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Do you live in “Hauntington”?

October 31, 2018  |  
town has changed its name to “Hauntington” at the urging of a seven-year-old.

Second grader Angelica Dee Cunningham wrote to the town council of Huntington, New York, suggesting that they make the switch for Halloween. To her surprise, they agreed.

Their decision may be a parable for our culture today.

Americans are not unique in celebrating Halloween. Romania has a Day of Dracula; Japan stages a giant parade; children in the Philippines go door to door to ask for prayers for those in Purgatory.

Nor do we devote more time and money to Halloween than other holidays. We will spend $9 billion this year on costumes, candy, and decorations. However, our Halloween spending pales in comparison to our spending on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, and Christmas.

Nonetheless, I believe Halloween may reveal more about American culture than any other holiday. Here’s why.

How many Americans will participate in Halloween?

“Halloween” is a contraction of “All Hallows’ Eve,” the evening before All Saints’ Day. Tomorrow, the Catholic Church will focus on the saints of the Church. This tradition began in AD 609 and encourages participants to remember and emulate the heroes of the faith.

Tonight, by contrast, the focus will be strikingly different. Fifteen million American adults will dress in costumes; witches are most popular, followed by vampires, zombies, and pirates. If your neighborhood is anything like mine, you’ve been haunted by ghosts, skeletons, and dragons for weeks.

Some 69 percent of Americans plan to participate in Halloween today. Since that is three times the percentage of Catholics in America, it is clear that far more people will observe Halloween than All Saints’ Day.

What two mistakes do we make about the devil?

My point transcends popularity, however. How much time do Americans really focus on being thankful at Thanksgiving? How much attention do we really give Jesus on Christmas Day?

By contrast, fascination with the figures of Halloween is clearly on the rise in America.

Witches made national headlines when they gathered to “hex” Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The US witch population has seen an “astronomical rise,” according to one report. Recent studies indicate that Wicca is now the fastest growing religion in America.

Satanism is growing in our culture as well. Satanist students at Clemson University recently held a “Bible torching” ceremony. A member of the so-called Satanic Temple was allowed to make an opening prayer to Lucifer at a local council meeting in Alaska.

C. S. Lewis: “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.”

What is the lure of the occult?

Dressing our children in innocuous costumes and taking them to the neighbors to collect candy is a fun tradition. Participating in occult practices, today or any other day of the year, is both sinful and perilous.

The lure of the occult is simple: power. It is another version of Satan’s first temptation: “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5). Horoscopes and fortune-tellers promise the ability to predict and control the future. Occult rituals claim to offer an empowering connection with spiritual forces.

The explosion of fascination with astrology and the occult is not surprising. Researchers connect such interest directly to stress, noting that we search for comfort and coherence in times of chaos and confusion. And the power and pleasure offered by occult practitioners appeal to our existentialist, consumeristic culture.

But Satan is “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44) who “disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). His resume is simple: he “comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). He wants to attack God but cannot (Revelation 12:9), so he attacks those God loves as “a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

All he offers costs far more than it pays. I’ve quoted many times the maxim, “Sin will always take you further than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and cost you more than you wanted to pay.” If you think you’re the exception, you’re being deceived.

That’s why God’s word forbids all occult practices (cf. Leviticus 19:3120:6Deuteronomy 18:10Isaiah 8:19Micah 2:5Revelation 21:8). And it’s why our Father calls us to “give no opportunity to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27).

What causes the devil to flee from us?

Let’s redeem Halloween by using today as an opportunity for ministry. In a time when it can be hard to know our neighbors, this is one day when they come to us. Pray about ways you can use this day to build relationships with them. A smile, a kind word, a “God bless you,” perhaps an introduction and conversation can build bridges for the gospel in months to come.

Let’s also use this day to remember that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness” (Ephesians 6:12).

In this battle, we have two jobs: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). When we submit to God, only then can we resist the devil. And only then will he flee from us.

