October 26 2015

Is Halloween Evil?

halloween-72939_1280I have recently written a post about Halloween, and why I do not believe Christians should celebrate it. I have been blessed with this post being shared quite a bit over social media and have received many wonderful comments from readers. The Lord has done an amazing work spreading the Truth of His Word with my post on Halloween! Just last year I wrote about Halloween, and it did not get much attention. I tried very hard to post it around on social media sites. I also made a video on Youtube about Halloween. That got more interest, but not as much as it has gotten in the past couple of weeks. It is all due to the Lord, and not at all due to anything I have done. I praise His holy and mighty Name for that!

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Colossians 2:8

I normally would not write another post on Halloween with the fact that I just wrote one, but I have seen some comments that really bothered me. It is these comments that have inspired me to write another post. These are comments I have already heard from many people I already know from my church or that I have met in the past couple of years. The one that bothers me the most is that, Halloween is not right for me to celebrate because I used to be in the occult. Therefore, I cannot handle Halloween. But for others, who have never been involved in the occult, it is OK. They have not done anything wrong, and they are doing something perfectly innocent in celebrating Halloween. I have to say that hurts me in a deep place in my heart. God has not convicted me that Halloween is evil because I was in the occult. God has convicted me that Halloween is evil because God knows it is evil.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

There are some who would say that Halloween is a day that the Lord made. God has made all days, and we should celebrate each day and be joyful because of that. We should not hide in our houses and let the devil win. I have heard all these comments many times to give reasoning to celebrate Halloween. But I ask you this. Would you tell that to the thousands of humans who are going to endure being brutally murdered in a satanic ritual? Or what about the others who will be beaten and sexually abused in a satanic ritual? Would you look them in the eye and tell them that you are going to dress your children up and go out and have fun with friends because you are doing nothing wrong?

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Ephesians 5:11

Can you imagine the horror of satanic ritual abuse survivors as they drive around their neighborhoods as Halloween draws near? They see yards decorated with witches, ghosts and other ghouls down every street. When they go to the neighborhood Wal-Mart they are confronted with mummies, demons and pumpkins carved to look scary. It brings back horrifying memories and searing pain into their lives as they try not to relive the hell they experienced. Then there are those who were not abused, but were forced to participate nonetheless.

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 1 Corinthians 10:21

The thought of people being tortured and killed in satanic rituals may seem like something to surreal for many people to grasp. It is not something often talked about in our culture. We can glorify death and violence in our mainstream horror movies and our Halloween fun, but thinking about satanic ritual abuse is to close to reality for us to deal with. We have been desensitized from a young age to violence and evil. It is everywhere on TV, music, cartoons, comic books, etc. that many children are exposed to on a daily basis. So we grow up thinking that witches, ghosts and vampires are all good fun. And as a child it is quite fun – especially when your parents are advocating it and turning it into a special family tradition.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9

I understand that not every family allows the scary costumes or decorations into their house for Halloween. So they are basically putting on a filter over Halloween, so that their family does not see the evil of it for what it is. It makes it very easy to see Halloween as a great family time to indulge a little. I often hear that families won’t give up celebrating Halloween because it is for the kids. The kids love candy and they wouldn’t understand if they couldn’t celebrate anymore. The problem with this is that you are not seeing Halloween for the evil it really is. Therefore you are teaching your children that it is not evil. And they will teach their children Halloween is not evil, and so on and so forth. It is a vicious cycle that is propagating the lies of the devil.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

It reminds me of the Israelites in Exodus and Deuteronomy where the fathers did not teach the children the ways of the Lord. Soon the next generation was not holding fast to the ways of the Lord and then not teaching their children about the Lord at all. God was forsaken and the Israelites were worshiping false gods (demons), sacrificing their own children and giving themselves over to sexual immorality. They always paid a high price because they were inviting the devil right in to their lives and they didn’t even know it. They began to follow the ways of the culture around them, and began to believe that there was nothing wrong with these practices. If everyone else is doing it, how can it be wrong? Why do you think God warns us so many times not to follow the pagan practices? Why do you think he has such harsh consequences to this? Because it is dangerous – we are opening our lives up to demonic activity and giving them legal rights to stay.

“Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, I am the Lord your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.”

