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game of thrones 2I don’t understand Christians watching Game of Thrones. That’s what I said two weeks ago. And a bazillion blog and Facebook comments later, I still don’t understand.

This seems like an important-enough issue--not the show itself, but the larger principle at stake--that I thought a follow-up post might be helpful. Let me zip through a number of common criticisms and then finish with one salient point.

1. You haven’t even seen the show! True, but no one has tried to refute that Game of Thrones is full of graphic sex scenes. The facts of the matter aren’t in dispute.

2. Don’t like it? Then don’t watch it! That would be a fine point if the argument only concerned taste and preference. But what would you say if your son tried that line in defense of his pornography?

3. The Bible is full of sex and violence. This is a popular retort, though hardly persuasive. No one is arguing that reading about sin, or even, in every case, watching sin, is necessarily sinful. But there is a world of difference between a terse description of sin (David lay with Bathsheba), a metaphor-laden poem about romantic love (Song of Songs), or a chapter about the ugliness of spiritual adultery (Ezekiel 16) and watching two naked people pretend to have sex. There’s a reason the Bible speaks of the lusts of the eyes. Hollywood skin and Hollywood sex are meant to arouse. That’s the aim. That’s part of the attraction. By contrast, the Bible never aims toward unholy arousal--exactly the opposite. The most explicit sexual book in the Bible celebrates the pleasures of married love with metaphorical language designed not to encourage voyeurism but to appreciate the beauty of what God created for one man and one woman.

4. Sex scenes and nudity don’t phase me. No doubt, people are wired differently, but I question whether the folks who say this know themselves as well as they think they do. And if looking upon what God has forbidden has no effect on us, that’s not a good sign.

5. My conscience isn’t bothered. The conscience can misfire (Heb. 10:22). We may not feel conviction for sin where we should (1 Tim. 4:2). God covered Adam and Eve’s nakedness (Gen. 3:21). Job made a covenant with his eyes (Job 31:1). And Christians are commanded to dress modestly (1 Peter 3:3-4). Sex scenes should bother us.

6. Stop judging and shaming! Judgmentalism is a spirit of censorious nitpicking. Making moral evaluations is what Christians do all the time, like arguing that a television show is not appropriate or that a blog post is judgmental.

7. I close my eyes during the bad parts. Better than nothing, I suppose. But how reliable really is squinting and peaking to see when the bad stuff if over? And how important is it to watch HBO that we must go to these lengths to get in on the action? Some mentioned that they use VidAngel to cut out the bad parts. That’s a better option.

8. Most shows have good and bad elements. The story and artistry outweigh these bad scenes. But everyone agrees (I hope) that some elements are so bad that the good stuff is not worth it. Like picking up Playboy for the articles. Or thumbing through the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue to enjoy the pretty beaches. Granted, Game of Thrones is a more impressive piece of art (from what I’ve heard) than these blatant attempts at sexual stimulation. But then again, from what I’ve heard, the sex scenes in Game of Thrones are pretty blatant too.

9. I watch the show to engage my co-workers with the gospel. I’m willing to bet that the number of unbelievers coming to Christ through Game of Thrones chatter is quite low. Perhaps we could get to the gospel more quickly in gently explaining why we don’t watch the show.

10. Don’t we have more important things to worry about? Of all the bad social media arguments, Whataboutism is one of the worst. There are always a thousand other important issues we could be addressing. But then again, there are also a thousand other important things we could be doing rather than watching graphic sex scenes on television.

Heart of the Matter

The problem with these rebuttals is that most of them make an implicit assumption; namely, that immersing ourselves in sensual entertainment is somehow a gray area of Christian liberty. It isn’t.

Which leads to my one salient point: I’ve not come across a single, compelling argument for the legitimacy of Christians viewing graphic sex scenes.

From Adam and Eve scrambling for fig leaves (Gen. 3:10), to the dishonorable nakedness of Noah (Gen. 9:21), to the embarrassingly exposed buttocks of David's men (2 Sam. 10:4), the Bible knows we inhabit a fallen world in which certain aspects of our bodily selves are meant to be hidden. Indeed, this is precisely what Paul presumes when he speaks of "our unpresentable parts" which must be "treated with greater modesty" (1 Cor. 12:23). There's a reason Momma called them private parts. Outside of marriage, we aren’t mean to show them, and we aren’t meant to see them.

