A lady shares – One Halloween a trick-or-treater came to my door dressed as Rocky, with satin shorts, high-top sneakers, boxing gloves, etc. I gave him some goodies and soon he returned for more. I asked, “Aren’t you the same Rocky who left my doorstep several minutes ago?” He replied, “Yes, but now I’m the sequel. And I’ll be back three more times tonight.”
They are called Hell Houses and are designed to replace the old haunted house for Halloween. A Hell House is a building of rooms constructed to depict what an eternity will be like in the Lake of Fire. The first part of the tour presents sin, the second part judgment, and the third part, hell itself. Finally, as you exit the abode of darkness, there are workers ready to present the plan of salvation to any who want to be saved. And the evangelistic outreach concept has (pardon the pun) spread like fire. There is even a kit you can order, The Hell House Outreach Guide. It comes complete with instructions for such things as – rooms, actors, costumes, scripts, props, music, effects, etc. The back of the box reads as follows:
“Now you can shake your city with the very latest thing; the most-in-your-face, high-flying, no-denying, death-defying, devil-be-crying, keep-you-from-frying, theatrical–like-styling, no-holds-barred, cutting-edge evangelism tool.”
The bottom line? The Bible does say in Jude 1:22-23,
Of some have compassion, making a difference:
and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
✓Note – Now and then I am asked about the church’s teaching on Halloween (i.e., should we be taking out or sending out our children in costume to trick-or-treat). And my position, based on Romans 14:1-6, is as follows – You are free to choose what you decide to do on Halloween with your own family, but you are not free to criticize what others decide to do on Halloween with their own family. And the same principle also applies to both the Christmas and Easter holidays.