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The Danger of the Occult in America

The Danger of the Occult in America goes far beyond just the celebration of Halloween but it is impossible to talk about the danger of the occult without mentioning the celebration. Many people have the “mistaken” idea that Halloween is a Christian holiday. The truth is it is not nor has it ever been a “Christian” celebration. Known as the Festival of the Dead in Great Britain it was a night of satanic activity by a people known as the Celts and the was on this night that they worshipped who they believed to be the god of the dead who they called “Sah-ween”. As the Catholic missionaries swarmed Britain and Ireland seeking the mass conversion to Catholicism their orders from Pope Gregory in 601 A.D. was to cunningly convert the Druid rituals into Catholic rituals. The Catholics converted the ritual of Samhain (sah-ween) into the festival of All Saint’s Eve, a time of celebration and prayer to dead "Saints." How Biblical is that? So How did this celebration that began across the seas make its way to America? Halloween was not celebrated in this country until 1845. At that time multiplied thousands of Irish emigrants flooded into New York because of the Great Famine of 1845-46. They brought with them the old Druid Holiday the Festival of the Dead now known as Halloween. Gradually celebrating this day spread throughout the rest of the country. Over the years Halloween has become a highly commercialized event involving most communities, schools, business, government offices, and even churches throughout the U.S. Today, children and adults alike wear the costumes and play out the rituals of this seemingly harmless event without ever considering their origins and true meaning or possible the consequences. I can hear many of you now saying…”What can it hurt?” answer that I will share with you what I believe to be the most dangerous thing about this celebration and the other things of the world that present to our young people the world of darkness and the occult. Through entertainment, movies, television, video games and the repetitive celebration of this unholy day the hearts of even many of the most devout followers of Jesus have been calloused to the occult and the works of darkness. So much so that when someone dares to speak or teach against it somehow they become the odd man out for taking a stand against that which God has already condemned. This ministry has been attacked, criticized and even taken from the airwaves in certain areas simply because we had the audacity to speak out against the participation in the occult… some have even complained saying that we are too repetitive in our efforts since we teach on it and send it out in our newsletter each October. But the truth is, even though many have heard and read our teaching on this subject EVERY year without fail we hear from people who are hearing it for the first time. In this country we have been so bombarded with the occult that most have simply became "used" to has became the norm instead of the unacceptable. Looking into Gods Word we see this happen to Lot, Abraham's nephew. When it came time for them to separate Abraham allowed Lot to choose the direction in which he wanted to go and the Bible says that Lot "pitched his tent toward Sodom" doing this we find that Lots soul becomes vexed...Why? Because he set his eyes upon the people...their ways...their conversation and even though at first this may have been repulsive to Lot over time he became more and more like much so that he called them "brethren" and even went so far as to offer his daughters to the perverted men of that city. You see the longer you behold something...the more you are around IT...the more acceptable it becomes. Someone once said what one generation tolerates the next generation accepts! How true that is! We have been so exposed for so long to the occult that we no longer look at things the way the early church did. The Word of God forbids all involvement in the occult, our Christian forefathers would not have touched it with a ten foot pole! Yet today much of the church not only do not speak out against it THEY PARTICIPATE in it themselves! Halloween is now the second biggest money making holiday in this country! Gods Word says "Suffer not a witch to live."...Now am I saying stone them? No...certainly not! BUT how can we justify petting them...dressing like them...accepting them as nothing more than fun?? This type of practice AND the condoning of such is STILL an abomination in the sight of God. Take the time to seek the Lord for His direction in this matter and we are confident that you too will see the occult, witchcraft and the celebration of halloween for what it really is….the works of darkness. May the LORD help us all to shun the works of darkness and embrace the things of the Kingdom of God...and as always to be the light that we are suppose to be in a world of darkness.

Until next time...Pastor Billy R. Douglas


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