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MARTIN LUTHER  -A FILM BIOGRAPHY

Published on Apr 2, 2013

 

Martin Luther is a 1953 film

biography about the life and times of the greatest figure of the

Protestant Reformation – Martin Luther, a 16th century German monk,

priest, and theology professor’s efforts to reform the Catholic church,

his excommunication, and the developments that started the Protestant

Reformation.

Luther’s observations and studies led him to be

critical of the materialism of the Roman Catholic church; with its use

of indulgences, relics and other wayward teachings and practices that

are unsupported by the Bible (scripture) forced him to write and nail

his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg church that was pivotal in

leading a ‘spiritual revolution’ shaking the principalities of the Holy

Roman Empire and the entirety of Medieval Europe that changed history

forever.

Martin Luther is directed by Irving Pichel and stars

Niall MacGinnis as Martin Luther
John Ruddock as Vicar Johann von Staupitz
Pierre Lefevre as George Spalatin
Guy Verney as Philipp Melanchthon
Allastair Hunter as Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt
David Horne as Elector Duke Frederick the Wise
Fred Johnson as Prior of Erfurt monastery
Philip Leaver as Pope Leo X
Heinz Piper as Dr. John Eck
Leonard White as brother and emissary of Archbishop Albrecht of Mainz
Egon Strohm as Cardinal Aleander
Annette Carrell as Katharina von Bora
Alexander Gauge as Fr. John Tetzel
Irving Pichel as Chancellor Brueck
Hans Lefebre as Emperor Charles V
John Wiggin as Narrator
The music is composed by Mark Lothar and performed by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

Luther Bible, 1534

Luther Bible, 1534 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgent...

Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum, 95 theses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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It’s no accident that October 31 is both Halloween and the
day remembered for the start of the Reformation. Both key off November
1, All Saints’ Day — or All Hallows’ Day (Hallows from the Latin for
saints or holy ones).

On All Hallows’ Eve, October 31, 1517, the Roman Church received the
world’s most memorable trick-or-treater at its door — though barely
noticed at the time — when a lowly priest named Martin Luther approached
the threshold of the Wittenberg branch in Germany and posted his 95
measly theses (they aren’t nearly as impressive as you would expect).
The coming All Saints’ Day seemed like an excuse for sparring about the
Church’s deplorable sanctioning of indulgences, and Luther was angling
for some good-spirited debate.

The Spark That Set the Church Ablaze

But the Church was centuries overdue for major reform, the kindling
was in place, and Luther’s little, almost accidental spark set the whole
thing ablaze. Some nameless visionary translated his theses from the
Church’s Latin into the people’s German and sent them far and wide
through the printing press. In time, this lowly monk proved to have what
it took to hold his ground against the Church and the world — “Here I
stand,” he said courageously before the emperor — and under God, he
became the human tip of the spear for massive reform.

Of course, that’s the reductionistic version of the story. Save his
own Son, God doesn’t change the world through a single person, but
through people. With and behind every remembered individual is some
great collective. Luther had a significant supporting cast in his
Wittenberg work, and on the grander scale, it took many others — like
Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, Martin Bucer, Thomas Cranmer, John Knox,
and many more, all with their associates and assistants — to usher in
reform far and wide. God gave Luther the bullhead to do the pioneering.
He was the battering ram. But five centuries of Protestant Christianity
wouldn’t have followed in the wake of Luther alone.

Enter the French Humanist

In particular, Calvin’s thinking, writing, and systematizing played a
complementary role to Luther’s pioneering flair. Born in 1509 in
France, Calvin was only eight years old when Luther played his Halloween
trick in 1517.

Calvin was trained as a humanist and converted sometime between 1528
and 1532, while at university, and by All Saints’ Day, 1533, he had
himself in hot water. Sixteen years after Luther posted his theses,
Calvin’s friend Nicolas Cop delivered an All Saints’ convocation
heralding Christ as the sole mediator (not the “saints”). Some suspected
this patently Protestant address was written by Calvin, and he soon
found himself on the run.

As an exile, Calvin spent time in Basel, and seemingly by accident
came to Geneva for a single night in 1536 on his way to Strasbourg for
an ivory-tower, academic life of study and writing. The fiery Swiss
reformer William Farel learned Calvin was in town and prevailed upon him
to join the reformation cause in Geneva. Calvin acquiesced, and stayed
there in Geneva — minus a three-year exile from 1538–1541 — until his
death in 1564 at age 54.

The “Accidents” of Providence

Reformation Day is ripe for remembering an array of biblical truths — that the Scriptures are our only final authority (sola Scriptura);
that God accepts us by grace alone, through faith alone, on the basis
of Christ alone (justification); that God often uses the unlikeliest of
people to turn the world upside down; that God doesn’t just raise up
great individuals, but collections of people, veritable teams, each with
his lot, and his own local cohort, to bring about widespread change;
and all these conspiring to the glory of God alone (soli Deo gloria).

