Dragon Flood VI – Flag of the Fathers

Joseph Herrin has generously allowed me to re-post his eye-opening series entitled "Dragon Flood". As with most series, it is STRONGLY recommended that you start at the beginning, rather than the middle.

To access the first post of this series, click the following link: Dragon Flood - Intro

Betsy-Ross-Flag

Depiction of Betsy Ross Sewing First Flag of the U.S.A.

A popular story told to all American school children is that of the young widow Betsy Ross being approached by three men who asked her if she could create the first flag of the United States of America. The mythology of Betsy Ross (for that is what it is) was not made public until nearly a hundred years had passed from the time she was commissioned to sew the first flag.

According to the traditional account, the original flag was made in June 1776, when a small committee – including George Washington, Robert Morris and relative George Ross – visited Betsy and discussed the need for a new American flag. Betsy accepted the job to manufacture the flag, altering the committee’s design by replacing the six-pointed stars with five-pointed stars. [Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy_Ross_flag]

I do not contest the fact that Betsy Ross was hired to sew the first flag of the nation. It is the cute story that has arisen to describe how the flag’s design was settled upon that I doubt very much. The popular account arose from a published story of one of Betsy Ross’ grandsons presented to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1870.

Below is a condensed version of the Betsy Ross story, according to [her grandson's] paper.

Sitting sewing in her shop one day with her girls around her, several gentlemen entered. She recognized one of these as the uncle of her deceased husband, Col. GEORGE ROSS, a delegate from Pennsylvania to Congress. She also knew the handsome form and features of the dignified, yet graceful and polite Commander in Chief, who, while he was yet COLONEL WASHINGTON had visited her shop both professionally and socially many times, (a friendship caused by her connection with the Ross family). They announced themselves as a committee of congress, and stated that they had been appointed to prepare a flag, and asked her if she thought she could make one, to which she replied, with her usual modesty and self reliance, that “she did not know but she could try; she had never made one but if the pattern were shown to her she had not doubt of her ability to do it.” The committee were shown into her back parlor, the room back of the shop, and Col. Ross produced a drawing, roughly made, of the proposed flag. It was defective to the clever eye of Mrs Ross and unsymmetrical, and she offered suggestions which Washington and the committee readily approved.

What all these suggestions were we cannot definitely determine, but they were of sufficient importance to involve an alteration and re-drawing of the design, which was then and there done by General George Washington, in pencil, in her back parlor. One of the alterations had reference to the shape of the stars. In the drawing they were made with six points.

Mrs Ross at once said that this was wrong; the stars should be five pointed; they were aware of that, but thought there would be some difficulty in making a five pointed star. “Nothing easier” was her prompt reply and folding a piece of paper in the proper manner, with one clip of her ready scissors she quickly displayed to their astonished vision the five-pointed star; which accordingly took its place in the national standard. General Washington was the active one in making the design, the others having little or nothing to do with it. When it was completed, it was given to William Barrett, painter, to paint. [Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy_Ross_flag]

Extremely Implausible

This version of events was popularized when it was published in Harper’s Monthly in July of 1873. By the 1880s this account was showing up in school textbooks as historical fact. What is omitted from this account is that all three of the men who are named as engaging Betsy Ross in this work were Freemasons. Being aware of the critical role that symbols play in Freemasonry, the fabled account of the design of such an important emblem as the nation’s first flag strikes me as extremely implausible. Satan, nor the initiates into the mysteries of Freemasonry, would give so little thought to the arcane symbolism one of the premier symbols of America.

According to the traditional story, much of the design is off-the-cuff, almost whimsical, spur of the moment type of decision making that belies any esoteric meaning behind the various elements, especially that of the five pointed star. One might as well believe the Boston Tea Party was a spontaneous uprising of American Colonialists, rather than a well planned act of rebellion hatched in a Masonic lodge by Freemasons in Boston.

Why seek to obscure the fact that the five pointed star design was intentional? The truth is that this symbol holds great meaning for Freemasons and Luciferians. Below is a floor design of a Masonic Lodge.

