God is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and truth. What has television done to the Christian of today? I thought this to be such an important issue for today, that it warranted adding this page.
The Effects of Television on Christians
I haven't added this page to win any friends. I'm not here to win friends, but to win people for Christ, and what I say here most of you will not like. But the reason I have added this, is to challenge you into doing something about your relationship with your Saviour.
Most Christians across the world have a box in a corner of their home that is keeping them from having a true relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Some have one in nearly every room! This box, the "idol of the hour" is TELEVISION! Countless Christians around the world are glued to this idol every day, yet if you ask them if they studied the Word of God in the Bible, they will say that they haven't had chance. That's right, they haven't had chance, because they were too busy watching the rubbish displayed on their tv sets.
Christ did not die to redeem a bride who would keep Him outside, while she sat inside watching TV!
I was one of these Christians not so long ago, until recently my wife and I got rid of the one tv we had in the house. We made a decision for God that we were not spending enough time with Him and too much time wasted watching tv. This is one of the best things we have ever done, and I would urge all serious Christians to do the same. We now spend much more time studying God's Word and spending time with Him in prayer. We enjoy eating together at the dinner table and talking, instead of in front of the television in silence. We enjoy going on walks together, enjoying the beautiful creation that God gave us. Overall, our quality of life has increased tremendously.
1 John 5:21 .....'Little children, keep yourselves from idols.'
What does God see when He looks down upon His Children? Does He see them eagerly studying His Word, or on their knees in prayer, or doing good works? No! He sees most of them glued to that idol in a box hour after hour. I really believe that the tv is one of satan's tools to draw people away from God. Time is short friend, Jesus will return soon. Get rid of that mindless box and give your spare time to Bible study and prayer and doing good works and getting back that good Christian family unit. Yes, the tv can also be used for spreading the gospel, as God can make light out of darkness, but most of the time spent by people in front of the tv is watching the many mindless sinful programs the world has to offer. It's time to be separate from worldly things ...... 2 Corinthians 6:14-17 .....'what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.'
Romans 1:29-32 ....'Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 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.' ..... Do you take pleasure in watching sin on the TV?
How much time do you spend watching tv each week? More than you spend with God, studying His Word and praying? If so, then the television is your god. There is no nice way to say it, these are the hard facts. God says in plain language "do not have any other god before me". If this is true for you, then you need to get rid of that tv (or any other thing that comes before God in your life).
"You know what I think the greatest idol is? There's no doubt about it at all. It's television. I believe you call it "progress", I call it the devil" (quote by Lester Roloff)
Psalm 101:3 ....'I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.' ...... We need to heed David's advice and stop watching those sinful programs full of violence, sex, swearing and all sorts of unrighteousness. If you have pleasure in sitting in front of the sinful programs on the tv, then I'm afraid you are not right with God, as it says in Galatians 5:19-21 .....'Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.' ..... Television programs are full of all the above sins, and yet most Christians think it ok to sit and watch it. If you are happy to watch such things, then you are giving your approval to them and rejecting the Spirit of God.
Go stand in front of God and justify your watching of tv!
Christians are now even conditioned to criticize those who expose these evils in their lives, as it says in God's Word.... 2 Timothy 3:2-5 ....'For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.'
Tv is like a drug. When you get hooked on it, you can't get loosed from it. It starts to consume more and more of your time, until you have no time at all for God. Friend, you need to be loosed from this idol, before your Righteous Judge comes. We are not here to be entertained, we are here to serve our Creator, our loving Heavenly Father and to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who by the way, gave His LIFE for you.
Just imagine the amount of free time you would have without a tv in your home. Time to study the Word of God, time to get on your knees and pray, time to spend quality time with your family, time to get outside and enjoy walking in the fresh air, exploring the wonderful creation laid out for us by God...... Ephesians 5:15-17 ....'See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.' ..... Is it the will of God for us to spend our time doing whatever we like? Of course not. He wants us to give our all to Him and to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Did you love the Lord with all your heart today, or did you spend it watching tv?
"Be wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil."
What will it take for you to throw that thing in the trash? Are you going to try and justify your watching tv? Don't try and justify it to me or anyone else. Go and justify it to God.
James 4:4 ....'Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.'
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