Wow – Bro Trevor sure knows how to tell it like it is doesn’t he? I wanted to make my reply to his last post as its own post, as what he shared with us really struck home with some things I’ve been thinking on as well.
While some of you may get hurt or offended or take what Bro Trevor is saying as legalistic; I think any of you who do this are missing the main point.
Back in the 50’s and 60’s Bro Branham blasted music live Elvis, and the Beatles, and TV shows like I Love Lucy, and movies where it was “almost public adultery”. Many ‘Message Believers’ today won’t watch those shows he spoke about directly, or listen to the music that he blasted from the pulpit, but when it comes to ‘other music’ or ‘other movies’ today which are far worse when you really think about the content – but he didn’t name their actual names or movie titles, so they’re okay because they’re ‘not that bad’.
How many times have I been guilty of this? Remember the Bible Study where there was the big discussion about people who won’t watch ‘The Alamo’ because Bro Branham (per a sister’s testimony) walked out of the theatre because there was one or two curse words – but the same people will sit and watch R rated movies with a multitude of cursing.
Have we missed the point? How many movies have I bought and thrown away later because I felt condemned to have them in my home? How many CD’s have I done the same with? I’m sure many of you brothers and sisters have the same struggle. And we struggle NOT to make it legalism either because if that’s all it is we’re STILL missing the point.
I was sick over the past two weeks and while I’ve been trying to cut down on the amount of movies I watch and especially what kind of content they have I was sitting around the house for days on end and had listened to tapes, read my Bible, prayed, work was slow… So I found myself watching some old holiday movies and wound up fighting a mental battle – “Am I not consecrated as much as I should be because I’m watching more movies than I have been because I’m sick – or am I being legalistic because I’m letting old ‘classic’ Christmas movies / etc make me question these things”.
The conclusion I came to is – I’m not going to be legalistic about it, but I’m not going to let it creep in and take over my prayer life, or take over my Bible time, or tape time. And I’m not going to let the filth of the world (as Bro Trevor was talking about) continue to penetrate my home, my thoughts, and my time.
I’ve been doing a lot of searching on ‘revival in our day’ over the last month or so, and I believe the Bride can still have a revival, but its going to take individuals who are ready to die out to themselves.
I had a house cleaning when I first moved into our new home and threw out a lot of my old DVD’s and music that ‘weren’t that bad’. I want to keep our little home a place where the Holy Spirit could feel welcome. I feel like if I don’t love Him enough to sacrafice worldly entertainments that are going to keep me from getting closer to Him then I need to start over again somewhere.
Bring back the new again. Send a revival. Start the work in me.
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What we need today is an old fashion God sent revival. Clean up the home. Clean up the heart. Get things ready. Start a revival in your home and it’ll begin at the church. Preacher don’t bring it in his briefcase; God sends it from heaven to the individuals. That’s true.
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But look at it today, all these movies and things, and one big conglomeration of kissing and hugging. And it’s absolutely almost public adultery everywhere, and the people so blind they don’t see it.