Halloween Horror Stories – and the Great Commission

Last night the sounds of soaring fireworks hissing through the cold night air reminded me of how much I dislike everything that is associated with this time of year. And yesterday I noticed that our local free newspaper was advertising ‘bags of haunted bones, spooky specs, garlands of skulls, hanging ghosts, vampire teeth… and Happy Halloween Banners,’ amongst other things.

‘So what’s happy about Halloween?’ I ask myself. This same newspaper informs me that a cat in the locality is found stoned to death, while another is skinned alive within the space of one week; these horrific practices very often occurring in the run-up to Halloween. It also warns of the dangers of bonfires and of children handling fireworks, resulting in severe hand, facial and eye injuries.  

Halloween for me is a time of the year which is permeated by satanic influences. Those who are guilty of the horrific practice of throwing small defenceless animals onto bonfires may well be described by some of the words from Romans 1v30&31… “Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:”

Having said that, I am sure that most people who celebrate Halloween are certainly not guilty of the vile deeds mentioned above; they merely see it as a tradition to pass on and some fun for their children, unaware that this celebration has its roots in darkest evil.

Oh how our nation needs the Lord! While the masses trudge on through the dubious celebrations of the seasons towards a lost eternity, many Christians keep a low profile and are reluctant to speak out on the issues of our times. Perhaps instead of staying indoors with our earplugs in on Halloween night, those who are able should prayerfully go as the Lord leads to try and reach these souls for whom Jesus died.

Neighbourhood bonfires and organised firework displays are always well attended, making them excellent venues for giving out tracts and striking up conversations with families and individuals. In the darkness of the night recipients may not be able to read the tract – but later at home they will find it in their pocket, read it – and hopefully be spoken to by it!

It is good also to arrange a meeting for this time of year, at which someone who was once ensnared in evil will speak and perhaps give his or her testimony.

As Christians the Lord has placed us where we live today for a purpose and He has commanded us to reach the souls with whom we come in contact and those who live around us.

Let us not cower and hide away because of the evil atmosphere that this time of year brings and let us “be not overcome with evil,” but rather let us “overcome evil with good,” (Romans 12v21), in the knowledge that “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1John 4v4)

 

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