Beware That Snare: Saint Valentine’s Day!
by Christine Egbert
In Deuteronomy 12:30 Yahweh’s people are warned not to be snared into worshiping Him the way pagan nations worship their gods. Yet, many are snared! The Roman Catholic Church’s disregard for the Most High’s warning is manifest in its syncretism with pagan forms of worship: Sunday sabbath, Christmas, Lent, Easter, patron saints, haloes, steeples, and, in A.D. 496, Saint Valentine’s Day. That’s when Pope Gelasius adopted, then renamed, two highly sexualized Roman festivals, Lupercalia and Juno Februata, known better as Saint Valentine’s Day.
Luperci priests, assisted by Vestal Virgins, sacrificed goats and dogs. They conducted these purification rites, according to legend, in the very cave in which a she-wolf was supposed to have nursed Rome’s founders, Romulus and Remus. Cracking their whips (called februa, from which we get the month February) made from the skins of sacrificed animals (to guarantee fertility), these Luperci priests, clad only in blood-smeared loincloths, romped about the streets of Rome flogging naked young women.
(Goddess of Sexual Fever).
Every February 14th, names of teenage girls written on paper billets were placed in a jar. Teenage boys would draw a girl’s name and then, in modern vernacular, they would ‘hook-up’ to enjoy some erotic games. Disregarding Yahweh’s instructions in Deuteronomy 12:30, to NOT worships HIM the way the nations worship their gods, the Roman Catholic Church decided it would simply Christianize these two highly sexual pagan festivals. Now, instead of a sexual lottery, boys and girls were instructed to draw the names of Catholic Church saints and try to emulate them. Instead of having a sexual orgy, young men were to simply send young ladies romantic messages containing the name of St. Valentine, from which came the tradition of Valentine cards.
Cupid, that cruel, winged, child-like archer traditionally found on Valentine cards, was known as the son of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love, in Roman, and as the son of the goddess, Aphrodite, in Greece. For fun, Cupid (whose name comes from the Latin verb cupere, meaning “to desire”) was believed to shoot invisible, gold tipped arrows at the unsuspecting to drive them crazy with passion, then laugh at their misery.
Why Would The Church Adopt Pagan Rituals?
The Roman Catholic Church claimed the right to disregard God’s warning in Deuteronomy 12:30, a right to “redeem” pagan practices and symbols, and to assign them new meaning. Their attempt to clean-up abominable practices is based on their misinterpretation of Matthew 16:18-19, in which Yeshua told Peter he would give him the keys to the kingdom. Whatever Peter (who they claim as their first Pope) “bound on earth” would be bound in heaven and whatever he “loosed on earth” would be loosed. Based on their faulty interpretation of this one scripture, Constantine and the Roman Catholic Church fathers felt it their prerogative to change God’s laws whenever it suited them. And they did, time and time again.
Their mistranslation of Matthew 16:19 as “whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” gave birth to many unscriptural changes. In the Literal Translation this verse is correctly rendered, as: “Whatever you bind on earth shall occur, having been bound in Heaven. And whatever you loose on the earth shall be, having been loosed in Heaven.” This latter translation is consistent with the Greek “estai dedemenon” and “estai lelumenon,” which are in the periphrastic “future” not “past” perfect tense. Literally, the phrases mean: “shall be, having been bound,” and “shall be, having been loosed.” In other words, all instruction originates with the Father in heaven, and Peter was commissioned to uphold that standard!
When correctly translated, Matthew 16:19 is consistent with God’s warning not to add to or take away from his Word, and is in perfect harmony with Yeshua’s instructions on how we should pray: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
When Yeshua told Peter he was giving him the keys to the Kingdom it was with his reminder that Peter’s authority was delegated from heaven. He expected that Peter, like Moses before him, would act in full accordance with his Father’s instructions. Yeshua never intended for Peter, or anyone else, including Roman Catholic Church Popes, to abrogate His Father’s authority. But that is exactly what they have done.
Pope Paul VI, to his credit, in 1969, removed Saint Valentine from the Church’s calendar. But, as it is with most bad ideas, it would have been so much better had the Roman Catholic Church never tried to Christianize this pagan holiday. Valentine’s Day has always been about sexual license. Today sexual license has been commercialized to the hilt. Sales for this holiday (from provocative negligee to flowers) are in the billions. Throughout the Scriptures God warns his people to have nothing to do with pagan ways. In the apostolic writings (N.T.) believers are warned not only to avoid sin but to avoid even the appearance of sin.
Syncretism, the melding of different forms of belief, Christian with pagan, is NEVER God’s way. The Most High, Who changes not, still hates mixtures of good with evil, of truth with lies, of His sacred with the world’s profane. His plea to us has never changed. It is still the same: “Come out of her My people.”