Monday, March 31, 2014

Movie Review: God's Not Dead

Here are two excellent reviews of the God's Not Dead movie. Both are selective about where and how to reprint, so here are the links and intro only:

The first is from Roger Patterson of Answers in Genesis:

Here is his introduction:

A film set for release in late March 2014 has been receiving a lot of attention in Christian media. God’s Not Dead weaves the stories of several students on a college campus, an outspoken professor, a local pastor, and several other characters together into a very interesting film. The storyline is one of conflict on a college campus where worldviews collide from multiple angles

Worse, though one of the key characters meets a demise, Mr Patterson says the scene does not include the Gospel elements as outlined in the bible. His review is succinct and clearly outlines the multiple unbiblical issues within the film. His review concludes with a "not recommended." Please read Mr Patterson's review by clicking on the link below.

God’s Not Dead Movie Review

Here is another review by two folks at Creation Ministries International, Scott Gillis and Lisa Cosner

God’s Not Dead movie review
A ‘feel-good’ movie that sadly did not make us feel good at all!

Here is GotQuestions' very good treatment on the background of the saying "God is Dead", which they rightly say is a rebellion against the authority of God in our lives.

Apologist Ravi Zacharias Ministry presents a 5-minute video by Oxford Philosopher Vince Vitale discussing  God's Not Dead, which doesn't refer to the movie but is timely apologetics anyway.



I know we become so excited when we hear reports of a new movie or television show coming out which claims to present our Jesus and His word in a God-honoring way. But we live in a fallen world, and those who are not saved cannot present anything but lies. Even those who are saved and who use these important media outreaches to share the Gospel often stumble because it is a time of apostasy, lack of discernment, and many won't endure sound doctrine. Compromises are the order of the day. Please, in our love for Jesus and eagerness to share Him with the lost, let's remember it is equally important to retain strict standards regarding His Gospel and His word. The best apologetic I've come across regarding the mantra 'Even if it is flawed, let's use it anyway, God can do anything' is Sunny Shell's, regarding the event that started all this last year, The Bible miniseries on The History Channel:

"Even though there's a lot of error in this movie, still, don't you think it's a great way to show people who God really is, I mean, can't God use anything to save someone?

A. No, I don't think this movie is a great way to reveal the truth about God since it's filled with lies about God. And yes, I realize God can use anything to save someone, but He only chose to use the message of the true Gospel to save all men (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Nowhere in Scripture does God command or allow His children to use the work of Satan to proclaim His truth. And God is clear, anyone who denies Him and defiles His holy character or word, works for the devil, not for God.
Since the beginning of time, the devil has attempted to minimize and blaspheme God's holy character by lulling us to disregard His holiness, justice and righteousness. God has never called His children of light to partner with the works of darkness (2 Cor 6:15-16). As God's children, we are commanded to pursue holiness, rather than try to find a way to compromise the glory of Christ in order to "reach more people".

1 comment:

  1. I'm never optimistic over the prospect of any 'biblical' movie. We live in a time of overt and aggressive blasphemy, and I really can't trust a bunch of Hollywood heathens to do anything but pervert the message. These things, (Noah, Son of God, etc) will start relatively tame with doctrinal error. But they are just served up as breaches into the public conscience in which the subject matter will become pedestrain enough and will eventually soften minds to further accept error.

    Last Temptation of Christ stood alone for it's time, but far worse will be coming. I have no doubt that as soon as they get their hands on the story of David, his relationship with Jonathon will be very subjective.

    For it to be truly biblical, it will have to be completely independent and will most definitely not receive financin, favorable reviews or any thing less than the complete disdain for all things Christian held by the entertainment industry.

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