Leviticus 18:2-5

So it is much the same with Halloween. We are forgetting the teachings of the Lord and going along with what culture dictates is right and good instead. We are to live our lives as set apart and holy, but often we find that isn’t convenient for what we want. God never said to live for Him when it was convenient, He said to love Him with all your heart, soul and mind. To do that you need to sometimes do things that are difficult and uncomfortable, like go against the grain of what is popular in our society. Even when you have already been completely immersed in it and have taught your children to follow it as well. But let me ask you this, do you want your children to grow up and stand firm against the devil, and follow Jesus Christ? I know I do.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:20

Let us not take Halloween and use it to glorify ourselves, as we are accustomed to doing. Most people who celebrate Halloween are not doing it for the Lord, but for themselves. It is not a celebration that we are doing in honor of God. We are not thinking of God or using it to thank Him for anything. It is pure paganism at it’s finest. It is a day where we get attention for our costumes and get treats (and for many adults drink and party). How does this honor the Lord? Am I saying that you cannot have fun as a Christian? Absolutely not. What I am saying is we need to stop making excuses for why it is OK to celebrate Halloween. We are glorifying the devil by participating in a day that he uses to destroy people. Even Anton Levay, founder of the Church of Satan has this to say about Halloween. “I’m glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year.” If the founder of the Church of Satan is happy we are celebrating Halloween, we should seriously rethink what we are doing with this day.

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?  What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God.

1 Corinthians 6:14-16

set apartOn Halloween I will wake up and thank the Lord for another beautiful day. I will thank Him for the many blessings He has given me in my life – my husband and family, my home and my church, and especially my salvation. I will have joy because I love the Lord and not feel as though I have somehow been defeated because I am not celebrating Halloween. I will spend time with my family and we will pray for the poor souls who are being tormented on this night, and for the lost souls who are witches and Satanists, worshiping the devil on this high holy holiday. I urge you to do the same. How can we reclaim this day from Satan? By not recognizing Halloween, and not participating in it. We can spread the truth of the evil of Halloween and urge our family and friends to not participate in it either. If more and more Christians stop celebrating Halloween, think of what a kick in the pants that would be to the devil! That would be a truly amazing way to honor the Lord!

“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations.  There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer  or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,  for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.  You shall be blameless before the Lord your God,  for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.” Deuteronomy 18:9-14

 

 

 

October 19 2015

How I Began Speaking In Tongues

speaking in tonguesHave you ever heard someone speaking in tongues? It can be quite a strange sound to hear, maybe even scary. What strange utterances can come from the human tongue! A person who normally speaks perfectly good English is suddenly speaking what sounds like gibberish. Or maybe it sounds like an actual language like Spanish or Russian. I did not hear anyone speaking in tongues until I had been a Christian for a least a year or more. I had heard of it and I knew the Bible talked about it, but I didn’t know if it was something for people today.

There are a group of people who do believe that the gift of speaking in tongues and other gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased. I think it is easy to believe that if you do not see the Holy Spirit working in signs and wonders in your life, or in the lives of others you know. The first time I heard someone speaking in tongues I wasn’t sure what to think! It sounded weird and I just kept wondering if they were faking it. After all, how am I to know what speaking in tongues is supposed to sound like? So I did what any other curious person would do. I found a YouTube video of someone speaking in tongues to see if it sounded the same.

Ok, so that didn’t exactly help me determine if what I heard was the real deal or not. It was interesting and I grew more curious about the gift of speaking in tongues. The problem was I really didn’t know anyone who had the gift of speaking in tongues and certainly no one at my church did. At least not that I knew of. It seems to be a bit of a controversial topic, speaking in tongues. I was told that anyone who speaks in tongues is from the devil. Very interesting view-point I must say, considering that speaking in tongues originated from the Holy Spirit. I think this really points to the fact that things that are different or unknown can really scare people. The Holy Spirit is unpredictable, and cannot be controlled. Therefore it is safe to say He will do things quite out of the ordinary for us. That does not mean it is from the devil. It means that God is much bigger than are limited understanding of who He is.

