And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19
OTV is not a new satellite or cable channel, but rather a movement in entertainment, particularly television and movies. I’m referring to the growing trend toward occult and demonic-themed television programs and motion pictures. Growing up in what I like to call the “Gilligan’s Island” era, when shows back then although not necessarily aimed at the Christian viewer, were family-oriented programing, some, like the Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits, even had morality messages at the end of each show. On the premier episode of the Rifleman (1958-1963), Lucas McCain and his son Mark were just establishing their ranch. After some outlaws tried to run them off the land, and finally burned down their half-built house, an angry Mark expressed to his father that God was against them building the ranch. His father replied to that with the account of Job from the Bible. Mark changed his mind, and the rest is television history. A footnote, the outlaws rebuilt the McCain house with their own materials.
Some people would argue that with the advent of cable and satellite TV, the entertainment industry has “come of age”. Conversely, looking at it from a Christian point of view, it has taken a giant step backwards. As the world moves closer to the Day of the Lord, and the eminent return of Jesus Christ, Satan has stepped up his campaign to lure souls from God, to ultimately share his fate of eternal damnation. The entertainment media to a large extent, is his hook.
Going back to the “day”, as a child, one of my favorite shows was Bewitched (1964-1972), starring the late Elizabeth Montgomery. In fact, I had a childhood crush on her. Even though the show would seem harmless, it dealt with witchcraft. Although I no longer watch the show, I have to look at it through different eyes.
More recently, cable and satellite programming include shows like HBO’s True Blood (vampirism); other shows include or included Charmed (witchcraft), Reaper (Demons), Eastwick, (witchcraft); movies include the popular Harry Potter series (witchcraft), The Underworld series (werewolves, vampirism), the Twilight “phenom” (vampirism), the myriad zombie movies, and slasher flicks (Friday the 13, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween).
Mankind has at the very least an interest in things supernatural, for we were created by a supernatural God. But for some, seeking the supernatural is like a woman looking for love in all the wrong places. The Bible is rife with supernatural events -- specifically the Miracles of Jesus, and later the Apostles. The Born-Again experience of a Christian is a supernatural event, as is the in-filling of a believer by the HolyGhost. The powers of God are still at work through his believers today, despite what skeptics say. However some would never experience this because they cannot get past staying awake through the long sermons, and complaining about the passing of the offering plate. Thank God, living the Christian life is more than that.
The media in and of itself is not sinful, but can be perverted. There are some that think the internet is satanic, but Satan can use it for his purpose. The Christian believer, in choosing what forms of entertainment is acceptable, must use God’s Word as a guide.
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. Philippians 4:8
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