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Timely. After an evening of listening to blasphemy from a Netflix movie in the other room ( a family member was watching it, albeit a professor of Christ), I read this article and have to say that I agree. Our family doesn’t watch TV, we rent movies from Netflix, usually movies that are old (I mean OLD), always movies that are rated G (Although I am beginning to wonder about the movie playing in the living room considering the language I kept hearing), Gospel videos, Little House DVD’s…and do not go to the movies, the movie playing tonight gives a good example of exactly what this article states for Christians. Not usual “christians”, but “little Christ’s”…Christians who are sold out to the Master who has redeemed their souls from God’s wrath and who live for HIM, and not for themselves (which would not be “christians”, who are a whole different beast altogether).~AGM†

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away, Proverbs 4:14,15.

When recently registering by phone with a company I was asked to select a security question. The first suggestion made by the telephone operator was: what was the first film I had ever seen at the cinema? I had to tell her that I have never been in a cinema in my life and therefore needed a different question.

This made me stop and rethink: what is wrong with a Christian going to the Cinema or the Theatre?

At our ministers’ week of prayer in January past one of the men when preaching lamented that in days past when someone came to know Christ as Saviour there was never an issue about whether it was right or wrong to go to places like the cinema. Converts knew a Christian should not be found in such places.

One of the questions that Free Presbyterian ministers are asked at their ordination or installation to affirm is:
Will you publicly denounce the great public vices of drinking, dancing, gambling and the pleasure crazes of this present evil world and by example live righteously, soberly and godly before all men?

Attending the cinema falls into the category of the ‘pleasure crazes of this present evil world’. Yet sadly today more and more professing Christians see nothing wrong with going to the cinema.

Here is an outline of what is wrong with a Christian attending the Cinema or the Theatre.

I. It is wrong because of the concept.

The Cinema/Theatre is a place of worldly entertainment. That is why it exists and that is how it is advertised. It is a place to be amused and entertained by the ways, habits and practices of the world.

Is it right for a Christian to seek entertainment? Is it right to seek entertainment in what is a pleasure craze of the world?

Surely it is not. The Christian finds all their joys in Christ and in Christ alone. The Saviour is not to satisfy only part of the deepest longings of the human soul and not others. Christ is all that a Believer wants or needs. As Charles Wesley said in his hymn: Jesus, Lover of my soul:

Thou, O Christ, art all I want
More than all in Thee I find

Christ is found in the means of grace and not in a cinema or theatre! Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them, Proverbs 24:1.

II. It is wrong because of the company.

The Cinema/Theatre is a place where the ungodly resort. Like the pub, club, discotheque or dance hall, it is a place which attracts a certain type of people. The world love their own company. The unconverted would hardly be attending the cinema/theatre in their droves if it was anything else.

That is hardly surprising. What is surprising is that a Christian would want to be among this type of company.

The Christian is to be separate from the world. We may be in the world but we are not of the world as to its spirit. What does it say about a Christian who feels at home among the unconverted as they go about seeking their pleasures?

III. It is wrong because of the content.

There is hardly a film produced today that is not objectionable in some way. Whether it is bad language, immorality, anti-scriptural views of the family, or extolling the liberties of sin it would be difficult to find a film that is watchable.

The Word of God instructs us what we are to set before us:
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, Phil 4:8.

It also warns about the harm that is done when setting sin before our eyes:
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners, 1 Corinthians 15:33.

The Psalmist made a covenant with his eyes to set no wicked thing before them:
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…, Ps 101:3.

May the professing Church return to the old paths, wherein is the good way. Let our prayer be that of Jeremiah: renew our days as of old.