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Rev. Harris comments on Halloween, Of Spooks and Saints

'I believe Halloween is inherently evil and is one of the great lies that Satan uses to blind the people of God.' -REV. LAURA HARRIS
Comments about Rev. Joey N. Welsh: Of Spooks and Saints

By Rev. Laura Harris
A Personal Commentary

Dear Brother Welsh, Thank you for sharing your views about Halloween. I appreciate your presentation and well-thought-out arguments. When I was young, I also participated in Halloween. When my children were young, I took them on limited trick or treats, but even then I was sensitive enough not to dress them as witches or anything evil.

As I have grown in faith and learned more about our enemy, Satan, I have changed my views that Halloween is spiritually benign. I believe Halloween is inherently evil and is one of the great lies that Satan uses to blind the people of God. I know that I am swimming up stream, but here goes.

Halloween promotes things that are directly opposed to the teaching of Holy Scripture. Deuteronomy 8:9-13 says,"When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination (fortune telling) or sorcery(magic arts), interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God."

Halloween is about communication with the dead, death, fortune telling, witchcraft, casting spells, sacrifice, and other dark and evil things. Engaging in Halloween is mimicking or engaging in those acts that the Lord has forbidden. In Deuteronomy 8:12 these practices are detestable the Lord. The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and in the future. What was detestable to him then is still detestable to him now. He is unchanging. We are the ones who have packaged things that are detestable to the Lord and made them seem harmless.

Halloween is a pre-event to "All Saints Day." Its origins are ancient Druid traditions and involved satanic ritual, human sacrifice, and pagan acts that are against the teaching of Scripture. In Brittan, Ireland, Scotland, and France, Druids would make sacrifices to Shamhain, the lord of death. As the harvest was concluding and the earth was showing signs of waning life, these pagans would offer sacrifices to the this pagan god for self-protection. The sacrifices consisted of animals and humans which were burned to death. They believed if they offered the sacrifice to the roving evil spirits, they would be appeased and would not harm the ones offering the sacrifice.

"Tom Sanuinet, a former high priest of Wicca said this about Halloween, 'Trick or treat is a recreation of Druid practices. The candy replaced human sacrifices of old, but it still represents an appeasement of those deceptive evil spirits. The traditional response is that those who do not treat have a trick played on them. Giving candy is simply symbolic of a sacrifice to false gods. You are participating in idolatry," (Source of Druid information and quote: Smith, Alice and Eddie. Spiritual House Cleaning. Regal Books, Ventura, California, 2003.).

Personally, I have strong convictions that participating in Halloween is not pleasing to the Lord. I do not judge others who have chosen to participate in Halloween. I love those who do not agree with me. However as a pastor, my actions are guided by Ezekiel 33:1-9. If I have conviction about something or a message of warning from the Lord and I keep it to myself, I bear the responsibility of that before God. If I warn the people and they do not listen, I am absolved of responsibly.

I know that not everyone will agree with me, but I hope that this gives Christians reason to pause to consider whether Halloween lines up with the teaching of Holy Scripture.

Respectfully Submitted,

This story was posted on 2011-10-30 15:59:19
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