The Day a Cat Took Away My Faith

//The Day a Cat Took Away My Faith

Yesterday, October 31, I posted a picture of myself dressed up as a cat on Facebook and Twitter. Wow! I wasn’t prepared for what happened next!

First of all, let me say that this blog is not about whether Halloween should be celebrated as a Christian. There have been PLENTY of discussions about that. Let me also say that last night, October 31, I didn’t go trick-or-treating, nor did I dress up. I sat at home in my pajamas and watched The Sing Off (Go Afro Blue, Pentatonix & Delilah!), and the premiere of Rock Center. It was quite a night.

But in 1984, when I was 8, I DID go trick-or-treating and I DID dress up…as a cat. Hence the photo I posted…from 27 years ago. I found it in my old pictures. I thought it was cute. So I posted it. The end.

I thought I’d get comments like “Too cute”, “Meow” & “Adorable”. And I did! But I also got comments like this one, “We should NOT celebrate halloween. I now question Mandisa.”

What?! I stood on national television and forgave Simon Cowell citing that “Jesus died so that all of my sins could be forgiven so I can extend that same grace to you”. I boldly sang the gospel song “Shackles (Praise You)” in front of 30 million viewers! And every weekend I stand on a stage singing all about Jesus being my Lord and Savior before thousands of attendees! But in 1984 my mom dressed me up as a cat and we asked my neighbors for candy so THAT makes someone question my walk with God? Argggg!

It came to my attention that Mark Hall, of the Christian band Casting Crowns, posted a picture of himself as The Incredible Hulk on his Facebook yesterday and over 3,000 comments followed. One of the commenters said they would not be able to listen to his music anymore. Really? I wonder which lyric is being brought into question? Is it “Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God” or “Living He loved me, dying He saved me and buried He carried my sins far away. Rising He justified freely forever. One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day“! Or is the great offense of being a green comic book character really why this person cannot listen to such God-edifying music anymore? (It should also be noted that Mark later said that “[Hulk] was not a Halloween costume. I found it in storage today and put it on for this picture. Also we had fall festival at our church tonight and reached around 4000 people”…and then some people took issue with his church having a fall festival!

Again, I’ll remind you that this blog is not about whether or not Halloween should be celebrated as a Christian. This is a disputable matter among Christians…hence all the disputes.

What this blog IS about is how we as Christians treat our fellow Christians. It’s fine if you choose not to celebrate Halloween. But to question someone else’s faith because they do is exactly what Paul wrote of in Romans 14 (below). In that day, the disputable matters were whether or not to eat meat sacrificed to idols or to treat certain days as more sacred than others. But Paul knew that Christians would not always agree on some issues in life. With many different walks of life & backgrounds, it’s inevitable. However, the temptation to pass judgment upon the life or testimony of other individuals is clearly warned against. Not only does doing so break down unity among the body of Christ, it is also a bad witness to non-Christians. I shudder to think of what my non-Christian Facebook friends thought as they read some of the comments that were left. Ugh. I’m guessing they weren’t impressed by the kindness and respect 1 Peter 3 says we should display before non-believers.

There will always be things I disagree about with other believers. And that’s ok. But I will try to live my life in a way that shows respect to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, presents a good witness to non-believers, and honors the Lord.

1Welcome all the Lord’s followers, even those whose faith is weak. Don’t criticize them for having beliefs that are different from yours. 2Some think it is all right to eat anything, while those whose faith is weak will eat only vegetables. 3But you should not criticize others for eating or for not eating. After all, God welcomes everyone. 4What right do you have to criticize someone else’s servants? Only their Lord can decide if they are doing right, and the Lord will make sure that they do right.5Some of the Lord’s followers think one day is more important than another. Others think all days are the same. But each of you should make up your own mind. 6Any followers who count one day more important than another day do it to honor their Lord. And any followers who eat meat give thanks to God, just like the ones who don’t eat meat.

7Whether we live or die, it must be for God, rather than for ourselves. 8Whether we live or die, it must be for the Lord. Alive or dead, we still belong to the Lord. 9This is because Christ died and rose to life, so that he would be the Lord of the dead and of the living. 10Why do you criticize other followers of the Lord? Why do you look down on them? The day is coming when God will judge all of us. 11In the Scriptures God says,

“I swear by my very life

that everyone will kneel down

and praise my name!”

12And so, each of us must give an account to God for what we do.

13We must stop judging others. We must also make up our minds not to upset anyone’s faith. 14The Lord Jesus has made it clear to me that God considers all foods fit to eat. But if you think some foods are unfit to eat, then for you they are not fit.

15If you are hurting others by the foods you eat, you are not guided by love. Don’t let your appetite destroy someone Christ died for. 16Don’t let your right to eat bring shame to Christ. 17God’s kingdom isn’t about eating and drinking. It is about pleasing God, about living in peace, and about true happiness. All this comes from the Holy Spirit. 18If you serve Christ in this way, you will please God and be respected by people. 19We should try [a] to live at peace and help each other have a strong faith. 20Don’t let your appetite destroy what God has done. All foods are fit to eat, but it is wrong to cause problems for others by what you eat. 21It is best not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else that causes problems for other followers of the Lord. 22What you believe about these things should be kept between you and God. You are fortunate, if your actions don’t make you have doubts. 23But if you do have doubts about what you eat, you are going against your beliefs. And you know that is wrong, because anything you do against your beliefs is sin.

Romans 14 (CEV)

2011-11-01T19:41:53+00:00 Nov 1st|Blog|232 Comments

232 Comments

  1. Leah November 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    You rock. This post rocks. You dressed as a cat rocks. The end.

    • Jacque November 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Simply and well put, Leah!! Mandisa is awesome sauce!!!!

    • Candi November 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      There is nothing wrong with celebrating Halloween as long as it is clean fun and non demonic. I would rather children attend Festivals hosted by church’s than be exposed to the demonic ways some people celebrate. Mandisa you ROCK and you do NOT have to explain yourself!!! We love you!!!

    • Jenny November 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      Agreed x1000

    • Karen November 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      I can’t wait to hear you sing in Sioux Falls, SD! I only have one question—will you be available for autographs? I hope so!!!! Thanks!

  2. Gina November 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Well put! I saw a lot of ugly comments yesterday from people.
    Very unfortunate.
    -G (@ginabob)

  3. Jennifer Womack Jones November 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Good for you! It’s okay for Christians to have FUN! That’s why a lot of kids grow up and leave the church because “we” are so NOT FUN!! As long as it’s clean and appropriate, let’s have a good time in Jesus Christ!!!

  4. Abby Anderson November 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    WELL SAID! I’ve been looking for all the right words to say to other Christians who condemn my family for trick-or-treating for years! Thanks for putting this so eloquently, Mandisa!

  5. Casey November 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Hated to see that your post was a victim of some fundamentalist anger, Mandisa. the sharper the divide becomes between Christians who want to be in on the “who’s in/who’s out” decision-making process and Christians who are more than willing to let that responsibility fall to God (and rightly so), the more anger and vitriol that’s going to begin flying around.

    Be well and keep the posts coming.

    peace

  6. Alonna November 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    I am sorry to hear that you are going through this. It saddens my heart that we are not only persecuted by the world, but also our Christian brothers and sisters. As you said, this goes far deeper than the issue of Halloween, we really need to check our love walks and be supporters of fellow Christians.

  7. Renee Cantrell November 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    THIS is one of the many reasons I love you! I thought you were an ADORABLE cat. I always took my kids trick-or-treating, and I will take my grandkids if their parents want me to. I have never taken my kids to a virgin sacrifice on halloween. We never robbed graves. We never called up spirits. We had fun, and we still do. Tooooo many modern-day Scribes & Pharisees. Love you girl. You’re my favorite.

    • Elise Weinberg November 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Right on Renee! Awesome. I was cracking up reading this. Thanks for a jovial and funny tone on this response.

    • AW November 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      “I have never taken my kids to a virgin sacrifice on halloween. We never robbed graves.”

      LOL! Love this.

      Mandisa, new fan of yours. Saw you at WoF in Dallas this summer for the first time and fell in love with your gifts. (I was harassed by my friends for being the only one that never saw you on AI.) I could not believe I’ve missed your testimony all these years.

      I grew up in a fundamental-legalistic religion. Even after I became a grace saved Christian at age 25, it’s still hard for me to let go of those habits in-grained at a young age. Judgementalism being one of the foremost. Thank you for reminding me that the grace that saved my behind from the fire is the same grace I need to be extending to those that might believe or live out their faith differently than I. While I DID take my children trick-or-treating last night, there is always something in our walks that someone (even believers) would not do in theirs. Perhaps my fellow Christ follower smokes, something I don’t do. Perhaps someone would take issue with my eating disorder and say I lack faith. Perhaps. Either way, your walk should not affect mine. And vice versa. My walk has to do with me and my Lord and the sanctification process I AM going through, not what you are going through. And thank GOODNESS, right?!

      You are a gifted daughter of the King and my sister in arms. I am proud of that and take comfort in other strong women fighting alongside me on this side of Heaven. This war is hard enough without other sisters and brothers tearing us down. Why not build up? With God behind us and our mother-bear mentalities, the Devil ain’t got nothing to hold us down successfully!

      Blessings on you and your journey! Keep up the fight.

      Love,
      AW

    • Karin November 4, 2011 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      I love this response. It puts the whole Halloween issue in perspective to me and offers balance. Yes, we can celebrate Halloween in a fun fashion. Just because you dress up or go trick or treating doesn’t mean you are worshipping the devil!

  8. Kelly Evans November 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Well said, Mandissa! I thought you looked cute!

  9. Angie November 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Amen to that!

  10. Roben November 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    You tell em….and shame on them!!

  11. Gail McWilliams November 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, I am not a fan of Christians participating in Halloween festivities, I do think we as Christians take it too lightly, but I would have never looked at your photo and thought “Oh no, I’ll never listen to her again”. RIDICULOUS!! I love you girl… keep on making music and praising the Lord!

    • Shari November 1, 2011 at 11:57 pm - Reply

      Well said Gail…Mandisa, you are annointed of God and I appreciate your message, your music and the way you live out your faith.

  12. Donna Mahoney November 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Dear Mandisa,

    YEA YOU! I love your music, and the message you sing! I love what you said as well! I didn’t happen to see either pictures, but that doesn’t matter. Just wanted to say CHEERS TO YOU! HUGS and love in Christ Jesus sent! Who died for my sins and set me free!
    Love,
    Donna in TN.

  13. Liz November 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, thank you so much for this article! AMEN.
    We Christians get caught up in anything that isn’t Jesus SO easily. I find myself being judgmental toward judgmental people, angry toward angry people, etc. Whatever WE think, that should completely pale with our focus on Christ. How we Christians treat each other and non-believers matters SO much than our opinions. Anyway, you said it much better than me, so I just have to say Amen again! πŸ™‚

  14. Stacy Ward November 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    AMEN & A.M.E.N, well said Mandisa, well said!

  15. Elaine November 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Great job! Love it! Live it! That’s all we can do….

  16. Laurie November 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Well said!

    I’ve noticed a lot of that judgement on Christian artists this season. Just let one dare to post anything about Halloween and whamo! Why do people do that? What are they thinking?

    I don’t know how artists such as yourself stay on Social Media sites with all that back lash. But thank you for sticking with it! It can be such an effective ministry tool. Plus, I love following you! πŸ™‚ Be encouraged, all your “followers” are that way.

    P.S. Mayim Bialik had the same trouble when she mentioned Halloween.

  17. Robin Warden November 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Bless you! Thanks for sharing such a good Word about grace! I’m on the same page with ya! You keep on keepin’ on!

  18. Amy K November 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Well said Mandisa! You are a bright light to this world, don’t let the haters bring you down.

