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 us establish some basic Bible facts:
The Bible clearly teaches a powerful, rebellious, subtle, evil being called the Devil, Lucifer or Satan.
The Bible teaches Satan rebelled against God. Satan rebelled because he desires to be like God. Satan’s mission is to de-throne God and persuade mankind to rebel against God.
The Bible teaches Satan’s primary attack is the most vulnerable. In Luke 10:18, Jesus Christ compares Satan to lightning, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven". Lightning, like Satan, always travels the path of least resistance. The Bible also likens the devil to a "roaring lion" The lion is a "predator of opportunity". The lion looks for the injured, the youngest, the smallest, or the weakest – the one with the least ability to run or fight. So it is with Satan. He is actively "seeking" those "whom he may devour".
The great German Reformer, Martin Luther writes in his Table Talks:
The most vulnerable and least resistance are our children. It is no accident that the Lord Jesus Christ distinctively warns several times against harming or offending these "little ones".
The 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.
Without 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 lives. 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:
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 Britney 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 our children" 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 is 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 paints a much different picture. In Mark chapter 9, God details a frightening occurrence. A man brings his "spirit possessed" son to the Lord Jesus Christ.
It’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? What was different about this possession? I believe the answer is found in the only question the Lord Jesus asked. Jesus Christ asked the man "How long is it ago since this came unto him?" And the man answered, "Of a child". 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.
But. . . 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:
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."
And believe me. . . Satan knows this!
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.
As 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:
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."
Texe Marrs writes of 'Sanat' in Dark Secrets of the New Age:
Interesting. . . Where does that put LordS-A-N-T-A?
H.P. Blavatsky, the Satanist and new age teacher writes in The Secret Doctrine:
Blavatsky also writes, the name is not important – but the letters.
Blavatasky’s anagrams were used to disguise who her true god was. Blavatasky openly taught Satan is mankind’s true redeemer, creator and Saviour.
Gail Riplinger writes in her excellent book, New Age Versions on the use of anagrams in the occult world:
It is interesting Mrs. Riplinger also raises a "red flag" about the anagram Santa:
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" plan is at it again.
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 a lion's "claws"?
. . .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.
Nick, the devil.
"Devil: Besides the name Satan, he is also called Beelzebub, Lucifer . . . and in popular or rustic speech by many familiar terms as Old Nick . . ."
(Oxford English Dictionary Vol III D-E)
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 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:
. . .Father Christmas
The "Christmas Poem" reads:
The famous anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss writes in his popular analysis of "Father Christmas":
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 like God the Father.
And what better "I will be like the most High. . - name to fame" than "Father of Christ-mass".
. . . Kriss Kringle
And there is the seemingly innocent, friendly, jingle-jangle name of "Kriss Kringle".
By far, the name Kriss Kringle is the most blasphemous. With "Kriss", Satan slowly removes the mask. There’s no doubt about the intentions of "Kriss Kringle".
Believe it or not. . . "Kriss Kringle" is German for "little Christ Child".
Santa Claus or Kriss Kringle is the counterfeit "Christ Child"!
Can it be that 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?
But it’s actually . . . The Lord Jesus Christ in Revelation 1!
The poem "The Night Before Christmas" describes Old St. Nick as:
The Lord Jesus is also described in Daniel 7:
Daniel 7:9 describes the Lord Jesus, as the "Ancient of days" with white hair, "like the pure wool".
Remember Claude Lévi-Strauss's popular essay of "Father Christmas":
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 red
Santa wears boots and a suit of red
Cap on head, suit that's red
Must be Santa Must be Santa
And must be. . . (Are you surprised?)
The Lord Jesus Christ?
Do 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?
Santa Claus. . .
And. . . (You already know who else)
Satan 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]. . ."
A little interesting history on Santa and his chimney:
Thor liked to wear furs in red for fire, and white for snow. He is usually pictured with a long white beard. He had a palace in the north. And he also rode through the sky in a sled pulled by two goats, named Gnasher and Crasher. (Sound like someone else we’ve heard of?) Another of Thor’s nickname was "Old Nick." Thor also carried a "trident" – the pitchfork of Satan.
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 symbolizes Satan. The rock group KISS, who dressed as "demons from hell" spewing forth fire and blood in their concerts, has a song dedicated to the god of Thor titled "God of Thunder". Some of the lyrics:
God of Thunder
There’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.
And Santa is no plumber, or electrician, or blacksmith. . .
Santa is 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?
The 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?
Where 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?
And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head (Mark 15:17)
The ever-familiar holly plant that decorates our Christmas world has a very interesting history. A very interesting history indeed.
The iiex chinensis, better known as holly, is the substantial subject of myths and pagan worship. For instance, the pagan Romans decorated their houses and temples with the "sacred" holly, which represented their goddess Saturnalia. By the way, there's where our modern day custom of decorating with holly originated. Among history's most blatant devil-worshippers were the Druids. The Druids were known for their human sacrifices and the authors of our Halloween. The Druids wore the holly in their hair and considered the "holly" plant sacred, hence the name "holy" or "holly". The Druids also believed the "holy" berries represented the blood of their Goddess. (Hmmm. . . I wonder where they go that strange idea from?) As Christianity began spreading throughout the Roman world, the use of pagan holly was outlawed. Plant aficionado and author, Virginia Klara Nathan, writes:
Author Virginia Klara Nathan also, writes as many of the condemned pagan practices, began infilturating Christianity the "thorny" pagan holly plant became symbolic with the "crown of thorns" that the Lord Jesus Christ wore. The Germans even refer to the "holly plant" as Christdorn - meaning, "Christ's crown of thorns".
Not surprising, considering the holly plant's storied ancestry, many
writers believe the actual 'crown of thorns' wore by the Lord Jesus Christ,
was indeed the familiar "holly" wreath. Another plant enthusiast writes of
the holly plant and it's portrayal of the "crown of thorns":
"Holly lost its pagan associations and became a symbol of Christmas, with
the sharply pointed leaves symbolising the crown of thorns which Jesus was
made to wear prior to his crucifixion, and the berries becoming a symbol of
the blood of Christ. Some refer to Holly as the Holy Tree and claim that
it grew in Christ's footsteps. The white flowers represent Jesus's purity
and birth, and the bitter bark is said to represent the passion. Some
writers hold that holly was actually the plant which did actually form the
crown of thorns and that the berries were originally white before being
stained by Christ's blood."
Originating in England, Father Christmas was depicted as a friendly fellow wearing a crown of holly and a scarlet or green fur-lined robe. To many, this wreath of holly represented the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when He was crucified and the red berries are symbolic of the blood He shed."
("Santalady's Favorite Antique Post Cards and Related Traditions Picture", (http://www.santalady.com/cards.html)
. . . 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:
Sounds a lot like another scene like when the Lord Jesus Christ went up to heaven:
Following Satan’s ". . . I will be like the most high. . ." script to the letter, Santa mimics the Lord God as found in Deuteronomy 33:26
It’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. . .
"Ho, Ho. . ."?
I always thought Santa Claus said that. . .?
Must be Santa Must be Santa
Must be Santa, Santa Clause
. . .and his angels were cast out with him(Revelation 12:9)
Santa’s Little Helpers. . .
Santa has some cute little helpers called "elves". Webster’s Dictionary has an interesting definition for the friendly elf:
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:
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft also writes that some elves have an appetite for human blood:
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 Dictionary of Symbolism writes of elves:
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 travelling 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:
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. . ." (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 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)" Did 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:
Sharon later openly tells Barbara Walters on 20/20 of Ozzy’s "demon" and "little people" [ELVES] that live in Ozzy’s head.
Ozzy’s wife Sharon also tells People Magazine, being married to Ozzy:
Ozzy told Hit Parader Magazine:
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.
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?
Satan’s Ultimate Goal - Achieved
Remember where we previously read Satan’s ultimate goal.
"I will be like the most high"
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 their 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:
Satan’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.
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?"
Matthew 7:7-8, 11
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?
Santa is All Knowing – He’s Omniscient
He knows. . .
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. And Satan is robbing that precious faith with the false god of 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? Would "mommy and daddy" lie?
Of course not. Would they?
The following verses would well fit the average child’s gospel of Santa:
Santa knoweththe days of the upright. . .
Santa knoweth the thoughts of the wise, . . .
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."
(John E. Lynch., "Santa Claus", Encyclopedia Americana, 1988 ed., cited in Saint Who by Dr. Paul E. Heaton)
Santa is Everywhere – He is 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.
Santa "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)
Sound familiar. . .
Santa is All-Powerful – He’s Omnipotent
To the average child - Santa can do anything. Is anything too hard for Santa?
Come rain, sleet, snow, storm, hurricane, the darkest and dreariest of nights – Santa comes.
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 great god and saviour 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:
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. You see nothing. He appears 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. . .
And they believe it with all their little heart, soul and mind!
. . . 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:
. . .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. . .
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?
The fear of the Lord is the "beginning" of the Christian faith. And the fear of Santa is the beginning of the Santa faith – and possibly the destruction of their Christian faith!
While 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. . .
So 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?
There’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.
Let’s not forget the Bible says Satan (and Santa) has a throne.
I 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"
Over 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". . .
Belief – faith – is the essence and vehicle of the Christian faith. It all hinges on believing.
Salvation is BELIEF 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 when that deceived child learns that wonderful Santa is a hoax? Not only is it a false hope, not only is total 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.
Tom Clancy, in his novel, The Sum of All Fears alludes to this false and very deceitful hope:
Who that has 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:
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. . . .
In 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:
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".
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 is not a Christian on the face of this earth looking for and longing for the Lord Jesus Christ as much as the average child is longing for their god Santa! A child's stolen faith in the coming of Santa puts the Christian's faith to shame.
They are so excited. . . Santa is coming! Satan is 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":
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 fibre in their soul. And why not, the ones they trust the most, mommy and daddy, are preaching this 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. So he can deceive and drive that little child further and further away from the Lord Jesus Christ!
What a story! What a wonderful story!
What a deceitful lie! What a mockery of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I wonder what the Lord thinks about Santa, Satan's Little Helper?
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 blasphemous parody much truth rings from the article. The article says:
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:
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.
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 impostor 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 Word
Just to rest upon His promise, Just to know: "Thus saith the Lord"
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! how I've proved him o'er and o'er!
I'm so glad I learned to trust Thee, Precious Jesus, Saviour, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me, Wilt be with me to the end.
Have 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
Have you ever received Jesus Christ as your Saviour?
Not joining a church, not
religion, not baptism, not good works, not sacraments — but trusted Jesus
Christ and Him alone, as your Saviour. 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."
DON'T TAKE THE CHANCE!
FRIEND, YOU CAN BE SAVED THIS VERY MINUTE!
Know you're a sinner.
Know you're a sinner.
That Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for
That Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for your sins.
And the best way you know how, simply trust Him,
and Him alone as your personal Savior.
And the best way you know how, simply trust Him, and Him alone as your personal Savior.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE SAVED?
Acknowledge yourself as a sinner in the sight of a Holy God
Copyright © 2001 Dial-the-Truth Ministries
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