But here’s one to keep on your radar this year. God loves to use the
seeming accidents in our lives to bring about his purposes. It’s the
“accidents” that remind us we’re emphatically not the captain of our own
soul, we’re not piloting our own destinies, we’re not on the block for
planning the whole thing out and executing on it. How sad a course it
would be if we cooked up the whole thing out as we came of age and spent
the rest of our lives living out our boring and uncreative little
visions?

That such a Reformation began almost 500 years ago, and continues to
this day — this is your story too — is not the result of any human plan.
It has been the “accidents” which have given it the markings of divine
fingerprints — Luther’s accidental spark that first lit the flame and
Calvin’s accidental lone night in Geneva that changed the course for
that city and for a major branch of Protestant theology.

Reformation Day is a reminder to embrace the “accidents” in our
lives, look for the hand of providence, and trust that his plans for us
are better than our wildest dreams. For those who are his, he truly
works together for their good all things — even and especially the
seeming accidental — to do for us far more abundantly than all that we
ask or think (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 3:20).

October 31, 2013

 

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/the-reformation-trick-or-treat


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Christianity and the Dark Side—What about Halloween?

Wednesday • October 30, 2013

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Over a hundred years ago, the great Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck predicted that the 20th century would “witness a gigantic conflict of spirits.” His prediction turned out to be an understatement, and this great conflict continues into the 21st century.

The issue of Halloween presses itself annually upon the Christian conscience. Acutely aware of dangers new and old, many Christian parents choose to withdraw their children from the holiday altogether. Others choose to follow a strategic battle plan for engagement with the holiday. Still others have gone further, seeking to convert Halloween into an evangelistic opportunity. Is Halloween really that significant?

Well, Halloween is a big deal in the marketplace. Halloween is surpassed only by Christmas in terms of economic activity. Reporting in 2007, David J. Skal estimated: “Precise figures are difficult to determine, but the annual economic impact of Halloween is now somewhere between 4 billion and 6 billion dollars depending on the number and kinds of industries one includes in the calculations.” As of 2012, that total exceeded $8 billion.

Furthermore, historian Nicholas Rogers claims:

Halloween is currently the second most important party night in North America. In terms of its retail potential, it is second only to Christmas. This commercialism fortifies its significance as a time of public license, a custom-designed opportunity to have a blast. Regardless of its spiritual complications, Halloween is big business.

Rogers and Skal have each produced books dealing with the origin and significance of Halloween. Nicholas Rogers is author of Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night. Professor of History at York University in Canada, Rogers has written a celebration of Halloween as a transgressive holiday that allows the bizarre and elements from the dark side to enter the mainstream. Skal, a specialist on the culture of Hollywood, has written Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween. Skal’s approach is more dispassionate and focused on entertainment, looking at the cultural impact of Halloween in the rise of horror movies and the nation’s fascination with violence.

The pagan roots of Halloween are well documented. The holiday is rooted in the Celtic festival of Samhain, which came at summer’s end. As Rogers explains, “Paired with the feast of Beltane, which celebrated the life-generating powers of the sun, Samhain beckoned to winter and the dark nights ahead.” Scholars dispute whether Samhain was celebrated as a festival of the dead, but the pagan roots of the festival are indisputable. Questions of human and animal sacrifices and various occultic sexual practices continue as issues of debate, but the reality of the celebration as an occultic festival focused on the changing of seasons undoubtedly involved practices pointing to winter as a season of death.

As Rogers comments: “In fact, the pagan origins of Halloween generally flow not from this sacrificial evidence, but from a different set of symbolic practices. These revolve around the notion of Samhain as a festival of the dead and as a time of supernatural intensity heralding the onset of winter.

How should Christians respond to this pagan background? Harold L. Myra of Christianity Today argues that these pagan roots were well known to Christians of the past:

More than a thousand years ago Christians confronted pagan rites appeasing the lord of death and evil spirits. Halloween’s unsavory beginnings preceded Christ’s birth when the druids, in what is now Britain and France, observed the end of summer with sacrifices to the gods. It was the beginning of the Celtic year and they believed Samhain, the lord of death, sent evil spirits abroad to attack humans, who could escape only by assuming disguises and looking like evil spirits themselves.

Thus, the custom of wearing costumes, especially costumes imitating evil spirits, is rooted in the Celtic pagan culture. As Myra summarizes, “Most of our Halloween practices can be traced back to the old pagan rites and superstitions.”

The complications of Halloween go far beyond its pagan roots, however. In modern culture, Halloween has become not only a commercial holiday, but a season of cultural fascination with evil and the demonic. Even as the society has pressed the limits on issues such as sexuality, the culture’s confrontation with the “dark side” has also pushed far beyond boundaries honored in the past.

As David J. Skal makes clear, the modern concept of Halloween is inseparable from the portrayal of the holiday presented by Hollywood. As Skal comments, “The Halloween machine turns the world upside down. One’s identity can be discarded with impunity. Men dress as women, and vice versa. Authority can be mocked and circumvented, and, most important, graves open and the departed return.”

