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Subtitle: Even though Focus On The Family is encouraging Christian families to "Redeem Halloween", we wonder why Christians should even be interested in celebrating a Satanic Black Magick "Festival of the Dead". Two Scriptures come to mind immediately:

"But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death." [Prov 8:36]

"He (God) is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err." [Mark 12:27]

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In Part 1, we reviewed the core argument of this Focus On The Family book, "Redeeming Halloween", and we learned that the authors deceptively do not tell their readers that the "church" which created these calendar changes was the pagan Roman Catholic Church. We learned that the only way in which the path of Halloween celebration could be traced back "to the foot of the cross" was by following an historical path which goes straight through two corrupt Roman Catholic Popes! The first Pope who began the change in what ultimately turned out to be All Saints Day now celebrated by Catholics on October 31 was Pope Boniface IV in 610 AD, who was directing the early stages of the Great Inquisition murder campaign! Can anyone believe that the "pure" line of Christian martyrs stretches from the "cross of Jesus Christ" through the corrupt Papacy through us today, without being corrupted? Of course not! The historic truth of celebrating Christian - Catholic martyrs began in 610 AD through the actions of Pope Boniface IV and ended in 741 AD through the actions of Pope Gregory IV, as he acted to bring Catholic traditions into line with pagan traditions. This desire is quite simple, since the Roman Catholic Church is as pagan as the Egyptian or Babylonian Mysteries Religions (Read NEWS1334 for full details)

Only a polluted stream can come from a polluted source. "Redeeming Halloween" is a greatly polluted stream.

Then, we also focussed on the particular phrase that the "church turned to a previously successful strategy of claiming the date as their own". We studied many the instances throughout Catholic Church history where pagan practices were brought into the Roman Catholic Church and prayed over, thus "Christianizing" the formerly pagan belief or practice. We offered several examples of such "syncretism", especially the spectacle of seeing the Vatican building a typical Satanic symbol of the "Great Sex Act" in St. Peter's Basilica by placing an obelisk inside the inner circle of an occult 8-Fold Path of Enlightenment. Since an obelisk is nothing more, nor less, than the erect male phallus of the hated pagan god, Baal, can you imagine the spectacle of "Christianizing" this terribly profane sexual object of worship?

Yet, the Catholic Pope really believed that this awful obelisk, a symbol of the erect male shaft of the hated god Baal, could be Christianized by saying a prayer, conducting a Mass, and placing a cross on top! The Pope foolishly did just that with this obelisk.

God and God's righteous kings of Israel continually struggled against the worship of Baal and his obelisks. Dr. Cathy Burns speaks to this worship of Baal in Israel in which they revered the obelisk.

"When the children of Israel would forsake God, they turned to worshipping idols. One of the idols they worshipped was the obelisk. God had specifically forbidden them to do so ...They were also told that, when they went into pagan nations, they 'shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars (obelisks) and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods and destroy them out of that place. Ye shall not do so unto the Lord your God'. Many other such warnings are also in the Bible. The following references use the same Hebrew word for 'pillar' (obelisk) but it is translated as 'images'. See: Exodus 23:24; 34:13 Deuteronomy 7:5; 16:22; 1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 10:26-27; 17:10; 18:4; 23:14; 2 Chronicles 14:3; 31:1; Hosea 10:1-2; and Micah 5:13 ... The Bible clearly states, 'Come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you' (2 Corinthians 6:17)." {Dr. Cathy Burns, "Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated", p. 343)

Listen to a particular instance in the Old Testament where God ordered a godly Israeli king to destroy the elements of Baal and slay all the participants, specifically singling out obelisks.

"As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, Jehu said to the guards and to the officers, Go in and slay them; let none escape. And they smote them with the sword; and the guards or runners before the king and the officers threw their bodies out and went into the inner dwelling of the house of Baal. They brought out the pillars or obelisks of the house of Baal and burned them. They broke down the pillars of Baal and the house of Baal, and made it forever unclean a privy to this day. Thus Jehu rooted Baal out of Israel." [2 Kings 10:26; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]

Notice that King Jehu destroyed the obelisks as part of his vigorous action to root the worship of Baal out of Israel. Further, once they destroyed the pillars (obelisks) and the house of Baal, all of this stuff was considered "forever unclean".

