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We are swiftly approaching the end of October, and with that end comes Halloween. It is said to be the most popular holiday besides Christmas. It seems that everyone is Halloween crazy, even those at the care center where I used to work as chaplain. Each nurses’ station would decorate with a particular theme, and all the nurses, nurses assistants, social workers, administrator, CEO, etc would dress up according to the theme of their wing. The chaplain previous to me even participated by dressing up, and I was pursued to celebrate it as well because they wanted EVERYONE to take part in the festivities. I was even approached by another influential Christian to see if there was a way to get me to join in the fun – like if it were a Biblical costume theme.
This leads me to the question and point of this article. May a Christian participate in the colorful and festive holiday of Halloween? In order to answer this question we must examine the holiday’s brief history and more importantly, we must open our hearts to what God says in His timeless and always applicable word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The History of Halloween
To begin with, Halloween has never even slightly been Christian. It can be been traced back to the time of the Druids, even as far back as Julius Caesar. It was a night of fear, human sacrifice and other rituals, and was all about death and the worship of the Lord of Death, whom some have called Samhain. It was believed that this was the night when the spirits of the dead roamed about freely, and in order to remain protected, people would disguise themselves in costumes. “They lit candles or lanterns to keep the spirits away, and if they had to go outside, they wore costumes and masks to frighten the spirits or to keep from being recognized by these unearthly beings.” (The Holiday Handbook, by Carol Barkin and Elizabeth James, pg 41). According to John Ankerberg and John Weldon in their booklet “The Facts on Halloween,” pg 6, “Druid worshipers of his attempted to placate and appease the Lord of Death because of his power over the souls of the dead . . . For those who had died during the proceeding 12 months, Samhain allowed their spirits to return to earth to their former places of habitation for a few hours to associate once again with their families.” If one did not provide food (“treats”) for these spirits, then one could expect some horrible repercussions (“tricks”). Thus, people fearing the evil that the spirits might do, always provided some delectable feast for the spirits who they believed would be passing by. Furthermore, this time of year was considered the start of a new year, and so many sought to have their fortunes told and/or divined. Bobbing for apples became a way to divine whom one would marry, while the entrails of animals or humans could predict the future in other ways.
Not only was this type of holiday celebrated among the Celts and Druids (the priestly class), but a night of the dead was also celebrated among the Hindus called Holi (in March) and in Mexico, Latin America and Spain the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) on November 2nd also referred to as “All Saints Day” because of the Catholic influence. Guy Fawkes Day also known as Bonfire night (or “bone fire”) is celebrated on November 5th in England. (https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/halloween-around-the-world). And in China and Malaysia there is what is called the Hungry Ghost Festival which is celebrated in July/August (https://www.rd.com/list/halloween-celebrated-around-world/; https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2616/history-of-the-chinese-hungry-ghost-festival/). And then there are the drug lords of Mexico who serve the goddess of death, Santa Muerta (meaning “holy death”) and honor her with barbaric bloodshed and ritualistic killings (https://leb.fbi.gov/articles/featured-articles/santa-muerte-inspired-and-ritualistic-killings; https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/2005/santa-muerte.htm). That aside, America’s modern Halloween can trace its roots back to the Celts worship of the Samhain, Lord of the Dead.
Of course the Halloween that many have grown up with or see their grandchildren celebrating is not the bloody, divining, fear-filled, death-obsessed holiday that the Druids celebrated, for it has been marketed as a harmless fun-filled night replete with games, candy and sparkly costumes galore. And Christians, desiring to do something good that also appeases their candy-hungry children, have contributed to this holiday through church sponsored holiday festivals, trunk-or-treating events, and other palatable options that they explain are community outreaches for the sake of the gospel. In so doing, some Christians even go so far as to believe that they have redeemed the holiday of Halloween.
Who We Are In Christ
But, is this what we are to do as Christians?
Ephesians 5 states, “8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light…15See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16redeeming the time, because the days are evil.17Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
You see, Jesus’ shed blood and resurrection power even now at work in us made us new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17), the old has passed away and all has become new. And as new creations we were called from darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). And thus as children of light, who are dressed in armor of light (Romans 13:12), called the light of the world by Jesus Himself (Matthew 5:14-16), we are to be imitators of God by exposing the darkness (Ephesians 5).
A Covenant People: Under the Blood
In Matthew 26:28 Jesus states that His blood is the blood of a New Covenant, for without blood there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22). This New Covenant was predicted in Jeremiah 31:31-34 and explained in Hebrews 8. Thus, believers in Christ are under a blood covenant, and have been cleansed from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
A Consecrated People; A Consecrated Priesthood: Holy to the Lord
But, there is more to Christianity than just us being cleansed by His blood. We have been cleansed for service. We have been anointed for service. We have been set apart for service. We have come”4…to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ…9But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)
In Leviticus 8, Aaron and his sons were dedicated to the priesthood by bathing in water, being anointed with oil, and sprinkled with blood. They wore a tunic, a sash, a robe, an intricately woven band that secured the ephod, and a breastplate with the Urim and Thummim, a turbin and a holy crown engraved with the words, “Holy to the Lord.”
Even so, Christians have been baptized in water (Matthew 28:19), anointed with the oil of the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:20, 27), cleansed by the blood of the lamb (Hebrews 9:22), clad in the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), and called to be holy as God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).
Indeed, Christians are a royal and holy priesthood of light, set apart by God under the New Covenant in Christ’s blood for the service of offering up spiritual sacrifices to God. We are holy and set apart and not to “14…be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)
Christians are the Temple and we are the priests under the New Covenant in Christ’s holy blood, set apart to offer spiritual sacrifices as children of light.
In Jeremiah 7 we read a deeply troubling account wherein the covenant people of Judah, God’s holy and dearly loved people, had forgotten who they were and who there God was.
What was happening?
“17Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger. 19Do they provoke Me to anger?” says the Lord. “Do they not provoke themselves, to the shame of their own faces?”20Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out on this place—on man and on beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground. And it will burn and not be quenched”…this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’ 24Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.” (Jeremiah 7:17-20)
And Jeremiah 23 goes on to say that, “11“…both prophet and priest are profane; Yes, in My house I have found their wickedness,” says the Lord.”
What’s the big deal? What’s wrong with families gathering wood and kindling fires and baking yummy cakes? It sounds so innocent. But it was not merely about doing family things together or warm and fuzzy things. Rather, it was all about the worship of the Queen of Heaven.
The big deal is this, God told them not to do so. That might sound too simple to some, even unfair to others. Like, come on, who doesn’t like cake?! But, the people had agreed with God’s covenant when they signed on and His blood of the covenant was sprinkled upon them (Exodus 24:8). In other words, not only was the priesthood sprinkled with blood (Leviticus 8), but all the people were sprinkled first of all with the blood of the covenant. Therefore, they agreed to walk in God’s ways and not their own nor the ways of the pagans around them.
“3According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. 4You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God…24‘Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you. 25For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants. 26You shall therefore [d]keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nation or any stranger who dwells among you 27(for all these abominations the men of the land have done, who were before you, and thus the land is defiled), 28 lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you.” (Leviticus 18:3-4, emphasis mine)
“9“When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. 13You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. 14For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-14, emphasis mine)
Plain and simply, what they were doing was adulterous idolatry.
Modern Day Paganism
The paganism of Egypt and Canaan have not passed away, but are still alive and well today. We may be a high tech, advanced society sporting computers, smart phones, and electric cars, but the demonic entities of the Bible days are still active in our modern society. They may not go by the same names, but that does not mean they are not here, and it does not mean that people are not still practicing the same paganism. Here are some of their more modern names that the western world has come to accept: Witchcraft, Satanism, Wicca, Occultism, Illuminati, Freemasonry, and Mormonism to name a few. And these are not as innocent as they may at first appear to some, for they are just as bloody, deceptive and as demonic as their ancestors in Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Rome and even the Celts of France/Great Britain/Ireland.
