Riding around my city this week, I was amazed to see a plethora of decorated houses with spider webs, “ghosts,” and graveyards. Right, it’s that “most wonderful time of the year” again during which our culture has become obsessed with death, hell and the grave.
While we witness unspeakable violence most every week with mass shootings, threats of mayhem and incessant fear — 45 million people suffer from acute anxiety— the current number one box office movie is a revision of that popular slasher, Michael Myers. Could more of Freddy and Jason be far behind? Hollywood says due to this latest horror flick’s success, many more are planned. “Thanks,” Hollywood.
As a child I longed for Halloween, dressing up, stuffing myself with candy and being scared. As a young man, I dropped the costume bit and couldn’t wait to down a few beers and see who was having a party. After I gave my life to Jesus and was filled with the Holy Spirit, I came to grips with the reality of evil spirits and how to drive them out! This stuff can be truly frightening, but the more confidence I put in what Jesus had accomplished on the cross, the less this bothered me.
According to current statistics, this Halloween, total spending will reach $9 billion. Celebrants are planning to spend an average of $86.79, up from last year’s $86.13, with more than 175 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities.
One of the latest and growing more grotesque moneymakers with each passing year is “haunted houses” in which participants can have the hell scared into them. According to one Halloween source,“the fastest growing industry in America is the Halloween industry. We’ve seen it grow over the last ten years from a $1 billion dollar industry to a near $15 billion industry. Halloween has grown to levels no one ever expected. Today, we see millions of homeowners decorating their houses, turning their garages into haunted houses, changing their backyards into cemeteries and inviting people from around the neighborhood into their own personal HAUNTED HOUSE! Today tens of thousands of homeowners buy zombies, monsters, tombstones, and crypts and even use specialized lighting to display and showcase their masterpiece. Many even create CGI FX in their windows. The days of Halloween being a kid’s holiday all about trick-or-treating are OVER! Even moms are getting into the act buying Halloween themed decorations to make the interior of the house Halloween themed as well.”
Some of these haunted houses basically are attempting to imitate hell wherein demonic type actors drenched in blood and armed with hatches, etc., accost and extremely frighten people to the point of blood-curdling screams and vomiting. Oh, yeah, people pay for this “fun time.”
If most of these people took time to watch “23 Minutes in Hell,” they’d quickly call a halt to celebrating this day on October 31 — https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L7FkyF4ux70. In this video, you learn how God allowed this very committed Christian, Bill Wiese, to spend an indescribable 23 minutes in the bowels of hell. The reason: After this mind-blowing experience, Jesus told Bill to warn others that He (Jesus) wanted no one to go there. Their escape? accept Him as Lord and Savior. If you watch, you’ll quickly realize Bill’s a real guy who’s not out to deceive. As a matter of fact, a very good friend of mine knows his pastor who says Bill’s the real deal.
Horror and the Mind
It’s true for reasons I won’t delve into here why some people simply get an adrenaline rush from horror movies, etc., while others suffer mentally and spiritually from the exposure. Most deliverance ministers have a list of open doors to demons and the occult because that’s often where the spirit of fear enters in. The Bible has 365 verses saying, “Fear not!” or the like, one for every day of the year. Children are most susceptible to evil, especially when “brain dead” parents take them to see horror movies or allow them to watch TV shows that can wreak havoc on their young and impressionable minds.
One story stands out among the many. This concerns two unwitting parents who nicknamed their child “satan” because he was born on Friday the 13th. When the child was able to speak at the age of two, he began to threaten his parents with murder and to blaspheme God. Alarmed, the parents, who didn’t believe in God and certainly not Jesus, took their son to a number of psychiatrists, who offered no advice that would help. Finally, the parents got in touch with “a Bible-thumping Christian,” who understood the evil opportunity that the parents had invited in, and he cast the demons out of the little boy. Needless to say, the parents became Christians.
While Halloween makes big bucks for purveyors of paraphernalia, some colleges are taking a dim view of costumes worn by students by focusing on cultural offenses such as students dressed like Native Americans or others whose cultures may be offended. Just this week Megyn Kelly lost another job because she said she saw no difference in white-faced and black-faced costumed Halloween festive goers. Whether you agree or not with the network’s decision, her dismissal is another example of a culture that has gone bonkers through political correctness!
Indeed some may be offended, but the colleges, like most people, are missing the point about Halloween. True believers understand that the Lord Jesus was crucified not only to forgive sins but also to destroy death, hell and the grave. Referring to Jesus death on the cross, the Bible says clearly that Christ destroyed the power of evil entities that were arrayed against us:
“Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) (the Law – emphasis mine) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross. [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].”
Even as the Bible urges us to “Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them” (Ephesians. 5:11), regretfully, literally millions of people who name the name Jesus Christ will participate in Halloween in one form or another. They’ll attend parties and act as if hell, death and the grave are nothing more than a metaphor to be laughed about or scorned as fodder for the less than educated.
I prayerfully hope this blog sheds light on the folly of celebrating Halloween.
Joe Beckham is the author of Deeper Water for Thirsty Souls and Overcoming Bipolar Disorder: A Christian Perspective
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