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Choice News FRIDAY, OCT 21, 2011  |  6 comments  |  1 commentary
Halloween’s Pagan Themes Fill West’s Faith Vacuum
Seems like Americans just want it to be Halloween all year. The holiday just keeps getting more popular. Seven in 10 expect to celebrate it in some way this Oct. 31, up from about six in 10 last year, according to a National Retail Federation report.

But as much as we’d like it to be, Halloween isn’t secular. It is pagan. There’s nothing else to call a set of ceremonies in which people utter magical phrases, flirt with the night and evoke the dead. One of my family’s favorite Halloween props was a hand that moved, as though from the netherworld, when you reached to collect a few pieces of candy corn. Necromancy is a regular part of Halloween games. Zombie masks are one of this year’s top- sellers. As grouchy theologians used to point out, the origin of Halloween was most likely Samhain, an ancient Celtic holiday on which the dead, in some accounts, supposedly returned to visit. ...


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News Item10/23/11 3:29 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Demonic possession, can only happen to non-Christians, I will have to add to what verses Contend7 said.

Ephesians 6
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.
17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,---NASB

I hope that this sermon by Gil,
Theology of Experience vs. Scripture, Hopefully, I remember my pastor's position --exactly-- that demon possession, was at it's height during the ministry of Jesus and the apostles, and there certainly less of it now. Also in no case can Christians be demon possessed.

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News Item10/21/11 3:19 PM
contend7  Find all comments by contend7
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved

Rom 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

1John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

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News Item10/21/11 2:55 PM
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Jim Lincoln wrote:
Huh! I really didn't know John Ankerberg was so interested in Halloween! Halloween Index.
Is demonic possession occurring today, or did it cease at the end of the Apostolic Age?
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News Item10/21/11 2:49 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Huh! I really didn't know John Ankerberg was so interested in Halloween! Halloween Index.
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News Item10/21/11 10:43 AM
Cricke  Find all comments by Cricke
Halloween
"The name of the festival historically kept by the Gaels and celts in the British Isles which is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end".

However, according to the Oxford Dictionary of English folk lore: "Certainly Samhain was a time for festive gatherings, and medieval Irish texts and later Irish, Welsh, and Scottish folklore use it as a setting for supernatural encounters, but there is no evidence that it was connected with the dead in pre-Christian times, or that pagan religious ceremonies were held."

The Irish myths which mention Samhain were written in the 10th and 11th centuries by Christian monks. This is around 200 years after the Catholic church inaugurated All Saints Day and at least 400 year after Ireland became Christian.

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. All Saints' Day (in the Roman Catholic Church officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas, in honor of all the saints, known and unknown." (WIKI)

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News Item10/21/11 9:02 AM
Rufus | Fort Worth, TX  Protected NameFind all comments by Rufus
Satanic high sabbath is Halloween.

"But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death." - Proverbs 8:36

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