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MY POST PAGAN HOLIDAY APPEAL TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Published by Rob Skiba December 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

MY POST PAGAN HOLIDAY APPEAL TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY:

A lot of people think I’ve gone off the deep end with this anti-Christmas and Easter stuff, and assume I’m becoming a legalistic Judaizer, a hater or some other nonsense like that because we’ve thrown those pagan holidays out of our home. When in reality, we’re simply trying to be obedient and do Bible things in Bible ways.

Love “does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the TRUTH;” (1 Cor. 13:6). Love demands that truth be told, so that good people don’t continue to believe lies. I don’t say any of these things to condemn or out of hatred. I may be a bit passionate about it – but that’s only out of love for YHVH, His Word and His people, who appear to be going away from that which God has established as truth.

And the truth is, YHVH gave us holidays to celebrate, which are His Feasts (Lev. 23). As for the ones we create and pretend to honor Him with, He says…

Amos 5:21. I hate, I despise YOUR festivals, and I take no delight in YOUR solemn assemblies.22. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon.23. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps.

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That kind of puts a bit of perspective on “Well, God knows my heart” don’t you think? The same with the story of Cain. He brought an offering to YHVH, that was done his way, instead of the way God prefers. How did that work out for him? What was YHVH’s response? The same when the Israelites created the golden calf and said it was the God that delivered them from Egypt and declared that the following day would be a “feast unto YHVH” – they were associating YHVH with a pagan image and practices. The Bible is clear: YHVH does not like that at all!

For me it is simple: will I choose the Word of God or the (pagan) traditions of men, which they’ve disguised to look Godly? It’s not much more complicated than that. You want holidays to celebrate with friends and family? Great! YHVH gave us 8 of them!! These are not “Jewish” holidays – they are the Feasts (and Sabbaths) of YHVH (Lev. 23:4). So, I’ve simply said, “Out with the unbiblical old and in with that which pleases my Father, which is what He created for our benefit, which illustrate His plan for us through His Son Yeshua.”

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Christmas and Easter come straight out of Babylon and refer to Nimrod (the Antichrist king of Babylon) and Semiramis (his half- sister/mother and wife, the Whore of Babylon). Choose this day whom you will honor with your celebrations. For me the choice was quite easy.

For those of you who aren’t quite there yet, I would simply suggest you do the research and find out why you do what you do and where those practices came from. Then compare it to Scripture and see if you find precedence or condemnation for such things. In other words, does the Bible endorse it or come against it? Here are a couple of videos to get you started:

Truth or Tradition: http://youtu.be/-RdJvQg7YqI

The Origins of Christmas: http://youtu.be/zuq318MV1rg

I’m all for getting together with family and friends and enjoying one another’s company and even exchanging gifts if that’s your desire. I’m against lying to children (and congregations) about the “true meaning of Christmas and Easter” and pretending that those things have anything to do with our Messiah – because they do not.

Pastors and ministries especially should know better. They know those things have pagan origins, yet they still continue to promote them as if they have something to do with Jesus anyway. I’m sorry, but shame on you! As teachers, we have more of a responsibility than others. We will be held accountable to what we teach and whether we lead others to truth or promote lies. I for one don’t want to be responsible for the latter. This is why I speak out about these things as much as I do. I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve been wrong before and will be again. But when it comes to Christmas and Easter, the facts are there for all to see. They are plain and simple. You know it and I know it. So, let’s stop pretending and start proclaiming the truth instead of promoting lies!

If anything I’ve said has offended any of you, I apologize. That was never my intent. Like pastors, evangelists, missionaries and teachers, I do have a public platform. People listen to what I say and read what I write. Therefore, I have a responsibility to try and share truth as best as I can. As such, I can not disguise truth in lies and find that acceptable. If you are a pastor or teacher or someone with any kind of public platform, I suggest you seriously consider the truths you share with those who listen to you too. Will you promote the things of Baal/Nimrod or YHVH/Yeshua?

As for me and my house we will serve the Lord (YHVH) – the way He says we should.

Sincerely,

– Rob Skiba

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