Television & Movies

Television and Movies

We learn in Ephesians 2:2 that Satan is the prince of the power of the air. Is it any surprise that he has used television and to a lesser degree radio (across the air ways) to weaken the morality of our country and the world? Television and movie theaters may have seemed harmless enough in the beginning (early 1900s), but even then the Holiness preachers at that time condemned them as sinful. They must have had incite to what the devil had planned, as we see that it has gradually eroded the convictions of our nation and the world.

Psalms 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

The movie “Gone with the Wind” (released in 1939) is credited (or discredited) as the first movie to have actors using profanity. Many people of that day were appalled by this use of foul language but it only opened the door for Hollywood and the devil to condition the American people by gradually slipping more and more sinfully acts into their broadcasts.

In 1938, at the very dawn of the age of television, news anchorman, E.B. White stated these words: "I believe TV is going to be the test of the modern world, and in this new opportunity to see beyond the range of our vision, we shall discover either a new and unbearable disturbance of the general peace or a saving radiance in the sky. We shall stand or fall by TV, of that I am quite sure."

Well, we have had sixty plus years to put TV to the test, and it has failed miserably. Not only has TV become "an unbearable disturbance," it has become one of Satan's chief devices in his deceitful plot to destroy our nation. Over ninety-seven percent of all American homes have at least one TV with most having two or more.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Is watching television “redeeming” the time?)

Some people use the excuse that I only watch the News or Family programs, but from what I hear, the commercials are as full of ungodliness as the programming! Even the results of secular studies prove the negative effects of television on our society (see a few of the many negative findings below. You can also find resources in the library or Internet with more statistics):

(Can you identify any real benefits from television?)

1) Children spend more time learning about life through media than in any other manner. The average child spends approximately 28 hours a week watching television, which is more than they spend in school.

2) The average American child will witness over 200,000 acts of violence on television including 16,000 murders before age 18.

3) A study of population data for various countries showed homicide rates doubling within the 10 to 15 years after the introduction of television, even though television was introduced at different times in each site examined.

4) Studies suggest that higher rates of TV viewing are correlated with increased tobacco usage, alcohol intake and younger onset of sexual activity.

5) Forty-six percent of all television violence identified by the study took place in children's cartoons. Children's programs were least likely to depict the long-term consequences of violence (5%) and they portray violence in a humorous fashion 67% of the time.

6) The average television watcher now sits entranced for 7.2 hours per day.

I dare say that most professing Christians know all the actors and the details of the popular shows and movies, but the same ones would struggle to name the books of the Bible or many of it’s characters! Where are our hearts and minds? Evidently not in the word of God! What are we teaching our Children by exposing them to this filth? How vile will the broadcasts be for future generations? The next time you find yourself watching a movie or show with profanity and lewdness, ask yourself if you would be ashamed if Jesus came at that time. Would God be pleased with the violence, profanity, homosexuality, nudity, and other sinful acts that are shown through the TV in your home? Would you equally welcome these same people or acts into your home to educate you and your children to their lifestyles?

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

You may say that you don’t see TV as sin, but the verse above tells us to lay aside every weight and sin. Can it be denied that it is a weight that vexes our souls like Sodom did Lot’s (see the verse below)? Even Lot’s wife looked back at what she left and was turned to a pillar of salt. Had her soul been vexed to the point that she accepted these wrongs as right? Do you now accept wrong as right?

Dictionary definition : VEXED - Teased; provoked; irritated; troubled; agitated; disquieted; afflicted.

2 Peter 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly; 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds);

1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.

Philippians 4:8 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.

Isaiah 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Isaiah 5:20 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!

1 John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Proverbs 17:3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. 17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. 16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right. 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 3:9 Honor the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

2 Timothy 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 2:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

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