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There is a loud voice in Christendom that is denouncing Game of Thrones as pornography and therefore unfit for Christian consumption. They rightly point out the graphic content of some episodes as the nail in the coffin, the check mate of sorts for their perspective. For the latest of these see here

I am not going to defend Game of Thrones as wholesome, and a must watch for everyone. I do not believe one needs to watch it in order to minister and connect with unbelieving coworkers, or that one needs to see it in order to know whether or not it contains times of nudity and lewdness. I am here to simply point out that Game of Thrones is not Pornography, indeed it is antiporn in that it displays for it’s audience the raw truth of sin. Sin has terrible consequences and is disgusting. Pornography is a great evil, not due to it’s nudity, but due to it’s agenda 1. Pornography is to be defined as pagan fantasy of perversion for the political agenda of usurping God’s order and reality. In Porn the mantra is “monogomy is unnatural and oppressive”, supported by story lines consistent with protagonists that are liberated and free to enjoy wherever sexual pleasures they can imagine. When humans believe this narrative and engage in this fantasy, they are destroyed. Far from freedom and liberation, real people lose everything, including their humanness, when they attempt to follow the politic of Porn. As we shall see, along with individuals being detroyed by porn, pornography will take down a free society, building a Totalitarian state atop the ruins.

Even after seeing what pornography is and giving it up, many still deal with lasting effects including intimacy issues with their spouse and an addiction always flamed by past memory and experience 2. Pornography promotes and inspires adultery, perversion and is a leading component in the legalization and magnitude of abortions in our society. Wherever perversion prospers, for instance a billions of dollars industry, child sacrifice will be abundant as well. Children are born from “sexual fantasy” but are rarely included in the narrative. They therefore must be eliminated for the good of the agenda. Pornography is a culture of death.

Game of Thrones in contrast has no such agenda. It’s agenda is entertainment and art. Again, I’m not condoning nudity or lewdness, I only want to be honest, and call for others to be so as well, that GOT cannot fit in the category of pornography. Take for instance the perverted relationship between Cersei and Jamie Lannister, sister and brother and also mother and father to their three children. An icestuous relationship is a perversion and against God’s Law 3. GOT does not deny that reality, indeed the Lannister siblings are cursed for their relationship and their perversion results in the death of all three of their children. There is no glorifying or deception here, incest is not celebrated as normal or liberating. In this regard, GOT, though not always wholesome, is always antiporn, for it’s narrative is the exact opposite of what the porn industry seeks to push on society.

Nudity is not necessary for the pornographic agenda to gain hold in our culture. Many programs we watch and even allow our children to watch have no nudity, yet they promote the idea that the individual is autonomous and free to do whatever they want with their bodies, and even with others. The smash hit TV show Friends for instance, carried within it’s hilarious dialogues and hip themes the promotion of fornication as a needed and good thing. I remember seeing one scene where the guys were discussing how crazy it was to not have sex with a woman before marrying her, otherwise “how do you know what your getting?”. This is the heart of pornography and Friends has peddled it into our homes for years without nudity. Many other shows do the same and an entire network, Freeform, has made it’s profit from no-nudity porn. This is possible because the Pornographic agenda is one which uses immorality for the puposes of doing away with the human individual’s moral liberty and therefore will give way to another Ruler. For if we cannot rule over ourselves, we will seek others to rule us. Porn seeks revolution against liberty and nudity and explicit sexual displays are powerful tools to reach this goal, but they are not the only tools. The greatest deception the Devil ever achieved was convincing people he wasn’t real. And his genius in porn is convincing pietists that as long as private body parts aren’t showing, then it’s not wrong.

Pornography is too vile a thing to be used as a banner for anything the religious Christian doesn’t like or think to be wholesome. Though piety pushing sells and can get a good number of clicks, we must be more discerning and careful. While we condemn Game of Thrones, real Pornography is continuing to grow it’s influence in our culture right under our noses.

1. See Law and Liberty by Rushdoony, Chapter titled, The Politic of Pornography

2. See my article When the Porn Star Marries

3. Leviticus 18:8-10

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In relationships to be serious is to be monogamous or dedicated. One cannot be serious about someone and at the same time seek to be with others in the same way. Faithfulness is equated with being serious, as I think it should be. In one’s art, career or sport, to be serious is to be disciplined and dedicated to the mastering of that thing, to being as successful as possible. Practice, honing of the craft and constant improvement are the lifestyle of one who is seen as serious.

There seems to be a discrepancy with how we view a seriousness of faith in our culture today. One who goes to church on Sundays is considered one serious about their faith. Praying, knowing Bible verses and even showing a passion for certain issues such as abortion, sexuality, poverty and others, are all indications that one is serious about their faith. There is however a great distinction between being serious about the Gospel and being serious about Spiritual discipline and some theological, cultural and social issues.

