The Devil's Trick Is No Treat!
By David J. Stewart | October 2013
2nd Corinthians 11:3, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
I was driving down the street yesterday in Knoxville, Tennessee and saw a church sign that read, “THE DEVIL'S TRICK IS NO TREAT.” With Halloween just two weeks away, I quickly understood why that message was displayed. The Devil is a big liar. In fact, Jesus called Satan the father of all liars in John 8:44. Satan has been tricking (deceiving) people since the Garden Of Eden, when he tricked Eve, destroying her and her family's lives. Oh, listen my friend... Sin Is A Losing Game | Download MP3 (a life-changing sermon by Pastor Tom Malone)
The saying “Trick or Treat” has been around for the past century, but has been extremely popular since the 1950's when popularized in American culture.
Although it is unknown precisely where and when the phrase “trick or treat” was coined, the custom had been firmly established in American popular culture by 1951, when trick-or-treating was depicted in the Peanuts comic strip. In 1952, Disney produced a cartoon called “Trick or Treat” featuring Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.
The demonic cliché has been commercialized into a $5,770,000,000 a year industry in the United States for candy, costumes and other Halloween related supplies. The meaning behind the phrase is quite simple, that is, give me a treat or I'll do something bad to you! The implications are a horrifying character lesson for children of all ages... Give me a treat or face the consequences! It may seem like harmless fun to most people, but if you really think about it (and we all should), it's a horrible precedent to set for kids. The dark history behind Halloween is disturbing. The pagan holiday undeniably has its origins in witchcraft.
In October of 2012, Christian Post Reporter Alex Murashko interviewed a former witch, Seleah Ally, who revealed in her book, TAKEN FROM THE NIGHT: A WITCHES ENCOUNTER WITH GOD, that witchcraft is closely connected with feminism...
Christian Post: We've all heard many stories about the origins of Halloween. As someone who has done a lot of research in this area can you give us a brief summary of what you believe to be the origins of the holiday celebrated in the U.S.?
Tower: Halloween as celebrated in the USA is a somewhat diluted version of various traditions mostly stemming from medieval times. Kids dressing in costume and going door to door looking for treats, which is one of the main Halloween events, can be found in "souling" or dressing in rags. This Dark Ages practice included going door to door in search for soul cakes in return for prayers for the deceased or in "guising" where masqueraders carried lanterns made of scooped-out turnips going door to door in hopes of being rewarded with cakes, fruit and money.
Today, adults and even teenagers have taken another medieval time tradition of demanding beer or ale while costumed in exchange for a performance as an opportunity to party. During the Dark Ages, many actually feared encounters with mischievous spirits and wore masks so that ghosts would mistake them for a fellow spirit if they had to go out at night.
Christian Post: What is it about witches in particular? You were drawn to a witch's "lifestyle" at one point in your life. Why the fascination from your perspective and why do so many others hold, in some cases, a peculiar obsession?
Tower: A witch has a certain mystique about her and for many the allure has to do with both the unknown and the unthinkable. It's our natural curiosity that causes us to be fascinated with the unknown and the witch portrays this mystery as well as the excitement of entertaining the unthinkable.
For me personally, the appeal was self-empowerment and the feminine aspect of witchcraft. The lifestyle enabled me the freedom to make my own decisions according to how I saw fit and gave me the ability to put those changes into action through magic. I think a lot of people are looking for a hands-on spirituality where they can incorporate their own will rather than God's will. We live in a "me" focused society that's all about what "I" want. Part of it is the fault of churches because Christianity should not be a spectator religion. We are all part of the Body and each one of us has a significant part in the whole Church.
SOURCE: Halloween Season: Former Witch on Breaking From the Coven – Part 2
As you just read, Seleah Ally says that witchcraft appealed to her feminist instincts. Feminism is rebellion against God-ordained authority.
It is interesting in the preceding interview that Ms Ally connects witchcraft with feminism. The Bible does too! 1st Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” Feminism is rebellion against God-ordained masculine authority in the marriage, home, church and even God and the Bible. This is why the contemporary evil agenda of this filthy and crooked generation is a transgendered Bible (or a neutral gendered version of the Scriptures).
