3. This is a film in which the Lord Jesus Christ is supposedly portrayed by a man.
No true Christian, or Christian church, knowing that it is scripturally wrong for any man to depict the Lord Jesus Christ in art, or to portray Him in a film, would need any further reason to avoid it like the plague!
Even if the man who pretended to portray the Lord Jesus Christ was a good and moral man; and even if he was a Protestant and not a Roman Catholic; the fact remains that for any mortal man to attempt to portray Christ in a film, is contrary to the Word of God, “which makes it clear that any representations of any of the three divine persons of the Holy Trinity are sinful (Exod.20:4-6; Acts 17:29). Although the eternal Son became flesh, we have no idea what he looked like, and so any representation of him is purely imaginary, and inaccurate; and even if we did know exactly what he looked like, we still could not depict him, for his divine glory, which the apostles beheld (Jn.1:14), cannot be depicted; and yet, if only his humanity was depicted, then his nature would be divided – and that is heretical. Furthermore, as Christ is the image of the invisible God (Col.1:15; Heb.1:3), so that he could say to those who saw him that they had seen the Father (Jn.14:8,9), it follows that if we attempt to depict Christ, we attempt to depict the invisible God; but as we can only depict Christ inaccurately, we would thereby depict the invisible God inaccurately. And in doing so, we would have made a similitude of God as a man, which would be sinful (Deut.4:15,16).”
Roman Catholics have never had any scruples about pictorial representations of Christ. Their homes and places of worship are filled with images – idols – supposedly of “Christ” and of many others. They hang crucifixes up everywhere, with images of “Jesus” hanging upon them. They depict “Christ” in paintings, complete with halo around the head. And they make use of all these idolatrous images, the vain works of the imaginations of men, in their worship! For they actually bow down to them, and pray to them, contrary to God’s Word!
All such idolatry was always viewed with detestation by Christians. But in more recent times, the “Evangelical” world has become more and more accepting of such idolatrous images. Various movies through the years have contributed to this, in which attempts have been made to depict the Lord Christ. In the late 1970s, another pro-Papist film, Jesus of Nazareth, made by Franco Zeffirelli, was very popular in many parts of the world, and the actor who played “Jesus” in that film was deliberately made to look very much like the common images of “Jesus” in Roman Catholic art. Then there is the still-immensely popular film, Jesus, which Evangelicals the world over love to use as an “evangelistic tool”. And now this one.
It seems that modern “Evangelicals” are willing to forsake almost all biblical standards, and to adopt the Jesuit motto that “the end justifies the means.” If, to their minds, “souls are being saved” by watching the movie, or “Christians are being edified”, or “Christians are having their faith deepened”, then the end justifies the means. They profess to be “Bible-believers”, and very loudly and proudly say, “We believe nothing but what the Bible teaches!” But this is a lie. The reality is that they believe many things that are not taught in the Bible – and they reject many things that are taught in the Bible!
Again let it be said: no true Christian, or Christian church, knowing that it is scripturally wrong for any man to depict the Lord Jesus Christ in art, or to portray Him in a film, would need any further reason to avoid it like the plague – even if nothing more was known about it than this!