"YOU SHALL make for yourselves no idols nor shall you erect a graven image, pillar, or obelisk, nor shall you place any figured stone in your land to which or on which to bow down; for I am the Lord your God." [Leviticus 26:1; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]

Yet, the Roman Catholic Church brought this obelisk into her inner heart - St. Peter's Basilica in Rome! Continually does the Pope speak to the Catholic faithful surrounding this filthy obelisk, completely unaware that they are standing on a typical Satanic representation of the Great Sex Act. Furthermore, a dedicated pagan is required to "face the obelisk" three times daily. The position of the obelisk is such that the Pope can easily face it daily in worship.

Now, notice what God commanded: No one and no nation was to "erect a graven image, pillar, or obelisk, nor shall you place any figured stone in your land to which or on which to bow down". Thus, the Roman Catholic Church absolutely, completely, and utterly sinned against God Almighty when they brought that obelisk into St. Peter's Basilica! The original object of an obelisk is to be worshipped, because pagans believe a spirit of the Sun God Ra resides within. Just bringing in this obelisk, sitting in a Satanic 8-Fold Path of Enlightenment Circle, was absolutely forbidden by God's righteous commandment in Leviticus 26:1.

Dr. Burns confirms the pagan belief of an obelisk within a circle.

"Another name for the four-sided pillar is the obelisk. Pillars have always been worshipped as gods. In Egypt, the obelisk stood for the sun god. The New Age Magazine had an article by 33° Mason, Henry Ridgely Evans, in which he said that Osiris, the god of the underworld, was also depicted in the form of a pillar. In fact, in "Numbers: Their Occult Power and Mystic Virtues" we find that the 'lingum' (the male sex organ) was an upright pillar ... The Sun God was certainly the generator of life, light, and heat, the 'male principle', and this was symbolically represented by the Phallus or Lingam, which was some picture ... of the human male generative organ. The most frequent illustration was of a pillar set up in the center of a circle ... the 'female principle' ... the word 'obelisk' literally means 'Baal's shaft', or Baal's organ of reproduction." ("Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated", p. 340-341)

How disgusting this Roman Catholic symbolism truly is in the sight of God! Yet, this was a major instance where the Roman Catholic Church reached into ancient Satanism to "claim as their own" a major symbol of the worship of the Egyptian Sun God, Ra, and of Baal later in Canaan,. When Roman Catholicism "turned to a previously successful strategy claiming" a Satanic symbol as their own, they violated all God's commandments as to how to keep separate from all evil. Thus, Focus On The Family is encouraging their members to emulate the pagan Catholic by turning to a "previously successful strategy claiming" the celebration of Halloween as a 'christian' holiday.


Halloween a "Hall of Faith"?

"The following three hundred years continued to see men, women, and children inducted into that same hall of faith. Nor did the list end with the legitimizing of Christianity. In every generation, followers of Jesus Christ have had their faith put to the test, without relenting, without recanting and without compromising even in the face of death. This is what the night of Halloween was established to contemplate and celebrate." ("Redeeming Halloween", p. 17)

Once again, we can get to this point of view only if we believe that the Roman Catholic Church was a pure, genuinely saved Church, which she most assuredly is not! At the time Pope Boniface IV was signing the decree to move the All Saints Day to May 13, and combine the celebration of all saints into one day, people were being murdered in the newly-established Inquisition! (Peter Tomkins, "The Magic of Obelisks", p. 55).

What nonsense! What a spiritually fatal syncretization of pagan belief and true Christianity. In Part 3 of this series, we shall present the Biblical argument against such deplorable action. However, for now, let us continue this discussion of a spiritual Hall of Fame of Faith, supposedly connected to honoring the saints through Halloween. (Notice that these authors blessed by Focus On The Family also believe in "redeeming" Easter and Christmas.)

