16,000 Halloween revelers rock Rick Warren’s ‘Blocktober’

“Saddleback Church event drew families from throughout Orange County for an evening of fun,” proclaims the Orange County Register:

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LAKE FOREST – Four days after returning from deployment to Afghanistan, Ben Fisher was at Saddleback Church’s mega block party.

Fisher, a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton as part of the 1st EOD Company, called Wednesday night his “best Halloween ever.”

“I just got back and I’m here with my family,” said the 31-year-old, dressed in green as the Hulk. “And my kids are old enough to enjoy it. It’s a safe place and it’s friendly.”

The Fisher kids, Alyssa, 4, dressed as Thor and Elijah, 3, as Hawkeye. Danielle, their mom, was a black widow.

Church officials estimated that by 7 p.m., 16,000 people from across Orange County took part in Halloween revelry that spread corner-to-corner across the 120-acre Lake Forest campus. As kids collected candy, visitors checked out more than 10 food trucks, a climbing gym, zip lines, obstacle courses and giant bounce houses. Jurassic Parties put on a reptile show complete with tarantulas, snakes and even an alligator.

“It’s a sense of community,” said Rick Warren, pastor of the megachurch. “Not everyone is from Saddleback Church, There are people here from all over Orange County. I’ve met pastors here from other churches. This is a kids’ night that’s safe and fun. Everyone is still a kid.”

Warren sat and took photos with kids in their costumes. He said he’d thought about dressing up as Iron Man but pastor-borokoff-photo-chudecided kids might not want a photo with him in that disguise. Hundreds had their pictures taken with the popular pastor. In some cases he posed with several generations.

Dubbed “Blocktober,” the event is now in its third year. Having fun on Halloween is a Saddleback and Warren tradition. The church, now in its 32nd year, held Halloween parties for 20 years, Warren said. One year, the festivity was even held in a waterbed store. The church skipped a few years of Halloween, but created “Blocktober” three years ago.Jen Vessell, 39, from Aliso Viejo, dressed as Maleficent, an evil witch from “Sleeping Beauty” and drew looks in her black and purple garb. In her arms she carried her daughter, Madeline, 1, dressed as Sleeping Beauty.

Read more here. Of particular interest were the comments from the newspaper’s website version of this article:

How on earth can people be so deceived? If we know Christ, then we know that He told us to have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness. This “holiday” is overtly demonic. Even the satanists find it amazing that “Christians” love to celebrate their high day of satanic worship. WAKE UP FOLKS!

A Protestant church promoting Halloween. Hmm…

Messiah Yahushua died to free us from sin and destroy the works of the devil! The only community we are suppose to have is winning the lost by living as Messiah and not joining them in pagan honoring festivities that are an act of worship to the fallen angels and demons. I also do not find rick warren’s teachings to line up with scripture. Just because he’s written books doesn’t mean he’s right.

I was beginning to think Joel and I were the only ones left that hasn’t fallen into the “fun” of halloween! I see it as another way to erode our walk with God!

Also this guy is a universalist who is against nothing and agrees with people who are anti-messiah. Proof is on youtube by his own words and teachings. We must listen to Messiah Yahushua and obey his teachings not any preacher/teacher unless they say the same exact things Messiah taught!. If we don’t test we surely won’t know truth from lies.

This is what happens when satan is allowed in the church, this is an abomination unto God.

Yeah… but Satan makes really fun bounce houses…

Everyone is still a kid? I thought Paul said to put behind you childish things.

The greatest commandment is to Love Yahweh the father and Yahushua the messiah with all our heart, mind, soul, and body. We do this by obeying his instructions and by doing things exactly the way he said to do them. His word declares not to have anything to do with the unfruitfull works of darkness= vampires, witches, warlocks, etc. worship and live for his enemy satan. How is dressing like them promoting Messiah or his teachings of holiness and being set apart to the Father? It promotes that being them is harmless!!! This should never be!

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5 Responses to 16,000 Halloween revelers rock Rick Warren’s ‘Blocktober’

  1. Terry S. says:

    Did Rick Warren dress up as a Wolf In Sheep's Clothing?

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  2. Mr Davis says:

    This whole thing brings new light to verses like this one in Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

    Reverend Rick Warren has rulership over those who follow him and with that also follow in his doctrine.

    In His behavior and conversation he doesn't hold to the Holy Scriptures nor does he hold to the exclusivity to the Christ of God who is Jesus "God Incarnate", the Messiah, The Branch, Of the Line and House of David as the only way to the Father. Rather he calls men to follow him and his example of acceptance of all ideals naming God.

    His followers true to scripture follow in his ways. We all of us become like the one we follow. If we follow after man we will become hard and obstinate and argumenative and full fo envy and spite, hating and devouring one another. And this what any who come against Warren will face. If we are following Christ Jesus we will not become like this, we will become like Him.

    As much as it hurts to watch people being lead astray by this man whom the Lord sustains it is for a purpose. Everything we encounter tries our hearts to see if we are really with God or not. Deuteronomy 13:1-5. God clearly in His word tells us not to put our faith in any man nor to think of any man beyond what is written in the scriptures. See Romans 3 if you need a review of this, or Isaiah 59. God says of those who are His they will not follow the voice of a stranger so we can know when God does a conversion we see people flee from what is false and turn to what is true.

    Keep praying to the Holy One who has given them over to a delusion if only for a time that He may demonstrate His great mercy and grant them forgiveness.

    Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong , and do exploits. 33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. 34 Now when they shall fall , they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. 35 And some of them of understanding shall fall , to try them, and to purge , and to make them white , even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

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