Robert Rose said,
"Excuses, excuses. That is all you hear from the so called born again Christians who wouldn’t dare leave their beloved Satanic Halloween. These people follow tradition. I know because I have some family members that way.
Please the LORD and do not partake in judgment. You must be willing to leave your husband, wife, kids, job, tradition…if need be…in order to follow Christ Jesus (I have a wife and kids FYI).
Following Christ will not be easy, but it can be done if you have a desire to do so. Get on your knees and ask him to fill you with the Holy Spirit and to guide you in the path of righteousness.
Repent, Repent, Repent for the time is at hand. Don’t be caught participating in this garbage the churches are so accustomed to. Judgment will start in the church.
Wouldn’t a Halloween rapture be so convenient for those who honor the LORD with their lips, but their actions speak louder than words?
The path truly is narrow."
Hi Robert and Doves,
While I do agree in principle with your statements regarding Halloween, your tone seems a bit contemptuous, especially toward our brethren. Obviously you have strong feelings regarding this matter and that is perfectly OK. I am not trying to change your view, but merely giving a different perspective from a fellow Dove and "born again" Christian.
Our two boys growing up ( now 24 and 20) participated in either trick or treating door to door or going to church sponsored "harvest festivals". They absolutely loved the fun of dressing up and getting loads
of candy. What kid doesn't call that fun ? Yes, my wife and I were fully aware of the origins and implications of Halloween. We made a strong effort to make sure the boys did not dress in "spooky"
costumes. We also talked to them about why they couldn't dress that way. They were perfectly accepting of that. On the home front, we never decked out the home with "evil looking" things. We carved
pumpkins, but made sure to put a smile on them.
As far as the "harvest festivals" many churches do, they are really loads of fun. Again, most kids come dressed up in non spooky costumes. They play games and get lots candy treats. In no way do I feel most
evangelical churches are condoning the true meaning of Halloween by participating in such events. It truly is a safe,fun,and wonderful way for our children to have an alternative to the more traditional ways
Halloween. Our church uses this event as a way to invite our non-Christian friends and their children to church who otherwise would never step in a church. It does work!
When I was in college (many moons ago), the campus ministry I was apart of had a book table near the student center. We often would put provoking signs in front of the table as a way to attract
response from non Christians. I remember one such sign said, "Would Jesus go to a kegger?" (i.e. a beer party) Man, you should've seen the responses that solicited. I had lots of great conversations
with non believers who otherwise wouldn't have even come close to our table. Of course you can imagine the faces of those kids when we told them Jesus would not only go to a kegger, but he would
prefer going to one rather than to church. And thus began the dialogues with non believers to begin seeing our Lord in a new way. It worked. Peoples perception of Jesus and religion
changed for many a college student. Many became curious and some were saved. The point of illustrating this is to show that God looks at the heart, not our external behavior. That's why
our Lord hung out with "partiers" and sinners. He loved them. He loved their honesty and openness. Contrasting that to the "rule" followers (i.e. religious folk) who were all about doing it right, but yet
their hearts were far from God.
I say this in making an assumption that, the vast majority of truly born again Christian parents who do allow their children to participate in some type of Halloween event should minimize the "spooky"
stuff, and accentuate the "bountiful". I realize that there are some that don't, and that is where we agree. But to blanket all "born again" Christians who participate in such church sponsored Halloween events
saying your "beloved satanic holiday" misses the point altogether. We love Jesus. We love our children. And we will participate, if we so choose, on our terms for such an event. In other words, like Jesus, we'll go that kegger but not get drunk. We'll invite the next door neighbor non believers to the harvest party ( or whatever you want to call it) to shine the light of Jesus in a dark world. You gotta go where the fish are bit'in.
And yes, my two grown boys are not in a satanic cult form all the Halloween events they participated in. My 24 year old just became an ordained pastor, and my 20 year old leads a bible study in his college fraternity.
It truly is all about the heart!