Santa Claus - The Spirit of Christmas

by Richard Clark
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> (c)1977 by Richard Clark  (Revised edition for BBS use @ 1993/RC) <
"Who is Santa Claus? Where did he come from? Why is he here? What
should you teach your children?"  These are some of the Questions we
are going to answer in this Bible-Believers Guide of Santa Claus at
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof
are the ways of death." (Proverbs 14:12)
"Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not
dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at
them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree
out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the
axe. They deck it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and
with hammers, that it move not." (Jer.10:2-4)
The printed edition(@ 1978) of this message has a photograph of me
taken on December 24th, 1974, at a time when I was walking as a Fool!
I really believed that pretending to be someone that I was not, was
all right. The picture was taken of me as I was coming out of a
I had hidden myself in there, with a chair in front of it, before
everyone came into the room. Then I made a noise like something
coming down the chimney and pushed the chair away and started
ho-ho-ho-ing. I came out and passed presents around to all the
children and then went back into the fireplace and pulled the chair
back across it.
My [assistant] then said something to the effect of: "Let's go
outside and watch him fly away." And they all went out on the front
porch. He said, "There he goes.....Did you see him?", and I heard the
children agree that they saw him fly away even though they DIDN'T!
While they were out on the porch I quickly went into one of the back
rooms and changed. The Deception was complete. They REALLY believed!
But I was the one that was deceived.
I had been born again a month before this on Thanksgiving when I
trusted the Lord Jesus as my Saviour and had not yet read the many
passages in the word of God that condemn this sort of thing. I am
thankful to the LORD Jesus for opening my eyes to the truth.
"And this is the condemnation, that LIGHT is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were
evil." (John 3:19)
"God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we
have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we LIE, and do not
the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we
have fellowship one with another, and the BLOOD of Jesus Christ his
Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1John 1:5b-7)
Santa Claus  (part 2)
I sincerely hope that your eyes will be opened and that you will
receive the word of God as it is in truth: the word of God and
NOT the word of men.
FIRST let us observe that the teachings of Santa Claus are primarily
AIMED at Children.
The Bible says: "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when
he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs.22:6)
Is Santa Claus one of the things that children should be taught?
Let's examine some of the things about Santa that are being taught to
children before we answer that question, since these same children
will grow up and not depart from it.
CHILDREN are taught that Santa is Omniscient(All-knowing). He knows
how children behave throughout the year. The familiar song says, "He
knows if you've been good or bad." Also, he knows perfectly what
children want for Christmas, even if the child does not have an
opportunity to tell him in person. Is this the TRUTH?
The Bible says: "The LORD is a God of knowledge..."(1Sam 2:3p) and
again, "The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are
vain."(1Cor 3:20) and it also says: "Be not ye therefore like unto
them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye
ask him." (Matt 6:8).
Children are taught that Santa knows things that are known only to
God Almighty.
CHILDREN are taught that Santa is Omnipotent(All-powerful). No storm
is too great to hinder Santa from performing his annual "miracle" of
delivering gifts throughout the world. He also defies the laws of
nature by flying and by coming down the most narrow (and hottest) of
chimneys. Nor should one forget his amazing ability to produce
millions of gifts throughout the year. Is anything too hard for
The Bible says: "...they shall see the Son of man (Jesus) coming
in the clouds of heaven with Power and Great Glory."(Matt.24:30) and
in Daniel 3:25 we read: "Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the
midst of the fire, and they have NO HURT; and the form of the fourth
is like the Son of God."
YES, the Son of God has power to be unhurt by fire like you find in
fireplaces. The Bible also says: "Then the same day at evening, being
the first day of the week, when the DOORS WERE SHUT where the
disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood
in the Midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you."(John 20:19)
Children are taught that Santa can do what the Bible says only of
Santa Claus  (part 3)
How about Santa's amazing ability to produce so many gifts?
The Bible says that Jesus "took the seven loaves and the fishes, and
gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the
disciples to the multitude, And they did ALL eat, and were FILLED:
and they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and
Now, according to the world, MORE than four thousand children around
the world SUPPOSEDLY receive gifts from Santa in the same night. Do
children think that Santa is more powerful than the Lord Jesus?
