Scripture Warnings that Apply to Television Viewing
The following Scripture passages have a direct application to this issue and are a loud warning to those who have ears to hear. Parents need to teach their children these biblical principles and guide them in learning how to apply them to their daily lives. It is not enough to have a list of do’s and don’ts.
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me (Tehelliym 101:3).
This verse single-handedly forbids a child of The Most High to watch the vast majority of the movies and television programs that are made today. Consider just a few of the wicked things that you or your children will see:
* The breaking of Torah (every show on tv)
* Flaunted boastful immorality
*Constant drinking and drug usage (validated and promoted)
* Drunkenness and lewdness portrayed as humorous
* Sexually alluring fashions
* Sexually enticing dancing
* Violence and mayhem
* Casual dating and petting (Parents, do you want your children to date after the fashion portrayed in most movies and television programs?)
* Mockery of the things of YAHUAH
* Mockery of The Children of the Most High
* Pagan religions depicted as absolute truth
* Situational ethics
* Occultism, paganism, humanism, evolution, and New Age error (even in cartoons and in a large number of Disney movies)
I cut a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? For what portion of ELOAH is there from above? and what inheritance of EL SHADDAI from on high? Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? Does not he see my ways, and count all my steps? If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot has hasted to deceit; Let me be weighed in an even balance, that ELOAH may know my integrity. IYOV (JOB) 31:1-6 אתCEPHER
This verse is similar to the one in Psalms 101:3, but it warns more specifically about looking upon women to lust after them. The King says this in the Besorah “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matt 5:28). These verses are solemn warnings to men and boys NOT to watch Hollywood movies, whether in the theater or at home. In public, most men will not stare at a woman very long because he is self-conscious about doing that, but when he is watching a movie he can ogle an indecently-clad female, even if his wife is sitting by his side. Many years ago a preacher friend asked me this, “Why do you think so many pastors are committing adultery?” My complex one-word reply: “Television.”
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becomes the qodeshiym; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of MASHIACH and of YAHUAH. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of YAH upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were in time past darkness, but now are ye light in YAHUAH: walk as children of light: EPH'SIYM (EPHESIANS) 5:3-8 את
This is an accurate description of the vast majority of Hollywood productions today. It also describes the dark magick music industry that goes hand in hand with practically all of today’s movies. The child of Abba is not to participate in such things, even by proxy.
“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; QOLASIYM (COLOSSIANS) 3:8-9 את
Not only is it dangerous to watch evil things but it is equally dangerous to hear evil things. We are to be responsible stewards of the temple and guard the gates in which these things are granted or denied entry. There are occasions in this wicked world in which we do not have control over what we see and hear, but when we are in our homes, we do have control. And we do have control over where we go and what we do with our own time. Television programs and movies are literally filled with ungodly wretched abominable speech, with the things specifically and solemnly forbidden in Colossians. The ear is a gate to the heart and determines how we live. Proverbs warns, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). The very first thing that is mentioned in that connection is to“put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee” !
Movies and television programs are steeped with the things that Colossians 3:8 instruct us not to do. Yet we actually pay to have people entertain us in sin.
A few years ago Calvary Contender reported:
“Foul language, including curses, offensive epithets, scatological language, sexually suggestive or indecent language, and censored language increased by 94.8 percent during the Family Hour between 1998 and 2002” (Calvary Contender, Dec. 2003).
Foul language on television has exponentially increased since 2002.
And YAHUAH saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. BERE'SHIYTH (GENESIS) 6:5 את CEPHER
“Because that, when they knew YAHUAH, they glorified him not as YAHUAH, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible YAH into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore YAHUAH also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: ROMAIYM (ROMANS) 1:21-24 את
“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through YAH to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of YAH, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of MASHIACH; QORINTIYM SHENIY (2 CORINTHIANS) 10:4-5 את CEPHER
The Word of ELOHIYM warns the believer to cast down every evil imagination, because the imagination is the battle ground for the soul. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...” The imagination can go from bad to worse. The flesh is never ever satisfied. Sin, which began in such a “small” way in the days of A’dam, had so permeated man’s mind by the days of A’dam’s great grandson Noach that man’s thoughts were “only evil continually.” That describes multitudes in our day, which is not surprising in that Adonai warned, “But as the days of Noach were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” Matt 24:37
In The Epistle of the Romaiym, Pa’al tells us that the imagination plays a great role in the downward spiral that results in homosexuality and other moral perversions. It is impossible to have freedom from the bondage of sin, if one allows the imagination to dwell upon evil things. It is not difficult in this connection to see the danger of television programs, music and movies, and to see the role they have played in the moral downfall of modern society. They fill the imagination with vivid images that linger and that return even if not purposefully encouraged. They feed the fleshly nature, but it is never satisfied and it only desires more sensuality, more excitement, more exposure of flesh, more, more, more, and is thus led ever deeper into moral perversion. The real “Deep State” is in every living room in America
“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of MASHIACH; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by YAHUSHA HA'MASHIACH, unto the glory and praise of YAHUAH. PHILIPPIYM (PHILIPPIANS) 1:9-11 את CEPHER
This passage teaches the child of The Most High to choose the most excellent things in life, not those things that are borderline and questionable. It teaches him to be without offence before God. The believer should ask himself, “Would I be embarrassed for Ha’Mashiach to walk and find me doing this thing?” We are to be filled with the fruits of righteousness, and that means we have to be emptied of the fruits of the flesh and the world. The child of The Most High has two natures, the old and the new, and the one he feeds is the one that will dominate his life.
