MOVIES: Sex and Violence—Temptation
By David J. Stewart | April 2015
Numbers 33:52, “Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places.”
Evangelist John R. Rice (1895-1980) was one of America's greatest men of God and preachers, to whom Americans today owes a debt of gratitude which cannot be expressed in words . . .
Thank God for Dr. Rice and all the hundreds of books that he wrote, dozens of churches that he started, founding the Sword Of The Lord, hundreds of nationwide tent-meeting revivals, and for preaching 22 years around the country with Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001). Dr. Rice was 31 years older than Brother Hyles, whom Dr. Hyles admitted was one of his mentors (the 3 R's... Lester Roloff, Lee Roberson and John Rice). Amen!
The following helpful teachings are from Dr. Rice's booklet, “Adultery and Sex Perversion” . . .
Movies: Sex and Violence: Temptation
“There are the movies. I remember when I was just a young fellow, movies were not so bad. Nobody taught me the movies were wrong. The truth is, moral standards then were much better than they are today. But one day in Wichita Falls, my sister and I and another young woman went to a movie. In that movie was the story of a girl who fell into sin and the awful results of it. I got up and walked out of that theatre. I knew, even as a young Christian, that was wrong.
I didn't decide immediately that all movies were wrong. But in Southwestern Seminary Dr. L. R. Scarborough put it up to us about the movies, and I made a solemn resolve then to quit the Hollywood movies. Later I wrote a book, What Is Wrong With the Movies? which changed the sentiment among fundamental Christians in America.
There are certain things wrong, and most movies are generally bad. Nearly always there is playing down the Christian religion, preachers and fundamental truths of the Bible. So Hollywood movies are not for good Christians.
You say there are some good movies. Yes, and there is some good food in the garbage can, but I don't want to eat out of the garbage. And you ought not get your mind set on anything that is so colored and tainted as the modern Hollywood movies.
Not only such wicked things as 'Deep Throat'; not only where there is open and explicit adultery and deceit and such things, but on the same program you will have announcements of great things coming next week. Nudity, adultery, divorce, violence, murder, crime are played up. So Christian people have no business putting their influence and their money back of commercial movies. They lead to the scarlet sin.”
SOURCE: Dr. John R. Rice — “Adultery and Sex Perversion” (booklet), pg. 10; copyright 1978; Sword Of The Lord Publishers.
The Holy Bible teaches that God hates the wicked and those who love violence. Psalms 11:5, “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.” God doesn't hate them as people, for that would contradict John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God hates the evil. God hates the sin. God hates the sexual immorality and violence that destroys families.
We read in the Holy Scriptures that the wicked not only commit evil, but they also enjoy watching others commit the same evil. You couldn't find a Bible verse more applicable for television in America, which glorifies the evils of violence, adultery, gossip, drunkenness, theft, taking the Lord's name in vain, covetousness, et cetera. Romans 1:32, “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
On page 17 of his booklet titled, “Adultery and Sex Perversion” (You may order this helpful and timeless booklet by Dr. John R. Rice from the SWORD of the LORD), Dr. Rice further states . . .
Homosexuality, Sin, Sodomy
“I speak today on 'Homosexual Perversion.' That is a sensitive subject, but it is in the Bible and there ought to be teaching about it.
First, let me remind you that all these sex sins are summed up in the one command in Exodus 20:14, 'Thou shalt not commit adultery.' That term doesn't say 'fornication,' but that is the same sin. It doesn't name sex perversions, but includes them.
I turn now to read in Leviticus 18:20, 22-24:
'Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her . . . Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you.'
Adultery and homosexual sin and sin with beasts are all included here.
I turn to the 20th chapter of Leviticus, verse 10,
'And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.'
And verse 13,
'If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.'
And verses 15 and 16,
'And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.'
Hear is a clear teaching that adultery and sex perversion are all involved in the same command of God.
Somebody says, 'Oh, but this homosexual matter—people are made that way.' No. Everybody is made a sinner. Everybody has some sex drive. Everybody would like to satisfy it some way, particularly men. Whether through a woman, or whether it is with a beast, or whether it is with a man, the truth is, it is all the same sin. God has ways for men to have control over themselves and do right! You need not call it sickness; it is wicked sin.
People say drunkenness, alcoholism, is a disease. Well, it is a disease that is self-induced. People do it to themselves. And instead of 'alcoholics,' they are just called drunkards in the Bible, and they go to Hell if they don't get born-again.
In Deuteronomy 23:17 is another Scripture I ought to read at this time:
'There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.'
