Faithlife Sermons

Halloween --- 08

Sermon  •  Submitted
0 ratings
· 1 view
Notes & Transcripts
Sermon Tone Analysis
A
D
F
J
S
Emotion
A
C
T
Language
O
C
E
A
E
Social
View more →

                                          Halloween --- 08        10/26/08  a.m.

    The devils’ birthday

                                                                                                            

2 Co 6:14-18

14  Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For  what 4fellowship (in common ) has righteousness with lawlessness? And what 5communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For  you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

      “I will dwell in them

     And walk among them.

     I will be their God,

     And they shall be My people.”

17 Therefore

      “Come out from among them

     And be separate, says the Lord.

     Do not touch what is unclean,

     And I will receive you.”

18     “I  will be a Father to you,

     And you shall be My  sons and daughters,

     Says the Lord Almighty.”

 

For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?

What does righteousness have in common lawlessness?

 

Righteousness is to be morally right or justifiable, it is acting in accord with divine or moral law      

righ•teous \ˈrī-chəs\ adj [alter. of earlier rightuous, alter. of ME rightwise, rightwos, fr. OE rihtwīs, fr. riht, n., right + wīs wise] 1530

1           acting in accord with divine or moral law free from guilt or sin

2     a      morally right or justifiable 〈a righteous decision〉

 

Lawlessness is not being regulated, restrained or controlled by law or based on law

law•less \ˈlȯ-ləs\ adj 12c

1           not regulated by or based on law

2     a      not restrained or controlled by law : unruly

     b      illegal — law•less•ly adv — law•less•ness n

 

1 Jn 3:44 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and  sin is lawlessness.

 What does righteousness; acting in accord with divine or moral law; have in common with lawlessness; not being regulated by or based on law?

 

And what 5communion has light with darkness?

Can light and darkness be companions?  

Light is spiritual illumination

1light \ˈlīt\ n [ME, fr. OE lēoht; akin to OHG lioht light, L luc-, lux light, lucēre to shine, Gk leukos white] bef. 12c

4           archaic sight 4a

5     a      spiritual illumination

     b      inner light

     c      : enlightenment

     d      truth [1]

 

Darkness is not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light

1dark \ˈdärk\ adj [ME derk, fr. OE deorc; akin to OHG tarchannen to hide] bef. 12c

1     a      devoid or partially devoid of light not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light 〈a dark room〉

So I ask you, how can light; spiritual illumination; be companions with darkness; not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light?

 And what accord has Christ with Belial?

 

What do Christ and Satan have in agreement?

The Character Of Christ

1.     Altogether lovely.         Song 5:16.

2.     Holy.         Lu 1:35; Ac 4:27; Re 3:7.

3.     Righteous.         Isa 53:11; Heb 1:9.

4.     Good.           Mt 19:16.

5.     Faithful.         Isa 11:5; 1Th 5:24.

6.     True.             Joh 1:14; 7:18; 1Jo 5:20.

7.     Just.          Zec 9:9; Joh 5:30; Ac 22:14.

8.     Guileless.             Isa 53:9; 1Pe 2:22.

9.     Sinless.          Joh 8:46; 2Co 5:21.

10.     Spotless.            1Pe 1:19.

11.     Innocent.             Mt 27:4.

12.     Harmless.              Heb 7:26.

13.     Resisting temptation.                  Mt 4:1-10.

14.     Obedient to God the Father.            Ps 40:8; Joh 4:34; 15:10.

15.     Zealous.            Lu 2:49; Joh 2:17; 8:29.

16.     Meek.             Isa 53:7; Zec 9:9; Mt 11:29.

17.     Lowly in heart.                 Mt 11:29.

18.     Merciful.                  Heb 2:17.

19.     Patient.                  Isa 53:7; Mt 27:14.

20.     Long-suffering.              1Ti 1:16.

21.     Compassionate.              Isa 40:11; Lu 19:41.

22.     Benevolent.                    Mt 4:23,24; Ac 10:38.

23.     Loving.               Joh 13:1; 15:13.

Character Of SATAN. Called Abaddon, Rev. 9:11; accuser of our brethren, Rev. 12:10; adversary, 1 Pet. 5:8; angel of the bottomless pit, Rev. 9:11; Apollyon, Rev. 9:11; Beelzebub, Matt. 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15; Belial, 2 Cor. 6:15; the devil, Matt. 4:1; Luke 4:2, 6; Rev. 20:2; enemy, Matt. 13:39; evil spirit, 1 Sam. 16:14; father of lies, John 8:44; gates of hell, Matt. 16:18; great red dragon, Rev. 12:3; liar, John 8:44; lying spirit, 1 Kin. 22:22; murderer, John 8:44; old serpent, Rev. 12:9; 20:2; power of darkness, Col. 1:13; prince of this world, John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; of devils, Matt. 12:24; of the power of the air, Eph. 2:2; ruler of the darkness of this world, Eph. 6:12; Satan, 1 Chr. 21:1; Job 1:6; John 13:27; Acts 5:3; 26:18; Rom. 16:20; serpent, Gen. 3:4, 14; 2 Cor. 11:3; spirit that works in the children of disobedience, Eph. 2:2; tempter, Matt. 4:3; 1 Thess. 3:5; the god of this world, 2 Cor. 4:4; unclean spirit, Matt. 12:43; wicked one, Matt. 13:19, 38. Kingdom of, to be destroyed, 2 Sam. 23:6, 7, with context; Matt. 12:29; 13:30; Luke 11:21, 22; 1 John 3:8. Synagogue of, Rev. 2:9; 3:9.[2]

 

