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Halloween: Ten Reasons Why People Should Never, Ever Carve Pumpkins or Wear Costumes

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The following video is produced by woke AWAKEN LA church (affiliated with the Foursquare Gospel sect) in North Hollywood, California. It has a much higher production value than C.H. Fisher’s video, Halloween Helliween, so Fisher might want to take note of how to preach nonsense with pizzazz. Bullshit goes down easier with a cool soundtrack and flashy graphics.

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The video narrator gives ten reasons why people should never celebrate Halloween:

  • Halloween is the Devil’s holiday.
  • There are curses that are unleashed when people carve pumpkins. If you put the carved pumpkin on your porch, it brings demons into your house on Halloween.
  • Christians bring a four-to-five generation curse on their families when they celebrate Halloween.
  • Harvest parties are not a suitable substitution for Halloween. Substituting harvest parties for Halloween brings curses upon children and churches.
  • Wearing costumes changes identities. When Christians put on costumes of something they are not, they open themselves up to demonic attack.
  • Halloween is the opposite of Resurrection Sunday. It is the celebration of death.
  • November 1 is not about the saints. All Saints’ Day is a demonic holiday.
  • Celebrating Halloween is a betrayal to God.
  • Curses become active when Halloween begins.
  • Halloween is a trap set up by the Devil.

Here’s the money quote:

The whole picture of Halloween is to bow down to the Devil. The biggest witchcraft is done on Halloween.

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Halloween is an abomination to God.

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Halloween is a poison to believers and non-believers alike. Many people get killed,shot, and go missing on Halloween. Don’t play with fire. If you play with fire, you’ll burn your whole house down. The Devil has a mastermind strategy on how to deceive people. Remember, he is the father of lies. The Devil kills, steals, and destroys through these types of holidays and culturally encouraged traditions. It’s a trap set up. The enemy’s purpose is to keep you away from the cross. The lies and deceptions may appear harmless, good, or cool, [but] these deceptions are the Devil’s way to send you to a place called Hell.

Sadly, Awaken LA’s website features pictures of teenagers and young adults. I can’t help but think, so many bright, hopeful lives ruined at such a young age. The church is pastored by Alexander Prokopchik.

Here’s a bonus video about Halloween from Apostle Chally (Terry Poling) of the Jesus Holy Spirit Motorcycle Ministry. Enjoy. 🙂

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Bruce Gerencser, 64, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 43 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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17 Comments

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    ObstacleChick

    I guess the candy is still safe as long as we don’t change our identities by wearing a Ninja Turtle costume and releasing demonic curses from gourds while using sharp knives. What about bobbing for apples- does biting an apple while submerged in a tub of water release demons into the atmosphere?

    There aren’t enough words to describe the childish stupidity of these people. Their God is a real buzzkill.

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    Michael Mock

    But I carved a pumpkin just last night! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    Though actually we put pumpkins out last year, too, and we didn’t have any demons come into our house. Batman, two ghosts, a couple of Power Rangers, Wonder Woman, and a zombie punk rocker, but no actual demons. And most of them just stood on the sidewalk and accepted some candy.

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    Tammy

    I’m seeing/hearing a lot of Halloween fear mongering this year, as well as some satanic this-and-that. I thought a lot of it had faded out since the satanic panic of the 80s. Is this a resurgence of it, or have I just not noticed it in recent years? And if it’s a resurgence, why do you think it is happening at this particular time? Is it because churches are losing people, and they’re trying to use fear tactics to keep people?

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    Trenton

    Funny the foursquare church I went to for a few years had a harvest carnival every year when I was a kid. Times have changed indeed.

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    Astreja

    I probably won’t carve a pumpkin because it’s a pain to get rid of it afterwards. I’ve tried using fresh pumpkin for pie, but prepping the stuff took hours.

    Spooky decorations, swirling lights and mass quantities of noms for our Halloween guests? I am -so- in. Probably will pick up a couple of boxes of chips and cheesies, and a couple of boxes of Cadbury’s, sometime tomorrow. We pride ourselves on being generous to all visitors, regardless of age or costuming (although a really good homemade costume will get you an extra treat in your loot bag).

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      Steve D

      I always find myself evaluating evangelical claims against one of two categories: (1) are they knowingly full of shit and spreading misinformation to further their own ends, or (2) are they genuinely delusional and possibly mentally ill? Shilling for the books aside in the first video, I find myself wanting to put these in the second category.

      I think Greg Locke may take the prize and land firmly in the full of shit category with this recent gem:

      https://youtu.be/h_09VGyQIos

      I found the independent review/commentary on this version of the video helps to put it in its proper perspective.

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    Matilda

    As a x-tian, I abhorred Halloween and organised ‘not-Halloween parties’ in our church on occasions. I laugh cos some heathen neighbourhood kids from our weekly kids’ club didn’t get the message and came in Halloween costume. We just prayed more earnestly for them to see the light.
    I went trick or treating in 2019 for the first time ever. It was great fun. G/kids neighbourhood puts on a joint evening. Starts with Prosecco and nibbles at one house, then parents accompany kids, only calling at houses decorated for Halloween. After a half hour, my g/daughter wanted to go home. 7yo g/son stayed with mum to continue to fill his basket some more and I took her home. She was concerned no one was there to answer her door, so she spent the rest of the night giving out sweets there…showing her generous nature I thought. Can’t join them this year cos C19 is huge there right now…I’ll miss it, specially if the Prosecco’s flowing as freely as it did then!

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    Brian Vanderlip

    As I listen to this way-spaced guy as he drives along at what appears to be a considerable speed, I am thankful that Science is developing AI to take over the wheel and make us all safer on the road…. metaphor, you say? Naw, I just all about safe driving 😉

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    jboldt73

    Watching the videos attached, it is shocking how little needs to be provided to make a claim and people will soak it up. I was in that camp, while I never resisted Halloween I was well aware of the claims that put me on the wrong side of God. Same deal with music, I love music all kinds but Satan is always there influencing it. I am so glad I escaped that prison, so funny how people in the faith community claim freedom, yet they are imprisoning their minds horribly.

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