|Terry Watkins||Dial-the-Truth Ministries|
| Who, REALLY, is this man we affectionately call Santa Claus? What do we REALLY know about Santa? |
Is Santa just a jolly ol’, harmless, friendly fellow?
Or is there something or someone else hiding behind jolly ol’ St. Nick?
Before we look at Santa, let’s begin with some basic Bible facts:
1 Peter 5:8The great German Reformer, Martin Luther writes in his Table Talks:
"The devil plagues and torments us in the place where we are most tender and weak. In Paradise, he fell not upon Adam, but upon Eve."The most vulnerable and least resistance are our children. It’s no accident that the Lord Jesus Christ distinctively warns several times against harming or offending these "little ones".
Matthew 18:1-6The Lord Jesus invites, and encourages little children to come unto him. The younger years are by far the most spiritually fruitful in the life-cycle of an individual.
Luke 18:15-17Without question the most fertile time in the average persons’ life for receiving and trusting the Lord Jesus is the pre-teen years. Any church bus worker or youth worker knows young children are very receptive to the gospel of Jesus Christ. For them that "child like" faith is natural. It’s what the Lord Jesus described in Matthew 10:15. As we get older; the sensual, youthful lusts and logical, carnal mind begin to dominate our minds. And as that happens, our heart becomes hardened and seared to the spiritual things of God.
Barna Research Group published a survey conducted among teenagers titled Third Millennium Teens. Under the subtitle "Displacing the Myths", the report said:
"The Myth: the teen years are evangelistically productive.If the most productive time of salvation are the pre-teen years, and if the pre-teen years are the most vulnerable – does it not stand to reason that Satan would fiercely attack this time? Can we not see the overwhelming evidence of this Satanic attack on our children? From the sexual, sensual music of Brittney Spears, or Nsync, to the occult and witchcraft of Harry Potter – there is an attack aimed directly at our children. It’s blasting from the TV, the music, the Internet, the peer pressure, the public schools – Satan’s attack literally "seeks" to "devour them" into every "nook and cranny".
Many parents have been "lullabied to sleep" with the deception that our children are innocently immune to the attack of Satan. There’s a false security that believes our children will naturally "grow out of it" or "they’re just sowing their wild oats" or maybe "they’re just being kids". But the Bible tells a different story. In Mark chapter 9, God details a frightening occurrence. A man brings his "spirit possessed" son to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mark 9:17-29It’s interesting the apostles could not cast out this "kind" (vs 29). Jesus said, "This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting." What kind of possession was it? Is that why the Lord Jesus asked the man "How long is it ago since this came unto him?" And the man answered, "Of a child". Possibly, these "hard to cast out" kind are those that enter in a child. Is it because the "possession" reaches so deep and so strong that they’re almost impossible to remove?
In Proverbs 22:6, the Bible explains the lifelong fruits of training a young child in the way he should go. That early training is so strong and so deep – as that child grows and matures – they will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6But. . . The flip side is: if that same child is trained by the ways of Satan and the world, chances are that child will "not depart from it." George Harrison, a devout follower of the Hindu god, Krishna, understood this life-long influence, Harrison told Rolling Stone Magazine:
"The main thing is to get the kids. . . nail you when you’re young and brainwash you, then they’ve got you for the rest of your life."It has been stated the foundation of a child is shaped by the time that child is five-years-old, maybe sooner. Without question, the early pre-teen or "Santa Claus" years are some of the most important in a person's life-long development. It has been truthfully said, "The hand that rocks the cradle controls the world."
That brings us to Santa. . .
Where does Santa Claus fit in the life of a young child? What about the teaching of Santa Claus in the psyche of a child? Is there more to jolly old St. Nick than meets the eye? Is Santa a clever, seemingly harmless, subtle (see Genesis 3:1) attempt to question the truthfulness of God? Is Santa the handiwork of Satan?
May I remind you of the "harmless" question, the subtle serpent, asks Eve in the garden? "Yea, hath God said,. . .?" So slight. . . So simple. . . And yet so deadly. . .
Not only that. . . Satan’s attack is not necessarily evil, or bad. In fact, it can be good, or even pleasant. The subtle temptation of Genesis reveals Satan’s clever "good and pleasant" message.
Genesis 3:6As Eve saw the forbidden fruit, it was "good" and it was "pleasant" – and yet it was deadly.
The Devil is a "master of disguise". He can take that which looks good and pleasant, and seemingly so innocent – and make it so deadly. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 11:14, "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light" He doesn’t appear with horns and a pitch fork breathing fire. He might just appear as a pleasant, friendly, fellow, with "a broad face and a round little belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly. . ."
I believe, and will prove, Santa Claus is a subtle, deadly attack on our children to confuse, doubt and rob their God-ordained "child like" faith. Satan knows, if he can somehow get that child through those fruitful early years without trusting the Lord Jesus Christ – his goal of eternal damnation in hell increases substantially.
Let’s take a look a Santa. . .
and thou shalt call his name. . . (Matthew 1:21)
. . . Santa
You ever noticed how easy it is to transform "Satan" from "Santa"? Just move the "n" to the end. And presto! "Satan" appears. . . Hmmm….
An internet Google search on "Satan Claus" [not Santa Claus – but SATAN Claus] found over 1,700 hits! Obviously, there are many that tie the two together.
