October 31, 2008

~The Five Scariest Things You Can Do This Halloween~

This just came in an email and I thought it was worth passing on:

The Five Scariest Things You Can Do This Halloween

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. (Proverbs 8:13)

By Doug Phillips

Our country is in the grip of a fear crisis. The tension because of this fear is almost palpable. There is fear over the election, fear over the economy, and fear over hundreds of other issues ranging from the environment to terrorism.

The one fear that America is missing is a fear of the Lord. As a people, we no longer fear God. Because we do not fear God, we no longer hate evil (Proverbs 8:13).

Instead of hating evil, Americans toy with it. We toy with holidays like Halloween that were conceived in evil and that promote the “cute-ification” of evil, whether that evil takes the form of witchcraft, sorcery, ghoulishness, or some other form of malevolent imagery paraded before our children. We laugh at the very things that the Lord describes as “abominations”, and we find ourselves obsessively fascinated by, and attracted to, all things dark.

Yet we do not fear the Lord.

Those who “hate evil” are very scary to a secular society that fears man more than God. They are scary because, they dare to declare that there are absolute standards by which society must be governed. They are scary because if they are successful, industries like Hollywood that make billions off an industry promoting ungodly fear will lose their influence. They are scary because such people will not be swayed by political candidates who use fear as a tool for manipulation.

With this in mind, I offer you the five “scariest” things you can do this Halloween:

The scariest thing you can do this Halloween is to not make light of evil.
Halloween was conceived in evil and has remained a celebration that uses children to promote a fascination with darkness and superstitious fear. Simultaneously, it makes light of things that the Bible describes as evil. Stand against such things, and the world will find you very scary indeed. The fear of the Lord makes men turn from evil (Proverbs 16:6).

The scariest thing you can do this Halloween is to not be fearful.
The media wants you to be afraid of everything from overpopulation to global warming. The politicians want you to be afraid of the economy and the election. God wants you to do what is morally right, trust Him completely, and never be gripped by an ungodly spirit of fear. That is why one of the scariest thing you can do this Halloween is to reject the spirit of fear overcoming many Christians pertaining to next Tuesday’s national election and wholeheartedly purpose to vote your conscience and act with principled conviction, placing your trust and hope for this nation in the King of Kings, not the presidential candidates. Jesus said: “And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him” (Luke 12:4-5). Believe this, and you will be light to the world.

The scariest thing you can do this Halloween is to completely skip Halloween and remember Reformation Day.
It was 491 years ago today that Martin Luther nailed his world-changing 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church. These theses included rebukes to ungodly fear and superstition. Five hundred years ago, sometime near October 31, a baby named John Calvin was conceived who would dedicate his life to eradicating an ungodly fear of superstitious beliefs and proclaiming the gospel of grace. His emphasis on reformation, revival, and the sufficiency of Scripture had such far-reaching implications for nations like the United States that he has been described by Christian and secular scholars alike as the true founding father of America. The Reformers did something that was very scary to the world of their day. They stood against all forms of dark superstitions which grip the minds and souls of men. It was their emphasis on the fear of the Lord and the wisdom of Holy Scripture that was used of God to liberate untold numbers of men and women. But, to remember the Reformers instead of Halloween is very scary to the world. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10).

The scariest thing you can do this Halloween is to refuse to watch or allow your children to watch any of the toxic Halloween and Horror films emerging from Hollywood.
America’s fascination with ungodly fear has made Horror the most popular and fastest-growing film genre amoung youth. When parents allow their children to toy with this genre, they promote ungodly fear, and they contribute to the fear-factories in Hollywood that prey upon the youth of our culture. Say “no” to Hollywood Horror, and you will be dangerously scary to the media elite. “Fear ye not me? saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence....?” (Jeremiah 5:22).

The scariest thing you can do this Halloween is to get on your knees as a mother and father and pray that the Lord will send you many, many children who will fear God, not man — children who will especially shun the glorification of witchcraft, the bondage of ungodly fear, and the “cute-ification” of evil that is promoted through holidays like Halloween. (This is my favorite thing!!!)
Cultures that toy with evil end up being cultures of death. The Christian response is to be a people of life. That means babies. Lots of them. It means fearing God by honoring His command to “be fruitful and multiply.” It means remembering that the Scripture describes children as a “blessing” and a “reward.” Raise children that fear God more than man, and that will be answer enough to our Halloween- and darkness-obsessed culture; for if you trust God over your womb and commit your children to a holy education, you will be very, very scary to the modern world “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Psalm 34:11).


amy said...

I totally respect where you would be coming from with that but I also completely disagree. I don't want to offend you but I actually find emails or letters of those type almost offensive. In their own way they actual trivialize Christianity. If you weren't a Christian and you read that you might get the impression that following Christ is all about fearing God. And yes, we need to fear God but I thought the whole point of the Christ was that "perfect love drives out fear". To a non-Christian this immediately will place you as a legalistic "religious" right persona. Regardless, if it is right for you to be labeled such it won't help win converts. I think the worse way to find God would have to be out of fear. It's why we actually have an old testament versus a new testament. Before Christ it really was more about fear of the Lord but then God the father sent us Christ and His Holy Spirit so that we would rather than be driven by fear of God have a personal relationship with Him.

Ironically, there are different forms of idolatry so if Halloween is an idol to evil how is it really any better to celebrate a man/preacher? While the fear of the Lord will give us wisdom, wisdom will give us discernment, which means not fleeing from evil but knowing how to deal with it. We can't escape culture and not participating is just a passive way to not change anything. I don't know I think we need to be careful with things like that because they are very legalistic and I am opposed to promoting that.

Again, you are my elder so I don't mean to disrespect you but I am sorry when I see things like that it really irks me.

daune smith said...

I am reminded of a dream I had not too many days ago where I was standing in the presence of God, literally, and He brought me into account for all I've ever spoken...I woke up shaking and sweating and I realized that I will give an account for all I say and do. I experienced the fear of God like I've never before and let me tell you that at that moment I had a respect for the God of the universe. FEAR, Amy.
So, whether you agree with me or not is irrelevant. You will stand before Him, not me. What I believe or think or what you believe or think will either be burned up or is being refined now.
Before someone sees that they come up short, i.e.-the Law-Old Testament,-they cannot repent and then experience God's friendship-New Testament. IT all goes together.
I didn't write the article, but I believe that unless there is a standard of truth, the Scriptures, then anyone can water it down anyway they want to rationalize any belief they want...
I wonder why it irks you so much?
Not so sure I agree with your definition of legalism.
Christ brings freedom from slavery...all kinds.


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