The Devil and Halloween

Please let me remind you of the warning the apostle Peter gives in 1 Peter 5:8 (I cannot over-emphasize this enough); he warns: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. “Devour” here means to “swallow up, to destroy.” I’m utterly amazed that so many people today are taking to celebrating Halloween, a demonic festival without knowing that the devil is on the prowl, he is roaring and he is seeking to draw the unwary into his occult world.

The ancient roots of Halloween are much obscured, but what is clear is, it is a yearly celebration of worshipping the dead and departed – something never taught in the Bible. The typical Halloween activities today include, trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

Here is a short article from Days of Praise which speaks out on this devilish celebration.

Halloween has long been claimed as the high, holy day of Satan worship. This is the day when witches and warlocks gather to praise their leader and extend his work on Earth. Festivities are marked by unprecedented evil and blasphemy, with blood sacrifices and hedonistic practices playing prominent parts.

To far too great an extent, Christian families participate in the same, with children (and parents, too) dressing up as demons, ghosts, skeletons, wizards, etc. We can only surmise how much pleasure Satan derives from this deception.

Satan, we must remember, is the “adversary . . . [who], as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”, and many times he disguises himself as “an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). We are to “resist [him] steadfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:9), for, “resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Although Satan is acknowledged to be “the prince of this world” (John 14:30), his doom is sure. “The God of peace shall bruise [literally crush] Satan under your feet shortly” (Romans 16:20). He will be “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone . . . and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).

Until the realization of that ultimate victory is gained, our mission on Earth is to “turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God” (Acts 26:18).

Accordingly, let us strive to see that this harmful influence is not allowed to affect us. Our young need protection. May we, ourselves, not fall prey to the devil’s dark deceptions. May we focus our attention on the Light, instead.

Pastor Robert Chew