Will Satan flee from you today?

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If we look back at Ephesians 5:3-5 it will tell u what Paul was talking about there 

Ephesians 5:11 with the unfruitful works of darkness Refers to the illicit behavior Paul mentioned in Eph 5:3–5. Such actions are characteristic of sin and death. 

Ephesians 5:3–5 (KJV 1900): But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 

But if we just keep reading past that it talks about more what Paul trying to say.

Ephesians 5:6–10 (KJV 1900): Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Oh just read the whole thing lol and let not take just one verse to get your point across

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Halloween…Light vs. Darkness~ ✟

“Jesus have come as Light into the World, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.” ~John 12:46 ✟

 

The whole world lies in darkness and wickedness but we put so much emphasis on certain days as though Christ’s declaration that He would build His Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it has no effect on those days. 

2 Corinthians 4:3-7. 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Believers have been called to be light to a darkened world. 
A light shines no brighter by avoiding the darkness, any more than an army wins a victory by avoiding the enemy. 
It is time that believers took back the night.
The only way this is going to happen is if Believers in Christ Jesus take His Gospel to the enemy instead of “giving the night” to the devil. 

I for one refuse to give the enemy credit or victory for any day, and certainly not Halloween and Christmas or any other “special day”.

Do you think that Satanists, witches, atheists or other pagan worshipers cringe because “Christians” are more forceful or stronger against them on any special day?

When Paul went to Athens and come across the group of people that were “too superstitious” because they worshiped various gods, what did he do? 
He did not celebrate or worship with them. 
He did not go to other believers and tell them that the Athenians were evil and should be avoided. 
Nor did he leave. 
He used their own superstitions to “make known to them” the unknown God.
Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
Romans 13:12-14. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Ephesians 5:14-17. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

“Not called!’ did you say? Not heard the call,’ I think you should say.
Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face — whose mercy you have professed to obey — and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.”― William Booth.

Romans 10:13-16. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

WHAT IF??? Verse 16 was in reference to the preachers (believers) that were sent but did not obey, and therefore did not go??
They did not go, so did not preach?
They did not preach so none heard and none believed?


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Publicat pe 18 oct. 2013

Precizări — film documentar Halloween – invazia păgână

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP5fZErTR7U
Am postat acest documentar pe contul meu de YouTube, ca o dovadă a ceea ce reprezintă, cu adevărat, sărbătoarea de Halloween. Filmul are 45 de minute și este realizat în Statele Unite, acolo unde această sărbătoare se află ” la ea acasă “.

În calitate de persoană implicată în educarea copiilor și a tinerilor din Comuna Vărăști, mă simt dator să atrag atenția asupra aspectelor oculte existente în substratul acestei sărbători.

Începem să percepem Halloween-ul ca pe un bun prilej de distracție ( așa se explică atracția exercitată de această sărbătoare ).

Adevărul e însă altul. Ea e o sărbătoare 100% păgână, ocultă, ,,ziua când morții, fantasmele părăsesc mormintele…”. Ea e cea mai mare sărbătoare a slujitorilor satanei: vrăjitori, spiritiști sau sataniști. Americanii au dezvoltat o adevarată industrie legată de această sărbătoare. Se achiziționează cu această ocazie accesorii macabre: măști, costume de vampiri, diavoli, dragoni, zombi, leproși, schelete și nelipsiții dovleci, ajungându-se până la vânzări de o jumatate de miliard de dolari anual. Vânzările filmelor horror cresc în această perioadă, promotorii filmelor de groază speculând și ei interesul mare pentru acest praznic. Industria filmelor horror exploatează la maxim setea de senzații tari, dovedind nepăsare față de psihicul omului, căruia nu-i oferă nimic altceva decât angoase.

