12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Game of Thrones’

Heres an interview with John Piper. To listen to the audio version on sound cloud. Click the link Below

https://soundcloud.com/askpastorjohn/should-christians-watch-game-of-thrones-episode-368/s-1dxlI

Stay Blessed.

“Pastor John, do you believe there is a difference between film nudity versus pornography? I know many Christians who are against porn, but they have no issue watching movies or TV shows that show graphic nudity.” A young woman named Emily recently emailed this question to the Ask Pastor John inbox.

A day later, Adam emailed to ask: “Pastor John, what would you say to a Christian who watches the cable TV show Game of Thrones?” This is a television series rated TV-MA, and has become rather infamous for its explicit nudity and sex scenes, and for graphic scenes of rape and sexual violence against women. Game of Thrones is now the most popular series in HBO history, with an average audience of more than 18 million viewers.

What follows is a slightly edited transcript of John Piper’s response in today’s episode of Ask Pastor John.

The closer I get to death and meeting Jesus personally face to face, and giving an account for my life and for the careless words that I have spoken (Matthew 12:36), the more sure I am of my resolve never intentionally to look at a television show or a movie or a website or a magazine where I know I will see photos or films of nudity. Never. That is my resolve. And the closer I get to death, the better I feel about that, and the more committed I become.

Frankly, I want to invite all Christians to join me in this pursuit of greater purity of heart and mind. In our day, when entertainment media is virtually the lingua franca [common language] of the world, this is an invitation to be an alien. And I believe with all my heart that what the world needs is radically bold, sacrificially loving, God-besotted, “freaks” and aliens. In other words, I am inviting you to say no to the world for the sake of the world.

The world does not need more cool, hip, culturally savvy, irrelevant copies of itself. That is a hoax that has duped thousands of young Christians. They think they have to be hip, cool, savvy, culturally aware, watching everything in order not to be freakish. And that is undoing them morally and undoing their witness.

So here are 12 questions to think about, or 12 reasons why I am committed to a radical abstention from anything I know is going to present me with nudity.

1. Am I Recrucifying Christ?

Christ died to purify his people. It is an absolute travesty of the cross to treat it as though Jesus died only to forgive us for the sin of watching nudity, and not to purify us for the power not to watch it.

He has blood-bought power in his cross. He died to make us pure. He “gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession” (Titus 2:14). If we choose to endorse or embrace or enjoy or pursue impurity, we take a spear and ram it into Jesus’s side every time we do. He suffered to set us free from impurity.

2. Does It Express or Advance My Holiness?

In the Bible, from beginning to end, there is a radical call for holiness — holiness of mind and heart and life. “As he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15). Or 2 Corinthians 7:1, “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” Nudity in movies and photos is not holy and does not advance our holiness. It is unholy and impure.

3. When Will I Tear Out My Eye, If Not Now?

Jesus said everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away (Matthew 5:28–29). Seeing naked women — or seeing naked men — causes a man or woman to sin with their minds and their desires, and often with their bodies. If Jesus told us to guard our hearts by gouging out our eyes to prevent lust, how much more would he say: “Don’t watch it!”

4. Is It Not Satisfying to Think on What Is Honorable?

Life in Christ is not mainly the avoidance of evil, but mainly the passionate pursuit of good. Remember Philippians 4:8, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

My life is not a constrained life. It is a free life. “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).

5. Am I Longing to See God?

I want to see and know God as fully as possible in this life and the next. Watching nudity is a huge hindrance to that pursuit. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). The defilement of the mind and heart by watching nudity dulls the heart’s ability to see and enjoy God. I dare anyone to watch nudity and turn straight to God and give him thanks and enjoy him more because of what you just experienced.

6. Do I Care About the Souls of the Nudes?

God calls women to adorn themselves in respectable apparel with modesty and self-control (1 Timothy 2:9). When we pursue or receive or embrace nudity in our entertainment, we are implicitly endorsing the sin of the women who sell themselves to this way and are, therefore, uncaring about their souls. They disobey 1 Timothy 2:9, and we say that’s okay.

7. Would I Be Glad If My Daughter Played This Role?

Most Christians are hypocrites in watching nudity because, on the one hand they say by their watching that this is okay, and on the other hand they know deep down they would not want their daughter or their wife or their girlfriend to be playing this role. That is hypocrisy.

8. Am I Assuming Nudity Can Be Faked?

Nudity is not like murder and violence on the screen. Violence on a screen is make-believe; nobody really gets killed. But nudity is not make-believe. These actresses are really naked in front of the camera, doing exactly what the director says to do with their legs and their hands and their breasts. And they are naked in front of millions of people to see.

9. Am I Compromising the Beauty of Sex?

Sexual relations is a beautiful thing. God created it and pronounced it “good” (1 Timothy 4:3). But it is not a spectator sport. It is a holy joy that is sacred in its secure place of tender love. Men and women who want to be watched in their nudity are in the category with exhibitionists who pull down their pants at the top of escalators.

