Ezekiel 6:9 …how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from Me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices….We grieve God’s heart when we mix religious paganism (Christ Mass traditions of men) with our worship of Him. Yes. It hurts Him because He is a jealous God and loves us deeply.
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No, it is not straining at gnats to follow and obey God’s holy Word, especially when it comes to worshiping Him in spirit and in truth. Truth offends the mind to reveal the heart.
If the Apostle Paul were permitted to revisit earth, we might imagine him addressing them somewhat after the following manner: – ‘Ye men of a half-reformed Church, ye observe days and times. Ye have a whole calendar of so-called saints’ days. Ye observe a Holy Thursday and a Good Friday. Ye have a time called Easter, and a season called Lent, about which some of you make no small stir. Ye have a day regarded especially holy, named Christmas, observed at a manifestly wrong season of the year, and notoriously grafted on an old Pagan festival. And all this while many of you refuse to acknowledge the continued obligation of the Fourth Commandment. I am afraid of you, lest the instruction contained in my epistle, as well as in other parts of Scripture, has been bestowed upon you in vain.’”
–Robert Nevin (minister, Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland and editor of the Covenanter Magazine in Ireland), Misunderstood Scriptures (1893).