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In the history of the church's sanctification I don't believe there has been a more valuable extra-biblical resource and tool than the Puritan Hard Drive.

 

It holds some of the most priceless Reformed works of God-centered and Christ-glorifying truth that were ever penned.

 

Most students, ministers and scholars of the Bible would never personally acquire even half the literal number of books on the Puritan Hard Drive, much less the extreme caliber of its contents.

 

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- Dr. C. Matthew McMahon  

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 Election and Predestination (#6) Objections to the Scriptural Doctrine by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon 

 

Excellent work on John 3:16, explaining how this verse is only properly interpreted in a Calvinistic fashion. Many other verses, commonly misunderstood by non-Calvinists, are also adeptly handled - bringing much light to the listener!  

 

Election, Reprobation & Predestination In The Reformed Creeds & Confessions - Refuting The Heresies Of Arminianism & Pelagianism by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon

 

 Joel Osteen, A New Age Guru, Debunked (Wild Boar News #11) by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon

 

Introduction and Overview of the Puritans (1 of 18) Who Were the Puritans and What Did They Teach? by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon 

 

Puritan Books & Literature and Knowing the Lord Jesus Christ More Intimately by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon

 

Facing Eternity, Mortality, Death, Heaven & Hell (Only One Life, It Will Soon Be Past, Only What Is Done For Christ Will Last) by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon

 

 Easter: A Satanic, Demonic, Pagan, Roman Catholic Holy Day Which God Abhors (A Violation of the Second and Fourth Commandments) by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon  

 

Easter has little to do with real Christianity.  Does that surprise you?  It should not.  For example, Easter was not popular with the Puritans or the Pilgrim settlers in America. Neither Puritans or Pilgrims had use for ceremonies associated with religious festivals invented in either pagan history, or reinvented by Roman Catholicism.  In actuality, here in the America's only after the bloodshed Civil War did Easter "begin again" to be accepted.  As Walsh states in his "Holy Time and Sacred Space in Puritan New England" (Walsh, American Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Spring, 1980), pp. 79-95) "The New England [Pilgrims] like Reformed Protestants everywhere, rejected traditional Roman Catholic and Anglican beliefs and practices that organized time around consecrated churches, railed-off altars, holy shrines, miraculous wells, and that supposed the flow of time to be an irregular succession of holy days and sacred seasons. The Reformers argued, what was intended as a crutch for others had become a cast for Christians who willingly accepted the obligation of constant worship.  They for whom all days are holy can have no holidays."  (See, for example, The Sermons of John Calvin Upon the Fifth Book of Moses called Deuteronomie, trans. Arthur Golding (London: H. Middleton, 1583).

 

The Post Reformation pastors and theologians of the day, following the Reformers, abolished Easter, among other things.  In June 1647, England Parliament, headed by the Puritans at Westminster, passed legislation abolishing Christmas and other holidays: "Forasmuch as the feast of the nativity of Christ, Easter, Whitsuntide, and other festivals, commonly called holy-days, have been heretofore superstitiously used and observed; be it ordained, that the said feasts, and all other festivals, commonly called holy-days, be no longer observed as festivals; any law, statute, custom, constitution, or canon, to the contrary in anywise not withstanding." (Daniel Neal, The History of the Puritans (London, 1837; rpt. Minneapolis: Klock , p. 45)...

 

Rightly so, the Westminster Confession states in the appendix entitled, "An Appendix, Touching Days and Places for Public Worship," the following, "The key clause of interest to this study is, "Festival days, vulgarly called Holy-days, having no warrant in the word of God, are not to be continued." Later Presbyterian theology followed suit.  While people "say" they adhere to the Confession, they dip hardboiled eggs into food coloring, and buy Easter Baskets for their children.  Robert Dabney states in abolishing Easter, "The objections are: first, that this countenances "will-worship," or the intrusion of man's inventions into God's service; second, it is an implied insult to Paul's inspiration, assuming that he made a practical blunder, which the church synods, wiser than his inspiration, had to mend by a human expedient; and third, we have here a practical confession that, after all, the average New Testament Christian does need a stated holy day, and therefore the ground of the Sabbath command is perpetual and moral."  (Robert Lewis Dabney "The Christian Sabbath: Its Nature, Design and Proper Observance", Discussions: Theological and Evangelical (Richmond: Whittet and Shepperson, 1890) 1. 524-525. See also, "The Sabbath of the State," 2.600.)

 

What do we find when entering into Roman Catholicism's "borrowing" of paganism?  John Gill states, "Popish festivals were observed very early, long before the Pope of some arrived to the height of his ambition. The feast of Easter was kept in the
second century, as the controversy between Anicetus and Polycarp, and between Victor and the Asiatic churches, shews." (John Gill, Sermon 57: A Dissertation on the Rise and Progress of Popery, page 17; Ages Ultimate Library, 2004). We find their continued alliance with breaking the regulative principle, and the replacement of true worship, with worshipping that which is unholy.  They institute unscriptural burdens such as Lent, fast days, sacred rites that control their kingdom with superstitions and false religion guised in the cloak of "authority" and hide the truth from people to damn them for all eternityOne such deception is their introduction of the "Christian festival of Easter." ...

 

If you celebrate Easter, you spit in the face of Jesus Christ who is to be worshipped not on one day in the year on "Resurrection Sunday", but all the days of all your life - for He is the Redeemer of the Covenant people of God every day.  One should not desire to carry parts of the package of Romanism following papist theological ideas with Lent, Good Friday, Palm Sunday, Easter, etc.  The Romanist Holy Week is the culmination of events marking the final days of Jesus before Easter Sunday. These are the days:

 

Palm Sunday - The Sunday before Easter Sunday recalling Jesus' entry into Jerusalem a week before dying on the cross.

 

Holy Monday - Jesus' cleansing of the temple and turning over the tables of the money changers to purify the house of worship.

 

Holy Tuesday - Jesus' talk with his disciples on the Mount of Olives about the soon to come destruction of Jerusalem.

 

Holy Wednesday - The day Judas decided to betray Jesus in exchange for 30 pieces of silver.

 

Maundy Thursday - The Last Supper of Jesus and his time in the garden with his disciples who would not stay awake before his arrest.

 

Good Friday - The day Jesus died on the cross.

 

Holy Saturday - The final day of Lent and the Holy Week.

 

Easter Sunday - The resurrection of Jesus.

 

However, we have been delivered through the Scriptures from following such man-made things.

 

- Excerpts (with emphases added) from the free online article: Easter: The Devil's Holiday by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon 

 

Also see Alexander Hislop's chapter on Easter in The Two Babylons, which is free online. 

 

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HISTORY OF HOLY DAYS (CHRISTMAS, EASTER, CHRISTIAN SABBATH, JEWS, etc.), IDOLATRY, ICONOCLASM, etc. by Dr. Steven Dilday 

 

   
 
     
 
       

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