Halloween is coming up and the stores are starting to sell their pumpkins, witch dresses and all that goes with this ‘festival’. Before the Lord saved me in a dramatic way, I was involved in witchcraft, so to me, Halloween has a different meaning than for many others. I don’t see it as harmless, just fun for children to enjoy. In fact, both the historical background as well as today’s practice of Halloween by witches has a very demonic source.

With Halloween coming up, I’ve received several invitations to share my testimony. Many people, including Christians, are not aware of the dark side of Halloween. I can understand that, because all the shops and commercials tell us, is it is just ’fun’! Why should we spoil that fun by disapproving of it?

Why we should be careful
Let me share some paragraphs with you from Derek Prince’s book Protection from Deception why I feel we should be careful.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:21, Paul told believers to “test all things; hold fast what is good.” Failure to test supernatural experiences is a failure to follow the mandates of Scripture. Jesus provided distinct warnings against deception by false manifestations that will be ushered in at the end of the age. Four of these warnings are recorded within twenty-one verses in the book of Matthew.

First, in Matthew 24:4, Jesus warned, “Take heed that no one deceives you.” In verse 5, He foretold, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ [Messiah],’ and will deceive many.” In verse 11, He warned, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.” Finally, in verse 24, He concluded, “For false christs [messiahs] and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”

These warnings are not to be taken lightly. Anyone who disregards them does so at the peril of his own soul. Deception—not sickness, poverty, or persecution—is the greatest single danger in the end of the age. (Derek Prince, Protection from deception)

Now that is a sobering thought! We need to discern spiritual matters. If we don’t, we do so at the peril of our souls, for eternity.

Three things on Halloween
I won’t go into too much detail about Halloween because the internet can tell you everything you need to know. There are just three things I want to say about it.

  1. Samhain is a very old tradition and was originally a Celtic festival. When Christianity came to the West, the church tried to stamp out this celebration. However, this didn't work so the church tried a new approach and turned it into a Christian Festival: All Saint’s Eve or Hallows Eve (and if you say that very quickly, so understand why it’s now called ‘Halloween’). All Hallows Eve was a special mass to remember the saints. The day after Halloween (2 November) was a special day to commemorate all deceased people and to pray for their eternal souls.
     
  2. Halloween is still one of the main festivals for witches, although they call it Samhain. It’s the time of year where they say the distinction between the world of the living and the spiritual world is very thin, so it is easier make contact with the spirits of the deceased. The word of God tells us not to do so ( Deut. 18:10,11), but for witches, this night is full of spiritual activity. These witches openly disobey God’s Word and are actually inviting demonic powers to manifest themselves.
     
  3. With this night being the ‘open door’ for demonic activity, the Celts would dress in white and blackened their faces to trick the evil spirits they believed roamed the earth. By the 11th century, the Church had incorporated this into the tradition called 'souling', where children dressed as angels, saints or demons, would go door-to-door asking for 'soul cakes'. In exchange for these sweet cakes marked with a cross, they would pray for the souls of friends or relatives. 

Personally, I don’t have anything against witches. In fact, most of them are of goodwill and the way they care for the environment could serve as an example for many of us. Yet, they are deceived by the spiritual world and this moves me. On the other hand, I am concerned for the many children that are taught to think lightly about demons by ‘fooling around’ with them during Halloween.

 In history, the church tried to turn a pagan festival into a Christian festival (like they did with the Christmas tree and Easter eggs). To me, that’s like saying to a converted Hindu, he can use the altar where he worshipped his idols now to worship the true Lord. However, the Bible says to cut down holy trees, to tear down ungodly altars and completely remove them. As Christians, we should not compromise with paganism, but replace it with God’s original plan.

There’s only one Spirit we should connect to: the Holy Spirit. We shouldn’t try to connect with dead people, but with the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. He is alive! Let’s hold on to this message in such a way that it will make Halloween look pale in comparison.

Supernatural signs and wonders
Let me close with another paragraph from Derek’s book, Protection from Deception:

The book of Revelation promises a specific series of supernatural signs and wonders that will signify the end of the age, but we must practice discernment as we anticipate judgment day, guarding ourselves against the devil’s tactics and holding fast to the true church, the bride of Christ. As we await the day when our heavenly Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, will return to deliver us fully from this present evil age, we must be set apart from the world.