  19. Jody November 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing… I am so frustrated by the fact that we (meaning Christians) often judge and condemn others instead of living lives that lead others to Christ. Your life speaks volumes.

    By the way, you made a very cute cat when you were 8! πŸ™‚

  20. Chococat November 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Wow. I think you made a very graceful and explanatory response to what happened. πŸ™‚ I like the part in your song Stronger when it says, “Things can only get better.” Very uplifting and encouraging.

  21. trinity November 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    what does Halloween mean anyway?we dont celebrate halloween in Africa but i ve heard alot about it. So clarify with me what its really abt. *jst wana know*

    • Benjamin November 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      @Trinity. Its a pagan holiday. This breifly describes what Halloween is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKryRrx65sc

    • Angela November 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      It USED to be a pagan holiday. Now it is a day where children dress up in costumes and walk around their neighborhood asking for candy.

      • Chuck November 2, 2011 at 1:00 am - Reply

        YES!!! It USED to be. Now it is a holiday that bonds neighborhods and lights up children’s faces

        • Jennifer November 2, 2011 at 3:27 am - Reply

          Exactly! As a Christian, I value the opportunity to love my neighbors! When I see the smiles it brings to their cute, little faces to dress up in costumes, it warms my heart. Nothing evil about wearing appropriate costumes and asking for candy! It’s good, clean fun. God is big enough to see past the origin of Halloween and judge each and every heart correctly.

      • Deanna November 2, 2011 at 2:17 am - Reply

        Actually, Halloween is from the mid-1700’s in Scotland and Ireland. It’s the eve of All Saints Day or All Hallows Eve (Hallowe’en). It never started out as a pagan holiday. Check it out on Wikipedia for the history.

    • AmyW November 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm - Reply

      Or go here and decide for yourself.

      http://wilstar.com/holidays/hallown.htm

  22. Alden November 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Way to go Mandisa! vIt’s ridiculous that those who claim to live under grace are so quick to put others under their own judgment. And it’s ironic to me that these wolves in sheep’s clothing will mercilessly sink their teeth into one of God’s lambs because she dressed up like a cat.

  23. Jennifer Meyers November 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Honestly, I just do not understand people like that. I am thankful that I serve a forgiving God who sees past stuff like this and sees my heart. You posted a pic dressed as a cat for Halloween as a child. I went trick-or-treating as a child–should that mean God loves me less–of course not that is just absurd.

    Mandisa, God is using you in a powerful way in a lot of Christians lives. i listen to your music everyday when I work out at the gym, and pray that I will have a successful weightloss journey as you have had through your hard work, determination and perserverence.

    Unfortunately, some people have to jump on a bandwagon and find faults. In my life I am sure it would not be too difficult for them to find something wrong. Please just focus on what God is doing in and through you, and know that you have fans who are so proud of the stands you have made and how God is using you.

  24. Jennifer November 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    You’re right, Mandisa. Unfortunately I’ve been one of those who has criticized other believers for participating in Halloween events. It’s been bothering me that we partake in such events, but I know I can only answer for my actions, not for others. I only hope to edify and encourage other believers to follow what Scripture says about such things.

  25. Megan P November 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    You go girl! Don’t ever let anyone question your faith! Your faith is yours! No one can take that from you. It’s not up to someone else to dictate how you life your life. We serve a God who gave us freewill. With that freewill, we can choose to live our lives how we chose. The choices that you make are yours. YOU are the one, and only one, who has to deal with the rewards or repercussions of them. People shouldn’t condemn because they don’t agree with something.

  26. Megan November 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, I thank you for your post and the time you took to do so! I wholeheartedly agree with you and plan to share your post with others! It us a shame that there are still Pharisees running around out there when Jesus came to set us free from all of that!

  27. Lisa Fraser November 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, thank you so much for sharing. I have felt the same way for a long time. Last night I posted, should I hand out what little candy I have to offer good will to my neighbors or should I stand on my conviction of not celebrating Halloween. Well I handed out candy. I met so wonderful children and it let their parents know my house was a “safe” house. I think that was more important than a conviction not to celebrate. No I didn’t dress up or have decorations but I showed the love of Jesus to my neighbors through a couple of pieces of candy.
    What blows my mind is so many take what is meant for good and judge and turn it into evil. I won’t allow that to affect my faith. I know that God was honored by what I did, I will not let anyone discredit Him for it. Sometimes it’s sad to say that Christians are so “Heavenly minded” they are no earthly good.
    I pray that somehow we can minister to the lost with out being judged by the saved.
    Again, Thank you Mandisa for your stand! I back you up 100%!!!!! Oh & I will continue to listen to your music and Casting Crowns music as well.
    Bless you my sister!

  28. Christina Davis November 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Oh Mandisa, I couldn’t agree more!!! I think it’s sad when Christians try to present their personal spiritual convictions as biblical truth and proceed to shove it down everyone else’s throat–often in unloving and self righteous ways. It reminds me of being the clanging symbol Paul speaks of but lacking love. What good is it, then? I’m not big on Halloween but think it’s okay to have healthy alternatives like Fall Festivals. As the Kingdom of God, we should TAKE BACK what the Devil stole. October 31–and everyday–is a day the Lord made. So, I’m fully in favor of the church standing up and taking it back as a day to reach others with the message of the gospel.

    • Kim November 2, 2011 at 1:23 am - Reply

      I agree with you, Christina. My church hosted a wonderful fall festival last night as an alternative to Halloween called “Night of Lights.” This year we added a 3 scene mini-drama of Christ’s life-Nativty, Cross, and tomb. At the end of which we passed out free Bibles to everyone who wanted one. We played Christian music for the cake walk and the dance dance game. Trunk-or-Treat allowed the kids to walk around and collect candy. And we ended the night with everyone casting their eyes toward Heaven to watch a beautiful display of fireworks.
      Everything-food, games, etc-was free and safe. It was a true ‘alternative’ that shined the light on Jesus. I think that as long as a Christian focuses on maximizing ‘witnessability’ and limits the probablity of being a stumbling block to others, then God will know their heart and not condemn their actions.

  29. Aimee November 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    You are so very right.Our reactions as christians are exactly what push people seeking away.I have experienced love and mercy many times more frequently from non_christians than those who are my sisters and brothers in Christ. If we could fix this this we could bring such an amazing witness! Keep doing what you are called to do…being real is what draws so many to Him through you!

  30. Sherice November 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Wow, I so agree with you, sometimes as christians we get so caught up in what we feel we and everyone else around us shouldn’t be doing that we end becoming self righteous and judgmental. Halloween is just a day, nothing more. God has given us the freedom, intelligence and most of all the Holy Spirit to decide for ourselves what we can and cannot do as long as it doesn’t go against his word.

  31. Donna Jackson November 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Very well said, Mandisa, and in a spirit of grace and love. May Jesus continue to bless you. You are an excellent role model. I appreciate that.

  32. Brenda C. November 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Preach it, sister!

    I was appalled to find the same critical comments posted to Candace Cameron Bure’s Facebook page after she posted a pic of her family dressed up. It hurts my heart to see Christians expressing themselves in unkind and even vitriolic ways. You were a cute kitty in your childhood costume! Thank you for sharing it and thank you for sharing your heart!

    Hypercritical Christians who do nothing to advance the Kingdom of God with their toxic responses need to go examine their motives and hearts.

  33. Pam Kumpe November 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    How many times has a homeless, hungry, hurting person been in my view?
    How many times does a child go hungry–and this child lives within my neighborhood?
    How many times will I sit on my pew and listen to a sermon, and not be the hands and feet or the voice for God during the week?
    How many times would Jesus like for me to share his love, and I don’t?
    In other words, what mask do I wear? Will it shine for Jesus in the scheme of life?

    As I reflect on my own ‘cat-walk’ (yes, a play on words) — I must ask myself do I wear a costume of pretend to love Jesus? I can only ask myself this question.

    Mandisa, thank you for this post. I extend — Mercy and Grace. I extend my ‘paw’ to you. You know your heart. You know you love Jesus.

    Again…thank, your non-singing, off-key, praising God with her voice anyway friend!
    Pam Kumpe

  34. Michelle Sayles November 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    AMEN Mandisa!! Will ALWAYS love you, Casting Crowns..etc..:D

  35. Deb Harper November 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Lady,
    I am more and more impressed with you all the time! You go back to the Word and stand firm in your faith. What a wonderful testimony that is! Props to you, lady!
    Love,
    Deb Harper

  36. Renee November 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Lovely! I’m so sorry you had such an…unpleasant day, but I really appreciate your heart. I’m praying for you this evening!

  37. Jim Warnock November 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    I’m with you!

  38. Tara November 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    AMEN!!! Well said. This very subject frustrates me so badly. Thank you Mandisa for your ministry & your music! You are a true blessing. Despite what your views/opinions on the whole Halloween thing is., it doesn’t matter what someone has done in their past if they’ve accepted Christ as their savior…cause that’s what Jesus died on the cross for! If it DID matter, than him suffering for us was a waste of time, and God doesn’t do things just to be a “waste of time” or “just because”. He does things for a purpose!

  39. Laura November 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Mandisa,
    I saw your picture on facebook and twitter yesterday, and I did not for one second question your faith, and frankly I am very surprised that some people did. I appreciate your honesty in this post, and I will be praying for those that had such an adverse reaction to your picture (and I am sure you will too). have a blessed day!

  40. Natalie November 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Christians fighting Christians…sometimes it breaks my heart to see how blindness can make enemies of ourselves, and forget to walk in the Lord together. You’re beautiful, and the Lord tells you so much more than I. Don’t judge a heart unless your name is God. <3 Keep telling it on the mountain πŸ˜‰

  41. Beth S November 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    AMEN, Mandisa! There are so many more things in this world and in life, period, that we should spend our time and energy on. Spreading the love of God to those who haven’t heard of Jesus’ sacrifice — and how they have been forgiven of their sins, if only they would accept the Grace and Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ — is what we should be doing!

    I enjoy “playing dress-up” and being a kid again, even for just one day of the year, and when kids go trick-or-treating…that allows me the chance to do it. I don’t get funny stares, or mean comments. Why? It’s Halloween and everyone is being silly for one day. I do take exception to those who have chosen to dwell and cavort with the evil spirits in the earthly realm (after all, Earth is in the charge of the evil one until Christ’s return) — and not only on the day we call Halloween. If that is what these people are referring to, then they are very confused to what you (and I) stand for in our faith!

    God Bless You, Mandisa! Your music touches the very core of who I am, especially the songs about struggles in this life…

  42. Noel McKelvey November 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Hey sweet girl. Please know this. There is such freedom in knowing who u are in Christ. I am so weary of everyone’s “authority” on things. It amazes me how “righteous” everyone is…yet: single parents drive to church on gas fumes, kids stand at the bus stops without coats or shoes that are too little, and sermonettes are given to tithe when the pastors take t trips in 6 months to “take a break.” Hmmm. It amazes me how a person can be dedicated to God, be an anointed minister, amazing singer whose music inspires us all, but one picture makes them rethink supporting you? Please! It must be really difficult being so holy. All the photos, memories, occasions inlife saturated with piety. These people wouldn’t really care for Jesus…last time I checked, he touched the unclean, hung out with prostitutes and tax collectors, broke laws like:healing on the sabbath, even took a boy’s lunch to feed others…hmmm good thing none of that was captured on film.

  43. Heather Passuello November 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Amen, seriously the issue does need to be addressed and you did it in a wonderful way! God Bless you!

