Living Hallowed on an Unhallowed Eve

In commenting about Halloween, I’ve heard it said, “the Halloween we see most commonly practiced today is a blend of commercialism, (25% of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween) and a dance with evil.”

With “Halloween” here, schools and stores are in full swing with the second largest holiday in the U.S.  While some regions in the U.S. seem to barely even celebrate it, others spare no expense to go all out.

If you would like to get a solid background and history on this holiday, please visit History.com.

I agree with their underlying secular accounting on both overarching points:

  1. The origins are pagan and the holiday has retained much of its origins to this day.
  2. The church merged with this holiday to an adulterating effect.

AN UNHALLOWED EVE

We need to consider how many times did God chasten Israel because she adopted the customs and festivals of her neighbors?  I don’t think you need to be a scholar in Old Testament studies to find more than is necessary to make the point that Israel incurred the wrath of God precisely because she abandoned her holiness and adopted the wicked customs of the world around her.

Halloween is a very dark festival in which some Christians abandon their holiness each year to participate in; they array themselves in costumes of death, sorcery, adultery, and deception rather than clothing themselves further with Christ and further clothing themselves with the fine linen robes of righteousness.

We should pause for a moment and ask if the word “hallowed” means anything to us?

“‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 ‘Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”

Matthew 6:9-10

The Lord called the name of God Hallowed… it’s a word to mean “greatly revered and respected as holy” (Oxford Dictionary, 2004-2011).

Brethren, it is absolutely critical that we protect, with all diligence, our sense of holiness and reverence; we cannot allow that sense to be perverted in any way whatsoever because it is the dominant and prevailing sense that accompanies into the presence of God!

But look at what you celebrate during Halloween;

  • Death
  • Scary movies
  • Monsters
  • Sorcery (witches, etc)
  • Darkness
  • Candy…
  • other?

The pagan origins are what most people celebrate today; and, although the norms of society today are not outright worshiping these things, they are, on this day, acquainting themselves with every kind of evil and their eyes are being filled with Satan’s darkness while they set wicked images before themselves.  Perhaps most grieving about this “holiday” (it is no holy-day), is that young children are set before the fires of Molech and made to be comfortable with every form of wickedness from a young age, thus ensuring that their consciences are seared. 

Indulging in your fantasies and “losing” yourself in those dreams may seem fun at first, but these things are not the things by which you are sanctified.  They do not bring a knowledge of the Truth.  Neither are they things on which you can stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  Those who love God, desire Him, and do not pursue the things that are of no profit for drawing nearer to Him.

We are ministers of the gospel of God’s Word: with the power to tear down the strongholds of the enemy!

MAGIC V.S. THE GOSPEL

In a separate post, entitled “Magic & Sorcery” I briefly recalled to our attention God’s view of “magic” and the supernatural: the Lord equated magic with rebellion.  Please take some time to examine that post if you are unsure about how the Christian should feel and relate to “magic” and “sorcery”.  God viewed this so severely that in Old Testament it was a crime punishable by death (Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 19:31; 20:6, 27).  But it is not my intent to address magic in detail.  You will be responsible to consider whether “playing” with the things God condemned as rebellion against Him, regardless of how “innocent” they appear, is acceptable or not.  If we have been forewarned that sorcery and divination are like that of rebellion to God, then I pray that we will guard ourselves against it and not take pleasure in even the portrayal of what God called rebellion against Him. 

However, I do want to address something else;

  • Halloween is about death, demonic monsters, and all darkness,
  • The gospel is about life, victory in Christ, and all Light!
  • In Halloween our minds are raptured with images of the underworld and the full force of darkness,
  • In the Gospel our minds are raptured with Christ and made partakers of life and the full force of the Kingdom of God!

There is power in the forces of darkness and magic; people’s heart can be depraved by them, their minds can be conformed to it, their darkest carnal appetites can be aroused by them, and demonic forces are behind them (whether they choose to manifest or not).

However, there is power in the gospel;

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…”

Romans 1:16

The power of the gospel is to give life to hearts made dead by sin, to sanctify our minds, crucify our carnal appetites and satisfy our hunger and thirst for righteousness.  And behind the gospel is the full force of the Kingdom of God!

LIVING HALLOWED

27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel”– Philippians 1:27

As brethren of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have been redeemed by the gospel of God’s Word, not only for our salvation, but to life (the very opposite of the death that Halloween celebrates).

What is a fitting way for the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ to behave?

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

Philippians 4:8

As children of the Light, able to discern, is there anything true in Halloween?  What about honorable?  What is right in the celebration of death?  What is pure about this festival?  Is there anything lovely?  What about the reputation of Halloween?  Is there even anything worthy of praise about the most innocent aspect of Halloween (trick or treating)?

With so many christians struggling to live a sanctified life, should we encourage one another to celebrate or abstain from Halloween?

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.

1st Thessalonians 5:21-22

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