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Ouch!!!; or, “Is There a Doctor, in the House?”



“Did you know that it’s true, that for me and for you the world is a ghetto?” So in 1972, said the group appropriately named “War.” Closer to present, we are told “It’s a jungle out there, disorder and confusion everywhere… Better pay attention or this world we love so much might just kill you.” That’s from the theme song of “MONK,” the TV series debuting in 2002 about the loveable, OCD “defective detective.”  And from the world of blues, pop, and Rock and Roll, take your pick. There’s a million and one songs all decrying relationships gone bad, saying in essence, “You done me wrong! Now, life ain’t worth the living.”  So, it’s unanimous. Everybody with a heart in this world, knows what it’s like for that heart to be broken. Nobody makes it out of this world without a heartful of wounds, bumps, bruises, and scars.


By Joseph Diop

Copyright © 2017 by Joseph Diop


This is perhaps one of the greatest mysteries of Christian faith and existence. God, our heavenly father, through crushing trials, tribulations, and afflictons, actually works out the greatest blessings to be found in this life. How can that be?, you say. Well, because it opens the way for the eternal love of Christ, who died for our sins, to gain access to the hearts of others in this world, through us. He first ministers his love for us in the midst of our heartaches, then he ministers that love through our hearts to others. Love in, love out, makes for a much better world. Love begets love begets love – God’s winning formula.


In this world, our Lord Jesus did not have a good experience. Like so many poets, lyricists, and commoners like me and you have all well observed, life can deal us some knockout punches – some of which feel like they’ve knocked the life clean out of us. Listen, and take fully to heart, what the word foretold of Christ’s experience in this world.


He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted [for his own faults].

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him…

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted…

14 As many were astonished at thee; his [appearance] was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men [i.e., his body was so mangled]… (Isaiah 52:14)

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living…   Isaiah 53:3-8, brackets mine


Yes, Jesus got a raw deal in this world. Life was not at all fair to him. People did him wrong in the here and now. He was tried by Govenor and Judge Pilate, questioned by him, then officially aquitted of all charges and even publicly pronounced “Not Guilty.” But then, for the sake of political expediency, He was put to death anyway. Who ever heard of such a thing?  The last the world saw of him, he was being executed like a common criminal, horribly tortured, and spitefully taunted while hanging from a cross. Then, he died following a loud and anguished cry from his cross. And thus, he did not make it out of this world without the scars to show what he suffered. Scripture records,


“And one shall say unto him, ‘What are these wounds in thine hands?’ Then he shall answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’”  Zechariah 13:6


Have you ever been wounded by your friends? When the people that you love and that are supposed to love you deal you a hurt or betrayal, they strike you where no other can strike you –  in the very core of your heart.  Those are the ones that go most deeply. Those are the wounds that are felt as the sharpest pain. I think it is most telling that the word leaves us a clue to the real nature of Christ’s suffering. It says,


“[God] shall make his SOUL an offering for sin.” Isaiah 53:10


It says, Christ’s “SOUL” was the real offering. In the Bible, “soul” is more closely identified with the heart than with the flesh. His body suffered, yes. But, more to the point, it was his heart which endured the premiere suffering. Rejection, spite, hatefulness, treachery, disloyalty, verbal and emotional abuse, betrayal: these all were what Jesus experienced during his brief sojourn through this life. And, we come to find out that even in his resurrection body and in heaven, where only love, and joy, peace and understanding abide, these have all been memorialized in his body. Again, the scripture records in John 20,


20 And when [Jesus] had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.


Scars do not form on a corpse, but on a living human being. Likewise, when God is in our hearts, our wounds in life only make way for the resurrection power and presence of God to form an eternal scar in its place, thus exposing the life of the God whose presence has now taken over within us. That holy and internal scar over our hearts is nothing short of the glory of the indwelling God, welling up from within to combat the damaging effects of this world. A body that does not form such scars has no life, and no power to offer others. If you are to be a maximum blessing to others, you must have some scars and STRIPES on display in your life to offer the hope of God to others. The abiding presence of the scars only memorialize the holy and boundless love existing behind them. The scripture said of Christ, “With his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).  Every good Christian soldier ought to be worth his STRIPES.  “S.T.R.I.P.E.S” really are:


S piritual, T estimonies, R eporting, I ndividual, P ainful, E xperiences, &  S uffering


So, take the time and the mind to understand this: the resurrection power to heal and recover us of all our heart wounds in life, is really nothing less than the abiding, living presence of the eternal God within us. Scripture says,  “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).  He responds to all injurious and painful experiences in our life, by proportionately increasing the fullness of our knowledge of his love for us. And that abiding love in us, is what attracts and helps with the healing processes of others, as well. As the word records in Romans 5:3-5 (brackets mine),


And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad [that is, administered throughout abundantly] in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.