  44. Darlene November 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Mandisa. I love you. Plain and simple. Well put. My best friend dressed up as a nerd, her husband as a monk, and I’m not really sure what her 4 kids dressed up as. They all love Jesus. You know what, Christmas isn’t a Christian holiday, either. It began as a pagan holiday. We can either look at it as us conforming or us redeeming what was evil and glorifying Him in it. I’ve done all the reading for and against all our normal holidays. We used to never dress up or have a Christmas tree. Now we do both. Jesus still loves me and I don’t think I’m less of a follower of Jesus because of it.

  45. Chris S November 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Love you and your music. It’s sad that some get so caught up in “religion” and they miss the relationship. God help them! (((hugs)))

  46. Amy November 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Mandisa…you hit every nail on the head!!! I stand with you!!!
    BTW…did anyone mention celebrating All Hallow’s Eve or All Saints Day??? Just curious how many really have done their homework…
    I loved the costume…you were adorable…..I appreciate all you do to minister to me and the world!!!
    You will be blessed accordingly…
    Love you….
    Amy

  47. fiona m November 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Amen to that. You speak the word and SHAME the enemy.

  48. Dina White November 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, this post is amazing! Thank you so much for posting this. I had to keep myself away from facebook yesterday because reading some comments people were posting were stressing me out in that I wanted to respond but felt that I rather not. You are amazing. God Bless!!!!

  49. Joseph Souder November 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    People are so religious that it’s sad. Religion is what crucified Christ.

    At our house, we don’t do the traditional Halloween stuff out of not wanting to cause anyone to stumble, but, we have made a point to our kids to not make issue of it with those who do. I respect my brothers and sisters’ liberty as I desire that they would respect mine. We preach and teach against things that matter, of course. But 99% of the people who enjoy Halloween aren’t doing so in the name of paganism. In other words, I can shoot someone to protect my family or I can shoot someone to rob them. There’s a huge difference. One has God’s blessing, the other He condemns harshly. And it’s about the heart and the situation. And, we aren’t worshipping pagans unless we, by choice and purpose, are offering unto pagan gods! Unfortunately, it seems that many are too weak-minded to discern the difference. And, unfortunately, oftentimes, those are the loudest voices.

    What I fear for those who can not discern the difference, is this: If they view eating candy and wearing a costume as someone else’s “worship” or “allegiance”, is that how they view their faith to God? If that’s how they became His child, they aren’t in the Big Family and they still need to be saved. We are not worshipping Him by a list of do’s and don’ts but by surrendering our life to His hands and then pursuing our Child to Father, Saved to Saviour relationship with Him!

    The Pharisees didn’t understand the New Testament or the grace of God. It didn’t fit in their black and white world of religion. If anyone should be questioned for their “faith”, it is those who do not have the spiritual understanding to seek to be like Christ instead of pointing their humanly sinful fingers at another sinful humans.

    Thank you for your words of wisdom and for singing your heart out for Jesus – and for you heart of forgiveness, your “real-ness”, and your testimony! Peace…

  50. missi moore November 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Well said, my friend! Let he that has not sinned cast the first stone. Geez…if people spent more time focusing on GOD…they would have less time to create chaos and more time to glorify HIM! I think you were an incredibly cute kitty in 1984…next year I am going to dress up like you!!!

  51. Stephanie November 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Well said! I completely agree! I am so careful not to offend believers and non-believers regarding my beliefs or anything else. However, I don’t compromise my beliefs. Both of these can be done at the same time. Somewhere along they way we missed that you can do both. If you don’t celebrate Halloween, Christmas, Easter or other holidays, then don’t but if you turn someone away from Christ because you don’t, have you done Christ any good? I don’t think so. The Lord will convict us each individually as to how we act out our faith.

    In fact, we don’t dress up for Halloween in my house (although I did as a child), but we choose this year to give out candy to anyone who knocked on our door. We are new in the neighborhood and want to be know for the love of Christ we show…not as the unfriendly neighbors.

    p.s. Meow! πŸ™‚

  52. Marcia November 1, 2011 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, i think you’re awesome! Great article! One thing I’d like to say here is that what I’ve learned about “religious” comments like that is that they aren’t really meant to make you feel bad or look bad…rather, its meant for the person commenting to feel better about themselves or to look better than others. So, in other words, their harsh words should not be taken personally because they really didn’t make that comment for you. Darn that religious spirit that tries to have a “form of godliness” but totally denies the power of Christ to others! have a BLESSED November!!

  53. Mandy November 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry you had to endure such hate thrown your way, but your response is well written and filled with TRUTH and LOVE. Our Sunday school class will be discussing being a respector of people this Sunday. I’m going to share your post with the teacher. A great example of how common courtesy and respect should be first among Christians – not judgments and questioning of the other’s faith.

    This experience will surely make you “Stronger”!

    By the way, I sang “Lifeline” this past Sunday as the sermon topic was “fear”. Great song!!

  54. April November 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    I agree with you. i use you celebrate Halloween until God start dealing with my heart about it. Theres different levels of holiness. Gods deals with us n His timing n His way. N Gods judgement is the one that stands in the end. Keep up the good work!!!!!!

  55. Lisa November 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    I totally agree with you. Thanks for posting this and being bold and courageous in your faith!

  56. Mikayla Kayne November 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    The “religious” will never understand, Mandisa. Don’t let them get you riled up. If they want to put bowls over their candles and hide their lights – that’s their business.

    Halloween is a fantastic opportunity to BE a light – there is simply no other time that most of your entire neighborhood comes to your house and is willing to take what you have to offer. Christians should offer the BEST candy, the MOST candy, pop, silver dollars, anything creative and amazing you can think of! Christians should never miss an opportunity to hand out cute and age-appropriate tracts with contact info of a local church on the back (a REAL church, not a religious one). Be memorable, be positive, and show Christ’s LOVE to your neighbors. The religious cranks who shut their homes up tight or only do something at their church building, leaving their homes dark, are missing a great annual opportunity to meet their neighbors and love them.

    And as for the religious cranks – they should do some digging into the history of Christmas, or Easter for that matter – they will find just as many reasons to boycott those holidays if they apply the same reasoning they use for boycotting Halloween. But they won’t. Because that’s not how hypocrites operate.

    Have heart, Mandisa. You WERE a cute kitty. And you grew to become a beautiful and talented woman of God who needs to make NO excuse for anything to total strangers. (((hug)))

  57. Donna November 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Way to go Mandisa!
    I was one who celebrated Halloween for years. It was only after I learned the meaning behind it that turned me And my family away from it. At my new church we have an alternative to halloween where we reach out to help save others, I have been involved it that for 2 years now. This year 42 saved and over 85 rededicated their lives.
    I LOVE you and the message you bring to everyone. I THANK YOU for being someone that I am HAPPY to follow. You are always so real it is great!
    Keep up the good work. LOVE YOU
    Donna

  58. maria November 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Amazing Grace HOW quickly we FORGET..God bless you Mandisa..but remember we are to stand strong with the armour of God….Romans 8v31….love ya

  59. Paula Hilton November 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Love this blog, very well said and I totally agree with you! I think that many time Christians are quick to judge and point the finger, when we know that the only one that has the right to do that is the one with out sin…Jesus. Our job while we are here on earth is to reach the lost and what better time to share the light to a dark world than on Halloween. Oh the things we could accomplish if we would join together as Christians and stop judging each other.
    Thank you so much for you ministry, you songs have touched me and ministered to me at just the right time. Keep up the GOoD work!

  60. Julie November 1, 2011 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Amen! Could not agree more!!

  61. Becky November 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Wow. I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. The depths we as Christians will go to make ourselves look holy. Do you really think that bashing a sister in Christ over a 27 year old picture really impresses God? Or is His heaert breaking as we try to tear one another apart? Sorry you’re having to endure this, Mandisa. Please know that you are loved and respected!

  62. Kathy Kenneft November 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you for that very Godly response. Love you Mandisa!

  63. Anne C. November 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    *clap**clap**clap*
    Nicely said.

  64. emma November 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    “Jesus Christ did not suffer on the Cross so we could fight over doctrinal positions.” that was said by A.W.Tozer. Well, i’m adjusting this to the situation and say that Jesus Christ did not suffer on the cross so that we could fight over whether we should celebrate halloween or not!!
    how can someone dare to judge and condamne so lightly a person for whom Jesus Christ himself died?!!! how come we can never just understand that HE is the one who judges?? i’m extremely outraged… and sad! this should not happen. we, christians, continue fighting over ridiculous things while people around us are going to hell!!! what is wrong with us??!
    P.S: Mandisa i think you are an amazing christian…. i can feel the touch of holy spirit in your songs. your songs are such a blessing to me… first time i heard your last album, it was like god himself was speaking to me. i cried, i worshpied, i prayed, i repented while i listened. god bless you and thank you so much!

  65. Ryan Gage November 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your transparency on and off the stage.

  66. Emma Merchen November 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Amen!!!You ROCK!

  67. Beth November 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    I think there is a line, and we won’t go there…Cute picture. I saw it on Facebook, thought cute little girl dressed up as a kitty. We ALL have pasts, and I’m not casting any stones, I’m glad for where I am today, and it’s artists like Mandisa, Casting Crowns, and numerous others that have helped me in my walk. I say, you still rock Mandisa!:)

  68. Abigail November 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    amen! we as Christians need to be careful about that. I do not believe in halloween, never have and never will, but I don’t judge and say that people who have a fall festival or something along those lines is not a Christian. that desision is between them and God. you keep at it, girl!

  69. jeanette November 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Thank u Mandissa. Well said

  70. Mitchell Melton November 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    This verse is one of the only reasons I still believe that Christ exists. It is one that many people should be aware of. We all should be more accepting of those with differing beliefs. Instead of turning gay christians away, why don’t we celebrate our worship of Christ Jesus.
    Mandisa…do you have thoughts?

    • emma November 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      excuse me… but are you, by any chance, suggesting that we should accept gay christians or didn’t i understand what you meant?
      there is a VERY big diference between being gay and celebrating halloween! the bible speaks clearly in many places about homosexuality… and it couldn’t been more clearly and sharply said than the way the bible says it.
      on the other hand, halloween is something that falls in the category of the things mentioned in the text bellow. something that is related to the conscience- if it allows you or not.
      homosexuality is a black on white topic in the bible! it is absolutly not allowed! and that is that!!
      it worries me the way you see christianity. go to your bible, look closer… ask someone who’s trust worthy…

      • Leslie November 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm - Reply

        I agree with Mitchell. I am not saying that I think that being gay is ok, but I think we need to be more accepting of people. Emma you say to look more closely at the bible. All we need to know is – “love the sinner, hate the sin.” There are many people, Christians and non-believers alike, and none but Our Father is perfect. It isn’t our place to judge any of them, but by not accepting gays you are judging them. Accept others, love others, let God do the judging

        • emma November 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm - Reply

          i wasn’t perhaps specific enough… i never said we shouldn’t love all people, including gay people… we can just look at our lord jesus: he had a fascination, a bigger interest for the most depraved of the people… but that doesn’t mean he accepted their beliefs, their behaviour… this is all i’m saying: it is one thing to love them and another to accept their sin and worship together with them, like mitchell said. drawing a line where the bible draws it and defending it without backing down is what i’m talking about. basicly, what i’m saying is that we should not, under any circumstance, accept homosexuality and “celebrate our worship of Christ Jesus” with them motivating that, after all, we all believe in jesus and that is all that matters. no. there are more things that matter… there is only one faith given to the saints once and forever. but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t love the gay people or try to help them like jesus did!!

  71. Dorothea Holcomb November 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, I’ve been a fan since you were on American Idol. A proud fan. But I have to say that even with the incredible singing and witnessing track record you’ve established with your amazing talent, I am even more proud of you for this post.

