11 Reasons Why This New Believer Chose Not Celebrate Halloween
Setting aside a day to celebrate evil, darkness, witchcraft, fear, death and the demonic brings disdain to God. Period. 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? In God's House? 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? Well, no. 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 skeletons and tombstones? ...The Scriptures tell us to put away deeds of darkness (Romans 13:12) and that light has nothing in common with darkness (2nd Corinthians 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 (Deuteronomy 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 2nd Corinthians 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 child 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 I responded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, repented of displeasing the Lord and put a stop to Halloween. And 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 on this evil holiday. Setting aside a day to celebrate evil, darkness, witchcraft, fear, death and the demonic brings disdain to God. 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 (2nd Corinthians 6:14,) and neither should we. Stop justifying why it is fine to celebrate this demonic, worldly, evil holiday. There are no muddled lines or gray areas about it. It would be like a Jew deciding to celebrate Hitler's birthday. A committed follower of Jesus Christ should not celebrate Halloween because Satan is God's enemy.