The word ‘fellowship’ in Strong’s #2844 means a sharer, partaker. Simply, someone who has or gives or receives a part or a share; or, participate.
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11
The holy Scriptures inform us that, in the last days, Satan will work with power, and signs, and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10. To those who do not love the truth he even appears as an angel of light. These words are fulfilled in the deceptions and false teachings of the present time. Spiritualists make the path to hell most attractive. Spirits of darkness are clothed by these deceptive teachers in pure robes of Heaven, and they have power to deceive those not fortified with Bible truth. 1
There are many who shrink with horror from the thought of consulting spirit mediums, but who are attracted by more pleasing forms of spiritism. Others are led astray by the teachings of Christian Science, and by the mysticism of Theosophy and other Oriental religions. 2
Says the prophet Isaiah: "When they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:19, 20. If men had been willing to receive the truth so plainly stated in the Scriptures concerning the nature of man and the state of the dead, they would see in the claims and manifestations of spiritualism the working of Satan with power and signs and lying wonders. But rather than yield the liberty so agreeable to the carnal heart, and renounce the sins which they love, multitudes close their eyes to the light and walk straight on, regardless of warnings, while Satan weaves his snares about them, and they become his prey. "Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved," therefore "God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie." 2 Thessalonians 2:10, 11. 3
Modern spiritualism and the forms of ancient witchcraft and idol worship--all having communion with the dead as their vital principle--are founded upon that first lie by which Satan beguiled Eve in Eden: "Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, . . . ye shall be as gods." Genesis 3:4, 5. Alike based upon falsehood and perpetuating the same, they are alike from the father of lies.
The Hebrews were expressly forbidden to engage in any manner in pretended communion with the dead. God closed this door effectually when He said: "The dead know not anything. . . . Neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun." Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6. "His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." Psalm 146:4. And the Lord declared to Israel: "The soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set My face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people." Leviticus 20:6.
The "familiar spirits" were not the spirits of the dead, but evil angels, the messengers of Satan. Ancient idolatry, which, as we have seen, comprises both worship of the dead and pretended communion with them, is declared by the Bible to have been demon worship. The apostle Paul, in warning his brethren against participating, in any manner, in the idolatry of their heathen neighbors, says, "The things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God, and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils." 1 Corinthians 10:20. The psalmist, speaking of Israel, says that "they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils," and in the next verse he explains that they sacrificed them "unto the idols of Canaan." Psalm 106:37, 38. In their supposed worship of dead men they were in reality worshiping demons. 4
Modern spiritualism, resting upon the same foundation, is but a revival in a new form of the witchcraft and demon worship that God condemned and prohibited of old. It is foretold in the Scriptures, which declare that "in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." 1 Timothy 4:1. Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians, points to the special working of Satan in spiritualism as an event to take place immediately before the second advent of Christ. Speaking of Christ's second coming, he declares that it is "after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders." 2 Thessalonians 2:9. And Peter, describing the dangers to which the church was to be exposed in the last days, says that as there were false prophets who led Israel into sin, so there will be false teachers, "who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them. . . . And many shall follow their pernicious ways." 2 Peter 2:1, 2. Here the apostle has pointed out one of the marked characteristics of spiritualist teachers. They refuse to acknowledge Christ as the Son of God. Concerning such teachers the beloved John declares: "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father." 1 John 2:22, 23. Spiritualism, by denying Christ, denies both the Father and the Son, and the Bible pronounces it the manifestation of antichrist. 5
- “The feast of All hallows or All Saints' Day, on Nov. 1.”
- “the eve of All Saints' Day celebrated on Oct 31 by masquerading; Allhallows Eve”;
- “October 31, celebrated in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles by children going door to door while wearing costumes and asking for treats and playing pranks.”
The word “hallow” is derived from the Old English word halig meaning holy person or saint.
