What’s the BIG DEAL with Christians celebrating Halloween anyway?!

What's the BIG DEAL with Halloween Anyway?

“The only thing Halloween is for is kids dressing up and getting candy!  It’s fun!!!”

Ok, I’ll give it to you.  The westernized version of Halloween is different from the ancient pagan festival of Samhain.

Sort of.

If you know your history, it’s not too hard to see how similar what is done today in “fun” mimics the very things they did back then when it was taken much more serious.  

But anyway, back to Halloween being just for fun.  You know what’s interesting, a Witch actually agrees with that.  An actual modern day, self proclaimed Witch.  Also known as a Wiccan.  Yes, really.  I know a lot of you would rather ignore this fact, but there are still Witches and their religion is very real.  She talked about Halloween being a “Christianized version of ancient pagan practices.”  I don’t know where she is getting that from because dressing up and going trick or treating can be linked back to the activities they did during the Samhain festival to ward off spirits.  She doesn’t seem very knowledgeable about her own festival that she celebrates.  She said the meaning and celebrations vary with different people.

The Catholic church did create an All Saints Day which might be what she was referring to where they remember their saints and martyrs as a “Christian alternative” but it isn’t accepted by the reformation churches.  Unfortunately, the festivities that led to the Halloween as we know it today persisted.  What the Catholics were trying to do might have been an honest effort to try to make the Samhain festival time more “Christianized” but where we are today with Halloween is clearly far from anything Christian.

The way she wrote her post and carefully crafted her words was almost like she was trying to make it sound as if being Wiccan is no big deal.  It’s just another normal religion.  Apparently the website who published it wants to make it seem like it’s normal and harmless as well.  (No surprise there.)

Interesting.

Lets talk a little bit about the word “pagan.”  Gasp!  I know, I’m going to be one of those Christian bloggers she makes fun of because to a lot of people this word for some reason seems a bit outdated and maybe even a bit too harsh.  Even in this world of political correctness I believe God’s word stands true and is always relevant.  His word has a lot to say about paganism so I think we shouldn’t be so quick to shrug it off.

We’ve seen it time and time again when the Israelites forsake the Lord and turned to worshiping idols.  Solomon embraced paganism because of the wives he took and the Lord wasn’t at all pleased with him!  Remember 1 Corinthians 15:33?

“Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

It’s really sad.  It’s sad when the world is turning to embrace something such as Wicca as being normal and sad when we no longer recognize what paganism is.  Sadly it’s a religion that is rapidly growing all over the world and yes, here in the United States.  I wonder if certain movies, TV programs, and books that are welcomed into our homes are encouraging this? 

This Wiccan in particular said that Halloween is a secular holiday and one that she likes, but doesn’t celebrate because to her, October 31st is when she celebrates Samhain.  Remember that word?  It’s the original festival, and to her, the true holiday.  The day when the veil between here and the spirit world is at it’s thinnest- whatever that means.

Now she writes it all very smooth and mellow, talking about how what she does is not devil worship and not as crazy as “conservative Christians” would like to think…

and THAT, dear friends, is where it gets very dangerous!

If you read her article with the attitude of “Oh, that’s it?  That doesn’t sound like such a big deal” then the tricks of the Devil are working.  That’s exactly how he wants you to think about it and how he’s gotten away with the rampant evil in this world.  Think back to the garden of Eden when he was smooth talking Eve.  “He doesn’t really mean THAT, does he?  You won’t surely die!”  (Paraphrasing mine from Genesis 3)

This particular Wiccan says she celebrates on her own after a dinner party and does a “private ceremony” and sarcastically stated she uses “scandalous things like candles, fallen leaves, a pumpkin, photos of anyone I know who’s died this year, and meditation.”

Perhaps she is a bit more “mild” than other Wiccans.  I have read other articles from converted Wiccans who aren’t so nonchalant and veiled about their practices.  They laid bare their secrets about the crazy and evil things they did.  No matter how mild or serious the manner of which practices and rituals are done, the fact remains that it is still wrong, it is still evil, and it is still not of God.

Many cultures have these “days of the dead” holidays or festivals all with their own traditions and ceremonies.  Now there isn’t anything wrong with remembering someone who has died, death is a natural part of life after all, but as born again Christians we should know that we are no longer partakers in death, but of life!

In my humble opinion, it doesn’t matter if Wiccans celebrate their way and others dress up and go trick or treating, if you are participating in the activities of Halloween, you are still involving yourself and exposing your children to a night where there is no redeeming quality at all.  Apparently there are lots of different people who celebrate this day and time of year in their own ways, but I have found none that are of life, light, or of God.  They are all pagan, and as Christians, we SHOULD be evaluating EVERYTHING we do and participate in!

