This megachurch pastor has only himself to blame. If he leaves behind that in which he had placed his "faith", he would do well. As an aside- I read in the Bible that one is to not remarry another if the spouse which they divorce or have been divorced from is still living. I never hear this preached. Input is welcome. It would seem that the church has been allowing for that which it shouldn't have.
You're welcome,Frank.I meant it too. I pray for you all. If she wasn't turning tricks, she certainly was advertising. ...keep her in prayer too. If she knew the One who loves her, she wouldn't want any counterfeits.
For those who don't know better and claim to know the Truth and love Jesus- maybe it's time to consider the sources of these day of obligations,including the national day of prayer. Milk is fine but we can move on to meat in our walk. For those who are praying to a "god",your prayers are in vain unless they are for salvation. For those who do know God, we,of course, are doing what we do the other 364 days of the year. We have a God who never sleeps and hears us always, not just one designated day.
Frank-in regards to your walmart account- if the naked woman didn't get paid for her nakedness,she probably just does what she does for free...sorry you had to see the mess. Gay Allen, yes! This is probably why we have to hear about those male enhancement products on our local am radio stations in the middle of the day. Man has so corrupted sex that people are incapacitated from the overwhelming assault of nasty images ad nauseum. "Immodesr" to some is actually "naked" in Scripture. We like to have it our way though. If we saw some pervert ogling our wives, sisters and daughters while they are "just" wearing shorts,we might reconsider.
2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Vogue has been pushing prostitution for a very long, long time just by their covers- a reason why many stores have often put covers over them in their racks. Women who get paid to present their bodies in a sexual way are basically prostitutes,
Christopher, always appreciate your gentle approach. No one is saying that someone will go to Hell for doing so but, on the other hand, Scripture ought not to be compromised. God clearly told us how are to remember Him. Churches celebrate easter because Rome does and pagans do. Christ is our Passover. God told the Jews when to have Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread. It was a specific time Leviticus 23:5. The RC church at Geneva dictated when Easter would be observed (first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox). Easter in Scripture is not easter observed in church today. It was either the Jewish Passover or a pagan celebration. If it was the Jewish Passover and we wanted to look back at the shadow, then we may as well drop easter and do the Jewish Passover as outlined in Scripture...but, of course, Paul had a rebuke for those who were doing similarly- (Galatians) 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
The concern is when we decide or follow along with something that man chose to chan
There is NO way one can use Easter as it is in the Bible to support an ever changing day to "celebrate the resurrection of Christ" EVEN if one would concede that it was the Jewish Passover. He is our Passover but we are not Jewish. We are not pagans. Do we celebrate the other Jewish feasts? No. These things were a shadow of what Christ fulfilled. We have the substance.
There is no biblical support at all to celebrate what is and was easter and, whether you acknowledge it or not,in so doing, you attack the Bible making it open to interpretation. Unlike others who depend on an erroneous liturgical calendar, we have Scripture and Truth. Anything else is adding to or using that which is vile to uphold it. It is very clear in reading the Bible that there are many, many instances of god and goddess/idol worship. It is very conceivable that easter was one among them. ...and, of course, Herod was a pagan. You have no excuse for going along with "holy days". Truth and error do not mix well. You may mean well but deviating from even with good motives are no light matter.
And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he went further to seize Peter also. (And they were days of Unleavened Bread.) John- Peter was preaching Christ. The Jews shouted "crucify Him" in regards to Jesus. What pleased the Jews in regards to Peter? Herod, more likely than not, celebrated easter.He was an Edomite and the OT is full of gods, includong, the queen of heaven,etc. I read the aig article. They basically suggest that even if easter was about a goddess and fertility that today it is of no effect if it means something else to Christians. Never mind that it is, as all RC holy days, observed base on a date which is erroneous. Aig is a very good ministry but they are way off when it comes to holidays. Easter is in the Bible and we don't have the liberty to celebrate it, especially, if it was indeed a pagan celebration then...here's a clue: it is today. Much confusion for unbelievers and children and just makes a case for subjectivity to rule over objectivity. Dolores- truth matters more than feelings. Easter,however, is a good barometer as to that which people care for most. Truth doesn't need to be sweetened up. Those who are hungry and thirsty for it will joyfully receive it as is.
..looking at Scripture in Ezekiel, one can see the weeping of Tammuz and the rest of the ishtar (easter) story...don't think that the pagans took it from Christianity. They definitely had their own celebration long before the death and resurrection of Christ. We can even read of "lent" here. So...are we to celebrate Passover? Are we Jews and RCs? Where are the disciples observing this in Scripture after Christ arose? They did observe Passover before Christ finished His work. Why do we follow after the RC church? This world is very subjective. Why do we not just stand for that which is absolute? The world does easter and hates Jesus. Enough reason not to do easter and fall into syncretism as CJ posted. I don't doubt that the people in Answers are sincere but they missed it for christmas too. They, of all people, should be very careful to not absorb anything which is false in their writings. Truth is foundational to their ministry. I truly believe that this is a stumbling block for many. Good intentions/motives don't make up for false information and we don't have the license to change words from Scripture. One thing is clear- the world loves christmas and easter. Why do we? The preaching of the cross can and should be readily preached without "holy days".
Easter and the Passover were celebrated in close proximity at that time but the church never celebrated easter then . The early church and Jesus did, of course, celebrate Passover. The RCs and pagans celebrate Jesus? No.They celebrate easter which is again based on the vernal equinox and the moon..Paul was afraid for those who did such... There is no error in the KJV. It's one thing to rejoice in what the Lord has done.It's quite another to attach what He has done to pagan practices and ways, especially, when we see no pattern of Christians in Scripture doing so. If you're a Christian who partakes of RC days, be careful not to point out their love for tradition over Christ.
If you would look up the very short read which I gave, Unprofitable, you would see that the Jewish Passover had passed as did the days of unleavened bread. This is found in Scripture if you have an understanding of the time when Passover and the feast of unleavened bread occurred. av1611.org easter Easter was not a mistranslation in the KJV nor was it in reference to the Jewish Passover. btw- there were pagans who believed in kinds of resurrections for their "gods" long before Christ (i.e. Tammuz) The disciples and Apostles never observed it though they did always come together to break bread in remembrance. We're not RCs. They took the pagan celebration which did exist before Christ's death and "christianized" it. Do not the pagans and lost people celebrate easter? They certainly aren't celebrating Jesus. We don't need to become like the world to reach the world. This is why we have the same groups of people that come twice a year for the RC high holy day which is celebrated at most, sadly, evangelical churches. The children won't come if we don't have an egg hunt and treats. Oh no! Last I heard, faith comes by hearing the Word, not by mixing it with a lie. Scripture is sufficient. Period.
How much sense does it make to observe such a wonderful event as the resurrection of our Lord by doing it on the first sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox? That should be a red flag there. I'm afraid that good intentions are perceived to the rest of the world as a lame attempt to celebrate that which needs no annual observance on a day which the pagans and RCs relish. We would do well to stick to just the truth.Every time we deviate from it or compromise, we end up doing a greater disservice to others who need to hear it. Easter is a celebration of fertility and spring. Why drag the Lord through it? We are in sad shape as a church,indeed, if we have to depend on or even use pagan days to witness under the guise of "holidays". In so doing, we use a lie to speak of the Truth. Many see through that.