Halloween is primarily derived from Celtic occult practices.
On November 1 the Celts celebrated a festival unto Samhain, Lord of the Dead.
They believed that on that evening spirits from the netherworld had access to their world.
Much was done to fend off the spirits…
- Celtic priests, Druids, had open air rituals
- “jack-o-lanterns” carved from turnips...to keep evil spirits away
- “trick or treating” (“souling&rdquo to bring blessing or curse
- “bone-fires”...bonfires...with sacrificed animals...and humans
Many years after the Gospel came to the area, the Catholic church moved its “All-Saints Day” from the spring to November 1. An attempt to sanitize the celebration of the Lord of Dead by remembering those who have gone before us.
October 31st became “All Hallow’s Eve” (“Hallow” means saints)
So, you can see how it became abbreviated “Halloween”.
Many believe that Halloween has strong Christian roots.
This is not true.
It has a false facade.
Its true nature is that of the evil one.
The Kingdom of darkness celebrates the time.
Put simply, that which is represented and celebrated in Halloween are things which are to be avoided by the Believer.
The only encounter we are to have with spirits is when the Lord uses us to cast them out of people...but, most refuse to believe that...much less participate. (We will address this at another time&hellip
“But,” it is said, “can’t we dress the kids up in cute outfits? It is only for play...make-believe.”
Why deceive the children?
Why open their spirit to the designs of the evil one?
Why do we “celebrate” Halloween?
Why do we provide “substitutes”?
Hear the Word of the Lord…
1 Thessalonians 5
21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
22 abstain from every form of evil.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
7 Therefore do not be partakers with them;
8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light
9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;
12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.
We are not to participate in the things of darkness.
We are to expose the things of darkness.
A couple of more...give heed…
2 Corinthians 6
14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
9 "When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations.
10 "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
12 "For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you.
13 "You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.
Spiritism is to be avoided.
A final word…
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
2 And do not be conformed (do not put on the mask) to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Let us be separate from the world.
We know this.
Many don’t want to “trick-or-treat” on Sunday.
Why not set it totally aside and pursue holiness?