Tuesday, December 25, 2012


 
HUMBUG on Jesus Claus
 
Here is the true story of Saint Nicholas and every one has an opinion of the man, who they assume was a big jolly man with red cheeks but nothing is further from the truth.  I would like to  point out some facts about this man that is both loved and hated and everything I will write regarding him, did not come from any religious books, commentaries or Christian history books.  But regular Encyclopedias (The World Book Encyclopedia, New Encyclopedia Britannica, Academic American Encyclopedia and such.) If you like what you read, re-post this on your facebook page.  So without further ado let us look Saint Nicholas…..
Nicholas parents died when he was a young child, leaving him well off and to be raised by the catholic church. He devoted his inheritance to charity as he was ordained into the priesthood at age 19. Later he became a bishop of Myra (Turkey) at a young age in the 4th century, which is why modern ‘Santa’ is dressed in red suit trimmed with white, with red hooded hat as this originated from the Bishops miter and cope worn.

He spent time in prison during the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians and later released by
Constantine. He was known to spend his days fasting and nights doing devotions. He traveled to Palestine and Egypt.


 
 

There was a story, where a poor man wit three daughters and was ready to sell one as slave or turn one over to prostitution and he could not marry them because he had no dowry. The story is that St. Nick heard of this and went to their home at night, climbed up the wall and tossed a bag of gold into a window. The bag flew into one of the socks that was drying on the fireplace, hence the tradition of hanging stocking to be filled with gifts. Nicholas did this three times and was caught by the father who thanked him and Nicholas asked the father not to tell anyone.

He was at war with the pagan traditions of
Greece and Rome in Myra as he was known to remove those pagan temples and break idols.  It is recorded that Nicholas like and ripped apart the temple of Diana with his hands at Artemis in Myra; “he destroyed it, angrily, down to it’s very foundation, which he tore out of the ground.” Wonder what he would do to a local catholic church today or what he would do if he knew that much of the world adores him?
Once before a hearing with Constantine, he did not like what his opponent was saying in court so he got off his chair and slapped him in the face. He was chained up and jailed for that outburst.  So much for the jolly old man we have today.
Of course the catholic church has made of idol out of him as they have Mary the mother of Jesus and for that reasons many non-catholics do not even speak/teach/preach on these individuals. I think most active Christians would have much in common with this man dressed in red named Nicholas and IF he were alive today the very church that sets him up as an icon would have considered him an outcast. Not to mention, he would preach against this ‘Santa’ guy, if not be in jail for ripping apart those jolly faced pictures or slapping ‘Santa’ face at a mall.

There is no other saint represented by artists more than Saint Nicholas except for the virgin Mary. As he is know to the catholics as the ‘Fighting Saint.’

He died
December 6, AD 343 in Myra
and was buried in a cathedral

 
 
 
FACTS:
The transformation of Nicholas to a Christmas icon started in Germany where the reformed churches who are always reforming something were in the majority.

Until the 1800’s most people pictured St. Nick as a tall, thin man that even smoked on a horse

In the Netherlands and Belgium St. Nick visits December 5th, where he leaves gifts in shoes next to the fireplace and has been known to have a side kick named ‘Black Pete’ who carries a birchwood rod to whip naughity children.
In 1809 “Knicker bocker’s History of New York” published a new version of the saint as author Washington Irving described Nicholas as a stout, jolly man with a board brim hat and this birth the person that is promoted today.
On
December 23 1823
a poem entitled ‘An Account of a visit from St. Nicholas’ appears in the Troy Sentinel. The poem begins with the familiar line ‘Twas the night before Christmas.’ Nicholas appears a fat jolly man with a twinkling eyes and a red nose, wearing a red suit trimmed with white fur, riding a sleigh pulled by eight reindeer.

In 1863-1886 adds in ‘Harpers weekly magazine’ put the white beard on him, walking with a skip and reindeer pulling a sleigh and in 1931, magazine ads for Coca-Cola also pictured Saint Nicholas into what we commonly picture as Santa Claus today and who say advertisements don’t work?
There is a city in southern Indiana named
‘Santa Claus.’

Like with many religious, they honor those that lived holy but while alive many hated them, persecuted them or put them to death. Well hath our Lord said;
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”

….and for the record…..

