Santa Claus, et al.

Our special Christ-mass issue would not be complete without mentioning the icon of December 25 and his partners in deception, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

You would be surprised at how many people who call themselves Reformed lie to their children about Santa and other inventions "for the kiddies." Steve Brown, a Presbyterian minister who calls himself a conservative Calvinist and who hosts the "Key Life" radio show (and who has been the commencement speaker at Reformed Theological Seminary and who is fond of speaking of his Arminian "brothers" ), said on his show that it was okay to tell your children that there is a Santa Claus because it is "fun."

The majority of Christmas-keepers, including some who say they believe the doctrines of grace, are engaged in deliberate, premeditated, habitual, unrepentant deception -- against their own children. We are not talking about someone who falls on the spur of the moment into the sin of lying and repents of and hates that sin. We are talking about those who carefully plan the sin and love walking in the sin. The Bible calls these people liars.

Look at who is included in the following list: "... but for lawless and undisciplined ones, for ungodly and sinful ones, for unholy and profane ones, for slayers of fathers and slayers of mothers, for murderers, for fornicators, for homosexuals, for slave-traders, for LIARS, for perjurers ..." (1 Timothy 1:9-10). And look at what is the destiny of liars: "But for the cowardly and unbelieving, and those having become foul, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL THE LYING ONES, their part will be in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8).

Consider this common scenario: The parents tell their children that God exists although you cannot see Him, and at the same time they tell their children that Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy exist, even though you cannot see them. The child at some point comes to realize that his parents were lying to him about Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, thus shattering all trust in his parents' honesty (and the child should never trust his parents again, unless the parents become saved). And he also begins to think, "Hey, wait a minute! They also told me that God was real! I bet they're lying about that, too!"

Thus the parents, whose credibility is rightfully lost, are, in many instances, instruments of their children's destruction. And they, too, if their hearts are not changed, will be destroyed.