Victory Ministries International presents:
Awesome Truths and Amazing Facts
Treasures of awesome truths from God’s Word
and facts that affect you!
Hello! This is Richard Vaughn
Today’s message is “The World or Jesus? - Part 2”
We will now look at what some of the principles for Christian living are.
First from the writings of Paul in Philippians 4:8, “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Christians must separate themselves from all things that are not true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report.
They will avoid: Dishonesty of every kind? cheating, lying, stealing, being unfair, intent to deceive, slander, and betrayal. Their taxes will be honest and complete with nothing hidden. They will return funds when over-changed. They will pay for that which the cashier failed to charge them.
They will avoid: Impurity of every kind. This includes fornication, adultery, incest, homosexuality, perversion of all types, pornography in every medium offered, profanity and slang profanity, filthy conversation, jesting, joking and kidding around, social dancing, degenerate songs or music, and most of what is shown on television and in movie theaters.
They will avoid: Places where we would never invite Jesus to
accompany us, such as nightclubs, taverns, gambling casinos, racetracks, competitive sporting events, etc.
Now let me take a few minutes and enlarge upon the dangers of popular music, dancing, television, videos, and the theater.
Music and Song
Many types of secular music namely rap, country, pop, rock, heavy metal, adult contemporary, and dance music, have been largely captured by Satan. The lyrics often glorify vice and destroy a desire for spiritual matters. Researchers have discovered some interesting things regarding the power of music:
(1) It enters the brain through the emotions, thus bypassing reasoning powers.
(2) It affects every function of the body.
(3) It can alter pulse, breath rates, and reflexes without the person realizing it.
(4) Syncopated dance rhythms alter moods and create a mild hypnosis in the listener.
Even without lyrics, the music itself has power to debase a person's feelings, desires, and thoughts. Secular rock musicians openly admit this. Rolling Stones leader Mick Jagger said: "You
1can feel the adrenalin going through your body. It's sort of sexual."
John Oates of Hall and Oates stated that "Rock 'n' Roll is 99%
2sex." Would such music please Jesus? Converted pagans from overseas tell us that our modern secular band music is the same kind they used in witchcraft and devil worship! Ask yourself: "If Jesus came to visit me, what music would I feel comfortable asking Him to listen to with me?" Any music you are not sure of should be abandoned.
When we fall in love with Jesus, He changes our musical desires. "He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord." Psalm 40:3. God has provided for His people plenty of good music that inspires, refreshes, elevates, and strengthens the Christian experience. Those who accept the devil's degrading music as a substitute are missing one of life's choicest blessings. I might add that Christian rock is still the devil’s music. As previously stated, the music itself has power to debase a person's feelings, desires, and thoughts.
Now about Dancing
Dancing inevitably leads away from Jesus and spirituality. When
the Israelites danced around the golden calf, they forgot God (Exodus 32:17-25). When the daughter of wicked Herodias danced before King Herod, John the Baptist was beheaded (Matthew 14:2-12). Notice these shocking statistics: A Catholic priest in New York said that three-fourths of the girls who have confessed adultery to him, put the blame on dancing. Other priests have said that three-fourths is too low; they estimate nine-tenths. Remember, if Christ can participate in an activity with you, you are safe. If not, stay away from it. Jesus would never be on a dance floor giving the devil one inch, why should we? A serious-minded Christian would never chase the devil’s rabbits or defend such inappropriate behavior.
TV, Videos, and the Theater
Do the things you watch on television and videos or in the theater appeal to your lower or to your higher nature? Do they lead you into a greater
love for Jesus, or for the world? Do they glorify Jesus, or satanic vices? In our day even secularists and non-Christians are speaking out against many of the TV and film productions. Satan has captured the eyes and ears of billions and, as a result, is rapidly turning the world into a cesspool of immorality, crime, terror, and hopelessness. One study said that without TV "there would be 10,000 fewer murders per year in the United States, 70,000 fewer
3rapes, and 700,000 fewer assaults." Jesus, who loves you, asks
you to take your eyes off Satan's thought-controllers and put them on Him. He says, "Look unto me, and be ye saved." Isaiah 45:22.
What clear-cut list does Jesus give us that we could use as a guide for watching television?
