Unmasking Christmas


 

Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel – Joshua 24:23

 

It’s the Nativity season and wise men are nowhere to be found.

The birth of Christ is celebrated on a pagan holiday. Let that sink in. Do professing Christians know or care? Yeshua (Jesus) was born during the fall Biblical feasts, not the winter solstice. Ancient pagans celebrated the birth of their gods on Dec. 25.

God shows His contempt for Christmas in both the Old and New Testaments, although the term isn’t used directly. At least two pagan deities mentioned in Scripture are linked to Christmas. The LORD identifies them in Amos 5:26 – Sikkuth and Chiun. The Hebrew word for Chiun, kiyuwn, means detestable or filthy thing. God tells the prophet Amos these deities have defiled Israel. Both names represent the harvest god Saturn, which is significant.

Stephen makes a reference to Saturn in Acts 7:42. He quotes our Amos passage, but substitutes the name Remphan for Chiun. Remphan is an Egyptian name for Saturn.

Saturn is the pagan connection to Christmas. The Roman celebration of Saturnalia, which honored this pagan god, was assimilated into Christianity in the fourth century. The church converted large numbers of pagans by promising they could continue to celebrate Saturnalia, the most popular Roman holiday, as Christians. One problem: Saturnalia, a week-long celebration in late December, had nothing to do with Christ. To remedy this, Christian leaders assigned the last day of Saturnalia, Dec. 25, as Jesus’ birthday.

Now that we’ve unmasked Christmas, let’s go back to the book of Amos. Hear God’s complaint in 5:21-23:

 

I hate, I despise your feast days, and I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.



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Written by Jeff King

Jeff is a newspaper journalist in the United States and follower of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth


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