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June 29, 2012
God hates Carnivals

Editor: “To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity/enemy against God…” Rom.8:6, 7. Carnival has a history that spells only disobedience to God; it is simply a graphic display of the carnal mind at work, which is totally opposite to God. This is why there is such nudity, drunkenness, strife and gratifying of the flesh at carnival, because that is what the carnal mind finds pleasure in.{{more}} The spiritually minded or the Christian will find pleasure in spiritual things. We are told, “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lust thereof.” Rom 13:13, 14.

Carnal: relating to or given to crude bodily pleasures and appetites, temporal, worldly, fleshly, and sensual,” Merriam-Webster dictionary. This shows clearly that God is not in carnival. It is transgression of His commandments. I ask you, how does carnival glorify God? It does not in any way and it just cannot. So, how can God bless it? How can He bless the mas bands, the soca artists, and the wet fetes? God is not pleased with any of it; it is stink/abomination unto him. He says “love not the world, neither the things of the world….” 1 John 2:15 “For if ye live by the flesh ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (kill) the deeds of the body, ye shall live” Romans 8:13. Do you see those piercing words of God? They are showing that God HATES carnival and who would want to be involved in something that God hates? A Christian does not take any pleasure whatsoever in carnival, for it will be distasteful to him and he will warn the people of the coming destruction so they can repent and live. “Now the works of the flesh are manifested, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God”. Gal.5: 19-21.

“Through thy precepts (commandments) I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” Psalms 119:104. Carnival is a false way that promotes that which God forbids; and God said that his wrath will come upon all the children of disobedience. (Colossians 3:6)

‘Bacchanal’, which derives from the Greek word Bacchus, which according to Greek mythology is the Greek god of wine, is hinged to carnival. “Bacchanal: used of riotously drunken merrymaking.

1.) Someone who engages in drinking bouts

2.) A drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus

3.) A wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity”, word web dictionary.

All these are against God, All these traits of the carnal mind are at enmity with God. Therefore, God hates it and cannot bless it. “…If any man loves the world the love of the father is not in him”. 1 John 2:15. I pray that you will be convicted by the Holy Spirit to repent and believe the Gospel and be saved by God’s grace. “But except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3.

Maydon Parris