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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Poison in The Passion Movie

The Poison in The Passion Movie

by Terry Watkins

Dial-the-Truth Ministries (av1611.org)

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Mel Gibson’s much anticipated The Passion officially opened in theaters on Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2004. Never in history has any movie so captured the attention and adoration of the Christian community. No movie, no movement, no sermon, no revival, no event – nothing in modern history has created such a moving among the Christian world.

The first day The Passion grossed over $25 million dollars. And there appears no slowdown. After 5 days, it has now grossed over $125 million dollars. The Passion generated an unbelievable $10 million in advance sales. Many churches leased complete movie theaters to show The Passion. Some churches have rented theaters until March.

Churches and prominent Christian leaders around the world are heralding The Passion as the greatest evangelical event in modern history – maybe ever. Many are crowning The Passion as the greatest presentation of the crucifixion in history – including the Word of God.

What in the world is going on?

Are we witnessing the launching of a great revival across the land as some are proclaiming? Is The Passion the "fire" that could spark a great moving of the Holy Ghost throughout the land?

We as Christians are given the charge of 1 Thessalonians 5:21 to "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." There is nothing that we as God’s children should exclude from examination under the light of the Word of God. There is nothing, no matter how "pleasant to the eyes" (Genesis 3:6) it appears that we should automatically presume is the will of God.

And may we not forget our adversary. Satan is very crafty. His ultimate goal is "to be like the most High" (Isaiah 14:14). He is the master of counterfeiters. The Bible says in Matthew 24:24 that "false Christs shall arise" and "if possible should deceive the very elect". Satan desires to be Christ. His ultimate role would be to "act" as Jesus.

With that in mind, may we always be cautious to Satan’s potential injection of poison and venom, especially when the Lord Jesus Christ is the topic. May we agree with the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:11, "not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices" – "lest he should get an advantage of us".

There are some Christians who will cry "Foul, You are just looking for bad stuff in The Passion". And to that I say, "Amen". That is exactly what we as Christians are commanded to do – "Prove all things". Let us never be guilty of closing our eyes and disregarding our Bibles to any possible influence of Satan.

As we examine The Passion. let us prayerfully hold the attitude and conviction of the Bereans in Acts 17:11 who "searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so".

10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Acts 17:11

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1 Peter 5:8


Christian ministers and the news media have paraded The Passion as true to The Bible. Most of the Christians interviewed have remarked at how true and authentic it appeared.

But is it true to the Word of God?

Did Mel Gibson, with his loyal Catholic beliefs and his director’s creative ability wander outside the pages of the Word of God? Is it possible that The Passion is not entirely based upon the Bible as most Christians are led to believe? Is it entirely possible that the primary script and inspiration for The Passion is not the Bible at all – but another book?

Here is an article on MSNBC describing some of the scenes from The Passion. See if you can find these in your Bible:

Gibson’s movie begins in the garden of Gethsemane, with the disciples sleeping as Jesus prays for guidance and stomps on a snake that tempts him to avoid his destiny. There are other horrors: a screeching creature that resembles a berserk monkey, demonic children who might have wandered in from "The Exorcist," a bird that plucks out the eyes of crucified men, the gargoyle-like members of King Herod’s court,. . .
(Hartl, John. Gibson's 'Passion' is bloody empty. MSNBC, <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4360578>)

That is nowhere in the Bible. You can search all day and all night but you will not find such silliness in the Bible.

Now where in the world did Mel get that stuff from?

A few years ago, as Mel Gibson was rediscovering and renewing his Catholic faith, Mel Gibson purchased a library of hundreds of books from a closed nunnery. Mel claims as he was reaching for a book on the library shelf a supernatural intervention caused another book to "miraculously" drop into his hands. And that "miracle" book, not the Bible, not the Gospels, is the inspiration of The Passion. The book was The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the Meditations of Anne Catherine Emmerich. Gibson claims like "magic" this book opened up a new world. "'Amazing images,' he said. 'She supplied me with stuff I never would have thought of".

Who is Anne Catherine Emmerich, the mysterious script writer of The Passion?

Anne Catherine Emmerich was a famous, mystic, Catholic Nun who possessed some very unusual abilities.

Anne was born on the feast of the Virgin Mary’s own nativity: September 8, 1774 in Westphalia, Germany. She became a nun of the Augustinian Order at Dulmen.

Emmerich began having supernatural visions very early in her life. By the age of four she prayed for three hours daily while being physically visited by her guardian angel. Even at that early age people around her described a "mysterious power that emanated from her."

Emmerich was found frequently practicing the occult art of levitation. Many times when she entered a room, she was clearly seen levitating above the ground. She also practiced the occult art of astral projection, claiming to "bilocate" to various places. Astral Projection is the physic ability when the soul leaves the physical body and travels beyond space and time. During her mystic astral projections, she claims to have watched the actual execution of King Louis XVI, and visited Marie Antoinette, queen of France, in prison. Some times these astral projection trips actually took her into purgatory to view the tortured souls in purgatory. Of course, the Bible does not teach purgatory. Emmerich experienced about every satanic supernatural and occult practices known.

Emmerich also bore the actual, physical wounds of Jesus Christ, called the Catholic mystic stigmata, where the actual wounds of Christ supernaturally appear on the hands, feet and head. According to supposedly verified medical reports, her supernatural stigmata wounds were half an inch in size and found in her hands, feet, side, head and bled profusely, especially on Fridays (the Catholic’s erroneous day of the crucifixion). At times the blood flowed so heavy from the supernatural stigmata wounds, the blood would completely soak the bandages and freely flow on the ground. According to various sources, this was all verified by medical doctors. One physician who examined Emmerich said, "There can be no question of imposture in this case. The wounds speak for themselves, at least to a man of science. To ascribe them to natural causes such as imagination, induction, analogy, or similar causes, is simply impossible."

According to her biographers, the last 12 years of Anne’s life she ate no food except the bread and wine of the Holy Eucharist. In other words, she supposedly lived for over 12 years on nothing but the Catholic Eucharist or Mass.

To put it bluntly, Anne Catherine Emmerich was a very spiritually disturbed lady.

Emmerich experienced common occurrences of supernatural visions. During these visions she claims to have "seen" the creation of Heaven, the fall of the angels, the creation of the earth, paradise and many other such scenes. During these demonic visions she also claims to have "seen" the actual crucifixion of Jesus Christ take place. Anne wrote a book titled, The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ from these visions. And according to Mel Gibson, these demonic crucifixion visions, called the Dolorous Passion, became the "supernatural imposed" script and inspiration for The Passion – not the Gospels. This was the book that "supernaturally" fell into his hands that became the script and inspiration for The Passion.

Mel Gibson is so devoted to Emmerich, his cherished possession is a piece of cloth that was once part of Emmerich's habit [garment]. Gibson carries the sacred Emmerich cloth in his pocket. During his PrimeTime interview with Diane Sawyer, Mel proudly displayed his miracle cloth for the world to see. I wonder how many pastors and Christians who watched this interview did not even question Mel’s fanatical devotion to Emmerich?

Here are a few quotes by Anne Catherine Emmerich:

"The Church is the only one, the Roman Catholic! And if there were left upon earth but one Catholic, he would be the one, universal Church, the Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ against which the gates of Hell shall never prevail."

"Then I had the sweet assurance that Mary is the Church; the Church, our mother; God, our father; and Jesus, our brother."

"I have had a great vision on the mystery of Holy Mass and I have seen that whatever good has existed since creation is owing to it."

If Emmerich and her writings are not extreme blasphemy then there is not one word of truth in the Bible.

Christianity Today writes of Gibson’s obsession of Emmerich’s Dolorous Passion:

"He [Gibson] also recounted a series of divine coincidences that led him to read the works of Anne Catherine Emmerich, a late-18th, early-19th-century Westphalian nun who had visions of the events of The Passion. Many of the details needed to fill out the Gospel accounts he drew from her book, Dolorous Passion of Our Lord."
(Mel, Mary, and Mothers, Christianity Today, March 2004 <http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/commentaries/passion-melmarymothers.html>

Much of The Passion is clearly scripted from Emmerich’s Dolorous Passion. Let us examine a couple of scenes from The Passion.

In one scene, as "Jesus" is being flogged, Claudia, the wife of Pilate, approaches Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene. She gives them folded linens. After Jesus is taken away, the two Marys began mopping up the blood on the ground with the linens.

