*👉VERSE:* _*”Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”_(1John 4:7)
Valentine Day celebrations are anti- Christian in origin and modern observance. Genuine Christians who have yielded themselves to righteousness and holiness, will exclude themselves from this devilish celebration of love (Romans 6:19). Love is God, and it is celebrated in each and every day without waiting for a particular season or date to celebrate it. He who knows God takes the definition of love from His Word, and not from the ignorant world under satanic control.
If Valentine Day is really about showing some love and exchanging gifts among loved ones, then God would have been the right person to teach us how to celebrate it. However, it is an idolatrous day for the performance of unsightly abominations. It is a declaration of world sex day and reckless dressing. Love is not about sex and bash organizations.
Have you sought for yourselves, answers to the reason why it is always a celebration which contributes to the drastic shortage of condoms and other contraceptives in the world? Why are immorality and drunkenness at the peak on this particular day? Real love has no particular day for demonstration, neither has it a blind date for showing affection. Valentine is part of Satan’s agenda to win crowds of youth into hell through lust, sadism and inordinate affection. It is a day schedule to worsen the ancient idolatry it seems to cover up.Take your time and read the following history about the pagan celebration which has been assimilated and reinvented into Valentine’s Day:
“Valentine’s and you wil originated from the pagan festival Lupercalia which is a celebration of fertility and purification. Lupercalia is named after Lupercus, the god of fertility and hunter of wolves in Roman mythology. It’s a 3-day event that runs from the 13th to 15th of February. But before our current Gregorian calendar, the festivity usually falls on spring season.
The month of February is also associated with Lupercalia. Part of the rituals held during the festivities is the Februa , Februatio or Februare which literally means purification. Februa is a purification ritual performed to drive away evil spirits in the entire city or community and to ensure fertility for the spring or planting season. An old Roman and pagan activity observed during Lupercalia is the love lottery . In this tradition, young men are paired with women through a simple lottery system.
Names of all participating females shall be placed in a jar after which, each male shall draw or pick a name that will be temporarily paired with him. The pairs will act as lovers or partners for the entire duration of the festival. This tradition was carried by the ancient Romans overseas as their empire grew.
Another notable activity is the gathering of ancient Luperci priests at Palatine Hills or the boundaries of the ancient city of Rome. This tradition persisted up to the time of Julius Caesar wherein the Master of the Luperci College of Priest during that period was Mark Anthony.
During the 1st and 2nd century, the Christian or Catholic religion started to grow. Much of the Pagan cultures and traditions were also assimilated and reinvented to fit the Catholic tradition and to attract early pagans to become Christians. In 496 A.D., then Pope Gelasius declared the Lupercalia traditions particularly the love lottery as immoral.
The Pope changed the love lottery tradition into a saint lottery where each young boy tries to mimic the qualities of the saint he picks all throughout the year. Pope Gelasius also declared February 14 as the feast of Saint Valentine, the patron of lovers” (www.worldreligionnews.com)
*PRAYER* Lord Jesus, save the youths of this world from fornication and the power of seduction. *AMEN*