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Biblical Discussions => Apologetics => Topic started by: Beechwood on September 24, 2003, 08:15:14 AM

Title: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Beechwood on September 24, 2003, 08:15:14 AM
With Halloween coming up, this is a question that I hope to get some really serious feedback from, because it is very personal to me since my sister's child mayl be participating in it this year.

Some Christians say that it is no big deal, and we should not really make a fuss over some kids going out to trick or treat, because they are not worshipping the devil, it's just a fun game.

Other Christians say that we shouldn't have anything to do with Halloween, nor let our children go out and participate. This year my sister's child is old enough to go out trick or treating, and she says she's leaning towards allowing that. My question is, is this Christian liberty, or is there something wrong with Christian children trick or treating.

I know the history of halloween, but the children are not participating in old saints day, are they? They are just dressing up and playing games. At least that's my sister's answer. Is this correct, or should she not allow it? I'll be grateful for any opinions or scripture defense.
 Thanks,
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Jen on September 24, 2003, 09:24:43 AM
As a mother of five, I know the subject comes up everytime this year. I always have the same answer and I will not be swayed by the "wisdom and arguments of the world". I read my children these scriptures:
1 Thessalonians 5:22"Abstain from all appearance of evil." and 1 Peter 4:14  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ , happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on  their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters .
16  Yet  if any man suffer as  a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
As Christians we are not to partake in evil (nor the appearance of it). I tell my children NO to halloween every year, this year I think they are finally getting it. Instead we do something together as a  family. I know some people who pass out tracts with candy, but I do not participate at all. I do not buy the candy, so I do not encourage anyone to trick or treat. You may want to appeal to your sister's conscience by asking her if she could take her child trick or treating with Jesus. We are to do all things as unto the LORD. As a believer, the Holy Spirit of God and of Christ dwells in me, so I always ask myself...does this honor God?
There will always be excuses and ridicule, but that is part of the Christians life, for all who are to live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. I have been told my children will grow up warped if I do not let them participate in halloween..I guess that goes for the easter bunny and santa claus?? Oh Please, I will not make up lies to fill my children's brains with, but rather I will instruct them in the Word of God and pray for His mercy upon their souls.
In His Mercy and Grace,
Jen
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Peng Bao on September 24, 2003, 09:57:01 AM
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You may want to appeal to your sister's conscience by asking her if she could take her child trick or treating with Jesus. We are to do all things as unto the LORD. As a believer, the Holy Spirit of God and of Christ dwells in me, so I always ask myself...does this honor God?

That's a "great" point Jen!

Would we be embarrassed to take Christ with us to a celebration complete with pictures and costumes of Devils, the Dead, Witches, Familiar Spirits and Demons? I think the answer is obvious. Good Point. Let your conscience be your guide. With scriptue authority of course.

Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Jen on September 25, 2003, 09:54:24 AM
Dear Peng Bao,
I am glad you wrote to let the conscience be our guide with the scriptural authority. Without the Scripture leading our minds and our consciences being submitted to the Word of God we would have much trouble. I came across a verse in 1 Timothy 4: 2" Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron." The whole chapter is important to read. I also wanted to share a quote with you by Hess-"Your heart and conscience cannot guide, For they're decieved by sin inside; But if you want to see what's true,The Word of God will mirror you."In other words it is not what we think or feel that is important. It is what God's Word teaches us that is important, we must pray for mercy that we will recieve it in all truth and with all reverence. God is Holy and we must treat His Word with all respect.
In His Mercy and Grace,
Jen
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Melanie on October 11, 2004, 03:04:29 AM

Should christian's allow their children to go out trick or treating on halloween with the rest of the neighborhood? My former Pastor says that this is not a sin for them and I should not worry about it. He says because children doing this are not worshipping Satan, they're just having a good time. Any input from you will be appreciated.
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Pearson on October 11, 2004, 05:45:43 AM

Should christian's allow their children to go out trick or treating on halloween with the rest of the neighborhood? My former Pastor says that this is not a sin for them and I should not worry about it. He says because children doing this are not worshipping Satan, they're just having a good time. Any input from you will be appreciated.

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Hi Melanie.
  My opinion is that it is not just innocent fun, and we should not let our children participate in it. We should start teaching them at an early age the difference between the world and Christians. They're not missing anything. If you have to, throw a party to celebrate reformation day. Just don't fall into the trap of people trying to tell you it's just innocent fun.

This question comes up every year about this time. Here are some links to help you with your question.

   http://mountainretreatorg.net/searchit/searchit.cgi?halloween

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Just My two cents

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Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: hotrod on October 11, 2004, 05:20:46 PM

Should christian's allow their children to go out trick or treating on halloween with the rest of the neighborhood? My former Pastor says that this is not a sin for them and I should not worry about it. He says because children doing this are not worshipping Satan, they're just having a good time. Any input from you will be appreciated.

Melanie,
You say he is your former Pastor.  What does your current Pastor say?

Rodney
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Doug Johnson on October 12, 2004, 03:29:40 PM

Halloween is a celebration of the eve before all saints day. It's all hallows eve. Therefore it's not a evil day.

Furthermore trick or treating is innocent because the children are innocent and are not worshipping Satan..

 Job 17:8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.

You stiff necks need to loosten up a little and let the kids have some fun.

Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: hotrod on October 12, 2004, 09:35:55 PM

Halloween is a celebration of the eve before all saints day. It's all hallows eve. Therefore it's not a evil day.

Furthermore trick or treating is innocent because the children are innocent and are not worshipping Satan..

And if you stand in the middle of the road with an 18-wheeler coming directly at you, and click your heels three times and believe hard enough that when it hits you it will not kill you...
In other words, it does not matter what one thinks aside from the word of God.  Traditions have no hold on heaven.  1Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.  23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 
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Job 17:8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.

You stiff necks need to loosten up a little and let the kids have some fun.

I would imagine that you are saying that these little children are innocent.  But, does that not contradict what the scripture says Psalms 14; 53; Romans 3; 5.

Ps 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison [is] under their lips. Selah.

Rodney
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: andreas on October 13, 2004, 12:59:47 AM
<<<Furthermore trick or treating is innocent because the children are innocent and are not worshipping Satan>>>

Now what page of the" Holy Roman Catholic" apostasy did you discover this profound statement of yours?