This is the kind of material that keeps Hollywood in business. “Few holidays have a cinematic potential that equals Halloween’s,” comments Skal. “Visually, the subject is unparalleled, if only considered in terms of costume design and art direction. Dramatically, Halloween’s ancient roots evoke dark and melodramatic themes, ripe for transformation into film’s language of shadow and light.”

But television’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (which debuted in 1966) has given way to Hollywood’s “Halloween” series and the rise of violent “slasher” films. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff have been replaced by Michael Myers and Freddy Kruger.

This fascination with the occult comes as America has been sliding into post-Christian secularism. While the courts remove all theistic references from America’s public square, the void is being filled with a pervasive fascination with evil, paganism, and new forms of occultism.

In addition to all this, Halloween has become downright dangerous in many neighborhoods. Scares about razor blades hidden in apples and poisoned candy have spread across the nation in recurring cycles. For most parents, the greater fear is the encounter with occultic symbols and the society’s fascination with moral darkness.

For this reason, many families withdraw from the holiday completely. Their children do not go trick-or-treating, they wear no costumes, and they attend no parties related to the holiday. Some churches have organized alternative festivals, capitalizing on the holiday opportunity, but turning the event away from pagan roots and the fascination with evil spirits. For others, the holiday presents no special challenges at all.

These Christians argue that the pagan roots of Halloween are no more significant than the pagan origins of Christmas and other church festivals. Without doubt, the church has progressively Christianized the calendar, seizing secular and pagan holidays as opportunities for Christian witness and celebration. Anderson M. Rearick, III argues that Christians should not surrender the holiday. As he relates, “I am reluctant to give up what was one of the highlights of my childhood calendar to the Great Imposter and Chief of Liars for no reason except that some of his servants claim it as his.”

Nevertheless, the issue is a bit more complicated than that. While affirming that make-believe and imagination are part and parcel of God’s gift of imagination, Christians should still be very concerned about the focus of that imagination and creativity. Arguing against Halloween is not equivalent to arguing against Christmas. The old church festival of “All Hallow’s Eve” is by no means as universally understood among Christians as the celebration of the incarnation at Christmas.

Christian parents should make careful decisions based on a biblically-informed Christian conscience. Some Halloween practices are clearly out of bounds. Others may be strategically transformed, but this takes hard work and may meet with mixed success.

The coming of Halloween is a good time for Christians to remember that evil spirits are real and that the Devil will seize every opportunity to trumpet his own celebrity. Perhaps the best response to the Devil at Halloween is that offered by Martin Luther, the great Reformer: “The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him for he cannot bear scorn.”

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther began the Reformation with a declaration that the church must be recalled to the authority of God’s Word and the purity of biblical doctrine. With this in mind, the best Christian response to Halloween might be to scorn the Devil and then pray for the Reformation of Christ’s church on earth. Let’s put the dark side on the defensive.

ALBERT MOHLER

http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/10/30/christianity-and-the-dark-side-what-about-halloween-5/

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HALLOWEEN SARBATOARE PAGANA, DEMONICA, ANTICRISTICA

 

  

    CRESTINII NOSTRI  mai putin dusi la Biserica serbeaza pe 31 octombrie  Halloween-ul (acesta fiind al doilea import in materie de sarbatori, dupa celebrul de pe acum Valentine’s Day). Multi considera ca sarbatoarea Haloween-ului (All Hallow’s Eve) este doar seara (ajunul) de dinaintea Zilei tuturor sfintilor (All Saint’s Day), praznicul romano-catolic din 1 noiembrie. Americanii isi amintesc acum de mortii lor, celebreaza victoria lui Hristos asupra mortii si puterilor intunericului, rad de… rau si de moarte. Se considera, deci, ca este sarbatoare crestina chiar daca e importata, dupa toate probabilitatile, din paganismul celt (druid). Greu insa de convins un om rational ca aceasta sarbatoare ar avea duh crestinesc…
 Adevarul e insa altul. Ea e o sarbatoare 100% pagana, oculta, “ziua cand mortii, fantasmele parasesc mormintele…”. Ea e cea mai mare sarbatoare a slujitorilor satanei: vrajitori, spiritisti sau satanisti. Americanii au dezvoltat o adevarata industrie legata de aceasta sarbatoare. Se achizitioneaza cu aceasta ocazie accesorii macabre: masti, costume de vampiri, diavoli, dragoni, zombi, leprosi, schelete si nelipsitii dovleci, ajungandu-se pana la vanzari de o jumatate de miliard de dolari anual. Vanzarile filmelor horror cresc in aceasta perioada, promotorii filmelor de groaza speculand si ei interesul mare pentru acest praznic. Industria filmelor horror exploateaza la maxim setea de senzatii tari, dovedind nepasare fata de psihicul omului, caruia nu-i ofera nimic altceva decat angoase.
 America face cu ocazia Halloween-ului pregatiri mai mari decat de Craciun sau Paste. Copii se costumeaza in stil horror, se amuza prin sperieturi si merg (colinda) din casa in casa pentru a primi prajituri. Tinerii, mai curajosi, merg in cimitire in miez de noapte si se distreaza facand spiritism. S-a constatat ca in noaptea Halloween-ului se savarsesc foarte multe crime in Statele Unite.
 De altfel, in cunoscutul documentar TV Invazia pagana se spunea ca la intrebarea “Cum ati vrea sa serbati Halloween-ul?”, 80% din elevii americani de clasa a IV-a de la o scoala au raspuns zambind : “As vrea sa omor pe cineva…” Acesta este impactul sarbatorii !

