Valentine’s DayValentine’s Day is a ubiquitous global tradition accepted as a celebration of love. It is endorsed by Christianity and commerce alike. However, the origins of the custom are sordid. St. Valentine apparently existed only in legend. The day was likely named for a popular Gnostic heretic who blended pagan ideas into Catholic doctrine and promoted eroticism as a way to connect with the spirit realm. In 496 AD, the Catholic Church appropriated and renamed Lupercalia, an ancient orgiastic festival worshipping fertility and the pagan deity Pan (aka Baal, aka Nimrod). Who cares? God does. He is strenuous in His instructions that we are not to offer anything to other gods – not time, attention or honor. Those who seek to worship the true God in sincerity and truth must separate from paganism, no matter how it is labeled.