VALENTINE SPECIAL :- THE CHURCH & THE VALENTINE

OPENING STORY

This preacher was driving home one night with his wife and two daughters in the car. It was dark, raining and intensely so and the pastor could hardly see past his headlights. On the way he had to drive over a huge bridge. There were posted signs "DO NOT PICK UP HITCH-HIKERS." By the base of the bridge, there was an institution for the criminally
insane and sometimes people would escape from it and try to catch a ride. On this night, as the pastor slowly approached the bridge, a man suddenly appeared in the headlights.

He was soaked, standing in the middle of the road, frantically waving his shirt over his head and screaming. The preacher's wife cautioned her husband , "Oh please don't stop, try to drive around him!"

 Car was too close, the man was unavoidable, except to stop or kill him. As soon as the Pastor stopped, the man slapped his hand down on the hood of the car and continued screaming, at the top of his lungs, unabated. The preacher looked over at his wife and said to lock the door after him and not to unlock it until he returned. His family understandably perturbed and crying, pleaded with him not to get out of the car.

He opened the door and stepped outside. He was immediately soaked from the rain.As he approached the  the man, all of a sudden he could make out what the man was screaming, "THE BRIDGE IS OUT! THE BRIDGE IS OUT! A BUS LOAD OF KIDS JUST WENT OVER!" As these words registered in the pastor's mind, he looked back in the car at his wife and two daughters. He wrapped his arm around the man and wept in gratitude. The preacher stood there with the man for the next half-hour in the middle of the road, waving his jacket above his head screaming to warn other commuters.

Stop "THE BRIDGE IS OUT! THE BRIDGE IS OUT!" For a lost and a dying world, "THE BRIDGE IS OUT!"

For a people heading to a Christless Eternity,"THE BRIDGE IS OUT!" where are the men and the women who will stand in the middle of the road and forbid people to perish ? HELL HAS OPENED IT'S MOUTH WIDE AND MANY ARE SPEEDING INTO IT. Where are those who will stand in the gap, on the streets, the highways and the byways to forbid multitudes with the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST, to warn others from going to such a horrible place ? Remember JESUS Loves us all and wants nothing, absolutely nothing but that we be saved .If you can, please share this message to all your friends and enemies, if any, both Saved and unsaved. THE BRIDGE IS OUT.! And Time is Running Out.If you choose not to share nothing will happen. It just won't hurt to encourage one another.

ORIGIN AND ESSENCE OF VALENTINE DAY
During the third century, an oppressive Roman Emperor called Emperor Claudius II had made it a capital punishment (death) to worship and serve Christ. He had decreed the Romans to serve and worship his gods, and deprived the young Roman soldiers of getting married. But an elderly Christian had stood his ground for his faith and had insisted on serving Jesus Christ and preaching the love of God to the young soldiers. This was considered treason against the government. He was arrested, sentenced to death and jailed. In the last weeks of his life in the prison, the jailer (prison commander) observed that he was very learned and possessed very good Christian character, brought his blind daughter to him to be giving her lessons. He taught her about God and told her many Roman histories and stories from the Bible. He taught her the love of God. The blind girl got so used to the elderly Christian prisoner. On his last night he left a note for Julia, the blind girl, encouraging her to love God and serve Him. And ending the note, he wrote: "From your Valentine". His death sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 A.D. The name of this martyr was Valentinus, a man who died for standing for the Preaching of the Christ and teaching people about the love of God. So, for his love for God, he was regarded as 'Saint'.

Archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb; an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. During 496 AD, the Pope marked February 14 as celebration in honor of his martyrdom.

February 14, is known as Valentine Day. But the essence of Valentine Day historically was a celebration in honor of the martyrdom of a devoted preacher, Valentinus, who stood on his faith in Christ against the devilish idolatry decrees of a Godless Emperor. He preached Christ to the Roman soldiers and spread the love for God and humanity when it was a crime to do so. The day he was martyred was declared "Valentine Day". February 14, 270 AD.

However, the devil has rewritten history today. All over the world, the history has successfully been erased and rewritten the way the devil wanted. The reason for the DAY has been blotted out from people's memory and a minor aspect of the whole story had been blown beyond proportion. The little card note Valentinus had left behind for Julia, her young beloved convert, whom she taught, preached to and prayed for, had ended with: "From Your Valentine".

On February 14, in the year 270.AD, somebody died for Christ and is now in Heaven, but on February 14, 2018, several people will die spiritual death. The Destinies of several young men and girls will be aborted today, because the devil had changed the reason for the Valentine Day. He had rubbed off living and dying for Christ and replaced it with living and dying on the bed of immorality.

