May we all take time to rest in this and maybe read it again very soon. May we meditate and give thought to that which we have heard. May we give thought to the Holy Word of God.
Brethren, I am not a weird, warped, legalistic man or Pharisee of the Law. I am a man of faith, filled with the Holy Spirit of God who loves the Lord Jesus and my Heavenly Father with every breath of my every day. I will continue to expose all the false teachings of darkness and will try to shed light where some have no light. I am not a preacher of Christianity, but rather the Kingdom of God.
It is impossible after reading, seeing and hearing the scriptures to take lightly something of this magnitude. Yes there will be some who say, "DO NOT LET ANY MAN SPOIL YOUR LOVELY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS YOU HAD ALL THESE YEARS. DO NOT LET ANY ROB YOU OF YOUR YEARLY FESTIVITIES WITH FAMILY THAT WE HAVE DONE SINCE CHILDHOOD. WE DO NOT WORSHIP THE DEVIL, OR TREES OR ANY SUCH THING".
My brethren, when we were Born-Again, we came into a Kingdom that is not of this world. The Lord does not care if you did this all your life. He is asking you to change. Even as Israel grew up in Egypt, God had to lead them into the wilderness to change them. We are in that wilderness today. All I can say is that I love you enough to have spoken truth.
I have no reputation to uphold, therefore I do not fear losing people from speaking truth. The Lord will build HIS house, not me. I do not bend the truth to keep people and the tithes coming in. I will stand on the firm foundation of the Word of God and I am not here to please men. To do so would not make me a servant of Jesus Christ—Gal.1:10. What I have shared I have learned by the Holy Spirit and done research.
Paul said in Col.2:8 "Beware lest MEN spoil you through their philosophies, vain deceit and traditions after the rudiments of this world, which are not after Christ". A bad tree can not bear good fruit—HIS WORDS, not mine. No where EVER recorded in the Holy Writ of God will you ever find this observation called Christmas, but what you will find in scripture after scripture after scripture is a WARNING for us to NOT partake of everything that is found IN Christmas.
I know it is not easy at first, but the Lord is gracious and HE will comfort and help you. All HE asks for is obedience. Take that first step and every year that you get further and further away from this, your eyes will be opened more and more to see the blindness that you once walked in.
This whole observation has come from the Roman Catholic Church and its "MASS" which desecrates the blood of the lamb. It brings innocent children to a deceptive spirit of GREED, COVETOUSNESS AND WANT. The pressure brings men to loneliness, despair, alcohol, massive debt and this season of the year holds the highest record of yearly suicides. The exchanging of gifts comes from no where in the New Testament, except the SPIRITUAL GIFTS we are to give to each other in presenting our changed lives to one another. When the pagans went from house to house with their little idols wrapped, this is where it all came from.
If this was Jesus' true birthday, then will someone please explain to me WHY WE GIVE GIFTS TO OTHERS? If it were HIS birthday, then should we not take all the money we spend on others and lay it at the altar in the House of God for the work of ministry? Please remember, you can NOT say we give gifts for his birthday like the wise men did, for we have shown you they came when he was two years old. Thus their giving had nothing to do with a birthday.
Jesus said in Mt.15, if something is not planted by my Heavenly Father, it shall be rooted up.
"YOU CAN PAINT AN APPLE ORANGE, BUT WHEN YOU BITE INTO IT YOU WILL STILL HAVE AN APPLE. IT MAY LOOK ORANGE ON THE OUTSIDE BUT INSIDE IT IS ANOTHER THING. YOU CAN TAKE A HEATHEN, PAGAN FESTIVAL, ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN SEXUAL PERVERSION AND IDOLATRY, CHANGE ITS SURFACE WITH ALL THE ORIGINAL OBSERVATIONS, CALL IT A "MASS FOR CHRIST", THUS CHRISTMAS, AND WHEN YOU SPIRITUALLY DIG INTO IT, THE ROOTS ARE STILL ROTTEN AND YOUR FESTIVAL IS STILL A WICKED, SEDUCING, EVIL, DECEIVING SPIRIT. SATURNALIA IS THE APPLE, CHRISTMAS IS THE ORANGE."
Say what you will, the truth has been spoken. There never was and never will be a Christmas in the Kingdom of God. Every feast, holy day or ceremonial observation for the glory of the Lord, was ALWAYS written in the Word of God for proper order and our Heavenly Father, ALWAYS taught HIS people how to do something the right way. For us to have any festivities or observations listed in this teaching, it can and will be forgiven by God for our lack of knowing. But once a man is instructed in truth, to not do so is sin. I earnestly ask all, to pray and seek the Word of God on this issue. Seek your heart and spiritual discernment. And remember, right or wrong is not based on how many do something, or how many preachers say it is all right. It is based upon "WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURES".
I would rather walk with the 12 who followed Jesus' words of life, than to follow the multitudes in the ways of men. If Born-Again believers would be of one mind, one speech and one judgment—I Cor.1:10, then a great impact could be made. You will never be able to find one truth about Christmas in the Bible. NOT ONE. And if there be not one truth about it in the only Book that IS truth, then why make up a soulish fantasy to observe it? I guess we could find ONE truth about it. JESUS NEVER HAS AND NEVER WILL BE IN CHRISTMAS!!
