Sunday, March 31, 2013

Video Warning About Easter

Probably to some of my readers this is not new information but thought I would post at least one video given the false holiday being celebrated by millions today.  I do not celebrate Easter and consider it a false holiday like Christmas. Here is the definition of Easter, even the Catholics admit what the word really means.

Also see:

"Easter is Not The Worship of God In Spirit and Truth"


Anonymous said...

I am struggling between abandoning the church system entirely as it all seems corrupt, and missing the fellowship. I stopped going to Calvary Chapel over a year ago and said I would never attend any Calvary again after doing research on them.

A friend of mine tells me what her Calvary Chapel pastor says here and there and I thought for a second that he might be solid. I went to my first sunrise service today held by this Calvary Chapel. I had a bad feeling about going, but I went anyway. I have been looking into the Easter/Ishtar connection, thinking the same way you do - that every day should be a celebration of Jesus Christ being risen. Well, they had Christian reggae singers. They were gyrating around, one with a lot of pelvic action for a few minutes and I was like, ew, that's just wrong. And I thought isn't Christian reggae the same as saying Christian heavy metal? An oxymoron? The base was really getting on my nerves, it was so loud. The church praise team sang an old hymn "I have decided to follow Jesus", but they gave it a contemporary sound with the singer manipulating his voice too much - like a dramatization of the song. I did not like it. It all just had this new age feel to it.

I did not like the alter call. Having all those people come down, say a prayer, and then the pastor announcing, "You are saved!!"

And I'm thinking, no they aren't! Will they read their Bibles, pray, and be changed? Or go home and life as usual, thinking I'm saved now.

My friend says I'm nit picking, but I noticed the pastor spoke on John 14:23 and he stated that Jesus says if you love me, the father and I will make our home with you.

But he left out the obey part.

The Bible says Jesus Christ is the source of eternal salvation for those that obey him. Hebrews 5:9-10

Mathew 24:13 says But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

The whole service just seemed wrong to me.

I apologize for going on so long. Thank you for the information about Easter.

Bible Believer said...

I understand the struggles about leaving the church system and the lack of fellowship. It is very tough.

Even with IFBs and fundamentalist churches, few and far to begin with, at least around here, they are falling away quick as well. The same type of preachers, Dominionism etc. Even when I was looking and had the idea to find another IFB, to fellowship with, it hasn't worked out with the endless cadre of false preachers. I believe in my old IFB I at least had a sincere pastor, but that is few and far between. Even that church is now defunct, as the pastor moved, and a false one moved in and members left.

Be careful of those who tell you some Calvary Chapel pastors are solid. I heard that too from some as I came out of the Calvary Chapel church, and well I always keep thinking where are these guys? They all seem to match in thinking and outlook. Just because one is warning about the Emergents, I learned the hard way on this blog this meant nothing as their higher up pastors like Laurie hang out with Warren and pals or those like Boykin.

I heard a lot of bad music in churches I visited, it's an extremely rare church that sticks to old hymns and even then you may get false teachings.
Calvary Chapel music to me seemed to be really rewritten, even with the name Jesus Christ left out of songs, the same complaints I make about CCM music on this blog.

I am against altar calls too...

I worry about some of the people thinking they are saved when they are not.

When you see them leaving parts of verses out, that is a serious problem. I noticed that in Calvary Chapel though we had more overt things like the pastor saying it was offensive to witness and praising Mother Teresa.

I am not surprised the whole service felt wrong to you. That is good you are discerning. Please read my articles about those facing being out of the churches.

I understand it gets very tough.

I was even thinking today how many churches reject Easter/Ishtar? My old IFB it was downplayed, no eggs or bunnies on the walls but many were going home to the Easter baskets. They did preach on the Resurrection. Some of these cultural things are so strong. Are there any churches out there that preach the truth about Easter? Maybe a few extreme Hebrew Roots ones, but then they introduce other errors. Same for the Jehovah Witnesses who reject Easter but then introduce lies and deny that Jesus is God.

I agree about everyday celebrating Jesus Christ being risen. Why do they call Good Friday

I abandoned the church system. It's tough, I am not going to say it is easy, especially if you lack local Christian friends or family members who are on the same page with you. Many around me want me to return to the church system even just for fellowship and have told me it is unhealthy to go without a church. But how can I ignore what I know and already realizing the falsehoods being unloaded?

Remember that part about obeying God. If God says you can't go somewhere, then you can't.

This is something many of us are facing outside the church system. God bless you


Anonymous said...

Hi Biblebeliever. Thanks for the encouragement. The only person on the same page is me is my Calvary Chapel friend, but I worry about what she's getting fed there.

I read your altar call blog. I totally agree. I had a friend come with me to a crusade - it was a long time ago - she went down front to the altar call as she was all caught up in the emotion. The next day it was as if it never happened.