10. Am I Assuming Nudity Is Necessary for Good Art?

There is no great film or television series that needs nudity to add to its greatness. No. There isn’t. There are creative ways to be true to reality without turning sex into a spectator’s sport and without putting actors and actresses in morally compromised situations on the set.

It is not artistic integrity that is driving nudity on the screen. Underneath all of this is male sexual appetite driving this business, and following from that is peer pressure in the industry and the desire for ratings that sell. It is not art that puts nudity in film, it’s the appeal of prurience. It sells.

11. Am I Craving Acceptance?

Christians do not watch nudity with a view to maximizing holiness. That is not what keeps them coming back to the shows. They know deep down that these television shows or these movies are shot through with the commendation and exaltation of attitudes and actions that are utterly out of step with the death to self and out of step with exaltation of Christ.

No, what keeps those Christians coming back is the fear that if they take Christ at his word and make holiness as serious as I am saying it is, they would have to stop seeing so many television shows and so many movies, and they would be viewed as freakish. And that today is the worst evil of all. To be seen as freakish is a much greater evil than to be unholy.

12. Am I Free from Doubt?

There is one biblical guideline that makes life very simple: “But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Romans 14:32). My paraphrase: If you doubt, don’t. That would alter the viewing habits of millions, and oh how sweetly they would sleep with their conscience.

So I say it again. Join me in the pursuit of the kind of purity that sees God, and knows the fullness of joy in his presence and the everlasting pleasure at his right hand.

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Is Praise Just About The Dance? (Living with a renewed mind)

I went to worship at another church this day with a few friends of mine. It was a praise service with a lot of special guests ranging from akpororo, midnight crew, tope alabi and many other gospel musicians. The place was filled to the brim, the atmosphere was so amped up that one could forget the reason he was there.

So midnight crew came up and they began to lead us with some quality praise songs and everyone began dancing. Busting out their favorite dance moves ranging from the azonto to the shoki dance. As I was dancing I spotted a lady at my far right who was dancing but not so much at the same pace of the beat. Then I looked more intently and noticed her eyes were shut and at the same time just worshiping with the same song being led by the ministers.

I was immediately stopped in my tracks. This art of worship really caused me to wonder deeply if I was just dancing or i was really praising, wondering if I had sidelined the reason for the dance. Without saying a word she changed my mentality of what I thought praise was to what praise should really look like. Personal and intimate. It also means one can also worship while praising God. That is just awesome!!!

Please don’t get me wrong, we can enjoy and praise God with our dance, but let our eyes be fixed on Christ. The one who really matters.
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 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. – Colossians3

 

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Hi Guys!!
It has been a few months since I’ve been able to blog, but I’m back!! Throughout the period i wasn’t able to blog I had the opportunity of learning a lot of new stuffs and also questioning the norm about Christianity. Check out the topics I’ll be blogging on soon
{Living a Renewed Life.}
{Is Praise just about the dance?}
{Sly Times.}
{True Spirituality.}
{Gouge it out.}
{The living dog and the dead Lion.}
{The place of Gods will.}

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God is calling you back to himself

Remember the day you had a dream about the end time, God was reminding you of his coming, and he is calling you back to himself?

Remember when you fell so ill and it felt like you were going to die, but in your pain you raised you said “God if you heal me, I will give a testimony and live my live for you“? But now you’re healed and you are still sinning. God is calling you back to himself!

Remember that day you woke up and there was this deep conviction to stop sinning and let go of those bad friends of yours, and you still haven’t done that? God is calling you back to himself!

Remember the very sorrowful day when a family member or close friend of yours died and the brevity of life dawned on you? God was calling you back to himself and still is!!

Remember that time you needed a financial breakthrough, and God showed up at just the right time to provide, and you said “this is god, BUT have forgotten Him now;  God is calling you back to himself.

(I know many of us fall into at least one of these categories. If we do and our lives aren’t still for Christ, we need to get our lives back on track.. It would only take a few minutes. Pray to God and ask him for the grace to live a life for him and fulfil your promises)

I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me

Revelations3:20

THE PRIVILEGE VIEW

Many of us have gotten used to the fact that we get used to a lot of things in life, and those things seem to lose value when we have done or used those things over and over again. When we get to that point in our lives, it seems like life has lost its spark or we are living for nothing. Many of us either take solace in the boredom we face or try something new. So why does life get boring? Why do most of us just exist than live?

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Why are the suicidal rates not dropping?   Why are the rates of depression on the increase?  Why do we have more couples rushing out of their marriages than to a new location for vacation with their families? Why?

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Well, there are so many questions we all have asked, and are still asking. Not funny enough is the fact that when we discuss them, there are no major solutions to those questions. We ask the questions, the words are taken into the atmosphere and the atmosphere gives no reply. Even more are the questions that never get to our tongues, but reside and rest in our hearts.

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What’s the first step? Knowing we all may not be able to save the world, but we can begin by saving ourselves first. No poor man can teach another poor man to get rich quick while he is still poor, he can only get rich first and teach his poor friend how to get rich like him. I don’t think many of us would like to read a book titled ‘How To Make Your First Million Dollars’ by the poor man that begs on your street. The question will be does he have a million dollars? In this context, we can only begin with our own story before we try to change another man’s story.