Somehow in my reading and study of the scriptures I missed that scene. Of course, it is not in the Bible. It is taken directly from Emmerich’s visions. Here is the same scene in Emmerich’a Dolorous Passion:

When Jesus fell down at the foot of the pillar, after the flagellation, I saw Claudia Procles, the wife of Pilate, send some large pieces of linen to the Mother of God. I know not whether she thought that Jesus would be set free, and that his Mother would then require linen to dress his wounds, or whether this compassionate lady was aware of the use which would be made of her present. … I soon after saw Mary and Magdalen approach the pillar where Jesus had been scourged; … they knelt down on the ground near the pillar, and wiped up the sacred blood with the linen which Claudia Procles had sent.
(Emmerich, Anne Catherine. The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. North Bay Books:El Sobrante, 2003 pp. 137-138)

Another curious scene from Emmerich’s Dolorous Passion is when Satan tempts "Jesus" during the garden of Gethsemane as "Jesus" is in agony praying, Satan (which is incidentally played by a beautiful woman in The Passion) tempts "Jesus". Here is how one reviewer describes the scene from Gibson’s The Passion:

In the darkness, a gaunt, hooded woman appears [Satan].
"Do you really believe one man can bear this burden?" she taunts. "No one man can carry this burden. It’s too heavy. Saving their souls is too costly."
(Warren, Lindy. Witness to The Passion. Outreach Magazine

Again the above scene is nowhere in the scriptures. And again it is straight from Emmerich’s Dolorous Passion"

He fell on his face, overwhelmed with unspeakable sorrow,. . . But Satan, who was enthroned amid all these horrors, and even filled with diabolical joy at the sight of them, let loose his fury against Jesus, and displayed before the eyes of his soul increasingly awful visions, at the same time addressing his adorable humanity in words such as these: ‘Takest thou even this sin upon thyself? Art thou willing to bear its penalty? Art thou prepared to satisfy for all these sins?'
(Emmerich, Anne Catherine. The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. North Bay Books:El Sobrante, 2003 p. 45)

Another scene from The Passion coming from Emerich’s Dolorus Passion is "Jesus" crushing the serpent’s head:

A snake slithers from her robe [Satan} toward the man [Jesus] who, for the first time, has diverted his eyes to this enemy. Suddenly, and without warning his foot comes down, crushing the serpent’s head.
(Warren, Lindy. Witness to The Passion. Outreach Magazine


More examples of Emmerich's Dolorous Passion in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ

Satan torments Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter I p. 45

“But Satan, who was enthroned amid all these horrors, and even filled with diabolical joy at the sight of them, let loose his fury against Jesus, and displayed before the eyes of his soul increasingly awful visions, at the same time addressing his adorable humanity in words such as these: ‘Takest thou even this sin upon thyself? Art thou willing to bear its penalty? Art thou prepared to satisfy for all these sins?’”

The Passion of the Christ

Mary wakes up, sensing Jesus’s arrest


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter I p. 58

“During this agony of Jesus, I saw the Blessed Virgin also overwhelmed with sorrow and anguish of soul, in the house of Mary, the mother of Mark. She was with Magdalen and Mary in the garden belonging to the house, and almost prostrate from grief, with her whole body bowed down as she knelt. She fainted several times, for she beheld in spirit different portions of the agony of Jesus.”

Chapter XI p. 99

“THE Blessed Virgin was ever united to her Divine Son by interior spiritual communications; she was, therefore, fully aware of all that happened to him—she suffered with him, and joined in his continual prayer for his murderers. But her maternal feelings prompted her to supplicate Almighty God most ardently not to suffer the crime to be completed, and to save her Son from such dreadful torments.”

The Passion of the Christ

Soldiers throw Jesus off a bridge


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter III p. 71

“I saw our Lord fall twice before he reached the bridge, and these falls were caused entirely by the barbarous manner in which the soldiers dragged him; but when they were half over the bridge they gave full vent to their brutal inclinations, and struck Jesus with such violence that they threw him off the bridge into the water”

The Passion of the Christ

Jesus’ abuse when before the priests.


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter VI p. 84

“At this answer of Jesus the countenance of Annas flushed with fury and indignation. A base menial who was standing near perceived this, and he immediately struck our Lord on the face with his iron gauntlet, exclaiming at the same moment, ‘Answerest thou the High Priest so?’ Jesus was so nearly prostrated by the violence of the blow, that when the guards likewise reviled and struck him, he fell quite down, and blood trickled from his face on to the floor. Laughter, insults, and bitter words resounded through the hall. The archers dragged him roughly up again, and he mildly answered, ‘If 1 have spoken evil. give testimony of the evil; but if well, why strikest thou me?’”

The Passion of the Christ

After thrice denying Jesus, Peter runs to Mary, weeping and calling her, “Mother.”


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XI p. 100

“Mary approached him instantly, and said, ‘Simon, tell me, I entreat you, what is become of Jesus, my Son !’ These words pierced his very heart; he could not even look at her, but turned away, and again wrung his hands. Mary drew close to him, and said in a voice trembling with emotion: ‘Simon, son of John, why dost thou not answer me?’—'Mother!’ exclaimed Peter, in a dejected tone, ‘0, Mother, speak not to me—thy Son is suffering more than words can express: speak not to me!’”

The Passion of the Christ

Mary walks about the now-emptied courtyard and then falls with her face pressed to the floor, directly above the cell in which Jesus is imprisoned


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XI p. 101

“John, therefore, led her and the holy women to the front of the prison where Jesus was confined. Mary was with Jesus in spirit, and Jesus was with her; but this loving Mother wished to hear with her own cars the voice of her Divine Son.”

The Passion of the Christ

Satan and his minions torment Judas


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter V p. 82

“I beheld the traitor, Judas Iscariot, wandering about, alone, and a prey to the tortures of his guilty con-science; he feared even his own shadow, and was followed by many devils, who endeavored to turn his feelings of remorse into black despair.”

The Passion of the Christ

An effeminate Herod is depicted amidst cushions


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XX p. 124

“Herod was expecting them. He was seated on a pile of cushions, heaped together so as to form a species of throne, in a spacious hall, and surrounded by courtiers and warriors.”

Chapter XX p. 125

“the luxurious and effeminate prince turned away in disgust, uttered the name of God, and said to the priests in a tone of mingled pity and contempt, ‘Take him hence, and bring him not back into my presence in such a deplorable state.’”

The Passion of the Christ

Herod calls Jesus a fool and commands that Jesus be given a fool’s homage


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XX p. 127

“But he spoke in the most contemptuous manner to Jesus, and turning to the guards and servants who surrounded him, and who were about two hundred in number, said: ‘Take away this fool, and pay him that homage which is his due; he is mad, rather than guilty of any crime.’”

The Passion of the Christ

The scourging scene is very similar to that written by Emmerich. Jesus is scourged against a pillar in the center of a courtyard. The scourging culminates with the use of chains with barbs that tear chunks off his back. Jesus is then rotated so the soldiers can scourge the other side. Mary is prominent throughout the scene as if exhorting Jesus.


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XXII p. 133

“This pillar, placed in the centre of the court, stood alone, and did not serve to sustain any part of the building”

Chapter XXII p. 133

“Jesus trembled and shuddered as he stood before the pillar, and took off his garments as quickly as he could, but his hands were bloody and swollen. The only return he made when his brutal executioners struck and abused him was to pray for them in the most touching manner: he turned his face once towards his Mother, who was standing overcome with grief; this look quite unnerved her: she fainted, and would have fallen, had not the holy women who were there supported her.”

Chapter XXII p. 135

“Two fresh executioners took the places of the last mentioned, who were beginning to flag; their scourges were composed of small chains, or straps covered with iron hooks, which penetrated to the bone, and tore off large pieces of flesh at every blow. What word, alas! could describe this terrible—this heartrending scene!

The cruelty of these barbarians was nevertheless not yet satiated; they untied Jesus, and again fastened him up with his back turned towards the pillar. As he was totally unable to support himself in an upright position, they passed cords round his waist, under his arms, and above his knees, and having bound his hands tightly into the rings which were placed at the upper part of the pillar, they recommenced scourging him”

Chapter XXIII p. 137

“I saw the Blessed Virgin in a continual ecstasy during the time of the scourging of her Divine Son; she saw and suffered with inexpressible love and grief all the torments he was enduring.”

The Passion of the Christ

Pilate’s wife hands white linens to Mary, who uses these to wipe Jesus’s blood from the floor


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XXIII p. 137

“I saw Claudia Procles, the wife of Pilate, send some large pieces of linen to the Mother of God.”

Chapter XXIII p. 138

“Then it was that the Mother of Jesus, accompanied by the holy women, approached the pillar and wiped up the blood with which it and the ground around were saturated.”

The Passion of the Christ

Jesus falls multiple times while carrying the cross (These correspond to the 3rd, 7th, and 9th Stations of the Cross. “The Stations of the Cross are a popular Catholic devotion. Each of the fourteen stations stands for an event which occurred during Jesus' Passion and death at Calvary on Good Friday. A person making the Stations Of The Cross is to meditate about each event depicted at each station, and pray.”


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

The First Fall:

Chapter XXXI p. I58

"When Jesus reached this spot, his strength was perfectly exhausted; he was quite unable to move; and as the archers dragged and pushed him without showing the slightest compassion, he fell quite down against this stone, and the cross fell by his side."

The Second Fall:

Chapter XXXII p. 160

"Then came her beloved Son. He was almost sinking under the heavy weight of his cross, and his head, still crowned with thorns, was drooping in agony on his shoulder. He cast a look of compassion and sorrow upon his Mother, staggered, and fell for the second time upon his hands and knees."

