Some ministers, however, believe that if they only make a few changes to how the church operates they will be able to survive what is happening in the country. For example, Hitler's birthday falls on April 20, and there are celebrations throughout Germany on that day. Since nobody knows when Jesus was born, some ministers and religious leaders select April 20 as the day to commemorate Jesus' birth. They also discover that by adding a few short nooks to the cross it can be made to look just like a swastika - only they will call it Jesus' cross.
The number of members coming back to church increases with each change. Families now march around the cross of Christ with their right arms fully extended to glorify the Lord. And, most people do not mind that the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus has been moved to fall on when the Third Reich was started. Churches which adopt the new ways Germany operates thrive while others are persecuted or even killed.
Many, many years later people can still be found celebrating Jesus' birth April 20. They set up the cross of Christ in their living room while the families extend their right hands to salute it.
One day a man comes to church and tries to tell them about the origin of their holidays. They don't seem shocked at all. To them terms like Nazi, holocaust and Hitler are meaningless. It doesn't matter what happened centuries before anyway, because they are worshiping the Lord. Their memories of past celebrations of April 20 are filled with love and joy. Songs of gladness are sung as they bake the little cookie people in the ovens. Life is good, and the God of the Bible must be pleased. Then the man posed a question to them: What are God's Christmas memories?
What does GOD think about Christmas?
Would any Christian today doubt the need to tell the characters in the preceding story about the origins of THEIR Christmas? How would GOD feel about people choosing the birth of Adolph Hitler to represent the birth of His son? How would GOD feel about the day that symbolizes the resurrection of the Third Reich to represent Jesus' resurrection?
What do you suppose GOD would think about people symbolizing his Son's sacrifice on the cross with a swastika or a Nazi salute? What about the little cookie people with the six-pointed star of Bethlehem on their chests that were baked in the ovens? Wouldn't most people want to study to find out how that custom got started?
Is there something WRONG?
To those in the story we mentioned above, an April 20 Xmas seems so wonderful.
14 And no wonder. Satan, their master, can disguise himself as an angel of light. (2Corinthians 11:14).
The Christmas spirit, to them, is the spirit of giving. To be against it must mean there is something wrong with you. So powerful would be the allure of the April 20 Christmas that even millions of folks who do not even believe in a God put up the lights to join the party. Try as you might, you could not convince them that all the Nazi origins of the day should be a warning to them to not keep it.
In a Christian's life Jesus is REAL and has an impact on a daily basis. To most, however, God is a God of convenience but not someone to seek out for advice, let alone serve. Surely all of these churches couldn't be wrong." Or could they? The appeal of Christmas to this world should set off warning flags to a true Christian.
Blending truth and error
To the early New Testament church God's will did not include celebrating holidays like Xmas. The later Romish church deceived people into thinking they could keep their pagan traditions of worship and call it the Lord's will. Jesus warned, in no uncertain terms, that there would be those who would worship him IN VAIN.
"Well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from Me. 7. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.' (Mark 7:7-8)
Both those in the above story and those today who call themselves Christians do not understand that Xmas is a LIE and that Christ cannot be put back because he was NEVER in it.
14 Stay away from people who are not followers of the Lord! Can someone who is good get along with someone who is evil? Are light and darkness the same? 15 Is Christ a friend of Satan? (2 Corinthians 6)
According to the Bible, HOW we choose to worship and honor Him is important. He tells us NOT to learn the ways of the heathen (Jeremiah 10:2) or inquire about how pagan nations serve their gods.
31 Do not worship the Lord your God in the way they worship their gods, for in the worship of their gods they do all the disgusting things that the Lord hates. (Deuteronomy 12:31).
God's memories do not allow him to celebrate Christmas.