We never had a Halloween Parade in school but we did have a very simple Halloween party that consisted of a few snacks and a Halloween art project. We anxiously waited for the day to end so we could dress up in our costumes and head out door to door for our reward…. candy! The hardest part was waiting for my dad to inspect every last piece before we could indulge. The day came and went quickly… it was simply another Halloween.
Back then, everyone knew Halloween was innocent fun. There was no mention of pagan roots or any association with Celtic druids, as everyone knew Halloween originated from the Catholic Church and all kids, Catholic or not, celebrated. Our parents weren’t the least bit concerned about child sacrifices, in fact, who cared a hoot about Satan? The only fear in the night was when a friend jumped out from behind a tree when you least expecting and said “Booo” It was simply as scary as Charlie Browns Pumpkin.
By the time we reached our teens, trick-or-treating was dwindling down. At least where I lived, there weren’t too many costumed character walking the streets and only a few houses had lit porch lights. It almost seemed Halloween had run its course but then…. It came back with fleeting flame. What had happened? The Christian church began believing pagans who claimed the holiday was stolen from them. It amazes me that the church would adhere to what pagans were saying over the Word of God but the devil is deceitful and uses whatever it takes to get his desired results, even the good works of Christians.
You have to wonder if Halloween would have eventually been one of those lost holidays that nobody celebrates and only occasionally show up in a college research paper, if only, the church hadn’t campaigned so hard against it? Do you remember the boycott over Pamper diapers and the claimed satanic logo of Procter and Gamble? It was later proved false and despite the company’s loss in sales at the time, in the end pampers are still the #1 choice of hospitals. Sadly, Christians have become to be known in the world as the “gullible” who believe anything anyone tells them, so long as Satan or the Illuminati is behind it.
What have we today? Christians actually proclaiming a day to Satan! Now, how absurd is that? The Lord God has created the days and Satan being unable to create wants to receive the glory. Look carefully here brethren because Satan does have a master plan that you may have fallen into if you are giving homage to him by declaring Halloween his day. October 31st is now also marked as evil but by whose intent? Certainly not God's, have we forgotten He created the days and nights (Genesis 1:5) and said “it is good” where did the evil come from? And why, would you call something that God said “is good” evil?
I came across an article in Christian Today by Rev Mark Woods that I believe exemplifies the areas the church has been lured into the deception by the god of this age. Rev. Woods shares these five things that evangelicals get wrong about Halloween…
1. They're buying into superstition. If anyone really does think that the Devil is particularly present in a pair of plastic horns and a trident, or a set of detachable vampire fangs, or a tube of fake blood, they have a truly limited conception of the power of evil and should get out more. Evil is much more serious than that. Just turn on the TV news and look at the latest bulletin from Syria.
2. They don't get irony. Repeat: It's not real. Hallowe'en is a marketing opportunity for people who sell pumpkins. It is based on mediaeval myths and modern horror films. Taking it seriously as a sort of spiritual onslaught by the forces of darkness is to confuse fiction and fact. The Devil has better things to do – or, as it might be, worse – than waste time on silly stories.
3. They don't let children imagine. Learning to laugh at the dark is a valuable lesson in life. We don't generally like the dark, an animal reaction going back to very primitive times when it usually held something out to get you. But dark stories which we know will end happily; dark characters which we know are really our mate with a plastic bolt through his neck; eyeballs which bounce off the walls because they're actually made of rubber – all of these things help teach us courage. Insisting that life is candy floss and only candy floss doesn't really help anyone.
4. They're putting another barrier between church and culture. Now, I'm all for that when it's necessary. If we looked like everyone else there's be no point in being us. And there are things about Hallowe'en I'd like to challenge. I'm fine with witches and ghosts, much less so with serial killers. I think challenging it by moderating it rather than rejecting it is a better approach.
5. They don't believe in the power of God. Even if Hallowe'en were genuinely spooky and on that one night the devils in hell came out to do their worst – so what? If I am not mistaken, God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15: 57); there is really nothing to worry about.
I believe the first and the last are the most important. The church is way too caught up in superstitions that give power to what is ultimately powerless if they simply relied on God. The problem is we feed the very things we fear, rather than simply put our trust in God. If God is for you, who can be against you? It’s not just a song we sing in church or a scripture (Romans 8:31) we stumble over. IT’S TRUTH! I’ll close with the same thought I often contemplated concerning Christians back during my former witchcraft years… why are you so concerned over the practice of magick when it only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move mountains? (Luke 17:6)
©By S. A. Tower, Oct. 2015
1) Woods, Rev. Mark. Christian Today “Five Things That Evangelicals Get Wrong About Halloween” http://www.christiantoday.com/article/five.things.evangelicals.get.wrong.about.halloween/42290.htm