Great Sermon! Great principles here, applicable to more than just watching movies. I would beseech you who often apply the "meat sacrificed to idols" concept to entrtainment, especially Disney, that meat sacrificed to idols when eaten, went into the stomach and then out of the body. Entertainment goes into the eargate and the eyegate, which are portals into the soul, and therefore have the potential to spiritually defile. The Rev. Murray cited Psa 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." This should be our attitude and it is not enough that someone in the "Christian" media recommended we go watch this or that movie. I've gone with these recommendations in the past and to say that I was disappointed would be a severe understatement. At times I was downright shocked and realized that this was at best a waste of time and money. I implore especially certain brethren in my church, and you know who you are.
Sobering. This message was preached a decade ago and is even more true today than it was then. Godless leaders are destroying our nation with their godless laws. May God forgive us and heal our Land.
A hard truth Very powerful and convicting. I want to also recommend a book for anyone interested which is available on google books here https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Thomas_BEST_Incumbent_of_St_James_s_Sheffield_Serm?id=GJ5hAAAAcAAJ Another reason I want to add is that of human exploitation. When we watch these films we are encouraging the actors to sin for our benefit and also in the case of children we are subjecting them to continual abuse. Child actors dont fare well and often have their lives destroyed by the film "industry". I could give lots of names but Corey Feldman always comes to my mind because I loved his movies when I was a child and thought he was so funny. So when he recounted the abuse he suffered I was very ashamed that I had laughed at his expense. And Pastor Murray is right, I would do anything to get these evil memories out of my head. By God's grace Christians will obey and forsake this evil.
Law of sowing and reaping considered The evangelical church would be in a total different state today, had Christians two generations ago taken a stand to ban the pollutions of the screen in the home, and restrain the brainwashing power of the media from influencing their households. The advancement of Neo-Evangelicalism would have been halted and perhaps the so dreaded Neo Calvinism of today would never had come to existence other wise.
As for the argument of â€˜counter culture criticismâ€™, letâ€™s be sure, as pointed out in the discourse, that the means of converting the soul is not by reasoning, but by the preaching of the Word of God.
Thank you for bringing such acute perception into this important spiritual hazzard.
Great Sermon! It is refreshing to find such clear stand for purity; so basic, and yet so omitted in the church today. One becomes what one feeds on. We are transformed from glory into glory by beholding into a mirror the glory of the Lord, or, we are destroyed from day to day by watching the filth of screens. 2 Cor. 3:18. Consequently, out of the abundance of the heart, not only the mouth speaks, but courses of action, thinking patterns, value systems, life-styles, taste, priorities, compromise, poor leadership skills, dysfunctional discernment, barrenness in prayer, and worldliness in conduct, dress-code, and music come demonstrated. Sober thinking and make-believe entertainment do not work hand in hand towards the development of Christian character.
Heart separation endears holiness, which by the unhindered presence of the Holy Spirit in the heart, derives into power,so conspicuously missing in church leaders today. Screen watching secretly compromises holiness, and let us be mindful that holiness, as a fragrance, can easily be perceived in a life or a ministry, it does not need to be explained.
Encouraging and Uplifiting So many aspects of this sermon are particularly touching to a Christian who was not raised in the church. "Obey even when it costs you" the preacher says at one point.
The Minister furnishes the hearer with lots of other examples of faith, as is a mark of Mr Craig's preaching there is a constant reference to the whole revelation of God's word to present the Word of God powerfully to the hearer.
It will also be a great encouragement for those who feel their lifestyle choice or chosen profession is somehow making them beyond salvation.
For Rahab was not only outside of the church but she openly lived a life of sin and is openly called a Harlot.
Christians will find this encouraging them to pray for those who are outwardly wicked. Those who are outwardly wicked will see that the blood of Jesus Christ is able to cleanse.