The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia stated that the Feast of All Saints is –
“A feast held on 1 November of each year commemorating all Christian saints, known and unknown. It was first celebrated when Pope Boniface IV (608-615) dedicated the Pantheon in Rome to the Blessed Mother and the martyrs (ca. 610). For over a century, the Church in Rome observed the feast on 13 May. In Ireland, however, the date was 1 November, and this eventually became the accepted day for the feast in England and throughout the European continent. Pope Gregory III (731-741) changed the Roman observance to 1 November when he dedicated a chapel in the Vatican Basilica to “All the Saints” on that day (year unknown). The feast of All Saints is a holy day of obligation.” - ALL SAINTS, FEAST OF, p 18, The Modern Encyclopedia.
“The Catholic festival of All Saints Day was also known as All Hallows Day, with the word “hallow” replacing “saints.” The day before All Hallows Day (October 31) was recognized as All Hallows Eve. Eventually, All Hallows Eve became Hallows Eve; hallow’even; hallow’en and ultimately today’s Halloween. All Saints’ Day perpetuated the pagan Samhain of November Eve.” -(Bonwick, James, Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions, Dorset Press, 1984 (1986ed), p. 87)
The Roman Catholic Church has “Christianized” the pagan holiday or the Celtic festival of Samhain of November 1st in order to influence the pagans or heathens to easily accept Catholicism.
“In the British Isles, it is known that churches were already celebrating All Saints on 1 November at the beginning of the 8th century to coincide or replace the Celtic festival of Samhain”. Wikipedia.com - All Saints' Day
Samhain itself is a festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and it is celebrated by modern pagans and others from sunset on October 31st to sunset on November 1st.
Samhain is actually the time of year to make contact with the dead.
“The fields are bare, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the skies are going gray and cold. It is the time of year when the earth has died and gone dormant. Every year on October 31 (or May 1, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere) the Sabbat we call Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth. For many Pagan traditions, Samhain is a time to reconnect with our ancestors, and honor those who have died. This is the time when the veil between our world and the spirit realm is thin, so it's the perfect time of year to make contact with the dead. – Pagan Wiccan website.
All Hallows’ Eve – Oct 31: The first day of Hallowmas is All Hallows’ Eve or Hallowe’en. Roman Catholics traditionally observed Hallowe’en through a vigil known as the Vigil of All Saints that honors Christian saints and martyrs. After the service, “suitable festivities and entertainments” often follow, as well as a visit to the graveyard or cemetery, where flowers and candles are often placed in preparation for All Saints’ Day. The vigil of this feast is popularly called "Hallowe'en" or "Halloween".
All Saints’ Day – Nov 1: The second day of Hallowmas is known as All Saints’ Day, which is the day that memorializes “all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven.” On All Saints' Day, many Christians visit graveyards and cemeteries in order to place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones, and feasts celebrating their memory are typically held. In fact, attending mass is compulsory as All Saints' Day is a holy day of obligation. (See Q&A, Catholic Cathechism, p. 195 below)
All Souls’ Day – Nov 2: The third and final day of Hallowmas is All Souls' Day, which is also called The Commemoration of All Faithful Departed. This day focuses on honoring all faithful dead Christians, although Roman Catholics are typically the only ones that celebrate it, usually by participating in mass. - Wikipedia.com - All Hallow tide.
Q & A, Catholic Cathechism, p 195
• 679. What is the first law or precept of the Church?
The first law or precept of the Church is: You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.
• 680. What are holy days of obligation?
Holy days of obligation are special days that should be kept holy, and which are dedicated to the Lord and his saints to commemorate some outstanding mystery of the faith.
• 681. Is it a mortal sin not to attend Mass on a Sunday or a holy day of obligation?
It is a mortal sin not to attend Mass on a Sunday or a holy day of obligation unless we are excused for a serious reason. A mortal sin is also committed by those who, having others under their charge, hinder them from hearing Mass without sufficient reason.
How does Filipino Catholics observe All Saint’s Day?
