Popular Christian activist Kirk Cameron recently made headlines with his comments regarding his thoughts on the celebration of Halloween. Many criticized his stance of the "pagan" holiday, while some Christians actually agreed with Cameron including pastor and author John MacArthur.
Cameron told the Christian Post in a recent interview that Christians should have the "biggest party" on their block for Halloween. The actor maintained, "Early on, Christians would dress up in costumes as the devil, ghosts, goblins and witches precisely to make the point that those things were defeated and overthrown by the resurrected Jesus Christ."
Immediately, media sources caught wind of Cameron's statement and poked fun at the fact that a Christian would say such a thing about a holiday originating in paganism and associated with devil worship. Even Christians online went back and forth with their thoughts on the matter.
Delving a little deeper into the popular Christian consensus of Halloween, it turns out many believers share Cameron's stance. This week, well-respected pastor John MacArthur shared a pro-Halloween article by Travis Allen asking his followers what their thoughts were on the holiday.
"First, Christians should not respond to Halloween like superstitious pagans," the article stated, "Pagans are superstitious; Christians are enlightened by the truth of God's Word."
The article titled 'Christians and Halloween' explained in detail the origins of the holiday. It said that the Celtic people of Europe and Britain who were pagan Druids believed the day marked the beginning of Winter, a time of year when crops and animals died because ghosts returned to Earth to kill their crops and possess the living. Those fears promoted the Druids to dress up in costume to look like a spirit and fool the wandering spirits.
The author however says, "Evil spirits are no more active and sinister on Halloween than they are on any other day of the year; in fact, any day is a good day for Satan to prowl about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)," going on to say, "Christians should respond to Halloween with cautionary wisdom."
Like Cameron, the article MacArthur shared advises that, "Christians should use Halloween and all that it brings to the imagination-death imagery, superstition, expressions of debauched revelry-as an opportunity to engage the unbelieving world with the gospel of Jesus Christ."
Cameron's statement and MacArthur's question both ignited several responses on social media, some agreeing and others calling Halloween the "devils day." Ultimately revealing that although many agree with Cameron, Christians overall are divided when it comes to the holiday.
The article MacArthur's shared ended by stating,
"Christian participation in Halloween is a matter of conscience before God," and advise that regardless of level of participation Christians "must honor God by keeping yourself separate from the world and by showing mercy to those who are perishing."
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