    I am homeschooling my two sons, 7 and 5, and they were all excited about trick or treating yesterday when I saw an email come through from one of the homeschool moms of the group I belong to that said anyone who goes out trick or treating is showing their children Satan’s ways and once they have been exposed to them they are in his snare. It said, “If we are REALLY Christians, we will keep our doors shut and spend the time teaching our children to be soldiers against those who follow Satan.” I did not realize putting on a Peter Pan and Captain Hook costume and collecting candy (and saying “thank you” each time) qualified my kids as potential recruits for Satan. I thought that by their good manners and kind ways they were witnessing for Christ. My bad.

    If these people would took 1/4 of the effort they put into scaring us and making us feel like “bad Christians” and put it into witnessing, sharing and loving ALL people as Christ first loved us, they would be doing something worthwhile. Jesus told us to make disciples of all nations – not to be fearmongers of all children and their parents.

    You, Mandisa, are clearly heeding the call. God bless you, your talent and your wonderful ministry. I’m so proud of you and to be a fan!

  72. Louise Pribanick November 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    You are “da bomb” Mandisa. What you said and they way you said it was awesome. You stated your point without being judgmental of the people who were judgmental of you. Thank you for witnessing even to those of us who love the Lord.

  73. Amy November 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    AMEN!!!! Preach it sister!!! No respect lost for you here!

  74. kay November 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, thank you! I applaud you! Stay strong. God is awesome!

  75. Leona November 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Very well said Mandisa! It hurts me to see how judgmental we get at times. Continue to PTL through your music!

  76. Tami November 1, 2011 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry that people cast judgement on you for such an adorable picture! Good for you for standing your ground and sticking up for yourself! You are and will ALWAYS remain an inspiration in my life!! I don’t care if you go trick or treating still! I love your guts and what you stand for!!!

  77. Sharon L November 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    That’s why I LOVE Mandisa!!!

  78. Marshall November 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Christ has called you by name and you are His child forever! If Christ is for you, who can be against you? In the name of the Lord, please keep Mandisa’s spirit alive through your powerful love and on fire for you, Lord Jesus! KEEP SOARING LIKE THE EAGLE AND KEEP SINGING IN THE BEAUTIFUL SHADOWS OF HIS WINGS!!! MUCH LOVE TO YOU!

  79. Paula November 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Hang in there!! I thought the cat costume was super cute. I also appreciated Lisa Bevere’s comment that we have so much in which we can place our energies, why would we entertain these kinds of arguments which drain us of our spiritual strength and witness. Keep that music coming!

  80. Allie November 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I love Jesus! Spent my weekend attending Women of Faith in Seattle and volunteer all over throughout our church.I dressed my 3 year old up like Tigger. Some people would question my faith…I question their faith! Your post is amazing! I love Mark Hall and Casting Crowns even more than I already did. I respect you and thank you!

  81. Michele November 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Amen, Mandisa! You took the words right out of my mouth! Thanks for being such a wonderful example of the Christian faith! *hugs*

  82. Rebekah November 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    There are a lot of things I would like to say, but the words that express my heart the most are “Thank you.” I’ve been seeing a lot of this lately, and saw some of that ugliness you referenced on FB last night. Thank you for what you wrote here. Thanks for reminding us all of what the Word says.

    God forgive us all for beating each other up! πŸ™

  83. Sonia November 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    We are to reach the the lost so this holiday can be used by churches & should. There are so many churches that do this and reach families that normally would have never have stepped foot into the doors of the church. God will work in trunk or treats harvest fests He is the Master! We forget this thank u for reminding us!

  84. Deb Howard November 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Your blog today is a perfect response, Mandisa. It aggravates me when something as innocent as a childhood photo causes some people to go overboard with reaction.

    Wanna know how my family witnessed last night? As it was a nice evening here in western NY, I left our door WIDE open with our stereo blasting Third Day’s ‘Move’ album. Hopefully some people walking by were listening to the lyrics as they came up to knock on the door! πŸ™‚

    God bless you always~
    Deb Howard

  85. Erin November 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    1. Great post, well said, and you were adorable and are a beautiful child of God. You are an inspiration to me, and have been since the first time I saw you when you were on American Idol. I appreciate you sharing your voice and God’s love and strength with all of us. I love you, girl!

    2. The people who judged you last night are the same kind of people that kept me from Christ for so many years. I became a Christian in 2005, when I was 22. I had been in a church when I was little, then we left when I was 8. In the city I grew up in, I felt like everything I heard about Christians was that they were boycotting something or another, like Disney or maybe Halloween, or telling people they were going to Hell because they didn’t believe exactly the same things they did and didn’t go to the same church they did. It kept me from Jesus for a long time, because I didn’t want to be one of those people, and I didn’t want to spend time with them. I didn’t see love from the Christians I was exposed to, all I saw was hate and judgement. Thank God for breaking through all that and giving me a friend who was finally able to get through to me that GOD LOVED ME for who I was, and even loved me when I didn’t love Him. Now I don’t know what I would do without Him in my life. I just want to remind people of the very real impact their actions have on others, including non-believers, spoken from someone who went through it.

  86. Donita November 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    How sad that we as Christians are so quick to pounce on what we see as another’s sin! I appreciate all you’ve stood for . . . and you were an adorable cat!

  87. Emily November 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    AMEN! It seems the church doesn’t have time to love others bc we’re too busy judging each other. Sheesh!

  88. Apryle Rubio November 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Hi Mandisa,
    you are absolutely right and it always grieves me when brothers and sisters in THE LORD choose to use matters of personal conscience as theological dividers! we are commanded to live our lives according to HIS WILL and our own conscience; without passing judgement on others in The Body for living their lives according to their own conscience! to be encouragers not judges!!
    My husband and I were just recently asked by GOD to go deeper in our family’s walk with HIM – HE ASKED us to completly ignore that particular day. what we did before (we called it Dress-up Day) was participate in what our church was doing- either a Fall Festival or lately Trunk or Treat. (we are very grateful for the church’s alternatives) but this year, we didnt do that. We believe HE WANTS us personally- our specific family, to not spend any money on items related to it and to not participate in any of said activities. -HE DESIRES all HIS children to grow in their relationship with HIM!- and this is what HE HAS ASKED of us specifically. we absolutely do not have any opinion of those who choose to participate… But as for us we will serve THE LORD in this way.
    Thank you so much for this post! I am truly sorry that people had that response to you(and Mark Hall!) You are an amazing woman and I am so grateful for your transparency and your ministry!! I pray for you on a regular basis -esp. when you tweet about your singleness! πŸ™‚
    ((hugs)) Your Sister, Apryle

  89. Bernard Shuford November 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Love what you do, girl. “Stronger” has meant a ton to me lately. STAY CLOSE TO GOD and heck with the haters, even when they mean well.

  90. Adair Knutowicz November 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Well said. Amen!!!

    Thank you for letting The Trinity use u as a mighty vessel! As U have allowed Him to continue to change ur life & get STRONGER….He uses ur life to help change the lives of the multitudes!!!
    As Christians, we need to open not just our minds… But our hearts as well!
    Jesus commanded us to LOVE! Thank you for doing just that! U are a fine example of one who loves another….no matter what their views may be!
    Well done, good and faithful servant!!! U are a blessing! I will continue to not just listen to ur music, but encourage others to do so also!!!!
    Have all ur CDs AND ……”Bought the T-Shirt”!!!
    Lol πŸ˜€

    Gett’in STRONGER…..Keep do’in what ur do’in…Break’in them strongholds!!!

  91. Theresa November 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Amen!

  92. Gina Harbison November 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    So proud of you for being so vocal about your faith. I have witnessed, personally, the judgement of “God’s People”. I have learned many things in the last few years. One of those was the humbling revelation that I, too, was very judgmental. I am now learning how to love others, in spite of MY failures…not theirs. I still believe in standing up for what we believe. However, the old saying of WWJD rings true. Jesus was the most disgusted by the religious people. “Lord, please forgive me for being one of those.”

  93. Donna Harris November 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    I have to say I do not celebrate halloween and do not allow my kids to. I have heard to many testimonies from people delivered from satanism that say not to have anything to do with it. However we should never question another persons salvation over this topic. It is up to God to convict each person. Still love you Mandisa!!!!!!!!!!!

  94. Tanya November 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    That’ll preach! Don’t worry, the first to criticize usually do so to draw attention away from their own shortcomings. So they won’t bootleg you CD’s anymore… no skin off your nose!

  95. Liz Christianson November 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Oh Mandisa…When it comes to us Christians there are more whiners and haters then anywhere else. We live full of self-righteousness and arrogance while the world is going to hell. When I ask myself what would Jesus do on Halloween I see him out on the streets, dressed-up in something un-scary and spreading love..or standing on his doorstep with candy, a big smile, and waiting for any opportunity to strike up a conversation that could draw people closer to him..rather then repelling them with condemnation and guilt. Last night my daughter dressed up as “the Egyptian princess that saved Moses” and she was sure to tell each person that she met as she trick or treated. Every day is the Lord’s including Oct. 31. We could either win our neighbors over with love or we could repel them with condemnation. I choose the former! Be blessed!!

  96. Juanita Dueck November 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for doing this. I too saw what happened on Mark Hall’s FB page and really, come on…what is up with people? I may not be a fan of Halloween either but in no way should it become a legalistic tool to condemn people~ especially those of you in full time ministry. I am so thankful for Godly women(and men) like you and Mark who are willing to stand up and take a public beating. This is something that has be taught and learned over and over again. Praying for all of you who are standing up and praising in the storm!

  97. Sarah C November 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    So very well said! Thank you for caring enough to confront in love. <3

  98. Debbie November 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    AMEN! I am so glad you posted!!!

  99. Christine Inman November 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Hi Mandisa,
    I want to say a big thank you for being at the Womens of Faith Confrence in Seattle at the Key Arena. It was a pleassure meeting you face to face. Thank you for signing my two disk. Love your songs. I hope to be able to go to a concert of yours with my daughter. Wishing you the best. I love the costume that you wore when you were little. I believe in God and I do Halloween, God bless you and wish you well in everything you do for God. Love you friend.

  100. Dave Arthur November 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Mandisa… you were too cute, adorable… and MEOW! πŸ™‚ Its frustrating that Christians love to beat up on Christians so much. I know that feeling all too well running a radio station! At the mention of Halloween, Santa Claus or anything along those lines my email can go nuts telling me they’re shutting off the station. *sigh* Everything else we’ve professed, every song we’ve played, every artist we’ve promoted, every family we’ve helped, every time we’ve shared our faith suddenly evaporates and I’m informed we’re bringing down the church. Huh? Wuh? Your words were well chosen. God bless ya, sis!

    Looking forward to the next time you grace my Portland, Oregon studios! Miss ya!

    Dave Arthur

  101. Dwaina November 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    You know what, I don’t like Halloween and I have flip flopped back and forth over the years at letting my kids when they were young dress up, etc. But, you know what? I have known committed, solid believers who do the Halloween thing, and I have known committed, solid believers who don’t want to participate at all for spiritual reasons and I have been both myself. So, I am going to let the Lord speak to each person and not try to pass judgement on whether their faith is real or how “good” a Christian they are based on what I see. and I REALLY appreciate you doing the same, sister. amen.

  102. Tonya Brown November 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    I agree 100% with you, Mandisa. As Christians we are commanded to love God and to love one another. And, we are warned against judging others. If we are being led by the Spirit, we will bear the fruits of the Spirit. They include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self control, & gentleness. You are obviously living a life that is led by the Spirit!! The evidence is undeniable. You are, in my opinion, one of the very few that display every single one of these fruits. So, it baffles me that anyone could question your walk with God!! There is just no call for that!!

