Kevin R. Airrington
27 October 2013
This essay is a resource for Christian families who are looking for answers about Halloween.
I know before I even publish this that I will take heat for even bringing up the subject of Christians celebrating Halloween. Let me say up front that my goal is to lift up Jesus in everything I say and do. I stand for truth. I stand for Jesus, and I am not ashamed.
If you are a Christian and you celebrate Halloween…that’s your business. Just like it is your business to smoke crack and cheat on your wife.
Luke 6:46 KJB, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
Several years ago I reposted two very good articles about Halloween on my Ministry Website: www.airrington.com. I did not write these articles, but I thought they answered some questions about Halloween. They are very good articles but what I should have done is take the time to write my own article and inject my personal beliefs, detailed history and what the Bible has to say on the matter.
Should you and I as Christians be involved in the celebration of Halloween?
Finding the answer to that question has been an interesting journey in itself. I have my own reasons and Biblical reasons to say the least of these — Joshua 24:2, 15, “And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel…choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” This should be enough. Done! But many Christian’s , too many, are OK with some sins….why I have no idea. Have you read Paul’s list or John’s lists of the sins that will keep you from Heaven. SIN IS SIN. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Revelation 21:8 KJB)
Numbers 32:23b KJB, “. . . behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.”
God is clear in His Word about a good many things…yet it seems that many tend to ignore them. They tend to make God in his or her own image instead of the way around. Many will not read this article because it is too long and we just can’t be bothered, besides I just don’t believe that stuff is our excuse. “My pastor says Halloween is okay to celebrate.” Your Pastor is just a man and he is wrong about this! That’s a pretty bold statement, I agree, but perhaps after you read this essay you will change your mind. I hope you do…for the love of God, and if Christ’s death means any to you…I hope you do!
As I searched the Internet to get opinions, thinking I would find many God fearing Churches shout, “CHRISTIANS DO NOT CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN”…what I found instead was the saints of God defending, even glorifying Halloween as some sort of Christian Holiday; perhaps as important or more important than Christmas or Easter.
Shocking! First, I did find a site that said, “10 Reasons why Christians should NOT celebrate Halloween.” Then the very next one in the search was, “7 reasons why Christians SHOULD celebrates Halloween.” Ay ya yay!
No wonder Christians are confused about almost every subject. Another site said, “We should not worry about spirits, ghosts, and satanic symbolism with Halloween we should worry about drunk drivers and other social issues.” Are you serious? Yes, those things are important…
again, may I… ay ya yay! The Bible I read and perhaps yours is different than mine says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN
I have heard a lot of ‘TALK’ about Halloween being a Christian Holiday…just look at the thousands of people on Facebook, Youth Pastors and Senior Pastors alike all justifying this holiday as some sort of I don’t know what…some sort of Christian All Saint’s Day.
Let’s you and I just see about all this Christian Holiday business.
The name “Halloween” comes from the All Saints Day celebration of the early “Christian” church, a day set aside for remembrance of the martyrs. The word Halloween comes from the term “All Hallows Eve” which occurred on October 31st, at the end of the summer in Northwestern Europe. “All Saints Day,” Or “All Hallows Day” was the next day, November 1st. Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day. “All Hallows Eve” was eventually contracted to “Hallow-e’en,” which became “Halloween.”
As near as I could find out; the earliest origins of Halloween can be traced back to about the time of Jesus Christ. These origins were primarily from an ancient Ireland and Scotland. On October 31st, the Celtics celebrated the end of summer. During this important time of the year for herders they would move their animals into barns and pens in order to prepare for and ride out the long winter months ahead. Also, this was the time that the farmers harvested their crops. This annual changing of the seasons and the “lifestyle” was celebrated by a festival called Samhain – pronounced ‘sow-ane’. Few Christians have heard this term. Samhain is still celebrated today as an ancient pagan festival of the dead by witches all over the world. In some of the earliest Irish literature sources you will find mentioning’s of Samhain. Many important events surround Samhain…they either take place on Samhain or around this time period.