"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in Sin did my mother conceive me." Psalm 51:5

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned," Romans 5:12

"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." 1 Corr.15:21-22
 
"How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a Woman?" Job 25:4

Unless you are washed with the blood you are unclean,and nothing unclean will enter the kingdom. Eph.5:5.
andreas. 8)
 
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: samhn on October 13, 2004, 01:07:15 AM
You stiff necks need to loosten up a little and let the kids have some fun.

We are not righteous, although we strive to be right.
We strive to be right, although we are not righteous.

Sam
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Doug Johnson on October 13, 2004, 04:11:35 AM

 Why don't you explain yourself? Are you saying that a kid knocking on a neighbor's door and saying "trick or treat" is a sin? That's the question I want answered. But no one is answering it. I wonder why?
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: samhn on October 13, 2004, 09:58:45 AM
Why don't you explain yourself? Are you saying that a kid knocking on a neighbor's door and saying "trick or treat" is a sin? That's the question I want answered. But no one is answering it. I wonder why?

Earlier on this thread, Pearson provided excellent source of information regarding the subject.   

http://mountainretreatorg.net/searchit/searchit.cgi?halloween     

Don’t be a part of it. I wouldn’t. But again it is your choice of celebration for your own living soul.

Sam
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Doug Johnson on October 13, 2004, 10:04:58 AM
Why don't you explain yourself? Are you saying that a kid knocking on a neighbor's door and saying "trick or treat" is a sin? That's the question I want answered. But no one is answering it. I wonder why?

Earlier on this thread, Pearson provided excellent source of information regarding the subject.   

http://mountainretreatorg.net/searchit/searchit.cgi?halloween     

Don’t be a part of it. I wouldn’t. But again it is your choice of celebration for your own living soul.

Sam


What a novel way to avoid a simple question. NOT! Are there no honest Christians left? I ask again this very simple question. Are you saying that a kid knocking on a neighbor's door and saying "trick or treat" is a sin? That's the question I want answered. But no one is answering it. I wonder why?
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Sandy on October 13, 2004, 01:09:01 PM
Doug,

Lets look at your question strictly from a wordly perspective.  Since others have already stated that Scripture tells us to abstain from every appearance of evil, lets see what Webster's New World Dictionary has to tell us about the word "trick"

trick: 1  an action or device designed to deceive, cheat, outwit, etc.; artifice; dodge; ruse; stratagem 2 a)  a mischievous or playful act; prank, practical joke, etc. b) a deception or illusion/the light played a trick on my eyes  3  a freakish, foolish, mean, or stupid act  4  a clever or difficult act intended to amuse; specif., a) an act of jugglery or sleight of hand; also, an illusion of the kind created by legerdemain  b) an action, feat, or routine performed by an animal as a result of training  5  any feat requiring skill  6  the art or knack of doing something easily, skillfully, quickly, etc. /the craft, or trade  /to learn the tricks of the trade/  8  a personal habit or mannerism /a trick of tugging at the ear/  9  a turn or round of duty of work; shift  10 [colloq.] a child or girl, esp. one viewed as cute or pretty  11  [slang]  a) the act or an instance of performing sexual intercourse as a prostitute with a customer  b) such a customer  12 Card Games the cards played and won in a single round - vt. to deceive or swindle - adj.  1  having to do with or used for a trick or tricks  2  that tricks  3  apt to malfunction; of uncertain reliability /a trick knee/ - do (or turn) the trick [colloq.] to bring about the desired result - not miss a trick [colloq.] to be very alert - trick out (or up) to dress up; deck; array - tricker

syn. - trick is the common word for an action or device in which ingenuity and cunning are used to outwit others and implies decepton either for fraudulent purposes or as a prank; ruse applies to that which is contrived as a blind for one's real intentions or for the truth/her apparent illness was merely a ruse/;  a stratagem is a more or less complicated ruse, by means of which one attempts to outwit or entrap an enemy or antagonist [military stratagems]; maneuver, specifically applicable to military tactics, in general use suggests the shrewd manipulation of persons or situations to suit one's purposes [a political maneuver]; artifice stresses inventiveness or ingenuity in the contrivance of an expedient, trick, etc. [artifices employed to circumvent the tax laws]; wile implies the use of allurements or beguilement to ensnare [womanly wiles]

trickery:  the act or practice of tricking; use of tricks; deception; fraud
trickish:  1  given to trickery; deceitful  2 characterized by or full of tricks

trick or treat!  give me a treat or I will play a trick on you!:  traditional greeting used by children going from door to door in costume on Halloween asking for treats......harmless and innocent?  Or slight of hand cunning used by Satan to trick us into believing its harmless and innocent?     
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Erik Diamond on October 27, 2004, 09:57:08 PM
I have read many articles about what we, as Christians, do on Halloween and how we can teach our children. Nothing is mentioned about adult party. 

My observation with some churches for the past few years is that during Halloween, they were having cute costume party for kids with typical trick and treat candy give outs.  What shocked me is some church also offer some sort of adult party. Let me share this experience with you:

This morning, my wife asked me if I would like to go with her to couple night at her church this weekend. The couple night is where married christians get together to fellowship and play clean games.  Anyway for the upcoming event, they will have buffet this time and fellowship. I said, "Sounds fun, I will go."  BUT, my wife also added that we need to pick a costume to wear for that night.  I protested but my wife said that all other couples will do it because there is a contest for it.  She even suggested that I wear up like Fred Flinestone, thanks to my belly.  Anyway... we have our disagreement and we probably not going at all.  My wife feel that I am too hard-heartened or narrowed mind about this. 

Well, here I want to ask readers here some honest questions here:

1.) Is it OKAY for our christian children to wear up "cute' costume at church to make Halloween more 'christian theme'? I fail to find anywhere in bible that God allow us to costume up to glorify God? 

2.) Is it OKAY for ADULT to wear up costume for 'adult fellowship' at church, just for fun?

I know something deep inside my heart that this is not right.  Or should I be lighten up?   

