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Concerning Ash Wednesdays

I realized that today is what the Catholic church calls "Ash Wednesday" and the practicing Catholics abstain from meat today and every Friday until Easter. I will let the scripture speak for itself. You can find what God says about this practice in 1 Timothy 4:1-4:

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving." 1 Timothy 4:1-4

The practice of abstaining from meat and even the priesthood and nuns that say they must take a vow to remain single without ever being married is not agreed with in the Word of God. This scripture warns of the latter days, which we see now, that people will fall away from the truth and give in to false doctrines "doctrines of devils." God created marriage and meat for us and it is good. It should not be refused or forbidden. This is NOT the doctrine of God.

Know thy Bible.


  1. Anonymous said...
    Oh this is a good post, I checked the calendar this morning and was confused by the "Ash Wednesday" under today's date. I thought maybe it was in honor of all the firemen :P just kidding, but I was clueless about it indeed. Thank you for explaining it to me and you found the perfect verse for today's post :)
    Tranquillity said...
    Hah, you beat me to it! I was gonna look that verse up...I was paraphrasing it to my Catholic friends at work...In defiance of Ash Wednesday I just ate a nice hamburger and some chicken nuggets. Mmmm. :)
    Krystal said...
    I recently warned of skinny cooks and of those who eat soup and salad.

    Let us also heed this warning of those who refuse to eat meat.


    *stuffs chicken soft taco into mouth*

    (In all seriousness, however, I did not even know that Catholics did this, OR that there was a scripture addressing it. Good stuff, as always!)
    Miss Charlene said...
    lol, go girl! I also had garlic chicken today.. smell my breath!!
    Anonymous said...
    By the way, I had ribs tonight :D
    God's Girl said...
    Good post! Isn't it sad that people will give something up for Lent and yet they may not ever open up the Bible.

    Obedience is better than sacrifice.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Bridget G. said...
    Being raised Catholic, I used to be a part of Ash Wednesday. But no one ever told me why we did it. I just assumed it was what God wanted so you can go to Heaven. I am so happy that I know the Truth! When ash wednesday came around this year, I didn't even realize it till i saw all the ashy heads!
    Deanna said...
    I have noticed that more Protestants are participating in Lent. I have not myself participated in Ash Wednesday or Lent, however I do believe that some Catholics will be devout in their relationship with Christ as they commit to the season of Lent. Where as, the previous commentor never knew why she even particiated in Lent while she was a young Catholic.

    For the ones who do participate in Ash Wednesday / Lent with a worship of spirit and truth in their heart as their #1 priority then why not let it be okay? From what I understand... Lent is also a representation of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying and pouring himself out before the Lord before He began His 'public' ministry. A lot of participants of this non-biblical season, do it as a way of drawing their heart closer back to the Lord. Today you may find, especially in the protestant community giving up T.V. for the 40 days, giving up 20 minutes in their day to devout to just prayer, some are having a 40 day devotional with their family to remember the days of Christ just before he surrendered Himself to free us from sin.

    I was looking forward to doing a devtional in our home this year, but unfortunatly it just didn't work out. However, I, with a baptist background finally just participated in Advent the last 2 years (something that I had to actually had to educate myself about first, because I had no clue as to what Advent was :O) ~~ What joy and growth it is to participate during the Advent season - I look forward to it with gladness.

    ((((I hope it was okay to share my thoughts about Lent here. I hope none of my thoguhts were offensive to you or anyone else... I just wanted to offer another side of the coin from one gal who is madly in love with her Savior just like you :O)

    Blessings, Deanna
    Miss Charlene said...
    You are welcome to share your thoughts Deanna. You said, why not let it be okay? That's because there's a fine line between what seems right to a man, and what is Biblical and right by God. God already wrote in his Word on what he wants us to observe. The Catholic church is very well known for man made traditions and added observances and rules that just make the people's yokes heavier. Like Mrs.Bridget's post above, it's just another thing they believe they need to do to get to heaven. It's not Biblical, and the Bible even goes as far as to warn us about the doctrine of devils. It also says that what seems right to a man, leads to death at the end.

    That's why I encourage us all to stick to the Word of God instead of churches with their own rules. Find a church that follows the Word of God as the final authority, not man.

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