Hellivision Follies

Shocked skeleton sitting in armchair watching TV

This rhyme is especially for those who are wise;
Who think they can discern the Devil's disguise.1
Also it is for those who are very much earnest,
To not be rejected, and burned in the furnace.2

Who is telling us their vision
When we watch films and television?
Where from do those visions come?
Look at the fruit produced in the addicted one.

There sit lethargic, lumpy couch potatoes,
Their eyes locked onto sun–tanned tomatoes,
Letting themselves stew over forbidden fruit;
But some spuds prefer the soap opera route.

Adventure, affluence, and amorous affairs;
These glittering dreams aren't only for squares;
Even young sprouts goggle at daytime dramas,
Following the exploits of red–hot mamas.

Chili peppers of sequined lust,
Wearing dresses slit to the thigh and plunging at the bust;
Not the usual garb for average dames,
But standard issue for televised bedroom games.

Do we envy these folks who are so fickle?
They often get into many a pickle.
The stories get weirder each year;
Moral standards are no longer clear.

Comedy isn't what it used to be;3
Stupidity is mostly what we see.
And vulgarity is a plague in many a plot;
Decent language is badly set at naught.

But even the shows of yesteryear
Were tainted with sin, though it wasn't so clear.
Good values were portrayed more often in those days,
To convince the wary to enter the maze.

At its inception, the movies were rightly decried,
As influencing people towards the Devil's side.
Sex scenes were implied, then more vividly portrayed;
Excitement was diminished unless more skin was displayed.

The media's evils become bolder with rising levels of boredom;
Though shocked at first, viewers become used to its whoredom.
"It's just a little bit of nudity or gore," seared consciences insist,
"The story is so interesting (or educational), I can not resist."

Horror films capture thrill–seeking souls;
Quivering youngsters and adults watch vampire shows.
Werewolves and aliens add to the scary delights;
Can't they wait to get to Hell before they see such sights?

What would viewers say if they saw these monsters for real?
If only they knew that forever those teeth and claws they'd feel.
Nowhere to run, no more is it fun, to view those minions of Hell.
Demons gloat as their stories the screenwriters tell.

Sorcerers spring up in many a tale,
Promoting witchcraft even behind a Christian veil.4
And Christian leaders speak of such with admiration,
Though the Bible says that sorcery is an abomination.

Some claim a special dispensation so they can recommend or criticize;
How can they be uncontaminated when they set evil before their eyes?
Citing redeeming virtues dangles a lure,
But sacred ointment on a fly cannot make it pure.5

Televisions are not discarded to protest Hollywood's decay;
It keeps on making money with its putrid display.
Even professing Christians go to the theatre and movie rental store;
Stiff necks, dulled minds, and hardened hearts make the profits soar.

Some people stay at home more often than they should;
They don't get out to help others when they could.
Old folks waste away in seniors' homes, lonely and forlorn;
Their kids are "busy" watching a "brave, new world" being born.6

Eyes become glazed before the mesmerizing box,
While raunchy commercials put the spuds under locks.
And good old boys cheer for their team,
Or sometimes those sports veggies get into a steam.

Cartoons entertain tater tots,
Training them to waste time lots.
Subliminal devices plant lusts and fears,7
That will bloom in later years.

Into "reality" shows our youth delves,
Instead of getting a life themselves.
The occult sends its lures out to rebels,
To bind their perishing souls to devils.

Covetous eyes watch the shopping channel,
Or glue themselves to the game show panel.
The bitter feast on murder, violence, and blood.
Which is the worst kind of couch–bound spud?

Some rouse themselves to seek sexual thrills;
Their victims have found that television kills.
Copycat murderers, copycat rapists following their dreams;
Is television fantasy as harmless as it seems?

"Prime time", marketers say;
Does this mean the best time of day?
Open eyes see what is occurring;
Into a broad cast net, the spuds are hurrying.

Primed to buy products and their souls to sell;
TV viewers are being dragged down to Hell.
Triggers are planted into their minds,
Waiting for the signal to commit crimes.

Into movie temples swarm many a spud,
Where demons swallow the Gospel's seed before it can bud.
And spiritual growth is strangled, brought to defeat,
As in the devil's pews, so–called Christians take a seat.

There before the eyes are paraded things contrary to Bible ways,8
But still in their seat, the immature believer stays.
Shame makes them uneasy, but not enough to leave;
They become hardened to things that make the Holy Spirit grieve.

Videos are sold that claim to teach the narrow way,
But are the producers as honest as they say?
Subliminal imagery digs itself deep
Into tubers who persist on staying asleep.

"It's harmless fun," the hypnotized insist,
When they are begged to desist.
"It has no effect," the taters say,
As with this time bomb, they continue to play.

Warnings are derided as misguided and absurd;
"We must maintain balance," from the "sensible" is heard.
But the balance that they esteem is subtle compromise,
So the world won't deem them paranoid, self–righteous, or unwise.

Some of the Bible is okay, but not too much;
Just enough to make one a good neighbour, employee, and such,
But not a fanatic who feels it is urgent to tell
Rebels against God that they are headed for Hell.

