"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Battle of the Mind

Dr. David Rakes, associate pastor in the late 1980's at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA. preached about "Wrong is wrong no matter what."

He preached against drinking any alcoholic beverage, because that would lead to other habits. He lit into people who held raffles, because that was gambling. He mentioned books people had in their houses that would cause them to allow satan a foothold. He pointed fingers at movies we watched and promoted that didn't have Christian values. He ruffled many feathers, and had me...a 30 year old brand new Christian feeling very scandalous.

My mother loved to read, watch and talk about the occult, ghosts and mysterious things. She had books on interpreting dreams. She even bought us an Ouija board and would stand over us with anticipation to see if it would work. I remember coming home from school every day and watching "Dark Shadows" with mom. Mysteries, Barnabas-the vampire...Quinton...and his beautiful theme...

I had never thought those things were bad. Just toys...just fun...just innocent things.

The more I delve into my Bible, the more I realize that we are in a battle over the mind. And the battle is with satan. We allow these 'harmless' tv shows, books, movies seep into our homes, our computers and our minds...and little by little, satan desensitizes us to the true evil in the world.

We have a generation of children who are growing up with no line drawn between the world of good and evil. It's all called entertainment.
Many people I've talked to, do not agree with me. They truly think since it's 'fiction' it's harmless.
On the website, http://www.christiananswers.net/, it says:
Those who follow the path of the magic arts are on the wrong path - a road that leads away from God, not toward Him. In one way or another, the end will be disaster. The evil Queen Jezebel practiced witchcraft (2 Kings 9:22) bringing catastrophe on herself and all Israel. Over and over, God denounces those who “conjure spells” (NKJV) and those who practice witchcraft and sorcery. The Bible says that anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:10-12; 2 Kings 21:6; Micah 5:12; Isaiah 47:12; Ezekiel 13:18, 20; Acts 8:11-24; Leviticus 20:27; Exodus 7:11; Revelation 9:21; 22:15).
God warns of the ultimate punishment. Revelation 21:8 says of "…those who practice magic arts …their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur… the second death" (NIV). Those who practice witchcraft (sorcery) will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:20-21). These practices are anti-God and are in rebellion against Him.
Many of citizens of ancient Ephesus practiced the magic arts. Those who became Christians realized the foolish error of their former lives and burned their expensive books of magic as the trash they were (Acts 19:19).

Those who 'follow the path'.

You argue it's just entertainment... but think about it...if you read romantic novels, you begin to look for that passion in your own life. Conversely, people read x-rated books and watch x-rated movies to 'get a feeling.' I'm sure they aren't watching and reading that for the literary content.
If you read fictional novels like "The Shack" you begin to think that maybe...that's the way The Trinity really is--and you get a 'feel good' feeling...so if you read books, watch 'harmless' TV shows or watch movies on witchcraft, sorcery, communicating to the dead...what keeps you from thinking on these things?

My mother started reading her Bible a little more...and one day became so convinced that the books and tv shows she read and watched were warping her mind and she literally took the books and burned them...because she felt so strongly that they would lead someone else astray like they had done her.

For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12