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Monday
Sep272010

What is Wrong with Halloween?

  1. The revitalization that Satanism and witchcraft, and their obvious association with Halloween, has caused Christians to think more about how we should or should not participate.
  1. In the last few years, we have seen the evil force grow more bold on this day or night.
     
  2. In our country, we have seen some very evil things take place as near as Mt. Pleasant, TX.
  1. History traces the Halloween Celebration back to the ancient religion of the Druids, a religion so evil that even Rome forbade its practice.
  1. Superstition linking cats with reincarnation made them special objects on the "Festival of Samhain", on the date of October 31st, in our time.
     
  2. Samhain means "lord of the dead". He was nothing more or less than a demon. Some point to him as Satan. (On this date, he was given special homage or even worship.)

NOTE: This is where the emphasis on death comes from on October 31st. (i.e., coffins, tombstones, skeletons, ghosts, graveyards, etc)

  1. Numerous legends surround the day, but two significant things supposedly occurred:
  1. The dead were to rise out of the grave and go around where they used to live to frighten the living.
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    1. Now, to appease these wandering spirits, the living offered gifts of fruits and nuts. (If the spirits were not happy with the gifts they would kill or even destroy property.)
       
    2. This the origin of our present day "Trick or Treat".
       
    3. Let us see that this is a perversion of the Christian’s belief in the Resurrection. (We are to receive the glorified body, not the grotesque, hurtful, ugly ones.)
  1. This was to be supreme night of Samhain and his followers.
  1. This was the celebration of the beginning of winter and darkness, as daylight grew shorter. (The hoards of Hell would roam the Earth in wild celebration of darkness and death.)
     
  1. The reason for dressing up was to masquerade as the demonic hoards and hopefully fit in as devils, imps, ogres, witches, and other evil forces.
  1. The question all must ask is "Should Christians adopt such practices?", "Can we borrow the pagan customs and superstitions and make them fit into a Christian lifestyle?"
  1. The Bible is not silent of this subject. See Jeremiah 10:2-3, Deuteronomy 18:9, Ephesians 5:11

Halloween Glorifies Satan

 

 

 

  1. While most of us participate for fun, be assured Halloween is serious business for Satanists and the power of evil.
  1. Think about it, we tell our children not to have anything to do with devils, witches, and evil, yet one night a year we dress them up to look like them. We decorate our homes, schools, businesses, and yes, even our churches with occult symbols.
     
  2. The night of Halloween is said to be the night the veil separating the living from the dead, thought by many in the occult, to be at its weakest.
     
  3. Those who don’t agree with the halt of this night we call Halloween must see that last year even liberal newscasters in many cities warned viewers to guard their animals.
  1. Dogs and cats are often found sacrificed after this night.
     
  2. The SPCA will not allow black cats to be adopted until after Halloween.
     
  3. In rural communities it is not uncommon for farmers to find animals ritualistically slaughtered on this night.
     
  1. While Satanists, witches, occultists, and even law enforcement are taking Halloween very seriously, many in the church protest our "spoiling all the fun for the children."
  1. In my opinion one of the biggest dangers is that Halloween treats Occultism as harmless.
  1. The Bible says, "abstain from all appearance of evil." (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
     
  2. We cannot deny that all symbols of Halloween are evil.
     
  1. Witches, monsters, ogres, vampires, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, devils, and demons. All point to evil and darkness.
     
  1. Christians are to be followers of "Light" (Ephesians 5:1)
     
  2. If our homes and churches are dedicated to God and are to glorify Christ, how can we justify decorating them with occult symbols?
     
  1. Let us look at decorations:
     
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    1. The jack-o-lantern is the ancient symbol of a "damned soul" with the oil being that of human skin.
       
    2. The black cat has long been associated with witchcraft and other superstitions.
       
  1. Witches and witchcraft are dominate themes of the holiday but are warned against in the Bible. (Exodus 22:18, Deuteronomy 18:8-14, Leviticus 18:24-30)
     
  2. Even "trick or treat" is a threat. Look at the vandalism.
  1. Police officials everywhere report great increases in such activities on Halloween.
     
  2. Hospitals offer free x-rays in many towns because of the danger of "treated treats"
     

Some have called me silly or crazy for refusing to participate in the pagan, hurtful celebration altogether, but the Word of God speaks to me in Ephesians 5:8. "for you were sometimes darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light."

Scriptures that forbid me to participate in Halloween.

Deuteronomy 18:8-14; Exodus 7:11-12, 22:18; Leviticus 19:26, 31, 20:6, 27; I Chronicles 10:13-14; II Kings 21:5, Isaiah 2:6; Jeremiah 10:2-3, 27:9-10; Zachariah 10:2; Malachi 3:5; Acts 8:9; II Corinthians 6:14-17; Ephesians 5:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; Revelations 21:8, 22:15 

Compiled by Rev. Brett Castle 
East Baptist Church of Denison, TX