Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 139

Q. 139. What are the sins forbidden in the seventh commandment?

I just wanted to focus on this portion of their answer:

“lascivious songs, books, pictures, dancings, stage plays;”

How many synagogues of Satan holding to the Westminster Standards would agree with question #139 that “lascivious stage plays” are forbidden by the seventh commandment? Very, very few of course. The vast majority of those who call themselves Reformed or Calvinist and profess adherence to the Westminster Standards have no problem with watching wickedness (e.g., violence, lasciviousness, etc.) on the movie or t.v. screen. They would relegate their wicked watching of violence and lasciviousness to the WCF section “Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience.”

Here are the Scriptures that the Westminster Larger Catechism cites that condemn most of those who profess adherence to the Westminster Standards:

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

Ezekiel 23:14-16. And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men portrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion, Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity: And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.

Isaiah 23:15-17. And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot. Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered. And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.

Isaiah 3:16. Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet.

Mark 6:22. And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.

Romans 13:13. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

1 Peter 4:3. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries.