Q: Dear Pastor,
It’s Halloween! Why don’t more churches celebrate it? We can make it family-friendly, can’t we?
A: Though I respect your right to celebrate any holiday you like, Halloween is not, nor has it ever been designed for family fun. And certainly not for the Christian church. We are unwise to engage in this celebration at all. Halloween began and remains a dangerous time of year. Especially for Christ-followers.
It is the celebration of the dead; combining witchcraft, demonic ritual and the powerful realms of darkness into a terrifying night. Churches try to Christianize it by staying engaged with the community and hosting “Harvest Parties” to appease our cultural need to embrace the candy/costume tradition. It is accepted and expected that we offer the kids something to go along with the world’s calendar of holidays. As a pastor I understand this, painful as it is. I realize most people have no idea what they are celebrating and so, in their ignorance, cannot be held accountable. Yet I beg to suggest that Halloween is not the best time to blend the Church and the world together in family fun.
Halloween began as a Celtic, Druid celebration called “Samhain” that happened at the end of every harvest season. Druids, who are the descendants of the Baals mentioned in scripture, carried forward and instituted the most ancient forms of black magic and satanic worship in the Gaelic countries of Ireland, Scotland and England. Druids are responsible for the creation of the famous Stonehenge prehistoric site, and they still use it today to conduct their secret activities. (No, Stonehenge is not a place where good things happen. Large, human bone pits are continually being discovered.) The Druids, along with their sister cult Wicca and their mother Church of Satan use October 31st as their highest holiday, the Black Sabbath, which is the feasting night overseen by the Devil himself. It also has astronomical significance and is called, interestingly enough, a “cross-quarter day” because it falls at the midpoint between autumn equinox and winter solstice.
(Warning: the following paragraphs are not for children.)
In order for you to understand the level of darkness the Halloween holiday represents, here is a partial list of what occurs inside Druidic/Wiccan and Satanic groupings every year on October 31st: sex with demons; orgies involving animals and humans; animal and human sacrifices; sacrificing newborn babies [to shed innocent blood]; rape and molestation of adults, children and babies; conjuring of demons; demonic possession; speaking with the dead; the casting of spells; and the distribution of time-released curses against the innocent and the Christian. Sounds fun, huh?
Scary costumes and the giving out of candy (or food) were instituted thousands of years ago as a precaution against the fact that the dead may indeed visit your home and you might frighten them away with a scary mask or bribe. This is because on Halloween night, the dead were and are actively being summoned forth around the bonfires, woodland fields and graveyards where the witches, warlocks and priests of darkness gather to celebrate their special date.
Samhain was also the time when livestock were slaughtered en masse in the Celtic culture. Much blood was spilled and literally ran in the streets, so the idea was carried into the satanic rituals where blood sacrifices then became the focal point of the celebrations. Even today in our sweet, rural towns, pets go missing on Halloween night, and the police and fire units are on high alert for the violent crimes that happen in the woods and hills surrounding the country croplands.
“Well,” you may say, “even Christmas started out as a pagan event. If we trace back any holiday far enough we can dig up dirt about it.” Perhaps. But Christmas and Easter, whose dates may well have marked a pagan feast, are now wholly and magnificently redeemed with a focus on Jesus Christ. Halloween was, is and always will be a celebration of darkness and terror. It has never been redeemed and stands today as the focal point of evil celebration. Take a quick cruise through the TV ads right now just to make sure.
Thankfully our one comfort at Halloween is that the Devil has no effect when Jesus is around. When we encounter evil and evoke the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, evil is instantly rendered powerless. But why dabble with darkness? Why go there at all? Please think about what you’re celebrating ... and keep your loved ones close on that night.
— Adrienne Greene pastors the Rockdale United Methodist Church. Do you have a question or comment for Pastor Adrienne? Please send your inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to P.O. Box 214, Harrison, OH 45030. Facebook.com/adrienne.w.greene
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