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Pagan Holidays

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The holidays of this world counterfeit God's holy days, but it is obvious that they are very different. God warns us not to be involved in them.

Excusing Paganism in Christmas

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Many 'Christian' leaders embrace a celebration that has undeniably pagan roots, stemming from the winter solstice festivals, observing the rebirth of the sun.

Insinuating the Savior Into Paganism

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Despite the pagan origins of Christmas being well known, here is still defensiveness when anyone poses questions about the appropriateness of it all.

Satan's Pagan Holy Days

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Kim Myers

New Years, Christmas, Easter, Halloween and birthdays all originate in paganism. Satan entices many into accepting these pagan practices through emotional appeals.

The Cross: Christian Banner or Pagan Relic?

Article by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Is it alright to wear a crucifix? As it turns out, the cross was a pagan worship symbol long before Christ's death, and was never used by the first century church.

May Day: A Pagan Sabbath

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

May Day has become a cardinal day for worshipping demons and the greenery of the earth. It is one of Satan's eight pagan holidays that displace God's Holy Days.

Is Comparative Religion Forbidden?

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh uses the comments made by one individual arguing against the Philadelphia Church of God's offering a course in Comparative Religion as an example of "proof-texting." Proof-texting is the misleading practice of quoting a Scriptu. . .

Spirit and Truth

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The pagan origins of Christmas are well known. How can Christians practice something that has always been anti-God? Is this worshiping 'in spirit and in truth'?

Cogitations on Christmas

Article by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Three brief essays, two by Richard Ritenbaugh and one by David Grabbe, contemplate the contradictions in Christmas, the modern debate over Christmas in an increasingly secular society, and the Christmas season as a time true Christians can make a godly wit. . .

Valentine's Day and Real Love

Article by Staff

Valentine's Day is supposed to foster and advance true love between men and women. Its origins—and its tenuous association with the so-called Saint Valentine—clearly point to something other than true love, the love of God!

Christmas Contradictions

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Christmas is a bundle of contradictions, inanities, and outright lies. The astounding fact is that most people are aware of this, yet still observe this pagan day.

Christmas and Sun Worship

Sermonette by Mike Ford

Christmas, Easter, and Halloween all derive from sex, fertility, and sun worship. Christmas traces to the incestuous relationship of Semiramis and Nimrod.

Easter 2017

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The world's churches have adopted the fertility symbols of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, and the traditional Easter ham from pagan, pre-Christian rituals.

The Origin of the Christian Cross

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on the ubiquitous symbol of 'Christendom,' namely the cross, adorning steeples and altars, worn as religious jewelry, reminds us that this symbol flourished centuries before Christ came on the scene, serving as an initial for Tam. . .

Is Valentine's Day Really About Love?

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

St. Valentine's Day started as a lewd, sensual, pagan festival in Rome. Lupercalia is a rite connected with fertility, honoring Venus, the goddess of sex.

What's Wrong With Christmas?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The Catholic Church mixed truth and falsehood to have the 'official' birthdate of the Son of God coincide with the rebirth of the sun, the winter solstice.

The Plain Truth About Christmas

Booklet by Herbert W. Armstrong

Did Christmas come from the Bible or paganism? Here are the origins of the Christmas tree, Santa Claus, mistletoe, the holly wreath, and exchanging gifts.

Is the Symbol of the Cross Idolatry? (Part One)

CGG Weekly by Mike Ford

Will wearing a silver cross around the neck keep a person from harm? Will it stay the hand of Satan? Superstitions about the cross arose long before Christ.

Do We Want to Catch 'Olympic Fever'?

Article by Staff

Are the Olympics the pure sporting events they are purported to be? This article shows that the Olympic Games have their roots in religion!

The Plain Truth About Easter

Booklet by Herbert W. Armstrong

Easter is not a Christian name, but belongs to the idolatrous 'queen of heaven.' Here are the origins of Easter eggs and sunrise services, which pre-date Christ.

