Our Duty To Eschew Pagan Worship, Idolatry And Tell The Good News Of Jesus Christ

If there is a God who cre­at­ed the Universe and all that’s in it, regard­less of what we per­ceive him to be, and if he is omnipo­tent, then we must con­clude he knows our hearts and what we are about to do before we do the things we do.

Daniel 4:35 All the inhab­i­tants of the earth are account­ed as noth­ing, But He does accord­ing to His will in the host of heav­en And among the inhab­i­tants of the earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?

The Church has a duty and a respon­si­bil­i­ty to be set apart from the world, in the world but not of the world.
What that means is that the body of Christ, all of us who have accept­ed his yoke should have lives reflec­tive of Jesus Christ. Our lives will nev­er be per­fect but as chil­dren of the high­est God, we must strive to walk as Jesus Christ did.

Galatians 5:16 – 17 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not car­ry out the desire of the flesh.
The urge to have appeal in today’s world has influ­enced parts of the body of Christ Jesus to make deci­sions which are anti­thet­i­cal to what Jesus and the scrip­tures com­mand­ed us to do.
The need to be hip, not out­dat­ed, rel­e­vant, has brought things into our places of wor­ship and into our lives which ought not to be there.
We have no author­i­ty to change the unchang­ing word of God to please any­one. We were not com­mand­ed to change or water down God’s word in order to have more appeal to prospec­tive con­verts.
The writ­ten Word of God reveals His will and its eter­nal truth. Even though writ­ten by sin-cor­rupt­ed man, it was authored by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:20, 21). Thus attempts to find dif­fer­ences between God’s will and His writ­ten Word are fool­ish.

Not through books which seeks to explain the Bible, not through adopt­ing things and fads, not through the process of san­i­tiz­ing pagan cus­toms and then pre­tend­ing they are not the very same cus­toms.
God knows our hearts, the Holy Spirit is in our hearts, it is that lit­tle voice which nudges us to do the right thing.
So there is real­ly no san­i­tiz­ing things we know are sin­ful and then pre­tend­ing that we are doing them or cel­e­brat­ing cus­toms we know we should­n’t be cel­e­brat­ing.

Halloween’s ori­gins date back to the ancient Celtic fes­ti­val of Samhain (pro­nounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and north­ern France, cel­e­brat­ed their new year on November 1. In addi­tion to caus­ing trou­ble and dam­ag­ing crops, Celts thought that the pres­ence of the oth­er­world­ly spir­its made it eas­i­er for the Druids or Celtic priests, to make pre­dic­tions about the future. 
To com­mem­o­rate the event, Druids built huge sacred bon­fires, where the peo­ple gath­ered to burn crops and ani­mals as sac­ri­fices to the Celtic deities. During the cel­e­bra­tion, the Celts wore cos­tumes, typ­i­cal­ly con­sist­ing of ani­mal heads and skins, and attempt­ed to tell each other’s for­tunes. http://​www​.his​to​ry​.com/​t​o​p​i​c​s​/​h​a​l​l​o​w​e​e​n​/​h​i​s​t​o​r​y​-​o​f​-​h​a​l​l​o​w​een

1 John 2:15

Don’t love the world or any­thing in the world. If any­one loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
If you know in your heart that some­thing is wrong and not of God no amount of wash­ing it, san­i­tiz­ing it and repack­ag­ing it will make it Godly.
We have a duty to eschew pagan cus­toms, not cleanse them then pre­tend they are harm­less, or that we only engage in them because we want to make the chil­dren hap­py.
We have a duty to do the exact oppo­site which is to train up our chil­dren in the way they should go so that when they are old they may not depart from it.
Proverbs 22: 6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

The body of Christ is stronger when we stand out not when we stand down, the light of God shines through and reach­es out to the unsaved when we are set apart from the ways of the world even though we are in the world.
I urge the Church to get back to teach­ing the ways of Christ, embrac­ing humil­i­ty of spir­it, less empha­sis on mon­ey, and a healthy teach­ing and explain­ing the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Money is impor­tant in our dai­ly lives, I know many Christians will have the num­ber of times mon­ey is men­tioned in the Bible ready at their fin­ger­tip as a means to make their point of why so much time is spent ask­ing for mon­ey, yet it is impor­tant that we do not give the impres­sion that we are sell­ing a path­way to Christ.
Christ paid it all, he died pen­ni­less­ly, I am not sug­gest­ing that we should live impov­er­ished lives. Far from it, nev­er­the­less the church must find ways to speak less about mon­ey and more about the Gospel.
The Devil is crafty, let us not allow him to use us to bring any more of his prac­tices into our places of wor­ship and assem­bly.
Let us see the Devil for what he is and stand with the full armor of God against this onslaught. Let us not be unwit­ting par­tic­i­pants toward the enhance­ment of Satan’s Kingdom.
Ephesians 6:12  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.