The Third Fall:

Chapter XXXIII p. 161

"The procession had reached an arch formed in an old wall belonging to the town, opposite to a square, in which three streets terminated, when Jesus stumbled against a large stone which was placed in the middle of the archway, the cross slipped from his shoulder, he fell upon the stone, and was totally unable to rise."

The Passion of the Christ

Mary meets Jesus while on the way to Golgotha (4th Station of the Cross)


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XXXII p. 160

“Then came her beloved Son. He was almost sinking under the heavy weight of his cross, and his head, still crowned with thorns, was drooping in agony on his shoulder. He cast a look of compassion and sorrow upon his Mother, staggered, and fell for the second time upon his hands and knees. Mary was perfectly agonised at this sight; she forgot all else; she saw neither soldiers nor executioners; she saw nothing but her dearly-loved Son; and, springing from the doorway into the midst of the group who were insulting and abusing him, she threw herself on her knees by his side and embraced him. The only words I heard were, ‘Beloved Son!’ and ‘Mother!’”

The Passion of the Christ

The scene in which Simon of Cyrene is pressed into service is very similar to that written by Emmerich. One of Simon’s children is present. He is initially reluctant, exhibiting great disdain towards Jesus. Simon soon after experiences a change of heart.


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XXXIII pp. 161-162

“At this moment Simon of Cyrene, a pagan, happened to pass by, accompanied by his three children. He was a gardener, just returning home after working in a garden near the eastern wall of the city, and carrying a bundle of lopped branches. The soldiers perceiving by his dress that he was a pagan, seized him, and ordered him to assist Jesus in carrying his cross. He refused at first, but was soon compelled to obey, although his children, being frightened, cried and made a great noise, upon which some women quieted and took charge of them. Simon was much annoyed, and expressed the greatest vexation at being obliged to walk with a man in so deplorable a condition of dirt and misery; but Jesus wept, and cast such a mild and heavenly look upon him that he was touched, and instead of continuing to show reluctance, helped him to rise, while the executioners fastened one arm of the cross on his shoulders, and he walked behind our Lord, thus relieving him in a great measure from its weight”

The Passion of the Christ

Veronica wipes Jesus’s face (6th Station of the Cross; the cloth with the bloody face imprinted in it is now a relic)


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XXXIV p. 162

“Seraphia was the name of the brave woman who thus dared to confront the enraged multitude; she was the wife of Sirach, one of the councillors belonging to the Temple, and was afterwards known by the name of Veronica, which name was given from the words vera icon (true portrait), to commemorate her brave conduct on this day.

Seraphia had prepared some excellent aromatic wine, which she piously intended to present to our Lord to refresh him on his dolorous way to Calvary. She had been standing in the street for some time, and at last went back into the house to wait. She was, when I first saw her, enveloped in a long veil, and holding a little girl of nine years of age whom she had adopted, by the hand; a large veil was likewise hanging on her arm, and the little girl endeavoured to hide the jar of wine when the procession approached. Those who were marching at the head of the procession tried to push her back; but she made her way through the mob, the soldiers, and the archers, reached Jesus, fell on her knees before him, and presented the veil, saying at the same time, ‘Permit me to wipe the face of my Lord.’ Jesus took the veil in his left hand, wiped his bleeding face, and returned it with thanks. Seraphia kissed it, and put it under her cloak. The girl then timidly offered the wine, but the brutal soldiers would not allow Jesus to drink it.”

The Passion of the Christ

The scene of Jesus and Simon of Cyrene is very similar to that written by Emmerich. Simon threatens to stop helping if the soldiers continue in their cruelty, saying that he will do so even if the soldiers kill him. Simon then places Jesus’s arm across his shoulders, supporting him.


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XXXV p. 165

“Their cruelty to Jesus so exasperated Simon of Cyrene that he at last exclaimed, ‘If you continue this brutal conduct, I will throw down the cross and carry it no farther. I will do so if you kill me for it.’”

Chapter XXXV p. 166

“Jesus was on the point of again falling, but Simon, who was behind, perceiving that he could not stand, hastened to support him; he leant upon Simon, and was thus saved from falling to the ground.”

The Passion of the Christ

The scene in which Jesus is nailed to the cross is very similar to that written by Emmerich. After the first hand is nailed, Jesus’ other arm is stretched out with a sickening crunch to reach the hole provided for the nail. The soldiers also subject Jesus to more agony as they stretch his body out to the wooden footrest that they placed too low.


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XXXVIII p. 172

“The Blessed Virgin stood motionless; from time to time you might distinguish her plaintive moans; she appeared as if almost fainting from grief, and Magdalen was quite beside herself. When the executioners had nailed the right hand of our Lord, they perceived that his left hand did not reach the hole they had bored to receive the nail, therefore they tied ropes to his left arm, and having steadied their feet against the cross, pulled the left hand violently until it reached the place prepared for it. This dreadful process caused our Lord indescribable agony, his breast heaved, and his legs were quite contracted.”

Chapter XXXVIII p. 173

“The executioners had fastened a piece of wood at the lower part of the cross under where the feet of Jesus would be nailed, that thus the weight of his body might not rest upon the wounds of his hands, as also to prevent the bones of his feet from being broken when nailed to the cross. A hole had been pierced in this wood to receive the nail when driven through his feet, and there was likewise a little hollow place for his heels These precautions were taken lest his wounds should be torn open by the weight of his body, and death ensue before he had suffered all the tortures which they hoped to see him endure. The whole body of our Lord had been dragged upward, and contracted by the violent manner with which the executioners had stretched out his arms, and his knees were bent up; they therefore flattened and tied them down tightly with cords; but soon perceiving that his feet did not reach the bit of wood which was placed for them to rest upon, they became infuriated. Some of their number proposed making fresh holes for the nails which pierced his hands, as there would be considerable difficulty in removing the bit of wood, but the others would do nothing of the sort, and continued to vociferate, ‘He will not stretch himself out, but we will help him;’ they accompanied these words with the most fearful oaths and imprecations, and having fastened a rope to his right leg, dragged it violently until it reached the wood, and then tied it down as tightly as possible. The agony which Jesus suffered from this violent tension was indescribable; the words ‘My God, my God,’ escaped his lips, and the executioners increased his pain by tying his chest and arms to the cross, lest the hands should be torn from the nails. They then fastened his left foot on to his right foot, having first bored a hole through them with a species of piercer, because they could not be placed in such a position as to be nailed together at once. Next they took a very long nail and drove it completely through both feet into the cross below, which operation was more than usually painful, on account of his body being so unnaturally stretched out”

The Passion of the Christ

Jesus is depicted as having long hair and being generally pleasing to the eye


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XLI p. 178

“The complexion of our Lord was fair, like that of Mary, and slightly tinted with red; but his exposure to the weather during the last three years had tanned him considerably. His chest was wide, but not hairy like that of St. John Baptist; his shoulders broad, and his arms and thighs sinewy; his knees were strong and hardened, as is usually the case with those who have either walked or knelt much, and his legs long, with very strong muscles; his feet were well formed, and his hands beautiful, the fingers being long and tapering, and although not delicate like those of a woman, still not resembling those of a man who had laboured hard. His neck was rather long, with a well-set and finely proportioned head; his forehead large and high; his face oval; his hair, which was far from thick, was of a golden brown colour, parted in the middle and falling over his shoulders; his beard was not any great length, but pointed and divided under the chin.”

The Passion of the Christ

Mary begs, “Flesh of my flesh, heart of my heart, my son, let me die with you.”


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Meditation V p. 23

"When our Lord announced to his Blessed Mother what was going to take place, she besought him, in the most touching terms, to let her die with him."

Chapter XLIII pp. 181-182

“the Blessed Virgin, filled with intense feelings of motherly love, entreated her Son to permit her to die with him”

The Passion of the Christ

A soldier is showered by Jesus’ blood after piercing His side


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter XLVIII pp. 197-198

“He seized his lance and rode quickly up to the mound on which the Cross was planted, stopped just between the cross of the good thief and that of our Lord, and taking his lance in both hands, thrust it so completely into the right side of Jesus that the point went through the heart, and appeared on the left side. When Cassius drew his lance out of the wound a quantity of blood and water rushed from it, and flowed over his face and body. This species of washing produced effects somewhat similar to the vivifying waters of Baptism: grace and salvation at once entered his soul. He leaped from his horse, threw himself upon his knees, struck his breast, and confessed loudly before all his firm belief in the divinity of Jesus.”

The Passion of the Christ

Jesus’ body is lowered into Mary’s arms and the camera focuses on Mary in the “Pieta pose” before panning and fading out (this suggests Mary as a co-redeemer)


Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Chapter L p. 206

“When the body was taken down it was wrapped in linen from the knees to the waist, and then placed in the arms of the Blessed Virgin, who, overwhelmed with sorrow and love, stretched them forth to receive their precious burden.”