  103. Leisa Taylor November 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Very well stated! My church has Fall Festival every year at this time. The years I have participated have been a blessing to me. I loved interacting with the trunk or treaters and just smiling and being an ambassador for Christ. If these festivals reach even one lost person it is so worth it! There is nothing dark or nefarious about it. In fact, we are asked to not wear anything or decorate our vehicles with any type of dark or nefarious nature. I love seeing the pumpkins, cute scarecrows and fall colors used for decorating. We do have visitors who wear dark- themed costumes but we smile and welcome them. Jesus didn’t minister solely to the saved. In fact He sought out the lost and outcast. These festivals are to give kids an alternative to door to door begging, allow the church to minister to the community and to reach out to the lost. If Christians are attacking one another on doctrinal issues then we are wasting precious time and energy that could be spent sharing the Gospel!

    Your picture was ADORABLE! I

  104. Ginean November 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Be Encouraged! Me and a girlfriend of mine had a lengthy conversation about Halloween… we opt out of the celebration, however, recognize many of our friends/family do participate in some way. Not a problem… choices we make. I know they had a fun evening, as did I and my family! Your salvation should not be in question… I love you, all you stand for, and that you spread the love of Christ daily. My children are blessed by your music daily. In fact this morning I came down stairs this morning to them playing Stronger!! I encourage you, this will make you Stronger!! Blessings My Sister in Christ!

  105. Terica M. McKennis November 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    VERY WELL STATED Mandisa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I echo this 10 times more over and over again……………………My fellow brothers and sisters ( I LOVE more and more each day) I LOVE YOU Mandisa, I LOVE YOUR MUSIC!, and I love the fact that you are about OUR FATHERS business!!!!!!

    MUCH LOVE

  106. Marcia November 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Don’t forget to pray for all believers!!! That is the only thing that will unite us! Jesus prayed that we would be one (John 17:20,21). Let us not be divisive whatever our opinion is, just loving each other. Blessings to all Brothers and Sisters in Christ!!

  107. Angela November 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Girlfriend, how I wish I could give you a high five. Oh the things Christians say and do to hurt other Christians. Not to mention to hurt the chance of non-Christians wanting any part of “our” judgey, too holy selves. I’m so sorry. For the record, I love Jesus. He is my all. And my kids dressed up AND trick or treated last night. Just like we have always done. Just like we always will. And I’m pretty sure Jesus thought they looked adorable.

  108. Ina Rauschenbach November 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    wow
    you are so great, You give so much love an hope
    I love your Musik

    Blessings from Germany

  109. Maureen Pace November 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    GOD BLESS YOU! Why do people look for things that separate us. You are a beautiful person. You and your music move and inspire me and so many others. Stay Strong. God BLESS!

  110. john kastner November 1, 2011 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry that you were so persecuted. Christains for some reason are the most judgmental in this world. We should be the most compassionate but for some reason we have forgotten that we have been forgiven for all Christ never said if you do this or do that your a Christian. I have tattoos I am a martial artist. People judge me and tell me everyday. My GOD is a strong GOD and I have learned that you can’t Fix stupid. We as in you and me just need to focus on the way we can impact people on a day to day basis. We need to break the cycle of the way so called Christians think who are we to judge we all sinners who desirve death. End of story.

  111. Malea Bastian November 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    A friend of mine wrote this on Facebook yesterday, and I thought it was brilliant!

    “on All Hallows’ Eve (Hallow-Even – Hallow-E’en – Halloween), the custom arose of mocking the demonic realm by dressing children in costumes. Because the power of Satan has been broken once and for all, our children can mock him by dressing up like ghosts, goblins, and witches. The fact that we can dress our children this way shows our supreme confidence in the utter defeat of Satan by Jesus Christ – we have NO FEAR!”

    You rock, Mandisa!

  112. Melissa A November 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry you fell victim to “Pharisees disease”! People can be so ugly and sometimes it’s us Christians. So sad when we are trying to show Jesus to the world through our actions and words. One person put it right when she said “we’re no fun anymore”. People think that when you become a Christian, you have to stop having fun and doing fun things. WE DON’T! As long as our hearts are right and we arent committing sinful acts and we give God the glory for whatever fun and happiness we have, God WANTS us to fellowship and have a good time, especially with other Christians. Stop judging and go have some fun ye Pharisees who keep messing with OUR MANDISA AND MARK HALL TOO! Love you both and still love your music and testimonies!

  113. Victoria Hendricks November 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Questioning what . . . are you serious???? You were 8 years old. If we spent less time judging and more time looking inside ourselves, we wouldn’t have time for ridiculous replies like those you received. Keep helping us all get stronger, Mandisa. . Love you to you and Mark Hall.

  114. Kelly November 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Judge not lest you be judge. That is all. You do your thang!

  115. Tracy November 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Mandisa,
    I love the passion with which you live your life!! Please do not let misguided individuals bring you down when your love for the Lord shines around you! I, too, have had a similar attack (not by as many people) when my excitement for the new Harry Potter movie was attacked on fb. I was basically told I was going to hell for witchcraft by a fellow church member. But the scripture you brought out states clearly that to attack each other as believers is against what God wants from His church. It does send a sour message to non-believers. I find it sad that some people are focused on such petty things when greed, jealousy, and hatred consume so much of people’s lives. Those are real sins that keep us from fellowship with our Lord, not dressing up in make-believe costumes in light-hearted fun once a year. And for the record–what you do every day to share the gospel really does make a difference in lives! And I thank you for sharing your beautiful gift!

  116. JEAN DENTON November 1, 2011 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Mandisa:
    I didn’t see the comments left by others, and IT REALLY DOESN’T matter. From reading your reply, I gather they found fault with that child of sooooo loooooong ago. I absolutely agree with your reply. Let the Light of Christ shine in you that others will see and hear HIM instead of succumbing to the traps that the enemy has laid for you to fall into. As long as your heart is in line with the Will of the Lord, when God be for us, WHO CAN BE against us? Now who would want to go against the Lord and think that they would succeed? Do EXACTLY AS the Lord told us to do in His Word of Psalm 37:1. I say also, fret not what people say. They are going to talk whether you do good or whether you do bad. Just remember, you are vendicated as our Lord said in His Word –1Peter 2:12. You have NOTHING to be sorry about. DON’T GIVE AN INCH TO THE ENEMY!!!!! My daughter said one of the ladies at the church she attends on the 31st of October, had the adults dress up as Bible figures. The children either had to guess who they were protraying or the adult told them about the person they were suppose to be if they didn’t know. What a blessing for each child WHO DIDN’T KNOW about someone in the Bible, even to learn about JESUS. The message for the candy given was called “Bible Treat” to answer correctly !!!! As I do each day, ask the Lord to prepare you before anything comes upon you that you would respond in a way that would put a smile in His heart, and bring Glory to His Name!!!! You’re ALWAYS in my prayers sister.. Hangeth thou in there. Your sister in Christ, Jean Denton

  117. Beth King November 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Mandisa,

    Thanks so much for speaking truth. You are so right. Why do we Christians have to show such judgement. Even when the scriptures say there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!!!

  118. Sherry Cowan November 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Just remember… “Judge not, least you be judged.” These people that “judge” your faith are not doing what they are called to do. You are awesome at following God’s will for your life and let no one discourage you from doing so! God Bless you Mandisa! We SO enjoy the songs you produce and the words that are shared through them. If EVER you are in Austin, Texas (Pflugerville) you TRULY have a plus-size friend that honors your commitment in your faith and would LOVE to encourage you! ☺ ~ Love to you, Sherry

  119. Rwood73 November 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Romans 8:1 Mandisa you are right!

  120. JP November 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Since college I’ve never been comfortable with the hoopla surrounding Halloween because of research I did to know if it was “right.” Still, I’m not finite on a stance aside from avoiding representation that celebrate particularly and obviously bad things.
    I read this last year written by Jason Gray and found it VERY thought provoking. You should check it out..
    Btw..great post, Mandisa.
    http://www.rabbitroom.com/2010/10/making-peace-with-halloween-v12/

  121. Ambur November 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    I thought the outfit was cute! I dressed up last night and had a blast handing candy out to all the cute little kids. Mandisa, I’m sorry you have to deal w/ all the judgement. It’s not fair to you and it’s not glorifiying to God. Stay strong!! And thanks for speaking the truth w/ love and courage!!

  122. Connie November 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Praise God Mandisa for your testimony and standing up for the right thing rather than the politically correct thing!!! I look so forward to praising God along with you at Liberty Baptist Church in Virginia in a few weeks. I have loved your music for years…and this testament is just an example of how a true Christian thinks and responds to Satan. God Bless you girl!!!

  123. Rebecca November 1, 2011 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Truth. Love what you wrote. God has been convicting me of judging lately. It is one thing to look at an aspect of someone’s life and realize they may be falling short of the mark (and as it says in Galations 6, to come alongside them and “gently restore” them, at the same time guarding myself lest I be tempted by the very same sin), it is another thing to paint a whole picture with that little snippet I see in their life and think that I “know” what is in their hearts. I am still wrestling with the whole aspect of looking at a tree and determining what kind of fruit it has, whether I want that in my life, and to do it all without “judging”. Jesus himself told us that we need to know what kind of fruit we are eating after all, but wow it’s not always easy to walk it out! I think we have to be honest and say that sometimes people enter in to sin and use the catch-phrase of “don’t judge me” b/c they don’t want that conviction in their life. One thing is certain, if we call ourselves Jesus-lovers, then we are all students of Holy Spirit, and he is our greatest cheerleader-he wants us to get it “right” more than anyone.
    I do have to say that one thing I’ve found interesting in all of these posts is how many people speak out against “judging others”, only to turn around and call the judgers “modern-day Pharisees”…..hmmmm…..and supposedly that’s not judgement?

    • Wayne November 2, 2011 at 12:20 am - Reply

      Blessing to you Mandisa and True that Rebecca!
      It seems this drama is just what the devil wants for us Christians and will surely use it to try and steal, kill and destroy. I can’t help but think of a word; UNITY.

      ‘nuf said!! Blessed beyond the curse!
      Peace out!

  124. lauralee November 1, 2011 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this blog. We are our worst enemy sometimes! I can’t tell you how many times people have judged me in the name of Christ. It is so sad! In some ways this is a wonderful opportunity to address this issue. I pray it will touch the hearts of those who need to hear this! God Bless!

  125. Jeff November 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    My question is what if anyone of you actually did celebrate Halloween? Who cares? How does that make any one more or less Christian or faithful? What a bunch of hypocrites! These are probably the same “Christians” that so other signs of their lack of faith and hatred towards others. Christians are supposed to be striving for Christ-like behavior. Striving for it. Not claiming to be perfect! What is so evil or satanic about Halloween? Are this people also against going to the movies because of content or reading books because of content? Is it evil to go to the ball game on Sunday instead of being in church service all day? No wonder those of other faiths question the authenticity of many Christians. Some of them are far to hypocritical to be truely Christian in faith and spirit. Do you really believe Jesus would have a problem with a wonderful example of his love such as Mandisa or Mark Hall?!!!! I serouisly doubt that. You supposed Christians who have nothing other than to criticize others faith should be asshamed and disappointed with yourselves. It sounds like maybe the devil has more to do with your behavoir the those you want to pick on.

  126. Nneka November 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    If the son has set you free, you are free indeed

  127. Jim November 1, 2011 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    We love you, Mandisa. Please don’t be discouraged. No one should live their life to please anyone but God, and He leaves quite a few gray areas.

  128. Melissa November 1, 2011 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU!!!!! Im really glad you poste d this πŸ™‚

  129. Cheryl November 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    You, my friend, were JESUS JUKED. I didn’t know such a thing existed until it happened to me….but no kidding…there really is such a thing. Google it.
    πŸ™‚
    ps…I love the outfit!

