CHRISTMAS, SYNCRETISM, ECUMENISM & CHRISTIAN LIBERTY

I remember a booklet made available by former Roman Catholic priest Richard Bennett. On the cover was the sketch of a Pope with a huge Protestant crowd in the distance in front of him. It showed the Pope deeply inhaling and under the sketch were the words “THE GIANT SUCKING SOUND”. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!

The ecumenical movement is alive and well in today’s born again Protestant/Evangelical church.

Ecumenical: promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation (Merriam Webster Dictionary)

Unity with Roman Catholicism, in any way, is never an option for the born again believer because Rome preaches a false gospel. It may be hard to believe, but there is one area of the ecumenical movement that is often totally ignored by the most committed believers. I don’t want to minimize individual responsibility, but I do believe a multitude of compromising Pastors have brought this about, and it would be an understatement to say that many believers have gone with the flow, including myself for a season.

That area is the celebration of Christmas 🎄 and Easter 🐣. I find it interesting that as I typed in the words Christmas and Easter the two emojs above appeared which easily brings me to the topic of syncretism.

Syncretism: the combination of different forms of belief or practice (Merriam Webster Dictionary)

Christmas and Easter are Roman Catholic “holidays”. It’s as simple as that. They are pagan holidays that have been “Christianized” and they mock and bring reproach on the great I AM, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. To partake of a “holiday” that connects the great I AM with paganism is an abomination in the sight of the Lord.

Yes, we have Christian liberty, but Christian liberty never gives us license to partake of the anti-biblical practices of ecumenism or syncretism.

2 Corinthians 6

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

More on Christmas… here

LITTLE THINGS

LITTLE THINGS

Too often we don’t realize what we have until it is gone;
Too often we wait too late to say “I’m sorry – I was wrong.”

Sometimes it seems we hurt the ones we hold dearest to our hearts;
And we allow foolish things to tear our lives apart.

Far too many times we let unimportant things into our minds;
And then it’s usually too late to see what made us blind.

So be sure that you let people know how much they mean to you;
Take that time to say the words before your time is through.

Be sure that you appreciate everything you’ve got;
And be thankful for the Little things in life that mean a lot.

(Author unknown)