“[The Wicked] make a mock at sin. They make a laughing matter of the sins of others, making themselves and their companions merry with that for which they should mourn, and they make a light matter of their own sins, both when they are tempted to sin and when they have committed it; they call evil good and good evil (Isa. 5:20 ), turn it off with a jest, rush into sin (Jer. 8:6 ) and say they shall have peace though they go on.”
It seems every year Halloween becomes more and more popular with children, but also with adults. As the culture becomes more and more obsessed with the occult, in movies and children’s programmes, we also see the professing Christian Church more and more desensitized to demons, death and witchcraft.
Can we take elements from Halloween, a day with pagan origins, and make it lawful for a Christian to participate in?
Halloween, regardless of where it came from, is based on the glorification of witchcraft and the occult. At its foundation the day is joining, and often making light of, those who communicate with the dead.
There is no possible way that this can be made lawful for the Christian, as to do so would be akin to ‘Christianising’ pornography or any other rebellion against God. Sadly this practice, of taking sinful elements from the world and ‘Christianising’ it, is all too common in our day.
“Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain…”
Do elements of this day, like dressing up in random costumes, sometimes seem innocent? Yes, to many they do; but at the very least we are presenting ourselves to the world as if we approve of the worship and glorification of demons, hell and everything that hates God.
“Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:22
If no one else sees you as different, especially on occult holidays, are you truly different? Are you truly born again? Do you truly belong to Christ?
There can be no doubt that witchcraft and the occult are linked and connected to Halloween.
What does God Almighty think of witchcraft?
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”
-1 Samuel 15:23
“And he (Manasseh) caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.”
-2 Chronicles 33:6
“Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.”
Should we celebrate a day that celebrates the works of the flesh?
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
So considering all this, should we enjoy a day that makes light of, and often celebrates, what God hates?! I hope the discerning Christian will see that this answer is obvious.
Are you truly a Christian if you can reject this warning? Do you love God? If so, then flee from these abominations and run in repentance and faith to your Saviour, Jesus Christ.
“Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.”
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