The Devils Box

 Has anyone else noticed the growing trend over the past few years, of more supernatural themed programming on the tube? I have watched less and less television over the past few years, however, I recently spent some time staying with family who very rarely have their set turned off. It was like culture shock. I had know idea how bad things had gotten.

I was utterly dismayed and horrified at a blatantly demonic program called “Supernatural”, after watching for only a few minutes before I had to leave the room. This show reminded me of the horror movies that were rated R, when I was in high school a few years ago. (Okay, it has been more that a few years.) There is also a wildly popular supernatural themed show called “Heroes” that I watched once and had a hard time following because all of the episodes are connected. Although much more tame than “Supernatural”, it didn’t sit well with me. My fear is that all of this supernatural programming is to condition the world and prepare them for the coming signs and wonders of the anti-christ.

The growing trend of supernatural themes is just one of the many problems with television these days. Gone are the days of wholesome family programming. There are a few kids shows on Nickelodeon and Disney that are fairly family oriented, however, many or perhaps most of the movies and programs on “family” channels are not family friendly by conservative Christian standards. It seems that all the networks are pushing the envelope these days.

Commercials are also a problem for me. How many commercials have you seen of late, that promote lying or at least make light of it? One spot that comes to mind is the guy getting rid of his grill, and then telling his wife that someone stole it, so that she will buy him a new one. Lying isn’t the only one of God’s laws that is reduced these days. Have you seen the commercial with the guy walking out the door and seeing the attractive female plumber entering the neighbor’s house. After getting a look at her, he goes back inside and proceeds to toss everything he can think of into his own toilet in hopes of giving clogging it up, and them he is surprised to see his wife looking into the bathroom at him with a look of confusion. Then, there is the new e-trade commercial, that describes the things that you can do with one finger. One of the things is “tell your expensive broker where to go.” It doesn’t actually show the gesture, but we know what is implied.

A short while ago I was talking about all these things with my pastor’s wife. I told her that I was going to write a post on my blog about the tube, called the Devil’s box. She told me that when television first came out, her uncle said that it reminded him of a picture of Satan, the screen was his face and the antennas where the horns sticking up out of his head. Hmmm!

Passionate for Personal Holiness

I want to share one the devotions that I read yesterday. It is from “Reflecting God: Devotions for Holy Living”. The scripture reference is 2 Tim. 2:20-21.

Being passionate for personal holiness is an attitude that develops in a person because they “seen God’s heart” on the issue of personl holiness (Isa. 1:1-8). How can a deeper passion to “cleanse ourselves” be developed?

First, realize that personal purity comes from living according to God’s Word (see Ps. 119:9). Second, memorize and meditate on God’s Word consistently so you do not sin (see Ps. 119:9). Third, realize that personal purtiy is not a once for all experience, but rather a daily discipline that requires keeping your body and mind under the Spirit’s control (see 1 cor. 9:27).

You cannot decide you will be pure for the rest of your life and then never think about it again. It is a daily passion you must nurture. Today, ask God to break your heart over the things that break His heart when He sees what is happening in our world. Get angry in your spirit at sin when you see it, but love the peole who are involved in it. Pray for them, “that they will come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil” (2 Tim. 2:26). “Cleanse yourself and become an instrument for noble purposes!”–Rev. larry McKain

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is found in 2 Timothy. It is chapter 2, verse 19, and it says: “But the firm foundation of God Stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal: The Lord knows those who are His, and Let everyone who names himself by the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it.”

We are called to live a holy life unto the Lord. So, please do not call yourself a Christian unless you are willing to imitate Christ. It is no small thing. You won’t fool the Lord, He knows who are His. You are only fooling yourself and that has severe consequenses for eternity.

Jude 23
August 25, 2007, 3:17 am
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Strive to save others, snatching them out of the fire; on others take pity, but with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality.  Jude 23

Eternal Salvation 

No man has any hope for eternal salvation apart from trusting completely in Jesus Christ and His atonement for men. Simply stated, our Lord Jesus is the lifeboat and we must fully and truly be committed to trusting the lifeboat.

Again, our Lord and Savior is the rope by which it is possible to escape from the burning building. There is no doubt about it–either we trust that rope or we perish.  -A.W. Tozer