The rearranging of letters (called anagrams) to hide secret names or words has long been practiced in the occult. The Jewish Encyclopedia writes of the Jewish occult book called the Cabala:
"The golden age for anagrams began with the Cabala. The Platonists had strange notions as to the influence of anagrammatic virtues, particularly of anagrams evolved from names of persons. It is not surprising, therefore, that the cabalists, like all the Neoplatonists, pretended to discover occult qualities in proper names and in their anagrams."One of the most well known anagram in the occult world is the name of Sanat Kumara. Sanat is better known as Satan. Constance Cumbey writes in her best-selling, new-age expose, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, ". . . they [New Agers] freely call Sanat Kumara (Satan) 'God'. And their doctrinal reference books by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Alice Ann Bailey freely cross-reference Sanat Kumara with Venus. In occult writings, Lucifer and Venus are one and the same."
(Constance Cumbey, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, p. 138)
Texe Marrs writes of 'Sanat' in Dark Secrets of the New Age:
". . . the New Age offers a being called Sanat Kumara. 'Sanat' is obviously a thinly veiled reference to Satan; nevertheless, New Age teachers evidently believe that the new spelling will alleviate the concerns of those not yet ready to confess Satan as their Lord and Messiah."Interesting. . . Where does that put Lord S-A-N-T-A?
H.P. Blavatsky, the Satanist and new age teacher writes in The Secret Doctrine:
"many a mysterious sacred name. . . conveys to the profane ear no more than some ordinary, and often vulgar [common] word, because it is concealed anagrammatically or otherwise".Like S-A-N-T-A?
Blavatsky also writes, the name is not important – but the letters.
"The name isn't important. It is the letters."Make no mistake about it. Blavatasky’s anagrams were used to disguise who her true god was. Blavatasky openly taught Satan is mankind’s true redeemer, creator and Saviour.
"And now it stands proven that Satan, or the Red Fiery Dragon, the ‘Lord of Phosphorus’ and Lucifer, or ‘Light Bearer’, is in us; it is our Mind — our tempter and Redeemer, our intelligent liberator and Saviour. . ."Gail Riplinger writes in her excellent book, New Age Versions on the use of anagrams in the occult world:
"Lucifer's True Identity as Satan is Revealed as the Anagram, a Transposition of Letters, To Obscure It. 'Blinds', as esoterics call them, include scrambling the letters of a name to hide the true meaning of a word from the uninitiated."It’s Interesting Mrs. Riplinger also raises a "red flag" about the anagram Santa:
"Gods of the New Age include Sanatan and Sanatsiyata, . . . New Agers say each name is 'concealed anagrammatically' 'and are aliases,' and are 'an anagram used for Occult purposes. Santa, the great usurper of Christ's attention at Christmas, an anagram? "Ole Nick" is listed among the fallen angels or devils in the Dictionary of Fallen Angels. Scholars concur that Christ was born in the fall on the 4th day of the feast of tabernacles. December 25 is actually "the feast in honor of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven, later called Saturnaha by the heathen Romans."It’s also worth noting, "Santa" is Spanish for "holy". Santa is also from the Latin word "sanctus" which means also "saintly, holy". Our English words "saint, sanctify, et al" comes from "santa". Sounds like Satan’s "I will be like the most High" is at it again.
Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.God’s name is called "holy" over 40 times in the King James Bible.
"Holy Claus". . .?
The name "Santa Claus" is also derived from the Dutch "Sinter Klaas," which also was a form of Saint Nicholas.
. . . Claus
Is "Claus" another anagram for "Lucas"?
It’s no secret "Lucas" and "Lucis" is a new-age "code word" for "Lucifer". The Alice Bailey founded new age, occult publishing company was originally named "Lucifer Publishing Company" but in 1924 the name was cleverly changed to "Lucis Trust". By the way, the Lucifer worshipping Lucis Trust is a major player in the works of the United Nations (formerly located in the United Nations building) but now located on "prime-time" 1200 Wall Street.
Claus sounds a lot like "claws".
Maybe "Santa Claus" means "Satan's Claws"? Like lion's "claws"?
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:. . . Jolly Old St. Nick
While Santa and Claus may be disguising their real meaning – there’s no disguising "ol’ St. Nick". He’s a well-known character.
Old Nick: "A well-known British name of the Devil. It seems probable that this name is derived from the Dutch Nikken, the devil..."Actor Adam Sandler and New Line Studios are well aware "Nick" is an alias for Satan. Their recent movie "Little Nicky" is about the "son of Satan", hence "Little Nicky". A teaser for the film says, "If your mother was an angel and your father was the devil you'd be messed up too."
In the popular Cloud Ten Pictures "Apocalypse" film series Revelation, Tribulation, & Judgment, the Antichrist just so happens to be played by none other than the actor "Nick" Mancuso. Hmmm… The Cloud Ten Pictures are based on Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkin’s popular Left Behind "Apocalypse" book series. Oh, the name of the Antichrist in the Left Behind series? Nicolae "Nick" Carpathia, of course. In fact, one of the books in titled, Nicolae, The Rise of the Antichrist.
As we mentioned earlier, "Santa Claus" is derived from the Dutch "Sinter Klaas," which also was a form of Saint Nicholas.
It is also interesting, the book American Slang defines the slang word nick: to rob or steal. (Robert L. Chapman, American Slang, p. 297)
Reminds me of what the Lord Jesus warned us in John 10:
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way [say a chimney?], the same is a thief and a robber. . .. . . Father Christmas
The "Christmas Poem" reads:
Hurry up please Christmas Day,The famous anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss writes in his popular analysis of "Father Christmas":
"Father Christmas is dressed in scarlet: he is a king. His white beard, his furs and his boots, the sleigh in which he travels evoke winter. He is called 'Father' and he is an old man, thus he incarnates the benevolent form of the authority of the ancients."In other words, "Father Christmas" is God incarnate.
