Purpose Driven Halloween has a New Purpose

Remember back when all the Purpose Driven churches began to offer alternative celebrations to Halloween?  The argument was that these events would give the church the ability to reach out to the community sharing the love and message of Christ in a way that kept kids safe, brought the family together, and took the focus off the negative side of Halloween and turned it in some way to Jesus Christ.  This was a while back and some of you may not remember the debates, but I do.  Trunk-or-Treat, Fall Fest, Harvest Days and all sorts of events got their start as a “godly alternative” to Halloween.  However, something recently changed.

This may be a local phenomenon, so I would be interested in getting some feedback, but on our way back from dinner last night (Halloween is a great time to get into your favorite restaurant with no crowd) I noticed the Purpose Driven Churches were dark and quiet.  Gone were the clowns, bouncy-houses and inflatable slides.  And the locked doors weren’t just found at one Purpose Driven church, but several.  I intentionally drove around a bit looking to see what was happening.  After asking someone in-the-know, I learned what had happened.  All the churches have now changed their festival nights to the night before Halloween so as to allow kids to attend the festival and attend the local trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods.  Think about that for moment.  Myself, I find this to be very telling.  For all these churches to do it tells me there must be a new philosophy or marketing plan behind this new practice (yes, Purpose Driven churches hire marketing firms and consultants).  It also tells me that at their heart, they really don’t see anything all that bad about the secular Halloween practices as they no longer feel the need to offer an alternative.  Instead, they consciously try to work around the traditional event schedule of the pagan holiday.  Another interesting thing I have seen the last few years is that almost anybody is welcome at these Church events.  Almost anybody.  Costumes of any sort, even gruesome ones celebrating or trivializing the reward for sin (that being death) are fine but you better not bring any gospel tracts or try witnessing to anyone.  That will get you thrown out.  The “Christian” who wishes to mingle with the community is fine but Christian who wishes to share Christ with them will be shown to the gate.

I’m not sure what this all adds up to or what the end-game of the new Purpose Driven methods are, but I know what they aren’t.  Christ isn’t preached, the Bride of Christ (the Church) is displayed as being no different from the world in any way, and the pagan festivals of the world are given the blessings of the Church.  Any true Christian Brothers who may be found there will be made to feel very uncomfortable if not asked to leave.  so I ask, does this new purpose of the Purpose Driven church sound like a Holy Spirit led, Cross-focused purpose or something else?  I know they have a purpose (they always do), but more and more I am coming to believe that it’s a very dark one.  Maybe next year I will attend a few of these events dressed as a wolf inside a sheep costume and see if anyone notices the irony…

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One Comment on “Purpose Driven Halloween has a New Purpose”

  1. paula sauls Says:

