Unplanned, Captain Marvel, and the State of the American Church

 

I hear and read so many people awaiting the next Great Awakening, the next Great Revival. Well, it isn’t going to happen sitting in some cineplex in reclining theater seats with a $7.00 soft drink and a $10.00 paper pail of popcorn in ones lap while watching Captain Marvel or almost every movie cranked out by the devil’s diligent workers in Hollywood.

Subscribers and frequent visitors know how much material from A.W. Tozer is here on A Crooked Path. And. like , Scottish evangelist James Alexander Stewart mentioned in the article below, who is quoted saying what he did over 50 years ago by Michael L. Brown, A.W. Tozer, who died in 1963 preached and wrote of the same erosion taking place in the American church. Back in the 1950’s when it began.

A.W. Tozer preached upon and wrote on the Scripture teachings of the apostle Peter in great detail among his writing and preaching throughout his life, and A.W. Tozer drove home the fact IT IS HOW WE FASHION OURSELVES that greatly impacts every aspect of our lives and we then can’t proclaim to be devout disciples of Christ while fashioning ourselves after the world.

A.W. Tozer wrote and preached on fashioning ourselves, referencing:

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

1 Peter 1:14 — King James Version Holy Scripture

 

A.W. Tozer preached that every aspect of our lives determines HOW WE FASHION OURSELVES. In the places we go, in the people we associate with, in the books we read, in the music we listen to — every aspect of our daily lives fashions us. Either deeper into this world or deeper into the faith, God and Jesus Christ the author of our faith. And we can’t listen to worldly music and grow closer to Christ nor spend hours in a theater watching, listening to and being very influenced by a worldly movie and come out claiming it was benign and had no impact on us, did not affect our walk with God and Christ.

They all are activities, TIME SPENT IN WORLDLY PURSUITS influencing and fashioning us while taking us away from the pursuit of God and growing in the faith and growing closer, stronger to, with and through Jesus Christ the Lord.

If we are truly renewed of mind and spirit, if we are truly transformed, if we truly are indwelt of the Holy Spirit we do not, we OUGHT NOT FASHION OURSELVES according to our former selves who served the things and ways of this world, we ought not fashion ourselves according to our former worldly ignorance before becoming TRANSFORMED and RENEWED, BORN ANEW IN CHRIST.

Please go to 1 Peter 1. Read beyond verse 14. About;

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

1 Peter 1:15-21 — King James Version Holy Scripture

 

Stop needing to be entertained. Stop needing to be perpetually entertained. In all aspects of this life. And especially in what passes for church services which are to be worship and praise of our God and Saviour. Not just further weekly entertainment.

I began this writing many are inquiring, seeking, demanding, proclaiming there needs to be, there will be this new Great Awakening. this new Great Revival.

That cannot, will not happen without a nation professing to be Christian, especially evangelical Christian in such numbers who are liars and pretenders. Who refuse and ignore CORPORATE PRAYER. Who ignore and refuse repentance. Who ignore and refuse and recoil at admonishment, reproving and being disciplined and are offended at which direction the wind blows from or that demands entertainment above the true preaching and teaching of the Holy Scriptures.

I have not and will not go see Captain Marvel. But if I did I would come out of the theater asking myself, “Did I really need that?” “Did that improve my life at all? Make anything better in my daily life? Teach me anything?” And why is it we then proclaim we need mind numbing escapism in order to get through daily life if that is the reply upon leaving a theater, or being pressed on all this entertainment?

Am I studying the Word of God and praying every waking moment? Certainly not. But I have reached the point discerning what fashions me one way or another and if I partake of this is it really what I need, good for me, pleasing to God? So I censor everything I watch or listen to and also work at not becoming ensnared in having to be entertained a lot, sitting in front of a TV, or whatever it might be.

I ask myself daily, how am I fashioning myself before God our Father and Jesus our Lord.

I know. I’m an oddity. A throwback. A dying breed.

Better that than to be a person professing one thing while living another in need of worldly entertainment, or using their children as their excuse refusing to put time in on deep Bible study, time in on prayer, time in on corporate prayer, time in on asking the hard questions and being objective and honest hating this world rather than loving it and what it offers up for distracting temporary pleasures that merely bring emptiness and awaiting the next new thing.

Ken Pullen

ACP — A Crooked Path

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Unplanned, Captain Marvel, and the State of the American Church

 

By Michael L. Brown

April 16, 2019

Reprinted from: ASK Dr Brown

 

I’m thrilled to hear about the great impact that Unplanned is already having. It has exceeded box office expectations and, more importantly, the movie is changing many lives. How wonderful to hear of Planned Parenthood workers who are resigning after seeing it. At the same time, we can be reasonably that many more American Christians saw Captain Marvel than Unplanned. Why? It’s because we’d rather be entertained.

