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Name: Pagan Tree Worship
From: Winter Solstice
Is there a command anywhere in the Holy Scriptures that a human should cut a tree out of the forest, set it up in one's home at the time of the Winter Solstice, deck it with trinkets and various decorations, and then place a star on its topmost part to show an association of the tree with the signs of the heavens? There is, of course, no such command nor suggestion that such a thing should be done.

In spite of this, there are millions of Christian believers who do this very thing at the time of the Winter Solstice. It is well recognized by all educated people today that the practice is purely and simply a retention of pagan doctrines in the Christian home and church and the custom has nothing to do with the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.

The pagan customs of the Gentile peoples were held in contempt by the people of God who lived in the biblical periods. This has not been the case, however, in modern times.

The vast majority of church leaders of the various denominations not only condone the Christmas and Easter celebrations that they know come directly from pagan religious ceremonies, but they actively encourage the use of them in the churches themselves and in the homes of the people.

Among such customs is the setting up of Christmas trees. This custom is nothing more than a retention of pagan "tree worship" (which anthropologists and historians have for centuries informed the general public), but the setting up of Christmas trees continues unabated in multitudes of Christian churches around the world.

With some kind of twisted reasoning, the church authorities tell the laity that all these pagan customs are innocent enough as long as they "put Christ back into Christmas" with their worshipful adoration of the nativity of the Christ-child.

But a problem arises How can the church leaders "put Christ back into Christmas" when he was never in Christmas in the first place?

It is true, however, from the evidence we have available that the Magi (the Wise Men) gave their gifts to Christ on December 25, 2 B.C. This was not the birthday of Christ. Revelation 12 shows, and I abundantly prove this in my new book "The Star that Astonished the World," that Christ was born on the Jewish Holyday of Rosh ha-Shanah (the Day of Trumpets) which answers to our September 11, 3 B.C.

Christ Jesus was at least 15 months old when the wise men (Magi) presented their gifts to him on December 25. So, if people wish to follow the pagan manner of giving Christ gifts at the time of the Winter Solstice, they could wait until December 25th (like the Magi) and give their gifts to Christ at that time.

Or, since December 25th in 2 B.C. was the third day of the Jewish festival called "the Dedication" (or Hanukkah, mentioned by the apostle John in John 10:22), then people could wait until this day to give gifts to Christ.

In the year 1991 the third day of Hanukkah was Wednesday, December 4th. At least by people giving gifts to Christ on the festival of Hanukkah there is no tinge of idolatry or pagan practices associated with that period.

But waiting specifically to December 25th to give gifts to Christ (as did the Magi) is merely continuing the general customs of the heathen.

All historians know this.

And as far as I am concerned I have no argument with those who still want to observe the time with the heathen.

Thank God, none of you is on earth to please me.

Anyone can do what he or she pleases. As for me, observing Christmas customs is analogous to childishness in the faith. It shows a lack of understanding regarding what pleases or displeases God and Christ Jesus.

To my wife Ramona and me, Christmas is simply a workday like any other day of the week.

So, let us not belabor the issue. The pagan origin of Christmas and its Winter Solstice celebrations are so well known that no further proof of the matter should have to be made by me.

All of you reading this article realize this to be the truth. The majority of Christians know that one is simply perpetuating heathen customs when one cuts a tree, takes it into the home or church where it is erected at a significant site, decorates it with metal trinkets or stream it with metal or cloth ribbons and attach the images of animals or Santa Claus. People then surround it on December 25th (the time of the Winter Solstice) to adore the new born "Sun" (sorry, I should have spelled it "Son" to give the pagan custom a Christian twist for all Christian devotees).

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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Brother Rowland
From: What is Idolatry?
Idol worship is anything that diverts or takes away your attention from the one true and ONLY God.

Godly jealousy is not like what the humans have.

God does not want to share your attention with other men (fig. gOds).

When an individual is married they do not provoke the one they love to anger and jealousy.

I hear people say that they do not worship the American traditions.