Chapter LI p. 206

“The Blessed Virgin seated herself upon a large cloth spread on the ground, with her right knee, which was slightly raised, and her back resting against some mantles, rolled together so as to form a species of cushion. No precaution had been neglected which could in any way facilitate to her—the Mother of Sorrows—in her deep affliction of soul, the mournful but most sacred duty which she was about to fulfil in regard to the body of her beloved Son. The adorable head of Jesus rested upon Mary’s knee, and his body was stretched upon a sheet. The Blessed Virgin was overwhelmed with sorrow and love. Once more, and for the last time, did she hold in her arms the body of her most beloved Son, to whom she had been unable to give any testimony of love during the long hours of his martyrdom. And she gazed upon his wounds and fondly embraced his blood-stained cheeks, whilst Magdalen pressed her face upon his feet.”

Note: References are from Emmerich, Anne Catherine. The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. North Bay Books:El Sobrante, 2003
References originally from www.challies.com (Used with Permission)

An article in Christianity Today, titled The Passion of Mel Gibson had the curious subtitle, "Why evangelicals are cheering a movie with profoundly Catholic sensibilities". which they write:

"This evangelical enthusiasm for The Passion of the Christ may seem a little surprising, in that the movie was shaped from start to finish by a devout Roman Catholic and by an almost medieval Catholic vision. [Anne Catherine Emmerich]"

A review of The Passion by TV Guide also recognizes Emmerich’s influence:

"Like all filmmakers inspired by the Bible, Gibson picks and chooses his lore, guided in part by the lurid visions of 18th-century stigmatic nun Anne Catherine Emmerich. "
(McDonag, Maitland. Death trip.

James Dobson’s, teen guide, Plugged In gives a glowing approval for The Passion while readily acknowledging Emmerich’s guidance:

"The script is based primarily on New Testament accounts of the gospel, but also draws upon Catholic works including St. Mary of Agreda’s The Mystical City of God and the diaries of St. Anne Catherine Emmerich as collected in the book The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This may explain a few extra-biblical elements."
(Plugged In. Movie Review. The Passion of Christ

Get this! According to one report, Emmerich’s satan-inspired, Dolorous Passion sold less than 3,000 copies in all of 2002. But since Gibson’s Passion, in just one month, it has sold over 17,000 copies!

Franklin Graham recommends The Passion but readily admits The Passion wanders from the Word of God:

Although there are some exceptions, what I call "Hollywood's artistic liberties," the film is for the most part an accurate, biblical portrayal of Christ's suffering. (Graham, Franklin. To the Point, The Point of 'The Passion'. Decision, March 2004

Franklin Graham and the others peddling The Passion should go back and read the King James Bible. These "Hollywood artistic liberties," as Franklin describes them is strongly condemned by the Lord.

  • Deuteronomy 4:2 reads: "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, . .."
  • Proverbs 30:6, reads, "Add thou not unto his words,. . ."
  • And just in case you missed it, God’s Last Warning is Revelation 22:18,19 ". . . If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
  • The following are obvious incidents in The Passion that are not in the Word of God. Any Christian who has even slightly read their Bible should immediately recognize the perversion of the Gospel Story of the Lord Jesus Christ:

  • Satan is shown talking to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
  • Satan is a beautiful woman.
  • Jesus stomps a snake in the Garden that slithers from Satan’s cloke.
  • In the Garden of Gethsemene, a guard punches, kicks and slaps Jesus.
  • After Judas betrays Jesus, Judas is attacked by children whose faces morph into demons.
  • The demon-children bite Judas.
  • After viewing Jesus’s bloody body, Pilate asks the Sanhedrin if they always beat prisoners prior to trial.
  • Pilate discusses with his wife his relationship with Tiberius Ceasar, emphasizing orders Ceasar gave him to avoid uprisings in Judea. No such discussion is found in the Gospels.
  • Jesus falls three times while carrying the cross
  • Once when Jesus falls, Mary runs to Him, and He says, "See, mother, I make all things new."
  • Mary later asks Jesus, "When, how, where, will you choose to be delivered from this?"
  • Pilate’s wife brings linens to Jesus’ mother and Mary Magdalene so that they can wipe up his blood
  • A woman who is the Catholic Saint Veronica gives Jesus a cloth to wipe his face
  • Jesus’ cross levitates.
    (The Passion of the Christ, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, and other sources)
  • There is no question The Passion is not true to the Bible. There is no question The Passion adds to the Word of God. There is no question The Passion perverts the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    ". . . ye have perverted the words of the living God. . ."
    Jeremiah 23:36


    There is no question that The Passion is an openly Catholic originated, inspired and produced movie. Mel Gibson has held back nothing, confessing his complete devotion to his Catholic faith. In an interview with the Australian paper, The Herald Sun, Mel proudly admits "There is no salvation for those outside the [Catholic] Church.

    "There is no salvation for those outside the Church, I believe it."
    Mel Gibson, The Herald Sun

    Gibson goes on to calmly condemn his own wife to hell. Mel readily admits that she "believes in God" and "she knows Jesus" – but that is not enough. According to Gibson’s own words, "knowing Jesus" will not save a person. Mel Gibson clearly believes "There is no salvation for those outside the Catholic Church."

    "Put it this way. My wife is a saint. She’s a much better person than I am. Honestly, She’s, like, Episcopalian, Church of England. She prays, she believes in God, she knows Jesus, she believes in that stuff. And it’s just not fair if she doesn’t make it, she’s better than I am. But that is a pronouncement from the chair. I go with it."
    Mel Gibson, The Herald Sun

    The "pronouncement from the chair" Gibson is referring to is the pronouncement by the Pope, which to Catholics, is literally the voice of God and infallible. The "chair" has more authority than the Bible.

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church number 780 says, "The Church in this world is the sacrament of salvation, the sign and the instrument of the communion of God and men" (CCC 780).


    To really grasp the complete Catholic inspiration and foundation of The Passion you need to understand the Catholic teaching of "The Stations of the Cross".

    "The Station of The Cross", also called "The Way of the Cross" or Via Dolorosa, is the Catholic sacred ritual where they walk the footsteps of Jesus while praying and meditating along the 14 "stations" or scenes during the last 12 hours before the crucifixion of Jesus. The Station of the Cross is normally done during Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. The Station of the Cross is vital to the Catholic faith. Most Catholic Churches have plaques or pictures along their walls of the 14 "Stations of the Cross" used to walk through the "stations". Like Mel’s movie, the "Stations of the Cross" are commonly referred to by Catholics as The Passion. Of course, nothing of the sort is found in the Word of God.

    Get this. . . Mel Gibson’s The Passion is the Catholic ritual "The Stations of the Cross" in action. Believe it or not. That is what The Passion actually is. It is the Catholic "Stations of the Cross" carried out on film!

    There is no doubt the underlying foundation of The Passion is the 14 "Stations of the Cross". They are all there.

    For instance, "station" number "six" is the Roman Catholic Saint Veronica wiping the face of Jesus as He carries the cross. Is that in the Bible? Of course not. Is it Mel Gibson’s The Passion? Of course it is!

    James Dobson’s teen magazine, Plugged In, which lovingly endorses The Passion, recognizes the sixth Station of the Cross:

    ". . . a woman (the Roman Catholic Saint Veronica) gives Jesus a cloth to wipe his face (legend has it that that imprint survived, and became a "relic" of the crucifixion)."
    (Plugged In, Movie Review, The Passion of Christ

    In an interview with James Dobson, Mel Gibson relates that it was The Stations of the Cross that renewed his Catholic Faith:

    "Gibson had drifted away from his devout Roman Catholic roots; his ‘early’ midlife crisis caused him to reconsider his faith. He meditated on the Stations of the Cross, which Catholics use to mark the hours of Christ’s passion. ‘I got on my knees,’ Gibson said. ‘I realized that His wounds could heal my wounds.’"
    (Neven, Tom. The Passion of the Christ. Focus on the Family)

    There is no question Mel Gibson’s The Passion is a subtle (see Genesis 3:1) reenactment of the Catholic teaching of the "Stations of the Cross".

    Here are the 14 Catholic “Stations of the Cross”. Notice “stations” 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9 are not in the Bible. All 14 are unmistakably in Gibson’s The Passion.
    1. Jesus is condemned Luke 23:24
    2. Jesus carries his cross John 19:17
    3. Jesus falls the first time NOT IN THE BIBLE
    4. Jesus meets his mother NOT IN THE BIBLE
    5. Simon of Cyrene helps carry the cross Matthew 27:32
    6. Veronica wipes Jesus’ face NOT IN THE BIBLE
    7. Jesus falls a second time NOT IN THE BIBLE
    8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem Luke 23:27-31
    9. Jesus falls the third time NOT IN THE BIBLE
    10. Jesus is stripped of his garments John 19:23
    11. Jesus is nailed to the cross Mark 15:24
    12. Jesus dies on the cross Mark 15:37
    13. His body is taken down from the cross Luke 23:53
    14. His body is laid in the tomb Matthew 27:60

    Here are some reviews by keen observers of The Passion, who unlike most of today’s spiritually-blind Christian leaders, quickly recognized the "Stations of the Cross" being walked out in The Passion.

