I Jn. 4:1,3,5 and searching questions....
"Beloved, BELIEVE NOT every spirit, but TRY the spirits whether they are of God...because many FALSE PROPHETS are gone out into the world...and this is that spirit of antichrist...They are of the world: therefore SPEAK THEY OF THE WORLD, and the WORLD HEARETH THEM."
There is a "spirit" in the music we listen to, the movies, the books and articles we see and read, the news we listen to!
How do we TRY the "spirits" there to see if they are OF GOD?
False prophets and the "spirit" of ANTI-CHRIST" is everywhere!
If music, movies, books, news ,etc. LEAVE OUT Christ, then it has the spirit of ANTI-CHRIST, does it not?
Christ is not the focus. Christ is not there! It is ANTI-Christ!
Is it really possible to be just "secular" or "neutral"?
What are the TESTS here in these verses?
1. Does it "speak" of the WORLD?
2. Does the WORLD "hear" it?
If so, is it not a FALSE PROPHET...a worldly one?
Should we not stay away from it? For it is a LYING spirit set out to DECEIVE us and drag us far from Christ...
And I might add...Is God specifically glorified through it? Here's an example: Yesterday I listened to a family singing group that sang songs with distinctive Christian words, words that touched my heart so that I found myself in tears, crying out to God and worshiping Him. Humility characterizes their performances, and the praise goes to God, not to them...
Consider every other performer, actor, writer that is NOT like this....
Can we say that anything is neutral? Is it positively FOR Christ? If not, is it not ANTI-Christ?
If it "speaks" of the WORLD, and the WORLD "hears" it, aren't these the "warning signs" to stay away from it?