Is there a good study, specifically about adult party than children and trick and treating, that I can share with my wife so we can study and pray together.  I am all for good christian fellowship, but I am tend to, "Abstain from all appearance of evil..", 1Thessalonians 5:22 

Erik Diamond


Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Hallelujah489 on October 28, 2004, 12:17:16 PM
My church does this for the children, not the adults too. The youth puts it together and we all dress up and all the kids dress up and come and play around and get candy...and it's the Wednesday before Halloween arrives...This actually took place last night, and while I am not very happy that my church does this, my Mother made me go so I could help because I am part of the youth and all, but I don't think I'm gonna do it next year...I really don't like that our church is saying that it is an alternative to Halloween...we don't need an alternative to Halloween. And we deffinitely don't need to be teaching the kids that it's okay to celebrate Halloween, as long as it's at church.

I don't have verses for you on this...but try to look up the origin of Halloween...and while most people who celebrate Halloween these days don't really know that they're "worshipping satan" or whatever you wanna call it, the origin is still there...

If people just wanna dress up cause it's fun, then you can do that some other time...it doesn't have to be this close to Halloween.

Last week one of the girls that works with my brother-in-law at Starbucks, came up to him and said, "Nathan, you're a christian, right?" and he said he was and she said, "well...I was wondering...why do churches that say they don't celebrate Halloween, have things at their church, that are still celebrating Halloween, they just call it something else?" and Nathan was like, "well...it would take me 4 years to discuss this with you...um...I honestly don't know. But I do not support it."

It tells us in the Bible that we should not be like the world...and people will crucify you for being different, but you have to hold your ground. "When the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first" - John 15:18

I hope you find the answer you're looking for. Have a wonderful day.

-Jesse
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Erik Diamond on October 28, 2004, 01:53:39 PM
YEah, but is it okay for adult to wear costume at church, no matter how friendly the costume they wear?

Erik DIamond
 

Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Carol on October 28, 2004, 06:44:44 PM
Hi Eric,

Is this a free will church?  I believe I have read in your posts before that it is, so I am wondering why you would be going to this church at all, much less to a Halloween Party.

But I could be wrong and I just imagined you writing that.  LOL  If so, forget the question.

Many Blessings,
Carol
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: andreas on November 01, 2004, 10:00:30 PM
Erik,
If you want to celebrate something,then celebrate this.

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed ninety-five theses or statements of belief on the church door of Wittenberg.

As for halloween it is a pagan and devilish superstition,no matter how you dress it.A piece of rotten meat is still rotten whether you cover it with flowers or not.
andreas. 8)
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Philly Dawg on November 01, 2004, 10:05:54 PM
Erik,
If you want to celebrate something,then celebrate this.

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed ninety-five theses or statements of belief on the church door of Wittenberg.

andreas. 8)


Yes Reformation day is a very nice alternative to halloween and the pagan and devilish superstitions. I like your quote, "A piece of rotten meat is still rotten whether you cover it with flowers or not." Yes, it's like putting a dress on a pig.


Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Erik Diamond on November 01, 2004, 11:04:19 PM
My wife agreed not to go to costume party at her church after I patiently tried to explain my position with the Bible. 

To me, everyday is a celebration for our salvation and we keep the Feast of the Tabernacle daily

If there is any event going on in any faithful church, we have to make sure it will bring glory to God.

Erik Diamond
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Rose on October 14, 2006, 12:56:43 PM
With halloween quickly approaching and the kids already talking about trick or treating with friends, what are your views on this subject. Some say it's not a big deal and others act like it is the devil's work. I'm interested to know what your personal views are on the subject if you don't mind.

Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Penne on October 14, 2006, 02:37:37 PM
Rose,

I don't give Halloween much thought.  It's just another glorious day God has given me.  I have three children (ages 14, 12, & 9), they never went "trick or treating" and never asked to.  They see all the halloween displays in the stores and ask for candy so I buy them some in spite of the bag with goblins and pumpkins printed on them.  When my 12 year was younger she would buy a princess costume to play dress up in.  Last year I bought my son a Spider man costume to play in.   So... other than taking advantage of cheap costumes and candy (on sale after Halloween) we don't care much for it.

Penne
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: andreas on October 14, 2006, 05:32:45 PM
<<<With halloween quickly approaching and the kids already talking about trick or treating with friends, what are your views on this subject. Some say it's not a big deal and others act like it is the devil's work. I'm interested to know what your personal views are on the subject if you don't mind.>>>

It is a  Pagan Practice,and God has something to say about it.Did you know that the Druid priests  would assemble at a huge bonfire and place a victim in a wicker basket and then lower that basket over the fire  roasting and killing their victim? As the smoke rose,  the  priests, would foretell the future. This is the meaning behind a bonfire. The word bonfire comes from an English 15th Century word meaning Fire of Bones.

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.
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. Deuteronomy 18.

2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. Jeremiah 10.

andreas.

Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Pamela on October 16, 2006, 03:50:25 AM
I don't care how innocent Halloween may seem, I do not celebrate it anymore, and tell my children that they should not do it.  My children are grown by the way, so they will have to chose for themselves.  I still believe it is my duty as a believing mother to warn them not to dabble with evil. 

What really convinced me not to partake of the day, was these verses below:

Ephesians 5:8  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Ephesians 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

1 Thessalonians 5:5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.


Halloween is a day of darkness.  There is nothing good about it.  If we celebrate it, I believe we are teaching our children that there are no boundaries between good and evil.  We are now the children of Light, not darkness, and should avoid anything that promotes darkness!

Pam

Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Reformer on October 17, 2006, 12:24:02 PM
With halloween quickly approaching and the kids already talking about trick or treating with friends, what are your views on this subject. Some say it's not a big deal and others act like it is the devil's work. I'm interested to know what your personal views are on the subject if you don't mind.




My personal view of this day is that a real consciencious christian should have nothing whatsoever to do with any observances of it, whatsoever. That includes costumes, purchasing candy for it, kids taking part in any observance specifically for that day whatsoever, or trick or treating. Because it's simply not God glorifying. You want to buy the kids candy, buy it to eat the day before or the day after. There is no reason to do anything to bring attention to this day that has come to represent evil, demons, witches, Devils and goblins.

 Here are some articles that may be helpful in your information quest.

 http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/searchit/searchit.cgi?halloween

 

Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Pamela on October 17, 2006, 01:32:44 PM
With halloween quickly approaching and the kids already talking about trick or treating with friends, what are your views on this subject. Some say it's not a big deal and others act like it is the devil's work. I'm interested to know what your personal views are on the subject if you don't mind.