Today, many young girls and ladies will give their virginity away for a gift of phones, ipads, bags, clothes, and even valueless gifts as little as chocolate, sweet, fried chickens and plates of pepper-soup and salad.Evening of this year Feb 14, demons of fornication and adultery will invade our streets and storm our night clubs and hotels to take register of those who are dying soon of STDs, including new candidates who are going to harbor HIV and AIDS.

On Feb 14 this year, forces of evil are coming down on adulterated Valentine Day to possess people with the spirit of Rape and drug abuse. Imagine the amount of pregnancy preventive drugs and materials that shall be sold. Harlots will sell today. There will be Christian backsliders today. ALL BECAUSE SOME GLORIOUS DESTINIES WILL BE ABORTED ON VALENTINE DAY.

The story of Reuben, Genesis 35:21-22a
21Then Israel journeyed and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder. 22And it happened, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine; and Israel heard about it.

A strange spirit came upon Reuben, the first born of Jacob, and he went and sleep with his father's young wife. Israel heard about it and said nothing. Nothing was heard about it again for many years, and we never heard that Reuben asked for forgiveness or repented or became sober about it and the matter died just like that. Really? So many events came over it, nobody mentioned it again. He went with the rest Jacob's children to Egypt; he saw the glories of Egypt. He was welcomed into the palace of Joseph and ate with him in the royal palace. He grew and had many children and everything was going fine for him till the day their father would say the last prayers for them and give them his final decree. At the point of death, whatever he said was final for life.

He gathered them together for the final blessing and began to bless them all. But he began with Reuben, the first son, who was to be the heir who should carry the highest blessings among the children. The record was opened to his long forgotten atrocity. He thought it had been swept under the carpet. He thought he was smart and he had had a simple fun. But his father opened his mouth for his final blessing and said: Genesis 49:3-4 (NKJV) 3“Reuben, you are my firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. Four unstable as water, you shall not excel, Because you went up to your father’s bed; Then you defiled it—He went up to my couch.

Though he was the beginning of Jacob's strength, he was supposed to be an epitome of Excellency of dignity and power. He was to be naturally blessed and was born to be a man of natural dignity and power, but....HIS DESTINY WAS ABORTED the day he had "fun" with his father's young wife. So, his own verdict was: "You shall not Excel" from a man who was anointed to proclaim a final verdict on the Sons of Israel. Reuben was destined to be a royal dignified personality above his siblings, but for that single night of 'fun' with that woman. Many people will have a lot of lustful funs on Feb 14, and wake up Feb 15 morning as normal, but the truth is: long after a very hot pressing iron had been disconnected from the power source; it would still be hot for a while, until it begins to grow cold. Some power cable would be disconnected from the power source of some people on Feb 14. Some young men and women will place their entire life virtues and destinies in the hand of marine agents that night.

Feb 14 evening is a 'Night of Fun', when many men and ladies will slaughter their destinies on the bed of lustful pleasure. By Feb 15 morning it is done! Destiny Auctioned to a young man or a lady whose future has been mortgaged to the devil. If Joseph had had a fun with Potiphar’s wife, he would never have got to the palace to see the type of Glory he saw. He escaped that trap that would have aborted his destiny on which so many lives in Egypt and Canaan land, including the lives of his generation unborn depended upon.

There is a great story in Proverbs 7:6-27. It is a sad story of a young man on his own "Valentine Night". He had thought he wanted to have a fun that night, he had thought he wanted to enjoy himself, but crashed his future in a night of fun.

Proverbs 7:21-23
21 With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him. 22 Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, 23 Till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare,  He did not know it would cost his life.

VALENTINE IN CHURCH
We grew up caught in the web of "Valentine day".We got saved and learnt Valentines not Biblical. Why is today's church indirectly celebrating Valentine?  On Valentine's Day, church members are told to come to church dressed in Red and White. This seems like confusion. THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD AND THE WORLD IN THE CHURCH. Do we really need to stand at the altar and announce dat it's a day of love(14th February) and then to sound a bit religious at the end, the person making d announcement or whatever concludes by saying, "for God so love the world... bla bla.

Why not allow this issue of Valentine to rest in church? In d early church, it was never like this. In a bid to "celebrating love the Christian way", the heathen festival is indirectly revived n that? right inside d church and that same day, gosh! Beloved of God, pls is this. not confusion in church? On Val's day, the church of God is dressed in red n white. Am confused here pls. Where is the old time religion?

I guess this view is annoying many already, but think about these things. Hellooo !church of God, pls wake up and defend the Gospel. What's all these? Body of Christ ,wake up. Must d church learn, teach and showcase her "love" just like the world does? On V. Day? Imagine the competition the church n d world are into on every "Valentines Day".To the believer, God kind of love is unconditional. It's a culture. A way of life. A tradition. It does not have a season n time. It's timeless. Hmmmm. Modernity has blinded the church . It's well.

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