“Put on the complete armor of God, for you to be able to stand against the schemes of the devil…” – Ephesians 6:11
The Bible tells us that Christians are involved in a spiritual war. The combat is not against human enemies, but against invisible, yet real demonic entities who have a thousand ways of attacking us and trying to keep us from fulfilling our godly purposes in this life. Sometimes they may attack us through other people they control, or through sickness, or discouraging circumstances, but most mostly they attack us in our minds and thoughts.
Jesus cast out devils and gave us the authority to do likewise in His Name and power. Why aren’t we doing it? Derek Prince, one of the finest Bible scholars of the 20th century, teaches the basics of deliverance. It is a relevant and much needed ministry in today’s church.
Some may also ask, “Is it okay to host an alternative celebration in our church where our children can dress up in biblical costumes, pass out candy, and have some wholesome fun?” Yes, of course, but don’t do it on October 31st. There are 364 other days of the year where churches can have such an event without dishonoring God.
Do not follow pagan practices or customs
In numerous biblical passages, God prohibited the Istaelites from following the practices, customs and holidays of the pagan nations that surrounded them. These Old Testament prohibitions still apply to us today as Christians. For example, In Leviticus 18:1-5, the LORD God said:
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: I am Yahweh your God. Do not follow the practices of the land of Egypt, where you used to live, or follow the practices of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. You must not follow their customs. You are to practice My ordinances and you are to keep My statutes by following them; I am Yahweh your God. Keep My statutes and ordinances; a person will live if he does them. I am Yahweh.”
And in Jeremiah 10:1-2, the LORD also says regarding the pagan holidays and customs, “O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: ‘Learn not the way of the nations…for the customs of the peoples are vanity.”
What did Jesus teach?
Our Lord didn’t mince any words when it came to reproving those who were breaking God’s commandments. On one ocassion, he rebuked the religious leaders for their hipocrisy. Not only were these leaders cowering to the people’s desire to observe traditions that violated God’s laws, but they were teaching that it was proper to do so.
In Matthew 15:3 Jesus said to them:
“And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?”
Today, I’m sure Christ would say the same thing to many Christian pastors who do likewise. I know of many church pastors who recognize the dangers of celebrating Halloween, yet they keep silent for fear of offending their congregation. The practice of celebrating Halloween is so ingrained in our American culture that many worldly Christians have a fit of outrage when you speak against it. They justify their actions with a host of excuses such as, “I’m not going keep my children from having some harmless fun! After all, we’re not worshiping the devil, we’re worshiping God.”
Oh, really? You think its just harmless fun? I’m sure you also think playing with a Quija Board¹ and communicating with dead spirits in a séance² ceremony is harmless fun too! Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth and taught you to believe such devilish lies? (Galatians 3:1)
The history of Halloween
Halloween, also known as All Hallows Eve, is a pagan holiday that dates back to the Celtic festivals in Ireland, known as Samhain. It was supposedly Christianized as “Halloween” by the Roman Catholic Church in order to convert the pagans who revered the October 31st festival for centuries.
The superstitious Celts believed that Samhain was a time when the boundary between this world and the world of the dead thinned, and departed spirits and fairies could come into our world and were particularly active. It was their custom to light candles at night for the dead and offer them food and drink to appease them.
Festivities on this night included spiritualist rituals, dressing in costume, wearing masks, games, foretelling the future, and dancing before bonfires whose smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers. Witches and satanists today also dance naked before these bonfires, participate in sexual orgies, conjure up demons, cast evil spells, and sacrifice animals and even humans on Halloween night. It is their most sacred day of the year where all all manner of evil is practiced in the name of satan.
Have no fellowship with darkness
As you might conclude, there is nothing “holy” about Halloween, and Christians should not celebrate this day in any way. The Bible tells us:
“Have no fellowship with the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them…But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light. But all things being exposed by the light are made evident.” – Ephesians 5:11-13
Instead of trying to “Christianize” an evil holiday like Halloween, believers should expose it for what it really is – a festival of demonic origin. Christian parents, especially, should teach their children to avoid any form of participation in Halloween – in school or among their friends. This will not be a very popular stand to take. Expect to be criticized and evil spoken of. But remember that Jesus said: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…” – Matthew 5:11-12
When we follow the way of truth instead of the world’s system and refuse to compromise our religious beliefs, we can expect to be persecuted and suffer for Christ. Yet, let us not be discouraged, for we know that our reward will be great in the future world to come. Even in the midst of trials and suffering, continue to let your light shine in the midst of all the darkness that surrounds you.
In conclusion, Halloween is a Satanic high holy day. The best way to avoid any form of participation is to treat October 31st as just another ordinary day of the week and refuse to give it any special significance. If Trick or Treaters come to your door, be nice, and simply say, “I’m sorry, but we don’t celebrate Halloween. We’re Bible-believing Christians. Have a nice day.” Or, “Here’s a gospel tract. Can I tell you about Jesus Christ?”
– Luis Joseph Castle CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES
The Ouija Board, also known as a “spirit board” is a device used for communicating with evil spirits. It is promoted as a “harmless board game” by which many pople have become possessed by demons after using.
2. A séance is a meeting where various people sit quietly and attempt to communicate with the spirits of the dead. Generally, a medium (witch) will lead the meeting in a darkened room and become the channel whereby the spirits will speak through.
I carved this pumpkin thinking we could participate in Halloween by honoring Yahweh instead of giving the enemy any glory, but that was pride. What I actually did was sacrilegious. God tried to tell me not to do it, but I wanted to curse that devil and mock him.
Based on research that I’ve done, the carving of gourds came from pagan traditions from those looking to ward off evil spirits during a celebration at the end of summer called, Samhain. These pagans didn’t realize they were giving power to the devil to oprress their lives by trusting in an idol for protection, instead of seeking God our Maker above all things. Only He can protect us, not some hand-carved idol in the form of a pumpkin.
May God forgive me for such pride & foolishness! God forgive me for dabbling in the devils deceptions.
Demonic activity increased in my house after I carved this pumpkin and I took this picture. There was an orb moving towards it. I later went outside, smashed the pumpkin and repented of my sin. I also confessed my foolishness to my 4 year old son this morning. At first he was mad at me for smashing his pumpkin. Rightly so. Mom fail. But later he understood. He is so forgiving and precious. Please lift us up in prayer.