Samhain is one of four Gaelic seasonal festivals: Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh make up the other three. Samhain along with Beltane, bonfires were lit and rituals began. These bonfires as well as the ashes are said to have protective and cleansing powers. And that’s not all. They also performed many rituals that involved the bonfires. Samhain, like Beltane is seen as a time when spirits could easily make entrance into our world. The aos sí – pronounced ‘ees shee’ and the older form aes sídhe – pronounced ‘ays sheeth-uh’, it is usually spelled Sìth but you would pronounce it the same. (Star Wars – Remember the Sìth – Star Wars is the most occultic movie of all time.)…This is a supernatural race that some believe is the remnants of the pagan gods and nature spirits. They are said to be ancestors, the spirits of nature or gods & goddesses and they walk among the living.
They also believe that the aos sí needed to be propitiated or appeased in order to ensure that their livestock survived the winter. So, if you make the deity happy they will protect your livestock. The souls of the dead were welcomed into their homes and the dead kin would also have a place of honor set for them at the table for them. “Guising” is part of the festival. This involved people going door to door in a disguise and reciting verses in exchange for food or coins. (trick or treat). Costumes were used to disguise themselves from the aos sí (the spirits).
Divination, which involved nuts and apples were a big part of the festival. Divination is a systematic method by which the individual attempts to gain an answer to a question or a situation in their lives by way of an occultic process or ritual. They may gain this knowledge through reading signs, events or through contact with a supernatural agency.
The Roman Catholic Church changed the dates of All Saints Day from 1 November to 2 November (they are good at changing dates— look at Christmas. The Jews also monkey with dates…changing the Jewish calendar so that Jesus would not line up as the Messiah but a favorite Rabbi would, see my article called, “THE JEWISH CALENDAR”) and it later became ‘All Soul’s Day’. Overtime Samhain and All Saints’/All Souls’ Day merged to help create what we now celebrate as Halloween. Towards the end of the 20th century, Celtic neopagens and Wiccans have observed Samhain or something very similar based on it. Make no mistake this IS a RELIGEOUS HOLIDAY but NOT a CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY. Samhain is celebrated all over the world…and at different times of the year. The name may change as well, but it is the same RELIGEOUS HOLIDAY.
Samhain, like Beltane was a time when the doorway to the underworld was opened to the this world. This allowed the SPIRITS OF THE DEAD to come into our world. The way I read this Samhain is basically a FESTIVAL FOR THE DEAD. The Boyhood Deeds of Fionn says that the sidhe (fairy mounds or portals to the Otherworld) “were always open at Samhain”.
“According to the Dindsenchas and Annals of the Four Masters, which were written by Christian monks, Samhain in ancient Ireland was associated with the god Crom Cruach. The texts claim that King Tigernmas (Tighearnmhas) made offerings to Crom Cruach each Samhain, sacrificing a first-born child by smashing their head against a stone idol of the god.” THAT’WICKED…hey lets go trick or treating!
Ronald Hutton ((1996) Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain. Oxford, Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-288045-4) he writes: “When imitating malignant (it will destroy you as opposed to benign which is just a pain) spirits it was a very short step from guising to playing pranks”. In other words, imitating evil spirits is about the same thing as dressing up in costumes and going door to door or playing pranks. Playing pranks at Samhain is recorded in the Scottish Highlands as far back as 1736 and was also common in Ireland, which led to Samhain being nicknamed “Mischief Night” in some parts. I think Mischief Night could accurately describe todays modern Halloween. Many teenagers and young adults…play all kinds of pranks…toilet papering a tree…throwing eggs at a house…putting dog poop in a paper bag and setting it on fire so the unsuspecting victim stomps it out on their porch gets poop in their slippers and more.
Trick-or-Treating came from the custom of going door-to-door collecting food, coins and fuel for bonfires and/or offerings to the aos sí for the Samhain festival. Trick-or-Treating also has roots in collecting ‘Soul Cakes.’ This is an English practice where given out to Soulers (mostly children and the poor) who would go door-to-door on Halloween singing and saying prayers for the dead (Idolatry, more on this later). These small round cakes were eaten and they would represent a soul being freed from purgatory. Traditionally the Soul Cakes with glasses of wine were set out on All Hallows’ Eve as an offering for the dead. This ritual of children going door –to-door begging for Soul Cakes on All Saints Day was known as ‘SOULING’.
