Entertainment Culture It’s Time to Unplug (Eric Owens)


The Bible is inspired of God. It can’t get things wrong.

Eric Owens

Entertainment culture it’s gonna help me I appreciate that the entertainment culture sometimes you get topics and titles it’s like wow that’s really interesting I haven’t thought about that so now I get to study and think about that so that’s what I’ve done is think about the entertainment culture in which we live have you given that much thought one way or the other yes all the parents said yes at least some I’m like no whatever I have topics and assignments I like to define the words cuz generally I don’t know what they mean at least not textbook lies and so I have to find that out and and maybe you do know but I’ll share it with you just the same that the definition for the word entertainment it is the action of providing or being provided with amusement or enjoyment an example of that is everyone just sits in front of the TV for entertainment second definition is an event performance or activity designed to entertain us the word culture because we’re going to need to combine the two thoughts since our topic is ultimately overcoming the entertainment culture the word culture is defined as the art and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively 20th century popular culture another definition says a refined understanding or appreciation of culture men of culture and then thirdly the customs arts social institutions and achievements of a particular nation people or other social group it’s that last one that probably best hits our discussion tonight the customs the arts the social institutions achievements of a particular nation our nation in particular and the idea of us being entertained that which according to the definition is designed to provide us amusement or enjoyment a lot of times when things happen in our lifetimes we typically react as if the thing in question is new and despite the fact that Solomon said there’s no new thing under the Sun and so sometimes when parents grandparents as you get older young people this will happen to you trust me on that but as you get older you start to see the world differently you start to see your faith differently you start to view heaven differently and as you begin to see that and grow toward the end you may even start to think about your mortality and what you’re going to leave behind and who you’re going to believe behind and how they’re going to be left and whether or not those people are going to go to heaven and you start to think about things like that as you transition further and further more into your life they get more and more clear you start to see the world differently and maybe for the first time in its starkness and in its fullness you begin to see just how opposed the world is to God and Christ and spiritual things and typically when you see that as clearly as you can begin to see it you begin to sound like Chicken Little you begin to run around talking quickly usually loudly hurriedly because you know there’s a sense of urgency now and everything that happens in the world it hits this filter for you and you speak out against it in fact you began to talk almost incessantly and you begin to sound like C and that’s wrong too and let me tell you about that and everything that comes up it just about matter doesn’t matter what it is it could be on television it could be a new song it could be a new style it could be this that and the other and every time you see it you’re the one speaking up and your speeches start to take a while and they began to be urgent and earnest and after a while you’re young people look at you and think now what is wrong with you so let me just understand they can’t say this to you but I will maybe what they’re thinking is something like this so let me just understand you’re against everything that’s fun I mean anything that might bring a smile to my face is something you are patently against just let me understand so that I’m clear now young people can’t say that to you that’s largely how they feel because you’re in that space now and everything doesn’t matter who it is mom I’m gonna tell you about this in a song five seconds of hearing turn that off sit down get your Bible we need to talk about this song we need to talk about the world and he talked about every single thing that listen it’s always been that way it’s been that way since the beginning nearly I don’t know a generation after the garden that was not given to entertainment that was not given to doing things its way I don’t know a generation now maybe through the years we have subsequently gotten worse and more and more proficient at sin that’s possible every generation learns from the previous one and does it quicker and faster and gets better and better at it but it’s the same thing in fact it will always be the same thing first John chapter 2 verses 15 through 17 point number one though not the body of the material is that we live in an entertainment culture should not surprise us and yet it appears that Christians are constantly surprised by it and there’s this dichotomy and this divide between older people and younger people and there there’s not this blending and harmonious kind of thing it’s that you’re against me and I want to have fun and that sort of thing and listen it’s always been this way first John 2 in verse number 15 the Bible says love not the world neither the things that are in the world if any man love the world the love of the father is not in him grab hold of this next phrase for all that is in the world the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life because the Bible is inspired of God it can’t get things wrong and so if John says all that’s in the world that’s all that’s in it it’s why you shouldn’t be surprised that our culture has given itself the entertainment it