A Voice in the
October 28, 1997
Q/A -Halloween - Harvest Festival?
What do you think?
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. (Eph 5:11)
Having said that, what about your question? Harvest festivals? Do we not celebrate "Thanksgiving" as a "harvest festival?" That was a true harvest festival, and it is such officially as well. "Harvest Festival" at "Halloween" is a cop-out.
What I am going to say now, I say by "permission."(1Cor7:6)
It is my observation and opinion that churches are too "scared" to make a stand for the Lord, against evil. To refuse to participate, in some manner, during Satan's high day, which the "rest of" the world celebrates, would bring about criticisms, hostility and hatred from the world. They are so busy trying to appease the world so as "not to offend" in hopes of getting them "in the doors" that they have become quagmired in the evil, themselves.
Let me assure you that taking a stand will generate hostility. I experience it with my business. (for you newer subscribers..I own a sign/banner business) There are some "lines" I don't cross. I refuse to make signs for Halloween, Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, etc. I have lost some customers because of it, some that could have been "big" accounts. I have also had sarcastic comments directed at me because of these stands. But I'll tell you what...the Lord sees to it that the bills are always paid on time. I am adequately clothed, housed and fed...and even have many "desires." And now, because I have been faithful, for whatever reason, the Lord has graciously allowed those requests to not come very often any more.
As for the churches who "cater" to evil; if they would not be so concerned about the "youth that they would lose" or those "offering dollars" that would be missing because some people stopped attending, and started being true to God's Word and His righteousness, the people who do attend would start being "convinced by all...the secrets of his heart [would be] revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he [would] worship God and report that God is truly among [them]." (1Cor14:24-25)