The title of this essay might make some Christians uncomfortable, while others will seek to shun me as an anti-Christ, but the truth of the matter still remains quite evident—Christ was never in Christmas! Every researcher who writes on this subject, no matter how apologetic to the practice of Christmas within the broader reaches of Christianity, confesses one salient fact—Christmas is derived from the pagan deity— Dies Invicti Solis—The Sun god, or “god of the unconquerable sun”. It was the early “Church Father,” Tertullian, whose writings serve as a crutch for the upholding of Sunday sacredness, who in the third century lamented at the growing tide of Christmas and New Year celebrations, in these hard-to-be-forgotten words, “Oh, how much more faithful are the heathen to their religion, who take special care to adopt no solemnity from the Christians.” The corollary of this statement is clear, and might well be presented with this extension, “oh, how much more faithful are the heathen to their religion, who take special care to adopt no solemnity from the Christians, and yet Oh, How much more unfaithful are Christians to their religion, who take special care in dismissing all the solemnities recorded in the Scriptures—the Holy Torah!” With the exception of some Saturday Sabbath-keeping Christian groups today, the greater Christian world has totally forsaken all the commemoratives outlined in Leviticus 23, and have instead baptized raw paganism into the Christian faith, and present it to the One who must always be worshipped “in spirit and in truth,” as a holy oblation. What greater effrontery to truth can be found!
My aim in writing this essay is to challenge the Christian world in general, and Seventh-day Adventists, in particular, to take a fresh look at this known pagan custom and determine if the God of truth can be rightly worshipped, appeased, or otherwise honored with a dressed-up lie. We must admit, the modern colors, lights, and presents, with the attendant pageantry do serve as a powerful distraction from the despotic evil it is, which has often times caused well-meaning Christians to defy good judgment for all that is right and holy, in exchange for this dressed up child of the Evil One. But those who “follow the lamb wherever He goes,” (Rev. 14: 4), shall be careful in being obedient to all the “commandments of God, and” maintaining “the faith of Jesus Christ,” (Rev. 14: 12), Y’shuah the Messiah, while they steadily come out of Babylon, both intellectually, culturally and spiritually.
Even the Roman Catholics who take credit for the introduction of Christ-mass into the Christian Church, did not originally receive it with good flavor. In their online Encyclopedia, they recount that, “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church. Irenaeus and Tertullian omit it from their lists of feasts; Origen, glancing perhaps at the discreditable imperial Natalitia, asserts (in Lev. Hom. viii in Migne, P.G., XII, 495) that in the Scriptures sinners alone, not saints, celebrate their birthday…” So the evidence is clear that this festival lacks Biblical authenticity, and must therefore be discarded from the Christian calendar.
Some may argue that “Christmas is a nice time of the year,” when people are very giving and open to hearing about Jesus, but this is only the skin of truth. When we unmask Christmas, we find that it is what every research on this topic has produced—dressed-up paganism. In other words, it is akin to a “wolf dressed up in sheep’s clothing,” and “the whole world is wondering after the beast (Rev. 13: 3), who has been invested with Satan’s “power, and his seat, and great authority.” (Rev. 13: 2). A former student of mine once said, “If I baked cow’s manure and poured chocolate glazing over it, will that turn it to chocolate cake?” The class of teenagers, seeing the logic of her reasoning, and the stupidity of Christians lying that Christmas is about Jesus, and that it is for the children, all responded in unison with a repulsive “No!” And they were correct.