The Character Of SATAN,  the Devil—the chief opponent of God

Satanadversary

Deceiver                  Rev. 12:9

Father of lies                 John 8:44

Adversary               1 Pet. 5:8

Accuser                     Rev. 12:10

Adversary                       1 Pet. 5:8

Angel of the bottomless pit                    Rev. 9:11

God of this age                        2 Cor. 4:4

Murderer                     John 8:44

Prince of demons                    Matt. 12:24

Ruler of darkness                      Eph. 6:12

Ruler of this world                       John 14:30

Serpent                   Gen. 3:4

Serpent of old                      Rev. 20:2

Wicked one                       Matt. 13:19

Greatest of fallen angels                       Rev. 12:7–9

Father of lies                           John 8:44

Instigate evil                     John 13:2, 27

Uses schemes                          2 Cor. 2:11

Disguises himself                   2 Cor. 11:14

Cunning                           Gen. 3:1; 2 Cor. 11:3

Slanderous                        Job 1:9

Fierce                            Luke 8:29

Deceitful                            2 Cor. 11:14

Proud                           1 Tim. 3:6

Cowardly                            James 4:7

Wicked                        1 John 2:13

He blinds                   2 Cor. 4:4

He deceives                           Rev. 20:7, 8

He ensnares                    1 Tim. 3:7

 And so I ask you, what do Christ and Satan have in agreement?



“Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord.  Do not touch what is unclean,

 

Are we as Christians obeying Gods’ word by being righteous and not having fellowship with lawlessness?   ---

 

Are we morally right, acting in accord with divine or moral law; or do we refuse to be regulated, restrained or controlled by law    Sin, not obeying Gods’ law

 

Are we as Christians obeying Gods’ word by being light and not having fellowship with darkness?      

 

Are we a spiritual illumination or are we failing to receive, reflect, transmit, and radiate the light of Christ?

 

Are we as Christians obeying Gods’ word by being in fellowship with Christ and not having fellowship with Satan?

 

Have we separated ourselves from the crowd or are we touching what is unclean?

 

Dt 18:9-11   9 “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you,  you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter  pass through the fire,  or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11  or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or  one who calls up the dead.

 

Halloween originated from the Pagan festival Samhain,

(you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.)

celebrated among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century.

 

Halloween is now the United States' second most popular holiday (after Christmas) for decorating;

The National Confectioners Association reported, in 2005, that

80 percent of American adults planned to give out candy to trick-or-treaters,[20] and that 93 percent of children planned to go trick-or-treating.[21]

They were expected to spend—

$64.00 + for costumes in 2007   -- over 5 billion dollars

 

Common Halloween characters include ghosts, ghouls, witches, vampires, bats, owls, crows, vultures, haunted houses, pumpkinmen, black cats, aliens, spiders, goblins, zombies, mummies, skeletons, and demons.

According to the National Retail Federation, the most popular Halloween costume themes for adults are, in order: witch, pirate, vampire, cat and clown

Halloween imagery tends to involve death, magic, or mythical monsters

 

This symbolism is inspired by classic horror films, which contain fictional figures like Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and The Mummy. More modern horror antagonists like Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Leather face, Jason Voorhees, and the Jigsaw Killer have also become associated with the holiday. Homes are often decorated with these symbols around Halloween.

 

Many European cultural traditions, in particular Celtic cultures, hold that Halloween is one of the luminal times of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world, and when magic is most potent (according to, for example, Catalan mythology about witches and Irish tales of the Sidhe).

 

Halloween is identified by the occult as the devils’ birthday.

Color associations
Color Symbolism
Black death, night, witches, black cats, bats, vampires
Orange pumpkins, jack o' lanterns, Autumn, the turning leaves, fire
Purple night, the supernatural, mysticism
Green goblins, monsters, zombies, aliens
White Ghosts, mummies, a full moon
Red blood, fire, demons, Satan

 

Dt 18:9-14   9 “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you,  you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter  pass through the fire,  or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11  or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or  one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and  because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. 14 For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed (allowed you to do so) such for you.

 

                1Thess. 5:2222 Abstain from every form of evil.

 

A harmless tradition

The Lord tells us that if we are not very careful we will lay aside the commandments of God to observe the traditions of men.

 

Mk 7:8-9,13   8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—9 He said to them, “All too well  you reject (set aside) the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. 13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

Have we set aside the commandments of God to keep the traditions of men?

I think in many ways we have, specifically concerning Halloween.

Col 2:88 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

Eph 5:6-11  6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be  partakers with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are  light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for  the fruit of the Spirit (light)is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10  finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have  no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose (reprove)them.



1 Ki 18:21

21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said,  “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal,  follow him.”


----

4 in common

5 fellowship

5 fellowship

\

\ə\ abut \ə\ kitten, F table \ər\ further \a\ ash \ā\ ace \ä\ mop, mar

\au̇\ out \ch\ chin \e\ bet \ē\ easy \g\ go \i\ hit \ī\ ice \j\ job

\ŋ\ sing \ō\ go \ȯ\ law \ȯi\ boy \th\ thin \ṯẖ\ the \ü\ loot \u̇\ foot

\y\ yet \zh\ vision, beige \ḵ, n, œ, ue, y\ see Guide to Pronunciation

n northern, noun

ME Middle English

fr from

OE Old English

OHG Old High German

L Latin

Gk Greek

bef before

c century

[1]Merriam-Webster, Inc: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Eleventh ed. Springfield, Mass. : Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2003

[2]Swanson, James ; Nave, Orville: New Nave's. Oak Harbor : Logos Research Systems, 1994

Related Media
Related Sermons