Easter, Halloween, Christmas, VALENTINE’S DAY…
When we hear the word HOLIDAY, we all get a big smile across our faces. Generally speaking, holidays mean that someone somewhere is getting some time off. From work, from school…its generally a day to sit back, relax, not follow your normal schedule or routine. Holidays are also times when we take off to ‘celebrate’ something or someone.
The definition of holiday is ‘a religious festival’ or ‘a day of recreation.’
The term ‘holiday’ was derived from the holy days mentioned in the scriptures. The holy days were festivals ordained BY GOD that the Israelites were to celebrate. The original holidays in the scriptures ALL centered around ONE GOD and He is known by many names: Yahweh, Elohim, Adonai.
In Judaism, observance of these festivals/holy days/holidays were required by the Torah, (or the Old Testament).
But in the New Testament, any religious/obligatory observance of these festivals were nullified by the presence of Jesus Christ.
One of the tricks of the enemy is to keep people bound to religious traditions that no longer are of no effect or consequence. Just like today’s churches tell people that in order to used of God, one must wear clergy, go through elaborate ceremonies and receive accreditation from man, this was also done and instituted in the Old Testament. And what many today do not realize is that none of the pomp and circumstance we see in many ordination, affirmation and consecration services are NO LONGER necessary!
One of the ways the enemy has succeeded in getting the ‘laity,’ for lack of a better word, to comply with and, thus, worship other gods is in the observance of holidays. Most of the present-day holidays we recognize today are pagan in nature. These holidays were substituted in place of the original holy day festivals by the Roman Catholic church.
So I know, you say…’So? What’ wrong with celebrating holidays? So what if they are pagan in nature?’
Glad you asked!
What’s wrong with professing CHRISTIANS celebrating holidays that have been proven to be pagan in nature is that observing (pagan) holidays is a direct violation of scripture. A command by God that says ‘Ye shall have NO OTHER gods before me…’
God vehemently forbids His People to commit idolatry. And when those who say they are saved ignore instruction and take on the customs and practices of those who are not saved, they are committing idolatry.
Now, I know. A lot of us don’t get the big deal about idolatry. I do believe this is because if they are a part of the institutionalized church system, they have ALREADY become desensitized to idolatry. They commit idolatry EVERY WEEK when they attend services. Every time they have a pastor’s anniversary service or celebrate 1st lady’s week, they are committing idolatry. Every time they ‘honor’ their pastor, they are committing idolatry.
So it comes real easy for professing Christians to commit more idolatry by celebrating ‘holidays,’ such as Valentine’s Day, or Easter, or Christmas.
They have had much practice all year long!
THIS HAS BEEN THE TRAP OF THE ENEMY! To get people into the church system and desensitize them to idolatry.
I just want you to think on this for a minute.
Whenever a ‘holiday’ is approaching upon us, I want you to notice ‘the atmosphere.’ About a day or two before Valentine’s Day, single folks start getting all depressed because they don’t have someone in their lives. Couples or married folks are arguing over what to do for ‘Valentine’s Day.’ Talking of spending money they DON’T have, to celebrate a pagan god that promotes lust and greed. Think about it…
Flesh starts riling up right before V Day. A LOT of people are getting laid tonight. That is no accident. The SPIRIT behind Valentine’s Day is one of LUST. So YES…if you are observing Valentine’s Day-married or single-expect an attack of lust to come your way.
For Christmas, about late November, folks start getting depressed. They call it winter blues. Some over lost loved ones. Some over financial woes, that they cannot do what they want for Christmas. The weeks up until Christmas are some of the most harried, frantic, stressful seasons of the year. Folks are crowding the malls, the stores, Walmarts, anywhere…buying gifts they cannot afford. Shipping services and the postal service are backed up for weeks. Folks are antsy and nervous about their gifts getting to their intended parties in time for ‘Christmas.’
Folks are also the most hypocritical this time of year. The same folks that go to work on Wall Street every day and step over a homeless guy without even acknowledging him will get all philanthropic and giving in December and decide to give to the homeless…ONE TIME that year! As if the homeless only need help ONE TIME per year!
I want you to observe the SPIRIT that is in the air today…and right before your next so-called holiday. I can promise you: it is one that is NOT OF GOD.
Because another god is being worshipped. And when you worship other gods, there is no peace, no fruit, no love, nothing.
You just wasted your money, got in trouble and invited demons into your life.
Think about it….