Worldly Entertainment



The Word of God, the Bible, is the believer’s authority.  What does God's Word say about what we

  1. set our eyes upon
  2. entertain ourselves with
  3. and do in our spare time?



The ways of the world

Most people assume that everyone (including Christians) spends some, or even most of their spare time entertaining themselves with following types of Worldly Entertainment Media:

1.       TV

2.       Movies

3.       Magazines

4.       Web sites

5.       Music


However, for those of us who have given our life to Jesus, we do not own our time.  Jesus does.  That is why we cannot just do as we please with our time like the children of the world can.  They are doing what comes naturally, following their fleshly desires.  The prince of this world is the devil. He caters worldly media to his children.  He gives them what they want.  But Jesus warns that AMUSEMENTS AND WORLDLY PLEASURES choke the word of God in the heart (Luke 8:14).


Luke 8:14 (New International Version)

14The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.


There is no doubt that Worldly Entertainment Media reflects how people are.  How are people in these last days?


2 Timothy 3

Godlessness in the Last Days

 1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

 6They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires…


I think we all know that TV is bad.  It worms its way into homes. It portrays most of the vices above as normal, or even ok.  However, so many other types of Worldly Entertainment Media portray the same things, and all the other vices in all the vice lists in the Bible.  I think we all agree on this by now.  This purpose of this article is not to describe how bad Worldly Entertainment Media has become.  Other web sites do that—even secular web sites. 


The purpose of this article is present biblical research on if or how choosing to entertain yourself with secular (worldly) media fits in the Christian life. 



God’s alternative

God does not give His children what they want like the Devil does.  He gives them what they need:  a new heart and a new spirit (Psalm 51:10, Ezekiel 11:18-20, Ezekiel 18:30-32, Ezekiel 36:25-27).  The new spirit inside the Christian has opposite desires to that of the flesh (sinful nature; Gal 6:8-9) and the world.  So God can correct a person’s desires, if they let Him.  What does the person with a new spirit desire then?


Ezekiel 11
18 "They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.



Part of the Gospel?

What is a minor topic that true Christians disagree about doing on  This website generally only deals with topics critical or directly ancillary to the Gospel.  Well, this one scripture, in the Old Testament, summarizes the Gospel in two sentences.  I only know of one such scripture.  The only thing it adds to the Gospel is “removing vile images”.  Take a second look at it:


Ezekiel 11
18 "They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.


This scripture ties removing vile images to:

  1. Forsaking double mindedness (undivided heart).
  2. Being born again (old, dead heart to a new heart).
  3. Being empowered by the Holy Spirit (a new spirit). 
  4. Persevering, as demonstrated by obeying God.


This passage was written before Jesus or his followers ever preached the Gospel.  However, it seems to summarize the Gospel, and Christianity.  The difference is that it describes repentance more narrowly as “removing vile images and detestable idols. 


We know that idolatry is an important issue, related to repentance.  It basically contains all the other sins, because you put any sin as an idol before God by saying it is more important to you than God. 


Now there is one sin, other than idolatry, mentioned.  That is removing the vile images.  The four main aspects of the Gospel seem to hang on this concept of removing vile images.  I think it is important. 



Common practice

How can we apply this important concept to our lives?  We can start by removing the vile images from our homes.  Do you allow cable TV to pump vile images into your home?  What do you think you should do?  Maybe you only watch OK things, and it does not have the chance to show vile images. These images, however, usually worm their way into homes through TV.  Having the TV on in your home is common practice.


Leviticus 18

3 You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. 4 You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God. 5


A new spirit from God compels us to study and obey His word.  Psalm 119 tells us how.  If we spend our time obeying God’s positive commands (studying, serving, witnessing, etc.), we will not have time to stray from His commands, and follow “their practices” that Lev 18 warns against. 


Psalm 119
8 I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.
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9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.


This is the opposite of leading a worldly life.  Our heart should not be divided (Ez 11:18 above).  Notice in this verse that God gives an undivided heart before he gives a new spirit.  What good would a new spirit do for a person who still wants to have one foot in the world?


Ezekiel 20:7-8

7 And I said to them, "Each of you, get rid of the vile images you have set your eyes on, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt. I am the LORD your God."
8 " 'But they rebelled against me and would not listen to me; they did not get rid of the vile images they had set their eyes on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger against them in Egypt.