What a joke. These traditions take all of their time and attention year in and year out and they still pop up with this foolishness for their defense.

Don't settle for second best "Go with God and he will Go with you"

The Lord has feast days for you and your family to gather around to share.

Don't go with another man(fig false gOd)

You are God's wife to be

You are HIS bride

Do not continue laying with this world's system devised by the universal Catholic egyptian over-lords.

Here is a quote from Jesus:

Matt 15:8 This people draws near unto me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN

TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN

TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN

Do you understand that statement??

The politically correct wkore system of this day, commands men to keep their holiday doctrines and she will persecute you if you don't bow down to these given days.

What does a wkore do? She gives you an alternative
to what is right. The Wkore systems says come over here with me, you don't want those things, let me show you what you want.

She seduces you with what LOOKS good, like EVE was hoodwinked into eating that good looking apple.

Jesus said that these systems of religious worship
are really graves that don't look like graves and a person only finds out that they are trapped in them as they fall into their ditch.

They kill the messengers who warn the ingorant compassing land and sea to bring one soul into their trap.

This wkore's sparkly system are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

This wkore appears to men to be fasting, making long prayers and so forth.

SHE has spent considerable time tricking you into thinking that the ways of God with HIS old laws are worthless.

Sleep on for the midnight cry will come and go, for there is no time for halfhearted complainers.

Jesus did not destroy the Law. Jesus is the Law.

The Law is Good The Law is HOLY.

Greasy Grace doctrines will keep you from living an except able HOLY life in Christ.

In this Greasy Grace formula you can do anything you want/live anyway you want and still be tight with THE HOLY ONE.

Foolishness.

Ps Just think about my stand and don't change what you are doing if God does not convict your hearts. You must be the one to settle it in your own heart. All I can do is warn and teach the things that I have experienced in this dress rehearsal for THE KING!!
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Jason P Adams
From: I understand your point
My Grandmother gave birth to 12 kids.(one stillborn).All of those kids had kids and even some of those kids have kids. And so on. They are a very religious people.

Pentecostals. Thanksgiving is the one day a year when we all come home. It's never been more than a day of giving thanks to God.

I understand your point though.

While we're on origins, "Columbus day"......In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.....and he got lost.

When he arrived here in America,he thought he was in the west indies,thus he called the natives here "Indians".

Columbus did not discover America.

You can't claim discovery of a new country if somebody was here when you got here.
 
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Name: Invented Religious Feasts
From: What does it matter?
God's Days of Worship

Since the Word of God doesn't sanction the celebration of either Christmas or Easter and condemns the pagan embellishments associated with these humanly devised holidays, how should Christians worship God? Do annual celebrations exist that Christians should observe?

God has given us seven annual festivals, or feasts, on which to worship and honor Him. By observing them according to His Word, we can understand His ultimate plan for humanity. Let us now take note of the days God instructs us to formally worship Him on. His festivals are far more significant than this world's holidays because they reveal His plan for humanity.
The first commanded day of worship
God's days of worship

Leviticus 23 lists all of God's commanded festivals in order. The first one is to be observed every week—the weekly Sabbath day (Leviticus 23:3).

In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, we find that God created man on the sixth day of the creation week (Genesis 1:24-31). "And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made" (Genesis 2:2-3).

Besides making the Sabbath for rest, God also revealed that the Sabbath is a day of worship. In Leviticus 23 He told Moses: "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings'" (verses 1-3). Holy convocations are sacred assemblies for worship.

The Passover

Passover (Leviticus 23:5), which falls in early spring in the Holy Land, is a reminder of how God took the lives of all the firstborn Egyptian males (Exodus 12:7, 26-29) but passed over the Israelites' homes because they had placed the blood of a sacrificed lamb on their doorposts.

The blood of the lamb foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which spares mankind from eternal death.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread

In conjunction with the Passover, God instituted the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread, which immediately follows (Leviticus 23:6-8). Historically it commemorates the ancient Israelites fleeing Egypt in such haste that they didn't have time to let their bread rise (Exodus 12:33-34). This feast came in Israel at the beginning of the early spring barley harvest.

