June 2018           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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Just What Do You Mean ... Another Pagan Abomination?


Sleigh Bells Ring ... Are You Listening?

I have discussed the Christmas holidays with various people over the last few years. The general response has been one of disbelief and rejection of the notion that God does not appreciate man-made worship being sent or given in His direction. It is 'illogical' to most people that God would EVER reject, or in some way not accept their best efforts at worship!

It is unthinkable to them that He would, even for an instant in any manner, be turned off or unimpressed simply because we humans would pick and choose from the plethora of pagan customs and pagan symbols to construct a WORSHIP PROGRAM directed to Him!!

In the past, and in the present, when I have dared to suggest such a thing, it has left those who have read my comments sad and prayerful in my behalf. Some have even condemned me for what they believe are various degrees of heresy, and some have even gone away laughing!

But here I am again insisting that the afore-mentioned view is valid and that it could be dramatically important to YOUR SALVATION!!

Please allow me to walk with you through some highly misunderstood scriptures:

Isaiah 1:10 " Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah."

Yes, I know ... Sodom and Gomorrah are gone!!! Burned up and left as ashes! But, if you are a student of the Bible, you probably know that the fate of those two cities has been, and can be, used as an EXAMPLE for US! Their fate will, for all time, be an EXAMPLE of the fruit of that type of raging immorality!

And, of course, that 'give ear unto the LAW' business is highly denied by most modern day professing Christians.

In the next few verses, God begins to share HIS VIEW of mankind's unauthorized attempts to worship Him.

Verse 11 "To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats."

Read it very carefully! There is MUCH TRUTH here to be gained that can be DIRECTLY APPLIED to the modern-day efforts of SINCERE professing Christians.

Sodom and Gomorrah?

Why mention that? Well please notice that even Jerusalem (which most people think of as the Holy Land) is characterized by God as Sodom and Egypt!

Revelation 11:8 "And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified."

God likes to call things what they are!

Someone who God spiritually calls the 'rulers of Sodom and the people of Gomorrah' were sacrificing to the Lord!!

But what did the Lord say? Was He pleased? Was He glad they were trying their best to worship Him?

NO!!! He said, "To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices UNTO ME? He did not recognize these offerings and did not respect them!! It reminds me of the way things went in the lives of Cain and Able ...

Isaiah 1:12 "When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?"

In other words, who's idea was it? It certainly wasn't His idea!

Not only were they attempting to placate Him with their sacrifices, they were trying to worship Him!! They were attempting to go before Him in worship without His calling or permission, in and by means He did NOT seek from them!

Here is a statement of TRUTH: God reserves to Himself the right to specify what is and what is not TRUE WORSHIP!!!

These next few verses I quote will probably be familiar to some ... they are often invoked in hopes of DENYING the HOLY DAYS and SABBATHS of God but when studied IN CONTEXT, it is or should be VERY PLAIN that they are NOT the Holy Days and Feasts of God. They are man-made efforts at worshipping Him which He does not accept!

Please, READ CAREFULLY in context:

Verse 13 "Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me;"

THEIR oblations and the burning of incense was an abomination to Him! He says they are vain! VANITY of worship is worship that people decide to give God instead of the worship He designed, specifies and demands!!

Prov. 16:25 "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."

The Christmas celebration is 'what SEEMS right' in the eyes of people. It seems like a good and honorable thing to honor Jesus on His birthday, but because it is done on the anniversary of a pagan celebration, and is totally wrapped up in the very same pagan customs that He hates, it IS in fact an ABOMINATION TO HIM!

AND, because it seems so right in their eyes, they wind up desiring for HIM to be the "reason for the season" ... when, in fact, HE was NEVER IN IT to start with!!

More than that He DOES NOT DESIRE TO BE IN IT!!

The next portion of the verse IS referring to the special days HE GAVE and that HE EXPECTS His people to keep.

He says plainly that He cannot do away with them BECAUSE the doing away with them would be INIQUITY! Iniquity is LAWLESSNESS!!

Completing Isaiah 1:13:

"... the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity (the doing away with), even the solemn meeting.

As far as THEIR new moons and THEIR appointed feasts... He HATED THEM!

Continuing on in Verse 14:

"Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble to me; I am weary to bear them."

Here He carefully delineates between HIS CHOSEN FEAST DAYS, and what He terms "YOUR NEW MOONS" and "YOUR APPOINTED FEASTS"

They are NOT the same!! Isn't that PLAIN?

