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Church of the Eternal God Announces New StandingWatch Program, “The Dark Side of Christmas!”

San Diego, CA. — December 15, 2015 — The Church of the Eternal God announces the availability of its new StandingWatch Program, “The Dark Side of Christmas!” which focuses on the real truth behind Christmas celebrations and customs.

Many would be shocked to learn that the celebrations around Christmas originate in a time long before the birth of Christ. In fact, while many people may think they are commemorating Christ’s birth and celebrating the “joy” of the season, they are actually paying homage to pagan customs connected to evil spirits, concepts and figures.

The truth is, Christ wasn’t even born on December 25th, and the original purpose of the celebration was to honor pagan deities, such as the Persian sun god Mithras, who was “born” on December 25. Further, all of the traditions surrounding Christmas such as gifts, Santa Claus and the Christmas tree are not only pagan customs that have been adopted by Orthodox Christianity, but observance of such practices are an abomination in the eyes of God.

Evangelist Norbert Link explained: “Observing pagan customs in an attempt to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, customs of which He was never a part of in the first place and which are actually honoring and worshipping demons, is wrong and is plainly prohibited in the Bible. It is incredibly clear that God commands us not to worship Him in this way. We read in Matthew 15:7–9 that we worship Christ in a vain way when we teach as doctrines the commandments of men.”

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The Church of the Eternal God in the United States—with its operations around the world, including Die Kirche des Ewigen Gottes (in German-speaking areas), the Church of God, a Christian Fellowship (Canada) and the Global Church of God (United Kingdom)—exist to fulfill the Work which Jesus Christ has given to His Church. It is through the fruit of unity in God’s Holy Spirit that we strive to be of one mind in doctrine, purpose and practice.

We conduct weekly Sabbath services with an emphasis on live transmissions over the internet and in local congregations where possible. We also observe annual biblical Holy Days as commanded by God.

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