Christmas has always been a holiday celebrated carelessly. Even by Christians. Over the years, various customs and traditions have found their way into the church and the 21st century Christian does not even realize that a lot of these traditions are unscriptural. As you read this, please bear in mind that I do not intend to ruin anyone’s fun, be legalistic or rain on anyone’s parade. I only seek to draw attention to who we have been called to be and remind those who have forgotten that though we live in this world, we do not belong here.
For Christians, Christmas day is the day we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ who was sent from God to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and bring us into relationship with God. It’s the ultimate sign of God’s love for us. (John 3:16). This love compels us to celebrate Christmas by showing love to everyone around us, hence, the distribution of gifts and “Christmas cheer”.
Decorating our houses and environment is not wrong either as long as we know where to draw the line. However, one Christmas tradition I find most uncomfortable, is the “Santa Claus” or “Father Christmas” (if you’re born in Nigeria) phenomena.
Santa Claus is NOT scriptural. Santa Claus, reindeer, elves and babies with wings have nothing to do with any day that might be called Christmas. The modern-day Santa Claus is an American version of Saint Nicholas, a fourth century Roman Catholic bishop from Asia Minor who was noted for his good deeds and gift giving. This tradition first spread throughout Europe, and then found its way to America by the early Dutch settlers.
Several historians and scholars have actually linked Santa Claus to Satanism. H.P. Blavatsky, the mother of the new age movement, said on page 350 of her book, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2: that “The name isn’t important. It is the letters”. “Santa” has the same letters as “Satan”!
According to G.A. Riplinger, “Ole Nick” is listed as the name of a fallen angel in the Dictionary of Fallen Angels. (New Age Bible Versions, Gail Riplinger, pg. 53)
As far as I am concerned, Santa Claus is a counterfeit, false doctrine created by the enemy to distract children of God from the real meaning of the birth of the Lord Jesus.
Since God’s word warns us to BEWARE of tradition (Col. 2:8), we shouldn’t be surprised to find the Devil right in the middle of the world’s most celebrated holiday.
Lucifer’s desire has always been to dethrone God and exalt himself (Isa. 14:12-15). He desires worship (Luke 4:7; II Ths. 2:3-4).
Perhaps you’ve never thought of it, but please note in the comparison below, how Satan robs the Lord Jesus Christ of His glory by spreading the Santa Claus tradition. (CREDIT: James L. Melton)
|SANTA IS ETERNAL
A child knows nothing of his beginning. To a child, Santa has just always existed.JESUS CHRIST IS ETERNAL
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8)
|SANTA LIVES IN THE NORTH
Tradition holds that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, a place ABOVE the rest of us.JESUS CHRIST LIVES IN THE NORTH
“Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” (Psa. 48:2)
SANTA WEARS RED CLOTHING
JESUS CHRIST WEARS RED CLOTHING
SANTA HAS WHITE HAIR
JESUS CHRIST HAS WHITE HAIR
SANTA FLIES AROUND GIVING GIFTS
JESUS CHRIST ASCENDED AND GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN
SANTA IS OMNISCIENT
JESUS CHRIST IS OMNISCIENT
SANTA HAS SPIRIT HELPERS CALLED ELVES
JESUS CHRIST HAS SPIRIT HELPERS CALLED ANGELS
If you are making your kids believe that Santa is bringing them gifts, then you’re lying to them and you should repent immediately. You should be telling them about God who wants to give them the gift of eternal life, through Jesus Christ.
Christmas is all about Jesus Christ and Him alone. He will share His glory with no one.