Living Hallowed on an Unhallowed Eve

Here are two Biblical principles to help us think through living holy on an unholy holiday

Bible Exposition

To any Christian who is trying to live holy before God in this world, Halloween poses a unique challenge because Halloween celebrates death and darkness, two principles that Christians are called to overcome through Christ.

Recall how many times Israel incurred the wrath of God because she abandoned her holiness and adopted the wicked customs of the world around her, yet many Christians ignore this warning by abandoning their Christ-centered distinctiveness each year to array themselves in costumes of violence, death, sorcery, adultery, and debauchery while enjoying parties that celebrate death and fear rather than the celebration of life and light that Christians are called to.

The clash between Halloween and Christianity is very clear: Halloween is often about darkness, death, sorcery, fear, and idolatry, whereas the gospel is about light, life, the resurrection, love, and worship in the communion of the Spirit.

One of the real and present dangers…

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God’s Answer to Sin: 1st John 2:1-2

Exposition of 1st John 2:1-2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdJnkLBp0Bg&feature=youtu.be Introduction In John’s first movement, he explains how Christians experience eternal life in fellowship with joy, and to do that he begins with the nature of God. He shows that God’s nature is holy and entirely separate from all darkness; there’s no shadow of deception or unrighteousness in the …

Bible Translation: Dynamic Equivalence and Natural Language – Dr. Mounce

Bible translation is the work that undergirds all faithful Bible-based ministry. Without our translations of the Bible, access to God’s word would be restricted to an elite class of the individuals who possess the necessary educations to read the original languages. Yet, God has preserved his word and provided access to his eternal word through …

The Prologue: 1st John 1:1-4 Sermon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8qu1Lhs_NY&feature=youtu.be Authorship The author of 1 John claims to be an eyewitness of Christ (1 John 1:1–3) Emphasizes his sensory perception of Jesus, “the Word of life” Testifies to what was physically revealed to the apostles Unfortunately, Johannine authorship and the author’s claim to eyewitness testimony has come under attack from modern scholars Many suggest …