WAKE-UP CALL TO CHRISTIANS
Is it any different
when a Christian fills his or her heart with ungodly movies,
TV shows, books, video games, secular music? By allowing this
spiritual junk food into a persons heart will become a snare
that will tempt them to follow after these practices or to keep
watching them. Watching, reading, listening to anything ungodly
by choice is taking pleasure in them and makes one no different
then those who actually participate in them. Read Romans 1:29-32
very carefully; "Being
filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity;
whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters,
inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding,
covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such
things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have
pleasure in them that do them". Taking pleasure is something
a person enjoys or they wouldn't do it. Watching, reading, listening
to anything with these themes in them by their own choice is
"worthy of death"! These are very hard words, but this
is what the Bible says. Not only is the person taking pleasure
in them, they are also supporting them by spending money on them;
movies, books, music CD's, cable all cost money! Christians should
all be redeeming their time for God's everlasting kingdom! He
is a holy God who hates these sinful things and will one day
destroy them. For any Christian participating in these things,
I pray this writing will not be in vain, but will be a rebuke
in love and kindness. Read Psalm 141:4-5 very carefully, "Incline not my heart
to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that
work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties. Let
the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove
me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head:
for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.
NO PLACE TO THE DEVIL
F ive major sins of Israel
4). Tempting God and Christ
All these above themes dominate many popular movies, TV shows,
secular music, and books.
There is simply
no excuse for Christians to take part in these unholy things.
People are dying and going to hell, while many that call themselves
Christians are stuck in their comfort zone participating in Satan's
deceptive devices. Christians who take part in these things allow
Satan to take part in their lives. "The thief cometh not, but for to steal,
and to kill, and to destroy." (John 10:10a) These things break the hedge of protection
around our lives. "For
the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot
of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands
unto iniquity. (Psalm 125:3) When
a Christian puts their hands where they don't belong, they are
allowing the enemy to come in.
OF THE TREND
Many Christians read the Old Testament and just marvel at how
the Israelites could have been so blind and ignorant to keep
following idols and turning away from God, until He finally destroyed
many of them. They were warned over and over what happens when
they follow after the sins of the heathen. "Behold, I set before you this day
a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments
of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse,
if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but
turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go
after other gods, which ye have not known" (Deuteronomy 11:26-28). Satan kept pulling them
into His path of destruction and tempted them with abominable
things, and each step into the enemies' territory pulled them
farther away from God until eventually they forgot about Him.
soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:"
forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;"(Psalm
We need to remember these stories were written for us, so we
could learn from their mistakes and not fall into the same fate.
We New Testament believers are very blessed because we are living
in the age of grace. God is waiting and is very longsuffering
that none should perish. He tells us over and over to obey all
His commandments and to not live as the world by walking in the
lusts of the flesh. Reader, do not be deceived like the Israelites.
They began straying away from God inch-by-inch and then mile-by-mile.
They were constantly trying God's patience. Did they believe
He was not watching or that He wouldn't mind, allowing their
sin to go unnoticed? They were forgetting what the law really
said and falling into the enemy's trap of deception.
and many Christians are living this lie today, falling for Satan's
temptation: "If everyone else is doing it, why can't I?
"Today is a New Age". Christians have been very deceived
by the media and the changing of society.
I remember before I gave my life to Jesus Christ, when I was
in my teenage years, I told my parents that the world is changing
and that teenagers today do things differently then they did
when my parents were that age. We all just want to "fit
in". Let's ask ourselves is it worth "fitting in"
with a generation of people who have rejected the gospel and
are on there way to hell?
Look what happened to the Israelites; when they said and did
this, God's wrath came upon them! People always have and will
change, but God's word never changes! He will not change His
word for anyone. If we believe we can live as we please, we are
deceived! Just our believing it certainly will not change it.
Over and over scripture teaches us to fear the Lord. This means
to do what He says to do. We all have to make up our mind how
deep our commitment is. How much do you want to follow the word
of God? To follow after Jesus means to deny yourself and take
up His cross daily. Or would you rather serve yourself? God has
given you the choice to decide.
I believe that the age of grace is quickly coming to an end.
Jesus is returning for a pure and faithful church. Are you ready?
