“One of the things that has become most synonymous with Christmas is Santa Claus. This image is such a part of Christmas that it really cannot be separated from it. Santa is a false god that is sustained by “lies” and is a god of lusts – selfish want and desire. Take the name Santa and rearrange the letters and form Satan (mixing up things as witchcraft often does, intentional confusion). This is no coincidence because Satan is the father of all lies (Jn 8:44), including “The Lie” in Eden which persuaded (appealed to) man to seek the flesh (his lusts and desires) over God’s command. Isn’t it interesting that man’s relationship with Santa Claus is built upon and sustained by a lie? Man’s relationship with Satan was also founded upon a lie. God is truth! Anything opposed to the truth is a lie (1 Jn 2:21 ). Satan continually tempts man’s lusts in order to keep him opposed to God, blinded to the Lord’s truth, and in his rebellion against the Lord (2 Cor 4:4). The nature of Santa Claus is the exact same nature of Satan (Santa = Satan). Parents, relatives, friends, religious people, and total strangers will blatantly and unabashedly (shamefully) “lie” to children to sustain this god (Pv 12:22 , Jer 9:3, 5, Amos 2:4) – they are teachers of lies (Hab 2:18 , Eph 4:25 ). Do you suppose these parents and relatives will be happy (accepting) if someone were to tell their children the truth about Santa Claus? Most likely they would be extremely irate (very angry, incensed, furious, enraged) and would defend the “lie” while rejecting the truth (casting it away) – they would reinforce the lie (this is what Satan does). The flesh defends its god! Psalms 101:7, “He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.” – woe to you! The “lie” is to seek your lusts through him (trust in Santa = trust in Satan). Parents teach their children that Santa is a wonderful man that will fulfill all their fleshly desires with toys and candies – a free gift (without cost). They are taught that Santa is there to serve their needs, which also translates into love being the fulfillment (receiving) of fleshly desires – benefit of self. No wonder so many view God as their servant who is there to bless them or get them out of difficult situations. God said to teach your children to love Him with all their hearts, with all their souls and with all their might (Deut 6:4-9) – do not give place to Satan (Santa, Eph 4:27 ). This is a real conflict on a day that is presumed to be Christ’s birthday. To whom is a child’s heart to be given? Santa is given attributes that belong to God alone (specifically Christ) such as immortality (does not die), omnipresent (can be everywhere, hears your prayers to him, sees your actions), omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (can do fantastical things/feats), merciful, giving, forgiving, and loving. This is not surprising because Satan thinks of himself as a god (god of this world) and wants to be worshipped. Satan is receiving worship via Santa – by proxy (surrogate, stand-in, substitute, alternate). God says over and over in His Word that we are to have no other gods. Children are encouraged to make list of their desires (lusts, toys) and petition Santa through prayer, letters or even at his very throne (in a mall or department store). The children should be encouraged to fear the Lord and observe do to all His Words (Deut 31:12). Santa also has mythical elves to serve him (principalities, angelic beings). Men even dress up as the “god of the lie” to further instill (teach) this fraud into the minds of the youth. It is as if a child is sitting on Satan’s knee and he says, “tell me all your heart’s desire (the imaginations and lusts). The children develop a real love for this “god of lusts” because he gives them things (appeals to the flesh), even if by proxy through their parents – but make no mistake, he is the “god of the flesh.” Parents consider this all to be fun make-believe, but there is a very real and evil spirit behind all this and the parents have certainly been manipulated (deceived, beguiled, tricked) by it. This subtle and cunning “god of tricks” is the same one that is behind Halloween. We discussed confusion (the mixture of several things promiscuously; mingled and without order; indistinct combination; confusion of ideas; things that do not go together), confounding (confused, mixed or blended in disorder, perplexed, abashed; i.e. mixing God and the world, flesh – shameful blending of natures) and doublemindedness (simultaneous belief in two opposing or contradictory things) in Chapter One. Most will say that Santa is about love and giving. Satan comes as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14). This means that the devil convinces man to do that which is opposed to God by that which seems to be of God (i.e. love, giving). In other words, Satan makes his cause seem noble. However, just a cursory review of God’s Word reveals that we are to have no other gods (and certainly