"No one can deny such a cause is worthy of Christian participation. Yet, the argument remains that the season has become so distorted, it has gone beyond redemption. Believe it nor not, at one time, the same argument was made about Christmas. In the seventeenth century, many Protestants decided that true believers should not recognize Christmas because of its ties to pagan roots, and because it was seen as an exclusively Catholic holiday ... Even today, there are some who reject Easter, what many consider the Christian churches most holy holiday, because of its supposed pagan ties. To both groups, these holidays seem unredeemable." ( Wier & McCune, p. 17)

Now the matter is getting clearer. Focus On The Family and these two authors want Christians to cozy up to every single pagan holiday on the calendar! The issue is not just Halloween; the real issue is that they want us to practice Easter, Halloween, and Christmas, even though each of these holidays are pagan to the core and take the place of the true worship of the Savior. If you have not read our comparison between Jesus Christ and Santa Claus, please take a moment to do so now. You will not believe the systematic manner in which the legend of Santa was created to parallel the truth of Jesus Christ.

Now, let us return to the next segment, where we see that these Focus On The Family twist Scripture and Biblical doctrine to support their argument that Christians should "redeem" the date of Halloween.

"Unless the primary work of God in the world is understood, we will continue to struggle with the same dilemma. It is clear from the Word of God that redemption is God's primary work. Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, every act of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit has centered on the task of redeeming something lost ... If Halloween is just one more empty way of life in your family, we challenge you to consider the power of the blood of Christ, which brings something worthy out of something worthless ... We hope to inspire you to take back the celebration that rightly belongs to the people of God and restore the purpose for which it was established." (Ibid., p. 18-19)

What sheer, unadulterated nonsense this seemingly pious and knowledgeable statement truly is! Based upon a pretended Biblical understanding of "redemption", we are being encouraged to start participating in a Halloween originally set up by a bloody Roman Catholic Pope for the purpose of recognizing the martyrdom of "saints", and for the purpose of aligning the Catholic calendar with the pagan.


Let us check our Dictionary of Theological Terms to see what Biblical "redemption" truly is, for only then can we see what "redemption" is not.

"REDEMPTION: In a general sense, the saving purpose and revelation of God in Christ Jesus ... the deliverance of God's elect from a state of sin into a state of salvation by the means and merit of the ransom of Christ on their behalf. Redemption in the Greek Scripture is 'lustrosis' sometimes, but most frequently 'apolutrosis', is the deliverance of any one from captivity and misery by the intervention 'lutrou' of a price or ransom. That this ransom, or price of our deliverance ws the blood of Christ is evident ... This is the chief term the NT uses to express the idea of redemption. It has one meaning only: to release by the payment of a ransom. That ransom price was the sacrificial death, the atoning blood, of the Lord Jesus Christ (Tit. 2:14)." [Alan Cairns, "Dictionary of Theological Terms: Ready Reference of Over 800 Theological and Doctrinal Terms", p. 371]

Now that you know the true Biblical meaning of the word, "redemption", can you see how blasphemous Focus On The Family is being with this idea of Christians "redeeming" the Festival of Death known as Halloween? Let us count the ways this concept is blasphemous:

1) Only elect people are redeemed, not places, not things, and certainly not pagan holidays.

2). The price of any spiritual redemption is the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross. Is Focus On The Family really suggesting that the blood of Jesus Christ redeem such a pagan, death-based celebration as Halloween? (Read again the last part of the quote, above, on pages 18-19!) People can be redeemed out of paganism, but paganism itself will eternally be the enemy of Jesus Christ! His precious blood did not "redeem" any of the Baal celebrations; on the contrary, God ordered that all such vestiges of Baal worship be destroyed, and participants slain by the sword.

Since Halloween traces all the way back to the same occult headwaters which produced Baal worship, the Egyptian and Babylonian Mysteries, we realize that we cannot "redeem" Halloween!

3) We are being asked to "redeem" a completely false idea of what the Catholic Church really did on 610 AD and 714 AD. Corrupt, bloody Popes declared a holiday on 610 AD, moving it to October 31 (Halloween) in order to align Catholic celebrations with rank pagan celebrations. Wier and McCune are lying to us!

