Looking For Opinions On Viewing Christian Movies At The Theatre

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During a sermon, my pastor mentioned that as Christians, we shouldn't enter a movie theatre even if we are going to see a Christian movie because then we look like the world and it could hurt our testimony.

 

There's a few movies I wanted to see like We're Not Alone and another one about Christ. Forgot the name, but it's coming out sometime this month.

 

I enjoy going to the movies, when there is something worth watching.  Getting popcorn, out of the house away from the distraction of kids, with my friends or spouse.

 

I was just wondering what other's opinions were about this or is this possibly a personal conviction being opposed on others?

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I haven't gone to the movies for years, GS.  There is nothing that I want to see, as these movies are all worldly.  I believe your pastor is correct.  

I have a magazine in front of me, called "FAITH - FRIENDLY FILMS".  It is for Christmas 2013.  I am going to order some movies from this booklet.  My in-laws gave it to me the other day.  They are very reasonably priced, something you don't get at a movie theater.  Below is the website and phone number, if you are interested.

www.Christianbook.com  1-800-CHRISTIAN.

 

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This is more of a personal conviction rather than a Biblical conviction. If one will say that entering a Movie Theater is a "sin" because of appearance, then one can't rent movies or have cable TV.

I have other battles I would rather fight with the devil than that of going to a movie theater. If someone is watching an inappropriate movie, then that's a different story.

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Going to a movie theater won't hurt your testimony.  That is a false perception.  I have no problem with it.

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Well, it has long been held by fundamentalists that going to the movie theater is a bad testimony. Even back when movies were not as questionable as they are now.

 

The reasoning for it:

 

1. Spending money on a movie that might be okay helps fund those which aren't.

2. Someone who sees you and knows you are a Christian (and is a weak Christian) might not think about what movie you are seeing and might be convinced it's okay to see whatever.

3. A lost person might see you and be influenced away from Christ.

 

I've heard arguments on both sides of the coin: going hurts your testimony; who's gonna see you, etc.

 

I think it falls under the category of "you need to decide, based on biblical principles, what God would have you do."

 

Nowadays there isn't much out there that makes it worth going, IMO.  Plus I prefer staying home with my hubby, having a quiet dinner while we watch something (we check out from the library - they actually get movies like Fireproof, Flywheel, etc., or we buy from CBD or other places) in the comfort of our home.  

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I have mentioned this before, but will do so again.

Back last year, I was shocked to see a Facebook by the pianist of our former Church, telling her niece how she and her husband (who is the Song Leader, Sunday School Superintendent, and Adult Class Sunday School Teacher at the Church) went to see the movie "The Heat", telling her that the movie kept them both in stitches throughout.

Looking up the movie, "The Heat" on kids-in-mind.com, I was shocked to see what kind of movie they saw and were promoting... it was rated "R".  It has more than 20 religious profanities in it, and the "F" word is used more than 150 times in the 117 minutes that the movie lasts. 

And the Church's leadership is promoting that trash?

The new pastor there must be very liberal too.  I befriended him for a time on Facebook.  One more than one occasion, he posted pictures with cursing on them... even the "F" word on one.  When I confronted him, he unfriended me.



Want to see a good Christian movie?  Wait until it comes out on DVD.  There is a thread on OB that is called "Christian Based Movies" that has many good suggestion throughout its pages too.  Theaters can make one appear to be enjoying the world.  DVD's can be viewed in the privacy of one's own home.

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Want to see a good Christian movie?  Wait until it comes out on DVD.  There is a thread on OB that is called "Christian Based Movies" that has many good suggestion throughout its pages too.  Theaters can make one appear to be enjoying the world.  DVD's can be viewed in the privacy of one's own home.

YES I agree.  

 

A verse comes to mind:

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 

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A verse comes to mind:

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 

Absolutely...

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Personal opinion along the lines of what BroMatt said:

 

I just don't see how going to a movie theater is much different than many other forms of entertainment, or even places of necessity. To the issue of funding ungodly movies by going to a movie theater is kind of a strawman argument. If you buy or rent the movie later you're still funding the same industry anyway. Additionally, I don't see how it is any different than buying a loaf of bread at a grocery store that sells alcohol because you're funding the grocery store that peddles the alcohol. Or perhaps eating at a restaurant that serves alcohol or has a bar section; you would have to limit eating out to pretty much only fast food restaurants, and even many of those serve beer now. Consider also simply playing a round of golf at the local muncipal or even country club course where gambling, alcohol, and foul language are almost an expected part of the game for a lot of people. Is your Christian witness ruined if someone sees you at the golf course?

 

My only point is, that the venue is less important than the product. That doesn't mean the venue is entirely unimportant, but it does factor in a little common sense. I believe you can still go to a theater (or a grocery store, or a restaurant, or a golf course) and maintain a good Christian witness and Biblical separation. In areas of general public use and utility, what you do there is what is important. That's what it means to be in the world but not of the world.