Balance, indeed, is very much needed,
But is only achieved when the Bible is heeded.
Holiness keeps us on the narrow way that God tells us to go;
That way stretches like a balance beam over Hell below.9

Keep your eyes on the Lord; not on a screen;
Into the flesh, TV throws hooks that cannot be seen.
But the Lord is pure and holy and honest and good;
He'll keep us going the way that we should.

The road to Hell is wide and smeared with subliminal grease,
So that sinners' speed to depravity will ever more increase.
Satan's judgment is drawing near, his desperation is becoming sore;
From the devil's bag of tricks, comes this End Times' tool of war.

All kinds of deceivableness, the Bible warns that satan would use;10
If you don't pay attention, precious things you will lose.
Wake up, you mighty ministers, who think that you're so discerning,
And see that even you, the Devil has been burning.

Only a pure heart is defense against this evil,
From burrowing into the soul like an insidious weevil.
Stay away from the door of the house of the Whore;11
Let her set up her altar in your heart no more.

Flee, flee from the lusts of the mind;
Don't flirt with TV because you need to "unwind".
Its real purpose is to bind and lead viewers by steps,
Little by little down into sin's depths.

Tainted technology opens cracks in vessels of clay,
And causes God's precious anointing to trickle away.
Then we have to return to God, and repent of our disgrace,
Instead of leaping without delay to a higher glory place.

Against their fellow man, many never raise a finger,
But in front of the boob tube, they constantly linger.
As they veg out hour by hour,
Their lives drain away and their dreams go sour.

Kids ignore parents and parents ignore kids;
Relationships fizzle as they waste time watching vids.
Bodies run to fat and muscles grow slack,
As program after program is watched back to back.

Like toadstools, TVs spring up in every room,
Its constant yammering hastening folks to their doom.
Some can't even sleep without its lullaby;
They will dope themselves with it until they die.

Indeed, many are already as good as dead;
They don't even know there's something wrong with their head.
Their reason has been destroyed by the little foxes
That sneak into their homes through the brainwashing boxes.

The parasites feeding off of folly wait,
To see how the tubers will swallow their bait.
"It serves them right for being stupid," they rehearse;
But being a leech is considerably worse.

Commercials entice and blind with greed,
Convincing our bellies and pride we suffer need.
Thus television drains away our money and time;
Oh, what was that? Did I hear a clock chime?

I lay upon my bed at the midnight hour;
My limbs are growing heavy, and my heart is losing power.
I'm thinking of what I did with all that I was given;
Of how I used my talents, and for what I've striven.

But many of my gifts just went all to seed,
And often times, I turned my back to others' need.
I think of all the things I could have said or done;
I think of all the battles I could very well have won.

But mostly what I did was sit around on my can,
Hiding from reality, burying my head in sand.
Relationships drifted away, and dreams have bit the dust,
While I entertained visions of greed and lust.

Great deeds were not done, and songs were not composed,
Because I preferred to fantasize and doze.
My gilded cage is tarnished and empty is my heart;
Opportunity no longer knocks, and I must now depart.

Hour after hour, I sat around and gaped,
While I let my soul be bound and raped.
Too late, too late; the hour has come;
My time has been gobbled and I am undone!

The tide is sifting me and carrying me out;
Such a fool was I to be fearful and doubt
That I could ever make something of my self;
Trying and failing is better than sitting on the shelf.

What does television produce in lives and thoughts?
Worm–riddled veggies and mostly fruit that rots.
Unplug yourself from that soul–devouring beast,
And plug into God for a vision of His feast.

He made you for better than to be television fodder;
He is calling you to be a noble son or daughter.12
Rise up from the coffin where you lay;
Don't let satan any longer with you play.

1Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
[Matthew 10:16]

2If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
[John 15:6]

3…Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
[Ephesians 5:4]

4There shall not be found among you any one that … uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard (Hey, does that include Gandalf?), or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. (Because these things were practiced, the nations of Canaan lost their territory and their lives.)
[Deuteronomy 18:10 – 12]

5Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so does a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour. (Does this include Christian leaders who recommend watching Harry Potter movies, The Lord of the Rings, and the Narnia Chronicles, or does the Bible make exceptions for them because they are famous and well respected?)
[Ecclesiastes 10:1]

6Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Entertainment is the drug in today's society, the soma that anesthetizes the masses to keep them under control, but also directs the opinion of the masses and is used to rouse them to action.)

7Subliminal Seduction by Wilson Bryan Key (Read it with an open mind and an honest heart. God desires truth in the inward parts. If offended by any of the visual aids, consider that if you watch TV, you have been looking at that stuff all along, but you did not know it on a conscious level. You knew it subconsciously, though, and need to repent of the iniquity in your heart that kept you from discerning it before now.)

8I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
[Psalms 101:3]

9The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
[Proverbs 15:24]

10… after the working of satan with all power and signs and lying wonders (This includes the wonders of technology when they are used to deceive.), And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
[2 Thessalonians 2:9 – 11]

11My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow your ear to my understanding: That you may regard discretion, and that your lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of a strange woman (A strange woman is anything that leads a person away from God.) drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two–edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest you should ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that you cannot know them. Hear me now therefore, O you children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove your way far from her, and come not near the door of her house:
[Proverbs 5:1 – 8 ]

12For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
[John 3:16 & 17]

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