Note this: sodomite—that is the sin of those men of Sodom, that is homosexual sin, and it is clearly forbidden, like the sin of the harlot.”
SOURCE: Dr. John R. Rice — “Adultery and Sex Perversion” (booklet), pg. 17-18; copyright 1978; Sword Of The Lord Publishers.
It is not a mere coincidence that Hollywood chose a “ROARING LION” for decades to begin their movies. The Holy Bible warns us that Satan roams about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may DEVOUR. 1st Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Nothing in history has more effectively allowed Satan to devour families than Hollywood movies!!!
Tragically, even our churches are following the standards of the world. Fundamental Bible colleges and churches that never would have permitted female students to wear pants (which is men's clothing) are now allowing it. Women wearing pants is a part of America's feminist culture. Abortion is a part of America's feminist culture, as is divorce and women pursuing careers instead of motherhood. The problem has become so bad in the U.S. that women nationwide are freezing their eggs, waiting for Mr. Right after securing a career. Female Egg Freezing Becoming Insane National Movement Because Of Fornication And Feminism.
I've never heard the sin of homosexuality explained so well as what you just read. The human sex drive desires to be satisfied, anyway possible, whether with a man, a woman or an animal. A normal person desires sexual fulfillment with the opposite sex. However, when someone's sexual desires become morbid (which the Bible calls “lasciviousness”), which is caused by unrestrained lust, anything goes! At that point a man doesn't see another man, he only sees sexual gratification (and likewise women with women). When a person is overcome by a perverted mind, they no longer see any moral taboos, they see an opportunity for sexual fulfillment. Sexual addiction is dangerous, which is epidemic in America today because of our sexually perverse culture.
The inspired Word of God tells us the solution to sexual temptation. 1st Peter 2:11, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” This is what Brother Rice is trying to warn people about. Movies arouse unholy desires. Immodestly clothed women provoke men. Movies are saturated with nudity, bed scenes, women undressing, rape scenes, suggestive content and strong sensuality. Our American society is wilfully blind to reality. Feminists want more laws passed to protect their right to dress and behave in public like prostitutes, so they won't be ogled, stalked, attacked and raped by ungodly men. That is absurd! You need to understand that the United States is not reality. This is fantasy! Only in a sick-minded culture run by feminists, liberals and homosexuals, do women reign over men. We've lost our way in America.
Demons cannot make a person sin, but they do stir sinful passions in the human soul. Movies, music, magazines, books, videos and other forms of media are all spiritual mediums (vehicles) through which demons can inspire the sinful human heart to sin. Proverb 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
The backbone of America's abortion industry is rampant sexual immorality! Tens-of-millions of unintended and unwanted pregnancies are the result of careless and reckless sexual behavior. This is true in nearly every case (not including incest and rape). Was the Holy Bible really all that bad in our schools?
Our nation is losing its way, no longer able to recognize right from wrong. Today, sex perverts are being honored and promoted to great positions of power in the government. As expected, they want to promote more sex perverts into positions of power. Consequently, God-fearing Christians are increasingly being demonized, labeled as bigots, haters and terrorists by the leftist, liberal and Godless pro-homosexual media.
Dr. Rice further states concerning the sin of homosexuality . . .
They Are Perverts
“Such people are not safe as teachers. I wouldn't want to hire a man as a teacher if he is likely to lead one of the high school girls into immorality and sin. He is not safe. Such a teacher is likely to lead the boys into sex perversion. So he is not a good teacher and he ought not be hired. We have a right to make laws to safeguard the schools and churches and others from sex perverts. They are not good citizens. They are not safe.
Now when people are married, they have children. But sex perverts—men with men and women with women—don't have children, but they are always out to solicit, to involve somebody else in sin, to grow up some more homosexuals and sex perverts. And that is wicked.
I thank God for the great victory in St. Paul-Minneapolis where they had a great referendum and voted to repeal the law forbidding discrimination against teachers, the homosexuals. It is going to be repealed in other places. Thank God for that! Christians ought to take a stand. They ought not give honor and position to those who are openly known as sex perverts.
I thank God there is mercy for anybody who is tired of sin. Anybody who is tired of sin can have help and victory.”
SOURCE: Dr. John R. Rice — “Adultery and Sex Perversion” (booklet), pg. 21-22; copyright 1978; Sword Of The Lord Publishers.
No one can be right with God who hates sinners. I do not harbor hatred against any living soul. The Bible tells us in Romans 12:19 that vengeance belongs to God. No one is going to get away with anything, not even our words (Matthew 12:36). The same applies to the prevalent wickedness in American society today, and the world. Homosexuals are quickly gaining the higher ground in the ongoing battle. God is still on His throne. Everything's alright in my Father's house. Amen!
