Halloween and Spiritual Warfare

Hello Members! 

Today is Halloween and this can be a tricky time for believers, no pun intended! I grew up trick or treating! As I got older, I loved throwing costume parties on Halloween to celebrate my birthday, which is Nov 1st!

While I participate in Halloween in those ways, I also recognize the spiritual warfare that goes on today. After listening to some testimonies of people that were freed from witchcraft and reflecting on my own heritage of witchcraft, I know that everything about Halloween is not as innocent as carving pumpkins, and hayrides or dressing up like your favorite superhero!

Over the past few weeks, I have read some comment threads and had conversations with believers who have very strong and opposite stances on how Halloween should be handled. It's important that the world sees how believers disagree. Do we tear each other apart and cancel each other or do we listen well and use the word to encourage one another? 

I thought this scripture would be helpful in navigating different opinions on Halloween.... ;)

1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. 1 Corinthians 10:31

In this scripture, Paul was addressing something that was causing unnecessary division. Tension was occurring because some people were eating foods sacrificed to idols and some weren't. Eating this food was a way to honor certain gods, but eating together, in general, was significant to the culture. Paul wanted to make a point that had little to do with food, and more to do with our hearts for others and how we exercise our Christian freedom. We should not only conduct ourselves with goldy intentions but also consider how our actions will affect others, especially non-believers. 

In the same way, if the way we participate or don't participate in Halloween causes our brothers and sisters to fall into sin or gives a mixed signal to an unbeliever then we need to reevaluate what we are doing. 

So whether you are "celebrating" Halloween tonight or intentionally not celebrating, there is a way to do both for God's glory! Some people are dressing up and sharing the gospel with trick-or-treaters while others are in deep prayer for the spiritual warfare that occurs on this night. Both are doing the Lord's work! Let's show each other grace and continue serving the Lord in the way He has called us to! 

Click the titles below to check out these great books on spiritual warfare to learn how not to fear the enemy and be victorious! 

 1) Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

 2) Understanding Spiritual warfare by Sam Storms

 3) Manual for Spiritual Warfare by Paul Thigpen

 4)Victory in Spiritual Warfare by Tony Evans

 5)A Family Guide to Spiritual Warfare by Kathleen Beckmann