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?
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.