on theatres, from the author of “amazing grace”

I know it really seems like cheating to not post anything of my own. Keep in mind this is copied and pasted with my phone. I hope to get back to writing soon, for my sake more than yours, as I trust Newton’s words above my own.

My dear Madam,
I am well convinced, that, if there is any practice in this land which is sinful–attendance on the playhouse is eminently so. The theaters are fountains of vice! I can hardly think there is a Christian upon earth who would dare to be seen there–if the nature and effects of the theater were properly set before him! By its innumerable train of dissipations, the god of this world blinds the eyes of multitudes, lest the light of the glorious gospel should shine in upon them.

I wish you, therefore, to use all your influence to make them shunned as pest-houses, and dangerous nuisances to precious souls! Especially if you know any who you hope, in the main, are seriously disposed, who yet venture into those haunts of Satan–endeavor earnestly and faithfully to undeceive them!

The time is short! Eternity at the door! Was there no other evil in these vain amusements, than the loss of precious time (but alas! their name is legion)–we have not leisure time to regard them.

And, blessed be God–we have no need for them! The gospel opens a source of purer, sweeter, and more substantial pleasures! We are invited to communion with God! The wonders of redeeming love are laid open to our view. Well then, may we bid adieu to the perishing pleasures of sin!

Well may we pity those who can find pleasure in those places and parties . . .
where Jesus is shut out;
where His name is only mentioned to be profaned;
where His commandments are not only broken–but insulted;
where sinners proclaim their shame, as in Sodom, and make no attempt to hide it;
where wickedness is veiled in the disguise of amusement–to make it more insinuating!

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” James 4:4

~ ~ ~ ~ ~
John Newton



  1. #1 by Heather Brandon on December 28, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    Thanks for the reminder, Yacov.
    I just went & seen Voyage of the Dawn Treader. There was one good biscuit in the garbage can of Hollywood!
    (Lucy & Aslan’s conversation about learning His name in her world.)

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