JUSTIFYING EASTER CELEBRATIONS
Are you saying saved people will end up in hell because they celebrate Easter? This is not possible. But, if you are using the word ‘Christian’ to mean the nominal unsaved person who think they are Christian, then they will end up in hell anway, regardless of Easter.
We expose the darkness of Easter dear friend not to suggest that a saved Christian will wind up in Hell if he celebrates Easter (or Christmas), but to provoke and challenge EVERYONE WHO CLAIMS TO BE CHRISTIAN to examine himself whether he is truly a Christian. A Christian is not at liberty to take anything and everything and ‘sanctify’ it to the Lord in worship. This is what the ‘REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE OF WORSHIP’ is all about. A Christian cannot take that which is obviously Pagan and ‘sanctify’ it for the Lord! And even if after receiving clear light on the matter the Christian insists to do so, he must examine himself whether he be in the Faith!
“the nominal unsaved person who thinks he is Christian, will wind up in hell anway, regardless of Easter. So why the fuss?”.
This is the most sickening statement one can make with regards to preaching. The nominal Christian will wind up in Hell anyway, so why make a fuss about ANYTHING?!
Dearly beloved, with all the spirit of discernment we have, we have NO WAY OF KNOWING who the nominal’s are as opposed to true Christians. And the preacher who goes about his preaching with THIS attitude and mindset can never be genuine or zealous in his preaching. The greatest Evangelist of them all said, “we preach, WARNING EVERY MAN, and teaching EVERY MAN in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus”! [Col 1:28]
Who the elect or the non-elect are, is none of OUR BUSINESS. The commission He has given His servants is to preach the Gospel to and to warn EVERY CREATURE, and they certainly have not fully obeyed until they bid their hearers to “Repent ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). WHOM God quickens, is His own affair; OURS is to faithfully warn all the unsaved, to show wherein their sins consists, to bid them to throw down the weapons of their warfare against Him, to call upon them to repent (Acts 17:30), to proclaim the One who receives all who come to Him in faith.
“This is a very harsh thing to say. MOST HAVE NO IDEA WHAT EASTER IS. They cannot just be condemned out of hand”.
This may have been true say even ten years ago, BUT NOT ANYMORE. With the coming of the ‘Information technology’ at least 90% of all so called Christians know or at least have heard that this Easter festival along with Christmas is spoken against by many Christians the world over. Last year our own SECULAR ‘Daily News paper’ had a full page article questioning the origins of Easter. And this is one of the reasons that I did not take any pains to reiterate what many Christians have ALREADY EXPOSED, i.e. the ROOTS of all that goes with this Pagan practice….the sacred Egg, the Easter Bunny, etc.
And the Holy Spirit is faithful to lead all His elect into ALL truth. And should a newly born again Christian hear for the first time that Easter is Pagan then it is his BOUNDEN DUTY TO EXAMINE whether it be so! Ignorance is not bliss in the Christian walk!
“And what of those Christians who hold Easter JUST AS A HOLIDAY? They do not use it as a disguise… IT IS JUST A HOLIDAY TIME”.
How lukewarm can you get! Easter just as Christmas is an ABOMINATION done in the name of my Lord who shed His blood for me! I could care less about Ramadan or Halloween, for it does not blaspheme my Lord’s name. But as one said – “The Christian has a moral imperative to examine what is proclaimed and done in JESUS’ Name, and to EXPOSE AND CONDEMN false teaching and unbiblical behaviour.”
The true Christian is not content with having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reproves (EXPOSES) them! [Eph 5:11]. To stick your head in the sand and pretend everything’s okay and have a ‘holiday’ is no mark of a Christian. What is written concerning the Head is also true concerning all those who belong to the body ….i.e. “The zeal of Thine house hath EATEN ME UP”!!!
“Many do not enter into ‘merrymaking’… our friend is making general statements about people he does not know”.
Many do not, but sadly many DO! And it is for these many for whom this tract against Easter is written. Brethren, you have to remember that when a message is preached warning people of evil, that same message is bound to be heard also by those who are NOT GUILTY of the said evil. So are we wrong in saying that many are merrymaking because a FEW don’t?! ALL preaching against any given sin is done with the admonition – “If the shoe fits, wear it”!
