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I Stand For What I Believe

Smith Wigglesworth – “I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am moved only by what I believe, and I believe the Word of God!” He also said, “If it is in the Bible, it is so. It’s not even to be prayed about. It’s to be received and acted upon. Inactivity is a robber which steals blessings. Increase comes by action, by using what we have and know. Your life must be one of going on from faith to faith.”

I have to admit, I don’t like today: the day of Halloween, and here is why: Halloween IS NOT a Kid’s Holiday…. here is the reason:

The following study was one that I did when I first became a Christian, and I shortened it because of time and reading sake.  We raised our children in NOT celebrating Halloween.  Some people gasp at the thought but as just talking with a Wiccan last year about this time, she verified that what you are about to read mostly is true, however she questioned some of the ideas that it is not all “bad”.  My answer is do we believe the Word of God?  Do we allow the world to dictate to us what or Who we believe in.  I usually teach this every two years, so this year I decided to post.  It is not to condemn those who celebrate but to inform and then you get to choose what is best for your family.  Just ask my boys, they never felt isolated to mistreated because they didn’t celebrate Halloween.  Ask them today….

Melissa Phillips

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Should we Celebrate   Halloween?

The Truth Exposed

The following was taken from Isaac Bonewit, who has written a book about Witchcraft and Wicca’s.

“Don’t bother complaining to us Pagans — we’ve already heard every lame excuse in your Book. Witches, Druids, and other Neo-pagans are not responsible for some Christian Fundamentalists’ bizarre fantasies of who and what they think we are. We will no longer let them get away with committing or advocating hate crimes against us — and then whining that they’re the ones being persecuted because we’re allowed to exist and to celebrate our own holy days according to our own beliefs.”

Where did Halloween come from?

Halloween traces back to the ancient religion of the Celtics.  The Celtic people were very conscious of the spiritual world and how to gain access to it.  They worshiped over 300 gods.  Their two main feasts were at the beginning of summer, Beltane on May 1st and Samhain at the end of the summer on November 1st.  During Samhain they believed it was a time when the two worlds became thin and supernatural forces were active with ghost and spirits free to wander.

The Celtic priest who carried out the rituals called Druids, were members of pagan orders in Britain, Ireland.  During these rituals, sacrifices, mostly animals were preformed to please the gods ensuring the sun would return after the winter frightening away evil spirits.

Bonfires?  Why the colors orange and black used for Halloween?

To the Celtics, the bonfire represented the sun and was used to aid the Druids in his fight with dark powers.  The term actually means bone fires.  This literally means the black ashes, the bones of sacrificed animals, sometimes human were the only thing left the next day.

    Trick or Treat?

Samhain was the supreme night of demonic jubilation.  Spirits of the dead would rise out of their graves and wander the countryside.  Frightened villagers tried to appease these spirits by offering them gifts of fruit and nuts set out on their porch.  They feared that the spirits would kill their flocks or destroy their property.

Dressing up in costumes?

People would dress up to masquerade as one of the demonic and hopefully blend in unnoticed.  Wearing mask and other disguises ad blackening the face with soot were originally ways of hiding oneself from the spirits of the dead who might be roaming around.  This is the origin of Halloween masquerading as devils, imps, and other demonic creatures.

Jack-o-Lantern?

The carved out pumpkin is the festival light for Halloween and is the ancient symbol of a damned soul.  It was used as a lantern representing the souls of the dead or goblins freed from the dead.  When the Irish migrated to America, pumpkins were used instead of beets or turnips.  Pumpkins were carved out with faces representing demons.  It was believed to be your very own demon guide.

How did Christianity try to change Halloween from evil to good?

When Christianity spread to parts of Europe, instead of trying to abolish these pagan customs, people tried to introduce ideas with a Christian view.  Halloween has since become a confusing mixture in which people are unaware why it is so highly celebrated.  Pope Boniface IV introduced All Saints Day to replace the pagan festival of the dead on November 1st.  Therefore the night before became All Hallows Eve.  This is where the term Halloween derived.

October 31st however has nothing to do with Christianity and never has. 

Who celebrates Halloween?

