Here are 3 things you should know…
Christians that celebrate Halloween…
Here are 3 things you should know but first start with this short yet powerful prayer [click to listen or download now]
It would be so easy to agree not to celebrate Halloween as Christians because it has nothing to do with Christ Jesus. Also because the Bible says, “Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22.
Then just move on from this conversation. And honestly looking at this easy to understand scripture there is no dress up needed.
I thought the prayer that I prayed and shared renouncing Christians celebrating Halloween was enough. The truth is I actually stopped and asked God, do we need to have yet another conversation about why Christians should not be celebrating Halloween?
In my hearing from God it was made clear to me that, “If My people understood the dangers of celebrating this day they would not continue doing it”
That was all I needed to hear from God to move forward with this post.
So yes, the celebration of Halloween among Christians requires a conversation beyond, we just shouldn’t celebrate it. There are still Christians, those who say they love Jesus and those that want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, who believe that you can serve two masters, or pick and choose what is Holy and what is not that big a deal to just do anyway.
Although this post is being written to Christians, the Believers of the Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins, I have been careful to write within the arms of the Holy Spirit and only type what has been given to me. God is not wishing that anyone perish. 2 peter 3:9
I’ve deleted, written and deleted some more, because if it sounds too much like my opinion it will not do And I have immediately taken it out of the blog post when I wrote it or I did so in the editing process.. (Gosh, I feel like I am writing one of my books instead of a blog post.)
If you’re indeed a Christian that is celebrating Halloween in any part, you may have some of these top of mind questions. So before we jump into this blog post, I want to encourage you to do some things while reading this post. Not all the things but some to start you on a firm foundation for this blog post.
- 1. Pray before you go any further reading.
- 2. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in His truth as you read His words.
- 3. Share this blog post with someone by sharing the link or on your social media.
- 4. And finally grab your Bible or Bible app. DO NOT READ THIS POST without your Bible. This is a post that flows with the Living Word.
It is a mini Bible Study on the deceit of compromise, but we are calling it by the title you read above and focusing on (for this reading at least) Christians celebrating Halloween.
What You Want To Know First
Will I go to hell for celebrating Halloween?
The short answer is I don’t know. More because no one on Earth knows who is entering the Kingdom of Heaven or the pits of hell. That is why we must live our lives according to the Holy Word of God to the best of our individual ability.
Is celebrating Halloween a sin?
The celebration of Halloween or it’s other known names is not one of the commandments and there is nothing that I have read or learned of that Paul, David, Solomon, or Abraham spoke regarding, Halloween being a flat out sin.
My family and I no longer celebrate (we haven’t in a few years) or participate in Halloween activites.
Nor do we celebrate any nights designed as a makeshift or innocent pertaining to Halloween. The bible tells us in James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
We are told to resist the devil. It would be in direct disobedience to go and play tag on a day that is literally dedicated to witches, warlocks, sorcery (more on this later) and divination.
It’s like sticking your hand in a fire pit and seeing how many times you can dodge the jumping flames before getting burned. That game is no fun and a waste of time to play.
True, this can be stated about a lot of things in our day to day Christians.
1. Why do Christians Celebrate Halloween
Some Christians celebrate Halloween because they deem that Halloween is just an innocent holiday or just another day of candy and dress up. The truth is to celebrate it is a compromise and contrary to God’s Holy Word.
Yet another thing that we have allowed to slide by. Another event that you don’t think it’s a big deal. This is one way that habitual sin creeps into our everyday lives. it allows us to be amiss to other “it’s just” types of situations in our daily lives.
Take a moment and think about just one or two things that you let slide in you day to day, because it’s just one time, it’s just how it’s done. Halloween is just one example of compromise that some Christian Believers make. For some it is just an unknowing or going along with what everyone else is doing.
For others it is a complete and total dismissal of God’s word. We sacrifice for worldly pleasures and comforts. But God wants our obedience. Matthew 16:24.
2. Christians are called to choose
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Regardless of your reason(s) for celebrating Halloween as a Christian, the Bible is very clear. In Hebrews 10:26, it says, sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.
The Bible also lets us know that we are no longer our own. Galatians 2:20 We were bought with a price and we should glorify God in our body and spirit, because they both are God’s.
Galatians 5:19-21 provides some explicit and direct correspondence to the warning of participating in things like idolatry, sorcery etc.
