Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Video Post #4...

In light of Halloween next week, I wanted to address the issue of whether or not Christians should participate in this national holiday. If you don't agree, make a stand. If you agree, make a stand. Learning comes from wrestling through God's word in conversations with other believers who eagerly seek out the truth :)

As balanced as I try to stay about the subject, I fully admit that I don't celebrate the holiday. Not because I'm uber spiritual, but because anything remotely scary will keep me at home, under warm blankets, thankful for happy thoughts! However, while researching this topic this week, I came across an interesting article written by William J. Schnoebelen, a former witch priest who is now a professing Christian. I've attached it below for your knowledge and pleasure.

Note: If you opt to go out next Saturday, eat some candy corn for me!

William J. Schnoebelen, a former witch high priest, on Halloween:

As a former witch high priest now saved by Jesus, I was astonished by how many Christians let their kids celebrate Halloween. Some churches even sponsor “haunted houses” and similar events on what is the Number One satanic “helliday” of the year. Halloween used to be called Samhain, and is still celebrated as an ancient pagan festival of the dead by witches all over the world. Unfortunately, just giving the date a “holy” name like All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve cannot change its grisly character. Halloween is an occasion when the ancient gods (actually demons) are worshiped with human sacrifice. The apostle Paul warns us: “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils” (1 Cor. 10:20).

If you are a Christian parent, God has given you a precious responsibility in your children. Remember, their ability to resist spiritual wickedness is much less than yours. If you allow your children to participate in Halloween (Trick or Treating, costume parties, etc.) you are allowing them to play on “the devil’s turf,” and Satan will definitely press his home court advantage. You are opening up doorways into their young lives for evil by bringing them into a kind of “fellowship” with these ancient “gods.”

We are commanded not to become involved with the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5:11). Both from my experience as a witch, and since getting saved, as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have seen far too many examples of how breaking this command works out in lives. Remember, while we have God’s promise of protection for ourselves and our children, that promise may not hold if we allow our children to celebrate this dark holiday. Case after case has come to us of children in rebellion. In many of these families, the problem can be traced back to the children being exposed to Halloween at a young age. It is hard enough to raise children these days in a Godly way without exposing them to Satan’s realm.”


Anonymous said...

Impressive, but I have a question, I do not celebrate it with party and stuff but I do give away candies (The good one), so what is the difference with Harvest and Halloween cuz my friend told me i do not celebrated but they have the Harves party every year on the same day?? that got me confused?? please Bianca if your time allows you would you clarify this to me. BTW you look good on TV girl!! take care.

Annie said...

You totally rock! I don't like this holiday either and really didn't "get it" when I was little, but went along because all my friends were doing it.

Now, as a Mama, I have chosen to teach The Boy about the reason for THIS season and that it is all dark and not of God. The Hubby and I choose to get him out of school early on the Halloween party day and we go have a special lunch or treat instead. I asked The Boy yesterday if he would like to stay at school and hang out with the other non-celebrating kiddos and he emphatically said "No! I like spending the extra time with you just doing our own thing. I really don't want to be at the school with all that stuff happening." {sigh -- I love That Boy!}

Anonymous said...

Ha! Annie. :) (((loves)))

The first year our kids were in school I was clueless. I went to my son's kindergarten halloween party and was HORRIFIED that there were kindergartners dressed as "SOUL TAKERS!!" WHAT THE WHAT?!

I called my husband in a panic. We picked up my daughter from school (before her party) and we high tailed it for Seattle. (5 hour drive!)

We decided rather than have them participate in the parties & trick or treating to go to the Zoo and have a family weekend instead.

It's a little harder now that they are older. Hmmm... maybe we should plan another Seattle trip?

Thanks for the great thoughts. I think this is one of the harder times to stand firm as a Christian. Often our decision to not participate in the day is met with criticism by other believers.

Becky said...

Good thoughts on Halloween. I don't celebrate/participate in the holiday. My parents let us dress up and go to harvest festivals as children, but I never really got into the holiday. I don't like scary things either!

ks*Rebecca said...

If someone chooses not to celebrate Halloween for the reasons expressed then they shouldnt celebrate at Christmas with Christmas trees either because of the Druid roots. Is it hypocrisy if you boycott one holiday but not the other?

Bridget said...

I was going to do a post on this, I struggle with this. We always go to the chruch carnival and dress up in "cute things" never scary. I only buy fall like decor etc but just the fact we honor this day by dressing up has always bugged me.

Bianca said...

@anonymous: I TOTALLY FEEL YOU! People want to get up-in-arms about this holiday, but attend a church party instead. I like the idea of an alternative, but let's just set the ground rules so no one gets confused.
Rules: 1. We are going to party like Rockstars because we need to be the light. 2. Follow rule #1.

