As we move through fall, we are quickly approaching a controversial time a year for many Christians. The controversial topic I am referring to is the celebration of Halloween and whether as Christians we should celebrate it or not. Whether your family celebrates Halloween or not it is a mute point. The whole issue of celebrating Halloween can be addressed in the Bible under Romans chapter 14. Paul clearly states that one should be convinced of their own mind or conscience to do what is needed to be done on matters not pretending to orthodoxy. If you're convinced in your conscience of celebrating Halloween is a sin. Than do not celebrate Halloween. However, if you're not convinced of celebrating Halloween is a sin than celebrate Halloween. Our personal belief, here at Empowered by Christ is that Halloween is not to be celebrated because of its pagan roots.
The bigger controversy here is, instead of celebrating Halloween in your personal life, should we be allowing Halloween to be celebrated in our churches. To answer this question all we have to do is look at the condition of the American church as a whole. The American church has lost its ability to be the salt that changes the world. Instead the world is change the American church into its own creation. A large reason for the ineffectiveness of the American church is because we have redesigned the church and who it should be for. The Bible is very clear in John 10:27 that the sheep hear his voice not the goats. We have turned many of our American churches into goat farms not sheep farms by tailoring our churches to fit the needs of the goats not the needs of the sheep. While the mission of the church is never changed from going out and reaching people with the Good News we should not be trying to reach people by allowing what the world celebrates into the church. we do not need to celebrate Halloween by having church festivals such as "Jesus ween", fall festivals, or other Halloween themed celebrations. By allowing such events to be celebrated in the church we are allowing the world to influence the church instead of the church influencing world. The problem is that the American church has tried to look to much like the world, and not enough like Jesus Christ. Christ would have righteously stood against such anti-Christian celebrations while still lovingly spread the truth of the good news in salvation through Him by speaking the truth without compromise.
Should the church ignore Halloween and such festivals? No the church should not and can not ignore such holidays as Halloween. Instead, the church should be going out into the community and using this opportunity to reach the lost in the community and spread the truth about such Jesus Christ and taking a stand for the truth of such holidays. We can do so while still maintaining the integrity of the church and the purpose of the church by not allowing such anti-biblical celebrations to happen in the church. The purpose of the church has been and always will be to worship Jesus Christ, not to worship man-made holidays. We are called, but the great commission to go out and reached the world. We are not called by the great commission to allow the world to infiltrate the church and change the church so that the church looks like the world.
The topic of celebrating holidays in the church goes far beyond the scope of Halloween. Should we be celebrating Father's Day, Mother's Day, or any other holidays that are not Christ centric in their celebration? The answer is a quick and resounding no. When we celebrate such holidays in the church such as Father's Day and Mother's Day we are putting more glory on man than we are in Christ. Such celebrations have no purpose or place in the church. When it comes to what we allow and don't allow in the church we must be very careful to make sure that it is honoring God and Christ centric and not honoring man.
So whether you celebrate Halloween or any other holidays in your personal family life really is not the issue here. The issue is, do we allow those holidays to be celebrated in our churches and allow the world to dictate how we do church and what is acceptable? The only thing that should dictate what is acceptable in our churches is the word of God, not the word of men or what men celebrate as holidays. Therefore, we should not allow celebration, such as Halloween or any other non-Christ centric holiday to be celebrated in our churches.
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