Sirius-Blazing-Star-Masonic-Floor

Sirius Blazing Star – Masonic Floor

Sirius the Dog-Star

Notice at the center of the checkerboard design is “the blazing star of Freemasonry.” You can see clearly that it is constructed of one five pointed star overlaid upon another, their points alternated. This five pointed star derives from the ancient Egyptian hieroglyph for Sirius, the Dog-Star.

Sirius-Hieroglyph

Sirius Heiroglyph

David Ovason in the book “The Secret Architecture of Our Nation’s Capital” shares the following:

“The importance of the Egyptian star was recognized by Masons, who introduced its symbolism into their rituals, first in France and then in the United States. The American Freemason John Fellows wrote of Sirius as the ‘radiant star,’ which was so widely used in the Masonic symbolism of America: ‘The Blazing Star is Anubis, the Dog-Star; whose rising forewarned the Egyptians of the approach of the overflowing of the Nile.’” (John Fellows, Exposition of the Mysteries, or Religious Dogmas and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians, Pythagoreans and Druids, 1835)

“It was scarcely surprising that the most sacred star of the Egyptians should have found its way into the Masonic mysteries, for the speculative Masons who sought out the origins of their craft seemed always to perfect their studies in Egypt. There may be little doubt that this Masonic transmission explains why Sirius should have become important for the United States of America. The new world was tied to the hermetic ancient world by several symbols, but the most sacred of these was the Egyptian star, the flaming star which Mason Napoleon Bonaparte had emblazoned on his apron.”

sirius_satellite_radio

Sirius Satellite Radio Logo

Sirius appears even in present day in corporate logos. Following is perhaps the most obvious of them all.

The inclusion of the image of a dog with a five pointed star for its eye reveals the well recognized connection between the name Sirius, the heavenly body known as the Dog Star, and the five pointed star. What then did Sirius represent to the Egyptians? The Egyptians were tremendously engaged in the study of the heavens, and this was their most sacred star.

In seeking to understand the symbols associated with America’s Masonic founding, one must keep in mind the deception that is practiced among them. Those members of the lower degrees are intentionally given false meanings of their symbols, and even those at the higher levels are often deceived and practice deception. Lucifer is the god of the Lodge, and he is the great deceiver. Thus, there are those among Freemasonry who may recognize Sirius as an Egyptian symbol related to pagan deities, yet they do not perceive precisely which deity it relates to, or the evil character of that being.

Intentionally Mislead

This same failing is found among occult practitioners today. There are a great many men and women involved in Wicca, which is a modern form of witchcraft. Such ones are taught to believe in good magic as well as bad magic; white magic as well as black. Many see Lucifer as a kind and benevolent being, while seeing his alter ego Satan as evil.

One can discern which characteristic of the devil an occultist ascribes to, whether they are a practitioner of Wicca, or a Satan worshiper, by the five pointed star they use as a symbol of their religious belief. The Wiccans have adopted a pentacle where the point is up, whereas Satan worshipers use one where the point is down.

Pentacles

Wicca/Satanism

The images above reveal the distinctions in the stars alignment adopted by those who practice what they believe is a benevolent form of witchcraft (Wicca), and those who embrace all the darkness and evil of Satan. In both instances, the practitioners are looking to harness spiritual power that derives from Lucifer/Satan. Wiccans speak much about light, communicating with light beings, and advancing toward the light (even as Freemasons do). The Bible declares that Lucifer masquerades as a messenger of light. Satanists, on the other hand, openly embrace the darkness and evil of Satan.

Looking back at the blazing star image on the floor of the Masonic lodge you see both the upward and downward five pointed stars together. Whether one believes they are serving, worshiping, or receiving occult knowledge from Lucifer or from Satan, there is no dividing his nature.

John 8:44
“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Look again at the stars in the poster images above. Notice that they are both inscribed within the bounds of a circle. This is part of the magical geometry of both Wicca and Satanism.

Witchcraft Book Cover

Witchcraft Book Cover

Book-of-Shadows

Book of Shadows

The Book of Shadows is a compendium of spells, enchantments, and rituals that are practiced among Wiccan adherents. The upward pointing star of five points is ubiquitous in this association with witchcraft and occult rituals. The pentagram is sacred to witches and Satanists, and is used in their magic rites.

