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Observing Halloween

As a child, my mother allowed my brother and I to dress up in old clothes and a cheap funny plastic masks  to trick or treat on Halloween. 

We enjoyed Halloween with our kids the same way.  Once I dressed up in a spooky mask and gown on Halloween and scared little children screaming away when  they peeked in our parsonage window.  Our son Dan one time climbed on the roof of our house in a spooky costume and hung over the  roof and scared  Halloweeners when they came to trick or treat at our front door.

Once in the distant  past in a rural church we had scary Halloween party in a barn in the woods and everyone enjoyed it.  We even pretended to operate on a deacon in a dark room and pass the internal organs around the room filled with screaming, scared people.  For that party we had the little children playing milder games in another location.

Recently a friend and distant relative of mine sent me the following history of Halloween. With the rise of witchcraft and demonism in America, it has caused me to rethink and to have second thoughts about observing it.  We still give out treats and tracts to the Trick or Treaters, but  I am not going to promote Halloween as a harmless holiday anymore.

Here’s the article that was sent to me on the origin of Halloween by a trusted friend, Dr. Patricia Depew.  She and her husband, Dr. David Depew

have involved in ministry together for many years,

“The origin of  Halloween can be traced back to the British Isles almost 1300 years ago when men and women began to participate in Wicca. The word “witch” comes from this.  They worshipped nature, the sun, moon and stars through chants and ritual offerings.  Some were known as Druids.  Eight times each year, the witches celebrated a “sabat.”  This remains true today. 

The ritual work and spell casting was always done on the eve of the “sabat.”  Halloween is the most important of the eight “sabats.”  It is on this night that witches believe spirits of the dead can come back  through “Saman”  (Shamhain-“SOW-EEN), “the lord of death and evil spirits” and  enter a living body.  Wiccans claim they do not acknowledge Satan, however, many former Wiccans confirm that the power of darkness, Satan is in control of what Wiccans do.  The number of Wiccan is hard to estimate. One survey places Wiccans at about  900,000 worldwide .    In America the number has risen from 8,000 to 134,000 since 1990.  Many are involved on the internet or practice secretly.  

One man who had been a  Wiccan and is now a Christian, stated, “Halloween is not harmless. Satan has people in our modern era mimicking the witches and Druids of old. We live in a time when witchcraft is being revived, this is apparent in movies filled with witchcraft, television programs such as ‘Charmed’ and  books like ‘Harry Potter’ are teaching witchcraft to millions.” 

PRAY that God will help Christians to stand up against  the darkness of Wicca and show the true dangers that can cause many to be taken over by an occult. It  robs them of the  joy of knowing God’s Way and Truth. PRAY that those involved with the occult WILL COME OUT of this terrible deception and darkness.”

Some relevant scriptures to consider:
3 John 1:11 (“do not imitate what is evil”)
Romans 12:9 (“abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”)
Deuteronomy 18:9-14 (do not learn to imitate detestable ways, including spiritists, sorcerers and witchcraft)

1 Timothy 4:1 (don’t “follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons”)

I have written this, not to judge anyone or to throw cold water on your Halloween parties; but to think carefully what you want to pass on to your children about this questionable observance.

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October 23, 2009 - Posted by | Halloween

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