VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION: IS IT OF GOD? 1
Where exactly does the celebration of Valentine come from? If we claim as most do, that our forefathers in Christendom handed it down to us, where did they get it from? The most prevalent and popular claim is that a Catholic monk named Valentine once lived, did good and sent gifts to people around him. After his death was raised to sainthood and has ever since then being celebrated. If truly he was a man that did so much good, what is strangely unique in that? He only performed his duties to his fellow humans as he ought to. The Bible says in Luke 17:7-10 (NLT): “When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep does his master say, ‘come in and eat with me’? No, he says ‘prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not! In the same way, when you obey Me, you should say ‘we are unprofitable slaves who have simply done our duty’.” So many did well, still do well and send gifts to all around them. How come they are not celebrated? If the criterion was to do good and send gifts to all and sundry, we should then have St. Matilda’ Day, St. Emeka’s Day, St. Shina’s Day, St. Johnson’s Day and so on. After all, they all are good and have done well. By the time we apportion a day each for ourselves in a year, the world will have to call us to a meeting. On a serious note, is it really of God? Did God say it should be celebrated? Since he is dead (St Valentine), does anyone really know where he is, either in Heaven or Hell; that is if he ever existed? What were his motives for doing what he was said to have done? Remember, a good man is not necessarily a godly man. What exactly is God saying about it? Christians and non-Christians celebrate it together without asking where this custom originated from. Pastors, Youth Presidents, Bishops, Deacons and Church Leaders encourage and support this celebration, which they believe they can use to win souls for the Kingdom by swelling the number of their congregation. ‘After all, (they rationalize) if we are winning souls for the Kingdom, Christ will not be displeased’. They forgot the Scripture in Hebrews 12:28-29 that says: “Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” Also in Mark 7:9 and 13: “And He said to them, you have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! Thus you nullify the Word of God by your traditions that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.” History reveals that the customs and traditions that accompany this celebration were in existence before Christianity. In fact, Valentine Day’s celebration has its origins in ancient Babylon. The master plan of the devil is to produce a false bride that will go into destruction with him. To achieve this plan, the devil devised a false church plan system which took off in Babylon and has taken core root in every culture. The devil has since then taken the world into the path of destruction by seducing men away from worshipping the One and Only True God, Revelations 18:2-3. Valentine’s Day Celebration is a celebration of lust – perverted Love! It is not of the Lord but of man for God Himself is the totality of LOVE. The devil is incapable of giving or receiving love. Nothing outside of God has any vestige of love nor can it give love!
Adapted from the book WHO ARE YOU HAVING SEX WITH? By Shade Femi-Odulaja & Efe Yomi-Orungbe