We turn to Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are
manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness (indecency), Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance (dissension), emulations (jealousies), wrath, strife, seditions (riots), heresies, 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.”
Listen carefully, that’s a list of what you can find each night on TV. If you’re reading your TV guide and watching secular TV, instead of
reading books and watching programs or videos that can draw you closer to Jesus, the Bible emphatically states, that “they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” By watching, you are vicariously committing the very sins you are beholding. If secular programming feeds your desires to be entertained, then understand, you are not God’s precious wheat. Heaven’s doors will be no place you can ever enter. I don’t say it. Paul under inspiration does!
A safe guideline for TV viewing is to ask, "Would I feel comfortable inviting Jesus to watch the program with me?" And if Jesus were in your home, do you really believe He would waste one moment of your life sitting in front of your TV, when eternal life hangs in the balance? We are given 168 hours a week. How do we spend them? How many of those hours do we spend reading our Bibles, or Spirit of Prophecy books? How many of those hours do we spend leading another soul to Jesus through the Amazing Facts Bible study guides?
If confronted with our life’s record for just the last six months, how many hours spent could we stand before Jesus unashamed?
Those who truly believe that Jesus is coming soon will have a tremendous burden on their hearts for souls that are headed to Christ-less graves and they will make every attempt to reach them for Jesus.
I close with this story told to me by the deceased founder of Amazing Facts, Joe Crews. Whether in India or Pakistan as a missionary, in his Texas church as a pastor or at the head of Amazing Facts, he could not rest knowing the value Jesus places on every soul.
Joe was giving a seminar series in one of the Gulf states. One young woman attended nearly every night. As he had witnessed so
many times before, this woman was under conviction of truth. Joe always gave altar calls and he could see her almost coming forward. But something kept holding her back. She wanted to commit her life to Jesus, but the devil kept putting suggestions in her mind. “The cross is too heavy. The demands are too much. The unclean food is what you love the most. What would family say? What will friends think? Saturday is your day to shop and get things done. You have thousands of dollars worth of jewelry that you love so much. Your friends are all at the Sunday church. You dearly love your pastor even though he preaches error. You wait for the end of day so that you can play back your favorite soaps. You really enjoy smoking and an occasional drink. Bingo is one of your few enjoyments in life. And on and on Satan presses her mind with what self will sacrifice for Jesus. Even though her heart melted to see God on the cross taking her place, she could not commit.
Moved by God’s spirit Joe visited her at her home on several occasions, even pleading with her by the Spirit’s urgings, but to no
avail. Finally at the conclusion of the series, Joe was heading to the airport, when He was once again urged by the Spirit to visit this young lady. Now with tears in his eyes he pleaded once more for her to surrender to Jesus and let go of the world’s allurements. But
with greater resolve she said no, maybe later, but not now.
Joe shed many more tears on the way to the airport. Searching his memory, replaying the nights and all the appeals. Where did he fail this woman. But my brothers and sisters, Joe did all that he could have done. Two weeks later Joe got the report that the young woman was killed in her own home by a plane that crashed into her house. She had decided for eternity.
But how is it with you? Your probation could end today by some unfortunate accident. Probation for the world could end soon and that which was desired could be unobtainable. When the door was placed on the ark by the angel, probation ended for every man, woman and child outside the ark, only 8” from safety, the majority
was lost. Those who laughed at and even mocked Noah, could
have freely walked into the ark, but when the floods came they tried in vain to claw their way in.
To be almost saved is to be completely lost.
Well time is up for this week. Next week “The World or Jesus? -
Friends, if you have enjoyed listening to Awesome Truths and Amazing Facts, I want you to expand on your learning from God’s Word. Therefore I am going to make available to you free of charge, a set of 27 Bible studies that deal in depth with these amazing topics. All you have to do is write to: Revelation Promises ~ P.O. Box 970 ~ South Hill, VA ~ 23970.
If you would like to worship with seventh day Sabbath-keepers, come to the Victory Seventh Day Adventist Church in South Hill at 117 W. Danville Street, in the old Citizens Bank building, just a couple doors from the library.
Until next week, Jesus said in John 5:39, “Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me”. Come lord Jesus.