Does anyone actually think the apostle Paul (or any other apostle, or Jesus for that matter) would have been cool with the sensuality prevalent in Game of Thrones (and so much of our entertainment)? We are not talking about marble statues or a Holocaust documentary or a physician examining a patient. We are talking about two naked people doing in front of us what naked people do together. Take the medium of television out of it. Would you go into a private room and look through a peep hole to watch this? Would anyone think that’s the sort of thing we can give thanks for? Or the sort of thing mature Christians do?

If there are serious Christians reading this blog who really feel okay with viewing graphic nudity and sex, I humbly challenge you to take a week and pray every day, asking God if you are listening to the Spirit and reading the Word correctly on this matter. Better yet, take a month to pray, and during that month do a detox of anything that could possibly be construed as sexually explicit or provocative. You may see with new eyes what you are too comfortable seeing at the moment. You may even discern a nagging conviction of sin that you’ve been pushing aside as nothing but religious baggage. And in coming to grips with our casual approach to sexual sin, could it be you are missing out on grace, forgiveness, and the purity of heart that is blessed to see the Lord (Matt. 5:8).

On occasion I’ve stumbled upon a few minutes of PG-13 movies I used to enjoy as a teenager (like the Naked Gun series). I’m appalled by the things that didn’t tweak my conscience then but do now. We are so awash in sensuality that many Christians have no idea how compromised they’ve become. I’m not on a crusade to banish one particular TV show. The show itself is not the point. But as long as I am still considered somewhat “young” and “current,” I want to do all I can to ring the bell for holiness and sound the alarm against all the high places we don’t even recognize. Only in a hyper-sexual, pornographic-saturated culture like ours could we think that graphic sex scenes are no big deal, or somehow offset by a brilliant screenplay. I cannot imagine how anyone growing closer to the God of the Bible will want to see more sex and nudity, or that anyone has found shows like Game of Thrones to be a serious blessing in seeing and savoring Christ. We become what we behold. So let’s be careful little eyes what we see.


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136 thoughts on “One More Time on ‘Game of Thrones’”

  1. David says:

    Galatians 5:19-21, “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God”.

    I don’t understand how a Christ-follower can watch with a clear conscience. The Bible warns about sexual sins so much! A good story is not justification. Would you support a charity that had a worthy cause, except they also performed abortions?

    Media in general is a harsh landscape for Christians. I would argue that watching pretend violence is in a whole different ballpark than pretend sex. Lust is real, even if the sex might be fake. We don’t have the same issue with violence, though there still needs to be consideration on how it may affect viewers.

    I think what wee need to ask ourselves is, would I feel guilt if Jesus were sitting next to me watching? We have a hard time remembering the omnipresence of God, and the fact is, He is right there with us. What we choose to expose ourselves to can either strengthen or weaken our relationship with God. I don’t think God minds us spending a little down time being entertained, but I do think our choice for entertainment needs to be prayerfully considered.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Well put Kevin and a very timely article. I’ve heard it said that if you throw a rock in to a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is the one you hit.

  3. DJ says:

    Ya’ll. Simple solution: Use https://www.vidangel.com
    You are welcome lol :)
    Seriously though, my kids and I can watch a bunch of stuff we wouldn’t watch before.

  4. Jay says:

    Can’t agree more. Although GoT is probably one of MANY things we shouldn’t watch.

    There was a motorcycle show I thought I liked – I was only able to self justify watching two episodes. Sons of Anarchy, I believe it was called. The title should have been enough, shouldn’t it?

    I appreciate Kevin’s systematic and well written answers to “arguments” outlined in this article. However, it doesn’t take a Theologian with a Doctorate to figure this one out.

    One of the other respondents wrote “would I feel guilty if Jesus was sitting there with me.”
    That nailed it for me. (Actually Jesus took the nails for me – and you. But you get it)

    May all give thought and be blessed by Kevin’s words.

