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Is Christian Entertainment Christian?

The latest craze which has been sweeping through contemporary Christianity is a phenomenon called Christian Entertainment. Churches all over are utilizing entertainment such as: musicians, concerts, dramas, amusement rides, mimes, and the like, to attract large crowds so that people can be entertained and then hear the gospel. Supposedly, thousands upon thousands are being won to Christ at some of these major events. Have we discovered a hidden secret on how to win the lost to Christ or is this craze a complete and total abomination before Almighty God?

A Christian used to be defined as someone who had come to see the utter rebellion to God that they had previously lived in, and because of such, were driven to Jesus’ work on the cross in true repentance. There after realizing their complete hopeless condition, they would cry out to the Lord Jesus in faith and commit their lives completely and totally to Him. At this point they would receive a changed heart and a new desire to walk in God’s ways.

Walking in God’s ways became paramount for the Christian. The Lord Jesus says that His disciples must deny themselves, pick up their crosses (or prepare to suffer and most likely die for their faith), and forsake all, or they are not worthy of being His disciple. (Luke 14:25-35) Christians were called to crucify their flesh in regard to its lusts and affections (Gal. 5:24) and were commanded to make no provisions for it (Rom. 13:14). Their wants, goals, desires, tastes, and preferences became totally and completely irrelevant as they were called to submit entirely to the Lord’s will and ways.

All of the things that had come before God in their former lifestyle would be put away and stayed away from. They would come to recognize that all of these vain things were idols that they had worshipped with the time and resources that had deservedly belonged to the one, true God. They would come to the realization that these vain idols were counterfeit gods which Satan, the god of this world (2Cor. 4:4), had devised to divert and distract attention away from the true God who is deserving of all time, praise, honor, and devotion. These traits, among others, helped to define the Christian. I pray that if you are reading this my friend that you are one of these Christians.

People in today’s world have been flooded with many distractions (idols) to divert attention away from God. One of the idols that this culture has become obsessed with is the idol of entertainment. Can entertainment rightly be classified as an idol? Well, the word entertainment literally means to divert and amuse. This idol clearly diverts people away from the things of God and it is specifically designed to gratify the lusts of our flesh (our sinful nature). People today are clearly seen worshipping entertainment with their time, money, and devotion. People dedicate their entire lives and resources to becoming stars, either in Hollywood, on the stage, or on the ballfield. Movie stars and sports stars are looked to as gods. You can literally hear some people say that “He” or “she is my idol.” People want to dress like their favorite star, be like their favorite star, and long for the day when they can meet their favorite star. Millions upon millions of dollars flow through the entertainment industry simply to hear people sing or play a game.

Now many Christians might agree that, yes, “worldly” entertainment could be looked at as an idol, but what about Christian entertainment? Doesn’t Christian entertainment glorify God? Absolutely not, I have to emphatically say. A couple of necessary trademarks for a Christian is a life of self-denial (Matt. 16:24), and the crucifying of the desires of his flesh (Gal. 5:24). The nature of entertainment, any form of entertainment, is to please or gratify the desires of one’s flesh. This is the essence of entertainment (amusement). Christian entertainment takes our focus off of God and puts the focus on pleasing or satisfying our flesh, or our sin natures.

What happens to Christians who look to please or satisfy their sin nature? The Apostle Paul tells us very bluntly in Romans 8. He begins by telling us in verse 8 that, “they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” In verses 12-13 he then tells us, “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh (sin nature), to live after the flesh (sin nature). For if ye live after the flesh (sin nature), ye shall die.” He again reminds us in Gal. 6:7-8. He writes, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh (sin nature) shall of the flesh reap corruption (destruction).” Christian entertainment takes our flesh (sin nature) which we are commanded to crucify, and resurrects it. Paul makes it clear that if we do not keep it crucified we will be destroyed by it and be cast into the Lake of Fire with the devil and his angels. Somehow, Satan has duped this modern church into believing that being entertained (or amused), albeit wholesomely, makes resurrecting our flesh ok. This is a lie that will destroy you my dear friend.

