Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mommy, why don't we celebrate Halloween?

A mom from Fayetteville, GA, emailed me today who had been reading my webpage on Halloween. She asked how to explain to their 5-year old why they would not celebrate it.

There is a book on that subject called Mommy, why don't we celebrate Halloween? by Linda Hacon Winwood. A review of the book here. A preview of the book here.
Anyone else know of resources to protect our children from the
defilements of Halloween?

Our children do not celebrate or participate in Halloween because:
- We are Christians and worship Jesus alone. 

- We don’t want them to underestimate the reality of the works of darkness.
- We don’t want them to open up to demonic influence
- We don’t want them to stumble into an area of the occult unaware.

- We want them to prefer the light of the Gospel to the darkness of the occult.
- We don't want them to participate in honoring darkness or deeds of darkness.
 - We want them to know that it is OK to stand apart from the world on these issues.
- We want them to recognize easily what is evil and stand against it in the name of Jesus.

Just one more thing and I hope it won’t sound rude to you. If you are not convinced that participating in Halloween is wrong for a Christian, consider these verses of Scriptures. If you ask God to show you His heart on the matter, He will. Here are some Bible verses to get you started:

Deuteronomy 18:9-13 “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults with the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.” 

Leviticus 19:26, 31; 20:6: "Do not practice divination or sorcery. Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God. I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people."

Some would say they are only having fun and participating in a family outing together, but Halloween is a day celebrating a thinning of the veil between the living and the dead so that communication and fellowship with the dead can be done.

Jeremiah 7:17-19: "Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven. They pour drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger. But am I the one they are provoking? declares the Lord. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?"

1 Corinthians 10:20-21 “I say the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink of the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”

Galatians 4:8-10 “Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God - or rather are known by God - how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.”

Romans 13:12a “Let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light!”