Dr. Ted Baehr is the founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, and a well-known movie critic, educator, lecturer and media pundit. He also is the author of several books, including "The Culture-Wise Family" with legendary entertainer Pat Boone. For more information, please call 800-899-6684 or go to the MOVIEGUIDE website.More ↓Less ↑
MOVIEGUIDE? announces with certainty that a blasphemous movie about Jesus Christ marrying Mary Magdalene based on a best-selling book, directed by a famous Hollywood director, bombed at the box office with only $8 million in ticket sales.
Furthermore, the studio lost $50 million in promotion and advertising on this sure-fire hit movie.
No, it’s not “The Da Vinci Code” – it’s “The Last Temptation Of Christ.”
Needless to say, at that point in history, just a few short years ago, Christian leaders were willing to condemn such blasphemy. Now, some Christian leaders, including those involved in the arts, have decided to join Judas and Neville Chamberlain in calling for people to go see a movie that is just as blasphemous as “The Last Temptation Of Christ.”
Aside from the fact that this is an act that is repulsive to God and man, it shows how the church has compromised with their world system and abandoned the simple truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Both “The Last Temptation Of Christ” and “The Da Vinci Code” are bad news because they deny the truth that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that no one may perish but all may have eternal life through Jesus. Anyone with any sense and sensibility knows this fact.
Yet, many people who see “The Da Vinci Code” will not have a clear biblical perspective, or the critical tools and education necessary, to refute the movie’s cruel, blasphemous, slanderous allegations. Even those who think that they have the tools and are not solid theologically will walk away mentally bruised, blemished and spoiled from seeing this theological travesty, as we know from considerable research.
Christian leaders should, of course, speak against the “The Da Vinci Code” movie and to the movie, but they should not become shills for the movie. Today, however, those shills are even ridiculing on Da Vinci sponsored websites the saints such as Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, who stood so valiantly against “The Last Temptation Of Christ” and caused it to bomb at the box office.
Some of these men, who are denigrating Dr. Bright and those who stood against the forces of the Adversary in the firm belief that the Gates of Hell could not stand against people who go forth in the name of Christ, are so arrogant that they think they can instruct children after our young people in immature stages of development have been perverted by seeing this movie and reading this vile book.
These Quislings, Chamberlains and Judases occupy positions of power inside the church. However well meaning they may be, they are false prophets. They get their facts wrong and the church needs to stand for truth – not those who compromise with the lies of Dan Brown and misguided, ill-informed Hollywood elites.