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Fact a Day: October 13th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), pp. 20-21

 

What biblical principles apply for discerning this issue? (con’t)

 

In New Testament times, there were other matters in which Christians had different views besides meat sacrificed to idols. For example, Jewish Christians may have been unwilling to give up certain requirements of the law such as dietary restrictions, the Sabbath or other special days (See Rom. 14:1,2,5,13).

How does this relate to Halloween? In the same way. When a person believes their conscience will be violated by participating in any form of Halloween activity, and when they cannot do so in faith, then no one else should look down upon them or be their judge. Let’s paraphrase and apply Romans 14:3, “The man who participates in Halloween must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not participate in Halloween must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him.”

In Romans 14:1, Paul says that we are speaking of “disputable matters,” matters of individual perception and faith—not matters of essential doctrine or morality. Therefore, neither the one who participates in Halloween nor the one who doesn’t should judge the other. The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day” (Col. 2:16; cf. Rom. 14:23; 14:14-16).

In other words, if you are going to participate in Halloween, exercise discernment with your Christian friends. Do not invite a family who would be offended to your house and encourage their children to go out “trick or treating” with yours.

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