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I was encouraged by Potter fans to watch one in the series before critiquing; I chose Deathly Hallows Part 1. I was fully ready to apologize if the first article misrepresented the series.
Extremely dark and evil, the story begins with a woman levitating, and leads the viewer through scenes of non-stop witchcraft and wizardry. I’m glad I watched…I’m more fully convinced that we should not feed our mind with these types of movies. We fail to demonstrate a deep respect and desire for God when we fill our mind with things that oppose Him. Whether or not we find this innocent entertainment, based on Scripture, God does not. Continue reading
This article is a by-product of a sermon that I recently delivered. These core values also provide the basis for the new church that I will be planting and pastoring beginning 9-25-2010 (Westside Christian Fellowship). Radio program responses have indicated that this message is timely, and relevant. I hope that you will be encouraged and strengthened as well.
Someone once said, “I don’t worry about what I watch, or listen to, as long as my heart is right.” This is a very dangerous view. Most will admit, however, that this statement is really just an excuse to cross the line when it comes to entertainment. Let’s be honest: Many rationalize watching and listening to very questionable material because we enjoy it.
What we watch and listen to affects the heart; it’s impossible to separate the two. If we would make it our goal to know Christ more personally, we would preach Christ more powerfully. For example, if a preacher fills his mind with worldly pleasures and desires all week and expects the Spirit of God to speak boldly through him from the pulpit, he will be gravely mistaken: “The gratification of the flesh and the fullness of the Spirit do not go hand in hand” (R.A. Torrey). Who he is all week is who he will be when he steps to the pulpit—the passion and conviction of his message is only as strong as the passion and conviction within him. The same is true with you: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). What goes in ultimately comes out.