25 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God. 26 Neither shalt thou bring an abomina-tion into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
    Deuteronomy 7:25, 26

What is Halloween today? Many can explain where most of the trappings of Halloween come from. The Druid bases and occult sources. Many also think that's what it used to be, but not today; so it's all right for Christians to celebrate Halloween.

Again I ask, 'What is Halloween TODAY?' Look at the TV guide during Halloween, or what movies are showing at the theater - horror movies. What do the stores decorate with? Witches, vampires, and other objects of horror. That's how the spirit of Halloween can best be summed up for TODAY'S meaning of Halloween.

Witches are an abomination (Exodus 22:18; Deuteronomy 18:9-14). Should we then think nothing of them? Dress up in a costume imitating what's an abomination, for fun? How do you think God would view that? The spirit of fear, which is the base of the Halloween celebration, is dia-metrically opposite to the Spirit of Christ:

7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.     
II Timothy 1:7

An Ancient Command
Take a look at the first scripture quoted. It's a powerful statement as to how Christians should respond to the Christianizing of Halloween in our day. Many think they can take Halloween and celebrate it dressing in costumes of Bible characters and harmless apple bobbing events. They reason that makes it OK. Think again.

Deuteronomy 7:25, 26 was given to Israel from God before they entered the promised land. They would see many idols covered with gold and silver. The idols could have been melted down and the precious metals taken and used for good. Look carefully at what God said before they entered the land. He called the gold and silver on the idols an abomination. Many take the heathen holiday that's dedicated to the spirit of fear and occultism, strip off the gold and readorn it to a nice Christianized holiday. There may be some good aspects of the holiday we could use like the gold off the idols. This issue, however, isn't one of, 'is there any good to be found and retrieved?'. God spoke clearly as to how we're to respond to this type of recla-mation. There is to be no reclamation! Pitch that attractive silver and gold with its luster! More than that, this scripture has a perilous warning with it. The idols were cursed. Because the idols had been made for exclusive devotion to evil, the gold was also defiled and cursed. The LORD warned that to take the gold into their possession would be to take an abomination into their midst and would bring a curse upon them! Verse 26 also says the attitude toward the idols should be utter detestation and abhorrence. Strong words! Do we view Halloween that way? If we did, we certainly wouldn't want to have anything to do with it. Much less try to Christianize it.

Responsibility of the Brethren
Though the lesson in Deuter-onomy is clear, we see people in the church saying it's wrong, but refusing to be dogmatic, since spiritually young Christians don't know any better. If they don't know any better, it's up to the elder Christians to see to it the younger Christians do know about it! What's more, the love of God should constrain us to cry out. How can we sit back and watch a brother or sister in Christ be involved in something that carries a curse with it and do nothing? To keep silence so they're willing to continue listening on the more obvious issues shows no love. They would be defiling themselves with something accursed. The frown of God would surely fall on the naive Christians, but the scowl would fall on the knowing elders.

So, do we end this dissertation at a frown, a scowl and a curse, or do we stand up and do something? Do we seek to glorify our God in living pure and holy lives that testify His standards of acceptability?

The decision is up to you.

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