Levi-Strauss goes on to write that children believe in him, paying homage to him with letters and prayers.
The Devil’s stated goal in Isaiah 14:13-14, is to be god or the "father". To grab that "crown of the Father".
And what better "I will be like the most High. . - name to fame" than "Father of Christ-mass".
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.. . . Kriss Kringle
And there’s the friendly, jingle-jangle name of "Kriss Kringle".
By far, the name Kriss Kringle is the most blasphemous. With "Kriss", Satan slowly pulls off the mask. There’s no doubt about the intentions of "Kriss Kringle".
Believe it or not. . . "Kriss Kringle" is German for "little Christ Child".
"Kriss Kringle A US name for Santa Claus derived from the German Christkindl (little Christ child)."Santa Claus or Kriss Kringle is the counterfeit "Christ Child"!
Why do we supposedly celebrate December 25 along with Kriss Kingle? It’s the birth-day of the Christ Child - Kriss Kringle.
Do you really believe, in a million years, all these "coincidences" to Satan and blasphemies are just an accident?
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow. . . (Rev. 1:14)
His head and his hairs [his beard] were white like wool, as white as SNOW. . .
A perfect description of . . . Guess Who?
Who's got a beard that's long and whiteBut it’s actually . . . The Lord Jesus Christ in Revelation 1!
Revelation 1:13-15The poem "The Night Before Christmas" describes Old St. Nick as:
"He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,The Lord Jesus is also described in Daniel 7:
Daniel 7:9 describes the Lord Jesus, as the "Ancient of days", "white hair", a king ("thrones cast down. . . did sit"):
Daniel 7:9Remember when we saw Claude Lévi-Strauss's popular essay of "Father Christmas":
"Father Christmas is dressed in scarlet: he is a king. His white beard, his furs and his boots, the sleigh in which he travels evoke winter. He is called 'Father' and he is an old man, thus he incarnates the benevolent form of the authority of the ancients."He is a Father. . . dressed in scarlet. . . He is a king. . . white beard. . . incarnate. . . authority of the ancients.
Who is he really describing?
Who is this that cometh. . . red in thine apparel (Isaiah 63:2)
Who wears boots and a suit of redAnd must be. . . (Are you surprised?)
The Lord Jesus Christ
Isaiah 63:1-2Do you get the strangest feeling that someone is "copying" someone?
And his feet. . . as if they burned in a furnace (Revelation 1:15)
Hmmm. . . ?
Now who has their feet in an furnace? Who comes down a chimney into a furnace?
chim * neySanta Claus. . .
And. . . (You already know who else)
Revelation 1:13-15Satan wasn’t just kidding when he said in Isaiah 14:14, ". . . I will be like the most High."
The Lord Jesus warned us in John 10 about those that ". . . entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way [like a chimney]. . ."
John 10:1, 2, 9,10A little interesting history on Santa and his chimney:
It seems the "chimney tale" came to us via Thor, the mythical god of fire and lightning. Satan (and Thor) are symbolized by the lightning bolt (Luke 10:18). Thor’s name means "thunder". The Thor story goes like this; Most families in the pre-patriarchal Scandinavian world would have an altar to Thor – their fireplace. Every year on his birthday, December 25th (of course) Thor would come down the chimney to his altar of fire, and bring presents to the kiddies. (sound familiar?) Oh yea, Thor was "nicknamed" "Klaus of the cinders" or "Sinter Klaus" (a.k.a Santa Claus), because it was believed he would be "singed" as went into the fireplace.Just a coincident. . . ? Hmmm. . . Thor the "god" of thunder, fire and lightning. Sounds a lot like someone else. . . Like maybe. . . Santa and Satan
It’s no secret that Thor is also Satan. The rock group KISS, who dressed as "demons from hell" spewed forth fire and blood in their concerts, has a song dedicated to the god of Thor titled "God of Thunder". Some of the lyrics:
I was born on OlympusThere’s also the mythological creature named Chimera (coming from the same root word "chim" as chim-ney). Chimera is a strange creature. It seems Chimera is part lion, part goat and part serpent. That’s a strange combo. . .? I wonder where they got that from? Chimera breathes fire and lives in the underworld called Hell. (Hans Biedermann, Dictionary of Symbolism, p. 67)
Is not this the carpenter. . . (Mark 6:3)
Mark 6:3 tells us the Lord Jesus Christ was a carpenter.
Mark 6:3And Santa is no plumber, or electrician, or blacksmith. . .
Santa's a – guess what – a carpenter too!
Wow! Who would have ever guessed it! What a coincidence.
Oh yea, remember the god-Thor. . . Another of his symbols – a carpenters "hammer".
His house. . . was toward the north (Ezekiel 8:14)
Of course, everyone knows Santa lives at the North Pole.
Brrr. . . Why the north pole? Nobody lives at the North Pole. . . Why did they pick the NORTH Pole?
Could it possibly be because someone ELSE lives in the north?
Ezekiel 8:14The Lord dwells in "the north, the city of the great King".
By the way, do you remember what Lucifer said in Isaiah 14:13, when he rebelled against God? Do you remember where he was going to exalt his throne?
Isaiah 14:12-14Where else would Satan ("oops I did it again". . . it’s just too easy to get those two mixed up) Claus be but in the NORTH?
