TV: Blessing or Tool of the Devil? (pdf) The 23rd Channel The Holy Bible and The TV Guide The Devil's Vision The Stranger
The following excerpt is taken from page 6 of the April 1995 "Expression" newspaper:
[The American Family Association] reported that the top four networks aired, on average, 45.58 incidents of sex, violence and profanity each hour during prime-time viewing ...
This broke down to 8.5 incidents of violence each hour, 14.15 of sex and 22.93 of profanity. A total of 91 percent of all sex was depicted outside marriage.
Projected over a period of one year, the networks air 14,313 sex incidents, 8,333 violence incidents, and 23,556 profanity incidents during prime-time ....
We are naturally desirous of spending time with the thing, animate or inanimate, we love the most. Honestly ask yourself then, do you spend more time with the God of Heaven or the TV? How could we, as professing Christians, waste the free hours the Lord God has graciously given us to serve Him by spending countless hours with the filth of the world coming from the television? "Bad company corrupts good character" (1 Cor. 15:33). Is there any worse company than the smut of Hollywood? Does the devil and our sinful natures really need all that help to distract us away from our goal and purpose here in the natural, not to mention causing us to think sinful thoughts?
What will you do, if you make Heaven, when you find out there's no TV? Know why there will be no TV in Heaven? Because it will be thrown into the fiery furnace along with everything else that causes sin (Matt. 13:41,42). By the way, have you thought about what you will say to the Holy One when you stand at the Judgment and He asks you about the thousand or more hours you wasted every year in front of the TV?That's what it boils down to if you watch 2.75 hours or more of TV every day! Are you spending an equal amount of time praying, fasting, witnessing, studying your Bible and meditating in the things of the Lord? Can't (or won't) do those things, you say? Too busy, too tired, too weak? The prophetess Anna was an old woman, probably in her eighties, who served God continually by fasting and praying (Lk. 2:36,37). Maybe you can't fast three days straight, but anyone can fast for a couple of hours, distribute salvation tracts or leave them laying around where people can pick them up, give to the poor, call on a sick or old person, pray with someone, etc.
Be honest with yourself. If Jesus came to your house to spend a day, would you be ashamed and quickly change the channel, or leave it off altogether for the time He was there with you?
If this article is speaking to you, it's not too late for you since you still have breath in your body. You can repent, ask God to set you free from the desire to please that old sinful nature, and begin to use those hours to store up for yourself treasure in Heaven, as commanded by Jesus (Matt. 6:20)! You can't change what you've done in the past, but you can improve your future! What's really important is, how you finish your race (1 Cor. 9:24).
Paul was writing to Christians when he said, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things" (Phil. 4:8). You won't often, if ever, find these things on secular TV.
Remember that it is a fundamental, basic truth that where our minds are set, our behavior (or lives) will follow. Romans 8:5,6 read:
"Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace."
From this, would you say that watching TV will adversely affect one's behavior? _____ YES _____ NO.
Also, in regard to Jesus' teaching on mental adultery (Mt. 5:28,29), would you say millions are regularly committing this sin in front of their TV? _____ YES _____ NO.
Are you aware that mental adultery is no less serious than any other form of sexual immorality and all sexually immoral people will end up in the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8)? _____ YES _____ NO.
The 23rd Channel
- The TV is my shepherd, I shall not want.
- It makes me lie down on the sofa.
- It leads me away from the faith.
- It destroys my soul.
- It leads me in the path of sex and violence for the sponsor's sake.
- Yea, though I walk in the shadow of Christian responsibilities,
- There will be no interruption, for the TV is with me.
- Its cable and remote control, they comfort me.
- It prepares a commercial for me in the presence of my worldliness.
- It anoints my head with humanism and consumerism.
- My coveting runneth over.
- Surely, laziness and ignorance shall follow me all the days of my life,
- And I shall dwell in the house watching TV forever.
-- Author Unknown
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The Holy Bible and The TV Guide Return to top
- On the table side by side:
- The Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
- One's well worn but cherished with pride
- (Not the Bible, but the TV Guide).
- One's used daily to help folk decide,
- Not the Bible, it's the TV Guide.
- As pages are turned, what will they see?
- Oh, what does it matter, turn on the TV.
- Then confusion reigns, they can't all agree
- On what they will watch on the old TV.
- So they open the book in which they confide
- (Not the Bible, it's the TV Guide).
- The Word of God is seldom read --
- Maybe a verse e'er they fall into bed,
- Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be
- (Not from reading the Bible: from watching TV).
- So then back to the table, side by side,
- Are the Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
- No time for prayer, no time for the Word.
- The way of salvation is seldom heard.
- Abiding in Christ so full and free
- Is found in the Bible, not on TV.
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The Devil's Vision
The devil once said to his demons below,
"Our work is progressing entirely too slow.
The holiness people stand in our way
Since they do not believe in the show or the play.
They teach that the carnival, circus and dance,
The tavern and honky-tonk with game of chance,
Drinking and smoking, these things are all wrong;
The Christians don't mess with the ungodly throng.
They are quick to condemn everything that we do
To cause unbelievers to be not a few.
They claim that these things are all of the devil;
That Christian folks live on a much higher level.
Now fellows, their theology, while perfectly true
Is blocking the work we are trying to do.
We will have to get busy and figure a plan
That will change their standards as fast as we can.
Now I have a vision of just what we can do.
Harken, I'll tell this deception to you.
Then find ye a wise, but degenerate man
Whom I can use to help work out this plan.
There's nothing so real as the things that you see;
The eyes and the mind and the heart will agree.
So what can be better than an object to view?
I say, it will work and convince quite a few.
The home is the place for this sinful device;
The people deceived will think it quite nice.
The world will possess it, most Christians can't tell
That it is all of the devil and plotted in hell!
We'll sell them with pictures of the latest news;
While they're still looking, we'll advertise booze.
At first it will shock them; they'll seem in a daze;
But soon they'll be hardened and continue to gaze.
We'll give them some gospel that isn't too strong,
And a few sacred songs to string them along.
They'll take in the ads, with the latest of fashions,
Soon watching the shows that will stir evil passions.
Murder and love-making scenes they'll behold
Until their souls will be utterly cold.
The old family altar which once held such charm
Will soon lose its place without much alarm.
Praying in secret will also be lost
As they look at the screen, not counting the cost.
Compromise preachers, who don't take their stand
Will embrace this new vision and think it is grand.
They'll help fool the people and cause them to sin
By seeking this evil and taking it in.
Influence is great and this you can see;
Just look at my fall and you'll have to agree.
It won't take too long, my demons, to tell
That the vision of Satan will populate Hell!
Divorce will increase, sex crimes will abound;
Much innocent blood will be spilled on the ground.
The home will be damned in short order I say
When this vision of mine comes in to stay.
Get busy, my cohorts, and put this thing out;
We'll see if the church can continue to shout.
The holiness people who stand in our way
Will soon hush their crying against show and play.
We'll cover the earth with this devil vision.
Then we'll camouflage it with the name television.
The people will think they are getting a treat
Till the Antichrist comes and takes over his seat.
He'll rule the world while the viewers behold
The face of the beast, to whom they were sold.
We'll win through deception, this cannot fail;
Though some holiness preachers against it will rail."
-- Author Unknown
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