This makes Christians different

God requires His people to forsake the world, or Egypt.  When they hold on to their vile images, such as the vile images seen in secular entertainment media, they defile themselves with the idols of Egypt.  The idol of worldly people is Worldly Entertainment.  They can’t wait to watch the latest movie this weekend.  They watch TV nightly.  Most conversations at work revolve around it.  They dress, dance, and act like the actors do.  They adopt their specialized vocabulary and sayings.  They repeat the same jokes that they got from TV or movies.  Many live for their favorite TV show.


Should Christians live the same way?  Be honest.  They cannot have the same idols, and follow the practices of the world.


Romans 2:1 (NLT)

You may be saying, "What terrible people you have been talking about!" But you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you do these very same things.  


Even when Gentiles, who do not have God's written law, instinctively follow what the law says, they show that in their hearts they know right from wrong.  They demonstrate that God's law is written within them, for their own consciences either accuse them or tell them they are doing what is right.  The day will surely come when God, by Jesus Christ, will judge everyone's secret life. This is my message.


If you are a Christian who seeks Worldly Entertainment Media for entertainment, consider this passage above in this way.  Many devout Buddhists, Hindus, and New Agers do not watch TV. The same is true for many Agnostics and Atheists.  They call it shallow.  This word “shallow” is used similarly to the Christian term “worldly”.  Do you want them become like you?  My religion professor said that all religions are respected in India as long as the practitioner is “serious”. He said, “You know what serious means…”.  He explained that it meant obvious things:  Moral, not shallow, devout, etc.  If you have the same shallow, worldly interests as your Non-Christian peers, do you expect these people to take you seriously?  If you are going to tell them that they are going to Hell and you are going to Heaven, they better see a big difference between you and everyone else.  You better live and act less shallow and worldly, or at least try to. 


Heb 12:14 (KJV)

Try to live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.



Holy Temple

As Christians, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), so just as nothing unclean was allowed to enter the temple in the Old Testament, so no unclean things should enter our hearts through the gate of our eyes or ears:


2 Chronicles 23:19 (Holman)

He stationed gatekeepers at the gates of the LORD's temple so that nothing unclean could enter for any reason.


And we are now the Lord's house. Psalm 101:1-7 can certainly be applied to TV, movies, magazines, and other worldly media outlets:


I will give heed to the blameless way.

          When will You come to me?

          I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart.

I will set no worthless thing before my eyes;

          I hate the work of those who fall away;

          It shall not fasten its grip on me.

A perverse heart shall depart from me;

          I will know no evil.

Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy;

          No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.

My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me;

          He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me.

He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house;

          He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.  (NASB)


The word for “worthless” in Psalm 101 is beliyaal, which also means “wicked, good for nothing, unprofitable.”  The Psalmist sets NO wicked thing before his eyes.  Think of the images in so many magazines, movies and TV shows.  They despise Godly ideas and practices, and they promote rebellious and licentious ones. 


I highlighted “He who practices deceit” because it has a literal and figurative meaning.  Literally, Dr. Jason Kovar exposes how Hollywood Movies and the secular entertainment industry not only (1) distract people from knowing and obeying God, but even (2) indoctrinate them with anti-Christ deception.  Even if a Christian reviews the website and videos by Dr. Kovar and disagrees with premise two above, this document’s purpose is based upon premise one. 


Regardless, a Christian should not let these people “dwell within their house” through their worldly entertainment media.  The TV is the best example of having a secular, unbelieving visitor in your house.  You do not know what he is going to do or say to your family next.  It could be a lewd commercial advertisement during an otherwise innocuous (yet still distracting and spiritually unprofitable or worthless) program. 


Matthew 5
    8Blessed are the pure in heart,
       for they will see God.


Psalm 141:4
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
(Whole Chapter: Psalm 141 In context: Psalm 141:3-5)


Psalm 141
4 Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil,
to take part in wicked deeds
with men who are evildoers;
let me not eat of their delicacies.



Before the Lord

Nothing we do escapes the notice of God.  Often a man’s life is described in the Bible as a “walk” that is “before the Lord,” meaning that God sees everything we do in our daily lives.


Prov 5:21 (NLT)

For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.


