Halloween….. here we go again.

Well, I guess I will start with this.

My name is Mark Bishop.

As a former witch who is now involved in outreach to the folks walking in witchcraft’s many forms, I feel the need to respond to yet another article that has been brought to my attention dealing, erroneously, with the subject of Halloween.

As the author of a piece at Answers in Genesis, Paul S. Taylor has trotted out a few of the half-truths that have been running around the church for years and deserve to be looked at with a different light.  I have no issues at all with his assertion that this is one heavily debated topic in the western church.  His next paragraph contains some good and some bad.. :

“The history of Halloween should give cause for concern.”   Why?  I would think the present of Halloween would be of more concern.

“It was originally the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This was a night when the spirits of the dead allegedly walked abroad, and it was thought that they could be conjured to do the will of those who summoned them.”          Actually, not quite right here either. The Celts lived in many areas and had their harvest festivals roughly at that time of year.  Samhain is somewhat different as it is a season where the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is thinner for some reason that I have never figured out.  It’s not actually tied to the man made calender that we use.

Rather than continue point by point, we’ll cut to the chase.

Halloween is not an ‘occult’ holiday.  If anything, it is the candy maker’s holiday.  Do some evil things happen then? yes. Sometimes even more than on other days.  October 31st is a day that the Lord has made, and we should rejoice in it too!  All the more since the local mission field will walk the path to our respective doors looking for treats, and getting prayer as well and maybe even age appropriate Gospel tracts to go with those treats.  No, the witches don’t really do much with Halloween except perhaps to make it a party, Any real work is done elsewhere, on a day usually not too far from it.

Are parents opening their children up to occult influences by letting them go ‘trick or treating’?  not really, but if the child goes, the parent better go since there are bad people in the world.  That is the real danger that is posed in the current times. A little different than in years gone by but not really different from any other day of the year when you shouldn’t let your children go wandering around unattended.

Yes, the culture is going downhill fast in many places, and this does have an effect on all days, including October 31st.  As with many things though, it is a matter of intent. You won’t be accidentally dabbling in the occult by celebrating Halloween, just don’t engage in some of the more ignorant things that go on… such as intentionally trying to contact the spirit world…

There is much more to the subject, but it will have to wait for another time.

An ExWitch’s Nightmare

Imagine, if you will, that you are in church.. in your usual seat.

The preacher is a guest evangelist, a Brother in the Lord that has been used to introduce many people to Jesus over the years.  Somehow he gets to the topic of Halloween and it’s associated evils…..

I know how it happens… He spoke of things that he learned back when even more of the church was in the thrall of Irvine, Brown and others with their tall tales about things they used to do.  Personally I tend to view their books as church horror novels, rather than non-fiction.

So…. come a little further with me and hear this dear man of God say that Halloween is Satan’s HIgh Holy day, and that the missing children on various signs won’t be seen again because they’ve been killed by satanists. Then there is the point about LaVey being active and recruiting in the military.

Now as you hear this, remember that you are hearing it with the understanding borne of many years in the occult.  After all, you are a Former Witch.  So you know that he’s wrong on these points, and you know that there is not one thing you can do to keep the rest of the brethren from hearing and believing these statements….. And wondering what they will inadvertently say to some witch or pagan to drive them further away from Jesus due to this night.

Thank you for walking with me through my Sunday evening service Nightmare.   Instead of just hoping no one paid attention to those points of the message, a little bit of education follows:

Halloween:  currently the Candy Maker’s holiday, with a little thrown  in for costume makers as well.   A day loosely corresponding with Samhain and various harvest festivals in the Northern hemisphere.  Another day that the Lord has made. :)  Rejoice and be glad in it, and pray for all the children that beat a path to your door that day.

Missing young folks:  I will give them this; there are people out there that kill.  Some for spiritual power.  Some of them might even be in this country. Maybe.    The vast majority of witches, satanists, wiccans, neo-pagans, satanists, neo-druids etc.. wouldn’t dream of such behavior.  Yes, I did list satanists twice. There are at least two main types… theistic (worship satan) and philosophical (worship self).

Think that’s confusing?  Wait!  there’s More!…. more flavors of witches than flavors of christians.  Lump them all together, you can not.

As for Lavey….  unimportant.   There have been atheists, witches, wiccans, healers, and satanists in the military since well before his arrival on the scene.   At least when they come out into the open, you can know who to pray for.

Mark Bishop

“From the Craft to Christ” by S.A. Tower

Well, it’s arrived. The newest ExWitch book is about to hit the stores..
My copy has come and been read already.

In this work, “From the Craft to Christ” By S.A. Tower, is an accounting of various former witches and their paths through life on their way to walking with Jesus.

It is straightforward in the beginning sections where the discussion trends to why people land on the magik paths and what the church should be doing in response to this trend. As well as discussing some of the newer fads in the church that smack of witchcraft, and some of the church myths are addressed as they pertain to what witches really do and are.

The work is written primarily from the perspective of Wicca, which makes sense as most of the folks involved, including the author were Wiccans.

As normal, I don’t fit the cookie mold. But Ms. Tower put my testimony as chapter number fifteen anyway. :)

Pre-ordering is done and they have shipped, but this book should be
available in the stores on Sept 14th.

I truly do recommend it as a sane, honest treatment of the subject of witches and the church.

http://fromthecrafttochrist.com/

Are Christians pagan……..

So here we go again.

Honestly though, is seems like nothing has changed, which is a pity.

I came across this picture on facebook that addresses things which I have had to deal with in the past.. so here…. lets start with what it says.

“Hebrew Roots is an occult?

Christianity has adopted Christmas/pagan idol worshiop of winter solstice yule god,  pagan idol worship of Ishtar/Easter, 40 days of lent/40 days weaping for Tammuz, The Lord’s day/pagan day of Sol invictus the sun god.

I’m sorry…. who is in an occult? ”

Now, discounting the poor wording and grammar, we’ll take a look at the content.

First, I don’t know who ‘Hebrew Roots’ is, I would think they are an offshoot of the Messianic movement which is fine by me.. The problem here is that this person is spouting the same nonsense I found on the web years ago.

Christmas.  Okay, since when is celebrating the birth of Jesus pagan?…    and ‘winter solstice yule god’  really?  Why do people think that celebrating the Saviour’s birth is worshiping that creature?  Something to ponder there….   moving on now.

Pagan idol worship of Ishtar….. does not equal Easter at all, which is when I celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

’40 days of lent/ 40 days weaping for Tammuz’   so okay… I have no idea and am not even looking it up right now.. I admit to having lint in my dryer but that’s about it.

‘The Lord’s day/Pagan day of Sol Invictus the sun god.’  The first day of the week was designated as the Lord’s day… has nothing to do with Sol Invictus… sun god my eye…. in which tradition?

I think what disturbs me most is the exwitch that was seemingly in agreement with this mess… She should know better since with worship, it is a matter of intent more than anything else.  I am sorry for them if some misinformed folks are equating them as being in the occult, but….. the followers of Jesus are not.

I am actually going to deal with something else as well… just for those who buy into the whole ‘pagan christianity’ nonsense.   If you are going to say that because some pagan somewhere did things on a certain day or in a certain way, that christians are pagan….. you better stop cooking your food, and living in shelters because pagans did that… oh and birthdays…. oh yeah, before I forget; there is pretty much a pagan holiday on every calender day of the year somewhere, in some tradition or other so you better stop using the calender and stop celebrating on those days…. or worshiping on them… or anything else……    feel free to go hide in a dark corner somewhere safe though.