Let’s focus on one just segment of the professing Christian population of America, those who identify as evangelical or born-again, amounting to roughly 40 percent of the populace.

Even if we cut that number in half (which is quite drastic), that would be still be 20 percent of the nation, meaning 1 in every 5 people.

Now, let’s look at the box office totals for Captain Marvel and Unplanned.

The former has grossed about $386 million so far, the latter about $16 million, meaning that Captain Marvel has out-earned Unplanned by about 24 to 1.

You do the math. You tell me what movie Christians were flocking to see. The answer is obvious.

To be clear, I’m not criticizing someone for seeing Captain Marvel. I haven’t seen it myself, so I don’t know what’s in the movie. And I have no problem with believers enjoying some clean entertainment (again, I have no idea where Captain Marvel fits in that spectrum).

What I do know is this: Most American Christians are so apathetic about abortion that we can’t even take the time to see a powerful, even watershed, pro-life movie. Think about that for a moment, and let the weight of reality sink in.

It’s one thing to share the gospel in front of an abortion clinic. Or to adopt a child destined for abortion. Or to volunteer time to serve at a pro-life pregnancy center. Or to make a sacrificial donation to the pro-life cause. Not every Christian can (or will) do this.

But to see a movie? We can’t even do that? No wonder Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land.

Over 50 years ago, Scottish evangelist James Alexander Stewart addressed the superficial state of the church in the West. Of our public gatherings, he wrote, “The atmosphere of these meetings is so much like Hollywood that one might almost expect some comedian or film star to rush on the platform.” (Remember: He wrote this more than 50 years ago.)

He said: “I refuse to entertain sinners on their way to hell. . . . I want to preach every time as though it were my last chance. I do not want souls to curse my name in the lake of fire and say, “Yes, I went to such-and-such a Gospel meeting, but that preacher Stewart only entertained and joked. He made Christianity a farce!”

The old-fashioned method of evangelism was to make people weep, but the modern “Hollywood” way is to make people laugh. Everybody has to have a jolly good time. . . . We must have plenty of jokes or it would not be a good meeting. That is why there is such a woeful lack of conviction of sin in modern evangelism. The Holy Spirit cannot work in a frivolous atmosphere.

Here is a solemn truth that very few of God’s people seem to see: Everything depends on the atmosphere of the meeting. . . . For example, if you were saved in a jazzy sort of atmosphere, light and frivolous, with the song leader more like a clown and the preacher merely glorifying himself and using fleshly effort, you will also turn out to be a jazzy frivolous Christian with no depth in your spiritual life.

Does that not speak to the state of the church in America today? We would be rather be coddled than convicted, entertained than exhorted, babied rather than burdened.

The famous missionary C. T. Studd also addressed the phenomenon of spineless, superficial Christianity in his little classic, “Chocolate Soldier.”

He wrote: “EVERY TRUE CHRISTIAN IS A SOLDIER—of Christ—a hero “par excellence!” Braver than the bravest—scorning the soft seductions of peace and her oft-repeated warnings against hardship, disease, danger, and death, whom he counts among his bosom friends.

THE OTHERWISE CHRISTIAN IS A CHOCOLATE CHRISTIAN! Dissolving in water and melting at the smell of fire. “Sweeties” they are! Bonbons, lollipops! Living their lives on a glass dish or in a cardboard box, each clad in his soft clothing, a little frilled white paper to preserve his dear little delicate constitution.”

And then this biting poem:

“I must be carried to the skies
On a flowery bed of ease,
Let others fight to win the prize,
Or sail thro’ bloody seas.

Mark time, Christian heroes,
Never go to war;
Stop and mind the babies
Playing on the floor.

Wash and dress and feed them
Forty times a week.
Till they’re roly poly—
Puddings so to speak.

Chorus:
Round and round the nursery
Let us ambulate,
Sugar and spice and all that’s nice
Must be on our slate.”

The good news is that, “GOD NEVER WAS A CHOCOLATE MANUFACTURER, AND NEVER WILL BE. God’s men [and women] are always heroes. In Scripture you can trace their giant foot-tracks down the sands of time.”

May that same spirit of heroism and valor rise up in the church of America today.

Or, if that’s too much to ask, how about a spirit of decency – enough to get us off our couches to see a life-changing, redemptive movie about the slaughter of the unborn on our watch.

Is that too much to ask?

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