A Believer’s Response to Actions in the Entertainment Media Which Other Believers Should Know About!
March 2, 2017
For nearly 25 years I warned friends, family and fellow believers. For years I’ve warned them that the day was coming when the entertainment media’s ungodly agendas would be revealed. That day is here (it’s really been here for a while, but their boldness has reached new heights). Many companies now eagerly and proudly promote and support ideals and behaviors which clash with sound Biblical values. (Read articles found at the links below)
Conservatives Slam Disney’s Display of Gay Characters Kissing in Cartoon
Beauty and the Beast to feature Disney’s first gay character and love scene
The atheists, the deceived, the confused, and the immoral continue to push their agenda ( sinful ideals and behaviors) which denies and defies God. They assert their hatred and malice toward anyone who opposes them, and they aim their filth at children, the morally weak and spiritually confused.
Now that the day has arrived we must not retreat behind the curtain of apathy and indifference. We need to recognize how these kinds of shows (books, movies, and other forms of entertainment) cause spiritual harm.
First, harm occurs by deceiving people into believing Scripture is outmoded and opposes personal freedom. Paul reminds us that serving sin enslaves us and makes us servants of sin. Christ told us whom the Son has set free is free indeed. He came to free us from sin, not leave us open to being slaves to it.
Second, harm occurs by displaying and teaching ungodliness and immorality which steals the purity of the mind and desensitizes the conscious. The purity of the mind allows us to see things as God would have us to see them and treat them with reverence and respect toward God. Desensitization is the mind numbing effect that occurs when Christians fail to actively assess all things through the lens of Scripture and test all things by the Holy Spirit (having a Biblical Worldview).
Third, harms occurs by emboldening the wicked who demand all individuals, communities and law-makers impose these wicked ideals on everyone. Anyone who stands opposed is attacked and persecuted by any legal or illegal means available – just ask a Christian cake maker, photographer, or wedding chapel owner. Christ told us that we would be persecuted for having Faith in Him. We can rely on Him to be with us even though we’re persecuted for righteousness sake.
Fourth, harm occurs because of the sinful temptation and stumbling blocks these ideals present to youth, unbelievers, young believers, and new believers. Confusion, distraction and deception – these are road signs at the Wide Gate and along the Broadway which lead to destruction. Christ told us to enter through the Strait Gate to the Narrow Way which leads to life.
Let me be clear, this company is not the first or only distributor of unbiblical and immoral content to families and children, they’re just the largest. Other companies have TV shows, cartoons, music, and other products/services being marketed with ungodly and anti biblical values in mind.
What can be done?
Scripture is clear, we must resist the Devil. Resistance is the active and intentional act of refusing to condone or be influenced by anything or anyone which conflicts with our God, His Word, and our spiritually illuminated conscious. But how can we resist him when we watch his television shows, listen to his music, and purchase his toys? The solution is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the regeneration of man and the promotion of the Kingdom Agenda in our daily lives.
What can you do?
I could tell you to boycott these companies and products which might help draw attention to the cause but that won’t ultimately solve the problem. Instead, consider the following as part of a spiritual plan of action:
- Pray and ask God for wisdom, discernment and the opportunity to share the Gospel of Christ with unbelievers.
- Spiritually evaluate your choice of entertainment and products. Reject things which promote sinful, immoral, antichrist/anti-god/anti-scripture ideals.
- Confront and stand against ideals you find in your life by consulting God’s Word.
- Promote the proper Biblical views in your family. Look for things which edify Faith, not undermine it.
- Remove the symbols ( the figurines, music, and other items which promote these ideas, behaviors, and products) from you home
- Replace what you remove with sound scriptural and morally healthy things which edify the believer, strengthen the spirit, and uphold the testimony of Christ.
- Pursue and project a life embedded in God’s holiness, purity, and love.
- Encourage your family, friends and fellow believers to use spiritual discernment to wisely consider what they purchase and what they allow as entertainment.
Please, share send this message to Bible believers to warn, equip and encourage them them to be wise strong and firm in the Faith. Discuss this with your family and use Scripture to lay the foundation for truth and righteousness. Pray for discernment and courage in order to detect and stand firmly against the wickedness of this world. We want believers to look to the author and finisher of our faith – Christ Jesus, not the flesh, the world or Satan. Again, pray for the opportunity to share the truth of the Gospel in grace and love.
May you stand firm in the Holiness, Grace, and Love of Christ.
Pastor Greg Washington,
THE BELIEVER’S RESPONSE TO THE EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY
July 8, 2016
- Be slow to speak, swift to hear and slow to wrath.
- The wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
- Not to allow our anger to lead us to commit sinful actions.
- Cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you.
- Not to be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.
- Vengeance belongs to the Lord.
YOUR SPIRITUAL SENSITIVITY (OR INSENSITIVITY) TOWARD SIN TELLS REVEALS YOUR SINCERITY.
January 1, 2016
Believers have been transformed by the saving faith in Jesus Christ and in-dwelled by the Holy Spirit. This gives us the new nature of righteousness, however, we still possess the old nature which can rule over our flesh. So it is necessary that we battle against the flesh by relying on the Holy Spirit of God in connection with Scripture, prayer, and obedience to Christ.
