Halloween and the Misuse of Romans 14
The celebration of Halloween is esteemed around the world where people dress up in costumes that represent evil, darkness and death. Even the religious institutionalized Christian will join in the festivities saying that it’s all about fun. They say, “It is only evil, if we believe it to be” among many other arguments in justifying celebrating this festival with the world.
This purpose of this article is not to delve into the origins of Halloween with its pagan and idolatrous roots, but to answer the religious Christian arguments that attempt to quote Romans 14 and misuse it to justify mixing the holy and profane to show “God's love” to their neighbours in their "justification" of participating with them on this pagan holiday.
I recently came across a blog post called, "Why Christians Should Absolutely Celebrate Halloween!" It was written by a church pastor but he used no Biblical precedence to back up his religious opinions. He used absolutely no Scripture references at all. When I called him on it he said, “I’d encourage you to dig into God’s word. You’ll see it all there.”
I guess this was his assumption of anyone who would dare question him assuming that we are to take his word for it. If the pastor says so, then it must be so, right?
What is interesting is that the comments section of his blog post became viral. This is where it takes discernment to make the distinction between truth and deceit when reading through all the commentary. Out of all the comments, there was really only one section of Scripture that seemed to be the best argument for celebrating Halloween in an attempt justify the author’s affirmation of Halloween practices.
The common argument was, "Halloween isn't mentioned in the Bible; therefore, it falls in the area of Christian liberty."
Let’s dig into God’s Word because the answers are indeed all there. What we will find is that the conclusions of many false shepherds are exposed for their deception when they tell their followers that, "Christians should absolutely celebrate Halloween."
Beloved, DO NOT IMITATE EVIL but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. – 3 John 1:11
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? OR WHAT FELLOWSHIP HAS LIGHT WITH DARKNESS? – 2 Corinthians 6:14
Therefore go out from their midst, and BE SEPARATE FROM THEM, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing – 2 Corinthians 6:17
"Gospel of Love"
Religious men have created their own version of “God’s love” by neglecting the truth, as they presume they are “loving” their neighbours by celebrating Halloween with them in order to get to know them better.
I guess they couldn’t get to know them the rest of the year so they choose to celebrate Halloween to promote their version of church “gospel” to please them. Then, hopefully they will come to their church for programming in their liturgical traditions.
What they have created for themselves is the social “gospel of love” that is meant to appeal to everyone. There are many who profess the “love of Jesus,” but have no interest in understanding the truth that is in God’s Word. They stand on man’s traditions to define what God’s love is.
God’s love can only be perfected in those who are obedient to Him.
Whoever says, “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM – 1 John 2:4
Without being obedient to the doctrine that God has given us, the truth will not be in us. Without truth, we cannot have the knowledge of His love. Without the knowledge of His love, any “love” apart from His love is a counterfeit one that has no value, or place in the Kingdom of God. When we have the Word of God embedded in our hearts, the truth will be within us. This is the most import thing to have because truth is the umbrella over love. It is only then that we will know how to love our neighbours as ourselves.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. THIS IS THE GREAT AND FIRST COMMANDMENT. And a SECOND is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40
Loving Our Neigbors
Christ refuted the counterfeit “gospel of love” in the above verses.
Do you notice that he doesn’t say that we are to love our neighbours first, but to love God FIRST?
How many falsely believe that they have God’s love within them, but they actually have rejected God and His truth through disobedience?
The institutional church will please men by creating a “substitute” for Halloween giving their own names to it. They are under a false assumption that if their children are missing out on all the fun of celebrating evil and darkness, then it is acceptable to imitate what they do, but in a religious “alternative.”
They fail in teaching them to not love the things of the world.
DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD OR THE THINGS IN THE WORLD. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. -1 John 2:15
They do not understand that by creating a “substitute,” it just keeps the satanic tradition alive. Youth leaders in the church system are notorious for doing this, as many youth nights are syncretic with the same things the world are doing.
ABSTAIN from every form of evil. – 1 Thessalonians 5:22
Changing the name to “Holy-ween,” or some other Christian lingo word does not change what this day is truly about, nor is it an example of believers being separate from them.
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us CAST OFF THE WORKS OF DARKNESS and put on the armor of light. – Romans 13:12
The problem is that the religious indoctrinated ignore the totality of Scripture and base their twisted doctrines to justify celebrating Halloween around verses, particularly Romans chapter 14. They seek to distort the Scriptures and teach something vastly different from the intended contextual meaning.
Those who twist Scripture will twist any, or the entire Bible, but they will often choose obscure problematic, or ambigious texts. The appeal of Scripture twisters tickles ears providing a pretext for self-indulgence and sin for their followers, as well as themselves.
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the ERROR OF UNPRINCIPLED MEN, you fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him [be] the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen — 2 Peter 3:17-18
Peter’s words are written so the followers of Christ will be on their guard and alert to those who twist the Word of God. He expects his brothers and sisters in Christ not only can, but also should be able to discern those who pervert God’s Word. Every follower of Christ should be able to recognize those about whom Peter warns us.
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be FULLY CONVINCED in his own mind. - Romans14:5
I guess they believe that we can substitute just about anything into the verse as long as we are “convinced in our own minds,” then that justifies it!
