"I read the book and can't wait for the movie! And I'm proud of it."
I thought about Romans 1:18-32 which explains the slippery slope of sin:
- Darkening people's understanding (v.21).
- "Brainwashing" them so they "do what ought not to be done" (v.28).
- Making them confident to openly approve sin (v.32).
But 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us how:
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
- We don't approve something just because "everyone" approves it.
- We don't even approve it if a Christian friend approves it.
- We trust the knowledge of God alone.
1. Why are books like "50 Shades of Grey" harmful?
Psalm 101:2-3: I will be careful to lead a blameless life—when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. 3 I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.
Matthew 5:27-28: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
2. Do something to help retain the message of 2 Corinthians 10:5.
- Draw it
- Memorize it
- Hang it on your mirror to recite daily
- Do anything that will help the message "dwell" in you (Colossians 3:16).
I'd love to hear any of the methods you use, and I'll share my drawing in the next study.
2 Corinthians 10:5: "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
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