Merry Christmas and a Happy New year are two of those traditions which came into Christendom over millenniums of its existence. Like the rest of the traditions, these two also have some historical assimilations.
Now the focus of this article is to display the contrast of TPM’s behaviour towards Christmas and New Year. Apart from the honey traps like the ones laid by Teju, TPM officially detests Christmas celebrations while promoting the New Year Celebrations.
Some Christmas Facts
If you would have attempted yesterday’s Quiz, you would have understood the reasoning behind the Dec 25th Christmas Celebrations. You would have noticed that Dec 25th was not just pulled out of some fictitious imaginations but has some historical basis. There were certain disagreements among churches about the exact date and somehow they all agreed with the Dec 25th. Even to this day, there are exceptions. Some Christians like the Ethiopian Orthodox, consider Jan 7th as the date of Christmas.
I know of TPM Pastors who preach out loud saying that the date is wrong and is far away by at least 3 months. I wish they had done complete research and presented the true facts rather than parroting their side of the story. This reverse gearing of TPM is the precise reason why TPM homes are made to look like the house of a Jehovah Witness during Christmas. They think its the best time to show to the world their disagreements regarding Christmas. During my childhood, the pastors used to frown upon The baked cake and other festivities that accompany traditional Christmas celebrations.
Why do not they invite their friends and colleagues to their homes and share about Jesus around a nice meal? They can make use of a nice star and a nativity scene to explain them the significance of Christ’s birth. This might be the only chance many of us can gather up the courage to tell them about the Lord. But No…We need the help of the Zion bound clergy to preach Christ. Is it any surprise that in TPM, the believers preach about the White-clad Clergy as the USP of their Religion.
People, get out of your cosy environment and use this time to preach about the one and only saviour of mankind. The Dark days are coming when you cannot preach about Christ.
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Tim 4:2
Some New Year Facts
Many early Pentecostal Churches(including TPM) spread this teaching that Christmas is a false date and this day is used by many anti-social elements for their drunken revelry. As many of their adherents were taken out (Sheep Stolen) of Traditional Christian Churches, they had to compensate that urge to celebrate, while warding off Christmas. Therefore, they took up the New Year celebrations with a religious twist. In the process, they comfortably forgot the fact that New Year’s Eve is a much bigger culprit of Drunken Revelry than the Christmas Eve.
These same churches took people out of Traditional Christian Churches on the pretext that they are following the “Bible”. But they conveniently hid that truth in the New Year celebrations.
Do you know that there are hundreds of calendars all over the world? Do you know that the present Calendar we generally use is the product of Pope Gregory XIII of the Roman Catholic Church?
In the Process, we have set up a new Tradition called New Year Celebration which has a religious twist as a “Watch Night Service”. Have you ever noticed that this tradition overrules certain scriptures? When these teachers could import a tithe from the old testament and twist it to be a monetary tithe to fool their ignorant people, they ought to have been careful with the New Year theme of the Old Testament.
The Biblical Calendar
The Bible supports the Hebrew calendar as was GIVEN BY GOD himself. It’s not made by any Catholic Pope or a Roman Caesar. Now read the below verse. REMEMBER THAT THIS IS GOD’s CALENDAR.
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month(Nisan/Abib), the first month of your year. Exodus 12:1-2
God did not abandon following this calendar as our Passover Lamb was crucified according to his calendar. The Resurrection happened on the First Fruits and the Spirit of God came down on his disciples on the Pentecost(Shavuot of Shavouts) entails Yahweh’s plan to “harvest” a specially chosen people from this earth.
So Ideally, If we are going to celebrate a Biblical New Year according to God’s Calendar which he himself follows, we should be doing it in the 1st of Nisan/Abib. How come we have shifted to the Roman Catholic Pope invented the Gregorian calendar and still claim to be following the Bible?
The Biblical Day
This is with reference to the Watch Night Service. Just as the clock is about to strike 12:00, the pastor intimates 5 Minutes to go. And then he tells 4 mins to go. At this time the drum beating accelerates and the people are jumping in a feverish pitch. The entire environment is charged up. Some mothers have a bad time warding off jumping feet from their sleeping kids. As the clock strikes 12:00 the entire crowd is mad in inviting the new year.
The High decibel screams continue for another 10 mins before the designated Clergy gets a miraculous prophecy from Zion, sandwiched between lots of unknown tongues. Ignorant TPM Believers are very eager to know what is God’s counsel for them, this year. Later on, in the meeting, there is a great curiosity among the believers to get the best promise scripture distributed among the laity. If the scripture they got were not very encouraging, they will get one more till they can get God to promise what they want. Such behaviours just prove the carnality of the New Jerusalem bound ignoramuses.
But is this 12:00 Midnight strike the start of a new year or a new day? The Bible does not agree with that. According to the Bible, the day ends at Sunset and the new day starts just at that point.
5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Gen 1:5
8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. Gen 1:8
According to Jewish sources,
While a day starts and ends at nightfall, the exact moment when night — and the next calendar date — begins is not clear.
The twilight period, from sunset (“shekiah”) until three stars are visible in the sky (“tzeit hakochavim“), is an “iffy” time period, known as “bein hashmashot.” Shabbat and all the holidays begin at sunset, the earliest possible definition of nightfall, and end when three stars appear in the sky the next evening, the latest definition of nightfall.
A modern Jew considers the new day starts at 6:00 PM.
Now if God considers the sunset as the beginning of the new day, how come your new year anointing arrives a few hours after that, as per the wishes of the TPM Clergy? Do not be fooled by their theatrics. There are no new blessings to be had at the midnight Jump. These are all manipulations.
Now that you have known some facts which might not have been known to you earlier. How will you react to it? Would you continue to believe in the TPM story or will you go with the Bible? There is no harm in celebrating a particular day or not celebrating it. But you need to be convinced why you are doing certain things. Do not be manipulated to follow certain traditions which have no biblical basis.
One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord….. Romans 14:5-6