Division within the Church
Christians are divided on this subject—some, like Pat Holiday in her book “Is Halloween Pagan?” goes so far as to say that Christians should not even participate in Halloween Alternatives such as “Trunk or Treat” or hand out treats with little Bible verses on them to children asking for candy reasoning that these activities would still be considered promotional to a pagan holiday.
Others would argue that handing out treats and participating in alternative activities and celebrations that don’t involve anything having to do with demonic activity and the like serves as a good way to “redeem” something pagan, and in so doing honor God by advancing the gospel of Christ.
. . . but to be perfectly candid with you, WHO CARES WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DO and WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK? No person in history has ever been perfect, but Jesus. So, why not seek His advice?
As Christians we are so worried about asking other people their opinion—for whatever reason—worry, laziness, curiosity. . . We forget to read the Bible for ourselves. Typical thing to do, right? —fallen creatures looking to other fallen creatures for direction. It’s just what we do. And so, to break the cycle we are going to do something different—take on Halloween from a biblical perspective. Why? To please God. . .period. Not because we have to but because we want to. I would be honored if you’d take this journey with me.
It’s not that I am unfamiliar with the origins of Halloween—the Lord knows that I’ve researched the subject well enough and have come to understand that yes, the holiday itself is pagan.
But, the question remains—where to draw the line between harmless fun and unfruitful works of darkness?…As followers of Christ, how should we think concerning this holiday? What should we do Halloween Day?
Well, I guess the first thing to do would be is to understand history. If you are not familiar with the history of Halloween I encourage you to stop reading this article now and pick it up again once you have done some research on the topic. Reading articles and books written from a biblical perspective might help prevent you from becoming misled (1 John 4:1, 1 Thess. 5:20-21, 2 Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 5:6).
After researching for myself I have come to understand—by God’s grace—that this holiday is indeed dishonoring to God. As Christians, we are to “beware lest any man spoil us through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossian 2:8). Furthermore, we are not to love the world nor the things that are in the world. For “if any man love the world the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).
Why? Because when we put on Christ we are no longer of this world. As children of God we are no longer of the darkness but of the light (Galatians 3:26-28)—for what has darkness to do with the light but to flee from it because the light makes manifest the things of darkness (Ephesians 5:8-17).
Halloween from a New Perspective
As new creatures in Christ we are to put off the old man/flesh and are to put on Christ whom we love (Romans 13:14). It is logical to conclude then that we—children of God—are not to love traditions and holidays like Halloween, seeing as how it is a worldly holiday created by men that glorifies the things of darkness.
Well, let’s go back to Ephesians 5 for a moment. If you have the time, I would suggest that you use it right now to read that chapter over slowly in your head and really concentrate and what it is saying. You might even consider reading it a few times. See if anything stirs within you by the Holy Spirit—what is God telling you? Just remember to take the WHOLE Bible into account as you read so that you aren’t tempted to take this passage out of context.
Pay special attention to verses 8 through 11. As children of light we are to prove what is acceptable unto the Lord so that we can live in a way that is acceptable to the Lord. For by our fruits we are known—and what better fruit is there than that of the Holy Spirit, which is in all goodness, righteousness and truth (Ephesians 5: 9). The Lord commands us to reprove unfruitful works of darkness (5:11), but in love, gentleness and with all longsuffering (1 Corinthians 13, Colossians 3:12).
Not that we are to have anything to do with the world, but rather to set an example so that those who are lost would be led back to the narrow path which leads unto eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. You see, we are to be set apart from the world—a light unto the world—but not a light set upon principles of self-righteousness but upon the Holy Bible and its teachings of humility so that we can not boast in ourselves, but in the Lord alone (2 Corinthians 10:17-18) who is the source of all light (1 John 1:5).
Tying it all Together
So, what does all this mean? It means that as children of God, we should stand out as children of God no matter what we think, say or do—no matter the season, holiday, or tradition.
Concerning Halloween—we are not to be unwise, but to understand what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:17) and eager to redeem the time because the days are evil (5:15). This is not an excuse to participate and things of darkness, but it does mean to expose it while also spreading the truth of Christ in love. We are to “preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2).
Concerning Halloween Alternatives—this is between you and God. Let me encourage you dear brethren to pray to Him (Isaiah 65:24). Search Scripture for yourselves, ask Him to develop within you a desire to do what is right in His eyes and to make you more like Him in all things, for “he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Phil. 1:6).
Let us fear the Lord always—remembering that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverb 9:10). May everything that we do be in subjection to Him—taking heed lest our liberties become a stumbling block to them who are weak. May we always exercise righteous judgment (John 7:24) in every situation, being quick to listen, quick to forgive, slow to anger, and slow to speak, so that our prayers and petitions may be heard by God when we bring them before His throne and great counsel.