So I reply, “Why is it rated R?”
“Oh, just a scene or two.”
“A scene or two of what?”
“Well…”, they say, “Adult language and nudity.”
“You mean someone is cussing while taking a bath? Is that what you mean?”
“Okay”, I’m adding a little emphasis to my words, now. “You’re telling me, as one Christian to another, that it’s quite alright to attend a movie where they show nudity and people use vulgarity just because they can?”
“Uh, well, I, uh…”
But brother, why aren’t you a little more tolerant?
The world is in the mess it is because of “tolerance”; only that kind of tolerance is spelled ‘c-o-m-p-r-o-m-i-s-e‘.
Compromising God’s word does NOT please God.
“God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor – not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 NLT)
So why should a Christian stay clear of movies which include nudity, sex scenes (graphic or implied), and scenes which ignite or fuel the inner fires of passion?
1. God says to stay away from all sexual sin. This includes movies design specifically to arouse the sexual appetite.
2. Purity of heart, mind, eyes, and hands only enhances the genuine sexual relationships within a marriage.
3. Fantasy cheapens and weakens marriage relationships.
4. The Lord said, “But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28 NLT). To view a woman, or a man, using ‘elevator eyes’, is akin to the act of adultery.
If a person can commit adultery with their eyes, while the object of their affection is fully clothed, how much more so if the object is parading around on the nude, or is simulating the sex act?
5. Just because it’s available, has great actors and actresses, has a great plot, is funny, had great reviews, and everyone you know has seen it, DOESN’T make God’s Word null and void!
6. We’re told to FLEE sexual immorality; to put out to death, not run to see more of it.
“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.” (Colossians 3:5-6 NLT)
7. Sexual sin, which viewing movies that show nudity is, makes the heart become harder to the things of God. Filling ones thoughts and mind (with the visuals and such) with such images allows callouses to form on the spirit man to where it becomes more difficult to discern God’s voice, and right and wrong.
“Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18 NLT)
8. We have a responsibility to the Lord, our families, the Body of Christ, and ourselves to live a life free from sexual immorality.
“Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes – these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God.” (Ephesians 5:3-5 NLT)
By the way, “soft porn” is still sexual sin. Looking at a person, clothed or not, and fantasizing about them sexually is sin.
Christians, it won’t kill you to stay away from raunchy, sexually arousing, movies. In fact, you just may find yourself enjoying your marriage even more.
Bored? Feel the need to be entertained? Find something that won’t damage your spirit, embarrass your family, or stand between you and your God.
Maybe before you by your movie tickets, ask the Lord Jesus if He’d like to attend the showing with you.
Then act accordingly.
“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:17 NLT)