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Mel Gibson

The Passion of the Christ



Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthian church, "I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him (2 Cor. 11:2-4)"


Mel Gibson, the star of R-rated films such as Braveheart and Lethal Weapon, has now directed and produced, what is acclaimed by leaders in Christendom, including Roman Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical, to be his greatest masterpiece.  The Passion of the Christ is a violent, and extremely bloody, two hour depiction of the scourging and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The film is receiving rave reviews from such highly regarded people and organizations as Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Focus On The Family, Mission America Coalition, Bill Bright's Campus Crusade for Christ, Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in southern California, Morris Chapman, president of the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Brian Houston of Hillsong in Australia.


One of the things that causes bells of alarm to sound in my ears is that most of the "names" that are endorsing The Passion as the greatest evangelistic tool ever to to be handed to the professing church on a platter, are the very same names that have been responsible for much of the apostasy, in recent times, that now affects the church on a global basis.  Perhaps, instead of listening to those who have such an appalling track record when it comes to warning the Lord's flock of impending danger, we would do well to consult what is being said about this film by those in Christendom who are recognized for their discerning capabilities?


Below, I have provided links to a number of articles that bring a different, and more biblical perspective about this movie than the one presented to the churches by the people and organizations mentioned above.  As well, the first article gives a Roman Catholic assessment of Mel's movie.



[ Comments From Roman Catholic On The Passion ] (Added 18/03/04)  This document contains a couple of short articles taken from the ZENIT Newsletter, a daily news report from the Vatican.  Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, comments on her movie experience, and Jim Caviezel, who "played" Christ in The Passion, has audience with the Pope.  Those Evangelical and Protestant leaders who are trying to convince us that the movie is scriptural should open their eyes.


[ Big Screen Jesus - Part 1 ] - [ Part 2 ] - Linked Articles - ( Added 18/03/04) These two short articles have been written by Paul Proctor, a freelance writer and regular columnist for NewsWithViews.com.  Paul points out that what Mel Gibson wanted is in on the screen. What God wanted is in your bible. And, there is a distinct difference. 


[ Mel Gibson's Passion ] - Linked Article - (Added 26/02/04)  Written by Berit Kjos, this research article includes excerpts from two other articles, one by Pastor Andrew J. Webb and the other by John LeGare.  Links to the full articles are provided below.


[ Five Reasons Not To Go See The Passion Of Christ ] - Linked Article - (Added 26/02/04)  Written by Pastor Andrew J. Webb, who asks the relevant question, "Should Evangelicals be supporting The Passion of Christ and endorsing its use as an Evangelism tool?"  This article provides five biblical reasons why we shouldn't.


[ Why I Will Not See The Passion of the Christ ] - Linked Article - (Added 26/02/04)  The author, John LeGare, gives two primary reasons why he will not view this film.  "The first is the idolatrous nature of the film. The second encompasses a number of related issues and is based upon the professed and well-known testimony of Mel Gibson being 'a devout Roman Catholic.'"


[ Thoughts on The Passion of Christ ]  (Added 26/02/04)  In this short article, author Tom Holtz looks at some of the more disturbing aspects of The Passion of the Christ, as well as some of Mel Gibson's shocking statements.  Gibson is quoted as saying, "I didn't want to see Jesus looking pretty.  I wanted to mess-up one of his eyes, destroy it."  Contrary to what all the religious elite are saying, I don't think this is the type of film anyone should see, let alone Christians.


[ Mel Gibson's Film: The Passion of the Christ ] - Linked Article - (Added 26/02/04)  A short article by Baptist preacher and researcher, David Cloud, giving a good, overall perspective of this controversial film.  Plenty of information in a short space.


[ The Passion of Christ”:  Mel Gibson’s Vivid Deception ] - Linked Article - (Added 26/02/04)  Written by Richard Bennett and J. Virgil Dunbar.  Richard Bennett is a former Roman Catholic priest and is well qualified to warn Protestants and Evangelical of the more esoteric and symbolic representations in Mel Gibson's film.