OFF THE LIES
Much of the world
and media are on the path that leads to destruction. People continuously
believe a lie. "Woe
unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness
for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20). In
order for Christians to not be deceived with the coming deception,
they need to know what God's word really says. "This book of the law
shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein
day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all
that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous,
and then thou shalt have good success". (Joshua 1:8). After a person meditates
and observes to do the word of God, only then will
their way be prosperous and only then will they
have good success. In order to do this in today's busy world
we need to turn the ungodly junk off the TV and
get into the Word of God. When a Christian spends
time watching ungodly shows, this is what he dwells on, and there
is little time for the Word. Satan will be laughing and whispering
constantly in his ears, that this is ok, God is still pleased.
But this is not what God's Word says. God hates sin! God is going
to destroy the wicked with His wrath. Why do Christians want
to be caught in these sins when Christ returns? Beware of being
like the evil servant who said in his heart, "My Lord delayeth his
coming" (Matthew 24:48).Rather
be like the faithful servant; "Blessed
is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing".
All through my life
my parents always took me to church, but the church they took
me to did not preach the Gospel and I wasn't saved. I thought
I was doing all right and I would go to heaven one day when I
died, but believing something doesn't make it true. I always
wanted to serve God more during that time of my life, but I wasn't
really sure how. It was not important enough for me to find out
how to serve God, as it was to do the things I wanted
to do. I believed that either way I would have plenty of time
(Satan's lie), and I would go to heaven because I was (most of
the time) a good person (Satan biggest lie).
The Bible says; "My
people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:" (Hosea 4:6). A Christian is responsible
to know what God's word says. His word is what sanctifies us
(John 17:17). A born again Christian who dwells on God's word
will have a hunger and thirst for it and they will be grieved
by these ungodly things, and will no longer desire them.
Before I was saved by the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
I used to be a big fan of secular heavy metal music and horror
movies. I wanted to see every movie or hear every heavy metal
band I could get my hands on. If I didn't get to see and hear
everything, I thought I was actually missing out on something.
I was, in reality, hungering and thirsting after these ungodly
things. My husband and I would go to church occasionally and
on the way home, while still dressed in our Sunday clothing (so
everyone could see where we just were), we would go into the
video store and rent filthy horror or drama movies to watch the
rest of the afternoon. Even though we weren't saved at the time
we were a terrible witness to the video clerk by renting these
movies. In their eyes we as Church people were no different than
anyone else. I am not saying it is wrong to rent movies, but
what I am saying is to choose them very carefully. Many Christians
do the same thing as those who are not Christians. This is condoning
evil and is the same as what the rest of the world does. Christians
are not supposed to be of this world, because it is not our home.
Why live like it?
No one can hide from God. He knows the thoughts of all men and
He is still a jealous God! He does not want us to have anything
to do with the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11).
We must all be honest and judge ourselves to see what is the
first priority in our own life. The Christian life is not always
easy; it is a life of constantly denying self and putting Christ
and others before self. We our storing up treasures in a kingdom
that will last forever!
There is absolutely no reward for fulfilling the lusts of the
flesh. Would Jesus watch a movie that is filled with lust and
lies? I really don't think so. Should we? What would Jesus do?
The Bible teaches Jesus was obedient to God until death.
they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their
Dake's Study Bible explains what inventions are:
"This refers to their own new ways of sinning against God,
of evading truth, erasing their own conscience, and convincing
selves that what they did was not really sinful. This is called
This sounds like today's world. People have forgotten what God
says and even about Him. They have suppressed or held down the
truth till sin no longer bothers them. God then gives them over
to more evil (Romans 1:28). Satan also deceives so many with
this lie. When standing before Christ one day at the judgment
seat, a Christian will have no excuse why they spent time watching,
listening or reading things that God had forbidden them. One
day he or she may have wished they would have lived purer lives
and took more time to serve their heavenly Father. These ungodly
things must not deceive us. "Be
not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall
of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit
shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting". (Galations 6:7-8)
When I used to watch
horror movies I was even deceived into thinking I was growing
closer to God while I watched them! Especially movies like "The
Omen" and "Hell raiser". In these movies I wanted
God to win and Satan to be defeated. I thought I was on the winning
side. Was I really? In Hell raiser, I thought it would help people
to try to live better lives so they didn't have to go to this
terrible place called Hell. The more I watched these movies the
more I wanted to keep watching them. It drew me closer into the
occult by having my mind focused on these things. Satan was only
trying to make me feel good by believing I was on the right side.
