Halloween has become a million dollar industy. In fact, we just moved to the Halloween Capitol of the World (not sure if that’s been disputed) in Anoka, Minnesota. Homes are decorated to the hilt. There have been numerous celebrations, parades and candy distributed – encouraging children to destroy their teeth, but I digress.
There’s a dark side to this holiday as well. Demonic possession, witches, goblins, zombies and death permeate the darkness and, in days of old, were fended off by setting carved pumpkins outside the houses. Likewise darkness invaded the world at the beginning of creation, when Satan tempted Eve. He promised her knowledge equal to God’s, setting up the greatest battle ever between good and evil.
October 31st is not only a day for spooks and demons. On October 31, 1517, a lowly monk, named Martin Luther took on the Roman Catholic Church and listed 95 statements pertaining to false teachings that had integrated it. Those 95 theses were the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. This firestorm raged through Europe and the power of the newly invented printing press fueled it’s flames.
Today we see our churches under attack once more. The truth of the Bible is again being disputed. The fact that many are manipulating the Scriptures to fulfill their own thinking is a definite infiltration of Satan and his handiwork.
Luther was well aware of this and wrote about it in this verse of his hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”
Though devils all the world should fill,
All eager to devour us.
We tremble not, we fear no ill,
They shall not overpower us.
This world’s prince may still
Scowl fierce as he will,
He can harm us none,
He’s judged; the deed is done;
One little word can fell him.
Devils will continue to walk this earth until Christ returns to judge the world. Not one of us will escape His judgment. Yet those of us who have complete faith in God’s Word and it’s truth, can be confident that because of His great love for humanity, He sacrificed His own Son to take our place and forgive all of our sins. This love extends beyond death, because He also promises that when we die, we will inherit eternal life.
Luther was just a common, a sinner just like you and me, but He diligently searched the scriptures and found controversial differences in what the Bible said and what the church was teaching. We also need to be on guard that our church leaders are not distorting Biblical truth.
So what do Halloween and the Reformation have in common? Halloween is full of darkness, evil and sin. The Reformation occurred so that the world would once more see the Light and return to God’s Word for the truth.