  130. Dolores Pyer November 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    You keep going Mandisa! You will always have people who will question you. Satan can even use Christian people in his work. I posted this article about Halloween on my FB and got mixed comments. Why can’t we have an evangelistic approach to Halloween like this article suggests rather than looking down our noses and further distancing our selves from the people that God called us to love and witness to.

    http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/sent-into-the-harvest-halloween-on-mission

    Thank you for being a role model that my girls can look up to!

  131. Kimberly Skidmore November 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    You go girl!! I saw the post about casting Crowns also and couldn’t believe the fuss. It happens everywhere. My Pastor isn’t big on Halloween but his daughter brings their kids out, but his son doesn’t. He doesn’t judge. NO ONE should.

    If it is wrong God will convict us in HIS time, just like any other sin we may need to deal with.

  132. Tamy Lemke November 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Way to go, my friend and Sister in Christ!!!! I have been blown away by the posts from people on both Mark’s FB page as well as yours. This world is hard enough without having to bear the hatred I saw spewing from some of these fellow Christians. If you can’t love the people in God’s family, you need to really look at yourself and ask why? You love Him because he first loved you – and that applies to ALL of us! God’s love is unconditional, so who are WE to place conditions on the Godly love we are supposed to show to others. We must be very careful of our judgement of others because we will be judged in the same way when our day comes. That can be a very harsh reality that I’m not really sure we are ready to face. Mandisa, I truly love you and I know God does too! Please do not allow ANYONE to bring you down and cause you to doubt yourself. You are an amazing example of what is means to shine His light for all the world to see! Keep being that beacon of light and don’t worry about those who try to snuff it out. God will take care of you and He will also take care of them. Big hugs!!!!

  133. KD November 2, 2011 at 12:02 am - Reply

    I was just listening to K-Love and heard what you said about how Christians treat one another. I must admit I do not watch American Idol nor do I know much about your music, but in that moment when I heard what you said I was proud to call you a sister in Christ. We as Christians can often be the most judgemental people to the world. Instead of loving each other we criticize and critique each other based on personal choices we make not based on things that the Bible clearly dictates is wrong. It is refreshing to see a Christian who has a loud enough voice stand up and speak out about how we need to stop creating division among believers and start standing together in the fundamental truths of the Bible. I believe when the world sees unity and love amongst the members of the Body of Christ that is when they will truly be able to see Christ in us. So I can not say it enough thank you thank you my sister in Christ!

  134. Wendy Darling November 2, 2011 at 12:03 am - Reply

    AMEN!! And God bless you, Darlin’! (Said in my best Paula Deen impersonation, who I dressed up as on Saturday night to attend my Singles Sunday School class party!) πŸ™‚

  135. Vicki November 2, 2011 at 12:10 am - Reply

    Amen !

    I used to one of those that did not participate in Halloween….then I had kids and remembered the fun that I had at Halloween and thought that there must be a way we could participate in the innocent fun of dressing up without joining hands with the evils of Halloween. I believe there is a way one can.

    Also, I heard a Christian gentleman share on the radio that rather than shutting off his light and hiding on Halloween that he takes a step outside himself (and his house) and has started an annual chili cookout in his culdesac and gets to know his neighbors on Halloween rather than alienating them. He chose to show the light of Jesus in his neighborhood. I rather like his approach and am open to ways that I can show the Light rather than hiding it…. Food for thought….

    I know this can be a heated discussion – but please, people, be open to behaving in love and respect – not only to your fellow man but your fellow Christian brothers and sisters…

  136. Christine November 2, 2011 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Love your post! Well said, what happened to just loving one another?

  137. Tammy November 2, 2011 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Well said. You sure God didn’t call you to be a preacher? If attend that church! Amazing how “religion” brings self righteousness. And falling in love with Jesus births more love. So I say preach it Sister! I love you and your music and listen to your music everyday!

  138. Scott Caperton November 2, 2011 at 1:12 am - Reply

    That is an awesome response to those questioning your walk with God. You keep doing what you are doing, because you’re doing great. I just wish you were coming to South Florida on your Christmas tour.

  139. Patty November 2, 2011 at 1:15 am - Reply

    Great Post! I am a bit tired of christians judging other christians all the time.
    Love Mandisa and Casting Crowns πŸ™‚

  140. Daylene Wiseman November 2, 2011 at 1:19 am - Reply

    I am so proud of you. You are speaking your mind, and I feel you frustration, but you are do so in love and respect. People are so quick to see “the sliver in someone’s eye and miss the plank in their own”. Makes me think of a story I heard a long time ago. A Pastor stood to preach one Sunday and said, “People are going to hell every minute and most of you don’t give a shit. And what is really sad is most of you are more upset by the fact that I just said shit, than you are about the fact that people going to hell every minute”. Keep preaching to the sinners, lost, and hurting, that should cover all of us! πŸ™‚

  141. Lora November 2, 2011 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Mandisa gurl dont you worry bout a thing. God is on your side. :Love you & your music. Hollar at me when your feeling a bit stressed. I will hook you up!

    Lora

  142. Mary November 2, 2011 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Amen! It’s exposure to this kind of narrow-minded “Christian” thinking that turns so many non-believers away from wanting to know what Christ has to offer. I’ve even seen it turn believers away from church. I appreciate your bold faith, Mandisa and absolutely love your laugh! Thanks for bringing joy and beautiful music to my life.

  143. Michele King November 2, 2011 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Well put! Thank you for using your platform for reconciliation.

  144. Nikki November 2, 2011 at 1:27 am - Reply

    This post was amazing. Mandisa you are a true warrior sent from God! Thank you for being so honest.

  145. Stephanie November 2, 2011 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Let me just say, that I support you and the way you stand for the Christian faith so boldly. Christians need to evaluate their faith and decide if they are following religion or a relationship with the one true creator. I, personally will decide to have a relationship with the creator, the one who saved me, Jesus the incarnate God, born, died, rose and will come again. Follow the rules?Yes. Be legalistic? NO! There is freedom from that. I think your response on your blog was so God centered, biblical and right on. You go Girl!.

  146. Sarah Sanford November 2, 2011 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Pharisees. Those people remind me so much of the Pharisees in the Bible. Brooke Fraser posted something on her Facebook a few weeks back that people went all haywire over and started questioning whether or not she’s a Christian, if they should listen to her music anymore, etc. She deleted the post, which was sad, because there was nothing wrong with it at all. It was what people made of it with their holier-than-thou attitudes.

    And people who don’t know Jesus see and hear people like them and think, “if that’s what a Christian is – I don’t wanna be one.” Makes me so sad…

  147. SueLynn November 2, 2011 at 1:34 am - Reply

    John 13:34
    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

    Mandisa, you are fabulous! Thank you for your post! If only we could understand that God’s vision for us is to love each other as He loves us. Jesus saved us because every single human is flawed and broken, and the idea that we would judge each other is so sad. We all need Jesus’ grace!

    You are brave, beautiful, and strong. Thank you for all you do! Keep going!

  148. Niki Jo Westerberg November 2, 2011 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Mandisa, you are such a beautiful person. I’m glad you took the time to explain using the WORD of God. My girls went to a harvest fest party last night and had a blast with friends in Christ dressed up at Ariel and a ladybug. Halloween is definitely a personal choice, but ever since I was little we dressed up and went door to door with our friends and family for candy, not for any sort of Satan worship. I can understand if people have different views on this, but to sit and judge you based on a costume from 27 years ago, it seems to me that they were really bored and should have been finding something better to do then picking on wonderful, fellow Christians who perform such God-praising music. The word IMMATURE comes to mind and I’m glad you didn’t let it get you too down. Thank you for sharing your walk with God and letting the world hear what God has done for you via your music. Love you! Niki
    P.S. My 3 year old wanted me to tell you hi and she loves you so much…she knows it’s you whenever one of your songs comes on, even if it’s a new one. lol

  149. Tiffani Goodin November 2, 2011 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Wow! It amazes me how the Bible, written so long ago, has the answer to every circumstance that we could ever possibly face. It never gets old or expires. Thanks for the post!

  150. Lori November 2, 2011 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Thanks, Mandisa for sharing a pic of yourself as a child. I appreciate the fact that you are willing to let us listeners in on some aspects of your personal self, because we are not entitled, only privileged. I love your music and the aspects of your personality that I’ve seen and I look forward to meeting you in Heaven!

  151. Lisa November 2, 2011 at 2:03 am - Reply

    I agree wholeheartedly Mandisa. I trick or treated as a young child and went to church. In fact our church had a haunted house and gave out candy as well. It is what’s in your heart. I love Jesus with all my heart and soul. It is ok to have fun, dress up and eat candy.

  152. Scott Barnes November 2, 2011 at 2:10 am - Reply

    You are a great warrior of Christ Mandisa. You’re courage to forgive, publicly, a man who was insulting to you on national television made me a fan of yours immediately. Personally, I thought your picture was very cute. The Apostle Paul in Romans 14 did indeed say it all. Perfect reply to edify those who have lost sight of what we as the body of Christ are to be.

  153. Shelley November 2, 2011 at 2:14 am - Reply

    You are an awesome woman of God! So thankful for your ministry and you were a darling cat!!

  154. Chantina November 2, 2011 at 2:22 am - Reply

    Hi Mandisa,
    I thought your comments were wonderful. I dressed up like Wonder Woman last year! I am a believer and I had fun. This is why so many non believers don’t want what we have. Take a chill pill and live. I wonder if these same “Christians” go to the Twilight and Harry Potter movies? Or even read the books? Now that’s something to make you go hummm?

  155. Kim November 2, 2011 at 2:24 am - Reply

    Good for you. See that is exactly why we, as believers, get such a bad rap. People are so free to cast stones at others. John 8:7 says it best… “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Some may not agree with Halloween, but they need to take a peek at Romans 14… “10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.” We are to strive for unity in the church, unity among all brothers and sisters in Christ.. these disputable matters only put a wedge between us.. Open your Bibles those who want to condemn and see what God really says.

  156. Debbie Skoruppa November 2, 2011 at 2:58 am - Reply

    Mandissa- all you need to remember is you my dear glorious singer, are the daughter of king of kings and lords of lords…this is a fact and HE has your back and so sweet sister are we – your awestruck loving appreciative fans! Keep the faith girl! God is great all the time!

  157. Deborah November 2, 2011 at 2:58 am - Reply

    You’re exactly right! If they have to question your faith…then let them because they don’t really know the true meaning of being a Christian.

  158. heather November 2, 2011 at 3:00 am - Reply

    Way to go,Mandisa. You said what you needed very well in a such a Christ like manner.
    On another note there was a time I didn’t celebrate halloween.Now I believe Christians Need to claim this holiday.
    Thank you for serving the Kingdom in such a classy manner as you do.

  159. kristi November 2, 2011 at 3:15 am - Reply

    I love what you stand for Mandisa. I have three girls and they love you and look up to you. We were at the prestonwood concert– AMAZING! People need to work on there own hearts and there relationship with the Father. But its hard to clean your own house. We love to try to clean everyone elses. Keep doin what you do..You are such a light!

  160. tammy hagadone November 2, 2011 at 3:18 am - Reply

    Mandisa, you are an amazing witness and i totally loved you from the moment i heard you give one of the best witnesses for Christ on reality tv ever! i really love this blog because you are so right, we cannot reveal Christ to others when we are judging each other over disputable matters. You know what? I hate halloween and all it stands for, but i know many Christians that celebrate it and dress up and go trick or treating, that is between them and God, I am only responsible for my own walk with Christ and to be a Godly example to my children and family. the best way to do that is to love unconditionally. It is funny that you mentioned Mark Hall too. You and he, in my opinion, are the top 2 witnesses for Christ in Christian music today. You rock Mandisa!

