Lent

I just read an article which said that more and more Protestants are taking part in the Roman Catholic practice known as “Lent.”
Just a reminder to all my Bible-believing brethren out there, the period and concept of “Lent” will not be found in the Holy Bible. You’ll search in vain for it. The holy living (such as fasting) which supposedly occurs during Lent ought to characterize a Christian year-round.

In other words, there’s no point to it.

Beyond that, Lent is in preparation for “Easter,” and anyone who knows their Bible knows that Easter is foreign to Christianity as well (i.e., it just isn’t in there). In fact, for those who know their history, you’ll know that Easter pre-dates the church as a pagan fertility festival (hence rabbits, eggs, spring-time, etc.).

“Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.”

I apologize to my true brethren who take exception to the seemingly harsh tone of this post. However, it is frustrating to see those who claim a love for the Lord and a sola Scriptura belief in His word embrace the pseudochristian practices of the Church of Rome.

I will go so far as to say that it is more spiritual and right for a Christian to celebrate the Passover Feast than to have anything to do with Easter, Lent, Good Friday, or Christmas.

Indeed, the Passover is a remembrance feast when the Jewish people may look back to when the sacrifice of lambs allowed God to pass over them in the night.

Would it not be proper, then, for a Christian to spend a week looking back and remembering when the Lamb of God was sacrificed to allow God’s wrath to pass over us?

But even that is completely optional; we are not free to judge with regards to what festivals we keep, and if you, my brethren, choose to keep the festivals of man, I will not look down upon you so. But as a Christian, I do have an obligation to prove such things against the word of God, and even to teach what I find.

3 thoughts on “Lent”

  1. Rick: That was a good post. Perhaps we need a few more “harsh” tones to get points across. What are your views on St. Patrick’s day, St. Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, New Years Celebrations?

  2. LBHH:
    I don’t mind birthdays, though I would love to see “spiritual birthdays” celebrated in a Christian’s life, perhaps moreso than physical birthdays.

    St. Patrick’s Day, St. Valentine’s Day, and even throwaway days like Sweetest Day, Groundhog’s Day, Boss’s Day, etc., are all in the same boat as far as I’m concerned, a boat which is kept afloat by publicity and merchandise…

    There certainly isn’t any scriptural foundation for them.

  3. LBHH:
    I don’t mind birthdays, though I would love to see “spiritual birthdays” celebrated in a Christian’s life, perhaps moreso than physical birthdays.

    St. Patrick’s Day, St. Valentine’s Day, and even throwaway days like Sweetest Day, Groundhog’s Day, Boss’s Day, etc., are all in the same boat as far as I’m concerned, a boat which is kept afloat by publicity and merchandise…

    There certainly isn’t any scriptural foundation for them.

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