Its Not My Business What They Watch!
By Eric Barger
I have always taken a lot of heat for speaking out about movies, music, books and other forms of entertainment. Thats OK. When God called me into this kind of apologetic-culture-expose ministry He instilled in me the ability to both dialog with and to endure harsh criticism from those who disagree with me. I praise the Lord for this as I simply could not have fulfilled this ministry thus far without His wonderful grace and compassion as well as a generous amount of spiritually thick skin that He has clothed me with directly from His throne.
Over the years I have been branded among other things as a radical Bible-thumping fanatic by many outside of the Church. Now, with the increased confusion concerning doctrines and righteous standards the same grumblings can be heard coming from inside the Church as well. I can assure you that growing numbers of people who claim to be Christians detest anyone pointing out that God indeed has absolutely unchangeable precepts about how we approach the identity and workings of evil.
Our standards and rejection of immorality (which includes the occult) is very important to God as is evidenced below through the study notes for Romans 1:32 which appear in The Full Life Study Bible. These words, written by its editor, the late Donald C. Stamps, powerfully remind us that for both our benefit and for that of those around us there can be no silence concerning evil and no agreement with it in our midst.
Who knowing the judgment of
God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but
have pleasure in them that do them.
Have pleasure in them that do them. Pauls last word on human sinfulness is Gods condemnation of a condition even more damning than the practice itself, i.e., supporting and encouraging evil by taking pleasure in the immoral actions of others. This disposition is the ultimate in depravity vicarious enjoyment of lust and evil. Sin becomes entertainment.
Being entertained by watching other people sin and engage in ungodly actions, even while you yourself abstain, brings you under the same divine condemnation as those engaging in such evil practices. Sin is intensified in any society wherever it meets with no inhibition from the disapproval of others.
Those (and especially those who profess faith in Christ) who use the immoral actions of others for entertainment and enjoyment are directly contributing to public opinion favorable to immorality and therefore to the corruption and eternal damnation of an indefinite number of other people. The Full Life Study Bible
(c) copyright 2006, Eric Barger
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