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Christian Halloween Strawmen Arguments and Whataboutisms

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You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. - 1 Corinthians 10:21 ESV

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. - Ephesians 5:11 ESV

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 ESV

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. -- Romans 12:2 (ESV)

https://www.charismamag.com/life/men/38956-is-halloween-ok-for-the-christian-family

As Halloween 2018 is a week away we see more Christian operatives coming out of the woodwork to defend the indefensible. We must understand that this is explainable as a phenomenon. The apostate church is so compromised with the world already through the purpose driven industrial complex and the seeker friendly theories of church growth. Instead of being the shining city on a hill the modern church as loving cast her gaze upon Sodom as Lot's wife once did. The church is far more concerned with being relevant to a decaying culture than being biblical with it. So is it any wonder that when the most evil day the world has to offer comes around the church lines up to jump in. The above linked article is from a pastor named Brad Mathias, who is the co-founder of something called the "Brilliantly Brave Parenting Podcast." Why am I having my doubts about the name of that podcast as we once again reason together:

"I've had many discussions, friendly debates and concerns as I've raised three kids through the Halloween season for over 25 years. It's taboo in some corners of the evangelical world and totally acceptable in others. Some families are incredibly strict and others very permissive, but what's the "best" option for your family this Halloween?" -- Brad Mathias

This foundational flaw in thinking is what goes wrong with every pro-Halloween Christian argument. That foundational flaw is that there are choices. That there are options and we must determine which is the best option for our families. Allow me to proffer the notion that there are no options beloved. God has made it abundantly clear as He has nearly everything else through His Holy Word. The key verses are just a sampling of that clarity. We cannot drink from the Lord's cup and the cup of demons. Instead of partaking of the unfruitful works of darkness we should be exposing them. We should be imitating good, not evil. Make no mistake about it, Halloween is evil. I think we can get distracted to jump down bunny trails of lesser arguments than the very clear and simple truth -- Halloween is evil.

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