Eph 5 shows clearly how we are to live as followers of Jesus Christ:


Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Reflect upon the Worldly Entertainment Media that consumed since you became a Christian.  Per the passage above, it has been among you, by your own choice.  Does it have:

  1. even a hint of sexual immorality
  2. any kind of impurity,
  3. or of greed,
  4. obscenity
  5. foolish talk
  6. coarse joking?


Do not be partners with them” that bring any of this before your eyes. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness. Instead, make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.



His Time

Dabbling in the world's distractions (media, 'entertainment') is a waste of time for a Christian. We only have a tiny bit of time here on earth; God has given us so many wonderful commands to carry out.  In addition, we issue an invitation to the enemy to speak to us and influence us when we voluntarily listen to and watch wicked images or linger over print that are worldly.


Eph 4:27

Do not give the devil a foothold.

Don't give the Devil an opportunity. (HCSB)


The real question is:  what does GOD want from the life of a disciple?  We are called to reject this world's way of looking at things:


Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.


We are to be a living SACRIFICE to our Lord; we were bought by Him (1 Corinthians 6 and 7) and we don't belong to ourselves.  Discipleship calls for radical separation from the things that are of the world (and therefore are of Satan himself). We cannot afford to be deceived.


Col 3:1-4

1          Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

2          Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

3          For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

4          When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  (NIV)



Swimming against the stream

We are running a race, fighting a battle for our lives.  How we spend our time and the choices we make about entertainment influence our character.  All the little behavioral choices in your life add up to present the essence of who you are.  The scripture below from Proverbs has, in my opinion, a spiritual connotation as well as a physical one.  If we fall asleep spiritually, we'll be robbed of spiritual growth and power, and eventually of spiritual life itself.  The enemy seeks to devour those who are not alert (1 Peter 5:8-9):


Proverbs 24:30-34

I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one lacking sense.  I saw that it was overgrown with thorns. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down.  Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson:  A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.


Matthew 13

22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.


What are thorns?  They are things that grow and choke out the word.  If you are entertaining yourself with worldly media, instead of doing the godly things that God has called you to do, then those worldly pleasures are thorns.  Can you even quit worldly media?  Be honest.  Most can not.  They will usually say, “I don’t want to quit it” instead of admitting this.  Other addicts make the same claim:  They are in control of how much they consume and could quit if they wanted to. 


Romans 6: 19

I speak this way, using the illustration of slaves and masters, because it is easy to understand. Before, you let yourselves be slaves of impurity and lawlessness. Now you must choose to be slaves of righteousness so that you will become holy."


Why not try quitting, just to see if you can?  See how it affects your spiritual life. If you do God’s will instead, you might notice an improvement.



Light and Darkness

All the scriptures below apply to a Christian’s choices regarding worldly media.  Paul says that we are not to be ignorant of the devil’s schemes (2 Cor 2:11), and we are to be armed against them (Eph 6:11).  Since we have an enemy seeking to deceive us, we must examine our thoughts, hearts, and patterns of behavior, checking them against the Word of God.


Matthew 6:22-24 (NLT)

 "Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul.  But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness. If the light you think you have is really darkness, how deep that darkness will be! 


2 Corinthians 6:13-18 (NLT)

I am talking now as I would to my own children. Open your hearts to us!  Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can goodness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?  What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?  And what union can there be between God's temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: "I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.  Therefore, come out from them and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don't touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.  And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."


I may hang out with un-believers, but we influence each other.  It is 2-way.  If I chose to entertain myself with their media, it is one-way:  From them to me.  I’m just sucking in worldliness, with no opportunity to give an answer for a better hope.  A cable TV subscription (no offense to those who only watch Godly stations) is partnering with an unbeliever (see 2 Corinthians 6:13-18 above), in a way that you can have no real positive influence on them.  They just preach whatever they want at you.  They invite you to their wild parties and immoral living, mentioned below in Romans 13:11-14, and you attend via your TV set. 


Romans 13:11-14 (NLT)

Another reason for right living is that you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for the coming of our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So don't live in darkness. Get rid of your evil deeds. Shed them like dirty clothes. Clothe yourselves with the armor of right living, as those who live in the light.  We should be decent and true in everything we do, so that everyone can approve of our behavior. Don't participate in wild parties and getting drunk, or in adultery and immoral living, or in fighting and jealousy.  But let the Lord Jesus Christ take control of you, and don't think of ways to indulge your evil desires.


