We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What Do You Put In Your Mind?

Do we willingly spend our hard-earned money on Hollywood films that instill in us the opposite of what the Bible commands?  Do we welcome into our homes the flaunting of sin that glorifies the flesh and curses the Name of Jesus while on Sundays we glorify Him at church? (Matthew 22:37).  Is it possible to obey God with the whole mind while feeding on godlessness?  The answer is no; yet we do let strangers “creep” into our homes and minds. …

Sinful entertainment deposits rubbish in the mind, giving Satan a foothold in our lives (Ephesians 4:27, KJV).  Once there, he thrashes around even as we sleep.  Whatever has entered the theatre of the mind crosses the welcome mat as a thief an begins its lethal work of breaking down defenses.  The moral compass that once guided our nation’s people has been ridiculed and rejected, making sin the national sport and pastime.

Franklin Graham, "Hollywood: Entertaining Ourselves To Death?" Decision magazine, April 2014, p.4-5


Jon Gleason said...

Hi, Glenn. People in our church have heard me say it more than once:

What kind of society views violence, immorality, drunkenness, and all other kinds of corruption as >entertainment<?

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Jon,

Well said.

I've heard it said that we would never want to be caught looking in our neighbor's bedroom window, and yet we do the same thing when we are watching movies with "bedroom" scenes!

And yet we are entertained by that which Christ died to save us from.

Anonymous said...

Wow, well said both of you (Jon and Glenn).
And of course the original post was spot on.


Anonymous said...

This is not to offend anyone here, but in due respect, is Franklin Graham really appearing on TBN with Jan Crouch? And if so, I will boldly confess here, as a former watcher/idolator of Trinity Broadcasting Network, whose faith in Jesus Christ was almost shipwrecked by this television/entertainment program in addition to surrounding myself with women whose every word hinged on the teachings of TBN,

that this form of entertainment is far damaging to the soul/spirit than any form of Hollywood entertainment out there, for TBN is sending more people to hell than Hollywood.

May God, our Almighty Father, have mercy on what the western church has become. A harlot cloaked in the worship of self righteousness filled to over flowing with hypocrisy.I truly miss my humble church of yesteryear where the big name on the ticket was "Jesus Christ." Praise His Holy Name. Amen.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Franklin Graham does a lot which is not good. But this citation from him is certainly on the mark.