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The solution to most of life’s questions may necessarily not be solutions but perceptions we have. Can a perception or new perspective actually turn your life around? Yes it can. What is your view to life? (Please Answer). Is life just the place you found yourself in and you want to live anyhow it comes? What is life to you?

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On the Victory Path, victorious people like you and me perceive or view life as a privilege! To enjoy the most and the best of your life, you must see life as a privilege. Everything is a privilege. I am privileged to be alive today because many people are dying daily, I can take in the next breath just because I am still alive, and it’s the same with you. It’s time for you to begin to see life as a privilege.

The more we view life as a privilege, the more we will be grateful for all we are and all we have around us. We will feel blessed every day for the breath of air, the cleanliness, the peace, the love, the smiles, and the beautiful colors we see every day. Our relationships will get better, our walk with God too. You will never see any man as little, because it’s a privilege to be who you are and where you are today. Get your privilege shades on people, and lets live with the privilege view.

 

By Victory Odunjo at http://victorypath.wordpress.com/

Greatest Love of All #I.T Experience 1

When I think of how deep God’s love is for us, I always can’t fathom it. We all know John 3:16, but do we all know 1John 3:16 which says  “We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. “

This scripture came to light in my life recently in my encounter with a bus conductor.


It was a very hot Sunday afternoon, and I had been waiting for so long for a bus at the bus stop. After the long wait, a bus showed up, then I stopped the bus. Before entering the bus i told the bus conductor “town planning”(the place i was headed), and he said no problem, that it would cost me N150, I then said “it was okay”. I hopped in.

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It was a smooth ride until i was almost at the junction I was to stop, I spoke out loud enough to get the conductors attention “town planning o wa o” (Meaning I was meant to stop soon).
He looked at me, hissed and faced his front. I was perplexed, but I just ignored him. Then at the moment the bus got to my destination I shouted again town planning wa o… Then the conductor looked back at me and said “I told you not to enter cos we are not stopping there“.  😯
My jaw dropped instantly as they took me past my bus stop..Then i wondered, is this not the same conductor that dictated the price to me?? I kept on shouting. “THAT’S MINDLESS, VERY MINDLESS OF U, Drop me now.”
They just ignored me and finally dropped me at the next bus stop which was 30 minutes away from the original bus stop.. I was so annoyed. When I dropped, every ounce in me wanted me to abuse the conductor and driver. But still at that same time, the words from Romans 12:19 of the bible prevented me.

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”[g]
says the Lord.
 Instead,

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”[h]
 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

I got down so annoyed and thinking to myself “I wont be kind to any bus conductor ever again”. As soon as i said that, the understanding of what Jesus Christ did for us came to light. The Bible says while we were yet sinners (i.e while we disobeyed,abused, and cursed him) Christ died for us(romans 5:8)
That is so deep because after the scene at the bus stop, i couldn’t imagine myself dying for that conductor after what he had done. But again, thats the life we are called to live. A life like christs’.
Colossians3:12

 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

 


P.s: I have alot of scriptures memorised and stuck in my spirit,thats why i could be calmed by them. Study the bible regularly and make it a habit to MEMORISE THEM

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My Awesome Parents

There are a lot of statements that are commonly used by Nigerian parents for different scenarios and at different times, I’ll cite a few. For example: When you come home with a bad result, they say “Why aren’t you passing in class, your mates that are passing do they have two heads??” Another example is when you sleep the whole day and unfortunately they finally wake you up, they say “Find something to do, your mates are on the road hawking bread trying to make a living”. (As if) loool.. When you want to do some extra ordinary things in the house (like pick EXTRA pieces of meat), they say “When you get your own house, you can do that, but for as long as you are under this roof, you cant do that”

A few of these statements are asked by my mum and they just leave me with my mouth open (speechless). Like “are you serious?” One day, these kind of questions got to me and i went to my brother annoyed and asked him, why does mum talk like this sometimes, and he made a statement that will forever ring in my memory, he said “I don’t know why she talks like that but this i know is that some children are dying to hear their parents alive to say this things to them, only if they were still alive!”

These statements got me instantly emotional and I imagined my life without my mum and dad. And i realized that those statements are the statements that classify them as my parents. Because no other woman would tell those things to me like my mum would. I love my mum and dad and i appreciate their influence in my life. I have learnt a lot from them. The ones that inspire me is how they make things work out in tough times; living the gospel they teach, by praying together, communicating effectively, and so on. They’ve made me into the man i am today, and i will forever be grateful.

So i use this fathers day season and opportunity to thank God for their lives and I pray God will build me and bless me and my siblings , so we can be real blessings to them. I love you, mum and dad, thanks for all the help, advice and support. God bless you

p.s- If you love your parents like i do and you you feel you should  make a shout out, please do just that by dropping it in a comment below. Thank you and dont forget to share