My personal view of this day is that a real consciencious christian should have nothing whatsoever to do with any observances of it, whatsoever. That includes costumes, purchasing candy for it, kids taking part in any observance specifically for that day whatsoever, or trick or treating. Because it's simply not God glorifying. You want to buy the kids candy, buy it to eat the day before or the day after. There is no reason to do anything to bring attention to this day that has come to represent evil, demons, witches, Devils and goblins.

 Here are some articles that may be helpful in your information quest.

 http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/searchit/searchit.cgi?halloween

 



Thanks for these articles Reformer.  It just reconfirms what I have been saying all along.  My former church used to celbrate Fall-Fest in place of Halloween.  I just could not understand why a believer HAD TO replace something worldly, with something else worldly.  One of the articles listed that you gave us, told me the same thing.  :)

Pam
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Penne on October 17, 2006, 01:38:02 PM
Rose,

I want to clarify my first post to you.  I hope I didn't give you the wrong idea about Halloween.  Halloween should not be celebrated on any level.

My husband and I do not buy our children costumes and candy to have our own little party in substitution for trick or treating.  This is not a yearly thing we do anyway. 

If, not when, I purchase candy for them it's days or even weeks before halloween and it certainly is not in large quantities.  It's more like a small bag of Sweet Tarts, etc.  They don't accumulate it to eat at home in place of going trick or treating.  They eat it that same day.  The costumes were nothing more than a toy to amuse themselves with.

I don't agree that candy should be eaten the day before or after halloween.  This idea places too much emphasis on halloween instead of just having a regular day when Mom buys candy.  I don't black out October 31 on the calendar because so many people choose to worship satan on that particular day.  I don't boycott the stores because of the displays.  I give no more consideration to that day than any other.  To me it's another day that belongs to God and Him alone.

Penne
 
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: caseydbell on October 31, 2006, 10:52:12 PM
h a l l o w e e n

 

But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress,
the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
Isaiah 57:3
INTRODUCTION
Note: This lengthy introduction will be followed by two short emails with tips on how to evangelize during Halloween. Following those emails is are articles on the history of halloween and a good halloween poem.
This introduction is particularly for the professed Christian reader who "celebrates" Halloween / HELLoween. The one who dresses their ignorant child like a devil, or a werewolf or a fairy witch or a magic-working purple dinosaur named Barney. Do you think this is GOOD in the sight of God? Perhaps you've never stopped to think about God's reaction to horror houses and creep shows and tarot card readers and witches. Perhaps you think Cinderella's fairy godmother is a "good witch". Maybe the "Wizard" of Oz is your favorite movie. Maybe in the old days you watched, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir". That is necromancy--intercourse with the dead. Necromancer is a Bible word (e.g., Deu 18:11). I used to be very ignorant of all righteousness. When I was of the world, I probably watched more occult than most people. May I counsel you to shake the fuzz out of your head? What we often call "nostalgia" are the remnants of sorceries that have been worked on us. If you claim to know Christ will you stop to consider WHAT GOD THINKS?
Leviticus 19:31 REGARD NOT them that have familiar spirits, NEITHER SEEK AFTER wizards, to be DEFILED by them: I am the LORD your God.
20:6 And THE SOUL THAT TURNETH AFTER such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
2 Chronicles 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and DEALT WITH a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, TO PROVOKE HIM TO ANGER.
Are you angry that these scriptures are before thee? Will you "celebrate" Satan's holiday anyway? If so, your rebellion fits right in with Halloween.
1 Samuel 15:23 For REBELLION is as the sin of WITCHCRAFT, and STUBBORNNESS is as INIQUITY AND IDOLATRY. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Sorcerers will go to the lake of fire. Do you allow your children to watch occultic "family" movies and videos? Do you let them read such books? You are selling your own child into the hand of the devil. Whether Cinderalla, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Harry Potter, the Exorcist, etc. they all deal with the occult. Witches, wizards, warlocks, spells, magic, astrology, horoscope, zodiac, psychic hotline, numerology, familiar spirits, etc. all deal with the occult. All that intercourse with and traffick in these things will go to hell.
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
The rebellious may say, "But we are not practicing witchcraft," -- I wouldn't be so sure of that, but I won't argue with you because THE BIBLE SAYS DO NOT EVEN LEARN THE WAYS OF THE HEATHEN--
Jeremiah 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, LEARN NOT THE WAY of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
The latter part of the above verse speaks to astrology ("astrologer" is a Bible word as are "magician", "stargazers", "monthly prognosticators", etc.). People who claim to the know the Lord (and their children) call 900 numbers, get palms read, etc. They seek unto them that have familiar spirits and unto wizards that peep and that mutter (ref Is 8:19) INSTEAD of living righteously and seeking after God. By their fruits ye shall know them.

EVANGELIZE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Dear CHRISTIAN Friends:

This is my yearly reminder to order your tracts for the upcoming Satanic
holiday called Halloween.

Below are my Halloween emails from 1999 and 1998...

Date:
                         Sep 02 1999 16:45:48 EDT
From:
                         jesus_is_lord 
Subject:
                         Halloween

           Dear Christian Friend:

           Greetings in the name of the ONLY wise God and Saviour Jesus
Christ.

           Halloween is coming up next month. Many Christians do not open
their doors for little children at Halloween but they will go to the
drunkenest part of town and pass out tracts.  Some will even stand in
front of porno shops to witness, yet will not pass out tracts to little
kids.  Many will go to what is basically a church Halloween service but
look down on those that choose to pass out tracts to little kids that
night.

           1997 was the first year I can remember being home for part of
Halloween. I was armed with some Chick tracts and a boxload of the gospel
of John booklets (you can 300 of them for about $48--International Bible
Society).

           One little girl looked in her bag and exclaimed, "Wow, Chick
tracts!" After that night, I decided whenever possible, I was going to be
home on that night.

           Last year (1998) after coming to our door, a little boy about 5
years old yelled, "Mooooom!  I gotta Bible!" He was running towards his
mom to show her.  I put our name and address on the back of our tracts.  I
believe we  also put the website address on them.  I passed out almost 50
"packets" of gospel material. I didn't include candy but I received no
complaints.  I would come to the door with a smile on my face and say
something like "Hello, little children. Here is something to read about
Jesus.  God bless you."  I would also acknowledge the parents with a
friendly greeting.

