"See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ," (Colossians 2:8).
* Concerned over their spiritual youthfulness, Paul warns the Colossian Christians against the world's philosophies, traditions, and deceptions. As then, so now, Satan loves to nullify the church's influence by blurring its distinctiveness.
When churches have haunted houses, encourage trick-or-treating, or otherwise endorse pagan holidays, then worldly acceptance has become more important than biblical holiness.
* Now that they had experienced the freedom that is in the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul did not want the Colossian believers to go back to the captivity of the world's perspective.
Is the church today greatly different from the Colossian fellowship?
All one has to do is preach against Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, or Halloween, and it becomes immediately evident.
Oh, that our standard of holiness would be based on the Lord Jesus Christ, and not on the world's acceptance!