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Does The Devil Hate Christmas?
Many believe that Christmas is the perfect time to preach Christ, because more people will be willing to listen. Since the Devil is the enemy of Christ and hates anything that honors Him, it's believed that the Devil hates the Celebration of Christ's Birth. Does he?
The world, as a whole, is 'confused' and 'deceived'... Are You?
The religions of this world teach many, many different things. One of those different things is that the Sabbath day is on Sunday.
THE SEED OF SATAN
by Ken Browder
Many people believe Satan has engendered physical children here on earth by a sexual union with physical women. They believe that angels have also caused physical women to give birth to children.
Is this true? Is this scriptural? The following article examines this belief.
A Victory in the War on Christmas
November 28th, 2012
After four years of litigation by the Thomas More Law Center, John Satawa will once again be able to erect a Nativity display on a public median in Warren, Michigan—a tradition that his family and neighbors have been observing every Christmas since 1945.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, commented: “Every December, militant secularists declare war on Christmas celebrations. This is one battle they lost. And we are extremely pleased that Mr. Satawa and his neighbors will be able to resume their wonderful tradition just in time for this Christmas.”
The Nativity display had been erected and maintained by members of the Satawa family and their neighbors every Christmas since 1945 without a single complaint. However, in December 2008 the Macomb County Road Commission received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation which claimed the presence of the Nativity display on the public median violated the constitutional principle of separation of church and state. Link to Letter
Reacting to the letter, on March 9, 2009 the Road Commission issued a formal denial of Satawa’s Nativity permit application claiming as its reason that it “displays a religious message.”
After the Commission’s denial, Mr. Satawa contacted the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor Michigan, for help. On October 23, 2009 the Thomas More Law Center filed a lawsuit against the Road Commission. Link to Lawsuit
A Federal District Court in Detroit initially sided with the Road Commission’s ban on Satawa’s Nativity display. However, in August 2012 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the District Court decision and ruled in favor of Satawa’s right to erect the Nativity display. As a result of that ruling, the Macomb County Road Commission agreed to allow John Satawa to resume the annual tradition of erecting the nativity display at its location on Mound Road in Warren during the 2012 Christmas season and all future Christmas seasons. The Nativity display is expected to go up this year on December 15th.
Many individuals are angry and upset by the efforts of some to stop, or hinder, their celebration of "Christmas"... It's been dubbed "The War On Christmas" and for some, it truly IS a war. Whenever the people's 'traditions' are hampered, the people will fight back! They LOVE the customs, sights, sounds, smells, symbols, traditions, and 'spirit' of Christmas!!
Most who celebrate it, claim to be worshiping God and celebrating His Son's Birthday! They firmly believe that His Death on the cross, set them FREE to worship Him as they please... They have adopted a calendar date, and a set of customs, symbols, and traditions that were formerly used in 'worship' of false gods... they have decided to take these things and offer them up to the REAL GOD, as worship... not realizing, (or not caring) that HE NEVER asked for these things, doesn't desire these things and, in fact, WILL NOT ACCEPT THESE THINGS 'as Worship'!!
The so-called "War On Christmas" is only a small part of the war that will ultimately be fought, and LOST by those humans who stubbornly hang on to the 'traditions and commandments of men', while claiming to Worship the True God.
Jesus Christ is going to return, dressed for battle, and He WILL WIN THE WAR!
Most who celebrate Christmas, do it sincerely... in their minds and in their very spirit, they do it with the best of intentions!! They really do want to worship the true God!! They mean well, and that is good!!
God wants us to worship Him.. but He requires MORE than just to be worshiped 'in spirit'... He requires those who worship Him, to WORSHIP in TRUTH ! Truth is, “Christmas” is not ‘THE WAY’ He wants to be worshiped!!
The devil has deceived the whole world!! (Rev. 12:9), and part of that deception is the idea that we can decide how, and when, and with what customs, we will worship Him. That is a bite of that forbidden fruit! Adam and Eve were the first to taste it, and the the devil has been feeding the whole world with it ever since!
Do YOU truly 'love the Lord'?? Do you really desire to WORSHIP HIM? If so, then please understand, it is YOU that must submit! It is YOU that must give in, and worship Him HIS WAY! His Way, does not include pagan customs that He has specifically said that He HATES!!! He will NOT accept those things 'as worship'!! Period!
"In Vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men"
To worship Him in vain, is to not worship Him AT ALL!
Look around you!! "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"... but also, a lot like the 'beginning of sorrows'! Better to worship Him “HIS WAY”, and have His blessings, than to worship Him YOUR WAY, and NOT!
These articles may help in understanding:
"...life is too complicated...needs to come with a manual...."- MB
Have YOU ever felt this way? Like, if only, there were a 'manual to tell you how to live life'.... Wow! I guess that would be helpful!!