The Feast of Pentecost

The third annual festival is the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost (Leviticus 23:16-21; Acts 2:1). This festival, also called the Feast of Harvest or Firstfruits (Exodus 23:16; 34:22),

The Feast of Trumpets

The Day of Atonement

The Feast of Tabernacles

Observances rooted in paganism break the first two of the Ten Commandments. Is God pleased when people claim to worship Him by adopting celebrations of pagan gods and goddesses in man-made holidays while they ignore His commanded days and ways of worship?

Celebrating the birthday of the sun god or adopting fertility rites to other gods and goddesses violates God's clear instruction: "You shall have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3).

Inventing religious feasts to replace those given by God contradicts His teaching: "You shall not make for yourself an idol ... You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God ..." (verses 4-5, New International Version). Substituting pagan customs and practices for what God has commanded—regardless of how well intentioned it might be—is idolatry.
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Brother Mike
From: American Heathen Practices
I am getting in late and will answer all of your letters.

America is spiritually Egypt and Sodom. God has commanded us to come out of EGYPT and follow HIS Laws and ways.

We keep the heathens days because our fathers did and say to God that His ways are not good enough.

We as practicing heathens say that the Old Laws of God are not good or practical so we will not consider them.

We say the way of the Lord is not fair, we say it's not fair that while all of our families are keeping the worldly festivities, that we should go without fellowship.

We say that Gods Holy Laws and Sabbaths are out dated and worthless, so therefore let us make our own traditions even though Jesus specifically pointed out that man made traditions keep us from God's ways.

We say the Old Bible of God's laws do not apply to us because we are free people, free to do whatever we want to.

We have chosen to follow our fathers who serve idols and through these willful acts have become discussing to THE HOLY ONE of spiritual Israel.

Come out of her my people and stop touching or being apart of these unclean things.

Halloween is unclean and to keep these ways will pollute you.

Stop teaching the lie that the Easter Bunny has hidden all of her fertility eggs all around your house so your children can go find them.

Stop lying to your children that Santa will reward them if they are good, coming down from the north pole on a reindeer drawn slay.

These are only some of the ways of the Heathen that we have been taught that is a stink in the nostrils of the ALMIGHTY.

Stop polluting God's Sabbaths like PASSOVER and others. Come out of this evil system so God can bless you more.

So God can receive you and you can be his people, spiritual Israel.

Stop murmuring that it isn't fair that God require us to stop practicing the way of the Heathens.

The Heathens have many gods. The gods of competition to see who is the softest and who is the best and who has the most friends/money/etc........

They do not know HIM.

Do not take my word for it, just let it lodge in your hearts and if you can still tell your children all of these things plus believing Jehovah God will look away, then do it up billy bad boy.

You have been warned hot shot. Do your thing.

And that is just what God will say.

He will laugh at you in the day of your trouble because didn't chose life and HE is life.

His ways are life not these America ways.

It's time to stop knuckling under to your American family systems that are going to cost you your souls.

We are not Romans who are living in Rome who have to do like the Romans. Ya know (while in Rome do like the romans do)

Rome is all around you. Your Heathen Holidays were generated from the roman catholic egyptian w**** of Revelation.

Rev:2: Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying,................................................................................................................... Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

You will do it.

 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Bro. Rowland
From: The Origins Of ThanksGiving
The Pequot Indians were attacked, one village at a time, in the hours before dawn. Each village was set on fire with its sleeping Natives burned alive.

Women and children over 14 were captured to be sold as slaves, all other children under 14 were murdered.

The Natives were sold into slavery in The West Indies, the Azures, Spain, Algiers and England; everywhere the Puritan merchants traded.

The slave trade was such a good money maker that boatloads of 500 at a time left the harbors of New England.

The Dutch governor of Manhattan offered the first scalp bounty and Puritans included a bounty for Natives fit to be sold for slavery.

