Greetings Friends,
    ...and praise the Lord and wonderful Savior Jesus Christ. I am writing this brief letter to several brothers & sisters in the Lord as a result of a personal conviction I have to share this information concerning the upcoming holiday commonly know as "HALLOWEEN". I want to speak as pleasing to God rather than men on this issue. I do not wish to impose myself unduely, just to share this thought. When talking about Halloween and exposing it for what it really is, some often say,

"Well, do you know what Halloween originally stood for?"

    After which, they go on to mention that it originally started out as a "church" holiday. The most effective response that I have heard to this statement is one offered by a Christian broadcaster which is;

"Whatever Halloween started out to be, what it has turned into today is something that we as Christians would not want to have anything to do with."
God says in His word -
1st Peter 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

    We that are filled with the Holy Spirit of God and have received His Grace, cannot allow ourselves to be fashioned after the world, especially when Gobblins, Ghost, Witches, Devils and other occult symbols are involved. God says in His word -

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    Thats right! The Church of God should not conform to the behavior of this world nor let the ungodly be our counselors (Psalms 1:1) So I exhort you, brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ not to take part in the activities surrounding HALLOWEEN. One cannot take a little part of something, without being a *partaker* of it. This is the key aspect. God says in His word-

2 Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

....and also

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 1 Pet 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

    According to the above scriptures, this holiness is what we must "follow" after via the leading of the Holy Spirit of God. And- to be doers of the word, and not hearers only deceiving ourselves (James 1:22).

    The appearance of our Lord at His return for His church is at hand. We must pursue after the things of God with a fervenence! ...in steadfastness. Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us-

1st Peter 1:13
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;


Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
I am enclosing a text file with details the history of Halloween, written by an anonymous author, for your further infomation and would be happy to talk with you more. Love in Christ, Michael Stevenson www.circlegame.com

    Among all the holidays we celebrate today, few have histories stranger than that of Halloween. It is the Eve of All Saints' Day, a solemn festival of the church. At the same time it commemorates rites and beings with which the Church has always been at war. It's a mix of pagan customs, religious traditions and superstitions.

    The earliest Halloween celebrations took place among the Celts who lived more than 2000 years ago in what is now England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and northern France. The Celtic order of priests, Druids, used to honor Samhain, lord of the dead, on the evening of October 31 and November 1. According to ancient Celtic legend, Samhain could control the spirits of the dead. On October 31 he assembled the souls of all those who died during the previous year. To pay for their sins these souls were put into bodies of animals and people and sacrificed by fire. It was believed this would keep Samhain happy, who would then give them clues about the future in the ashes. November 1 marked New Year's Day for the Celts. It was the beginning of winter and the time of the "light that loses, the night that wins."

    Another tradition of Celtic belief was that on November 1 demons, witches and evil spirits roamed the earth to greet the long, dark winter months, "their season". The only way humans could escape their pranks would be to dress up as one of them or put out sweets and other good things to eat to placate the evil spirits. This is the custom from which Halloween finds its roots.

    When Rome conquered the Gauls, a Celtic people in what is now France, they brought their customs with them. The Roman festival honoring their goddess Pomona, to whom they dedicated their gardens and orchards, made apples a part of Halloween celebrations. Rome in 61 AD ordered the Celtic groves of human and animal sacrifice destroyed.

    Christianity spread throughout Europe and the Church was faced with the dilemma of the relevance of pagan festivals in light of gospel. By 600 AD many Celts had become Christians. The Church disliked the Celtic holidays and wanted them to honor Christian holidays instead. In 615 the Church created a new holiday. It was called All Hallows' Day (AIl Saints' Day today) to honor all those who died as martyrs. At first it was held on May 13, 615, to celebrate the dedication of the Roman temple of Pantheon to Mary and all the martyrs. Two hundred years later Pope Gregory IV (844) transferred the celebration to November 1. Some believe the reason was to provide a substitute for the pagan Germanic celebrations at that time. Actually, the reason for the transfer was that the many pilgrims who came to Rome for the Feast of Pantheon could be fed more easily after the harvest than in the spring. In 1484 Pope Sixtus IV established it as a holyday of obligation for the entire Latin church.

    Outside the church the belief in Halloween as a gathering time for evil spirits, demons and witches continued with little change. To the ghosts assembled were added goblins and fairies. Long after the church had triumphed over paganism country people everywhere in Europe continued in their ancient practice of placating local spirits. When the Church took a stronger stance against such pagan practices and declared them heresy, witchcraft emerged as an organized cult in opposition. During the Middle Ages Halloween became known as the night of the witch, when the devil and his followers would gather. They would mock the Church's coming festival of All Saints' Day on November 1 by performing unholy acts the night before.

    What began as pagan practices before Christianity has now become a war between light and dark. As the Church took its stand, the enemy took his. While All Hallows' was a day for religious observance, All Hallows' Even (shortened to Hallowe'en) was a night for magic and superstition.

    When the Puritans left their homes and settled in America in the 1600's, they did not celebrate Halloween at all. To them it was a heathen event and the work of the devil. It was not until the last century, when the Irish and Scots came to America in large numbers, that Halloween became a holiday.



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 Web Author:Michael Stevenson Updated: 12/16/2004 7:12PM