HALLOWEEN by David Green


HALLOWEEN
David Green
09-06-2002

Galatians 4:1-11
Halloween is just around the corner. Already children are excited, trying to figure out what they want to dress up as. Halloween candy is on the shelves of stores, and soon will be handed out to children dressed up as witches, goblins, ghosts, etc.
Is this a holiday that is nothing more than “fun?” Or, is there more to it?
Our text is from a letter to a church in Galatia. As Paul wrote these words, he said “Ye observe days, and months, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.” Halloween is a day many people observe. Today, we want to look at what it really is all about.

A CELEBRATION OF DEATH:

Halloween is a celebration of death. It is a day ‘witches’ celebrate above all other days. It is the end and beginning of the witches year. It marks the beginning of the death and destruction associated with winter. At this time, the power of the underworld is unleashed and spirits are supposedly freed to roam about the earth. It is considered the best time to contact spirits.
Witchcraft is not something to joke about or take lightly. The Bible speaks much about witchcraft:

Exodus 22:18
Deuteronomy 18:10-12
II Kings 9:22
II Chronicles 33:6
Micah 5:12
Nahum 3:3-4
Galatians 5:19-21

What exactly is witchcraft? It is the practice of dealing with evil spirits, the use of sorcery or magic. Is it alive today? Yes, and doing very well.
From 1575 to the 1700s people were burned at the stake in Europe and America for their real or suspected involvement in witchcraft. Yet, today it is an accepted form of religion. Even the IRS has allowed the Church of Wica to have tax exempt status, just like the churches of Christ have tax exempt status. To the US government, there is no difference between the two!

Similar to a witch is a wizard. Wizards have been a part of Halloween festivities for ages. They have even been brought into children’s shows and cartoons. Yet, what does the Bible say about wizards?

Exodus 22:18
Leviticus 19:31; 20:6, 27
Deuteronomy 18:11
II Kings 17:17
II Kings 21:6; 23:24
II Chronicles 33:6
Isaiah 8:19; 19:3

A wizard, by definition, is “one skilled in magic; a sorcerer; male witch.” We already read of what God’s attitude is toward them…Should we take that lightly?

Associated with Halloween are enchantments…magic spells. Are those for real?

Deuteronomy 18:10
Exodus 7:11, 22; 8:7
Numbers 23:23; 24:1
Leviticus 19:26
II Kings 17:17; 21:26
II Chronicles 33:6
Ecclesiastes 10:11
Isaiah 47:9, 12
Jeremiah 27:9

Sorcery, the use of power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits.

Exodus 7:11
Isaiah 47:9, 12; 57:3
Jeremiah 27:9
Daniel 2:2
Malachi 3:5
Revelation 9:21; 18:23; 21:8; 22:15

What can we do? Is it ok for us to send our children out dressed up and do things at Halloween even thugh we are not witches? NO! (Exodus 23:22)

I Corinthians 10:31

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