Author and professor Gene Veith posted an informative article about plague and pestilence in the Bible. In it he shows the wrath of God against sin, but also the solution God gives in His grace and mercy fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ.
Not only cuss words, but also gruesome violence, nudity, perversion, fornication, adultery, and just general ugliness.
For a long time people thought that some nudity or gore was unnecessarily thrown into a movie just so that they could guarantee a PG-13 or R rating. It was thought that if a movie were rated G that it would turn away too much of the paying audience who would think that means it was only a kid movie. As it turns out, G rated movies make more money and are often the best performing of all movies at the box office. What could explain the totally unnecessary sleaze thrown into Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The Bible does give an explanation. They love it. Without the Holy Spirit, human nature is drawn to all manner of evil. Human nature is turned against God. Human nature believes that what God declares good is evil and what God condemns is good. Satan convinced Eve that the forbidden fruit was good for eating when the ONLY command God had given them was not to eat it. In Proverbs 8:36 God says it succinctly, “allwhohatemelovedeath.”
Moreover, it is not just a matter of personal preference. If you oppose their dirtiness they will fight you. For decades people have fought Hollywood for the right to watch filtered movies. Hollywood sues innovators every time. One method seems to be working. Even though lawsuits are still going on VidAngel has developed a filtering model that works.
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Even generally clean movies like Back to the Future III has things in it that you don’t want to bring into your home. VidAngel gives you more options for entertainment without the garbage.
Even if you don’t have a Netflix subscription, you can still enjoy VidAngel’s own faith based movies for free.
Now, for the coronavirus isolation time, VidAngel is offering free filtering service. Try them out and share the link to this article with your friends.
Do you want a simple, step by step, weekly family devotion guide? WhatDoesThisMean.org offers a weekly devotion guide that you can print on both sides of a piece of paper. Each week not only has assigned Bible readings, but also a Psalm, hymn and prayers.
You can have a daily verse by verse Bible Study with the effervescent Pastor Will Weedon. Right now he is going through the book of Hebrews. Each study is about 15 minutes long. You can listen through your phone or computer.
You will find both the podcast and some fascinating video series when a non-Lutheran visits Weedon’s LCMS church and interviews him about our theology afterwards on the website: https://thewordendures.org/
Concordia Publishing House is generously providing free resources for uncertain times. These are free downloads chosen for you to use when, for example, you are cooped up at home waiting out the coronavirus.
Sermon for the third Sunday in Lent. Based on Exodus 17: 1-7. Is the coronavirus God’s wrath against sinful Man?
Is a plague that started in China God’s judgement against that repressive regime. God is in control and he does use such things to chastise his people. But before we judge China we should repent of our own idolatry.
The recording does not include the first few minutes of the sermon, but I pray that you would still find it a blessing in these uncertain times.