Piper on “A Deadly Place to Rest the Mind”

Speaking of the Television:

It is not necessary for relevance. And it is a deadly place to rest the mind. Its pervasive banality, sexual innuendo, and God-ignoring values have no ennobling effects on the preacher’s soul. It kills the spirit. It drives God away. It quenches prayer. It blanks out the Bible. It cheapens the soul. It destroys spiritual power. It defiles almost everything. I have taught and preached for twenty years now and never owned a television. It is unnecessary for most of you, and it is spiritually deadly for all of you.

(HT: Andy Naselli)


3 thoughts on “Piper on “A Deadly Place to Rest the Mind”

  1. John says:

    Thanks, Travis, and thanks Piper for this piece of honest wisdom. Now here’s the kicker: take all the money you spend on cable and give it to the poor. How much would that be? $100 a month? $150 a month? May God change our hearts to have his values!

  2. Amen John. That is my prayer as well, for our church and Christians everywhere. There can be an automatic $50 a month to missions or to the poor…just by losing ESPN!

  3. T. Brents says:

    My wife and I gave up television in our home almost 9 months ago. Suddenly we actually found ourselves with time to read God’s word. It’s amazing.

    Removing the television has been a blessing to our lives spiritually, romantically, physically and emotionally.

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