 Biserica, adica noi, madularele ei vii, nu trebuie sa luam parte la aceasta sarbatoare oribila si demonica.

 

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Demonica (Photo credit: rustman)

 

 Sursa: http://ro.altermedia.info/opinii/halloween-ul-o-sarbatoare-de-care-nu-avem-nevoie_2918.html
Un raspuns la postare

 

Multumesc foarte mult, aveti multa dreptate, cred ca multi americani nu isi dau seama de faptul ca se joaca cu niste spirite si duhuri necurate, Deavolul este real si puterea lui este  la fel de reala si nu ar trebui luate in bataie de joc si nici in gluma. La noi in Africa oameni se ingrozesc si sunt infricosati numai sa se vorbeasca de Satanism si vrajitori ,,,,se stie destul de bine puterea lui satan.

 

  Multumesc frumos!
Domnul sa va binecuvinteze pe deplin!
Cu multa dragoste!
Maria Halip

 

ATENTIE – Sarbatoarea de Halloween este o Sarbatoare Demonica; Satanica. Invazia demonica. Partea 1 / 4

Invazia Pagana, Episodul 1:
Halloween – Capcana sau Amuzament ?

Partile documentarului:

Partea 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwOzHzO_8lg

Partea 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W09mvls3GbQ

Partea 3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSHEKNDJmQM

Partea 4:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruZGrrx1w-g

 

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Halloween is for Devil Worshippers

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

II Cor 6:14-18

 

Is Halloween Devil Worship?

 

Hallowe’en. The eve of All Hallows’ or All Saints’ Day celebrated the last night of October. In the Old Celtic calendar the year began on November 1, so that the last evening of October was the night of all the witches, which the Church transformed into the Eve of All Saints.

Source: The Oxford English Dictionary.

1. The Druids invented the earliest Halloween celebrations. They were an order of Celtic sorcerers. The Bible condemns all sorcery and sorcerers (Rev 21:8; 22:15).

2. November 1, the first day of the Celtic year, was a feast day to Samhain, lord of the dead, by the Druids. But the Christian God is the God of the living (Mark 12:27)!

3. The jack-o-lantern, large fires, and apple bobbing also come from superstitious paganism, as most any encyclopedia will prove; but God condemns the use of religious practices from unbelievers (Deut 12:29-32; Jer 10:1-2).

4. The only cultures and societies that masquerade religiously as evil characters around fires at night are patently pagan, God-rejecting, devil-worshipping nations, which Christians are to entirely reject (Lev 18:24,28; Deut 4:6; 9:5; 12:29-32; 18:9,14).

5. When God wrote the laws for Israel, all witches and any related persons were to be put to death, for He strongly hates anyone seeking to devils and witchcraft rather than to Himself (Ex 22:18; Lev 19:26,31; 20:6,27; Deut 18:9-12; I Chron 10:13-14).

6. God specifically commanded not to learn the dark customs of the nations around Israel, including all forms of witchcraft (Lev 18:1-4; Deut 12:1-4,29-32; 18:9-12).

7. The idolatrous practices of pagans are devil worship, no matter what the worshipper thinks or intends (Lev 17:7; Deut 32:17; II Chron 11:15; Ps 106:35-39; I Cor 10:20).

8. The holy God condemns any observation of the religious traditions and customs of unbelieving pagans, even if you are doing it as a Christian to Him (Deut 12:29-32).

9. The Catholic Church whitewashed the pagan customs with a new name to keep their pagan “converts” happy. But Jesus Christ declared that church to be the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth (Rev 17:1-6; II Thess 2:9-12; I Tim 4:1-3).

10. The worshippers of God are to come out of Roman Catholicism by special warning from heaven (Rev 18:4), and Halloween is obviously a Roman Catholic holiday.

11. Halloween is an evil day originating with unbelievers and infidels, based on blackness, darkness, night, unrighteousness, and infidelity, which Christians should separate from and not even touch, if they want to be God’s children (II Cor 6:14-18).

12. Christians burn anything that has to do with witchcraft, for they are commanded not to touch any unclean thing (Deut 7:25-26; Acts 19:13-20; Gal 5:20; II Cor 6:14-18).

