Christmas: Sun-god Worship

My husband and I thought for SURE, I’d lose at least half of you with my last post. But instead, I’ve somehow gained new faces (welcome!) and those who disagree have (mostly) stuck with me, responding respectfully. Distanced, but respectful.

I remember hearing rumors of “holiday” ties to paganism years ago from an odd young couple at church, but brushed it aside because… well, that’s not what it means to ME so then surely what the Father said in the “old” testament about His worship didn’t apply. Right? After that awkward chat, we left Sunday service to color/hunt eggs with our children.  Oh boy… THAT’S how disconnected I was.

This people draw near to Me with their mouth, and respect Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. ‘But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the commands of men.’ Matthew 15:8-9

People have asked, “How did the church get it so wrong in 2020?!”

THIS is how. Frog in the boiling pot. Generations of inherited religion and traditions, compromise after compromise… until we cannot recognize an idol, even when we drag it into our homes and churches, decorate it ourselves, and give it a prime location. This is not me shaming anyone. I was right. there. with. you. If you listened to my Christmas highlight, you get a feel for just how hard this has been.

My people have perished (cut off, destroy, to cause to cease) for lack of knowledge (discernment, understanding, wisdom). Because you have rejected (refuse, despise) knowledge (discernment, understanding, wisdom), I reject you from being priest for Me. Since you have forgotten the Torah (instruction) of your Elohim, I also forget (ignore) your children.” Hosea 4:6

Is the birth of our Savior beautiful and deserving of awe, wonder and thankfulness? ABSOLUTELY!! Praise Him for His wonderful, life-changing, gift! The question remains… Should our worship be mixed with paganism? History is important.

Yah gives CLEAR instructions on NOT mixing His worship with paganism, and if I’m doing the opposite, it’s time to take a long look in the spiritual mirror. Was I serving the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob found in my bible? Or was I getting caught up in the traditions of men?

The answer was clear…

Though none go with me, still I will follow… no turning back. Be careful not to substitute the opinions of your pastor, friend, or favorite social media influencer with what is clearly spelled out in Yah’s Word. We only need discerning eyes to see… and ears to hear.

Blessings, friends. xo

Christmas: Come out of her, my people

Warning: Big, long post ahead. Enter at your own risk. xo

Our first year without *gulp* Christmas. I NEVER EVER in a million years thought I would be saying those words! Ever. Neither would ANYone who really knows me. Sigh… I know. I KNOW! How could a believer NOT celebrate Christmas?  This is where I lose half of you, right?  Believe me when I say that this topic has been HARD on this mama. I was even tempted NOT to share…

I know what you’re thinking. Oh, she’s one of those Christians. I get it. I’ve been there, too! But before you go down that path, first allow me to introduce myself…

Until Christmas 2021, I was Ms. Christmas: open house each year my husband pastored, entire month of December off of homeschool to soak in ALL things Christmas with our children, new ornaments to commemorate family vacations, Christmas music playlist, decorating multiple trees – and always the last weekend in October, ALL the cheesy Christmas movies, December birthday money spent on Christmas decor, building traditions with our children, Operation Christmas Child boxes, caroling, theatre productions, choir performances, Happy birthday Jesus cakes, multiple nativity sets, family pictures for Christmas cards, Christmas Eve candlelight services, Christmas cookies while looking at Christmas lights…

Do you get the picture??! This is no small thing for me! And to be completely transparent, these past several months have felt like spiritual heart surgery, accompanied with Texas-sized tears and a few sobs.

But when the Father opens your eyes, it’s a whole new perspective! I haven’t yet formed the words to describe the hunger and understanding I’ve found in the Bible this year. (I found THIS teaching to be very helpful!) No, I’m not part of a cult or “movement”. Questions I’ve had for many years are simply coming into focus. It’s beautiful… and oh-so-painful and hard! But with biblical understanding, life application becomes clear. It’s time to walk it out in obedience.

While my daughter was preparing for a Bible study, she asked me, “How do you know it’s love? Without hesitation, I responded, “When it’s uncomfortable.”

The answer surprised me, too! But the more I thought about it, the more sense it made! Love requires action, which can take us out of our comfort zones. And I had no idea that I was about to get very uncomfortable. HOWEVER, when tradition is taking priority over what my Father is showing me, tradition has to go.

With clenched fists, holding tight to my well-intentioned traditions, I was reminded that if I’m having so much trouble letting go of my traditions, it has become more about me and a little less about Him. Ouch! The Father has simply reminded me what HE says about paganism and His worship – and that (even though my intentions are good) only HE has the authority to determine how people should worship Him.

You must not worship the Lord your God in their way. Deut. 12

I simply wanted you to know (some of) my journey — Not just information in a dry post, where tone and intent get lost in text — and where it can come across as “do as I do or feel shaaaame!”  I’ve poured many hours into this. And as we’ve shared with our children, we would not make such a huge change without a LOT of research and conviction.

I’m certainly not asking you to blindly follow. If interested, I would simply invite you to truly research this for yourself Bring it to the Father in prayer. We simply need to be asking more questions. Dig in His Word to understand what He truly has to say about it — minus the opinions of man (especially opinions found in mainstream churches).

This is my personal journey. This is NOT to ruin the season for anyone, but to press into truth, as I’ve done repeatedly in this space. He says truth sets us free. And from what I’m learning so far, HIS appointed times (Lev. 23) are far more beautiful and richer than ANYthing this world has to offer. I’m looking forward to learning more about those! (Quick read to get you started: Biblical Feasts)

Keep Christ in Christmas,” they say. I’m not called to Christianize Saturnalia. No, He’s calling me not to participate at all. (If you’re on Instagram, please see my Christmas highlight to hear my journey.)

If interested, here are several bullet points and video links to get you started on your own research journey… Much love. xo

History of Religion (pt 1) – Truth Unedited or Tradition Truth or Tradition How Satan infiltrated Christianity with Christmas the Christmas trees rejoice’s Christmas tree (understanding the Israelites) Tree Cameron’s ‘Saving Christmas’ 119 Ministries review (common defenses) rebuttal for Kirk Cameron‘s saving Christmas Truth About Christmas (via End Times Prophecy) Ministries, Roman Roots (Holidays) we quite Christmas (and what we do now) Heavenly Minded Christmas (Alan Horvath) Christmas Question Christmas biblical? Truth of Christmas (Almond House)

Pat Robertson admits Christmas is Pagan

Plea of Consideration about Christmas

Great points made here.