In 1891, the Reverend M.P. Holmes from Tattenhall, Chesire discovered the song from a little girl at the local school (Gregory, E. David (2010). The Late Victorian Folklore Revival. Scarecrow Press. p. 315. ISBN 978-0-8108-6988-2.). In the 1950s the soul-cake song was still being collected in England.
The 1891 song contained the following lyrics:
A soul! a soul! a soul-cake!
Please good Missis, a soul-cake!
An apple, a pear, a plum, or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul
Three for Him who made us all.
In 1963, Peter, Paul and Mary, an American Folk Group recorded their version of the song and entitled it: ‘A Soalin’:
Soul, soul, a soul cake!
I pray thee, good missus, a soul cake!
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him what made us all!
Soul cake, soul cake, please good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, or a cherry, any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul, and three for Him who made us all.
American Hallowe’en composer Kristen Lawrence found two historical tunes associated with soul cakes, she was struck that the beginning notes were the same as the mediaeval plainchant Dies Irae, “Day of Judgment.” The lyrics call for the people to repent and pray for the dead (Idolatry, more on this later). (British rock musician Sting recorded a song called “Soul Cake”. You can listen to the song on his 2009 album, “If on a Winter’s Night”. What am I saying; this is the 21st Century, head over to You Tube! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu8H5rA9HuA). It’s a snappy little tune with a nice beat…and my head was surely a bobbin’, however, the chorus will send chills down your spine! His version seems to be an adaption of Peter, Paul & Mary; however, his refers to Christmas rather than All Saints’ Day or All Souls’ Day. “A Soul Cake, a soul cake…anything to make us merry. We’ll hope you will be kind…And we’ll come no more a-soulin’…till Christmas time next year.”
That…”a soul cake a soul cake a soul cake…” chant makes me uneasy. Like some sort of Satanic chant. I think I will pause and pray right now…to be honest…all of this has made me uneasy and it is scaring the hell out of me!
“Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for your outrageous love for us. Thank you for your Word…and your knowledge. Lord as we explore the dark side of a holiday that drips in demonic activity I pray for Your protection and your comfort. Oh God! I am feeling very uneasy right now. Like someone or something is watching me and they are not pleased with what I am writing…I rebuke these demonic spirits in the name of Jesus…you are the most high God…protect me and shower me with your love. I pray that all those that read this are blessed and educated Lord. That they will see the truth and they will follow your law. Thank you Jesus.”
I’m am sorry, I had to do that…I am not simply filling words up on a page…I really am feeling scared and uneasy.
One thing that comes to mind at this point is that the Scripture firmly teaches that we are not to pray to anyone but the Father, The Son and the Holy Ghost. Catholic doctrine teaches us to pray to the Saints. Catholicism teaches it is okay to pray to Saints and other creatures. I firmly believe that praying to anyone other than God is IDOLATRY. I have no problem with Christians in Heaven hearing what is said on earth. Many Christians seem to deny this fact, however, this is clearly taught in revelation 5:8-14. Just because people in Heaven can hear the prayers on earth does not mean we can pray to them. They can only hear the prayers and praises of God and this is only granted by God, let’s not give the Saints any powers that they do not have.
“The Roman Catholic Church prefers to say that it possible for the Saints in heaven hear every prayer of every creature all the time; otherwise, it would not be possible to pray to Mary legitimately. The standard Protestant objection is that praying to the saints implies a type of omniscience on the hearers’ part. Their argument based on what we do not know, not what we do know.
There is no biblical teaching at all that states we are to pray to those who once were alive on earth and are now in heaven. Biblically, prayer is always offered to God, and is a form of worship. Further, prayer is not the same thing as talking to someone face-to-face. Prayer is a humble petition to the Lord and not to a friend who’s in the same room with you or on the other end of the phone — or in heaven. Prayer is offered to God, never to any created thing. To do so is to offer worship that should only be directed to God, which is idolatry.”
The Bible teaches us to pray to God in Jesus name: 1 Pet 1:17, Eph 3:14.
