Thursday, April 02, 2009

WHY EASTER IS EVIL

Like all Roman Catholic “holy-days,” Easter is evil. The festival is no where prescribed in Scripture, and its origin is thoroughly pagan. Now this may shock many uneducated Catholics and non-Catholics, but many today are certainly in need of a good jolt. May the Holy Spirit give us eyes to see and ears to hear.

What is the Roman Catholic, the Arminian, and even the secular reply to the charge that Easter is evil?

The sinful world replies that Easter is a special day to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To this Roman Catholic response comes the Biblical reply: the Bible no where commands Christians to set aside one special day out of the year for the remembrance of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection; the Bible commands Christians to publicly celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Christ on the first day of each week. For the Catholic Church, or anyone for that matter, to command that which is nowhere commanded by God in Scripture is blasphemy, and such blasphemous practice testifies that the Roman Catholic Church is the institution of Antichrist. The Bible says:

Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.
(Jeremiah 23:32)



Jeremiah is very clear: any worship not commanded by God is opposed by God, and it will not benefit those who practice such false worship--it will only be a curse to them. The proper method of worship is found in Scripture alone. The proper method of worship must be either explicitly stated or logically deduced from Scripture alone. Again, how we worship is to be limited by the Bible alone. That God will have His people worship him according to His own prescription, and to avoid methods of worship He has not prescribed, is clearly stated in Scripture. This teaching has come to be called the Regulative Principle Of Worship. The Bible says:

Deuteronomy 12:29
When the Lord thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeeds them, and dwellest in their land;

Deuteronomy 12:30
Take heed to thyself that thy be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying How did these nations serve their gods?

Deuteronomy 12:30
Even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord which He hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

Deuteronomy 12:30
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.



The above passage of Scripture needs to be read carefully again. We are not to look at how pagan religions worshipped (or still worship) their gods, then adopt those same methods in worshipping the God of the Bible. With the Regulative Principle Of Worship in mind, let’s take a close look at the origin of Easter.

The very term Easter comes to us from paganism. So obvious is this fact that one can easily come across this information in any number of secular introductions to history or religion. Consider Robert Lacey’s introduction to English History titled Great Tales From English History: A Treasury Of True Stories About The Extraordinary People--Knights And Knaves, Rebels And Heros, Queens And Commoners--Who Made Britain Great. This London based historian discusses the origin of the term Easter, while discussing Roman Catholic missionary efforts in Britain during the 6th century. Lacey writes:


The feast of Easter gets its name from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of dawn and fertility.
(Great Tales From English History, page 26)

Lacey goes on to explain the reason the Roman Catholic Church’s connection to this Anglo-Saxon pagan practice. He writes:


When the Anglo-Saxon ploughman went out to cut his first furrow of the year, he would kneel and say a prayer as he buried a fertility cake baked from the last harvest’s grain, asking the gods to allow the seed to germinate again. Back in Rome, Pope Gregory had told Augustine to treat such pagan customs with respect. ‘For in these days,’ he explained, the Church corrects some things strictly and allows others out of leniency…By doing so she often succeeds in checking an evil of which she disapproves.’ The Pope wisely suggested that churches should be built where the old pagan temples had been--‘in order that the people may the more familiarly resort to the places with which they have been accustomed’. Rather than sacrifice to Mother Earth, the pagans were encouraged to pray to the mother of Jesus, the Virgin Mary.
(Great Tales From English History, pages 25-26)



The above passage demonstrates that the Roman Catholic Church had already clearly violated the teaching found in chapter twelve of Deuteronomy by the time it began working in Britain. For Scripture nowhere tells us to pray to Mary (or to anyone other than God), but Catholic missionaries were busy prescribing prayer to the Virgin Mary, as they still do today. The wicked Pope (Gregory I) was more than willing to absorb pagan practices in order to expand the domains of his Bible-hating kingdom. Easter was simply absorbed into Catholicism.



At this point, someone might object and point out that the term ‘Easter’ actually appears in the Authorized King James Bible. This is true. In the Book of Acts, the Authorized Version reads:


Acts 12:4
And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternion of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.


Does this mean that Easter is acceptable?