Because the flesh lusts against the Spirit (and the Spirit lusts against the flesh) we are in spiritual warfare every moment of our lives. When we fail to stay focused on Christ we can be distracted and/or deceived by the flesh. The longer we remain distracted we more insensitive we become toward sin and begin a downward spiral spiritually. So we must regularly examine ourselves to make sure our walk with Christ is genuine and sincere. John (in 1 John 1:9 – 2:29) gives us characteristic of believers which reveals our spiritual sincerity:
1 – If we have fellowship with him by walking in the light (righteousness of God )rather than walking in the darkness (sinful ways of the flesh and the world).
2 – If we confess our sin.
3 – If we keep his commandments (Check the Sermon of the Mount – Mat 5-7 and John 14 – 16.
4 – If we walk as he (Jesus) walked.
5 – If we love the brethren (the other believers)
6 – If we love the things of God rather than the things of the world. See Titus:1:16
7 – If we continue in truth of God’s Word rather than abandon it for the false message(s) of the world.
8 – If we profess Christ before men rather than deny him before men
9 – If we abide in him and his Word
10 – If we live righteously because we know he is righteousness.
Insensitivity toward sin is a sign of carnality (backsliding) or possibly being unregenerate (unsaved).
If we can walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of the scornful – we are becoming insensitive to sin and eventually will end up in the company of the unrighteousness. (Psalm 1)
Sensitivity toward the things of God reveals the spiritual foundation of our hearts. If we love the Word of God (the saved do), meditate on it day and night (the saved do), and keep his commandments (the saved do) then we will confess sin, repent from sin, and fight to resist the temptation to sin.
Anyone that tells you different is a deceiver.
THE NATURE YOU NOURISH WILL FLOURISH – THE NATURE YOU DENY WILL DIMINISH.
December 31, 2015
WHAT IS YOUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION? I’m amazed by believers who find it appealing or even necessary to draw their inspiration from sources which historically contradict faith in God. Note what I wrote, believers drawing inspiration from sources which historically contradict faith in God. I’m referring to other religions (those inherently false or teach false doctrine), cults, known pagans, culturally secular examples and those who promote the denial God, Christ, Salvation, and eternal life. I’ve read articles meant to inspire which, (in my opinion), promote arrogance, divisiveness, elitism, and pride. These seem contrary when the intent is to elicit compassion, integrity, and justice. That’s not to say we aren’t motivated by the good, the negative or the tragic events or people in society. It means we should be inspired to act and promote what is Biblically ethical and appropriate in response to these events or people. You draw your inspiration from what influences you most. You are most influenced by what appeals to your nature. The nature you nourish will flourish the nature you deny will diminish.
Believer’s are supposed to possess motives, standards, and practices which”reprove the unfruitful works of darkness. We are called to draw strength from his Word. We are directed to meditate on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, with a good reputation, virtue, and praiseworthiness. Why must we push the unbiblical mongrel philosophies of a fallen and wicked culture to find spiritual inspiration? Even when we’re suffering we’re never admonished to dwell in the thought patterns of negativity but in the sustaining power of our gracious God.
I ask the question, doesn’t God, his Word, his Son, and his Spirit provide inspiration? Doesn’t his creative wonder in connection with his holy and righteous nature provide us with inspiration? Don’t the examples of godly men and women throughout biblical history and contemporary society provide us with inspiration?
If God faithful, his grace is sufficient, and his mercy endureth forever, I think we possess enough evidence and examples from which to draw our spiritual inspiration.
Galatians 5 shows us the fruit of the Spirit are consistent God’s nature and expectation for his people. Jesus and James both tell us that a good tree and a fountain cannot produce what is contrary to their nature. Something needs to be examined and corrected.
The next time you’re looking to inspire or be inspired consider 2 Tim 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
COME AS YOU ARE IT DOESN’T MEAN WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS.
December 28, 2015
Coming to Christ “as you are” is not a cultural movement, it’s not a statement of individuality or uniqueness, and it’s not an affirmation of your personality. It’s a change in your way of thinking. It’s a way of thinking that rejects the worldly system of thinking and living. It’s thinking about and listening to what God has to say to you.
- 1 John 2:15 (KJV) 15 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.
When you “come as you are” to Christ it’s an act of confession. It’s a confession that you are a sinner and you cannot clean yourself or remake yourself in order to be worthy to approach and have a relationship with God. It’s a confession that you need someone to cleanse you and make you able to approach God. When you “come as you are” to Christ you come without a mask, or an act, or a condition. “When you “come as you are” you come in humble belief in the risen savior whose precious Calvary-shed blood washes your sins away. As you are washed you are given the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to comfort, teach, guide, and cleanse you daily. When you “come as you are” to Christ don’t expect to remain the way you came. You will have to abandon and renounce your old way of thinking. You will have to leave it all behind. You will do it because you’ve come to receive the blood-bought gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life. You’ve come to be transformed. You’ve come to grow in grace and knowledge of Christ. You’ve come to grow in faith, discipleship, obedience, and service to Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (KJV) 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. · 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
You must “come as you are” to Christ in order to receive his gift. But, if any of you think “come as you are” means to come to be affirmed in your fashion or style of dressing, singing, ethnicity, sexuality, or thinking – – – – – –
COME AGAIN! Only this time, come to be redeemed, reborn, remade, and revived by Christ. This time come to be a disciple and follower of Christ, a lover of God, a part of his Church. Come to a Holy, Sovereign, and Righteous Lord whose love for you was demonstrated on Calvary and will be shared with you for all eternity – when you come to him on his terms, through his son, by his blood, filled with his spirit.
- Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV) 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Christ inviting you, allowing you to “come as you are” is his grace and compassion to you. It elevates you of the trouble of trying to fix yourself or impress him with your efforts. It’s his way of saying, “I know you can’t do this on your own”. It’s his way of saying, “I’ve got you and I’ve got this”.
Come as you are. Come whether broken, bruised, or belittled.
Come regardless of your past or present life.
Come great or small. Come regardless of age or experience.
Come to Hear. Come Learn. Come to Believe. Come to Abiding Faith
THE BATTLEFIELD CALLING.
August 31, 2014
It’s becoming increasingly harder to understand passive Christians. I didn’t say humble or meek, I said passive. The idea ‘oh well’, or, ‘whatever’ mentality that allows us to passively participate in questionable activities or conversations in spite of a troubled conscience. It’s the mentality that allows us to feed our minds with more worldly influences that biblical ones. It’s the mentality that causes us to be church attendants or members but not be engaged and engaging in intentional ministry. It’s the mentality that prevents us from pursuing God with a hunger and thirst, and instead causes us to be easily shaken and stirred in our faith.
Why is this a growing concern among professing believers? Because many are not engaged in spiritual warfare, they’re not in the fight. In his book, Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots, J.C.Ryle wrote:
True Christianity! Let us mind that word “true.” There is a vast quantity of religion current in the world which is not true, genuine Christianity. It passes muster, it satisfies sleepy consciences; but it is not good money.It is not the authentic reality that called itself Christianity in the beginning. There are thousands of men and women who go to churches and chapels every Sunday and call themselves Christians. They make a “profession” of faith in Christ. Their names are in the baptismal register. They are reckoned Christians while they live. They are married with a Christian marriage service. They mean to be buried as Christians when they die. But you never see any “fight” about their religion! Of spiritual strife and exertion and conflict and self–denial and watching and warring they know literally nothing at all. Such Christianity may satisfy man, and those who say anything against it may be thought very hard and uncharitable; but it certainly is not the Christianity of the Bible. It is not the religion which the Lord Jesus founded and His apostles preached. It is not the religion which produces real holiness. True Christianity is “a fight.”
The true Christian is called to be a soldier and must behave as such from the day of his conversion to the day of his death. He is not meant to live a life of religious ease, indolence and security. He must never imagine for a moment that he can sleep and doze along the way to heaven, like one traveling in an easy carriage. If he takes his standard of Christianity from the children of this world, he may be content with such notions, but he will find no countenance for them in the Word of God. If the Bible is the rule of his faith and practice, he will find his course laid down very plainly in this matter. He must “fight.”
J. C. Ryle, Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots,(Great Britain: Evangelical Press, 1879), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 4: The Fight”.
At the realization that his earthly life would soon the Apostle Paul wrote:
“2Ti 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”, 2 Tim 4:5-8
He was telling Timothy to stay in the fight, and, that there is a reward from the Lord for those who remain in the fight. Paul knew the battle would be long and hard for Timothy just as it had been for him. He realized Timothy would not be able to depend on Paul for advice and encouragement so He told him to put his trust in God’s all sufficient Grace to get him through. He reminded him of the foundation of his salvation and his ministry, as well as the Kingdom Agenda the Lord has charged him to carry out.
” 2Ti 1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”, 2 Timothy 2:1-4
Paul’s encouragement to Timothy was meant for us as well. We must live and carry the Gospel each day of our lives in spite of the opposition Satan and this world throw at us. We need to fight as if our Lord is returning tomorrow. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to be our counsel and comforter. We must march through the world with our eyes open to God’s holiness – refusing – rejecting the deceitfulness of the flesh, the world and the Devil. We must honestly acknowledge the wickedness of this world and refuse to allow it to take hold in our lives – to the point of pain. Our walk with God, our family relationships, and our joy are all at stake. We can fight about cultural, economic, educational, and social issues but the these earthly concerns will exist until Christ returns. Meanwhile, people without out Christ will die in their sins no matter how successful we are in their worldly battles. To be truly engaged in this fight (this spiritual warfare) we must consider the higher plain of living to the glory of God and of mankind’s need for salvation through Jesus Christ.
Get in the fight. Fight the Good fight.
DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE COMPROMISING CROWD!
August 21, 2013
Believers: lately some popular people have made some announcements to pressure society-at-large to accept what Lord Bible identifies as soon. Don’t be fooled into believing you have to compromise biblical standards of righteousness and support wrong causes in order to have compassion for people. Remember compassion is not about identifying with someone’s issues with a worldly perspective (including sinful ones), it’s about identifying with their need from the biblical perspective.