Television's immoral influences are especially destructive on young people. Our concern as Christians ought to be for our children and the next generation. Here are some disturbing statistics on children and television published by the University Of Michigan Health System . . .
What about TV and aggressive or violent behavior?
Literally thousands of studies since the 1950s have asked whether there is a link between exposure to media violence and violent behavior. All but 18 have answered, "Yes." The evidence from the research is overwhelming. According to the AAP, "Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and fear of being harmed."  Watching violent shows is also linked with having less empathy toward others [14a].
- An average American child will see 200,000 violent acts and 16,000 murders on TV by age 18 .
- Two-thirds of all programming contains violence .
- Programs designed for children more often contain violence than adult TV .
- Most violent acts go unpunished on TV and are often accompanied by humor. The consequences of human suffering and loss are rarely depicted.
- Many shows glamorize violence. TV often promotes violent acts as a fun and effective way to get what you want, without consequences .
- Even in G-rated, animated movies and DVDs, violence is common—often as a way for the good characters to solve their problems. Every single U.S. animated feature film produced between 1937 and 1999 contained violence, and the amount of violence with intent to injure has increased over the years .
- Even "good guys" beating up "bad guys" gives a message that violence is normal and okay. Many children will try to be like their "good guy" heroes in their play.
- Children imitate the violence they see on TV. Children under age eight cannot tell the difference between reality and fantasy, making them more vulnerable to learning from and adopting as reality the violence they see on TV .
- Repeated exposure to TV violence makes children less sensitive toward its effects on victims and the human suffering it causes.
- A University of Michigan researcher demonstrated that watching violent media can affect willingness to help others in need [20a]. Read about the study here: Comfortably Numb: Desensitizing Effects of Violent Media on Helping Others.
- Viewing TV violence reduces inhibitions and leads to more aggressive behavior.
- Watching television violence can have long-term effects:
- A 15-year-long study by University of Michigan researchers found that the link between childhood TV-violence viewing and aggressive and violent behavior persists into adulthood .
- A 17-year-long study found that teenaged boys who grew up watching more TV each day are more likely to commit acts of violence than those who watched less .
- Even having the TV on in the home is linked to more aggressive behavior in 3-year-olds. This was regardless of the type of programming and regardless of whether the child was actually watching the TV .
What parents can do:
- According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, media education can help kids become less susceptible to the bad effects of watching violent TV. Some studies have shown that kids who received media education had less violent behavior after watching violent programs. Teach your kids to be media savvy. Find out more about media literacy.
- Watch with your kids, so if the programming turns violent, you can discuss what happened to put it in a context you want your kids to learn.
- Know what your kids are watching. Decide what programs are appropriate for their age and personality, and stick to your rules.
- To minimize peer pressure to watch violent shows, you may want to talk to the parents of your child's friends and agree to similar rules.
- Visit YourChild: Managing Television: Tips for Your Family for more ideas.
SOURCE: Television (TV) and Children: Your Child: University of Michigan Health System
Can you image that, i.e., a child seeing 200,000 acts of violence and 16,000 murders on TV by age 18??? What kind of world will the next generation be born into (if they're allowed by insane society to be born at all)? Oh, how we need born-again Christians to stand today. Fundamental preachers cannot do it alone. We have the Lord God on our side, and He promises to heal our land if we'll simply humble ourselves, pray, seek God's face and turn from our wickedness as believers (2nd Chronicles 7:14).
God is not dead, the world is! You cannot walk with God while running with the world. If believers would obey 2nd Chronicles 7:14, we would start caring and get involved. We need to get M.A.D. (Make A Difference)! A sure sign of a backslidden believer is indifference, complacency and a lacking sense of urgency concerning spiritual apostasy, doctrinal error and public immorality. Case in point, 20,562 Presbyterians ministers in March of 2015 approved of sex perverts (same-sex couples) getting married. GET RIGHT WITH GOD!!!
Hollywood is a cesspool of iniquity. You cannot watch a theatre movie these days without hearing the Lord's name horribly blasphemed continually. Sexual perversion and themes of pedophilia saturate Hollywood (Hollywood is ground zero for sodomites and pedophiles). Hollywood is all about filth, dirty movies, rape scenes, nudity, occultism, violence and homosexuality. Satan is the boss of HollyWEIRD! Brother Rice went to Heaven in 1980. Today, in 2015, movies are MUCH worse, containing graphic sexual content, prevalent violence, strong language and suggestive content. Things will get worse! 2nd Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
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