With the recent celebration of valentine’s day at the church I attend, I once again sit wondering why pagan rituals are not only accepted but openly celebrated in a church that is supposed to separate themselves from the practices and customs of the world.
2 Corinthians 6:16-1716And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, - King James Version
Including christmas, easter, halloween and Sunday “sabbath”, I just can not find biblical evidence that a Christian should observe or celebrate any of these generally accepted “religious” holidays. The only exception to the list is probably Pentecost, a day that should be observed, biblically speaking, and that is shunned by all save the “pentecostal movement” (and even they get the wrong day by calculating it from easter instead of the weekly sabbath in the Passover week).
I understand that most pastors and priests are teaching what they honestly believe is the truth but whatever happened to looking into what you are being taught as the Bereans did?
Acts 17:10-1110And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. - King James Version
They searched the scriptures daily to see if what they were being taught was truth. They even had it harder than we have it today. They didn’t have a New Testament, they had to interpret the Old Testament to see if what they are being told about the Messiah agreed with the old prophecies.
I think it is time to start weighing your customs, thoughts, sermons, teachings and beliefs against the Bible that you claim to believe is the inspired Word of God
2 Timothy 3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: - King James Version
and get rid of the things that don’t agree. All I ask is you consider what I’m saying, it’s not that hard, you have it a lot easier than the Bereans did. Do some research and pray about it. Be Berean!
If I’m wrong, I expect to be told and corrected. I will accept any correction as long as it is biblical and not based on “we’ve always done things that way” or “I know that the holidays aren’t biblical but we use them for that purpose now”.