13. Halloween is a worldly religious celebration of pagan origin, and Christians are not be conformed to this world, but rather to be transformed (Romans 12:1-2).

14. When a devil or sorcerer meets God, he knows he is helpless; and one day God will cast all devils, sorcerers, and witches into the Lake of Fire (Ex 7:11-12; 8:18-19; 9:11-12; Mark 1:24; 5:7; Rev 21:8; 22:15).

15. The disciples of Jesus Christ and sons of God are to walk as children of light, not as the children of the darkness of this world (Acts 26:18; I Thess 5:4-8).

16. God’s true followers value His precepts on all subjects and hate any idea, opinion, or practice to the contrary (Ps 119:128; Is 8:20; II Tim 3:16-17; I Tim 6:3-5).

17. Halloween is popular with the world, which is evidence that it is an abomination to God (Luke 16:15). Friendship with the world makes God your enemy (Jas 4:4).

18. If you must have Halloween, God has offered you a simple alternative. Become a great celebrator of Halloween and reject Christianity, because He cannot stand you polluting His name with your hypocrisy (Ezek 20:39; Hos 4:17; Amos 4:4-5).

19. The past lives of Christians had enough excess and sin to cover a lifetime, so there is no need to participate in this worldly, wicked, and pagan celebration (I Pet 4:3-5).

20. Christians do not threaten “trick or treat” to anyone for any reason, so parents should not endorse such profanity (Gal 5:14; Eph 4:31-32; I Thes 5:15; Jas 2:8), and neither do Christians deceive others with masks, even for a joke (Pr 26:18-19; Rom 13:13).

21. Paul condemned a compromising brand of Christianity that loves pleasure more than God and has a form of religion without authority or true discipleship (II Tim 3:1-5).

22. The blessed God of heaven seeks worshippers to worship Him in spirit and in truth, according to the apostolic faith once delivered to the saints (John 4:23-24; Jude 1:3).

Abbreviated History and Customs of Halloween

Oxford English Dictionary (Second Edition)

“Hallowe’en. The eve of All Hallows’ or All Saints’ Day celebrated the last night of October. In the Old Celtic calendar the year began on November 1, so that the last evening of October was ‘old years’ night’, the night of all the witches, which the Church transformed into the Eve of All Saints.”

Encyclopedia Britannica (14th Edition)

“Hallowe’en or All Hallows Eve, the name given to Oct. 31, as the vigil of Hallowmas or All Saints’ Day, now chiefly known as the eve of the Christian festival. It long antedates Christianity. The two chief characteristics of ancient Hallowe’en were the lighting of bonfires and the belief that this is the one night in the year during which ghosts and witches are most likely to wander abroad. History shows that the main celebrations of Hallowe’en were purely Druidical, and this is further proved by the fact that in parts of Ireland Oct. 31 is still known as Oidhche Shamhna, ‘Vigil of Sama’. This is directly connected with the Druidic belief in the calling together of certain wicked souls on Hallowe’en by Saman, lord of death.”

World Book Encyclopedia (1959 Edition)

“The Druids, an order of priests in ancient Gaul and Britain, believed that on Halloween, ghosts, spirits, fairies, witches, and elves came out to harm people. They thought the cat was sacred and believed that cats had once been human beings but were changed as a punishment for evil deeds. From these Druidic beliefs come the present-day use of witches, ghosts, and cats in Halloween festivities.”

Halloween Through Twenty Centuries (by Ralph Linton)

“The American celebration rests upon Scottish and Irish folk customs which can be traced in direct line from pre-Christian times. Although Halloween has become a night of rollicking fun, superstitious spells, and eerie games which people take only half seriously, its beginnings were quite otherwise. The earliest Halloween celebrations were held by the Druids in honor of Samhain, Lord of the dead, whose festival fell on November 1.”

World Book Encyclopedia (Quoted in the Atlanta Journal on 10/16/1977)

“It was the Celts who chose the date of October 31 as their new year’s Eve and who originally intended it as a celebration of everything wicked, evil and dead. Also during their celebration they would gather around a community bonfire and offer as sacrifice their animals, their crops, and sometime themselves. And wearing costumes made from the heads and skins of other animals, they would also tell one another’s fortunes for the coming year.

“The celebration remained much the same after the Romans conquered the Celts around 43 A.D. The Romans did, however, add a ceremony honoring their goddess of fruit and trees and thus the association with apples and the custom of bobbing for them.”

World Book Encyclopedia (1959 Edition)

“In the A.D. 800’s the church established All Saints Day on November 1 so that the people could continue a festival they had celebrated before becoming Christians. The mass that was said on this day was called Allhallowmas. The evening before became known as All Hallow e’ven or Halloween…. It means hallowed or holy evening.”

World Book Encyclopedia (1959 Edition)

“Jack-O’-Lanterns were named for a man called Jack, who could not enter heaven or hell. As a result, he was doomed to wander in darkness with his lantern until Judgment Day.”

