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Crosstalk: November 27, 2019

There’s a constant battle going on between good and evil, darkness and light, and many times we’re right in the middle of the battle.  In this battle, sometimes things get a bit blurry to us. We wonder if it’s OK to participate in a particular activity, to read certain books, listen to a certain kind of music, play certain video games or watch certain programs.  Oftentimes we rely upon the research of an individual to make such determinations. However, there are always new things coming on the market in all these categories. So how should we go about making such determinations so that we can know what is right and wrong and thereby obey God and serve Him?  

Joining Jim to sort through all this was Dr. David Brown.  Dr. Brown is pastor of the First Baptist Church in Oak Creek, WI.  He has a Masters in Theology and PhD in History, specializing in the history of the English Bible.  In addition to his study of the English Bible, he’s also president of Logos Communication Consortium which operates LogosResourcePages.org.  He’s author of the book, ‘The Dark Side of Halloween’ and also a research paper, ‘Unmasking the Truth About Witches.’

Listeners seeking to honor God will find this program very informative as Dr. Brown shows just how subtle the attacks can be that seek to divert the attention of our hearts and minds away from God and His will.  In that realm, Dr. Brown presented detailed information concerning ‘Principles for Determining What is Acceptable.’ Questions that were examined included:    

–What belief system and/or doctrines are evident or advocated?

–What values and philosophies are evident?

–Is supernatural power evident and what is the origin? 

–Are there occult, witchcraft, psychic, satanic or New Age, vampire-Goth practices or symbols incorporated?

–Are the imaginations and thoughts of the participants steered in a wholesome or unwholesome direction?

–Does it depict immorality, is it sensual or immodest, or does it arouse lust?

–Does it glorify evil or violence?

–Is the language clean?

–Will it build godly character?

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