Originally Posted by tthttf
I would like to repeat a very important point about Christ's approach to the Holy Days of God.
He didn't approve of men substituting their forms of worship for God's.
Repeat from previous post:
Christ kept God's Sabbaths both weekly and annual Holy Days. Even the New Testament Church was founded on the Feast of Firstfruits (Pentecost) -- one of the Holy Days listed in Leviticus 23.
Christ condemned substitutions by men for the true doctrines of God.
Mar 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Mar 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Mar 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men...
Mar 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
Mar 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
But the really bad thing about these pagan holidays is that they are a two-edged sword.
1) You are disobeying God by not keeping His Sabbaths holy.
2) You are accepting the Mark of the Beast. These pagan holidays came out of pagan Rome. The Roman Empire is called a beast in the Bible. See Daniel.
The Mark of the Beast is the Mark of the Roman Empire.
Look up the origins of Sunday-worship versus the Sabbath. Look up the origins of the pagan winter solstice celebrations which became Christmas. Look up the name Easter. It is the name of a pagan goddess and it too has a long history that predates Christ. These all came out of pagan Rome and were established by the Church of Rome usurping the authority of God's Word and establishing them upon their ecclesiastical authority alone--in other words established by the commandments of men.
Christ condemned man's substitution of his own doctrines for the commandments of God. Don't hold fast to your traditions. Hold fast to the Commandments and the Word of God!
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If you look up the origins of Sunday-worship, Christmas, Easter their attachment to modern Christianity comes through Rome and the Roman Catholic Church.
Many Bible students know that the Roman Empire is one of the beasts mentioned by Daniel.
These days of worship therefore constitute the MARK OF THE B-E-A-S-T!
(I can refer you to two booklets concerning the Mark of the Beast written by Herbert W Armstrong if you want scriptures and a thorough explanation of this subject. Just ask.)
There is a real danger for Christians who follow the doctrines introduced by the Roman Catholic Church. You will be rebuked by God as warned in the Book of Revelation. However, you will be persecuted and maybe even martyred in the future if you try to refuse this mark and refuse to participate in these religious "holy days" commanded to be observed by this worldly church. Suffer now and be rewarded later or enjoy the world now and weep and cry later. The choice is yours.
And persecution IS coming...
Persecution by whom?
You seem to have a problem with the Catholic church, ancient Rome and pretty much everybody else dontcha?
Sorry Sweetie but the bible is a book, written and re-written by man, not a god. Sure, it makes a few good points and it has some great stories but it is still just a book.
Another point here, Pagans do not substitute their beliefs for christian beliefs. We were here first, long before christianity was a gleam in someone's eye.