HALLOWEEN???????????? I recently received an Inbox from a FB - TopicsExpress


HALLOWEEN???????????? I recently received an Inbox from a FB FRiend .... of a Person (Name with held so no judgement will be cast) who revealed Her Testimony to me of once holding a High Ranking Position as a WITCH.. She Didnt go into depth but she Cautioned to tell me How she has OVERcame such Practices and now GIVEs her services and Time for Revealing Truth about GOD and HIS love for all People. She did tell me that Many are LOST and have fell into the Trap of Celebrating HALLOWEEN when she actually lived through the Sacrificial times of this time... I truly believe that she has been Delivered as she stated and I just wanted to do a little study on the Matter and share what I feel as being a REASON why Saints should just say NO!!!! The dilemma over Halloween may fall under the category of a Romans 14 (READ NLT) issue, or a disputable matter. Some of todays popular celebrations associated with Halloween have pagan roots stemming from the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain. This harvest festival of the Druids ushered in the New Year, beginning on the evening of October 31, with the lighting of bonfires and the offering of sacrifices. As the Druids danced around the fires, they celebrated the ending of the summer season and the beginning of the season of darkness. It was also believed that at this time of year the invisible gates between the natural world and the spirit world would open, allowing free movement between the two worlds. During the 8th century in the diocese of Rome, Pope Gregory III moved All Saints Day to November 1, officially making October 31 All Hallows Eve, some say, as a way of claiming the celebration for Christians. However, this feast commemorating the martyrdom of the saints had already been celebrated by Christians for many centuries prior to this time. Pope Gregory IV broadened the feast to include the entire Church. Inevitably, some of the pagan practices associated with the season persisted and have been mixed into modern celebrations of Halloween. Treat or Retreat? Ephesians 5:7-12King James Version (KJV) 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Are some Christians trying to remove themselves from the world? Ignoring Halloween or celebrating it with believers only is not exactly an evangelical approach. Arent we supposed to become all things to all men so that by all possible means we might save some? (1 Corinthians 9:22) “Shock” is the only word to describe what I found. Halloween is a real, sacred day for those who follow Wicca. In fact, it is one of two high and holy days for them. The Celtic belief of spirits being released is current, along with the worship of Samhain (the lord of death) – both are promoted as something to embrace on that day. There is no question in my mind that to those who believe and follow the practices of witchcraft, Halloween represents an opportunity to embrace the evil, devilish, dark side of the spiritual world. So after discovering this, what is a reasonable conclusion? As Christians you and I are placed in this world to be a light in a world of darkness. There is no lasting benefit to ignore a holiday that exists around us, but it also does harm to celebrate Halloween as it has originated and grown over the centuries. My suggestion? Christians should be teaching their children (age appropriately) that: there is a spiritual world filled with goodness from God and evil from Satan (Eph. 2:1-10); life with Christ has power over darkness (I John 4:4); and those who celebrate Halloween either are unaware of its roots, or are intentionally promoting a world where evil is lauded and viewed as an ultimate power......... ********************Quote**************** Ten Reasons Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween by J. Kerby Anderson Many in our secular society believe Halloween is nothing more than a harmless festival that allows kids to collect candy. But is it? Its origins lie deeply rooted in the occult, and Christians should stay away. Here are ten reasons why. 1. October 31st has long been known as The Festival of the Dead. The Celtic tribes and their priests the Druids celebrated this day as a marker for the change from life to death. 2. Halloween today is performed usually by adherents of witchcraft who use the night for their rituals. Witches celebrate Halloween as the Feast of Samhain, the first feast of the witchcraft year. Being a festival of the dead, Halloween is a time when witches attempt to communicate with the dead through various forms of divination. 3. Christians should not be involved with occultic practice or divination. Note Gods command against divination in Deuteronomy 18. 4. Occultists believe Halloween is a time of transition between life and death. Some occult practitioners practiced divination and believed you could learn the secrets of life and wisdom by Iying on a grave and listening to the messages from the long-departed. 5. Occultists also taught that spirits and ghosts left the grave during this night and would seek out warmth in their previous homes. Villagers, fearful of the possibility of being visited by the ghosts of past occupants, would dress up in costumes to scare the spirits on their way. They would also leave food and other treats at their door to appease the spirits so they would not destroy their homes or crops but instead move on down the road. That is the real reason why kids dress up in costumes today and go door-to-door seeking treats. 6. Occultists also would try to scare away the spirits by carving a scary face into a pumpkin. This horrible visage would hopefully move the spirit on to another home or village and spare that home from destruction. Sometimes the villagers would light a candle and place it within the pumpkin and use it as a lantern (hence the name, Jack-o-Lantern). This is the origin of carving pumpkins at Halloween. 7. In some witchcraft covens, the closing ritual includes eating an apple or engaging in fertility rites. In the Bible (Genesis 3), eating a piece of fruit brought sin and death into the world. In witchcraft, eating an apple is symbolic of bringing life. The practice of bobbing for apples brings together two pagan traditions: divination and the fertility ritual. 8. Schools are removing any religious significance from Christmas (often called winter break) and Easter (spring break). Isnt it ironic that most public schools still celebrate Halloween even though it has occultic origins? 9. Participating in Halloween gives sanction to a holiday that promotes witches, divination, haunted houses, and other occultic practices. 10. Christians should avoid Halloween and develop creative alternatives. Churches can hold a Fall Fun Festival and/or celebrate Reformation Day (also October 31). They should not endorse or promote Halloween........ .********************END Quote**************** I am Preparing myself for hate Mail and backlash for this POST... True enough when I was younger I participated.. now my stance is different and for my YEA is YEA!!!!!! You Decide what you will do.... Somebody has to be a bearer of Facts........Pastor Joel Lewis
Posted on: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:58:00 +0000

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