The Less Than Saintly
By Dan J. Love, Minister, TSN, SBC
The Feast of Lupercus
Originating as a pagan tradition in the third century. The god Lupercus, was said to watch over the shepherds and their flocks and keep them from the wolves. During this time hordes of hungry wolves roamed outside of Rome where shepherds kept their flocks. So the Romans celebrated a feast called Lupercalia to honor Lupercus so that no harm would come to the shepherds and their flocks.
Additionally, during the Lupercalia, but in honor of the goddess Juno Februata, the names of young women were put into an urn. Later their names were drawn by lot. The boys and girls who were matched would be considered partners for the year, which began in March. This celebration continued long after the wolves ceased to be a problem to Rome.
St. Valentine's Day
As the pagan Roman Christianity (syncretism) became prevalent, Roman priests attempted to Christianize (Romanize) the ancient pagan celebration of the Feast of Lupercus, as well as, all the other pagan traditions and customs. Now there is a lesson to be learned in this lack of obedience by the Roman Universal Church to Yahweh's command to neither add to nor diminish from any of His commandments, and in this case .... to not learn the ways of the heathen. Surely the leaders of Yahweh's True Worshippers would have known better. After all, aren't we to place our trust in G-d to guide us? How can we as the future children of G-d, say (with our tongues) that we are of one mind (Spirit) as G-d, if we (by action) continue to follow the decisions of our natural mind (spirit of Satan)? WE CAN NOT; for in doing so, we prove that we are liars and the truth is not in us.
Regardless of the commandment of Yahweh, the Roman church officials changed the name of the Feast of Lupercus to St. Valentine's Day, and in order to give the celebration further meaning and to eliminate its' pagan appearance the Roman catholic priests substituted the drawing of Saints (Roman idols) names for the names of the young women. Thus, on St. Valentine's Day the priest placed saint's names into an urn or box, and the young people then drew a name from the container. So that during the year, the youth was supposed to emulate the life of the saint whose name he had drawn. Anyway, by the fourteenth century they reverted back to the use of girl's names, and by the sixteenth century they once again tried to have saintly valentines, but it was as unsuccessful as the first attempt.
Another lesson to be learned here is that Yahweh is always correct and we are not. As we shall see, no one can change the nature of evil by pretending it is good or by finding some good in it. Just the same as, no one can put a good apple in a barrel of rotten apples and expect that the rotten apples will become good apples again. G-d didn't design human nature to work that way. That is why WE MUST ALWAYS STRIVE FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, but we never have to strive to be evil. Any fool can be evil !
According to legend, there were seven men named Valentine, who were honored with feasts on February 14th. Of these seven men, two of the stories appear to link incidents that could have given us our present day meaning of St. Valentine's Day.
The first Valentine was supposed to be a Roman catholic priest during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius. Valentine was a well respected priest with the people of his parish and people of all walks of life attending his services. At this time Emperor Claudius was heavily recruiting men to serve as soldiers for his wars without much success, but because the men preferred not to leave their wives, families and sweethearts to fight in foreign lands and they would not join. Claudius became angry and declared that no more marriages could be performed and all engagements were canceled. Valentine thought this to be unfair and secretly married several couples. When Claudius found out, he threw Valentine in prison where he died.
Another version had Valentine jailed for helping Christians (Christo-pagans), but while he was in prison he cured a jailer's daughter of blindness. Emperor Claudius became enraged and had Valentine clubbed and beheaded on February 14, 269 A.D.
Yet another story claims that Valentine fell in love with the jailer's daughter and wrote her letters that were signed "From your Valentine."
Eventually all of the stories evolved into one, and in 496AD Pope Gelasius declared the day in honor of St. Valentine.
With the passing of time the Christo-pagan holiday of Lupercus complete in "Sheep's Clothing" became another clever guise for one of Satan's counterfeit Holy Days now called holidays.
So where is the evil in a holiday dedicated to love? First of all, if "Love" was truly the reason for this holiday, then that "Love" would have first been directed towards our Creator; for if we truly "Love" our creator, then we will be compelled by our "Love" to obey Him. Additionally, when we make a holiday of "LUST" more important in our hearts than our "LOVE" for Yahweh, we have set a precedent for our children to follow, and pretty soon the whole barrel of apples (mankind) is rotten! This precedent has been in place for centuries and involves almost all of mankind's holidays. By substituting holidays for HOLY DAYS we have forgotten our creator and in the process have already nearly destroyed the chances of society to survive on this planet for many more years. We our now producing a generation of children that are basically without morals and are extremely "Self" oriented.