By Pamela Rae Schuffert presenting investigative journalism from a Biblical Christian perspective-
For twelve long years now, I have been blessed with the reality of having NO TELEVISION! None. Only recently did I come to realize what a blessing this has truly been.
My brother has a television in his nursing home room, that he watches due to boredom and being confined to his bed every day due to his handicaps. And so, Big Sis is exposed to modern television periodically as I come to visit John, and it is quite an eye-opener for me.
I have noticed how modern television has indeed evolved more and more into a tool of genuine mind control and thought/opinion shaping of the American people. Not surprisingly, I have noted how the moral standard has sunk lower and lower, in order to subconsciously influence Americans into accepting sexual and verbal immorality as "normal and acceptable in today's society."
Gay and lesbian life styles are being heavily promoted today, I noted. Adult humor "cartoons" are filled with profanity and profane, sexually immoral lifestyles.
I have also noted how guns and gore are glorified in many programs. What hypocrisy it is for this government to push for gun control under the guise of stopping gun-related violence in America today, only to have violence and guns and murder glorified continually on national television!
Another thing I am aware of is that millions of Christian homes throughout America have televisions today. My question is, how many Christians are spending their evening watching television, instead of spending in time in INTERCESSORY PRAYER and studying the Word of God??? Television can actually become a strong allurement away from the more important things of the Christian lifestyle.
I remember the long and frigid nights spent in the Arctic circle while ministering for a year in Kotzebue, Alaska. We had no television. I had my Bible and the Northern Lights radiating their fascinating glow from above, as I spent hour after hour in intercessory prayer for AMERICA and for the world and others as well. There were few distractions in that isolated Eskimo village in the cold and bleak tundra. This actually proved a blessing for my Christian walk and ministry of intercessory prayer!
I remember looking out our large picture window in the living room, up at the greenish glow of the Northern lights and millions of twinkling stars hovering above, and feeling so close to God as I reached up to His throne through the joy of intercession.
We live in a world where people seek to fill voids in their life with television and movies and entertainment of various kinds. Some seek to fill their emptiness or loneliness with alcohol and drugs and illicit sex as well, only to then feel more empty as the darkness of sin and bondage creeps into their lives.
The power of prayer
But when I spend time in intercessory prayer, coupled with worship and praise to my Creator and Redeemer, every void within is satiated with the Presence of His love and compassion. I have a sense of true fulfillment as I pray, and then see the divine results afterwards. We were redeemed to have a living relationship with our Creator, Almighty God. And PRAYER is an intricate and vital part of that wonderful relationship, as we communicate with our Father in Heaven...and LISTEN as well.
In today's America, I have noticed that many people fill their lives with empty hours of watching secular television. And that includes many CHRISTIANS as well.
Television can then become that subtle robber of the Christian's time spent with Almighty God, both in prayer and spending time studying His wondrous word. Even time that could be spent ministering to others, is often wasted instead in the empty world of television.
Television is used by Satan and the unsaved to plant thoughts of immorality, profanity, violence, divorce, pornography, and many other forms of sin in the minds of the watchers.
Television news media is especially notorious for it's use by the government to sway the minds and opinions of the American people in political and international issues, and issues right here at home as well. This is called "NEWS MEDIA BIAS AND BLACKOUT."
It is because of rampant government misinformation on the mainstream new media outlets in America, that ALTERNATIVE NEWS JOURNALISM has sprung up and attracted millions of perceptive Americans who have become disgusted with this mind-control tactic, and only want THE TRUTH.
John Kerry, NWO advocate
Even John Kerry had to publicly admit recently that the agenda of the NWO for America has been greatly held back and curtailed BECAUSE of alternative news sources, warning the American people of what is REALLY happening in our nation today, and throughout the world as well.
After being without "hell-avision" for 12 years now, and being exposed to it once again in my brother's room at his nursing home, I have come to realize that I AM MISSING NOTHING without a television.
Furthermore, former CIA admitted to me that THE CABLEBOX is able to be used to invade your privacy in your home by the government. And I have also heard that the newer flatscreen plasma televisions also have home-invasion capabilities as well. No thank you!
It is time for honest Christians to perform an assessment of the impact television is having on their home and family, and on their personal walk with God.
If you find that indeed, your time that could be spent in intercessory prayer and Bible study of Christian outreach is instead being usurped by your television's allurement, then perhaps it is time to re-evaluate your Christian priorities in the light of God's Word, and make some wholesome changes in your life that will bless you immensely.
As I huddle underneath my sleeping bag in the back of my car night after night in the wintry cold that has finally come to North Carolina, I open my heart to Almighty God and have a wonderful time of uninterrupted prayer and worship with my Father.
Snoopy and I both have a red sleeping bag and enjoy the stars!
There is no television to distract me. There are no allurements or pleasures of this world competing with my attention. As glittering stars twinkle overhead outside my windshield, everything is focused on the word of God in my heart, and the voice of the Holy Spirit as I spend time in prayer.
When you live as I live, the presence of Jesus is so very close indeed. The poor and needy draw so very much closer to Him, because everything that they need depends solely on His mercy and compassion and grace to proved one's needs.
Jesus had a problem with one of the seven churches addressed in the Book of Revelation. The people of this congregation were smug. They believed that they were rich, and increased with goods and had need of nothing. Yet Jesus instead declared that they were wretched and poor and naked and blind and miserable instead. (Revelation 3:17)
Jesus then commanded them to come to HIM instead for the true riches that alone can eternally satisfy!
