Last Updated on : November 23, 2014

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A Short Treatise On Standards For Christadelphians




Television presents another avenue of danger to brethen and sisters in Christ, especially now with colour available. It is the most potent influence in society today.  It is fast taking the place of family life, school, the church, and active sport in the lives of our contemporaries.  Research has shown conclusively that it is the most persuasive means of advertising.  It clearly is dominating and enslaving men.We have pledged our lives to Christ. He has set us free and we are no more the slaves of Sin (John 8:32, 34-36).  If we have television in our homes, we place temptation in our path and in the paths of our children. Jesus said we should pray:  "Lead us not into temptation" (Matt. 6:13).  How can we consistently offer this prayer when we deliberately place objects of temptation before ourselves?  If we consider ourselves strong enough to resist bad programmes, we ought to remember the lesson which Paul learned; that when he was aware of his weaknesses he was strong (2 Cor. 12:9-10).  If we consider ourselves immune to temptation, we shall surely fail.

Consider the following exhortations:

  • "Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and MAKE NOT PROVISION FOR THE FLESH, to fulfill the lusts thereof" (Rom. 13:14).
  • "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Gal. 5:16).
  • "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).


The "strong" ought also to consider the "weak."  "Weak" brethren, seeing those stronger in faith purchase television, have followed suit and have become addicted to its worldly influences.  Ought not restraint and self-denial be exercised in this matter, lest some perish "for whom Christ died"? (1 Cor. 8:9-13).One brother, on receiving delivery of a television set, noticed that the advertising slogan on the carton read: "Bring the world into your home."  He promptly cancelled the order.  Another brother, on hearing an exhortation about the spiritual perils of television, promptly advertised his set and sold it the next day.  He confessed afterwards that he felt as though a weight had been lifted from his shoulders.  May other brethren so act and the Father's blessing will surely come their way.Brethren of Christ cannot afford to jeopardize the sanctity of their homes with television.  Evil reigns everywhere else; let God reign in our homes.