They fail to understand that the context of Romans 14 is speaking about “special days”, because the Jews had human traditions concerning FASTING twice each week. If someone didn’t follow the pattern, they were regarded as less pious. Paul was simply declaring that what we do, or don’t do is okay, FASTING OR NOT.
The “days” that Paul was referring to were the traditional fast days mentioned in Zechariah 7:5-6.
Paul never condoned the adoption of pagan customs and traditions to honor God with them. This is going far beyond the intention of what Paul wrote. Peter warned us not to misunderstand Paul’s writings.
To build doctrine around the twisting of Scripture according to one’s own eisegesis of a certain passages is not rightly dividing the Word.
A simple reading of Romans 14 is about certain foods on fast days and how people’s beliefs about fasting should not be interfered with. The fast days could be observed according to each believer’s conscience. A man could eat, or not eat, keep the day, or not keep it. Each man could observe FAST DAYS, or not observe them, according to their own convictions.
Do not FOR THE SAKE OF FOOD, destroy the work of God. – Romans 14:20
To appeal to a particular passage such as Romans 14 in the name of “liberty” can lead to many accepting a sinful doctrine through the deceit of many who allude to this passage. The compromise and perversion of Scripture has led many down the wide path where they start adopting every sinful matter into the text.
Matters of indifference, doctrine and sin can be thrown into the mix and we get a cesspool of abominable practices.
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. EACH ONE SHOULD BE FULLY CONVINCED IN HIS OWN MIND. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. – Romans 14:5-6
This is fatal eisegesis to accept sinful doctrines and practices and do it all in the name of God. The salaried clergy of each denomination will decide what can and cannot be put on their formulated list of “authorized” liberties when it comes to fellowshipping “sins.”
The question must be asked, can a disciple of Christ follow his own conscience being fully assured in his own mind concerning sinful doctrines and its practices?
This answer is NO; otherwise, truth would be subjective from one person to the next.
Unfortunately, the traditions of man arbitrate what they deem to be right and wrong according to their own seared consciences.
Your boasting is not good. DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT A LITTLE LEAVEN LEAVENS THE WHOLE LUMP? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. – 1 Corinthians 5:6-7
Righteousness exalts a nation, but SIN IS A REPROACH TO ANY PEOPLE. – Proverbs 14:34
The modern church system has accepted what is shameful and blatantly justifies their actions in their “liberty” and “love” for their neighbors.
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but NOT TO QUARREL OVER OPINIONS. – Romans 14:1
Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, AND LET NOT THE ONE WHO ABSTAINS PASS JUDGMENT on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. – Romans 14:3
These verses are used as an excuse to receive sin into our fellowship when God does not receive them into His. The blind indoctrinated pew warmers tell us that we are not to “dispute,” or “judge” because they are disputable matters.
The error is that they are NOT authorized disputable matters attested in Scripture because disputable matters are not in the realm of the sin of breaking God’s laws.
The context of Romans 14 are on matters that are neither required, nor prohibited (wrong or sinful). In verses 14,16 and 20, they are matters that are deemed by Paul as “good,” “pure,” or “clean” in receiving one another in our fellowship based on Scripturally authorized liberties, NOT on sinful matters and behaviours that imitate evil. To shift from one category to another and call it a “liberty” is in grave error.
Institutionalized church doctrine gets away with it every time. They take “love” and turn it into “fornication” by desiring the ways of the world instead of being obedient to God’s ways by walking the narrow path.
The church system of today has an ecumenical agenda with the world with their false “unity.” The false gospel of “love” is accepting being reconciled with one another by carnal subjective reasoning arbitrarily apply their own rules to passages such as Romans 14.
In the case of Halloween, the passage is not applicable in our liberty in Christ because the holiday never was, and never will be “clean,” “pure,” or “good” as its origins never came from God, but is in the category of abominable practices.
There is and never will be a substitute, or alternative no matter how many ways you want to “Christianize” it.
And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them THE WAY OF TRUTH WILL BE BLASPHEMED. – 2 Peter 2:2
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor IDOLATERS, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God" – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Partaking in doctrines that twist Scripture based on the rhetoric and sophistry of false teachers meant to muzzle those who uphold the truth and expose sinful behaviours to please their worldly neighbours leads to spiritual death.
Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to CONTEND FOR THE FAITH that was once for all delivered to the saints. – Jude 1:3
God has demanded that we are to be a separate people and the truth has been made clear. The modern church not only justifies their sins, but has pleasure in them as well. Truth must be put into practice. To receive someone who takes pleasure in the ways of the world is also a partaker in their deeds.
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, FOR WHOEVER GREETS HIM TAKES PART IN HIS WICKED WORKS. -2 John 1:10-11
Those who desire truth will not allow Romans 14 to be a twisted eisegesis as a compromise for sin.
Throwing Halloween into the mix is simply a license to sin.
Do you believe that Christians should absolutely celebrate Halloween?
- The Pagan Roots of Halloween
Many do not realize that engaging in the occult holiday of Halloween is following malevolent traditions of man over God's Word. This historic tradition was spawned from ancient Babylon.