Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Abstaining From The Appearance of Evil




1 Thessalonians 5:21-25

King James Version (KJV)
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
25 Brethren, pray for us

The picture at the top, does it look innocent to you?  It probably does, doesn't it?  Cartoons of witches, bats, goofy looking ghosts, etc don't usually bring up harmful ideas and impressions.

It's nearing halloween (I don't capitalize it as it's not worthy of being a holiday), and the decorations are out.  Spider webs, multi colored ghosts, carved pumpkins in all forms of faces, plastic and vinyl bats, sheets made into ghosts, costumes of all kinds, and so on fill store shelves to celebrate a day of un-Godly satanic ritual. 

Now, I've offended folks on my Facebook page with a shared photo of pumpkins with "I Don't Celebrate Halloween" (or something like that) and how it is absolutely not something that glorifies God.  That's fine.  If it offends someone to hear how participating in an openly outright pagan celebration goes against God, then so be it.  God's Word is the final authority, not me or anyone else. 

The words, written by Jennifer King, as shared on This Housewife's Diary FB Page:

How can anyone loving the true God wish to even pretend that they are communing with dead spirits, let alone actually and intentionally seek them out? Why would we indirectly encourage our impressionable children, over whom God has given ...
us direct charge to raise in the Christian faith, to engage in "fun" practices that will only desensitize them to deeper levels of the occult which will beckon to them as they mature? When God has so clearly commanded us to not entertain any notion of flirting with the spirit world, why should anyone want to push the envelope and reckon this to be a pastime than the rebellion it actually is? How could a Christian even pretend to perform ritual magick to control their destiny if they are claiming to be trusting God for their daily needs, let alone pursue the casting of spells? All of these lead to the deception of those who are snared by their appeal, and only lead the deceived deeper into worship of other gods and away from God's care and presence.

What kind of "fun" is this that both saddens and angers the Lord?
I have to agree wholeheartedly with Ms. King's statements, regardless of whom it may offend.  God's Word is God's Word, and He has a bit to say about witchcraft, sorcery, pagan rituals, even rebelliousness.  If someone should be offended by what God's Word has to say, that person needs to check their heart, their walk with the Lord, and their salvation.  Conviction is one thing, when the Holy Spirit speaks to tell you something is wrong and you need to correct it, but offense from hearing right from wrong is a different situation.  The Bible is offensive to those who would not listen to it, to the Word of God. 
A bible study I ran across at Acts 17:22 Ministries gives a pretty good amount of bible verses on witchcraft, oracles, spirit guides, magic, and so on.  It's not KJV, but if you prefer the KJV just read the study with your own bible along side.  In this study, you'll find definitions, scripture references, and more. 
Another link I am fond of from Gospelway.com teaches even more on the bible and how it responds to witchcraft and how it has permeated everyday life.

We as Christians are told to stay away from all appearances of evil.  We can't blindly say that we don't know the things that are done in honor of halloween, what it stands for, etc aren't evil.  We know better.  The bible tells us what to do about evil, and yet so many "Christians" defend halloween and participating in activities geared toward it. 

This halloween, rather than participate in the activities that glorify satan, stop by the local church that has bible study on Wednesday (halloween falls on Wednesday this year), and avoid the "Trunk or Treat" and other mingling with the world.  If you really want candy, go to the store-there's plenty of it there.  No need to go house to house.  Go to a good bible preaching church and study His Word, glorify Him, and aschew the evil of halloween.


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