The title of this post is the same as one I wrote in 2015, and is a continuation of the forewarning I have given since 2014 about celebrating Halloween. I find it perplexing that so many Christians find no harm in celebrating this occultic holiday. [And trying to soften its connection to the occult by holding "Trunk or Treat" events on the same night doesn't eliminate the association with its pagan origins].
It also amazes me the extent to which our culture is willing to ignore the warnings about Halloween which have been extended by such noted men as Pastor David L. Brown, PhD (President of Logos Consortium, and developer of Logos Research Pages) and the late esteemed Bible Teacher Chuck Missler, and backed up by Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan and the religion of Satanism. To a man, they all agree that the celebration of Halloween finds its roots in the ancient Celtic pagan celebration of Samhain [pronounced "sow-in"]. Chuck Missler wrote, "The Celtic people engaged in what we’d now call the occultic arts. They worshipped nature, ascribing to it supernatural qualities ... The Celts were the trunk from which Halloween grew. The priestly class of the Celts [the Druids] believed that on the last day of the old year, Samhain, the lord of darkness and death gathered the souls of the evil dead that had been condemned and forced them to enter the bodies of animals. It was believed that he would then decide which animal form they would take for the next year. The souls of the good dead were reincarnated as humans. The Druids also believed that the punishments suffered by the evil dead would be lightened by sacrifices, prayers, and gifts to the lord of death".
Missler continues, "The Celtic worshipers attempted to placate Samhain because of his power over the souls of the dead. On Halloween, it was believed that the separation between the realms of the living and the dead grew thin, and those who had died during the preceding twelve months were permitted by Samhain to cross over. Whether good or evil, they were permitted to visit their former places of habitation for a few hours, to associate once again with their families. It was on these occasions that ancient fire festivals were celebrated on local hilltops. The Celts would build giant bonfires to frighten away the evil spirits. Because the souls of the dead were supposed to visit their homes that day, the annual festival acquired a sinister significance. The Celts believed that ghosts, witches, goblins, fairies, and demons of all kinds roamed about. Evil or frustrated ghosts were supposed to play tricks on humans to cause supernatural manifestations. The Celts were determined to handle the supernatural powers, and as part of the celebration, the people would don grotesque masks and danced around the bonfires to scare away those wandering evil spirits. In some cases, food was placed out for the dead to make them feel welcome. We begin to understand how those traditions reached across the ages to the celebration of the holiday today".
Sadly, too many will dismiss the connection of our nation's most commercially successful holiday with the ancient pagan festivals as exaggeration and overly religious rhetoric. But all too clearly, Halloween has become an acceptable opportunity for witches and satanists to introduce demonic beliefs and rituals. Pastor David Brown shares his reasons for alarm concerning Halloween: "I can tell you that many children get their first exposure to occult activities at Halloween. I have received communications from all over the United States testifying to that fact. In one school district a “real” Witch was brought in and told the children of the wonderful world of witchcraft including teaching them how to cast a spell. Another group of teens went on a school sponsored Halloween field trip and visited a channeler, which is nothing but a spirit medium who practices necromancy. [Leviticus 19:31 is still valid for today's Christians]".
Pastor Brown shared another example: "Last year I got a call from an alarmed parent. They had discovered their daughter’s diary and what they read blew them out of the water. She and several of her teenage friends were planning on being baptized into witchcraft on Halloween. Obviously this was not her first contact with witchcraft, but she and her friends had been reading occult material from the school library and decided Halloween would be a good time to form their own coven".
Ex-Satanist [and now Evangelist and Author] John Ramirez shares how he was trained to be a satanic cult (Santeria and Spiritualist) high
ranking priest in New York City—casting powerful witchcraft spells and
controlling entire regions. He relates that during Halloween night, Satanists and occultists summon
spirit guides to help them hone their magic powers. Others meet in
covens and chant curses on people and areas within their territory. When Ramirez was still a warlock, he celebrated Halloween with people and literal demons alike.
He also prayed to the devil and offered animal sacrifices [to appease the demon gods] in return for favors. But perhaps the most chilling quote Ramirez offers comes from Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan: "I am glad Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year".
You see, that's exactly how Satan and the demonic view our celebration and observance of Halloween. They love that we give so much attention to "normalizing" their occult practices. Although there is an obvious attempt to mainstream these practices as legitimate "religions", we must never lose sight of the fact that modern day witches and satanists still worship demon gods and goddesses, cast spells, practice bizarre and immoral sexual rituals, and certain individuals and groups offer animal and human sacrifices. Both our prison and military systems are seeing increasing numbers of people worshiping as part of pagan/occult "faiths".
Here's something else to consider: Have you ever considered the proliferation of movies such as "Nightmare on Elm Street", "Halloween", the "Friday the 13th" series, the "Saw" franchise, or the glamorization of vampires in the "Twilight" series and cult favorite "True Blood"? The proliferation of horror-themed shows on TV these days is truly alarming. Have you ever wondered if they were pure fiction -- or if they were created by someone with real knowledge of such terror? Are you concerned at all that these kinds of spectacles are desensitizing our kids by their glorification of violence, death, mutilation and gore; and setting them up for the acceptance of real-life satanic rituals?
I know there are some people who will dismiss the warnings about the possible demonic implications of Halloween. But I think that we do that at the risk of our children. The celebration of Halloween can be an effective tool to lure them into the occult and/or to become victims of satanic rituals. I am just thinking of the number of young women, in the last two weeks, whose faces have appeared on my TV screen as they are reported as missing. If you think that is a coincidence, then I would suggest we are naive as a society. And current headlines have certainly shown us that evil and wickedness are on the rise; with more and more lurid stories of bizarre and sadistic murders and rituals happening almost every day. I pray for the protection of our children on the most unholy of nights on Halloween!
In the end, it is up to you to decide what you think about this accepted and increasingly popular holiday. But for me, I know the power that the Enemy wishes to use against us, and I will not only be on guard Halloween night, but will be praying for protection and authority for all those threatened by the attacks of his followers. Let me leave you with these chilling words from a high priestess of the Church of Satan: "As a child drawn to darker passions from birth, I always delighted in the fear and fantasies of Halloween. It gives even the most mundane people the opportunity to taste wickedness for one night. They have a chance to dance with the Devil, either stumbling, tittering and nervous in the arms of the Black Prince, or boldly, ravenously sharing in the sensual excesses and fright of others on this magical, unholy night. Now, birth and death have, for me, become inextricably interwoven into this day."
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1 Corinthians 10:21 You can’t drink from the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You can’t feast at the table of the Lord and feast [participate] at the table of demons.