November 1 majority of the Filipino population observe All Saint's Day (Araw ng mga Patay). During the Araw ng mga Patay Filipinos remember their dead, clean the graves, and decorate them with flowers. While the purpose is somber, the effect is a picnic, full of merrymaking and laughter. Everyone goes to the cemetery, and some even stay overnight. ⚫ Source: (Reasons why All Saint's Day in the Philippines is better than Thanksgiving in the US)
The Day of the Dead
The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is similar to other culture's observances of a time to honor the dead. The Spanish tradition included festivals and parades, as well as gatherings of families at cemeteries to pray for their deceased loved ones at the end of the day… On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children's altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations. ⚫ Source: — Latina and Latino Voices in Literature (Frances Ann Day), Greenwood Publishing Group, page 72.
The Lemuralia or Lemuria was a feast in the religion of ancient Rome during which the Romans performed rites to exorcise the malevolent and fearful ghosts of the dead from their homes. The unwholesome spectres of the restless dead, the lemures or larvae were propitiated with offerings of beans. On those days, the Vestals would prepare sacred mola salsa, a salted flour cake, from the first ears of wheat of the season...
On what had been the culminating day of the Lemuralia, May 13 in 609 or 610— the day being recorded as more significant than the year—, Pope Boniface IV consecrated the Pantheon at Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs, and the feast of that dedicatio Sanctae Mariae ad Martyres has been celebrated at Rome ever since. According to cultural historians, this ancient custom was Christianized in the feast of All Saints' Day, established in Rome first on May 13, in order to de-paganize the Roman Lemuria, while others see a link to the May 13 date in Saint Ephrem's celebration of All Saints on that day in the 4th century. - Wikipedia.com - Lemuria Festival
“The advancing centuries witnessed a constant increase of error in the doctrines put forth from Rome. Even before the establishment of the papacy the teachings of heathen philosophers had received attention and exerted an influence in the church. Many who professed conversion still clung to the tenets of their pagan philosophy, and not only continued its study themselves, but urged it upon others as a means of extending their influence among the heathen. Serious errors were thus introduced into the Christian faith. Prominent among these was the belief in man's natural immortality and his consciousness in death. This doctrine laid the foundation upon which Rome established the invocation of saints and the adoration of the Virgin Mary. From this sprang also the heresy of eternal torment for the finally impenitent, which was early incorporated into the papal faith.” “Then the way was prepared for the introduction of still another invention of paganism, which Rome named purgatory, and employed to terrify the credulous and superstitious multitudes. By this heresy is affirmed the existence of a place of torment, in which the souls of such as have not merited eternal damnation are to suffer punishment for their sins, and from which, when freed from impurity, they are admitted to heaven.” 6
“Thou changes his countenance, and sendest him away. His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.” Job 14:30, 21.
“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing.” Ecclesiastes 9:5.
“His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” Psalms 146:4.
“Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:6.
“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles.” Revelation 16:14
Anton LaVey, author of The Satanic Bible and high priest of the Church of Satan states, “Satanists consider Halloween the most important day of the year. Satanic, occult and witchcraft powers are at their highest potency level…Satan and his powers are at their best that night.”
“I’m glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year.”
Anton LaVey remains as controversial dead as alive. Although he died on October 29, 1997, his death certificate in the San Francisco coroner’s record initially stated that he died October 31, Samhain, Halloween, a few days after he completed his last book, Satan Speaks. - Popular Withcraft: Straight from the Witch’s Mouth, p. 27.
➽ All histories of Halloween inevitably wind back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain… (Skal, David J. Death Makes a Holiday: The Cultural History of Halloween, p. 20.)