. . . who rideth upon the heaven in thy help. . . (Deuteronomy 33:26)
As everyone knows, Santa miraculously rides upon the heavens as he delivers his gifts and love. He’s been described for so long, by so many, riding across the sky with his reindeers guiding his merry way – you can almost see Santa as you gaze up in the sky.
The famous poem "The Night Before Christmas" describes this amazing, flying, red-clothed, bearded, whited-haired, super-man:
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,Sounds a lot like another episode I’m familiar with – when the Lord Jesus Christ went up to heaven:
Acts 1:9-10Following Satan’s ". . . I will be like the most high. . ." script to the letter, Santa mimics the Lord God as found in Deuteronomy 33:26
Deuteronomy 33:26It’s also interesting in Ephesians 2:2, Satan is depicted as "the prince of the power of the air. . ."
Ho, ho. . . saith. . . (Zechariah 2:6)
Satan Claus. . .?
Actually. . .
Zechariah 2:6"Ho, Ho. . ."?
I always thought Santa Claus said that. . .?
HO HO HO, cherry nose
. . .and his angels were cast out with him (Revelation 12:9)
Santa’s Little Helpers. . .
Santa has some cute little helpers called "elves". It so happens, that Elves (a.k.a fairies, trolls, etc.) also are very popular "helpers" in witchcraft, demonism and the occult.
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft has some interesting insights into "Santa's Little Helpers". For instance, elves are Satan's fallen angels:
"A host of supernatural beings and spirits who exist between earth and heaven. . . Fairies [Elves] are fall angels. When God cast Lucifer from heaven, the angels who were loyal to Lucifer plunged down toward hell with him."The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft also writes that some elves have an appetite for human blood:
"Some fairies [elves] were said to suck human blood like vampires."An interesting "trick" concerning elves is also given in The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft (p. 117). It seems some elves will grant peoples' wish and give them gifts – if that person will only deny their Christian faith! Can you say "Santa Claus"?
Elves are found in the writings of Satanist and new age-theosophy guru H.P. Blavatsky. She claims elves are "disembodied spirits", used in "magic and sorcery" and are "the principal agents in . . . seances." (H.P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled, Vol I, p. 262)
Interesting, elves are also called "trolls". Cathy Burns writes in Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated:
". . . the word troll comes from the Old Norse word for demon and is defined by some sources as a 'devil': a person of great wickedness or maliciousness. . . Of course, Santa has his elves, too."
Elf: 'A small, often mischievous creature considered to have magical powers.' Although some of these creatures may appear cute on the surface, all of them are nonetheless demonic entities that have their origin in the occult world."The Dictionary of Symbolism writes of elves:
"Living beneath the surface of the earth, they have ties to the word of the dead; these 'little people' are often thought of as inhabitants of the underworld [hell]."Before you completely discount elves to the world of fantasy, witches, the occult and kooks, consider the research of Dr. Kurt Koch. Dr. Koch is without question the world's foremost authority on demonism and the occult. Dr. Koch, a devout Christian, has spent a life-time traveling world-wide, researching and documenting the real-world of demonism, devils and the occult. Dr. Koch has three complete pages documenting "Goblins and Elves" in his book Occult ABC. Dr. Koch writes of elves:
"These elves often appear to children and even play with them. The moment and adult comes on the scene, the elves disappear. . . If a person wants their help, he must apply to their chief, the devil himself [Santa?]. This however, would cost a person his salvation. The idea these spirits are demonic in origin is in accordance with the Bible."Dr. Koch claims these elves' "chief" is the "devil himself" – "Santa's Little Helpers". Notice how Dr, Koch and others keep linking these elves back to children.
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft says elves, "love to visit new born babies of mortals and will not hesitate to steal. . ." (Rosemary Ellen Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, p. 116)
In Dr. Koch's book (pp. 82-85), he gives four detailed, documented actual accounts involving elves or demons. Dr. Koch, has encountered so many elf-demonic experiences, he says, "One could write a book just about these little people like the tomter [elves], but that is not my task." (Kurt Koch, Occult ABC, p. 83)
The great German Reformer Martin Luther also had encounters with elves or goblins. In his Table Talk book, Luther writes on one occasion:
"The goblin [elf] jolted me in bed. But I took little notice of him. When I was almost asleep, he began such a rumbling on the stairs that you would have thought someone was throwing three score barrels of wine down them. I stood up, went to the stairs, and called out 'If it is you, so be it,' Then I committed myself to the Lord, of whom it is written, 'Thou hast put all things under His feet,' and went back to bed. That is the best way to get rid of him: to scorn him and call on Christ, That he cannot bear'".The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft writes, "Many contemporary Witches believe in fairies [elves] and some see them clairvoyantly". (Rosemary Ellen Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, p. 117)
In fact, the very popular book teaching witchcraft to teenagers titled Teen Witch by witch-author Silver RavenWolf even contains a spell to invoke elves. The spell called "Elf Locker Spell" is a spell to keep people from breaking into a teenagers school locker. The spell conjures up elves to protect their locker. Witch RavenWolf writes, "At school, hang the mirror, asking the locker elves (yes, there are elves in school) to protect the locker" (Silver RavenWolf, Teen Witch, Wicca for a New Generation, p. 215). Then the "teen witch" does some other silly, stupid stuff, and casts their spell (which the book gives in detail). The end of the spell is very, very interesting. Here's what RavenWolf writes, "At home, set the milk and honey outside to nourish the fairies. (p. 215)" Can you say "milk and cookies"? Can you say "Ho, Ho, Ho"?