The Puritans were religious radicals so with Bible passages in their hands to justify their actions, empowered by British settlers, took the strong and young Natives as slaves to work the land, and killed the rest.

An especially successful raid against the Indians, in what is now Stanford, Connecticut, (the churches of Manhattan) announced a day of "thanksgiving" to celebrate victory over the savages.

This was the 2nd Thanksgiving. During the feasting, the hacked off heads of Natives were kicked through the streets of Manhattan like soccer balls.

The killing took on a frenzy, with days of thanksgiving being held after each successful massacre.

The well known gentle Wampanoag Indian chief was beheaded, and his head placed on a pole in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where it remained for 24 years to commemorate their "THANKSGIVING DAY" feasts.

All of the towns held thanksgiving days to celebrate their own victories over the Natives until George Washington finally brought a schedule for thanksgiving to be one day celebrated across the nation.

Abraham Lincoln who decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday.

The Puritan were Celtics who held a great feast each year following the harvest of food. This is part of their system of worship.

In the beginning of their invasion of America the Puritan had a 15 years of peaceful harmony with the Indians and included them in their feast days.

As long as the Indians were not in the way of progress things were great.

Ps ThanksGiving day is a day of worship to other gOds. Yhe gOds of the Celtics.
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Brother Mike
From: Revealed Truth
I want you all to know that all of these wonderful writings we see on the web have one goal in most cases.

To capture you.

Do not fall for this snare.

Go not After them Jesus said.

They use the truth to enslave you.

These very well educated men know the scriptures and use them to their advantage.

One key thing to look for is the Tithing Lie.

Tithes were always only food items coming from only farmers of wheat/barley/etc......and cattlemen.

They are a multi-billion dollar tum/grave/sepulcher


 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Brother Mike
From: Is the Law of God Illegal?
Is the Law of God Illegal?

by: Robert Somerville
Is the Law of God Illegal?

Absurd as the question may appear to be, it is a legitimate one which has caused you to begin reading this document. Your interest was aroused because the subject of the LAW is one of great historical controversy. It often generates much polarization and all too frequently more heat than light. There are basically three stock answers commonly given to the question. They are essentially these: YES, NO and SORT OF!

What is the Biblical answer?

The scriptures affirm that the Law of God is ETERNAL (Ec 3:14). Although times have changed, circumstances have changed and the manifestations of the law have changed, the Divine Law of God is unchangeable and irrevocable.

But, what is meant by the word LAW? Attempts have been made to break down God's law into three primary divisions called the Moral Law, the Civil Law and the Ceremonial or Sacrificial Law (interesting and perhaps helpful for clarification but not necessarily Biblical). These are only manifestations of the Law of God. The eternal principles of God's divine law transcend all of these manifestations that often consume our time and attention. Divine Law is that principle of God that is perpetual and immutable (unchangeable) regardless of time, people or circumstance. It is the nucleus and governing factor for any action or conduct of God. This divine law of immutability is the one principle which the eternal God set to govern His own actions (Hebrews 6:17-18). The divine principles of life, death, reward, judgment, mercy, truth, worship and the like are perpetual laws of God which are not subject
to repeal or abrogation. Spiritual truths are life truths. All natural laws of physics which govern the universe are axioms of fixed and unchangeable determinations. These natural laws exist to reveal the immutability of the spiritual laws of God which comprise Divine Law (Ro 1:20, Ps 19:1-7).

A CHANGE -- NOT AN EXCHANGE

"For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law" (Heb 7:12). Jesus effected a reformation in how the law was manifested (Heb 9:10). The New Covenant was a change, not an exchange of one set of laws for another, nor for grace. This change was subtle in that it affected how the law was manifested. It is important that we make a clear distinction between the Law and the "manifestations" of the law. Here we must avoid getting bogged down in endless explanations of these manifestations which can become very confusing, but the few examples we shall give for clarification should be helpful.

