Easter is coming soon -- another tradition of man that has been placed on the Catholic Church Calendar as a way to compel Christians to attend church by compulsion. We do not need to follow the Calendar to celebrate the resurrection of our LORD Christ Jesus. We are to memorialize His death and resurrection every time we break bread together until He comes.
If you’ve listened to my Scattered Sheep Report and seen the postings on my Facebook page of the fish head man attacking Lenton meat-eaters, you know what I think about churchianity and Catholic baggage left over in the Protestant denominations. How could the Apostle Paul be any clearer with what he wrote to the believers in Galatia?
Gal 4:9-11 - “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.”
Attending church under the threat of being guilty of a sin is the bondage upon which Rome built her holy Roman empire. Paul calls it weak and beggarly. Some translations use the words, “weak and worthless.” Even if non-Catholic churches play up Easter with their sunrise services and Easter egg hunts, they are playing into something that passage says is futile. He even takes it personally by saying it’s as if all the work of the Gospel he preached to them was in vain -- a waste of his time -- if what they end up with is this kind of empty churchianity.
And then to top that off -- those he warned were apparently offended by his words:
Gal. 4:16 - “Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?”
How many times have some of you been vilified and ostracized for speaking the unpopular truth to your churched and unchurched family and friends?
When I buy some marshmallow peeps and maybe a chocolate bunny from the special occasion aisle at the grocery store next month, I’ll relish the treat without giving it any religious significance whatsoever. I might even eat a hard-boiled egg or two without even thinking of the stone being rolled away from the empty tomb.
You might want to ditch church on Easter this year to leave room for the crowd that comes out twice a year. Your pastor no doubt will be giving the Gospel message, assuming that the crowded pews are full of unconverted sinners carrying on a long-held empty tradition of attending church on Easter. Let them have their day. We walk in the light and have no need of going back over the milk of the Word.
"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment." = Heb 6:1-2
"When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Amen." -- Matt 28:17-20