Sunday, October 31, 2004the Lord's Day and All Hallows' Eve...
I must say, I really don't mind it when Hallowe'en falls on the Lord's Day. If this perplexes you, ask yourself: "at what other time has it been so easy to see where God's people (or those who just call themselves God's people) stand before the Living God.
To the righteous, this is the Lord's Day. This weekly observance started some 2000 years ago, on the glorious day in which the Lord Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. Back then, as in now, God's people gather together to celebrate the Christ's resurrection and to worship our amazing God.
"And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." (Acts 2:42)
"And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. " (Acts 20:7)
To the wicked, this day is Hallowe'en. This yearly observance started over 1000 years ago (some say it started long before that in different form...which is quite possible), in various parts of Europe. Back then, Hallowe'en was the pagan celebration of the dead and the spirit world:
"All Saints' Day (or All Hallows' Day) was originally a pagan festival of the dead that began at sundown" (excerpt from The Folklore of World Holidays).
"In the 7th century, Pope Boniface IV introduced "All Saints' Day"to replace the pagan festival of the dead" (excerpt from The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits).
"Hallowe'en is derived from the rites of the Druids celebrating the day of Saman, when the lord of death called together the souls of the wicked who had died during the past year. The theme of the harvest, which runs through modern Hallowe'en celebrations, comes from both the old Druidic celebrations and the old Roman festivals in honour of Pomona, goddess of fruit, which were brought to Britain during the Roman occupation." (excerpt from Collier's Encyclopedia).
And there you have it. Couldn't be simpler. The wicked, on this day have their activity; and the righteous have theirs.
So, why is it so many Bible churches tonight will have poor attendance? Why is it so many "Christians" will be out celebrating a heathen celebration instead of attending their evening service?
C-O-M-P-R-O-M-I-S-E ! (and no! that's not a good thing)
Does not the Bible say:
"Abstain from all appearance of evil." (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." (Ephesians 5:11)
Now I hear the objections: "Ah! it's just some fun for the kids!" or "We don't take it seriously!"
Well, my answer to that is: "The Lord takes it seriously!" And as far as the "just for fun" argument, I agree, doing wickedly is often "fun" to our sinful flesh; it doesn't change the fact the God calls us to "crucify the old nature".
If you call yourself a Christian, you should have nothing to do with Hallowe'en. The Bible tells us:
"Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils." (2 Corinthians 10:20)
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6: 14-18)
This Lord's Day, this Hallowe'en night, make up your mind. You can't serve two masters, the Bible is clear on that. Are you going to serve God in holiness? Or will you serve the devil through heathen celebrations? No more sitting on the fence.
"A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." (James 1:8)
Have a good Lord's Day, my Christian brothers and sisters,