2 Corinthians 6:17-18
King James Version (KJV)
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Water baptism is an essential part of New Testament salvation and not merely a symbolic ritual. It is part of entering into the kingdom of God (God's church, the bride of Christ), and therefore, it is not merely a part of local church membership (See John 3:5; Galatians 3:27).
The celebrations of Sunday, Christmas, Lent, Easter, or Halloween as sacred times have no scriptural support.Sunday became the common day of worship after the apostolic era. It was decreed "the venerable day of the sun," and work was forbidden on it by the Roman emperor Constantine in A.D. 321. No command or example exists in Holy Scripture for observance of the first day of the week as the Sabbath.Christmas is a carryover of the ancient festival of pagan Rome called Saturnalia, the rebirth of the sun. The day of Jesus' birth is unknown, and no biblical precedent exists for celebrating it after the fashion of Christmas.Easter is a second-century substitute for a spring festival honoring the heathen goddess Astarte. The Bible does not endorse celebrating the Resurrection after the manner of Easter Sunday. The best evidence points to Christ's resurrection late on the Sabbath. His crucifixion and burial on Wednesday yields a literal fulfillment of the prophecy that He would be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Thus, "good Friday" is also myth.Halloween originates
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