Why No “Easter” Service • Not Because The Resurrection Of Jesus Is Not Important • 1 Corinthians 15:13-21 • Romans 1:4 • 1 Peter 3:21 • 1 Corinthians 6:14 • Acts 17:30-31
Why No “Easter” Service • Not Because The Resurrection Of Jesus Is Not Important • Not Because We Do Not Want To Honor Jesus • 1 Corinthians 11:22-26 • Acts 20:7
Not Authorized By God Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. (KJV)
Not Authorized By God Acts 12:4 So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. (NKJV) Acts 12:4 And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people. (NASB)
Not Authorized By God Acts 12:4 And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. (RSV) Acts 12:4 And having taken him, he put him in prison, with four bands of armed men to keep watch over him; his purpose being to take him out to the people after the Passover. (BBE)
Acts 12:4(KJV)… intending after Easter <pascha> <pasca> to bring him forth to the people. There never was a more absurd or unhappy translation than this. The original is simply after the Passover, meta to pasca. …the original has no reference to that (Easter); nor is there the slightest evidence that any such festival was observed… Barnes
The American People's Encyclopedia, Vol. 7, p. 486 says, "Easter" is "derived from Eastra, a teutonic goddess of spring," and "many of the popular observances of Easter are pagan in origin. Some may be traced to the feast of the goddess of Spring, Eastra. The church (Catholic) endeavored to give Christian significance to such pagan rites as could not be rooted out..."
Externals of the Catholic Church, p. 205 says, "Instead of attempting to repress totally a practice which was misguided indeed, but which showed an instinctive reliance on higher powers, the church in many instances took the religious customs with which the people were familiar, and made these christian customs."
Unauthorized Practice • Without Divine Authority • 2 John 9 • Matthew 15:9 • Galatians 1:6-9 • Man-made religious significance attached • Galatians 4:10-11 • Colossians 2:8, 16-23