I received the following article from another Pastor. This is certainly something for the Christian to ponder and I felt it should be passed on. II Corinthians 6:14-18, I Corinthians 6:19-20.
HALLOWEEN: A CELEBRATION FOR SATANISTS, WITCHES, AND CATHOLICS – NOT FUNDAMENTAL CHRISTIANS!
A Roman Catholic website briefly describes the meaning of Halloween to modern Catholics: “Halloween (the ‘e’en’ or evening before ‘All Hallow’s,’ or all the ‘Holy Ones,’ the saints) is the vigil of two feast days? All Saints Day is November 1, and All Souls Day is November 2….On All Saints we celebrate the lives of the saints, especially those in heaven. On All Souls Day we remember those who have died, especially in our immediate family….Skeletons and skulls are naturally symbols at Halloween because of All Souls Day, ‘the Day of the Dead,’ as some countries call it. It doesn’t hurt us to think about death once a year. We’re all going to die someday. Skeletons and skulls remind us of this. Figures of devils and witches can also remind us of the ever-present temptation to be like God. Halloween is not ‘of the devil,’ as some FUNDAMENTALISTS say. Many denominations don’t teach about the COMMUNION OF SAINTS, so naturally they don’t celebrate All Saints Day or All Souls Day. All they have left of Halloween is pre- Christian superstition about the dead.” (Americancatholic.org)
The same website also describes the ORIGINS of Halloween: “The true origins of Halloween lie with the ancient Celtic tribes who lived in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. For the Celts, November 1 marked the beginning of a new year and the coming of winter. The night before the New Year, they celebrated the festival of Samhain, Lord of the Dead. During this festival, Celts believed the souls of the dead – including ghosts, goblins and witches – returned to mingle with the living. In order to scare away the evil spirits, people would wear masks and light bonfires. When the Romans conquered the Celts, they added their own touches to the Samhain festival, such as making centerpieces out of apples and nuts for Pomona, the Roman goddess of the orchards. The Romans also bobbed for apples and drank cider – traditions which may sound familiar to you. But where does the Christian aspect of the holiday come into play?
In 835, Pope Gregory IV moved the celebration for all the martyrs (later all saints) from May 13 to November 1. The night before became known as All Hallow’s Even or ‘holy evening.’ Eventually the name was shortened to the current Halloween. On November 2, the Church celebrates All Souls Day. The purpose of these feasts is to remember those who have died, whether they are officially recognized by the Church as saints or not. It is a celebration of the ‘communion of saints,’ which reminds us that the Church is not bound by space or time. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that through the communion of saints ‘a perennial link of charity exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home, those who are expiating their sins in purgatory and those who are still pilgrims on earth. Between them there is, too, an abundant exchange of all good things.’ (#1475).” (AmericanCatholic.org)
Finally, this same website also reveals Halloween’s relatively recent birth in the U.S.: “…the current custom of going door-to-door to collect treats actually started in Ireland hundreds of years ago…When an influx of Irish Catholic immigrants came to the United States in the 1800s, the custom of trick-or-treating came with them. Does your family carve a pumpkin to place on your porch for Halloween? If so, then you can once again thank the Irish for the tradition. Actually, the custom began with a turnip. People would hollow out the turnips and place lighted candles inside to scare off the evil spirits. When the Irish came to America, they discovered the pumpkin as a larger substitute for the turnip. And so, we now carve pumpkins instead of turnips for Halloween.” (AmericanCatholic.org)
Indeed, Halloween was not popular in the U.S. until the 20th century, when it spread from the Irish Catholic settlements, and was later re-energized by the Wiccans. There is much common ground between Catholics and pagans, especially concerning the dead. As America grows increasingly Catholic and pagan (with the aid of the federal government through public education, etc.), it is no wonder that Halloween is increasingly growing in popularity. Paganism went mainstream in America in 1979 when two books (i.e. ”The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess” by Starhawk, and ”Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today” by Margot Adler) were both released on Halloween. The Harry Potter movement is insuring that the children are not left out of this “new age.” While Catholics are busy praying for, and TO, dead people, and the pagans are likewise communing with their dead ancestors (not to mention the modern, Druid sacrifices of some serious Satanic groups), Halloween is obviously a night when the devils will run wild! One pagan witch describes the importance of Halloween for communicating with the dead (i.e. “the communion of saints”):
“‘There is a recognition of our close ties with our ancestors and a recognition that the veils between the worlds are thin at this time of year.” (Chapin-Bishop, WiccaNet.org) On Halloween, Pagans will usually prepare a meal and set plates for dead relatives. The favorite foods of deceased relatives are prepared. The meal is usually consumed in total silence. After the meal, the food that was set out for the deceased is poured out in the woods as an offering to spirits. Another Wiccan high priestess, Marsha Smith, likewise describes the importance of Halloween for “communion” with departed spirits: “‘It’s a time to celebrate our ancestors and to communicate with the other side through meditation (or) tarot cards or by inviting the spirits to possess us,’ she said. ‘We believe souls are reincarnated and our loved ones come back to be with us again.'” (Holly Edwards Staff Writer, Los Angeles Daily News)
While Halloween may be important for Catholics and pagans, fundamental Christians should avoid any association with or celebration of the day. The Bible teaches that sorcery will be revived in the last days, and that this would move God to bring the Tribulation curses upon mankind: Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their SORCERIES, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
The Bible also teaches that Rome will continue to “whitewash” pagan divination, until she becomes accepted as the center of world religion: Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
There is NOTHING “cute” about witches and devils. Christians are losing the minds of their children by foolishly opening the gates to the enemy (through TV, movies, public education, pagan/Catholic holidays such as Halloween, etc.). Witchcraft is no longer cute and funny; it never was, but it especially is not cute in this late day, as thousands of teenagers are taking it seriously. Paul warns Christians that those who flirt with witchcraft will be excluded from the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:20).
The ancient Druids were the “priests” of the Celtic religion. The Druid priests practiced horrible, mass human sacrifices on Halloween (although some modern pagans attempt to deny this fact, at least in public). Tacitus (the Roman historian) confirms this fact. The feast of Samhain (pronounced “sow-win”) was the feast of the dead. At this time, as we have seen, it was believed that the veil between the living and the dead (i.e. spirit world) was at its thinnest. I do believe the veil between the spirit world and the living is indeed at its thinnest at this time – not just on Halloween, but during this whole final age.
However, it is not DEAD people, but DEVILS who are close at hand, ready for “communion” (1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Timothy 3:8). How long will it be before these devils once AGAIN (as with the Druids of old) begin to move mankind to practice the human sacrifices the Bible predicts will intoxicate Rome (Revelation 17:6)?
I personally do not think Christians should hold similar “alternatives” on Halloween. I think they should hit the streets and confront the world with strong preaching, or they should gather together for fervent prayer. Should such a night be an evening for fun, games, and “mock” divination for discerning Christians? Is there not a cause? Can we not rejoice in Christ in fellowship, spiritual songs, soul winning, and prayer, or must we imitate the joy of pagans and Catholics? What does it teach children when we train them that they must always have a “Christian” imitation of pagan fun? Will not many children soon realize that the world can “out-do” the Christian on pagan ground? I am certainly not against holy fun and recreation for children. I am against attempting to “Christianize” divination. I know there are many who teach that there is merit in attracting children to churches, away from a dangerous environment. Yet, many churches are having to become increasingly pagan and grotesque every year to attract the kids (who have been raised on horror movies with millions of dollars of special effects). “Hell houses” with rape, murder, suicide, blood and violence, acted out, etc. are sadly, becoming increasingly common in churches on Halloween.