Boy, what a great question and particularly appropriate for this time of year with Halloween soon to arrive.  For a lot of folks Halloween poses a problem for them because a lot of Christians have not done their job and looked into the origins of Halloween and what it truly represents.  Let’s start with some questions:

  1. What is Halloween?
  2. Who does Halloween represent?
  3. Where is Halloween held?
  4. Why does it exist?
  5. When does it occur?
  6. How is it carried out?

The following is an account about what’s behind Halloween as taken from the “Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th, volume 4, page 862.”

“Halloween, in medieval times All Hallows Eve, a holy or hallowed evening observed on October 31, the even of All Saints Day, in modern times, it is the occasion for pranks and for children requesting treats or threatening tricks.”

“In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic festival of Samhain was observed on October 31, the end of summer.  The date was also the eve of the new year in both Celtic and Anglo-Saxon times and was the occasion for one of the ancient fire festivals when huge bonfires were set on hilltops to frighten away evil spirits.  The date was connected with the return of herds from pasture, and laws and land tenures were renewed.  The souls of the dead [see What Happens When You Die?” and Where is Your Soul?], were supposed to revisit their homes on this day, and the autumn festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, hobgoblins, black cats, fairies, and demons of all kinds said to be roaring about.  It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature.  In addition, Halloween was though to be the most favorable time for divination concerning marriage, luck, health and earth. It was the only day on which the help of the devil was invoked for such purposes.”

There are eight holidays on the Wicca Calendar.  These Wicca holidays are called “Sabbats.”  The New Year’s begins October 31st, Halloween night.  It is important to note, that witches and warlocks celebrate their holidays from sundown on the date of the holiday through sundown the next day.

New Years Day, October 31st at sundown, also known as Samhain or All Hallow’s Eve.  This is New Years on the Druid calendar.  The wall between earth and the underworld is thin at this time of year.  On Halloween night, the wall opens.  Samhain the Lord of Darkness, rises from the underworld.  He roams the world looking for lost souls.  It is an evil and wicked night, a perfect night for a witch to celebrate New Years! (taken from the Wiccan Annual Holidays Calendar list).

The history of Halloween tells us that Halloween exists to represent the spiritual world connected with evil and Satanic practices.  Some Christians have attempted to Christianize Halloween by proclaiming it as a simple night of fun for children.

But one must ask the question because of its roots is Halloween really as innocent as some parents and grandparents attempt to make it?  It would appear that some do not do the research because for them ignorance is bliss.  They do not teach their children that the spirit world is real as Paul points out in Ephesians 6:10-29.  If the spirit world is not real then why would the Holy Spirit provide the armor of God for a spiritual battle the Christian is to be engaged in?  (see in Ephesians 6:10-29)

A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

A number of parents and grandparents attempt to defend Halloween as only “a little innocent fun for the kids.”  It may be innocent, but is it fun to mimic [however unknowingly] devil worship, female sacrifice, and witchcraft?  Once the Christian home allows paganism into it’s midst, then how much harder is it for Satan to get the family involved in real druidism?  The Ouija board, seemingly harmless, is no less than a familiar spirit [a connect to the evil side of the spirit world].

“And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.  Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy:  for I am the Lord your God.”  (Leviticus 20:6-7)

“There shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or his 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 thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.”  (Deuteronomy 18:10-13)

Be transformed:  Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

“Be obedient and holy” I Peter 1:14-15 “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

Be God pleasers:  James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?  whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

Be Leaders:  Ephesians 5-11 “And have not fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

These are just some of the many passages of Scripture that warn the Christian to not be involved with the spiritual evil of the world no matter how innocent it may appear.

“Do not love the world or the things of the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.  And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”  (I John 2:15-17)

Obviously, God does not want His children blindly accepting invitations from Satan to join him as he attempts to stop what God is doing (see the Genesis story of Adam and Eve).  God expects His children to have discernment and understanding of Satan’s attempts.  It would therefore be unwise for parents and grandparents to blindly encourage their children and grandchildren to engage in anything even remotely connected with the evil side of the spiritual world.

As to, “How do I stay in Christ and out of Halloween?”  Assuming the question does not revolve around salvation but rather is addressing the conduct of the Christian life we will move to Scripture for God’s answers.  Here are some suggestions:

  • I would recommend that a study of Psalm One; Psalm 19:7-14, will help.
  • Teaching children and grandchildren, Ephesians 6 and the armor of God.  Halloween is an excellent time for teaching these principles.
  • Teaching Galatians 6:16 “I say then:  Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
  • Add such passages as Ephesians 5:18 and Proverbs 1, 2; Isaiah 42:16 and I Peter 5:7; dealing with seeking God’s wisdom.