I knew deep down this pastor today couldn't be solid. Not after all the reading I've done about Calvary Chapel and experienced myself. Why would he be any different? At least I heard with my own ears. It was weird because when he was talking he sounded just like Greg Laurie a couple times. A couple times he said, "Do what you want". And I'm thinking that's a strange thing to say - and then I think I'm being paranoid because I'm wondering if it's some kind of mind control/suggestion thing going on. Because I've noticed that is a teaching they are affiliated with - do what you want - you are saved!

Yes, I was going to the IFB church around the corner - I liked the old hymns I grew up with. Then they had the sermon about do not judge - shortly after the Jack Schapp thing came out. The pastor is from North Carolina, too. I wondered if they know each other. And spent a Sunday telling us to vote for Romney. And a few other things that bothered me. A nice lady in the Sunday school said I must come to church, we are called to have fellowship - if not I am backsliding. I didn't feel like getting into with her. I just smiled.

I am thankful for the Bible and how it helps me discern what I'm hearing. I'd be lost without it.

Anonymous said...

At the Ishtar service I went to this year (oh sorry...the pope changed it to easter didn't he?)

Good Friday service: Preach on the crucifiction? Nope, topical sermon on our lives today and briefly touched on the dimensions of the jewish holy of holy veils dimensions.

Easter service: Preach on the resurrection? Nope, topical sermon on the woman at the well with lots of jokes and comments on society today.

Are churches going apostate? Me thinks so.

Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with celebrating Easter or Christmas. For christians, they are not meant to be pagan, but celebrations of Jesus's birth and his DBR.

Colossians 2:15-17 "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."

Also, Romans 14.

Now the name Easter may be of pagan origin (Acts 12:4). But alot of things that we use today are named after pagan beliefs. Our months and weekdays have pagan origins . The same thing with planets.

Perhaps christians should use different names when talking about the months and years? Maybe use different names describing the planets? Our dollar bill has satanic images on it. Should we stop using money?

Marion said...

Jesus did not command us to "remember/celebrate" his birthday or His resurrection. However the Lord did give us command for "remembrance" pertaining to Himself, through the Apostle Paul.

"For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in REMEMBRANCE of me.
After teh same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in REMEMBRANCE of me.
For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come." (1 Cor.11:23-26)(caps mine)

Could it be, that the all wise God chose THE most unique way to be in "remembrance" by His people?...KNOWING that the pagans would "christianize" their "unholy" days, thereby duping the unsuspecting and not so Word of God saavy into worshipping idols? It behooves us as the "children of God" KNOW His Word, and to obey it; shunning the world their vain doings. They are not spirit and they are not truth.

A pagan festival dressed up in "christian garb" and defined with "christian" terminology...does not make it so.

Lynn said...

I'm of an understanding of Colossians 2:15-17 as applying more to believers' discontinuance in previously observed holidays, feasts and Sabbaths, as these served merely to foreshadow the appearance and reality of Christ, and those who've come to know Him, and in whom He has taken up residence, have the greater reality of "Christ in you, the hope of glory" and really don't need the religious practices which pointed to Him now that they are IN Him.

Does anyone else see this in this passage? Only recently did the Lord seem to get my attention on this, and it changed my orientation. I find this happening to a number of previously misunderstood or misapplied passages, the more I seek Him and His understanding of His word.

Lynn said...

Oh, wonderful! Marion! You brought up the very thing that the Lord brought to my mind at the approach of Easter: that it is Jesus' DEATH we are told to remember, not His resurrection, as glorious as that was. Yes... as I was thinking about it a week or so ago, suddenly it occurred to me that His RESURRECTION wasn't so much something to marvel over. Because, after all, He was and is GOD -- the GIVER of Life, the well-spring of LIFE! No... it was His DEATH. GOD - coming into the world to DIE, for us! THIS is the truly amazing thing, when you think of it.

As the God who created all living things ("the One True Living God" who lives forever), WHAT is especially spectacular about HIM rising from the dead? HE'S THE AUTHOR OF LIFE!!! No, the truly MARVELOUS thing - the TRULY marvelous thing... is that He subjected Himself to Death on our behalf, who were not deserving of such incredible mercy. THIS is the TRULY amazing thing! Mysterious. AND - AAAND it can bring a response of repentance about, just to dwell on the reason for this tremendous act of mercy and love on His part. Just to know that GOD came to DIE for us, we can't help but ask ourselves WHY! Yes... THIS is the marvelous thing... the fact that God took on flesh, to live and DIE for us.

I felt such a desire to communicate this profound realization - this revelation from the Lord - as the Easter holiday approached. The Lord didn't tell us to remember His resurrection; He wants us to remember His death.

Anonymous said...

"Oh, wonderful! Marion! You brought up the very thing that the Lord brought to my mind at the approach of Easter: that it is Jesus' DEATH we are told to remember, not His resurrection, as glorious as that was. "

That doesn't make any sense to me. And it is not biblical. The gospel is his DBR all together. Not just his dying on the cross, but his defeat of death and sin, by rising from the dead. Anybody can die, only God is able to rise again.

Romans 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath RAISED him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

1 Peter 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,"

1 Corinthians 15:1-5 "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:"

John 11:25 "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:"

Without the resurrection then nothing else would have mattered. Jesus rose and conquered sin and death for eternity. Wihtout the resurrection then Jesus would have been a fraud. But He isn't a fraud, because he did overcome death ,as the all powerful God of creation.

