Should Church Leaders Watch "Game of Thrones"?

OK… how would YOU answer this question?

John Piper says the following:

Piper gives 12 reasons why you shouldn’t.

One of those reasons is that when if watch Game of Thrones, you are essentially, recrucifying Christ.

Christ died to purify his people. It is an absolute travesty of the cross to treat it as though Jesus died only to forgive us for the sin of watching nudity, and not to purify us for the power not to watch it.

He has blood-bought power in his cross. He died to make us pure. He “gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession” (Titus 2:14). If we choose to endorse or embrace or enjoy or pursue impurity, we take a spear and ram it into Jesus’s side every time we do. He suffered to set us free from impurity.

What do you think of Piper’s answer?

Do you agree?

An overstatement, or spot on?


  • Chad W June 27, 2014 Reply

    Rom 6:1-2, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? (NIV)
    Gal 5:16-17, “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.” (NIV)
    Heb 6:1, “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death…” (NIV)

    We could go on. The Scriptures are clear and John Piper rightly teaches that our behavior must change and honor God. We cannot continue to live in sin and use God’s grace as a permissive tool. Being saved through Jesus should lead us to live as Jesus. I love Piper’s first paragraph. He is spot on.

    As for the TV program, it’s difficult to find any show that does not endorse or celebrate some kind of sin. As Christians, we must be careful not to fool ourselves into thinking that we are not influenced by regularly viewing such material. Some programs are more overt and therefore offer greater invitation toward sin. Why do we try to find ways to get as close as we can to sin and then defend our actions?

  • Steve Miller June 28, 2014 Reply

    I tried watching it twice, there just was nothing to hold my interest and too much which repelled me. I don’t understand the attraction of the show. I agree with most of what Piper says, as an artist I don’t view nudity as inherently sinful, but I do view lust as a sin and that seems to be one of the shows chief draws.

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