2000-2002 Christians respond to Halloween

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Christian, don’t be ‘afraid’ to share Christ at Halloween

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Helpful tracts
Tracts help share the gospel message to children and their families on Halloween night.
      OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--It's Oct. 31, and porch lights on virtually every other house on your street are shining. Nearby trees are decorated with strings of lighted jack-o-lanterns and ghosts made of old sheets swaying in the breeze. Many of those other houses' doors are decorated with either a green-faced witch bearing a snaggle tooth grin or a hissing black cat with its back arched and muscles tensed in a pouncing posture.       As a Christian, however, you don't have your porch light on. Even the lights inside your home are dimmed in hopes that the kids in the neighborhood won't realize you're home.       "No trick-or-treating here," you mutter as you peer out through the shuttered windows.       The scenario above may be an exaggeration, but every year, Christians do face the dilemma of how to deal with the onslaught of images produced in conjunction with the public's fascination with Halloween.

Witch’s conversion evidences the power of Christian witness

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No place to hide
A person involved in witchcraft or other forms of the occult may frequent speciality shops like this one, but a Christian's witness can have staying power until faith takes hold.
      JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--Years ago, Halloween conjured up shrieking costumed children, pouncing up the driveway eagerly screaming for another candy treat. Few Christians worried about the magic or witchcraft found in fairy tales or in the television show "Bewitched."       Today, magic and witchcraft permeate American culture.       Bill Losasso, senior pastor of Pathways Community Church in Largo, Fla., regards the Sunshine State as "one of the three hotbeds for witchcraft along with Texas and California."

Note cultural trends in Halloween, religion writers’ newsletter advises

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Gone are the days of carefree, fun trick-or-treating around the neighborhood and donning superhero costumes for elementary school Halloween parties.

Halloween tracts serve as tool to spread gospel to children

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Trick-or-treaters will get more than a handful of candy this Oct. 31 when they knock on the door of someone participating in the American Tract Society's Halloween evangelism effort.       "ATS' newest 'Halloween Rescue Kit' gives Christians a tool to rescue Halloween this year with the sweet taste of salvation spelled out in treats and gospel tracts designed specifically for Halloween handout," said Dan Southern, president of ATS.

Judgement House effort ‘absolutely worth it’

CLEARWATER, Fla. (BP)--Tired of planning the same type of alternative Halloween youth event for Bethel Baptist Church in Moody, Ala., Tom Hudgins decided use the pagan holiday to present a gospel drama message. In 1983, the first production of "Judgement House" opened for two nights, with 500 people attending and 50 people making professions of faith.

FIRST-PERSON: Halloween raises questions of hell & believing what the Bible teaches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–About 10 years ago, end-times speaker and author Hal Lindsay visited the area where I lived. My friend Brad and I went to the Palm Beach Roundtable, where Lindsay would be speaking. His fascinating presentation ended with a Q&A session. A woman of the Palm Beach blue-hair variety stood, in all her finery, […]