The Devil's trick is no treat. Satan's only will for your life is to hinder you from doing God's will. Satan will lie, cheat, connive and steal to hurt you if he can within God's permissive will. Bless God, the Devil cannot do anything to me without God's permission, because greater is He (Jesus Christ) Who lives in us than he (the Devil) Who is in the world (1st John 4:4). Just as God placed a hedge around Job so Satan couldn't touch him, so also does ever believer in Christ have a hedge between them and the powers of Satan. I am safe in my heavenly Father's hands!!!
2nd Corinthians 11:3-6, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.”
Don't be tricked by the Devil. If you always search the Scriptures for the truth, then you cannot be deceived by Satan. Roman Catholics have been tricked by Satan, because they trust the words of mortal men over the inspired Words of a divine God. Never trust in the flesh of mankind. Jeremiah 17:5, “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” We ought to trust only in the name of our precious Lord Jesus Christ!!!
Satan wants you to trust him. The Devil sends his ministers of unrighteousness, who are disguised the Bible says as ministers of righteousness (2nd Corinthians 11:13-15). Satan's game is deception (Matthew 7:13-15). The Bible plainly warns us of Satan's methods. How ironic and tragic that most people refuse to believe that the Devil is real. I heard professed atheist Bill Maher on TV this week challenging the existence of a literal Devil. Maher rejects Satan's existence. He doesn't believe it. Oh, how Satan deceives and blinds the minds of unbelievers to hinder them from seeing the truth of the light of the gospel (2nd Corinthians 4:4). Do you believe in a literal Devil?
Satan is a spirit, so you won't see him if you are looking for a character with horns, a red pitch fork and a tail. Demons are fallen angels, spirits. Man in not the fleshly human body; but rather, the spirit of a man is who he really is. Man's spirit is vulnerable through his soul and body to satanic influences (music, philosophies, lusts, alcohol, drugs, traditions, et cetera). These can all be used as mediums by which to contact the spirit world. Satan is often clearly seen operating through these mediums.
The Devil's lie is that you can drink alcohol and not get burned. My philosophy is that you can't get drunk if you don't take the first sip! You can't take two drinks of beer if you don't take the first. You cannot eat at the Devil's table without getting food poisoning!
The Devil has been tricking women into having abortions for nearly a half century now in the United States. Satan comes along subtly, as he did to Eve in the Garden of Eden, seemingly having good intentions; but the truth is that the Devil is a malicious liar whose only purpose is to steal, kill and destroy your life. The Devil's trick is no treat. Most women who have had abortions eventually wake up to the cold reality that they allowed their precious child to be murdered. That empty place at the dinner table will haunt them for the rest of their life. And the dark truth about abortion is that many women who have undergone surgical abortion procedures end up having multiple miscarriages when they do choose to stop whoring around and have a child.
The Devil is a beautiful liar! Sin is like cocaine, giving you that rush of pleasure for the first time, but it's all downhill from there! Sin will never be as fun as the first time, and it only gets worse and worse over time. Being right with the Lord, and knowing that you are right with the Lord, is the sweetest and most peaceful feeling in all the world. Sin cannot do that. Living for the Lord never leads to guilt, misery and sorrow. Amen! You cannot go wrong by clinging to the unchanging Word of God and living to please Him.
A clear example is all the open Satan worship in the heavy-metal music industry. Who can deny that Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Venom and Slayer all worship the Beast? To be tricked by the Devil always leads to severe consequences.
Perhaps Satan's most effective weapon is the unwillingness to forgive others. Some people think that they are being a good Christian by continually forcing a person to relive their sins and mistakes from the past; but in reality, you are hurting that person, and helping Satan to ruin that person and church. Listen to what the Apostle Paul says. 2nd Corinthians 2:10-11 “To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” Paul fully realized that Satan uses holding grudges to undermine churches.
In 1st Corinthians, we learn that open sin should not be tolerated in the church. Homosexuality, adultery, gossip, divorce, hatred, self-righteousness, indifference and feminism ought to be preached against from the pulpit. A pastor ought to preach uncompromisingly with God's unconditional love against sin. You don't preach against people; but rather, you preach against sin, and then if the shoe fits, wear it! Remember, the Holy Spirit always convicts you of PRESENT sins, but the Devil convicts you of PAST sins in an attempt to discourage you from serving God. Proverbs 10:12, “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.”
Ephesians 4:30-32, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
May we all be vigilant as the Bible commands in 1st Peter 5:8, because our adversary the Devil roameth about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Luke 17:26-27, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.”
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