Written by Pastor Bruce Howell, a Powerful thought provoking and heart changing message.
One Halloween night, a little boy, dressed in a devil costume knocked on my door wanting candy. When I saw him, I thought to myself, ’how sad it is that our society encourages children to dress up as Satan and other evil personalities. Don’t parents realize that Satan is real and not some sort of Halloween character?’
Ephesians 5:8-11 says it well: For you were once darkness but now you are Light in the Lord. Live as Children of Light (for the fruit of the light consists in all Goodness, Righteousness and Truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness but rather expose them.
The whole concept behind Halloween involves death, darkness, deception, fear, and pagan rituals.
Many Christians find Halloween an uncomfortable topic. It’s a little like walking into a graveyard and seeing among the tombstones a raucous party in progress–a bizarre mixture of horrible screams and laughing–and then wondering who might have organized it.
Let me pose this question: What in the world do witches and demons and vampires and blood have in common with the people of God, who John refers to as “Children of Light?”
The point here is not to infer that participation in Halloween makes one a witch, or a devil-worshiper, or occultist. But I do believe that it is dishonoring to the Risen Saviour whose Is Halloween simply a child’s celebration, a night of good, innocent fun or should we think more seriously about glorifying Satan and his evil angels? Do I sound like an extremist? Consider what the World Book Encyclopaedia has to say on the subject:
Halloween’s beginnings preceded Christ’s birth when the druids, a pagan group of devil-worshipers in what is now Britain and France, observed the end of summer by making human sacrifices to the gods. It was the beginning of the Celtic year. They believed that Samher, the lord of death, sent evil spirits abroad to attack humans, who could escape only be assuming disguises and looking like spirits themselves. The waning of the sun and the approach of dark winter made the evil spirits rejoice and play nasty tricks. Most of our Halloween practices can be traced back to the old pagan rites and superstitions.
Satanists and witches still consider Halloween to be their “high holy day”–like Easter is to us. They say it is the ideal time of year to cast spells, see into the future and communicate with the spirits of dead relatives.
Many centuries ago the Church tried to offset this seasonal emphasis by introducing “All Saints Day” on November first. It was also called “All Hallows Day.” Then it became the custom to call the evening before, “All Hallow E’n.”
Trying to Christianize a pagan calendar certainly is not working today. In fact, you might say that “All Saints Day” has been almost obliterated in favour of Halloween. In my opinion, for a Christian to celebrate Halloween makes about as much sense as the Russians celebrating the fourth of July!
Jesus’ coming was to “destroy the works of the devil”
Instead of celebrating Halloween, let me suggest some ALTERNATIVES.
Celebrate the Season. The end of October is a perfect time to celebrate the beauty of Autumn. Give glory to God for His genius and love in providing such a beautiful landscape for us to enjoy. Its also a wonderful time to think about harvest time and all that God so bountifully provides for His children.and 104 are excellent passages to read together as a family.
Celebrate the Saints. Take some time to reflect on those who have influenced you greatly, such as Bible characters, reformers, missionaries, pastors, pillars in the church. Thank God for them. Honor their memories. As the writer to Hebrews said, “they being dead yet speaketh.”
Celebrate the Saviour.Especially as it relates to His victory over Satan. Make no mistake about it, Satan’s power is great, but he is no match for King Jesus! The devil has been allowed to afflict the righteous, according to Job 1:12. He also has authority over the world, according to Luke 4:6.
Dr. James Dobson, in a letter to supporters said the following:
There is a conspiracy being orchestrated with great care by those who hate the Christian system of values. They are dedicated to its destruction. A formidable army has been assembled on the battlefield, including the gay and lesbian movement; the Media and the street-corner pushers who are destroying our kids with drugs; the medical personnel who are slaughtering our unborn babies; the euthanasia organizations that are urging us to kill the old, sick and handicapped; the pornographers who are polluting our landscape; the media and universities who are committed to the humanistic perspective. These are the shock troops arrayed in full battle gear before us.
There are two dangerous extremes to avoid with regard to our ancient foe.
Dismissing him as a myth. One Satanist who had confessed to murdering several people said he did it to gain power over 10,000 souls in hell. He said this was promised to him by the devil. See the book, “Enter at Your Own Risk” by Patty Roth.
Beware of his devious deceptions. The Phil Donahue Show once highlighted his insidious nature. There was a panel of so-called “experts” in the arena of religion, composed of and atheist, a Universalist, a Catholic priest, a New Age spokesman, and an Evangelical.
When asked about their view of hell, here were the answers:
Atheist: no such thing as a soul, so no hell.
• Universalist: everyone goes to heaven after death.
• Catholic priest: ideal of hell is nonsense.
• New Ager: reincarnation takes place; no hell.
Questions put to the audience by Donahue:
Is there a heaven? Vast majority said “Yes.”
• Is thee a hell? Vast majority said, “No.”
• How many expect to go to heaven? Vast majority said, “All.”
Comments from audience members:
“This life is hell enough.”
“God is love. How could He ever think of a place like hell?”
“Have all the fun you can here because this is all there is.”
“The Bible was written by men alone.”
“Preachers are trying to scare folks into following their religion.
Glorifying Satan. This is the second extreme. He is not equal in power with God. In fact, he is not a god at all. He is a fallen angel. And Martin Luther was right. His “doom is sure. One little word shall fell him.”
