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Trick or Trick?

30/10/2011

Trick or Trick!

There seems to be a new industry growing in the business of providing fancy-dress outfits for Halloween. Specialist stores are selling them, and the chain store multiples are joining in. Our local branch of a huge UK supermarket chain has racks and shelves full of outfits for people who want to party as witches, devils, even terrorists. One local store was selling masks depicting the face of Osama bin Laden. And it’s not just adults. Stores are displaying many of these satanic outfits for little children.

What’s happening? The secular world is going on its annual evil-fest. It’s Halloween and its far from just innocent fun. It is a festival of darkness, inspired by Satan and perpetrated on his behalf by gullible people who think it’s just an excuse for a laugh.

My first realisation of the evil displayed at Halloween was in the mid eighties when I was the pastor of a small church in rural Co Down. A gentleman attending church just after Halloween told me tearfully of how he had suffered at the hands of the Halloween revellers. They had visited his isolated home through the night and tormented him and his wife. Puzzled, I asked why. He looked at me as if I was totally idiotic and said, “it’s Halloween. It’s what they do…”

We can expect children to arrive at the doors of homes, standing on our doorsteps and repeating the mantra, ‘Trick or Treat’. Small children, with tender minds and hearts, encouraged to dress up as devils and witches and go begging. We can expect people to be tormented by fireworks, loud bangs, frightening pets and terrifying the elderly. The activities of some Halloween revellers could possible be summed up in the words of Proverbs 21:10: The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbour finds no mercy in his eyes.

So what does the Bible say?

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.
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,
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. Deut 18:9-12

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19

Don’t be fooled. There’s no treat in evil. It’s all a trick.

We must understand that the interest in Halloween and its manifestations of evil are a symptom of mankind’s sin. We all are sinners, and we all need the Saviour. Let us all pray that evil will be banished from our land, replaced by God’s light, and His saving work in the hearts of sinners.

From → Evangelism

2 Comments
  1. Thanks Nancy, that’s a great comment. A lot of Christian people here followed exactly the same procedure. They became aware that Halloween was a pagan festival, and tried to ‘Christianise’ it, but in essence it was the same thing with a different name.

    I do think we should abstain from evil and the very appearance of evil.

    Bob

  2. We grew up participating in the Halloween celebrations as if they were just a fun thing to do, but somewhere around the mid 70’s, I began to be convinced that there was way more to this than just fun for the children. I believe this was also the time that many churches began to teach about the dangers of getting involved with even the appearance of evil. Sadly many main line churches took the stance that if they changed the costumes and called it “Harvest Fest” it somehow removed the evil. I find it odd, that so many Christians not only still participate, but choose to be almost condemnatory of those who refuse to participate even in the so called “Harvest Fest”.

    Thanks for posting this encouragement to flee the darkness!

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