    "Gibson gives the Catholic Church. . . the version they can love. . . This is a literal Passion, with all the major Stations of the Cross covered. It's as literal as the scene in which a woman gives Him a cloth to wipe His face as He's creeping through the streets of Jerusalem dripping blood and flesh. The Veil of Veronica is thus created [Station number 6]. No quibbling here about whether this event, which is not in the Bible, ever happened. In Gibson's film, it's a fact, as real as the blood on Caviezel's face."
    (Byrnes, Paul. Blood as fact. Sydney Morning Herald. Feb. 26, 2004
    "Finally, though, when we get to point where Christ is arrested by the Temple Guard, brought before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, and scourged at the stake, it suddenly becomes absolutely clear what Gibson is doing: He’s illustrating the 14 Stations of the Cross"
    (Plugged In, Movie Review, The Passion of Christ
    "Gibson, who co-wrote the screenplay, has said he took much of his inspiration for the torture and crucifixion depictions not only from the Gospel accounts, but from the writings of a 19th-century German Catholic nun. The film features much from Catholic tradition that is not based directly on Scripture – such as Jesus passing through the Stations of the Cross and his mother, Mary, being by his side much of the way."
    (Marus, Robert. 'Passion' reviews take issue with violence, lack of context. February 26, 2004 - Volume: 04-20
    "The Passion does not simply translate a single Gospel narrative onto the screen. Rather it is a composite of The Passion narratives in the four Gospels embroidered with non-scriptural traditions as well as the imaginative inspiration of the filmmaker. The result is a deeply personal work of devotional art - a moving Stations of the Cross. . ."
    (United States Conference of Bishops, The Passion of the Christ
    "Catholics will find themselves on familiar ground: they, at least, have retained the ritual of praying ‘the stations of the cross’ - a Lenten practice that, like Gibson's movie, focuses on the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus."
    (Woodard, Kenneth L. Woodward. Is this the Jesus you had imagined? February 26, 2004

    Do you really think it is just a coincidence that the "official" start of the Catholic observation of The Stations of the Cross begins on Ash Wednesday and that Mel Gibson "officially" launched The Passion on Ash Wednesday? It is very rare, outside of special days such as holidays, that a movie starts on a Wednesday.


    Let us not forget the chalice. . .

    One preview of The Passion shows "Jesus" in agony praying in the Garden. Of course, he was praying in Latin or Aramaic, but the English subtitles quoted "Jesus" saying, "Father if it be possible let this chalice pass from me". Chalice? I always thought it read cup? It does in every Bible I could find except one – The Roman Catholic Douay-Rheims version.

    Matthew 26:39, Douay-Rheims version
    And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying and saying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will but as thou wilt.

    Matthew 26:39, King James Bible
    And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

    And what is the chalice?

    Here is the definition for chalice from www.infoplease.com

    1. Eccles.
    a. a cup for the wine of the Eucharist or Mass.
    b. the wine contained in it.
    2. a drinking cup or goblet.
    3. a cuplike blossom.
    (www.infoplease.com. "chalice")

    The chalice is the sacred cup used in the Roman Catholic Mass or Eucharist.

    Mel Gibson’s film contains no English speaking whatsoever, it is all in Latin or Aramaic. The fact is, there is no evidence that Jesus Christ ever spoke any Latin. Most scholars agree the dialogue between Pilate and Jesus, between Jesus and the Roman authorities was Greek. Any Christian knows the New Testament was originally written in Greek; not Latin. Why the Latin language? Simple. Latin is the sacred language of the Catholic Mass. The Passion is a Catholic movie – from top to bottom.

    Get this. . . Mel Gibson openly told the Catholic Eternal Word Television Network, the goal of The Passion was to brashly perform the Latin Holy Eucharist through The Passion:

    "The goal of the movie is to shake modern audiences by brashly juxtaposing the ‘sacrifice of the cross with the sacrifice of the altar [Holy Eucharist] - which is the same thing,"
    Mel Gibson, Eternal Word Television Network

    The Catholic News Organization Zenit, writes that The Passion is actually the Catholic Mass secretly (via Latin) performed. The reason for the Latin language to perform the Mass. Wow. . .

    "This film, for its author, is a Mass: Let it be, then, in an obscure language [Latin], as it was for so many centuries. If the mind does not understand, so much the better."
    (‘The Passion' … for Its Author, Is a Mass. <http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=49259>)

    Syndicated religious journalist Terry Mattingly, details Gibson’s hidden purpose for The Passion is the Holy Eucharist.

    "It is crucial to realize that the images and language at the heart of ‘The Passion of the Christ’ flow directly out of Gibson's personal dedication to Catholicism in one of its most traditional and mysterious forms - the 16th-century Latin Mass."
    (Mattingly,Terry. The Passion of Mel Gibson. < http://www.sacbee.com/24hour/opinions/story/1126365p-7837060c.html>)

    To emphasize and connect the Catholic’s false teaching that the Holy Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper changes into the actual blood and body of Jesus Christ (called transubstantiation) in The Passion as Jesus is on the cross, Mel flashes in scenes from the Lord’s Supper. One Catholic reviewer picked up on this subtle Catholic propaganda.

    "The juxtaposition of the wounded and bleeding body of Christ on the cross with scenes of the Last Supper compellingly underscores how the Eucharist is truly the body and blood of Christ."
    (United States Conference of Bishops. The Passion of the Christ

    There is no doubt The Passion is a subtle Catholic mystic film cunningly teaching and promoting the Catholic religion.

    And there is no question the Catholic Religion is not a Bible Believing Christian faith. Here are some of the un-Biblical and false teachings in Catholicism:

    1. The Pope is called Holy Father, and acts in the place of God. As Gibson stated when the Pope speaks from "the chair" it is the voice of God. The Pope wears the title "Vicar of Christ". Vicar means "substitute". The Pope claims to be the "substitute of Jesus Christ". Jesus Christ is the "head of the church" according to Ephesians 5:23. The Catholic Catechism (882) states, "For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered."

    Matthew 23:9, quickly demolishes the "Holy Father" myth.

    And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
    Matthew 23:9:

    And Ephesians 5:23 also dethrones the "Vicar of Christ" nonsense.

    For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
    Ephesians 5:23

    2. The Catholic Church teaches salvation is not in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, but only through the Catholic Church.

    Thank God, John 14:6 and Acts 4:12 (and about a zillion other verses) completely destroy the "Catholic-only-salvation" foolishness:

    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
    John 14:6

    Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
    Acts 4:12

    3. The Catholic Church teaches salvation is in the Mass or Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist (Mass) is where Catholics partake of the wine and the bread communion. In the Eucharist, through a mystic process called transubstantiation the bread literally changes into the actual body of Christ and the blood literally turns into the blood of Christ. Without partaking of the Catholic Mass, there is no salvation.

    Not surprising, Gibson and Caviezel [the actor who played "Jesus"] received Mass and Communion every morning to prepare for the filming.

    4. The Catholic Church teaches an intermediate place between heaven and hell called purgatory. Purgatory is a place where souls suffer and torture to be purified from their sins. Of course, there is no such nonsense as Purgatory in the Bible.

    5. The Catholic Church worships Mary as the Mother of God. The Catholic Church teaches Mary, not just the Lord Jesus is the mediator between man and God. A very popular Catholic prayer is:

    Hail Mary
    Hail Mary, full of Grace
    The Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women
    And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, mother of God,
    Pray for us sinners
    Now and at the hour of our death.

    Mel Gibson proudly calls Mary "a tremendous co-redemptrix and mediatrix". (Mel, Mary, and Mothers. Christianity Today. March 2004 <http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/commentaries/passion-melmarymothers.html>)

    Mel clearly believes Mary is the co-redeemer (with Jesus) and co-mediator (along with Jesus). Any doubts about what Mel Gibson believes?

    The Bible is clear. There is only "one mediator between God and men" – and it is not Mary.

    For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
    1 Timothy 2:5

    There are many, many other false teachings in the Catholic Church such as infant baptism, sacraments, confession, penances, indulgences, celibacy, priests, and all kinds of sacrilegious silly stuff.

    It is amazing the Christian leaders who are informed on the false teachings of the Catholic Church and its influence in The Passion and yet these same Christians are wildly promoting The Passion.

    It not only amazes me, but it also amazes Mel Gibson:

    "I've been actually amazed at the way I would say the evangelical audience has—hands down—responded to this film more than any other Christian group." What makes it so amazing, he says, is that "the film is so Marian [the Roman Catholic worship of Mary]."
    (Mel, Mary, and Mothers, Christianity Today, March 2004
    Gibson adds, "The way the film displays [Mary] has been kind of an eye opener for evangelicals who don't usually look at that aspect. . ." (Ibid)

    The actor, who played "Jesus", Jim Caviezel, said in an interview concerning Mary’s omniscience role in The Passion:

    "I ask Mary to guide me and my career. . . This film is something that I believe was made by Mary for her Son. Because it was made by her, it will be attacked by the enemy."
    (Interview with Jim Caviezel

    Let us understand something. If The Passion is the will of God and if the Lord God of the Holy Bible is pleased with it, then we need to join the Catholic Church and become devout Catholics. The Passion is a hard-core, Catholic inspired and guided movie.