Anonymous said...

"I'm of an understanding of Colossians 2:15-17 as applying more to believers' discontinuance in previously observed holidays, feasts and Sabbaths, as these served merely to foreshadow the appearance and reality of Christ,"

Yes, You are most likely right. But I am not so sure that it could not be applied to Easter or Christmas, which christians use to celebrate Jesus. Having no man judge you as you use Easter or Christmas to celebrate Christ. Now I don't want to come off as twisting scripture, so I certainly could be in error.

A person could easily celebrate Easter or Christmas without adding the pagan elements. I see nothing wrong with gift giving or giving candy to kids on easter. I see nothing wrong with celebrating Jesus's birth and his DBR.

One could even take the opportunity of Halloween to hand out candy and gospel tracts.

Lynn said...

I didn't mean to be reducing the gospel to just this, the death of Jesus for us on the cross. No. I was reflecting on the emphasis that SCRIPTURE places on the Death of Christ - which paid the penalty for our sins and opened the way to the Father for us.

It's ALL amazing, truly, of course: Jesus' coming in the flesh, his living among us, and dying for us - and coming to life again! I still see His death as ever so precious, and wondrously amazing.

The apostle Paul determined to know nothing among the Corinthian believers but "Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."

Jesus Himself instructed us to "remember His death until He comes".

I don't believe I'm out of line to draw an emphasis on His death. I'm sorry if I was unclear in my previous comments, leaving you to think that this was ALL I thought was important to know and communicate about the Lord, or that the gospel could be summed up in the fact of His death alone.

I just think... no, I've come to realize, recognize - that there has come upon the churches in general these days an emphasis on "positive" things, to the slighting of His death and the very serious reason/necessity for it on our behalf.

I have a sister who's recently succumbed to a shallow "gospel" amounting to nothing more than faith in a false "Christ", through the machinations of Bill Hybels and the leadership of Willowcreek Church, in her neck of the woods. This has been a "model" church to the evangelical world for quite some time. Their take on Jesus is akin to "Jesus CEO" and how He can "take you where you want to go!" A "feel-good" Jesus offered up there, with "rah-rah" worship, and lotsa good works and relationships to get involved in. The "jesus" Bill Hybels preaches is an imaginary one. He's "useful" to us. The subjects of sin and our need for repentance, if they're taught at all, are twisted to mean very different things than the scriptures tell us.

Note the short shrift that Jesus' death on Calvary receives, in all the talk about "jesus" at these acclaimed tare churches, as they lure the "unchurched" into their midsts...

There's a real disproportionate emphasis on "positive" messages these days, to the exclusion of anything that would be received as "negative", such as a truly biblical explanation of the Lord's death, His true purpose in it, and our desperate need to bow before Him in repentance and embrace this all-important gift.

You don't have to listen very long to these celebrated megachurch pastor/ceo's to recognize ANOTHER gospel, ANOTHER jesus, ANOTHER spirit at play in what they're presenting. All in the guise of positivity, they have constructed a jesus they can be comfortable with. They'll talk about "the resurrected Christ" - they'll even mention His death... but so much reconstruction going on... Everything couched in positivity. That is not the Gospel, no matter how many biblical subjects are alluded to. There's "another" more "acceptable" version of "jesus" in town now, and he's pushing aside the BIBLICAL Jesus.

Sorry; I'm rambling a bit. But I think we all know the serious ramifications of what's going on around us in the supposed name of Christ these days. The gospel has been undergoing a tremendous reworking, til it isn't the true gospel anymore. And the true gospel is becoming harder and harder to find in the mouths of all these so-called Christian pastors...

William Sculley said...

The early Church still continued to celebrate the feasts of the Jews. Paul was, himself, arrested while he was celebrating Pentecost at the Temple.

Anonymous said...

For me it is about what Jesus called himself in John 11:25 "I am the resurrection, and the life". He didn't say that "I am the Death, and the suffering".

The whole gospel is important. Without the blood of Christ, then their is no remission of sins. So the death is very important. But to rise from the dead showed the world once and for all who Jesus is, God in the flesh. For only God can rise again. A mortal can die, but no mortal can rise from dead.

But yes, I understand the issue with the seeker friendly churches that tell everybody that life will be perfect, and that God will make you rich and always happy, and you will never suffer. They ignore John 15:20, and the fact that the disciples went through extremely hard times , even being martyred.

The truth is, that American christians have had it pretty easy, for a long time, compared to the rest of the christian world. But sadly, that will not last.

"The early Church still continued to celebrate the feasts of the Jews. Paul was, himself, arrested while he was celebrating Pentecost at the Temple."

Yes, as they had a right to, according to Colossians 2:15-17. But it was not a requirement. For instance, if a person wants to observe the sabbath, go for it. But it is not a requirement for christians to do so. So as a christian, I'm not going to be bothered doing things that God doesn't demand for me to do.