I know it is that time of the year when many kids and adults alike play dress-up and wear mask. But, what happens when the “mask” is a permanent fixture?
Many Christians are wearing mask and have yet to be authentic versions of what GOD designed HIS church or body to be.
God never meant for HIS church or body to live out our lives wearing a mask.
How will the world recognize that The Holy Spirit that dwells within all believers of Christ if we are concealing our true identity?
What makes void the Word of GOD???
The traditions of men.
Our LORD and MASTER Jesus Christ said, ” I am the resurrection, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by ME.”
Traditions that we celebrate need to be investigated to learn what is behind them. Many of them may not “strengthen” us as believers but could in fact undermine our spiritual growth and tarnish our witness of Christ.
If we are ever as a “body” to be recognized as being the “head” and not the tail in this world we are not to be conformed by this world ( into it’s image) but transformed (into the image and likeness of Christ) by renewing our minds (our thinking). This means that even many of our traditions will ultimately need to be checked by Christ to see if they “fit” into the newness of life HE has given us.
Halloween is a celebration originally steeped in pagan belief systems and forms of worship that go counter to many doctrines held as corner stones of our Christian faith.
It is not possible to serve two masters faithfully and without injuring one or the other!
I fully realize that this topic may touch nerves in some but my role in ministry is to provide truth (as Christ sees it) so that souls will have been given the proper information in order to choose between life and death.
Below is clip from an article on the subject of Halloween that goes into some detail.
Knock, Knock, Knock….. You open the door and there stands one or more children standing in some sort of costume, highly excited and all screaming at the top of their lungs….”TRICK or TREAT“, with out knowing the meaning of what they are saying or doing.
As an adult, do you know what Halloween represents? Most people are ignorant of what Halloween is all about and for that matter don’t care. I grew up trick or treating like most kids in America and never knew what it was all about. We even had a haunted house in the attic of the little country CHURCH I attended!!!! I was like most kids in the fact that all I wanted to do is get as much candy as I could and would do what I had to do to get it!! Including fighting with my brothers and sisters to be the first at the door….Every year I was the devil. I had the most evil, horrible, grotesque, rubber mask that was ever made. I had a pitchfork and my precious mother even sewed me a long pointed tail on my red suit.
We all have stories to tell of Halloween, but do you really know what it is all about?? If all you know of it is what I have described above, you may want to read a little further and find out more info about what you are celebrating. Now if you are a pagan you know exactly what it is, if a Christian you are involved in something God forbids and if you just a “good ole boy or girl” you don’t care.
Where did it begin?
It began over 2000 yrs ago with people known as the Celtics. They lived in what is today England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This was also the beginning of the Celtic new year, a time to give thanks to the sun god for the harvest.
What is it all about?
Halloween, All saints day, All hallows eve or All souls day is a festival. It was held to honor the Samhain the so called “lord of death”. It was a Druidical belief that on the eve of this festival Samhain, lord of death, called together the wicked spirits that within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals.
It was a pagan belief that on one night of the year the souls of the dead return to their original homes, there to be entertained with food. If food and shelter were not provided, these evil spirits would cast spells and cause havoc toward those failing to fulfill their requests.
Sacrifices were offered on this night to the dead spirits because it was thought they visited their earthly dwellings and former friends.
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- Why Do We Dress Up on Halloween? (livescience.com)