Christmas or X-mas


Which holiday do we celebrate? Do we celebrate Christmas? or X-Mas?

Who do you think should come first in our Christmas Holiday?

Whats the difference? Its simple. Christmas is about Christ. X-Mas is about Saint Nick, aka Santa Clause, and reindeer, and presents and lights and trees. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with giving presents or Christmas trees and lights. But when that is the only thing we think of when we mention the holiday Christmas, then something is wrong. Parents who focus their children’s Christmas experience on Santa Clause and not on the birth of our Lord, are breaking the 1st two commandments.

Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
(Deu 5:7-8)

We put this “Jolly old chubby man in the red suit” In front of our Lord Jesus Christ with out even realizing it. We decide that Christmas is not Christmas without Santa Clause. When in reality Christmas is not Christmas without our Lord Jesus Christ.

Though Saint Nicholas, who DID exist many years ago, He does not live today!  Our Lord Jesus lives today and forever more!  Saint Nicholas though he was a good man, is NOT some fat man who rides on a sleigh and reindeer giving presents to good boys and girls! In fact he would be offended to the highest degree to even consider the idea!  Because Saint Nicholas was a man of God, who served God, not wanting to come before him.  Which is why my picture is Santa, bowing before his King!  This man in the red suit is a man-made idol. A graven image. People worship this idol for putting him as the center of our Christmas Holiday.

If it ain’t Santa, its shopping or presents. People who are so worried about giving or getting presents they hurt themselves financially. I understand paying a price to help someone in need. Or to bless someone. But there is no need in hurting yourself to give a present that someone does not need but merely wants. With that note remember what the word says

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
(Php 4:19)

“Need” that Need was the Lamb that was slain, our Savior Jesus. He is the only thing we will ever need.

So instead of spreading the Christmas Cheer that Santa wants us to spread, why not spread the Christmas Cheer of Jesus Christ. good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

X-Mas. The Holiday that removed Christ from CHRISTmas.

Next year when Christmas comes around, instead of dreading Christmas because of shopping, and family, how about you start the new tradition of reading the very first Christmas story, the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ to your family….and to others who may need to be saved?

Next year when your kids tell you they want to write a note to Santa requesting some gifts for being good, Tell them what gift God gave, even though we were yet sinners, because he still loved/loves us. And the gift we can have one day if we follow Jesus all of our days.

What does Christmas mean to you? Does it mean “Oh no, more shopping?” / “Santa is coming soon!” / or “Thank you God for giving me the ultimate gift, Your Son, Jesus Christ to die for my sins on Christmas day. Merry Christmas, and Happy Birthday Jesus!”

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Jos 24:15

For me, its a no contest.

Happy Birthday Jesus. You are the gift that no one else could give. You were the baby lying in the manger, You were the child born of the virgin Mary, You are the Lamb that was slain for my sins. And for that, me and my house says, this Holiday belongs to You, and You alone!

Merry Christmas every one!

Invisible Church 2


Time to have an addition to the previous Invisible Church post.  I have talked about what it was, but lets go into depth in what the Church with the four walls was meant to be.  Lets first take a look at how we see our local church.

Local Church.  Doesn’t matter what denomination, they all have service at least once a week.  Maybe two or three times a week.  Maybe more.  Have communion for special services, and baptism with water.  Revivals, Vacation Bible School, Pastor Appreciation, and so on.

But one thing most churches do, and not realize is,  Idolatry.  Todays congregation raises their Pastor on a pedestal like they worship him.  Granted the bible does say, “we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love”   and “The Lord commanded that those who preach the good news should be supported by those who benefit from it”.  So yeah, I understand giving thanks to your Pastor, and showing him honor and respect.  But most church folk, don’t just respect and honor him, but they fear him more than they do God.  The follow him and listen to what he says over what the Word says.  They would rather listen to him, fight and die for him, then read the Word and learn for themselves.  Why is this?   Because EVERYBODY in this world needs something to worship.  Most people need to see the things they worship.  And Most of those most, see it easier to worship their pastor, their (special link to God), then face the hard truth. That no human is going to judge them and pity them in the end.  But God the just, will judge, with no pity OR mercy unless they are covered with blood, and not the filth of this world.