By participating on Halloween you are breaking the very first commandment, Exodus 20:4, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”
Certainly, anyone that prays to dead people is an Idolatress! REPENT — Acts 3:19!
Pumpkins & Jack-o’lanterns —
A traditional Irish turnip Jack-o’-lantern from the early 20th century.
Photographed at the Museum of Country Life, Ireland
One of the traditions for guisers or pranksters was to hollow out turnips or mangel wursels (beets or other root vegetable). Once hollowed out they would place a candle in them to act as lanterns. Quite often they were carved with grotesque and frightening faces to represent spirits or goblins. They were also used to protect themselves from harmful spirits. Interesting, an evil spirit to protect you from and evil spirit…no thank you…I think I will rely on my Holy Spirit. They were common during Somerset or Punkie Night. Punkie Night is an English custom practices on the last Thursday of October.
Children marched around with a jack o’lantern and sang a song which goes:
It’s Punkie Night tonight
It’s Punkie Night tonight
Adam and Eve would not believe
It’s Punkie Night tonight
There are some variants of this old rhyme which also include these lines:
“Give me a candle, give me a light If you don’t, you’ll get a fright”
or alternatively: “Give me a candle give me light If you haven’t a candle, a penny’s all right”
As Cooper and Sullivan (Cooper, Q. & Sullivan, (1994). Maypoles, Martyrs and Mayhem. London: Bloomsbury books.) explain, this relates to the tradition where children would beg for candles on this night, and threaten people who refused to give them anything.
Morrell (Morrell, Patricia; Peter Clark (Illustrator) (1977). Festivals and Customs. London: Pan Piccolo Books) explains how, in earlier times, farmers would put a traditional “Punkie” on their gates to ward off evil spirits at this time of year.
The Jack o’lantern comes from an Irish folklore about a man Jack who tricked the devil into climbing a tree. Once the devil was in the tree, Jack carved a cross on the trunk, preventing the devil from climbing down. The devil made a deal with jack (he is good at that) not to allow Jack into hell after jack died and all he had to do was remove the cross from the tree. After Jack dies, he couldn’t go to hell and he couldn’t go to Heaven. Poor Jack was forced to wonder around the earth with a single candle to light his way. The candle was placed in a turnip to keep it burning longer. In the 1800s the Irish began to immigrate to America they changed from the turnip to the pumpkin. Along with these traditions they brought with them the black cat which is considered to be reincarnated spirits who had prophetic abilities.
Halloween is an occasion when the ancient gods (actually demons) are worshiped with human sacrifice. The origins are not of Christian origins (notice the word “Christian” in quotes at the beginning of this essay?) …the origins of Halloween are a mixture of old Celtic pagan rituals, demon incantations, worship of the dead, superstition and early Catholic traditions.
Many have claimed the “Christian” roots of Halloween. I guess that all depends. It depends if you count Catholics as Christians. Now let me be perfectly clear. Do I think Catholics are going to Heaven? No, absolutely not. The Catholic Church is nothing but a cult that dabbles in blatant Idolatry, Sorcery, Islamism and Saint Worship. However, there will be Christians that attended mass that do make Heaven, but it will not be because of their religion it will be in spite of it! It will be because of Jesus! Snap-Apple Night, painted by Irish artist Daniel Maclise in 1833.
It was inspired by a Halloween party he attended in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832.
The caption in the first exhibit catalogue:
There Peggy was dancing with Dan
While Maureen the lead was melting,
To prove how their fortunes ran
With the Cards could Nancy dealt in;
There was Kate, and her sweet-heart Will,
In nuts their true-love burning,
And poor Norah, though smiling still
She’d missed the snap-apple turning.
On the Festival of Hallow Eve.
The most frightening thing about the Snap-Apple painting (never mind the eerie resemblance to the drink we call SNAPPLE —which I think there is more there than meets the eye.)…it looks EXACTLY like a Church sponsored HALLOWEEN ALTERNATIVE PARTY…maybe trunk r treat or Harvest Party! Games, dancing, bobbing for apples, singing, eating…candy and more. I mistakenly took my children to our church’s trunk or treat. First, in the church fellowship hall… it look just like the Snap-Apple painting. They had women dressing as men, men dressing as women…witches, goblins, etc. They were putting fake tattoos on the kids; tattoos of pumpkins, witches, black cats, goblins, ghosts, etc. PLEASE CHURCH WAKE UP…WE ARE THE SAINTS OF GOD AND WE ARE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL!!!!
