by Lenny Ports

From Gory to Glory
Lenny Ports
Titus 1:15

Tomorrow is Halloween (all Hallow's eve). It is the night before what the traditional church celebrates as All Saints Day. The holiday was originally intended to give honor to those who were canonized as saints in the traditional church. Not only that, the Hallow means Holy. We know that it is far from that today. As a matter of fact, Halloween is the one holiday that is the furthest from a Christ centered holiday.

Let me set the record straight. There is nothing wrong with children, with pumpkins, with candy and there is nothing wrong with innocent costumes. The Bible says ''To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.'' Titus 1:15. I am not here today to condemn you if you take your kids trick or treating. I am not here to show doctrinally that celebrating Halloween is not biblical. I am here for one purpose and that is TO LIFT UP THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. My Bible says that if He is lifted up, He will draw all people to Himself. But did you ever ask yourself why is death, blood and gore glorified on this night? Did you ever ask yourself, why do we need to make death fun and vileness a joke. What is the purpose of ghosts, and goblins, and witches, and dead people, murder, and death to all be cast in a positive light on this night?

I think I may know why….

The devil knew that if he could dull the minds of people to be able to handle looking at blood and gore and death like it is a common thing, he could ''cheapen'' it in order to make the bloody death of our Savior, Jesus Christ, less significant. The impact of the death of Jesus is lessened by images of death, blood, and gore. We must remember that our Messiah suffered a ''gory'' death in order to pay the full price for our redemption. When we see Jesus in what He truly did for us, we will have a heart of gratitude knowing that He did it all for us.

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