America face cu ocazia Halloween-ului pregătiri mai mari decât de Crăciun sau Paște. Copiii se costumează în stil horror, se amuză prin sperieturi și merg (colindă) din casă în casă pentru a primi prăjituri. Tinerii, mai curajoși, merg în cimitire în miez de noapte și se distrează făcând spiritism. S-a constatat că în noaptea Halloween-ului se săvârșesc foarte multe crime în Statele Unite.

De altfel, din documentar reiese că la întrebarea “Cum ați vrea să serbați Halloween-ul?”, 80% din elevii americani de clasa a IV-a de la o școală au răspuns zâmbind : “Aș vrea să omor pe cineva…” Acesta este impactul sărbătorii !

De nu vom fi cu luare-aminte, copiii noștri își vor forma treptat gustul pentru macabru, ocult, sadism și violență (îi ajută în acest sens desenele animate cu monștri, jocurile agresive pe calculator, filmele horror și cărțile pentru copii, deja clasice, din seria Harry Potter, etc.).

Răul este mult mai uşor acceptat atunci când este oferit sub chipul jocului, iar adorarea maleficului în această zi are o influenţă negativă asupra comportamentului copiilor. Toate „accesoriile” acestei sărbători îi familiarizează pe cei mici, dar şi pe tineri, cu răul, agresivitatea, grotescul şi chiar cu crima. Sondajele efectuate în această perioadă spun că cei care sărbătoresc Halloween-ul sunt foarte predispuşi spre agresivitate şi violenţă.

Vă invit la vizionarea acestui film documentar, cu speranța că ceea ce vom vedea aici ne va ,,îngrozi” (în sensul pierderii legăturii noastre cu Dumnezeu ) cu mult mai mult, decât sărbătoarea în sine. Iar ca precizare finală, indiferent de modul în care vom organiza și vom celebra (carnaval, concurs, paradă, etc ) semnificația sărbătorii nu va putea fi anulată.

prof.Constantin Cosmin

Post Scriptum

Avem curaj să fim altfel?

Creştinismul este religia iubirii, a bucuriei, a luminii, Dumnezeu Însuşi este iubire. Suntem gata să ne lepădăm de Dumnezeu? (Căci orice îmbrăcare în hainele răului, chiar şi „de formă”, este o lepădare de Dumnezeu…). Să nu uităm că pământul acesta strămoşesc, care ne sărută picioarele atunci când îl străbatem în trecerea grăbită, este stropit cu sângele strămoşilor noştri, care au păstrat de multe ori cu preţul vieţii credinţa în Hristos şi în Biserică. Toate aceste „împrumuturi” din Occident (Valentine`s Day, Halloween etc.) nu au legătură cu tradiţia noastră creştin-ortodoxă. Tentaţia copierii pentru a fi „în rând cu lumea” este mare. Însă vă îndemn, dragii mei, aveţi curajul să fiţi altfel decât ceilalţi! Aveţi curajul de a nu vă lăsa manipulaţi, de a vă întreba ce sărbătoriţi atunci când preluaţi cu ochii închişi o „tradiţie” care nu prezintă garanţia celor lăsate de bunici.
În final, vă doresc să deveniţi aşa cum spune părintele Teofil de la Mănăstirea Brâncoveanu – Sâmbăta de Sus: „înfricoşător de buni”, adică sfinţi! Aceasta întrucât “copiii lui Dumnezeu nu se deosebesc cu nimic de fiii întunericului, decât prin iubire”, cum spune Fericitul Augustin

Preaiubitilor,vedeti ce dragoste nea aratat Tatal,El nea dat pe singurul lui Fiu,cea mai de pret comoara a Lui,adevarata lumina,pentru ca atunci cand privim spre El,lanturile si sforile imparatiei lui Satan,sa se sfarame in propria lui nebunie.Oameni care fac lucrurile acestea nu trebuie judecati,ci mai degraba sa alergam la Domnul nostru Isus,sa-L rugam cu un duh al dragostei sincere(dupa puterea fiecaruia), sa-i izbaveasca.Isus Hristos, este singura cale prin care noi putem vedea adevarul.

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