God forbid! The Lord Jesus Christ said: "ALL power is given unto me
in Heaven and in Earth."(Matt.28:18) Who do YOU believe?
CHILDREN are taught that Santa is Omnipresent(Everywhere Present).
To visit so many homes in one evening requires nothing less than
omnipresence. Children in many lands can wake up in the morning and
say, "Santa has been here. Santa was present in my home."
Prior to X-mas, Santa also appears at hundreds of street corners and
shopping centers at the same time. Is anything too hard for Santa?
But the Bible says: "Is anything too hard for the LORD?"(Gen.18:14).
Which one can do it? It is also written: "The eyes of the LORD are in
every place, beholding the evil and the good."(Prov.15:3)
Yes, HE sees all of the Santas. But children are taught that Santa
can do this, as they say, "He knows if you've been good or bad, so be
good for goodness sake"(as the song goes).
But God's eyes: "are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his
goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers
of iniquity may hide themselves."(Job.34:21,22)
"These words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt
talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest
by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
Try and find the name of Santa mentioned in the Bible. But most
children know more about Santa than they know about the LORD. Why is
CHILDREN are ALSO taught that Santa is FAITHFUL. One can always count
on Santa. Santa never fails, and he never breaks his word. When Santa
makes a promise, he keeps it. When he promises a child a gift, that
child will never be disappointed. Children are fully persuaded that
what Santa has promised he is able also to perform. The child that
believes in Santa will not be put to shame. Santa is totally
dependable and trustworthy. But is this the TRUTH?
Santa Claus (part 4)
Those statements are true ONLY of God. "GOD IS FAITHFUL"(1Cor.1:9 &
1Cor 10:13)  "FAITHFUL IS HE" (1Thes.5:24) "He is faithful that
promised"(Heb.10:23) "He is faithful and just"(1John 1:9) "And I saw
heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was
"And being FULLY persuaded that, what he had promised, HE was able
also to perform"(Rom.4:21)
"For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on HIM shall not be
So Children are taught that things that are true only of God himself,
are true of Santa and when they grow up and find out that Santa is
NOT REAL, How shall they believe on the TRUE GOD?
"How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the
first began to be spoken by the LORD, and was confirmed unto us by
them that heard him."(Heb.2:3)
CHILDREN are taught that Santa is Righteous. All that Santa does is
right. He makes no mistakes. Every child's stocking contains exactly
the right thing. But ONLY the LORD GOD is RIGHTEOUS. Santa is a FALSE
god. WHY are children being taught to disobey the commandment: "Thou
shalt have no other gods before me"(Exodus 20:3)? And why are you
disobeying the commandment which says, "Do not bear false witness"
(Luke 18:20), by telling the LIE that Santa is real?
NOW we know from the Scriptures that there is only ONE TRUE GOD
and that other gods are not gods at all, but a child, with the faith
of a child, what do they know?
We know that children's FAITH is to be our example, because the Lord
Jesus said: "Except ye be converted, and become AS LITTLE CHILDREN,
ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven."(Matt 18:3)
The faith of a Child! And they grow up and find out that the god
that they have been taught about called Santa is FALSE and what
happens to them then?
And children WORSHIP Santa. He is worshipped and loved by thousands
of children the world around. Children love him so much that all
through the year they seek to please him so that when they see him,
they will not be ashamed. ("O come let us adore him.")
And some children even leave food or cookies or milk for Santa when
he comes. And of course Santa's servants, the child's parents, remove
the food, and gifts, so that the child will firmly believe in Santa.
Santa Claus  (part 5)
But are these same children taught that the word of God says: "Fear
God, and give glory to HIM" and "worship HIM that made heaven, and
earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."(Rev.14:7p) and
"worship God."(Rev.22:9p) Are they?