Finally, the scripture asks the searching question, “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” (Jeremiah 8:22).  The old negro spiritual jubilantly responds: “There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole. There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.”  Yes, there is a doctor in the house – the Chief Physician, Dr. Jesus.  And, there He administers a balm abundantly – the love of God our Father. That loves gives us wholeness, soundness, comfort, clarity, peace, perspective, and a generalized feeling of wellbeing. If there seems to be a problem with the healing, then we have either one of two problems. Either we have not allowed for enough time, or we have not applied the right mind. But you may be sure, there is a doctor in the house.


Perhaps, your heart too has been battered and bruised in this world. I would be surprized if you say that it hasn’t taken some hard knocks. Well, if it has, or even if you just want to have the doctor in residence and on call, then I have just the words you need. Please pray the following suggested prayer.


Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open my heart and life now and receive you as Savior and Lord. Come in and take control of my life. Give me your Holy Spirit. Come and make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen.

Did you pray that prayer? Then, on the solid-rock foundation of simple child-like faith, I now pronounce you a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. Mark this date on your calendar. It’s the first day of your eternal life. Congratulations! And welcome to the family.

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If you are already a Christian, but are in need of repentance and rededication, then pray this prayer,

Lord Jesus, please forgive me for not serving you the way that I should. I open up my heart now, and give you full access and control. Have your way, Lord. Cleanse me from all my sin and idolatry. Fill me with your Holy Spirit again. Renew me, Lord. Make me the kind of person and servant I ought to be. Amen.

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Episode 2. My Revelation Visitation; Out of the Fire!!! (The Prequel)


Copyright © 2016 by Joseph Diop

It was the last day that I was to spend in the guest bedroom of my friend’s house. In that springtime of 1988, I was about to have an antecedent, awesome visitation. It was an all-out, no-holds-barred, physical confrontation with Satan the devil himself. Mono a mono – me against him. We met in the middle of a ring, just like the wrestlers at a WWF event. We squared off against one another. For a moment, circling each other in the middle of the ring, just like the professional wrestlers do. Then, we clasped arms – face to face, shoulder to shoulder, ready for the smack-down, throw-down, main event. And, as if by some fateful script, we each said on queue and simultaneously to one another, “Woe to you!” It was on!! My faith against the devil’s power unleashed. Who would win the day???

Before I proceed with the visitation, let me digress for a moment. I have to share a childhood prayer with you. I was about eight years old at the time. My father had established a practice of reading to me from a family Bible that contained lots of pictures. These depicted some the Bible’s greatest stories with the most epic showdowns of men of faith, like David facing Goliath, and Daniel in the lions’ den, and Moses with the children of Israel at the Red Sea. There were lots and lots of pictures, even Jesus with his disciples during a couple of his most notable healings and miracles. These stories and pictures totally captured my imagination. As a result, at that early age, these men of God had become my personal heroes. So, what was I to do but pray a prayer to request admission to Jesus’ faith academy. I desperately wanted to be like all those men I had heard about. So, in my innocence, I submitted a prayer to be accepted as a disciple, so that I could become just like them. That childhood prayer went something like the following.

Mr. Jesus, what a joy and an honor it would be, if you would accept me into your school of disciples. They always proved to be the greatest, the wisest, and the most courageous and awesome people in the whole-wide world. I’d be willing to do anything to get into that number, including being subjected to the rigorous tests of your servant, Job. Please, sir, would you accept me into your next class? I can’t imagine the kind of man I would turn out to be, if you accepted me. Amen.

(At this point in my life, no one had thought to warn me, “Be careful what you ask God for, because you just might get it.” (Fast forward to 1988 and my wrestling match with the devil. So now, here I was; just about to be thrust into the trial of my life, FOR my life.)

