By: Evangelist Deji Popoola
Should Christians Accept the Sallah Celebration Foods for the Sake of Love or Reject it?
People have been asking a series of questions like, is it okay for Christian to eat the Sallah celebration Meat/food whenever our Muslim neighbor bring it to us just for the sake of Love? Some people see it as nothing wrong while some see it as wrong it. But I think is good for us to search the scripture and see what the bible is saying about it.
I have a lot of Muslims as a friend I can visit, and we can eat and drink together, there is nothing wrong in that. I can go to my Muslim friend house on January first to celebrate New year together, and there is nothing wrong, God has called everyone to live together in Love and peace. Moreover, Christianity is built on the foundation of Love. I can go to a Muslim house to eat and drink and there is nothing wrong in that. During the Birthday celebration, Marriage, promotion, retired, thanksgiving or Child dedication of Muslim friends or family, there is nothing wrong in joining them and celebrating with them because the bible said, rejoice with those that rejoice. When you show them, love, they will pay back with love, and even when you want to share the gospel with them, it will be easy. don’t be over righteous by avoiding them just because they don’t believe in what you believe, that is not Christianity. We can live together and share things together, and there is nothing wrong with it.
But when it comes to Celebration of Religion festival like Sallah, Christian must never participate with them because it is totally wrong and it is against the word of God. You don’t accept their food offer in the name of “Sallah Celebration”. You can’t bless it, because anything that stands against the word of God cannot be blessed, neither can you sprinkle the blood of Jesus on it. If the blood of Jesus can’t purify satan, neither will his food be purified either.
It is not the food they offer you the problem, but on the purpose in which the food was offered to you “Celebration of Sallah”, that is where the problem is.
Because you reject just this single offer doesn’t mean you hate them, you have to please God rather than Man. You must reject it but in an arrogant way, and don’t collect it just because you want to give it to a dog. They might see it and not be happy about it, and they will term it to hatred.
Also, I’ve heard many Christians saying they want to accept it so as not to hurt them, that is a lie, you can never hurt them by rejecting their religion celebration food, because If they knew you don’t believe in their religion, if you refuse to join them in it celebration, they will understand as well.
Christians don’t participate in Sallah celebration because it’s a slap on the face of God
We need to understand the word of God very well. God will never condemn you to hell because you eat with your Muslim brother or share things together in Love, After all, Christ too ate with the Pharisees too.
But the purpose of which the food was offered to you can get you in trouble. Any Christian eating foods offers in the name of Sallah Celebration is a candidate of hell.
Let’s confirm it from the word of God
The word of God said in the book of Isiah66:3 “ He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.”
The Above scripture said it clearly, Offering another animal for sacrifice after the great sacrifice on the cross of Calvary is an abomination unto the Lord. Such sacrifice goes straight to the devil and not God because it’s like telling God to his face that, “My own will be done and not God’s will” because it’s the will of God that every man accept the sacrifice of Christ at Calvary for our redemption
Now, the bible also confirms this scripture in the book of 1Corinthians 10:20-21, “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?.”
Once you have started dining and celebrating this with them, then you are dining with the devil. Because the celebration simply means, ( God I reject your Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross ) and any other sacrifice anyone else makes in the name of religion or doctrine, then automatically it is a sacrifice to the devil. I know much other religion around the world also have a specific celebration they make. We as a Christian must never be a partaker of this else you will become the property of the devil. I know some white garment churches also do things like that, in which they call it a provision (“IPESE”) or burning incense before service, praying with miss Paris perfume etc, all these are a sacrifice to the devil it can never be accepted by God except the word of God is a lie. God has given us only one and final sacrifice which is the Lord Jesus Christ. The reason why God once allowed these sacrifice in the time past among the Jews was to suppress their sin before presenting themselves before him the Lord. Even the high priest too will have to make a sacrifice offering for himself before the congregation because every man is a sinner, and this sacrifice doesn’t take away their sin but cover it. So all men have sinned including the child in the womb (Psalm 51:5) No one was qualified to enter heaven before the death of Christ.
in fact from the book of Genesis to the day Christ was crucified, only 3 people were recorded that goes to heaven, (Moses, Enoch, and Elijah), everyone who dies goes straight to the underworld which is the world of the dead which is also known as Hades. But the only difference here is that it was divided into two places which are Abraham Bosom (Paradise) and Hell. During this time, Paradise was never in heaven, it was in the world of the dead. Remember Jesus told the thief crucified by his side that today you will meet me in paradise, and we all knew the moment Jesus died he never goes to heaven, he went to Hades 3days and night to fight the battle and set the captives free for 3days. That was the reason why He told Mary Magdalene when he resurrected that “don’t touch me because I have not yet gone to my father ” so where was he during these 3 days? He was in Abraham Bosom to preach salvation and to set the captives free.
Abraham Bosom was under the control of satan before the death of Christ, in fact when Moses Died, and he wasn’t allowed to go there, the kingdom of darkness start fighting for his body because the word of God already said, all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. (Jude1:9).
But the moment Jesus resurrected on the 3rd day, All the saints also resurrected with him (Mathew27:52) since the time Jesus resurrected, Paradise has been transported to heaven and no longer in the world of the dead. When they said Jesus went to set the captive free, it doesn’t mean those who are already burning in hell, it means those who are in Abraham bosom which was then under the control of satan by that time because Christ has not yet collected the key of death and Hades by that time. That was the reason why the rich man could communicate with Lazarus.
,and that was the reason why The witch of Endor could use a demonic spell to summon the spirit of Samuel the saint.
But Now, any saint who dies now goes to heaven, no saint go to the world of the dead anymore, no saint can communicate with those in Hell again, No demonic power can be used to summon the spirit of any saint again, that was one of the reasons why satan has been so cruel against human and Christians, just because they now have access to go to heaven he never wanted them to go, Jesus gave this access.
Now The Muslims has denied themselves of this access that will guarantee them heaven, by refusing the sacrifice of Jesus which was to take away their sin and get them register for heaven. But they have decided to choose the sacrifice God has rejected and call abomination. They chose to cover their sin instead of washing it away with the blood of Jesus. So it doesn’t matter what you believe, any sacrifice make is to the devil. And you as a Christian must never dine with the devil.
But that doesn’t mean because you reject just this Sallah celebration food, you can’t dine with them again. Paul said in 1Cor10:25, if any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience’s sake. There Celebration is Sunday and you go there on Monday, you can eat whatsoever they give to you since the celebration is over, but if they tell you that the food is from the one for the yesterday celebration, the bible says don’t eat it.
You don’t go to visit them in the day of their celebration, because you know they will serve you food, and if you reject it that is tempting God, never gives room to the devil
The Bible said follow peace with all men and holiness in which no man shall see God. Do not eat foods offers to the devil