But what about all of the people who receive Jesus at these events? And how come the churches that utilize these things are growing so quickly and are being so blessed by God?

Friend, the Bible talks about another Jesus (2Cor. 11:4). The people who receive Jesus at these events are receiving another Jesus. They are receiving a counterfeit who, instead of telling them to deny themselves, tells them to indulge themselves; who, instead of telling them to take up their cross and suffer, tells them to have a good time; who, instead of telling them that they must forsake all, tells them they can keep all; and who, instead of telling them that they must repent and turn from their anti-God, wicked lifestyles, tells them that their old ways are just fine, let’s all partake in them. The Jesus of the Bible is holy, the Jesus of the Bible detests the ways of this world. The Jesus of the Bible says that we must separate ourselves from the ways of this world or we are enemies of God (Jam. 4:4). Friend, I ask you, which Jesus have you believed?

But, what about those growing churches, you might ask, surely they are being blessed by God? God is not blessing those churches, my friend. The leaders of many of these churches have rejected the God of the Bible and have turned from His ways. They have sold out to their flesh and the devil. The Apostle Peter warns us of such leaders in 2Pet. 2. He writes, beginning in verse 1, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily (secretly) shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you.” He continues speaking of these same teachers in verse 14, “Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling (enticing) unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.” He goes on in verse 17, “These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” This passage is speaking about false teachers who have denied the Lord that bought them and because of covetous practices (or their desire for acclaim and money) they have forsaken the right way (the Lord’s way) and will ultimately face destruction. But my friend this passage also says that because they speak great swelling words of vanity they will entice those that were clean (Christians) into these sinful practices by inviting them to indulge in the lusts of their flesh which will lead these Christians down the same path of destruction.

Christian entertainment is one of the ways that this is being accomplished. Please recognize the pattern: first, comes the music patterned after the music of the world, next, a variety of fun events for the children, events emulating the fun of the world, and then, a myriad of programs for the adults. Mixed in to all this are “fun” (worldly) outreaches to the community designed to entice the people of the world into the church. We now see people going around choosing churches for what they can offer them, as if Christianity were a smorgasbord, while Christians should be denying their preferences and placing their entire focus on God and what they can do for Him. These churches are growing so fast because they are filling up with people desiring to have their flesh gratified. Friend, flee these churches and do not let these false teachers entice you to follow them because they say, by word and action, that it is ok to indulge your flesh (be entertained).

Satan, the prince of the power of the air and the god of this world, is the one blessing these churches. Their leaders have sold their souls to him (or are in the process of doing so) and are promoting living to satisfy the flesh as “Christian.” They will bring many to destruction with this damnable heresy. Please also notice, this passage also makes it clear that MANY will follow them and because of this the way of truth will be evil spoken of. The message that you are hearing here may at first sound a little odd to you. In this last time many of the ways of truth are evil spoken of. I beg you friend, search out the scriptures to see if these things are so.

Paul does an excellent job of describing the before and after of the true Christian experience and what we are to do in regard to our flesh in the book of Ephesians. In Eph. 2:1-3 he writes, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation ( behavior) in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” He contrasts with how we are to walk now in chapter 5 verses 22-24. He writes, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” We are no longer to walk after our deceitful lusts. The lusts of our flesh are according to the course of this world and they are a part of our old man whom we must put to death. (Rom. 6:6) There is no place in the new man for these old desires.

Entertainment has one purpose and that is to please one’s flesh. It is contrary to God’s ways as it takes the focus off of pleasing Him and places it upon pleasing us. It is pure and simply idolatry and is an abomination before Almighty God. We are told to crucify our flesh (Gal. 5:24) and make absolutely no provision for it (Rom. 13:14). Don’t believe the lie that just because entertainment is labeled Christian, that it then must be ok. It serves the same purpose and it will deceitfully destroy you. As Paul said, “If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die.” (Rom. 8:13)

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