Hollywood or Holiness?
The Faithful Few
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Unlike the masses that bow before the god
of this world to the sound of his music today, Shadrach, Meshach and Abendigo refused to
bow to Nebuchadnezzars statue. As a reward for their persistence in worshipping only
the true God, they were thrown into the fiery furnace. Too many times today those who
refuse to bow to the pagan whims of our contemporary
But the fire does not last forever, and Shadrach, Meshach and Abendigo managed to thrive under the tortuous circumstances. Indeed Nebuchadnezzar was amazed when he looked in the furnace to see the dissenters doing quite well. Look! he answered, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. (Dan MKJV) The fact that Jesus was apparently right there in the furnace with these great men clearly demonstrates that God will reside with those who put their faith in front of convenience.
The astonished king immediately released them from the furnace while declaring, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! (Dan 3:28b MKJV)
Nebuchadnezzar had a habit of being slow
to the draw but eventually he did get the point. He figured out where true adoration
belongs, and it was not to be directed towards man. True worship, he found, is reserved
for the true and living God and Him alone. In contrast, it is a sorrowful situation that
we live in today when we see many leaders in the church so bent on their achievements that
they fail to ever get the point that this ancient pagan so willingly submitted himself to.
The one who presided over the very
The tragic part of the whole tale is the
fact that the church today, that is so enamoured with
However, in 1966 the churches voluntarily
closed their film offices and withdrew from the entertainment industry. It was only a few
months later that the Satan Film Office opened its doors. Soon afterwards, according to
Ted Baehr, chairman of Good News Communications, gay and lesbian activists, radical
feminists, Marxists and other groups also opened film offices to lobby the mass media for
their points of view. Within a few months
These are the kind of results that occur
when the church decides to be influenced by culture rather than influencing it. Therefore
Because of that retreat, we saw the Devil
elevated through films such as The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist. We
have New Age gurus such as Marianne Williamson who steps up to her pulpit weekly in a
house packed full of
Star Wars producer George Lucas freely admitted to American Film Magazine, Film and (other) visual entertainment are a pervasively important part of our culture, and extremely significant influence on the way our society operates. People in the film industry dont want to accept the responsibility that they had a hand in the way the world is loused up. But, for better or worse, the influence of the church, which used to be all-powerful, has been usurped by film.
Could it be that the very
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