The Elves of Oz. . .
One of the most demon-possessed individuals is rock star, Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy’s claim to fame was lead singer of the "Satan-rock" band Black Sabbath. Ozzy is known for such bizarre and demonic behavior as biting the head off a bat and a dove.
On September 2, 1989, Ozzy and his demons nearly murdered his own wife. Here’s how his wife, Sharon Osbourne, describes the terrifying moment to Barbara Walters on 20/20:
"I was downstairs reading. He came down with just his underpants on. And he's like,"We've come to a decision." And I'm like, "We've"? And he said "You have to die". And then he just dived on me and got me down on the and was just strangling me. But he was gone. There was blinkers on his eyes. He had gone. It wasn't Ozzy."Sharon later openly tells Barbara Walters on 20/20 of Ozzy’s "demon" and "little people" [ELVES] that live in Ozzy’s head.
"He's just got this demon inside of him. He just can't get rid of these little people [ELVES] that live in his head."Ozzy’s wife Sharon also tells People Magazine, being married to Ozzy:
". . . is like living with several different people. One day he can be loving and romantic, but the next day he'll turn into this Jekyll and Hyde monster. I never know what I'm going to wake up with."Ozzy told Hit Parader Magazine:
"I really wish I knew why I’ve done some of the things I’ve done over the years. Sometimes I think that I’m possessed by some outside spirit. A few years ago, I was convinced of that – I thought I truly was possessed by the devil. I remember sitting through the Exorcist a dozen times, saying to myself, ‘Yeah, I can relate to that.’"Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
. . . for his great love wherewith he loved us (Ephesians 2:4)
Oh, how he loves the little children.
All the children of the world.They stand in line to sit in his loving lap. They get their picture with Santa. They tell Santa their most intimate secrets.
They love their Santa – because he first loved them.
Is there something slightly familiar with this picture?
1 John 4:19Satan’s Ultimate Goal - Achieved
Remember where we previously read Satan’s ultimate goal.
"I will be like the most high"
Isaiah 14:13-14:Satan is accomplishing EXACTLY what he wanted.
Satan’s ultimate goal is worship. And millions of children are lovingly giving him their God-given child-like faith. They love Santa!
Remember in Luke 4, when Jesus Christ was tempted of Santa (uh… I mean Satan) in the wilderness. Remember what Satan offered him. . . And remember what Satan requested in exchange:
Luke 4:5-8Satan’s ultimate goal – worship. He’ll "give" you gifts – "whomsoever I will I give it"
Little children are worshipping him. And not only that – he is stealing their child-faith at the greatest time of salvation in their whole life! What a plan! What a master-piece of deception! And the average parents are Satan’s greatest evangelists. What an incredible, subtle, diabolical plan.
Do you really believe Santa is just a harmless accidental character of history?
Santa Claus has replaced God in the lives of many children.
. . . Ask, and it shall be given you. . . (Matthew 7:7)
Millions of young children will anxiously climb into the loving lap of their Santa Claus. They’ll whisper in his ear their little hearts desire. They’ll quickly wake up Christmas morning with eyes shimmering at their gifts wonderful Santa gave them.
Jolly old Saint Nick,
Here comes Santa Claus!Millions of children worldwide will be praying and asking their god-Santa for their presents. And here’s the kicker – come Christmas morning – they’ll believe ol’ Satan (not again. . . they’re just too much alike. . . I mean. . . Santa) lovingly gave them all their presents. Who’s telling these kids these lies?
Santa (or Satan. . . take your pick) has replaced God as the gracious giver of gifts and the one who answers their prayers. He is Mr. everything to these kids at Christmas time. They just need to believe. The "key" to getting your gifts is "believing" in Santa. Millions of kids will be asked this Christmas, "Do you still believe in Santa?"
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)
Isn’t it amazing the power Santa has?
Is there anyone like Santa Claus?
He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're awakeSanta is All Knowing – He’s Omniscient
He knows. . .
He KNOWS when you’re awake
Bobby wants a pair of skates,Santa knows everything. . .
Children are taught, religiously, that Santa knows everything. He knows when they’re awake. He knows when they’re sleeping. He knows what they want for Christmas.
Is the picture getting clear? Do you see what’s REALLY happening?
Santa has the attributes of God Almighty.
Remember that "child-like" faith? That faith that belongs to God. That faith is being robbed by Santa.
Santa has all the attributes of God. Santa has replaced God in the lives of "Santa-worshipping" children. Just mention the name of Santa to the average child – and watch their little face light up. They love Santa with "all their heart, and with all their soul, and with all their strength, and with all their mind". They stand in line to sit in his loving lap. They leave him milk and cookies. It may be a fable to the grown-ups, but those little kids – they believe and love Santa with all their little heart!
And why not? Why shouldn’t they believe in Santa?
They are taught, heartily, by the people they love and trust more than anyone on earth – that Santa is their god. Santa knows things that are known only by an Omniscient God. Who else has such power? And why wouldn’t they believe it? Why would "mommy and daddy" lie?
The following verses would well fit the average child’s gospel of Santa:
"Be not ye therefore like unto them: for Santa knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him."If you doubt the sincerity of the "Santa Claus-as-god-worship" – according to Encyclopedia Americana, during the Middle Ages, over 400 churches in England alone were named after "Santa Claus":
"His cult [Santa Clause] and his representation in art achieved their greatest popularity in the Middle Ages, and in England alone more than 400 churches are named after him."Santa is Everywhere – He’s Omnipresent
He’s at the mall. He’s at the parade. He’s on the TV. He’s at the ball-park.