Suggesting Jesus' Parables Are Not Really Reality

In the chapter, "Pumpkins, Legends & Lanterns", Wier and McCune tell their readers that "fables" about pumpkins, hobgoblins, Jack-O-Lanterns, and the Devil really tell valuable moral lessons about life. (This is the same basis as Christians tried to justify reading the terribly occult novels of Harry Potter)

Listen as these authors pick up this theme after telling a common fable about "Stingy Old Jack".

"The moral is, a life lived in selfishness is a life without light ... Fables such as this have long been used for teaching moral and spiritual lessons. In the Bible, Jesus used parables to teach significant truths. He was a master storyteller ... Perhaps you remember a story Jesus told about a man who died, and finding himself in Hades, begged God to send a message back to his brothers urging them to repent so they might not find themselves in hs torment one day (Luke 16:19-31). Fables, stories, and parables, though they don't always stick to reality, can make a lasting impression on those who hear them." (Wier & McCune, p. 39)

What nonsense is this? These authors are committing serious blasphemy here. Consider:

1) Jesus' parables are being compared with the fable of "Stingy Old Jack" in the Irish occult tradition!

2) Wier & McCune actually state that Jesus' parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man "did not stick to reality"! Most Fundamental Bible scholars believe that Jesus' account here was not a parable at all, but an actual scene which Jesus is simply describing. Further, when these authors strongly suggest that Jesus' words here are fable, not reality, they are casting doubt on the Inerrancy of all of the Holy Bible. This heresy is getting serious, indeed.


Using Same Rationale Aaron Used When He Fashioned The Golden Calf

In a section entitled, "Tips For Pumpkin Carving" (Pages 40-41), Wier and McCune present tips as to how to present Gospel Truth from a pumpkin which the Druids used to fill with human fat from their sacrifices and in which they would place the candle wick! Can you imagine anything more hideous than to suggest that a person could bring precious eternal Truth about our Savior from such a Satanic situation? Listen:

TIPS FOR PUMPKIN CARVING -- Devotional Ideas: Be like a Halloween pumpkin: a source of light on a dark night. As your family transforms a pumpkin into a decorative lantern, use the process to teach how we ourselves can be a better light source.


* Cutting open the top: Have the mind of Christ to think and act as He would (1 Cor 2:16)
* Cleaning out the seeds: Confess your sins so God can clean them out (1 John 1:9)
* Carving new eyes: Instead of looking at the faults of others, use your eyes to examine your own faults (Matt 7:3-5)
* Carving a nose: Don't be a proud person with your nose in the air ... (Proverbs 13:10)
> * Carving ears: Listen to gain knowledge and tune your ears to wisdom from others (Proverbs 23:12)
* Lighting the candle: When you try to think, act, see, listen and speak as Christ, then your 'whole body is full of light ... (Luke 11:35)

On the next page, these authors present suggestions as to how to use these formerly pagan objects to share the Gospel.

Are you aware that Araon vainly attempted the same argument when Moses confronted him with his sin of creating the golden calf before which the people of Israel were worshipping, a worship which had degenerated in an orgy (Exodus 32)? Aaron claimed he did not create the golden calf to represent a pagan god, but to be the central worship object during a "Feast To The Lord". God refused to accept this inane excuse.

Let us quickly review this story: Exodus 32 (Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)

"WHEN THE people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, [they] gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, Up, make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him." (Verse 1)

At this point, Aaron ordered the people to give him all their gold jewelry so he could melt it down to produce the calf. Listen carefully to Aaron's words of rationalization as he finishes the fully-formed calf.

"And he received the gold at their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it a molten calf; and they said, These are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt! And when Aaron saw the molten calf, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord." (Verses 4-5)

Aaron was attempting to "redeem" the worship of this golden calf.

