Fully aware of the pagan roots of Christmas, Easter and Halloween, most christians will boldly declare, “We are going to take these holidays back for Christ!”
On the surface, this seems noble. If we’re part of Yahweh’s army and we’re supposed to be advancing the Kingdom, why not take these days back? It seems easy enough, go to the celebrations, make sure you either talk to someone, or listen to someone talk, about Jesus and it’s officially “sanctified,” right?
But when you dig a little deeper below the religious veneer, you will find that for most, it is just a religious excuse to protect their most-beloved traditions. There’s a reverence for these days and, as good church-going Americans, it’s all we’ve ever known. We’ve been trained from birth to give regard to (at least) Christmas and Easter, and it gives us a brain-cramp to consider any other possibility than that they are “God ordained.”
Because of our adoration for the familiar, we are more than willing to put lipstick on a pig and call it “Holy” [[Holiday – Holy day]] and, by golly, if satan is using it for his purposes … well, we’ll just take it back!
To shatter this doctrinal glass house, I’m going to use the very passage of Scripture they use to defend their reasoning for shunning the “Jewish Holy Days” (holidays).
But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.
Contrary to what you may have heard, this is not a rebuke to the backsliding Galatians for returning to Jewish Feasts. Prior to coming to the knowledge of the truth, they had been pagans, not Jews.
But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.
The churches of Galatia were located where Turkey is today – they were nowhere near Judea! Outside of possibly a few learned individuals, they had no knowledge of Judaism. They worshiped false gods and participated in pagan festivals and feasts.
What does this have to do with taking back the holidays?
Paul was admonishing the Galatians for returning to pagan festivals after their conversion. He called those festivals “weak and beggarly elements” that would put the people in “bondage.” Because the people were returning to their former practices, Paul feared that he had labored “in vain.”
Paul never said, “Hey! Go back and win those holidays for Jesus! Take it back for the Kingdom!”
Why didn’t he suggest this? Because he knew the truth and considered the notion to be complete foolishness. He was the same guy who wrote:
Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.
Paul knew that there is a dynamic… a “fellowship” … that occurs if a believer participates in pagan holidays. He knew that the celebrations of the Gentiles (who were unbelievers, not ex-Jews) were “sacrifices to demons,” not Yahweh.
He said, “I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.” Celebrating pagan festivals, even with pure motives is still “fellowship with demons.”
You are still drinking “the cup of demons.”
You are still partaking at “the table of demons.”
If you think I’m wrong, do your research and find out where our holiday practices come from. The tree, the Easter eggs, the caroling, the trick-or-treating … come on friends, it’s all Babylon.
I know that this is hard to swallow for most because our culture is so entrenched in paganism. Paganism with a “Jesus sticker” slapped on it is all we’ve ever known, and it has formed an almost unbreakable mindset among us. Because of this mindset, it is sorely tempting to reject this as “legalism” and walk away, staying content to wallow in our syncretism.
Don’t do that.
You’ve read the truth about the vanity in the notion that we have the ability to “take back the holidays.” It’s not that the powers of darkness are stronger than our Messiah, it’s that we’ve been tasked with eating at His table and partaking of His cup.
You simply cannot have fellowship with both.
And now you are responsible and accountable for which table you choose to sit at.
Remember, you can’t do both.
The Father told us to “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4)
Our Victorious One also said “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” (Isaiah 52:11, 2 Corinthians 6:17)
Nowhere in Scripture will you find the instruction to “Go back and call the darkness ‘light.'” In fact, you find quite the opposite.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!
This holy-day season is a time to decide, which table will you sit at?