And when the Lord Jesus was tempted of Santa (correction: Satan) in
the wilderness, Jesus replied: "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God,
and him ONLY shalt thou serve." (Matt 4:10)
And what about Love?  "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord
thy God with ALL thy heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy
mind." (Matt.22:37)
That's a pretty tall order if most of your love goes to Santa.
Children are taught that Santa is Love, so why shouldn't they love
him? "Santa loves boys and girls all over the world", they are
AND Santa is no respecter of persons. He loves them all -- black and
yellow and white. However the Scripture says: "God is Love"(1Jn.4:16)
And it is also written: "God commendeth his LOVE toward US, in that,
while WE were yet sinners, Christ died for us.....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."
(Rom 5:8 and John 3:16) and "there is no respect of persons with
Yes, God's word says: "Whosoever will, let him take of the water
of life freely."(Rev.22:17) and "every one that thirsteth, come ye to
the waters, and he that hath no money; COME ye, buy, and eat; yea,
COME, buy wine and milk without money and without price."(Isa.55:1)
But if you don't believe - and you won't if you are trusting in
another god - Santa is a FALSE god. "Be NOT deceived"(Gal.6:7).
CHILDREN'S FAITH in the coming of Santa puts some Christians to shame
who are (or should be) expecting the soon coming of the Lord Jesus
Christ. What does a little child believe?
Santa is coming to town. Children had better be ready. They'd better
watch out. They'd better be good. He's coming. Is everyone prepared
for his coming? Are they prepared for when Santa comes to reward
every boy and girl according to his work?
Millions of boys and girls each year wait with expectancy and
patience for the glorious appearing of the great Santa-god. What a
blessed hope for countless numbers of children. His reward is with
him. What comforting hope the boys and girls have as they prepare for
his coming.
AND DURING THE NIGHT he may come at any time. "Even so, Come, Santa
Claus", they may be saying. But every TRUE Christian all around the
world should be saying:
Santa Claus  (part 6)
Are you a Christian? Are you ready to meet the Lord in the Air?
(1Thes.4:17) and not be ashamed if you are teaching your children to
be ready to meet Santa(Satan). They'll grow up and DIE, and BURN in
the lake of FIRE FOREVER.
Who is Santa? Move the "n" from the middle of that name to the end,
and what does it spell? "And no marvel; for Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of light."(2Cor.11:14) "Therefore it is no
great thing if his MINISTERS also be transformed as the ministers of
righteousness" (2Cor.11:15) Or Santas in red suits everywhere you
look at X-mass time.
Why do people think that Santa is harmless? "Now the serpent was more
SUBTIL than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And
he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of EVERY
tree of the garden?"(Gen.3:1) The woman said: "The serpent beguiled
me, and I did eat."(Gen.3:13b)
"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world..."(Rev.12:9p)
And up pops Satan (Correction: Santa) Claus, with white hair and
beard and a red suit - a FAKE saviour.
WHY A RED SUIT, you might ask? Well, Isaiah asked the LORD,
"Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him
that treadeth in the winefat?(Isa.63:2) and the Lord said "their
blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my
Yes, when the Lord Jesus Christ returns with a name written, KING OF
KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS, he will be: "clothed with a vesture dipped
in blood"(Rev.19:13p). Any counterfeit showing up before then will
probably be wearing a red suit.
But don't you assume that Santa is the only counterfeit. "For there
shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great
signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall
deceive the very elect."(Matt 24:24)
And of course Santa has white hair and beard. When John saw a vision
of the LORD while in exile on the Isle of Patmos he said: "His head
and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes
were as a flame of fire"(Rev.1:14) And the counterfeit would look
like what?
Most little children believe in Santa. What about the TRUE God: "And
we know that the Son of God IS come, and hath given us an
understanding, that we may know HIM THAT IS TRUE, and we are in him
that is true, even in his Son JESUS Christ, THIS is the TRUE GOD, and
eternal life." (1John 5:20)
"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD
was manifest in the flesh..."(1Tim.3:16p) Does Santa have eternal
life? How old is Santa anyway? And YOU? Do YOU have ETERNAL LIFE?
