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--1 Corinthians 2:10b Mo Letters from David Berg and the Children of God / The Family

The Evils of Modern Entertainment

--A Good Lesson on What not to Watch!

By David Brandt Berg, November, 1984
The evil modern entertainment media

Recently we saw a video on roller derby and it was mayhem!--absolute violence from one end to the other!--girls fighting and knocking each other down! That's what the public goes for now. That's why they go to those auto races, to see somebody get killed. Isn't that horrible? You talk about the cruelty of the Roman games, it's the same thing today!--Or boxing, they go to see somebody get battered up. Wrestling is not a sport, it's entertainment. It's all staged and a big joke. Those professional wrestlers have got it all figured out how to throw each other around and not get hurt too bad. It's horrible!

Have you ever noticed how audiences these days laugh the most when the entertainers make unkind cuts and digs at each other and make fun of each other? It seems like that's the greatest joke of all, when they are mean to each other and say unkind things to each other and make cutting digs at each other and try to embarrass each other. That's supposed to be funny. Isn't that something? Well, to me it's just offensive. It's impolite and discourteous. When I was a kid, audiences would be almost stunned and offended at that stuff, now they just roar and they think it's funny to see people hurting each other.

And you hardly ever see a movie of a family with children but what the kids are fussing and fighting like mad!--Like that's the normal thing for brothers and sisters to rare and tear each other's hair out, and fight and scream and holler at each other! I guess that's the normal American home. Isn't that horrible?--And yet the audience laughs and thinks it's funny. I suppose they used to laugh at the Roman games too. It's a form of cruelty, terrible!--Just to make a stupid slapstick comedy.

Today's demonic cartoon shows!

The old cartoons used to be full of violence, hitting each other and blowing each other up and all kinds of stuff, even mild Disney stuff was filled with violence. But you ought to take a look at some of the latest cartoons!--It's all witchcraft and weirdos and demons and devils and witches and hobgoblins and wizards and all kinds of horrible stuff, it's terrible!--Curses and enchantments and everything supernatural.

They're really getting them into the supernatural, all ready for the Devil and the Antichrist! There's hardly a cartoon like the old-fashioned ones now, like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Apparently those would be way too tame for kids nowadays, they've got to have Witchcraft and wizardry and supernatural and monsters.--They're just full of horrible monsters! They've got a few heroes and normal-looking people, but they change into other things, a lizard or a snake or whatever. They're full of metamorphoses and all kinds of horrible stuff!

It's like going back into the middle ages, the dark ages again with all that witchcraft!--And it's for the kids while their mother's cooking dinner and Dad's reading the paper and whatnot, something to keep them out from under their feet in the early evening.

Even the stuff made by various Christian outfits that's supposed to be for the kids has gotta be high sci-fi and scientific with robots and all that kind of crazy junk in a Bible story! I'd say it's almost making fun of the Bible stories presenting them that way, like they're science fiction or some kind of a comedy. I guess they figure the kids won't even watch'm if they're not sci-fi or comedy or something, nothing really serious. They really caricature the Bible, cartoon it.--Not like we do. Some of our cartoons are funny, but we try to make it serious and a serious lesson. We don't try to make fun of Bible characters and stuff like that.

Avoid the negative!

We try to stay away from the negative, because kids just have a penchant for copying the negative.--Like one of those drama tapes we made that had two kids calling each other names and fussing at each other, we heard from everywhere in the Family that the kids would copy that and were doing that. Well, it was out on tape, but it wasn't supposed to be good, it was supposed to be bad, showing how bad they were. But see, if you hand it to kids, that's what they'll eat, good or bad!

Then in one of these recent grandpa stories my brother and sister were fussing with each other and fussing at me in the story, badmouthing and everything, and the first thing we heard was the kids were copying it, imitating it. They just naturally imitate everything they see and hear, and they can't always seem to tell the difference between good or bad.

I'll tell you, I don't believe in advertising the Devil's business if we can help it! We have to be aware of it sometimes and not ignorant of his devices, but you don't just have to deliberately advertise all that junk and dwell on the negative and dwell on the ugly and the bad and the evil! So I hate to even mention that kind of stuff, especially in our Komix and pubs for kids.

Music videos--The Devil's propaganda flood!

