Preserved Words Bible Studies, a Part of First Love Ministries Guest Post Series
The Hollywood Factor – Intro 2A – See Eph. 6:10-12
Well, well well, imagine that. Hinduism, pantheism, and New Age… in Hellywood. Who would have ever thought? Right! Let me give you some prominent names that admit it. (I cut it down for space)
Oprah, Dr. Phil, Richard Geer, Fritjof Capra (revered by all the stars AND the UN), Steven Halpern, Shirley MacClaine, Sri Chinmoy (also revered by the stars), John Denver, Norman Lear, Mia Farrow, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John D. Rockefeller IV, Cary Grant, Robert McNamara (former Secretary of defense; Nixon), Jim Morrison (The Doors), Stevie Nix & Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Stephanie Kramer, Marsha Mason, Ted Danza, Linda Evans, Lisa Bonet, Sharon Glass, Levar Burton, George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek), Stephen King, & Joyce Dewitt. Some of the Western spiritual leaders of New Age who were famous because their works that led them into the occult and psychic are: Ken Wilbur, Werner Erhard, Carlos Castaneda, John Lilly, Charles Tart, Robert Muller, Norman Shealy, Robert Leightman, W. Brugh Joy, Barbara Marx Hubbard, L. Ron Hubbard, Teilhard de Chardin, Alice Bailey, Carl Jung, Jeremy Rifkin, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Mark Satin, & Deepak Chopra.
I want you to stop and think about how much influence these folks have. How powerful TV is, especially when it comes along with music into an uninformed, unarmed mind! We look to these kooks for spiritual guidance, political direction, and on and on. And they are SO in with the politicians (surprise!) I want you to read Eph. 2:2 here and indulge my strange mind. And they put stuff in your mind through TV.
WHERE are the “stars” located (primarily thought to be)? Hollywood (I call it Hellywood). WHERE is Hollywood? In Los Angeles. WHAT does Los Angeles mean? “City of… Angels.” What are we told in 2 Corinthians 11:14? What else do we see in Matthew. 12:41, 1Corinthians. 13:1, Colossians. 2:18, (throw in Revelation 16:13), AND Revelation 12:4? The third part of what? The STARS! WHERE did that term REALLY come from? NOW see Revelation. 1:20… stars, angels…Whoa! WHY are these folks called stars? Just my strange mind. And, remember Ezek. 28, and the territorial nature of fallen angels?
But how is it getting hold in churches? Bibles that aren’t Bibles, that have doctrinal holes in them, and allow for this junk. Pulpits that are not up with how pervasive and powerful this stuff is, and are not teaching about it or warning folks, too much TV, movies, and NOT enough time in the real Word of God by Christians in the pew, and teaching it in the government indoctrination centers called schools. You may say you don’t see it. They don’t come right out and tell you that’s what they’re teaching, but it’s in there. The NEA is RIPE with this stuff, and it is getting into the minds of children all over this nation, including Christian kids. Are your kids getting the Bible at home? Read Deut. 6. God is a fanatic about this stuff… and for good reason!
We must ask ourselves, what is it that has the MOST influence and sway in our lives? The Book, or Facebook? The Bible or Hollywood? When Christianity is lazy, the devil is strong… often unopposed.
I want you here to think about how TV works. Have you ever seen a picture on your TV that has another TV in it… and see that other TV like rolling lines?
Your TV works that way… you just don’t see it. It is hypnotic. Now add in the fact that Hollywood, controlled by the devil, and music with the movies and advertisements, and brother you have stuff that goes right past any filter you might have and gets in your brain and heart! You know what I’m saying is true! Now think again of how much… of what… influences your mind and heart because of the priority and amount of time it has to do so. How much influence does the Word of God have versus Hellywood?
Now don’t turn me off here but there are men and women on TV, on “Christian” channels who are espousing this kind of stuff and denying Jesus Christ as the only answer and Savior. Joel Osteen is one of them. I wish I had his hair, but I’m glad I don’t have his doctrine, and this is not just ranting on a pet peeve! Nice teeth, too! He will NOT come out and say Jesus is the only way. I’ve heard interviews with him. The devil is still the devil; he is still subtle, slick, and a liar. Galatians 1:8-9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. Do you think the devil was a beautiful creature in the garden? Ezekiel 28:16-17 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Little subtle lies… lead to big heresy down the line!!!!! (And big buckaroos, too!)
Hollywood is preaching this stuff 24 hours a day, and Christians and the world are falling for it, into it, and supporting it. Such things ought not to be. Paul wrote what he did in Rom. 13:11-14 for good reason. ARE WE awake? This stuff is appealing to the flesh. It SOUNDS good; it’s hip and trendy… cool. In many ways, it is taught in a way that seems harmless, but it is deadly. If the devil can get it in through your eyes… and ears, he has a foothold. As we keep watching it, even though we think we are turning off parts that are “objectionable” it is still getting in and becomes a stronghold. Why are we weak- tossed about? Too much Hellywood. We need to go on a TV fast…. fast! We don’t see all of it because we are not in the Light enough! Let’s commit to spending way more time in the Word… now, and not feed on this other junk!