Halloween: Not For The Truly Reformed

Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.  (Jeremiah 10:2-3)

Brian Schwertley:

“The second most popular “holy” day, holiday or festival in the United States at the present time is Halloween. We live in an age that is so corrupt theologically, and compromised ethically, that celebrating Halloween has become accepted by most professing Christians and is even advocated by purportedly Reformed churchmen (e.g., James Jordan, Gary DeMar, Steven Wedgeworth, David Mathis) and organizations (e.g., the supposedly pro-biblical law or theonomist para-church organization called American Vision founded by Gary DeMar in the 1980s). The fact that Reformed scholars and writers are defending Halloween in print (i.e. publicly) and are apologists for professing Christians participating in Halloween traditions raises some important questions about Halloween itself and the state of modern “conservative” Reformed denominations. Therefore, in this brief essay, we need to analyze the professing Christian church man’s arguments for celebrating such a day and in the process we will look at the roots and modern practice of Halloween. In this study, we will reveal that many modern Reformed scholars and pastors no longer really adhere to or practice the Reformed faith (i.e. the Reformed faith as defined by the Westminster Standards. It is a modern errant view which defines the Reformed faith solely in terms of soteriology.)”

Read more: http://www.reformedonline.com/uploads/1/5/0/3/15030584/halloween.pdf

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