           I had just about ALL the lights on in my house cause Jesus is
the Light of the world.  There is no darkness in Him.  I had just about
all the windows open.  Everything was free and open and light. This year,
I plan to switch up the tracts I give out.  Last year was "The Trick",
"This was Your Life" and the gospel of John (I may pass this out again).

           Below is the 1998 letter about Halloween (with just a few
changes).  Dear Friends, may we all pray for the little children this
Halloween and for every tract and Bible given out that night too.


*********************************************************************

           Dear Friends:

             It's almost time for Halloween, the time when Satan is
glorified through a night when human beings pay homage to devils, witches,
monsters, goblins, fairy princesses, etc.  Halloween is evil.  That night
there'll be plenty of horror movies on hell-i-vision and haunted houses.
Plenty of fake blood on masks and plenty of depraved young people actually
sucking each others blood in vampirism.  Some of them are actually getting
vampire crowns permanently placed on their teeth.
           Unsurprisingly, the Catholic religion made this Druid paganism
popular. People will be getting killed and sacrificed to Satan this night.
Some kids will be drugged by the candy.  Others will have their little
mouths cut open by razor blades.  See the article at:
           http://www.chick.com/seasonal/halloweenarticle.asp

           Since I've been married, we've been working with young people
and have missed Halloween practically every year--but last year (1997) was
different. I wasn't going out until 8 pm.  I had some Chick tracts called
"The Trick" (this is my favorite Halloween tract) and I had some gospel of
Johns.

           When the kids came to the door I greeted them and their parents
very kindly and gave the children one of each item.  I blessed them and
sent them on their way.  If you'd like to read the tract, go here:
           http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0011/0011_1.htm

           These kids are coming right to our door.  Instead of cutting
the lights out and acting like we don't hear their little knocks, why not
open the door to a human being that needs the gospel and is openly asking
you for something?  I prayed to Jesus after reading a Chick tract when I
was about 7 years old.  Nobody in my family was saved but reading that
little book impressed on my spirit that Jesus Christ is the Lord and that
I needed to get right before the Judgment Day.  I saw that same tract when
I was 25 years old and I have been walking with Jesus ever since.  An
unknown soulwinner gave me the gospel through a Chick tract and now I am a
soulwinner doing the same thing. Jesus is the Lord.  Please share the
gospel with a little kid.

           Order your tracts now.  No telling who might get saved and what
mighty things they'll do for the Lord Jesus Christ.  God speed as you
pursue, and serve, the ONLY wise God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

             For Jesus' sake,
             tracy
             --
             http://www.jesus-is-lord.com
             I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them,
             Thus saith the Lord GOD.

And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be
afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee,
and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be
dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
             Ezekiel 2:4, 6

 

WHERE DID HALLOWEEN COME FROM?
This article was forwarded to me. I do not know who the author is.
Where Did Halloween Come From?
What is Halloween really all about?
Have you ever asked yourself, "Who in the world ever thought of the idea of walking around in weird costumes, trick or treating, and/or putting a carved-out pumpkin in your window?"

You will agree with me that Halloween is really one of the strangest days of the year, is it not? Perhaps you wonder how the celebration of such a day ever got started. In this pamphlet I would like to answer this question for you!

Where and when did Halloween customs originate?

The many customs we have today in relation to Halloween have their origins in the religious practices of the Romans and the Druids, therefore dating back many centuries. The Romans worshiped various gods and on October 31, a special feast was held in honor of Pomona, goddess of the fruit trees. Later, the Druids, an ancient order of Celtic priests in Britain, made this feast an even more extensive celebration by also honoring Samhain, lord of the dead. This was normally done on November 1 and it was therefore decided to conveniently honor both Pomona and Samhain on October 31 and November 1.

These Druids believed that on the night before November 1 (October 31) Samhain called together wicked souls or spirits which had been condemned to live in the bodies of animals during the year which had just transpired. Since they were afraid of these spirits, they chose October 31 as a day to sacrifice to their gods, hoping they would protect them. They really believed that on this day they were surrounded by strange spirits, ghosts, witches, fairies, and elves, who came out to hurt them. In addition to this, they also believed that cats were holy animals, as they considered them to represent people who lived formerly, and as punishment for evil deeds were reincarnated as a cat. All this explains why witches, ghosts, and cats are a part of Halloween today.

The custom of trick-or-treating and the use of "jack-o'-lanterns" comes from Ireland. Hundreds of years ago, Irish farmers went from house to house, begging for food, in the name of their ancient gods, to be used at the village Halloween celebration. They would promise good luck to those who gave them good, and made threats to those who refused to give. They simply told the people, "You treat me, or else I will trick you!"

The apparently harmless lightened pumpkin face or "jack-o'-lantern" actually is an old Irish symbol of damned soul. A man named Jack was supposed to be able unable to enter heaven due to his miserliness, and unable to enter hell because he had played practice jokes on the devil. As a result, he was condemned to wander over the earth with his lantern until judgment day (i.e., the end of the world). The Irish were so afraid that they would receive an identical plight, that they began to hollow out pumpkins and place lighted candles inside to scare away evil spirits from their home.

When did the modern Halloween celebration begin?

During the Middle Ages (about 600 years ago), the Roman Catholic Church at that time, decided to make the change-over from pagan religion to Christianity a bit easier, and therefore allowed the new converts to maintain some of their pagan feasts. It was agreed, however, that from now on they would be celebrated as "Christian" feasts. So instead of praying to their heathen gods, they would now pray to, and remember the deaths of saints. For this reason the church decided to call November 1 the "Day of All Saints," and the mass to be celebrated on that day "Alhallowmass." In consequence of this, the evening prior to this day was named, "All Hallowed Evening" which subsequently was abbreviated as "Halloween." In spite of this effort to make October 31 a "holy evening," all the old customs continued to be practiced, and made this evening anything BUT a holy evening!

Halloween today.

You would have to agree with me that also today Halloween is most definently not a holy evening!! This annual event is far from the harmless, innocent tradition it is promoted to be. Many dread this "holy" evening as they think what could happen to them, their property, and/or their children! Consistent with its historical roots, this evening is charecterized by fear, and frequently arouses dormant fears in many. The fear generated by this event is symbolic of the fear which plagues so many in our moden, morally bankrupt world. It is a gripping fear for an unknown and very threatening future, a fear caused by a gnawing inner emptiness.

An alternative for October 31.