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Corinthians

12:7

It wasn’t until this year that I really got up close and personal with the gift of speaking in tongues. I was at a wonderful place I found in a nearby city where they gather in an upper room for worship, words of knowledge, prophesying, etc. once a week. I heard many voices raise up speaking in tongues and it was a beautiful sound! It was something I wanted as a gift for myself, because as an intercessor  I often found myself wanting and needing to pray for another, but lacking the words to pray with. Or there have been times when I needed to pray on my own behalf, but could not utter a word to save myself. This is exactly when speaking in tongues is very useful.

I had actually been hearing a strange thing in my head for a couple of weeks prior to my first visit at this upper room. It sounded like another language that would pop up out of nowhere. I wasn’t sure what to make of it, didn’t know what it meant and couldn’t get it to come out of my mouth. At this upper room a friend prayed over me to release the gift of speaking in tongues (or praying in tongues as I like to call it). It was just a few days or maybe a week later there was an increase of this foreign language in my head. I wanted badly for it to come out of my mouth, but I was afraid. I wasn’t sure if it was speaking in tongues or not, and I really didn’t know what it was supposed to sound like.

Before I knew it, tongues was rolling out of my mouth like water. It was such a beautiful experience, and it elevated my connection to God. I could easily pray for others by speaking in tongues, and even though I didn’t know what I was saying, I could see with my spirit that it was affecting great change on their behalf in the spirit realm! I also have the gift of discerning spirits, so I can sense demons and angels. Even the demons respond to speaking in tongues! I most often pray for others in tongues, but it is so nice to have a special language to speak to God with, when I just don’t know what words to use.

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:2

My gift of speaking in tongues has increased in the past couple of months (that is how long I have had it for as I write this). It has been a great comfort to me. I have used it to lift spiritual attack and have used it to break off oppression from others, or to cast away evil spirits. I have used it to sing to God and to empower angels to help people. I can’t honestly tell you how it works, but I know that speaking in tongues is a miraculous gift from our Father in Heaven! It is a gift I believe any Christian can have. I believe that anyone who asks for the gift of speaking in tongues with faith can receive it. Some will be more strong in this gift than others, as with any other gift. Some may only feel the need to use it only occasionally. As long as you let the Holy Spirit lead you, that is all that matters!

How do you get the gift of speaking in tongues? I am not sure if there is just one answer to that question. I do feel that you can ask our wonderful Father for the gift. You can also ask for someone to pray to release and activate the gift of speaking in tongues over you. It may also just spontaneously come to you in a time of need. I have heard of it happening!

What is it like to pray in tongues? How do you know it is real or if you are doing it right? Speaking in tongues is very natural when you let it flow. I told my husband I wanted him to have this gift, and I prayed over him for it to be released and activated. It wasn’t long before he began to pray in tongues also. He doesn’t speak in tongues often though, and that is ok! He uses it when he feels called to. At first when I began speaking in tongues I was unsure of myself and so it didn’t come out naturally. I would stop and think about it, or would trip up a little. You have to let go and let the Spirit guide you. It is His work in you! We do this in the strength of God, not our own!

For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 14:2

When you let go and start speaking in tongues you will know it is real because it just flows out, without you thinking about it. As a matter of fact I have tried to think about what should come out next, but it never ends up sounding like what I think it will. It is really flowing from my spirit, not my mind. It comes out easily and I really have no control over it. I mean I could stop speaking in tongues if I wanted, but I can’t control what it is that comes out. At first my prayer language sounded a little like Hebrew. Then it changed and started to sound Spanish and then Russian. Is it really those languages? I can’t really be sure, but it doesn’t really matter. I am now praying to be able to interpret!

It was just about a week ago that I was at a healing service I go to once a month that I had an amazing experience. When we are obedient and let the Spirit freely flow through us, God does amazing things with us! He is so fun! Seriously! I was prayed for and the Holy Spirit began to fill me up so strongly that it was bubbling out of me and I began to shout out in tongues and cry out to Jesus! I was getting to filled up by the power of the Holy Spirit that I could only turn around and share it with my husband who was standing near by. I laid my hands on him and began to pray – while speaking in tongues!

