Our Readers' Opinions
February 18, 2005
Lent and lies

Editor: How long will we live a lie?

For many years a series of religious lies have been stuffed down our ears and to a large extent many have accepted them as truth. {{more}}There is danger in lies – both for the liar and the recipient of lies. The issue is even greater when the lie pertains to matters of the soul. (Mat.16:26)

For lies and their consequences see Gen. 3: 1 Kg. 13; 2 Thes. 2:9-12.

One such lie is the celebration of Lent and as a corollary Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Easter. To say these are Christian observances is to fabricate the truth. Of course, one may well say these are Catholic observances that have also been embraced by people of other persuasions, some claiming to believe in Christ. However, everyone who claims to be a Christian is not really a Christian, just as everyone claiming to be a Vincentian is not one. (Lu. 6:36; Jn. 8:31,32; 2 Jn. 9-11)

The Bible contains the revealed source of Christian authority. It contains all things that pertain to life and godliness and can make one complete, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Pet. 1: 3 and 2 Tim. 3:16,17). We are not free to add things at will and call them Christian. The doctrine of Christ was once and for all delivered. Thus says the scriptures.

So I ask: Does the Bible command us to, or give any examples of any disciples of Christ observing Ash Wednesday, Lent, Good Friday or Easter? If yes, then we should do likewise. If no, teaching and practicing them will be perpetuating lies.

I urge that we be strong and obey God rather than man.

That said, I hasten to say, it is always good to read the word of God, seek to understand and meditate on it and obey God’s will. Glory be to God!

Joel Jack