By KEVIN EVANS
The Bible is very straightforward and conspicuously coherent in admonishing the Believer adamantly in staying away from pagan practices.
While some festivals may be seem harmless, and even culturally acceptable, it is sometimes spiritually detrimental to our spiritual development.
When John said he who does evil has not seen God, he’s in no way implying that we see God when we do good literally, but instead from a symbolically imaginary standpoint! We see God in our everyday lives working, blessing, uplifting, healing, delivering, guiding us consistently.
God shows up on behalf of the Believer whose heart is pure. I want to inform my Bahamian readers out there about the subtle nuances of Halloween and it’s celebration even within the Churches.
I see Halloween parties and costume parties now taking place within Christian environments.
I’ve found that ineptitude of knowledge or the lack thereof is literally misleading the masses, especially God’s people within the churches here in the Bahamas. Someone once said that God places no premium on ignorance!
The Origins of Halloween date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and Northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. To commemorate the event, Druids built big bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celts’ deities. During the celebration, the Celtics wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.
Halloween in my humble opinion is demonic and satanically inclined, and we have the proclivity to host such darkness under the guise of parties in the churches. I believe that Halloween glorifies death and Satan.
So why do we allow our young people and children to honour the devil by celebrating Halloween? The Druids were devil worshippers and celebrated two nights of the year specifically, one was or is Beltane and Samhain. Beltane was on May 1 and marks the beginning of summer, whereas Samhain marked summer’s end.
The night of Halloween and Samhain were the exact same thing where death, human sacrifices, evil cantations and a plethora of demonic activities took place.
So how did this demonic day creep within the church? By the 9th century the influence of Christianity had spread into the Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and supplanted the older Celtic rites. In 1000 AD the Catholic church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honour the dead. It’s widely believed today that the church was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related church-sanctioned holiday to pacify the people from Ireland and France.
All Souls Day was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils. The All Saints Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallows and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-Hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.
The church sought to dilute the pagan practices of Halloween by incorporating Halloween under the guise of Christianity. The Roman Catholic Church was attempting to placate those who were ingrained, and entrenched within this diabolical festival by adopting this festival as a Christian festival.
I’m not trying to be the odd man out, but simply shedding light on this most evil night. We have been tricked by the devil’s treat of subtle lies and darkness.
The costumes worn on Halloween were to hide from demons, so that the demons would mistake the person dressed in a costume as one of them and leave them alone. The treats placed outside were for demons who supposedly were hungry to feed and to appease them.
Former occult follower Johnna Michaelsen said in her book Like Lambs To The Slaughter: “Halloween is also a prime recruiting season for Satanists.”
While we here in The Bahamas may not be bombarded with overt occult practices, the Halloween festivities are still a reality, not to mention witchcraft, voodoo or other demonic practices here in The Bahamas.
The demonic realm is real, and we, the Church must expose this most dangerous deception.
Believers, let us come out from among them and return to trust Biblical Christianity in it’s grassroots form. Please, don’t get caught up in this demonic festival called Halloween. It’s unorthodox, and anti-christian! And when you involved your children in it innocently, you’re literally inviting Satan in your family’s lives and homes.
And we are perplexed about the crimes and suicides and drug addictions among our young people? None of us are impervious to this, but oftentimes find ourselves lulled by the devil.
We been drinking the enemy’s nostrum far too long. It’s time to rise up in Jesus’ name and to disseminate the truth of the Gospel!!!
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