Thursday, October 29, 2015

Be the Gate Keeper

Abstain from all appearance of evil.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:22

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” – Philippians 4:8

I just don’t get it.  This time of year I see good solid Christians who are willing to participate in haunted houses, who are willing to watch horror movies, and they just don’t seem to see a problem with it.

Yet God’s word tells us to abstain from even the APPEARANCE of evil.  Even if it’s just a guy in a mask carrying a bloody chain saw to pretend, it is the appearance of evil.  It’s the appearance of murder, which we all know is sin, but somehow want to make it entertaining at this time of year.  How is that okay?  How do we reconcile God’s word to this?  You can bend it, twist it, scramble the words, but it still says ONE thing – abstain.

His will for us is that we do not live in fear.  That’s why He says 365 times – yes, once for each day of the year – in His word, “Fear Not”.  Yet some will watch horror movies and even say before hand “I’ll probably have nightmares over this!” Really?  So you invite fear into your life?

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, God wants your mind to be pure, free from thoughts that are harmful to you, that welcome evil into your heart and mind.  But you have to be the gate keeper and abstain.  Will you do that for Him?  Will you do it for yourself? Protect your mind and your heart.  Don’t let fear enter your heart.  Don’t plague your mind with evil thoughts.  And for God’s sake, protect your children as well.  Not every form of entertainment this world offers is worthy of your time.



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