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If we are strong in the faith we can watch some things, but there are so many that I just do not watch. I cannot watch all the politcal hagling on the news anymore as it does make me angry. I have to turn it over to the Lord and just walk away. (turn it off) We certainly do have to listen to the Spirit when watching or listening to anything. Almost everything we have can be used for good or evil. The internet has many good things like this site, but the evil is very much on here too. We just have to look for the good and shun the evil. I remember going to the Ten Commandments movie years ago and got a great blessing out of it.
When I first gave my life to Christ, I didn't realize til years later what that really meant. I later discovered that it meant that God Himself in the form of His Spirit was now living inside of me and I was now "dead" to my selfish desires (even though that old man wants to resurrect sometimes!). I noticed that when I would watch a movie with bad words, violence, nudity, etc, I would walk out so empty and grieved inside. It was killing my desire to spend time with God. The Lord spoke to my heart and reminded me He was living inside me and I was His temple. Would I watch that at church? That meant He heard and saw everything I did. And He grieved to be forced to sit through that. When I fed my flesh more than I did my spirit, my flesh would win when I was tempted to sin. So to sit and watch a movie that could potentially have curse words, nudity, violence and blood-shed is a definite turn off because of what it's going to do with my relationship with the Lord later. It's just not worth it. We are to love what He loves and despise what He despises. Our relationship with Him must be first priority.
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. It's a response to his Awesome, Holy and glorious nature. With the fear of God, you want to Stay as far away as you can from the appearance of sin or sin promoters. Without the fear of God, you want to know how close you can get to the edge of sin without falling into it. God told Cain in Genesis, "Because you have not done the right thing, sin is crouching at the door". Certain things we do may be argued for and claimed "not sinful", but it would bring sin close to your door. Spiritual wisdom would teach us to keep away. My advice is to keep away from secular movies, music,etc. Not as a law, but in the fear of God who has instructed us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. The devil is more subtle than we think. God bless
Any time we portray someone else we are living the life of a hypocrite and it is not right in God's eyesight. The characters in movies are not playing themselves. So, I believe going to secular movies is wrong in God's eyesight. Again, it is agreeing with a LIE.
I used to go to movies, and I have some good memories ("The Ten Commandments," "The Greatest Story Ever Told", “War Room,” “Courageous,” etc.) But I have regretted going to some bad ones. I won't specify them lest I lead someone into temptation. I think the matter of time is the issue. What's more important to me? I.e. priorities. See the context of Ephesians 5:15-17, noting that only a fool drifts with the wind and tide. A wise man marks out his course, sets his sails, and guides the rudder until he reaches his destination. Someone said, “When the pilot does not know what port he is heading for, no wind is the right wind.” Life is short (Ephesians 5:16a). “Buying up the opportunity—taking advantage of it.” An old Chinese adage says, “Opportunity has a forelock (horse’s mane)—I understand the adage to mean you have to grab it to ride the horse-- so you can seize it when you meet it. Once it is past, you cannot seize it again.” The old Greeks said that opportunity had a forelock but was close-shaven behind; if a man missed grabbing for her as she approached, he would reach for her in vain after she had passed. So, seize the opportunity by the forelock! Our English word opportunity comes from the Latin and means “toward the port.” It suggests a ship taking advantage of the wind and tide to arrive safely in the harbor. The brevity of life is a strong argument for making the best use of the opportunities God gives us. The days are evil (Eph 5:16b). In Paul’s time, this meant that Roman persecution was on the way (1 Peter 4:12-19). How foolish to waste opportunities to win the lost, when soon those opportunities might be taken away by the advances of sin in society! If the days were evil when Paul wrote this letter, what must be their condition today? So if you look at the big picture, you'll know what to do: Redeeming the Time Eph.5:16 The words might be translated ‘buying up the opportunities’. How people use their time— 1 Some KILL TIME—until Time kills them 2 Some WASTE TIME—Heedless as to how the days are passing 3 Some PASS TIME—in trivial and unprofitable pastimes 4 Some SPEND TIME—as they would money, some carelessly, others carefully 5 Some TAKE TIME BY THE FORELOCK—seizing the opportunities as they come
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