doesn’t have much option truth be told when you cast off God you’re left to yourself and your own devices there is not a lot for you to do other than to give yourself to the lust of the flesh the lust of the eyes and the pride of life without God and if you choose to cast him off what else is there and so it’s not very surprising point number one thought number one let me share number two the source of the entertainment culture is just that men cast god off and then they go about and establish themselves as their own God Paul describes this in Romans chapter 1 verses 21 beginning Paul says because that when they knew God you’ll want to note that I trust that you have given due consideration to the fact that man as a as an entity humanity human beings did not live on this earth 24 hours without the knowledge of God we were created on day 6 God was communing with man on day 6 we were created on day 6 God was commanding man on day 6 we were created on day 6 and God married a man and a woman on day 6 and so our entire existence has been with God what we did is cast off God Paul describes that and so he says because that when they knew God they started with the knowledge of God they glorified him not as God neither we’re thankful might want to circle that as a sub thought to our relationship with God if we want to keep a healthy relationship with God we ought to give many thanks to God failure to be thankful leads to 1 becoming fool and believing himself or herself to be self-sufficient it often gives way to negligence and a refusal to follow God and go about and establish her own way see Deuteronomy 6 about verse 10 – verse number 13 they did not and were not thankful but became vain in their imaginations their foolish heart was darkened what happened next Paul says professing themselves to be wise they became fools let me ask you this wiser that whom they profess themselves to be wise now they started with God how wise can you be well you can be wise in your own imaginations once you cast God off they profess themselves to be wise they change the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image and it’s interesting to me that the first image looked like a human Paul says they changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man we don’t want God and so will enthrone our self we take God off the throne of our hearts and we enshrine ourselves well now what are we going to do from that position Paul says birds four-footed beasts creeping things wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts to dishonour their own bodies between themselves who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator who is blessed forever hey man friends he’s not talking about America well it sounds like he is but he’s talking about the Gentile world back in the days after Noah in the flood those people knew God and of course they did because eight people came off the ark and those eight people told their descendants about the God who told them to build the ark and they told theirs and they told theirs and they told theirs by the time we get to Abel and Moses and Joshua God is saying to Abraham in Genesis 15 your descendants are going to go into and serve a nation he says because the cup of the amorite is not yet full while Israel is being reared in Egypt the other nations who knew God are in the land corrupting themselves casting him off giving themselves to idolatry God says their cup is not yet full and so by the time of the Exodus and God brings Israel how God tells Joshua now you go judge the nation’s but don’t you live like them don’t you take their sons don’t you take their daughters and don’t you give them yours in marriage cast them out and get them away from you because if you go into the land and you take on their practices you will become just like them God gave them up and eventually God judged him through that end we should not be surprised number three in Scripture we have examples constantly of this thing taking place I would urge as early as Genesis chapter six in fact it’s one of the reasons the floods going to come you remember this description it came to pass when men began to multiply on the face of the earth daughters were born unto them that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair and they took them wives of all which they chose that’s Genesis chapter 6 it’s back in Genesis chapter 1 that God said therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and cleave unto his wife just one by chapter 6 men have taken upon themselves to pick wives plural of all which they chose the Bible goes on to say the Lord said my spirit will not always strive with man he is also flesh as days will be 120 years giants in the earth the Bible says God saw the wickedness of man that it was great in the earth every imagination of the thought how would you have this that culture we probably would use the word that’s a entertainment culture they’ve given themselves over to entertainment and to entertain themselves Jesus spoke of those very people in Matthew 24 and verse number 30 and he said Jerusalem and his day would be like the days of Noah he said of those individuals they were eating and drinking marrying and giving in marriage we are sometimes taken aback mouths gaped open shocked and amazed that our culture has given itself to entertainment and a cursory reading of Scripture would help us understand pretty quickly humanity has always done this our culture unjust like theirs has a very simple desire I want to be happy I want to do me I want to live my best life now I don’t want anybody telling me what to do with my life I don’t want anybody judging me I want anybody condemning me I just want to be left to myself to do any and everything I want I want to be happy religion modern religion in America has agreed and so whereas you might find atheists and humanists