So if thats not enough, lets take even a deeper look inside local churches today.  Democracy.   I may post something on this a little later, but, remember this, MOST LOCAL CHURCHES ARE RAN BY DEMOCRACY!!!  Some say its a good thing.  NO!!!  Where in the bible does it speak of the church as a democracy?  Yeah, ok, Moses has people under him, and those people had people under him, but why did God do that for Moses?  Because Moses was the ONE and ONLY holy man of that time.  He had so much pressure put on him by being THE MAN!  HE was the leader of ONE GIANT CHURCH! So yeah he needed a little help.  But when a local church has to answer to a district and those answer to someone else and those answer to a Headquarters and give THEM their tithes and offerings?  It is blasphemy!  You don’t pay rent to another church or other people!!   (Other then paying for a building)  You are a church of the living God!  You have a Pastor which is the leader and the shepherd.  Then you have people under him so that he wont have so much on his shoulders.  And that is how a church is supposed to be.  Giving tithes and offerings to God and ONLY God, and answering to GOD and ONLY GOD!  To give anyone else YOUR tithes and offerings is IDOLATRY!   If a pastor wants to send money to another church to support their ministry, wether it be missionary, or whatever, thats HIS CHOICE!  But FIRST that Pastor must know to support HIS church before others!  His congregation rely on him, not other churches.  So that pastor should put HIS people first (Jew first) and THEN the people outside his church (THEN to the gentile).

Now that we looked at the Worship and the Democracy, of the local church, maybe we should go even more deeper.  Thats right, we are going to talk about the RELIGION in MOST CHURCHES!!!  I want you to remember this next statement, remember it and write it down because this is important!

Religion is a law that MUST be kept, or face the consequences. (Old covenant)

Christianity is the fulfillment of that law.  (New covenant)

Listen, there is SO MUCH religion in churches today, we literally damn OURSELVES to hell.  Don’t believe me?  How about people in churches today who damn other people by judging them.  They don’t look like Christians, they don’t talk like us, women don’t have long hair, mens hair is too long, they wear to much jewelry, their not as modest as we are!  PHARISEES!!!!  YOU SCRIBES AND PHARISEES!! HYPOCRITES!   Where were you before you were saved and sanctified?  Were you not lost? and broken and nasty with filth?  Were you not as disgusting as they by being covered with sin?  Some say, well i was never as bad as they are!  Scribe and Pharisee!  Hypocrites!! Do you not remember sin is sin?  That there is no greater than or less than?  Murder is the same as calling your brother a fool! (Matthew 5:22)  You have people who say the youth can not get on stage, with shorts, or t-shirts or anything other than the ususal “sunday clothes”.  But JESUS said, suffer not the little children to come unto me.  for SUCH is the kingdom of God.  Kingdom of God is the people in it.  NOT the area.  On a personal note, I have seen youth filled with the holy ghost, in t-shirts, shorts, chains on their necks, hats cocked to the side, and pants very loose around the waist.  How can they recieve that?  Because in their minds, and according to their knowledge, they are saved, and sanctified.  How DARE you tell them otherwise.  Yes, maybe teach them as they grow in Christ, but DO NOT condemn them for who they are.  Did Jesus say make yourself holy and THEN ill come into your lives?  No Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.  He died for us, so we can change.  Didn’t say, change and then ill die!  Pharisees believe that we still have to obey so many laws (outside of God’s law in the new covenant) that when they decide to preach that man made law to the children of God, they corrupt their minds, causing the them to do the same thing the Pharisees are doing.  Judging.  No, not holy judgement either.  The kind of judgement that says Your child can’t get on stage with shorts on because its immodest.  Well i’m sure SHORTS are more modest today then what Jesus wore on the cross!!  So my child can’t get on stage with shorts.  That just means Jesus isn’t welcome either inside your church either, since He was dirty, bare foot, bloody, naked, torn, bruised, beaten, spat on, and not your race of color!  Yeah, it’s different since He was on the cross.  He didn’t have a choice.  Actually He DID CHOOSE THAT!  He chose that so the kids COULD get on stage with shorts on.  So some guys CAN wear hats and baggy clothes and still get baptized by the holy ghost.  He died so this filthy religion could die!  He resurrected so that Christianity could RISE FROM THE ASHES!!!

