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Monday, October 24 2016

The short answer to my question asked in the title is "no".  Since this is a blog, I will give further explanantion.  I am not writing this about a certain book or author, but I am speaking (well, actually writing) to an overall principle.  We need to be aware of what we place into our minds and spirits despite the genre.

When you enter a Christian bookstore, if you are like me, I am in sensory overload.  I love books. I love the way they feel and even smell (if you get close enough).  Reading on my iPad is ok, but there is something about a book.  As I scan the titles of the books, I will pull a couple off the shelves, read the cover and even flip through its pages,  Through the years, I have found books (never read them) that are doctrinally unsound, I have found books based on humanism.

We cannot pull ourselves us by our own bootstrap.  It is not in us to live a blessed life without the Holy Ghost.  Yes, we may have some good times, but the Bible is very clear that we bring nothing to the table.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

The scriptures that speak of mankind as sinners are not there to make us feel bad, but to help us understand the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.  They were written to reveal to us that there is something greater than the human spirit to deliver us from the problems of this life.

The Bible is also very clear that if we plant wheat that we will not harvest corn.  In the 21st century, that means garbage in, garbage out or good things in, good things out.  We need to be careful what we read, watch or listen to.  It matters.  Here are a few scriptures:

Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me

Galatian 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.​

Galatian 5
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Reading is greatly influential in how we live our lives.  It has been said that, "Leaders are readers".  It is because the power of reading that what we read matters.  If we begin to read books on Satan, we will find him.  If we read books on humanism, we will become humanistic.  We must be careful in choosing our books and what influences are minds.  We may feel that because we purchased it at a store with a Christian theme that it must be Christian.  The Apostle Paul, in his writings, warned us of a time when we need to be aware of false teachers:

2 Timothy 4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

2 Timothy 3
3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

There is a saying, "Eat the meant and spit out the bones."  There may be some validity to that statement, but there are also enough books to read that you should not have to decipher what is meat and what will cause you to choke.  I did not write this to say every book, movie or podcast is bad and you will go to hell. I wrote this blog to help us all be aware of what we take in will cause us to move in a direction that is toward Jesus or away from Him.

Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 06:55 am   |  Permalink   |  Email