An Ex-Occultist Explains Halloween
Below is a snippet of a post from a sweet friend of mine, who was a guest blogger on Just Another clay Pot. It is well worth the read! - Lisa Metzger
Hi. My name is Pennie De Witt and I'm a recovering occultist. A former slave to Satan. Below are just some of the thoughts that have been pouring through my mind today.
Can I do pagan things if I just don't think of them as pagan?
What if I dance naked around the fire for Jesus instead of for Hecate?
What if I get a new deck of Tarot cards, assign each of them a Bible story, and use them to get closer to God?
Why don't I redeem orgies and abortion for Christ while I'm at it?
For that matter, why don't I just open back up for business as a psychic and dedicate it to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
Isn't it okay to do house cleansings with a rattle?
Well, how about if I ditch the rattle and just wear the mask?
Would it be better if I put a smile on the mask?
And how about, while I'm wearing the mask I go reveling with my friends, but only for candy? How about if I just make a Talisman and put a cute, innocent, funny-face on it?
Of course I would never do such things!
It doesn't matter if you change your intentions. If you read the Bible you'll see, as I have, that the one thing that always ticked God off the most was when His people adopted the customs of the pagans. It was an abomination to Him.
He is the same yesterday, today and always. And it still angers Him today when we adopt pagan customs, even if we try to do them "with different intentions," and "redeem them for Christ."
As I sit and watch many of my Christian brothers and sisters posting on Facebook about their Halloween festivities, my heart breaks. I'm frightened for them, for our nation, and for God's people.
You see, I spent 26 years in the occult. I started out with Wicca as an adolescent, and throughout the years moved on to every corner of alternative spirituality that I could find - Shamanism, New Thought, Rosicrucianism, Eastern Mysticism - you name it.