Every time a preacher stands up and exhorts a multitude to forsake a certain sin, there will always be those in that same multitude who are not in the least guilty of that sin. So should the preacher be silenced lest he offend the sinless FEW! ABSURD!
J. C. Ryle was right when he wrote in his warning to the Churches- “Surely the DUMB DOG and the sleeping shepherd are the best allies of the wolf, the thief and the robber.”
“Yes, you are right to give the truth… but must be careful not to appear to be hateful towards the brethren”.
This comment was made in response to the words – “Without labouring the point, I as a true child of God should have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather exposes them [Eph 5:11], not that I might be saved, but BECAUSE I AM! It cannot be overstressed that ‘Easter’ is a worldly festival, and everything connected to it – (the Easter Egg, the Easter Bunny – all of them) has a Satanic significance. And God’s Word makes it plain that if I am a FRIEND OF THE WORLD then I am THE ENEMY OF GOD”!
Is it hateful to warn a professing Christian to examine himself whether he is a friend or the enemy of God? Surely then as John was the Apostle of ‘LOVE’, James must have been the Apostle of HATE! For the whole verse reads – “Ye ADULTERERS AND ADULTERESSES, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”![Jam 4:4]. James opens this letter addressing them as ‘Beloved brethren’ and now he chides them as ‘adulterers and adulteresses’. Is something wrong?! ‘If the shoe fits wear it’ or Scripturally- “he that hath ears to hear let him hear’!
The Psalmist said, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head” [Psa 141:5]. And the Apostle asks – “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth”? [Gal 4:16]
Dear Brothers, without laboring the point, this Tract on Easter or others like it are not written to say believers go to Hell for celebrating Easter or Christmas for that matter. But this knowing willful participation in this abomination may just be a SYMPTOM OF A FRIGHTENING TRUTH – i.e. an unregenerated heart!
This is what it means to sin willfully after receiving a knowledge of the truth. When a professing Christian adamantly says – “I don’t care what the Bible says, or history proves, I am going to take this ‘Pagan festival’ and sanctify it for the Lord”, then it must be questioned whether such an one is truly a child of God!
Sure, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus! But those who are in Christ Jesus are classified not as those who DO AS THEY PLEASE but those who walk NOT AFTER THE FLESH BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT! [see Rom 8:1]Those who are led by the Spirit of God, THESE are the sons (and daughters) of God! Not those who rebelliously do whatever is RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES.
But isn’t Easter a great opportunity to preach Christ to our loved ones. Surely they are more open to the truth during this season.
Concerning the abomination of Christmas John MacArthur says “I do see Easter concerts attracting people to the church”(GC-2022). Those who say this are ignorant of the fact that men’s hearts are the same in EVERY season. And again, would God truly honour the witnessing efforts of those who observe Rome’s traditions which are an abomination to Him? The idea that men’s hearts are more receptive to the gospel during the Easter or Christmas season is a delusion of those who seek to COMPROMISE.
On the other hand I think if you withdrew yourself from celebrating Easter and Christmas, this would raise eyebrows and the unbelievers would ask (at least out of curiosity) why YOU don’t celebrate Xmas when the WHOLE WORLD is doing so. Then you can use this as an opening and preach not just Christ but the WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT TRUE AND FALSE CHRISTIANITY!
“We know, that many who are believers follow silly or even evil ways. But, it does not mean they are lost, or that God will destroy them…”
Sure there are many true believers caught in sin who are praying for deliverance. But the stubborn Christian who justifies this pagan celebration is NOT ONE WHO IS HELPLESSLY CAUGHT IN SIN, but one who DELIBERATELY IS SUPPRESSING THE TRUTH IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS and is DETERMINED to offer STRANGE FIRE before the LORD, which He commanded us not [Lev 10:1,2]. The Lord Jesus came to save His people FROM their sins not IN their sins! In all His dealings with us God acts in grace, but His grace ever reigns “THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and never at the EXPENSE OF IT! [Pink]
“He that COVERETH his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth AND FORSAKETH them shall have mercy” [Proverbs 28:13]. To seek to be justified by Christ while deliberately following a known course of sin, is one of the greatest delusions of the Devil!