By Vida Earnshaw

Autumn Leaves by John Everett MillaisIn a little over a week our country will be celebrating Halloween. Kids everywhere will dress up in costumes ranging from cute little bunny rabbits to hideous monsters. There will be haunted houses, trick-or-treating, and more candy than one should eat in a life time! Is Halloween simply a fun, harmless time? Is it something in which Christians should freely participate?

What about the other things this season brings to mind: fortune telling, ghost stories, horoscopes, Harry Potter, Pokemon, witches, the occult? People have an innate fascination with such things, wanting to peer into mysterious, dark realms, tap into secret powers. As Christians, we must be careful to examine everything in light of the Word of God. Does the Bible have anything to say about this subject?

Indeed it does! Deuteronomy 18:10-14 “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire [a practice in the worship of the idol Molech], or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer, For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.” God strictly prohibits involvement with the “dark arts.” This is not the only passage.

Exodus 22:18 “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”

Leviticus 19:26,31 “Thou shalt not eat anything with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.”

Leviticus 20:27 “A man also or a woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.”

God is very clear in His abhorrence and prohibition of such things! Yet our society is full of such sin. Sadly, many in the church have blindly embraced this wickedness also. We call it cute, innocent, harmless, and fun. We have made light of what God calls an abomination.

Take the Harry Potter books for example. These books are extremely popular.  At each new release, hundreds of kids all across the nation have stood in line for hours waiting to obtain their own copies.  Are these simply fun, fantasy books; intriguing stories that have encouraged many children to learn to love reading? Isn’t Harry Potter just another good vs. evil story?

Think about it for a moment.  The whole theme of this series is witches and witchcraft. The main character is studying to become a wizard. Granted, the author, R.K. Rowlings, presents Harry and his friends as good witches using good magic to fight against bad witches. However, is there really such a thing as a “good” witch? Not according to the Bible! (Remember Exodus 22:18?)

I read the testimony of a woman who was formerly involved in Wicca, studying to become a witch.  She said that those who join Wicca all want to be good witches, using their powers to fight against evil in the world.  It is not until their final initiation that they learn and have to accept the fact that there is no difference between good and bad witches.  They are all the same, all enslaved to the same master–Satan.  The claim that Harry Potter books are acceptable because they present a clear distinction between good and evil is a giant deception.

Many say, “But these stories are just fantasy!”  Consider: Is it lawful to engage in sin through fantasy?  What about the sin of  adultery?  Is it acceptable to God to fantasize about committing adultery?  Jesus said, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).   God condemns sin at the heart level.  Why then do we think it okay to fantasize about witchcraft?

Although many claim these books are fantasy stories, they are actually full of real occult teachings.  A man who was a former temple master in an occult order, writes “[The story of Harry Potter] is written and packaged to look like fantasy when, in truth, it is a carefully written true description of the training and work of an initiate in an occult order” (A Review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Berit Kjos).   The elements introduced in these books may be slightly disguised and candy coated, but they are the real thing. A Christian, especially a child, has no business reading these books!

(Doug Phillips, founder and president of the Vision Forum, has written some excellent articles on this subject.  Read them here and here.)

What about popular games like Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and other role-playing games?  These games and cartoons are not innocent, harmless fun.  The word Pokémon stands for pocket monster.  Players catch “cute,” fuzzy little monsters and then collect cards which make the monsters grow and gain supernatural powers.  Soon they are pitting their monsters against others.  This game is full of occult teachings and opens children up to all kinds of evil.  Dr. David L. Brown writes, “Pokémon is designed to be a stepping stone to harder occult oriented games like ‘Magic: the Gathering’ and ‘Dungeons and Dragons.'”  The cartoon and game Yu-Gi-Oh! is even worse.  (For more information read Yu-Gi-Oh, Who is Really Behind the Phenomenon?.)  Role-playing games simulate real occult teachings, rituals, and practices.  Players are just a step away from doing it for real.  A former Occultist said that Occult leaders attend gaming tournaments to scout out skilled players and entice them to “do it for real.”  He said that when he did this, none of the players ever said “No.”

What about horoscopes, psychic readers, fortune tellers?  The Bible forbids these too!  The Bible words for these things include divination, soothsaying, observer of times, necromancy.  We must not look to Satan for what the future holds.  Our times are in God’s hands (Psalm 31:15).  “He performs what is appointed for me” (Job 23:14).  We must trust God and rest in His sovereignty.

What about Halloween?  What is wrong with this “fun” holiday?  Consider its history.  The Magic Circle by John W. WaterhouseHalloween originated with the ancient Druids as Samhein [pronounced sow–en], a feast to the lord of the dead, and  marked the beginning of their new year.  They believed that the spirits of all who died that past year would return to haunt the earth that night.  The Druids would offer human and animal sacrifices in a large bonfire (bone-fire) in an attempt to appease the spirits.  They went door to door to obtain these sacrifices.  Whoever gave a treat (sacrifice) would not be tricked (harmed by the evil spirits).  Jack-o-lanterns were used to scare away evil spirits, indicate which houses had given sacrifices, or to demonstrate to the Druids that a particular house was in sympathy with their cause and would willingly give them a sacrifice if they came there.  Halloween is still one of the Occult’s high holy days.  Christians should have no part in it!  Ephesians 5:8,10-11 “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:… Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

Instead of celebrating the day, Christians should use Halloween as a special time of prayer, intense spiritual warfare.  Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  We should pray for protection for those out trick-or-treating  (Occultists use Halloween as a major recruiting time.), and for the salvation of those who are blinded by Satan and held captive by him to do his will.

(For further study on this subject read Halloween, Kid’s Treat or Pagan Trick? and The Darkside of Halloween.)

Although the world dresses evil up as good and presents it as fun and exciting (through Halloween festivities, popular books, movies, t.v. shows, and games), a Christian should have no part in these things.  2 Corinthians 6:14-15a, 17 “What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?  and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial?  Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

If you are God’s child, He does not want you to dabble (even just mentally) in what He calls an abomination.   You are His.  You are to be set apart for His purposes.  “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).  God gives solemn warning in Leviticus 20:6 “And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set My face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.  Sanctify yourselves therefore and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.  And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.”

We must allow Christ to cleanse our hearts, minds, and lives of all that is displeasing to Him.  Acts 19:19 tells of Christians who were involved in “curious arts” (witchcraft) before they came to Christ.  When they realized that this was displeasing to God they burned all their valuable magic books.  Let us examine our lives.  1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 “Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.  Abstain from all appearance of evil.”  We must get rid of any evil we may have let creep into our lives (because it’s cute, fun, everyone does/has it), and replace it with things that glorify God.  Romans 12:9  “Abhor [hate] that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”


© Copyright 2007 by Vida Earnshaw

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