It is estimated that 250,000 Americans considered themselves of the pagan faith and include Halloween as an important festival.  Modern day witches claim Halloween is one of the four Sabbaths and regard it as the most powerful day to cast a spell and is the New Year for them.  Satan worshipers call Halloween “all demon night”.  Numerous folk customs connected with the pagan observances for the dead have survived to the present.  The various activities are associated with obtaining good fortune and knowing the future.

Halloween is the second largest holiday for the retail market sales and also is the second biggest holiday for parties and celebrations.  Schools are statistically the biggest promoter of Halloween with parties, costume contest, trick or treat walks, poster contest and haunted houses.  Halloween along with the Horror films and haunted houses during this time of the year promotes fear in children and adults all in the name of fun.  The children are rewarded with candy to make up for the terror they may have encountered in the store or on the streets?

It is a shame we cannot pray and express Christianity or mention Jesus Christ in the schools, however this pagan, non-Christian holiday can be glorified.  Only those who refuse to participate get ridiculed and labeled as a fanatic.

Should Christians do something?

Who can deny that virtually that almost all of the symbols of Halloween are evil and originate from pagan religion?  Darkness, Witches, monsters, vampires, ghosts, devils and demons all portray evil, death and promote fear.  The emphasis of spells, brews, fortune telling, talking with dead are done all in the name of fun.  When America and the world celebrates the Festival of Samhain or Festival of Death, (Halloween) and the power of darkness by masquerading as evil creatures or decorating homes, schools, businesses and churches with occult symbols, Satanic power and occultism is glorified. Should Christians even participate in this holiday, calling it all fun, dressing up in “good” costumes?

                   What Does the Bible Say?

 

I Thessalonians 5:21-22

Test everything, hold on to the good.  Avoid every kind of evil or the appearance of evil.

(Should Christians compromise the Word, dressing up evil, participate, decorate and calling it good fun?)

II Timothy 2:7

God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.  (Should Christians expose themselves or their children to fear?)

2 Corinthians 6:14, 15,17

 “For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?”  Leave them, separate yourselves from them and don’t touch their things and I will receive you.

(Should Christians participate with those to celebrate a pagan holiday to honor false gods, darkness, witchcraft, fortune telling and communication with the dead which all these things God hates?)

John 3:19-20, John 12: 35-36

Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light.  Believe in the light and walk as children of the light.

(Should Christians be the children of light, be the example to this world or let the world dictate who and what we can or should celebrate or participate in?)

Ephesians 5:1-12

Be followers of God.  Don’t participate in the things these people do (disobedient). For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it. For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them.  (NLT)

(Should we as Christians expose what Halloween is really about?)

Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

(Should Christians prove what is good and acceptable to God?)

Deuteronomy 18:10-14

Let no man be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft or casts spells or who is a medium or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord…and He has not permitted you to do so.

(God strictly forbids witchcraft, spells, magic or trying to talk with the dead.  This includes, OUJIA Boards and séances. )

Don’t follow customs of unbelievers or participate with their pagan worship…

Exodus 34:12

Be very, very careful never to compromise with the people there in the land where you are going, for if you do, you will soon be following their evil ways.

Leviticus 20:23

You must not follow the customs of the nations I cast out before you, for they do all these things I have warned you against; that is the reason I abhor (dislike, hate, detest or reject) them.

Deuteronomy 18:9

When you arrive in the Promised Land you must be very careful lest you be corrupted by the horrible customs of the nations now living there.

Proverbs 24:1

Don’t envy (jealous of or desire) godless men; don’t even enjoy their company.

II Corinthians 6:14, 17

Don’t be teamed with those who do not love the Lord, for what do the people of God have in common with the people of sin?  How can light live with darkness?  And what harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? That is why the Lord has said, Leave them, separate yourselves from them, don’t touch their filthy things and I will welcome you and be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters.

Ephesians 5:11

Take no part in the worthless pleasures of evil and darkness, but instead rebuke and expose them.

Exodus 20:  5-6

You must never bow to an image or worship it in any way; for I, the Lord your God, am very possessive.  I will not share your affection with any other god!  And when I punish people for their sins, the punishment continues upon the children, grandchildren, and great-grand children of those who hate me; but I lavish my love upon thousands of those who love me and obey my commandments.

No Fortune Telling, Witchcraft, Witches, Wizards, Mediums, Horoscopes

Leviticus 19:26

I am Jehovah your God!  You must not eat meat with undrained blood; nor use fortune telling or witchcraft.

