It is that time of the year. Halloween. As a Christian it is a time were we seem more alert of the dark forces(I sound like a Jedi). We see witches, zombies, ghost, vampires..etc. Things that are..lets face it..evil. I am not going to take the time to go into whether or not we should participate in Halloween (dressing up, going door to door for candy, etc) but, I am going to address what is at play during this time. Also, the question I want to tackle is:
Should a christian go to a haunted house?
Not many realize the evil that is in things like a Haunted House. Whether it is considered a legitimate “haunted house” or it is one made up for entertainment. There is truly an evil that is upon each place.
Think about this, when David sang before King Saul(who had a hard heart towards David) his heart began to change. Why? Because the presence of the Lord was upon David as he ministered in music to the King. Now if there is the spirit of the Lord in this situation, what kind of spirit would be in an evil situation, or song, or movie, or a haunted house?
Many think Haunted Houses are “good fun”. What is in a haunted house? Witches, gore, murder scenes, devils, demons, ghost, chained up people screaming, blood, ..evil things! Am I wrong? All things that represent the occult, satanic things, and people who have evil intent. These people want to scare you! Bring you to fear. AS CHRISTIANS, WE ARE NOT TO FEAR. This is not “good entertainment” for a christian. I know the world likes to glorify evil. But we are not part of the world. Nothing GOOD comes out of these kinds of places. Nothing. It is evil from beginning to end.
I think about the Christians in other countries who, are being persecuted, and who have come out of the occult. They would not go to a haunted house. Why? They have seen real demons, they have witnessed people being tortured, killed, in ways that are unthinkable. Why would they ever suggest to anyone to partake or witness this stuff in fun?
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” Ephesians 6:10-12
The demonic realm is real!
Very real. My Dad use to work at Teen Challenge. He had a student that was trying to get right with the Lord. He had told my dad that there were times he could see demons going into the rooms of certain students. I know people who have seen demons in their homes. They hated how they felt. And wanted to do whatever it would take to get them to leave! We know that we fight against these demons. They try their very best to torment us.Why would we “entertain” ourselves with things that we fight against? It was no laughing matter for those who have felt oppressed or possessed by the demons.
How do we know they roam around?
“When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’Luke 11:24
So we see here, that demons do roam around trying to find a “home”. Whether within someone or something. We know that when Jesus cast out the demons they asked to be put into pigs. (Matthew 8:28-34)
And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”Mark 1:21-28
Demons shutter at the Lord. They knew what power He had or has! THAT IS AWESOME! If you are going to the Haunted House to cast out demons in Jesus name…that is one thing. But, if you are going for entertainment…I’m not sure that is the entertainment that a Christian should participate in. Especially, when we know demonic forces roam around.
Many Christians are “lukewarm” and would be easily swayed by the demonic activity in these places. Acts 19:11-20 tells us of men who tried to cast out demons. But, the demons did not recognize the authority of these individuals. The point of this story, ONLY in the name of Jesus can we do anything. So if we are not walking in His authority, we have no business dealing with demonic forces.
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” 1 Timothy 4:1
This verse right here explains why so many Christians are interested in these things.We are living in the last day. You can argue with me about that but, it is more true now then ever. Evidence is all around, if you know the word.
Friend,I know it seems like fun but there are some things we truly need to stay away from. I can’t force you to not go to one. That is between you and the Lord, and your own convictions. I just want to encourage you to use good wisdom and judgement. As we should with all things.