Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oh Be Careful Little Heart

This post is very important. I am so disappointed in Believers when it comes to Halloween. Why do we do this? Why do we compromise? Why do we insist on adhering to the world when Jesus said FLEE from evil? The more and more I think about it, the more and more it hurts to see those who believe in Jesus dress their children up on a day that is specific to the devil. Why would we even want to do that? I understand why UNbelievers don't catch the importance of this stand against this day...but I do not believe Christians have the same excuse when we know the Lord and seek His heart. I don't think it is harmless. I don't think it is funny. It is very serious. It has to be examined. Believers need to understand what they are "playing" with here. I am not mad AT believers...I am mad at the fact that it is so clear to see the affects of the demonic in our world and we chose to be blind during this fake and horrible "holiday." My heart aches for Fall Fests and Churches who create something for kids to do on this day because they don't want them on the streets or doing something else. Perhaps churches may even think it is some kind of ministry to do something that "happens" to involve dressing up and passing out candy AND be on Oct 31st. But listen my friends...LISTEN...God doesn't call us to be OF the world. He even states clearly that we will be hated by the world and that we will stand out. Why would we even remotely create an inlet for Satan to have his way? Why? I know the demonic to be VERY VERY real. Satan WANTS to steal, kill, and destroy. He WANTS us to think Halloween is innocent fun, but it is NO WHERE NEAR INNOCENT. There is a great purpose behind this day. There is a HUGE agenda and we as Christians need to stop our compromising and start standing for the Lord. It is more worth following “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8) LISTEN , listen to this verse. Here is some information on just how the OPPOSITE Halloween is from this verse (taken from a blog I wrote several years ago):

Many people today are getting ready to take part in a tradition they probably know nothing about. Maybe they understand its symbolism of being “the day of the dead” but to those who do not believe in such ridiculous “celebrating,” then why continue participating? I know many Christian people who are dressing their children up in costumes with innocent intentions of having fun and getting candy, but I believe this is wrong. Christians are supposed to stand for truth, not tolerance or even acceptance. I understand the concept of running around and getting candy is very appealing. In fact I myself joined thousands of children running door to door when I was younger. But something about it all doesn’t feel right, and that is because it is not a tradition supported in the Bible.

Here is an excerpt from The Temple News (http://www.thetemplenews.com/):

The actual concept of Halloween is derived from an early Celtic holiday called Samhein (pronounced sow-in) that took place at the beginning of the winter season on Oct. 31. This day marked the end of summer and the end of food abundance and plant vitality for farmers. Spirits of the dead were believed to roam freely. On the day known as "The Day of the Dead," living relatives would help their dead loved ones complete a safe journey to the afterlife. People would paint or carve scary faces on gourds and turnips and disguise themselves in outlandish costumes to scare away the evil spirits that were also thought to be wandering the earth that night.

There is no evidence in the Bible of a “Day of the Dead” where spirits come and roam the earth hoping for relief to live their afterlife. I mean come on! Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? Do we as Christians honor and pray to saints? No. We hear all this talk about Hairy Potter and parents not letting their kids read it, and here we are actually allowing our kids to dress up and pretend to be a witch? Is it supposed to be cute? I have no problem with make-believe or dress-up, but we really need to begin thinking about what we do as believers. If we are supposed to be in the world, but not OF the world, then we are not showing this by participating because it is fun.

If we just participate for fun, then our message is that we believe it is ok to do something because it is enjoyable and entertaining. Imagine if we used this thought for other areas of life? What becomes absolute truth? If making fun of people is enjoyable to us at the moment is this ok?

I feel like we as Christians are slacking. I feel like we do not always think about the things we do because we don’t want to go against someone else’s opinion. But here it is. What are we suggesting to our kids? Most kids don’t even know what Halloween is. I asked some kids I knew and they had no clue. They do it because they are taught to do it. I actually was made fun of by these kids because I told them I don’t believe in Halloween. Doesn’t that say something? Kids make fun of someone, when they have no idea why they do something they do? Do we as adults? Shouldn’t we?

I know most people don’t do Halloween because they are about spirits walking around. I know this is not their intention. I know they are innocent and like to get costumes for their sons and daughters. I mean I would love to see lots of little butterflies. I am just asking some questions and stating that the meaning of Halloween doesn’t fit with God’s word and how can we make it?
We can't.

Peter I 5:8 Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.

1Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.

Here is another excerpt from a website http://www.exposingsatanism.org/halloween.htm

Halloween, All saints day, All hallows eve or All souls day is a festival. It was held to honor the Samhain the so called "lord of death". It was a Druidical belief that on the eve of this festival Samhain, lord of death, called together the wicked spirits that within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals.

It was a pagan belief that on one night of the year the souls of the dead return to their original homes, there to be entertained with food. If food and shelter were not provided, these evil spirits would cast spells and cause havoc toward those failing to fulfill their requests.

Sacrifices were offered on this night to the dead spirits because it was thought they visited their earthly dwellings and former friends.

There was a prevailing belief among all nations that at death the souls of the good men were taken possession of by good spirits and carried to paradise; but the souls of the wicked men were left to wonder in the space between the earth and the moon, or consigned to the unseen world. These wandering spirits were in the habit of haunting the living...But there were means by which ghosts might be exorcised.
To exorcise these ghosts, that is to free yourself from their evil sway, you would have to set out food and provide shelter for them during the night. If they were satisfied with your offerings, they would leave you in peace. If not, they were believed to cast an evil spell on you.
In modern day Satanism and Witchcraft covens, this is the day when Satan himself comes to "fellowship" with his followers. Many changes have occurred over the centuries, but one thing ha stayed the same, the practice of giving an "offering" has stayed the same. Oh we do it under the name of fun but what is the real meaning? Is it still the same as in the old days? I say the answer is YES.

