The Devil’s Holiday — Halloween


Ah Halloween!

Named more accurately as ‘Helloween,’ this is the time of year when Christian Fundamentalists add their own touch to this demonic holiday!

Halloween as Jack Chick's Best Work

If scary narrative stuff is the object of this underworld calendar event, few can elevate the plot to the height achieved by Jack Chick.


What Jack Chick attempts on comic level, Pastor David L. Brown, President of Logos Communication Consortium Inc., does seriously. To him, Halloween is more than black cats, costumes, and bobbing for apples. It’s druidism and shamanism. As Brown has it, these seemingly innocuous practices actually recreate occult rituals by which children are inducted into Satan’s service. By no means are these Pastor Brown’s only eccentricities. It was tempting to post this article as a FWOTW. But why deny Dr. Brown the opportunity to remind us remind us of this IFB distinctive without that distraction?

Taunting Satanic Powers

In my opinion, demonic powers operate all to freely in the world, and with far more realism than Halloween practices suggest. Pastor Brown is undoubtedly dismayed that I don’t see satanic import in Jack-o-Lanterns. I’m dismayed that many fundies see no satanic import in America’s involvement in at least seven, undeclared wars on countries that post no threat to us. And how if not by satanic delusion do we remain blithely disinterested in drone attacks on school yards and funeral processions?

Earlier this month, Russia moved sophisticated, Iskander 400 short-range nuclear capable ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad, where they can strike NATO bases in the Baltic states and Poland. Meanwhile, Senator Clinton calls for a ‘no fly’ zone in Syria. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is clear that this would mean war with Russia. I suspect Russian Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov and the top, Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, would agree.

Yet a fortnight before a national election, US citizens live under a virtual media blackout on the state of US-Russia relations, which are at the lowest point any time since the height of the Cold War. Incomprehensible as it is to me, politically active IFB pastors across the land are deemed to be ‘spiritually in-tune’ or ‘politically conscious.’ Why? They take ‘stands’ on Halloween. That’s perceptive! Oh, and he’s voting for my candidate.

Citizens ought to feel outright rebellious that peace and justice have absolutely no official political representation in the US political system whatsoever. This would not be so had the church an alternative vision. But supposing that they are spiritually and politically aware, pastors are too often blind to true horrors and offer not guidance but the grossest spiritual misguidance imaginable. And they are also politically illiterate.

But thank God — they stand courageously against Halloween.


May all all children tonight be safe, and they find love and beauty in all things despite the ways of the church and the state.

3 thoughts on “The Devil’s Holiday — Halloween”

  1. Great post, CS.

    As our friend Jeri Massive said on her blog this time last year, Christ has already conquered Satan and his armies; we can rake leaves with their pitchforks if we want to (or something like that, she may have worded it a little differently but I can’t find the original post).

    I agree with you; I see Satan’s power at work in politics, war, large scale violence, etc. I also see Satan at work on a local, community and family level with things like rape, child abuse, domestic violence, etc.

    I don’t see Satan at work in little kids dressing up in fun costumes, families visiting their neighbors and sharing candy, or people carving shapes out of large orange vegetables.

    This year my kids are dressing up in really fun home made costumes and going trick or treating for the first time ever. For me, it’s the first time in over 20 years. I had a blast sewing costumes for the whole family.

    Blessings, and Happy Halloween!

  2. Ugh the article on this man website about the place of women. I feel so sorry for all the women in my youth group growing up in IFB. What a dismal futher they must have see ahead of them.

  3. “#2 – Seek To Have Children

    Our culture is dying! The average birth rate per family in the United States is 1.9 children. Just to sustain a culture the birth rate must be 2.11. Here is the problem; our demographic is changing in America because it is the black, Hispanic, middle eastern families that are supporting the 1.9 birth rate.”

    “One key purpose of marriage is to have children! One of the great sins of our day happens when married couples try to keep from having children. This is an end times curse and rebellion against God. Luke 23:29 “For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.”

    all i can say is wow just Blatten racism!! an ignorance !!

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