Robert Dick Comments
Hello Darren, Thank you for writing. The sermon was based on two commands from God; one in Jeremiah 10:1-2 which commands us not learn the way of the heathen. The other is in Deuteronomy 12:28-32 where God said don't ask other cultures how they worship their gods and then adapt or adopt those ways to worship me. I did mention to my audience that the use of the term "pagan" relating to days such as Christmas and Easter was based on the principle embedded in these two scriptures. No one who has done research argues against the fact that elements of these and other days come from paganism, The argument is whether this is acceptable to God and if we let God answer the question rather than reasoning the answer is, "no". Regarding your question about Jewish days I believe a previous posting pointed out that these were the "Festivals of the Lord". In regards to their celebration I think you missed the point. if you listen again to the message you will see that the point of the later part of the sermon was to show that there was virtually no similarity between the Christian observance and the Jewish observance.
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Hello Marion, Thank you for your comments. As I mentioned in the sermon a good neighbor provoked the thought which led to the message. I am used to being put in a box reserved for those who keep Jewish holy days but the label isn't accurate. I thought this time of year was a good time to share the facts of the matter with other who are labeled the same way.