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A Christian’s response to the ‘celebration’ of Halloween – Why I won’t be partaking.

October 31, 2013

NOTE: This is a multi-part post. You can read the second part here The Danger of Christians Participating in Halloween. Thank you for reading.

We all know where Halloween comes from, what it is all about. There is no argument because it is well known that Halloween has deep, dark roots in things such as demonic worship, pagan rituals, satanism and the like. I think we can all agree on that since this information is widely published. Some say that Halloween was started as a way to celebrate the harvest (which isn’t exactly true, but I will address it here anyway). Well, that is all fine and good, BUT those people celebrating were NOT Christians. Many were sun worshipers and similar worshipers of nature and the like. In other words, witchcraft.

It was “christianized” by the Catholic church. To give you some perspective, the Catholic church does not have a doctrine rooted in the Bible and, in fact, has many practices that directly violate scripture. The Catholic church has been instrumental in the development and promotion of false doctrine – including the trinity (which is NOT biblical).

Now, many who consider themselves to be Christians (and I believe they are sincere) may say, “Well, I don’t think of it like that so it is OK for me to partake in the festivities. It isn’t hurting anything because my mind isn’t there.”

Eh, not so fast. It isn’t that simple.

See, I went to my Bible for answers which is something EVERY CHRISTIAN should do before taking ANY steps in ANY direction and what I found was eye opening and convicting. Actually, it is violating the Word of God to engage in activities that are rooted in darkness. The Bible clearly warns us against engaging in such things.

1 Corinthians 10:21 says “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”

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

We are told explicitly to NOT be ‘of the world’ because God has set us apart. In Romans 12:2 we read, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

See, there is much, much more here than meets the eye. We are warned of these things in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

And this is why, no matter what anyone says on here about it being OK or not ‘unchristian,’ I will not listen to you because my Bible takes precedence over your opinion and my Bible says,

6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Ephesians 5:6-12

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14 Comments
  1. Michelle Lubbers permalink

    I agree, 100%. Growing up I was always the outcast.. my parents kept me out of many activities that were worldly. I am doing my best to keep my children pure as well. It is sickening to see all the excitement going around about Halloween. Dress up is fun, and so is make believe/imagination just do it any other time of the year. Why does everything good always have to have such a dark side underneath? I’m always glad when November 1st comes around (give or take). The whole month of October is looming with Halloween this and Halloween that… blech. I am soooo over it!

    • I hear you! Thanks for your comment. I am sick of Halloween too. It is not a good time. Stand strong in the Lord! God bless!

  2. Thank you for your boldness and for speaking truth!

  3. God's Own permalink

    I find the whole Halloween thing, very dark & conflicting with my spirituality. A lot of people like to think of it as harmless dress up & fun, but it’s not so simple.

    Halloween is evil & demonic. Religion aside, what is the fun in dressing up as a witch and going from house to house begging for sweets?

    • You know, I don’t like halloween, and for the exact reasons you stated. But your last line just brought it ALL into chilling perspective.
      You are so right! Very well done! God bless!

  4. NWillis permalink

    Thanks for sharing. The Word of God is indeed where we should all start. It gives us strength and power in Christ to face the enemy, the world and all those who would attempt to sway us.

    • You are so right sis! We should be looking to God’s Word first and foremost – even when it tells us something that our carnal side may not want to hear. 🙂
      Thank you for your comment! God bless you!

  5. Isn’t declaring that your church is going to have a harvest festival instead of celebrating the evils of Halloween, reproving that which is evil?

    • I would respect a pastor’s decision if he wanted to do something like that, but I personally feel that we should separate ourselves as much as possible. Fall is a great time to have a carnival and I know churches that do this – but not on halloween.

      Having something like that on halloween means that people will be coming in dressed inappropriately – which is understandable and maybe even expected for non church members, but how will anyone be able to tell who is a member and who is not? How can that congregation set an example if no one can tell the church members from the people off of the street? And you run the risk of having people believe that your church participates (in other words, condones) halloween. Not a good message.

      I just believe that it would be too easy for people to mistake people dressed up as church people and think that it is OK, that the church condones it. I think it can be dangerous because the lines are not clear and it would be easy for someone to be led astray.
      But that is just my opinion.
      Thank you for your comment. God bless!

  6. stephanie permalink

    What about dressing as hero’s of the faith and proclaiming God’s love on Halloween? Just an idea. A few years ago our pastor Trey encouraged us and helped us see another perspective. How many days a year do hundreds of kiddos ring our doorbell? Not many– Why not print a Bible verse and pass them out with a yummy piece of chocolate and let them know Jesus loves them? Every year I have kids say, “I remember you gave me a Bible verse last year.” Some older kids asked if we were Christians and said, “so are we.” Praise the LORD we can worship JESUS on Halloween. 🙂

    • We don’t participate at all, on any level. That is what we have chosen.
      We do outreach all through the year and do kids’ outreach several times a year.

      While it is nice to give out Bible verses, how are these kids getting plugged into a body? Are they being invited to any kids’ events at your church? Often the way to get families into church is through the children.

      Those are the questions that Christians should be asking if they choose to participate in halloween in a ‘wholesome’ manner.

      In the end, it is really up to the pastor’s wisdom and between you and God. However, I can assure you, scripture tells us to separate ourselves from the world and to not participate in things that are rooted in darkness. Scripture does not compromise on this, it is very clear.

      As I said, we choose to not participate at all, in any manner. We choose to use other days during the year (and they are 364 other days!) to reach out to kids.

      Your idea sounds nice (although it is still participating in halloween), but if your goal truly is to reach kids, then I would suggest coordinating an event for children at your church for mid November and give out invitations to that – like a ‘golden ticket’ or something that makes it special. You can have a children’s outreach, publicize it on community bulletin boards and other places. It is better to separate yourself completely from halloween and draw a distinct line between yourself and the world. Believe me, it will be noticed.

      THAT is the goal of all of this, populating the Kingdom.
      Thank you for your comment. God bless!

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