saying there is no God and nothing really matters and you should do a lot and be allowed to do anything you want you could understand that from somebody who says I don’t even believe in God there are no objective morals and there’s no heaven you have no soul you have no you could understand why those people would say that but if you were to consider modern-day religion it sounds just like that the only difference is these individuals will use the word God in fact whereas they will say I want to be happy these people will say God wants me to be happy but the message and how I get there is exactly the same the Lois Church is not off limits in fact it seems no matter where the world starts denominationalism will follow and then eventually it will reach the door of the Lord’s body ask permission to come in and sure enough somebody will go to the door open it up and invite the world and sin in and pretty soon the Lord’s Church at least some within her will be saying precisely what the denominations say which is precisely what the world says if there is one thing that is true Christians and non-christians should agree that their positions are not the same now they don’t agree on any position at least they shouldn’t but they should agree on the fact we don’t believe the same things God is a God of distinction there should be a difference between those who believe in him and follow him and those who don’t in fact throughout scripture words like these occur there is light and then there is darkness there are the saved and then there are the lost there is the church or the kingdom and then there is the world there are children of God and there are children of the devil there are saints and sinners believers and unbelievers what you should not find is these two groups of individuals saying the same things what you should not find is agreement between these two individuals you shouldn’t find that and yet you do and again slowly but surely it makes its way to the lord’s house there are four messages I want to share with you that our culture would suggest that you and I imbibe and participate in I would say again the religious world has largely capitulated to every one of these things and again slowly but surely it is knocking on the door of the Lord’s house never have the words of the Apostle Paul been more pertinent for you and I than they are today Romans chapter 12 and verse number one the Apostle Paul wrote I beseech you brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice holy acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service and be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God the Apostle Paul is begging the Brethren in Rome is certainly us by extension that we not allow the world to shape and mold us into its image but rather we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds a a good description of that visually would be Ephesians 4 about verse 17 to 32 for in that section of Scripture Paul talks about taking off the old man being renewed in the spirit of our minds and then putting on the new man which after Christ is created in righteousness and true holiness for messages there in the time we have remaining we’ll talk about those four messages message number one this message of entertainment I would urge is if you get lots of money you will be happy you will be entertained life will be good if you just get lots of money that is certainly the message from the world it is also again messages from the denominational world there’s a name for it these days it’s called prosperity preaching and if I were to ask you what is the number one topic preached among denominationalism I think I’d be on safe ground by saying it’s money inevitable no matter where we start in the Bible we’re going to get back to God is holding out a blessing for you God’s gonna give you something real good it’s just a matter of time gonna open the storehouses of win he’s gonna pour you out a blessing just as soon as you tithe you give your money God’s gonna give you a blessing I’ve heard of institutions where there is ATMs in the buildings with a sermon has preached money money money I’ve even heard of a somebody was attending this church had a conversation with him asking him how is going they told me oh it’s going so great yeah how’s it here’s what happens when you come into the building they sell you a lottery ticket and then you hold your ticket and by the end of the service after everything is done they have a raffle and you could win it’s worship I’m going to win money at worship life is about getting money and as soon as you get it you’re going to be happy don’t worry about spiritual pursuits money is the pursuit religious people work themselves to death trying to get more money I need more money what are you going to do I’m going to be happier so we watch the rich and the famous we watch the celebrities we want to imitate them they have the money we want the money and so we give ourselves to money so much so that families are sometimes destroyed over the pursuit of money children are not lost by the state and they are not lost by the church they are lost at home parents have given themselves to the need to get more money I understand providing for yourselves absolutely Bible demands it first Timothy 5:8 and man provide not for his own he’s denied the faith is worse than empty I get provided but we’re way past that in our culture no no you need more money you need more thing can you remember back to 2008 when this crash happened but can you remember a few years prior to that where every day this was the message money money and more money people were throwing it in the air I think the expression was making it rain it was everywhere I heard preachers day after day after day telling people God is pouring out a blessing he’s blessing me and he’s going to bless you and it was money and then the