Celebrating Easter


 


For Chris and Sherry


Galatians 4:9-11

NKJV

But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.


As an older Christian I have something to share, and that is this:

One of the strongest arguments against celebrating Easter is that during this season, just as at the season of the Nativity, many more images of “Jesus” make their appearance to defile us.

Yes, defile. If we have to give proof-text verses about disobedience to the Second Commandment, we are in a sad state – isn’t that so?

I’m deeply troubled by holy days and images. Recently I reblogged a post by Phil Brown about disunity over non-essentials, but separation from the world – holiness – is an essential.

Here are Harry Ironside’s thoughts about holy days. Though Harry had little formal education and received only honorary degrees, he was Pastor of Moody Church in Chicago for many years, preached to millions, and was known as “the Archbishop of Fundamentalism.” 

“It is a lamentable fact that Babylon’s principles and practices are rapidly but surely pervading the churches that escaped from Rome at the time of the Reformation. We may see evidences of it in the wide use of high-sounding ecclesiastical titles, once unknown in the reformed churches, in the revival of holy days and church feasts such as Lent, Good Friday, Easter, and Christ’s Mass, or, as it is generally written, Christmas. … some of these festivals … when they are turned into church festivals, they certainly come under the condemnation of Galatians 4:9-11, where the Holy Spirit warns against the observance of days and months and times and seasons. All of them, and many more that might be added, are Babylonish in their origin, and were at one time linked with the Ashtoreth and Tammuz mystery-worship. It is through Rome that they have come down to us; and we do well to remember that Babylon is a mother, with daughters who are likely to partake of their mother’s characteristics …”

– Dr. H.A. Ironside

Source: Soldiers of Christ Enduring Hardship

 


 

21 thoughts on “Celebrating Easter

  1. You can’t find Biblical justification for celebrating Easter but you can find enough scriptures not to. We have liberty to celebrate Resurrection Sunday if we want to and so long as its free of pagan rituals and traditions. But Easter is forbidden.

    I never even thought about those images assaulting us! I guess I’m so used to seeing them and knowing they are not depictions of the true Jesus, our Beloved, that it went unnoticed as yet another reason to avoid Easter.

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  2. Your header image reminded me of this poem ❤
    THE ROSE
    It is only a tiny rosebud,
    A flower of God's design,
    But I cannot unfold the petals
    With these clumsy hands of mine.

    The secret of unfolding flowers
    Is not known to such as I,
    The flower God opens so sweetly,
    In my hands would fade and die.

    I cannot unfold a rosebud,
    This flower of God's design,
    Then how can I have wisdom
    To unfold this life of mine?

    So I'll trust Him for His leading
    Each moment of every day
    And I'll look to Him for His guidance
    Each step of the pilgrim way.

    For the pathway that lies before me
    My heavenly Father knows
    I'll trust Him to unfold the moments
    Just as He unfolds the rose.

    ~By Author Unknown~

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  3. Since this post is addressed to me, in part, I think it is okay for me to mention what happened to me at another blog as you are well aware, Maria.
    I used the word Easter. I shared my initial response to the criticism, admittedly, without much research. I was taken to task for it, even told that I was being disobedient to God for using the term. So, I continued to research the issue which led to a disagreement. None of my comments were made in a spiteful manner. I was seeking the truth and I still am but now no one can see the comments that I was making as the entire “discussion” has been taken down except for the accusation against me.
    I think I understand your position on this issue, Maria, but I have spent so much time seeking the truth on the other issue that I’m a bit worn for another discussion. Maybe that can happen in the future.
    God’s blessings…

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