If you are trying to think of ways to indulge your evil desires, I would recommend TV and movies.  They should give you many ideas.




Are you not worldly?


The world pollutes and corrupts you

So you should keep yourself from it. 


James 1:27

27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.


2 Peter 2:20-21

20If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.


2 Peter 1:3-4

3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.


Titus 2:11-12

11For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,



For those Christians who obey the gospel by following Bible’s commands and also find time to entertain themselves with secular (worldly) media, I ask the following about the things you set before your eyes. 

  1. Is it spiritual profitable? 
  2. Is it wicked? 
  3. Is it leading you away from the Lord and keeping your mind and heart focused on worldly things? 
  4. Would you invite Jesus to participate (Prov 5:21)? 
  5. Would you feel weird or peaceful if He sat beside you while you watched that movie, TV show, or read that magazine? 



Worldly Christians?

How can you keep God’s laws if you do not know what they are?  It amazes me how “Christians” have time to entertain themselves with Worldly Entertainment Media when they have not even read the entirety of their scriptures.  Does this show that obey

ing God is their first priority?  If I were in that situation, I would examine myself, and question whether I have a new spirit, or if I am really one of His people (Ezekiel 11:18). 


Everyone sins unintentionally, but this is intentional: 


“I could entertain myself with this secular (worldly) media (movie) for 2 hours, or I could follow Christ and His Word for 2 hours.  I’ll go with the worldly option.”   -Jim Christian


Jim just uncommitted his life to Christ, for 2 hours.  Jim may have made this ungodly decision in a moment of weakness.  However, most Christians in the US feel like it is their right to be entertained this way once, twice, even three times or more per week.  In between Sundays, this is what Christianity usually looks like – no different than the world – consuming worldly entertainment.  On Sundays, it is never preached against in church, and there are almost no articles like this one.  It really makes me wonder.


I don’t understand how Christians obey the gospel by following Bible’s commands and then somehow find time for secular or worldly entertainment.  I do not rule out the possibility, especially if they are innocent about it.  But I do not teach exceptions to God’s rules:  I teach God’s plain rules—his commands.  These commands are the focus of those with an “undivided heart” and a “new spirit (Ezekiel 11:18).


God our Father has called us out of this world system, which is just as corrupt as everyone’s sinful nature.


Galatians 6
8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[1] will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up


I personally do not entertain myself with any of the media enumerated above.  However, I find myself constantly barraged by it whenever I enter any building other than my home or church. 


Staying Informed

Occasionally, I get questions from Christians who tell me that I need to be worldlier, or maybe more “informed”.  I don’t see that in the Bible.  If they want to stay or become “informed”, or “in touch”, or “relevant” well that’s fine for them as long as the Lord is leading them that way.


We’ll see how far all that worldly wisdom gets them.  Just don’t set your eyes upon the near-pornographic commercials and content that air during the news broadcast.


He has yet to lead me that way, and the Bible does not command it.  But let me turn the tables then, and look at what the Bible actually DOES command.  From there we can see where Worldly Entertainment Media either does or does not fit.


2 Timothy 2
4No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer.


Why then do Christians insist on advising me to be concerned with civilian affairs? 


Colossians 2:20  (GNB)

You have died with Christ and are set free from the ruling spirits of the universe. Why, then, do you live as though you belonged to this world?


1 Corinthians 2:12 (GNB)

We have not received this world's spirit; instead, we have received the Spirit sent by God, so that we may know all that God has given us. 


What is this world’s spirit?


Worldly Christians and unbelievers who do not bother claiming to be Christians have both been known to occasionally accuse me of “Sticking my head in the sand”.  I did not accuse them of “sticking their head in the world”.  Maybe I should.  How could a true Christian have a problem with me “sticking my head in the Word”?  You would be amazed how many witnessing opportunities arise from “sticking my head in the sand”.  Probably 90% of my random witnessing opportunities happen like this:  Every time someone tries to relate to me through Worldly Entertainment,

  1. I can’t. 
  2. They wonder.
  3. They ask about it.
  4. I explain my beliefs in a way that they can understand, and usually share the Gospel in the process.
  5. I relate to them through Christ. 


They may not like it, but the bottom line is that they related to me through the world, and I related to them through Christ.  This is witnessing.  This is being a witness.  This is being different. 