Before proceeding further let us first state unequivocally that no one can be saved nor made righteous by works of the law including God's law. Frankly, it was never intended to serve that purpose from its very introduction (an erroneous opinion all too often held by Christians). We are saved by grace through faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ alone (Eph 2:8-9). What purpose then does the law serve? The concept that one is redeemed through "works" of the Law has been dubbed "legalism", a trend greatly feared by the Church and rightfully cautioned against. But perhaps an inordinate fear of "legalism" has so infused the Church that even God's law has been victimized by it. The truth is that "illegalism" has plagued the Church far more than legalism and has wreaked far more havoc, but never reached "code word" status as the term "Legalism." Yet
all too often we have simply substituted institutional or denominational laws, which are viewed as being somehow safe and helpful, for the laws of God that are usually considered dangerous and "risky business".

It is necessary, particularly with this sensitive subject, that we deal in Bible absolutes. Here is a fundamental Bible absolute uttered from the mouth of our Lord Jesus Christ: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished" (Mt 5:17 NIV).

David in the Psalms informs us "the heaven and earth abide forever." Therefore, we must apply the same degree of eternality to the Law of God. Despite what is often quoted, there is no hint in Scripture that God's law was ever nailed to the cross, abolished, canceled, terminated, abrogated nor repealed. That traditional Christian idea needs to be put to rest. No noble cause is served in attempting to defend the concept of "grace" by discrediting the law. The only thing that could be remotely construed as suggesting that notion is the isolated mention of terminating "carnal ordinances", etc. (manifestations). This terminating effect (of fleshly rituals), the scriptures clearly confirm (Heb 9:10, Col 2:14). It is the underlying principles (laws) contained in those manifestations that must be perceived and understood as being the eternal irrevocable law of God. This is not difficult to understand.

For example, the "Law of Sacrifice" continues to be in force today. The death of Jesus on the cross did not cancel the sacrificial law. However, faulty interpretation of scripture has led many to think so and to act accordingly. The Church today should continue the practice of offering sacrifices. It is true that because of Christ we need no more slain or dead sacrifices to be offered for SIN. But there is a definite ongoing need for the Law of Sacrifice to be manifested in the Church and in the lives of God's people. The scriptures teach us that we are to be "living sacrifices" (Ro 12:1). In this instance, the "manifestation" of that law changed from animals to humans and from dead to living sacrifices but "sacrifice" nonetheless, i.e., by the sacrifice or the offering up of our time, finances, praises, worship, etc. (Php 4:18, Heb 13:15). We must have in our lives an ongoing "physical" manifestation of God's laws because we must reflect His divine nature and character. To say that the Church is in desperate need of this sacrificial manifestation today is a definite understatement. God's laws are as eternal as He is. The future trend of the Body of Christ must be, to conform to His image.

The Apostle Paul gives further insight into this concept with the following statement in Ro 7:12, 13: "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid..." The death of Jesus upon the cross was primarily for the purpose of changing the heart of man (Eze 11:19-20), not the law of God. It is inconsistent to suggest that God would destroy the very laws which He had purposed to write on the tables of mens' hearts. For this reason Paul could say "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law" (Ro 3:31). It is unconscionable that anyone would persist in a theology that Paul categorized as "God forbidden".

The laws of celebration are similar. God did not give a "cease and desist" order regarding the celebration of Biblical memorial days (primarily Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles) with the advent of Jesus as Messiah. Jesus is the very heart and soul of these Feast celebrations. What did change was the "manifestation". No more ancient ritualism was required for the Passover day celebration. Christ is our Passover (1 Co 5-7), Therefore we ought to partake of the "Lord's Supper" on that memorial day as He instructed (Luke 22:19). Biblical festivals are eternal celebrations. They should be celebrated in the light of the New Covenant and the eternal principle involved.

God's code of moral conduct and ethical standards knows as the "Ten Commandments" are still valid. While they have no redemptive value, nor was that their original purpose, they remain a measure for righteousness and a disciplinary guide.

