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Old 02-16-2010, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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This just came to my attention the other day from a couple friends who attend "non denominational" churches. They said their churches don't acknowledge Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Thursday, or Good Friday. As for the last two, maybe they acknowledge them, but there is no church service on those days.

Why is this? Seems like this is a very fundamental part of Christianity and I can't imagine this time of year going to church and then suddenly, BAM! It's Easter, with nothing leading up to it. I'm assuming these are churches that in no way follow the Liturgical Calendar either.

Lent is described as "The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan." The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I'm just curious why the more fundamental/evangelical denominations ignore all this.
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:53 AM
 
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One reason is that it has become "sacramental" but take away that I don't see why any Christian can't practice it.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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I personally do not put one day or time over another. Not that I dont recognize the works of Christ but I believe everyday should be dedicated to the Lord.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:34 PM
 
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Probably this isn't what people want to hear.

Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Thursday, or Good Friday deals with:
  • the subject of sin.
  • the fact that God holds sin accountable.
  • the fact that everybody is an acountable sinner
  • the fact that God's wrath against sin is real
  • that people rather would have a feel good, entertainment message
  • that the price that satisfied God is non-negotiable
  • that since we were purchased by his blood, we need to honor God with our body...which goes against the ='s crowd

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Old 02-16-2010, 12:40 PM
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This just came to my attention the other day from a couple friends who attend "non denominational" churches. They said their churches don't acknowledge Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Thursday, or Good Friday. As for the last two, maybe they acknowledge them, but there is no church service on those days.

Why is this? Seems like this is a very fundamental part of Christianity and I can't imagine this time of year going to church and then suddenly, BAM! It's Easter, with nothing leading up to it. I'm assuming these are churches that in no way follow the Liturgical Calendar either.

Lent is described as "The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan." The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I'm just curious why the more fundamental/evangelical denominations ignore all this.
I'm Southern Baptist. We do these things year-round. We do, of course, celebrate Easter Sunday. We regard this as the holiest of days. Our pastor will lead up to Easter Sunday in his sermons & our music may point toward Easter as we get near. Other than that, we don't do anything different than any other time of year. We don't want these things to become ritualistic.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:04 PM
 
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I'm Southern Baptist. We do these things year-round. We do, of course, celebrate Easter Sunday. We regard this as the holiest of days. Our pastor will lead up to Easter Sunday in his sermons & our music may point toward Easter as we get near. Other than that, we don't do anything different than any other time of year. We don't want these things to become ritualistic.
So it sounds to me like it's just the spectrum of Christianity and how denominations along the spectrum peel off more and more layers that resemble Catholicism.

I suppose "ritualistic" can be bad or good, depending on who you ask. Tomorrow we will celebrate Ash Wednesday with communion, candlelight, and the imposition of ashes. It's all very symbolic, but then the fundamentalist movement seems to be very anti symbolism and more about literalism.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:19 PM
 
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There's nothing wrong with observing Lent, per se, but its become bastardized in today's society. There's no real sacrifice involved....just because you don't eat meat on Fridays in lent, but you gorge on pizza and deep-fried fish does not mean you are sacrificing.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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I personally do not put one day or time over another. Not that I dont recognize the works of Christ but I believe everyday should be dedicated to the Lord.
I suppose, but certainly focusing on certain aspects of Christianity for Lent can't hurt, if not draw you in to the Easter event.

I'm thinking this is more about tradition than anything else though - whether you do or don't participate in Lent.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:21 PM
 
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There's nothing wrong with observing Lent, per se, but its become bastardized in today's society. There's no real sacrifice involved....just because you don't eat meat on Fridays in lent, but you gorge on pizza and deep-fried fish does not mean you are sacrificing.
Very true. It's up to the individual to participate and make personal sacrifices. My own sacrifices... probably no one other than me will know about them.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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I suppose, but certainly focusing on certain aspects of Christianity for Lent can't hurt, if not draw you in to the Easter event.

I'm thinking this is more about tradition than anything else though - whether you do or don't participate in Lent.

Not really, it is about my personal relationship with Christ.
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