American Vision’s Confusion “Concerning Halloween”

Normally I love American Vision and what they teach. But recently I saw this article come up again this year on Facebook. I saw it last year but this year I had to respond to it.  Here is the link to the article. My response is below.

Concerning Halloween

This article is in a word, UN-biblical. There is a HUGE difference between God mocking His enemies and “us” mocking ha’satan or unbelievers for that matter. And I QUOTE (from the article):

“What is the means by which the demonic realm is vanquished? In a word: mockery. Satan’s great sin (and our great sin) is pride. Thus, to drive Satan from us we ridicule him.”

What? How can any rational Christian accept this statement? It is a perversion of the Gospel of Christ! Did Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) mock ha’satan when he tempted Him? Or did He respond with the Word of God? hallo_thumb-640x320Even the angels would not mock ha’satan, but would only say, THE LORD rebuke you ha’satan. And the only quoted Scripture at the end of the article is not referring to God mocking ha’satan, but God mocking His human enemies, those who rule the nations that rage against Him and His WORD or LAW. They want to be “free” to have no God but themselves.

QUOTE (from article): “He who sits in the heavens laughs; Yahweh ridicules them” says Psalm 2

But Psalm 2 has a different context than implied in the article and a different referent for “them” than the article implies:

Psalm 2 (NASB95)

1Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 3“Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!” 4He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. 5Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, 6“But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.” 7“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. 8‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession. 9‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.’ ” 10Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth11Worship the Lord with reverence And rejoice with trembling. 12Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

I do not have a problem with Christians choosing a day to remember the Reformation. But to claim that Oct 31st is a legitimate “Christian holiday” is a real stretch, particularly for those who claim to be cut from the cloth of the Reformers. “All Saints Day” may have very well originated in the 300’s, but “saints,” as declared by the Catholic Church of the day soon became a focus of worship and prayer. In other words, Christians should not pray to nor venerate in such a way “saints” as is today a custom of many Catholics. Likewise, 95% of Christians today have no concept that they are “mocking” the enemy when engaging in Halloween activities, and the modern practice of Halloween in no way glorifies God nor does it proclaim His Gospel. Nor does anyone outside of the Christian community have any clue Halloween is for mocking ha’satan. In fact, most people observing it today glory in perversion and vice of all kinds on this night. Just look at the majority of costumes for women who look forward to dressing more provocatively than normal without it being considered “bad” (and this by many “Christian” women).

Furthermore, the idea that Christians dressing up as things that are themselves forbidden, such as sorcerers, witches, etc. is nowhere supported in the biblical text. In fact, such an idea has no connection with Christ nor biblical behavior whatsoever.

I would have less a problem with a truly Christian observance of the day as a Reformation Remembrance day in which people went out of their way to share the important doctrines that came out of the reformation and call sinners to repentance and perhaps did street evangelism or acts of service to their neighbors, and other God glorifying ideas, but “mocking ha’satan”? Are you serious?

I noticed that there is absolutely no Scriptural support for OUR mocking ha’satan, nor our unsaved neighbors, nations, and peoples, nor their leaders. And the definition of mocking is anything but in line with Christian behavior. In fact, the Noah’s 1828 dictionary defines “mocking” as “imitating in contempt, mimicking, ridiculing by mimicry, treating with sneers and scorn etc…” The idea of “imitating” or “mimicking” ha’satan is profane. The idea of sneering or scorning my unsaved neighbor is equally profane, nor our unsaved leaders, (since that is the context or referent of Psalm 2). Even if you are “making fun of ha’satan,” it doesn’t make it right, nor biblical behavior. We are to be IMITATORS of Christ, and Christ did NOT mock ha’satan. He defeated Him with the Word of God and the Truth. Thus the REAL “MEANS by which the demonic realm is vanquished” is not mockery, but the Word of God in Truth. Thank you, but the church would have been much better off joining us in the Feasts of the Lord that recently concluded and in every way proclaim the Gospel of Christ than join the pagans tonight in “imitating” ha’satan even if mockingly so.

The truth is that today’s Christian allows their “Christian liberty” to add special days of remembrance as a license to and direct excuse to forsake the ACTUAL Word of God and biblical Appointed Times that God Himself asked His bride to meet with Him and set aside as HOLY (HALLOWED) to HIM. Such an act of keeping tradition that specifically CAUSES ONE to forsake actual biblical commandments is the very thing Christ condemned the Pharisees of doing. Sadly, many Christians will find out in the world to come how wrong they were with regard to His Appointed Times, and they will finally have to relent and keep them with the rest of us. Until then, we will all agree to disagree I’m sure, but this article could not go unchallenged. It is simply unbiblical garbage.

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