Credible witnessing is based on differences

I used to wonder why so many Christians were giving me unsolicited advice about evangelism.  Then I realized they were telling me excuses for their worldliness.  They said they did worldly things to “reach” unbelievers.  Being worldly in the name of evangelism is a contradiction. 


Romans 2:23-25 (New International Version)

23You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."[a]


I invite the worldly Christians to witness to a devoted Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist who is less shallow than they are.  They get to know you, and see you doing things that they would not do because of their devotion to God. 


Romans 13:11-14 (NLT)

Another reason for right living is that you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for the coming of our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So don't live in darkness. Get rid of your evil deeds. Shed them like dirty clothes. Clothe yourselves with the armor of right living, as those who live in the light.  We should be decent and true in everything we do, so that everyone can approve of our behavior.


Before I became a Christian in 1995, I had gleaned a few things about what Christians believed from rubbing shoulders with them (these lists do not represent true Christianity).


  1. Watching sports on TV is what Christians do.
  2. U2 is the best band ever.  (I knew that they are not a Christian band)



Watch this eight minute video clip on U2 from the 10+ hour version,

"They Sold Their Souls For Rock And Roll". Click to View... (search for “U2”)




  1. Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists go to Hell.
  2. You should repeat this prayer and become a Christian.


Okay, obviously with this limited set of uncompelling and apparently contradictory data, I did not become a Christian for quite a while.  Fortunately, a campus minister who did not own a TV could answer my common sense questions that seemed to stump most Christians.  Granted most of the Christians I spoke with were young.  But they were in college so they were not retarded. 


Again, as an unbeliever, I learned a few more things from the more outspoken type of Christians:

  1. We have the best religion.
  2. You should follow it.
  3. We don’t but that’s ok.
  4. If you don’t believe this, you’ll end up in Hell—unless you repeat this prayer.
  5. Wanna watch the game on TV?


Dear Christians, if everyone else is really going to Hell, then we better be REALLY different than they are.  Non-Christians usually do not think we are “cool” for stooping to their level.  They usually think we are hypocrites.  Because of this, they don’t believe that they are going to hell anymore than we are.  They don’t believe you because you are not a credible witness.  Credibility has to do with how different we are in terms of Worldliness vs. Holiness, not how similar we are to the world.  That is no witness at all.


A pastor of a thousand-plus-member church said, in response to allegations of worldliness associated with his Wizard/Warlock costume that he used to scare the kids at the Church Halloween Festival.  The pastor said to the complaining elders, “You’re just as worldly as I am!”  If someone who is not a Christian can honestly tell you that same sentence, and it is true, then get out of the world.




Led by the Spirit


As much as Christians have argued with me about how right they are in entertaining themselves with worldy media, I have never hear one of them say, “I am led by the Spirit to do it”. 


Romans 8:13-15 (New International Version)

13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.


Galatians 5:18
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
Galatians 5:17-19 (in Context) Galatians 5 (Whole Chapter)


Even among those I have encountered that claim that the Spirit led them to do some questionable things, I still have never heard such a bold claim as “I am led to watch movies”.  Verse 13 tells us the opposite:


Romans 8:13-15 (New International Version)

13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.


The spirit leads us away from the misdeeds of the body, leading us to follow Him instead, so that we won’t die spiritually.  If you do not know what the misdeeds of the body are, then just turn on the TV.  You may likely see or hear about every deadly sin.  As you willingly watch it, you are condoning the evil portrayed, becoming de-sensitized to it, and opening yourself up to all of that evil. 




I remember when the mention of homosexuality would make me nauseous, and an immodestly dressed woman would remind me of the seductive whore in proverbs.  But after seeing enough of that in church buildings, and on the street, I’m sorry to say that I’ve gotten used to it.  I don’t participate, but it seems less evil than it used to. This process is called de-sensitization.  I don’t like to speed the desensitization process by willingly exposing myself to it through worldly media.


Jesus referred to the devil as the “prince of this world”. 


  1. John 12:31
    Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.
    John 12:30-32 (in Context) John 12 (Whole Chapter)
  2. John 14:30
    I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me,
    John 14:29-31 (in Context) John 14 (Whole Chapter)
  3. John 16:11
    and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
    John 16:10-12 (in Context) John 16 (Whole Chapter)


Furthermore, Jesus did not dispute Satan’s rightful claim to the world.


