Do you remember in the Christmas story where the Magi tip off Joseph and Mary about Herod’s plan?

Yeah, me neither, because it isn’t in the Bible.

But don’t tell false teacher Mark “Jesus is not my God” Sandlin.

Yes, Time Magazine published “Christian” Left false teacher Mark Sandlin’s “10 things Christians shouldn’t do at Christmas” list.  If you expected legitimate theology from them then you were probably surprised at the Noah movie.  You don’t make money or get attention preaching biblical theology.  That didn’t make money 2,000 years ago and doesn’t make money today.  It is called the wide road for a reason (See Osteen, Joel and others.)

If you were a real Christian, wouldn’t you use an opportunity like that to glorify the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and your Savior, and to celebrate his entry into his creation?

Time’s editors are apparently as ignorant as Sandlin about the Bible, as they let this part about Herod and the Magi through. (Apparently they were too busy enamored with Sandlin’s “original” pronouncement that Jesus was really born on December 25.  I’m glad he pointed that out for the three people in the U.S. who didn’t know it.)

What we do know is they were foreigners and their revealing of the king’s plans to kill all newborn boys in hopes of putting an end to Jesus turned Jesus’ family into immigrants in Egypt.

Huh?  That’s not what the Bible says at all.  How could he make such a silly mistake?  Oh, because he was reading his politics-disguised-as-religion lies into it:

Matthew 2:11–16 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.

Did this “reverend” actually read the texts he is referring to, or was he so eager to make his illegal immigrant point that he didn’t bother?  That’s rhetorical.

And why does Sandlin believe his made-up story above yet deny the virgin conception, which is explicit in the Gospel of Matthew?

And of course, the tone-deafness of the pro-abortion extremist Sandlin kept him from seeing the morbid irony saying this:

Christmas should cause Christians to recommit to confronting those who abuse power.

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7 thoughts on “Do you remember in the Christmas story where the Magi tip off Joseph and Mary about Herod’s plan?”

  1. CINOs (Christians in Name Only) never really read the Bible to learn what it says. They practice cafeteria Bible reading – selecting what looks good for advancing an agenda, even though it usually states exactly opposite of what they claim. Their ignorance is rife.

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  2. The religious left is so Biblically illiterate. But that shouldn’t surprise us because even when they do read the Bible, they spend their time trying to figure how to make it say what they want, instead of accepting as it is.

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  3. Let’s add some more fun here. His claims are factually inaccurate – Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were not immigrants into Egypt; it was part of the Roman Empire, just like Bethlehem. So they moved to somewhere else within their country.

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  4. I just continue to shake my head in disgust whenever these charlatans incorrectly quote the Bible in order to make an unrelated and ridiculous leftist political point! Thanks for sharing this Neil. I don’t read rags like “Time” so wouldn’t have known about it until reading your great post!

    Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas – and Happy New Year!

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