This post, is not to say don’t go to church.  This post was created to warn you not to get entangled with the junk that is found in churches today.  There are still people in those churches that are pure and just.  And those people would agree 100 percent with what I just said.  These people believe in the invisible church.  The church without walls, and boundaries and  limits.   Without democracy, religion, and idolatry.   ONE CHURCH.  ONE BODY!  ONE ACCORD!   An invisible church does not mean you don’t attend a church at all.  No.  Even I go to church.  But the invisible church is not a place at all.  It is a life.  A point of view.  A choice and it is a Truth.  The invisible church means you are not caught up in todays democracy of church.  Todays religion.  But you are the kind of Christian, that was found 2000 years ago.  Before there were different denominations.  Just one church.  In different buildings.  I am a member of a local church.   And I am a member, of the invisible church.  Because I am in this world.  Not of it.   I am a Chosen, highly blessed and favored, child of God.  (Ephesians 1)

God Is Terrible


It’s interesting people automatically assume you are a heathen going to hell for saying God is terrible.  When in fact, if they would have read the word, they would see that the bible, God’s OWN words, says He is terrible.  Consider the passage from Psalms.

Ps 47:2 For the LORD most high is terrible; He is a great King over all the earth.

How wonderful this verse is!  It is the verse that speaks of our King’s TRUE majesty.  He is the “Most High”.  (He is above all else.)  He is a great King (Ruler) over all the earth.  And He is Terrible.  This word terrible does not mean what your thinking.  It does not mean bad or horrible.  it means fearful, or to be feared.  It means mighty, or great.   This scripture in general is saying, our God is so great there is no other words to describe him!

This is the same God that created the UNIVERSE!!!  He created the sun, planets, the moons, and even the closest star which is 4.3 lightyears away.  And the nearest galaxy is 2.5 million lightyears away!  A single light year is how far the speed of light travels in one year.  And light travels at 186,282 miles per second.  Thats extremely far!  Like Pslams 103:12 says, as far as the east from the west.  Wow, only God can know how far the east is from the west.

King David says in Psalms 139 For you formed my inward parts, you knitted me together in my mothers womb.  And i praise you, for i am fearfully and wonderfully made! This verse David says, Lord, yeah, you created the universe, but thats nothing compared to how you made and formed me inside my mothers womb!  Scientists think they know alot, they know a certain act must be done to create a baby, but they will never know why or HOW the bones grow or muscles start out of an egg and a sperm.  Where does this come from?  David is astounded by the thought of how great God is, just by knowing that He FORMS us in our mothers womb!  Note the “fearfully made”.  We are terribly made by a terrible God!

Ps 65:5 By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:

Ps 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

Ps 66:5 Come and see the works of God: He is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.

Wow, more excellent verses to describe our God.  The word Terrible in the original translation is yare’.  Which means to fear, reverence, respect, honor, and my favorite, to stand in AWE of!!!  In other words “God is AWESOME!  because only He is worthy to stand in awe of!”  -Pastor Timothy Jones of YCOG.  God is not only great and mighty and majestic, He is AWESOME! or in the words of THE word He is TERRIBLE!!!

Ps 68:35 O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

Ps 99:3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.

So now let us sing songs about his holy, great and terrible name!

 

Deuteronomy 7:21Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God [is] among you, a mighty God and terrible.

 

Now to conclude on this blog, i would like to say, God is terrible.  He is awesome.  And this last scripture just said dont be afraid of them (your enemy the devil)  For the Lord your God, is with you.  For God has said He will never leave you, or forsake you.  And He is a mighty God.  He will be there for you when you need him the most.  For David said “No I have never seen the righteous forsaken, or His seed begging for bread.”  No, God will not allow that.  Because He cares for you and He loves you.  And He will literally change the course of the Universe JUST FOR YOU!  Why?  He loves you.  How?  Because

 

God       is        Terrible!!!!