Celebrating Easter


For Chris and Sherry

Galatians 4:9-11


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