By Chris Layton
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
“For evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Tim 3:13)
We’ve been taught that one of the worst things that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ called the Pharisees and Sadducees was a “hypocrite” which is an actor, an imposter. Someone who is pretending to be something they aren’t. Someone who professes a belief who does not live by it. Jesus Christ warned us against such Pharisaical people saying in Matthew 23 that they do not practice what they preach. Jesus also told us that the members of the body of Christ who indulge in such practices by their traditions make the word of God (to them) of none effect and void.
“And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” (Mark 7:9)
In the book of Ezekiel God shows him the pagan practices of the day which were an abomination to Him:
“He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.” (Ezekiel 8:6)
When we teach our children the traditions of men and the pagan practices of the day or when we allow them to persist we are abrogating our responsibility as parents who are supposed to be teaching our children to differentiate good from evil, not blend in with it. Those who do this are being deceived dear brothers and sisters. If we’re involved in such things we have a deep need to repent and change our ways.
To the pastors which are the fathers, the bishops, priests, and elders who do not warn their flocks or openly accept such practices, you will suffer for your failure to warn. Yours is the higher responsibility and God said they will die in their sins but your skirt and your apron will be red with their blood which signifies “sin” at the last day if you do not wake up and sound that warning voice that God through Ezekiel has commissioned you to sound. There will be no fig leaves to hide your shame for the failure to act when the appropriate response could have saved their lives. To allow wickedness to prevail is a decision and it is a decision in favor of evil. To favor evil is to be evil. There is still time to repent my beloved pastoral brethren and put on the armor of God doing all you can to resist evil.
Halloween is the day when we put on a mask and become something that we aren’t and so we become an “imposter” and not only that but a betrayer of the truth of Jesus Christ. It’s a time of deception and open rebellion in a carnival type atmosphere which by definition is “carnal”. It’s the time when the veil of evil becomes so thin, that the unseen world of wicked spirits attempts to emerge into the seen world so why would we put ourselves in such a position to align ourselves with the prince of darkness, the high priest of perversion and imposter in chief by celebrating his day of evil?
What does God think about dressing up like something that we aren’t? In Deuteronomy 22 He said that it is an “abomination”, which is something God hates, for a man to wear that which pertains to a woman and for a woman to wear that which pertains to a man. He hates even the suggestion of pride in the “proud look” or “a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations” (Proverbs 6:17-18) That’s what Halloween is all about which gets deep into the heart of our fallen sinful nature. Why does God hate such chameleon like behavior? Because it is denying His creation which is fearfully and wonderfully made. There are no changelings, no shape-shifters in Heaven. We are made in the image of God. It is the ultimate insult to God to emulate anything against our true nature to which God has designed us or anything earthly. God said that He would destroy.
“And everything that is in the world, whether it be ordained of men, by thrones or principalities, or powers, or things of name, whatsoever they may be, that are not by me or by my word, saith the Lord, shall be thrown down, and shall not remain after men are dead, neither in nor after the resurrection, saith the Lord your God. For whatsoever things remain are by me; and whatsoever things are not by me shall be shaken and destroyed” (D&C 132: 13-14)
The celebration of this pagan holiday or any other pagan holiday is the epitome of idolatry because what is the whole purpose of dressing up and painting our faces? To draw attention to our self. “Look who I am!” “Look at me!” That’s what we’re saying when what we should be emulating and giving all the glory and praise and attention to is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)