The West likes to think of itself as more sophisticated and advanced, but it is not. Even the world of the 1950s television show Leave it to Beaver was not as pristine as many nostalgically look back upon, for even then the seething power of Lucifer was at work among secret societies, cults and Occultism who were even then planning for the demise and conquering of the world (which is just now being realized). This is evidenced by demonically oppressed people Christians included, as recounted by author Steve Hemphill (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdDf7PRcKsA). This oppression can include nightly sleep paralysis, nightmares, depression, fear, anxiety, demonically charged objects from foreign countries, etc. Furthermore, it is evidenced by the countless Satanic, ritually abused masses and who have been and are being delivered in the name which is above every name, Jesus Christ. This is recounted by men such as the now deceased evangelist and spiritual warrior Russ Dizdar (his website which contains hours of spiritual warfare training materials https://www.shatterthedarkness.net/; one of his powerful messages https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXXL4lgbWwc ) and the still living Pastor Doug Riggs (https://www.dougriggs.org/SRA-DID-Resources.html).
And these groups revel in Halloween because they know what it is really about: Lucifer the Lord of Death. Though not all of these groups participate in human sacrifice (such as Wicca), many of them do and will be doing so this Halloween. Not only this, but they will be saying curses and incantations over candy that “friendly” witches will hand out to eager children, even Christian children, who will then eat those candies and take that into themselves. They will demonically “charge” objects that they give to children and even the costumes that they make and then sell. To do so means that demons think that an object is theirs and will accompany it wherever it goes, even into a Christian home where it has been welcomed. Ex-Satanist John Ramirez warns Christians this very real danger of and true nature of Halloween (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q369iQJ49cY).
This happens more often than we like to think or admit. Don’t let cognitive dissonance fool you into thinking otherwise! (“The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the mental discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs, values, or attitudes. People tend to seek consistency in their attitudes and perceptions, so this conflict causes feelings of unease or discomfort.” https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-cognitive-dissonance-2795012)
It has been a brilliant move on the part of Occultists to candy-coat Halloween, thus making it palatable to everyone as a fun, candy filled holiday celebrated with colorful costumes, bonfires, silly games, and amusing spookiness. But, this is the web of deception that has been and is being spun around those who do not have discernment and are not aware of the pulsating darkness ensnaring the world right now. For while everyone is having fun, dark curses are being spoken over those who participate, human sacrifices are being performed, and foul spirits are being welcomed into people’s homes.
Paganism is alive and well today, and its highest holy day (or shall I say unholy day) is the second most popular holiday in the west. This is the same as the paganism that God condemned and wiped out of Canaan. It is also the same paganism that infiltrated His people Judah and caused their judgment. It is the same unholy paganism of darkness that God calls His people out of, into covenant with Him as a holy people.
What did God have to say to Israel about participating in pagan holidays in the Promise Land? Did He say, ‘clean them up and make them nice and kid friendly’? Did He say, ‘you may pretend to sacrifice your children just don’t really do it’? Did He say, ‘well, you want to blend in so go ahead and participate’? Did He say, ‘you don’t want your kids to feel left out of all the fun’? Did He say, ‘it’s alright as long as you keep it innocent and don’t do bloody sacrifices’? Or ‘it’s okay so long as you talk to the pagans about me’?
No. God instead says in Jeremiah 7:30, that the“…the children of Judah have done evil in My sight,” says the Lord. “They have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to pollute it.” And, Jeremiah 10:21-22 states, “21For the shepherds have become dull-hearted,And have not sought the Lord; Therefore they shall not prosper, And all their flocks shall be scattered.22Behold, the noise of the report has come, And a great commotion out of the north country, To make the cities of Judah desolate, a den of jackals.”
So, should a Christian who is a holy, set apart priest of God to participate in such an unholy, pagan holiday? No. Need I say more?
Jesus is coming back for a spotless Bride, cleansed by the washing of His word, a holy, royal priesthood, children of light who are exposing the darkness, a peculiar people. Let us not continue to compromise with the world nor be deceived by the devil’s tactics. We must be pure. We must be holy. For without holiness, we will not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). And His holiness is exclusive. His holiness does not allow for participation in the works of darkness. His holiness does not engage in pagan holidays, no matter how colorful or sugary sweet or fun or traditional. Christians are to imitate God, not Lucifer.
Dear Christian, I pray that God opens your eyes to see the seriousness of this matter. May you see it the way that God sees it. The hour is late. Let us redeem the time for the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).
I conclude with God’s holy word. May it touch you deeply, and become indelibly imprinted upon the tablet of your heart. “12The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts,” (Romans 13:12-14). “13Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”” (1 Peter 1:13-16; Leviticus 11:44)
Jesus is coming SOON. Let’s be ready.
Holy Light Ministries