Pentagram-Book-of-Shadows

Illustration in a Journal of Magick

I would suggest to you that the popular story of the design of the first flag of the new Masonic nation, is a fable. It is as false as the history of America’s founding. We have observed that the Green Dragon Tavern, and especially the lodge of Freemasonry who owned the building and met in the upstairs portion, was the true headquarters of the American Revolution. Satan, the great dragon, is the head of Freemasonry, as the myriad esoteric symbols and rites of the lodge reveal.

Thirteen

The Betsy Ross mythology is merely a ruse to lead people away from the truth of America’s founding as Luciferian nation. The elements of the flag were chosen with great deliberation and meaning. There were thirteen stars, and thirteen stripes on the first flag. It is not coincidental that a coven must always consist of thirteen members. Following is a definition of the word coven from an occult website.

“A coven is formal organization of 13 working practioners of magik. These can be witches, mages, shamans, and so on. But a coven is typically associated with a group of witches. Lead by a high priest and priestess.” [Source: http://www.paganspath.com/magik/coven.htm]

The thirteen colonies that had banded together to form a new government constituted the coven whose aim was the formation of a Luciferian nation. The first flag of the thirteen United States of America not only had 13 stars, all with five points, but as in ritual magic they were arranged in a circle.

Occult Flag of America

Occult Flag of America

That the American flag is a symbol of witchcraft, is a startling discovery. Many Americans would find such a claim incredible, if not an outright offensive idea. Yet, there is more evidence that this is truly what is symbolized in the American flag. Even as the five pointed stars arranged in a circle point to a foundation in witchcraft, and even as it takes thirteen members to form a coven, so also does the number thirteen reveal another association with Satan. E.W. Bullinger, in the book “Number in Scripture”, provides the following information about the Biblical significance of this number.

“As to the significance of thirteen, all are aware that it has come down to us as a number of ill-omen. Many superstitions cluster around it, and various explanations are current concerning them.

Unfortunately, those who go backwards to find a reason seldom go back far enough. The popular explanations do not, so far as we are aware, go further back than the Apostles. But we must go back to the first occurrence of the number thirteen in order to discover the key to its significance. It occurs first in Gen 14:4, where we read “Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and the thirteenth year they REBELLED.”

Hence every occurrence of the number thirteen, and likewise of every multiple of it, stamps that with which it stands in connection with rebellion, apostasy, defection, corruption, disintegration, revolution, or some kindred idea. [Source: http://philologos.org/__eb-nis/eight.htm#205]

Bullinger supplies a wealth of Biblical evidence that links the number thirteen to rebellion. He continues on to speak of the consistency with which the Gematria of the Bible associates the number 13 with the enemies of God, and specifically with Satan. For those unfamiliar with Gematria, certain alphabets, such as ancient Hebrew and Greek, use characters that serve as both numbers and letters. Thus, a word, a name, or a phrase, can have its value calculated by viewing the letters as number. Bullinger provides the following information.

“The enemies of God and His people as named in Scripture are generally multiples of thirteen.”

“Let us begin with the great enemy himself, always remembering that though we may give the English for the sake of clearness, the gematria always refers to the original Hebrew or Greek:

  • Satan, in Hebrew = 364 (13×28)
  • Satan, in Greek = 2197 (133)
  • “That old serpent, even Satan” (o ofiV o arcaioV…kai o SatanaV) = 2756 (13×212)
  • “Ha-Seraph” (Num 21:8) = 585 (13×45)
  • Beelzebub (with art.) = 598 (13×46)
  • Belial – 78 (13×6)
  • Drakwn (Drakon), Dragon (Rev 12:9) = 975 (13×75)
  • ‘OfiV (Ophis), Serpent = 780 (13×60)
  • Murderer = 1820 (13×140)
  • Tempter = 1053 (13×81)
  • The Scape-goat = 585 (13×45)
  • The Lion (Psa 91:13) = 338 (13×26)
  • “As a Lion” (1 Peter 5:8) = 1885 (13×145)
  • “The Power of the Enemy” (Luke 10:9) = 2509 (13×193)
  • “Your adversary, the Devil, as a roaring lion” = 6032 (13×464)
  • Fowler (Psa 91:3) = 416 (13×32)
  • “Who is called the Devil and Satan” (o kaloumenoV diaboloV kai o SatanaV) = 2197 (13×169)
  • “Seven Devils” = 572 (13×44)
  • “Because the Prince of this world is judged” (John 16:11) = 5577 (13×429)
  • “When he speaketh a lie he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar” (John 8:44) = 7072 (13×544)”

