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Monday, December 28, 2015

Clarifications and Such


As I knew it was likely to do, the Christmas issue has stirred a hornet’s nest of sorts, and although I chose not to post the comments informing me of my one way ticket to the depths of hell for uttering the word “Christmas”, I did post the comments I felt were honest, from the heart, and well-articulated.

Since it is evidently an issue with many, I will clarify my position on Christmas once and for all, just so there is no misunderstanding.

For me Christmas is neither about pomp, glut, or excess. For me Christmas is, and always has been a day of remembrance and gratitude and thankfulness. As I said in my previous post I know full well it is unlikely Jesus was born on December 25th, and my contemplation, reverence, and adoration of Christ is not reserved to one day a year either. It is a day like any other, but one in which I am more likely to consider the grandeur of God’s plan for mankind via the birth of Jesus, and do so for a protracted period of time.

I made rotisserie chicken, fingerling potatoes with garlic and rosemary, and some polenta for my wife and daughter. That’s as far as my Christmas celebration went, and I only did this because I had the day off work and I enjoy cooking.

That said, I’ve been having the “root of this and root of that” debate for far too long, and I’m getting a bit exasperated. Christianity is only 2000 years old. Jesus was born only 2000 years ago. There are a lot of things that have roots going back past 2000 years. It is oftentimes the selfsame individuals who point out the roots of Christmas that insist speaking in tongues is pagan because some African tribe practiced some strange form of mysticism, or laying hands on people is evil because some vicar instated it among some brown robed monks on Athos ages ago.

Everything can be used for either evil or good in this world of ours. There are people, people I’ve come in contact with and have had dealings with that even use the Word of God as a meat tenderizer rather than the healing and restorative balm it is.

Even something as innocuous as choosing to dress simply, and live simply can become the antithesis of simplicity, when one’s pride takes hold for having chosen simplicity when others have not.

Christmas was a day like any other. It has come and gone. It is what you and I chose to do on that day that is of import. Did you remember with fondness the birth of the Savior, did you spend time with your family and friends and consider all the wonderful things God has done in your life, or did you throw a hissy fit for not getting the thing you wanted, eat until you started to sweat, then pass out in front of seizure inducing blinking lights? Your choices are on you, your actions are your own, and some long dead tradition is not to blame for either your choices or your actions.

I understand some of you have strong opinions regarding this issue. I respect that. If it is something God stirred in you, then live your conviction. I know individuals who get convicted if they drink caffeine, others who get convicted if they eat pork, others still who get convicted if they wear shorts. These are all signs of individual covenant like Samson and his long hair. These are things that God speaks to us as individuals, and I have my own covenant with God to which I adhere, and it is a means by which I show my obedience and subservience.

My sign of covenant with God is not burdensome to me, but if I insisted that you adhere to it, it may be burdensome to you. Likewise, your sign of covenant might not be burdensome to you, but it may be burdensome to me if you insisted I adhere to.

There are the general rules to which we must all adhere. There are things that are clearly called sin within the Word; there are things that are clearly forbidden. Other things become issues of personal conviction, signs of covenant, and must remain individual issues, not made to be broad based law for all within the household of faith.

If I came off as short or ill-tempered in my previous post it was not my intent. However, please understand that I am daily bombarded with correspondence damning me to hell for going to church on Sunday because it has the word sun in it and that has its roots in Egyptian mythology having to do with the sun god and such, I get damned to hell for saying Jesus because it sounds like Zeus, and Zeus is the Greek god of thunder, and on, and on, and on, and it just gets tiresome getting damned to hell every other day.

There are YouTube zealots out there who have realized that the only way to have a platform, get an audience, and amass a following is to pick a niche, and beat that dead horse until there’s nothing left of it but bone. There are actually “internet prophets” insisting that the Bible is not the word of God, and that’s just scratching the surface.

Oddly enough, once these ‘movements’ get a little traction, you come to discover that the visionary, the man who saw the truth behind the veil of lies and exposed the insidiousness of saying ‘Jesus’ was nothing more than a huckster getting rich of the backs of the innocent and milking them for all they were worth, leaving behind a trail of people trying to pick up the broken pieces of their lives.

I have always been honest with you. I have always told you the truth even when the truth was hard, and preached Jesus to you unabashedly because He is the only way, they only truth, and the only life.

I have done my best to protect you from the wolves, and to the best of my ability have done so with love and patience. The only thing I’ve ever asked for in return were your prayers, and for those of you who pray for me, I thank you.

As I wrap up this protracted article the words of Jesus echo in my ears louder than ever, “for many false prophets will arise, and will lead many astray.” He was referring to the last days, the selfsame days we are living in, and the only antidote to this onslaught is to stand firm on the foundation of truth that is the Word of God.
Not men’s interpretations and half bake theories, not men’s newfangled doctrines about one thing or another, but the Word of God. Cling to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith, and He will see you through the half-light, and half-truth to the shores of absolute truth.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

11 comments:

Mrs. Pugh said...

