Is it possible for a Christian to enjoy Halloween to the glory of God? I don't think so.
[Darris McNeely] It's that week of the year again. You're going to see lots of images like this, probably some of them coming up on your front porch and knocking on your door. It's Halloween, and in the United States Halloween is becoming a big holiday, big in terms of money and participation.
I'll tell you, I've never ceased to be amazed every year as I walk around my neighborhood and I see people erect cemeteries, grave stones in their front yards, and make their house to look like a haunted house, and put all kinds of ghoulish stuff around their homes. Peoples' desire to do this and the justification from a biblical point of view even for people who are religious and believe in God, believe in the gospel of the Kingdom of God, to justify Halloween again I never ceased to be amazed at some of the rational that I find regarding this.
Some say that you can actually glorify God through Halloween by keeping a cultural event and that if it doesn't offend your conscience, if it doesn't offend others, then you can participate in what has in their minds become a cultural event in the United States, and therefore be right before God. But again, what does the Bible say? Well in 2 Corinthians chapter 6 there's a critical verse I think that anyone professing to be a Christian, believing in the Word of God, should examine and look at themselves in connection with what it says about darkness and light and God and false idols.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 6 and in verse 14 the Apostle Paul says to, "Not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness, and what communion has light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14). Well, the answer is none as far as God is concerned. The two are opposite. God's way is that of light. Darkness is that of Satan all throughout the scriptures, and the works of darkness come across that way. And in verse 15 it says, "What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?" (2 Corinthians 6:15).
It admonishes the people to come out from anything dealing with this. It has become a cultural event as much as it is anything else in the United States today, but that does not take away the underlying meaning of All Souls Eve: the evening that the dead come out. God says stay away from anything connected with that if you're going to profess to be one who worships Him in spirit and in truth.
That's BT Daily. Join us next time.