On my mudinternational.bravejournal.com the question was posed how we regard Halloween and God in the same sentence. This is part 2 of that entry but thought it was worth posting here, as we enter into yet another season of such a "high holiday." Your comments are most welcomed.
My last post was how you, the reader, thought of Halloween and God in the same sentence. I would like to give you some other food for thought from scripture.
I grew up as a Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [the other Jesus]. In-between being a Mormon and True Salvation, I learned witchcraft, and that’s another story. When I became a believer in Jesus Christ, I found that in both the Old Testament and the New Testament there is clear direction on the issue of witches, divination, and what we should and shouldn’t do—and it does relate to our personal philosophy on Halloween.
“There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord they God doth drive them out from before thee.” Deuteronomy 18:10-12
“And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation.
And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers.” Acts 16:16-19
Acts goes on to state that these men were furious that this girl had been made whole by God because she had lost her powers. The enemy of God, the devil, is able to imitate some of the gifts of God. Psychics, sorcerers, witches, and the like are tools in the devil’s hands. It is not the Holy Spirit speaking—but the demons who are able to hear and see what is and has been.
Now back to Halloween
Why would God be pleased with our dressing up in the enemy’s clothing? The costumes of the spirits that He despises and has said, when these spirits used by people are among the faithful, God will chase them out from among them.
The charities that use spook alleys for fundraisers—Christians paying money to be sociable and “help a good cause,” God has other ways of helping those who will come to Him.
For those of you who are saying, “come on now, my child is dressed like an angel, a hobo, or some other harmless character,” I would ask you, what is the essence of the night before All Saints Day? It is for the witches high holiday … need I say more …
It is up to each to choose the path they will follow …” but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Be blessed, and remember, “We walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
This is a timely and sobering offering...We are too complacent re the things that the world considers "harmless fun"...Jesus died to free us from the devils works - and yet man goes blindly on, allowing him enough rope to hang themselves...Thank you for this useful insight - especially the dressing up in the `enemy`s clothes` part - I had never thought of it in that way before..."by their fruits ye shall know them"?