➽ Halloween had its origins in the festival of Samhain among the Celts of ancient Britain and Ireland. (Encyclopedia Britannica 2005 “Halloween”)
➽ Halloween can be traced directly back to Samhain, the ancient Celtic harvest festival honoring the Lord of the Dead. (Thompson, Sue Ellen. Holiday Symbols and Customs, p. 251)
➽ First-born sacrifices are mentioned in a poem in the Dindshenchas, which records that children were sacrificed each Samhain … (Rogers, Nicholas, Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, p. 17)
➽ Halloween. That was the eve of Samhain… firstborn children were sacrificed… Samhain eve was a night of dread and danger. (National Geographic. May 1977, p. 625-626)
➽ The Druids would drink their victim’s blood and eat their flesh. They [Druids] sacrificed victims by shooting them with arrows, impaling them on stakes, stabbing them, slitting their throats over cauldrons (and then drinking the blood)… (Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. Harper’s Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience, p. 167)
➽ The Romans put an end to this cult in which to murder a man was an act of the greatest devoutness, and to eat his flesh most beneficial. (Pliny, Natural History, xxx, 13)
➽ The Druids “counted it an honourable thing” to eat their father’s flesh and perform incest with their mothers and sisters… since they are man-eaters as well as heavy eaters, and since, further, they count it an honourable thing, when their fathers die, to devour them, and openly to have intercourse, not only with the other women, but also with their mothers and sisters;… (Strabo, Geography)
➽ This is what occurred on the original Halloween night… The Druids also celebrated the festival of Beltane (Beltaine, Beltinne, Beltain, Beiltein) literally means the “fires of Bel.” Bel is the same god called Baal, found over 80 times in the King James Bible. The Lord condemns Baal worship probably more than any other false “god.” … then the Druids lit the Baal-Tinne, the holy, goodly fire of Baal. (Wilde, Lady Francesca Speranza. Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland)
➽ The god whom the Druids worshipped was Baal, as the blazing Baal-fires show, and… children were offered in sacrifice to Baal. (Hislop, Alexander. The Two Babylons, p. 232)
➽ The original Halloween was a hellish night of Baal worship and child sacrifice. And most of our current Halloween customs derived directly from Baal rituals. November first was Samhain [Halloween] … Fires were built as a thanksgiving to Baal… (Kelley, Ruth Edna, The Book of Hallowe’en, Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Co. Boston, 1919)
➽ The mystic rites and ceremonies with which Halloween was originally observed had their origin among the Druids … ancient Baal festivals from which many of the Halloween customs are derived. (Douglas, George William. The American Book of Days, p. 569)
➽ Baal is also a synonym for the devil. (Burns, Cathy. Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, p. 327)
➽ Halloween glorifies death in worship to Baal or the devil. The Druid festival of Samhain was a celebration of death. Strutting its hellish death images of skulls, skeletons, ghosts, demons, devils and incarnate evil, Halloween glorifies Death. (Thomson, Sue Ellen. Holiday Symbols and Customs, p. 251)
➽ As the Catholic missionaries swarmed Britain and Ireland seeking the mass conversion to Catholicism, their orders from Pope Gregory in 601 AD was to cunningly convert the Druid rituals into Catholic rituals. The Catholics converted the ritual of Samhain into the festival of All Saint’s Day, a day of celebration and prayer to dead “Saints.” Halloween begins well over 2,000 years ago in the British Isles. Here, we find the holiday stripped to its most essential element: a night when Celtic tribes communed with the spirits of the ancestral dead. These grand and glorious pagan celebrations were assimilated by the Catholic church… Rather than extinguish old customs, the church leaders provided Christian versions of them: from the Middles Ages on, All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day replaced the ancient Celtic celebrations of the dead. (Bannatyne, Lesley Pratt, Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History, Facts on File, Inc., New York, 1990 p. x)
➽ The Catholic festival of All Saints Day was also known as All Hallows Day, with the word “hallow” replacing “saints.” The day before All Hallows Day (October 31) was recognized as All Hallows Eve. Eventually, All Hallows Eve became Hallows Eve; hallow’even; hallow’en and ultimately today’s Halloween. All Saints’ Day perpetuated the pagan Samhain of November Eve. (Bonwick, James, Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions, Dorset Press, 1984 (1986ed), p. 87)