Ellen G. White on Theater Attendance

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Should SDA's who believe Ellen White, attend the theater?

"The true Christian will not desire to enter any place of amusement or engage in any diversion upon which he cannot ask the blessing of God. He will not be found at the theater, the billiard hall, or the bowling saloon. He will not unite with the gay waltzers or indulge in any other bewitching pleasure that will banish Christ from the mind. {AH 515.4}

The blessing of God would not be invoked upon the hour spent at the theater or in the dance. No Christian would wish to meet death in such a place. No one would wish to be found there when Christ shall come. {AH 516.1}

The only safe course is to shun the theater, the circus, and every other questionable place of amusement. {AH 516.2}

There are amusements, such as ...theater-going, etc., which we cannot approve, because Heaven condemns them. They open the door to great evils... All such amusements should be condemned by Christians. {CTBH 108.2}

SHOULD MORAL MOVIES (Like the Passion) BE WATCHED AT THE THEATER? "As soon as these entertainments are introduced, the objections to theatergoing are removed from many minds, and the plea that moral and high-toned scenes are to be acted at the theater breaks down the last barrier.... When there has been a departure from the right path, it is difficult to return. Barriers have been removed, safeguards broken down. One step in the wrong direction prepares the way for another... The least deviation from right and principle will lead to separation from God and may end in apostasy. . . . {CH 240.2}

"The customs and practices in the cities unfit the minds of the youth for the entrance of truth... the theater going, the great importance placed upon holidays,-- are all a species of idolatry, a sacrifice upon idol altars." {FE 312.1} "The church of God is today courting the world. Its members are trying to bring it down to the level of the ungodly. The ball, the theater... are making inroads into the sacred inclosure of the church; It is the old trick of Satan. The Jewish church struck on that rock; the Romish church was wrecked on the same; and the Protestant is fast reaching the same doom." {GC88 386.3}