It Doesn't Mean That To Me

've heard these six words literally hundreds
of times
-
usually as a response to pointing out the Biblical admonition against
pagan rituals associated with the Babylonian holy days
(holidays in modern English). For example, just over a month ago when
a local "Christian" friend was telling me how cleverly his kids
had dressed up for Halloween, I told him this holiday was of Satanic
origin, and should not be observed by believers. He just
smiled and said it doesn't mean that to me.

Another time, a Christian acquaintance defended
taking his entire family to see the new Harry Potter film.
Blithely brushing aside my concerns about Christians embracing the
fictional occult phenomena, he repeated the now familiar refrain "but
it's just fantasy and fun stories. Besides, it doesn't mean
that to me."

Over the years, I've probably repeated the
Biblical warnings against the pagan Babylonian ritual practice of
keeping a christmas tree hundreds of times. On dozens of
occasions I've cautioned friends and family that the christmas tree
ritual is an ancient Satanic custom associated with the Greek
demigod Cronos - his Roman counterpart being Saturn.
In Scripture, he's better known under his Babylonian name of Tammuz.

In Ezekiel, as part of the sun god worship
that had infected the Jerusalem temple, we find the "women weeping
for Tammuz" (Ezekiel 8:14) because the Babylonian sun god had died
as a young deity. As part of the demonic ritual, his death was honored
on his birthday which coincided with the Winter Solstice.
The idolatry of sun worship is closely identified with this seasonal
period when the sun begins to stay in the sky longer.

The birth of Tammuz was December 25th, and to
commemorate his death, the people would cut down a young evergreen
tree (which causes the death of the tree) and decorate it with bright
ornaments and candles. The star placed at the top of the tree
is related to Ashtaroth
- the
star goddess mother of Tammuz (Attis to the Phoenicians,
Adonis to the Greeks, Osirus to the Egyptians, etc). The
practice goes back at least 2,500 years before Jesus
Christ
was born. Needless to say, Jesus was not born in
December.

Over 500 years before the time of Jesus,
the prophet Jeremiah wrote:

"Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen,
and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are
dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are vain; for
one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of his hands of the
workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they
fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are
upright like the palm tree, but speak not; they must needs be borne,
because they cannot go."

The ritual of the decoration of a "christmas tree"
is descended from the worship of the groves in the Old
Testament (Judges 3:7), the practice of Wicca (ancient
Witchcraft) in the middle ages, and the Druids (child
sacrifice) in more recent times. Over the years, whenever I've
pointed this out to "Christians" that "celebrate" the holy
day, virtually every one of them will justify their involvement with a
variety of rationalizations. Sometimes they seek to `Christianize'
the practice with a manger scene under the idolatrous tree
-
usually saying something to the effect of "Jesus has changed all
that." Another favorite is "Oh, I know it has dark origins, but
the kids love it and the tree smells so good."

Ezekiel
also noted the fragrance associated with the ritual tree when
the Lord warned how those that He was about to destroy "put
the branch to their nose" (Ezekiel 8:17). As my family and "Christian"
friends continue to stubbornly defend the christmas tree practice
through the hardness of their hearts, I've learned they will
ultimately seal their justification of honoring the Devil by summarily
dismissing the subject (and me) with the catch phrase it doesn't
mean that to me
.

Of course, the rationalizations that "believers"
offer to justify their veiled rejection of most things taught in the
Bible are intricately crafted and cleverly varied. All those Biblical
passages about how we should live are "the law," they say,
and "we're not under the law, we're under grace." I've been
repeatedly told about the "freedom" we have in Christ
-
another apparent justification for behaving in whatever fashion suits
us.

When I tell all who will listen that the Sword
of God is raised against "the children of disobedience" and
that America is about to be harshly judged, I've
learned to expect a series of defensive New Testament verses taken out
of context

-
usually followed by the now hollow catch phrase "it doesn't
mean that to me
."

Those that have added that slick sound bite to their theological
vocabulary can expect to learn a new phrase they will hear on judgment
day: Depart from me, ye that work iniquity, I never knew you.
And when they cry out in terrified desperation, `but Lord,' "we
have eaten and drunk [taken communion] in thy presence," the
Scriptures bluntly inform us that He will say "I know you not whence
ye are." (Luke 13:26, 25)

And as they are being sent into outer darkness
prepared for the Devil and his angels, the lost will undoubtedly
follow in Satan's illustrious footsteps, and resort to
twisting Scripture before the Lord
-
`But Lord, your Bible promised that I all I ever had to do was just
say that prayer, and accept you.' Wouldn't it be ironic, if He
would then say to those that refused to listen to His repeated
warnings, It Doesn't Mean That To Me.

James Lloyd

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See Also

Strongholds And Stumblingblocks

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