Santa And The Tammuz Tree

very year as the world honors the holidays (holy days), Christians
continue to follow the ancient Babylonian ritual of
placing an evergreen tree in their home and decorating it. Clearly,
many believers are aware the Christmas tree is associated with Pagan
religious idolatry, but they continue to rationalize their involvement
because they claim that God has now "sanctified" the holiday
and somehow redeemed it. This is, of course, apostasy of the worst
kind for the practice of convincing oneself of the acceptability of
anything they desire to do when the Bible clearly instructs them not
to places them in deadly spiritual peril.

The Lord says "my spirit will not always strive with a man,"
so we should be earnest in our efforts to submit everything to God
lest we eventually cross some undesirable
spiritual threshold. The Old Testament book of Jeremiah
explicitly tells us "Learn not the wav of the heathen, and
be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed
at them. For the customs of the people are vain; for one cutteth a tree
out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax;
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and
with hammers, that it move not." (Jeremiah 10:2-4)

In ancient Babylon, the goddess figure Semiramus was the
mother of the Sumerian deity Tammuz. Other surrounding
cultures have differing names for Tammuz. He is Attis to
the Phoenicians, and Adonis to the Greeks,
etc. In each legend, he dies young and his birth and death are honored
on his birthday which coincided with the Winter Solstice. This
was celebrated on December 25th. Part of the religious ritual
involved cutting down a young green evergreen tree (which kills the
tree) as a way of commemorating the premature death of Tammuz.

This tree is then decorated in the fashion Jeremiah described.
A corollary to the Tammuz tree was the rite in which the women
cried for the dead god. Shortly after Jeremiah's time, we find the
idolatry has penetrated the Jewish temple where we see Sun worship
and "women weeping for Tammuz." (Ezekiel 16:14) The sun
worship is closely related to the end of the Winter Solstice
when the sun begins to stay in the sky longer.

The boughs of holly and related accouterments are descended from Celtic
and Druidic rituals associated with the Wiccans in short, witchcraft. Even
the Yule log that's placed on the fire is a Babylonian
word. Obviously, the concept of a jolly immortal fellow dressed in red
leaving gifts under the tree has a serious occultic flavor, but
naming him a saint seems to make him acceptable with worldly

By the way, Christmas is but one of the pagan holy days that have
infiltrated the Christian calendar and replaced the holy days that God
ordained. Easter, which is derived from the name Ishtar,
is actually closely related to the Tammuz tree. Indeed, the
common Christian practice of a sunrise service originates with an
early morning worship service in which the penitents face East at the
dawn - precisely what was seen during Ezekiel's time when the
women wept for Ishtar's son Tammuz.

   "Christians" routinely defend the sunrise Easter
service as honoring the discovery of the resurrection of JESUS that occurred 3 days after Passover with many of them not realizing they are honoring the ancient pagan holy day of Easter that predated
Christianity by many centuries. In fact, the New Testament clearly shows the Apostles honored Passover while the evil king Herod honored the Easter celebration. (Acts 12:2)

State churches and World Christians refuse to repent of this pagan
practice even as they assign the label of cultist to the
various groups that seek to tell them the truth. Satan Claus
continues to cast his spell as churches across the country produce
pageants & programs like The Singing Christmas Tree. These
extravaganzas are commercially marketed through seemingly respectable
Christian organizations. Some churches, such as the Wesleyan Church,
produce a variation. In San Diego, the Skyline Wesleyan has a
pageant called The Living Christmas Tree. Tickets are available
by calling 619/462/TREE.

   Even without a formal choir program, literally thousands of Christian
churches actually place Christmas trees right in their sanctuary
every year. In our area, we have the Festival of Trees wherein
every charitable group in the county gets involved as a community
effort. At the Festival of Trees, they follow the druidic
ceremonies and even name each tree.

Christmas Trees reign in so-called American "Christian"
culture. Sacramentalist & scriptural renegade Chuck Colson's
Prison Fellowship sponsors the Angel Tree program. Top
Christian musician & Prison Fellowship spokesman Steven
Curtis Chapman
represents the practice to Christian youth
through his music. Even the Salvation Army has an Angel Tree
program. Indeed, virtually every form of Christian media seems to get
immersed in the Tammuz tree every year.

I have examples of Christian T-Shirts, greeting cards, and even
sheet music of Gospel songs incorporating the evergreen paganism. I
have examples of Christian musician's newsletters decorated with
boughs of holly. I've collected expensive print ads running in
national Christian magazines that feature Christmas trees behind the
printed pitch. I have seasonal catalogs from Christian book publishers
with holiday titles that show manger like scenes in groves of
Christmas trees.

In a Christmas drama catalog put out by Lillenas (the Nazarene
church media arm), 3 of the 5 book covers shown features Christmas
trees. Sandi Patty's Word book (released by Thomas
Nelson, the largest Christian publisher) Merry Christmas With
features a boy dragging a tree into his house on the cover. Let's
Keep Christmas published by NavPress & written by
revered pastor Peter Marshall has the whole family dragging the
abomination to their house.

   Children's ministry figure Rob Evans has a Christmas tree on
the cover of his video from Integrity Press. Praise Banners
has a 40" banner of a Christmas Tree that is marketed
specifically to churches. Top Christian music artist Brian
is pictured in front of his tree on his new Christmas
CD. Even the print ads for the farewell version of the Young
Messiah tour featured the evergreen motif in the form of boughs of
holly while a drama produced by the Lamb's Players has the same
Babylonian artifacts. There are literally hundreds of other
examples but the question du jour is, What's Wrong With This Picture?

The refusal of Christians to recognize the importance of
relinquishing such demonic associations is a powerful indicator the
church has gone astray. Following a pagan practice is sin,
but the more dangerous sin is the steadfast refusal to
recognize the Bible tells us to present our bodies as "a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is (our) reasonable
service" (Romans 12:1). This conflict illustrates the very real
problem of how we interpret works versus grace.

Most "Christians" continue to buy the lie they
can routinely choose their own path & the Lord will honor these
ungodly choices under grace. These have been mesmerized into
believing that if they even try to keep any day holy they are somehow
being legalistic. They continue to reject the leading of the
Holy Spirit & accordingly they have quietly become "the
children of disobedience" (Colossians 3:6). The Bible tells us
for this cause God will send them a strong delusion because they
love not the truth
. That delusion has now inundated the
"church" with the mystery of iniquity.

But the Word of God is pure and always true. God is not mocked, thus
we would do well do take to heart the already cited passage concerning
the Tammuz Tree and what will happen to those that
refuse to hear His warning: "Learn not the way of the the time of their visitation they shall perish."
(Jeremiah 10:2, 15)

James Lloyd

Copyright © 2002 Christian Media Network

See Also

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