Amen and amen!

JMD said...

Oh Michael, you have attempted to fateful trespass! Christmas is so near and dear to so many (never mind how pagan and fraught with the world it is) sort of like standing against the flag, mother hood and apple pie. Tsk tsk. The troops rally against anyone that isn't a partaker or at the bare minimum an endorser. Sorry, I should have warned you.

PS Hope you understand the sarcasm.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more. God bless you dear brother Mike.

Anonymous said...

God bless you and continuing to pray for you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

Thea said...

Dear Michael, Blessings to you and your family as we go forward in the new year. I'm so saddened to hear of some of the responses about Christmas. Whether a Christian makes it a special day to lift up Jesus or not is a decision between each individual and Jesus Christ. Jn. 13:35 "By this shall all men know ye are my disciples,by your Love for one another"
We as the Body of Christ have a long way to go in love. Why does the Internet seem to give people the power to be mean or rude and use Christ as a cover? I continue to pray for this precious ministry the Lord has raised up. Looking forward to your radio ministry :)

Kathleen Amanti said...

I have been bombarded with the same critics concerning the celebration of Christmas, and for saying Jesus, instead of Yhwh. I have relatives that attend Mark Biltz church (the same guy who wrote the blood moon book and says he is restoring TORAH to the nations), and I have had to "block" my cousin because of the constant rhetoric remarks on facebook and google+ that I need to degreek myself, and celebrate the Jewish feasts, and never use the name Jesus! Well, these are the same people that the Apostle Paul, dealt with and warned us about, the conscision, the Judaizers, who want to bring the LAW and empty works back into the church... who would not eat with the Gentiles. But I say, JESUS because there is POWER in that name. They can't take that name away from me! We are not under the mosaic law, we are under the law of faith, by LOVE. We love HIM because He died on the cross for our sins. WE are saved by grace, through faith. NOT by observing the LAW! For there is now, no condemnation for those who in are IN Christ Jesus, who walk NOT after the flesh but after the spirit. ALL these feast observant Judaizers, are walking after the flesh not the spirit. Because we can not please God by observing the law. We please God by having faith, in JESUS and what He accomplished for us on the cross. ♥

Anonymous said...

Keep up what you are preaching, Michael. There are those of us who truly rely on hearing the truth. Finding the truth in many individuals is very rare and you often point me to get on my knees, repent and continue the race.

Thank you.
~Terry

Kimberly Florea-Shurley said...

Thank you Michael, for being a voice of reason. Sadly, common sense is no longer common. Where there is a lack of common sense, you can be sure, there is also a lack of discernment. Insights without discernment are not insights, but delusions. It seems there is no shortage of the latter.
I enjoy your blog. You do not waste words. Nor do you sugar coat or water down your message. Keep up the good work.

Sherri said...

Brother Mike,
It isn't surprising that the enemy is attacking fiercely. We are called to be "Battle Ready Believers" for this time and hour, and you have been faithful to answer the call of the Lord Jesus Christ to help the body get ready for persecution. You are on the front lines of battle and intercession is being made for you and your family. Keep pressing on Brother.

Something for all of us to think about....
After reading testimonies of those who endured persecution, they didn't dispute over Christmas, what day the Sabbath should be, or anything else that would give the devil a foot hold. They were in unity, always ready and eager to share the Gospel, they were ready to lay their lives down, they loved one another fervently.

2 Timothy 2:14-26
14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will


Romans 16:17-20
17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. 19 For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. 20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen

With love in Christ,
sherri

Barbara said...

BZZZZZZZZ. Here come some hornets. I get you, but do you get God? I mean if he despises the sacred groves, and then you drag a Christmas tree into your home or church, or say Merry Christmas in its honor, is that really doing your best? I mean right, your walk is your own, but if you KNOW what you are doing is sin, described right in the Bible, despised of God, are you going to continue like it is nothing? People wish me Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I won't answer back, even if it offends. I don't want to tarnish my relationship with God, so hurt feelings have to be accepted. Wrong is wrong, and if people don't understand, I can't help it all the time.

Maybe that is picking up your cross and just following Christ, instead of conforming to the ways of the world. It hurts and is hard to do the right thing, and the more you do it, the more people don't understand. That is okay, that is the sacrifice of faith I guess. Yes and I also agree that the name Iosus or Jesus stands for Zeus, and the name of Christ is Immanuel. I also believe that speaking in unintelligible tongues is of the demons or pride and is only legit if someone there knows the human language you are speaking and can translate it. Maybe that isn't church-like, but I seek to be disciple-like.

It is nice you made a nice dinner, I suppose everyone wants to enjoy the national day off. Okay, but the Christmas element I don't think is so good.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Samson kept his hair long because that was part of the requirements of the Nazirite vow.