The Number of Rebellion

Bullinger concludes that “Thirteen is the number of rebellion.” The American Revolution was an act of rebellion against the King of England. That thirteen British colonies were joined together in this rebellion imbues their union with the divine mark of rebellion. Rather than being the righteous act of a Christian people, as many champions of the religious right would have people to believe, the Revolution had Lucifer as its head, as its Masonic affiliations prove.

In further support of these conclusions, consider that Yahweh in His word has linked rebellion and witchcraft together as arising from the same spirit.

I Samuel 15:23
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft … “

It seems hardly possible that it was mere coincidence, or happenstance, that the design of the first flag of the new Masonic nation would bear elements directly linked to both rebellion and witchcraft. There was certainly a spiritual hand guiding in this matter, that being the great deceiver, the god of the lodge and the coven. If the three men named did indeed approach Betsy Ross to sew the first flag, one may be assured that these Freemasons had already settled on a design that gives secret testimony to the veneration of Lucifer.

It has previously been mentioned that the rites of Freemasonry are performed as ritual magic. We have seen that the incantation spoken at Masonic cornerstone laying ceremonies includes the repetition of the phrase “So Mote it Be.” These same words are spoken by witches and Satanists.

So Mote it Be

So Mote it Be

The Spirit of Freemasonry

Every government building in Washington D.C. was begun with a Masonic cornerstone laying ceremony. The corn, oil and wine was poured out as an offering to Satan in his guise as Baal (meaning “lord”). Many government buildings are marked with commemorative markers such as the following.

Masonic Cornerstone

Masonic Cornerstone

If you read the inscribed words with intelligence, you will perceive that “the spirit of Freemasonry” is none other than Lucifer. It is only because Satan has poured forth a flood of lies and deceit that any could read the above statement and assume that “the spirit” spoken of refers to anything, or anyone, other than Satan.

Returning to the five pointed star used by the ancient Egyptians as a symbol of Sirius, we can learn some things about what this emblem meant to the Masonic founders of America. The Freemasons in their writings and symbols harken back to the mysteries of Egypt perhaps more than any other ancient people. To the Egyptians, Sirius was an ill omen. The “Dog-Star” rose over the horizon and into visibility toward the end of July as “the dog days of Summer” were beginning. These were days of scorching heat.

Sirius is the brightest star in the sky. It is nearly twice as bright as Canopus, the second brightest star. Sirius is fitting as a symbol of Lucifer, who is the chief leader of those angels who rebelled against Yahweh, whom the Bible refers to as stars.

Isaiah 14:12-14
“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations! But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God (the holy angels), and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’”

Revelation 12:3-4
“Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon… And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.

The Eastern Star

William Schnoebelen, a former Satanist who converted to Christianity, wrote of this star in his book Masonry, “Beyond the Light”. Sirius was called “the Eastern Star,” and it is this star that is the focus of the Masonic women’s organization known as the Order of the Eastern Star.

Order of the Eastern Star

Order of the Eastern Star

The Great Deceiver has continued to deceive women, even as he did with Eve in the garden. Many who have joined this organization have been told that it is a Christian society. The motto of the Order of the Eastern Star seems Biblical: “We have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”

The deceit in this is that the magi did not follow an eastern star. The Bible states that the magi were from the East.

