That is NOT Amusing!
Genesis 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its(sin's) desire is for you, but you must master it (Sin).
Romans 12:21 Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.
As I was responding today to the forum “Test_Truth or Error??” I was reminded of CH Spurgeon, a well know preacher from hundreds of years ago, as well as modern preachers that follow similar doctrines. They have some really fantastic insights, but the people, that I know that follow their beliefs, tend to end up really empty or off course; bound by the world, its things and sin.
The devotional by Spurgoen talked about imitating Jesus, a critical Truth, that seems to have gotten whitewashed over the years, in so much that some do not even believe that it is possible.
The following by Adrain Rogers is a serious call to wake up, if you will understand what it means to wake up as the Bible teaches. That is to wash your garments white, clean up you act, as the Bible teaches us to; not how preachers teach. They will give you the idea that Jesus is our garment and clean, so we are good to go, no matter how we live. That is not what I read in the OT or the NT.
America is wrapped up in amusements! Amuse, according to Adrian Rogers (devotional below) means... "Not to Think" Such a power full tool to keep people in the dark and out of the Light of the Word of God. It is too much trouble to read the Bible, people would rather be amused.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 BUT UNDERSTAND this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.
[They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement);
[they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.
[They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit.
[They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].
MARCH 22 Devotional The Wake-Up Call by Adrian Rogers
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” - Romans 13:11
Do you know what Napoleon said about China? “There lies a sleeping giant, and let him sleep, because if he awakens, he will shake the world.”
I believe the devil says that about the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. And I believe the church is just that: a sleeping giant. We’re asleep because we have been chloroformed by the spirit of this age.
We’re bombarded on every side by all kinds of amusement. Do you know what amuse means? It’s a combination of two words. Muse means to think, and the alpha prefix in front of it means “not to.” We are a generation that is amusing ourselves into oblivion. And it’s time to wake up!
March 30 Addition/Update
[Ok, so I finally took the time to check the word 'amuse' out for myself. Here is what I found...
"a" An alpha privative in English words borrowed from Greek to express negation or absence. "muse" Be absorbed in thought. WordWeb - Reflect deeply on a subject. Thus its root would be to "Not reflect deeply on a subject." or "Not to be absorbed in thought."]
Yes I do believe that it makes a difference what kind of 'thinking you do'! Most people today may think, but may rarely 'think deeply'!