Rocky Balboa: A “Christian Boxer”?

  Stallone said: “I was raised in a Catholic home, a Christian home, and I went to Catholic schools and I was taught the faith and went as far as I could with it.  Until one day, you know, I got out in the so-called real world and I was presented with temptation.  I kinda like lost my way and made a lot of bad choices.”

  Stallone speaks of Roman Catholicism and Christianity as being one and the same: “I was raised in a Catholic home, a Christian home”.  This is how a Roman Catholic would talk, of course, and the ecumenicals at Focus on the Family and elsewhere would readily accept Romanists as Christians, but the fact is that Roman Catholicism is not Christian, and there is the world of difference between a “Catholic home” and a Christian one.  It is the difference between darkness and light.

  He now says he realised his fame was not the most important part of his life, and that God can help a person overcome his past.  “The more I go to church, and the more I turn myself over to the process of believing in Jesus and listening to his Word and having him guide my hand, I feel as though the pressure is off me now.”

  He also said: “You need to have the expertise and the guidance of someone else.  You cannot train yourself.  I feel the same way about Christianity and about what the Church is: The Church is the gym of the soul.”

  One would not think it to look at him, of course, but Stallone is now sixty.  And like many people who reach this age, he has doubtless begun to think about death, and the life hereafter.  He has doubtless truly realised that fame is fleeting, and that life itself is short, and all the money and fame in the world cannot take a man to heaven.  And so he has turned to a false religion, as so many do in their later years.  What a tragedy!  May the Lord yet open his heart to the true and only Gospel of the grace of God, the glad tidings of salvation by Jesus Christ!

 

  Sylvester Stallone himself said that the infamous character of Rocky was meant to reflect the nature of Jesus!  In the conference call with pastors and religious leaders he said, “It’s like he was being chosen, Jesus was over him, and he was going to be the fella that would live through the example of Christ.  He’s very, very forgiving.  There’s no bitterness in him.  He always turns the other cheek.  And it’s like his whole life was about service.”

  It’s shocking enough that men calling themselves “pastors and religious leaders” would even bother to have a conference with Stallone over this movie and his supposed “Christian faith”.  Any true pastor, given the opportunity to speak with Stallone like that, would use it to witness to him of Christ the Saviour!  But no – these men were talking to him for the purpose of hearing what he had to say about the “faith lessons” of his boxing movie!  And people wonder why the youth of today are so mixed up, so adrift.

  Yes, that’s shocking enough.  But then, to read that Stallone compares his character with the Lord Jesus Christ! – there seem to be no depths to which these blind leaders of the blind will not sink, for they did not immediately and vociferously refute such a wicked notion!  Stallone says “it’s like his [Rocky’s] whole life was about service.”  A boxer whose whole life is about service?  A boxer who “was being chosen, Jesus was over him, and he was going to be the fella that would live through the example of Christ”?  Where was the condemnation of such rubbish from the “pastors and religious leaders”?  Nothing.  Deafening silence.  But then again, when one looks at the type of “pastors and religious leaders” whose comments are quoted on the RockyResources.com website, one will not be surprised.

  This section of the website is entitled “Faith Leaders Respond” (also called “Pastors and Leaders: Their Response”).  But one should note the kind of men (and women!) described as “Faith Leaders” and “Pastors”.  Here are just a few:

  Stuart Shepard, Managing Editor of Focus on the Family’s Citizenlink.com: “Stallone spoke of being reborn in a teleconference with pastors and religious leaders concerning faith elements of the unlikely sixth (Rocky) movie…. I have to confess I was won over by the real-life story of redemption I heard.  I’m believin’ it.”

  Well, what would we expect from this particular source?  Focus on the Family: ecumenical, riddled with psychology. 

  Dick Rolfe of The Dove Foundation: “I had a very favorable overall impression of the movie…. One Biblical profanity is the only ‘speed bump’ in an otherwise compelling movie.”

  Whoa!  This is supposed to be a movie with “Christian” undertones, and yet it contains a “biblical profanity”?  And incredibly, this man shrugs his shoulders and says it’s just a small “speed bump”, nothing to be concerned about, the movie is still great?  This is the level to which so-called “Christian” leaders have sunk!  Who cares what the Bible says, it’s okay to use a little profanity, the movie’s great anyway  – this is the message such a statement conveys. 

  The Catholic Digest: “There’s a tremendous spirituality connected with the character of Rocky, because the entire thing was based on good Christian values and dilemmas – whether he could persevere through the storms.”

  So Roman Catholics are considered to be “Pastors and Leaders” as well.  Clearly this movie is acceptable to both Papists and “Protestants”, in true ecumenical spirit.  It therefore cannot in any sense present the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, or be truly Christian.

  Francis Maier, Chancellor, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado: “[Rocky Balboa] is a really excellent film…. It’s also one you can take the kids to.”  A little “biblical profanity” and a message that boxing is an acceptable sport notwithstanding.  But of course the Papists would praise it.

  Roman Catholic nun, Rose Pacatte, of the “Daughters of St. Paul”: “One theme that stood out for me was the whole idea of self esteem.  And how important that is to be formed…. That’s a good message for people to know and hear.”