David’s testimony to the Omnipresence of God Almighty sounds much like the average child’s omnipresence faith in Santa.
Psalm 139:7-8Santa "miraculously" visits millions of children, all across the world, in one "quick as a wink" night. "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. . ." (1 Cor. 15:52) – Santa appears – all over the world!
The poem "The Night Before Christmas" says of Old St. Nick: ". . . And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof. . ." Where did that come from? – "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. . ." (1 Cor. 15:52)
He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're awakeSound familiar. . .
Proverbs 15:3Santa is All-Powerful – He’s Omnipotent
To the average child - Santa can do anything. What can Santa not do?
Genesis 18:14Come rain, sleet, snow, storm, hurricane, the darkest and dreariest of nights – Santa comes.
But their Santa NEVER fails!
In one night, the all-powerful, Santa delivers millions and millions of gifts to children all around the world. Who could do that? Now, who REALLY believes that? That little child who’s been preached to about Santa. . . That’s who. They believe it. Just ask one. Nothing’s too hard for their Santa. If the Christian world had, even a small drop of the faith the average child has in Santa – we’d have revival overnight!
Isn’t it amazing what these little children believe "with all their heart" about their god – Santa?
These little kids believe and have more faith in their Santa than all the Christians of the world. If the Christians of the world could just catch a spark of that faith these kids have in Santa – we’d have a world-wide revival.
Have you ever seriously considered how unbelievable and powerful Santa is?
The scientific journal SPY magazine (January 1990) constructed a scientific analysis of Santa. Here’s some of there conclusions:
"Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 822.6 visits per second. This is to say that for each house, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move on to the next house.In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. . ." (1 Cor. 15:52) – Santa appears – all over the world! He just quietly "tip-toes" in – and "tip-toes" out. You hear nothing. See nothing. Like a "thief in the night". (1 Thess. 5:2).
And we expect our children to believe in a supernatural being that can do all that?
And you know what – THEY DO. . .
. . . thy years are throughout all generations. (Psalm 102:24)
Where did Santa come from?
How did Santa get here?
When did Santa "magically" appear?
Like, Melchisedec (which most Bible students believe to be a reference to the incarnate Jesus Christ), Santa Claus is like the Son of God, "Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God;. . ." Hebrews 7:3
Santa is from everlasting to everlasting. His "years are throughout all generations". Possessing the attribute of an eternal God, Santa ". . . thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end." He has no beginning. He has no end. Like God Almighty, Santa is eternal.
The famous editorial, "Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus", written by Francis P. Church and published in The New York Sun on September 21, 1897 to 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon, ends with the following words:
"No Santa Claus! Thank God, he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."
. . .I will pour out my spirit. . . (Proverbs 1:23)
The Christmas "Spirit"?
And yes, Santa has his own "spirit".
The Christmas "spirit". . . The "Spirit of Christmas" Isn’t that a little strange?
Gene Autry’s famous song "Here Comes Santa Claus" begins with the words, "Speakin' of Christmas spirit"
Ring a bell? . . .
Come, ye children. . . I will teach you the fear of. . . (Psalm 34:11)
Santa Claus. . .
You better watch out,Children the world over are taught to FEAR Santa. You’d better go to bed little boy – Santa is watching. Millions of fearful children are told, "You’d better behave. Santa is watching. You might not get anything for Christmas."
Would not Psalm 76:7 certainly apply to Santa Claus in the eyes of most children?
Psalm 76:7The fear of the Lord is the "beginning" of the Christian faith. As is the fear of Santa is the beginning of the faith of Santa.
Psalms 111:10While our children should be taught the fear of the Lord, most are taught the sacrilegious fear of the false god of Santa.
. . . every one of us shall give account of himself to. . . (Romans 14:12)
Santa. . .
He's making a list, He's checking it twiceSo then every one of us shall give account of himself to. . . Santa?
Again as God does so does the one that says, "I will be like the most high". (Isaiah 14:14)
. . . then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. (Matthew 25:31)
Take a trip to the local mall at Christmas time. Go watch Santa sitting on his royal throne. Kids are lined up to sit on his lap of judgement. What does Santa ask them, "Have you been a good little boy?" "Have you been a good little girl?’
Ever read Psalm 11:4?
Psalm 11:4There’s no question Satan (or Santa. . . ditto) is sitting on his throne. There’s no question it’s a mockery and pretender of the judgement of a Holy God.
1 King 22:19Let’s not forget the Bible says Satan (and Santa) has a throne.
Isaiah 14:13I can’t help but think of Acts 12. Remember when Herod, playing Santa, dressed in his Santa suit (royal apparel), on his throne, and the people saying, It is the voice of a god (a.k.a Santa), and not of a man. Sounds a lot like "you-know-who". And the angel of the Lord kills him for his blasphemy.
. . . were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (Revelation 20:12)
Right on schedule. . . Santa also has a list to judge who's "naughty or nice"
He's making a list, He's checking it twiceOver and over, scripture after scripture, Santa grants Satan's ultimate wish, ". . . I will be like the most High. . ."
And many believed on him. . . (John 10:42)
I wonder how many children this Christmas will be asked, "Do you BELIEVE in Santa?" I know one thing – it’ll be more than all the Christians of the world asking "Do you BELIEVE in Jesus?". Satan’s gospel will be preached more than the wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ. His witnesses will be witnessing for him – day and night – across the globe.