When dealing with circumstances such as Halloween, one must keep in mind God’s clear statement in I Corinthians 10:31  “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

To help us a little with “How do I stay in Christ,” one needs to remember that we are talking about “Fellowship with God and other Christians” as found in I John 1.  However not with salvation inasmuch as a true believer is saved eternally.  Further, it will help to remember that everyone has a conscience but contrary to popular belief conscience is not always the voice of God in man because it can be a good or bad guide.  Let’s look at the kinds of conscience found in the Bible:

  1. An evil conscience.  (Romans 1:24-32; I Timothy 4:2)
  2. A convicted conscience.  (John 8:9; Romans 2:14-15)
  3. A purged conscience. (Hebrews 9:14; 10:22)
  4. A pure conscience.  (Romans 9:1; I Timothy 3:9)
  5. A weak conscience.  (I Corinthians 8:10)
  6. A good [clear] conscience.  (Romans 13:5; I Peter 3:16; I Corinthians 10:25)
  7. A conscience void of offense.  (Acts 24:16)

One of the consciences that one considering Halloween and its effect upon others is the “weak conscience”.  This is usually found among new coverts or immature Christians and legalistic religionists like the Pharisee and Scribes of Jesus’ day.

People with this kind of conscience are easily offended over little shortcomings of other and tend to scold others for their failure to observe non-essential matters.  However, a weak conscience can be overcome by constant prayer, Bible study and practicing obedience to God.  It should also be remembered that we have a responsibility to consider a weak conscience in others as we make  decisions about how to use our Christian liberty – see I Corinthians 8; Romans 14:1-15: 3, etc.)

When considering such practices as being involved in Halloween parties, etc., one needs to have a  “pure conscience.”  A purified conscience is the product of renewed, converted and purged conscience.  It instructs and guides us to live a more godly and perfect life centered in Christ.  (I Timothy 3:9; Romans 12:1-2)

Peter points out that all Christians should have a “good conscience.”  This kind of conscience enables a Christian to willingly serve and obey God.  It is the opposite of a weak conscience.  (I Peter 3:16)

Couple of more ideas:

  • Halloween is part of our culture and society and because we cannot leave the world unless through death or the Rapture we have to learn to deal with it in a godly fashion.
  • Don’t judge others that involve themselves in Halloween.  Some more mature Christians see this as a special opportunity to reach the lost for Christ through various activities.  Such as:
  • *Making sure they are at home when children will knock on their doors and distribute with the goodies:
  •   +Gospel tracts.
  •   +Gospel coins.
  •   +Jesus films.
  •   +Religious toys.
  • Others who are more mature attend Halloween parties with the expressed goal of talking to people about Christ and what Halloween actually means, etc.  But remembering the principles of I Corinthians 10:31.
  • Churches will often have parties which emphasize biblical settings and characters.
  • Churches may have car trunk stations to hand out candy and items that direct childcare’s attention to Christ and way from witches, demons, etc.

So how o you stay in Christ and out of Halloween?

  • Make sure you are in a right relationship to God and other Christians – I John 1.
  • Seek discernment and wisdom from God for He has promised to guide and direct you. (Isaiah 42:16)
  • Do as Peter says, cast all your care on God, letting Him know you are confused or troubled over a possible involvement in Halloween as the world sees it.
  • Be confident that what you are doing will glorify God and bring pleasure to Him.  (Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11)
  • Find a way to use Halloween as a avenue to talk to someone about Christ and away from the world’s Halloween.
  • Follow:

 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”  (Galatians 5:1)

“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind.  (Ephesians 4:17)

“Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them.”  (Ephesians 5:11)

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled [controlled] with the Spirit.”  (Ephesians 5:15-18)

Much more could be said but the point is that you must decide before God what your actions will be toward your involvement with Halloween.  This is a personal conviction between you and God.  Follow the principles of Scripture and you will be OK.

“How can a young man cleanse his way?  By taking heed according to Your word.  With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!  Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.”  (Psalm 119:9-11)

Yes, a Christian can “stay in Christ [fellowship with God and other Christians]” and still live and glorify God in an evil world, even when such things as Halloween occurs.  Yes, there will be unthinking Christians that will join the world in its drinking parties and actions that glorify Satan but you do not have to be involved.  A clear [pure] conscience is a wonderful thing [experience].  God bless you as you walk with God, not fulfilling the lust of the flesh.  {Galatians 5:16}

Rev. Tom Shelton