Christmas or Christ Mass?
As December 25th approaches, I am brought back down memory lane to the summer of 2009. It was during this period of time that the Holy Spirit moved in my life through articles, documentaries, YouTube videos and the precious word of God. I was wrestling with the scriptures and God started to reveal amazing things from His high and holy law. I was enlightened especially by the revelation of the abundance of pagan practices brought into the church starting at the conversion of Constantine to Christianity and the Council of Nicaea. Of course, this inevitably led me to information regarding many of the holidays the Christian world now celebrates (i.e. Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween). Holding the crown at the very top of this list by far had to be Christmas. After perusing article upon article and scripture upon scripture, I found out that Jesus wasn’t born on the 25th of December, which was a big shock to me. I also found out that other symbolisms surrounding the holiday had nothing to do with Christ or his coming into this world. However, this is not a post about whether or not we should or shouldn’t celebrate Christmas. This post is most certainly not about my feelings or opinions on the subject. This post is about us, Adventists, recognizing that our collective calling is greater than petty arguments and disputes. We have been blessed with a wealth of knowledge that God has entrusted to us for the purpose of spreading throughout the community, state, nation and globe. During this time, when people’s minds are turned toward the spiritual aspects of life, we should be at the forefront in leading all men to focus their gaze more perfectly on Jesus. This is a ripe season to spread the three angel’s messages into all the households we enter by following Paul’s recommendation and “become all things to all men.” As the scripture says,
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. – 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
So, I admonish you brothers and sisters to be proactive and allow the Holy Spirit to empower you in all situations. For those friends and family members who are adamant about the pagan practices they see protruding from the Christmas season, support their protest of paganism. Then, with meekness and a spirit of love, unveil to them the multiplicity of paganism that has captured the entire world along with the vast majority of protestant churches, who are Biblically and rightly referred to as Babylon. For those who are holding on to the season as a time to celebrate the precious gift God gave to us, please encourage their joy, excitement and love for the things of God. But afterwards, your duty calls you to show them from God’s word those things that God ordains to be celebrated far above any other holiday, like that special day and time Jesus set apart for us to remember, that Christians always forget. These truths are among those that represent “present truth”. These truths are among those that the three angels speak about. These truths are those that Jesus wants us to proclaim through the entire world, and it starts at home.
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen. – Revelations 18:1,2
There can be no silence in the loud cry.
Lionel Mosby, Jr.