  161. Amaris November 2, 2011 at 3:24 am - Reply

    Mandisa, you are so awesome in your faith and you’re doing what God’s called you to. Don’t ever let anyone get you down. There are always going to be haters out there and people who want to dispute, but sometimes you’ll get even more flack from people when the enemy is trying to get you down. Don’t let that happen. You are blessing people and reaches those who need Jesus. (I’m encouraging myself also by writing this… he he he) You’re born again, you have Jesus in your heart and you’re letting Him lead you; therefore you’re justified. That’s nobody elses’ job! Love your ministry. Keep up the GOOD WORK!

  162. G.Luann Aiello November 2, 2011 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Mandisa,you are amazing and I have loved you since American Idol .Was so excited when you joined WOF,have seen you everytime since whether in Sac. or San Jose,Ca.Always remember you have no one to answer to except Jesus! he is surely going to say well done faithful servant … keep doing what you are doing you are glorifying God with your Music and your life…Hope to see you singing on Biggest Loser,my favorite show…

  163. Rebecca Hanna November 2, 2011 at 4:01 am - Reply

    You rock Mandisa! I agree with everything you said. It is not about Halloween or if we as Christianss should celebrate it. It is about other Christians judging others for celebrating it . I grew up in a christian household and we went trick-or-treating as kids (one rule was that we could not have scary costumes or anything demonic.) Our church has a fall festival every year and encourages people to dress in costume. It is all fun and games. God is our only judge we only have to answer to him. All choices have consequences. Our job is to be good examples and let Jesus shine for him. If we choose to do wrong we can cause others to stumble, so we should just watch out and make sure we are making the right choices and always think before we act “would Jesus do this.” Anyway you are the best. I love your music, my theme song is stronger.

  164. Michael Hucks November 2, 2011 at 4:47 am - Reply

    Oh no doubt, your hell bound now…..lol. You know thru Christ I’ve been granted the ability to listen to fundamentalist and love them where they are, at the same time voice my freedom in Christ, and just let the Holy Spirit lead the way. The last thing I will do is get in a scripture battle with any of them, and Ive studied the Bible for years. My heart goes out to them, it’s sad because most of them have their spiritual security in their actions and not firmly rooted in Grace. I commented also on Marks post last night, now think about the time and energy we’ve all put into a discussion that really amounts to nothing, so the devils tied us up here when our time and talent could have been used for the kingdom during the same time. Hey abide in Christ, you’re an awesome talent, but you’re nothing apart from Christ, don’t let that spirit offend you. Remember a cross and two criminals didn’t offend our Lord, yet the Pharisees were offended at His words all the time. pEaCe be with you my sister in Christ.

  165. Becky November 2, 2011 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I am always encouraged by the honesty and wisdom that you share from your heart. I personally had no issue with your adorable cat costume. Even so, I have been blessed by your humble plea that we as Christians support each other regardless of our differences instead of tearing each other down at the slightest thing. My prayer for our world is that we can change our focus from criticism to loving acceptance. Wow! Imagine what we could accomplish if we did! God bless you, girl!

  166. Nicole November 2, 2011 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Hey lady! I just want to say that even though I don’t celebrate any of the holidays most Christians do (xmas, halloween, valentine’s day, easter, etc) because they are pagan in origin, I LOVE your attitude and I know that you are always doing your best to serve God and represent Him properly in your life. All the other issues and disagreements will be worked out later. What matters right now is that your heart is in the right place and you are all about God’s love. You go girl!

    On a side note, I watch the “Sing-off” religiously and those are my favorite groups too!!! I absolutely hope that pentatonix or afro-blue wins, and Delilah is sweet just because they’re all women but still holdin’ it down! πŸ˜‰ AWESOME show.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, ‘Disa!

  167. Cynthia Howard November 2, 2011 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Well said girl!!!!!!!

  168. Debi Cox November 2, 2011 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Thank you, Mandisa! Your entire cat story has lifted me up in ways only God could use! Especially your words about questioning and judging other’s faith. Last year my husband left us…we lost everything..I fell apart but God has been so awesome to put me back together making me stronger. I went through the worst of the pain last year and although some of it remains I know God is healing me.
    Recently I began to feel like getting involved in church again in a bigger way. I prayed and requested to be put on the prayer team. I was told that I was in ‘chains’ or ‘jail’ (like Paul) due to going through a divorce. That was it! They did not go further into explaining but told me to “take a break” from praying for others for a year while I go through this. No offer of prayer……no offer to help………..just NO.
    Being judged for our spirituality is so hurtful and my heart goes out to you. But your response is what helped me. You brought out Romans 14-biblical proof that people can be more concerned about what others are doing rather than the harm of their own actions or words! I love your music and your spirit! You are a beautiful woman inside and out! I praise God for you!

  169. Shannon November 2, 2011 at 11:52 am - Reply

    I’m sorry you got blasted by our own brothers and sisters. Rick and I call that friendly fire. And it’s worse than any other kind of wound, I think. Sometimes I think it’s sort of ironic that we’re willing to stand strong/firm for somethign that is unclear in scripture (celebrating certain feasts, etc) and meanwhile we’re willing to totally neglect something that IS very clear in Scripture (loving our Brothers & Sisters in Christ). Thanks for sharing your heart and for making it about the weightier thing instead of focusing it on the Halloween debate. I appreciate you!

  170. Jason Garner November 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I wanted to say that though the origin or root of Halloween may be pagan, it does not mean that when one takes their kids out trick or treating they are intending to worship Satan, or be a pagan. God covers over and redeems, we have an opportunity to witness and evangelize on Halloween, even telling folks about reformation day, October 31st. We are redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, my life has been redeemed, why can we not redeem holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, Easter… I meet with and witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses regularly and ask then this very question, as they do not celebrate any holidays. Yes folks will dress in very crude and revealing costumes, yes folks will drink too much, and do things which are clearly offensive to our perfect and Holy Father, this does not mean that we are all involved in these behaviors. Could we not be above the influence and through Christ, redeem these holidays? Is not the God of creation more powerful then the god of this world, the system? Is not the blood of Jesus and His love more powerful than the devil? Please pray for us, as we pray for each other. In love, J

  171. Christy November 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    The devil doesn’t need to antagonize with the church because we are too busy antagonizing each other! The world looks on us and just laughs. What every happened to be in the world but not of it?

  172. Lisa November 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Well said!

  173. olive November 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    what she says about paul and eating meet is true, but remember paul also said, however if it should cause my brother to fall i will not eat eat meat therefore i do not put a stumbling block in my brothers way, he also talked about it might be ok for him to eat meat because he had stronger faith than a brother, i believe no christian should celebrate haloween strong faith or not because it consists of dark spirits. however people shouldnt hate on someone cause of something they did as a child, i think mandisa made and adorable cat and her music as well as casting crowns is spiritually uplifiting. however like my mom says, if you put something on the internet you cant take it back and she should perhaps be a little more wise in her decisions to post things, but what she said was well worded. you rock mandisa dont let haters get ya down!!!!!!!!!!

  174. comfypjs November 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    AMEN to everything you said!! Legalists are always looking for that ‘one’ thing to set you apart from being a Christian when with their legalistic views they are no better than the Pharisees!

  175. Janene November 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    We are studying the book of John. Reading John 3:17 again (“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” ) I couldn’t help thinking ‘then why are we so quick to think we should or have the right to condemn?’ It makes me shake my head

  176. BugladyNora November 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I have noticed how much flack Christian artists take when they post anything. It is as if you have to be perfect to serve God, which means none of us would qualify. Keep going girl and thanks for the article, you are 100% right.

  177. Shauna November 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Debi, You are in my prayers–praying also for whoever was so hurtful, although I admit I had some “gnashing of teeth” in the process. πŸ˜‰ Keep praying anyway! It’s between you and God, not you and them!

  178. Shauna November 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, You are a lady through and through. Such a blessing–giving thanks for your testimony.

  179. Kimberly November 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    I am a pastor’s wife, and I get sooooo tired of “highly spiritual” people who make such a big deal about Christmas and Easter being a pagan holiday and that we Christians should not celebrate or participate in …God forbid putting a Christmas tree in the church, but it is ok if you get high, smoke, drink, cuss and lead praise and worship, or lie and be a “leader” in the church! It makes me sick! So don’t worry Mandissa… God supports you and so do I! Your song stronger is one of my “lifes theme” songs! Love Ya! Keep on singing!!!!

  180. Martha November 2, 2011 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Thank you for taking a stand against the judgmental remarks. Christians have a responsibility to truly be ‘grown-ups’, both mentally and psychologically. Thank you for being a model of a mature and corageous Christian.

  181. Janine November 2, 2011 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Mandisa,
    A few years ago, I was judged for having a Christmas tree. I was told this was a pagan symbol, and was a sacrilege. “There were no Christmas trees when Christ was born.” …and..? does it really matter? I try to live my life to honor God and bring glory to Him. I would never, knowingly, do something to cause an unbeliever, or new believer to stumble. That in itself is hard enough. But a Christmas tree? I tell these people (my brothers and sisters in Christ) that I am sorry if I offended them, and that was not my intention, and to relax… Seriously. It’s a tree (or a costume). Relax people. Love God, live for Him, no one is perfect (except Jesus!). =)

  182. Cynthia November 3, 2011 at 12:24 am - Reply

    I was once told as a young tween that Christians shoot ourselves in the foot more than any other religious group. So true. I also used to have my kids celebrate Halloween and about 8 years ago, found the history collided with my spiritual growth. I do not judge others who want to participate in Halloween, but use this opportunity to focus on allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us where and when we do have a teachable spirit. As an artist, I allow our creativity to be expressed in dressing up and having fun outside of Halloween day, then should we be condemning dress up on any other holidays for the ones who don’t agree with that day’s festivities? My thought with judgmental characters is Jesus’ words “Let you who without sin cast the first stone”. Without the hope and grace of Jesus Christ as a living testimony in our everyday faith, we would all be Pharisees.

  183. Tanya November 3, 2011 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Halloween is not dark spirits and day of the dead in this country…it is a day for kids to have fun dressing up in silly costumes and get candy. End of story.
    For anyone to question someone’s faith because they went “trick or treating” is ludicrous and ignorant.
    There are many churches that do “trunk or treat” and various different fun things for kids on Halloween…does that mean that those churches are unholy?
    I am disappointed and saddened to hear fellow “Christians” act like they have the authority to decide who is and is not “being a good Christian”…
    I am a Christian, I believe in Christ as my Lord and Savior, and I dressed up for the little kids this Halloween…deal with it!!
    Mandisa honey…you are amazing inside and out…keep on keepin on!!

  184. Randi November 3, 2011 at 3:58 am - Reply

    THANK YOU so much for your wise words! Scott and Kelly shared this on K-love Tuesday, and it captured my attention so much – you are so right on! Thank you for your amazing ministry in such a secular world. You rock!!

  185. Kathy November 3, 2011 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Love the picture! Love the blog! Love your music. Love Halloween fun. Love you.

  186. Melissa November 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Thankyou so much for posting that! It helped me a lot to know that it is OK to celebrate Halloween. This is the first year my kids have celebrated it and before I let them I was debating whether to let them or not. Thankyou for being who you are and not giving up when other things let you down. Love your music, Melissa. : )

  187. Lisa November 4, 2011 at 11:51 am - Reply

    WORD!..I dont think anyone could say it any better, I believe its ok to go get candy.. aslong as your not dressing up as a Witch, Gobblin, Warlock.. ECT…

    We need to learn as christians we show LOVE, no judge..

    I dont celebrate Halloween BUT, if a kid comes to my door, u bet i’ll have candy for them and tell them to be safe and Jesus loves them… I might even dress up and make ’em laugh :-)…

    Anyways.. Be blessed!