Santa Claus  (part 7)
CHILDREN are taught that Santa has a workshop on the NORTH pole, or
there abouts. Why North? The Bible says that God "stretcheth out the
NORTH over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing."
(Job 26:7)
And when the LORD appeared to Ezekiel in a vision of the coming of
the Lord, Ezekiel "looked, and behold, a whirlwind came out of the
NORTH, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself..."(Ezek.1:4)
So since the LORD comes from the North, then of course the
Santa-god would do the same. The Bible says of Santa (Correction:
Satan) - "the god of this world hath blinded the MINDS of them which
BELIEVE NOT, lest the light of the glorious gospel of CHRIST, who is
THE IMAGE OF GOD, should shine unto them."(2Cor.4:3,4)
And also, "For thou hast said in thine HEART, I will ascend into
heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit
also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the NORTH"
(Isa 14:13) So Satan's (Correction: Santa's) workshop is "said to be"
in the NORTH!
And you have heard that Santa is the "spirit" of Christmas, but the
Bible says "every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ IS
come in the flesh is NOT of God: and this is that spirit of
antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even NOW
ALREADY it is in the world" (1Jn.4:3)
"For they are the spirits of devils"(Rev.16:14p) "Wherein in time
past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to
the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in
the children of disobedience"(Eph.2:2) In YOU?!
"Nevertheless when the Son of man (Jesus) cometh, shall he find FAITH
on the earth?"(Luke 18:8)  "For yourselves know perfectly that the
day of the Lord so cometh AS a thief in the night. For when they
shall say, Peace and Safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon
them, AS travail upon a woman with child; and they shall NOT escape."
"But the day of the Lord will come AS a thief in the night in the
which the heavens shall pass away with fervent heat, the earth also
and the works that are therein shall be burned up."(2Pet.3:10)
And "of that day and hour knoweth NO man, NO, not the angels of
heaven, but my Father ONLY."(Matt.24:36)
And what if he were to come on X-mas Eve when everyone is earnestly
expecting Santa? while there is SNOW on the ground to remind you of
Isaiah 1:18-- "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow..."
What if? "But pray ye that your flight be not in the WINTER..."
Santa Claus  (part 8)
No man knows the day. As a thief in the NIGHT? Now that's a
coincidence, because they say that Santa comes at NIGHT and leaves
gifts; So why wouldn't children love Santa more than God, since they
are NOT taught that God has a GREATER GIFT: The FREE gift of eternal
life in Christ Jesus.
Santa is NOT real, and GOD is: "The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good."(Psm.14:1)
SO MILLIONS OF CHILDREN all over the world are taught that Santa
is real, and are deceived just as easily as the serpent deceived Eve
in the Garden.
"And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will NOT speak
the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary
themselves to commit iniquity."(Jer.9:5)
"For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that
Jesus Christ IS come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an
antichrist."(2John 7)
"...and ALL LIARS, shall have their part in the lake which burneth
with FIRE and brimstone: which is the SECOND death."
It is also written: "As a Mad Man who casteth Firebrands, Arrows, and
Death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not
I in sport?"(Prov.26:18,19)
Is this the expression YOU use: "I was just kidding, can't you take
a joke?" ("Ha ha.")
"But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have ALL the
HEATHEN in derision."(Psm.59:8)
It is also written: "Because I have called, and ye refused; I have
stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at naught
all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will LAUGH at
YOUR Calamity; I will MOCK when YOUR fear cometh; When your FEAR
cometh AS DESOLATION, and your destruction cometh AS a whirlwind;
when distress and anguish cometh upon you."
"Then shall they call upon me, but I will NOT answer; they shall seek
me early, but they shall not find me; For that they hated knowledge,
and did not choose the fear of the LORD:"
"They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled
with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay
them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso
hearkeneth unto ME shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear
of evil."(Prov.1:24-33)
Santa Claus  (part 9)
"CHILDREN are an heritage of the Lord"(Psm.127:3p)  The Lord Jesus
"called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become
AS little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the
same is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. And whoso shall receive
one such little child in my name receiveth ME. But whoso shall OFFEND
one of these little ones which believe in ME, it were better for him
that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned
in the depth of the sea....Take heed that ye despise not one of these
little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do
always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven."