    The Catholic Passion Outreach website site, proudly says:

    "The Passion of The Christ offers an unprecedented cultural opportunity for you to spread, strengthen, and share the Catholic faith with your family and friends. Unlike any other, this movie will inspire hearts and change minds. And it will evoke questions."

    The Catholic Passion Outreach even offers Passion booklets, Passion Diocese/Parish Action Plan, and Passion group manuals to instruct Catholics how to utilize The Passion to convert curious viewers to Catholicism.

    A bizarre incident occurred in one of the theaters showing The Passion. Strangely the number "666" began appearing on the movie tickets. The theater was in Rome, Georgia. Do you what is in Rome, Italy? Did I fail to mention The Passion was filmed in Rome, Italy? Do you know who "sits" in Rome, Italy? Have you ever read Revelation 17? It describes a CITY that sits on seven mountains [Rome] (Rev. 17:9, 18) A city that is connected to a WOMAN (Rev. 17:8). This woman dresses in PURPLE and SCARLET with a golden CUP in her hand. (Rev. 17:4). And she is called Mystery, Babylon the great, and the MOTHER (Rev 17:5). And the BEAST [666] shall some out of her (Rev. 17:7).

    Those tickets with "666" may not be so bizarre after all?

    "Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord,
    and the cup of devils. . ."

    1 Corinthians 10:21


    Anyone who has watched a movie in a modern day theater is blown away by the images and sound system. Huge screens covering a complete wall; larger than life; living color; super-duper surround sound. It is certainly a graphic feast for the ears and the eyes. Scenes viewed in these darkened rooms of visual ecstasy will not soon be forgotten.

    The Lord Jesus gives the following warning in Luke 11:34-35

    34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
    35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
    Luke 11:34-35

    What you watch will greatly influence you. Not only will it greatly influence you, but according to the Lord Jesus it will "fill you full of light" or it will "fill you full of darkness".

    When you place Luke 11:34-35 in "the darkness" of a gigantic movie theater the "filling" is multiplied many times.

    The Bible is specific about controlling what goes in our mind.

    The Lord Jesus says in Matthew 22:37-38

    37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
    38 This is the first and great commandment.

    In Romans 12, the Apostle Paul gives the prescription for the perfect will of God. The how-to-solution – ". . . by the renewing of your mind. . . "

    1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
    2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
    Romans 12:1-2

    In Peter 1:13, Peter commands the Christian to "gird up the loins of your mind". To "gird up. . ." is to prepare for battle.

    Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
    1 Peter 1:13

    Jesse Peen Lewis writes in her classic, The Battle for the Mind:

    "The stronghold of the mind is therefore the strategic centre of the ‘war’ with the ‘god of this age’, because it is primarily through the mind that he holds holds captives in his power."
    (Lewis, Jesse Penn, The Battle for the Mind, p. 4)

    2 Corinthians 4:3-4 verifies Satan’s strategic war on the mind. It states the devil has "blinded the minds" of unsaved people.

    3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
    4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
    2 Corinthians 4:3-4

    The battle is for the mind.

    Jesse Penn Lewis also warns the Christian about the attack on their mind:

    "The mind of the Christian is also the strategic centre of the ‘war on the saints’ which Satan wages with ceaseless and fiendish skill. And for this reason. The mind is the vehicle for the Spirit of God, dwelling in the spirit of the believer. . ."
    (Ibid, p.4)

    The Bible in 2 Corinthians 10:5 instructs the Christian to cast down "imaginations". Imaginations come from the root word "images". Images are what is flashing across the movie screen theaters. These "imaginations" will influence and control you. The rest of the verse proves this point, ". . bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" – every thought – the "thinking process" of the mind.

    Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
    2 Corinthians 10:5

    Jesse Penn Lewis, comments on 2 Corinthians 10:5 with the reasoning "The Holy Spirit, dwelling in the spirit needs the mind as a channel for expression."

    "If the mind is the vehicle of the Spirit it is absolutely necessary that the Spirit of God should have full possession of it, with every "rebellious thought’ brought into captivity to Christ. The Holy Spirit, dwelling in the spirit needs the mind as a channel for expression."
    (Ibid, p. 5)

    As much as possible, the Holy Spirit requires a clean, uncluttered and obedient mind to perform His work. To corrupt your mind with false "images" is to hinder the ability of the Holy Spirit to "speak" to you.

    The Word of God in 2 Corinthians 11:3, reaffirms Satan’s attempt to "corrupt your mind"

    But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
    2 Corinthians 11:3

    Perhaps the greatest spiritual damage The Passion does is that it plants an "imagination" of the Lord Jesus into the mind that perverts the ability of the Holy Spirit to paint the true picture.

    As the Apostle Paul warns the Corinthian Church, I also fear that your minds should be corrupted from the "imaginations" of The Passion.

    One reviewer of The Passion truthfully acknowledges:

    "Once the images and subscripts are embedded in the mind by the relentless musical theme, they will be unable to read Scripture or hear preaching without mental recall of false images of a false Christ portrayed by Hollywood actors."

    To prove the above allegations, read the testimony of various Christian leaders after viewing The Passion:

    "It has been nearly three weeks since I saw the rough cut of The Passion. It is still impacting my life. I can't stop thinking about it nor can I stop talking about it. I have never seen a film that has so affected my life."
    -Del Tackett, Executive Vice President, Focus On The Family

    Franklin Graham writes in The Decision:

    "Whatever your perspective, if you watch Mel Gibson's new movie, ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ you will never look at the cross the same way again"
    (Graham, Franklin. To the Point, The Point of 'The Passion'. Decision, March 2004

    Yes. Franklin that is exactly what I am afraid of. . .

    One Passion reviewer gave this incredible and frightening impact of The Passion:

    "I felt as I came out of the screening that there is a great amount of detail in the movie that you don't read in the Bible...until you read the Bible again."
    (The Passion of Christ, <http://www.1way2god.net/passionotc.html>

    "I've read The Passion narratives of the Lord and contemplated them and prayed over them many, many times, and I've never thought of the crucifixion with the images that I received while watching this, I'll never read the words the same way again."
    -Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago
    (Chicago Sun Times, Aug 3, 2003)

    "It's a monumental accomplishment. It continues to impact me in ways I couldn't have imagined."
    -Pat Boone, Singer/Actor

    "The Passion will penetrate the mind, heart and soul in ways that can only be memorable and positive."
    - Donald Hodel, President and CEO, Focus on the Family

    "I know the images it left in my mind, It would be very difficult for an elementary-age kid to see it and deal with it."
    Greg Davis, executive Director of First Priority of Alabama
    (Garrison, Greg. Most ministers feel ‘Passion’ not for kids. The Birmingham News. Feb. 27, 2004 p. H1)

    "Thank you for allowing our congregation to preview the movie trailer of The Passion. In just four short minutes, the images and the authenticity left our members ‘spell bound’. Something went right to the heart of those who watched the trailer."
    -Max Lucado, Pastor – Best selling Author

    Billy Graham makes a starling statement concerning the "imaginations" from The Passion:

    "I feel as if I have actually been there. I was moved to tears. No one who views this film's compelling imagery will ever be the same. Every time I preach or speak about the Cross, the things I saw on the screen will be on my heart and mind."
    -Billy Graham

    What a sad confession. It is especially troubling within the darkness of the Anne Catherine Emmerich’s demonic-inspired material infecting The Passion.

    Mel Gibson readily admits Anne Catherine Emmerich’s: "images" was a major player in The Passion,

    "Amazing images,. She supplied me with stuff I never would have thought of".

    In my 25 years of research, preaching, teaching and writing, I have researched many filthy and satanic subjects. I have watched videos of actual bloody, satanic rituals. I have listened to hard-core satanic music and the Satanic Black Mass. I have seen many violent and vulgar things. I have seen things that no one but someone God called and God protected should view. But the one thing I have vigorously avoided is religious movies and videos, especially about the Lord Jesus. I have avoided them like a "pit bull with AIDS".

    When the Jesus Video Project was mass mailing out The Jesus video by the millions (several came to my house), people called or wrote asking my opinion. I replied, "I have not watched it and I will not watch it". Why the strict avoidance of the Jesus videos? Because when I read the word of God, I want the Holy Spirit to have as clean a canvas as possible concerning my Saviour and the spiritual things of God to paint into my mind what He wants me to "see".

    Before I was saved over 28 years ago, I watched the movie The Ten Commandments. And even until this day, as I read the books of Moses my mind "sees" Moses looking like Charleton Heston. Those "imaginations" will never go way. As I read about my Saviour, I do not want the "images" of Jim Caviezel, the actor who played "Jesus" in The Passion, popping up in my head.

    One thing you can be absolutely certain of. . . The Holy Spirit does not want your mind filled with the "imaginations" of a demon-possessed Catholic mystic through the "images" of The Passion.

    "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes. . ."
    Psalms 101:3

    "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
    whose mind is stayed on thee:
    because he trusteth in thee."
    Isaiah 26:3


    Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to SEDUCING spirits, and doctrines of devils;
    1 Timothy 4:1

    One of the biggest surprises about The Passion is the wholesale acceptance from the Christian community. I have been saved for over 28 years and I have never seen such an indiscriminate reception. It has been called The Passion Phenomena.

