Why Christians absolutely should NOT celebrate Halloween

I previously shared another extensive article about this topic, but since it’s that time of the year again, I decided to share another article that reiterates that truth.

This original article can be found at http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/52738-why-christians-absolutely-should-not-celebrate-halloween

WHY CHRISTIANS ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN
written by Jamie Morgan, 

Many Christians celebrate Halloween. Some churches and pastors even do. I recently saw a church advertising they were having a Zombie Run. Seriously? God’s House? This pastor does not celebrate Halloween and neither does her church. In a spirit of full disclosure, when I was a brand-new believer, I allowed my son to go trick-or-treating. Part of the reason was because my husband was not yet saved and insisted we do. The other part was because I didn’t see the harm in it. After all, many Christians I respected did it, so as a new Christian I justified that it must be OK. Right? Wrong! As I grew closer to the Lord and gained more knowledge of His Word, I began to feel convicted about Halloween. I had thoughts like:

  • God is a God of life, but Halloween focuses on death. Should I celebrate a holiday where people decorate their front yards with tombstones?
  • The Scriptures tell us to put away deeds of darkness (Rom.13:12) and that light has nothing in common with darkness (2 Cor. 6:14). Is celebrating a dark holiday something a child of the light should be doing?
  • I had been delivered from fear and panic attacks and knew that fear comes from the enemy. Should I participate in a holiday that has fear as its very foundation?
  • Witchcraft is clearly detestable to the Lord (Deut 18:10-13). Shouldn’t something that glorifies witchcraft (just take a walk through the Halloween store) be detestable to me as well?”
  • Halloween is a sacred, high holiday for Wiccans (the official religion of witchcraft). Is this a holiday Christians should celebrate alongside Wiccans?
  • Is it cute when we dress our kids like the devil (or witches, ghouls, scary characters, etc.)? Isn’t it, well, demonic?
  • What if my child dresses in a wholesome fireman costume? Romans 16:19 says that we need to be wise to what is good and innocent of evil. If I let him participate in Halloween, even while dressed as a fireman, aren’t I sending him a mixed message by allowing him to participate in a celebration of evil?
  • The Lord said in 2 Cor. 6:17, “Come out from them and be separate … Touch no unclean thing …” Doesn’t God want His children to be set apart from the world and from sin and evil? Aren’t we supposed to be peculiar people?
  • My extended family thinks it’s ridiculous that we not allow our son to dress up for Halloween. Should their opinions matter to me more than God’s? Shouldn’t pleasing God be my utmost concern?
  • If there is even a question in my heart and mind that it might be wrong, shouldn’t that be my first clue? Why would I continue to do so with even a lingering thought that it is wrong?
  • Does Halloween bring glory to God? No! It glorifies the devil! Nuff said.

So as a new believer, saved only two years, I responded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, repented of displeasing the Lord and put a stop to Halloween. And as a pastor, after observing firsthand the amount of destruction that the enemy brings into peoples’ lives when they give him a foothold, I am even more convinced I made the right decision to close the door to the enemy and on this evil holiday.

Setting aside a day to celebrate evil, darkness, witchcraft, fear, death and the demonic brings disdain to God. Period. A Christian celebrating Halloween would be like a Satan worshiper putting up a nativity scene at Christmas while singing, “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” The two just don’t go together. Jesus has nothing in common with Satan (2 Cor. 6:14), and neither should we.

So, what did we do instead? Hide in the basement with the lights off? Hustle the family out of the house? No, darkened homes are the enemy’s victory! Where does your light shine the brightest … in the darkness!

Halloween is the one day a year when neighbors come to your door expecting to receive something. So give them JESUS! Our family chose to give God the glory and the devil a black eye by reaching out to our neighbors with the gospel of Jesus Christ! “You are the light of the world … let your light shine among men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16).

So stop justifying why it is fine to celebrate this demonic, worldly, evil holiday. There are no muddled lines or gray areas about it. A committed follower of Jesus Christ should not celebrate Halloween.

Jamie Morgan is the pastor of Life Church (Assemblies of God) in Williamstown, N.J., and the Life House of Prayer (24/7 prayer).

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Review: Climbing with Abraham

Amazon:  Climbing with Abraham 30 day Devotional

This 30-day devotional takes the reader, event by event, through Abraham’s life story. The author, David Ramos, systematically guides the reader through every account of Abraham’s life in a separate entry, and it gives the reader a very good overview of what the Bible recorded about him – and what we can learn from his story today. Each entry ends with a “Takeaway – a simple summary of what we can learn from that particular instance in Abraham’s life. In this devotional, you will learn about Abraham, but most of all about an Almighty, intimately involved God Who is just as real today as He was then.

I really enjoyed this devotional, because by reading about Abraham’s experiences separately, I was constantly reminded that he was just a normal human being like each of us, struggling with fear, sin and unfulfilled desires.  Just like each of us, he had to choose to have faith in the God Who conquers even when a situation seems impossible, before he saw the outcome.  This encourages me – I too can have faith in the midst of difficult trials in my journey.  Jesus said, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:14)  Through his obedience, Abraham was called the Friend of God (James 2:23) – what a testimony!

