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I have come to a settled conviction that, above all things, the television is arguably the first cause of the decline of godliness in many Christian lives and of the Christian church as a whole.
You may feel that at times there is something harmless that you may watch to pass the time. I think it doubtful that it is now possible to go for fifteen minutes without some kind of Satanic propaganda. Almost every programme, if not actually all, is woke. If the programme you watch doesn't get you, the adverts will. It constantly encourages us to think as the world thinks, but what does the Holy Bible say?
"To the law and to the testimony: If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20.
"...be ye not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
"Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth." Col. 3:2.
"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. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:15,16.
Your television set is the window to the shop of the world.
It is like having a sewage pump in the corner of the room. We open the valve and let the filth wash over us. It ought not to be so my brother or sister in the LORD.
We can be very adept at making excuses for ourselves in order to watch it. Jeremiah 17:9 warns us that 'The heart is deceitul above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Ralph Venning wrote in his book, 'The Plague of Plagues.'
"Never was any heart such a shop of vanity, such a den of thieves, such a cage of unclean birds, such a Newgate of murderers, such an inn and thoroughfare of travelling lusts, such a court of flattery, ambition, pride and envy, such a sink and common draught of filthiness, such a hell of blasphemy as mine is."
Clearly brother Venning had been spending time with Jesus as well as his Bible.
We may, if we turn it off, wonder what shall we do with ourselves? I believe the LORD will show us.
Two years ago, the Lord Jesus rebuked me sorely for wasting his precious time with it. I am still reeling, though, praise God, that sin is not nearly so tempting. Turn it off brother, lest the LORD do to you what he did in love to me.