It was like a fire was lit inside of me and I couldn’t stop! I had no idea what I was praying, I just let the Holy Spirit take over me and flow through me into my husband. I have no idea what the prayer language was saying, but I know it was working on his spirit! I then began to pray, one by one, for every other person who had been standing there watching me get prayed for. I was speaking in tongues while praying for each person. The Holy Spirit was serious about praying for each person and passing on His mighty work! God is so good and so glorious! Our Father gives such good gifts! Gifts that we are to share and edify our brothers and sisters with! Praise Him!

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:4

I know that some people may read this and think that it is wrong – that it is demonic or misusing or abusing the Holy Spirit. It is difficult to understand such things that seem so far out of your realm of experience. I assure you there was once a time that I may have thought the very same thing! Yet I have tried to be obedient to the Spirit, and not grieve Him. I have constantly prayed for God to have His way with my life, and to have more of Him. I can never get enough of Jesus, and I want as much of Him in my life as I can handle! So God has been increasing His presence, His giftings, His love, and His power in my life. Hallelujah!

fireWhen it comes to matters of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, we need to ask God and seek His counsel to understand who He is. It is easy to rely on man and what he would teach us is right and wrong. There are many great teachers and pastors out there that teach the gifts of the Spirit have ceased for today. They even quote the Bible as their source and reasoning. But man is using his own interpretation to come to these conclusions. Always test the spirits and every teacher that comes before you, lest you be deceived. God Himself will lead you in all wisdom and discernment, if you ask him with faith. Let the Holy Spirit reveal His truth to you. He lives inside of you can speaks to you all of the time, so why can He not teach you His truth?

Just remember, whatever gift God gives you, whether speaking in tongues or not, that you use it with love. All gifts are given by our Heavenly Father, for the use of building each other up. So if you use the gift of speaking in tongues, but don’t use it with love, what good is it? The gifts of the Spirit are given to us with love, and for love, to glorify our Father. So pray earnestly to receive gifts of the Spirit from our Father, so that you may use them to empower and inspire other believers, as well as non believers a like.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

October 12 2015

The New Age Deception

NewAgeOn a recent weekend, I had the most amazing getaway with my husband! We had not been away alone, without kids, in about 8 years! As soon as I found out we had a sitter for two whole nights, I started planning our trip. I was unbelievably excited, and I wanted it to be super romantic! After much searching around I decided to book a room at a little inn we went to 10 years ago where I first fell in love with my husband. It is a tiny town where a gorgeous river meets the Pacific Ocean. There are other little towns near by, and so I knew that we would have lots of adventures while we were there.

We got to the room late the first night, almost 9 o’clock, because we stopped to have dinner before checking in. We found a cozy restaurant with views of the river and the ocean, where we watched the sun set. It was a marvelous beginning to a romantic weekend! The room was actually a whole house with two stories. We resided mostly on the bottom floor, where there was a bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom. Not to mention a private deck with hot tub. The house was very old, probably about 100 years or more, and didn’t look like it received a lot of upkeep. We were excited nonetheless, because hey, we were alone!! You really can’t beat that, no matter how dirty an old house is.

It is funny because the house was kind of eerie. And when I say funny, I mean if you would have asked me a couple of years ago (before I was Christian) I would have told you that the house seemed haunted. There was just something about that old house that really creeped me out. Not to mention the Buddha statue in the back  yard. The next morning we went to the inn’s restaurant for breakfast. I noticed right away an altar in the corner of the room, complete with a large Buddha statue, crystals, and other such things. It reminded me quite a bit of the alter I had back when I was a witch. There was a sign attached about wanting to spread good vibes because there is enough negative in the world already.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

My inner alarm was going off by this point. I knew that being near the ocean there was a chance that we would run into a New Age mindset, but I thought this sleepy little town would not be affected. Oh how wrong I was. This was only the beginning of the New Age movement I would see on our trip. We visited several stores, shops, and boutiques in the surrounding towns, and every single one of them was filled with charms, idols, crystals and other New Age items.