The origins of Halloween are Celtic in tradition and have to do with observing the end of summer sacrifices to gods in Druidic tradition. In what is now Britain and France, it was the beginning of the Celtic year, and they believed Samhain, the lord of death, sent evil spirits abroad to attack humans, who could escape only by assuming disguises and looking like evil spirits themselves. The waning of the sun and the approach of dark winter made the evil spirits rejoice and play nasty tricks. Believe it or not, most of our Halloween practices can be traced back to these old pagan rites and superstitions.
Before we move on I think it is important that we have a look at how Wicca, the official religion of witchcraft, has to say about Halloween.
Perhaps they viewed the day as a simple fun and innocent neighborhood activity?
I don’t know if I should be shocked or I should have seen this coming. Halloween is a real, sacred day for those who follow Wicca. In fact, it is one of two high and holy days for them. The Celtic belief of spirits being released is current, along with the worship of Samhain (the lord of death) – both are promoted as something to embrace on that day. I am convinced that those who believe and practice witchcraft, that Halloween represents a tremendous opportunity to embrace the evil, devilish, dark side of the spiritual world. If you are not convinced of this, please take a trip with me to Ashland, Oregon, just north of the California border on Halloween night. The streets will literally be filled with Wiccan…demonic activity.
SHOULD CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN
An old proverb says, “When you sup with the devil, use a long spoon.” Presumably, NO genuine Christian would want to sup with the devil at all and yet many may be doing so in ignorance.
Halloween is celebrated by millions of people as a fun time for kids, putting on costumes, and going door-to-door to get candy. But it is also known as a time of witches, ghouls, goblins, and ghosts. On one hand, some see Halloween as a harmless time of fun and on the other, a ghastly and demonically inspired night to be avoided.
As Christians, there is a lot of debate on whether or not we should participate in Halloween. Is it alright to go trick-or-treating? Can we dress our kids up in costumes on that day? If we do any of this, are we celebrating an evil holiday?
My son, Joshua is just six years old told me, “daddy all the people that think Halloween is a Christian Holiday is lying it is actually a devil holiday.” Now how in the world did my six year old figure this out and YOU HAVEN’T?
My daughter Rosebud, my 11 year old daughter has an answer for those that believe that Halloween is a Christian Holiday, “Well that just explains it all! Kids dressing up with blood all over them, pitchforks and tails with triangles on them (obviously her observation of a devil), ghosts and goblins and witches…I don’t even get that. Yeah, it’s a Christian Holiday.”
To be honest, on the surface it is clear that Halloween is a satanic holiday…and should scare the bezeebers out of us forcing us to recite the Scripture, “greater is He that is within me than He that is in the world.” Let alone the history which we have just uncovered…if you really are a Christian as you claim to be…you should have a very uneasy feeling in your spirit…you should be scared as hell.
A few points about Hallowen:
- October 31st has long been known as “The Festival of the Dead.” The Celtic tribes and their priests the Druids celebrated this day as a marker for the change from life to death.
- Witches celebrate Halloween as the “Feast of Samhain,” the first feast of the witchcraft year. Being a festival of the dead, Halloween is a time when witches attempt to communicate with the dead through various forms of divination. Christians should not be involved with occultic practice or divination. Note God’s command against divination in Deuteronomy 18.
- Villagers, fearful of the possibility of being visited by the ghosts of past occupants, would dress up in costumes to scare the spirits on their way. They would also leave food and other treats at their door to appease the spirits so they would not destroy their homes or crops but instead move on down the road. Occultists also would try to scare away the spirits by carving a scary face into a pumpkin.
- In some witchcraft covens, the closing ritual includes eating an apple or engaging in fertility rites. In the Bible (Genesis 3), eating a piece of fruit brought sin and death into the world. In witchcraft, eating an apple is symbolic of bringing life. The practice of bobbing for apples brings together two pagan traditions: divination and the fertility ritual.
