“When you come into the land that YHWH is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to YHWH. And because of these abominations YHWH is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before YHWH your God, …
The word paganism is a 15th century term deriving from the word pagan uttered among the Christian community of southern Europe. The term pagan is used today to identify people with alternate religious beliefs who do not believe in the monotheistic god of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Individuals who follow Pagan traditions and customs pursue their own vision of the Divine and claim paganism is the ancestral religion of the whole of humanity.
Since genetation of Adam and Eve when mankind began to populate the earth, religious rituals and worship remains active throughout much of the world today, both in modern societies such as Europe, United States, Japan and India to small tribes and villages scattered across the globe. Nothing has changed much from the worship and religious practices of ancient generations to our generations. Individuals are still bowing and praying to wooden, ivory and painted depictions of Marduk, An, Ninurta, Loki, Nergal, Enlil, Nanna-Suen, Zeus, Ashur, Nimrod, Dagan, Enki, Dumuzid, Inanna, Ereshkigal, Gilgamesh. Ancients as well as many in our generation believe these deities are almost exclusively anthropomorphic. These pagan gods and demonic deities once worshipped in secret, but now being filtered out via movies, music, artwork, books and body art are thought to possess extraordinary powers and often envisioned as being of tremendous physical size and height. Deities almost always depicted wearing horned caps, consisting of up to seven superimposed pairs of ox-horns. They also are depicted wearing clothes with elaborate decorative gold and silver ornaments sewn into them. Drunken festivals, sexual orgies, human sacrifices, are some of the perverse and despicable ritual practices conducted to appease their god and display their loyalty.
2 Chronicles 33:6
And he burned his sons as an offering in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and used fortune-telling and omens and sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of YHWH, provoking him to anger.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Many pagan bo 1zoks and publications have been discovered in Egypt, Persia, Greece and Rome that have shed light on ancient pagan ideas and beliefs that have become a part of numerous cultures today. Paganism represents a wide variety of traditions and customs that emphasize reverence for nature and a revival of ancient polytheistic and animistic religious practices. Some modern forms of Paganism have their roots in 19th century C.E. European nationalism (including the British Order of Druids), but most Pagan groups trace their origin back to Babylon, and have an emphasis on archetypal psychology and a spiritual interest in nature. One of the common beliefs is the divine presence in nature and the reverence of the spiritual order in life. Many Pagan traditions are intentionally reconstructionist in that they aim to revive many of the lost rituals of the ancient traditions, including holy days and seasonal celebrations. Besides Nature, many Pagans also worship a variety of gods and goddesses, including spirits which can represent national and local heroes as well as deceased family members. In this sense, many Pagans try to honor their ancestry and ancestors. Some Pagan traditions include ritual magic.
Paganism has infiltrated many religious denominations and disguised itself as being Holy and attached wicked and demonic customs and traditions to holidays and celebrations many worshippers enjoy and celebrate today.
The ancient Apostles and disciples fought to keep the ministry of YESHUA from being diluted with pagan ideas developing in the roman church, where many unbiblical doctrines were practiced that are, for lack of a better term, labeled paganism. The Roman Empire, including the Roman imperial cult, the various mystery religions, monotheistic religions such as Neoplatonism and Gnosticism, and more localized ethnic religions practiced both inside and outside the Empire. During the Middle Ages, the term was also adapted to refer to religions practiced outside the former Roman Empire, such as Germanic paganism and Slavic paganism.
“If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am YHWH your God.
Disciples and the faithful should begin to examine religion as a whole and seperate beliefs and doctrines from the many religious cults and sects claiming allegiance to the creator and seeds of Abraham. We have to fully study not only the Holy Scriptures given to us from the APOSTLES and 70 disciples but publications that were written by Gnostic fasle shepherds to mislead the spiritual illiterate. It is often said that Lucifer knows the Holy scriptures back and forth and can quite passages to mislead the elect, so examine each teaching for accuracy and truth, while rejecting man-made doctrines and theology. Even Samson, who was blessed and gifted with devine wisdom and parables, was misled by foreign deities and religious practices.
Pagans have many deities such as Isis and Osiris they follow from ancient times to the Wiccan-based Pagans in the modern world that they worship with sacrifices and drink offerings. Yet others, such as the Emperor Julian, the great restorer of Paganism in Christian antiquity, and many Hindu mystics nowadays, believe in an abstract Supreme Principle, the origin and source of all things. Pagans who worship the One are described as henotheists, believers in a supreme divine principle, rather than monotheists, believers in one true deity beside which all other deities are false. These beliefs have crept into Christianity and the roman church.
Many of the unbiblical practices the Word of ELOHIM warned us about were occurring within the church, especially In Europe in the Early Middle ages where some pagan ceremonies were attached to holy festivals that later became modern holidays as pagans joined the early church. The Germanic Pagan solstice celebrations (Midsummer festivals) are also sometimes referred to neopagans and others as Litha, stemming from Bede’s De temporum rationeand the fire festival or Litha was a tradition for many pagans. This pagan holiday was basically brought in and given a name change, and associated with the nativity of John the Baptist, which now is observed on the same day, June 24, in the Catholic, Orthodox and some Protestant churches. It is six months before Christmas because Luke 1:26 and Luke 1.36 imply that John the Baptist was born six months earlier than YESHUA, although the Bible does not say at which time of the year this happened.
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned YESHUA, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “YHWH will judge his people.”
Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
To think that pagan ideas and practices have not crept their way into mainstream and traditional religious denominations is ludicrous and persons denying the fact should be examined closely. There are at least 158 denominations with doctrines and worship services that are not completely based in Scripture, either in the practice itself or in their services. In my opinion, shepherds, priests and elect would do well to continually re-evaluate their by-law’s and motivations, to make sure they are biblically solid. No theology or spiritual doctrines should contradict Scripture, and every temple, congregation and meeting place under YESHUA Ministry should be explicitly biblical to be a viable choice for those seeking repentance and salvation. The key to avoiding “paganism” is comparing every belief and practice with Scripture and removing anything that contradicts what the scriptures.