It’s no secret God’s opposition has his opposites. He doesn’t create anything. He mimics or mirrors the good with evil opposites; sometimes in clever disguise. To the good and great, there is filth and falseness. Entertainment is his main tool to fill the heart and minds so full there is no room or interest for the things of God.
“Now what of the entertainment that is available to our young people today? Are you being undermined right in your home through your TV, radio, slick magazines, rock records? Much of the rock music is purposely designed to push immorality, narcotics, revolution, atheism, and nihilism, through language that often has a double meaning and with which many parents are not familiar.
Parents who are informed can warn their children of the demoralizing, loud, raucous beat of rock music, which deadens the senses and dulls the sensibilities—the jungle rhythm which inflames the savagery within.” Strengthening the Family, Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1970, pp. 21-25
Be honest with yourself. If Jesus came to your house to spend a day, would you be ashamed and quickly change the channel, or leave it off altogether for the time He was there with you?
Said President J. Reuben Clark, Jr. “I would have you reflect for a moment upon the fact that a tremendous amount of the modern art, of the modern literature and music, and the drama that we have today is utterly demoralizing—utterly . . . Your music—well, I do not know how far above the tom-tom of the jungle it is, but it is not too far… “These things you must watch. They all have their effects on you and your children.
“Make your home life as near heaven-like as you can.” (Relief Society Magazine, December 1952, p. 798.)
Television is the Devil’s Hometeacher
The TV is my shepherd, I shall not want.
It makes me lie down on the sofa.
It leads me away from the faith.
It destroys my soul.
It leads me in the path of sex and violence for the sponsor’s sake.
Yea, though I walk in the shadow of Christian responsibilities,
There will be no interruption, for the TV is with me.
Its cable and remote control, they comfort me.
It prepares a commercial for me in the presence of my worldliness.
It anoints my head with humanism and consumerism.
My coveting runneth over.
Surely, laziness and ignorance shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house watching TV forever.
— Author Unknown
False educational ideas
“As a watchman on the tower, I feel to warn you that one of the chief means of misleading our youth and destroying the family unit is our educational institutions. President Joseph F. Smith referred to false educational ideas as one of the three threatening dangers among our Church members. There is more than one reason why the Church is advising our youth to attend colleges close to their homes where institutes of religion are available. It gives the parents the opportunity to stay close to their children; and if they have become alert and informed as President McKay admonished us last year, these parents can help expose some of the deceptions of men like Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, John Dewey, Karl Marx, John Keynes, and others.
Today there are much worse things that can happen to a child than not getting a full college education. In fact, some of the worst things have happened to our children while attending colleges led by administrators who wink at subversion and amorality.
Said Karl G. Maeser, “I would rather have my child exposed to smallpox, typhus fever, cholera, or other malignant and deadly diseases than to the degrading influence of a corrupt teacher. It is infinitely better to take chances with an ignorant, but pure-minded teacher than with the greatest philosopher who is impure.”
Vocational education, correspondence courses, establishment in a family business are being considered for their children by an increasing number of parents.” Strengthening the Family, Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1970, pp. 21-25
The Holy TV Guide
On the table side by side:
The Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
One’s well worn but cherished with pride
(Not the Bible, but the TV Guide).
One’s used daily to help folk decide,
Not the Bible, it’s the TV Guide.
As pages are turned, what will they see?
Oh, what does it matter, turn on the TV.
Then confusion reigns, they can’t all agree
On what they will watch on the old TV.
So they open the book in which they confide
(Not the Bible, it’s the TV Guide).
The Word of God is seldom read —
Maybe a verse e’er they fall into bed,
Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be
(Not from reading the Bible: from watching TV).
So then back to the table, side by side,
Are the Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
No time for prayer, no time for the Word.
The way of salvation is seldom heard.
Abiding in Christ so full and free
Is found in the Bible, not on TV.
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