Pastor tells children that Santa isn't real at a mall and parents become furious

We were probably devastated as children when someone accidentally let it slip that Santa isn't real -- but one pastor in Texas wanted to break the news on purpose.

Last Frontier Evangelism preacher Dave Grisham filmed himself going up to a group of children and their parents waiting to see Santa. He then went on a tirade to tell them that Christmas is about Jesus Christ and that Santa isn't real.

He shared the video on Facebook, but subsequently deleted it. Another person uploaded to YouTube:

"Kids, I want to tell you today that there is no such thing as Santa Claus," he said. "The man you're going to see today is just a man in a suit, dressed up like Santa, but Santa does not exist."

He then chastised parents for perpetuating the Santa "lie." And parents you all need to stop lying to your children and telling them that Santa Claus is real when in fact he's not.

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Papai Noel

A graduate of the Brazil's School of Santa Claus gets his beard trimmed by students in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 28, 2015. The school prepares men to represent Santa Claus in the Christmas season.

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Santa Claus

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus attend the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York City.

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Ded Moroz

Ded moroz which translates to Father Frost, is the Russian equivalent to Santa Claus. He is pictured here at the Moscow Zoo.

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Father Christmas

Father Christmas and penguins attend a photocall to open the Festive Department at Harrods in London, England.

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Babbo Natale

A man dressed as  Babbo Natale is seen at a restaurant in Milan, Italy.

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Kris Kringle

Santas board a bus for a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan.

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Saint Nicholas

Santa's image is based on traditions associated with a 4th century Christian saint, Nicholas of Myrna. A benevolent bearer of gifts under various guises and names including Father Christmas, Sinterklass and Pelz Nicol.

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Pere Noel

Santa Claus leaving on his distribution trip in Finland.

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Jolly Old St. Nick

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der Weihnachtsmann (The Christmas man)

Santa Claus, in German called der Weihnachtsmann, welcomes visiting children at the local post office in Himmelpfort, Germany. Every Christmas season German state postal carrier Deutsche Post maintains the official Santa Claus post office in Himmelpfort ('Himmelpfort' translates to 'Heaven's Gate'), where on average 300,000 letters a year addressed to Santa Claus arrive from young and old all over the world. Santa and his team of 20 angels, all employed by Deutsche Post, respond to every letter with a personalized note.

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Parents were not happy about Grisham's proclamations. They came up to him to tell him to stop and that he's ruining their experience.

Grisham's video went viral on social media, getting over two million views.

The Westgate Mall in Amarillo, where Grisham filmed, issued a statement to the Huffington Post: "We want everyone at our shopping center to have an enjoyable experience. All of the shoppers are expected to follow our code of conduct and will be asked to leave our premises if they don't follow these rules."

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