@annie and michelle: You guys are mom's I want to emulate. Totally normal, yet sold out with your personal convictions! I'm going to steal your ideas ;)

@becky: Nerds rule! I ain't no shame in being a chicken :)

*ks: 100 points!!! You know your history. Yes, not only were trees taken from pagan idolatry but also the date (12/25) is orginally a pagan holiday. Kudos!

@bridget: OH MY WORD. You are my mother in a different decade! She's SO cute and loved decorating but refuses to use anything scary. She also refused to let us wear anything revealing, mean, tight, immodest, ridiculous, or threatening. Yes, she's crazy :) Keep being the SUPER mom that you are!

Anonymous said...

Interesting post! Great insight from everyone. Still not 100% certain as to what we are going to do in the future years to come but this year we are having a bbq and yes, i'm dressing your god-daughter up...she will be a tulip fairy...come over and get your grub on. ;)


Fernando said...

I hear Williams Schnobelen perspective, especially coming from a background of a witch high priest. I am totally againist the grouls and ghosts, which is hard to avoid during Halloween. As far as not becoming invovled in spriritual worlds of darkness it must apply to things not just one. For example many ( including christians) celbrate christmas ( christman trees ) not spriritual santa clause ( umm shall I say more). I'll even take it further, what about what we watch on TV ( those sitcoms and alike) How about R-Rated movies full of foul language, nudity, adultery, fornication... that we may go and see just b/c Tom Cruise or whom ever is in it.

So, if you allowing our child not to do tick or treating and say it's Satnic it is a bit over board.
The matter rest on us , what are we doing daily not to display a secular ungodly view "DAILY" not just on one day of the year. Because in the end its our lives lived out daily in front of our children how they will respond or turn away from God.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of chicken,... i'm the biggest chicken ever and my house i do decorated it with the cutes thing ever, (you would laugh instead of being scare) and i do have good candies too

Jasmine said...

Great insight, B! :)
p.s. I miss your bangs

Daniel said...

On point like an index finger Bianca!
My daughter luckily knows what this whole celebration is about, they have taught the kids the truth behind holloween at her school and I have told her as soon as I felt she was old enough to comprehend. I have taken her to Harvest at CCSB which she loves cos all she cares about is CANDY and dressing up like a Princess.

As Christian parents we have to watch everything our kids either listen too or even view on TV now a days. My daughter loves to blast Christian Hip Hop btw - Lecrae and Flame are her faves, so I don't have to worry with music too much lol.

Thanks for that extra article - I think it speaks alot as to truly is behind the shadows on this celebrated day.

Jenn said...

FINALLY someone who speaks my mind?! I've always been afraid to say something for fear of being looked at as unspiritual.

But it's true about St. Patrick and St. Valentine. Good insight :) Thanks.

Zoe Belle said...

Nice shirt. BAH!! (:

Jen said...

You could always celebrate Reformation Day :) It's the same date AND it's a Christian thing :)

Anonymous said...

October 31st has always been a challenge for me. With my girls, I would allow them to participate in the activities at School, then finish off the evening with a Church Sponsored thing, games, bowling, fellowship etc. We would always discuss what we were doing before and how to make an impact on others lives. We always used our chance to dress up and make it a pretend day.

Sundin Photography said...

I love that you emphasize "educate". This is a great post! Thank you!

Laurel said...

Just found your blog and look forward to reading more ...

I really appreciate this post, and will probably use Mr. Schnoebelen's info on my blog.

I am the mother of 13 children (ages 7 - 25) and we don't celebrate Halloween in any way. We just don't celebrate it. We don't dress up. We don't buy candy. We don't trick or treat. We don't attend the big party at our church. No ... we do NOT celebrate Halloween.

For those commentors that wonder about the rest of our daily life ...

We do not watch R rated movies, and very few PG13 movies. We have not watched television for 18 years. We do not celebrate Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.

But ... we are not a part of the "legalistic" crowd. We wear jeans, we wear make-up, we cut our hair in cute styles. We have a LOT of FUN in our family. But, we don't celebrate Halloween.

We love the Lord Jesus Christ and we want to live each and every day as best we can to honor Him. We want to ask ourselves, "What is God's BEST for me?" in each situation. We do not feel that celebrating Halloween is God's BEST for us on October 31st.

Sure wish my church would have a Harvest Carnival on another day, because I'm sure my kids would love to go.

mama of 13

Bianca said...

Laurel, I applaud you for FULLY living out your convictions! If we make a stand, let's support it to the end.

Lydia said...

Bianca, I just want to say thank you again for being so biblically sound! I can't tell you how refreshing it is to come here and not have to worry about being fed a watered-down message. You speak truth from the heart!


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