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Personal opinion along the lines of what BroMatt said:

 

I just don't see how going to a movie theater is much different than many other forms of entertainment, or even places of necessity. To the issue of funding ungodly movies by going to a movie theater is kind of a strawman argument. If you buy or rent the movie later you're still funding the same industry anyway. Additionally, I don't see how it is any different than buying a loaf of bread at a grocery store that sells alcohol because you're funding the grocery store that peddles the alcohol. Or perhaps eating at a restaurant that serves alcohol or has a bar section; you would have to limit eating out to pretty much only fast food restaurants, and even many of those serve beer now. Consider also simply playing a round of golf at the local muncipal or even country club course where gambling, alcohol, and foul language are almost an expected part of the game for a lot of people. Is your Christian witness ruined if someone sees you at the golf course?

 

My only point is, that the venue is less important than the product. That doesn't mean the venue is entirely unimportant, but it does factor in a little common sense. I believe you can still go to a theater (or a grocery store, or a restaurant, or a golf course) and maintain a good Christian witness and Biblical separation. In areas of general public use and utility, what you do there is what is important. That's what it means to be in the world but not of the world.

 

This is exactly what my husband says, Sword.  I am glad that someone put it in writing this way.  I have watched many historical movies b/c I love history, whether or not they are fiction or non-fiction.  My preference is old black and white movies, though.  I was convicted of T.V. and movies just last year.  However, I have been annoyed with the T.V. and movies for a long time.  I don't watch a whole lot of movies where there is swearing or any form of nudity in them.  If there is, I tune out the T.V and movie completely.  I will watch these movies with my hubby, so that we can spend time together, so I would say that I am in violation of what you said above.  He is especially fond of westerns, and his favorite actor is John Wayne.   

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I haven't been in a theatre since 1986 and I don't miss it at all. In a good year maybe two or three Christian or somewhat Christian films might be in the theatre. That's it. Everything else they show is filled with worldliness, most often shows and glorifies sin, and is not something Christians should put in their minds or their children's. We choose not to support such.

 

We know some Christians who do go and we know each others positions on the matter and we all get along fine.

 

After a movie has been shown in the theatre they are very quickly available for home viewing if there is something one wants to watch.

 

One thing I have noticed over the years is many Christian families who used to go to the theatre to see a "good Christian movie" soon began going to see "children's movies" (most often very worldly and presenting unbiblical messages) which then led to them going to see some "good PG movies", then "good PG-13 movies", and many eventually got to the point they would go to "select" R rated movies.

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Hollywood (witches wood) is a filthy factory of God-hating occultists and dirty lucre, stay away from it. Christians should have nothing to do with that filth factory.

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9113205497

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=91131918514

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=62413015312

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=5301300567

 

Pastor Jason Cooley of Northfield Minn. Christians should have nothing to do with filthy Hollywood. Pray for only one thing, that the whole filthy area of Los Angeles gets blown to hell where it belongs.

 

 

 

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Where is the love you spoke of earlier?

 

Our call is to show the love of Christ to sinners, share the Gospel with them and make disciples of them. We should be praying for them, not wishing their death, not wishing to see them cast into hell.

 

We ourselves when without Christ deserved hell just as much as any of these other sinners.

 

God will enact vengeance, judgment and justice in His own time. Our duty is to share Christ with them.

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Hollywood (witches wood) is a filthy factory of God-hating occultists and dirty lucre, stay away from it. Christians should have nothing to do with that filth factory.

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9113205497

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=91131918514

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=62413015312

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=5301300567

 

Pastor Jason Cooley of Northfield Minn. Christians should have nothing to do with filthy Hollywood. Pray for only one thing, that the whole filthy area of Los Angeles gets blown to hell where it belongs.

 

:saywhat:   "Ye have heard that it hath been said, THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you;" ~ Matthew 5:43-44

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Hollywood (witches wood) is a filthy factory of God-hating occultists and dirty lucre, stay away from it. Christians should have nothing to do with that filth factory.

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9113205497

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=91131918514

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=62413015312

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=5301300567

 

Pastor Jason Cooley of Northfield Minn. Christians should have nothing to do with filthy Hollywood. Pray for only one thing, that the whole filthy area of Los Angeles gets blown to hell where it belongs.

I accidently pressed the like button on your post and couldn't figure out how to remove it.  On second thought maybe it was a good thing as the angry and vitriolic manner you express yourself sounds likee me twenty years ago.  However in the ensuing years I have learned to cool down my rhetoric a little and try not to fight everybody and everything but attempt to change them.  Attempting to change peoples opinions by using physical or verbal violence only inhibited there ability to hear me and to respond in the way I would like.  That is I could never change them in a positive direction, only drive them further from the truth I was attempting to deliver to them.   