    OH HOLY GOD HOW CAN SO MANY PEOPLE BE DECEIVED I GROW WEARY AT TIMES BUT ALL TRUE BELIEVERS MUST STAND FOR THE TRUTH THE WORD OF GOD IS TRUTH WE MUST LIVE BY IT WE HAVE SO MANY THINGS GOING ON IN OUR OWN LIVES THAT IS SO CALLED TRADITION THROW AWAY ALL FLESHLY THINGS AND KEEP YOUR EYES AND HEART ON THE PRIZE WE WILL ONE DAY STAND BEFORE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF OUR LIVES I SOMETIMES PRAY LORD JESUS PLEASE COME BACK BUT I LOOK AT ALL THE LOST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO HATE GOD AND I AM REMINDED OF GOD’S MERCY FOR ME JESUS DIED FOR ME THEN I PRAY LORD JESUS PLEASE HAVE MERCY I KNOW THAT EACH PERSON WILL GET JUSTICE.THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST PRAISE GOD FOR PEOPLE WHO TAKE A STAND IN THIS DARK PLACE EVEN IF YOU OR I STAND ALONE MY ONLY GRANDDAUGHTER WAS PARTICIPATING IN HALOWEEN I TOLD HER THAT IT WAS ABOUT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND I DID NOT LIKE IT SHE IS ONLY 2 AND A HALF YEARS OLD SHE HELPS ME HAND OUT GOSPEL TRACTS SHE BOLDLY SAYS JESUS CHRIST IS LORD I PRAY LORD JESUS PLEASE MAKE HER UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE LORD INDEED I PRAY THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL ONE DAY CALL HER NAME AND GIVE HER TRUE FAITH AND TRUE REPENTANCE.I DON’T KNOW ANY TRUE FOLLOWERS OF THE LORD I AM SORRY FOR SUCH A LONG REPLY BY THE WAY HALOWEEN AT ABOUT 5 P.M. I WAS OUT SHARING WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE IN MY CAR AND WE SAY A LADY BROKE DOWN ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD RIGHT IN FRONT OF A HUGE CHURCH DOING TRUNK OR TREAT I SAW MANY CARS PULL IN AS I TURNED AROUND TO GO BACK TO HELP HER SHE WAS HOLDING A GAS CAN I WEPT I STOPPED TOOK THE CAN WENT AND GOT GAS AND GAVE THE WOMAN MONEY FOR MORE GAS AND FOLLOWED HER TO THE STORE SHE SHARED WITH ME THAT SHE JUST FOUND OUT SHE WAS PREGNANT OF COURSE I TOLD HER THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD AND GAVE HER GOSPEL TRACTS THAT ME AND MY HUSBAND WRITE.SHE TRIED TO GIVE ME DIAMONDS I TOLD HER THAT JESUS CHRIST THE HOLY SPITIT OF THE LIVING GOD LIVES INSIDE OF ME HE LED ME TO STOP I HAD GIVEN AWAY ALL MY JEWELRY I DON’T NEED DIAMONDS ANYMORE. I AM REMINDED NOW OF JESUS CHRIST BEING THE PRECIOUS JEWEL SELLING EVERYTHING TO BUY JESUS CHRIST IS WORTHY OF ALL OF OUR LIVES EVERY MINUTE OF EVERYDAY WE MUST REMEMBER THAT HE ALONE IS MASTER WE ARE SLAVES OF A PERFECT MASTER KING JESUS AND A SERVANT TO ALL PEOPLE.IT IS NOT AN EASY ROAD TO HEAVEN WE MUST CONTINUALLY FIGHT THE FIGHT AND PRESS TOWARD THE PRIZE JESUS CHRIST IS WORTHY.I LOVE YOU AND AM PRAYING FOR YOUR FAMILY PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAND UP AND SPEAK THE TRUTH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS WATCHING BOLDLY PROCLAIM THAT SIN IS SIN AND ANYTHING THAT DOES NOT GLORIFY GOD IS SIN WE MUST FIGHT THE WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY.DO YOU HAVE ANY BIBLE STUDY MATERIAL THAT IS TRUTH BUT THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A THEOLOGIAN TO LEARN AND GROW I NEED HELP .PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND I MYSELF TRY TO MAKE DISCIPLES IN MY EVERDAY LIFE PEOPLE CAN’T BELIEVE OR REPENT BUT WE MUST COMMAND THEM TO DO SO GOD ALONE CAN RAISE A DEAD WICKED SINNER.GOD ALONE RAISED ME PRAISE BE TO GOD JESUS CHRIST IS MY LORD A SLAVE FOR MY MASTER SOMEBODY ASKED ME THE OTHER DAY WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING I SAID I AM A SLAVE OF JESUS CHRIST AND A SERVANT TO ALL PEOPLE I CORINTHIANS 9;19-27 WE MUST CONTINUE ON AND CONTINUALLY EXAMINE OURSELVES WHAT IT HORROR IT WOULD BE TO ONE DAY STAND BEFORE JESUS CHRIST AND HEAR THE TERRIFYING WORDS ‘DEPART FROM ME I NEVER KNEW YOU’OH LORD LET US CONTINUALLY MAKE OUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE.GOD BLESS Paula Sauls

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