What exactly is the New Age Movement? New Age is a mix of different spiritual and religious practices that each person chooses to adopt for their belief system. It includes things such as witch craft and the occult, shamanism, mysticism, Hinduism, Buddhism, yoga and much more. It is a way to identify who you are spiritually, and to find higher ways of consciousness and thinking, or enlightenment. It’s main purpose is to help a person to connect with their inner being, and with the universe around them. New Age promotes oneness with the universe and the earth, because they are sacred and living beings in which we are connected to, and come from. The New Age movement teaches that everyone is basically good and a part of god. God can be one or many gods, but always an impersonal force that manifests in many ways, such as nature. New Age also teaches that evil does not exist, especially Satan and hell.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Psalm 14:12

I know this all very well, because I spent a good part of my adult life heavily involved with the occult and New Age. I had no idea that I was even involved in New Age though. It started with my interest in the occult (okay interest is not really the right word. I was a practicing witch.) I became very interested in Eastern Religions and everything about them. I studied Buddhism and Hinduism as I tried to understand higher levels of consciousness and loosing myself to be more god-like. I can’t say I really knew what I was doing, but I really wanted to be connected to the higher power I knew I was a part of. It just wasn’t the Christian God. I tried meditating and placing crystals and gem stones on my chakras and opening my third eye. I tried yoga, astrology, tarot cards and reading the I Ching. I did this alongside of my normal practices of casting spells and performing rituals as a witch.

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Romans 1:25

When I stopped actively practicing witch craft I still had my New Age thoughts and practices to lean on. I was ever searching for the Truth of what the meaning of life was, and why I was here. I wanted desperately to connect with whatever higher power there was out there. I worshiped the earth and practiced being a good person and taught my kids about being good people. It was so very important to me to be ‘good’ and do rack up good karma points. I wasn’t sure what was waiting for me after death – possibly reincarnation, but probably just my spirit being released back into the energy I came from.

All of this might sound a little out there to some people, but to others a lot of this (or maybe even a little) is going to resonate as truth for you. You have been searching, and you may even already be a Christian. You have never made a deeper connection with God or maybe were not sure if you really believed that Jesus is God. You have been hurt and alone for so long, that you want to find that deeper connection. And very possibly you had no idea that you had been lured in to the New Age Movement. The New Age is very seductive in its ways. It comes to you wrapped in sweet-smelling incense, the health consciousness of yoga, and the beauty of connecting with your higher self or nature. It is so very appealing! Yet I am here to warn you on how dangerous the New Age Movement is.

Once I became a Christian I spent the first few months coming to understand who God the Father is, and what Jesus had done for me. I received the Holy Spirit and He began to do a great work in me, to help me understand the will of God. So I easily got rid of many of my New Age items. It was a process, because it took me a year to realize that the yoga I had been doing was also part of the Eastern Religions and was actually a form of worshiping other gods and inviting the demonic in. I easily got rid of the more obvious items, such as Buddha statues, books on witch craft, and tarot cards.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:34

It has been two and a half years as I write this that I have come to a glorious relationship with Christ Jesus. He has taken all of the New Age and occult beliefs I instilled in my heart for so long, and redeemed me and filled me with the Truth I so desperately had been searching for! I can’t tell you what comfort I have in the knowledge that I was created for a purpose! By a loving God who knows me by name and loves me deeply enough to die for me. And to know I was created, not evolved from monkeys are some sea sludge (yes I seriously believed that too). And there is no more fear of death for me, but sweet joy in the knowledge that I will be with Jesus in heaven! Hallelujah!

Thanks to the gift of the Holy Spirit in my life, I have been giving great discernment and understanding of the workings of the spiritual realm. Satan meant to destroy me with his New Age deceit, but God has turned it around for my good, by giving me this gifts. I now can see how the enemy has tried to harm me and many others in this world by propagating the New Age lies. The New Age Movement brings death and deception, unlike the Truth that Jesus died to save us from death and hell. What glorious freedom we have in Christ Jesus!

So back to my vacation. In times past I would have been very charmed by the shops with the Hindu gods on the walls, and the incense burning, and the Indian music playing sweetly in the background. I would have felt peaceful and enchanted. Now I felt repulsed for the first time by these things. I could feel the demonic presence emanating from these occult and New Age trinkets and other cursed objects. It only took two steps into a building to register the evil that had been welcomed into each place. At first I was repulsed and afraid. I know how to deal with the demonic and walk in the power and authority Jesus has given me, but it was surprising and overwhelming. But eventually I just felt sad and angry. The New Age Movement has brought death to so many people, while they unwittingly fall prey to its beautifully packaged lies.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

John 16:13

cloudsI wanted desperately to help these people, to bring Christ into their lives. Jesus is the only True source of Power! So as I walked through the last of the shops I prayed silently or in a whisper to bring the Holy Spirit into these places. To ask God the Father to come in with His power and authority and make Himself known to these lost souls. We need our Father so badly. We just can’t do this life without Him, and we were not meant to. We were created by Him for a loving relationship. We are so passionately loved by Him, and He wants nothing more than to bring each one of His children into His Kingdom!