For many in this land, this day stands for the very opposite of fear!! On this day in 1517, a German monk and professor of theology, Dr. Martin Luther, courageously published the simple, straightforward truth of the Bible. God's Word, which he has rediscovered after a long and intense spiritual struggle. God used the truth of his own Word to give Luther the inner peace he had so desperately longed for. The Bible pointed him the way to God Himself, and when he found God through Jesus Christ, he found this peace which passes all understanding! He himself stated that it was as if he entered Paradise itself.

As a result of his courageous act on October 31, 1517, the Bible came into the hands of the common people again, and many, who as he, were deeply troubled by sin and it's consequences, found peace with God as well!

It was God himself, Who used Martin Luther to bring His message of deliverance into the hands and hearts of sinners, in order to bring them back to Himself, and give then TRUE peace!! It is therefore with deep gratitude to God that we wish commemorate October 31, as it reminds us of God's gracious and mighty deeds nearly five centuries ago.

It is the Word of God, and its precious truth, rediscover by Martin Luther, which still gives true peace to many today. In the Bible ALONE will you find the ONLY answer to the deep yearning of your heart. ONLY when God becomes your God through Jesus Christ, you will find rest at last and you will answer to the true purpose of human existence, namely, to honor, serve, and enjoy our Creator!!

Is the God of heaven and earth YOUR God? If not, seek Him TODAY, while He still may be found!!

God, manifested in Jesus Christ, invited you Himself in His Word. Turn to the gospel of Matthew and read chapter 11:28,

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest!"

Those who insist on seeking inner peace without being reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, will have to endure eternal misery without God. God does not desire the eternal misery of man and therefore He also extends this invitation in Ezekiel 33:11,

"As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked (i.e. Sinner) but that the wicked turn from his way and live! Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways: for why will ye die?"
 

WHERE DID HALLOWEEN COME FROM?
Re: [kingdom-alert-update] #180 (10-23-02), Pastor Joey Faust
HALLOWEEN: A CELBRATION FOR SATANISTS, WITCHES, AND CATHOLICS - NOT FUNDAMENTAL CHRISTIANS!
A Roman Catholic website briefly describes the meaning of Halloween to modern Catholics:
"Halloween (the 'e'en' or evening before 'All Hallow's,' or all the 'Holy Ones,' the saints) is the vigil of two feast days. All Saints Day is November 1, and All Souls Day is November 2....On All Saints we celebrate the lives of the saints, especially those in heaven. On All Souls Day we remember those who have died, especially in our immediate family....Skeletons and skulls are naturally symbols at Halloween because of All Souls Day, 'the Day of the Dead,' as some countries call it. It doesn't hurt us to think about death once a year. We're all going to die someday. Skeletons and skulls remind us of this. Figures of devils and witches can also remind us of the ever-present temptation to be like God. Halloween is not 'of the devil,' as some FUNDAMENTALISTS say. Many denominations don't teach about the COMMUNION OF SAINTS, so naturally they don't celebrate All Saints Day or All Souls Day. All they have left of Halloween is pre-Christian superstition about the dead." (Americancatholic.org)
The same website also describes the ORIGINS of Halloween:
"The true origins of Halloween lie with the ancient Celtic tribes who lived in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. For the Celts, November 1 marked the beginning of a new year and the coming of winter. The night before the new year, they celebrated the festival of Samhain, Lord of the Dead. During this festival, Celts believed the souls of the dead -including ghosts, goblins and witches - returned to mingle with the living. In order to scare away the evil spirits, people would wear masks and light bonfires. When the Romans conquered the Celts, they added their own touches to the Samhain festival, such as making centerpieces out of apples and nuts for Pomona, the Roman goddess of the orchards. The Romans also bobbed for apples and drank cider - traditions which may sound familiar to you. But where does the Christian aspect of the holiday come into play? In 835, Pope Gregory IV moved the celebration for all the martyrs (later all saints) from May 13 to November 1. The night before became known as All Hallow's Even or 'holy evening.' Eventually the name was shortened to the current Halloween. On November 2, the Church celebrates All Souls Day. The purpose of these feasts is to remember those who have died, whether they are officially recognized by the Church as saints or not. It is a celebration of the 'communion of saints,' which reminds us that the Church is not bound by space or time. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that through the communion of saints 'a perennial link of charity exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home, those who are expiating their sins in purgatory and those who are still pilgrims on earth. Between them there is, too, an abundant exchange of all good things.' (#1475)." (AmericanCatholic.org)
Finally, this same website also reveals Halloween's relatively recent birth in the U.S.:
"...the current custom of going door-to-door to collect treats actually started in Ireland hundreds of years ago...When an influx of Irish Catholic immigrants came to the United States in the 1800s, the custom of trick-or-treating came with them. Does your family carve a pumpkin to place on your porch for Halloween? If so, then you can once again thank the Irish for the tradition. Actually, the custom began with a turnip. People would hollow out the turnips and place lighted candles inside to scare off the evil spirits. When the Irish came to America, they discovered the pumpkin as a larger substitute for the turnip. And so, we now carve pumpkins instead of turnips for Halloween." (AmericanCatholic.org)
Indeed, Halloween was not popular in the U.S. until the 20th century, when it spread from the Irish Catholic settlements, and was later re-energized by the Wiccans. There is much common ground between Catholics and pagans, especially concerning the dead. As America grows increasingly Catholic and pagan (with the aid of the federal government through public education, etc.), it is no wonder that Halloween is increasingly growing in popularity. Paganism went mainstream in America in 1979 when two books (i.e. ''The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess'' by Starhawk, and ''Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today'' by Margot Adler) were both released on Halloween. The Harry Potter movement is insuring that the children are not left out of this "new age."
While Catholics are busy praying for, and TO, dead people, and the pagans are likewise communing with their dead ancestors (not to mention the modern, Druid sacrifices of some serious Satanic groups), Halloween is obviously a night when the devils will run wild! One pagan witch describes the importance of Halloween for communicating with the dead (i.e. "the communion of saints"):
"'There is a recognition of our close ties with our ancestors and a recognition that the veils between the worlds are thin at this time of year." (Chapin-Bishop, WiccaNet.org)
On Halloween, Pagans will usually prepare a meal and set plates for dead relatives. The favorite foods of deceased relatives are prepared. The meal is usually consumed in total silence. After the meal, the food that was set out for the deceased is poured out in the woods as an offering to spirits. Another Wiccan high priestess, Marsha Smith, likewise describes the importance of Halloween for "communion" with departed spirits:
"'It's a time to celebrate our ancestors and to communicate with the other side through meditation (or) tarot cards or by inviting the spirits to possess us,' she said. 'We believe souls are reincarnated and our loved ones come back to be with us again.'" (Holly Edwards Staff Writer, Los Angeles Daily News)
While Halloween may be important for Catholics and pagans, fundamental Christians should avoid any association with or celebration of the day. The Bible teaches that sorcery will be revived in the last days, and that this would move God to bring the Tribulation curses upon mankind:
Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their SORCERIES, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
The Bible also teaches that Rome will continue to "whitewash" pagan divination, until she becomes accepted as the center of world religion:
Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
There is NOTHING "cute" about witches and devils. Christians are losing the minds of their children by foolishly opening the gates to the enemy (through TV, movies, public education, pagan/Catholic holidays such as Halloween, etc.). Witchcraft is no longer cute and funny; it never was, but it especially is not cute in this late day, as thousands of teenagers are taking it seriously. Paul warns Christians that those who flirt with witchcraft will be excluded from the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:20).
The ancient Druids were the "priests" of the Celtic religion. The Druid priests practiced horrible, mass human sacrifices on Halloween (although some modern pagans attempt to deny this fact, at least in public). Tacitus (the Roman historian) confirms this fact. The feast of Samhain (pronounced "sow-win") was the feast of the dead. At this time, as we have seen, it was believed that the veil between the living and the dead (i.e. spirit world) was at its thinnest. I do believe the veil between the spirit world and the living is indeed at its thinnest at this time - not just on Halloween, but during this whole final age. However, it is not DEAD people, but DEVILS who are close at hand, ready for "communion" (1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Timothy 3:8). How long will it be before these devils once AGAIN (as with the Druids of old) begin to move mankind to practice the human sacrifices the Bible predicts will intoxicate Rome (Revelation 17:6)?
I personally do not think Christians should hold similar "alternatives" on Halloween. I think they should hit the streets and confront the world with strong preaching, or they should gather together for fervent prayer. Should such a night be an evening for fun, games, and "mock" divination for discerning Christians? Is there not a cause? Can we not rejoice in Christ in fellowship, spiritual songs, soul winning, and prayer, or must we imitate the joy of pagans and Catholics? What does it teach children when we train them that they must always have a "Christian" imitation of pagan fun? Will not many children soon realize that the world can "out-do" the Christian on pagan ground? I am certainly not against holy fun and recreation for children. I am against attempting to "Christianize" divination. I know there are many who teach that there is merit in attracting children to churches, away from a dangerous environment. Yet, many churches are having to become increasingly pagan and grotesque every year to attract the kids (who have been raised on horror movies with millions of dollars of special effects). "Hell houses" with rape, murder, suicide, blood and violence, acted out, etc. are sadly, becoming increasingly common in churches on Halloween.
But my main point is that Halloween is a pagan and Roman Catholic festival. Fundamental Christians should not have witches and skeletons on their doors.
 