I do not believe that December 25th was the date nor the month that Jesus was born, but I do acknowledge a nation giving honor to the birth of the Son of God, be it in December, July or mid October. I understand the roots for that date and most of what we have in America is based of paganism, but is that not like God to take something pagan and Christianize it? Turn something demonic into what is known as a ‘holy day?’


Your legalist will almost consider Christmas as salvation pending for those pagan roots, yet will call the days of the week Saturday, Sunday, Monday and such which also have pagan roots named after pagan gods. Why don’t these legalist use the Biblical terminology for the days of the week, such as, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3……..and the seventh day would be the Sabbath Day.  Which by the way is Saturday and not Sunday if one were to be technical.

 
Another example these legalist oversee, is the dollar bills that fill their pockets are full pagan icons, yet that is winked at, as they will work for that pagan bill, save that pagan note and spend it. 
Without an issue.

 
As an open air preacher I do take advantage of preaching Luke chapter 2 this whole month, at events, streets, malls and parades, what a great time to remind our world of the that birth in a manger of a virgin, who is God in the flesh.

 
It is going to be the year 2013 for a reason and it has nothing to do with Islam, Buddha, Hindu gods or atheists but he birth of Jesus, that mankind used to mark time.   Are these same legalist going to not use the 2013 date to protest that he was not born on that year?

 
Hope that gives you a bit of insight on this day and you celebrate it with Church, family or friends and what a great time to publicly promote Isaiah 6:9 as a people;  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”

 
 
 
Today, I will spend all day with my family as we will go to my sisters Church in the morning and after service, stop by her house for menudo.  Then we drive to the cemetery, where we spend time with our parents and back to my sisters home for a day together and our traditional tamales. 


 
Think street preachers have
no fruit?
Think again, the reason so many people come to the Lord and fill those Churches is due to other peoples hard toil of breaking that ground, planting those seeds, watering that seed and fertilizing said seed only to have another reap our harvest as per John 4:38;  “I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours” 
What is reaped is a direct result from another person’s labor where you have not worked much.  We have a personal interest in that soul saved and are angry with what you are doing to our hard word.  You leaven those people, you have lied to that person, you do not remind them of fruit meet for repentance and holiness.  You have them sit in a pew, take their money and do not know their personal life, they have no Holy Ghost nor do they read and study the Bible as you spoon feed
them for decades. 
And you wonder WHY we are angry with the local Church and WHAT you have done to our labor, where you benefited from our labor and not allowed the Father to give growth.

 

 
 
We take issue with that and YOU, as you walk around with your baskets filled and yelling at us “where is your fruit, see mine?”  You only reaped from our labor and you never bestowed no labour. 
Someone gave that sinner a tract, invited them to Church, prayed for them and we have preached to them in public on the sidewalk, a campus or outside an event.
Our work appears vain, because you have picked fruit prematurely, you have allowed that fruit to sit then fall to the ground, bruised and filled with worms. And you have audacity to point to us and say “Where is your fruit”
“But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach
even unto you”
1Cor.10:13
 
 
I will not be posting anything for over a week as I am leaving for Lust/Lost Vegas for fellowship with the saints and preaching on the streets to usher in the New Year to the ocean of people in sin-city.  http://soapasn.com/
With that said,  please pray for us, mainly for safe travels, favor with the police, saints to be exhorted and sinners to hear why we celebrate the year 2013.
Also I would like to make known all my New Year resolutions as you may keep me in check throughout the year:

I will not become an atheist this New Year

I will not become a Muslim this New Year

I will not become a Hare Krishna this New Year

I will not become a leftist communist socialist pinko scum and join ‘occupy’ this New Year

 
I will not become a join a mega church this New Year

I will not eat spotted owl nor bald eagle this
 New Year

I will not become pro-choice this New Year

 
I will not jump to the moon naked this New Year

 
I will not become vice President of the United States  and work with Obama this New Year

 
I will not give up ANY of my guns this New Year

 
I will not join the Mormon, Catholic, JWer, SDA Church this New Year

 
I will continue to believe in one God, who gave us His Son, offers us His Holy Spirit and gave the common man His written Word.

 
I will continue to proclaim Him publicly

 
I will continue to call sin out by name and
rebuke such 

 
And lastly, I will continue to be thankful
I live in America

 
THERE. I think I will be safe for yet another year and will not break any of my New Year resolutions for 2013A.D.

 
How about you?