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Halloween banned in Moscow schools
[story link sent by Brad J Hoeck - AZ - CoG A Way
The Russian Orthodox Church called on educators in Moscow to ban Halloween
because it is "pagan" and "satanic." According to local news sources, the
Moscow Education Department advised all schools via a letter that "Halloween
celebration cannot be allowed in any form." The letter said, "The very fact
that Halloween activities contain elements such as the cult of death, scoffing
at death, personification of death and evil spirits produces a destructive
effect upon the psychological, moral and spiritual health of students."
On the Net:
UnHallowed Origins of Halloween
[by Ken Hoeck- TOTW
The Encyclopedia Americana states that Halloween "is clearly a relic of pagan
times." Its 5th century BC origins are tied to the ancient Celtic race and
their Druidic priests. Druid worship is founded upon the ideal of pluralistic
worship of the "Divine" through nature, seeking an awareness of ones symbiosis
with nature. The Druids observed holiday called Samhain [pronounced Sow-en]
named after the false god who was the "The Lord of the Dead." [Romans 14:9
tells us that Christ is the true Lord of the living and the dead.] To the
pagans Samhain was a time when the division between the world of the living
and the world of the dead became very thin. A time when hostile supernatural
forces were active. A time when demons, ghosts and evil spirits were free
to wander as they wished. The pagan Celts believed on that day, the disembodied
spirits of all those who had died throughout the preceding year would come
back in search of living bodies to possess for the next year. Those not wanting
to be possessed sometimes dressed as a ghoul to fool the so-called "real
deal", even leaving treats to appease them [food offered to false gods or
idols]. All historic resources will ultimately lead one to the same druidic
beginning that has no place in the lives of followers of Christ.
Now, as most know, the Roman Catholic Church would gain new converts (by
various means) and let them retain their pagan practives as long as the names
were changed to make it look "christian." The RCC has 'painted' many a holiday
with a form of godliness which denies the power thereof. In the 7th century,
Pope Boniface IV introduced All Saints' Day to replace the pagan festival
of the dead. It was observed on May 13. In 834, Gregory III moved All Saint's
Day from May 13 to Nov. 1 and this became an opportunity for Catholics to
remember all the saints who had died and all the dead in the Christian community.
Oct. 31 thus became All Hallows' Eve ('hallow' means 'saint') or the evening
prior the day of All Hallows (All Saint's Day).
Young America was a home for Christians who desired to worship God by their
conscience and not under Romes thumb. Halloween was not a day the Founding
Fathers observed. The custom of Halloween was apparently brought to America
in the 1840's by Irish immigrants. The first recorded instance in the United
States of a Halloween celebration occurred in Anoka, Minn. in 1921.
"The American celebration rests upon Scottish and Irish
folk customs which can be traced in direct line from pre-Christian times.
... Although Halloween has become a night of rollicking fun, superstitious
spells, and eerie games which people take only half seriously, its beginnings
were quite otherwise. The earliest Halloween celebrations were held by the
Druids in honor of Samhain, Lord of the Dead, whose festival fell on November
1." (Halloween Through The Centuries, by Ralph Linton, Page 4.)
Many of the original pagan trappings of the day honoring Samhain are still
practiced by Trick-or-Treaters today. Many kids and adults dress up in a
false personage seeking candy from neighborhood homes. Gluttony often abounds
when the 'booty' is brought home. The Chicago Dental Society calculated that
a trick-or-treater, on average, will consume 5,435 calories and more than
three cups of sugar from Halloween candy. Calorically-speaking, it is comparable
to consuming 3 quarts of double chocolate ice cream or 2.5 gallons of soda.
I would be remiss if I did not mention of the opportunity Trick-or-Treating
and/or Halloween celebration allows for murderers (poison candy, glass chips,
razor blades, etc.), abductors, pedophiles, and vandals to unleash malicious
behavior on the unsuspecting population. The day is also used as an 'excuse'
for adults to have drunken parties and to commit fornication. These activities
heap these additional sins upon the sins of honoring false gods, evil spirits,
and belief in immortal souls of men. The day is still a 'high holiday' for
wiccans (nature worship, earth goddess) and satanists (of nearly as many
flavors as Christian denominations). "After one's own
birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht (May 1st) and
Halloween (or All Hallow's Eve)." [The Satanic Bible by
Anton Levey page 96, section on Religious Holidays.]
Halloween was originated as an ungodly celebration. It is still ungodly today.
Some well-meaning people seek to paint it over with a form of godliness but
they do deny the power of Him. God told His people to have no part in activities
used to worship other gods. The scriptures tell us to not eat anything (candy,
etc.) "offered unto idols" and treats handed out in blind continuance of
this ancient druidic rite is tantemount to such. The Bible shows us the falseness
of the 'immortal soul' doctrine that this 'holiday' promotes; albeit mostly,
unwittingly. A Christian/Believer should not give Satan this opportunity
to entice people to sin. Ephesians 4:27 Neither
give place to the devil. Just say "NO" to Halloween - in its entirety.
Scriptures For Witnessing
Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to
Deuteronomy 18:9-14 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God
giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those
nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or
his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or
an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or
a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a
wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are
an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD
thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with
the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened
unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy
God hath not suffered thee so to do.
Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference
between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean
and the clean.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion
hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what
part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the
temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as
God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their
God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them,
and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;
and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my
sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
1 Corinthians 10:19-21 What say I then? that the idol
is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any
thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they
sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should
have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the
cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry,
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations [jelousies], wrath, strife,
seditions [divisions], heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings [parties/orgies], and such like: of the which I tell
you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do
such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
There are many more than can be found in the pages of your own bible ...
blow the dust off it and read it daily.
1407 - Mobs attack Jewish community of Kracow
1774 - 1st Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia
1774 - Minute Men organized in colonies
1863 - Worldwide Red Cross organized in Geneva
1939 - Polish Jews forced into obligatory work service
1948 - The Pentecostal Fellowship of North America was organized at Des Moines,
Iowa. The association is comprised of 24 Pentecostal groups and meets annually
to promote unity among Pentecostal Christians.
1956 - UN's International Atomic Energy Agency statute approved
1957 - Vatican Radio begins broadcasting
0625 - Honorius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1553 - In Switzerland, Spanish physician Michael Servetus, 42, convicted
for promulgating anti-Trinitarianism, was condemned for heresy and blasphemy,
and burned at the stake in Geneva.
1787 - "Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of Constitution.
New York newspaper published the first of 77 essays explaining the new
Constitution and urging its ratification. The essays - by Alexander Hamilton,
James Madison and John Jay - were later published as"The Federalist Papers."
1920 - League of Nations moves headquarters in Geneva
1977 - American missionary and apologist Francis Schaeffer wrote in a letter:
'The unforgivable sin is not something done once and for all and which when
done is without remedy. it is the constant, unremitting resistance of the
gracious work of the Holy Spirit for salvation.'
0306 - Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius proclaimed emperor of Rome
0312 - Roman emperor Constantine, 32, defeated the army of Maxentius, a contender
to the throne after trusting in a vision he had seen of the cross, inscribed
with the words, "In hoc signo vincit" ("In this sign conquer") Constantine
was 'converted', taking a veneer of Christianity while retaining the sun
worship within, soon after and became the first Roman emperor to embrace
the impure 'modern mainstream Christian faith'.
1628 - Hugenot bulwark La Rochelle surrenders to Cardinal Richelieu's Catholic
1646 - 1st Protestant church assembly for Indians (Massachusetts)
1886 - Statue of Liberty dedicated by Pres Grover Cleveland, it is celebrated
by the 1st confetti (ticker tape) parade in NYC. (The statue is designed
as a sun-goddess idol)
1922 - Benito Mussolini takes control of Italy's government
1936 - FDR rededicates Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary
1948 - Flag of Israel is adopted
1958 - Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, elected Pope, taking the name John XXIII
1965 - Pope Paul VI proclaims Jews not collectively guilty for crucifixion
0539 -BC- Babylon falls to Cyrus the Great of Persia
0439 - Vandals under Genseric occupy Carthage
0490 - Petrus Mongus, patriarch of Alexandria, dies
1682 - William Penn lands at what is now Chester Pennsylvania
1863 - Intl Comm of Red Cross forms (Nobel 1917, 1944, 1963)
1889 - New York City missions pioneer Albert B. Simpson, 46, incorporated
the International Missionary Alliance. Combined in 1897 with a group formerly
also organized by Simpson, it became the Christian and Missionary Alliance,
one of the most missions-minded denominations in modern American Protestantism.
1919 The Apostolic Christian Association was incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
It later merged with what is now the International Pentecostal Church of
Christ, headquartered in London, Ohio.
1929 - "Black Tuesday," Stock Market crashes triggers "Great Depression".Over
16 million shares were traded in panic selling on the New York Stock Exchange
and thousands of investors were wiped out as margins were called in.
1942 - Nazis murder 16,000 Jewish in Pinsk, Soviet Union
Cross-Eyed in Rome
Speaking of idols ... in the small town of Ofena 90 miles northeast of Rome,
Islamic activist Adel Smith won a court ruling last week to have a crucifix
removed from his sons' elementary school [public]. The Vatican-dwellers are
hopping mad and have rallied even politicians to speak out. Catholic, Muslims,
and many others have joined with the Roman Catholic Church to fight this
ruling. Some politicians and educators have even said that the cross was
now a "secular and universal" symbol that is a base of Italian identity and
world culture. Other schools not named in the action will not pull down their
crucifixes according to one school official.
An object needn't be itself worshipped to be an idol. The truth is that any
object revered and/or used so in worship is indeed an idol. Look in Merriam
Webster's Dictionary and you will find five entries for idol.
1 : a representation or symbol of an object of worship; broadly : a false
2 a : a likeness of something b : obsolete : PRETENDER, IMPOSTOR
3 : a form or appearance visible but without substance
4 : an object of extreme devotion ; also : IDEAL
5 : a false conception : FALLACY
After two years, the two men who were charged with violating Victoria State's
Racial and Religious Tolerance Act are back in court. The pastors, Daniel
Scot and Danny Nalliah, are on trial because they taught a seminar in Australia
for Christians, in the wake of the 911 incident, that included information
on the Islamic religion and quotes from the Qur'an [Koran]. Three Muslims
in the audience are accusing the two of "vilifying Muslims" and the Islamic
Council of Victoria is contending that the seminar violated Victoria State's
Racial and Religious Tolerance Act. Persecution & Prayer Alert from VoM
said that "During the trial, the two accused will not be allowed to argue
whether or not their statements from the Koran and other Islamic sources
are true; but only whether or not they 'incited hatred against, serious contempt
for, or revulsion or severe ridicule'" of Muslims. On The Net:
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