I grew up in front of a TV. My mother lived and died for TV. Two days from her death she asked to look at TV.
My struggle has been long and hard. The issue is deeper than people just being lonely. Yes, I was lonely, but I was slothful, indulgent, and selfish in that loneliness. My TV sin was much like my drinking sin, and much like my other sins that ruled me.
Here are some books that helped me to understand that the medium of TV itself is useless for conveying any serious message, but is by its nature only capable of entertaining. This is a hard pill to swallow for many, but these men know of what they speak. Many of them were in the media industry.
All Godâ€™s Children and Blue Suede Shoes (K. A. Myers) This book is great as a audio book as well, I have both. This book is brilliant.
Amusing Ourselves To Death (Neil Postman) A hard look at TV
The Confetti Generation (W.J. Donnelly)
And a small pile of books by David F. Wells
My fight has been a bloody battle. And it has boiled down to telling the plain truth about myself and what I see. The same goes for modesty. Why is it that men will let their wives and daughters dress like whores? Why do they dare say they canâ€™t see nakedness that I can see?
We are in the midst of almost complete apostasy...
Mike wrote: Does anyone find " reformed rap" to be a oxy moron? This guy is rapping about these word faith leaders, but at the same time, he is attending " new Calvinist churches" teaching charasmatic teachings... Such as. Tim Keller , cj mahanney , etc.. Your mixing wordiness, with holiness... Anyone wanting to get information, listen to pastor Ralph Ovadal. Sermon. Their no puritans. Or charasmatic Calvinist, here on SermonAudio. Very good!
Ralph is good on this topic so is Peter Masters. Google "New Calvinism, The Merger of Calvinism with Worldliness" to read him on this topic.
For truth The Lord Jesus Christ does not rap or rock.
When we worship in a formal way we are brought low and God is honored. When we cut loose, we are lifted up and God is dishonored. Has this not been tried before? Has no one read the OT?
Where is the gut instinct on this? Why is this missing in our day?
For a fact there is no such thing as a "christian rapper".
Michael Hranek wrote: jj33 I appreciate SermonAudio posting this "stuff" because like it or not these are the circumstances we are living in the midst of AND while we might not be fans of such "celebrities" others who like them and those who don't are in our lives, people the Lord would have us witness the Truth to. Remember in His earthly ministry Jesus spoke somewhat often of the Pharisee making His disciples aware of their errors etc. AND even commenting on how they had seated themselves in the chair of Moses and how that affected them.
Your right, I just need to limit my news intake. This is all just running a bit thin for me right now.
Wow, I have been in Pensacola and have attended Mount Zion Bible, and it was wonderful. You can listen to Jeff Polard on this site, and also visit chapel library dot org. I hope you get a change to visit! There are some families with children in the military there. The place is alive. If it were closer I would be there.
These are Confusing days. I can relate to Kenny. Every time I have followed a celebrity preacher I have gone wrong. I was a big fan of Piper for many years. But my eyes are open now. Piper indorses non-evangelicals like C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham and Rick Warren. Al Mohler is in the same denomination as Rick Warren. Is the SBC apostate? Is it ok to stay in? All this is confusing if you try and put a good construction on it.
How does one find his way in such a day? It seems to me the best way is to separate from those who will not. This is the simple way.
On the other hand I have no desire to assert that the likes of Piper, Moler, J-Mac, and RC are lost. I do fear for them greatly, but for me the best path is to no longer listen to them or to recommend them.