Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Father Christmas in the Christian Home

Most people are not aware that they pull their children away from faith in Christ with the promotion of believing in Santa Clause.

Christmas is supposed to be the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, instead it has become all about a guy named Saint Nicholas.

We teach our children that they should ask Father Christmas for whatever it is that they want as a gift and if you were good for that year, Father Christmas will give it to them on Christmas day. Now let us look at what Scriptures says...

John 14:13 - "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (KJV)

John 16:23 - "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you."  (KJV)

Well looking at the above versus is it not clear that we are instead supposed to teach our children that whatever they want, they should ask our Father in Jesus’ name and not ask or write a letter to father Christmas?

By teaching our children to believe in Father Christmas we are in fact doing two things:

1)    Teaching our children idolatry

2)    Making them lose faith in Jesus Christ

What did Jesus say about making children lose faith in Him? This is what He said...
Matthew 18:6 - "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in and acknowledge and cleave to Me to stumble and sin [that is, who entices him or hinders him in right conduct or thought], it would be better (more expedient and profitable or advantageous) for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be sunk in the depth of the sea." (Amplified Bible)

So there we have it. We bring judgement upon ourselves by teaching our children to believe in this mythical Father Christmas. We are replacing Jesus Christ with a Father Christmas on Christmas day.

Oh and by the way, we shouldn’t even be calling him “Father” Christmas because we are then going against another command of our Lord: Matthew 23:9 - "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." (KJV)


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