If you have fallen prey to any of the lies of the New Age, then rejoice now! Rejoice? Yes! Rejoice because your freedom is now here! It is as simple as renouncing all activity you have done that has purposefully or inadvertently involved you in the occult and New Age. Then repent of these things and ask God to forgive you. Which He has already done! Ask your Father to show you anything else you have done unknowingly to practice New Age beliefs and to cleanse you of them all. Then ask Him to bring you the knowledge and wisdom of His Truth. It really is that easy! Your Heavenly Father is here to walk you through this, by way of the Holy Spirit. He loves you and is not at all angry with you for any of these practices you may have done. On the other hand, He is very saddened to see His children be lured into this horrible deception that leads to the path of destruction.

Thank you Father that you have loved us so much that you sent your only Son to die for us. Thank you Jesus for your work on the cross, and for defeating sin and death for each one of us. Thank you Holy Spirit that you live in each one of us, and lead us in all Truth and wisdom. We love you so much, and we ask for your protection from any ways that the enemy might try to deceive us from this day forward. We pray this in Jesus mighty name. Amen!

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Colossians 2:8

 

October 5 2015

Halloween and Christianity

halloweenAs I write this it is just a few days away from October. Once again I feel great pain in my heart rising up for the many lost souls who will be hurt during this time of year, or who have been hurt and have to try to fight off the memories this season. I am also deeply troubled by the many Christians who will go out and celebrate the darkness, when they have been saved by the Light. This is the season of Halloween, a time when witches and satanists celebrate a high holy day; a day of death, darkness and fear.

If you have been following my blog, you know that a spent my own season in life as a witch, deeply involved in the occult. I have written about my past experiences with Samhain (or Halloween) rituals and what Halloween means to witches. Since coming into a wonderful relationship with Jesus Christ, I have been completely redeemed from the evil I participated in. I have come out from the darkness and experienced His glorious light. My testimony has led to me other Christians who were formerly involved in the occult. Not all of them were involved by choice. Some were involved by force by their own family members. Family members who did horrible things to them during satanic rituals. They try desperately to avoid anything related to Halloween this time of year, because the memories of their childhood abuse still haunts them to this day.

When I was not an actively practicing witch I still reveled in Halloween. It was a time to party! Halloween is sensual and exciting! There are sweet treats, fun costumes, games, music, laughter. It is a time to decorate, carve pumpkins and get together with friends and family. What is not to love, right? We always had great costumes such as vampires, witches, ghosts and other ghoulish characters. We also decorated our house with skulls, bats, corpses, head stones, rats and other treasures. It was all in good fun!

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Of course celebrating Halloween doesn’t have to be about ghouls and scary things. You can decorate for fall and dress in innocent costumes such as princesses and super heroes. It makes for good wholesome fun. So just take out the evil and you have changed a night of evil into something perfectly good. Right? Wrong. I am so sorry to say that you cannot take Halloween and make it good, wholesome, or innocent, no matter what changes you try to make of it. Halloween from it’s very origins is evil, and it still is today.

During my first year as a Christian I was quickly convicted to stop celebrating Halloween. It was very easy for me to give it up, knowing what the true meaning of the day is. I did not actually know that it was also an important day to Satanists as well, because as a witch you sincerely don’t associate yourself with evil. It didn’t take much research to see that Satanists use Halloween as one of their special days to sacrifice human lives. And I naturally assumed that other Christians would not celebrate Halloween either. I mean, it is obviously evil. Just take a stroll through your neighborhood on a cool October night to see how many houses are decorated with skulls, bats, witches, etc. and you will see how the rest of the world views Halloween. So you can understand how I was utterly shocked to find out that just about every single Christian I knew actually celebrated Halloween.

