ARE BIRTHDAYS PAGAN? #TOLD

ARE BIRTHDAYS PAGAN?
TRUTH OVER LIES DAILY
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Q: I read excerpts from this book called The Lore of Birthdays that talks about the pagan origins of birthday celebrations. Like round cakes, blowing out candles, etc. It’s getting to the point that everything has some kind of pagan background and I’m almost afraid to do or say anything.
Is it wrong to celebrate birthdays, given the so called pagan origins they say are in the the book or can a person celebrate God giving them another year and celebrate with friends and family in a non sinful way?

A: Thanks so much for your question!
I understand it can be wearying to know truth and know the history behind everything. With much wisdom is much grief.

However, I don’t believe its possible to stay away from everything that’s pagan. Pagan simply means “of the earth.” We can’t leave the earth.

There are certain things that are holy and set apart for God, and certain things that are profane, unclean, detrimental, and/or in transgression to God’s Law. In the middle of those extremes are just natural things that God created. Those things are pagan, common, natural, of the earth.

However what we CAN and should do is stay away from idolatry. Idolatry is when people create graven images, or connect the things of the earth to false gods, false religions, superstars/icons, or the worship of entities other than the Most High.

Being thankful to God and celebrating your birthday is not necessarily evil. However if you create graven 3 dimensional creature images around it, or make an idol of yourself…or sin against God, or become a drunkard, or go to a club full of idolatry… then its definitely wrong and sinful, which is transgressing the law of God.

1 Corinthians 10: 19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.
25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:
26 For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.
27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
28 But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof:
29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?

Idolatry is Adultery

If you wanna celebrate Jesus, go ahead and celebrate Jesus. I’m not gonna trouble anybody for how they celebrate Jesus.

But please do not bring any pagan based idolatry into your celebration of Jesus. That is not acceptable. That is troubling. That’s all I got to say about that.

Expel Christian Nationalism for REVIVAL

The American church reverences founding deists, hypocrites, masonic idolaters and slaveholders more than they talk about the faithful preachers of righteousness that set the atmosphere in this nation.

Then we wonder why we can’t rekindle the revival but we definitely can replicate all the hypocrisy. It’s like studying a cart from the 1700s. But it’s horses that made things move. When you chase the appearance of authority rather than true authority, you get what you want.

What do we want?

If racism is embedded into a nation, then to rid the church of racism, we must first rid the church of nationalism. If hypocrisy is embedded into a nation, then to expel hypocrisy in the church, we must first expel nationalism in the church. Did Jesus blood redeem the nation, or did He come to redeem the church FROM every nation? Make your choice today!!!

Confronting SIN versus confronting idols.

Confronting sin ultimately produces Conviction.

Confronting idols usually produces defensiveness until people realize that their idol is hiding a specific sin.

Idols mask sin so they get defended more viciously. But when you accurately point out sins the masses usually go silent.

Best Analogy on Ungodly Remixes

Best analogy I’ve seen outside of scripture on remixing secular music for the gospel.

It’s so genius because Jesus used that same analogy: “feeding people food sacrificed to idols”

Stacey Taylor:
“I agree, the Holy Spirit can supply all the components to make a whole song fresh from Heaven …That’s like if someone brought a poisonous meal to your house while you are sick, yet you take two bites and cant eat no more then you save the meal for a later date. You then have a small get together over and you put out the dish so you won’t waste it and you and your guest eat that poisonous meal and fall ill, or worse, dead. Those who know better do better.”

Focusing on Jesus instead of Dead or Dying Men

I believe that those free from heresy prove it by having the ability to focus on Jesus Christ. That’s the proof of the Holy Ghost. Once you identify yourself with a dead man instead of the Resurrected One, you begin to give him glory instead of Christ. That in itself is heresy. In 1 Cor 11:19 basically says sects come so the ones that DONT join them can prove themselves to be followers of Christ.

Theres nothing wrong with what we see in 1 Cor 11:1, following a person as they follow Christ, that’s just discipleship. Reading and understanding a portion of Christ that has been given to someone in the past is good diligence in studying the Word of God.

There is something wrong with what we see in 1 Cor 11:19, heresy, which is like a divisive political party spirit in the church. When you desire to identify with a dead man that is not your Daddy and you dont know personally, that goes a little farther than discipleship.

Jesus is still alive. That’s just one of the main differences between him and other historical teachers of the Gospel. No matter how great a person’s ministry or teaching was, they still died. Jesus is still with us in the person of the Holy Spirit. Exalt Him!

How do you know the difference between if you are following a leader as they follow Christ, or idolizing a leader unknowingly a spirit of heresy, division, or error?

– When they are dead spiritually or naturally you still follow them as if they were alive spiritually or naturally.

– Whenever they are mentioned in a non-worshipful way, you get angry and/or defend them.

– You have a strong desire to be associated with their name brand, even equal to the name brand of Jesus Christ himself.

Are there any other clues to idolatry vs leadership?

Leave it in the comments!

What Really Holds Back Revival and Restoration

I thank God for my country but I absolutely hate the false religion and idolatry of nationalism. Because ultimately anything that you worship – you will never really be able to call it to repentance – whether it be your country, culture, musical stars, or religious leaders. Idolatry holds back revival and restoration.

This is a clue to why the American Church has not successfully called itself or this nation to repentance – idolatry. Anytime you feel the need to explain away sin by “balancing it out” with the good that’s been done it shows self-justification, self-righteousness and the spiritual blindness of idolatry.