I just got off the phone with a nice Christian woman who is grieving the loss of a loved one.
She thought that her loved one might be trying to contact her from the dead. She had arranged for a spiritualist to come to her home and help her loved one to “cross over” to the light.
The woman–to whom I was speaking–is completely innocent. No one had ever taught her about the dangers of spiritualism so she had no idea that she was about to open up her home to darkness. We spoke for about an hour and she decided to cancel her appointment with the spiritualist.
During our discussion I directed her to the ministry of Ben Alexander: Exposing Satan’s Power (ESP Ministries).
Ben Alexander’s involvement in Spiritualism began at an early age when he was growing up in England, but became more and more profound, until he was fully practicing as a trance medium, believing that he was contacting the dead for beneficial purposes.
In 1964 he came to the United States to “stir up” Spiritualist activity here, but God used his coming for a totally different end. Ben was led to the Gospel of Christ!
His website contains a ton of great information for anyone who would like to know more about occults, psychics, Satanism, and spiritualism.
While on his site this morning I checked out what he had to say about Halloween.
At Journey Christian Church–like all Christians–we believe that Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12), so this year for Halloween we are taking the light of Jesus Christ to our community. We have about 30 homes that are participating in what we are calling Light Night. We believe that Halloween is a unique opportunity to share Christ with our neighbors. Think about it….name another night of the year when most of your neighbors will come to YOUR front door? What a great opportunity to build meaningful relationships with our neighbors.
As Ben points out, October 31st is not evil in and of itself, but it is a night (just like any other night) that Satan wants to use for evil, but we (JCC) have other plans! We are following Ben’s advice and turning a night of potential darkness into a night of powerful light. We’ve prepared about 1,000 candy bags that contain candy (obviously), information on our Children’s Ministry, and a copy of the Gospel of John. These bags will be handed out from homes that will be transformed into the “coolest–and best lit–homes on the block.” We’ve asked our Light Night host homes to play Christian music, to give out good candy, to set up carnival-type games in their driveways and garages (that they can check-out from the Church or use their own), set up bounce-houses in their front yard, make popcorn, host costume-contests, hand out hot-cider, make cotton-candy, and so on. We want to set up things that will help us to get to know our neighbors so that we might help them to get to know Jesus (if they don’t already).
I understand that the multitude of people and little kids who will be out on Halloween are completely innocent and are probably–for the most part–completely unaware of the spiritual darkness in the origins of this holiday. They just want to dress up and get free candy and there’s nothing wrong with that. 🙂
I also understand that everyday (including Halloween) our enemy “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8) and that he’d love to use Halloween to spiritually devour as many people as he can, so I’m glad that we’re going to resist him tomorrow night by shining the light of Jesus as brightly as we can in every dark street of our community.
And I’m glad that free candy is involved, because there’s nothing wrong with free candy! 🙂