  188. Trent November 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, you are an awesome woman of God and an inspiration to others. Dressing up and going trick or treating is not a bad thing. The extent to which some people take Halloween can indeed become a bad thing. I am sorry that you had this backlash. Don’t let this get you down.

  189. dpm November 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    I love your perspective and I agree!!!! You rock Mandisa.

  190. Terri Smith November 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Keep your eyes on Jesus, and not His followers. We are all a dirty pile of rags! Who will save us from ourselves?!

  191. Michael Creed November 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Wouldn’t it be sweet if Christian’s could stop arguing about things that don’t matter such as a young girl dressed as a cat? It makes us all look like idiots to those that are not yet saved.

    Furthermore, I saw a comment on Twitter from a Christian Pastor at about 5 PM on Halloween that really hit home, “It’s not often God brings your non-Christian neighbors to your house. Be generous & converse w/out endorsing the entire holiday.”

    It’s using a potential negative thing (the roots of Halloween) for the Kingdom of God!

    Thanks, Mandisa, for speaking up!

  192. Krista November 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    you were a very cute cat, and this blog posting is bang on, girl. we get so hung up on the minor details that we forget what is really important.

  193. Marie November 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    I personally don’t agree with celebrating Halloween (Mainly because I was a Pagan before I was a Christian; I also don’t celebrate other holidays in the usual sense for that reason.), but we do celebrate Reformation Day on 10/31 (It just so happens to be on the same day; why not learn a bit of church history while chompin’ on some goodies? The kids get dressed up in costumes (One of the pastor’s kids went as a ladybug last year; she was adorable!)). Happy belated Reformation Day!

    That said, we need to be aware that we may end up being a stumbling block for someone else by our words and deeds; that should never be kosher within the faith.

    I thought the cat costume was cute, BTW. πŸ™‚

  194. Valerie November 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, your love for the Lord and your music has helped me on several occasions to share the love of Jesus with Co-workers.. You have been a blessing to us!!! By the way your picture is adorable..

  195. Janet November 4, 2011 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry these people had to spew their venom on you. Praying that they really understand the meaning of Grace, and that no one speaks to them the way they spoke to you. God Bless you.

  196. Ashley November 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you for responding to their criticism in truth and love. Your faith and love for Christ is truly evident in how you respond to situations like this. Combating situations in our life by relying on Christ and His Word is what we have and you did just that. Thanks for your honesty and backing everything up with Scripture, exegeting it properly. Be encouraged!! πŸ™‚

  197. Andrew November 5, 2011 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Skipped all the comments, because I wanna say what I wanna say, even if someone else has said it already.

    Mandisa, I really don’t care if you posted a picture of you dressed up for Halloween. Honestly I really don’t care if the picture was from age 8, grade 8, or age 48 (which would be wierd, cuz well you know… you’re not that old yet!). I trust you. I trust your beliefs. They are AWESOME, and honestly I’m not a fan of yours (musically I’m into hard rock) but you’re a Christian first, and an artist after. And as Christians we should be looking out for the GOOD in everyone, and jump HEAD FIRST at every chance we have to encourage each other. Yes, we need to guard against evil…. but really? you posted a pic from YEARS ago and now people won’t listen to your music or trust you because you wore a costume at age 8????

    To me that shows incredible immaturity and mistrust for others. It’s sad.

    Mandisa, go ahead. Dress up. Dress down (cuz everyone needs a day in baggy sweat pants once in a while). What you wear is just clothes. Your heart is what matters…. and from what I can tell your heart is incredible and God filled. WOOOT!! πŸ™‚

  198. Brenda November 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    After reading this I WANT to listen more to hear music.
    Halloween is what YOU make it.
    The deepest hurts seem to come from within the church. And when the happens, the focus is taken off of Christ. And you know who loves that.

  199. Bec Raymond November 14, 2011 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Thankyou Mandisa for putting this is such a lovely way, unfortunately I think that Christians often treat other Christians worse than non Christians. I don’t see the problem with joining in with friends if we know that it is not something we follow or “believe” in. If kids or adults know why they are doing something it takes the mystery out of it.

  200. Amanda November 20, 2011 at 2:11 am - Reply

    This post really spoke to my heart…what bravery!! Every Halloween I feel intimidated to mention at church that I took my kids out for Halloween….in fear of being judged. I have prayed and given much thought to whether my kids would go out for Halloween, and I felt that it was okay. I don’t judge people who don’t take their kids out, so why should I be judged that I do?
    On a side note, in the midst of deciding whether I would let my kids participate, I stumbled upon a conversation on the topic on facebook a few years ago. One of the arguments that stood out to me was a few people who said as children they were not allowed to participate, and would have to hide in their basement in their dark house. AS children they couldn’t understand why they were hiding from kids in costumes wanting candy, and wondered why it was “evil” that these children knocked on their door asking for candy. I know for me, I look forward to connecting with my neighbours on Halloween….whereas most of the year we don’t have that connection.

  201. Carey December 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    So true and well said!! I had the privilege of going to your concert last night!! Amazing, wonderful, awesome, and just what I needed to get into the true Christmas spirit. You go girl!! God Bless.

  202. Resha December 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I feel you completely! I bet almost everyone who read your post went trick-or-treating as a child. I did until I was a teenager because I had to take my younger brother and sister.

    Your picture was adorable, and that was all that needed to be said. It is time for us as believers to become kingdom minded and stop being so religious! Even if we DID celebrate Halloween today, we would still go to Heaven. There are Christians out there doing much worse than dressing up for Halloween πŸ™‚ lol

    The bigger picture is ‘learn to walk in love’ and don’t be so quick to judge another. I am so glad you responded and hope those who were so quick to yell ‘crucify her’ see the error of their ways and repent. The good thing is, you kept your heart right and chose to walk in love. Jesus faced the same religious ridicule over the minors when those judging did not even grasp the majors.

    Love you much & God Bless You!!

  203. Amy December 13, 2011 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Could not have said it better myself! I guess us Christians shouldn’t wear green on St. Patricks Day, Buy Valentines, or Celebrate 4th of July or other Holidays either. I think if GOD convicts someone personally that is between them and GOD. They should not go on to try and tear other people down and attack their faith. If you being a cat for Halloween 27 years ago affected you spiritually (yeah right) then God would not be working thru you the way he does. BTW anyone who hasn’t seen Mandisa live yet needs to get Concert tckets and go on a road trip because we saw her just last week with Matthew West and the anointing was so strong I even had goose bumps on the soles of my feet! Mandisa, You are an awesome person, very anointed and called of God. Don’t let other peoples opinions get you down! Next year come to Oklahoma and we will all go trick or treating! πŸ™‚

  204. Cheryl Sherry December 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Well said, Mandisa! We need more role models like you. You are on the right path, with the Lord. I liked you, after I saw you at the Women of Faith, but after reading what you just wrote; I think you are an inspiration. If we have more Christians like you, we will be able to reach out to more lost souls. I guess they only choose the best for the Women of Faith. I can’t wait to go next year! πŸ™‚

  205. Donna Johnikin February 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    just saw this for the first time and I cannot agree with you more!! Some “Christians” are so quick to judge others. If they would spend more time looking up instead of looking around they would be a much better witness for Christ.
    Also, I think you are such an awesome person and I have so much respect for you and what you are doing and what God is doing in your life. Keep up the good work!

  206. Lyn Tate February 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I just saw this today…it’s things like this that make Christians look bad. Those who criticized you reminds me of the Pharisee who prayed in the temple and thanked God that he wasn’t like “other men – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector.” They feel they are better than others, yet what did Jesus say? “I tell you that this man [tax collector], rather than the other [Pharisee], went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” I guarantee that Jesus is NOT please w/ those who judge others, especially as harshly as the those who attacked you!

  207. Kathy April 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    “He that is without sin, cast the first stone.” Come on. No wonder the world is in such disarray. Twenty five years ago I too celebrated halloween. Does that make me a horrible Christian NOW? We should still be able to look back on our lives and find joy and happiness and have fond memories despite what we did or did not do. But I am certain all the holier than thou people who left negative comments are perfect saints of God and have nothing to be regretful about. NOT!! As individuals we will NEVER agree completely with each other. We do not have the ability to please everyone, nor should we need to. We simply need to love and respect each other as God would have us to do AND as God would do for us. He is a loving forgiving merciful God who loves us despite all our flaws – and we need to do the same in order to please Him.

  208. Tina July 22, 2012 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Wow! Unbelievable how we are here in the 21st century the “Saints” are still trying to do God’s job, I grew up in the santified church so I’m very familiar with this brand of hypocrisy. I bet the very people who were stoning you for displaying a “childhood” picture are the very ones who if God were to uncover their private lives, it would devistate them. I love the picture I think it’s adorable. And as far as all those holy and perfectly sin-free christians who like to spend their time on the judgement seat….well by that same measure will they be judged.

    Keep doing what you do girl, I love you and I love your music. God bless you!

  209. Laura Gordon March 12, 2013 at 4:38 am - Reply

    And this is why you are so amazing…even when people are coming against you, you still shine with the beauty of Christ. The way that express yourself in this post shows that you aren’t living for yourself at all but for God. So many “Christians” would’ve reacted so differently than you did and handled this same situation so distastefully but you handled it with such grace and such an amazing eloquence that you can’t help but see the power and love of Christ pour out through your words. You are blessed and highly favored in God ~ keep doing what you are doing, you have inspired so many (including myself) and have brought so many souls to Christ and continue to do so through your crazy anointed voice, so keep doing what God leads you to. – You are friggin’ amazing and I love you and I fully support you. I pray that God continues to bless you and your ministry and that He has mercy on those who judged you, His child, and talked down of you.

    Mandisa, my sister in Christ, you are amazing!

  210. Erika McCartin March 19, 2013 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Amen sister.

  211. tafadzwa April 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Hie Mandy i dont even know where to start but to say Glory to God for you journey.
    I have been blessed by your experience and would like to share a few things that were revealed to me in the Spirit. I would love to email you so if it is okay with you please email me back.
    You can call me Taf, I’m, from Zimbabwe

  212. Brandon Lee May 14, 2013 at 7:45 am - Reply

    I was just listening to other praise songs on my ipid when mandisa’s song How Much came on. Adter listening I felt so much better and refreshed. First thing after, came to this website so I could say something about her song. Just wanted to say that your songs have truly been an inspiration and i’m so glad to call you a sister in Christ!! I hope Christians all around are able to fellowship and see the true purposes of life rather than the small little disputes that Satan uses to fuel our anger against each other. If you read this, Godbless and may God continue to use you to lead us in praise in worship. You truly have a spectacular gift !! πŸ™‚ Your Brother in Christ -Brandon

  213. vickievic September 18, 2013 at 3:15 am - Reply

    Love…it is worth more than Gold. Without that love of God, we are nothing. Sadly, I have seen this lack and have been praying for it to be in the church for many years…people so concerned over that toothpick someone has, when they are bearing a tree. Sounds like kids, who have nothing to do.
    Some have lost their hearts and focus…their hearts have turned cold. When I saw this in myself, I became ill and have searched to bring back in me that fervency and passion for Jesus I once had. Matthew West, Toby Mac, and Madisa (to name a few) sing WORDS that inspire and raise us up.
    There will be those, who will say, “Lord, I laid hands on people and they were healed”, “Lord, I sang songs of praise to you”, “Lord, I gave money to church every week”. God will say, “I know you not”. This is incredible…but if we do not have that relationship with God and truly love him from our heart – not lip service…we are like those people, who are acting like children…criticizing insignificant things and judging other people, instead of judging our own words. Do our words bring life to our-self and others??
    Love is not manufactured…it comes from being close to God. Keep your eyes straight…on Jesus. Live the good life!

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