    JD

  5. Drew Grumbles says:

    Thank you for your post. Keep fighting the good fight of faith and the striving for holiness Kevin

  6. Sherri says:

    I’m honestly at a loss for words that anyone would claim to be a follower of Christ and would simultaneously justify watching such filth. Deception is a frightening thing…

  7. Jonathan says:

    Many who disagree with this article would do good to read/re-read Romans 5 and 6. The argument that I know it’s sinful but….. it’s Christian liberty, is a farce. Our freedom and liberty in Christ is never a free pass to sin nor if you are in Christ should you want to continue to participate in sinful activities.

  8. Curt Day says:

    I agree with half of what David says. We need to remember what Jesus said about anger and how we speak to others. The violence on tv and in the movies can desensitize us to the violence in the world just as viewing nudity and sex on tv and the movies can desensitize us to sexual sin. And the desire to practice violence or to support the violence practiced by others is very real. How many of us don’t flinch when we see police abuse? Or how many of us take it for granted when our nation goes to war and destroys people’s ways of life and kills and maim all kinds of people from soldiers to combatants to civilians?

  9. Joe says:

    This is interesting to me for a couple reasons. I read the book series for Game of Thrones a lone time ago. As a Christian I grew uncomfortable with how fixated George R. R. Martin was with sex/rape and describing details of it. It certainly was not required to tell the story or to get me to understand how evil a certain character was. Their other actions made that clear enough. So I stopped reading. When the show came out I watched much of the first season and only certain parts bothered me, such as the gay sex scenes. Even then it was just a bit annoying. However as I look back I also realize I was in a spiritually dry place and despite all of this I never got around to watching another season, though part of me intended to. I also struggled with pornography though. As of a few months ago i went through a personal spiritual revival. One that saw God delivering me instantly from pornography, with no desire or temptation for it any longer. I had not thought much about Game of Thrones at this point, but I was watching an episode of Jessica Jones and there was a scene between a lesbian lawyer and her lover in an office. No nudity, but my wife and I both were instantly uncomfortable and I realized I had become uncomfortable with any really hot and heavy scenes, nudity or not. I knew this was Holy Spirit warning me away and so while the story of Game of Thrones seems fun and I love fantasy I know I have to stay away and I want to honor God with what I allow into my heart. I can’t help if people feel judged by that, but that is where God has me. I can see both side, and I used to make the same arguments others are making, but in the light of God’s true holiness they simply don’t hold water. Light can have no place in darkness. We are in the world, but we can’t be like it. Whether you think it’s okay for you or not, you have to consider the people you are witnessing to and how they view that. They may say, but you say lust, adultery, and that sort of thing are bad, but you watch a show that celebrates it and parades it. We simply have to be careful that our actions and our perceived “freedom” does not cause others to stumble. My two cents.

  10. Rita Seldenrust says:

    Thank you, Kevin

  11. Aaron Wright says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! Your words are quite helpful and substantive. I sit at work every week and have to listen to this drivel and I am disturbed by any Christian that rationalizes watching this series. I have enough troubles keeping the purity Christ has called me to without submitting my eyes and soul to this stuff. THANK you again Mr. Deyoung for having the courage to write a sound Biblical refutation.

  12. Friend says:

    Very well said! All of it! Yet there will be many who will bring GoT up on to the “narrow path” and hope Jesus does not notice.

  13. Andrew says:

    Look at all these people so quick to make claims of another’s faith based on a single data point. Forget the puritanical nature of this post, the raw judgement implicit in the post and the comments is what you should really feel guilty about if Jesus were sitting next to you. Jesus preached against the dogmatically religious more than he did anything else. Why don’t you get out of the business of judging others and their faith, and get back to the closet in the dark for some prayer to judge your own. Judge not. Judge not. Judge not. Least you kill the faith any faster than it is already dying. Try to focus on what you are supposed to be doing, rather than what you think others are not supposed to be doing. I mean, isn’t that the model Jesus put forward anyways?

  14. J says:

    Thank you thank you thank you Kevin for this. Been burdened since before the 1st post because my wife watches new episodes every Sunday night with friends from our church. She knows that I take a stand against the show but she still watches it with them, it bothers me so much. Thank you Kevin for gently but convincingly bringing to light the lack of discernment in our culture with regard to sexual sin.

