I don’t know how many times I’ve been in conversations with christians about what is spiritually true, and what is man-made fiction, and the topic of salvation will come up, and at the first mention of Passover, the response will be something along the lines of “We’re not under the law,” or “That was for the Jews in the Old Testament,” or, even more absurd, “You’re in a cult of legalism.”
To that last platitude, “legalism” is strict adherence to rules, regulations, and man’s traditions, as a means to righteousness. Those who have received the confirmation from the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 1:6-8) that they are Yah’s children (Romans 8:16) are already righteous, so there is no obedience or disobedience that can make them any more or less righteous.
Honoring and teaching the Father’s traditions (1 Cor. 11:2, 2 Thess. 2:15) for those who have been made His children, is not a matter of legalism, nor of justification (salvation), but is a choice of identification with the Father.
But, to the greater issue of Passover itself, as Paul said concerning what he preached to unbelievers, “We preach Christ crucified” (1 Cor. 1:23), which is the Passover. Why was that his message to those who did not have the Covenant? Because without the Passover, there is no redemption, and without redemption, there is no righteousness, and without righteousness, there is no salvation. That’s why he told the Corinthians to observe the memorial (1 Cor. 5:7-8), for the Passover sacrifice is the basis of the bride’s salvation.
Passover is called “the preparation” because it precedes Unleavened Bread, and that represents being without sin (unbelief), which is what it means to be “righteous.” Those who are made righteous by the indwelling Holy Spirit are “in Christ.” Those who have not been made “unleavened” by receiving the seal of the Holy Spirit are not “in Christ” (Romans 8:9).
So, is it not an abomination that christianity blows off the Passover, which presents the path to salvation, and clings rather to lies and heresies that were invented by men who hated the Father’s traditions?
Is it not the height of foolish arrogance to teach falsely that the Passover is a relic of a past era, and to peddle, instead, a gospel that is devoid of its truths—a gospel that lies about an arbitrary “good Friday,” since Messiah Yahoshua was crucified on Passover, which was a Wednesday that year?
And, is it not spiritual blindness to blatantly attach Messiah’s resurrection, which was the fulfillment of the Feast of Firstfruits (first day of the barley harvest), to a pagan fertility ritual that actually honors the false goddess Ishtar and the false god Tammuz?
And, most tragically, christians who cling to those lies, and have no real understanding of what salvation is, how it is obtained, or the evidence that is given to those who have received it (a confirmation directly from the Holy Spirit Himself) will be so shocked at their judgment when they try to convince Messiah Yahoshua that they are His, and they hear, “Depart from Me, I never knew you” (Matthew 7:21-23).
“I know that I know that I know” will be wholly worthless on that day if one has embraced a counterfeit of the true faith, and has believed that his own decision meant he was saved, as so much of the “church” falsely teaches.
For more information: The Preparation Day IS Passover