- Schools are removing any religious significance from Christmas (often called winter break) and Easter (spring break). Isn’t it ironic that most public schools still celebrate Halloween even though it has occultic origins?
- Participating in Halloween gives sanction to a holiday that promotes witches, divination, haunted houses, and other occultic practices.
Source: These bullet points were barrowed from Probe Ministries in Richardson, Texas. (http://www.fillthevoid.org/Occult/TenReasonsChristiansShouldNotCelebrateHalloween.htm)
Some of you are not interested in what the Bible commands, however, you have stuck with me thus far, we know with certainty that we as Christians, as Saints of God, as Ambassadors of Christ that we are forbidden to become involved with the works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
As a minister of the Gospel and being saved for over 25 years I have seen the devastating effect on lives when this commandment is broken. Remember, God’s promise of protection for ourselves and that of our children is for those that are in His will and that promise may no longer hold true if we allow our children to celebrate this dark religious holiday. Rebellion is the same as witchcraft the Bible tells us. Ever wonder why children raised in an environment where Halloween is celebrated are in rebellion! It is difficult enough to raise our children in a Godly manner in this day than to purposely expose them to Satan and the realm of darkness.
Satan and his demons have created a maze of ‘alternate religions’ to keep as many people deceived and confused as possible. A brief study of history will show that Satan as introduced one false belief system after another. He knows that our love for God and our God given desire to serve Him can easily be short circuited by these false religions. He has told one lie after another: “all roads lead to God”. Some uneducated Christians or Christians who refuse to hear the truth believe this lie. All roads do not lead to God. There is one God, the Creator of all. Jesus is the ONLY Road to God and without Jesus Christ, there is no salvation.
It is clear, and all Christians need to know this, the devil wants to deceive us and keep us from discovering the truth. Can we agree on that much today? I am writing this for Christians, my brothers and my sisters. The Church and Christians make one compromise after another. Where in God’s Word and it is just a question, where does it say we must compromise with the world and become tolerant of other religions and sin? Show me and I will never again preach the Gospel. If that is so, then I am wrong…wrong about everything I know to be true of God.
You might say, Brother Kevin…my kids dress up as Barbie, Mickey Mouse or Pirates. I always go with them, so that they are safe. We never carve scary faces on pumpkins. We have so much fun decorating our yard as a cemetery. First, let me ask you mom, dad…what happens when you take your children tout Guising in their Barbie Costume and their Pirate Costume (arrggg!!!) and they see other children dressed as demons, ghosts, hookers, witches and an assortment of other occultic creatures? What do you say to them? WAIT! Don’t answer me too quick. Think…think…I know it hurts…but think! You are building a foundation with your children and right now you have a moment. What will you say? What can you possible say that will not mold them and how they think about the occult?
If you say, “It’s okay Sarah; it’s all fun…just fun.” You have just taught your child that it is OK to emulate evil and THAT IS WHAT THEY WILL REMEMBER. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, “Abstain from the APPEARANCE of EVIL.” How about this one mom, “Oh honey, just ignore them…they are not Christians and they do not know any better.” Congratulations mom, you have now just taught your child to not care about the lost and the dying…the ones that need Jesus. Great parenting. “Who is this guy, talking to us like this…it’s none of his business and he needs to use some tact.” Who am I? I am a dad; a grandfather, a husband, a Pastor…and I love you enough to tell you the hard truth…tact? If you have not been watching the news, Jesus could return any minute! Do you know how many people died from cancer last year alone? We don’t have time…we need to share the truth in love and sometimes the truth hurts.
And speaking of truth, there is no response that you could share with your children that would erase the representation of evil and the occult on Halloween…you will dull their ability to determine what is evil and dark and what is pure and light.
