How are you? I’m well.
Are you a good gate keeper of your eyes and ears? A few years back, I heard a pastor in the USA say he would not watch things that his 4~5 year old girl can’t watch. I think it’s a really good standard. I think many Christians are not really sensitive to keeping their eyes and ears and don’t think its spiritual impact seriously at all. You might think it’s too much or I’m over-spiritualizing things.
When I was taking The Old Testament Survey, the online class in the Church Without Walls International website, I heard Pastor John Fenn say he would not watch movies where people say God’s name in vain. He cherishes the friendship with Him and he wouldn’t stand someone’s cursing His name. And he also talked about protecting our eye gate and ear gate.
When I got baptized in the Holy Spirit in 2016, I removed the music files I had enjoyed for many years, from my personal computer, and threw away movie/drama DVDs. Some of the music were indie rock, pop songs and so on. When it comes to movie or drama, I didn’t watch horror movies at all, nor too violent ones. And even before I was baptized with the Holy Spirit, I didn’t want to watch movies that show adulterous relationships or other sexual immorality. And I acknowledge that it was really hard or even impossible to find ones that describe love relationship between husbands and wives only. Anyway, since the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I just voluntarily didn’t want any part of those kinds of music, shows or movies, but wanted to listen to and watch things of God.
You would know that satan, Lucifer was in charge of music before he fell. So, even now, he is trying to grip many unbelievers and believers, using music. And I heard some pastors and prophets say not all Christian musics are from the Lord, but some from satan. And I agree with it. We shouldn’t be naive enough to think that there is no influence of satan in church.
When I was a full time student in the graduate school, I had a classmate whose nickname was Rock. He was a rock music lover so that he even named his nickname as Rock. He was fun to be with yet he was sometimes weird and peculiar. He used to brag about his sleeping around with girls. One day, a Korean American classmate who used to be in the US Navy for many years and a country head of a multinational company in Korea used the expression “lunatic,” when he described the character of the classmate, named Rock. He was a good judge of character and I thought the word “lunatic” made sense to me. One day, Rock said to me, “I used to visit my grandfather’s house and there were little doggies in his house. I tried to pet them, but they never came to me, just trembling. It was before I went to the military service. Then, after I completed the military service, they seemed to find something different in me and they came to me.” And he said that he used to listen to heavy metal music before the military service, but during the service, he was not able to listen to those music and by the time when he studied in the graduate school, he didn’t really listen to them. And it seemed that he realized some spiritual aspects of listening to the heavy metal music, seeing the difference of the doggies’ reaction to him. At that time, though my spiritual eyes were not open, I was able to understand it. Even in the secular, our old fathers in Korea used to say that dogs can see evil spirits. And I think it’s true that animals can see the spiritual realm, like the donkey in the Old Testament.
Satan’s tactics are not limited to music, movies or shows only, but he uses advertisement, and other seemingly harmless ones like yoga, pilates and so on. I heard many teachers like Derek Prince, Neville Johnson and Sister Margaret talk about yoga and its harm. I couldn’t agree with them enough, as it affected me in the past. I took it lightly and I attended a yoga class for 6 years. Looking back at those times, I know I spiritually went downward to the pit. I even thought to myself, “If only I could die and find a place even in the corner of the Heaven where I could sit crouched.” I wasn’t suicidal at all, but I didn’t really want to live. But praise God for His deliverance! He sent me to Shanghai when I was in the valley, and it indeed turned out to be a new chapter in my life. And I found He had something great in store for me there. I was restored and changed.
I don’t read every article of CBN news, but when I scan the headlines sometimes, I think the enemy’s invasion is not only to the adult’s entertainment, but to the children’s. In children’s movies or shows, they show the character of demons or the scenes where people worship their passing fathers. If you’re a parent, I pray that our Father would give you the wisdom on that. Many things are seemingly good, fun, or harmless. In the name of the culture, many Christians simply watch or listen to them and allow their children to be exposed to the things of the enemy.
Sister Margaret Seaward once said she never put anything that has the figures of dragon, frog (unclean spirit) and so on in her house. And she said, “If somebody hates my husband, would I put his/her picture in my place? Never!” Friend, I think we keep our eye gate or ear gate not out of religiosity, but out of our love toward our King, our Bridegroom and our Friend who chose to dwell in us. With a pure heart, we can ask Him what in our lives He wants us to change or stop. It’s my prayer that we love Jesus more than anything and we cherish the friendship with Him.
Have a bliss!
Create in me a clean heart, O God,