So, after having said our criss-crossing “Woe to you!” the devil then by his power rolled me up in his hands like a big ball, about the size of a basketball. And, as if on a cartoon, the only physical features you could still make out were my eyes. I then let out a loud “Help!” Then, the sweet Christian lady who was my hostess, in the visitation, glided into the room with the grace of an angel. But, the only thing she could do was look on. Now, the Lord himself was present in this visitation, looking on from the side of the ring, the only present spectator. Watching the whole time, He had been completely silent – an almost unnoticeable presence. When I saw that my hostess could not help me, then I became resigned to my fate. So, to God I uttered these words, “Well Lord, I’m glad this is happening to me, rather than to my sister here, because if it was happening to her, I don’t think that I could take it.”

Apparently, those were magic words. Because, as soon as I had uttered them, the Lord rebuked the devil. Satan immediately released me, and fled the scene. Then, my body started unfurling like an accordion back to normal configuration. Starting from the head downward, I rolled gradually back to my normal, healthy human form, until I was completely restored. Then, the visitation ended, and I began trying to process what had just happened. After meditating on this for a while, I thought that had been a divine recap of my first couple months in Dallas, Texas, since I had encountered quite a bit of tribulation trying to get transplanted. I had even spent some time being homeless, resorting to the Salvation Army lodge for shelter. I had been ostracized by some of the citizens who could not identify with the level of faith I was sojourning with. Even some so-called Christian brothers had given me a hard time. And this particular day, I was scheduled to move into an apartment of my own – my first private residence in Dallas. Surely, my big troubles were all behind me. Wistful thinking! Little did I know that in a few short years, I was going to have that fateful showdown with the devil play out in real life, on the plain of actual flesh-and-blood events, with the whole world looking on. And, that meeting would comprise my Job-like trial. Then, I would draw the dreaded card which reads, “Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass “Go.” Do not collect $200.00.”

To Be Continued

Are you ready to meet God? Or, how about this question instead. Are you ready to have a personal showdown with Satan? That day is coming soon, my friend. It’s coming to everyone. As the scripture says, “10The hour of trial [is coming], which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11“Behold, I am coming quickly!” (Rev 3:10,11 NKJV). There’s not any time to spare to get prepared. If you know you’re in that “whole world” crowd, who have that divine woeful appointment, then don’t delay to pray the following prayer.

Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open my heart and life now and receive you as Savior and Lord. Come in and take control of my life. Give me your Holy Spirit. Come and make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen.

Did you pray that prayer? Then, on the solid-rock foundation of simple child-like faith, I now pronounce you a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. Mark this date on your calendar. It’s the first day of your eternal life. Congratulations! And welcome to the family.

For 24-hour prayer and for help finding a church, call 1-888-731-1000

If you are already a Christian, but are in need of repentance and rededication, then pray this prayer,

Lord Jesus, please forgive me for not serving you the way that I should. I open up my heart now, and give you full access and control. Have your way, Lord. Cleanse me from all my sin and idolatry. Fill me with your Holy Spirit again. Renew me, Lord. Make me the kind of person and servant I ought to be. Amen.

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New Covenant People: Old Testament Sin

By Joseph Diop

Copyright © 2014 by Joseph Diop

We, the Church, are the people of the New Covenant. Sunday after Sunday, and Wednesday after Wednesday, and some days in between, we gather at our houses of worship to study the Bible. And yet, from church to church and steeple to steeple, we are making the exact same errors and committing the exact same sins as our counterparts of the Old Testament. It seems, we never learn. And God, whom our Bible tells us is no “respecter of persons” (2Chr 19:7; Eph 6:9), is going to have to judge us the same way he judged our old covenant forebears – the nations of Israel and Judah. And what is our sin? Idolatry. It is the sin of attempting to adapt practices offered to pagan gods, and adopt them for our use toward the holy God of Israel, our Father and Savior. Our traditions and Christian calendar are replete with this. But here, I will only look at one case in point, the holiday we call Christmas. It is a hodgepodge of unholy pagan traditions. We have simply slapped Christ’s name on them, and repackaged them for Christian consumption. And shall we be guiltless for this? Not on your life. The word plainly says to us,

20 Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches [Israel and Judah of old], take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off” (Rom 11:20-22, brackets mine).

