This Sunday, April 1, 2012, countless professing Christians will sit in small groups around open Bibles, sipping drinks from cups. They will drink from cups in their homes, and give training cups with lids to their small children. Some even have cup holders installed in their cars, and will drink from cups on the go. Most of these so-called Christians don’t even bother to question the Pagan origins of their behavior. They think because they actively worship Jesus and never consider any other gods that they are free from Paganism. Yet, what is that in their hands?
Thousands of years before Jesus was born, Pagans drank from cups as part of their worship rituals. In ancient Egypt, Pharaohs were worshiped as gods. The Bible records one such Pharaoh showing favor to his cup-bearer. (Genesis 40:1-43)
The Bible talks about cups in Genesis 44:5: “Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.”
As the evil king Belshazzar and his nobles, wives and concubines drank from ornamental cups, they praised the gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone. Even as they brought those cups to their lips, the handwriting appeared on the wall, foretelling the wrath of God which would come upon them speedily. (Daniel 5)
You may think, “But I don’t worship Pagan gods. I just drink from cups.” No matter. You must honor the origin of the cups—how they were used in Pagan worship by some people at some point in history. Come out from among them and be separate!
When God raised up an army for Gideon, he called out the few hundred that drank water from their hands, lapping like dogs. God used this elite group to take on the armies of the enemy. (Judges 7:5-7) Ask yourself: Are you faithful enough to drink from your hands, lapping like a dog? Are you holy enough to separate from your friends and family members who insist on using cups? Or will you continue your Pagan worship of drinking from cups, and invite the wrath that came upon Egypt and Babylon?
I know my answer.
—OK, peeps. Confession time. This is an April Fool’s Day gag. Did I have you going? Let’s hope no one else can sway you with the same foolishness. Hugs, Kathryn—