crash came I don’t know what people did I guess they thought maybe the windows of heaven closed money is going to make us happy we just need more of it what if they ask us today of all the things in your life you need more of what is it religious and non-religious people were polled what would they say well if I just have more money I’d be whole I’d be happy God knew that wasn’t the truth and so we have an entire book dedicated to a search for meaning and fulfillment under the Sun the man’s name is Solomon wisest man in the world ever in existence prior to our Savior and Solomon went on a search and I would submit to you this if anybody could have been happy with money if that were it Solomon would have been that individual there’s nobody richer than Solomon before him and scarcely is anybody could probably match or equal the riches he had after him if you have your Bibles look at it Cleese essays chapter two and listening to Solomon and what he says about his search and about his money if only people read the Bible if only people searched the Bible then they wouldn’t do the very things Solomon did and how frequently Solomon said it’s all vanity ecclesiastical – in verse number one beginning Solomon explains some of the things that he acquired and had in fact the three or four things we’ll talk about tonight Solomon tried every one of them down in verse number seven he talks about his possessions he says I bought male and female slaves I had homeboy slaves also possessed flocks herds larger than all who preceded me in Jerusalem I collected for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings provinces I provided with myself male and female singers the pleasures of men many concubines I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem my wisdom also was with me if any person could say I’m going to get more money and buy more money I’m going to be happy Solomon would have been that individual but here’s what he did say in verse number nine beginning after acquiring all that he did Solomon says in verse nine or verse ten then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem my wisdom also stood with me all that my eyes desired I did not refuse them I did not withhold from my heart any pleasure my heart was pleased because of all the labor this was my reward for my labor then I considered all my activities which my hands had done the labor which I had exerted and behold all was vanity striving after wind and there was no profit under the Sun our culture has given us the impression that all we need is more money and what we should do with the time that we have is get more money and when we get it we’ll be whole and happy and everything will be fine and Solomon says I had it and it was all vanity in a striving after wind solemn is not the only one to tell us that money is not where happiness is the Apostle Paul says as much in first Timothy chapter 6 and verse number 6 the Apostle Paul says he’s talking actually if you look at the first five verses in that chapter Paul’s actually talking about preachers he’s talking about false preachers and he is saying of those individuals that these false preachers believe they are going to have godliness if they get gain that their gain is going to demonstrate that God approves of them that they have a good relationship with God and Paul says instead in verse number 6 but godliness is a means of great gain when accomplished by contentment for we brought nothing into this world and we cannot take anything out of it when you’re reading the Bible let me just encourage you as you read it to to pause on some of these phrases as it explains things for instance this verse says very plainly but you and I have a coming into the world and it says we have a going out of the world and Paul says we brought nothing in and it’s certain we can carry nothing out but the thing I want you to appreciate about that is the Bible anticipates you and I going out it does not anticipate us staying here forever there is a going out it’s absolutely understood in Scripture not always understood by us Paul says we brought nothing in it’s certain we can carry nothing out the result of that is having food and raiment let us be therewith content let me ask you this how is your contentment the world has sold us a bill of goods and one of our challenges is they end up convincing us to live like them if we aren’t careful when we talk about the entertainment culture and the entertainment listen there is these individuals over here who have no belief in God no desire for God and then there is false religion absolutely so but you and I cannot simply think Envy in terms of these two groups of individuals and not include their influence on the church because inevitably we live in the culture and sure enough we wake up in it every day the messages they stream hit us too and if you and I aren’t careful the television we watch will have an impact on us the songs we listened to will begin to have an impact on us but the magazine’s we read comes from these individuals and their thoughts if we’re not careful will become our thoughts and sometimes it happens so subtly it’s like carbon monoxide it’s odorless it’s tasteless and before you know it you’re just dead the Apostles and the Scriptures is pleading not to these two groups they’re pleading to us they’re pleading to the church Paul says they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare drown me in and perdition many foolish and hurtful lusts money’s not the problem verse 10 says for the love of money the root of all evil we’re the ones who live in a culture that says greed is good that’s our culture we’re the ones who live in a culture where not contentment is preached love of money is preached there are preachers today who I heard one of them say it I heard it with my own ears not that that makes a difference I’m just