Hollywood and the Christian

What Does the Bible Say?

  Do the Scriptures have anything to say on this subject?  They most certainly do!  For the Scriptures list, as sins in the eyes of a holy God, such things as fornication, adultery, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sodomy, stealing, covetousness, drunkenness, reviling, extortion, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, revellings, and such like (1 Cor.6:9,10; Gal.5:19-21; etc.).  And every single one of these sins is portrayed, glamourised and glorified by the movie industry!  In Romans 1 we find another list of terrible sins in the sight of God (vss.21-31).  And then we read these solemn words: “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” (vs.31).  Some may argue that they simply watch these things, but do not live that way themselves; yet here we see that those who take pleasure in others committing such sins are guilty as well!  No Christian is to take pleasure even in watching such things, let alone doing them.  This is “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes,” which “is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 Jn.2:16); and we are commanded, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 Jn.2:15).  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  It is as simple as that. He is not a Christian, regardless of what he professes.

  Those who commit such sins as are portrayed in movies will not inherit the kingdom of God, according to 1 Cor.6:9,10 and Gal.5:21.  They are the works of the flesh, according to Gal.5:19.  Yet we see huge numbers of professing “Christians” actually taking pleasure in those who commit such things!  And they do so knowing the judgment of God, that such sinners are worthy of death.  Where is the evidence of regeneration in such people?  They show that their profession of faith in Christ is an empty profession.  They walk in darkness, not in the light.  Away with their pious talk, their praises, their prayers!  “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him” (Tit.1:16).  They are a blight upon the Church, a disgrace to the Holy One they claim to love and serve.

  Let us briefly divide movies into certain categories, and examine these.

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