Leviticus 19:31

Do not defile yourselves by consulting mediums and wizards, for I am Jehovah your God.

Leviticus 20:6-8

I will set my face against anyone who consults mediums and wizards instead of me and I will cut that person off from his people.  So sanctify yourselves and be holy for I am the Lord your God.  You must obey all of my commandments for I am the Lord who sanctifies you.

Deuteronomy 18:10

No Israeli may practice black magic, or call on the evil spirits for aid or be a fortune teller, or be a serpent charmer, medium or wizard or call for spirits of the dead.  Anyone doing these things is an object of horror and disgust to the Lord and it is because the nations do these things that the Lord your God will displace them.  You must walk blamelessly before the Lord your God.  The nations you replace all do these evil things, but the Lord your god will not permit you to do such things.

Jeremiah 10: 2-3

Don’t act like the people who make horoscopes and try to read their fate and future in the starts.  Don’t be frightened by predictions such as theirs, for it is all a pack of lies.

IN Conclusion:

Central to Satan’s goals is the widespread acceptance of the supernatural, including the occult accompanied by a great revival of spiritism all over the world. 

Over the last 30 or so years, the occult has moved into the mainstream of America – in television, movies, magazines, business, and various aspects of daily life. Movies, books, magazines and encyclopedias of the supernatural have abounded. Turn on your TV and hear from the ever-present “Psychic Friends” hotline, or see lead characters in TV shows meet their “spirit guide.” (Charmed) Entire bookstores devoted to the occult have become common. (Harry Potter) Universities regularly offer courses on witchcraft and magic – usually the so-called “white” variety. Myriads of mystical Eastern religions, bizarre and often demonic, have invaded North America.  Increasingly the curriculum in many public schools is becoming a primer in occultism.

 Throughout this study we have learned that Halloween has many false religious origins and is not a Christian holiday.  We have learned that occultism and Fear, and Satan is glorified more than Jesus Christ on Halloween.  We have learned what the Word of God says.  As Christians let us gather together and provide an alternative to this pagan holiday!

You have received a DVD on Halloween and the Occult.  Please take time to watch this, especially if you are a Christian. I do not recommend children watching this video due to the interview with a former Satanist.

Some of you may still celebrate Halloween, thinking it is all in the name of fun parties and a time to dress up, however upon knowing the reason of why and how this holiday is celebrated by some, you may change your mind.

You may be thinking only the Christian fanatics don’t celebrate Halloween and what is next, Christmas or Easter.  I am sure there are pagan (unbelievers or heathens believing in more than one God.) beliefs in all holidays we Americans celebrate.  However, Christmas is a time to honor and celebrate Jesus Christ and His birth.  Easter is a time, we Christians come together to celebrate the risen Savior.  Halloween is the one time for non-believers, pagans, the occult, to celebrate and honor the dead.  Halloween promotes fear, gore, blood, death and occultism.  It is a time when more spells from witches are cast, wiccans enter the spirit world, and sacrifices are made.  Halloween is one day in which it gives people the choice to be “bad” or to enter into Satan’s realm all in the name of fun.  It has nothing to do with Jesus Christ or being a Christian Holiday.

Halloween can be fun with its parties and good taste and right motives.  Sin can be fun too even if we know it is wrong, but it has it’s consequences. BUT the question you must answer with God, is after knowing the true meaning of Halloween, are there consequences?  Can we as Christians justify celebrating and participating in something in which God has forbid in His Word?

Stats: Amanda Akridge of Macon, Georgia
I believe our country was founded on Christianity and now we live in an anti-Christian country. Morals, faith, and family values have been pushed aside for materialism and “what feels good” antics. We can give freedom to other religions to worship; but prayer and any talks of Christ have been taken out of our schools. I say this because I am a teacher and it is heartbreaking to see what our children go through due to the lack of faith that America was founded upon.

The poll was conducted between June 22-24, 2007,

(CNN) — Most Christians are more likely to describe themselves as Christian first and American second, according to a new CNN poll examining religious views in the United States.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll found that of the 750 Christians in the survey, 59 percent identify themselves first by their faith, then as Americans, while 36 percent described themselves in the reverse.

