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Sermon: Deuteronomy 18:9-14

9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one 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, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 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. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.

Leviticus 19:31

31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 20:27

27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.

Introduction:

every Halloween night we can ride around and see little kids sometimes even adults dressed up like witches, ghost, goblins, demons, even like the devil himself.

all knocking on doors wanting candy.

every time I see these sights, I think to myself, ’how sad it is that our society encourages children to dress up as Satan and other evil personalities.

Don’t people realize that Satan is real

not just some sort of Halloween character?’

but a real being roaming to and fro seeking whom he may devour

Well, unfortunately, a lot of people don’t believe that the devil really exists.

They think he’s a figment of our imagination.

Illustration:

there was once a boxer who was being beaten up badly. Finally, he leaned over the ropes and said to his trainer, “Throw in the towel. This guy is killing me!” But the trainer replied, “Oh, no he’s not. He’s not even hitting you. He hasn’t laid a glove on you!” At that point the boxer wiped the blood away from his eye and said, “Well, then, I wish you’d watch that referee. He sure is tough!”

a lot people are like that trainer.

They just don’t get it.

They deny the obvious.

This Halloween season, millions of Christians will encourage their children to pay respects to the devil and his gang of evil spirits.

Thousands of churches will fully sanction this homage to Satan in direct violation to the teaching of the Word of God!

Many fellowship rooms will be decked out with all the paraphernalia and trappings of Lucifer’s kingdom.

Halloween is a celebration of darkness.

I don’t like darkness.

Darkness hides things.

In the Bible, darkness symbolizes evil.

When I was a boy I used to ask my mother to leave a light on in my room.

It always made me feel better.

That’s what we should be doing—

lighting up our world with God’s love.

letting are light shine for jesus

Ephesians 5:8-11 says it well:

8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

The whole concept behind Halloween involves death, darkness, deception, fear, and pagan rituals.

Many Christians find Halloween an uncomfortable topic.

It’s a little like walking into a graveyard and seeing among the tombstones a party in progress–a bizarre mixture of horrible screams and laughing–and then wondering who might have organized it.

let me say that halloween is not from God

Let me pose this question: What in the world do witches and demons and vampires and those kind of things have in common with the people of God, who John refers to as “children of light?”

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