Humanism is the ungodly power behind every evil thing that influences all aspects of our lives. Acting like little gods with the notion of “Let us make a name for ourselves” and choosing who and how we want to worship has been man’s struggle since the Garden of Eden. From the tower of Babel to present day worship, Rev. John Jones addresses the practicing of paganism in high places and their governing powers in our Church culture. Yoga, the kundalini spirit, witchcraft, spiritual mysticism and the use of labyrinths have been accepted in many so-called churches today creating a high-mindedness of self worship while opening gates to the demonic world. The first-generation of Israelites did not enter the promise land because they held the worship of Egypt (wordliness) in their hearts, having a “different spirit” which God had forbidden. There’s nothing new under the sun, dabbling with such practices have been and still are, the downfall of every Nation. How do we remove Humanism, which is presently a “high place” that governs our Church culture and very lives? Rev. John Jones offers a wealth of knowledge on the subject and sound biblical advice.
Well, why not? Churches are already setting up the symbol of Nimrod’s phallus, the X Mass tree, right up there next to the pulpit where God’s Word is preached! And the church sees nothing wrong with Easter eggs (symbols of fertility) and sunrise services!
From the article:
About a decade ago, I became aware of the new wave of false teaching entering the church. One aspect of that teaching hinted that our experience with Jesus was (should be?) sexual. (Christians who use a mantra, as in contemplative prayer, and go into an altered state of consciousness sometimes have erotic experiences, which they mistakenly believe to be “union” with God/Jesus.) There was new interest in/promotion of the “bridal mysticism” of medieval nuns like Teresa of Avila: “Body and spirit are in the throes of a sweet, happy pain . . . and a spell of strangulation . . . swoon-like weakness . . .” There were quotes in Christian books, like Tony Campolo saying, “There is nothing wrong . . . with eroticism in worship.”
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Its always easiest to build a bridge than a wall between God’s people and the world…
Nehemiah 2:17 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
I want to point out that the author of CHRISTIANIZING SECULAR CUSTOMS –A Biblical look at Christmas, Easter, and Halloween makes a ridiculous statement when he says, “The practice of sitting in chairs or pews lined up to face the front was adopted directly from pagan temples in 326 AD.” As if he could cover up his embellishment with a date. Like I said before, couldn’t this practice come from synagogues and temples, aka, schools of Jewish learning? Or even before that! How else would one sit when there is a teaching going on, be it secular or religious or even within families?
As far as the music goes, using it to excuse the “christianizing” of pagan traditions is worse than a non sequitur. If I were trying to convince people that God is pleased with our Christ Masses and Easters I would steer clear of this argument since it would tend to make some discerning Christians rethink their “holy” days’ practices.
I hope what little I’ve pointed out in this article will help the reader to look a bit closer to the arguments that many Christians use when defending X Mass and Easter celebrations. Ask: Is this of man’s wisdom and desires or of God’s? It has to begin on the foundation of God’s Word rightly divided. In this case, the foundation of God’s Word concerning the worship of Him and Christian liberty has to be predicated on what God has already said about the manner of worship acceptable to Him and what the apostles knew of Israel’s history of judgement from God for their syncretism with idolatry. There is NO conceivable way they would ever give Christians permission to use pagan rites and traditions knowing the severe punishment on Israel for doing the same. Disobedience never brings glory to God.
One bit of agreement with the author I must point out as a warning to those of us who know why we shouldn’t celebrate Christo-pagan “holy” days:
One of the reasons people are motivated to abstain from pagan-based customs is that participation would seem to show dishonor to God. (my note on the word-play use of “seem”: no, it doesn’t “seem” to show disrespect-it actually does show it!) Parents must make choices for themselves and their children regarding demonstrations of honor for God – abstaining from certain holidays may be one of those choices. However, we must be careful if we are preoccupied with identifying and then avoiding everything in our culture that might possibly hint at what we think is dishonor for God, although not directly mentioned in Scripture… Some find it easy, once they start identifying the pagan or evil roots of cultural customs, to become consumed with trying to show God respect by avoiding every questionable custom. (me again: yes, I’ve seen this and it makes it very hard to get the truth out when some have zeal without knowledge)
For example, if one discovers that each of the days of the week is named after a pagan god, must we then stop using those names? Does God truly feel dishonored because we call Sunday “Sunday” or call Monday “Monday,” etc? Should we begin to chastise our children for using exclamations like “gee whiz”, “golly” or “oh my” even though their motives are innocent? This path is never-ending. Once we start trying to avoid everything with historical roots that probably might dishonor God, the journey becomes consuming. Ask yourself, do you really think God feels dishonored because a new believer tries to clean up his language and exclaims “Oh, my!” instead of uttering something profane?
I have seen many groups prune their ministries of holidays such as Christmas and Easter, as well as, each of the items on the foregoing list, including saying “gee wiz” and “golly.” When they started meeting in homes, got completely rid of these things, and the dust settled, they were no godlier than when they started. In fact, most of the groups were more self-righteous and judgmental. (again, me: I’m not sure that I buy what he is saying here about home church members but it is a good warning to everyone who has obeyed God’s Word concerning not worshiping Him in the same manner as the pagans do for their gods. I do hope this statement by the author is not an attempt at demonizing conscientious Christians)