Christmas must adopt the trimmings of Christianity to give it any validity and legitimacy in Christian circles, and so the hoopla from many “Christian Leaders,” is that society needs to “put Christ back into Christmas!” But the sad truth is stultifying, He was never in it! Ask the Apostles and they will tell you, this was practiced only among the Pagans, and Christians ought not to walk and worship as they do; ask Irenaeus and Tertullian, and they will tell you that, “the heathens are more faithful to their religion in not adopting any vestige of Christianity in their celebrations, yet Christians are unfaithful to their God, because they worship Him on a pagan altar; ask Constantine, and he will tell you that the early church knew nothing of Christ-mass commemoratives, that it was and is altogether a pagan practice; ask “Saint Augustine,” and he will tell you, Christmas is pagan, and has no resemblance to the Holy Child of Bethlehem’s manger; ask the Pope and he will tell you it is an institution of his church, akin to Sunday sacredness, neither of which finds their authority in the Bible or the external teachings of the Apostles but in the Church’s traditions; ask the Puritans and they will tell you that Christmas worship is dressed-up devil worship and must be shun by all-together true Christians; ask Ellen G. White and she will tell you that Christmas celebration is “the worship of heathen deities;” ask Seventh-day Adventists, such as those leading It is Written and The Voice of Prophecy, and they will tell you, “It is about helping lost sinners connect with the Babe in the manger who died for their sins”!
Who among the above catalogue of respondents, spoke a time-baked lie about Christmas? The answer is as shocking as it is disturbing, that only the Seventh-day Adventists, a people reputed for their ubiquitous reverence for, and fidelity to “the commandments of God,” who are now espousing doctrines and commemoratives not “commanded” by YHWH, but by the dragon! Can you imagine a ministry entitled, “It is Written,” espousing doctrines that are not written! Does this frighten or concern you? It should. Like their Roman Catholic counterparts, the Adventists are still apparently pointing attention to “the Babe in the manger,” rather than the man of Calvary. It is time, my friends, to be in the world but not partaking of its spirit. Won’t you follow the Lamb of YHWH singly today?
Many Adventists have taken an uncritical view, and wholesale acceptance of Ellen White’s earthy commentaries on the pagan tree of Christmas, without any regard for the Bible and sacred history’s recordings on this question. Here is one of her over-worked statements, promoting the tree: “Let the several churches present to God Christmas trees in every church; and then let them hang thereon the fruits of beneficence and gratitude, –offerings coming from willing hearts and hands, fruits that God will accept as an expression of our faith and our great love to him for the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ. Let the evergreen be laden with fruit, rich, and pure, and holy, acceptable to God. Shall we not have such a Christmas as Heaven can approve?”
The idea that believers should hang “offerings, great and small,” on this devil-instituted symbol, is tantamount to offering “strange fire before the LORD.” “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.” Lev. 10:1. “And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before the LORD.” Num. 26:61. In other words, we cannot expect the LORD’s blessings on gifts reserved for his honor, when they are served to Him on the altar of Baal-Berith! Friend, there is no agreement with the altar of Yahweh, and the altar of Baal, they are patently incongruous. When Elijah stood on Mt. Carmel against Baal’s prophets in defense of true worship, he purposefully refused to use the same altar dedicated to Baal worship for the offering of sacrifices dedicated to Yahweh. We are told, “And he [Elijah] repaired the altar of YHWH that was broken down… And with the stones he built an altar in the name of YHWH.” 1 Kings 18:30, 32.
What a legacy of an example he left for us to follow! We cannot offer offerings to the GOD of heaven on Baal’s altar, and expect to win His favor! Friend, let us not compromise with Baal worship when we are so close to the borders of the eternal world. Elijah might well have reasoned, “It is the end of day, we are all tired since we’ve been here from early in the morning; let’s just use this already established altar of Baal and get on with this aspect of the showdown.” But no, he took the time to repair and build an altar in the name of Yahweh, on which he later offered his sacrifice. Unless otherwise shown, I am convinced of this one thing, had Elijah offered his sacrifice on the altar dedicated to Baal, the story would have had a very different ending! Friend, heaven demands that we make a conscious “difference between the holy and [the] profane” (Ezek. 22:26; Lev. 10:10); this is what Elijah did, and great was his reward! The challenge is now ours in this evil and adulterous age to stand for the truth and righteousness though the heavens fall!
As Adventists, we have long proclaimed the call to “Come out of her [Babylon] my people” (Rev. 18: 4), but this call is not merely a plea to leave the physical domain of Babylon only, merely to enter into the Third Angel’s message and continue as we were in Babylon. No, no, no! This call requires a departure from Babylon, both spiritually, physically, morally, and ideologically. One might say: “well, from the time I accepted the Sabbath truth, I came out of Babylon.” This is not necessarily true if you have not left Babylon’s domain ideologically and spiritually. The apostle Paul explained it as follows, “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? …Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor. 6:16-18.