Aaron had just finished forming a pagan calf which the people had regularly worshipped while living in Egypt! This calf was pagan. Yet, Aaron had the gall to declare that he had formed it so the people could worship it during a "feast to the Lord". In the Biblical account, we see the people rising up early the next morning to begin worshipping the true Lord God through this golden pagan calf. Notice how quickly the "feast to the Lord" breaks down into the same type of licentious behavior so common to pagan feasts. This "feast to the Lord" quickly became an orgy.

"And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play (Verse 6) ... And as soon as he came near to the camp he saw the calf and the dancing. And Moses' anger blazed hot and he cast the tables out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain (Verse 19) ... And when Moses saw that the people were unruly and unrestrained (for Aaron had let them get out of control, so that they were a derision and object of shame among their enemies) (Verse 25)."

Either a people will be controlled by the Holy Spirit in their worship activities, or they will be controlled by the spirit of Satan. In this instance, Aaron created a pagan Egyptian calf and brazenly declared that he was going to make this calf the central object in a "feast to the Lord"! The people may even have believed him, but soon, the great majority of them were seized with the devilish spirit of licentiousness, and they began to get out of control. Usually, this kind of scene means the people were drunk and publicly sexually promiscuous.

When Moses observed what had happened, several acts of punishment quickly occurred. God was not going to accept Aaron's feeble excuse that he intended the golden calf to be used in a "feast to the Lord"! Yet, this is exactly what Focus On The Family is encouraging Christians to do with Halloween; the rest of this book deals primarily with many details as to how a Christian can participate in a demonic, pagan "Festival of the Dead", clinging to the deception of Aaron, that he was using a pagan object to glorify the One True God.

Listen to Moses' punishment:

"And he took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder and scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it." (Verse 20)

"Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Whoever is on the Lord's side, let him come to me. And all the Levites [the priestly tribe] gathered together to him. And he said to them, Thus says the Lord God of Israel, Every man put his sword on his side and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor. And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses; and there fell of the people that day about 3000 men." (Verses 26-28)

The "Sin of Aaron" cost the lives of 3,000 men and untold numbers of women who had participated in this pagan activity. God's anger originally was so great that He was going to annihilate the whole nation. In fact, when God told Moses what the Israelites were doing, He used very strong language which is totally applicable to this sorry situation.

"The Lord said to Moses, Go down, for your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves." (Verse 7)

Notice that God said the people had corrupted themselves by attempting to worship Him through a pagan object! Also notice what God did NOT say to Moses. He did not tell Moses to go down to the people in order to "redeem" this pagan celebration and/or the pagan golden calf. Instead, the people were forced to drink a solution of water and gold powder, after which Moses ordered soldiers to kill the main participants, totalling 3,000 men!

Before you swallow ths lie being told by Focus On The Family, i.e., that it is OK to participate Halloween, carefullly consider the "Sin of Aaron". God considered his practice "corrupt" and punished the people severely, and so will He do with you!


In this segment, we have seen the disastrous results of cozying up to paganism, thinking that you could "redeem" that object for the Lord. God refused to allow Aaron to get away with such an abomination, and He will refuse to allow you to get away with it, either. Do not be deceived into thinking that you can actually participate in this evil and still obtain Jesus' blessing. As the Apostle Paul warned so many years ago:

"Let no one delude and deceive you with empty excuses and groundless arguments for these sins, for through these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of rebellion and disobedience. So do not associate or be sharers with them." (Ephesians 5:6-7; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)

Now, we shall proceed to Part 3, where we shall see more of the "empty excuses and groundless arguments for these sins" which are contained toward the back of this book. We shall also study the severe condemnation that Bible utters against such syncretization, the combining of Christianity and Satanism. You will be surprised to hear how strong God's condemnation truly is.

Remember, this Focus On The Family book is not occurring in a vaccum. The world is rushing headlong into the period where Antichrist shall come striding out of World War III. New Age authors have boldly stated that their Christ cannot appear until and unless a significant proportion of them are conditioned to accept his claims. He will practice Black Magick Witchcraft (Daniel 8:23-25). Therefore, it is highly significant when Focus On The Family publishes and promotes a book in which they encourage Christians to participate in a Black Magick celebration.

Truly, the End of the Age is rushing upon us.

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