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November 01, 2013

Bites from The Pulpit: Halloween?

So now that whoever wanted to celebrate Halloween already celebrated it, lets take a bit of a retrospective look at the "holiday" with David E. Maslov, otherwise known by his stage name "The Preacher".

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Okay, semantics out of the way: It's a day late. I know, nothing I can do about that. But lets just pretend that it wasn't meant to be posted on the exact day for Halloween, and was just to be posted somewhere near it.

Alright, so with that out of the way, what can we say about Halloween? Well, first things first; what is the holiday about?

Halloween is all about scares, frights, and terror. Things that go bump in the night, the invisible and supernatural kind of "bump", that is. What does the Bible have to say about fear?

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7

Cool. That should give you a solid guideline. Now some of you in the back of the pew may be stroking your chins in silent consternation and wondering "But Preacher, can't you just indulge in a little bit of scares?"

That's a whole topic on its own, and not really exclusive to Halloween. But I will say that I personally believe that watching tense movies and maybe reading the occasional creepy story or two isn't inherently wrong, provided you don't go overboard and give fear a stronghold in your life.

Back to the chase: Y'all may have heard about Halloween's obviously Pagan origins, and that it is an oft celebrated night in Traditional and Atheistic Satanism. That is correct, in fact, it is one of their two most important days.

Of course, the previous Anton LeVay was a mainstream Satanist who did not really believe in Satan as a real entity. Traditional Satanists use the Halloween holiday for far more devious purposes, but we shan't go into that. Satanism is too far reaching a topic, and I direct you to do your own HIGHLY DISCERNING research.

Here is a full article for those who want to know origins and everything, which I unfortunately do not have time to get into.

Lets just wrap up this post with some final thoughts and a few resources: First of all, does this mean that you should hide in your house when it comes to Halloween? No. In fact, regard it as a normal day.

Kyle van Rensburg was having a tough time this month, most likely linked to this holiday, but our job as Believers are to pray and be steadfast in our faith every single day. He is doing much better now, and still holding strong.

God bless y'all. See you guys next week, with Kyle van Rensburg possibly providing another double feature in the form of two Areas of Concerns of Assassin's Creed IV and Battlefield 4.

Tune in then!

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