This was a “Dear Editor” letter I wrote for the local paper in order to address a pagan origins argument, but also in hopes of sneaking in a refute toward our local Word of Faith/River cults that are spreading corruption like cancer. I’m hoping this will inspire others to do the same in their own home towns thru the local newspaper. Just think of the thousands of people who will read it and possibly come to their senses so that perhaps God will grant them repentance.
Have some fun as you read this and see if you can spot these sneaky little seeds I’ve sown for the Lord. I know “sneaky” doesn’t sound very godly, but rememeber Jesus said to be wise as a serpent, innocent as a dove. We live in a time where we have to be very clever or else we will never be heard.
Since Christmas is just around the corner (another “supposed” pagan holiday), it seems necessary to address the pagan origins argument made by one of your contributors. This is obviously an issue many Christians seem to be struggling with, so perhaps it would help to evaluate whether or not we are still observing certain days in a pagan way, or “doing all that we do unto the Lord?”
God’s Word seems to address this very clearly in Rom. Ch. 14 by simply revealing that faith is the real issue when it comes to disputable matters. For instance, vs. 5 states that “one person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.” Then vs. 6, “He who observes the day observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.” Verses 22-23 especially address the faith issue. So it seems that what we have here is not an issue of whether or not a certain day has pagan origins (even names of weekdays have pagan origins), but rather an issue of how we are observing certain days and whether our present observance of any holiday is compatible or incompatible with Scripture.
From this biblical perspective, (rather than mere opinions or origins arguments) perhaps a clarifying distinction can be made between a right and a wrong observance of any holiday. And although true Christians realize the importance of a clear conscience toward God, it has been largely ignored that this can only begin by reconciliation w/ God by His free gift of grace, thru faith in His Son Jesus Christ. In fact, there’s no point in addressing any of this unless this truth is first established. Without regeneration and revelation by the Holy Spirit, it doesn’t matter how much one “claims” to have a personal relationship w/ Jesus, how many commandments are kept, how many good works are produced or how well one “follows their heart.” God says in Jer. 17:9 that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, so that only God can change it by granting faith in His Son and the sole authority of His Word, whereby He is exalted and glorified, rather than man and his natural resources.
Judge among yourselves; is God glorified when Jesus is presented as just a model of behavior or a mascot for a religious holiday that’s worshiped only once a year? Does it exalt God when His Son is depicted by false teachers as just another man empowered by the Holy Spirit, rather than God in the flesh? Does it bring God glory when He is misrepresented in any way on any given day?
Unfortunately, one such misrepresentation is when well-meaning Christians call Halloween “Satans Day.” God’s Word makes it clear that He is in complete control and every day belongs to Him. Satan is limited and has no dominion whatsoever, for God has placed Jesus in that position (Eph. 1:21, etc.). In fact, no day is evil in itself, but only “evil” in the sense that some people misuse the days that God gives them, as an occasion for evil. Fortunately, we live in a country free from any mandate to celebrate evil. In retrospect, we are also free from any Scriptural mandate to celebrate any certain holiday if we choose not to. Either way, “This is the day the Lord has made; we can rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps. 118:24)
So perhaps we just need to examine ourselves to see if we are really in the faith. Are we flying around on a broomstick, trying to superstitiously “speak things into existence” or communicating w/ the dead on Halloween? Or are we handing out Bible tracts, communicating the gospel, showing hospitality to possibly misled children who end up on our doorstep? On Christmas are we running around like chickens w/ our heads cut off, focusing on material things and taking part in unbiblical practices that distort Gods true nature and character? Or are we glorifying the Savior who died once, for all the elect, who is now at the right hand of the Father in heaven—– the One who said “It is finished.”
Sincerely— Lee Anne Ferguson