One that I have been hearing a lot and reading on Facebook lately…I even saw a Youth Pastor’s wife say, “It’s all for fun.” Your children will come to accept that they can enjoy Halloween that it is all in fun. Maybe they have dressed up as a witch or a demon…hey it’s all in fun. How about let them read Goosebumps or how about your read them the latest Stephen King novel before bed…it’s all in fun. Maybe your son comes home one day and announces he talked to his grandmother who passed away 6 months ago. His buddy whipped out a Ouija board and grandma was right there…it’s all in fun. Maybe your daughter comes home late from school…her beautiful blonde hair is died black…nails are black…lipstick is black. She announces that she is a Wiccan and she is in touch with mother earth on a truly spiritual level…groovy man…hey, it’s all in fun. Maybe one night you get a call from the local police…your son or daughter is in jail. The police had arrested them because of occultic activity…murder…desecrating a body…child endangerment…OH MY WHAT DID THEY DO? The skinned a 6 month old baby alive as a sacrifice to the druid god Aba Kulana (I made that name up)…hey it’s all in fun. Your children have heard you say all their life that evil doesn’t hurt anything…it’s all in fun…as long as you don’t mean it to be serious…
Now, you are thinking that I am going too far. But every single example I have given is a true one. Listen to me mom and dad! When we do not give our children FIRM direction in these areas, the devil will have free access, access that you have allowed and it will confuse and mislead your children. Our children are not saved because we are. They must choose Jesus for themselves. If we do not tell that that the supernatural realm doesn’t have to be taken seriously, then they will not take it seriously and they will not take JESUS serious!
My children will not celebrate or participate in Halloween because:
– I don’t want them to underestimate the devil
– I don’t want them to open up to demonic influence
– I don’t want them to stumble into an area of the occult unaware
– I want them to know that I take the Bible literally
– I want them to prefer the light of the Gospel to the darkness of the occult
– I want them to know that it is OK to stand apart from the world on these issues
– I want them to recognize easily what is evil and stand against it in the name of Jesus
I could list many other reasons, but would you listen? My children do not go to Harvest Parties or trunk or treats, etc. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CHURCH SPONSORED HARVEST PARTY AND SAMHAIN!
When my children were in public school, we sent a note to school that said, “Dear teacher, we are Christians and do not participate in any fashion with the pagan holiday of Halloween. As Christians, it is not appropriate for our children. Please provide an alternate activity for my child if you plan to have parties, carve or color pumpkins or other occultic creatures.
Thank you for your understanding. If you have questions, please call me. God bless you, Mr. Airrington. 555-555-1212.”
If I have not convinced you that participating in Halloween in ANY FORM is wrong for a Christian, then you really have not prayed or thought about it. If you choose this day whom you will serve and ask God to help you and give you wisdom in this area, He will.
What should Christians do? Many believe they need to have a Harvest Party or the like so that their children are not missing out on the “fun” the others are having. Remember what I said, THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CHURCH SPONSORED HARVEST PARTY AND SAMHAIN!
My children have NEVER been trick or treating and they don’t miss it! They don’t care. Often times the holiday becomes part of the parent and the fun the parent has seeing Johnny dressed up like a cute little demon. If you feel you need an alternative I will give you one…probably the only one.
THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE HALLOWEEN FOR CHRISTIANS
Remember, when Jesus spoke with Peter about His church, he promised him that, “…the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18 This is a very clear mandate from our King…we are to take hell by violence! Some Christians believe we need to take a defensive posture and hide in a corner protected by our shield of faith…no way…Jesus is talking of about offensive action here. We need to seize the day and attack Satan’s Kingdom.
This is what we do at the Airrington house: Those little demons and Barbie’s are coming…you can turn off your porch lite…pray you are not the attack of a prankster…hide in the corner with your shield or YOU CAN TAKE HELL BY VIOLENCE!
Get a small zip lock baggy…put a few pieces of candy in it, I put a lot of candy and chocolate. This is not the time to be cheap, you want them coming back next year and to tell their friends. Maybe a pencil with a Bible Scripture, some Bible Stickers (kids love stickers) and go to www.passthewordkjb.com or www.chick.com and order some comic tracts. You can search for Halloween or get any of them… My Favorite is, “Who’s your Daddy?” They are cheap…just 18¢ each. Buy 1, 25 or 100! If you order from PASS THE WORD KJB, you will have to order packs of 25. I also add 2 to 4 crayons, so the kids can color he comic tracks.