Ask yourself why you do the things you do. And remember you as the adult are responsible for teaching your children the truth.

Luke 17:2 “It would be better for him if a milestone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.”

And back to this post: God says in the later days we will do what our itching ears want to hear, that people will give up SOUND doctrine to follow their hearts. I am asking for you to examine this day our world calls Halloween. I am asking for you to protect your children and not lead them into a situation that can cause evil forces to come. Our battle is with the rulers and principalities of this world. We are in a spiritual battle whether or not you want to admit it. We have to understand this. We need to ask the Lord to reveal the lies and deception within this.

Why would we even dip our feet into a situation that could possibly stand for this? And the TRUTH is that is does. Please please guard your heart and your children’s hearts during this next week. God is watching the earth for people who love Him and who will stand for His Truths no matter what others are doing.


BK said...

Thank you for sharing this. It is really important! I hope everyone who reads this realizes just how important it is to avoid compromising with the world (even in fun). Halloween is no laughing matter!

Angela said...

I have some different ideas about it as a Christian. I know there are pagan roots in it, but there are in Christmas too and much of every holiday we celebrate. I find it one of the few times that we interact with others as a society, get to meet our neighbors and are openly sharing gifts (albeit candy) to bring joy to others. I also find it a great time to talk with the kids about spirits and the real spiritual realm and what to be afraid of and not be afraid of. They are going to be exposed to stuff in the world no matter what and some of it is terrifying but doesn't need to be and some of it we sluff off as nothing and we should be terrified about the conversations from those are critical and a part of being in the world, but not of it. I see through all of the gospels that Jesus went all the places people thought he shouldn't, went to the places of deepest darkness, blasted light into it and took death and turned it on it's heals. I think we have the same power today, which is why we can take a "holiday" that was originally meant for death and grow relationships and love through it- offering peace and making contact with people we would never have seen otherwise.

Olivia said...

I have been thinking about your comment all morning. I see what you’re saying & maybe even 2 years ago I would have written that exact comment, but I’m seeing something different this year and I had to post it. The world is doing a great job at perverting holidays at every expense. Christmas, sadly, is also getting a huge attack as well as Easter. If satan can throw in the Easter Bunny and Santa then the true meaning of Jesus slips away. It is what happens slowly and creeps in to where people do not even feel the twinge of compromise any longer. I believe there needs to be a restoration among Believers in this area too. There are a lot of pagan aspects to these holidays, but the specific purpose of Halloween has always stemmed from a compromise between Christian doctrine and the world. I don't believe Christmas or Easter has ever originated from a compromise. It has slowly drifted away into Santa and the Easter Bunny...it was never originally about those things. It was about Jesus and celebrating as the Christians did long ago when Jesus had redeemed the world! We have a responsibility to the Lord to not compromise with what the world is doing.
I think the idea is tempting to say we can use Halloween as an evangelism venue. It is a day where it is acceptable to knock on a neighbors door and get to know them, but why does it have to be this day? Aren't we called ALL the time? Why can't we open our doors all the time, visit neighbors and love in Jesus' Name without compromising? You have always been good at this!!! You are a giving and caring person who has an amazing ability to love. But if there is any doubt of the manner of Halloween then go pass out candy for no reason at all. Not only when it is socially acceptable to. We need to make contact with people in every single opportunity. As far as Halloween...it is the participation I am talking about.
I think the way we expose the meaning of death for that day and make it about growing relationships is to not participate in it at all, but Love those who may come to the door. Jesus came to conquer death, not celebrate it. If it is meant for death, then we need to use Jesus and His Truth for what it is, not try to make it Holy. Jesus would absolutely go to places that were horrible, demonic, and sinful...but He would not encourage participating in something that has demonic routes. He doesn't mix with darkness. He is Light and there is no darkness in Him. He would Love the people, but not participate. He would go expose the lies and darkness, not dress up in a costume. Jesus didn’t die so we could know something is not right even in the most minute possible way and do it anyway.
We must be age appropriate with our children in discussing the evil in this world. And Halloween is a great way to start the conversation. Perhaps even satan see's the innocence of a child's joy in dressing up and getting candy and uses that as his ploy to participate?
I cannot go back on what I know of this. Like I wrote, the demonic is so real and so ready to destroy our hearts and what we believe. We truly need to make sure we understand what we do. It has been a slow process for me for sure...and I do not think that anyone who does do this is evil...I just call Believers to examine this. I want believers to understand the process of time and how slowly without even knowing it, we lose Truth. I want to grow in this too. That is why we must go back to the Truth. We must open our hearts to the reality of Truth VS. evil. If we open our eyes we will see that when there is a remote doubt, when we chose God and flee from it, we chose Truth and are more free and able to be used by God as a Kingdom warrior. It is the same reason we do not have cable, or watch rated R movies, or even go to places that play disgusting music.
I love you very much and I want you to know that although we may disagree I hope you will continue to be in my life as my sweet friend.

Angela said...

I can see your point of view and I think that is one of the beauties of walking in Christ is that He loves us where we are at and we can still walk the journey together. I appreciate that you share your ideas, but just felt that I should share another point of view. In the end, we all have to examine our actions and motives and follow what we feel the spirit is showing us, which may be different depending on the person, place or time... love you and love being on the journey together.