Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | October 23, 2007

witch will you serve?

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As of today we are 8 days away from a major pagan holiday called Halloween. It is my desire to share with you that Christians should not participate in this evil holiday. The scripture is very clear about those who practice and participate in events that are contrary to the will of the Lord Jesus! I submit to each and every Christian of every denomination to forsake the ways of this sinful world and follow Christ. Did you know that practicing or participating in Halloween activities will cause you to loose out on the Kingdom of God? Let’s look at what the book of Galatians talks about.

Galatians 5:19-21 says Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Did you know that we are mandated by scripture to choose between serving God (who is the Lord Jesus Christ) or the gods of this world. Let’s see what the book of Joshua states. Joshua 24:15 says “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” 

Parents, you are held responsible for the things your children learn and the bible mandates you to train them up in the ways of the Lord (we need to explain to them why they are not going to put on costumes and go trick or treating). Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” 

You know, when I was growing up, we really did not know better. My mother use to dress us up on Halloween and take us to haunted mansions in NYC and we really had no clue that these activities were displeasing to Jesus. It was not until we all got older that we relised that such a holiday should be shunned by Christians all together. I grew up going to Parochial schools (Christian) schools and they literally had us dress up every Halloween to see who had the best costume. What an oxymoron! How is it that a Christian school can sponsor for even just once a year for demons, ghouls and goblins to show up all out of fun? Then after school was out, we all went running into the streets with our costumes on begging for candy at the local candy stores. Back in the early 80’s children were getting poisoned (sacrificed) for the cause of SATAN and no one told us that participating in this day was wrong.

Saints, the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” Reject Halloween and say YES to the Lord. Below, I have done some research on Halloween and I hope it enlightens you even the more.

Historical View of Halloween

Halloween, or Hallowe’en, is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, Halloween festivals, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and viewing horror films. Halloween originated from the Pagan festival Samhain, celebrated among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. Halloween is now celebrated in several parts of the western world, most commonly in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom.

The modern holiday of Halloween has its origins in the ancient Gaelic festival known as Samhain. The Festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is regarded as ‘The Celtic New Year’. Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The Ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, where the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them. When the Romans occupied Celtic territory, several Roman traditions were also incorporated into the festivals. Feralia, a day celebrated in late October by the Romans for the passing of the dead as well as a festival which celebrated the Roman Goddess Pomona, the goddess of fruit were incorporated into the celebrations. The symbol of Pomona was an apple, which is a proposed origin for the tradition of bobbing for apples on Halloween.

The carved pumpkin, lit by a candle inside, is one of Halloween’s most prominent symbols. This is an Irish tradition of carving a lantern which goes back centuries. These lanterns are usually carved from a turnip or swede (or more uncommonly a mangelwurzel). The carving of pumpkins was first associated with Halloween in North America, where the pumpkin was available, and much larger and easier to carve. Many families that celebrate Halloween carve a pumpkin into a frightening or comical face and place it on their home’s doorstep after dark. The jack-o’-lantern can be traced back to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a greedy, gambling, hard drinking old farmer who tricked the devil into climbing a tree, and trapped him by carving a cross into the trunk of the tree. In revenge, the devil placed a curse on Jack which dooms him to forever wander the earth at night. For centuries, the bedtime parable was told by Irish parents to their children. But in America the tradition of carving pumpkins is known to have preceded the Great Famine period of Irish immigration, and the tradition of carving vegetable lanterns may also have been brought over by the Scottish or English; documentation is unavailable to establish when or by whom. The carved pumpkin was associated generally with harvest time in America, and did not become specifically associated with Halloween until the mid to late 19th century. The imagery surrounding Halloween is largely an amalgamation of the Halloween season itself, nearly a century of work from American filmmakers and graphic artists, and a rather commercialized take on the dark and mysterious. Halloween imagery tends to involve death, magic, or mythical monsters. Common Halloween characters include ghosts, ghouls, witches, vampires, bats, owls, crows, vultures, haunted houses, pumpkin men, black cats, aliens, spiders, goblins, zombies, mummies, skeletons, and demons. Particularly in America, symbolism is inspired by classic horror films, which contain fictional figures like Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and The Mummy. More modern horror antagonists like Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Leather face, Jason Voorhees, and the Jigsaw Killer have also become associated with the holiday. Homes are often decorated with these symbols around Halloween. Black and orange are the traditional colors of Halloween. In modern Halloween images and products, purple, green and red are also prominent. The use of these colors is largely a result of holiday advertising dating back over a century, and tends to be associated with various aspects of Halloween tradition.

Color associations Color Symbolism

Black = death, night, witches, black cats, bats, vampires

Orange = pumpkins, jack o’ lanterns, Autumn, the turning leaves, fire

Purple = night, the supernatural, mysticismGreen goblins, monsters, zombies, aliens

White = Ghosts, mummies, a full moon

Red = blood, fire, demons, Satan

 


Responses

  1. Thanks I was completely thrown off when my church being upc decided to celebrate halloween with the children dressing in costume at church………. this is not why i attend upc.. there are to many compromising and giving in in this last day may we all stay strong and stand in the Lord


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