Summary: Challenges Christians to take a biblical stand on Halloween.
Satan’s Tricks are no Treats
Ph 4:8, 9
Last year, after a very difficult message, I had some people testify they learned some things about Halloween they didn’t know. I hope to provoke the same response this year.
This is the season for death, fear, gore, murder, idolatry, lust, and all manner of immoral thoughts and activities.
Our text challenges us to think on things true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of a good report and praiseworthy.
Halloween and its activities are not praiseworthy. Halloween is the Witch’s New Year’s Eve. It’s one of the 2 most honored days of Satanist.
Is this something Christians should want to promote if real witches and Satanist are promoting it?
Witch’s and Satanist love Halloween. They get a lot of media coverage and it promotes their beliefs into mainstream society.
The best part about it is it pushes its belief’s all under the guise of innocent fun. The kids in the costumes, the trick or treating for candy. It’s all for fun.
But the Bible says, “Do not marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14).”
Satan is a master at deceiving people into doing things that seem innocent and look fun.
That’s how he deceived Eve in the garden. What was so bad about eating the fruit? It was wrong because God said, “Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest ye die (Gen 3:3).”
But Satan came along and said, “Ye shall not surely die (Gen 3:4).”
Satan placed an appearance of innocence and fun upon what God said was unclean.
The Bible still commands Christians, “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch NOT the unclean thing; and I will receive you (2 Cor 6:17).”
Satan has convinced Christians to go along with every secular activity the world comes up with.
Halloween is not innocent. Halloween Emphasizes Death.
January 6, 1988 Ann Landers wrote, “Parents must tackle violence."
The parent wrote, "I heard something today that made my hair stand on end. I hope you will deal with it in your column because it is a symptom of a problem that warrants deep concern. Last October, the teacher of a fourth grade class asked her students to write a short essay on what they would like to do most to celebrate Halloween. Eighty percent of her 9 year-olds expressed the wish to `kill somebody.’”
That is not innocent fun. That is the power of satan at work in the minds of children. This letter was right on target.
All parents ought to be concerned. Halloween is desensitizing our children by glorifying violence, death, mutilation and gore.
Consider the "Nightmare on Elm Street", "Halloween", and "Friday the 13th" films.
They are popular eye candy at Halloween parties. Who or what inspires the actors in horror films?
Robert Englund, who plays mass murderer Freddy Krueger in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series, says he draws his inspiration from the late Ted Bundy, who raped and murdered more than 28 women.
Englund told Slaughterhouse magazine, "I just read an article on Ted Bundy, so a lot of my imagery is based on him."
Halloween places such an emphasis on murder, gore, violence, and fear.
The Bible proclaims that, “God has not given to us the spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7).”
It emphasizes witchcraft and spirit worship. But the Bible says, “thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of others (Deut 18:9).”
“There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or and observer of times (fortune tellers), or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer (Deut 18:10, 11).”
Harry Potter is back again this holiday season. Harry Potter literally teaches spells.
But I say again God was the Potter (Jer 18) before Harry ever came along.
I wonder what it will take to get Christians to wake up to the reality that Halloween isn’t innocent.
Right now in Detroit, Michigan Devil’s Night is going on.
That’s right; Devil’s Night is the night before Halloween and continues its rampage through Halloween.
Devil’s night is nothing but a night of Arson. People’s homes and belongings are being set to fire right now as we speak.
Over 157 fires were set in Detroit alone on Halloween of 2000.
Maybe we think Halloween is innocent because we close our ears to such realities. We don’t want to hear about the truth about Halloween because we will have to change our behavior.
Ask police officers of major cities in America and they will tell you that graveyard desecration is becoming a big problem on Halloween. That’s not innocent.