Tonight my pastor taught about something that we as Christians, people who are striving to be like Christ, should not have as part of our lives. Yes, he spoke about television and the movie industry. No, he did not just give us examples or simply admonish us to refrain. He took the time and gave us scriptural reasons we should refrain. Oh, and the bible study he taught was not something he put together himself. It was originally put together by an Assemblies of God minister back in the 60's. The scriptures are still the same, God is still the same, but television is DEFINITELY different than it was back then! There are people of great intelligence who have chosen to refrain from having a television in their homes. They feel it is a waste of time and can "dumb down" a child that is exposed to it. Psychologists have said that children are being numbed by the violence they see. That children's psyche are being adversely affected. In fact, many of Hollywood's own stars do not allow their own children to watch television or the movies they themselves are a part of. Why? Because there is too much violence, sex, mayhem, gossip, etc. that they don't want their children to be damaged by.
I am not judging anyone who has a television. Instead, I challenge all of us to study the scriptures that were given tonight and honestly seek God's will about this topic. If you are interested, you can listen to the Bible Study at http://inlandlighthouse.com on the Sermons tab. The title of the Bible Study is "Scriptural Reasons Why Television and Hollywood are Unacceptable to a Christian."
My husband took down the scripture references and reason from each scripture while our pastor spoke. Here is the list he compiled:
Do not bring an abomination into your house
It puts viewers in the seat of the scornful.
Psalms 101 2-3
No wicked thing before my eyes
2 Cor 6:14
Fellow-shipping with works of darkness
It pollutes righteous thoughts
2 Cor 6 16-17
Touching the unclean things
Rev 21;2 Luke 1:17
Unsuited for the someone preparing him/herself to be the "bride" of Christ.
Eph 5: 14-16
We are not to waste time but to redeem it.
Eph 5: 3-13
Do not partake of idols with the children of disobedience
Amos 6: 1-3-4-6
Viewers are sitting in the seat of violence, which take away the grief for sin. Fences are deadened
Romans 12: 1-2
Does not renew your mind, in Godly thinking
1 Cor 5 6-7
Represents the leaven of the world
It should be purged from the home.
Mortify all things ungodly.
Don't set your affection on things beneath.
Put off filthy communications
1 Thess 2:10-12
Not walking worthy of God, it is unholy
1 Thes 3:4-7
Viewers are not keeping themselves holy.
It is a polluted fountain
It takes away the blush of sin.
Jesus calls us to anoint our eyes.
Do not poison our eyes
2 Cor 7:1
2 Cor 4 1-2
Renounce the hidden things of dishonesty
Idols that confuse and confound
It offends children and causes them to stumble.
Psalms 19 7-14
Viewing becomes presumptuous sin
In your face sins!! Let them not have dominion over me!!
Rom 13: 12-14. And 1 John 3:3
We need to cast off works of darkness. Put on Jesus Christ.
Deut 7 5-6
God commands us to tear down unholiness, idols.
James 4: 3-4
Friendship with the world is enmity with God
1 Pet 3 10- 13
Hate evil, eschew evil. Love life and see good days.
2 Pet 3:13-17
Is it only a spot on your garment?
It is still wrong!!
1 John 2 15-17
Fulfills the lust of the flesh, pride of life!!
Overcomers who have seen Jesus do not need it!!!