Friday, October 30, 2009

HOWL-O-WEEN

Editor's Note: CBN - in a surprising display of good taste - has already taken the article down. (Either that, or the witches were able to knock it off the server through their orange & black magical debil-candy.) Nevertheless, you can still find the "article" posted at CharismaMag's blog - whence it originally came.

Kimberly Daniels, a guest writer for CBN Online, has written an article supposedly exposing the forces of evil and their use of the secularized All-Hallow's E'en celebration (Halloween). Unfortunately, the only not-so-hidden truth the article exposed was that this woman desperately needs to go to seminary before she ever speaks as a public Christian leader again. I don't mean to be mean, but she starts with error, and goes downhill from there.

First, she seems to think there's an unholy godhead - consisting of a perverse trinity:

Lucifer is a part of the demonic godhead. Remember, everything God has, the devil has a counterfeit. Halloween is a counterfeit holy day that is dedicated to celebrating the demonic trinity of : the Luciferian Spirit (the false father); the Antichrist Spirit (the false holy spirit); and the Spirit of Belial (the false son).
Didja get that? Yeah...me neither. The Trinity is oneness of being in three self-submitting persons. That's absolutely antithetical to the "me-first"-ness of the fallen one. I don't think Ms. Daniels knows what she's talking about - either on the trinity or on demonology.

She doesn't know candy-making any better:
During this period demons are assigned against those who participate in the rituals and festivities. These demons are automatically drawn to the fetishes that open doors for them to come into the lives of human beings. For example, most of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches.

I do not buy candy during the Halloween season. Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether they get it by going door to door or by purchasing it from the local grocery store. The demons cannot tell the difference.

Seriously? I mean...as a homeschooler, I've been to candy-making plants. A friend of mine grew up in the Presbyterian church that the owner of Spangler Candy (maker of Dum-Dum Pops) attended. I've seen plenty of ovens, but nary a coven in those places.

Even more ironic, these are the same folks that would tell the Roman Catholic Church that it's superstitious for believing in sacraments that work ex opere (even though they have the promise of Christ behind them). Nevertheless, you bring out the devil and all of a sudden he's got power over all of nature that God Almighty doesn't have? He's allowed to work wickedness through material things, but Jesus isn't allowed to work good?

Confused much?
Even the colors of Halloween (orange, brown and dark red) are dedicated. These colors are connected to the fall equinox, which is around the 20th or 21st of September each year and is sometimes called "Mabon." During this season witches are celebrating the changing of the seasons from summer to fall. They give praise to the gods for the demonic harvest.
Wait a sec. Thanksgiving is off limits too, now. What church does this lady belong to? Jehovah's Witnesses?

Oh...it's worse. She claims to be an apostle.
The gods of harvest that the witches worship during their fall festivals are the Corn King and the Harvest Lord.
Um...I think anyone who would publish this tripe deserves to be crowned Corn King.
Halloween is much more than a holiday filled with fun and tricks or treats. It is a time for the gathering of evil that masquerades behind the fictitious characters of Dracula, werewolves, mummies and witches on brooms. The truth is that these demons that have been presented as scary cartoons actually exist.
Okay...this takes the cake. I remember when I was a little kid being absolutely FASCINATED with monster books & movies. I fancied that one day I might grow up to be a special-effects makeup artist. Some senior church members thought my "obsession" was a gateway for the evil one to take control of me. (As if he needed something like that when there was plenty of lust, greed, pride, etc. to go around.) Anyway, they said I shouldn't be fixated on that kind of thing or the devil would take control of me.

Here's the problem - even as a seven year old, I knew all that stuff was FAKE. (Not the devil - he's a real being, but vampires and werewolves and zombies, etc.) I could get up from these eeeeVIL things and go on about my life. They would vanish into the idleness of childhood imagination and historical mythopoesis.

But for duh-postle Kim, they're still real.

Just let that sink in for a minute.
There is no doubt in my heart that God is not calling us to replace fall festivals and Halloween activities; rather, He wants us to utterly destroy the deeds of this season. If you or your family members have opened the door to any curses that are released during the demonic fall festivals, renounce them and repent.
Alright...let's get something straight. The harvest is God's. It is His open-handed blessing to all creatures, and a reminder of the Noahic covenant. And it's so foundational a picture of God's goodness that he instituted THREE FESTIVALS associated with it:
  • a seven-day springtime festival of Unleavened Bread, around the barley harvest (Passover/Unleavened Bread/Pesach/Mazzot);
  • an early summer festival of Harvest, when the wheat ripens (Pentecost/Weeks/Shavuot);
  • an autumn festival of Ingathering, when olives, grapes, and other fruits are harvested (Booths/Tabernacles/Sukkot).
Remember, this is God's inspired Word we're talking about. And He told His people to hold these festivals during times when the pagan Canaanites around them would be having similar harvest festivals. He even talks about the ingathering of humans to the Kingdom as a harvest.

I don't think this woman knows what she's talking about. She needs to re-read 1 Corinthians 8. Verses 1-6 tell us that there's no reality behind false idols, so that she'll realize these haints and boogers and witches she's conjuring up are just that - idols of her own overactive imagination. Secondly, she needs to repent for laying false burdens on Christians (vv. 7 et seq.).

There is a false Gospel out there that says that kingdom-living is a bunch of do's and do-not's. RUBBISH! While God demands holiness, that has already been met in the righteousness of Christ. We are free to transform cultural relics and natural life cycles into reminders of God's goodness and providence. The whole hoopla over Halloween as a pagan festival, rather than a time of remembering the faithful departed, became popular in the supernaturalism / medievalism of the late Victorian era (little of which was based in fact).

G. K. Chesterton said "Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice."

The fact of the matter is that morally lazy Christians love to get worked up over nothings so they can ignore the real travesties of our day. The "War on Christmas" is just such a turn. If Halloween has "gone bad," Christians are to blame. We forgot to take time to honor the saints (living and dead), and embrace God's covenant faithfulness. If we did that, we might remember that the devil doesn't need witches, haints, and boogers to corrupt us. A nice TV and comfortable position at our job and a gliding indifference towards others is plenty to lead us to the gates of Hell.

When I was training as a medico, there was an old saying: "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses - not zebras." One of the dangers of studying medicine is that you learn a fearful host of pathological conditions, and are eager to show off your knowledge by finding the most obscure diagnosis. (Think of the popularity of the medical drama, House.)

The same is true in the cure of souls. When someone is having trouble in their marriage, or their children are being rebellious, don't think "A-ha! Dad must be a Mason under Satanic oppression!" Instead, look for the regular old enemies: the world and the flesh.

So instead of exorcising candy...let's enjoy some, then go exercise.

1 comment:

Kenneth said...

Just a FANTASTIC piece of critique and insight. LOVED the article! Thanks - Bishop Kenneth Myers