There are only two ways.  God’s way or man’s way, which is Paganism.  Any other way other than God’s way is Paganism and rejection of Him.  It’s man, selfishly choosing himself and his own beliefs over God’s truth.   Paganism doesn’t seem so crazy when clear boundaries aren’t set.  It creeps in, and when it comes to Halloween, it’s not hidden, it’s right in your face!  If Halloween doesn’t raise a little red flag for you, maybe you should ask yourself “Why?”  Why am I so desensitized to pagan things?  Maybe we all should start evaluating things a bit more, measuring them up against God’s word and maybe the concept of paganism won’t be so foreign and outdated to us.  Search the phrase “What does the Bible have to say about paganism?” online (the internet makes study so easy!) and you will see the Bible has plenty to say about about this topic.

Even if you are still trying to cling to the argument that you are simply just dressing up your child to go get candy, you are exposing them to all of the dark and evil that you will surely see between others costumes and all of the dark and evil decorations.  I mean, you see it just by simply walking into the grocery store and that’s bad enough.

The fact is, Halloween festivities are pagan with pagan roots but not only that, it’s a night that has grown more and more grotesque with our modern culture.  People are obsessed with it.  It’s a day, I’ve been convicted of by simply reading scripture, that Christians should have no business partaking in.

Why aren’t we appalled by these things?  Why aren’t we taken back?  I think it’s because we are so used to seeing, and dare I say, even embracing blatant evil as normal!  When actual dead bodies get mistaken for Halloween decorations (yes, really, google it), we have a huge moral problem as society!

So think about your children.  What kind of message are you teaching them when you are bringing pagan things such as Witches for decor into your home?  When you watch movies like Hocus Pocus, what will your child start to rationalize as ok and fun?  As a Christian, would you be ok with your child wanting to be a Wiccan?  Hopefully you answered no.  I’m no expert in what Witches do but I know the Bible has a lot to say about witchcraft and those who practice it and the like, and they are not talked about highly.  Their fate is not a good one.

Deuteronomy 18: 9 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery,interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.  14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so.

Remember King Saul?  Remember how he disobeyed God and God no longer was with him?  Because of this he sought out a witch, the witch of Endor in 1 Samuel 28.  Witches are real, and boy was she scared for her life!  She knew that Saul had ordered people like her to be cut off from the land.

God even said quite plainly in Exodus 22:18 that:

18 “You shall not permit a sorceress to live.”

I’m not saying that we should be going out and killing Wiccans, after all, God wants all to come to repentance and I like I mentioned earlier, I’ve read articles about people who have repented and have come to know God and I pray that that happens to more!  My point here is, God was very serious and still is very serious about these type of practices.  If it was real then, it’s real now and it sickens me that Christians have grown so accustomed to it and even laugh about it as if it isn’t real.

The history of witches is a deep and dark one.  The iconic fantasy fiction image we know today of a green, pointy, warted nosed witch has come a long way from the nude, graphic, sexual, and demonic images that used to be popular.

Did you know that?  Did you know that witch sitting on your fireplace mantel for decoration or that “cute” tutu witch costume you are putting on your daughter is related to women stirring up hallucinogenic potions or “flying ointment” in their black cauldrons to put on brooms or whisks to “ride” on them (to get high) and then perform other gross sinful acts?  It wasn’t only women, there were also men who practiced these rituals (and maybe still do.  I’m not going to seek that out though.)  It’s disturbing and disgusting.  I could only bear to read a couple of articles to make sure I had my facts straight because it sickens me at the thought of people letting their children dress up as witches, decorate with witches, read books and watch movies that make light of witches and sorcerers just because “it’s fun.”

Our culture and Hollywood have done a fantastic job at making witches and sorcery seem fun.  God CLEARLY says do not have anything to do with them.  This makes it hard when it comes to things that like to distort what is evil, like Harry Potter and the Wizard of Oz.  We don’t have anything to do Harry Potter, but I have grown up loving the Wizard of Oz and I’ve just recently been convicted to get rid of that movie.  Maybe it would be different if there was a clear distinction of good versus evil such as The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.  In that movie the witch is clearly evil and there is no doubt who is good and who is bad.  As for the Wizard of Oz, they have bad witches, but they also have Glinda, who is the “good” witch.  (not to mention the whole wizard thing even though they found him out to be a fake)  There is NO such thing as a good witch or wizard!

I have decided to “sacrifice” (if you can even call that a sacrifice, it didn’t hurt me at all to throw away a movie) a childhood favorite movie for my love and commitment to God.

I will allow no confusion in this house as I raise my children as to what is good and what is evil.

The choice is now yours.  How would you justify to God right now about your family participating in the things of Halloween or having things in your house that confuse the line between right and wrong, holy or evil?  What you are instilling and desensitizing your children to?  You don’t have to answer to me.  You don’t have to answer to anyone else.  You have to answer to God.

So, what is the big deal with Christians participating in Halloween?  It’s your turn to answer that question.

If you’re curious to know more, read the post below for some detailed reasons why we don’t celebrate Halloween.

Why We Don’t Celebrate Halloween

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