(Matthew 18:2-6,10)
And the LORD Jesus also said: "Suffer the little children to COME
UNTO ME, and forbid them NOT: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God
as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in
his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them."(Mark 10:14-16)
And today, almost 2000 years later, parents put their children in
Santa's Arms and the children look at Santa with AWE and tell him
their prayers and wishes for toys or whatever, and he smiles and puts
hands upon them and says Ho Ho and sends them on their merry way to
However, "With God ALL things are possible", and as long as there is
still breath in you, you can: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and
thou shalt be SAVED, and thy House"(Acts 16:31) "For ALL have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God."(Rom 3:23)
"But as many as RECEIVED HIM, to them gave HE power to become the
sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."(John 1:12)
JESUS says: "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear
my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with
him, and he with me."(Rev.3:20)
"For whosoever shall CALL upon the name of the LORD shall be saved"
"The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:
that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth the LORD Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
HEART that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be SAVED!
For with the HEART man believeth unto righteousness; and with the
mouth confession is made unto salvation!" (Rom.10:8-10)
It doesn't say maybe, it says "SHALL" be saved. ARE YOU SAVED?  If
not, I urge you to call upon the name of the Lord right now and
confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart
that God hath raised him from the dead. Do this NOW! Before it's
everlastingly too late.
Santa Claus  (part 10)
For I declare unto you the GOSPEL, which should be received, "By
which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto
you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first
of all that which I also received, How that CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS
according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose
again the THIRD day according to the scriptures, And that he was SEEN
of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five
hundred brethren at once."(1Cor.15:2-6)
"And though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto
you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before so say I now again, if any man preach any other
gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."
It is my sincere hope that you will believe the gospel and Receive
the Lord Jesus Christ who Loves you so much that while you were yet a
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for
his friends, Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you."
(John 15:13,14)
"And this is his commandment, That we should BELIEVE ON THE NAME of
His Son JESUS CHRIST, and love one another, as he gave us
"He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:
he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth
not the record that God gave of His Son. And this is the record, that
God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He
that HATH the Son HATH LIFE; and he that hath NOT the Son of God hath
NOT life. These things have I written unto you that BELIEVE on the
name of the Son of God; That ye may KNOW that ye HAVE eternal life,
and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."(1Jn.5:10-13)
"Little children, keep yourselves from idols." Amen! (1Jn.5:21)
Santa Claus  (part 11)
WHICH God do you want your children to know and love? Santa, or the
Lord Jesus Christ whose name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
the mighty GOD, the everlasting FATHER, the prince of peace, and KING
of Kings, and LORD of Lords!
He has promised: "Surely I come quickly!" Amen! Even so, Come, LORD
"And SUDDENLY there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly
host praising God, and saying, GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, and on
earth peace, good will toward men."(Luke 2:13,14)
If you want peace on earth, pray: "Even so, Come, Lord Jesus." If you
haven't done so already, Receive HIM into your HEART, and be not
counted among those of whom the Lord Jesus said: "Ye made the
commandment of God of none effect by your TRADITION."
All scripture quotations are from THE word of God, the Holy Bible,
Authorized Version 1611.
"And that from a child thou hast known the HOLY scriptures, which are
able to make thee wise unto SALVATION through FAITH which is IN
CHRIST JESUS."(2Tim.3:15)
Postscript: As I (first) wrote down the last words which You have
just read, My one and a half year old child crawled under the table
and sat DOWN on the floor at my feet and Leaned back Secure against
my legs and held on to me. Safe and Secure. Do you Trust God That
Much? Is Your Faith Like That? I speak the Truth in Christ, and I Lie
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and LEAN NOT unto thine OWN
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct
thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart
from evil."(Prov.3:5-7)
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. --Richard
(Richard Clark, S.B.G.; P.O.Box 92; Newport, KY 41071)
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