Music & Culture
Girl to Girl Talk: Is It Okay to Watch Scary Movies and TV Shows?
Written by Christi Given
Posted on March 15, 2017 at 7:00 am
Every week I go through Project Inspired’s “Girl Talk” forum and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian walk of faith and any miscellaneous topics! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions and become bold in your faith. We love you, PI readers!
On the new Girl Talk forum on Facebook, a PI Girl asked: If we watch scary films, can the spirits transfer? Does it allow demonic access into your life?
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If you are watching dark, scary TV shows or movies and willingly allowing your mind to be filled with demonic or dark content, then you could open a door to the enemy. The Bible tells us to guard our hearts and minds, and to flee from the wicked and cling to what is good (Romans 12:9). We need to be watchful about what we’re feeding our minds and souls. I can’t guarantee or say that a demon will come into your life if you watch a scary movie, but, from my experience, there is usually a consequence or you can tend to be more afraid or allow fear in.
…do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:27)
We need to realize that what we watch, the music we listen to and what we allow into our lives is important. Once the Holy Spirit lives inside you, I don’t think there can be demonic spirits in you, but we do wrestle with principalities in our daily lives as Christians (read Ephesians 6). When watching vulgar, dark or demonic TV shows and films, you can be allowing demonic access into your mind and spirit.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)
I personally don’t feel comfortable watching scary movies anymore because I don’t want any harmful images in my mind or memory. I have written on the subject of being aware of what you listen to when it comes to dark or vulgar music, and the fact that words have power. What we speak and allow spoken over us truly matters. Click here to read my article about listening to secular music.
Certain worldly music is so toxic to me and can simply hurt my spirit, so I tend to lean toward worship music, but I do listen to some secular music; it just depends on what it is. You need to be cautious, though, because these different messages can impact your life, thinking, habits and even your faith. The Word of God says:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil roams around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Think of what God’s Word says about guarding your heart, because out of it flows all of the issues of life. Think of the word “guard.” What does that mean? According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the definition of “guard” is “one assigned to protect or oversee another: such as a person or a body of persons on sentinel duty….”
We must protect and watch over our hearts and minds like soldiers because the enemy wants to distract and devour us. Yes, you are able to watch whatever you want because of free will, but always ask yourself if it is building your faith or fear. The enemy is of fear, so we want to feed our faith, not feed what the enemy is tempting us with. Keep in mind that what you feed grows.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
We are praying for you, PI Girls. I know it’s not easy, but with God you can resist anything. Also, as you grow in your relationship with Christ, your desires change and you won’t want to entertain yourself with demonic movies and TV shows.
Comment below if you need prayer or want to give us your opinion on the subject!