When our Lord was with us on this planet, He demonstrates over and over again His power over the evil one. Consider the slaughter of the innocents and how He escaped. Consider the Nazarene’s attempt to throw Him off a cliff. Or what about the temptation experience in the wilderness, and the Pharisees attempt to have Him murdered. His family rejected Him; Israel rejected Him, Most of His followers left Him. And there was Gethsemane and Calvary. But through it all, He was the victor, and the Resurrection dealt the final blow.
Jesus said, “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out” (John 12:31). Again,
He said, “The prince of this world has no hold on me” (John 14:30).
Sarah Winchester, widow of Oliver Winchester, who invented the famed Winchester Rifle that won the west, worried about the departed soul of her husband because of all the Indians that his rifle was responsible for sending on to the next life. She also feared for her own soul and the souls of the Indians. And she was also fretting about losing her dead husband’s fortune.
So she hired 22 carpenters to build her a mansion 160 rooms spread out over six acres! She had 47 chimneys, secret passage-ways, stairs that led to nowhere. It was a designed home that made no sense. For 38 years she squandered her fortune on this project, holding nightly seances, from which she would receive further direction in just how to build. Work was finally stopped when she died in 1922. The mansion is near San Francisco and is referred to as the “Winchester Mystery House.”
How sad. How sad that she didn’t consult with The Carpenter, the Master Builder. He would have prepared a mansion just for her. He would have banished fear from her troubled soul. Instead, she decided to live a life of fear.
What’s the matter, don’t I believe in ghosts? Oh, yes, but I call them by their real name–demons or devils. Christians have nothing to do with them. They worked the works of darkness. We are Children of the Light. What fellowship does Light have with darkness?
Pastor Bruce Howell – http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-unmasking-of-halloween-bruce-howell-sermon-on-paranormal-84086.asp
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Thanks for reminding me of what’s true, real especially as a Christian regarding Halloween. I think it’s important to know the origins of our Holidays and how it affects us. To differentiate good vs evil. To set limits on things that destroy us spiritually. Have a blessed day.
Thank you for your acceptance dear Island Traveler , it is only in letting go of our own agenda and seeking after God’s that we have, True Love, Hope, Peace, Joy and His rest.
Christian Love from both of us – Anne
This is so on point.What do we children of light have in common with darkness!
Hello Lucy, so good to hear from you. are you going to Blog again, I feel you have a very good focus.
Your right we have nothing in common with the deeds of darkness, Jesus tells us that we shine like the stars in the darkness.
Christian Love – Anne
Anne, Nice to hear from you too. Yes, i am going to blog again- had kept quiet because i got a new job role in my work place which taking all my energies:) But by God’s grace i am now able to create time to write something.
God bless you and your family!
This was an interesting post, really good, including Pastor Bruce’s explanation. Would you believe, when my kids were small, my parents (unbelievers) used to hold Halloween parties for all their grandchildren? In their eyes it was harmless fun, but we never went.
Yes Deborah, I think Pastor Bruce’s warning was great, no room to object I felt.
So very sad, planting those seeds in their minds that can bear bad fruit, we look to the Elderly for guidance an wisdom but we can all be deceived, I was.
Christian Love Anne.
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Please read Anne’s article here about Halloween. She explains the truths that many ignore.
Anne, this is so good I am reblogging. I could not write one nearly this informative.
Hi Cathy, I also felt that Pastor Bruce’s message was very informitive and had a great impact thank you for Rebloging it.
As they say rubbish in rubbish out we need to protect Childrens minds and our own.
Christian Love – Anne.
I really liked Pastor Bruce’s thinking, very clear and reasoned and correct and shows how easy it is for Satan and his cohorts can get in a life ,when they think its nothing so harmless.Thats why the farther of lies, Satan , is so successful, thanks for the warning Anne
Yes Love I agree, Pastor Bruce did indeed sum it up well and we need to take to heart his warning as Christians instead of what some believe, that it is what they want not what God wants that is important, as long as their happy doing it then it must be ok, as you said Satan deceives many into thinking they are right when they disobey God..
Christian Love Anne
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Timely message! Hopefully there are some wise parents out there who will read these last two post and protect their children. We wonder why children are so confused, troubled and abused! This can happen when they have been exposed, and made vulnerable, to the darkness of the enemy’s plots to kill, steal and destroy. I appreciate this forthright truth. Thanks! Praying for children and their parents.
Thank you Donna, it’s very True that what young minds are exposed to will influence them not just as Children but later in life, like your Godly upbringing has done for you, how wonderful to see such good fruit as you share God’s Truth.
I remember that the Scriptuers also ask us to be patient with those who are weak in their faith and show them Love and we are doing this by exposing evil as God asks us to. If people are not warned they will be hurt and hurt others….yes sadly with some, forbidden fruit is always sweeter, so what can we do … Nothing, just pray and be willing to offer help if needed and keep in mind it could have been us, and yes it was with me.
Thank God for your Parents Donna and your willing submission, not because of fear but because of God’s Love that was shown to you, once again I feel like hugging your Dad and Mum and you too (((Hug)))
Christian Love Anne.
Amen and amen!!
Thank you LubbyGirl for your Godly agreement, I was going to cut down what Pastor Bruce Howell shared but was later convicted to include all of it as he wrote it, instead of just leaving his link if people wanted to read his whole message, no doubt there was a reason for this, there always is when I’m convicted to do something.
Christian Love Anne.