CNN’s findings are not that different from those in a recent Pew Research Center poll on Muslim-American attitudes. In that poll, 47 percent of Muslims in America say they are Muslim first, American second. Younger Muslims were especially likely to feel that way: 60 percent of them responded they were Muslim first.

The CNN poll also found that 62 percent say that American society has strayed too far from its religious foundation in the past 50 years, while answers were split almost evenly on religion as a factor in government policy. Forty-five percent said religion should have no influence on government decisions, while 36 percent say it should have some influence, but not the major factor.

When asked about religion-related violence in the United States, about nine in 10 said they personally would not be willing to kill another person to uphold a religious belief or advance a religious cause. But asked how many other Americans would do so, more than a third responded “many” and “some;” a third said “few” and a quarter said “almost no Americans.”

But of the 750 Christians in the poll, nearly eight in 10 said that people of other beliefs could get into heaven, while only 17 percent believe that only Christians can.

———————– DO YOU THINK THAT WITCHES DON’T EXIST?  YOUR WRONG….

Nell

Evansville, IN · October 20, 2007

Owensboro, KY · October 1, 2007

“merry meet! I am a 28 year old mother of one and my husband is currently deployed. I have been a Wiccan for about 10 years now. I am interested in meeting other serious Wiccans and making new friends!”

Stormy

Evansville, IN · July 19, 2007

“I’m 16 and somewhat new to Wicca. i would like a guide to help me, because I only have books to go by since I don’t know any serious practioners of Wicca. Email me at stormwings8@yahoo.com”

booboonelly

Madisonville, KY · September 5, 2006

“I want these local Meetups because I would like to meet people who can tell me more about wicca/ witchcraft.”

Audrey

Evansville, IN · February 13, 2006

“I want local Pagan Meetups because sometimes it gets lonely being solitary. Also, I’m about to have a baby, and I’d like a wider net of pagans to pool from for advice and such about raising my child as a pagan.”

Kevin

Princeton, KY · November 8, 2006

“I’m Looking for people in my area to get together to perform group rituals and ceremonies that require more people. Also I would just like meeting other people like myself. I practice mostly High Magick and incorperate other forms of magick to that.”

Ryan

Central City, KY · August 8, 2006

“I want local Pagan Meetups because its our turn to change the world after the people raped Mother Nature.”

donna

Clarksville, TN · January 4, 2006

“I want local Witches Meetups because i’d like to come out of my closet once in awhile and feel like im not alone, to speak and share with like minded.Without the fear of being burned at the stake.We of like mind,and in our closets need to unite !”

Amber

Chapmansboro, TN · November 29, 2005

“Hello, I am a proud pagan american. I love my religion. I want a chance at meeting people of the same train of thought as me. I want a group to meet with.”

Stephanie

Clarksville, TN · November 27, 2005

“I wish to make friends who will accept me and my 15 month old daughter for who and what we are, and will not judge us harshly because we don’t run to church everytime the doors are open, or believe in “God”.”

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The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween: Celebrating the Dark Half of the Year (Paperback)

If so, my only remaining question is, why does a secular, non-Christian dictionary define “pagan” as simply “one who is not a Christian”?

We have established, beyond doubt, that the celebration of Hallow’een is absolutely forbidden in Islam. Muslims should not participate in it.

The three women will light candles and pray before an altar that honors the dead. They are witches, after all, and Oct. 31 is their most important holiday.

It is when followers of Wicca, a neo-pagan religion, gather to observe Samhain (pronounced sow-an). Marking the beginning of a new year, it is a time of reflection and celebration.

“It’s the one time of year when it is okay to be a witch.

Witch’s Shop Gears Up for Halloween

Halloween IS NOT a Kid’s Holiday!

It is the most solemn day for witches, warlocks and demon worshipers all over the world in which they attempt to disrupt the Christian’s prayerful Vigil for All Saints (according to the Latin calendar). With all these evil powers manifesting themselves on this evening, what are we thinking when we send our children out into the night, much less disguise them as little demons, goblins, witches and aliens?


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1 thought on “I Stand For What I Believe”

  1. Why i choose not to celebrate Halloween. No Im not brainwashed! I just get to choose whats best for me and mine. If you would like to get a better understanding of why i chose this way please feel free to read. I am in no way judging anyone who does celebrate.

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