Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? | Halloween and Christianity | GotQuestions.org

Posted By on September 11, 2019


Question: “Should Christians celebrate Halloween?” In this video I’ll answer those questions
from a biblical perspective. Afterwards, I’ll point you to some helpful
resources, so stick around until the end. Whether or not Christians should celebrate
Halloween can be a very controversial topic. Some Christians celebrate Halloween simply
by dressing up in a costume and having fun, seeing it as innocent and harmless. Other Christians are equally convinced that
Halloween is a satanic holiday established to worship evil spirits and promote darkness
and wickedness. So, who is right? Is it possible for Christians to celebrate
Halloween without compromising their faith? Halloween, no matter how commercialized, has
almost completely pagan origins. As innocent as it may seem to some, it is
not something to be taken lightly. Christians tend to have various ways to celebrate
or not to celebrate Halloween. For some, it means having an “alternative”
Harvest Party. For others, it is staying away from the ghosts,
witches, goblins, etc., and wearing innocuous costumes, for example, little princesses,
clowns, cowboys, super-heroes, etc. Some choose not to do anything, electing to
lock themselves in the house with the lights off. With our freedom as Christians, we are at
liberty to decide how to act. Scripture does not speak at all about Halloween,
but it does give us some principles on which we can make a decision. In Old Testament Israel, witchcraft was a
crime punishable by death. The New Testament teaching about the occult
is clear. Acts 8:9-24, the story of Simon, shows that
occultism and Christianity don’t mix. The account of Elymas the sorcerer in Acts
13:6-11 reveals that sorcery is violently opposed to Christianity. Paul called Elymas a child of the devil, an
enemy of righteousness and a perverter of the ways of God. In Acts 16, at Philippi, a fortune-telling
girl lost her demon powers when the evil spirit was cast out by Paul. The interesting matter here is that Paul refused
to allow even good statements to come from a demon-influenced person. Acts 19 shows new converts who have abruptly
broken with their former occultism by confessing, showing their evil deeds, bringing their magic
paraphernalia, and burning it before everyone. So, should a Christian celebrate Halloween? Is there anything evil about a Christian dressing
up as a princess or cowboy and going around the block asking for candy? No, there is not. Are there things about Halloween that are
anti-Christian and should be avoided? Absolutely! If parents are going to allow their children
to participate in Halloween, they should make sure to keep them from getting involved in
the darker aspects of the day. If Christians are going to take part in Halloween,
their attitude, dress, and most importantly, their behavior should still reflect a redeemed
life. There are many churches that hold “harvest
festivals” and incorporate costumes, but in a godly environment. There are many Christians who hand out tracts
that share the Gospel along with the Halloween candy. The decision is ultimately ours to make. But as with all things, we are to incorporate
the principles of Romans 14. We can’t allow our own convictions about
a holiday to cause division in the body of Christ, nor can we use our freedom to cause
others to stumble in their faith. We are to do all things as to the Lord. Hungry for more? Subscribe so you don’t miss the next video! Visit GotQuestions.org for more great content. And check out the details section below this
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