Looking For Opinions On Viewing Christian Movies At The Theatre

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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.

I have not become a member of my church either because they are more concerned about the external appearances and are inconsistent with what that means, although they haven't gone so far as to make anyone sign a contract.  I definitely notice I am an outsider and do not fit in.  

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I had to sign a form about no mixed swimming, no theaters, and other stuff but not until I became involved in a children's ministry.

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I had to sign a form about no mixed swimming, no theaters, and other stuff but not until I became involved in a children's ministry.

What would happen if you broke the agreement?  Just wondering.  I've never heard of this before.  People having to sign agreements. 

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It's a very inconsistent, and therefore pointless standard to declare all theater attendance is wrong but that it's okay to go out and rent movies (which others see just as much, or more, than one entering a theater) and attending pro sports is fine though, as mentioned above, they are rife with boozers, drunks, foul language, immodest dress, fights and often include worldly entertainment whether in the form of worldly music, more than half naked cheerleaders or other such.

 

Our church emphasizes the biblical importance of surrendering our lives to Christ and as our hearts are changed so will our outward conduct follow.

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What would happen if you broke the agreement?  Just wondering.  I've never heard of this before.  People having to sign agreements. 

 

I have never heard of this before either, GS.  It sounds like churches are trying to control the sheep just like the government is trying to control the people.  

Thankfully, my church has none of these "laws" in place.  My husband and I certainly wouldn't be members if my church controlled us through legalistic measures.

Sorry, Miss Daisy, but I don't agree with your church on this for the reason I stated above.  Where is personal conviction with all of this?  Just sayin'...

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You know what, it doesn't matter if we agree with churches of which we aren't members having people sign agreements or not.  It's a fact that some do, and it's the business of people who attend whether or not they sign in order to be members.  Yep, there should be personal conviction, or even preference.  But if a person doesn't agree with it, they don't have to join (if that's the requirement) or participate in a ministry (if that's the requirement). *shrugs*  That's pretty much personal choice, right there...

 

cliff and grace don't agree, hence they aren't members.  That's fine.  Daisy does, hence she can be involved in children's ministry.  It isn't our business to disparage churches that do or don't have an agreement to sign (I'm not saying anyone is...I'm simply trying to nip a possible thread hijack into church disparagement in the bud).

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since I had no problems signing it, it doesn't matter if I break it or not because I won't. I believe in what my church required. Just like any job, you have rules. Working with children should too. If you're not going to be a good example outside of church, I wouldn't want someone teaching my kids either. If I didn't agree I wouldn't have signed.

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Very true, HC.  I have just never heard of that in an IFB church before.  I do know of other churches, who put clauses into effect like that, though.  The Nazarene church comes to my mind.

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That's what I was saying as well.  I never heard of it before.  That's all.

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But that isn't what the thread is about, and while often threads take little rabbit trails, I could see this one becoming a chasm. :smug:  And so.... :clapping:

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But that isn't what the thread is about, and while often threads take little rabbit trails, I could see this one becoming a chasm. :smug:  And so.... :clapping:

 

Miss Daisy and I are good friends, HC.  I apologized to her in a private message for bringing this up.  We are fine.  I am more concerned about the other threads on OB.  I was actually on edge, when I wrote that post, b/c of visiting a couple of the other threads.   :hide:

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I was just asking what the consequences were since it was brought up.  I never meant to insinuate whether or not I agree or disagree.  I thought it related to the thread of going to the movies since that is one of the issues Miss Daisy stated she had to sign in the agreement. 

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Oy vey....let's get back on topic, okay?  :clapping:

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Oy vey....let's get back on topic, okay?  :clapping:

HC,  you now speaking Hebrew?  I love it!  Not a problem...
 

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I know our church is against it...I'm not a member mainly because I don't agree with that.

 

 

I have not become a member of my church either because they are more concerned about the external appearances and are inconsistent with what that means, although they haven't gone so far as to make anyone sign a contract.  I definitely notice I am an outsider and do not fit in.  

 

I'm sorry this is off-topic, but my curiosity is piqued. Why continue to go there if you disagree enough not to be a member? And why claim it as "my/our" church if you're not technically a part of it? I'm not implying you shouldn't keep going or that you must become a member. Seriously just idly curious.

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Since I'm the one who started this thread, don't I get to have a say in which way it goes?

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I'm sorry this is off-topic, but my curiosity is piqued. Why continue to go there if you disagree enough not to be a member? And why claim it as "my/our" church if you're not technically a part of it? I'm not implying you shouldn't keep going or that you must become a member. Seriously just idly curious.

I personally am in the process of finding another church.  I have to test them out to see if they are Biblically sound before I commit. Sometimes reading their statement of faith isn't enough.

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Sure, GS.  Let it go wherever you want it to (I forgot you started it).

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I personally am in the process of finding another church.  I have to test them out to see if they are Biblically sound before I commit. Sometimes reading their statement of faith isn't enough.

 

Gotcha. I can totally understand that.

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HC, if you don't mind, I'd like to respond to TheSword's question. You can remove if you like. I really love my church for the most part. I call it "my church" because I attend there regularly. I stay because the preaching cannot be beat and the music is outstanding. There are only a couple of things I don't agree with, other than that I'm a conservative IFBer and wouldn't have it any other way. Maybe God is still working on my heart with these things.  I NEED conservative preaching. I just don't care for the inconsistencies with the rules or should I say the hypocrisy but we are all sinners so I'm sure this happens in all churches. I really don't think I could find a better IFB church.

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Cliff - no problem. I had forgotten that GS started this thread, and if GS doesn't have a problem with the direction it goes, neither do I. :clapping:

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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. 

 

We're supposed to hold membership in one of Jesus Christ's New Testament Churches.  We're also to submit to our pastor's authority and submit ourselves to each other (the members).  If not, we risk becoming a Burger King Christian where we want to have church and God our way and not the Bible's way.

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I have no problems following a Church's rule if it's Biblical but why should I submit to a rule that's not Biblical?

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We are to submit to our pastor's authority as it lines up with scripture...I agree that it isn't to become a Burger King type thing.  But we have to be careful of blind loyalty.  Therein lies one of the problems in so many churches today where the pastor believes he is better than the membership (members believe it, too).

 

You know, I believe we should all be members of a local church. But, really - where is it written that we must join and be members?  Can anyone show scripture for that?

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The Lord leads each Pastor differently. By joining my church I agreed to abide by the rules. I do know some rules that we have are not "Biblical rules" per se, but that is a rule that the Pastor feels the Lord leading him. Does not mean it is right or wrong for other churches to have the same rules, but if I purposely disobey them, then that would be wrong by me. If my Pastor did not want me to go to the movies because he would feel that it would be a stumbling block to other members, then I would not step foot in a movie theater. 

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