The point you are making in this article is very timely; especially as in our Christians society I so often hear Christians say things like, "Oh my God", or "God knows" seemingly oblivious to the fact that in doing so they are blaspheming. It is also strange that local TV stations will often bleep out swear words when showing movies, but while they bleep out the F ... word and even the N.... word [to not offend the black community] they do NOT bleep out the use of the Lord`s name taken in vain. When I ask why this can be I am told that Christians do not complain enough about it.
Can you imagine what would happen if Mohamed`s name was used as a swear word in movies and on TV? Islamic terrorist would be killing innocent people all over the place!
I am literally STUNNED at the number of good, bible-believing, spirit-filled Christians who recommend films to me, and when I see them I have to walk out because of the blasphemy. I once got into a lot of trouble with some Caribbean/Canadian friends because I used the word `nigger`. I used it in a context explaining how the word `Jew` is both the name of people from Israel, but also a word used in an insulting derogatory manner. I pointed out to these friends that now they can understand how hurt God feels when His people watch films in the theatre or at home which are littered with blasphemy - but just calmly carry on watching. They have become inured to it. Familiarity has bred indifference and caused them to be desensitized.
My wife and I enjoy a good movie, but to avoid embarrassment we subscribe to a website called `Screen It` which gives a thorough synopsis of ALL movies.
We must never forget that our Heavenly Father, who IS a God of mercy and grace with an enormous capacity to forgive DOES keep an account. It is never too late to change and seek forgiveness, but if sin is not accounted for here - it will be up there.
Published By Terry - February 23 2008 17:22:4 Hi Donna:
Thanks for your article for January. Its so true and it does dismay me to see some of the things that we have substituted for the moving of God`s Spirit in this day. As you know, substitution may make someone laugh but it will never satisfy the longing of soul all of us have for more of His Spirit.
We have jsut come through four days of revival at the Lake Gibson Nazarene Church in Lakeland, with a Nazarene evangelist, and the Collingsworth family singing and playing. What a rich annointing of God`s Spirit rested upon each and every service. I can`t tell you how blessed we all were, and how the Spirit spoke through the ministry of the Word.
At the end of the concluding service, the Collingsworth nine year old daughter was up front, with hands raised, singing "yes, Lord, yes Lord, I`ll go where you want me to go." Along with hundreds of others. I thought how beautiful to see a nine year old offering her life to the lord with such sincerety of heart and life at such an early age.
Lord, bring such a revival spirit to Braeside Camp in Canada, and to our children and homes back there. Such a wonderful annointing. It was truly beautiful and rich.
Bless you Donna. So glad your dad came through everything ok. We will continue to remember him in prayer.
Published By Kervan Chalmers (email@example.com) - February 1 2008 21:45:26 My comment is to `anonymous` below---- I doubt very much if this comedian has a relationship with Christ....but what I was so very disturbed about was the response of the `believers` in the churches that had him perform. I was also appalled at the response to the Jimmi Hendricks performance by the congregation. They had no problem with any of it.
The majority of believers just do not and can not differentiate between the `holy` and the `profane` any more.
Maybe my article will give them a jolt in the right direction.
Published By Donna Martonfi (firstname.lastname@example.org) - January 30 2008 10:19:53 Was the comedian really a Christian? Lots of churches are booking comedians billing themselves as "clean" not necessarily Christian.
Published By Anonymous - January 30 2008 8:45:0 I read this and am very aware that this, `men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them..` is what IHOP has done to my son. I am so very thankful that you are not one to commend people to go after the `feelings` or `experience` in worship but rather reminding everyone of God`s holiness - holiness. Yes.
Sally Matthews LPN
Published By Sally Matthews (Sally_Matthews@carquill.com) - January 30 2008 6:41:22 Well done!!! The truth may hurt, but it needs to be said!!!
Published By Barb - January 30 2008 5:19:43 Dear Donna, Amen! Thank-You Very Much For Your Wonderful January Article! Love, Doreen