Do you really believe it’s just a coincidence that Satan (I mean. . . Santa. . . I get those two mixed up), over and over, is counterfeiting the Lord Jesus Christ?
His attributes. . . His name. . .
And now. . . His Faith
The heart of the Christian faith is "believing" in the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s the core of the Christian faith. It’s not works. It not sacraments. It’s not "doing this" or "doing that". . .
Acts 16:31Belief – faith – is the essence and vehicle of the Christian faith. It all hinges on believing.
It’s BELIEVE IN Jesus . . .
And Guess what? With Santa . . . It’s also BELIEVE IN Santa. . .
Little Boy, Little Girl, DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA?
This one bothers me the most. . .
What happens when these children put so much false hope into a lie? What happens as that child learns that wonderful Santa is a hoax? And not only is it a false hope, a faith of deception – but it replaces the attributes and characteristics of a counterfeit Christ for the True Christ. To confuse matters even worse the Lord Jesus is dragged into the lie by celebrating his birth.
"After you stop believing in Santa Claus,Who that's ever seen the Christmas classic movie The Miracle on the 34th Street can ever forget the faith of young Susan Walker (played by the cute Natalie Wood). Little Susie a skeptic, who doesn't believe in Santa Claus is "converted" by the loveable Kriss Kringle (played by Edmund Gwenn). The main plot of the movie is – faith and belief in Kriss Kringle or Santa.
Remember the highlight of the movie when Susan's mother, Doris (played by Maureen O'Hara) tells young Susan, " You must believe in Mr Kingle–and keep right on believing. You must have faith in him".
And young Susie begins repeating over and over, "I believe, I believe. . ."
Here's how the original author Valentine Davies describes the above scene:
"Susan thought it over for a moment and then began muttering with firm conviction: 'I believe, I believe, I believe–'Towards the end of the movie, Santa gives Susie the "desires of her heart" and little Susie is saying, "You were right mommy, I do believe. I do believe. Mr Kingle is Santa Claus."
It is worth noting what Santa gives Susan – a house. . . Hmmm. . . .
John 14:2In the movie, the movie ends as Santa (Kriss Kringle) "prepares a place" for little Susie. Remember, they see Santa's cane standing in the corner showing he had been there and did indeed – "prepare a place" for little Susie.
Oh. . . did you notice the shape of Santa's cane he left in the corner on Miracle on 34th Street? It looks like a "shepherd's" hook? Hmmm. . .
As one reviewer says of The Miracle on 34th Street:
"I guess the reason I, and all the other reviewers, think this film is so great is that it brings back the time when we could 'believe in Santa Claus'".Who has ever seen "Miracle on 34th Street" can ever forget cute, little "Natalie Wood" says "when things don't turn out just right you still have to believe, and oh mommy I do believe, I do".
Another reviewer writes, ". . . this is a beautiful movie, that can make anyone believe in Santa Claus."
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of . . . (Titus 2:13)
This Christmas Eve millions and millions of little children will climb into their beds "looking for their blessed hope and the glorious appearing" of Santa Claus.
There's not a Christian on the face of this earth looking for and longing for the Lord Jesus Christ as much as the average child looking for their Santa! A child's stolen faith in the coming of Santa puts the Christian's faith to shame.
They are so excited – Santa’s coming!
Probably the greatest theme and most anticipated event in all the Bible is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul mentions the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ over 50 times. For every one verse on the First Coming of the Lord Jesus – there are at least eight on the Second Coming. Over and over, the New Testament admonishes the Christian to "look" and "wait" for the coming of the Lord Jesus. The last prayer in the Bible is in Revelation 22:20 – ". . . Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is the Christian's "blessed hope":
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;If the subtle serpent, who's heart's desire and ultimate goal is to ". . . be like the most High" (Isaiah 14:14) – don't you know the Second Coming will get his attention. And it does. . .
The gospel of Santa is a "counterfeit" of the "blessed hope" of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
These precious little children believe it with every fiber in their soul. And why not, the ones they trust the most, mommy and daddy, are preaching the message in their little ears, over and over. Santa is coming! Santa is coming! And everywhere they go – the mall, the store, school – the gospel of the glorious appearing of Santa is proclaimed! Everywhere they look! Santa is coming! Santa is coming! Ever wonder why the stores and the world start the Christmas "season" earlier and earlier every year? It could be the "money-hungry-commercialism" motive (1 Timothy 6:10) – or it might just be – Satan wants to preach his gospel of Santa deeper and deeper in that little child's head and heart – and deceive that little child further and further away from the Lord Jesus Christ!
Oh! You better watch out,
1 John 2:28I wonder what the Lord thinks about Santa, Satan's Little Helper?
I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another. . .
Ho! Ho! Ho! I Am God. . .
In 1994, the satire magazine The Onion carried a parody of Santa Claus titled "Ho! Ho! Ho! I Am God". Even though, it was written as a parody much truth rings from the article. The article says:
"I love visiting each and every one of your homes, stuffing your stockings with toys, and enjoying the milk and cookies you leave for me. But mostly I love Christmas because it's the celebration of the birth of my son, Jesus the Christ. You see, I'm God. . . Don't I look familiar? I'm old, I have a white beard, I love everyone. I'm the same God as the one you and your mommy and daddy worship on Sundays. . .And that’s EXACTLY the message being preached to these little children!
