The Serpent’s Whisper: Why I Don’t See “Christian” Movies
“Yea, hath God said…” It’s the oldest trick in the book; bring just enough of the truth to someone to obscure the lie and it is, itself, the reason “Christian movies” are so successful. permit me to digress for a moment.
I was recently having a conversation with a friend, whom we will call Eric in order to protect his privacy, and during that conversation, Eric asked if it was true that, as a rule, I will never go to see a “Christian movie” and I answered in the affirmative. The last allegedly Christian movie that I went to see in a theater was The Passion of the Christ and I probably should have saved my money but that is a different story for a different day. I want to take a few moments to explain why I do not go to see these allegedly Christian movies and why I actively discourage others from doing so as well.
1st Consider the Source
The same industry that brought 50 Shades of Grey and its attendant filth to the marketplace is the industry that is bringing these “Christian” movies to us. What fellowship can we have with Hollywood (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)? Can we really walk with them (Amos 3:3)? I submit to you that, if you look carefully at Hollywood, you will see that the Church of Jesus Christ has not any common ground there.
Consider the Theology
Dr. Sproul has said, many times, that everyone is a theologian and this is very true; everyone has some kind of understanding of God. Unfortunately, if modern Christian books and movies are any indication, that theology is errant at best and damnable at worst.
The list of heresies taught in some of these books and movies is quite too long to list but here are just a few.
- Patripassianism (God the Father suffered on the cross with God the Son)
- Open Theism
This does not even include the blasphemous garbage found in the “heaven tourism” books and movies that do not present images of heaven that even remotely resemble how the Bible describes heaven.
There is no presentation of God’s absolute holiness, sovereignty, or His Grace. Again quoting Dr. Sproul, “the Bible does not say God is love, love, love. It says He is Holy, Holy, Holy.”
3rd, The Bible or rather our ignorance of it
Far, far too many are ignorant of the Bible. I’m sorry if that sounds harsh but I cannot fathom how someone with even a cursory understanding of the Bible could tolerate these movies. The “Christian” movies put out by Hollywood do not present any form of Biblical Truth. Neither do they confront the sinner with his sin leaving me to ask, what’s the point?
Lastly, there isn’t any point
There is just no point for me to waste time and money that could be better spent serving the flock of Christ on nonsensical garbage put forth by people who, clearly, either have no clue about our glorious Lord or they just don’t care. Whether active or passive, they are being used as instruments of Satan and it does not help me or anyone that I minister to if I recommend seeing one of their films.
Beloved, I beg you with all the earnestness in my heart, listen carefully, go past the noise that touts these movies and hear the serpent’s insidious whisper one more time. Every time you see one of these heretical movies, you are agreeing with the serpent that God didn’t really mean what He said and that, dear children is dangerous.
[Guest Post by Matt Sherro]