Satan and Television
Introduction 1Sam 17:50-51
Television – What position should we take in regards to the media and Christianity? There is a strong believe in the churches of today that TV is satanic. If fact much of the programming has a anti gospel message. What I want to address is where we should stand, as Christians regarding TV and the media. Does it belong to the devils?
1. Satan, TV and I (1 Sam. 17:50-51)
· Is TV Good or Bad and who is in control.
· TV in itself is not evil, it was created by man as a source of communication and entertainment.
· The programming of TV and the music industry is a production of man just like you and I.
i. If man controls it why then is it anti gospel ? Because we allowed it to be, blindness
ii. The church has failed to see the benefits of TV and labeled it wicked and useless.
iii. Yet thru this media you can reach countless amounts of individuals and preach a message.
iv. Satan has done this with various programming (The Rapture, Charmed, Buffy etc)
v. He depicts Christianity as self righteous and closed minded while witchcraft is cool and fun.
vi. It is not secret that TV is anti God, most shows and entertainers preach this Gospel.
· The question is why is this the case if we as believers have a say so in the programming.
The answer is simple, the one eyed devil, Selem witch hunts a misconception of technology.
Does God want us to be involved in TV or not? (Rev 11:9-11) God uses TV to but fear in Earth.
· At this point God gets his point across by using TV and not preachers, we need to look at this.
2. Misconception of TV and Music
· The church has demonized TV, Heavy Metal, dancing and radical forms of entertainment, unjustly.
i. Ps 149:1-3 & 150-4-6, rejoice in God with song and dance.
ii. 1Sam 18-6-7 & 2Sam 6:16-17 & 1Chr 15:29 Examples of praise thru music and dancing.
iii. There is nothing wrong to get excited and rejoice with song and dance.
1. Why then do we THE CHURCH look at this as sinful, a form of entertainment and worship.
2. We then punish ourselves with the Michal syndrome of bitterness and attack worshipers.
- TV evangelist are bad, you just see what they show you, your right so why don’t you do it?.
- That’s the misconception flakes do the show and the spiritual complain, Satan laughs
- The Church is silent and complacent about it’s members watching the media.
- Goliath was killed not by David’s sling but by this own sword, we must use this medium.
- Ask yourself what can be accomplished with technology that has millions of viewers?
3. Goliath Sword
· David was not afraid to fight the giant and used his invention to kill him and win for God.
· Church, we need to use technology to our advantage, Christmas, the rapture, music
· It is time for us to push off bad teachings and use devices to the glory of god
i. Entertainment is our enemy only if we allow it to be taught by sinners as it now is
ii. The Passion, Mel Gibson – taught the world that Christ is still very popular but attacked
· Why do you think this was the case? The devil fights us because he realizes the power, we don’t.
· The church must change with the times image modern warfare fighting F-22’s with slings and arrows.
i. Christian grow up use the resources that are at hand the devil does and effectively.
ii. I am not telling you to go to concerns and bars and watch TV but be wise and advertise the Gospel.
iii. Stop looking down at the media and use it for the Glory of God
1 Sam 17:50-51
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
149:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
1 Sam 18:6-7
6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
2 Sam 6:16-17
16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
1 Chron 15:29
29 And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.
Television is the single most influential force in the lives of most Americans.
For many conservative Christians that's a bit scary.
According to some of the sociologists, television either directly or indirectly has more influence in our society than schools, peer groups, the family, or the church. Even if you happen to feel that you are relatively free from TV's influence, you live and function in a society which isn't.
Since TV is such a pervasive influence, it is regularly blamed for a wide cross-section of society's ills. Those who regularly attack TV feel that the "bad examples" depicted readily lead people astray. In their zeal to save us from such evils, these guardians of our welfare are trying to pressure government (in various ways) into controlling what we can see and hear.
Since TV is blamed for many of society's ills, "TV bashing" (and bashing the mass media in general) is in: especially for some conservative Christians. Take the Case of the Rev. Donald Wildman. The Rev. Wildman feels that TV is riddled with immorality and that a full range of programs from "The Golden Girls" to "Saturday Night Live" represents "porno."
His personal perspective is a little more understandable when you consider the influence that his father reportedly had over his life as a result of his job as a venereal disease investigator for the local health department.
Although many Christians don't go as far as Rev. Wildman, the basic fear is that people (young people, in particular) are apt to adopt the values depicted on TV and will feel that TV's depiction of life and human relationships is realistic and exemplary. This is centered in the "monkey-see, monkey-do" theory.
Although this theory may in some limited degree be true, it does disregard the fact that mentally healthy people know the difference between TV drama and real life.
Nonetheless, conservative mentalities continue to fear the ideas of TV and seek to control (read: censor) them.
The following personal story illustrates my point.
A number of years ago when I was younger and more foolish I got into a heated argument with the pastor of my church one Wednesday night on the need to protect Christians from "unorthodox ideas."
I quickly reminded him that at one time it was religious heresy to believe that the world was flat and not the center of the universe, or that the Salem "witches" who were burned at the stake were, at worst, just mentally ill and not possessed by the devil.
My arguments didn't impress him much. Eventually in my anger I told him that any religion which was so weak that it had to be protected from reality in order to survive wasn't much of a religion.
Later, I was to come across Thomas Jefferson's words. In writing about religion and government, he said: "It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."
One of the things that made me so adamant in my opposition to "protecting" Christians from the open marketplace of ideas was my graduate study in psychology. Studies on religious backsliders, brainwashing, and political "turncoats" indicate that individuals who are "protected" from challenges to their professed beliefs are much more apt to abandon these beliefs when they are eventually put to test.
It seems that the process of examination and testing is essential to the building of a strong foundation under one's beliefs. Not totally unrelated is the fact that, historically, Christianity, like most religions, seems to have flourished under decades of testing and even opposition, and it has been most prone to excesses when government supported it. We can see plenty of examples of that today.
Don't we really betray some of our own doubts and fears by feeling we must "stack the deck" of ideas and information in order for our view of Christianity to prevail?
At the college level, I would like to think that the key is in preparing the minds of students to clearly analyze and discern the truth from the false, the superior from the inferior.
As Milton put it: "Who ever knew truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?"
Question: "Was Satan in charge of music in Heaven?"
Answer: Ezekiel 28:13 of the KJV and NKJV seem to hint that Satan was involved with music in Heaven. The two Scripture passages that describe Satan before he fell are Ezekiel 28:12-19 and Isaiah 14:12-15. Satan was the “anointed cherub” (Ezekiel 28:14). He was adorned with every precious jewel imaginable (Ezekiel 28:13). He was “the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (Ezekiel 28:12b). Likely he was the highest of all angels. He was persuasive enough to convince one-third of the angels to join him in his rebellion (Revelation 12:4). Even after his fall from heaven, not even Michael the archangel dares to stand up to him without the Lord’s help (Jude 9). Satan fell because of pride. He did not like being “second best”. He wanted to be God: “You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain’” (Isaiah 14:13).
Was Satan the head musician? I cannot answer that. Scripture does not say enough about what his duties were in heaven. Considering the fact that the angels constantly worship God (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8), it is possible that Satan led in worship. For Satan to rebel despite having such an exalted position and close relationship with God – the devil is surely due his eternal destiny (Revelation 20:10).