Presumption and Divine Justice

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Over the past few generations, orthodoxy in virtually every aspect of life has been discarded, indicating how perverse human nature is in its determination to rebel against God. John Ritenbaugh uses several examples from real life to illustrate human presu. . .

Does Paul Condemn Observing God's Holy Days?

'Ready Answer' by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Galatians 4:9-10 is a favorite crutch of those who claim Christians no longer need to observe God's holy days. However, Paul's meaning is quite different.

Halloween

Article by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Halloween has become the second-most popular holiday on the calendar in recent years—even to the point that Christian churches sponser parties on it. Richard Ritenbaugh shows, however, that this night of ghouls not only lacks biblical foundation, but. . .

The Woman Atop the Beast (Part 1)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Revelation 17 depicts a fallen woman astride a beast, drunk with the blood of God's saints. Whom does this image represent? "Christian" history makes the answer plain!

Something Fishy

Sermonette by Mike Ford

Mike Ford, focusing on the Roman Catholic practice of eating fish on Friday as a form of penance commemorating Christ's supposed death on 'Good' Friday, observes that the practice continues unabated as it began in the 13th Century though other acts of pena. . .

Mightier Than the Sword (Part Thirteen)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that although Transcendentalism as a movement never had an abundance of adherents, submits that Emerson's teachings did permeate the schools of philosophy of American Ivy League Schools, institutions , ironically, which were st. . .

Truth (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

If we are going to search for truth, we should not be seeking it in the philosophies of men, but rather in the fullness of truth found in God's revelation.

Is Mary Worthy of Worship?

Article by David C. Grabbe

The Catholic Church places great importance on Mary—to the point that many Catholics, both lay and clergy, are pushing for Mary to be recognized as "Co-Redemptrix"! David Grabbe points out that the Bible makes no such claims for her. She may be "bles. . .

Crazy or Christmas

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

If Christmas is Christ's birthday, it is strange that everybody else except Christ receives a gift. All of its symbols derive from pagan sources.

Passover (Part 7)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh suggests that people who opt for a fifteenth Passover do not do so from a pure motive for seeking the truth, but instead reflects an irresponsible grab for power. Unfortunately, major reinterpretations and alterations have significantly dis. . .

The High Places (Part Four)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Uzziah was the third successive king of Judah who failed to remove the high places from the land. His downfall lay in not handling worldly greatness.

The High Places (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The high places—and more specifically, the idolatrous worship they came to represent—were a critical issue in the histories of Israel and Judah. ...

Tolerance

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, while agreeing that the term "tolerance" generally has a positive connotation of "live and let live," maintains that the 'progressives,' through their obsession with political correctness, have sullied this term, turning i. . .

To Be, or Not To Be, Like Everyone Else?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, warning us not to be swept up in the bandwagon effect of compromising with sin, challenges us to make sure our convictions are not merely preferences. Solomon, a man gifted with immense wisdom, and whose preparation for leadership involved . . .

Israel, Selfies, and Idolatry

Sermonette by Mike Ford

Mike Ford cues in on the narrative about the religious hobbyist, Micah, in Judges 17, who practiced his own self-devised hybrid of religion, amalgamating some orthodox truth with abundant noxious, pagan admixtures, bringing a curse on himself and his commu. . .

The High Places (Part Six)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

As God promised in Leviticus 26:30, the pagan high places of Israel and Judah were destroyed long ago. Their gods have essentially passed into history ...

Deuteronomy and Idolatry

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the scripture commanding the saving of second tithe, focuses on the admonition that we learn to fear God, having awe, respect, with a certain measure of dread. We are admonished to internalize the book of Deuteronomy in prepa. . .

Halloween Rising

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Most Americans do not believe in demonic spirits enough to think of Halloween as a celebration of them. Rather, Halloween is a massive escape from reality.

Halloween

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

True Christians do not celebrate Halloween. It is pagan in origin and practice and will destroy one's relationship with God. Light and darkness cannot mix.


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