5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham; 6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
Angel worship (Deut. 4:19), alien worship, living one’s life by astrological calculations and horoscope divinations, what once was old has now become new all this was prevalent in Zephaniah’s time, and it still hear today but in a supped-up package. It says that people who do this will swear by the LORD, such as the pop-culture media spiritual mediums.
Matt. 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
To use an old analogy; if you take a pile of crap, spray it with perfume, gift wrap it, put it in a pretty box with an iridescent curly bow, it’s still just a pile of crap. This is no different with the western Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter, or Catholics pantheon of saints, or their altars and many of their ritual objects. They are nothing but old pagan Babylonian and Roman things with a quick paint job and a name change.
Below is a section of the 613 commandments (mitzvot) of Torah regarding anyone attempting to make something pagan, “holy (set-apart)” unto the God of Israel.
Deuteronomy 16:22 "Do not erect a pillar" A pillar is a structure usually built for idol-worship. We are not allowed to construct a pillar even if we intend to serve God with it. (These were ancient phallic symbols. You cannot redeem that which is pagan)
Leviticus 26:1 "Nor shall you install a kneeling stone in your land, to bow down upon it" Idol-worshipers often placed a special decorated stone before their idol and then use it to kneel upon while they prayed to their idols. We are forbidden to have such a stone, even if we intend to worship God on it. (Any one for substantiation crackers and Jesus juice? Again, You cannot redeem that which is of pagan origin)
Deuteronomy 16:21 "Do not plant for yourself an Asherah of any tree near the altar of the Lord thy God" The "Asherah" is a tree that is planted near the house of idol- worship in order to make the area more beautiful. The Torah wants our service of GOD to be holy and special. It should, in no way, resemble any form of paganistic idol-worship. For this reason there were no trees planted on the Temple Mount. (Again, usually representory of a phallus)
Deuteronomy 12:2 "And destroy all those places" God does not want the Jewish people to worship idols. He wants us to remove them from our presence and totally destroy them. We are commanded to destroy all those places where idols are worshiped: Then Land of Israel is a holy land. And so, special efforts must be made to clear it of idol worship entirely (If we are Torah Observant believers our homes are like a little slice of Israel. Anyone for a Ojai board, a Buddha statue and those idols disguised as souvenirs you got from Africa or Hawaii burning party?)
Deuteronomy 7:26 "Do not bring any offensive idol into your house" We are not allowed to derive benefit from any type of idol- worship. We must stay far removed from its practice, its places of worship and everything connected to it. (If you’re coming out of paganism, don’t donate or sell your old X-mas, Easter or Halloween costumes and decorations. Just burn or chuck’em in the trash.)
Deuteronomy 7:25 "Do not desire the silver or the gold that is on them" We are not allowed to make use of, or benefit from, valuables that once decorated statues or idols.
Leviticus 20:23 "You shall not walk in the practices of the nation" In this Negative Commandment, the Torah cautions us not to adopt or imitate non-Jewish, pagan customs and traditions. (For example: Don’t participate in Easter egg hunts, or Trick-or-treating. We are God’s people, we have plenty of Holidays 10x’s better than the pagan worlds and they are real and not fairy tales)
Exd 19:5-6 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These [are] the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Deut. 7:6 For thou [art] an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that [are] upon the face of the earth.
Deut. 14:2 For thou [art] an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that [are] upon the earth.
Deut. 26:18-19 And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that [thou] shouldest keep all his commandments; And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.
Deut. 28:9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
Titus 2:14-15 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
1 Peter 2:9,10 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
It is abundantly clear that we are a holy, set-apart, unique people, and original that should not and cannot be imitated. So to speak, we are the ones who set the trends, not the ones who follow them.
Be proud; stand tall because God has called you to be different. Sure your get looks and stares and even ridicule, but these are complements in disguise!
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Matt. 5:11-12 Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Rom. 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rom. 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We cannot redeem that which is pagan… But why would we want to anyway!?