Even the dietary laws, while not redemptive nor obligatory, are conducive to good health and a worthy guideline to the proper treatment of our "temples of the Holy Spirit". The scientific community could well endorse them.

THE LAW OF LIBERTY

"So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty" (Jas 2:12).

This passage is occasionally offered as "proof text" for asserting that we were liberated from the law of God. This scripture speaks entirely of our liberation from sin by the mercies of God. The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has indeed made us free from the law of sin and death, but not free from the laws of God (Ro 8:2). A misconception of this reference to the "Law of Liberty" has too often resulted in a concept of a lawless liberty, i.e., turning liberty into
license. Liberty is the cornerstone of our democracy in the United States, but it is our legal system that guarantees the preservation of that liberty. The law of God remains valid. When we take occasion to transgress it, the debt is paid through repentance and faith in Christ's sacrifice. While disobedience to the law of God does not disqualify us from being children of God, unrepentance will exact a price.

The inclination to develop a theology that nullifies the law of God is perhaps a subconscious effort to absolve oneself from the responsibility of its requirements. If indeed the law of God had been abolished, the scripture teaches that it would be impossible to sin (1 John 3:4, Ro 5:13). The very existence of sin confirms the perpetuity of God's laws. There is a form to godliness and it is the law that defines it (2 Timothy 3:5). At the same time we must not deny the power (spiritual dimension).

The theology of "lawless grace" (antinomianism, i.e., "sin that grace may abound" reveals a gross lack of vision in the big picture of what is involved in the Gospel of the Kingdom. The destiny of the people of God is to rule and reign with Christ in an eternal physical kingdom upon the earth. The world will be subjected to the law of God that comes forth from Mt. Zion. What law will it be? It will be the same eternal law that has existed before time in the bosom of the Father, manifested at different times in different ways, but the same in principle. That law will once again be the international "law of the land" to be obeyed by the peoples of earth and manifested as is directed from Jerusalem.

So! Is the Law of God illegal? It really is an absurd question after all!

"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul..." (Ps 19:7).
 
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Name: Brother Rowland
From: Christian Celebrations
Why Christians Celebrate Biblical Memorial Days

by: Robert Somerville
In our celebration of traditional Christian holidays, the Biblical Holydays should not be excluded. The motive for the Christian to celebrate Biblical holidays is neither to masquerade as quasi -Jews nor to plunder Jewish customs and traditions, but to honor what our Lord has instituted.

"And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts." (Lev 23:1-2)

Notice, He did not say these were the feast of the Jews or the feasts of the Christians but "the feast of the Lord". They are memorial days that both Christians and Jews have good cause to celebrate. These festivals were institute by our Father God (Yahweh) in the first Testament and reaffirmed by Jesus (Yeshua) in the New Testament.

Sense the apostle Paul tells us that "Jesus Christ is Lord" (Philippians 2:11), these feast days find their deepest meaning in Jesus the Messiah. Here is perhaps the most compelling statement in the New Testament as to the continued influence and recognition of the Biblical Holydays by the body of Christ in the first century, even among the Gentile Christian churches.

"....For even Christ our PASSOVER is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast ....." (I Cor. 5:7-8)

It could not be said more clearly, "Therefore, let us keep the feast [of Passover]." Further evidence of first century Christians celebrating the feast days is found in the book of Acts.
"....I must by all means Keep this FEAST that cometh in Jerusalem.. .."(Acts 18:21 KJV)

"For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of PENTECOST...." (Acts 20:16)

"But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost." (1 Cor 16:8)

Nearly thirty years after the death of Jesus (a time when many believe the importance of these celebrations had ceased) the Apostle Paul is still highly motivated with Christian zeal to return to Jerusalem and celebrate the day of PENTECOST. Would he discourage the practice today? Clearly, he would not! The Biblical feast day celebrations were instituted by our God as a system for teaching and served as a liturgical calendar. They identified special times in the year for offering praise, thanksgiving and honor unto our heavenly Father for specific acts on behalf of His people. Every major event in Biblical history occurred on a feast day. The precise dates of Noah's Ark landing on Mt. Ararat, the exodus of Israel from Egypt, the giving of the law at Mt. Sinai, the dedication of Solomon's Temple, the birth of Jesus, His death, burial and resurrection, the coming of the Holy Spirit, are all prime examples of God's faithfulness to His appointed times and seasons. Proper recognition of these special days of memorial is being restored to the church as a vital part of worship and celebration.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