Matthew 2:1-2
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” NASU

It is evident from a careful reading of this passage that it was the magi who were in the east, and they saw the star of the King of the Jews while they were in the east. They had to travel West to arrive at Judea where the Messiah was born. They were therefore looking at a Western star. They could have done nothing else, for Judea lies on the Eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. The magi would have had to cross the Great Sea if they were following an Eastern Star. Schnoebelen shares the following:

The phrase “Eastern Star” has a specialized meaning in occultism. It refers to the star, Sirius, which is the most significant star in Satanism! It is sacred to the god, Set. Remember Set as the evil Egyptian god who killed Osiris? Set is probably the oldest form of Satan! The Eastern Star is the star of Set…

Though most women involved in the OES doubtlessly assume they are worshiping Jesus as they kneel around a huge satanic pentagram, it is obvious that the “his” actually refers to Set’s star, not Jesus’ star.

In Albert Pike’s commentary on this degree, we find the usual duplicity found elsewhere in the Lodge. He explains:

“To find in the BLAZING STAR of five points an allusion to Divine Providence is fanciful; and to make it commemorative of the Star that is said to have guided the Magi, is to give it a meaning comparatively modern. Originally, it represented Sirius, or the Dog-star, the forerunner of the inundation of the Nile”

Pike readily casts aside the bland lie of the degree and confirms that the blazing star is neither Divine Providence, nor is it Jesus’ “star in the east.” It is an Egyptian idol, the symbol of Sirius!…

Set (Lucifer) is the acknowledged god of Masonry. Thus, what does it mean for a Christian woman to be adopted into the Star? She is submitting herself to the spiritual authority of Lucifer.

She may not know it, but in bowing before the altar of the Star, the inverted pentagram of Baphomet, she has surrendered herself (however innocently) to the gods of Masonry. That WILL give Satan an entry point into her life, no matter how devout a Christian she may be. [Source: Masonry, Beyond the Light, William Schnoebelen]

Baphomet

Baphomet

Satan is such a master of deception that he is able to persuade Christian and non-Christian women to gather around a profane symbol representing himself, thinking it is somehow related to the birth of the Son of God. Has he not done the same thing by inducing the church to celebrate Easter, which even bears the name of the pagan goddess of fertility, also known as Astarte and Ashtoreth in the Bible? Easter eggs and bunny rabbits, flowers, grass, and other associated symbols have much to do with fertility rites dating back to Babylon. They have nothing to do with Passover, which is when the Son of God was crucified.

If Christians can embrace the profane Easter ham, a meat Yahweh declared unclean to the Jews, without questioning how it is related to the pure and spotless Lamb of God, is it so hard to believe that the American flag is designed as a symbol of rebellion and witchcraft and neither the world nor the church has taken note of the fact?

This reveals the profound power wielded by the fallen cherubim who deceives the nations. Satan rules by deception. He immerses the world in a flood of lies and the world drinks it up.

~ Joseph Herrin
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"The Dragon Flood" series by Joseph Herrin

  1. Dragon Flood Intro - Consuming Deception
  2. Dragon Flood I - The Hidden Hand
  3. Dragon Flood II - A Biblical Interpretation of American History
  4. Dragon Flood III - A History of Deception
  5. Dragon Flood IV - Dragon's Brew - The Boston Tea Party
  6. Dragon Flood V - Dragon's Head
  7. Dragon Flood VI - Flag of the Fathers
  8. Dragon Flood VII - Synagogue of Satan
  9. Dragon Flood VIII - As Above, So Below
  10. Dragon Flood IX - Do What Thou Wilt
  11. Dragon Flood X - Aristocracy of Deceit
  12. Dragon Flood XI - Freedom of Speech
  13. Dragon Flood XII - The Committee on Public Information
  14. Dragon Flood XIII - Eugenics
  15. Dragon Flood XIV - Revolutions Revisited
  16. Dragon Flood XV - Ten Steps to Communism
  17. Dragon Flood XVI - Sold Out!
  18. Dragon Flood XVII - The Lies of War
  19. Dragon Flood XVIII - Manufacturing Consent
  20. Dragon Flood XIX - The Policy of Propaganda
  21. Dragon Flood XX - Don't Drink the Water

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  1. John the Baptist the 2nd says