not teach our children of them); we are not to lie nor walk in deception; and we are not to seek the lusts of the flesh or things of the world. Therefore, Santa is not about love and giving, but rather idolatry, lusts, greed (covetousness), deception, and lies. Parents who “profess Christ” and teach their children of Him (i.e. go to church) go about hanging a millstone about their necks by also teaching (and instilling) Santa Claus. Mark 9:42, “And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.” This is confusion and doublemindedness. Christ is sustained by faith, and Santa is sustained by a lie. The Bible says “all liars go to hell (Rev 21:8),” but who takes God’s Word seriously in a fantastical world of make-believe – or is it really make-believe? Perhaps these things are far more real and serious than you could possibly imagine. Eventually children outgrow the reality of Santa (or do they?), but the lessons have been learned. The lessons are to seek the things YOU want and please SELF. Any concept of God will always be tainted with the notion that God is there to serve YOU (bless me, help me, heal me, get me out of difficult situations, save me). Things become a bit skewed (twisted, distorted, off center, miss the mark, partial, biased) toward the “ME” side of things. A nice way to say it would be “spoiled,” but the truth is these are corrupted, full of iniquity, transgressing and rebellious toward the reality of God. The symbology that God authorized in His Word is designed to lead you to Him. The symbology of man (as highly influenced by Satan) leads you away from God and keeps you in transgression and rebellion. Now we are told that Santa Clause flies around in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. The lead reindeer has a glowing red nose. Throw in a few talking snowmen and the birth of Jesus Christ, and you have total and complete confusion. God is not the author of such confusion (1 Cor 14:33). Some will say this is why its all fun and imagination. Well, justify your wickedness and rebellion, but the message that is being taught is that of Satan and his nature (his way, path, bondage). Satan comes as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14); meaning fun and imaginative and always centered on lies and the flesh. Please consider the following point very strongly with all seriousness and sincerity: At Christmas time, side by side, Jesus and Santa Claus are reverenced (respected, given honor, worshipped), taught and celebrated. Jesus came in truth and totally surrendered to and obeyed the Father and died to self always directing others to God’s will. Santa Claus is sustained by lies and invites all to live for self (lusts, desires) and takes away from God by placing attention on the things of the flesh. They are both taught in the same celebration and this is total confusion and doublemindedness. Which God will a child eventually choose? The one of self or the one of self denial? The author once ignorantly celebrated Christmas; however, he sanitized it to some degree (as many will say they now do). The author never lied to his children about Santa Claus and always told them the truth. Herein is an interesting thing: although he did not believe or teach Santa Claus, his house was full of images of Santa Claus. The Lord God says you shall have no such images, but the devil would fill the world with them. Images are there to solicit worship and condition one’s heart. When the Lord convicted the author’s heart about Christmas and he yielded in obedience (to forsake and follow, Mk 10:21, Lk 18:22), there was a great clean-up in his home. There were Santa Claus images on ornaments, wrapping paper, cards, dish towels, jars, cereal boxes (food packages), ornaments, in photos, in paintings, on toys, tins, boxes, cloth covers, plates, cook books, reading books, music covers, candles, place mats, magnets, serving platters, children’s artwork, coloring books, stickers, craft items, soft drink bottles, etc. How could one who seemingly knew the truth be so blinded or complacent as to be inundated with such images? The reason is that evil is very seductive! It took a long time with searches through drawers and attics to finally clean it all out (perhaps there is still some undiscovered items). Evil seduces marvelously and these things will certainly develop a sentimental hold on one – which is the purpose (point) of all the symbolism and tradition. The author challenges you – try and eliminate all the articles with images of Santa or things Christmas related and see what a task it is. You must truly come completely out of the world to do it. You will find that most anything you bring into your home will have these on them such as magazines, books and catalogs (year round). To say that you do not believe in Santa (what it represents) yet have images in your home is to be a hypocrite and self-deceived. There was much repenting to do over all this evil. But, we are not through…”

—David Neal