Valentine’s Day is Not About You

Above All Else

Valentines day

How did Valentine’s day become “I-need-someone-to-make-much-of-me day”?

The popular idea of love conjures up images of being served and doted on by others. So if you don’t have someone buying you flowers, sending you notes, and telling you you’re awesome on Valentine’s day, it then becomes an excuse to be angry and depressed.

Christian, your view of love should be markedly different than this. The way of love shown to us by Christ is self-sacrifice: considering the needs of others as more important than your own. For us, Valentine’s day should prompt acts of self-sacrifice not thoughts of who might puff us up with praise and compliments.

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Interview: Godly Girls for God

About the Webzine

Currently, GGFG has 30 Site Writers ages 11-25. They write devotionals and stories, which are posted every Friday.  Some of the past and present writers have been featured in the book.  Website:  www.godlygirlsforgod.com

Book overview

Write for Him: The Story of GGFG is the story of how God brought together an online community of girls, bound together by a hobby of writing.  The 25 young ladies featured in this book represent 10 different countries and many different backgrounds.  They put their trust in God to overcome addictions, put away distorted views of God, learn how to cope with losing a parent, deal with bullies, face their fears about the future, and trade the messages of this world for the Truth.  When they wrote these devotionals, fictional stories, testimonies, poems, and quizzes, they ranged in age from 11 to 24.  Each writer desires to glorify God and encourage others by sharing a part of her life.  We pray that the reflection of the faith, love, and hope of these girls will inspire in you a passion for God’s Word, so we can continue to grow together into the women God desires for us to become.

Interview with Hillary Beth Koenig, the founder of Godly Girls For God Webzine and the author/editor of “Write for Him: The Story of GGFG.”

Author of Write for Him - the Story of GGFG

Hillary Beth Koenig – founder of Godly Girls For God Webzine and author/editor of “Write for Him: The Story of GGFG.”

When did you start writing in general?

As a very young child; in kindergarten, I started a journal that my mother encouraged me to write daily, and I stuck with it through my teen years.

When did you start writing for GGFG?

We started GGFG in 2004.  I was 15 by the time it really took off as a Webzine.

How have your experiences influenced your writing?

I loved the quiet mysteries of our backyard in Florida, and was often inspired to write because of those moments I felt God was near.  I loved listening to radio sermons at age 12, especially those by Charles Stanley.  He was a comfort to me through some very trying times in my family, as my parents dealt with some very hard things with my sister.  I was, at times, very depressed as a teenager, and could not think clearly.  Writing helped.  I would even write out my prayers sometimes.  Then, going to several different colleges taught me a lot about writing itself; some teachers challenged me and put me down, which strengthened my resolve, and others both challenged and encouraged me.

What has God taught you through writing? Do you have a favorite part of this book?

God has taught me that He is working all over the world in hearts, and that we are far more alike than we realize as true believers in Jesus.  It was reinforced to me that we are not alone, and that we can find others going through very similar things;  Satan’s biggest lie is that no one else could possibly understand me.  It isolates us in a way that makes it hard for us to open ourselves up to God, and others in healthy ways.

My favorite parts of this book is where you see the Gospel changing lives… and the sweet innocence of pure faith in God.

How does writing help you? What would you like to accomplish by writing?

Writing helps me focus on God.  I want to make sure every girl knows that they are not too young to serve the Lord, and are not alone serving Him, no matter what their family, school, or other life situation.

Write for Him - The story of GGFG

You can find the book at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1300504730/

What does the butterfly symbolism in the book’s graphics mean to you?

The butterfly represents new life in Christ, and has been our mascot all along.  The purple is for royalty usually;  it reminds me that we are called to become more like our King, Jesus.  The world on the cover reminds me of the many countries represented within GGFG.  Our faith in Jesus unites us in an absolutely amazing way.  And the hands remind me that God is holding us all.  Kristy Adair did an amazing job capturing the heart of GGFG!

When did you decide to start the book?

I was backing up a copy of the book on my computer.  I felt like God was telling me it was time to try.  It had been in the back of my mind…  I turned to my husband and said, “I’m going to write a book.”  It was November 2011.  May 1st, 2013 I not only held my first box of books in my hands, but I got to show them off at my AWANA club!

Will you be doing more book projects?

As I tell the girls… if this one sells well, yes.  I will follow God’s lead on this.  We have begun some preliminary work already.

What’s your favorite page on GGFG’s site?

I have always been madly in love with the Hard Q’s page, because I treasure having a safe place to ask questions.  I always loved the devotionals page, too, which holds the majority of our articles.

What encouragement would you like to give to other writers?

Write daily – or at least often.  Read a lot.  Don’t be ashamed to let others read your work.  Take criticism in stride.  Only you can say what you have to say…  God has put you in the situations in your life so you can glorify Him, and encourage others.  Don’t keep things to yourself just because you are afraid.  God can do great things through you if you are willing!

1 Timothy 4:12

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”