Compton’s Encyclopedia (1978 Edition)

“Customs and superstitions gathered through the ages go into our celebration of Halloween, or ‘Holy Eve’, on October 31. The day is so named because it is the even of the festival of All Saints, but many of the beliefs and observances connected with it arose long before the Christian Era, in the autumn festivals of pagan peoples…. Even after November 1 became a Christian feast day, honoring all saints, the peasants clung to the old pagan beliefs and customs that had grown up about Halloween…. Our Halloween celebrations today keep many of these early customs unchanged.”

See Also

Hallowed Evening A simple review of history and the Bible to condemn Halloween.

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HALLOWEEN IN AMERICA & HUMAN SACRIFICES – BY KELLY TYLER [AT THE BATTLE FRONT 48]

By Kelly Tyler www.kellytyler.wordpress.com

(Note from Marc: the bloody picture here was reportedly taken during an FBI raid of a house in western America where human sacrifices were being performed.)

As Halloween approaches once again, I am amazed as always, at how many Christians either don’t understand this very religious holiday, or just choose to ignore what they know.  It makes no more sense to celebrate Halloween “just for fun” than it would to celebrate Ramadan.

I spoke to one Christian Bible teacher and seminary student who thinks nothing of allowing her children to celebrate Halloween.  I was shocked and when I voiced my surprise she conceded, “Well, I don’t really like how much candy they consume.”

“I can deal with the candy,” I responded, “It’s the human sacrifices that get to me!”

That’s right, human sacrifices in America.  It happens every year.  Satanists, or Lucifereans, as they prefer to be called, celebrate Halloween from October 13 through November 4, with sexual rituals on several dates and the sacrifice of an animal or human on the 31st

According to Pastor Russ Dizdar of Shatter the Darkness, the victims for these rituals are usually abducted before the 13th of October.  Pastor Russ has helped over 150 victims of Satanic Ritual Abuse, spending hours with each of them, sometimes over a period of several years.  All of them report having been used in ritual sacrifices. 

Halloween is not fun and games to them.

For these people, many of them wholly devoted to the Lord Jesus, watching people celebrate Halloween would be like Jews having to watch people celebrate Hitler’s birthday!  What is so confusing about this holiday for so many Christians?

Pastor Russ says, “They (the witches, Satanists, etc.) know what the date is for.  They are not confused.  They see it as a time to draw power from the spirit realm.”

Witches and New Agers and pagans of other types also celebrate Halloween, although they do not worship Lucifer, nor do they perform sacrifices.  One witch interviewed by Jill Pearson of the Iowa State Daily reported, “We ritualize to honor the changing of the seasons, the movements of the moon and sun in relation to the earth,” she said. “We believe in magic, the art of changing consciousness at will.” Many also use this as a time to correspond with the dead. 

All of these practices are forbidden by God.

Deuteronomy 18:10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in [ Or who makes his son or daughter pass through ] the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft

At the very least, the concept of Trick or Treat is the opposite of Christ’s command to “Do unto others…”  Even if there weren’t real pagans performing rituals to draw demonic power, the thought of celebrating death, fear and gore should be enough to cause Christ Followers to want nothing of it. 

The fact is, though, Satanists and witches are real.  The spirit realm is real.  There are only two sides.  There is no middle ground when it comes to Halloween.  A leading member of Britain’s Pagan Federation had this to say in an MSNBC article by Jennifer Carlisle about Americans who celebrate Halloween “I think it’s wonderful how the Americans celebrate it; it keeps the tradition alive, but I wish there were more factualization about it.”  How can we please Pagans and a Holy God at the same time?

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

More on Halloween and human sacrifice…

http://www.libertytothecaptives.net/prayer_halloween.html

May our Father richly bless you with His grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in order to walk worthy of His name.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT HALLOWEEN: “OH, IT’S NOT SO BAD” (OR IS IT?) [AT THE BATTLE FRONT 23]

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“Oh, it’s not so bad.” 

Or is it?

If you’ve been in Christian circles for very long and dealing with worldly, carnal behavior in God’s church in the west and other affluent areas, this phrase is surely to rear its ugly head.

Now that we’ve seen that the eternal purpose of God the Almighty is to help complete the kingdom of God…Your kingdom come! As He defines His love from us and to us in obeying Him, it’s a matter of eternal life and earth to discern what brings Him pleasure or causes wrath. What brings Him glory? The opposite of what the world loves to do. Ask any young child who knows Jesus and they’ll often tell you honestly what is right and wrong in the sight of God. The adults learn by example to justify the flesh.

Years ago, one of my young sons and I did some research on Halloween, and wrote the subsequent piece below. We also have these in a very effective track format that’s been used by many over the years. We were stunned at what the Lord God showed us about this “celebration.”

Many Christians try to “Christianize” pagan celebrations by cleaning them up. Ask yourself and those who do such things, how does this bring the Father glory (esteem, honor, respect, value, radiance) by making Him bigger like a billboard to the lost world? Or does it just tickle our flesh?

