Christianity and the Dark Side: What to Do About Halloween

Inevitably, this time of year brings the annual discussion among Christians as to whether it is appropriate for believers to celebrate Halloween. Some answer this question with an unequivocal ‘no,’ while others attempt to argue that Halloween’s pagan roots are no more significant than the pagan origins of Christmas and other church festivals. Dr. Albert Mohler offers some balanced thoughts on this topic. He writes:

The coming of Halloween is a good time for Christians to remember that evil spirits are real and that the Devil will seize every opportunity to trumpet his own celebrity. Perhaps the best response to the Devil at Halloween is that offered by Martin Luther, the great Reformer: “The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him for he cannot bear scorn.”

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