Traditionally, Christians have not given formal recognition to the seven Biblical feast days (Leviticus 23). The preference has been to continue the honoring of such traditional holidays as Christmas, Easter and All Saints Day (Holy Evening or Halloween) etc. Interestingly, these are calendar days for which there is no biblical support even though the events so honored may be biblical. How did this condition come about and who is responsible? There is certainly no record that the first century church ever celebrated the traditional holidays, as we know them. They were an "invention" of the subsequent church leadership. There is, however, abundant evidence to confirm that the early church continued to celebrate the biblical feast days.

The historical record confirms, that the cessation of celebrating biblical Feast Days by the followers of Jesus Christ was, brought on by a growing anti-semitic spirit (resentment of Jews and things Jewish) that invaded the church by the second century. Regrettably, this spirit has resulted in almost total deletion of everything Jewish from the doctrine and liturgy of the church, replacing it with alternative forms and titles adopted from other religions and introduced by various church fathers. By the beginning of the fourth century, Constantine, who had become both head of the church and Emperor of Rome, forbade the recognition of anything that remotely smacked of Jewishness to the point of imprisonment and even death. An example of this can be seen by the actions taken at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. The Church, which had been commemorating the death and resurrection of Christ on the Passover day, changed the date for observing the resurrection to make it correspond with the pagan carnival Easter instead of what they considered to be the Jewish feast of Passover. Today we are victims of that orchestrated effort and therefore the Christian's sense of value for celebrating Biblical Memorial Day became almost non-existents but that is changing.

RESTORATION ISSUES

A better understanding of the Biblical festivals in the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ is being fully restored to the church. Still the question invariably arises, but what about the New Testament scriptures, which seemingly discourage the practice of observing "special days"? Such conclusions are often drawn as a result of misinformation, faulty interpretation of scripture, unbelief, and fear and with some degree of hypocrisy. For example, the following scripture is often cited as a proof text for non- observance of Biblical feast days:

"Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain." Gal.4:10-11

Here is a classic example of faulty interpretation of scripture. This reference has nothing to do with Biblical memorial days. Paul's statement to the Galatians is concerning their returning to former pagan or heathen practices. Clearly he is not speaking of the Biblical celebrations. This is borne out in the very structure of the letter itself. Notice, this was something they were reinstituting that they had been practicing when they worshiped false gods (see verse nine). The Galatians had never celebrated Biblical (Jewish) holy days. They were Gentiles, therefore, they could not have been returning to the Jewish festivals as some might claim.

The truth is, few Christians actually believe this scripture to be absolute or if they do, their actions are inconsistent with their beliefs. If taken at face value, we would simply have to refrain from celebrating or memorializing any "days" religious or secular. As it now is, we often go to great lengths and great expense both at home and in church to celebrate such times as Christmas, Easter, birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, etc. To be sure, we "observe days" and they are often accompanied with great pageantry and extravaganza. The point is that many have somehow concluded that apparently we are free to celebrate any holidays except the Biblical days; these are somehow forbidden and viewed as being strictly Jewish and therefore anti-Christ, non-Christian and indeed dangerous. Yet the ones we have arbitrarily created for ourselves which have little or no Biblical support are somehow "safe" and honorable, even sacred. The intent here is not to denigrate the non-biblical times of celebration but rather to expose the duplicity inherent in the Galatians 4:11 stance for not honoring the Lord's appointed feast days while proceeding to devise our own. Again, Paul's reference here is concerning pagan holidays and not the God ordained memorial days, which the same writer had encouraged the Church to "therefore keep" (1 Corinthians. 5:7-8).