saying I’m not saying he said I heard him say it and what he said was something like this well Jesus had a treasurer and therefore he must have had money Judas is the treasurer just for the record the Bible says the treasurer is stealing from the bank Lord doesn’t have a lot of money in fact he said foxes have holes birds of the air have nests son of man has not where to lay his head buried in a borrowed tomb that’s our Lord rode on a mule that’s our Lord Harrod the main Luke eight says koozai and others the women helped the Lord with their means the Lord had a lot of things money wasn’t one of them instead Jesus came and laid down his life Jesus was rejected and despised of men came to his own his own received him not what our Lord did was not till people go get lots of money what our Lord did was served he went about doing good acts 10:38 he put others before himself Matthew 20:28 that can’t be right is that right you took too much of my time point number two did I say point number two just Owens you’re supposed to help me with that now what usually gives me a look like sir you’ve been on that point too long move on she didn’t give me that point tonight point number two in our 5 minutes left with new points 2 3 & 4 here’s what the world has done to us we’ve gone for money the second point is possessions if you buy the right stuff and you can buy more of it you’ll be happy and again I just urge you look at how counter that is to Scripture the Bible are going to teach us contentment you tell me what in our culture encourages us to be content what in our culture encourages us to say nope that’s enough I’ll need another one there’s not one thing in our entire culture that teaches us to be content in fact it teaches us to have more stuff you be careful friends and see that it doesn’t happen to you if you aren’t careful it’ll happen and you won’t even be aware of it but the clauses will be full the Attic will be full the basement will be full the garage will be full I don’t know how many garages in America cannot hold cars cars can’t be parked in garages any more because there’s stuff in the garage dangerous stuff in the garage it’s stuff in the garage it’s definite it’s stuff in the closets it’s stuff in the stores shared everything’s full now have we stopped buying No how did we get there and we’re the church how did that happen because we live in the culture and everything they do is intended to urge us to do more of the same I was so mad at Amazon when they got a one-click Buy button I didn’t know what to do with myself a one-click by clicking it you got it and now two days it’ll be at your house friends listen they’re after us these people the world has these people the world has there’s one group they don’t have but boy are they trying to get us and if you aren’t careful more possessions number three more fun listen they will tell us life is all about fun all I want to do is have fun that’s all I want to do let me share this with you very quickly life is not about you having fun young people let me say that with you and it’s not just you believe me grown people play video games and go to video game championships and have comic-con and dress up in costumes those are grownups now there’s children too little grown-ups doing that stuff I saw an air guitar championship competition real live true story with awards and money air guitar championship and they were committed to I mean with moves and stuff how do you even judge that listen it’s happening look at acts 17 really quickly with me I hope we can get to the last one acts 17 there’s something in this section of Scripture that’s just so important to this point re with me from verse 24 down to verse 29 the Apostle Paul says the God who made the world and all things in it seeing he is Lord of heaven earth does not dwell in temples made with hands no is he served by human hands as though he needed anything since he himself gives to people life and breath and all things he made from one man every nation of mankind live on the face of the earth haven’t determined their appointed times the bounds of the habitation here’s the point of your life it’s not your happiness the point of your life is verse 27 why did God the world why did God make man verse 27 says that that they should seek the Lord the problem is the premise is wrong we start with us unfortunately I want to be happy that’s the wrong premise the premise we start with shouldn’t be us the premise should be God we should look up to the God of heaven who made the world and made us that’s the start point what does he want and what he wants is you to seek the Lord and find him though he be not far from every one of us now that’s the purpose what’s the motivation look down at verse number 30 therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance God is now declaring to all men that all everywhere should repent what’s the motivation for seeking the Lord verse 31 because he has fixed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness since you are here you will be judged before the judgment what should you do you should seek the Lord and find him that’s the purpose of your being but judgment is fixed it’s not as if you or I can alter that Hebrews 9:27 it’s appointed on the man wants to die after this the judgment 2nd Corinthians 5:10 we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ you’re going to the judgment the point of life is to seek God and find him before you arrive at the judgment it’s not your happiness last point was going to be pleasure do whatever feels good to you that is our world’s position on our entertainment culture slat sadly it has also reached the door of the Lord but thank you so much for your kind attention sister Owen should have gave me the nod and I would have moved on quicker let’s blame her you

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