u know what Evergreen means? Everlasting life and that brings up the contrast between that definition and the one given in Jeremiah 10. Jeremiah is speaking of an idol that is strikingly close to that of a Christmas tree. But it is not a Christmas tree but that of an idol. In Isaiah 44 a man cuts a tree and with half of it he uses to cook his meal and warm himself. Once done he uses the other half to make an idol of which he then Falls behind it to worship it. That was his intent from the beginning. If you go out and buy yourself a Christmas tree with the intent to worship it then you have yourself an idol. If your intent is to place Christmas presents under it, it is just a Christmas tree. But when will you be doing this because most authorities believe that Christ was born in September. Shepherd’s would not be keeping watch over their flock by night in December. Their flock would be indoors with them. What is your intent for the season and the tree? Don’t worship the tree, you worship a free gift wrapped in swaddling clothes under the tree which is Christ the Lord. There was no room for him in the inn. Is there room for him in your heart?
These three pastors should be ashamed of themselves. Were they at all ashamed, no, neither did they know how to blush. 2nd Corinthians 2:17 says, We are not, as so many, peddling the word of God. If you don’t like the word peddling, how about making merchandise out of you? Bakker sells survival food, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and John Hagee peddle their books, and all three make a tidy profit. These are corrupt men and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. Yourself, and not your money.
I have a wonderful Christmas Carol for you this morning called he is Born the Divine Christ child. It is played on a small pipe organ with great Authority. You will hear glimpses of Hark the Herald Angels Sing within the melody.
What happens to babies when they die young? This could include abortion but the main point I’m getting at is what happens to babies that may die of disease or other factors before they can make a confession for Christ? Perhaps the best example is that of King David when he sinned with Bathsheba. He was told that his young son would die for his iniquity. David Mourns his son greatly.
I will go to him but he will not return to me. David is saying here that he will see his son in glory. In heaven but never again on Earth. I believe this speaks to all babies that die in infancy including those of abortion. And this is the best Bible verse in all of scripture to comprehend this. I will go to him. Praise the Lord!
Have you seen the Catholic vision of purgatory?Some call it Fantasyland. Others Abomination Land. Ah? Burning incense to the queen from heaven which God hates from Jeremiah 44. A Pope devoting his life to Mary? Can you believe that? Johnny Paul! Wasn’t he Opies pal at Mayberry? Go ahead Gomer, say it! SHAZAM! But the Popes Johnny Paul didn’t like kids at all except to take part in abusing them. So sad.
I have a prelude for you this morning called the prince of Denmark’s March.Prince of Denmark I’m sure you’ve heard this tune before as it is a most lively one.