I was wasting my time watching and dwelling on them. God wants
us to dwell on only good things; "Finally, brethren, whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things
are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise, think on these things"
I believed most of the movies I used to watch were totally made
up by creative authors. But now, as I look back and remember
some of them, many were based on things that can really happen,
and do happen. Real spells, and magical rituals and incantations
for conjuring up demons are performed. New Agers, witches and
wizards are actually involved in constructing many of these movies.
This unknowingly draws naive people into the occult.
For example, Stars Wars, one of the most popular movies of all
time, is indoctrination into the New Age Movement. The men behind
the Star Wars trilogy were introducing Zen Buddhism. Pokemon
was created by those who call themselves "wizards"
and is indoctrination into the occult for young children. The
popular book serious of Harry Potter is also drawing children
and teens into the dark world of witchcraft.
This is why God has made it perfectly clear to not be
involved or take pleasure in these forbidden practices. "When thou art come
into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt
not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son
or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination,
or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer,
or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD:
and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive
them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the
LORD thy God" (Deuteronomy 18:9-13).
What sin is the worst sin? Lets leave this to God, but let's
try to understand what God meant when He gave us His precious
Word. David, a Christian, may not think a movie like "Friday
the 13th" is harmful to watch. He may think that God won't
mind if he watches it, so he does. Why does David think God won't
care if He watches other people getting murdered? (The sight
of sin deceived Eve) "Let
no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot
be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every
man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin,
when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved
brethren". (James 1:13-16)
this sort of thinking and reasoning to a murderer named Ken,
who has been locked up in prison for his crimes. When asked why
he killed others he says also that what he did was not a sin
because he believed the people that he killed deserved it. Ken
believes God will not hold him guilty because he thinks God would
have stopped him from committing these crimes if it wasn't right.
After all, Ken also used to watch horror movies like "Friday
the 13th" and God didn't tell him not to watch them.
But God has told both these people very clearly
in His word not to do these things! Just because
we may not think it is wrong, does not make it right. "For whosoever shall
keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty
of all"(James 2:10) Let's just do what God has commanded us.
Let's learn from
ex-occultist Tal Brook, who is now a Christian, as he warns us
about this deadly trap of the enemy.
"One area where good and evil have been blurred has been
in the field of entertainment. The audience gets dull to heightened
thrills, then in turn wants to see more. It keeps feeding like
a fire. Now young children can become more jaded than middle-aged
adults of several generations back through a corruptive voyeurism
as films take them to forbidden areas. . . . Some films are landmarks
of conscience-searing - they push the mind to new boundaries,
sometimes morally, sometimes conceptually. What would have been
terribly bizarre or shocking at one time can later enter the
realm of the ordinary. Increasingly movies have abolished the
distinctions between good and evil".
In Brooke's revealing book "When the World Will Be As One"
he goes on explaining if it were possible to go back to an old
Ziegfield Theater of the 1930's and perform an experiment to
see how the audience might react in that time to some of the
conscience-searers of our era, and interview the audience to
see if things had really changed that much. After showing them
a triple-header of movies of our time Brooke writes;
"Most probably the outraged audience would literally tear
down the movie house, and repent that they could ever be the
ancestors of such a future world only 50 years down the road.
They would wonder in stunned horror how we got so evil. How did
beliefs so disintegrate? How did our relative innocence so completely
go down the tube? They would probably suspect they had just seen
some collective Antichrist." (2)
This statement is not exaggerating. The truth is that our society
has change so much and Christians along with the secular world
has adopted what ever has come along.
Let's not be deceived by going along with what everyone else
is doing, but live and walk a godly life that is pleasing to
our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let me end with an
exhortation from God's precious word to encourage you always
to fulfill what God's plan is for you. "Grace and peace be multiplied unto
you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According
as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain
unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath
called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding
great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers
of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in
the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence,
add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge
temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness
charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make
you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge
of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is
blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was
purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give
diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do
these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be
ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:2-11).
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1). Finis Jennings Dake, Dake's Annotated Reference Bible, Dake
Bible Sales, Lawrenceville, Georgia, 1991, p. 599.
2). Tal Brooke, When the World Will Be One, Harvest House Publishers,
Eugene, Oregon, 1989, p. 182-185.