You’d have to be blind to not see the possible connection. And you’d have to be spiritually blind to not see the possible spiritual damage such a massive, faith-based, God-like, LIE could do to the faith and trust of that young child.
Landover Baptist, a sacrilegious spoof site on the Internet, carried an article titled "The Devil is in the Chimney". Though their motive is sacrilege, the obvious link from Santa to Satan is not ignored. Here's some of the article:
"And it takes no Sherlock Holmes to see that the Devil's annual disguise is none other than Santa! . . . Lucifer may be the wiliest of all the deceitful demons that ever drew breath of fire in Hell, but he was pretty sloppy when he decided to try to spoil our Savior's birthday with this disguise. His big devil ego got the better of him when he decided to name his Christmas Anti-Christ after himself. He just moved around the letters in the name, 'Satan,' into a sonogram and got 'Santa.' . . . Satan has tried to undermine Christmas by making Santa even more popular than Jesus!Someone once said, "Many a truth is told in jest".
But it is just fantasy. . .
I'm sure many are thinking, "C'mon, Santa Claus is just fantasy. Nobody takes it serious".
And that's where you're WRONG – those little children take their Santa very serious!
Most parents would not teach their beautiful little children such a lie as Santa Claus. Most parents will not openly lie to their children. Especially something that is a blatant imposter of the Lord Jesus Christ. And Satan knows this. . .
But they'll easily do it under the disguise of fantasy. It is just fantasy. . .
Satanist Anton LaVey, author of The Satanic Bible and founder of the First Church of Satan, says fantasy is a "magic weapon" in Satanism.
"Fantasy plays an important role in any religious curriculum, for the subjective mind is less discriminating about the quality of its food than it is about the taste. . . Thus, fantasy is utilized as a magic weapon [in Satanism]. . . The Satanist maintains a storehouse of avowed fantasy gathered from all cultures and from all ages."Lavey understands Satan's gospel can be quietly preached under the mask of fantasy. People, such as parents, will allow things, such as Santa Claus, under the cloak of fantasy into their little child's tender mind that under "serious" circumstances they would not allow in a million years. But it is just fantasy. . . But in that little child's vulnerable mind – it is truth!
No, you and I don't take it serious. Yes, you and I know Santa Claus is fantasy. But those little kids are deceived in believing "with all their little heart" in a god that's an imposter of the Lord Jesus Christ.
What happens when these little children realize that Santa Claus is a lie? What happens when they later are confronted to make a decision for the Lord Jesus Christ? What happens later when they're asked to "trust and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ"?
I've heard the conversation of two young boys talking about the Lord Jesus Christ. They were beyond the age of Santa Claus. As they were talking, one boy asks the other, "What do you think of all this Jesus Christ stuff"? And the other boy replies, "It all sounds like another Santa Claus to me – probably just another lie".
Santa is Satan's counterfeit of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Once you get that child believing with "all their heart" in Santa then the next logical step is – Jesus and Santa they’re both the same – and they're both a LIE.
Obviously, not every person that believes in Santa Claus as a child will refuse the Lord Jesus Christ. The truth is, the author of this article "believed in" Santa Claus as a child. And the truth is, the author of this article did not trust the Lord Jesus Christ until he was 20 years old. And furthermore, there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever, that the lie and god-like attributes of Santa Claus influenced my early beliefs and confusion about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Someone once said "Jesus Christ is nothing but a Santa Claus for adults". That was my belief of Jesus Christ. . . Another Santa Claus. . . Another hoax.
And I can tell you this. . .
Thank God – I was wrong!
On July 30, 1975 as a 20-year-old young man, I met the Lord Jesus Christ. And I can tell you – He is no Santa Claus! Jesus Christ is no fairy tale! I've been saved for over 27 years. I've had 27 years to "prove Him". And I truthfully, from the depths of my heart, say, "'Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus"
'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His WordHave you met the Lord Jesus Christ?
Have you ever received the Lord Jesus Christ as YOUR Saviour?
Friend, there is no way these connections from Santa to Satan and counterfeits of the Lord Jesus Christ is just an haphazard fairy tale of history. There is an author. There is an creator. And he is Satan.
And he wants to damn your soul in hell! And he wants to damn the souls of your children in hell!
And he will – if you die without the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Have you ever been saved?
Friend, I want to ask you the most important question you'll ever answer:
Not joining a church, not religion, not baptism, not good works, not sacraments — but trusted Jesus Christ and Him alone, as your Savior. If not, Friend you could be — one year, one month, one hour, one minute, one heartbeat — away from eternity in a lake of fire!
Revelation 20:15 says, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Friend, God does not want you to go to hell. 2 Peter 3:9 says, "The Lord is. . . not willing that any should perish. . ." Jesus loved you so much He died on a rugged cross, to pay for YOUR sin, and to keep YOU out of hell! Revelation 1:5 says, ". . . Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood."
Friend, don't EXIT this message, until you MAKE SURE you've received Jesus Christ!
I assure you — if you die without Jesus Christ — it'll be the biggest mistake you'll ever make!
Friend, If you've never been saved, don't wait another minute!
It is simple to be saved ...
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Romans 3:10
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, ..." 1 Peter 2:24
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
Pray this prayer, and mean it with all your heart.
Just pray this simple prayer, and mean it with all your heart. Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and unless you save me I am lost forever. I thank you for dying for me at Calvary. I come to you now, the best way I know how, and ask you to save me. I now receive you as my Saviour. In Jesus Christ name, Amen.
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