SHOULD CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE VALENTINE?
Valentine was said to be a priest near Rome in about the year 270 A.D, a time when the church was enduring great persecution. His ministry was to help the Christians to escape this persecution, and to provide them the sacraments, such as marriage, which was outlawed by the Roman Empire at that time. He was martyred about AD 269.
So, should children of God celebrate Valentine? And the answer is, for at least two reasons, it is wrong for Bible Christians or Bible church to celebrate Valentine. Here are the two reasons:
(1) It’s Wrong To Separate A Day to Celebrate a Saint. There is no reason to argue if the man, Valentine, was a genuine child of God or minister of God, but it is wrong to create a day to specially celebrate a saint or a martyr. There were several martyrs in the Bible and in our contemporary world, so it is of no use creating a day to celebrate them, include martyr Valentine; they are being celebrated in heaven already. For no reason should Bible Christians create a special day to celebrate a martyr. Only Jesus Christ should be celebrated in a special manner. Also, there are many “so called” saints who are really demons, and some of these names called with saints were demonic.
(2) It Doesn’t Glory God, So it’s Ungodly. Everything about Valentine day is outside Christian activity, unlike Christmas which involves Christian activities and draws us to God, Valentine day has nothing to do with the history of Christianity in the Bible. Valentine day is a general celebration outside Christianity. If Valentine is about sacrifice of love, you don’t need to wait till February 14th before you do that. If it is showing or expressing love to loved ones, you don’t need a day for that, if it is giving, no need to wait till February 14th before you do that. You don’t need to wait till February 14th before you take your spouse out. In reality, Valentine is a celebration of lust, inspired by satanic spirit. There is no side of Valentine celebration that is attached to the Bible, there is no biblical backup for the celebration of Valentine.
If you are a child of God, love is part of you because God is love; if you are a genuine child of God, love is pure and not lust; you should celebrate with your spouse, in a special way at least every weekend. When the world is celebrating lust, you can spend your time to do something better; when the people of the world are waiting for February 14th before they can experience or express special love with their partners or people, you should do that every time, as much as possible.
Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
This message is from Revelation of Truth Evangelical Ministries, (RTEM) Nigeria
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