[ The Menace of the Religious Movie ] - Linked Article - (Added 26/02/04)  This is an article written by well know pastor and author, A.W. Tozer.  Obviously, as Tozer went to be with the Lord in 1963, the article is not about Mel Gibson or his film, The Passion of the Christ.  However, Tozer has written a thought provoking article that is perhaps more relevant in our day than it was when he wrote it half a century ago.


[ An Ungodly Passion for the Passion ]  - Linked Audio Message - (Added 09/03/04)  By Pastor Ralph Ovadal is the pastor of Pilgrims Covenant Church. He is also the director of Wisconsin Christians United and the host of the program "The Heart of the Matter."  Pastor Ovadal says, "Christians in the pew are being seduced by their pastors and high-profile Christian leaders into supporting a movie which is nothing less than a giant ecumenical coup by the devil and his handmaiden, the Vatican. There is no excuse for those leaders. They have seen "The Passion of the Christ" in special previews, yet they continue to promote Mel Gibson's Romish perversion of the gospel." 


[ The Salvific Suffering Heresy of the Passion ]  - Linked Audio Message - (Added 09/03/04)  By Pastor Ralph Ovadal.  "In addition to all the other harm that it does to the cause of Christ and all the other good that it does for the cause of Rome, "The Passion" movie also advances the Roman Catholic heresy of salvific suffering - the necessity of a sum total of suffering to purchase salvation."





Rick Warren

The Purpose Driven Life/Church



Rick Warren,  pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Orange County, California, is marketing the church to the broader community as a consumer item, using the world's psychological business principles for assured numerical and financial success.  He discovers what the unsaved consumer wants in a local church and then patterns the church to reflect their desires.  But is this pragmatic approach to reaching the lost really what the Lord meant when He said, "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel!"?  These articles will help you come to the appropriate answer to this important question.


[ Spirit-Led or Purpose-Driven?  ]  - Linked Article  - (Added 09/03/04) This is part one of an extensive research article written by Berit Kjos.  Other parts are available from the Crossroad website.


[ A Visit to Saddleback Church ]  - Linked Article - (Added 09/03/04) This article, located on the Biblical Discernment Ministries website is adapted and excerpted from an article by David Cloud of the Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061.




Bruce Wilkinson

The Prayer of Jabez


Bruce Wilkinson: President and founder of Walk Through the Bible Ministries based in Atlanta, USA. He is a well known and highly endorsed speaker at many New-Evangelical and Ecumenical events such as Campus Crusade For Christ, Focus on the Family and Promise Keepers His book, The Prayer of Jabez became an instant success, and according to information on the book's official website one million copies were sold during February of 2001 alone. In March 2001 it was rated by USA Today and the New York Times in the top ten best sellers. This small book is being enthusiastically acclaimed not only by groups such as Evangelicals, Fundamentalists and Roman Catholics, but even by non-Christians. However, what are the discerning saying about the book? Find out at these links below.



[ Problems with The Prayer of Jabez ] - Linked Article - (Added 12/07/2001) Written by Berit Kjos. Does the Bible justify using "the prayer of Jabez" as a formula for success? If so, why would Jesus give us the model prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 ("Our Father, who art in heaven....") rather than the prayer of Jabez?


[ Praying Like Jabez ] - Linked Article - (Added 04/07/2001) The author gives Wilkinson the benefit of doubt by commenting, "I would presume that Wilkinson's intentions are not the same as Word Faith teachers. But we seem to arrive at the same place." Is it Biblical to accept that one could repetitiously pray the same thing over and over for a month and God would be obligated to bless them?


[ The Prayer of Jabez ] - Linked Article - (Added 05/07/2001) According to the author, "James Dobson's endorsement of The Prayer of Jabez has caused the book's sales to explode. Dobson has given credibility to what would have otherwise been denounced as the prosperity gospel or "name-it and claim-it" theology."




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