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Monday, September 7, 2015

what the Bible says about filthy entertainment

To state the obvious, the Bible doesn’t say to avoid certain types of TV shows or movies.  The technology simply didn’t exist 2000+ years ago.  However, Scripture is still authoritative and sufficient, and the principles we find therein most certainly address the question of what is acceptable to watch and what isn’t.

Game of Thrones (abbreviated “GoT” below) is being addressed specifically in the comments below, but it also applies to other similar types of filthy entertainment.

Let us submit ourselves to the Word of the living God.  Quotes below are mostly from the NASB, and the comments are mine:

Ps. 101:3a (ESV)  I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.
NKJV uses the word "wicked" .  GoT is both spiritually worthless and wicked.
Ps. 101:4  A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.
GoT is perverse and evil, and is not something we should be intimately familiar with.
Gal. 5:19-21  Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
GoT (from what I have read) seems to revel in those fleshly and worldly things; it flourishes in the depiction of most or all of these types of evil.
Eph. 5:11-12  Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;  for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.
GoT is darkness, evil, and disgraceful.
Eph. 4:17-20  Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.  They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.  They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.  But that is not the way you learned Christ!
GoT is exactly what heathen Gentiles give themselves to.  It is darkness, anti-God, sensual, and impure.  GoT is not for the Christian.
Matt. 5:28  I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
How many men have lusted over the partially or fully nude women in GoT?  I suspect the answer would be “nearly every single one of them”.  Some women struggle with that as well.  In the following verses, Jesus said to pluck out your eye and cut off your hand (go to extremes) to avoid such things.  If this were the only verse in the Bible on the subject, it would be sufficient to tell us that pornographic shows like GoT are completely unacceptable.  And if you’re a Christian that thinks he can watch it without violating Christ’s words, you’re lying to yourself and are self-deceived.  Period.
1 Thess. 4:3  For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;
GoT is so popular, no doubt, in part because of its depictions of exactly that.  What normal red-blooded man isn’t tempted by watching attractive young women get naked, and sometimes act out fornication?  That is sexual immorality, and it often leads to full-fledged fornication and adultery in real life.
Phil. 4:8  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
GoT is exactly the opposite of the things in that list.  It is impure, dishonorable, violent, filthy, and to be condemned.
Rom. 12:1-2  Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
With an all-encompassing passage like this, how can a true and honest Christian justify filthy entertainment?  Repent, and turn from this wickedness!
Eph. 4:17-19  So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;  and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
Christians are not supposed to be like the people of the world!  How can we be entertained by sensuality and impurity?
Eph. 5:3-5  But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;  and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.  For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
To be entertained by these things places a person in a very bad situation.

Are we to be entertained by immorality?  By filthiness?  By impurity?  May it never be.  God forbid!
1 Thess. 5:21-22  But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;  abstain from every form of evil.                   
GoT is filled with all sorts of wickedness.  Is it good?  No.  It is evil.
1 Peter 2:11-12  Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.  Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Christians are exiles, aliens, pilgrims, strangers on the earth.  Fleshly lusts are at WAR with the soul.  Watching filthy entertainment is like asking for forces of evil to attack your own soul.  If you’re justifying this filth in your own mind, then you’re losing the battle to sin and the powers of darkness.
1 Peter 2:16  Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.
People cry “Christian liberty” or “freedom” to justify filth.  This ought not to be.  Freedom in Christ is freedom to do what is right, not freedom to sin.
Galatians 5:13  For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
There’s more of that “freedom” terminology.  Paul was aware of how it could be misunderstood and misused, so he clarified.  No, you do NOT have freedom to watch sensual, fleshly, perverted shows, which includes GoT.
2 Tim. 2:19  Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”       
Abstain from wicked entertainment, abstain from all forms of evil.  That includes not watching wickedness on TV and in the movie theatre.
2 Cor. 7:1  Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Pornographic entertainment, like GoT and others, is defiling and fleshly, and above all, unholy.
Job 31:1 “I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?
Job didn’t know anything about TV screens or movie screens, but it’s pretty obvious what his response to them would have been if they displayed naked females.
Hab. 1:13a Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor.
God doesn’t approve, but somehow it’s OK for a Christian to look favorably on shows like GoT?
Job 28:28  “And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.’”
You think you have wisdom?  Then fear the Lord enough to turn away from that which is plainly evil.
Jude 4  For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness (NASB, or “sensuality” in the ESV) and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Watch out for people that turn grace into sensuality and licentiousness!
1 Peter 1:14-16 "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”"
Let’s be blunt:  GoT does not help a person become holy.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  It promotes lust and ungodliness.  Above all else, it is wholly unholy.
Repent, and ask God to cleanse you, and to set you on the path of holiness.

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