The earlier directive from Ellen White that a Christmas tree should be placed in “every church,” is woefully contrary to everything written in the Scriptures, and must be understood as her having knowledge only “in part,” (1 Cor. 13: 9), and thus gave counsel based on her ignorance, though the best available light to her at that time. But this ignorance would not last forever, for she, after having been enlightened on the truth of Christmas, has rescinded all previous statements with the following rebuke: “The youth in this country [Australia] require more earnest spiritual labor than in any other country we have yet visited. Temptations are strong and numerous; the many holidays and the habits of idleness are most unfavorable for the young. …But from their youth up they have been educated to the popular idea that the appointed holidays must be treated with respect and be observed. From the light that the Lord has given me, these days have no more influence for good than would the worship of heathen deities; for this is really nothing less. These days are Satan’s special harvest seasons. The money drawn from men and women is expended for that which is not bread. The youth are educated to love those things which are demoralizing, things which the word of God condemns. The influence is evil and only evil continually.” 
The above statement has never been reproduced by our denomination in any literature expressing Ellen White’s position on Christmas, and I find it to be disingenuous to set her writings in such a light as to not show the balance therein, especially as she grew in knowledge, light and understanding, to realize that Christmas commemoration is “nothing less” than the adoration and “worship of heathen deities.” Further, since in order for one to either pin a gift to the bowers of the tree, or place a present under its spreading branches, requires the genuflection of “bowing” or at the least nodding before the tree, Satan is more than pleased when Christians “bow” to him, all the while thinking they are offering praise to Jesus! I say, Christian beware! Satan does not care how you are deceived, but only exults in the one fact that you are deceived. The challenge is ours to unmask his sophistries and turn to the Lover of our souls in true repentance, and worship Him “in spirit and in truth,” based on His commandments, and not on our own feelings and maxims.
Truly, the fruit in Eve’s hand seemed quite innocent to her, and even “delightful,” but by partaking of it, she was flirting with the devil, in defiance of Heaven’s expressed command, and has resulted in our 6,000 year travail in the valley of sin. There was no apparent danger in the fruit itself, she reasoned, for after all, it appeared “good for food!” But the sad reality is that this apparently “good for food” fruit, was handed to her from the clever hands of Satan! And only he was glorified on that fateful day! The same is true with Christmas celebration, it appears innocent, yet at its core, it was handed over to us from Satan, and therein lies the danger. Do not let your senses benumb divine reason. Don’t argue that it is “good for food” to satisfy your carnal desires, but dispense with it wholly, because it is subliminally, “the worship of heathen deities.”
While doing research on the historicity of the Bible Sabbath, Adventist Evangelist, author, and Professor, Walter E. Straw, penned the following lines: “There are few other questions that should be considered while we are studying the introduction of Sunday observance. How did Easter and Christmas get into the church? … We look in vain for these at the time of the apostles. It is a well-attested fact that the Christian church today has many practices, ceremonies, and beliefs that were foreign to the church at the time of Christ and the apostles. Therefore they did not come from the apostles. From where did they come? Professor Sayce answers, ‘We are the religious heirs of the builders and founders of the Egyptian temples. Many of the theories of Egyptian religion, modified and transformed no doubt, have penetrated into the theology of Christian Europe, and form, as it were, part of the woof in the web of modern religious thought. Christian theology was largely organized and nurtured in the schools of Alexandria.'”
Straw continues: “There was no Christmas celebration in the early church. ‘The Roman winter solstice, …as celebrated on December 25 in connection with the worship of the sun-god Mithra, appears to have been instituted in this special form by Aurelian about 273 A.D., and to this festival the day owes its apposite name of the ‘Birthday of the Unconquered Sun.’ With full symbolic appropriateness, though not with historical justification, the day was adopted in the Western Church, where it appears to have been generally introduced by the fourth century, and whence in time it passed to the Eastern Church as the solemn anniversary of the birth of Christ, Christmas Day. As a matter of history no valid or even consistent early Christian tradition vouches for it.’ Chrysostom says that Christmas was introduced into the East about 378 A.D.” 