THAT HALLOWEEN!
By S.S.
I'VE SAID WHAT I'VE SAID,
IT'S NOT TO BE MEAN,
I SIMPLY DON'T DO
THAT HALLOWEEN!
No Party, No Goodies, No Trick-or-Treating,
Instead I'll be praying, fasting and reading,
No, I'm not taking this satanic force lightly,
I'm saying "No!" to it, and I'm saying it rightly.
No ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, broomsticks and witches,
Those things should offend even the non-religious,
Stop trying to force me to participate,
In celebrations and rituals that my God hates.
I know it's origin—where it all comes from,
So, I won't be quiet, I'll sound the alarm,
The observance of Halloween has evil as it's base,
So keep that ungodliness out of my face.
I'VE SAID WHAT I'VE SAID,
IT'S NOT TO BE MEAN,
I SIMPLY DON'T DO
THAT HALLOWEEN!
"Calm down. Relax" , you say, "It's fun. It's make-believe!"
Is that so, or have you just completely been deceived?
Has God ever been pleased when His children played with idols?
If you don't know the answer, you can find it in the Bible.
"Well, we don't really celebrate it quite that way."
"A holy house—not haunted — a Fall festival", you say;
"Our children dress as Bible figures, now how could that be wrong?"
Oh please, my friend, don't compromise—Just leave it all alone!
To some it may seen strange, I know, to take such bold position,
And yes, it can be difficult to break those old traditions,
But when you have committed your life to following the truth,
Neither pressure, rejection, nor separation...not even death will stop you.
I'VE SAID WHAT I'VE SAID,
IT'S NOT TO BE MEAN,
I SIMPLY DON'T DO
THAT HALLOWEEN!


Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Daisy on November 01, 2006, 04:07:59 AM

Thank you Casey, that was very helpful.
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Rose on October 30, 2009, 04:19:35 PM
Is it OK for parents to let there kids participate in halloween activities? If it is not really about Witches and Goblins, which do not exist, just kids having fun as we did as children, is it still wrong to let kids dress up and Trick or Treat?

Thank You.
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Erik Diamond on October 30, 2009, 04:47:35 PM
Is it okay for church to have "trunk and treat"?  Is it okay for church to have harvest festival on Halloween night where children could dressed up as animals or cute stuff?  Does these events really glorify God.  I don't know about others, but I do not think so for God said: 

1Th 5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Erik




Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Reformer on October 30, 2009, 06:51:57 PM
Rose,
  It may seem like just clean fun, but it is really a sneaky way the devil tries to get his foot in the door. Better to not even give him an inch. My personal view of this day reserved for glorifying evil and wicked spirits is that a real conscientious Christian should have nothing whatsoever to do with it. Saying that, I readily admit that it took me a while to come to this conclusion. I wish I had learned it earlier.

 Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Train your kids to have nothing to do with it, and they won't be able to miss it as we, having observed it did. That includes no wearing of those costumes, no purchasing candy for kids, or trick or treating.

I know, many Christians are rolling their eyes right about now, but it is simply not God glorifying. You want to buy the kids candy, buy it to eat the day before or the day after. There is no reason to do anything to bring attention to this day that has come to represent the fun of evil, demons, witches, Devils and goblins.