    It is even more surprising when the known Catholic influence is considered. Many of the Christian leaders who are adamantly promoting The Passion, are well aware of Mel Gibson’s fanatical Catholicism and it’s inspiration in The Passion. And yet many of these men are ecstatically promoting The Passion. Normally, most of these Christian leaders would draw a straight and deep line of separation against Catholicism – but not with The Passion.

    Mel Gibson was also surprised at how the evangelicals have "hands downs responded" to The Passion, especially since it openly promotes the Catholic adoration of Mary.

    "I've been actually amazed at the way I would say the evangelical audience has—hands down—responded to this film more than any other Christian group." What makes it so amazing, he says, is that "the film is so Marian [the Roman Catholic worship of Mary]."(Mel, Mary, and Mothers, Christianity Today, March 2004

    What is so different about The Passion?

    What is the hook in The Passion? What is about The Passion that Christians are closing their eyes to the blatant doctrinal errors and welcoming it with open arms?

    The Passion is "seducing" most Christians because of their desire to know more about the Lord Jesus. They believe if they can just "see" the scourging, the beating, the pain and anguish – they could love Him more. If they could "see" the blood, the torn flesh and what the Lord Jesus went through for them – oh how they could love Him more!

    It sounds logical.

    Their motives are certainly right. They want to know more about their Lord. They want to draw closer to their Lord. They want to love their Lord more. No problem here.

    Their motives are wonderful, but the method is completely wrong.

    Let us understand something very important, something that is missing in today’s Christianity – and that is, the right motive does not make the action right. You can have the right motive, but you can be completely wrong.

    Matthew 16 contains a very interesting dialogue in the Word of God. It is the popular conversation between the Lord Jesus Christ and Peter. It begins in verse 13, with the simple question, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am"? And they answer, "Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets" And the Lord asks them, "But whom say ye that I am?"

    In verse 16, Peter gives the correct answer:

    And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
    Matthew 16:16

    And the Lord Jesus replies:

    And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
    Matthew 16:17

    Peter apparently got a direct revelation from the Father. The Lord said, "flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee". There is no doubt that Peter loved the Lord. There is no doubt at this point the Lord is pleased with Peter. It would be safe to say at this time Peter is in the perfect will of God.

    Everything is fine at this point. But here comes trouble. . .

    Just 4 verses later, the Lord tells his disciples how He be must beaten, crucified and rise again third day.

    From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
    Matthew 16:21

    The next verse Peter begins rebuking the Lord, "Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee." Peter loved the Lord. The Lord was not going to be beaten and crucified as long as Peter was around. Peter would have fought with every fiber in his soul to protect the Lord. Remember in John 18, when they came for Jesus in the Garden, it was Peter that pulled out a sword to protect the Lord.

    Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
    Matthew 16:22

    Look at the next verse:

    But he [Jesus] turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
    Matthew 16:23

    Jesus addresses Peter as Satan! Satan had completely taken over Peter. What is amazing is Peter’s motive is love for the Lord! Peter did not want Jesus to be beaten and crucified because he loved His lord. And yet, Satan completely took over Peter. The words coming out of his mouth were no longer Peters – but Satan’s. The motive was wonderful – the method was wrong.

    Remember, just six verses earlier God the Father was speaking to Peter – and six verses later Satan is speaking through Peter. And in both cases, the motive is love.

    What was the difference? One was the will of God. One was the will of man.

    Remember what the Lord said to Satan in verse 23, "thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Peter wanted to do the "will of man" by not allowing Jesus to be crucified. His motives were wonderful, but his method was completely wrong.

    Oh, how easy it is for us to try to serve God in the "will of man". We want to do it our way. We want to "see" it. We want to "feel" it. We want this "flesh" to experience it. So many times we try to serve the Lord with our flesh. And every time we do – like Peter, we fail.

    Just like Peter, the millions of Christians flooding the theaters are trying to draw close to the Lord with their "flesh". If I can just "see" the Lord beaten, tortured and crucified – I could love Him so much more. If I could "see" those nails actually driven in those precious hands – I just know I could love Him more! I know I could. . .

    Just as Peter quickly discovered, we can not serve God with our "flesh. We can not draw closer to God with our flesh. God is a Spirit – not flesh.

    God is a Spirit: and they that worship him MUST worship him in spirit and in truth.
    John 4:24

    The Christian life is a spiritual life. If we draw closer to the Lord it MUST be spiritual. If we love the Lord more it MUST spiritual. If we really grasp what the Lord Jesus did for us – it MUST be spiritual.

    There are no alternatives. There is no "plan B". God is a Spirit. You know

    Him, You love Him, You worship Him – spiritually.

  • We are born-again spiritually. John 3:6
  • We walk in the Spirit – Galatians 5:16
  • We fight in the Spirit – 2 Corinthians 10:3
  • We live in the Spirit – Galatians 5:25
  • In fact, the Bible says in Galatians 5:17, "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: . ."

    The flesh and the Spirit are completely opposite of each other.

    The Bible says in Romans 8:7, the "carnal mind is enmity against God". The flesh is the enemy of God. Genesis 6:3, says, "And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh. . ." The flesh and God do not fellowship.

    Are you getting the picture? We can not love the Lord Jesus Christ more with our flesh. Going to a picture show, any picture will not help us understand more what the Lord Jesus did for us. Why? It is flesh. It is the carnal mind. In order to love and know God it must be in the spiritual realm. There are no exceptions.

    The Passion appeals and touches the flesh. The Passion shows in very graphic detail with all the graphic enhancements possible a man tortured and beaten to death. For 45 non-stop minutes a man is beaten bloody with torn flesh flying in slow motion, groans of pain and agony searing through the sound system – of course it will touch you. Of course, it will bring tears to any sane person’s eyes. It could be any human being beaten like that for 45 minutes and it would touch your emotions.

    The Passion feeds and speaks to the flesh. The Holy Spirit feeds and speaks to the spirit.

    A.W. Tozer in the book, Tozer on Worship and Entertainment, addresses how movies touch our emotions, but can not touch our spirit:

    "Religious movies are mistakenly thought by some people to be blessed of the Lord because many come away from them with moist eyes. If this is a proof of God's blessing, then we might as well go the whole way and assert that every show that brings tears is of God. Those who attend the theater know how often the audiences are moved to tears by the joys and sorrows of the highly paid entertainers who kiss and emote and murder and die for the purpose of exciting the spectators to a high pitch of emotional excitement. Men and women who are dedicated to sin and appointed to death may nevertheless weep in sympathy for the painted actors and be not one bit the better for it. The emotions have had a beautiful time, but the will is left untouched. The religious movie is sure to draw together a goodly number of persons who cannot distinguish the twinges of vicarious sympathy from the true operations of the Holy Ghost."
    (A.W. Tozer, A.W., Tozer on Worship and Entertainment)

    Do you really believe Mel Gibson’s Anne Emmerich inspired Passion could do more for you spiritually than the inspired Word of God and the Holy Spirit? Do you believe Mel Gibson and Anne Catherine Emmerich could possibly "show" you more than the Holy Spirit of God?

    The reason millions of people are flooding the theaters is they are desperately searching for something from God. Some are seeing The Passion over and over, just trying to get a "glimpse" of God. "Oh, I want too see Him, look upon His face". They are starving spiritually to hear from the Lord. Amos 8:11, prophesied of the days when there would be a famine not of bread. . . but of hearing the words of the Lord.

    Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
    Amos 8:11

    Well friend, we are there. The famine is clearly here. Millions of people are storming the theaters looking for a morsel or a few crumbs from the Lord. They are spiritually starving to death.

    Yet the Lord gave us a spiritual feast, but we have refused to taste it. Like a little child refusing to eat their vegetables, "I don’t like them". The Lord gave us the King James Bible to feast on but people say, "I don’t like it. It’s too hard to read. It’s too outdated". And the people are slowly starving to spiritual death. They crawl in the garbage dumps of Hollywood and Catholicism searching for some scraps from the Lord. But friend, they are not there. . .

    How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
    Psalm 119:103

    Go back to the old King James Bible. It is the only lasting and satisfying spiritual nourishment that will sustain you. It has proved it’s power and provision many times. Just look at the majesty of the revivals of Moody, Sunday, Wesley, Whitfield, and others. The Word of God was once the foundation of this once great nation.

    A.W Tozer in the book, Tozer on Worship and Entertainment, writes of the Miracle Plays of the Middle Ages. The Miracle Plays were today’s version of The Passion. They were futile attempts to bring spiritual revival through the art of drama and acting. But they produced the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages were the darkest hours in the history of the church.

    "Those who would appeal for precedent to the Miracle Plays have certainly overlooked some important facts. For instance, the vogue of the Miracle Play coincided exactly with the most dismally corrupt period the Church has ever known. When the Church emerged at last from its long moral night these plays lost popularity and finally passed away. And be it remembered, the instrument God used to bring the Church out of the darkness was not drama; it was the biblical one of Spirit-baptized preaching. Serious-minded men thundered the truth and the people turned to God.

