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What’s Wrong With Gift Giving?

Well, here we are again at the season known as “Christmas”. But, as most of God’s people (His “called out ones” or Church) have learned from the Bible and from provable historical evidence, Christ has never been a part of this purely Pagan practice. To learn more about the origin of this pagan practice of Christmas send for Lesson 10 of our new series “Traditional Christian Doctrines.”

We are commanded to, “ Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakes of her sins, and that ye receive not her plagues.” This quote comes from Revelation 18:4 referring to this “Babylonian” system, the system that promulgates Christmas.

Since gift giving is an integral part of celebrating Christmas one may ask what’s wrong with giving aid, food, clothing or shelter to the needy; or gifts to our children and others? The answer:

Absolutely Nothing!

Turn in your Bible and read Matthew 25:31, “When the Son of man shall come in all his glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall he sit upon the throne of His glory. 33 And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Read verses 35 thru 41 to see that Christ praised those who gave assistance to those who needed help.)

Let’s notice another example in Luke 11:11, “If a son ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil (“there is none good”: Mt. 19:17), know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? ”(Isaiah 55:6, 7)

Again, there is NOTHING WRONG, with helping people when they have a genuine need. In fact, God commands it. James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions (poverty and needs), and to keep himself unspotted from the world. 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised to him that love Him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7 Do they not blaspheme the worthy Name by the which ye are called? 8 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well.”

So, my feeling is that Satan is very subtle - very clever. He makes his holidays to appear as full of great mirth and joyful occasions. Oh, “it’s for the children” or “It makes me feel good to give to those I love.” Or “you know, The Bible says, ‘it’s more blessed to give than to receive.’” Excuses! Excuses! Excuses! “Come out of her My people”!

We can certainly help others in their needs and give gifts and presents to our children. BUT IT SHOULD BE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, NOT AT CHRISTMAS!

 
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