And he that doubts is damned if he eat, because he eats not of belief: for whatsoever is not of belief is sin. ROMAIYM (ROMANS) 14:23 את CEPHER
This verse warns the child of The Most High not to participate in anything that is questionable. If you cannot say for sure that something is His perfect will, if it creates doubts, you should 💯 avoid it.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. TASLONIQIYM RI'SHON (1 THESSALONIANS) 5:21-22 את CEPHER
Not only are we to abstain from evil itself but even from the appearance of evil. Attending the movie theater today has, at best, an appearance of evil, because the vast majority of the movies shown there are morally vile. The same is true for watching most Hollywood movies at home. If our friends see that we watch questionable movies, they will be encouraged to watch them as well, and they that are lack in discernment will almost assuredly, not even be as “discriminating” as we are. He who has eyes, let him see.
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. ... It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak. ROMAIYM (ROMANS) 14:19,21 את CEPHER
Even if I could go to a movie theater and see a movie that was 100% wholesome by biblical standards and not see any movie trailers for wicked movies, I would still be giving a bad example to others. If I go to watch a G-rated movie, I might encourage others to go and watch an R-rated one and thus sin against God. The same is true for what I watch in the home. Can u say stumbling block?
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; TIMOTHEUS RI'SHON (1 TIMOTHY) 4:2 את CEPHER
The conscience is a tender thing. It can easily be hardened by unrepentant exposure to evil. This is why television programs and movies have gotten ever more wicked with each passing decade. If one of today’s PG-13 movies had been shown on television 40 years ago, it would have been condemned broadly even by many unbelievers. The same is true for the wickedness and debauchery in our music. Eminem or Marilyn Manson would not have been allowed on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s, but there has been a steady searing of the conscience by exposure to the ever increasing moral vileness of the entertainment industry. When true believers allow themselves to watch programs and movies that they know are wrong, the conscience becomes seared so that eventually they can watch things without so much as a twinge of conscience that once would have shocked them deeply. (Apostasy,reprobate)
For I know him, that he will command את eth-his children and את eth-his household after him, and they shall guard the Way of YAHUAH, to do justice and judgment; that YAHUAH may bring upon Avraham את eth that which he has spoken of him. BERE'SHIYTH (GENESIS) 18:19 את CEPHER
YAHUAH commended Avraham because he would command his children to keep the way of ELOHIYM . Every parent needs to take this to heart. Contrary to the tenets of modern psychology and pop child training philosophy, parents are responsible to command their children and to show them the right way in life. Love is the key to making this work, of course. Faith, Hope, and love, but the greatest of the is LOVE. The father is accountable before Yah to be the righteous head of the home and to oversee all things under The headship of Ha’Mashiach . The mother is responsible to work alongside the father as his “helpmeet” in the home, and should never be guilty of undermining (usurping authority) any godly thing that the father wants to accomplish. Each believing father and mother will stand before Yahusha Ha’Mashiach and give account for how he or she lived in the home and how they raised their children. How wonderful it will be to hear the Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Adonai ” (Matt. 25:23).
Nothing this world has to offer is worth losing your place in the Lambs book of Life. I truly believe not one desires to hear these words: I know he not, depart from me, ye that partake in iniquity.
There is an axiom that what parents allow in moderation, the children follow to excess. If parents are even a little careless about what television programs and Hollywood movies they watch, the children will, without question, move much farther into the realm of moral temptation.
The Deceptive Rating System
In the United States and many other countries, movies and television programs are rated by content; many so-called “Christian” parents use the rating system, but it is an unwise and unspiritual standard.
In America, the movies are rated by the Motion Picture Association of America as follows:
G- General Audiences
PG- Parental Guidance Suggested