Good morning friends and family. It is just before sunrise here in Florida. Something has been on my heart since Christmas morning, and I need to speak to it. I had a disappointing conversation on Christmas morning, but I didn’t say anything that day because I wasn’t going to let it ruin my family’s Christmas. I am writing this as a warning, so you can be aware of the legalistic Pharisee type “believers” that are out here on WordPress. I have encountered these people before, and I am tired of dealing with them. My hope is that this will encourage you all to live in the grace and peace of Jesus, and not let judgmental hypocritical finger pointers shake your faith.
On Christmas morning I spent time wishing everyone a Merry Christmas as a blessing of peace and joy. 99% of you responded in the same heart of Christ’s love and fellowship. Unfortunately, there is a crew of Pharisee types here on WordPress that are very hateful about Christmas. They like to shame believers in Christ for celebrating Jesus on Christmas, and they misuse Scripture to brow beat us with their condemning judgments. When I first started blogging back in August of 2018, I encountered an entire gaggle of these so called believers and I learned an important lesson from those conversations. I don’t put up with these people. I simply speak the truth to them, then wipe the dust of my feet off and move on.
What really bothers me is that these false preaching haters can possibly hurt younger believers who don’t yet have the experience or knowledge to deal with them. Legalistic people are bullies who speak their condemning comments with a heart full of bitterness. They are easy to spot because they do not speak the truth in love. Most of the time, for some strange reason, they are women. Maybe that is one of the reasons the Apostle Paul said women should be quiet in church. There are a lot of legalistic women who are puffed up in their arrogance and they love running their mouths at strong men who love Jesus. As I said, I don’t put up with them. I do, however, rebuke their hypocritical comments and put them in their place if I have to.
“A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.”
-The Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 2:11-14
It was truly disappointing that this happened on Christmas morning, of all days, and it’s a good thing that the Lord has made me strong in His grace, and I know exactly who I am in Christ. These people don’t shake my faith. After 24 years walking with Jesus, they are just one more legalistic hypocrite that the Lord always gives me victory over.
After I said “Merry Christmas” to this person who I thought was my sister in Christ, she told me I was deceived by satan and disobedient to the Lord for wishing her that blessing. Think about that for a moment. She judged and condemned me just because I said “Merry Christmas” with great joy in my heart in celebration of my Lord and Savior. She told me God was not amused with disobedience, and she even admitted that her heart doesn’t show much love “when it comes to my brethren being deceived by satan.” She should have stopped right there because that is exactly the problem. She wasn’t speaking truth in love. She was speaking condemnation in legalistic hatred. Good thing I am strong in Christ and I know the difference. A younger believer could have been hurt by her comments.
Here is her comment to me after I wished her a Merry Christmas on her blog:
“I don’t celebrate this admixture pagan/papist/traditions of men “holy” day. As a Christian, neither should you. God is not amused with disobedience. Let me send you a dear sister’s post with scriptures, though not exhaustive, but surely from a loving heart (mine doesn’t seem to show much when it comes to my brethren being deceived by satan; for the Christ of Christ Mass is not our Beloved Lord and Savior Jesus of the Bible).”
Then she left a link to a blog post by one of her legalistic friends as a way to prove why she feels it is okay to make such condemning legalistic comments to her brothers and sisters in Christ. I didn’t visit her friend’s blog because I have dealt with this before and I don’t need to read such trash. This arrogant woman should not presume to tell me what I should or should not be doing as a Christian. She is not above me in the Lord and that is not her place. The Lord did not put up with such Pharisee hypocrites either.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
-Jesus speaking in Matthew 23:27-28
Here is my reply to her legalistic comment to me:
“I don’t appreciate your legalistic judgment on me. I am not being deceived by satan or anyone else. I love Jesus with all of my heart. If you don’t know that by now, then you don’t know me at all and you haven’t been listening to what the Lord preaches through me on my blog. I am not a Catholic or a pagan. I am not disobeying the Lord. You might want to check your heart before you go pointing your finger at your brothers and sisters in Christ. I honor, glorify, and worship Jesus on this day and every day. I will not be following your blog anymore. Grace and peace to you.”
Keep in mind, this was Christmas morning. My wife and I had just enjoyed watching our beautiful children open their presents, and we were having a very blessed and joyful day celebrating Jesus and praising Him for all He has done for us. I wasn’t going to let her cruel judgmental comments ruin our day. She replied back with a bunch of other legalistic filth and called me her enemy. I did not respond again. She already called me disobedient, deceived, and displeasing to the Lord. There was no reason to continue the conversation after she called me her enemy too. Like I said, I don’t put up with these mouthy arrogant women. I stood firm in Jesus, and left her with my usual blessing of grace and peace, and that was that. She can go on and on if she wants to. She won’t be hearing from me again. Dust off my feet.
Let me be clear here, if you are legalistic like this arrogant woman, remove yourself from my blog and don’t come back. You will not get anywhere with me. You will just end up breaking yourself when you come against me. My face is set like flint, and I am strong in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who I love with all my heart. You will not shake me, but you will be shaken.
I forgive this woman, and I pray for her that the Lord will open her heart to the truth and fill her heart with love. I pray the Lord removes the bitterness and hatred that has taken root in her heart, and He would heal her from the legalism that binds her.
I will continue to worship, honor, and glorify Jesus on Christmas and every day of the year, and I will continue to bless people in the Name of Jesus by saying Merry Christmas. In a culture that is doing everything they can to remove Jesus from society, I will stand firm in Christ. I will not help the world cancel Jesus. He will never be cancelled! He will reign forever, and every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father! I love Jesus so much I can’t even express it in words. His immense grace, mercy, and forgiveness is flowing in my heart, and I will stand strong in His beautiful love.
If you are a new believer in Jesus, and this has happened to you, don’t let it shake your faith. There are many legalistic false preachers out here, and they do not represent the whole of Christianity. They are hateful and spiteful people who love pointing their fingers at true believers. They cause division and sow discord, and they will reap what they sow. Stand firm in the grace of Jesus Christ. God looks at our hearts and He knows us. There is nothing sinful, disobedient, or deceived about worshiping and honoring Jesus at Christmastime, and there is nothing wrong with saying Merry Christmas.
“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”
-The Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 2:1-3
May we keep our eyes on Jesus, speak the truth in love, and stand firm and be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus our Lord! He is coming soon!
Grace and peace to you all!