When the Scriptures say 'world', they generally refer to the world system – the political and social order that rejects God, is ruled by Satan, and governs the minds and manners of people who have not been saved. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God secured ultimate victory over the devil. Satan may rule this world, but his reign is fast approaching its end. Our deliverance – and God’s glory – shall endure for all ages.

With this in mind, we are to share God’s light and love with the world – not to be confused with falling in love with the world or seeking to receive its love. Focusing on our heavenly home, we must clothe ourselves with humility. We must put off all self-seeking efforts and motives. These only fuel our pride, a dangerous attitude that blinds us to Satan’s deception and makes us vulnerable. And we must cling to the cross, the same instrument that deliversSatan’s death sentence and secures our salvation through Christ’s victory.

(Blog by Joyce de Jongh, DPM-UK)

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Carolyn

Carolyn

I found Joyce comments challenging and informative - often thinking myself about the best ways to handle the issue of Halloween with children and adults - sensitive & simple explanation, spoken with just a few details, can often open up conversation. I'm surrounded by all the celebration, big time, in my school. Re the issues of other 'Christian' celebrations, with traditions often taken from Pagan past, I think people are all at different places of light and understanding in these. Many so called pillars of the church, who we would respect, have celebrated these festivals in their time, often using traditional decorations, foods, etc. People stil celebrate now, who are very sincere in the Lord and not deliberately practising double standards. I realise that many people who have once had a background in the occult, feel very acutely about anything they feel has had a wrong spiritual connection and would be affected by things that others often miss. But, I've personally experienced people who are of such viewpoints - some being quite aggressive, accusatory & condemning in their arguments. However, the Lord, by His grace, is at work in many lives, all at different places - of course we need discernment - but God is patient with us and we need to remember that the Lord builds His church and it is He who justifies through the blood of Jesus. I just think we need to remember, that Jesus was full of 'grace and truth', that only the Holy Spirit can bring light to guide us in all these things - and we will all be at different places on the pathway.

28 October 201712:27

Joyce

Joyce

Several people are suprised by the fact that I wrote 'most witches are of good will'. What I mean by that, is that most white witches (from the Gardnerian tradition, to be more specific) have the intention to help people with their magic. I'm not talking about voodoo doctors or Satanists or those kind of witches. These white witches don't realise they're deceived. They don't know their spiritual power comes from Satan - in fact, they don't believe Satan exists (even though he does). But most of all, the witches as people of flesh and blood are not our real enemy. 'Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.' (Eph 6:12). In my blog I've stated clearly that Christians should never try to compromise with paganism. That's why I think it was wrong to 'invent' All hallows evening' and those kind of so-called Christian festivals. But for the same reason, I have the opinion Christians shouldn't have a Christmas trea in their homes or eat Easter eggs because of their pure pagan background. Many Christians have double standards in these things. We need to encourage each other to study God's Word and obey it. We should preach the Gospel, focussing on Jesus Christ alone. Let us love people like Jesus did, but let us fight our real enemy with prayer, praise, proclamation and fasting. Let's be full of God's Holy Spirit and shine God's light in this world. In God there is no place for darkness!

26 October 20178:36

Michael

Michael

There are people to be seen under the influence of or worshipping demons every day of the year, so no need to panic especially about Halloween. Educate your own children (and anybody who comes under your authority) but this applies to every day. Joyce you say " All Hallows Eve was a special mass to remember the saints. The day after Halloween (2 November) was a special day to commemorate all deceased people and to pray for their eternal souls." This is also trying to communicate with the dead. Necromancy. It's impossible to communicate with the dead or pray for their eternal souls. If you try, you run the risk of a demon communicating with you and they will happily pretend to be whoever you want them to be. "Personally, I don’t have anything against witches. In fact, most of them are of goodwill and the way they care for the environment could serve as an example for many of us" Joyce, you should be fearful or wary of anybody who contacts or uses evil spirits. You have shocked me that these attitudes are coming from DPM UK.

26 October 20178:19

John

John

Animals as well as elderly people are terrified on these dark evenings. There have been case where fireworks and loud bangers have been thrown into front gardens even put trough letter boxes foe e.g.

