I am going to talk about something that is very controversial in the church today, and that is the subject of Halloween. It is not my intention to upset people or cause people to get angry, it is my intention to deal with this issue in an uncompromised matter. Let me also say this message is mainly written for Christians.
I would encourage you that if you want to know the origins of this holiday, please do research. I am not going to give a history lesson; I am going to speak on how Christians should respond. If you would research Halloween’s origins you will see is of pagan origin, like many holidays. Halloween has been a time of year that encourages communities to come together for various traditions and festivals, such as Trick or Treat and various parties. Children dress up as ghosts, witches, warlocks, devils, comic, and cartoon characters and so on. So, is there anything wrong with this holiday from the Christian worldview?
Let me repeat something I just said… Children and even adults get dressed up as ghosts, witches, warlocks, and so on for the sake of Halloween. We know what the Bible says about witchcraft and sorcery right? Did we skip that part of the Bible? Leviticus 19:31 (AMP) tells us, “Do not turn to mediums [who pretend to consult the dead] or to spiritists [who have spirits of divination]; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.”. Additionally, Deuteronomy 18:10 (MGS) says, “When you enter the land that God, your God, is giving you, don’t take on the abominable ways of life of the nations there. Don’t you dare sacrifice your son or daughter in the fire. Don’t practice divination, sorcery, fortunetelling, witchery, casting spells, holding séances, or channeling with the dead. People who do these things are an abomination to God. It’s because of just such abominable practices that God, your God, is driving these nations out before you.”.
I know you are not necessarily attempting to cast spells or anything like that on people. But if the Bible says that we should have nothing to do with witchcraft and sorcery, then why would we bother to dress up and represent it? If you like a certain sports team one of the ways you can show your support is by wearing a jersey branded for that team. If you like a certain political candidate, you will decorate your front yard with a sign that says to vote for that individual. But we think it means nothing on what we stand for when we adults dress up as these demonic characters or put these types of things in our house. We call ourselves Christians but endorse this stuff to just go with the flow for the sake of this holiday. Dear Christian, that is hypocrisy! 1 John 1:6 (ESV) says, “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”. We get upset when a politician says one thing and does another, how do you think the King of Kings takes it when He sees people proclaiming His name endorse a demonic holiday? Same way He takes it when someone proclaiming His name endorses any other type of sin.
If we are going to be Bible be living Christians, then we need to get real for once! We cannot just pick and choose; you are either all in this or not. We read in the Old Testament of people going to sorcerers to talk to people from the dead. 1 Samuel 28 tells us about how Saul sought out a medium to call a dead spirit. We see numerous accounts of the power behind witchcraft and sorcery in the Bible. Did we forget what the Bible says about spiritual warfare? Ephesians 6:12 (ESV) tells us, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”. How do we think the Early Church would have handled such a holiday? Do you think any of the Apostles of Christ in the Early Church would even think of allowing their children to dress themselves the way we let children dress today for Halloween? Do you think any of the many disciples of the Early Church would even dare to dress in such a way to a party?
Numerous news reports from 2018 show that there are an estimated 1.5 million people practicing witchcraft in the United States. Sadly, that is more than the 1.4 million people who profess to be Presbyterian. Does this not concern us? There is a growing number of people getting involved with the occult. One news report states that many millennials are turning to witchcraft, tarot cards, and astrology rather than Christianity. Shouldn’t we be concerned about this? This should be a wake-up call for the church to put away water downed youth groups and teach youth the full Gospel. Appealing carnal programs will not save our youth, only the full uncompromised Gospel of Jesus Christ can save! Our youth need to be filled with the Holy Ghost! Our youth needs to be set on fire for God!
So, what should the church in America do this Halloween? Should we continue the trend of our Trunk N Treat? While I will grant there is potential for evangelism this way to an extent, I do not believe this is a way to Biblically evangelize. On the darkest night of the year, the churches should gather for a night of prayer. There should be a national movement between churches of like-minded believers to gather the night of Halloween and pray. We should pray for the upcoming election, pray for our leaders, pray for our children and schools, pray for this witchcraft to be removed from this land, there is so much to pray for. The churches prayed together following the tragedy on September 11, 2001, why can we not make it a tradition for most churches to gather for prayer on one of the darkest nights of the year? Why not? This land needs revival, and it will only happen with a praying church that is on fire for the Lord!