“Passion of the Christ”: Outreach for Antichrist

3. It will burn into the minds of millions a graphic image of "Christ" that is utterly false. For millions of people, the face of Jim Caviezel will be the face of Christ, as surely as multiplied millions for many centuries have had an image of Christ in their minds that was formed by gazing at statues, or paintings. This is all idolatry. "Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female" (Deut.4:15,16).

4. It will provide millions of people with a graphic concept of the events of the crucifixion that is not truly according to the Word of God. Yes, Jesus was brutally treated by His captors. Yes, crucifixion was a bloody, agonizing method of execution, and the Lord suffered it. But Gibson's movie has much in it that is not in the biblical account, and also, it focuses narrowly on one aspect only – the brutality of the crucifixion. The real meaning and purpose of the crucifixion of the Lord is not given in truth.

5. Those who go to see it will be encouraged to go and see the other films that Gibson has made. This man, the star of many extremely violent movies in the past, is now being hailed everywhere as a "Christian actor", who deserves the support of Christians for his "stand for the Gospel" in Hollywood! What utter drivel! But now, children and adults will say to themselves, "Well, if Mel Gibson made a movie about Christ, and if Mel Gibson loves the Lord as our pastors tell us he does, what's wrong with seeing all his other movies as well? One can obviously be a Christian and still star in, and produce, all kinds of films. It doesn't matter!" This is, in fact, what is already happening on an ever-increasing scale: actors and actresses coming forward and saying, "I'm a Christian; I love the Lord" – and yet having no qualms about acting in films containing sexual immorality, foul language, blasphemy, and graphic blood and gore. Such is the state of what passes for "Christianity" these days, that this is all acceptable. And so professing "christians" will go on indulging in "the lust of the flesh" and "the lust of the eyes" (1 Jn.2:16), and will justify it all in the name of "entertainment" and "Christian liberty"!

May the Lord's people continue to preach the Gospel in these days of abounding wickedness and false "gospels", and let none be tempted to say, "Well, at least it is causing people to think about the Lord Jesus Christ." Do not be deceived! They will leave the theatres after having had their minds, and their senses, subjected to Roman Catholic indoctrination. The "Christ" they will be thinking about will be the false "Christ" of Romanism. And even if they are reduced to tears, this is the natural human response to intense suffering – aided of course by cleverly angled camera shots, dramatic poses and pauses, lighting, sound effects, and all the other Hollywood paraphernalia. There were a great many people who witnessed the actual crucifixion of the Lord Jesus – and yet were the multitudes converted? Did a revival break out? No. Why, then, would the Lord bless the efforts of a Roman Catholic Hollywood actor/producer, who has broken the Lord's Word concerning idolatry and adding to Scripture, unto the salvation of lost souls? What abysmal darkness has descended on "Evangelicals", that they could ever imagine such a thing? When the Lord of glory was crucified, the multitudes did not repent. Why would the Lord grant repentance to multitudes now, through a movie such as this? It is indeed a great outreach – but for Antichrist, not Christ.

Today, as always since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, the truth of God stands sure: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth" (Rom.1:16); and, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" (1 Cor.1:18); for "it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe" (1 Cor.1:21).

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