Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Why I Don't Keep Thanksgiving

I no longer keep Thanksgiving.  For nearly six years I have not kept Rome's heathen feasts that the Whore Catholic Church adopted and "Christianized."  That would include January 1st, St. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas (those were the only ones I ever kept).

It was before the first Thanksgiving came around that I discovered that it too had heathen origins but was not like the others in that it wasn't adopted by the RCC but rather by the U.S. government.  At the time I didn't fully let the Spirit of God alone lead me, and I relied too much on the elder whom baptized me.  I told him what I'd discovered and mentioned a heathen corn/grain god, and since he obviously did not want to stop keeping Thanksgiving, he said something like, "Well, I'm sure the pilgrims did give thanks to God for the corn, and they probably knew the Feast of Tabernacles was to be kept around that time but did not have the means of knowing the dates and so kept that feast."  I was influenced quite a bit at that time by him, and so I kept keeping Thanksgiving for the next few years, but I never completely forgot about it, and it kept coming to mind.  It was only a few months after discussing that with that elder that we dropped contact between each other, because I did do my own research concerning the mark of the beast and being born again, which are two subjects he is teaching wrongly.  I proved those things from the bible myself.

It wasn't until nearly two years ago that I came back to the Thanksgiving topic and seriously considered it again.  My conclusion was that I could no longer keep Thanksgiving, for it truly is an addition (Deut. 12:30-32) to God's commanded feasts (Lev. 23) and is also rooted in heathen traditions.  Ironically enough, two years before I stopped keeping it the Thanksgivings didn't work out the way they normally do.  One year we were in Kansas City when our son Asher was in Children's Mercy Hospital on life support.  The next year Nathan had a job going, and I think I had a ruined tire on my vehicle.  This will be the second year that I voluntarily do not keep the U.S. feast of Thanksgiving.

I did, however, keep God's annual feast of thanksgiving, the Feast of Tabernacles, which is a seven-day-long feast of thanksgiving consisting of a holy sabbath day on the first day.  I LOVE the Feast of Tabernacles and look forward to it each year.  It's such a joy to set aside that time to feast and make merry with friends and family (both spiritual and physical) and to have extra time to study God's word and do His work.  It's nice to have that vacation and to reflect on all the things for which I have to be thankful.  God's harvest festival of thanks is reckoned by His calendar, starting the fifteenth day of the seventh month.  I had an awesome feast this year.

I have not written an article on Thanksgiving origins myself, and few have.  A brother and fellow laborer in God's work, Keith Hunt, has an article posted on his site that is written by a Bradley Richardson that one can read, if YOU want the truth about Thanksgiving Day:  The TRUTH About Thanksgiving Day.

Prove ALL things; hold fast that which is good (I Thessalonians 5:21).

The majority is often wrong, and we shouldn't do something just because the majority does it:
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil (Exodus 23:2a).

True Christians are part of a "little flock" (Luke 12:32).  They will be continually growing in grace and knowledge (II Peter 3:18) and hungrily seeking out truth in all things.