Christians are taught to cherry-pick scriptures out of Galatians and Colossians to justify their celebration of Christmas and Easter. They don’t realize these verses in context actually promote the celebration of the biblical feasts, not their pagan substitutes.
A careful look at the Word of God will reveal that the goals of Martin Luther’s gospel and that of the Kingdom of God are not at all the same. Perhaps it’s time to re-think our evangelism values and strategy.
The influence of Python in the Greco-Roman world was greatly enhanced by the expansion of Hellenism (Greek philosophy, culture, values). This worldview stands diametrically opposed to the concrete truth of YHWH’s commands and greatly affects not only the way we see the world, but also our view of worship.
The western church has spent all kinds of energy going after homosexuality, abortion and Harry Potter, but has unknowingly ignored the most ancient form of witchcraft that permeates her very culture, allowing an altar of sin to remain undetected and operable within.
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?