Ask the Holy Spirit and those in His body to show you the Truth. He never fails us. Jesus died and was resurrected for the Truth, and as the Truth.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT HALLOWEEN: “OH, IT’S NOT SO BAD,” (OR IS IT?) – BY MARC & NATHAN WHITE

Why do you participate in Halloween? Have you ever really thought of what Halloween means? Is it simply cute witches, smiling ghosts, friendly graveyards and black cats that are only a little scary?

Or is it something much, much more – with a terrifying past and leading unsuspecting people into other dangerous paths? How do you explain this increasingly dangerous night?

“Oh, it’s not so bad.”  Or is it?

THE BEGINNING OF HALLOWEEN 

It all started thousands of years ago by people called Celts, who were primarily from Britain and France. They worshiped mother nature and many other gods, similar to America today. Among their gods were the sun, and spirits of woods and streams.

The cold, short days of winter, along with the “disappearance of the sun,” were a great mystery to the Celts and filled them with fear and superstition. So, they made up a lie that each year the sun god was attacked by the evil powers of cold and darkness and was held prisoner for six months.

The Celts called winter the “season of death” and believed it was ruled by Samhain (the devil), the Lord of the Dead and Prince of Darkness, who called together all the dead, wicked souls who had died in the last year and, to pay for their sins, had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals.

The greater the person’s sins, the lower the animal into which his or her soul had been placed. The Festival of Samhain, held on October 31st (the day before winter began), was for the Celts, a “celebration” of death, to honor and “worship” their sun god, the spirits and Samhain.  

druidsDruids, men who were the Celts’ priests and teachers, would lead the fanatical night ceremonies. The Druids, who practiced witchcraft and fortune telling, believed that on Halloween, the ghosts, spirits, fairies, witches,  and elves of the dead returned to their former homes and came out to harm crops and trouble the Celtic people.

To protect themselves, they built huge “bonfires” (actually called “bonefires” back then – used to destroy the bones) on the hilltops next to an altar. There they worshiped the Lord of the Dead, Samhain, and killed livestock, burned crops, and burned imprisoned  cathalloween 3s  in wicker baskets.   

They also imprisoned people and their own children in wicker cages built to resemble animals, and burned them to death as sacrifices, all for the Prince of Death. They did all this to “keep away evil spirits and demons.” Not exactly roasting marshmallows and shouting “Boo!”

HOW WE GOT THE NAME

The Romans, years later and at harvest time, laid out apples and nuts for their fruit and garden goddess called Pomona. Still later, the early Roman Catholic Church contribution to Halloween was a considerable one. Rather than obliterate pagan ways, shrewd Church leaders set about conforming existing pagan rites into their new Christian ones.

As the Catholic Church conquered the German Saxons and the Norsemen of Scandinavia and to accommodate the vanquished peoples insistence of practicing the ancient Druid and pagan holidays, the Church in 835 A.D approved November 1st as All Saints’ Day or All Hallows (all ‘holies’), a holiday (holy day) to honor all saints.

They also addall saintsed All Souls Day on November 2nd to honor all dead people and built “bonefires,” had parades and  dressed up like saints, angels and devils (sound familiar?). However, the people refused to give up the Samhain and Pomona customs and continued to “celebrate” them on October 31st.

By now called The Night of the Witches Sabbath, the event was devoted to the dead, ‘stealing souls’ and where the devil was worshiped by all his followers – witches, warlocks and demons. They all gathered to perform cruel, sadistic acts, and to mock the coming of the Church’s festival of All Saints Day on November 1st, the very next day.

The Church leaders hoped that, by making November 1st a religious holiday, the evil, pagan rituals that had survived over the centuries would be forgotten. It didn’t work. The rituals continued. The Church, ironically, gave the day its name, calling it All Hallows’ Eve.  Eventually, the name was shortened to Hallowe’en, and then to Halloween.skeleton

Thus, Pomona gave us apples and nuts; Samhain gave us death, sacrifices, witches, fortune telling, magic and evils spirits; All Saints and Souls Day gave us ghosts, skeletons and skulls. Not a wonderful family influence.

There are now dozens of Halloween divination (fortune telling) games that use apples and nuts to predict one’s future. In some countries, people thought a sneeze on Halloween would shot the soul out of the body for a second and the devil could take the soul to hell in that time. Quickly saying, “God bless you” protected the loose soul from the devil, they thought.

TRICK – OR – TREAT ?

The “tradition” of wearing Halloween costumes is greatly misunderstood. People don’t realize what they’re really doing and if someone  asks them why they often respond with, “…because everybody else is doing it!!”

Halloween-kids-002Many of our misunderstood Halloween customs came from the land of the Celts and Druids. Remember Samhain, the Lord of Death and his “festival”? The Druids believed that on this night the souls of the dead returned to their former homes to be entertained by the living. Evil spirits demanded to be satisfied with a “treat” consisting of acceptable food and shelter. If not provided, they would cast spells, cause havoc and terror, as well as haunt and torment the living.

