Should Christians participate in Halloween???
The October 31st holiday that we today know as Halloween has strong roots in paganism and is closely connected with worship of the Enemy of this world, Satan. It is a holiday that generally glorifies the dark things of this world, rather than the light of Jesus Christ, The Truth.
Have you noticed how costumes and masks are getting generally more bloody, gory, and depraved each year? Unfortunately, the gruesome and grotesque and the occult are increasingly glorified in American society, not only on Halloween, but throughout the year in frequent horror movies and television programs.
We have found that Halloween provides an excellent time to remind our children that, as Christians, we are different, and not of this world (Heb. 11:13-16; 1 Pet. 2:11).
Also, we need to teach our children that “the fight isn’t against occultists, non-Christians, Christians who feel differently than we about Halloween, or institutions that promote Halloween, but” “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12, NKJV).
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22—“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”
Philippians 4:8—think about pure, lovely, noble things
James 1:27—“keep oneself from being polluted by the world”
3 John 1:11—“do not imitate what is evil”
Romans 12:9—“abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”
Deuteronomy 18:9-14—do not learn to imitate detestable ways, including spiritists, sorcerers and witchcraft
Ephesians 5:11-12—“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness” / “live as children of light”
1 Timothy 4:1—don’t ”follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons”
2 Corinthians 6:14-17—“what fellowship can light have with darkness?”
1 Corinthians 11:1—“follow the example of Christ”
1 Corinthians 10:31—“whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God”
James 4:7-8—submit yourselves to God, resist the devil, purify your hearts
Ezekiel 44:23—“…teach my people… to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.”
Proverbs 22:6—“train a child in the way he should go”
Matthew 18:6—“if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin…”
Hosea 4:6—“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
John 3:19-20—fallen man loves darkness instead of light
Romans 13:12—“put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
Ephesians 6:11-18—“take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
2 Chronicles 7:14—humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn away from wicked ways—and God will heal our land
Author: Paul S. Taylor, Films for Christ.
End note: At the end of the day, it is your decision. Choose wisely.
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