Matthew 4:8-10 (New International Version)

8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."

 10Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'[a]"


After not seeing TV for around 10 years, I was shocked by what I saw on the TV in the gym.  The prince of this world had been slowly turning up the sin levels on TV each year while I was not watching.  He would not want to bring the sin level up 10 years-worth in one year.  Then people might reject it.  However, by slowly desensitizing them, they gradually accept sin as “normal”. 


True Christians will always be a minority. 


Matthew 7:12-14 (New International Version)

 13"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.


Worldly Entertainment Media will never “become Christian”.  There is no profit motive for the world.  Even “Christian” programming such as TBN mixes worldly themes such as greed, and borderline sorcery in with some sound biblical teachings.  Thusly, it broadens the appeal, but broadens the road in the process.  However, the true road that leads to eternal life remains narrow, and only a few find it. 



The flesh

Everyone has a flesh, and makers of Worldly Entertainment Media know what people like.  Even Christians have a flesh, which is corrupted by the sinful nature.  When they consume worldly media, they relate to it via their old man.  They are supposed to be putting him to death, not feeding him evil thoughts that fuel the sinful fire in all of our hearts.  


Psalm 141:4
Incline not my
heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
(Whole Chapter: Psalm 141 In context: Psalm 141:3-5)


Psalm 141
4 Let not my
heart be drawn to what is evil,
to take part in wicked deeds
with men who are evildoers;
let me not eat of their delicacies.


Galatians 6
8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[1] will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up


Romans 8:13-15 (New International Version)

13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.


Ephesians 2

 1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.


14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.



How much worldly media is too much?

Jesus fulfilled the law, so that he could create in himself, new men.  These new men are thankful that He fulfilled the whole law where they could not.  They are thankful to receive His righteousness.  They are transformed into his righteous image.  Through His power, they think and act like Him.  Such a new man does not ask questions like, “How much sin can I get away with before I lose my salvation?”


You can’t get away with sin any more than you can get away with beating your husband.  If Christ is your eternal husband, then you know that your sins hurt him as he died for you on the cross. 


Romans 14:23
But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.
Romans 14:22-23 (in Context) Romans 14 (Whole Chapter)


Does setting your eyes upon worldly media come from faith?  No? 


  1. Then why do you continue to do it? 
  2. Why do you try to defend it? 
  3. Do you think you are fighting the Lord’s battle? 
  4. Do you think He really wants you to partake of it and defend it? 
  5. Are you being led by His Spirit? 
  6. Do you even care? 
  7. Are you too proud to admit that you are wrong?
  8. Will you not admit that it is wrong because then you’d have to stop doing it, and your flesh likes it?
  9. Who are you following?  Your flesh or the Lord?
  10. Who are you going to follow?




The Idol Test

The way that I hear Christians talk about worldly media is similar to the way that unbelievers speak of pornography: 


“Yeah, I watch it but I don’t have a problem with it.”


Likewise, today’s Christian might say of Worldly Entertainment:


“Yeah, I watch it but I don’t have a problem with it—I don’t’ make an idol of it.”


If it’s not an idol, then why can’t you quit doing it?  Then they say, “I can”.  Then I say, “Why don’t you?”  I’ve known plenty of alcoholics and drug addicts that say they could quit if they wanted to.  It’s easy to speak boldly of the future, because it has yet to happen.  However, the fact that it has yet to happen tells us more than their claim about the future.


Ezekiel 20:7-8

7 And I said to them, "Each of you, get rid of the vile images you have set your eyes on, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt. I am the LORD your God."
8 " 'But they rebelled against me and would not listen to me; they did not get rid of the vile images they had set their eyes on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger against them in Egypt.


God warns that He will pour out his wrath on His people when they do not get rid of the vile images and idolatry associated with them.  How can we apply this today? Try to stop entertaining yourself with Worldly Entertainment Media and get rid of it.  It would not be so hard to do if it was not an idol.



Desensitized “discernment”?

Today, the line between Worldly Entertainment Media and pornography is more blurry than it was 50 years ago.  Much of what we, today, call “Worldly Entertainment”, would then be called “pornography”.  This is because of desensitization.  Most American Christians would agree with me on this point.  However, that is not the point of this document.  This is not another “Be careful what you watch!” article.    This is a “Why would a Christian entertain themselves with it at all?” article. 


