Why Ash Wednesday Is Not Christian, But Unbiblical


Ash Wednesday is the first day of the six weeks prior to Easter Sunday that mainly Roman Catholics, but some Protestant denominations celebrate annually by drawing a cross on their foreheads with ashes. As it is the first day of Lent, it begins a season of fasting and penitence generally as a means to try to gain favor with God. While the intentions of Ash Wednesday observers may seem good, the bible never mentions the day — or Lent for that matter — and actually explicitly prohibits some of the ritualistic behavior of Ash Wednesday.

See also: Five Reasons Not to Observe Lent

As stated, the purpose of Ash Wednesday is to kick off the first day of Lent by painting a cross of ashes on one’s forehead. This practice contradicts the biblical design for fasting, which states,

And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:16-18 (ESV)

The point is, fasting is not to be a public or corporate action. It is to be private and kept between you and God. The public spectacle made out of the Roman Catholic and mainstream observance of Ash Wednesday is an affront to the Scriptures, and Jesus said that the attention they receive on Earth is their reward.

It was common for the Pharisees to practice their righteousness before men because they were not regenerate, true believers in Jesus. They were, in fact, self-righteous and their strict observance of the law was not to honor God but to make themselves look righteous before men. This is the same practice we see throughout the Roman Catholic Church — not just with Ash Wednesday, but with the entire practice of works righteousness. The idea is to try to earn favor with God by practicing your righteousness before men while, in reality, you have no real love for the God who has revealed himself to us.

It is important to remember that while the Scriptures don’t strictly prohibit the observance of special days — even when they’re not explicitly mentioned in Scripture — that many of the ritualistic practices in some of these extra-biblical holidays are forbidden and should be avoided. Further, it is important to remember that no amount of ritual or special day observance is going to earn you favor with God.

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  1. Ash Wednesday is just a small part of the whole deception. I believe that our Lord said what He meant and meant what He said. So if He was crucified on “Good Friday” and arose on Sunday by the Jewish, timekeeping that was only one night and one day. A day in ancient Israel started at twilight and ended at sundown.
    Just like Ash Wed., “good Friday” is not Biblical. So, if ministers are trained in the Bible using it daily, why are they not preaching the truth about this heresy? It is understandable that the Sabbath mentioned would be mistaken for a regular Saturday Sabbath by most of us, BUT CERTAINLY NOT THOSE WHO’S LIFE’S GOAL IS TO KNOW AND TEACH THE WORD. So why are we not taught the truth about our Lord’s death and burial by those we trust to know? I’m no Bible scholar, but I have found the simple truth by reading and studying the word. This Sabbath was not a regular Sat. Sabbath. In Exodus 12, we read about the first Passover AND the Feast of Unleavened Bread which followed the next day and lasted for 7 days. Two(2) special observances.
    Numbers 28:16 And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the LORD. And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. Exodus 12:16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
    The day after Passover was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the first and last days were High Holy Sabbaths but unlike a Sat. Sabbath in that no work could be done on these two special Sabbaths allowed for food preparation ( good idea when all your family and friends come to stay during Passover).The Passover is also called Preparation Day – John 19:31 It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was Passover week). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down. It wasn’t Sat. it was the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
    I’ve copied this from the Orthodox Jewish Bible because it makes it clear that the first day of the week was Sunday- Yom Rishon is Hebrew for Sunday. Mark 16:9 And now after Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach stood up alive early on Yom Rishon he appeared rishonah (first) to Miryam of Magdala, from whom he had cast out shiva shedim. (also answers the Adventists arugment that Jesus arose on Saturday). And Yes I’m aware that Mark16:9-20 is not in the earliest manuscripts, but I also know who controlled access to the scriptures for centuries. Knowing for certain He arose on Sunday and He said He would be in the “heart of the earth for 3days and 3nights”, then anyone could easily count back 3days to Wednesday. And why are Fridays so special to the Roman Catholic hierarchy? Would it have any thing to do the Babylonian/Philistine fish god Dagron? It’s been noted that the bishop’s miter is the same headdress as the priests of Dagron wore.
    Of course it was all in God’s plan, to allow the body of His Son to lie undisturbed – Joseph only had enough time to wrap and lay the body in the tomb covered with herbs and incense and roll the stone in place before the first Sabbath of Feast of Unleavened Bread begun at twilight (Thurs). The women bought and prepared fragrant grave oils and ointments all day Friday, but were prevented from coming until after the Sat. Sabbath that started at evening twilight and lasted until the next sundown. They got up in the dark and left for the tomb at the break of dawn.
    Now when I read all the accounts in the 4 gospels, they agree on the timeline. I’m so thankful to that this truth was revealed to me as I read and questioned that I want to share it with others. Our God is faithful and true and Christ Jesus is our victorious King of kings & Lord of lords. All others are just traditions of men that would deceive believers with exaggerated false piety to worship a false Jesus, a weak, effeminate image, still hanging helpless on the cross whose stronger mother is elevated to goddess status as the “Queen of Heaven” controlling human destiny. Just the way Satan would like it to have been.
    Thank you for your bold ministry, never compromising the gospel to please men and appease the world. As our Lord instructed, Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36 Even so Lord, come quickly, amen.

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