  15. Kelly says:

    Thank you Mr. DeYoung, great job. And I will pray for you in what must be so wearying to see so many hollering “judge not” and misusing clear scripture so they can bludgeon others and momentarily feel superior. May they humble themselves before a mighty and glorious God. May your work continue to be blessed Mr. DeYoung! :)

  16. L says:

    Andrew… there is A TON OF SCRIPTURE that talks about admonishing one another in love, spurring one another on to good works and to become more like Jesus. This is a very needed perspective in the Church, a needed rebuke. “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” He worded it this article with passion over the truth. He was not hateful.

    Rest of this is no longer aimed at Andrew and is general.

    This is a huge, prevalent problem in our society. The normalization of such pornographic material in mainstream media is a huge red flag of the times, and the fact that CHRISTIANS are on board with it is an incredibly bad sign. It shows an amazing amount of ignorance and apathy toward the impact of sexual sin on ourselves and society.

    there are tons of statistics, studies, and psychology work to prove what I am going to say here. Mainstream media normalizing pornographic material enables people to be more and more at peace with pornography and prostitution. Pornography can obliterate people’s ability to have healthy intimacy and have a happy, fulfilling marriage into old age. It trains people to see others, ESPECIALLY women, as sexual objects. it lies to them about what sex and the opposite gender is like sexually. It causes women to hate themselves, and change themselves so that they can be sexier like the hot young actresses in GoT or their boyfriend/husband’s porn in order to make the man happy. Sex becomes performance rather than about intimacy and love.
    Also, the drive to view pornographic material is NOT the same the drive for sex in an intimate relationship. Porn behaves exactly like an addiction does in the brain, where as relational sex is nurturing. Because of this, porn can drive people to want more and more sex, always feeling restless and even lonely, when really it’s not even their true and healthy sex drive talking, but an addictive cycle in the brain. Additionally, a partner finding out about their loved one’s secret pornography use can utterly destroy the partner’s self esteem and trust, and can them PTSD symptoms that the world does not validate.
    The porn industry is INSANELY abusive and people always try to cover it up or not look. Porn is also undeniably linked to heightened demands for sex trafficking. If you don’t believe me look it up yourself.

    Christians, of. all. people. Should NOT be enabling this evil to continue. It damages husbands, wives, teenagers, children. Children cannot sexually develop in safety any longer. I read a comment on a site by a 9 year old who saw GoT on an airplane and was traumatized by a scene of a girl almost being raped then getting her throat slit by a knife. WHAT BUSINESS DO WE HAVE ENABLING THIS? OF ALL PEOPLE, WE, SALT AND LIGHT IN THE WORLD, with the HOPE OF TRUTH AND LOVE in Christ, should be the FIRST PEOPLE to say, How the hell did explicit sexual content become so acceptable and commonplace that kids who haven’t even entered puberty or been given “the talk” yet are exposed to soft rape porn with AMAZING acting on an airplane?! WTF IS THE CHURCH RIGHT NOW?!

    This has nothing to do with SHAMING PEOPLE’S HEALTHY GOD GIVEN SEX DRIVE. This is about pointing out how Satan is lulling everyone down into sexual death, where there is muted joy at best, and plenty of apathy toward dehumanization globally. This is where it starts, with the media we consume wholesale. Calling Christians to open their eyes and live up to a higher standard is absolutely important, LOVING, and worth Christian time, because it is linked to so, SOOO much other effed up stuff in our society. It is obvious if people would just look at the big picture, but a lot of people just don’t want to because they love their sin more than people and God. and I know I am guilty of that too. but I just encourage people who disagree to educate yourselves, pray, flee sin and instead be salt, light and grace in the world.

    There is so, so much freedom and life when you lay down apathy to sexual sin. It’s like you can start to see in color and you realize you didn’t know life wasn’t gray. Satan wants it gray and for us to believe lust is good for us. It’s a lie. Truth sets you free. Speaking from experience!!