It's a sad day, it can't go on much longer! So-called modern music has absolutely gone wild and demonic, and that Michael Jackson is one of the worst! He puts on the most horror with ghouls and monsters and demons and devils in his music videos. That's the latest thing that's so popular. It's not music, it's horror! It's noise!--Demons and devils and monsters and ghouls and Witchcraft! It's just demonic, nearly all of them!

Even if they've got a nice song they've got to corrupt it. It seems like the pictures now seem to be more important than the music, or the noise. And of course the noise is always more important than the words, you can hardly ever understand the words, at least that's the way they present it. Now the pictures are coming along with it, and half the time the picture doesn't seem to have a thing in the World to do with the song, if you can call it a song, or the words, or anything. The picture is more like the noise, horrible!

But in these cartoons for little kids they're now introducing them to all kinds of witchcraft and evil supernatural stuff. I love the supernatural, the good, but they're introducing them to the Devil's whole shebang, the whole works, the whole array of Satan's goods! It is unbelievable what they're introducing little kids to, all that kind of occult stuff and monsters! So they're getting back to savagery!--Getting back to demon-possession, like going back to the jungle! Man, this makes the jungle look civilised!--Ha! Whew! Horrible! And most of it is coming from the U.S. and England.

Boy, witchcraft and the occult is absolutely moving! The Devil's just taking over! Like the Lord said, "He who now letteth (restrains) will let until he be taken out of the way."-- 2Th.2:7 . He's hindered and kind of held things back for a long time, but now it looks like the Lord has just let open the floodgates, and the Devil is flooding the World with his propaganda and his fiends and his devils!--And the worst thing about it is it's attacking the youth!

That horrible noise they call music is attacking the older youth, and now they've got these demonic monstrous witchcraft cartoons for the little kids! And of course they can do anything in those cartoons. Through TV they can perform all kinds of miracles with optical illusions, people floatin' and flyin' and all kinds of stuff, and the kids probably believe it, that it really can happen. We've heard of a lot of kids that jumped out of windows thinking they could fly. It's pitiful! It's so deceiving. It's bad enough deceiving the adults, then they got to the youth and now they're working on the children!

The Devil's entertainment to capture today's youth!

The junk they're feeding the kids today is just almost unbelievable! The so-called "music" is just noise and it's demonic!--And the devils that play it are absolutely demon-possessed, take drugs and everything else. The music is demonic, and now the music videos are the worst! You can not only hear the demons screamin' now, but you can see'm! Imagine the effect of all that stuff! The whole idea seems to be to literally drive kids out of their minds!

The Devil is especially after the young people, to drive them crazy with that noise and these demonic videos and movies!--and now they're after the little kids with those demonic cartoons full of witchcraft and occultism and spells and demons and witches and all kinds of horrible stuff! About the only difference is now they make the witches real pretty girls in those cartoons. There are hardly any more ugly witches. You've got to be pretty bad to be ugly. Witches are young and beautiful nowadays in the cartoons. Well, it may sound like I've watched a lot of them but I really haven't. But I've seen enough of them and about all I want to see!

Adult entertainment is bad enough! I'll tell you, if American life and families are anything at all like some of the movies we've seen, even those depicting what are supposed to be the best families, the rich, they are in a mess! They virtually never mention God or anything spiritual at all unless it's demonic or satanic or occult! When I was a kid, the movies often had people mentioning God or praying or would have priests or nuns or preachers in there somewhere to bring out some kind of a moral or spiritual lesson, even the so-called "naughty" ones, kind of sexy ones. They'd usually wind up reforming and learning their lesson and have happy endings with morals and lessons being taught.

--Not now! everything's just absolute chaos, bedlam, babylon, and hardly anything turns out the way you feel like it ought to! You're waiting to see how this scene or that story is going to turn out and you just have a feeling inside how it ought to turn it out, the way you want it to turn out, but it doesn't! It usually turns out some perverted, opposite way and everything goes bad, everything goes wrong. So if that's any sample of American life and so-called civilised culture of the Western World today, it's really a mess!

And some of the movies they're making in the east aren't much better!--In fact, some are worse! They're just filled with crime and violence from one end to the other, just horrible! Even in the family movies of husbands and wives and romances, they're sockin' each other and beatin' each other up and he's knockin' her down. I never saw such violence used on women, and they think nothing of it! Apparently that's the custom, for husbands to beat their wives and knock'm down. So the World is in one horrible mess and the Lord's got to stop it pretty soon or there won't be anything left!

