The people's voice of reason

Halloween has become an issue among Christians!

by Russell Ki Tara (excerpts)

The question is, should Christians adopt the pagan customs and superstitions of ancient peoples and “Christianize” them? The Bible is not silent on the subject:

“Learn not the way of the heathen....for the customs of the people are vain.” (Jeremiah 10: 2-3), and, “When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations” (Deut. 18:9).

Ephesians 5:11 declares, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

The Appearance of Evil.

The Bible says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thess. 5:22).

Who can deny that virtually all of the symbols of Halloween are evil? Witches, monsters, ogres, vampires, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, devils and demons all portray evil! On the other hand, Christians are called to be “followers of God” (Eph.5:1), and “lights” to a sin darkened world. How can we justify our masquerading as creatures of darkness in the light of the Scriptures? And if our houses and churches are dedicated to God and are to glorify Christ, how do we justify decorating them with demonic and occult symbols?

Virtually all of the common Halloween decorations represent something Demonic or Occult. For instance:

The “Jack-o-lantern” is the ancient symbol of a damned soul.

The “black cat” has long been associated with Witchcraft and numerous superstitions are still connected to it.

Witches and Witchcraft are a dominant theme of the holiday, but are an abomination to God (Exodus 22:18; Deuteronomy 18: 8-14; Leviticus 18: 24-30).

Even the “trick-or-treat” is a threat! It's nothing less than extortion! “You either give me a treat or I'll play a trick on you.”

A careful examination of these Scriptures reveals God's unreserved condemnation of all who participate in any occult activity.

What's wrong with Halloween? Everything about it is wrong! It does not have even one single redeeming virtue. It is a demon inspired, devil glorifying occult festival! Those who love the Lord Jesus Christ should have nothing to do with it!

“Learn not the way of the heathen...for the customs of the people are vain.” (Jer. 10:2-3).

“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.” (Deut. 18:9).

“Let us cast out the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.” (Rom. 13:12)

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Eph. 5:l1)

“Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” (1 Thess.5:5)

“For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing...” (2 Cor. 6:14-17).

The Christian should not fear any of the powers of darkness, for we have authority over them (Mk. 16:15; Lu. 10:19), and “God has not given us the spirit of fear...” (2 Tim. l:7). But at the same time, “We are not ignorant of Satan's devices” (2 Cor.2:11)

Some may call me “legalistic” for doing so, but I have forsaken this pagan celebration altogether. Perhaps its time you considered doing the same.

“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.” (Eph. 5:8).

It is Disobedience to God!

God repeatedly forbids his Children's participation in such demonic activities, as the following passages attest: Deut. 18:14; Ex. 7:11-12, 22:18; Lev. 19:26, 31; 20: 6, 27; 1 Chron. 10:13-14; 2 Ki. 21:5-6; Isa. 2:6; Jer. 27: 9-10; Zech. 10:2; Mai. 3:5; Acts 8:9, 16:16; 19:19; Gal. 5:16-21; 2 Tim. 3:8; Rev. 21:8, 22:15.



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