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Test 4 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course 7

commanded! (if the “it” in this case is still Easter) wrongfully.
Notice the proof! Since all observance or use of it is pagan, there is
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed absolutely no possibility of any RIGHT or
from Him that called you into the grace of Christ GODLY use.
unto another gospel" (Galatians 1:6). How does one misuse murder? How do
Paul was rebuking the Galatians, who you commit adultery “wrongfully”? What is the
were GENTILES, for allowing themselves to be “wrong use” of war?
entrapped back into believing in a completely The letter continued: “Why not take a
physical type of “religion” which included all pagan holiday and make it into a Christian one?
sorts of carnal, physical customs! The answer is obvious!
He said, “Which is NOT another; but Because YEHOVAH God Almighty our
there be some that trouble you, and would Creator, our Boss, our Ruler and our Judge
pervert the Gospel of Christ. But though we, or thunders with all His power “DON’T DO IT!”
an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel But He won’t force anyone to obey --
unto you than that which we have preached unto now!
you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED"! (Galatians That’s still your own private decision.
1:7-8.) YEHOVAH warned, anciently (and
Note that well! Paul put a careful and remember, He never changes!), “When the
perfectly honest control over himself! He Eternal thy God shall cut off the nations from
warned those people that, even if he, PAUL, before thee, whither thou goest to possess them,
should CHANGE his doctrine, and begin living and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their
by different customs, that such personal, human land; take heed to thyself that thou be not snared
change would definitely not “change” anything by following them, after that they be destroyed
in the unalterable truth of the Messiah! before thee; and that thou enquire not after their
He included -- and he was inspired by gods [which were only weird figments of their
YEHOVAH’s holy spirit to do so -- angels from wild imaginations!] saying, ‘HOW DID THESE
heaven! So even lesser spirit beings do not have NATIONS SERVE THEIR GODS?’ [Or, ‘How
the power to change anything YEHOVAH God did the pagans observe various religious
has set down in His Word! customs? Let’s find us a cute, interesting, quaint,
YEHOVAH God, your Creator, has said piquant pagan custom, dress it all up until it
He will not change! And He has put an absolute, looks “right” to us -- more to our taste, more like
unshakable, unbreakable and inviolable we would like to have it! Besides, it’s probably
guarantee that no other being or power can all right to use pagan customs, as long as we use
change His laws! them for a good cause!’ one might reason]. But
The “use” of a thing does not alter its YEHOVAH God continued, “THOU SHALT
essential character! Poison sparingly used is still NOT DO SO UNTO THE ETERNAL THY
poison. Paganism in small amounts, and with GOD: for every ABOMINATION to the
“Christian” window dressing, is still paganism. Eternal, which HE HATETH, have they done
Professing Christians cannot alter or unto their gods ..." (Deuteronomy 12:29-311.)
change the basic character of pagan customs by YEHOVAH God expressly commands
“using” them as a so-called “Christian” custom! His true people not to adapt pagan practices into
The letter said, “Why should everyone so-called “Christian” ones!
do away with it (Easter, I suppose?) because And why does He expressly command
some use it wrongfully?" it?
There is, in this case, no right “use” for Simply because He knew human nature
it! We know of no one who is guilty of “using it” would not be able, of itself, to see the terrible
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