 12:30 – 31 “Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto YHWH thy elohyim: for every abomination to YHWH, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.”
And this verse brings up another “excuse” men use to reject proper worship: they do it for the children. The children would be crushed if they were forced to give up Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Parents believe it to be more proper to teach their children how to disobey the Word than to abide by it. Parents believe it more proper to teach their children how to feebly justify their wrongdoing instead of turning from it and performing righteousness. Once again we see how the “heart” is “deceitful above all things” as it attempts to justify the wickedness that men seek after.
Note also Romans 1:18: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” How can one “hold truth in unrighteousness?” Is this the mixing of the things of the world with the things of YHWH? Is holding truth in unrighteousness putting a mask of righteousness over something evil and calling it righteous? Are Christmas and Easter a good example of this? I believe they are.
How arrogant it is of man to tell YHWH how they will worship Him instead of worshiping Him in the way He has commanded. It amazes me that so many Christians can read their Bible and overlook the numerous times the New Testament tells us to: “obey the commandments.” They allow their “hearts” (remember those “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” hearts?) to deceive themselves with false justification so that they may have it THEIR WAY… instead of His way. It isn’t enough that YHWH has told them how to worship Him. It isn’t enough that His Grace has been poured out upon the earth and given them the opportunity to partake of His kingdom. Would this arrogance of man extend to His kingdom? Would they dare attempt to tell Him how to run His own kingdom?
Romans 6:1 asks a very pertinent question: “What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?”
Knowing what we know about Christmas, Easter and all the other “holidays” of they church, should we continue in these practices? Or should we NOT allow the Law of Sin and Death to “reign in our mortal body, to obey it in its lusts?” (Romans 6:12). Romans goes on to say: “Neither present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as one living from the dead, and your members instruments of righteousness to God. For your sin shall not lord it over you, for you are not under Law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Law, but under grace? Let it not be! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or obedience to righteousness?” Romans 6:13-16.
These are strong, bold statements. Note that we present ourselves as “slaves for obedience” and we are “slaves to whom we obey.” In other words, if our “works” are works of righteousness, then we are righteous. And righteousness is found within the cover of your Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, so that the man of God may be perfected, being fully furnished for every good work.”
In a previous article I stated that there must be some sort of gauge that would determine each mans reward that Messiah brings with Him upon His coming. That gauge must be a mans works of faith. “Faith” is not the act of just “believing” as some would think. Faith is the foundation and source of all our behavior. Our actions demonstrate the extent of our faith. Our “works” are a result of our Faith. Obedience is a result of our Faith.
We cannot hide from these facts. YHWH finds the practices of Christmas, Easter and the like to be an abomination. Therefore, we should view them as such. There is no “mixing” of the profane with the righteous, as pointed out above. It cannot be done and must not be done simply because He has stated He will not accept worship in those ways. He has commanded a specific way of worship and that should be the only acceptable way of worship.
In the coming kingdom these pagan practices will not be observed. The end of Christmas is prophesied of in Isaiah 4:8 “Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.” These prophets surely saw the future. They knew these pagan practices would be in full swing at the time of Messiah’s coming.
The time is close at hand when all the earth will worship in “truth” … in the way commanded in the Word. If you have plans to enter the coming kingdom, why not start those ways of worship now? Why not get into practice for what will be? Believe me, you won’t miss the pagan ways.