On that night, people were afraid to be alone so they paraded in costumes made from the skins and heads of animals. They thought this pleased Samhain and would “keep away the evil spirits and demons” by disguising themselves as one of them. By playing this “trick” on them, the evil spirits would think the Celts were one of them and so be left alone.

Look closely! Here is the beginning of “Trick-or-Treat.”

This custom has been passed down to today’s American culture and hardly anybody realizes its significance or how it originated.  It was the Church that firmly established the custom of visiting house to house on All Hallows Eve – a practice that evolved into America’s “Trick-or-Treat.”

jack o lanternThe Celts also carried lights, carved out of  turnips, to  keep away  evil  spirits  when  they  went outside on October  31st.  Later  on,  an  old  Irish   story developed. Once there was a man named Jack who was very mean, stingy and tricky. When he died, he had been too mean to go to Heaven, but when alive, he had “tricked” the devil to keep his soul from hell. Jack  had no place to go, so the devil threw him a piece of burning coal.

“Put this into the turnip you are eating,” he told Jack. “This will be your lantern.” Jack is still walking with his lantern, looking for a place to stay.

Years later, children carved grinning faces on the turnips. They were called “bogies” (the ‘bogie’ man), but soon the name turned to “jack-o’-lanterns.” In America, we use pumpkins carved with faces, to keep the devil “away.”

WHAT NOW?

Article after article in the media graphically reports Satanic activity during the Halloween observance. “We enjoy the commercial exploitation of the public at Halloween.. it’s free publicity,” commented a Satanic high priest in one interview. He went on to say that most people have now fully accepted the “Halloween tradition” of “ghosts, witches and evil spirits” as the costumes of people. In fact, The Festival of Samhain remains a principal sabbath among modern day witches and other neo-pagans. So much for “good, clean fun.”

Halloween really is a Satanic “holiday,” but not many of us know the whole truth, or want to realize it. We should face that truth, even if it is frightening and bizarre. “Well, that may be true, but I would never get involved with anything like that. Oh, it’s not so bad,” you say.

halloween sacrifices

Halloween sacrifices & bloody pentagram

Would you take poison a drop at a time knowing it wouldn’t kill you immediately? Does a “little” bit of evil lead to a little greater evil? Hitler and Stalin murdering millions. Ted Bundy raping and dismembering coeds. Madonna pretending (?) to have sex with animals. Kids worshiping and sacrificing living things to Satan. Did they all start that way? Or was it a gradual decline? Where do these people start their pursuit of this evil? Do their parents say, “Oh, it’s not so bad?”  What do you think?

“Oh, it would never happen to me or my kids?” Oh? Have you ever seen a beach erode a little at a time? What if years from now your daughter or son ended up off the deep end in one of these evil, scandalous situations? Can you be 100% certain they won’t? Is this Halloween stuff safe? Do you want that responsibility of contributing to their fall on your conscience and record before facing God at the Judgment Seat?

Ever wonder what Almighty God Himself has to say about all of this? What does His Holy Bible have to say? If the Bible isn’t perfectly true, then why can’t skeptics find any errors in it, and why does the President of the United States place his hand upon the Bible and swear to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to uphold the truth in leading our country?

For our protection, well-being and safety, God provides Truth for us to obey: “You shall not practice witchcraft or fortune telling.”1  Also, “Do not turn to ghosts or spirits…do not seek them out…”2 Why not? Jesus knows all about the likes of a Hitler or Stalin. And Bundy. And Madonna. And the Satan worshipers. He knows exactly where they started their slide toward deeper and deeper evil.

God’s holiness is perfect, and His love pours out on us as He warns of sliding deeper into evil. For our own welfare, He says,  “Abstain from every form of evil.”3 and “Let us have a genuine hatred for evil and a real devotion to good.”4    Also, ” Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.”5  Finally, “…whatever is true…honorable …right…pure…lovely… let  your  mind  dwell on these things.”6

The devil and his evil demons haven’t changed since God threw them out of Heaven ages ago in their rebellion toward Him, and He gave them limited rights to cause evil on earth. Jesus Christ Himself confronts them over 75 times in the Bible.

The devil isn’t an ugly, red creature with horns and a pitchfork. He is a brilliant minded, evil reality that can win peoples affections with appealing lies  – twisting the truth just a bit to get people like you and I running downhill out of control. If this were not so, why is the world in the mess it’s in? 

Although God is in full control, He allows the devil’s evil and other human suffering to draw all mankind to Himself through His Son. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”7 

Halloween. “Oh, it’s not so bad.”

Or is it?

Making the right decision counts for eternity.

Forever. The road to hell is not marked with illuminated road signs, dear friends.

1  ( Leviticus 19.26);  2   (Leviticus 19.31); 3  (1 Thessalonians 5.22);  4   (Romans 12.9) ;  5  (Ephesians 5.11);  6  (Philippians 4.8);   7  (John 14.6)

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