  17. Glenn Pettit says:

    Like many people, when I heard about the great story of Game of Thrones, I was intrigued. Even though I didn’t have cable TV nor HBO, I figured that someday I’d give it a try on Netflix or DVD. I couldn’t make it through the first 20 minutes of the first episode. As much as I’ve wanted to see the grand battles, the dragons, the menace of the White Walkers, I realize that HBO and the writers can’t seem to find a way to tell the story without lingering on the sex. Even that first scene with Tyrion having sex with prostitutes could have been edited down to practically nothing, because all we are meant to understand about him is his self-indulgent lifestyle, and that could be told without nudity or simulated sex. As you said, would we care to peek through the keyhole to watch all of our friends and colleagues having sex? No, because what we know of them is the character they display in everyday life, and their bedroom escapades are such a tiny part of that as to be unnecessary to know. If a story about someone’s life can’t be told without focusing on the details of the bedroom and bathroom, then is that story really worth telling at all? If what Game of Thrones is meant to be “realistic”, then where are all the scenes showing the characters going to the bathroom? We can have great, realistic storytelling without nudity and sex.

  18. David Fischer says:

    Every time I hear someone defending or even wondering if they should watch Got all I can think is, if your daughter (or son) came home and excitedly told you they had gotten a part in Got where they were going to engage in one of these graphic sex scenes how would you feel? Would you be excited for her or would you suddenly have less tolerance for it? Would you be comfortable watching it? If not, b/c it’s your daughter (or son), I’d ask how you can be comfortable watching someone else’s daughter (or son) engage in them?

    As for Andrew’s post about not judging, how is it that people who say judge not haven’t ever read the rest of the statement? Did zondervan or Crossway or some other publisher release a Bible with a huge printing mistake where the rest of it was cut out? Jesus goes on to say “lest you be judged. For by the standard with which you judge others you will be judged. Elsewhere he says to stop judging by outward appearances and MAKE A RIGHT JUDGMENT.

    Sorry fans, I don’t think Jesus would sit down with you to watch.

  19. Steve says:

    I don’t understand how any God believing person makes money off of His word whether it be books, music, social media, a blog, a church, whatever. Paul said he would never sell the Word of God nor distract from the only one point that matters. Yet all preachers and Christians today want to make THEMSELVES look good to the world. Pharisee ring a bell? In this age I have yet to see an example of anyone who really trusts in Him. You think the Game of Thrones is the only thing that is wrong? If everyone looked in the mirror they’d see the one person that God is concerned about.

    Ironically, you’ve made your point and listed ahead of time all the reasons you think others are wrong. In other words you don’t listen either. So now go sell your books and keep up the marketing about Kevin because that’s what its all about – right?

  20. David Leeson says:

    When the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels were first published, I read the first two, and dropped the series because I could see the direction it was going. This was obviously a fantasy world in which good was not rewarded nor evil punished – usually quite the opposite, and it was getting worse. I have therefore never watched a full episode of the show, but I’m well aware of its content. I also have friends who would be among those who defend their choice to watch GoT. So, I have a few questions to add to Kevin’s:

    1. Let’s take the sex scenes out completely – whether with VidAngel, closing your eyes, or a video of Kevin DeYoung glaring at you. What are you left with? Extreme violence, brutality, cruelty, deceit, and a host of other things Scripture tells us not to take part in.
    2. Based on the last question, is the writing, acting, and production value of the show enough to make up for what they choose to portray?
    3. How much more, or more explicit, sexual content does GoT need to be classified as pornographic rather than mainstream?
    4. Are you ready to apply your defense of GoT to the other questionable activities in your life or someone else’s?
    5. Jesus told people to leave their families, their wealth, their careers, and their religion to follow him. Some did, some walked away. What about GoT is so important that you are not willing to walk away from it for Christ’s sake?
    6. You’re willing to stand by your claim that the content of GoT doesn’t affect you. You’re probably a stronger person than I am. But what might it have cost you if you’re wrong?
    7. Sure, there are probably more important things to be concerned with than the entertainment choices of the average American. But a major part of the New Testament is dedicated to a believer’s moral choices and conduct. That makes them a priority to God. Do you have the right to minimize them?
    8. When the next show comes along that pushes the envelope even further, are you prepared to say no to it, or has your devotion to GoT made you part of the target audience?

  21. Anar says:

    I haven’t seen Game of Thrones, but I have seen media that I would consider sexual explicit. I study and survey a lot of media, not often for entertainment, but for work. Shouldn’t Christians be in such lines of work so that they don’t totally go to hell? That wouldn’t be loving our neighbors.

    If the question is about personal holiness, of couse avoid. But if the question is about engaging and redeeming culture, we should test everything and hold fast to what is good.

  22. StevenSeagal says:

    I would like to point out to many people here that Jesus can’t really sit down and watch this with anyone.