Here is another example of faulty interpretation of scripture concerning special days.

"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:" (Colossians 2:16)

This is not an indictment against feast day celebrations but a caution about judgmental attitudes. One would be hard pressed to find anyone who practices this as is commonly interpreted. The truth is, there are on-going judgmental attitudes manifested in the church about meats, drinks, holydays and Sabbath observance. Those who don't observe such things tend to reflect on those who do as "legalists" (strict adherents to the Law). Those who observe them quite often view those who don't as unrighteous or at best, second-class citizens of the Kingdom. Simply stated, "those who do judge those who don't and those who don't judge those who do" and on it goes. Yet the Christ-like attitude is "Judge not" (Mt. 7:1). The Apostle Paul gives similar advice to the church in Rome.

"One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. ...But why dost thou judge thy brother?" (Romans 14:5, 6, 10)

No one's righteousness should be judged on the basis of these issues, any more than one should be judged as to whether or not he is a Christian on the basis of his church attendance. Righteousness is simply not of works. If one is "persuaded" that celebrating feast days enhances his worship of God, he should not be judged for it. All judgment of men's hearts is best left in the hands of God.

There is a third judgmental group who are selective in their interpretation of some aspects of Col. 2: 16. They arbitrarily select the particular things they are for or against and proceed to categorize them as a do or don't. For example: some who would extend liberty for one to eat any and all kinds of meats might well be the first to place restrictions on what is acceptable to drink, then proceed to preach and teach that judgment. In our zeal for righteousness we must guard against the possible distortion of scripture. Paul is simply trying to avoid the pharisaical attitudes of judgment and nothing more.

A MATTER OF WORSHIP

Now, let us establish some proper motivational factors. Out celebration of the Biblical memorial days are not a matter of salvation or acceptance before God. Therefore our motive in celebration should be as God originally intended; remembrance and honor for what He has done. God said his feasts were to be celebrated "forever" (Ex. 12:14, Lev. 23:21, Lev. 23:41). If God never changes, and we have His word on that He does not (Mal. 3:6), it is obvious that He still desires to be worshiped in this manner. The feast days retain a deep abiding meaning for the Christian since their fullness (not termination) is found in Jesus the Messiah. It is safe to say that the Christian has as much reason for celebrating these festivals as does the Jew and perhaps more (1 Corinthians. 5:8). The feast days contain more divine information, spiritual lessons and prophetic reflections than perhaps any subject of scripture. Subsequently, It is through our deliberate recognition and celebration of them that the riches of truth contained in them is released for our understanding.

The things that are done to celebrate these days are not so important as the acknowledgement of the day itself. We need not be concerned with ancient ritualism from which we were liberated in Christ (Heb. 9:10) but focus on the basic principle of their prophetic and spiritual meaning as is revealed under the New Covenant. Since it is not a matter of salvation but one of worship, there is liberty and flexibility in what we can do as a remembrance practice. The spirit of praise and worship simply demands the recognition of the Biblical feast days. No other conclusion can be drawn.

The question before us is; should Christians celebrate the feast days? Clearly we should. Why? Because they are Biblical, Christ-centered and God ordained. While feast celebrations may not be essential to salvation, they are certainly essential for a more perfect worship order in the church. Reason simply dictates this conclusion.

REMEMBER

Feast days are not Jewish in an ethnic sense or Christian in a religious sense but they are divine in a Biblical sense and therefore eternal and universal.

THEREFORE, LET US ALSO KEEP THE FEAST!
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Brother Rowland
From: ThanksKilling and Such
Decades after Jesus ascended into the Heavens Paul stopped what he was doing to get to God's ordained feast's.

Here is one such passage:

Acts 18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.

20 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;

21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.

We need to Honor God's Laws like the example found here of the Apostle Paul.

Throw out Xmas,easter,halloween,thankskilling,New Years feastivals,lent,on and on etc.....pink clovers on valentines days.....shall I go on?

And just maybe we will find time for God huh?
 
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