25 October 201712:30

Sue Powdrill

Sue Powdrill

The demonic power of Samhain is real and not to be taken lightly. When I worked as a mental health nurse, the staff on the unit organised a Halloween evening for the patients. As a Christian I objected but was ridiculed, and threatened with discipline if I did not attend. I did not attend, making excuses that I had other work to do. However I did observe that one of our most vulnerable patients came and straightaway ran out terrified of something. I informed other staff but they just laughed. At a previous time I worked as manager of our church charity shop. A woman entered the shop at Samhain dressed in what looked like robes. When asked she explained that she was a high priestess of Samhain. I attempted conversation about Jesus as the true Saviour. She was having none of it and became hostile. I spoke out the blood of Jesus over her. She fled in terror as fast as she could. The blood of Jesus is more powerful than any demon!

25 October 201710:01

William

William

Our Dilemma: Should we participate in Halloween and be a light in the darkness or should we be detached from society? We need wisdom for the right the balance. As a teacher I am often asked to help out at school Halloween Dances and discovered that if I took the stance of "No I cannot condone this satanic festival because I am a Christian" I alienated myself from the community as a kill-joy, and ironically, was seen as being superstitious because of being controlled by a fear!!! Thus I made a convincing impressive bishop's costume and wore a long Gandalf style white hair wig with beard when supervising the dance! As a result I earned the respect of the staff and children and also had some opportunities to witness because of the many fun yet potentially meaningful interactions I had, for example some would come to me and jokingly say "Forgive me Father for I have sinned!" but each time I felt the Lord gave me a loving and blessed answer which could be used by the Holy Spirit to touch the heart of the listener. Our church prepares specially decorated bags to give to members to give out when children come round house to house to ask for trick or treat sweets. The bags have sweets but also some appropriate Christian leaflets which a child could enjoy reading, with puzzles and jokes but also putting across the Christian gospel. May God give us much wisdom for all these things, and help us to see them opportunities to witness our freedom from fears because we now live in Christ, and also demonstrate our love for those trapped in superstition. "Is it is bad luck to be superstitious?" ... is a tongue in cheek line I sometimes use to get people to stop and think about their observance of superstitions.

25 October 20179:26

William Owen

William Owen

Our Dilemma: Should we participate in Halloween and be a light in the darkness or should we be detached from society? We need wisdom for the right the balance. As a teacher I am often asked to help out at school Halloween Dances and discovered that if I took the stance of "No I cannot condone this satanic festival because I am a Christian" I alienated myself from the community as a kill-joy, and ironically, was seen as being superstitious because of being controlled by a fear!!! Thus I made a convincing impressive bishop's costume and wore a long Gandalf style white hair wig with beard to wear when supervising the dance! As a result I earned the respect of the staff and children and also had some opportunities to witness because of the many fun yet potentially meaningful interactions I had, for example some would come to me and jokingly say "Forgive me Father for I have sinned!" but each time I felt the Lord gave me a loving and blessed answer which could be used by the Holy Spirit to touch the heart of the listener. Our church prepares specially decorated bags to give to members to give out when children come round house to house to ask for trick or treat sweets. The bags have sweets but also some appropriate Christian leaflets which a child could enjoy reading, with puzzles and jokes but also putting across the Christian gospel. May God give us much wisdom for all these things, and help us to see them opportunities to witness our freedom from fears because we now live in Christ, and also demonstrate our love for those trapped in superstition. "Is it is bad luck to be superstitious?" ... is a tongue in cheek line I sometimes use to get people to stop and think about their observance of superstitions.

25 October 20179:25

Lee

Lee

Great comment above, till you said “good luck” the problem with this phrase is this. It leaves God out, it has nothing to do with Faith in God. And everybody uses it all of the time. Luck isn’t real. Do a little research. Thanks for exposing Halloween and it’s dark demonic background. All who have taken part in this ritual will need to seek God for repentance and rebuke all curses. Derek Prince has a lot to say about curses in his book” Blessings and curses you choose”

25 October 20178:42

Lily

Lily

Don't be that naive, witches are satan's workmanship and will do whatever he will tell them to do and it is not funny, these forces are real and do the job. You need to know the God's Word to understand how serious is this reality.And we don't compromise with darkness, look at Jesus personality and imagine yourself in that place!!!Don't just live boring life, choose which side you want to be.Good luck!

24 October 201721:34

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