Works of Darkness

We all know what’s approaching: Halloween. 

Why is it that crime scenes and graves are used in yards to “decorate” them? What would the owners think if the crime scene was real, and one of their loved ones was the victim? They’d be horrified. Then why would someone glorify wickedness, evil, and demons?

In a world where sin is glorified and pureness is mocked, may we as Christians stand boldly and without waver. May our hearts be broken for our country, and may we use opportunities during this month to pray for those who glorify wickedness. And if our hearts break for those who need Jesus, think how much more His heart breaks. After all, He died for them. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

“… whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.”
(Philippians 4:8)


“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works
of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
Ephesians 5:11

12 thoughts on “Works of Darkness”

  1. I have always admired the manner in which you address Halloween. It’s a difficult one for me, and admittedly was a struggle. This time last year last year I was a few months into beginning to reintroduce myself to God, and feeling blessed to have him again present in my life, be back in church, daily Bible study, etc. I questioned Halloween and specifically passing out candy to the neighborhood children. I felt God telling me “no”, and felt a message in my heart to go out and DO. I didn’t stay home hiding in the dark, but went to a local church, over in the university district, to assist in preparing food and serving dinner to the 100’s of homeless teens in Seattle. Serving a warm delicious fall comfort food meal. Sitting with them and sharing the meal, talking and getting to know them. Soul winning. Family winning and reuniting. I’m still doing this weekly. I’ve learned so much about unconditional and unconventional love volunteering in this community. I’ve witnessed, with my own eyes and heart God working in lives. I never considered the possibility that I could/would ever undertake soul winning, yet here I am. God had a plan.

    If it weren’t for your postings, through the years, on Halloween I would most likely still be passing out candy and fawning over the children in their princess and pirate costumes.

    I don’t know or recall if you’ve all ever volunteered in program preparing meals and serving the homeless, but I encourage to pray about the possibility that God might bless you with the gift of doing something like this.

    Blessings, Mari
    What an encouraging comment. Yes, for years we worked with the homeless in KC. We understand what you are saying and it was an amazing time. God has us investing in another needy group now.

  2. Amen! Thank you for that reminder. While our family does not celebrate Halloween, sometimes I forgot to have these important discussions with our children about why we choose to avoid it. That verse is so appropriate for this month.

    You’re welcome. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Amen! Thank you for taking a stand for righteousness. 1 peter 2:9

    Thanks. You are always a huge encouragement!

  4. Thank you, Sarah.
    This is a good point. Because they left God they are open for the darkness.

    You’re welcome!

  5. I used to happily hand out candy to kids in the neighborhood. Last year my husband was convicted that Halloween was evil. I agreed with him. I was also a submissive wife. We stayed at home and didn’t answer the door. This year I will do the same.

    Thank you for sharing! Bless you, Mrs. Jenn.

  6. AMEN and well said! This is exactly why we have never celebrated this day of evil. We are called to walk in the light.

    Thank you! You are always a huge agreement!

  7. I wish the world could see this post. Thank you for your stand.

    Thanks. It’s been on my heart!

  8. Thank you for posting this, because it is encouraging. It encourages my spirit to read this. We also do not celebrate Halloween; but our church strongly advises handing out candy along with a tract, as a means of outreach/witnessing. We have felt convicted that that is not the means God would have us use, as we feel that we would thereby be giving tacit approval to the “holiday” and its activities; in point of fact, we would be a participant in it, in some shape or form. So, thank you very much for the Biblical words of exhortation. The true-life history of the day, and the bondage of the original peoples who created it, show clearly that it is not “fun,” and we don’t want to make a pretense of something that is dark, sad, and evil; and that darkened peoples’ lives and obscured truth.

  9. My coworkers decorated parts of the office with dark and unsettling decor for the “holiday.” It didn’t sit right with me, but I tried to ignore it. This post really sums up exactly what I was feeling about it, but couldn’t put my finger on. Yesterday, I gently, and kindly told them I didn’t care for it. I’m not sure if they will remove it, but it felt good to take a stand. Thank you for always being an encouragement. Blessing to the Maxwell family!

  10. Years ago we decided to go out to eat as a family on Halloween. We felt like we were sending the children the wrong message by hiding in our house with the lights off to avoid trick or treaters, so now it is a fun family night out. Chinese food followed by ice cream has become a fun tradition! 😉

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