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Church of the Eternal God Announces New StandingWatch Program, “The Dark Side of Easter”

San Diego, CA. — March 15, 2016 — The Church of the Eternal God announces the availability of the new StandingWatch Program, “The Dark Side of Easter”, which delves into the real origins of Easter and its traditions.

Easter is considered the most important holy day in Christianity, but what do we know about its origins? Many believe Easter celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but Easter existed long before Christ was even born. So what do Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter cakes and Easter sunrise services have to do with Christ?

Most historians agree that Easter was originally a pagan festival. While many are astonished to learn that Easter customs and symbols are squarely rooted in paganism, they carry on celebrating it anyway. They tell themselves that as long as they make Christ the center of the observance, it’s really okay to participate. Does it matter to God whether or not you keep Easter?

Jeremiah 10:2 tells us: “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles.” Deuteronomy 12:29–32 commands us not to “inquire after their gods”, and “You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way.” The early Church did not keep Easter. The Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition, Vol. 8, p. 828, confirms that “there is no indication of the observance of the Easter Festival in the New Testament, or in the writings of the apostolic fathers.”

Evangelist Norbert Link explains: “There are many scriptures that command us not to worship God in the way of the pagans. It’s completely and abundantly clear from both biblical and historical records that true Christians should not participate in Easter celebrations. It is pagan, and it cannot be Christianized in any way whatsoever.”

See the StandingWatch Program, “The Dark Side of Easter” at

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The Church of the Eternal God in the United States—with its operations around the world, including Die Kirche des Ewigen Gottes (in German-speaking areas), the Church of God, a Christian Fellowship (Canada) and the Global Church of God (United Kingdom)—exist to fulfill the Work which Jesus Christ has given to His Church. It is through the fruit of unity in God’s Holy Spirit that we strive to be of one mind in doctrine, purpose and practice.

We conduct weekly Sabbath services with an emphasis on live transmissions over the internet and in local congregations where possible. We also observe biblical Holy Days as commanded by God.

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