I will first cite a few passages of scripture that address the subject, so that you can read them for yourselves. Then, I’ll give my commentary on them.

The Biblical Commandments: What Do the Scriptures Say?

10 Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2 Thus says the Lord: “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles… 3 For the customs of the peoples are futile; for one cuts a tree from the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. 4 They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it will not topple. 5 They are upright, like a palm tree, and they cannot speak; they must be carried, because they cannot go by themselves…”  (Jeremiah 10:1- 5)

29 “When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, 30 take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ 31 You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. 32 “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it. (Deuteronomy 12:29-32)

20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. (1Thess 5:20-21)

Love Obeys

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. 15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. (John 14:21-24; 15)

But, it’s for the children, right?

4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6)

14 So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.” … 11 Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? 12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”… 28 Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: 29 The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. … 31 But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. 32 But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. 33 And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness. (Numbers 14)

Clearly, God will not allow us to use the idea of our children’s welfare as an excuse to disobey him. Instead, he expects us to diligently teach our children what the will of God is every day, from morning until night. Then, they will know and do it themselves.

God has not changed.

Jesus said, 17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matt 5:17-18)

For I am the Lord, I change not.  (Mal 3:6)

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Heb 13:8)

Babylon is a State of Mind

Babylon is spoken of in Revelation 17 and 18. It is the mixture of the truth of Christianity with the popular world views, ungodly kingdoms, and religions of the day. God says in Revelation 18 that he will utterly destroy Babylon. The prophetess of Babylon is Jezebel — the conglomeration of false teachers — whom God says does “teach and… seduce my servants to commit fornication, and eat things sacrificed to idols” (Rev 2:20).  This is a way of saying that they are taught to be unfaithful and compromising, which equates to idolatry. Babylon is the state of mind for all who see God as simply a “good ole boy, who doesn’t really care how he is worshipped. After all, it doesn’t really matter, does it? I mean, he wouldn’t kill us all, would he? And after all, “everybody’s doing it,” right? Well, according to the first commandment in the Bible, it does matter who you are listening to. It says, 29 And Jesus answered him, the first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; [that is, LISTEN TO], The Lord our God… one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength…”  (Mark 12:29-30).  Simply put, “If you love God, you will listen to him and obey.” But for Babylonians, he says, “16 But unto the wicked God says, “What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth?  17 Seeing you hate instruction, and cast my words behind thee…. 21 These things you have done, and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you, And set them in order before your eyes. 22 “Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver: 23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”      (Psalm 50:16-23)

Man-Made Holidays are “Folly Days”

According to Merriam-Webster’s etymology, the word ‘holiday’ comes from the Old English word hāligdæg (hālig “holy” + dæg “day”). In other words, holiday is a natural secularization of the original term “holy day.” And as well, it might be secularized (which means, to be “adapted for the world”), because we couldn’t otherwise have millions of ungodly, unsaved, non-believers observing days that we celebrate Jesus Christ, now could we? And so, what once meant holy days, now have become nothing more than holidays, or “folly days.” The term ‘folly’ in the Bible denotes “fool’s play,” or that to which fools have accustomed themselves. And fools have no concept of those things which are truly holy. They cannot declare the meaning of God’s feasts or festivals, and cannot relate to God’s plans or purpose. This is because they lack the necessary root within themselves of knowledge and wisdom. Therefore, they simply can’t connect the dots, nor explain why or how a holy day should remain holy. But, in fact and in truth, God meant for his holy days to remain holy forever, and for idolatry to forever be viewed as a desecration. Woe to those who try to sanctify what is worldly or trample on what is holy.

In scripture, God originally gave seven (7) holy days, which he also referred to as feast days. Christmas is NOT one of them. God’s holy days are outlined in Leviticus 23, and are introduced by these words; “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, concerning the feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts” (Lev 23:1-2). The days given here are: 1) Passover, 2) Unleavened Bread, 3) Firstfruits, 4) Pentecost, 5) Trumpets, 6) Atonement, and 7) Tabernacles. Later in the passage, the Lord adds, “These are the feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations…, everything upon its day…, Beside the Sabbaths of the LORD…” (Lev 23:37,38). We’ll not expound upon these feasts herein, but only affirm them.

