"THE SPIRIT BEHIND CHRISTMAS"

By Brother Kim Gossett
Lead Elder, New Covenant Christian Center, Int'l
http://www.newcovenantchristiancenter.com/

Praise the Lord and God bless each and every one of you about to read this factual and truthful teaching. My prayer for each of you is that you will pray first and then with an open heart and spirit study EVERY scripture quoted and allow your spirit to show you factual truth. Please submit your heart to the Word of God and with all seriousness and reverence, enter into this with the Holy fear of God. Do not let the hardness of your heart provoke you nor your emotions and feelings rule you. Hearken to the Spirit of God and let TRUTH be TRUTH. Please take the time to read the whole teaching. Do not start and then put it aside because of disbelief. Please read it all.

Jesus said in Luke 4:4 and in Mt.4:4, "Man shall not live on bread alone, but BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD." Jesus said in John 8:31-32, "IF you CONTINUE in my word, are you my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall make you free." Jesus said in John 14:15, "If you love me, keep my commandments, and in verse 23, if a man love me, he will keep MY words." Jesus also said in John 16:13-15, "Howbeit when HE, the Spirit of truth is come, HE will guide you into ALL TRUTH: for HE shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever HE shall hear, shall HE speak: and HE will SHEW you things to come. HE shall glorify me; for HE shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. ALL things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that HE shall take of mine and shall shew it unto you."

The Holy Spirit will only glorify the "THE WORD OF GOD." These are very profound words, yet they MUST be the basis that we as Born-Again believers live on. No other foundation can be laid, but that which is laid—which is Jesus Christ—I Cor.3:11. The Apostle Peter told us in I Peter 1:23 that we are Born-Again by the Word of God, and that it was and is incorruptible seed. We must remember that the Word became flesh—John 1:14, and we named the Word—Jesus.

By this we can now see and understand why so much emphasis is put on the Word, and why Jesus said that everything of TRUTH would be shown to us by the Holy Spirit and that we should "obey" all of HIS word. One other very important scripture that we must note is what was stated by Jesus in Matthew 15:3, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by YOUR TRADITIONS?" In verse 6 Jesus said that the traditions of men make the Word of God of NONE EFFECT!! Can you imagine our traditions making the Holy Word of God of none effect? What Jesus was saying is that when we as men make a tradition of something and TRY to make it "Spiritual," then it will make the Word of God of none effect and end up being a Strange fire before our Father in Heaven. If we do anything at all for him, it should be recorded in the Word of God so we can have divine instruction from our Father on how to do it right.

Every time a Holy Feast or a Holy Day was ever observed by God's people, HE ALWAYS gave instruction on HOW to do it. Notice how through our natural, carnal ways, we have taken HOLY DAY and made it HOLI-DAY. The Word of God was not given to man to have him do with it as he pleased, but to learn it and live it that we would be obedient to the one who saved us from a life of sin and darkness. It was not "In the beginning—man, but God!!

We have pretty much swallowed up the divine truth of God by observing OUR traditions and what we think pleases HIM, instead of obeying HIS truth and doing what HE says pleases Him. Have you ever wondered why we were never told the birth date of Jesus? Have you ever given thought as to why "Christmas" is NEVER mentioned in the Bible? Have you ever thought why the Early Church believers and spiritual fathers NEVER taught, NEVER observed and NEVER celebrated Jesus' birth, but rather the resurrection?

We are about to journey into an area that for some will seem unbelievable, others may say, well we have always done it this way, so we will continue. Others may say, "My Lord, why have I never been taught this before?" ONLY FACT AND TRUTH SHALL YOU NOW SEE AND HEAR. May your spirit man be blessed!!

"BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR TRUTH"

openAs Born-Again believers we are commanded in the Word of God to live accordingly to HIS statutes, commandments and ordinances. We are called by Paul in Ephesians 5:6-11 (please read fully) to not be DECEIVED by the vain words of man, and that having once walked in darkness ourselves, we are now to manifest the light (The Word) and expose the unfruitful works of darkness.

Now please remember that Jesus said in Matthew 7:15-20 (please read fully) that a good tree can not bear bad fruit, and a bad tree can not bear good fruit. Now do you think that what he said he meant? Of course he did!! He also said in verse 15 that False Prophets would come in sheeps clothing, meaning they have an outward appearance of being good, but inside they are ravening wolves.

If you will read this slowly and meditate upon it, I believe you will see that Christmas is such. Outward it has all the appearance of being good, yet what lies inside is its root and its root is evil and this we shall now begin to see. Now, I ask you again to please remember only the WORD OF GOD in dealing with this issue. NOT your emotions!! NOT your feelings!! NOT what you think!! Remember the Holy Word of God!!

Again Paul said in Eph.5, do not be "DECEIVED" by the vain words of men. My friend, it is better for us to hearken to and obey the Word of God than to sacrifice—I Sam. 15:22. There will be many so called men of God, Pastors and Teachers that will condemn this teaching, yet they will only violate the Holy Word of God by doing so. Please take a stand on the factual truth of the Word of God. Who cares what men say. I would rather follow the Lord Jesus, than the multitudes of people with all their views and opinions.

Christianity says, "We can do it our way" but the Kingdom of God says, "We will do it HIS way." A tree is known by its fruit Jesus said. A good tree can not bear bad, and a bad can not bear good. A tree is known by its ROOTS. Bad roots, bad tree; good roots, good tree. We are called trees of righteousness in the Bible, for now our roots are in the Word of God, thus our fruit becomes good fruit.

John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:10 (speaking of Jesus), "And now also the axe is laid unto the ROOT of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth NOT forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire". Now this is being directed towards the men of religious teaching—the Pharisees and Sadducees in verse 7, of whom Jesus warned us (his disciples) to take heed to their doctrine or teaching—Matthew 16:1-13. These were also the men who said their Father was God in Heaven, yet Jesus said they were of their father the devil—John 8:40-44.

The point I desire to make as we go into this teaching is this. Please do not be swayed, persuaded or convinced something is true because of what the masses believe or what other men preach and teach and say, but be convinced something is true because its foundation is built OUT OF the Word of God.

Many of us do things today out of pure ignorance. But once we know the truth, we are called to follow after it. The Word of God is the axe!! If we are always being warned in the Bible to not be DECEIVED, then the only way is to lay the axe to the root of everything we hear and see. This way we are protected to come to know only that which is spoken of God. The root is always the place of origin and beginnings, including true or false doctrine.

We are commanded by God himself to go and PROVE ALL THINGS—I Thess.5:21. We are called by God, to TRY THE SPIRITS—I Jn.4:1-5. So let us begin to prove "CHRISTMAS." If Christmas is not found in the Bible—the truth that frames the worlds—then where did it come from? Where did it originate? Is Christmas REALLY celebrating Jesus' birthday? Did the orginal Apostles—our spiritual fathers and foundation in the faith and those who knew Jesus personally, EVER teach or celebrate HIS birthday? Was Jesus born on December 25th? If Christmas is the greatest of Christian Holidays, then why do so many heathens who damn him daily and take our Fathers name in vain, celebrate it?

Most people suppose a lot about Christmas being so true, yet have any ever searched it out to see where its roots lie? Let us now learn the truth. May you all be blessed with open heart and spirit. Our Heavenly Father, our Lord Jesus Christ and the precious Holy Spirit have absolutely NOTHING to do with Christmas. My question is this. Should We??

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