    The destruction of the United States is in process. The torments called on U.S. are record disasters, unprecedented calamities, mind-numbing stupidity of various leaders and select individuals and the upcoming loss of 1 million to 3.5+ million souls perishing on U.S. soil in one day. My partner and I are just getting warmed up. Torments are to get much worse. Don’t be afraid for after ALL- The Kingdom of Yahweh shall rule over all this earth. Tic Toc Tic Toc

  2. Anne says

    how often are you posting these threads? I have been devouring them and am now waiting on the next post. In light of everything going on, I recently put the picture together of America. I came out of the church about 8 years ago-knowing of the Apostate and the deception that was leading them. My question is, knowing all this, where are we to flee to? How do we run from what is to come? The bible talks about fleeing to the mountains… but I have not put it all together. I have so to speak left the system in many ways, including the Apostate church that chased after signs and wonders and the best things to have.

    • says

      Hi Anne, I’ll be posting these Mon/Wed/Fri until then end of the series (I think there will be 21 in all). Quite honestly, I feel that there is nowhere to run. In Revelation, it says that the antiChrist is allowed to prevail over the saints for a time – it’s possible that that could include you and I. The writer of this series, Joseph Herrin, supports a non-aggressive stance. To be truthful, if my family was in danger, I don’t know if I could just sit by and let things happen. I will have to rely on the Holy Spirit for the wisdom of what to do, and the strength to do it, at that time.

      The bottom line is, we need to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us, and granted that is not as easy as it seems. But our God is faithful … whether we live or die, we belong to another Kingdom. It’s time to set our sites on Him.

      • Anne says

        Thank you Kevin. another question from your perspective having been through (the churches), do you still believe in the gifts of dreams and the others? I do not focus on them, but I have had dreams all my life of war on U.S soil, and slaughter.. I used to write to warn people to study for themselves and to stop blindly following and believeing what they are taught. I saw 9-11 before. any way, I do believe that His HOly Spirit will lead us in what ever we are to go, weather to give us peace, or to lead us to safety like he did Joseph when Mary was pregnant. I do not strife after signs and wonders. I never felt a sense of peace about the direction the churches were going. But I say all this to say, that I believe there will be an underground railroad, so to speak, and that there are some that have been called to set up places, and food. I do know that many will die, and a few will be led to these places of haven for a time. I noticed scripture says that, these things will be a short while that he, the antichrist will be given this power over people before he is stopped. what are your thoughts and studies on dreams? I have often wondered why these dreams when there is nothing that can stop it. when it is to be, IT WILL be. I do not know what I would do either. I have often wondered this very thing. It is a scary time we are all living in, but it means THE BIBLE IS TRUE. Keep up the work while you can and spread the word. Keep teaching people to not take everything as truth but to search it out. I find myself a little slow at posting or running a website anymore. Is it fear? i don’t know.

        • says

          Hi Anne,

          I DO believe God uses all the gifts of the spirit, dreams, visions, etc. Our God even WANTS to use these things with us. However the Body has lost it’s focus in that they leave the anchor of the Word and pursue these signs/once, never once even considering personal holiness or obedience to His Commandments. So, don’t be surprised if you are dreaming, seeing, prophesying …. just make sure that you are rooted and anchored in the Word while these things are going on. The enemy LOVES to counterfeit stuff … and if you are not rooted in the Word and prayer, you can easily be misled.

          As far what is going to happen to America, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the “Underground Railroad” you speak of. Personally, I believe that the “organized church” will become more and more apostate in nature, because it made it’s allegiance with the world’s system clear back during Constantine’s time. If you believe the seed-tree-fruit dynamic (which I do), you will even now see the corrupt fruit growing from the corrupt seed.

          Press on sister … write when you feel like you should write. Just remember, it’s only “fear” when you tell God “No”.

          God bless,

          Kevin

  3. says

    Brilliant! Keep ‘em coming! As a side note, I celebrate, even if it is only by myself, the Feats of Yahweh, and stay away from the pagan holidays, albeit I’ll still spend time with my family. Christmas, Easter, etc. My how Satan has deceived Christians who don’t do their homework or spend time reading the word.