Sorcery by definition (according to Webster) is the use of power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits especially for divining necromancy, magic sense.
If I were explaining this to a young child I would correlate Galatians 5:19-21 by saying, the Bible tells us that we have been warned [again] not to participate in sorcery and those that do will not inherit the Kingdom. I would also explain that the Kingdom is where God and Jesus live and all those who go to Heaven live.
And that Heaven is better than the best place you have ever been and you want to do what God asks us in His Holy Word the Bible so that we may live in Heaven with Him also.
So in short no participation in sorcery which is a thing practiced on Halloween among other things and this is not a good celebration in God’s eyes so we must not participate.
The B-side of not participating also brings up the concept of turning an evil into good. As Christians we can not simply take costumes and candy, Hallelujah nights at church and Trunk or Treats and deem it okay.
All as long as we are not casting spells, talking to our dead children and ancestors or participating in other forms of witchcraft. The word of God is clear on His position about calling evil good and good evil.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5:20
This would conclude that something meant to invite, highlight and celebrate evil can not be interchangeably good.
And still as with all things, God gives us, you, me the choice to choose life or death.
15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, 18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live
20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:15-20 NKJV
3. The origin of Halloween in Christianity
If you were to order the 1-3 points that I have shared with you, maybe you would have put #3 as the first point.
Understanding the origin of Halloween in Christianity stayed top of mind as inclusive for this post/study. It gives some additional context, but it is not the most important message that God wants you to receive in reading this post/study, so it falls at #3 and last in the order of importance.
Let me encourage you not to fear solid understanding of a thing. Clarity is good so that we have knowledge about why we are doing it, or why we should abstain from doing a thing.
I grew up under the, because I said so, don’t question God, and do as I say not as I do teachings. These were not healthy doctrines.
Sometime later in my life I came to understand that the reason many didn’t want to answer the “challenging” questions is because they had no answers.
And many had no answers because they did not read, research or study the Word of God and His Truth For themselves. Many settled on the word of man alone.
Our Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers are given to us and ordained/called by God. However these are not substitutes for knowing God and His Holy Word for yourself.
As I always say, “Read Your Bible People.” (insert LOL emoji) however the lack of knowledge is no laughing matter.
While there are pages and pages of information and multiple articles on the origin of Halloween, while studying and doing research for this post, I found sadly that as a Kingdom Believer I did not know many of the things that I came upon regarding Halloween.
Although I knew it was not a day that I should be celebrating even though I celebrated with my kids in the past.
I learned that not only was I celebrating a day that gave no glory to God, but also a day that has the potential to open up demonic portals that I absolutely do not want to contend with in my life or that of my children.
In English countries the origin of Halloween in Christianity comes primarily from the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). Dia de los muertos is the celebration of the day of the dead.
Halloween is celebrated beyond October 31st and is actually a three day event concluding on November 2nd. There is a day during the three days recognized for All Saints Day, which is also named in articles of Christian solemnity. and one day recognized for Day of the Dead.
Halloween first gained popularity in the US in the 1800’s with the European Americans, then with the Irish-Americans. and was made more popular since the 1930’s, rooted heavily in Christianity.
This same trickery is happening today in different areas and we as Christians must have a Kingdom focus and not be led astray by the enemy and his plans to kill, steal and destroy.
You can learn more at the web sites below, please pray and use caution if you choose to review these websites or others. I am not endorsing either web site, but the information shared sums up the many articles that I read and that were far more dark and detailed.
Please use wisdom in your research and reading on the truth of Halloween. If you do not have wisdom, the bible says that you can ask God for it. James 1:5.
The Bible doesn’t say do not celebrate Halloween
In closing, the question may be looming of, What does the bible say about Halloween specifically?
Although the Bible doesn’t strictly say, “Do not celebrate Halloween,” we do have plenty of scripture about staying away from evil and things that our flesh can participate in that are of sinful nature.
Here are a few more scriptures that you can study and a start to gain more context about the dangers of celebrating Halloween as a Believer in Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:21, Ephesians 5:11, Ephesians 4:27, 1 Thessalonians 5:22,
Are you a Christian celebrating any part of Halloween? Here is a short yet powerful prayer to start with to give you the words to say in denouncing your connection with Halloween. Pray this over and with any others you have invited to celebrate this day with you including your children.