So many of the ads with the supernatural in them are aimed at kids and children. They see all that going on and they think that it can be done, when it's all trick photography with cameras and lenses and stuff. Imagine the little kids, they think it must be true, it must be so. In order to sell their products they deliberately pull the wool over the kids' eyes and almost seduce them into buying these things. How are they going to know what's true when they tell'm so many lies?

Today's lessonless, savingless entertainment--a mess!

But what I really hate are those stories where the evil wins out in the end. they've got a lot of them now!--Where the movie ends just the way you think it shouldn't have ended, the wrong way, where the bad guys win and the good guys lose. In the old European opera and Shakespeare, etc., there were lots of tragedies, lots of bad things happening, but the good side always won or there was always a lesson learned or a moral brought out. It taught you something. But this junk today gives you a feeling of the hopelessness of the World: "There's no use, give up! Nothing right ever happens, everything goes wrong! It's all injustice and all bad and the World's a terrible place and God must be a monster to have created such a thing" and all that sort of thing, blaming it all on God!

Even if they don't mention God, that's what they mean: "Why me? This is unfair! Why does this have to happen to me?" They're always saying that in these movies: "Here I'm so righteous and trying to do right, and God lets all this happen to me!" It sounds just like the [ACs] that make'm! That's their typical sing-song tune that they're always playing: "Why me? God's unfair! Why did He let this happen? I didn't do anything to deserve this! I'm righteous, I'm good, I don't deserve this kind of tragedy and this kind of grief and trouble!"--Typical ... anti-Christ attitude, blaming it all on God, blaming everything evil on God!

What a mess the entertainment world is in, it's just horrible, when it could be such a good tool, as it once was! Even Shakespeare's plays taught lots of good lessons. Although there was a lot of romance and violence and even crime, there was always a lesson to be learned, even from the operas and the tragedies.:

The Greeks believed that a play should be tragic so you'd learn lessons from the grief and the sadness, that those emotions were purgative, they were purifying. Sorrow was an emotion that taught you something. Like my Mother's little poem

"I walked a mile with laughter and she chatted all the way,
But never a thing I learned from her for all she had to say.
But I walked a mile with sorrow and never a word said she,
But oh the things I learned that day that sorrow walked with me!"

So the Greek plays were nearly all tragedies. They believed in bringing out the sorrows of the World to teach you lessons, that they were sort of purifying.--Which sorrow IS to some extent. You're supposed to learn lessons from it, and that's why the Lord allows it, they got that point at least. Even Shakespeare's comedies usually taught lessons and had a moral to them. Every Aesop's Fable had a moral at the end.

But most of today's so-called music, entertainment, plays, dramas, movies, television, videos and what have you have no rhyme nor reason nor purpose nor anything sensible to teach, no lesson to learn! Their whole message is hopelessness, it's all for no reason, no purpose, no rhyme nor reason to life! They're saying, "Everything's a mess! Why not just get out of here, shoot yourself! So what? Let the atomic war come and blow us all up, the sooner the better!" A lot of people really feel like that! Well, if things keep on going like they are now, it would be better! And one of these days He IS going to destroy it all, but they've got a few lessons to learn first.

At least God's tragedies and his sorrows and his illustrations and demonstrations in this life have lessons and morals and teach us something, or are supposed to if people will learn!--But not the kind of junk the Devil's dishing out today! It's horrible! It teaches uselessness and purposelessness: "There's no reason for anything! There's no God, no purpose to life, no reason behind it all, it's all crazy and idiotic and madness and insanity!" Well, of course the way they live it and the kind of stuff they feed on, it is madness and insanity, so of course they might as well blow themselves up! The Universe would be better off. Well, the Lord's not going to let them do that, at least not very much, until He's taught'm a few lessons and finally really straightened things out.

So we really have to be careful with our children and make sure they feed on the right things. Even if they watch some movies, you've really got to explain it to them, and you shouldn't let them watch anything that would be bad for them or a bad influence on them. When David saw "Angel on My Shoulder" I was sitting there explaining every word to him all the way through and all the things that were right and wrong with it, how this really isn't just exactly the way Hell is, etc. I don't think the younger ones should see that first part at all about Hell and the fires and the devils and all that stuff, or the execution. Why burden them or pollute their minds with something that could cause them to question or worry or fear?

Copyright © 1998 by The Family International

Tess and James Arendt
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