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Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday & Lent (A Word Fitly Spoken)

With Ash Wednesday coming up later this month, I thought it might be interesting to cover how there are some similarities with Mardi Gras. In today’s talk by Lesley and Amy, they go over Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Lent breaking down what is Biblical and what is not.

To encourage you to check out the video, I’ve taken the commentary given and turned it into questions, while listing a few key points. If you would like the answers, check out the video.

  • How are all three holidays connected to Easter?
  • Ash Wednesday first day of Lent.
  • Mardi Gras is the day before Lent.
  • Why Resurrection Day? What is the story?
  • Why do Christians worship on Sunday and not Saturday?
  • Lent is 40 days leading to Easter.
  • Is Lent only observed by Catholics?
  • Key Point: Lent is about absence, self-denial.
  • Lent is originally suppose to focus on the pursuit of holiness.
  • Is Lent found in the Bible?
  • Colossians 2:16 – food, drink, festivals, what are we to do
  • Why is it unBiblical to require people to observe Lent?
  • Why is it unBiblical to say our acts of penance helps our salvation?
  • Catholicism is discussed in other podcasts of A Word Fitly Spoken, but if you’re curious about its false teaching – check out: Interview With Former Roman Catholic Mike Gendron (Justin Peters)
  • What are two questions we should ask ourselves if we want to celebrate Lent?
  • Amy came out of a Catholic background, and she came out of a pagan Unitarian background, too.
  • Ash Wednesday is it unBiblical?
  • What does the ash cross represent?
  • Who is invited to receive an ash cross on the forehead, how does this go against the Gospel?
  • Key Point: Ash Wednesday is not in the Bible.
  • Why is the ash cross not humble?
  • Key Point: The world needs the Gospel, not ash crosses, to be reminded of why repentance is needed.
  • Why does Michelle say we don’t appreciate the simplicity of scripture?
  • Mardi Gras – French for Fat Tuesday.
  • Roots of Mardi Gras.
  • A.D. 600 – what happened in relation to Ash Wednesday?
  • What do the three colors of Mardi Gras stand for?
  • What is a king cake?
  • What is the problem with penance? What is it?
  • Is penance Biblical? – No.
  • How does the Lord punish sin?
  • How is sin connected to Mardi Gras?
  • Drunkenness, lewdness, sexual activity, and more. – Should Christians participate in a festival that encourages this? What does the Bible say?
  • Could Christians participate in non-sinful activities of Mardi Gras?
  • How is Mardi Gras a witnessing opportunity?

Check Out: Mari Gras, Ash Wednesday & Lent by A Word Fitly Spoken

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The Gospel Message– The Gospel message is good news, which means there’s bad news. We all are sinners and condemned. We all deserve the just punishment of God’s wrath. Christianity is unlike any other religion because we cannot earn our way into Heaven. God saw the weakness of man and his utter depravity. Yet, He showed us grace. Jesus, God, One Person of the Trinity, became God in the flesh, the God-Man. He was always perfect and sinless. And His humanity was perfected on the cross, living the full sinless life. He became our atonement sacrifice. Dying in our place, taking on the wrath of God upon Himself. He died on the cross, and He was resurrected because death could not hold Him. Jesus is the answer. We, as guilty sinners, need His blood to pay off our debt of sin. For all who put their faith in Him – meaning eyes are opened to the Gospel, we see ourselves as a sinner, we see the need for Christ, we desire our Savior, and we see the ugliness of our sin. Putting our faith in Jesus, we seek HIs forgiveness and repent from our sins, we turn away from our old way of life. We, through the work of the Holy Spirit, continue to become convicted of sin daily. Our eyes will never be the same again. We see things in a different light, and the truth of Christ affects how we live and serve Him. Christ tells us to count the cost. Salvation is a serious topic, it is not to be taken lightly. For a breakdown of this powerful message, understanding how Christ could be God and Man, why God required sacrifices, and more -please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)

If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?

Scripture To Meditate On (ESV) John 15:06 – If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

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2 thoughts on “Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday & Lent (A Word Fitly Spoken)

  1. Thanks for this good post on upcoming Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Lent. I’m of Polish descent and in Catholic Poland they celebrate Tłusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday – the Thursday preceding Ash Wednesday), which is the Polish equivalent of Mardis Gras. Polish immigrants to America transitioned to Pączki Day, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The idea in both cases was to party to the max before the hammer fell on Ash Wednesday and Lent, all part of the religious unbeliever’s misunderstanding of genuine salvation in Christ and Christian spirituality.

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    1. Yes!!! I recall some calling the Tuesday Fat Tuesday. Thanks for sharing some of the background. I think the ladies also talk about this. (I wrote up this post last year, so it’s not as fresh.) I found the podcast really interesting though. It’s true, all of this stems from false theology.

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