We live in the aftermath of the Enlightenment. One consequence of this is that many of us live our lives day by day unknowingly following the rules and principles that that movement has set for our Western world. We are children, in a sense, of the Enlightenment and therefore have inherited the good and the bad that worldview has produced. One of these rules states that religion is good only for one’s individual private spiritual practice. This rule made it possible for great minds like that of Ben Franklin, to confess a faith in God and yet act and behave politically and scientifically as one free of that faith. For the Enlightenment, God and his Law have no place in the public square, the classroom or the laboratory.

I believe this has had a great affect on our world, the world we have been born into and have grown up in. This world, where many of us have raised and are raising children, operates under the premise that God is not concerned with, or involved in it outside of one’s church walls or prayer closet. What we do in the world outside of our spiritual disciplines and church fellowship, doesn’t really matter much. We are waiting for God to fix this broken world, we are waiting to live in an eternity where our faith matters. It is the longing of every Christian to see the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells this same thing to Nicodemus in their secret meeting one evening in a garden, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”. We who have been awakened to the grace of God in Christ see the Kingdom, and we long for it. Every Sunday together we pray “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”. If this is your longing, your heart is in the right place. Unfortunately, as we long for the Kingdom, we have been told this Kingdom is not a present reality and cannot therefore be the hope and life of our world today. We are waiting.

To be serious about the Gospel is to believe that the Gospel informs, renews and has power in every aspect of life and society. If the Gospel we believe is true, then there cannot be anything in all of existence that it is not good news for, either in the condemnation and defeat of the wicked or in the redemption and renewal of the creation. If Christ is King, which is the good news of the Gospel, then he is King over all without exception.

Serious faith is not only a pious one. Morality, rules, passion for good causes and even a confidence in the forgiveness of sin and an afterlife with God are not the same as a serious faith. A serious faith is one that encompasses all of life and reality, it is a faith that leads one to live there today fully for the Kingdom of God.

Science, politics, art, education, justice and everything else are under his rule and wisdom. May we all begin to throw off the shackles of the Enlightenment and embrace a full and confident faith in Jesus who is the King of the nations and the Lord of all of life and society.

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“To arms! To arms! The Christians are attacking!” Prince Valiant (?)

“The Church is not the Church unless it is the Church militant”. R.C. Sproul

 

It is easy to understand that the Church is an institution ordained and formed by Christ to invade the realm of hell, extinguishing it from the earth. Our Lord himself says that the “gates of hell shall not prevail” against us. Paul concludes his letter to the Ephesians, after he has expressed the power and benefits of Christ given to all who have been delivered through his exodus from death and sin, with an appeal to put on the whole armor of God, Ephesians 6. The Church is indeed an army and all who are called by Christ have been commissioned into its service. The vocational callings of the Church such as pastors and teachers are ordained for the dedicated job of equipping the saints for the battle, the labor of the ministry, Ephesians 4. It is important to express that the battle we fight is not with guns and smart bombs, but with the power of the message that Jesus is the victorious King of the nations. In our fight we are ordered to “overcome evil with good”, and to “love our enemies”.

I have heard it said by many, I do not know by who originally, that the Church is the only army that shoots its own soldiers. This is a sad reality. I myself have seen this done. The Church is not only an institution called for battle, it is also a community formed for service and renewal. I would actually go so far as to suggest that the Church cannot succeed in the battle if it does not also fully embrace its calling to be a hospital, caring for the wounded and broken, regardless of who they are or how they got there. The same Apostle who calls us to gird our loins for the battle also calls us to be a people that gently and humbly restore our fallen brethren, Galatians 6.

The ability to fight the good fight, while caring for the wounded is a mark of maturity and wisdom according to the New testament. Jesus was a master of this. Dispelling evil and humiliating it, while restoring the woman caught in adultery so that she would “sin no more”.

So is the Church an Army or a hospital? According to Scripture it is both, and this is part of its practical strength. May we who are called to serve the Kingdom of God, fight the good fight as we serve and renew our world.

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Dr. Talbot of Whitefield Seminary has a great discussion with the crew of Apologia Radio on the Gospel, slavery, the Puritans and God’s Law.

Puritans, Law, Justification, and Beards – 2/7/2015
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This is from a great site, Though the Lens of Optimism. I highly recommend it. The author in sharing this said something very true in my opinion, “Dominion comes through service.”

When the Church believes a Gosple that is about God and his Kingdom of.justice and power, we will see our society reformed in ways that seem impossible. The Church has been assigned the ministry of welfare. The State today denies us this vocation and uses it as a way of control and power. We must call them to repentance and again stand as the light and glory of God to a broken world.

The Poor : Oppressed or Sluggards

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The link below is to an article by the Fire Breathing Christian. 

We are commanded to bring our children up in a Christ centered education. As parents we will answer for our lack of faithfulness in this area. May we not send our children to the secular humanist State to be trained in their worldview. Deuteronomy 6.

10 Reasons to not socialize your children in the public school system

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