Some early 14th Passover advocates claim the 14th/15th Passover/Passover Feast was a
result of pagan influence.  As for paganism, it has nearly always influenced God's people
to one degree or another.  The faithfulness of the Word of God is not dependent on a non-
paganistic society.  God has always faithfully preserved His Word – even in the hands of
those tainted with paganism.  The House of Judah, The House of Israel, and the KJV
Translators: all have had their problems with unrighteousness.  Paganism influenced and
stained them all.  However, there is an irony to the Passover controversy and the charge
of pagan influence claimed by the early 14th Passover advocates.  The Assyrians
(ancestors of modern Germans) took the House of Israel into captivity and replaced them
with a foreign people known in Christ's day as the Samaritans.  They were originally rank
pagans.  Later they practiced quasi-Judaism.  2Kings 17:29-41 tells about these people
when they first came into the land of the northern ten tribes of Israel.  In verse 25, God
sent lions among them, which killed some of them.  

2Kings 17:26-28, "So they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, 'The nations whom you have removed
and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the rituals of the God of the land; therefore, He has
sent lions among them, and indeed, they are killing them because they do not know the rituals of the
God of the land.'  Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, 'Send there
one of the priests whom
you brought from there,
let him go and dwell there, and let him teach them the rituals of the God of
the land.'
 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in
Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the Lord."  

The king of Assyria sent the Samaritans a priest – not a priest of God – but one of the
descendants of Jeroboam's priests taken from any tribe – irrespective of the tribe of
Levi.  The rest of the verses in II Kings 17:29-41 show that they did not serve God –
rather, they had a mixture of worship toward all the gods mixing in some of the rituals of
the true God.  Later, some of the men of the Jews and Levites who returned from the
Babylonian captivity married some of the descendants of these Samaritans.  Moreover,
their wives turned their hearts away from the true worship of God, just as He foretold
they would.  These people supposedly keep an early 14th Passover to this day!  However,
because some could not reconcile the New Testament account of Passover with the Old
Testament account, they chose to follow their supposed example – believed to agree with
the Sadducees.  We will show later that even these semi-pagans still keep the Passover at
the end of the 14th instead of early 14th.  Even the Samaritans are no proof for the early
14th Passover advocates who are willing to follow their supposed example.  Yet, while
living in their glass house, they are willing to throw stones of paganism at those who
disagree with their theories.

Those of the House of Judah, who returned from the Babylonian captivity and were
zealous for God and His ways, finally reached the point of fanaticism in getting all the
rituals just right.  It was through them that God preserved His Word and the traditions of
the elders.  The Samaritans and their ways grew dim, and the Sadducees faded away
completely, while the living examples came to us through Rabbinic Judaism down to this
day.  Would God have preserved the Bible and the Calendar through Rabbinic Judaism
and then preserved the observance of certain Holydays through these Samaritans who
were never a branch of His people?  The Jews do not understand Christ and Him
crucified; but they understand the rituals and observances.  They have to; the faithfulness
of God is at stake!

Romans 3:3 For what if some (of the Jews) did not believe?  Shall their unbelief make the faith of God
without effect?