 Here are some articles that may be helpful in your information quest.

 http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/searchit/searchit.cgi?halloween

Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Tony Warren on October 31, 2009, 12:11:07 AM
Thanks,
 I merged them all into the Halloween thread.
Title: Can Christians Trick or Treat
Post by: Charles on October 18, 2011, 05:21:11 AM
Can anyone help me with this question. It is brought about after I read this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/17/halloween-and-christians_n_1015603.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-nb%7Cdl5%7Csec1_lnk2%7C105137

Should Christians allow their kids to Trick or Treat? Thanks.
Title: Re: Can Christians Trick or Treat
Post by: SavedByGrace on October 18, 2011, 10:39:52 AM
A Christian Perspective of Halloween Easter Christmas

By Allegra McBirney

Halloween: for FUN or for REAL?

Once again Halloween is approaching -- an event which annually tries and challenges many of Christian heart, including my own.

And as I view God's admonitions, and loving commands, to me as a believer -- including His clear statement, "WHATSOEVER you do, do ALL to the GLORY OF GOD" -- frankly, I find it a celebration which I cannot justify in my own Christian life.

How can I celebrate Halloween -- with its witches and devils and fortune-telling -- "to the GLORY OF GOD?"

Also, the Lord says, "What fellowship has light with darkness?"  And as a born-again believer -- with the LIGHT OF THE WORLD HIMSELF living in my heart! -- How can I enjoy, or even go along with, a celebration which runs so center to His Person?

Halloween is filled with darkness and paganism, saturated with the influence of Satan.  I know that some will charge that I'm taking it too seriously -- that Halloween is actually "just a little time for fun for the kids"  Is it REALLY?

I love fun and I love kids -- and my husband and I have six children of our own, and are in Christian work with a wide ministry among boys and girls.  And, actually, the fact that I love kids so much -- and love GOD so much -- is why I can't love Halloween.  I fear that to do with anything which relates to Satan -- witches, evil spirits, fortune-telling -- even in the context of Halloween play, is hurting GOD and is hurting CHILDREN, spiritually, too.

I keep thinking of the Lord's warning to believers in the Book of Deuteronomy: "There shall not be found among you any one that uses divination (fortune-telling of any kind).
Title: Re: Can Christians Trick or Treat
Post by: Charles on October 18, 2011, 03:09:29 PM
Thanks billnjune. That's what I thought about it.
Title: Re: Can Christians Trick or Treat
Post by: Melanie on October 19, 2011, 08:01:30 AM
 
Can Christians Participate In Halloween?

http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/yabbse/index.php?topic=311.0

This issue comes up every year around Halloween.
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Melanie on October 31, 2012, 07:20:55 AM


http://www.loughbrickland.org/articles/halloween.shtml

 Halloween - Harmless Fun or Dangerous Deception?
Title: Is it appropriate for Parents to allow their Children to celebrate Halloween
Post by: Neeson on October 10, 2018, 07:28:44 PM
Hello. I have a question to ask the group. There are many in my church allowing their children to celebrate Halloween with the other kids in the neighborhood and trick or treating. Is it a appropriate thing for Christian parents to do? I am told it is harmless fun and if mt conscience is clear I can allow it. Frankly, it does seem just harmless fun for the kids. I trick or treated when I was young and had a lot of fun and good memories.  What do you all think?
Title: Re: Is it appropriate for Parents to allow their Children to celebrate Halloween
Post by: Melanie on October 11, 2018, 09:11:23 AM
Back a few years ago when I was going to church, my former Pastor told me that observances of Halloween was not sinful and that I should not worry about children celebrating it. I'll never forget him telling me that people who celebrate Halloween were not doing obeisance to or showing deference to Satan, and that parents and children were just having a good time. That was one of the things that drove me from that church. His lack of discernment ad deference to God.

http://mountainretreatorg.net/searchit/searchit.cgi?halloween

Some articles to read.
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Pilgrim on October 11, 2018, 10:02:11 AM
 )inter( Love the articles on Reformation Day as a alternative.
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Clifford Grodin on October 12, 2018, 09:08:45 AM
 )idonotagree(
I don't think we need another tradition like Reformation Day, I think what we need is for Christians to take their eyes off themselves, their will and pleasure and place them on the Lord, his will and pleasure, and there wouldn't be any Christians posting on a need for celebrating Halloween. It's not a innocent tradition and pastime, it's a symptom of what is wrong with Christians. Everything is all about what is pleasing to them and not about what is pleasing to the Lord.
Title: Re: Is it appropriate for Parents to allow their Children to celebrate Halloween
Post by: Betty on October 13, 2018, 05:04:52 AM
Hello. I have a question to ask the group. There are many in my church allowing their children to celebrate Halloween with the other kids in the neighborhood and trick or treating.

That's because there is nothing wrong with allowing your children to have fun and dress up in silly costumes. There is much too much legalism in some churches where they don't want anyone to have fun or do anything but worship. That's why the reformed church has all but lost all its clout and is a shell of its former self. My advice, allow your kids to be kids and grow up having fun just like any other kids.
Title: Re: Is it appropriate for Parents to allow their Children to celebrate Halloween
Post by: Betty on October 13, 2018, 05:06:07 AM
Back a few years ago when I was going to church

So you don't go to church now? That would explain why you are so anti church.

Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Erik Diamond on October 13, 2018, 05:03:49 PM

That's because there is nothing wrong with allowing your children to have fun and dress up in silly costumes. There is much too much legalism in some churches where they don't want anyone to have fun or do anything but worship.

You are wrong. Aren't we supposed to worship God in Spirit and Truth. Not with worldly enterainment or with anything with an apperance of evil.

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That's why the reformed church has all but lost all its clout and is a shell of its former self. My advice, allow your kids to be kids and grow up having fun just like any other kids.

Your advice comes from Satan, your spiritual father of lies.
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: Rich Aikers on October 15, 2018, 01:10:46 PM
I would not allow my children to celebrate Halloween because witches, devils and heretics have no place in the Christian home or lifestyle. To say it does is just fooling yourself. I would instead teach my children what these things represent. That is the key, use it as a lesson on the difference between Christians and the rest of the world. We are set apart for the service of God and should have no appearance of evil. Start your children off early learning this.
Title: Re: Can Christians Participate In Halloween?
Post by: R. Anspach on October 15, 2018, 06:27:02 PM
 )amen( Rich