If we tell our children it is his birthday, then we lie. If we say three wise men came and brought gifts to baby Jesus in the manger, then we lie. If we say Christmas honors the Son of God, then we lie.
Let us dedicate ourselves as Born-Again believers to studying the Word of God and obeying it, ABOVE our emotions and feelings and compromises. It will take boldness and courage to tell others the truth. Tell them you do not observe this holiday for it has nothing to do with the Son of God or HIS Kingdom. And please do not fall into the lie that Christmas is the best time of year to witness for Jesus!! Sharing Jesus and the Kingdom of God is NOT SEASONAL!! It is a time of year of frantic, pushing, shoving, horn honking, cussing and swearing people who would kill to get a toy.
People who damn our God and take his name in vain daily will observe this holiday. Why? Because it is THEIR ungodly holiday, not HIS. What saith the scriptures? Prove all things! Your traditions make the Word of God on none effect!! I pray you have been set free and blessed by this teaching. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Those of you who are Elders in the faith, have a responsibility to preach truth. Not your emotions and feelings. You are called to stand on truth. NO man of God in the Bible, again I say NO man of God in the Bible EVER observed this festivity. Why do you? Why do you? No man of God ever in the Bible observed, taught or partook of this festivity. Why do you? Please think about that one.
How can we say to the children of God, LIVE ON EVERY WORD OF GOD, BELIEVE THE BIBLE AND OBEY IT. Yet at the same time observe something of this nature? How can this be? If you can say Christmas is okay and nothing is wrong with it, then Catholics NEED not be Born-Again. By your standards they are already saved. This came from their spirit, not the Holy Spirit. A bad tree can not bear good fruit.
I thank the Lord Jesus Christ and the teacher, the Holy Spirit for this freedom. I thank the Lord for the faithful saints at New Covenant Christian Center, Int'l who have dedicated their lives to holiness as disciples of Jesus Christ and HIS Kingdom.
There was a day in our early ministry when we at New Covenant had our Christmas parties and year end dinners. We observed and did all the things many of you do. I as the Lead Elder oversaw these things and even ministered as many of you men do today. As I continually grew in the knowledge of the Word of God and continued to seek truth, the darkness was exposed.
As I began to research the "ROOTS" behind Christmas, seeing that it was no where recorded in the Holy Word of God, truth was being seen. As I began to see this unfold, I asked the Lord to forgive me for ever observing this blasphemy. Jesus DID say that you could blaspheme the Son of God and be forgiven. Therefore, I was forgiven. I began as a man of God to teach the disciples here at New Covenant these truths. In the beginning, some left this House of God because of it. How sad to say Jeremiah 44:16-17 was being fulfilled.
"As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth."
I thank God that no man has ever been forced here to comply or change, but by the continual preaching and teaching of truth, they have been made free. I am very proud of the saints in the Kingdom of God today who so desire to love Jesus with purity and holiness. How could we ever explain away that which we now know? How can we still say after learning this kind of truth, we will still do this abomination? Just how hard are our hearts, I ask? If we are willing to not bend on this issue, how many other issues lie in the recesses of our being that we are willing to compromise?
May your hearts be encouraged and I close with this. For those of you that are willing to walk away from this, your greatest adversary and greatest foe will be those who profess to know Jesus. The very ones who say they love HIM, will condemn you, unless they also be set free. Hold fast and be bold. Stand strong as Jesus did. The Lord bless you.
"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you". Matthew 5:10-12
"Yea, and all that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" II Tim.3:12
If any desire to correct me, I am open and with pure heart will be willing to repent (change my way of thinking). I just ask that your correction be by the Holy Word of God. Let the scriptures be that which we stand on. If you have a defense for your beliefs on Christmas, just please expound them unto me by the Word of God. I will argue with no man. May the Word of God be exalted!!
Please read: Mt.2 (all) Mt.3:9-12, 7:17-19, 15:1-9,13 Luke 2:9-32 I Cor.10:19-23 Col.2:6-8 Gal.4:10 Eph.5:1-17 Luke 4:4 Mt.4:4 Heb.5:8-9 I Jn.5:21 John 14:15-26 John 16:13-15 Lev.19:26, 26:1 10:1 Deut.7:25-26, 12:29-32 Eze.20:18 II Kings 17:15-19 Jer.1:5-11 10:1-5 44:16 Ex.30:9 Nu.3:4 26:61
PROVE ALL THINGS---I Thess.5:21 I can now prove what I stand on and believe, can you?
Sources: The Holy Bible, World Book Encyclopedia, Comptons Encyclopedia, Encarta 96 Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopedia Americana, Holidays and Holydays by Tom C. McKenney, The Little Book of Christmas by Jennifer Muldohin. San Jose Mercury News.
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Your brother and servant in truth,
Mr. Kim C.Gossett—Lead Elder
New Covenant Christian Center, Int'l
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