 

What you are attempting do is deliver the truth to a lost and dying world.  Deliver it in a fashin that they can hear it and not drive them to cover their ears in self defence.

 

My only desire in this is to help, not offend.

 

God bless,

Larry

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I am familiar with Cooley. Was on my friends list on Facebookfor a period of time.

While I admire his zeal to preach the Gospel at colleges and institutions of education, i frown at his approach. I agree with ThePilgrim on this one. Preach the Word in such a manner that it is the Holy Spirit talking and not the flesh.

Yes, the Spirit does command repentance from sin and dead works. But the message must be delivered in such a way to attract the lost to the truth, rather than repel them.

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Is there anyone willing to stop being so meek before those who mock and blaspheme our LORD?

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 Attempting to change peoples opinions by using physical or verbal violence

 

Our LORD used both physical and vocal violence against the money changers and the Jewish leaders in the temple. Or do you think he just walked in and spoke weakly to them? Is our LORD coming back with a coffee and some flowers for a nice noonday "Freska" chat with the enemies who love this world or is he coming back to rule it with a rod of iron?

 

A lot of Baptists need to get off the drugs of "prosperity" and "Sinless salvation" preaching and get back in the war for men's souls. The days of being 100% meek and weak with this world are over. We need more Men on the streets than boys.

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Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

As I said before, there is a way to deliver the message without driving people away.

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Our LORD used both physical and vocal violence against the money changers and the Jewish leaders in the temple. Or do you think he just walked in and spoke weakly to them? Is our LORD coming back with a coffee and some flowers for a nice noonday "Freska" chat with the enemies who love this world or is he coming back to rule it with a rod of iron?

 

A lot of Baptists need to get off the drugs of "prosperity" and "Sinless salvation" preaching and get back in the war for men's souls. The days of being 100% meek and weak with this world are over. We need more Men on the streets than boys.

I must ask, is it the job of Christians today to get out the word of God, the gospel, or to rule the world with a rod of iron?  Are we to harangue and brow beat people like a demagogue or are we to present the gospel and let the Holy Spirit be the ultimate pedagogue?  I don't believe God has turned all of His means of instruction and chastisement over to His children.  Religious organizations such as the Roman church may have the idea that He has, but they are mistaken.  There is a dominion theology out there which teaches that the church will change the world but they are in error also.  Only God is going to truely change a man's heart . . . . not you or I. 

 

God bless,

Larry

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Is there anyone willing to stop being so meek before those who mock and blaspheme our LORD?

 

Meekness is a good quality that Jesus wants to see in each of us.

 

I learned only recently Daniel, that it's pointless discussing doctrine or Christ or morality and such with the lost because those things are only spiritually discerned.  We bypass a person's intellect (their brain) by using the law which pierces their heart to ready them to hear the gospel.  Jesus and Paul both used these to good effect I would say!

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It is also a good thing to not force the Holy Spirit.  If you use violence and force with people, they will not want to hear the word of God and will back away from you.  Any further conversation with another Born Again Christian will fall on deaf ears, b/c they will remember the encounter they had with the Christian who used force and violence with them.  

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My husband prefers us to avoid theaters just to have a good testimony but there is no Bible against going to a clean movie.   It's a matter of conscience.

 

And money.   Good grief, movie theaters are expensive!   LOL.

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My husband prefers us to avoid theaters just to have a good testimony but there is no Bible against going to a clean movie.   It's a matter of conscience.

 

And money.   Good grief, movie theaters are expensive!   LOL.

 

Not to mention if you go out to dinner, prior to the movie.  And, let's not forget the huge prices of popcorn, soda, and candy.  A night on the town, like this, is very expensive.  Especially, if you are taking a family of four to six out.  Even so, for my hubby, my son, and myself to see a movie at a theater is quite an expense for us.

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I agree that it is a personal choice. I know our church is against it, in fact in order to be a member I think you have to sign an agreement saying you won't attend movie theaters. See, I'm not a member mainly because I don't agree with that. Especially since I know that our Pastor has gone to pro football games in which everyone is drinking and spilling beer on you and and cussing, fights breaking out in the stands and half naked cheerleaders dancing on the sidelines. But that seems to be ok. Now I will admit I rarely go the movies because 1. most current movies are trash and 2. it's VERY expensive. One thing my local theater has been doing is showing classic movies for a one night only showing. Last year I saw Gone With The Wind on the big screen which I waited my whole life to see. They also showed The African Queen but I had to work so I couldn't see it. I'm thinking about seeing Son of God but kind of hesitant because I don't know how watered down the message will be. I really don't see any difference between someone seeing you entering a theater or going into a rental store to rent a dvd.

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