Trouble is, most folks don't really want anyone or anything, telling them how to live their lives... even if they sometimes lament not knowing how to do it correctly... in many cases, if not most, they wouldn't READ the manual, and if they did, they wouldn't DO what it said to do...
The problem we all face each day, is, human nature! Human nature loves to do things 'it's way'! Like that old Frank Sinatra song, "My way..."
Don't you hate it when people presume to think that they KNOW what YOU ought to do?? Isn't that annoying, when they think that THEY understand YOUR PROBLEMS and if only, you'd listen to THEM, then things in your life would straighten out?
Well, if you ever feel that way, THAT is what it feels like to have HUMAN NATURE!!! Human Nature is basically REBELLIOUS!! It REJECTS advice from others, especially if that advice seems personally critical of you, or the way you're 'living your life'.
We may wish there was "a manual", and, indeed, LIFE would be easier if we knew the proper way to live it, but, WOULD WE BE WILLING TO HEED WHAT IT SAID?? Would we be willing to apply it's guidance and instruction to THE WAY we 'live our life'???
In this world today, it seems, that very few would be willing to do that!!
Well, GOOD NEWS!!! The Manual exists! It has been here all along and it's probably already in your possession!!!
The Holy Bible is that manual!! Contrary to what many think, God is the designer and creator of "LIFE" and He sent along His 'Manual' so that we would know how to live it properly!
If that statement irks you, or 'turns you off', then remember what I said about Human Nature!! We are all 'flesh beings' and our 'carnal nature' is automatically opposed to, against, and contrary to God and His Holy Word!
God explains it this way:
Rom_8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
"the carnal mind"... that's our human nature... it is enmity, or 'hostile' against God!! It is hostile to God and to His government in this life! It REJECTS God's advice, God's instruction, and God's LAW!
Unless God intervenes in that 'carnal mind', by granting His Holy Spirit, that carnal mind CAN'T be subject to that LAW... and, because it is not, and cannot be subject to that LAW, it's is continually GUILTY of breaking that law, and as such, is under the penalty of that LAW...-- DEATH!
Death is the penalty- but, there are also other penalties... unhappiness, aggravation, heartbreak, anger, arguments, WAR... not just war between countries, but war between individuals... fights, breakups, cheating and loss... emotional, mental, and even physical pain. All the things that sometimes cause us to say, Wow! "...life is too complicated...needs to come with a manual...."
Well, as I said, the manual is here and you probably have one already... why not open it and READ IT?? What can it hurt? If life isn't going the way you think it should, isn't it time to lay aside your pride, STIFLE YOUR HUMAN NATURE, and OPEN THE BOOK??
If you've tried LIFE 'your way', and it hasn't worked... maybe it's time to try it H I S W A Y....
With your Bibles open, these Articles may be helpful:
Address Comments to the Editor: Letter To The Ediitor
It’s 2012, and still… most aren’t hearing the True Gospel Message!
A friend of mine recently commented,
"Most people are more worried about the cares of THIS life... politics....etc....than the Word! If they would only spend as much time preaching the Gospel, as some do preaching politics... Wow! Just imagine how many more would hear the Good News of the Coming Kingdom and how to prepare for it?”
And, that is absolutely correct! This world is filled up with all sorts of cares! And, as time goes on, it will probably get worse! Our lives, and our lifestyle, have definitely taken a turn.
The major news sources have no problem filling their newscasts with ‘news’.. but, sadly, it’s mostly BAD NEWS!!
What the world needs is some GOOD NEWS!!! And, thank God, there is GOOD NEWS!
The Kingdom of God is coming and all the cares, and woes, and problems of this life will be solved!!
God is going to send His Son, Jesus, back one day soon, and He will return in Power and Glory, to claim this earth and it's kingdoms as His own!
All resistance will be put down...
He and His Saints will rule the world and satan and his demons will be locked up and prevented from deceiving anyone for a thousand years!!
Utopia will be extant worldwide!! Peace and happiness will prevail!
If your preacher isn't preaching about that soon coming Kingdom, then perhaps you need to ask him to get with the program!! THAT Message IS the GOSPEL!
That is what Christ came preaching, and it's what needs to be preached today!
If you are not hearing that message, then you are NOT hearing the Gospel preached!
The Seventimes Journal has tons of Good News!! We invite you to study with us! Just Click Here to get started. May God bless you as you seek to serve Him alone!
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Trust! So Very Important!
by Ken Browder
Trust! So many are 'trusting'.. so many are easily led astray! In families, a child should be able to trust their parents! A husband or wife should be able to trust their spouse... teachers, politicians, the police...all should be worthy of trust! But, alas, in this evil world, not everyone is honest and above board. Not everyone is 'trustworthy'!... our friends, our neighbors, and our 'preachers'?? ... In the following article from the Seventimes Archives, former Editor Ken Browder asks the question, "Who Do You Trust? Considering this question right now, might be crucial to your Salvation! WHO Do You Trust?