One who was never a Bible-Sabbath keeper documents that: “Chrysostom (Monitum in Hom, de Natal. Christi), writing in Antioch about A.D. 380, says: ‘It is not yet ten years since this day was made known to us’ (Gieseler, Vol. II, p. 352). ‘What follows,’ adds Gieseler, ‘furnishes a remarkable illustration of the ease with which customs of recent date could assume the character of apostolic institutions.’ Thus proceeds Chrysostom: ‘Among those inhabiting the west, it was known before from ancient and primitive times, and to the dwellers from Thrace to Gadeira [Cadiz] it was previously familiar and well-known,’ that is, the birth-day of our Lord, which was unknown at Antioch in the east, on the very borders of the Holy Land, where He was born, was perfectly well known in all the European region of the west, from Thrace even to Spain!”
So it is clear that this festival of “Christmas,” or the Nativity of Christ, was “well known” from ancient and primitive times because it was a heathen festival from the days of antiquity, yea from the days of Nimrod, the great rebel against Yahweh. Isn’t it curious that this “well known” birthday of Y’shuah was not known at all in the land “where he was born,” yet Europe (the Papacy), so far away, was able to convince the rest of the world, including the people of Palestine, that the 25th of December is Christ’s birthday! If anyone should have had the truth of Messiah’s birth correct, it would be the people in the land where he was born. But no, they had to learn this knowledge some four hundred years after the fact, from a people who were apostates and persecutors of Him who was born in Bethlehem, to save us from our sins! Is this sound reasoning? I think not; how about you, friend?
The book, The Da Vinci Code was written with the intention of overthrowing faith in Y’shuah as the Messiah, as it turned him into a common sinner, yet even here the author, Dan Brown, was confronted with the reality of History, and has correctly documented evidence which can be corroborated by every other authority on the subject, that Christmas is the worship of Saturnalia, raw paganism dressed up in church clothes and masquerading itself in almost every Christian church as of divine worth! Look at this eye-opener: “In Constantine’s day, Rome’s official religion was sun worship–the cult of Sol Invictus, or the Invincible Sun–and Constantine was its high priest…By fusing pagan symbols, dates, and rituals into the growing Christian tradition, he created a type of hybrid religion…The pre-Christian God Mithras – called the Son of God and the Light of the World – was born on December 25…By the way, December 25 is also the birthday of Osiris, Adonis, and Dionysus.”
While I do not recognize Mr. Brown’s book as an authoritative guide and honest survey of Messianic Christianity, in this one area he his correct—Christmas is the worship of Lord Mithras—another name for Satan! Do you see why a scoffer like Dan Brown is still lost in his sins? It is on account of the Christian church, which has taken special interest in wresting this child of the Devil from Mithraism, and pawning it off as a holy oblation to YHWH, that has created this skeptic. He knows the real truth behind Christmas, that the God of Christians is Satan, and even in his skeptic mind, he knows that this is wrong, and has become a voice to the world to expose Christianity as modern Mithraism! This is the point he was making in that popular book, and it is a sad commentary that Christianity has damaged its reputation by holding on to ancient paganism and teaching it as a sacred oblation. It has, as it were, hid the key of knowledge and made people like Mr. Brown ten-times more a child of the Devil than before.
“(2) Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: (3) And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. (4) Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God… (8) Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.” Deut. 12: 2-4, 8.
As for the celebration of Christmas with the tree and all the trimmings, there is explicit Biblical condemnation of this “heathen” practice:
“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O YHWH; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? For to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men. But YHWH is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.” Jer. 10: 2-11.
