Amen to your comment, brother, you have affirmed what I have believed from God's word for some time.2 Cor. 6:17 put the cap on it for me "Come out from them and be ye separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you."
jimbobgudg wrote:going to the shops is essential sporting events are grown people acting like children ( when i was a child i spake as a child i understood as a child, i thought as a child but when i became a man i put away childish things). i think our time should be spent worshiping God not footballers, we r of the wourld but keep us from the evels of it
Trivia: It troubled some clergy that Prez Lincoln was in a theatre when he was assassinated. Lincoln cultivated friendships with players & was an amateur critic who enjoyed Shakespeare; J.W. Booth was from a prominent family of actors, which was why he could reach Lincoln's box merely by flashing his calling card.
Any other sources for the concern over stage plays and acting other than Baxter (presumably in his Directory)?
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He had a problem with stage plays, card games (I suppose because gambling accompanied them), & sports like bear-baiting.
In the light of heaven and hell, almost everything that is going on in the world today is foolishness--that includes sports. Each team prays that they will win--a foolish prayer--as if God is concerned about who wins a foolish game.
We should be about our Father's business attending to the salvation of souls. Why is it that Christians are so sensually motivated that they are blind to the calling of God? Why do they think that involving themselves with the world is the way to witness?
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (Rom. 6:17-18).
TV in itself is not evil, like anything else its the content. TV today seems to fall to the lowest common denominator. Remember, garbage in, garbage out.
From the discussion on the alcohol thread, the world really doesn't see a difference between the majority of Christians and themselves. That is why we will never see a true revival of holiness in this world. Souls are not coming to Christ because the Christian church for the most part is becomming apostate.
We are to be in the world of darkness, carrying the light of the world, that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are not to be OF the world. We are more concerned about people robbing us of our liberty to drink booze, than we are of telling the world and showing the world about Christ.
When the world sees a different lifestyle and the joy we glean from it, in Christ, then and only then will rhey see the true light of the gospel.
Unfortunatlely, they are seeing the same old lifestyles of the world in Christianity, including adultery, fornication and domestic violence.
It's not just in sports! Look at (or better yet don't look at) prime time television.
Sports is a reflection of the society in which we live. In the work place, the volence may not be physical, but gossip can be just as bad. And sex... I'ts there too.
What would the world be like if Christians were so unusual in the peace and joy we have in Christ, that the world would stop to watch us and want some of whatever we've got.
Should a Christian separate themselves completely from the world???
If we did, we'd be redundant.
"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world....."Jn.17:15