Absolutely not. The Greek word in this verse means Passover, not Easter. The 17th century Puritans objected to the King James Version when it first appeared, for they were convinced The Geneva Bible was the better translation. In fact, it was The Geneva Bible that came over on The Mayflower. In The Geneva Bible, the same verse from Acts reads as follows:

And whe he had caught him, he put him in prifon, and deliuered him to foure quarternions of fouldiers to be kept, intending after the Paffeouer to bring him forthe to the people.
(The Geneva Bible, Acts 12:4, emphasis mine)


We saw earlier how the Anglo-Saxons worshipped the goddess Eastre on what is now known as Easter, but the practice of worshipping pagan goddesses precedes the paganism of Anglo-Saxon. It can be traced directly back to the pagan religion of Babylon. Alexander Hislop’s classic work titled “The Two Babylons” reveals how the pagan worship of Easter was passed from Babylonian sources originating in Ninevah and Babylon to the equally pagan Druids of Britain. Hislop writes:


Then look at Easter. What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced by the people of Ninevah, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country. That name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar. The worship of Bel and Astarte was very early introduced into Britain, along with the Druids, “the priests of the groves.
(The Two Babylons, Chapter 3, page 103)


So this Babylonian goddess Eastre or Astarte, a rose by any other name is still the same, is worshipped as the queen of heaven. When the Catholics changed the name of this Babylonian goddess from Eastre to Mary, they simply continued the worship of the Babylonian queen of heaven under a different name. Mary is nowhere called the “queen of heaven” in any part of Scripture, but the Bible does explicitly forbid the worship of the queen of heaven. The Bible says:
Jeremiah 7:17
Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?

Jeremiah 7:18
The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.

Jeremiah 7:19
Do they provoke me to anger? Saith the Lord: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?

Jeremiah 7:20
Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.


Today, Roman Catholics still bake their cakes for the queen of heaven on Good Friday (these cakes are called “the hot cross buns of Good Friday), despite the fact that Scripture condemns this pagan idolatrous practice. But Rome has never been in the business of teaching the Bible--this is why they forbid the people to have the Bible for centuries. Contradicting the explicit teachings of Scripture, then adding their own pagan traditions, they honestly identify themselves as the Roman Catholic Church, rather than the Biblical Catholic Church, for there is nothing Biblical about Roman Catholicism. I will close with a quote from Shaun Willcock’s book titled The Pagan Festivals Of Christmas And Easter:


The Lord Jesus Christ did die for the elect. He did rise from the dead for them. Christians praise Him for His death and resurrection from the tomb. They rejoice that on the first day of the week, He rose from the dead! If He had not done so, no person would ever be saved; all would be damned (Rom. 4:25; 5:6-11,19).

Easter is one deception, promoted for centuries by the Antichrist; the one who claims to be Christ. The Easter celebrations, like Christmas, was carried over from Romanism into Protestantism, deceiving even many true believers. Let us examine Revelation 17:2: “With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

Now compare this passage with one in Jeremiah 51. The prophecy of Jeremiah 51 concerns the literal city of Babylon, which was destroyed many centuries ago. The Lord said that He would destroy it, and He did. Today we have mystical “Babylon,” in Rome.

So there are many parallels between this chapter, and Revelation 17. In Jeremiah 51:7, it says, “Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.”

A drunk will act like a mad man. The Great Whore, the Roman Catholic Institution, has made the nations mad. By making them spiritually drunk. As the Christmas and Easter festivals approach, we see the nations, drunk on the harlot’s wine, becoming mad. There are satanic spiritual powers at work. Murders and other horrifying crimes occur. The nations are mad through imbibing the wine of the Great Whore.

There has always been satanic power at work through the Papacy. Satan is the deceiver (Revelation 12:9), and he works mightily through the Papacy; and Jesus said, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Satan has, through “that man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3) sitting in the Vatican in Rome, caused the greatest deception the world has ever known, and Christians must take heed. We must not allow any man, and least of all that man--that greatest of all the enemies of Christ --to deceive us.

(The Pagan Festivals Of Christmas And Easter, Chapter 1, pages 35-36)

By Monty L. Collier

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