On the back there is room to write your church or stamp it in…or your website or anything…a message…or leave it blank. Zip it all up in the baggy…any extra candy let your kids eat it or hide it and you eat it!
Then pour yourself a hot bowl of Chili…shred some Cheddar Cheese and onion it…butter up the corn bread and wait for the doorbell. Go to the door for safety with your kids…but let them hand out the bags. They will be excited they are spreading God’s Word.
The Bible says “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” That is so true! We do need to know what the Word says. It is relevant to our present lives, not just our eternal! Many of us have wasted a lot of years and we are just finding out what God has to say about our lives.
My family does not celebrate Halloween. We don’t even pretend that it’s good, or make believe that somehow it’s a Christian event. Halloween has roots in witchcraft, the occult and human sacrifice plain and simple. It is the devils attempt to get some glory. I’m always saddened this time of year when I see the number of Christians and churches that dress Halloween up like a baby in a pumpkin suit and follow the world. If it’s just for dress-up and candy, we can do that any day of the year. As believers anything we see the masses flocking to, we should be very leery of. In public schools for example Halloween is celebrated and lifted up, yet Jesus is not allowed. Like any family decision I encourage you to seek the Lord.
Ask yourself these questions for any choice you’re facing:
- Does this activity lift up the Name of Jesus?
- Would I do this activity with Jesus standing next to me?
- Is this activity training my children in the way they should go?
You do not need an ‘alternative’ or substitute. Changing the name to Harvest Festival does not change what it is. Remember, we are in a war. Will you fight or shall we just make up alternatives to the worlds wickedness?
Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HALLOWEEN
What does the Bible say about Halloween? Everything! You will not find the word Halloween or any of its previous names. But the Bible is very loud concerning the occult, witches and demons.
Here are a few scriptures…if you have made it this far please don’t fade away at the most important part…God’s Word.
Exodus 22:18, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”
Deuteronomy 18:10-14, ” 9 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.
10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer [communicating or praying to the dead].
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
13 Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.
14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.”
1 Corinthians 10:20-21 “20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”
Galatians 4:8-11 “8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.”
Romans 13:12a “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”
God is definitely speaking negatively about occultic practices, spirits, witches and He condemns not only the practice but the people who chose to involve themselves in it. King Saul found out and you and I have discovered this to be true, as Christians we are to have NOTHING to do with the occult. Tarot Cards, praying to the dead (Idolatry), séances, lucky charms, talismans, demons, witches, mediums, etc. These are all unbiblical and will harm our fellowship God. They will open the Christian up to demonic oppression. If you are having difficulty in your life…right now…this very second, reach in your pocket…what’s in your pocket? What’s hanging around your neck? A rabbit’s foot, a crucifix, St Christopher, a pentagram…get rid of it now and see if your circumstances don’t change.
Sadly, most Christians have heard this, read it in their Bible and ignore it. One time I was talking with a Christian couple and I brought up this very subject. Suddenly the man reached in his pocket and pulled a talisman…it was of one of the Catholic Patriarch Saints, I cannot remember which. Everyone in the room starred at it…I finally broke the silence and said, “Where did you get that?” He didn’t answer…he looked slowly in his wife’s direction. His wife said almost very proudly, “I bought it for him.” I said, “O, what did you do that for?” She said, “I bought it for him when he had his heart surgery.” I said, “what for?” She said slowly as it began to dawn on her….”I ….I thought…it…would protect him!” They told me that he had experienced one health problem after another since he started carrying that talisman. I said, “Get rid of it.” They said they would…but I have a feeling he still has it…he continues to have health issues. Some unexplained by doctors.
THE FINAL WORD
The word “holiday” means “holy day.” But there is nothing holy about Halloween. The root word of Halloween is “hallow,” which means “holy, consecrated and set apart for service.” If this holiday is hallowed, whose service is it set apart for? The answer to that question is very easy-Lucifer’s!
As Christians you and I are placed in this world to be a light in a world of darkness. There is no lasting benefit to ignore a holiday that exists around us, but it also does harm to celebrate Halloween as it has originated and grown over the centuries.