Watching most of what’s on television nowadays only feeds the flesh and secretly fills the mind with the false reasonings and attitudes that keep God’s people in captivity to lust, greed, unbelief and other sins. There does not even need to be any blatant cursing, sexual immorality or violence for it to be obscene to God. Jesus said, “That which is highly esteemed among men is vile in God’s eyes”, and most television shows and movies are perfect examples. Even the commercials are designed to instill covetousness and greed, and are filled with the same lust inducing scenes promoting fornication, adultery and much more.
Can you imagine Jesus, Peter and the other apostles sitting around watching worldly television shows if they lived now? Or their wives and children, deacons, elders or anyone else that had a serious role in the Christian community? The Bible says that in the very last days before Jesus comes back, God Himself would actually send a very powerful method of Satan’s deluding power to deceive people so that they will “believe the lie”. Television and movies have an extremely powerful effect, especially combined with all the worldly novels, music and internet influence. Considering that the world is already in great spiritual blindness caused by sin, and needs no help rebelling against God, these extra modern influences combined have become the major catalyst in causing ultimate spiritual darkness to engulf the entire world, including God’s people who are indulging their hearts in the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. When your light becomes darkness, how deceptive it becomes.
Even the seemingly innocent rated “G” type movies, cartoons and other programming are almost always filled with things such as these: worldly living, pride, lies, lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, boasting about what man has and does without God’s help, disobedience to parents and others in authority, rebellion against authority, sensuality, perversion, alien gods, Satanism, witchcraft, sorcery, hatred, strife, materialism (worshiping money), jealousy, impurity, false reasonings and anti-Christ teachings. And all this on the “G” rated shows. Most all television shows are based on the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ, and watching them means entertaining yourself with actors living according to their sinful natures who are acting out scripts written by people who usually hate Jesus and His people. How can anyone who calls himself by the holy name of Christ entertain himself by godless shows written by people who are obviously under inspiration of the “god of this world”, who have sinful minds that are hostile to God.
TV and movies are the major tools of Satan to deceive people to believe his lies and turn against God and Christians who preach the truth. “The coming of The Lawless One will be in accordance with the work of Satan DISPLAYED IN ALL KINDS OF COUNTERFEIT MIRACLES, SIGNS AND WONDERS, AND IN EVERY SORT OF EVIL THAT DECEIVES THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO LOVE THE TRUTH AND SO BE SAVED. FOR THIS REASON GOD SENDS THEM A POWERFUL DELUSION SO THAT THEY WILL BELIEVE THE LIE, AND SO THAT ALL WILL BE CONDEMNED WHO HAVE NOT REALLY BELIEVED THE TRUTH BUT INSTEAD HAVE DELIGHTED IN WICKEDNESS.”(2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
This is only the tip of the iceberg. But I have learned a long time ago if a Christian is not willing to respond to a truth like this there is a very serious problem. The Bible says that, “when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” and, “All who have this hope in him purify themselves just as he is pure.”
I don’t know about you but I have this hope in me and allowing myself to be corrupted for the sake of the entertainments of this world is not worth it. I cringe to think about how strong of a delusion that most people that I encounter are truly under due to delighting in wickedness just as the scriptures foretold. I also see that the leaders in the modern day North American church make it almost impossible for new converts to accept this level of purity. This is because they have allowed themselves to be corrupted and have not used the platform that was given to them to curb this. Instead they have made this type of wickedness to become the norm. Why have we done this? How do we turn our hearts completely back to God by purifying ourselves from everything that contaminates body and Spirit out of reverence for Him? When are the real men who have the platforms going to make a stand in their own lives and then let God use them to help turn His people back to Him?