Fact a Day: October 14th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: October 14th

The Facts on Halloween (Harvest House, 1996), pp. 21-22

 

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

 

Besides the issue of those who don’t want anything to do with Halloween because of its occult history and contemporary occult associations, there is the issue of those who are converted out of the occult or may have participated in evil activities on Halloween. Certainly we should respect the wishes of such individuals and be careful not to dredge up what may be a truly painful past.

In Scripture we are told that the spiritual man judges all things and that, in the future, we will actually judge angels. If so, then we are clearly competent to judge trivial matters now (1 Cor. 2:15; 6:3). If we test everything, hold on to the good and avoid every kind of evil, we will fulfill our obligations (1 Thess. 5:21,22). By examining this issue carefully and respecting the convictions of others, we will arrive at a biblical position regarding Halloween.

However, when Halloween activities actually involve genuine occult practices, the Scripture is clear that these are to be avoided. Both the Old and New Testaments have many references condemning the practice of witchcraft, sorcery, spiritism, contacting the dead, divination, and so forth—all things potentially associated with Halloween (See Lev. 19:31; Deut. 18: 10,11,14; 2 Chron. 33:6).

Nowhere are we told such activities are acceptable before God. In light of these Scriptures, no one can logically argue that the Bible is accepting of such practices.

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