Halloween and the Christian’s Response

Posted: November 2, 2013 in The Bible and Halloween
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The question: “What does the Bible say about Christians using Halloween to evangelize the lost?”

First off, let me reiterate that I treat Halloween (October 31st) like any other day in that “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalms 118:24 paraphrase) It is the Lord’s day and therefore I will have nothing to do with the devil’s holiday, Halloween. If I were going about my normal (please take note of the word ‘normal’) activities and an opportunity arose to share Christ, then by God’s grace I would do so. However, I would not go make a special trip out or do something special on Halloween (October 31st) as an evangelistic outreach because of the purely demonic origins of the holiday.

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” -2 Corinthians 6:14-15

This verse is showing that mixing Christ with the devil is impossible. Good and evil cannot mix. So the question I glean from this verse is, “Why are we as believers taking a purely demonic holiday- Halloween- and trying to ‘marry’ it with Christ when God’s Word tells us that one has nothing to do with the other?” Because the culture is so engrained with the holiday of Halloween, any special events done on that day, even if it’s to evangelize on the 31st, people will have the tendency to link the event with Halloween and think, “it’s their way of participating in Halloween.”

You see, when we as Christians have to compromise Biblical principles, degrade to the world’s standards and participate in Halloween in an attempt to evangelize the lost, our light for Christ diminishes. We cannot shine with the fervency possible because we have compromised on Biblical standards of abstaining from all appearances of evil.

Spurgeon said it well, “One reason the church has lost its influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.” Why are we as believers bending every which way to the world’s standards to reach out to them? It does not work. The world fails to see a difference between themselves and Christianity when we are just like them. Evangelizing on Halloween is one of these way we have bent as believers; we have violated Biblical principles (Romans 12:2, John 17:5-7, Ephesians 5:11) and conformed to the world- to a holiday that is purely evil and Satanic that we ought not to be participating in the first place.

If we hand out candy or tracts to kids that come to the door or participate in any way, what picture of Christ are we leaving them? We are leaving them a mixed view with Christ and Belial in the mix- precisely what 1 Corinthians warns against doing. We thereby confuse Christianity in the losts’ minds because we have attempted to join Christ and Belial when God told us to stay separate. This not only applies to opening the door to trick-or-treaters but definitely also to other evangelistic outreaches that churches do. You may tell me, “Goodness gracious Daniel, it’s not that serious. What difference will a small decision like that make?” Let me respond, “It will leave an impact in ways that we cannot imagine. One compromise, one showing of a false view of our Lord Jesus Christ in relation with Halloween…. One small decision has the potential to make a world of impact for the worse.”

Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

We as Christians are called to prove what is acceptable unto God. But how can we do that when were conforming to the world in participating in Halloween?

You may point out to me, “Well, God can use evangelistic outreaches on Halloween and turn them into something good.” Yes, I believe God can; but God also used the Nazi concentration camps in Germany and allowed good to come out of that horrible event. God will work in any situation- Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28-29. The question is therefore not, “Will God use it for good?” The question is, “What does God have to say about it in the Bible?” The ends do not justify the means; as believers, we must be proving what is acceptable unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:10).

The point about Jesus eating with the publican and sinners lacks the ability to rightly parallel why believers should participate in Halloween, even for an evangelistic purpose. Why? Christ was reaching out to people (true!) but He did not condone or participate in their ungodly lifestyles. It is the same for us as believers- we are to go to all the world and evangelize even the seemingly worst people you could imagine to win them to Christ. But we are not to participate in the worldly activities- i.e. Halloween- (violating Biblical principles) to reach the lost to Christ. Again, I ask, “What concord hath Christ with belial?” None.

Jesus Himself prayed to God in John 17:15-17 that “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

Also, look what happened when these lost individuals in Acts accepted Christ as their personal Savior. Acts 19:18-19 says, “And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts {magic- Greek meaning} brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.” These new believers got rid of all of their demonic material. Why are Christians today toying with the idea of Halloween when the Bible tells us to have nothing to do with it? Let us stay separate in the spirit of love so that the world can see a difference in us and be drawn to salvation in Christ Jesus alone. Let us not confuse Jesus Christ in the world’s mind by involving in Halloween and thereby casting our Holy Savior in a false light. Let Psalms 118:24 be our mindset everyday and not give the devil any ground with which to work.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post, everyone! I pray that this post has come across in a spirit of love as you have seen why I believe the Bible tells us as Christians to not participate in Halloween in any way, even for evangelistic outreaches. May God bless you all and have a great night!

Because of Christ,

Daniel Diedrich

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