Now, that which God has not ordered CANNOT be made holy. We see this principle in the very first offering of the very first book of the Bible, Genesis. In Genesis 4, Cain tried to offer a sacrifice which God had not ordered, and it was rejected. His brother Abel, however, offered the sacrifice God ordered and was accepted. Cain’s irrational jealousy over the incident is what led to the first murder (Gen 4:1-15). Again, more severe consequences for trying to offer God something which he had not ordered are shown in the story of Nadab and Abihu, two priests who were sons of Aaron. Their tragic story is related in Leviticus 10:1-7.

And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. 2 And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. 3 Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spoke, saying, ‘I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified.’ And Aaron held his peace. 4 And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp. 5 So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said. 6 And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the Lord hath kindled. 7 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the Lord is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses.


Here are two examples of an eternal principle: God is NOT inclined to accept anything which He himself has not designated as holy, for He is the only expert on holiness. Therefore, great care must always be exercised in offering to God anything, including so-called holidays, if he himself has not designated them as holy. There are few exceptions to this rule. One is Purim. The other is the more modern Thanksgiving. Purim is a feast started by God’s people in the days of Esther the Queen, to commemorate the dramatic deliverance of the people of God from their enemies. And Thanksgiving, rightly understood, is not just a day for being thankful for any and everything. It is a day for God’s people to give thanks to God for the survival of the original North American church planting mission. The harsh winter had decimated their ranks, but the feast was instituted to recognize that it was the Lord God who had enabled them to survive and establish the first “colony of heaven” from Europe to the Americas. And as such, those who are not Christians and who have no sense of mission do not understand the enterprise embarked upon by those early Pilgrim settlers. As such, they could never appreciate what the day is all about. These days are offered to God by God’s people as commemorations of his divine providence in preserving them from forces that would have surely annihilated them. As purely collective acts of thanksgiving then, these days are acceptable to God.

Christmas, on the other hand, is a sheer bastardization of everything it reputes to be holy. And as such, it is not to be thought of as acceptable to the Lord. First of all, it is widely acknowledged that Jesus was not born on December 25. The date of his birth is not given in scripture. So, no lie can be accepted as the foundation of worship to the God of truth. Look up Christmas using any encyclopedia or online resource, and what you find may shock you. It is widely acknowledged that Christmas Day, December 25th, is an adaptation of the pagan holidays celebrated on that date — Saturnalia and Brumalia. It has nothing to do originally with the birth of Christ. To take a pagan holiday and try to adopt that to worship our holy God is the chief of all no-no’s. Remember, God said;

29 “When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, 30 take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ 31 YOU SHALL NOT WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD IN THAT WAY; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods… (Deut 12:29-31)

The early Catholic Church, in all its infinite wisdom, took December 25th, because it was already widely observed by the masses of pagans, and thought to Christianize it. They dubbed it, “the mass of Christ,” or more popularly “Christ’s mass,” known nowadays as Christmas. This misadventure of adapting paganism and trying to cover it over with the offering of worship to God is not new. Aaron tried it in the story of Exodus 32, with nearly catastrophic consequences.

Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”2 And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!” 5 So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.” 6 Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 7 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. 8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. …  15 And Moses turned and went down from the mountain… 19 So it was, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. So Moses’ anger became hot, and he cast the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. 20 Then he took the calf which they had made, burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder; and he scattered it on the water and made the children of Israel drink it.


25 Now when Moses saw that the people were unrestrained (for Aaron had not restrained them, to their shame among their enemies), 26 then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, “Whoever is on the Lord’s side—come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. 27 And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let every man put his sword on his side, and go in and out from entrance to entrance throughout the camp, and let every man kill his brother, every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.’” 28 So the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And about three thousand men of the people fell that day. 29 Then Moses said, “Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, that He may bestow on you a blessing this day, for every man has opposed his son and his brother.” 30 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses said to the people, “You have committed a great sin… 33 And the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book. 34 Now therefore, go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you. Behold, My Angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit for punishment, I will visit punishment upon them for their sin.” 35 So the Lord plagued the people because of what they did with the calf which Aaron made.


