“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

6.7 Changing Your Entertainment Habits

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God?  Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. –  James 4:4

This chapter offers some advice which is unbelievably hard to follow. I know how hard it is myself, as I’m not close to where I want to be in this area yet either, although I have made great strides. It is through the grace and strength of God that you can overcome. With that intro, let me just state the recommendation up front, and then talk through it.

I strongly recommend that you abstain from watching 99.9999% of what is on TV and the movies produced by Hollywood. These at worst are completely corrupted fallen sinful laden productions, and at best they are means to deceive you when they “appear” to be Christian. This media is primary means by which you are brainwashed, dumbed down, and made to take your eyes and focus off of Christ.

The sinful, fallen, fleshly world of lustful pursuits generates a staggering amount of noise each and every day, desperately trying to drown out the goodness of God and of His Christ, and the good news of the gospel. If you let it, even as a Christian, you run great risk of backsliding, apostasy or worse.

It is simply staggering how blatantly corrupt, immoral, sexually explicit, sexually innuendo containing, demeaning and blaspheming of God the things that are produced for TV and Movies have become, in nearly all instances, on all channels, all genres, at all times. I suppose you can find a cooking show still that is wholesome, but I think you get the point.

The same applies to other forms of entertainment, and music choices also. Without going into a debate about musical styles and tastes, it must be said that discretion is required even when listening to modern “Christian” music (yes, there’s the word again in quotes), because it seems to focus more on self-justification, self-worth, happiness and glorification of self, and it is also not always performed in a reverent manner to a Holy God.

You might argue: hey, it’s still ok to watch the Discovery Channel, Nature shows, etc, right? Such material might be educational and informative but be especially alert and aware to the nonstop, constant and endless bombardment/brainwashing of the false “theory of evolution” and “millions of years old” false teachings they ALL base their materials and “science” on. God is not to be found among those shows.

The hardest area of all for me is sporting events. I’m pretty active in sports, and always have been, except for when I was trapped in my addiction (see my testimony). I find that even when I watch sporting events, particularly football which is my favorite, the advertisements are so over the top sexual nowadays, that as a Christian I cannot simply sit there and watch them any longer. It seems to be just an endless parade of advertising for beer, trucks, the latest Hollywood entertainment flick, and a whole host of other items which only appeal to sinful, lustful fleshly desires.

I pray you good luck and may the Spirit be with you and guide you in this area. If you are not careful, this area will drag you back into the world very quickly, in a very silent and insidious manner, and before you even realize it, you’re walking in, of, and among the world again.

It is prudent to reconsider what God told Cain: “sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you.”

Related Scripture:

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. – 1 John 2:15-17

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. – Philippians 4:8
[Note: and there is very little of anything at all that meets this criterion in modern Hollywood entertainment that is produced!]

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.  – Colossians 3:1-7

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. – James 4:4

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. – Matthew 16:24

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. – Galatians 2:20

If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” – Genesis 4:7

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