I recommend that blind lepers let someone else do the cooking.  Let someone who has a sense of touch decide which stove top burner is hot.


In the same way, I do not recommend that de-sensitized people make their own choices regarding how to entertain themselves with Worldly Entertainment.  Who is not desensitized in this day and age?  I admit that I am!  I’m glad I’m following the Lord instead of following my flesh by seeing how much Worldly Entertainment Media I can get away with.  I might say, “It’s not that bad”.  The leper might say, “The stove is not that hot”, as his hand burns.  The Holy Spirit does not lead us toward “not so bad”, or “not AS bad”.  He leads us to the only one who is GOOD. 


Matthew 19

16Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"
17"Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments."


The major premise of this article does not hang on the theory of desensitization, or whether or not Worldly Entertainment Media is really evil.  There are other articles and media available related to that question.  Suppose that it is all innocuous.  It is still wicked (unprofitable) because it keeps you from obeying God’s commands and entering eternal life? 


Got some spare time?  Got a life?  Give it to Jesus.  If you want to enter life, spend your time obeying the commandments.  I do not recommend that you waste your time or God’s feeding your brain garbage, in order to determine which garbage is less poisonous, and therefore, more pleasing to the Lord.  The Lord will never be pleased by anything worldly, or tainted with sin. 


He is pleased enough with you to give you a chance to follow Him, to partake of Him instead of the world, to lead you out of the world, and into his Kingdom.  Why would you go back to the world?


2 Peter 2:22
Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud."
2 Peter 2:21-22 (in Context) 2 Peter 2 (Whole Chapter)


If you want to be worldly, please, go right ahead.  Be as worldly as you want to.  Just don’t drag Christ’s name with you.  It makes us look bad when you tell people that you are a Christian.  True Christians want to be Godly instead of worldly.   



Why consume any worldly media?

My brother is a Pentecostal preacher.  Once I asked him, “How much false doctrine does it take to lose your salvation?”  I thought that would lead to a long discussion.  His answer was simple:  “Why have any?”


Galatians 5:9
"A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough."
Galatians 5:8-10 (in Context) Galatians 5 (Whole Chapter)


So many times, I have been asked, “Why don’t you watch TV or Movies?”.  So many times I have replied, “Why would I?”  However, I have never heard a real answer to the question.  Staying informed is the best answer I have heard. 


Did you know that people stayed informed before TV?


Another common answer is “Because everyone does...”  Then I share the Gospel of the narrow road to life that only a few find. 


Q:  How much worldly media is too much? 

A:  Why have any?


Why try to filter something that you don’t need?  So you can:

    1. See a sex scene and fast forward for the kids. 
    2. Try not to lust after the cheerleaders when you’re watching the game.
    3. Turn the volume down during commercials which contain soft porn. 
    4. Complain about Worldly Entertainment.
    5. Act indignant when let’s be honest, you could relate to it in your flesh, and you kind of liked it.


All of this amounts to saying, “I’ll be worldly, but a little less worldly, than the world”.  Worldly is worldly.  You can stop worldly media by shuting it off, and keeping it off.


Isaiah 33

 13 You who are far away, hear what I have done;
       you who are near, acknowledge my power!

 14 The sinners in Zion are terrified;
       trembling grips the godless:
       "Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire?
       Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?"

 15 He who walks righteously
       and speaks what is right,
       who rejects gain from extortion
       and keeps his hand from accepting bribes,
       who stops his ears against plots of murder
       and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil-

 16 this is the man who will dwell on the heights,
       whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.
       His bread will be supplied,
       and water will not fail him.


I can only think of Worldly Entertainment Media when I try to apply this scripture to my life:  Stopping my ears, and shutting my eyes to keep it out of my thoughts, or contemplations. 



Entertain us?

Why do you need to be entertained?  God never commands you to entertain yourself does He?  God will never entertain you as well as the Devil can in this world.  We do not need entertainment, we need Jesus.  Receiving Him by obeying the Gospel brings joy, peace, contentment, and fulfillment.  Kurt Cobain sang in a famous song, “here we are now, entertain us”.  It was a cry of desperation from a lost generation of selfish, bored, directionless, people whose only hope is to be entertained.  However, we have a living, enduring, and true hope in Jesus. 