I was more than shocked, I was dismayed and distressed. I was brought out of darkness by the grace of Jesus Christ. I wanted to rejoice and shout out from the rooftops of my undying love for Jesus. I wanted to get away from darkness and evil and be a light to the world. So how was it that I was so utterly alone in standing up for truth and light among a group of people who were supposed to share the same beliefs as I did? I had many conversations where terms like “God hasn’t convicted me” or “that’s legalistic” were thrown at me. As a new Christian that didn’t make a lot of sense to me. It was pretty black and white. Halloween = evil and Christians shouldn’t celebrate it.

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie

2 Thessalonians 2:9

I spent that Halloween and the next sharing my story with other Christians as much as I could. I tried to plead with Christians to get them to understand that Halloween does not glorify Jesus and celebrating it actually invites the demonic into your life. It is pretty difficult to convince someone that a day to party and have fun could possibly be bad – unless of course you were once a witch. Then it makes perfect sense for someone like me to not celebrate it. It absolutely breaks my heart. Yet we live in a fallen world, where temptation runs rampant, and the church has catered to the masses by giving us the message of what we want to hear.

It would be easy to try to strip everything that looks evil out of Halloween and just call it a fall celebration. You could even go to a church on and attend a fall festival, and not trick or treat. Or you could pass out tracts to your neighborhood kids, and pray that one of them finds Jesus through that little pamphlet. I used to go to churches every year to attend fall festivals. It was a great way to have fun and celebrate Halloween. Never once did I hear the Gospel message from any of those churches. It was about free candy and games for us. I also found Christian tracts in my kids trick or treat bags before. I immediately snatched them up and threw them away before my kids could even try to understand what they were. I was not going to let Christian lies into my children’s heads.

I have heard every argument for Christians celebrating Halloween. I have thought and prayed about them all. I continuously come to the same conclusion every single time. Halloween is evil, and it is not for Christians. It is a season of fear and death and cannot be redeemed. Can God be glorified by it? Absolutely yes. By every Christian who stands up and decides not to participate in it. By shining a light into this dark and evil time with the love of Christ. Does that mean I advocate hiding away or turning against anyone who celebrates it? Absolutely not. Every single person in this world deserves to know Jesus Christ. He loves every one of us, no matter what. And we have so many thousands of ways to go out and spread the Good News to the world. It does not have to be done by fall festivals and Christians tracts.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.  You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5:4-5

The topic of demons and the devil is a very sensitive topic in the Christian world. Even among unbelievers there is great doubt in whether or not demons or real or if they are active in this world. Even when I was a witch I did not believe in the devil or hell! And let’s be honest. The thought of demons and evil is a very scary thought. Just look at what we see of what evil looks like on TV. The devil looks very scary indeed! Yet if you read the description of the devil in Ezekiel 28:12-13, he was absolutely beautiful, the “seal of perfection”. Satan does not come as a scary beast, he comes as deceiving us with his beauty! He preys on our fears, and so we are inundated with scary images of what evil looks like. So when evil does actually come into our lives we can’t even recognize it, because we are looking for something completely different.

freedom2Yet we must remember, Satan has been defeated! Jesus our Risen Lord has defeated death and hell, and there is nothing to fear in our enemy. We should rejoice in the authority and power that has been bestowed upon us by Christ Jesus! And in doing that we should reject the things of this world that have deceived us in to thinking they are good and fun. Evil always comes tempting us with pleasure. Do not be seduced into thinking Halloween is purely innocent. You are sending a message to the powers of hell that you are open to them invading your life. Everything related to Halloween has roots in ancient occult rituals. Please do not participate in these things and invite the enemy right in to your life.

God warns us of the spiritual realm and the evil powers that are coming against us. Should we be ignorant of these things because we don’t understand them? It would be very easy and very comfortable to do so. Yet we were not brought out of this world so that we may remain ignorant and live as the pagans do. We were brought out of this world to have freedom! We are not slaves to fear and death, but live victoriously because Jesus Christ defeated them! Let us be transformed into light and no longer be bound by the chains of this world! Use your freedom to serve one another, in love. The world around us is perishing – let us focus on our real mission here in this world. To spread the beautiful message of the Gospel, which has the power to save lives! Be a light in this world for those who are still blinded by the god of this world!

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12