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
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
(Can you identify any real benefits
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;
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
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
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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