  23. StevenSeagal says:

    You erased my comment!!! Seems to me like you’re censoring everyone who doesn’t agree with you. And that’s pretty bad, guy-who-manages-this-blog.

  24. Bo Fawbush says:

    Kevin, you are right about this. Period.

  25. Al Strong says:

    Apostle Paul would have no problem with the depicted sex in GoT. The guy loved slavery and inform the slave to be subjugated. I believe the apostles did the gay orgy thing with Jesus swinging both ways, but I have the capacity to read a rather simple Bible stuff and decide for myself, which you clearly have a problem. Regarding the sex that you haven’t watched, it’s part of telling the story and falls far short of pornography.
    There’s a number of problems with pornography, also a lot of good and fun . I use the Bible to guide me to live vicariously as King David lived,

  26. Please explain how any professing Christian in the world could even hope to justify posting the previous comment by Al Strong?

  27. Pedro says:

    Brother, I thank you, that text was a bless in my life, that opened my eyes. God bless you!!

  28. Not A Perfect Christian Like You, So Pure says:

    What is wrong with entertainment? I cannot believe our faith is based on the shows we watch. How shallow coming from such a perfect human being.

    If you’re really in faith and believe in God, judging people with what they watch doesn’t make you even close to being a Christian.

  29. Jason Eaken says:

    Hi Kevin,

    I am a Christian and was recently a guest on a Christian podcast to discuss this topic, including but certainly not limited to your initial article.

    I love “Game of Thrones,” while the podcast host does not watch due to reason discussed in the episode.

    This is a worthy and relevant topic to discuss, even though I believe your position is unfortunate. And misguided.

    Anyway, here’s the link to the episode:
    http://morethanonelesson.com/episode-201-game-of-thrones/

    You and I have several fundamental disagreements of premise:

    1) That sexual content/nudity in art = pornography.

    2) That context doesn’t matter when considering such content.

    That said, we very much again that genuine discernment is imperative.

    I’ve seen a lot of people arguing that GoT is “just entertainment”! I think that’s a horrendous argument and position, one which certainly excludes Godly conviction.

  30. Sarah David says:

    Agreed with you the first time, agreed again, Thank you!

  31. Robert says:

    The fact that this is even controversial should give us an alarming indication of the spiritual state of the American “church”.

  32. Phil Hicks says:

    Indeed Robert.

    I think a review of Ephesians 5 is a good reminder to us all.

    “For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.”

    Ephesians 5:12

  33. linda says:

    I love your website ! Great job on this subject matter. I just have to say one thing, if someone has to use vidangel , then maybe, they shouldn’t be watching that show in the first place. Seriously people ! The garbage on TV is unbelievable anymore.

  34. Shane says:

    Im so glad KD didn’t back down on this. Glad to see that there are still “young guys” (he still qualifies imo) who take holiness seriously. Props to the man for taking a stand rather than cave in.

  35. Not A Perfect Christian Either, Nor Do I Claim to be One says:

    “What is wrong with entertainment? I cannot believe our faith is based on the shows we watch. How shallow coming from such a perfect human being.”

    So could you actually quote places in the article where he says or implies that our faith is based on what we watch? If you could draw those out in order to have a discussion, we could talk about ways to better address this issue in our writings and opinion pieces.

    Not to mention that DeYoung and others have explained multiple times in no uncertain terms what is wrong with this form of “entertainment”: graphic and brutal violence and sexually explicit material while also doing little to consistently promote anything resembling virtue. The Bible has some words to say about our entertainment choices as well; they’re found in Philippians chapter 4 verse 8.

    “If you’re really in faith and believe in God, judging people with what they watch doesn’t make you even close to being a Christian.”

    I simply respond to this with 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, which is one part of an entire section in the letter condemning sexual immorality: “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. ‘Purge the evil person from among you’.”

  36. Amanda B. says:

    The streaming filtering service VidAngel allows an individual to set up filtering for every personally objectionable word or scene , including editing even some minor crude elements, and scenes showing cleavage that may be considered immodest to some families. VidAngel includes movies and TV episodes, including “Game of Thrones” to be carefully filtered to the standards of one’s conscience. VidAngel is a Mormon company that deserves support from many more Christians.

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