Colossians 1
22But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation-- 23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. Colossians 1:22-24


This is exciting, not depressing.

Colossians 1
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints-- 5the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel 6that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth. 7You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our[3] behalf, 8and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[4] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption,[5] the forgiveness of sins.



Eyes and ears


He gives us enough direction in His word that we could never be bored or directionless.  He gives us so much love, how could we feel lonely?  He gives us hope and purpose.  Why would we give our ears and eyes to the world, or to the prince of this world? 


John 16

Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt[1] in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.


Romans 6:13
Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
(Whole Chapter: Romans 6 In context: Romans 6:12-14)


Hebrews 12:2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Whole Chapter: Hebrews 12 In context: Hebrews 12:1-3)


Luke 11:34
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.
Luke 11:33-35 (in Context) Luke 11 (Whole Chapter)




Get a life (in the Word)


John 6:68
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
(Whole Chapter: John 6 In context: John 6:67-69)


John 6:63
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit[ 6:63 Or Spirit] and they are life.
(Whole Chapter: John 6 In context: John 6:62-64)


James 1:21

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.





My life

I lost track of how many dozen people I’ve helped get saved, delivered, and healed over the years since 1995.  I’ll say that secular entertainment is the largest obstacle to salvation, discipleship, and Godliness that I have ever experienced. The few that continued in their faith were the same few that were willing to forsake the world.  I know that almost everyone partakes of worldly entertainment, and I don’t hate anyone for it.  I am an enemy of the world though, because I’m a friend of Christ. 


James 4:4

4You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.


I’ll be your friend, but I’m not going to watch a movie with you.  If you want to be my friend, you’ll have to accept who I am in Christ.  We can fellowship, exercise, or eat together, but I prefer places where there is not a TV blaring.  If you cannot accept who I am, then that’s not really friendship is it?  I’m not turning anyone away, but being myself in Christ. 


Before I gave my life to Christ, I knew I would have to give up everything.  I knew that I would not have time for worldly entertainment.  As a 20 year old, I LOVED worldly music.  I left it behind.  After I was born again, I had no desire for it at all for 11 years.  Then I wanted to hear certain secular songs that I heard in the gym.  One time I almost knowingly bought a secular album online.  But I did not.  I said, “I might do it later”.  Then I never had time to get back around to it.  The temptation only lasted a few hours.  I’ve had no interest since. 


Many others who do not partake of the world simply say, “I’ve lost my appetite for it.  I’m hungry for the Bread of Life”.  Amen!  I wish it happened that way for everyone.  I would have not had to spend hours researching and biblically answering this question: 



You decide

Should a Christian enjoy worldly Movies, Music, and media?


What do you think?  Be honest.


A. “It is ok for Christians to regularly consume worldly entertainment, and invite or pressure others to do the same.”


B.  “It is NOT ok for Christians to regularly consume worldly entertainment, and invite or pressure others to do the same.”


If you pick A, I hope that you understand our view well enough to stop doing the second part of the sentence.


I loaned Joe Schimmel’s expose on secular music out to a young man who is counting the cost of being born again.  He asked me how anyone could claim to be a Christian and entertain themselves with secular music.  I paused for thought.  Then he said, “It’s because they are weak isn’t it?”


This teaching

Giving your life to Christ implies taking it away from the world, and the prince of this world.  Every Christian agrees with that, until you get specific (i.e. worldly entertainment).  Then it’s controversial.  Jesus was very specific and very controversial, and He still is.  Every major point I made was inspired by and backed up with His quotes.  This is not a “1 scripture wonder” doctrine.  Obviously there is no mention of modern forms of media in the Bible, but we still have eyes and ears, and still like to put the wrong type of people doing the wrong things in front of them for the wrong amount of time.  The weight of the evidence should be convincing to anyone with an open heart. 


God’s will for you

If you are not willing to forsake anything that keeps you from doing the will of God, then you might not really be interested in follow Jesus after all.  Obviously worldly entertainment will not help you do the will of God.


1 John 2:15-17

15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.


You can do it

If you are willing, but afraid you will fail, then


    1. Call on His name for help.


John 1:12
12   But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (KJV)


2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
(Whole Chapter: 2 Corinthians 9 In context: 2 Corinthians 9:7-9)


    1. Seek or create like-minded fellowship.
    2. Obey the gospel—you won’t find time for worldly things.



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