LESSON:   YOU CAN’T BORROW FROM PAGANISM AND TURN IT INTO A HOLY DAY FOR THE LORD. God is holy, and paganism is not. The two don’t mix, like oil and water. That’s exactly what Israel attempted to do here. It outraged God and Moses. A holy civil war erupted; or rather, a holy slaughter ensued. God sent a plague among the people, and as if that weren’t enough, he promised also future punishment, as well. Read the passage in its entirety, and you’ll see that God threatened to destroy the whole nation, and to start fresh with Moses. And, had not Moses talked God down from that plan, that would have been the end of Israel.

So now, here we are centuries later, attempting to do this same foolish thing with this folly day we call Christmas. And, it is a hot mess of pagan rituals. I’ll not bore you with the details, but I’ll leave it to your own industry of research to discover how that the Christmas tree, the greenery, the mistletoe, and various other traditions, are all right out of the pagan playbook. But this is Babylon for you, and we know God’s wrath is on Babylon. Read Revelation 18 and you’ll see just how God plans to make an example out of Babylon — an example, that is, of utter doom.

Now, we are saved by grace. As the word assures us, “For we are not under the law, but under grace” (Rom 6:12). That’s very comforting to most of us, seeing that our Christian ancestors have been celebrating Christmas for generations, being totally unaware of its pagan underpinnings. Breathe easy for them, for I am not proposing that celebrating Christmas will keep any believer out of heaven. And I trust that you will know, likewise, that not celebrating it will get no one into heaven. But, once we learn better, we are expected to do better. Right? And the season has come when even sins committed in ignorance have to be repented of and corrected. We must ask forgiveness for our sins — even sin committed that we have been previously unaware of. In Numbers 15:22-31, God outlined the atonement for his community when they sinned without their knowledge. It had to be atoned for by blood sacrifice, just like any other sin. Now we know that Jesus shed his blood once and for all for us. He is our sacrifice, but we have to appeal to him, and ask for forgiveness when we find out we have sinned without our knowledge. For, Jesus had to suffer and die for all sin — sins we know about, as well as sins we are not aware of. And after we learn better, if we continue in that sinful thing, then the Bible says we sinned ‘presumptuously,’ and have “reproached the LORD,” because we have “despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment.” God says of that individual, “that soul shall be cut off from among his people” (Num 15:30, 31).

Again, God said, “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deut 12:29-32). And God said, “And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them” (Deut 28:14). Do you think that this is only an Old Testament injunction? Listen to this: the very last words from the last three verses from the last New Testament book of the Bible, Revelation. They express God’s intention in both Old and New Testament, from the first book of the Bible to the last:

18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:  If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.  Revelation 22:18, 19  Amen.

Take the Google Challenge

Look up ‘Christmas’ using any popular online search engine and see what you find. Or, just use any standard encyclopedia and see what you come up with. The facts of Christmas are not hidden, just largely ignored by church officials. Here’s a few extracts from popular websites to get you started.

Wikipedia – the online encyclopedia

Under  Christmas and “History,” it says…

While the birth year of Jesus is estimated among modern historians to have been between 7 and 2 BC, the exact month and day of his birth are unknown…. In 245, Origen of Alexandria, writing about Leviticus 12:1–8, commented that Scripture mentions only sinners as celebrating their birthdays, namely Pharaoh, who then had his chief baker hanged (Genesis 40:20–22), and Herod, who then had John the Baptist beheaded (Mark 6:21–27), and mentions saints as cursing the day of their birth, namely Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:14–15) and Job (Job 3:1–16). In 303, Arnobius ridiculed the idea of celebrating the birthdays of gods, a passage cited as evidence that Arnobius was unaware of any nativity celebration.

The History Channel

Pay special attention to the section entitled “An Outlaw Christmas. Following is a brief quote.

From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings… In the early 17th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.

Britannica Encyclopedia Online

Under Origin and Development, it says…

One widespread explanation of the origin of this date is that December 25 was the Christianizing of the dies solis invicti nati (“day of the birth of the unconquered sun”), a popular holiday in the Roman Empire that celebrated the winter solstice as a symbol of the resurgence of the sun, the casting away of winter and the heralding of the rebirth of spring and summer.