That is what we need desperately !! PLAIN scriptures that preach A PLAIN, CLEAR MESSAGE, and that convey GOD'S WILL to and for us. NOT MAN'S WILL!!

BUT WHO WILL LISTEN? Not many, I'm afraid!!

So will God RESPOND to this type of worship? How will He react? Will He see it, and be pleased, blessing those who come to Him and worship Him in that manner?

Verse 15 "And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood."

Many of God's People have DIED at the hands of those who HATED GOD'S CHOSEN FORM OF WORSHIP!

Then these people turn right around and want to worship God their way with pagan customs and symbols!!!

God will NOT ACCEPT that as worship! He will HIDE His eyes and COVER His ears.


Why is God not satisfied ...

When we "do our best to worship Him" with the customs of Christmas? It is because THOSE CUSTOMS are the SAME worship practices that were offered to IDOLS. God simply will NOT accept those practices! He HATES those customs and considers them abominations!!

They truly are "THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN."

Jer. 10:1-2 "Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, ...

So what do people do? They do the exact OPPOSITE of what He said to do! They learn the way of the heathen and then turn and try to offer it to God as ...WORSHIP!

He will NOT have respect to that kind of offering!!

Do you want it a little more PLAIN?

Try this: Look in Deuteronomy Chapter 12:28:

"Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God."

God is telling the Israelites (all twelve tribes) that if they want things to go well with them, they MUST HEAR what He COMMANDS them to do.

If they would have done that, then things would have gone well with them AND their children" He wanted them to 'do that which is good and right in the sight of the Lord.'

God was about to give them the land of the pagan nations to be their own. However, He wanted them to KNOW that He did not approve of them being 'snared by following them'! Please read on to see the reason:

Verse 29 "When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
30 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."

Did you GET THAT? He did not want them to 'enquire' after their pagan gods ... In other words, "LEARN NOT THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN!" Look CLOSELY!! Why did He not want them doing this? Because they might enquire as to how the pagan nations SERVED THEIR GODS, then turn around and try to worship the REAL GOD with these PAGAN CUSTOMS!!! GOD is a JEALOUS GOD!! He DESERVES BETTER THAN THAT!

Verse 31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, 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.

Isn't that PLAIN? What more could you ask for in the way of explanation? God hates those things! He demands that those who worship Him do so in Spirit and in TRUTH without ADDING or TAKING AWAY anything that He has specified!!

Verse 32 "Whatsoever thing I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto nor diminish from it."

Is there any hope? Can people REPENT of their ways and DO RIGHT?

Yes. These next verses do indicate the hope that exists IF people will put away the evil of THEIR DOINGS!!

Isa. 1:16-20 "Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

It IS a hard saying, and who can accept it? GOD WILL NOT ACCEPT just any old worship!!

He DEMANDS that we worship Him "in Spirit and in Truth" (John 4:23-24). The truth is He has decided HOW and WHEN He wants to be WORSHIPPED and He DEMANDS that we DO IT THAT WAY!! AND THAT WAY ONLY!!

Anything else is just another PAGAN ABOMINATION!!

This throws NEW LIGHT on the verse in Mark 7:

"Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men ... "

Christmas is one of the CHIEF HOLIDAYS of modern "christianity". It is a doctrine, and a commandment of MEN ... NOT GOD!!

It is practiced by MILLIONS and they THINK THEY ARE PLEASING GOD! They THINK that they are worshipping and honoring Him, but TRULY, they are in the same boat with the folks mentioned in Matthew 7:23.

Mat. 7:23 "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Lawlessness)"

Yes, these people had DONE AWAY with His Holy Days and Sabbaths and were trying to worship Him THEIR WAY. God says it is INIQUITY! And remember, iniquity means LAWLESSNESS!! A people without law, a REBELLIOUS and STUBBORN lot that THOUGHT they were doing GOOD.

Look at it in context and CONSIDER!!

Verse 21-23 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

Again in Luke 13:

Luke 13: 25-27 "When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity."

Workers of iniquity. Lawless, rebellious humans who will not change their ways to the ways of God!!

Yes, I have kept Christmas in the past, in my ignorance, but I have repented of that and now that I have SEEN the truth, I share it and try to PREACH IT!!

May God have mercy on all those who read this and may He allow His glorious understanding to be upon their minds, for their good and their salvation.

To those who repent and keep His words, God says this:

Deut. 28:1 "And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

May God bless you as you seek to serve and obey Him!


Your friend, Ben.

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