This is something that every Christian can do, regardless of their financial or living status. Christians are able to come to Him under persecution, in jails and prisons, in cruel dungeons and labor camps for their faith...nothing can cut us off from receiving the promised treasures that are OURS in Christ Jesus!
In fact, Jesus' wonderful riches and treasures cannot be bought with worldly wealth. They were already purchased on our behalf by His precious blood and sacrifice on the cross for all mankind.
How precious His eternal and incorruptible treasures are!
Yet, we must take the time to access these precious gifts. They are accessed as we spend quality time with the Giver of these great gifts! SPENDING TIME IN PRAYER, WORSHIP AND PRAISE, AND STUDY OF THE WORD OF GOD serves to open God's treasure houses of wisdom and guidance, blessings and mercies, healing and comfort, and so much more.
This is where my strength and comfort comes from on cold and lonely nights such as these. When I find my support and finances almost gone at various times, I draw near to God through prayer and let my requests be known to God, and find the answers securely coming according to His wonderful promises.
When life becomes overwhelming, as during my recent experience with a severe brachial plexus nerve injury and carpal tunnel as well, I spent even more time in prayer and in His Word for strength and healing and comfort. And God's mercies sustained me, and now I am healed completely. Halleluia! His promises can never fail us.
Secular television has truly become an enemy of the Gospel and of all righteousness in so many ways today. It is also the great robber of the Christian's time with God in prayer and in His word or Christian outreach.
I have no regrets about having no television now for 12 years, and after recently seeing what it has degenerated to in today's society, I rejoice that I have none.
Let me instead spend time with Almighty God interceding for a perishing world and millions of souls who even now are about to depart this world and spend eternity in HELL, apart from God's mercies and grace creating those circumstances that bring sinners to repentance and salvation.
Let me spend time worshiping and praising Him Who is worthy to be praised, and loving Him as He deserved to be loved!
Let my mind be focused on the eternal glories and wonders of THE WORD OF GOD and what the Holy Spirit is saying, and NOT upon the filth and degradation and corruption of Hollywood and the secular media and it's often sinful message to mankind.
Let us focus on JESUS and not on the sins of the world.
Personally, I praise God of the hour in which He allows many things to fail in America, including power grids and communications. Maybe then Americans can learn to think for themselves more, and not allow the government and media think for them. Maybe then, more Americans will finally find time to fall upon their knees in worship and prayer before Almighty God, and put their complete focus on HIM instead of this world's distractions.
The Bible declares that our God is a jealous God, and we are to have no idols that take the place of our relationship with HIM. Has television (or even your computer) become this idol that replaces much of your time with Almighty God??? Have you allowed your television or computer to be used by the enemy to plant thoughts and ideas of sin, fornication, pornography or adultery in your life?
There are Christians who have confessed to me that this has already happened in their lives.
What did Jesus say about our eyes offending us, or leading us into sin and temptation? He said to pluck the offending eye out!
I dare say, based on the authority of the word of God, that IF your television or computer has become a tool of the devil to rob you of your time spent with God, or to lead you down the dark path of cyberporn or sinful cyberpals and ungodly movies and programs, then take action!
Consider getting RID of the offending TV or computer, and then focus your eyes and mind on the Word of God and spending time in prayer and ministry instead.
You may choose to sell your television, donate it, or even have fun smashing it with a sledgehammer in your backyard as you renounce it in the name of Jesus!
Don't laugh. I had lots of fun smashing my crystal ball and torching my occult OUIJA BOARD after I became a Christian and realized how sinful these items really were. I renounced them in the name of Jesus Christ, and utterly destroyed these tools of the devil. This was righteous in the sight of God.
God is calling for a pure and holy people, who have no other gods or idols competing for our time that should be spent in His Presence in prayer and study of His word.
You cannot fill your mind with the filth and carnality and violence of secular television, and with the Word of God at the same time. And either one will dominate our minds and thoughts, or the other. You cannot have both. And what we meditate on will control our thoughts and actions.
Christian, what are YOU focusing on today??? Do you have the MIND OF CHRIST, or is it filled with the things of the world, the flesh and the devil??? Especially through watching television continually.
The Bible declares that if we were to judge ourselves, we will not be judged by God later. And so I encourage you to do this today. As the Apostle Paul says, examine yourself to make sure you are abiding in Christ Jesus. I attempt to do this regularly, aware that I can become lax or slip up if I do not.
I hope you find this article insightful and inspiring. As I stated earlier, it was quite a revelation for me to watch television in my brother's room after being without it for 12 years now. It has become quite the tool of mind control and communist/secular influence on America today, especially with the youth.
I am not surprised at how many young people are sleeping with multiple sex partners, even at very early ages. Television has certainly conveyed the sinful message that "sex without marriage" is okay! I noted on some broadcasts how the gay-lesbian lifestyle is promoted as "healthy" and "normal and acceptable." And how violence is glorified continually.
Even while God and morals and the Christian faith is mocked openly.
Let every Christian beware of television, that robber of our time with God and prayer, that deceiver and corrupter of the heart and mind, and that liar that attempts to deceive the public through news media bias and blackout continually.
Television and controlling the masses through mind control programming.
Yes, I praise God for decent and quality Christian broadcasting that is NOT out to suck every extra cent out of your pocket or to deceive the widow out of her mite! Thankfully there are men and women of integrity who desire to use television to share the Word of God and hope through Jesus Christ with the world today. May God further the Gospel message through them.
Christian, use discernment when dealing with anything that brings the world into the privacy of your home...and that includes THE TELEVISION (and computer as well.)
A message from my heart to yours....
~Pamela Rae Schuffert~
P. O. Box 724,
Montreat, NC 28757