Since the Creator has clearly warned us to “Learn not the way of the heathen,” then those professing Christians who continually “teach” these “vain” heathen customs to the people of Yahweh as tinsel truth, even they “shall not be able to abide His indignation.” Friends, there is great safety in keeping all the Festivals of Yahweh’s appointment and approval (Lev 23). He will not condemn you for heartfelt obedience to all His Statutes Judgments and commandments–the Torah, but He will condemn you for whoring after heathen worship, and teaching it as of Divine origin, and sanction when it’s not. Your job and mine is to expose the wine of Babylon as poison, and warn the world of its deceptive brew, and not to lead them in following the worship of the dragon. As Christians, we oft times wonder, how did ancient Israel, with all the demonstrations of Divine power available to them, continually turned to idolatry? And in this inquiry, we believe that idolatry is a thing of the past, and even surmise that if we were alive back then, we would never have participated in their paganism! Simply roll the clock forward to our day, and ask heaven the question: how different is our modern practice of Christmas and other Pagan infusions into Christianity than the practice of Baal worship in Israel?
“While to a multitude of Christmas-observers, Christ means scarcely more than any ordinary man of fame, to an even greater Christmas-observing multitude of ‘not-at-all-Christians,’ He is but a storied figure by which to conjure holiday revelry; although they meaninglessly lisp His name in conventional acknowledgment of the supposed origin of the religious occasion of the season! Thus to many, like a light in the darkness, stands out the fact that Christmas is not, in reality, observed to the honor of the Saviour, but to the glorification of a heathen custom and to the gratification of the carnal heart. Consequently, ‘altogether-Christians’ cannot therefore consistently participate in celebrating the Christmas myth. Indeed, to do so is openly to set at naught the Word of God, [Jer. 10:2-5 quoted].
“And the traditional gift-exchanging which is part and parcel of the spirit of Christmas observance, is a jealousy-breeding custom, all too often only cankering the receiver’s heart and emptying the buyer’s pocketbook. Thus while it goads one multitude to display of pride, even luring them into revelry, debauchery, and immorality, it drives another, the multitude of poor, either to envy or discouragement, or to both, also not infrequently to despair, and sometimes to insanity — even to committing murder and suicide. The whole Christmas institution consequently being but a species of heathen worship that is demoralizing the nations, the Lord’s servants will invariably shun the exchanging of Christmas gifts, shun the evil attendant upon the occasion’s pretentious spirit and spurious humanitarianism. Christians cannot, indeed, take part in its unholy traffic of gift-trading and reveling, and at the same time be ‘altogether-Christians.’” .
The evidence is clear that Christ was never in Christ-mass, and so it an “abomination” (Ezek 8 & 9), to now include Him in it. Many are the plottings of the enemy to cause us to lose our souls, but if we walk in the light as Y’shuah is the light, he will guide us in the path of true worship as we obediently follow Him in truth and in holiness. It incumbent on each awakened follower of the Lamb to immediately repent from repetition, commemoration and otherwise adoration of this prepackaged evil, and fear YHWH and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come, and he demands us to “worship Him” (Rev. 14: 6, 7),who made all things.
Fresh Manna For Your Soul
If you have given up this pagan festival of Christmas and feel trapped that you’ll have to attend church, even with practices which you are convicted that the Scriptures deplore, then punish yourself no longer. I will host a special morning program on my conference call to accommodate you, so do plan and joining us for this Holy Sabbath day of rest, on Sabbath, December 20th from 10:00 am thru 12:30 pm, EST. To join the conference call: 1-805-399-1000, Pin #: 121929#
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Take a stand for the truth, not because it is popular, but it is the righteous thing to doΩ
By Garrick Augustus, December 18, 2014; e-mail: Gaugustus336@gmail.com
 The Voice of Prophecy, November 2014 Letter “Peace on EARTH,” p. 4.
 Review and Herald, Dec. 9, 1884. (Also be found in The Adventist Home, p. 477; emphasis supplied)
 Ellen G. White, 1894, Fundamentals of Christian Education, p.320.3.
 Origin of Sunday Observance, Walter E. Straw, Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1939, p. 89.
 Origin of Sunday Observance, Walter E. Straw, Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1939, p. 90.
 The Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop, pp. 92-93 footnote.
 Dan Brown, 2003, The Da Vinci Code. Doubleday, New York, p. 232
 V.T. Houteff, 1944, Universal Publishing Association, Christ’s Greetings, pp. 6-7.