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Catholics and Evangelicals "Redeem" Halloween

Catholics and Evangelicals "Redeem" Satan's Day

Critique of Americancatholic.org and Focus on the Family's Pro-Halloween Position

The Bible says "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." (Ephesians 5:11) Those who are in disobedience to God's word are trying to convince you that it is possible to Christianize works of darkness.

Catholic as well as Evangelical writers are encouraging church members to celebrate Halloween, albeit in a "Christian" fashion. Followers of the Lord Jesus Christ  "abstain from all appearance of evil" (1 Thess. 5:22). They do not place a Christian veneer upon what is evil. 

This article addresses what one Catholic and two Evangelical writers want you to believe regarding Christians and Halloween or Samhain.

Catholic Version of Redeeming Halloween

Below are selected excerpts from the article, "How Halloween Can Be Redeemed" by Catholic writer, Page McKean Zyromski.

Liberty To The Captives' comments on the article, "How Halloween Can Be Redeemed" are in blue.

Halloween has grown into a major secular holiday in American culture. But for those who don’t value devotion to the saints, the Eve has become "hollow" instead of "hallow." The purpose behind it has been lost—like celebrating New Year’s Eve without a New Year’s Day. Take away the saints and our beliefs about the dignity and destiny of human beings, and the only thing left is pre-Christian superstition regarding the dead.

[The author falsely reduced Satan's Day into mere "Christian superstition regarding the dead." 

The purpose behind Halloween has not been lost. Human sacrifice, though substantially reduced through prayer, is still going on as well as the recruitment of many thousands of teens and young adults into witchcraft and satanism via Halloween parties.]


Among many Christians, there has been concern that things have gotten out of hand. After all, doesn’t Halloween glorify evil?

[Yes, Halloween glorifies Satan, who is evil. True Christians will not rationalize the sin of touching the unclean thing. They will instead, pray against it.]

Is it right to send our children out as devils and vampires, or is it better to emphasize the saints, whose nearly forgotten feast day is the reason for Halloween? Hallow is the same word for "holy" that we find in the Lord’s Prayer, and e’en is a contraction of "evening."

[Parents who send their children "out" to participate in Halloween dressed in any fashion--whether as a devil or as a saint are giving Satan and his demons permission to afflict and even indwell their children.]

The word Halloween itself is a shortened form of "All Hallows Eve," the day before All Saints Day. In this Update we’ll consider how Catholics can "redeem" Halloween.

[What an interesting ecumenical coincidence. Focus on the Family is just as eager as Americancatholic.org to teach readers how to "redeem" Halloween.]


Redeeming Halloween

How can we keep the religious connection and curb pre-Christian trappings?
 

The connection between trick or treat and forgiveness deserves to be reclaimed, don’t you think?

[The trick-or-treat ritual symbolizes human sacrifice, not forgiveness!  Fake Christian Ministries often mark themselves for their real master by promoting the trick-or-treat ritual.]

The rest of this Halloween promoting article may be found here: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac1099.asp

 Evangelical Version of Redeeming Halloween

Focus on the Family claims to take a middle of the road (1) approach to Halloween but their founder, James Dobson, plainly advocates the celebration of Halloween, including trick-or-treating, as long as it is done in a presumably innocent manner:

If the Halloween experience is focused on fantasy rather than the occult, I see no harm in it. Make costumes for your children that represent fun characters, such as Mickey Mouse or an elderly grandmother, and then let them go door-to-door asking for treats. This side of Halloween can be thoroughly enjoyable for the little ones. (2)

It is impossible to be middle of the road or neutral when it comes to whom a Christian serves. The Bible says that we must "choose ye this day whom ye will serve." (Joshua 24:15) Since Halloween belongs to Satan, it is he who is served when one participates in "Christianized" Halloween rituals and it is he who gains the right to spiritually afflict those who fellowship with him in this manner.

Authors Kim Wier and Pam McCune, who wrote a Halloween-is-Christian type book that is endorsed by the Focus on the Family mega ministry, asked the question, "How can we keep the religious connection and curb pre-Christian trappings?" in the following way:

Together we will discover the redeeming origins of Halloween and answer that elusive question, "Can I really celebrate without selling out?"

 (Quoted from: Redeeming Halloween by Kim Wier & Pam McCune pg 2, A Focus on the Family Book Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)

The Focus on the Family book, Redeeming Halloween promotes an agenda that is just as foreign to true Christianity as the one promoted in the Catholic article, "How Halloween Can Be Redeemed." Authors Kim Wier and Pam McCune, (who are pictured on the back cover dressed in black and red outfits) claim that the story of Halloween began at the foot of the cross. (page 9). Redeeming Halloween is filled with carnal justifications for partaking of Halloween in a "Christianized" fashion.

God's people must purpose to reject all rationalizations for sin, no matter where they come from. Quench not the Holy Spirit when he convicts you about the sin of yoking what is holy (the Lord Jesus Christ) with what is evil (Halloween.)

Closing remarks:

There are no Christ-honoring Halloween alternatives. Christians are to overcome darkness with light, not find so-called "Christian" ways to partake of darkness. Halloween can no more be redeemed than Satan can be redeemed. Satan's workers, however, can be redeemed and those who have been saved by the Lord Jesus Christ must reject the message that they may partake of Christianly amended works of darkness, or what is presented as the lighter side of Halloween.

Catholicism is not authentic Christianity (3) and neither is modern-day falling away Evangelicalism, which falsely teaches that you can be saved by the God of the narrow way while you continue to walk on the broad way (the way of the world which "lieth in wickedness." 1 John 5:19  Those who expect to continue in the Christian faith must hold fast the form of sound words found only in the Holy Bible or you will be swept away in the modern ecumenical surge.

notes:


(1) "While Focus on the Family takes a "middle of the road" approach to Halloween, we want to provide a balance of resources to help you as you decide what's best for your family." http://search.family.org/query.cfm
qt=halloween&style=family&Search.x=16&Search.y=5
(2) What to Do About Halloween--Dr. James Dobson's Perspective http://www.focusonyourchild.com/entertain/art1/a0000637.html
(3) Why I Left Roman Catholicism (See the list of links on the left-hand side of the page)

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