Christian author John Piper is discouraging fans from watching the HBO series Game of Thrones, warning that it amounted to a recrucification of Jesus, Right Wing Watch reported on Wednesday.
"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," Piper said on his podcast.
Piper criticized the show for its depiction of nudity and sexual content, including sexual assault, saying it is included for the sake of satisfying "male sexual appetite" in the pursuit of high ratings.
"When we pursue or receive or embrace nudity in our entertainment, we are implicitly endorsing the sin of the women who sell themselves to this way and are, therefore, uncaring about their souls," Piper said.
He also implicated that Christians are only watching the program because they are afraid of being ostracized for not keeping up with current television or pop-culture trends.
"What keeps those Christians coming back is the fear that if they take Christ at his word and make holiness as serious as I am saying it is, they would have to stop seeing so many television shows and so many movies, and they would be viewed as freakish," he said. "And that today is the worst evil of all. To be seen as freakish is a much greater evil than to be unholy."
Right Wing Watch also reported that in the past, Piper has said God "gave the command" for a group of tornadoes that resulted in more than 30 deaths in 2009.
[Image via "Game of Thrones" official Facebook page]
[h/t The Friendly Atheist]