GIFTS

GIFTS  -  SHOULD WE ACCEPT THEM?

The question: 

A sister wrote:   “I am very happy that I no longer have a desire to celebrate the man made holidays, however people still want to purchase gifts for me and my son in celebration of these holidays.  I have tried to be very gentle in explaining to them that I no longer participate in these celebrations but it doesn't seem to register with them. 

I want to know if it would be wrong/improper to decline the gifts that they present to me.  I don't want to hurt anyones' feelings and I need to know what or how I should proceed.  At my job everyone celebrates christmas, easter, etc except me and we receive gifts from the company and from outside vendors for the holidays; do I refuse them kindly, or accept them and discard them once I am away from work? Please help me to do what is right in the eyes of Father Yahuah.”

Answer:

  Worldly people (which we use to be) place enormous weight on family traditions (See book Nimrod's Secret Identity). To meddle with the traditions causes family bonds to collapse. This is a demonic scheme.

The warmth and love exchanged between family and friends is focused (by design of the enemy) around false worship, including Sun-day, Easter, Christmas, and birthdays. Father's and mother's days are also tainted by false worship of the host of heaven. When we stop participating as we did before, they wonder why. Ephesians 4, 1Peter 1, and 2Peter 2 refer to this situation. The entanglements of the world system through our relationships constantly draw us back to the things we have vomited out, and we cannot return to them again. We walk in the Spirit of Yahusha while they continue to walk in their flesh, driven on by worldly lusts for pleasure, possessions, and position (1 John / Yahukanon 2:16). We used to run with them, and they wonder why we no longer do things.

"For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the desire of the gentiles, having walked in indecencies, lusts, drunkenness, orgies, wild parties, and abominable idolatries, in which they are surprised that you do not run with them in the same flood of loose behaviour, blaspheming, who shall give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead." 1 Peter 4:3-5

  Looking into Torah, we see no prohibition in the receiving of any plunder from a person involved in practicing a human tradition that has set their hearts toward giving to others selflessly.  

The Israelites received plunder from the Egyptians as they were departing from their captivity, as one example.  At 1 Cor. 8, we are advised how to regard food associated with a Pagan observance;  and we now understand that celebrating Sun-day, birthdays, Easter, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's and Father's Days, and Halloween are all adapted from idolatrous origins. Can we be defiled if we accept food or gifts from someone else that is unwittingly following human traditions?

   Receiving a gift offered out of love from a friend or relative is not a transgression of Torah;  they are the ones still in bondage to a tradition, and need our help to understand the stronghold they are bound-up in.  In response to their kindness, the best opportunity to share the Truth becomes available, rather than giving them a feeling of being “spurned”, or even worse, judged.  Our witness can be a positive experience for everyone who knows and loves us when we can meet them at their level, and gently guide them into an understanding of what the “season” really means.  We can best help those trapped in Nimrod's Babel-reign (the beast) when we can explain to them how we have learned of the things pleasing to Yahuah:  observing His appointed times instead of the traditions of men (leaven, old wine)

They are trapped in practicing what we were all raised to do, but we have been delivered by receiving the Truth.  They can have the same deliverance if we can gain their trust in what we are telling them.  The alternative is to shun them, and their offering to show their love; and by doing so we will be shunned.  Our effectiveness is therefore reduced, and the probability of our success in sharing the Truth is almost zero.  Decades will pass, and no change will be seen. We can be available, kind, and helpful all the time, not just at the old appointed times of Babel. We can share the truth about the human traditions in a kind way, and invite (call) them to look into the redemptive "shadows" of Yahuah's festivals, and what they mean. Light will overcome darkness every time. 

The darkness is driven away from the light, which is why they shun us being around them. We must never shun them, but work among them in order to be a light for them. 

   Yahusha spent His time among those who needed deliverance, and they didn’t feel shunned by Him.  He offered His sincere friendship.  He ate and drank with them, and was available to help and guide them.  He reached out to them, and they could feel the genuine love that burned in Him for them.  We must strive to do the same, and allow His love for them to be felt through us.  After all, the lesson to be learned is love.   

Many have the impression it is our duty to judge every thing and every one, but it is our failure to love the lost that is our greatest stumbling block to overcome. 

We are hunters and fishermen seeking the lost, and envoys sent to plead with them to be restored to favor.

brother Lew


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