    Indeed, history will show that no spiritual advance, no revival, no upsurge of spiritual life has ever been associated with acting in any form. The Holy Spirit never honors pretense."
    (Tozer, A.W. Tozer on Worship and Entertainment)>

    But he answered and said, It is written,
    Man shall not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that proceedeth
    out of the mouth of God.
    Matthew 4:4

    O taste and see that the LORD is good:. . ."
    Proverbs 34:8


    God’s form of communication with mankind is the written Word of God.

    But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
    Matthew 4:4

    The written Word of God is literally the spiritual life-blood of the Christian faith.

    It is the Word of God that:

  • Brings salvation: "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God. . ." (1 Peter 1:23)
  • Produces faith: ". . . faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).
  • Produces spiritual growth: ". . .desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" (1 Peter 2:2)
  • There is simply no way to overemphasize the importance of the Word of God in a Christian’s spiritual life.

    The devil knows if he can somehow weaken the appeal and appetite for the Word of God his battle is easily won. The great evangelist Dwight L. Moody once said of the Bible, "This Book will keep me from my sin, or my sin will keep me from this Book".

    Mankind’s spiritual life-source is the Word of God.

    It is no accident the first time Satan attacks the human race it was a direct attack on the word of God.

    "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said. . .
    Genesis 3:1

    Satan planted a small seed of doubt into the mind of Eve. And as Eve questioned the truthfulness of God's Word - the fall of mankind was just one bite away.

    Satan has not changed his attack.

    In Luke 8, Jesus Christ tells the parable of the sower, verses 11-12 read, "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. . . then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word. . ."

    The Passion with it’s elaborate special effects, dramatics, make up, blood, ripped flesh, actors, music and stereo surround system makes the God-given, God-inspired Word of God, almost insignificant in comparison. It clearly lessens the effect and appeal of the Word of God.

    Look at how these Christian leaders describe their own experiences with The Passion. Remember these are not star-struck teenagers but seasoned veterans of the ministry.

    "It has been nearly three weeks since I saw the rough cut of The Passion. It is still impacting my life. I can't stop thinking about it nor can I stop talking about it. . ."
    -Del Tackett, Executive Vice President, Focus On The Family

    "I have no doubt that the movie will be one of the greatest evangelistic tools in modern day history. I think people will go to it and then flood into the churches seeking to know the deeper implications of this movie."
    -Ed Young Jr., Pastor, Dallas-Area Fellowship Church

    "I believe The Passion of The Christ may well be one of the most powerful evangelistic tools of the last 100 years, because you have never seen the story of Jesus portrayed this vividly before."
    -Greg Laurie, Harvest Crusades

    "This will do for ‘Jesus’ movies what ‘Saving Private Ryan’ did for war pictures. Every Christian must go see this movie and hold Mr. Gibson up in prayer. He's going to take a lot of heat for this project, but if we'll support him, this movie could have a profound spiritual effect on millions of people."
    -Paul Crouch, Jr., Trinity Broadcasting Network

    "From a ministry perspective I tried to imagine what young people would think and how they would respond. My hope is that they will also be captured by the presentation. I believe they will because it is simply the telling of God's story. I am most encouraged by the fact that they will see a true representation of Jesus: fully God and fully man."
    -Roger Cross, President, Youth For Christ/USA

    "I was moved deeply by the film. In fact, it was a deep spiritual experience for me. Without a doubt, it was the closest experience I have ever been to actually witnessing the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ"
    -Paul Cedar, Chairman and CEO, Mission America Coalition

    "Thank you for allowing our congregation to preview the movie trailer of The Passion. In just four short minutes, the images and the authenticity left our members "spell bound". Something went right to the heart of those who watched the trailer."
    -Max Lucado, Pastor – Best selling Author

    ". . . this film, I tell you, is magic. It's a miracle. It's a miracle..."
    -Matt Drudge, Drudge Report
    (In an interview on MSNBC, July 23, 2003)

    Now, I ask – how can the simple, written words of God compete with that?

    It almost sounds like a supernatural experience has "captured" these men? Maybe it did. . .

    One very serious emailer wrote us the following unbelievable reply"

    "I seen the movie. If you do not like it or appreciate it, you are lost."
    (personal email, on file)

    One alarming thought penetrates my mind as I read these quotes. . . Do these men really believe that a Hollywood movie can reveal the passion of the Lord Jesus Christ better than the Word of God? Are they so deceived and spiritually blind to believe that a demon-possessed Catholic mystic inspired blood and gore movie can portray the passion of the Lord Jesus better than the Holy Spirit of God?

    God help us. . .

    One reason The Passion has found such a welcome mat in the Laodicean Church Age is because the Word of God has been surgically diminished and crippled through the years. The authority and wonder of the Word of God has been de-throned and replaced with movies, music, jewelry, productions, drama, and any other crowd appealing invention.

    A.W. Tozer in the book, Tozer on Worship and Entertainment, hits the nail on the head:

    "One thing may bother some earnest souls: why so many good people approve the religious movie. The list of those who are enthusiastic about it includes many who cannot be written off as borderline Christians. If it is an evil, why have not these denounced it?
    The answer is, lack of spiritual discernment. Many who are turning to the movie are the same who have, by direct teaching or by neglect, discredited the work of the Holy Spirit. They have apologized for the Spirit and so hedged Him in by their unbelief that it has amounted to an out-and-out repudiation. Now we are paying the price for our folly. The light has gone out and good men are forced to stumble around in the darkness of the human intellect."
    (Tozer, A.W.. Tozer on Worship and Entertainment)

    I am reminded of an episode in the life of the late-great, evangelist Brother Lester Roloff. At a time when there was a big ballyhoo about the possible discovery of Noah’s Ark. Brother Roloff said somebody asked him, "Brother Roloff, wouldn’t your faith be strengthened if they found Noah’s Ark"? Brother Roloff simply answered, "My faith is not in a piece of wood, but the Word of God".

    As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
    1 Peter 2:2

    So then faith cometh by hearing, and
    hearing by the word of God.

    Romans 10:17


    The previous problems we have discovered within The Passion are severe. They certainly deserve careful consideration before any Christian indiscriminately recommends this film to anyone. But there is an issue with The Passion that in the light of the scriptures, I would dare say puts the "others to shame." And yet, I have yet to see it discussed in any critique or review.

    Read these ringing endorsements by these Christian leaders. Have you ever read anything or anybody in modern times with such praises ". . . the greatest evangelistic tools in modern day history. . . one of the most powerful evangelistic tools of the last 100 years. . ., Notice how they praise The Passion particularly for its evangelistic ability.

    "I have no doubt that the movie will be one of the greatest evangelistic tools in modern day history. I think people will go to it and then flood into the churches seeking to know the deeper implications of this movie."
    -Ed Young Jr., Pastor, Dallas-Area Fellowship Church

    "I believe The Passion of The Christ may well be one of the most powerful evangelistic tools of the last 100 years, because you have never seen the story of Jesus portrayed this vividly before."
    -Greg Laurie, Harvest Crusades

    "This [The Passion] may be the next great evangelism tool of our time."
    -Brian Blomberg, VP and Chief Development Officer, Promise Keepers

    "The Passion of the Christ represents an evangelistic opportunity that is unlikely to be repeated in our lifetime."
    Campus Crusade

    Many more earth shattering accolades of unheralded evangelistic praises could be given. Without a doubt, The Passion has received more evangelistic applause than any other Christian event in my lifetime.

    There is one little problem, (actually quite large), that overshadows over all the evangelistic hoopla. . .

    Just one. . .

    The children?

    The one specific group of people that the Lord Jesus explicitly warns to welcome and include are not welcome! Now, how did the evangelistic caravan miss that one? Probably how they missed the other major problems with The Passion – they left their Bible at the movie theater.

    13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
    4 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
    Matthew 19:13-14

    36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
    37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
    Mark 9:36-37

    13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
    14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
    15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein
    Mark 10:13-15

    47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,
    48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.
    Luke 9:47-48

    15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
    16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
    17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
    Luke 18:15

    The Passion is not a movie for children. The Passion is rated "R" meaning "Restricted for under 17 years of age".

    One article advising parents before taking their teenagers to The Passion asks the following questions:

    "Ask yourself if you want to show a child the reality of what flesh looks like after it's been scourged or what a Roman crucifixion looks like. Do you want your child to see a crow pick out a man's eyes? Or see a man hang himself, hear the rope clinch and his neck snap."
    (Holtzclaw, Mike and Michael Wamble. Don't let 'Passion' violence come as surprise. Daily Press. February 24, 2004

    Darrell Bock, professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, advises parents:

    "If they were between 13 and 18, I would take them only if I was sure they could handle it,"
    (Holtzclaw, Mike and Michael Wamble. Don't let 'Passion' violence come as surprise. Daily Press. February 24, 2004 <http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-64970sy0feb24.story>)

    Senior Pastor Riley Powell of the First Church of the Nazarene, said the violence is the sole reason for the R rating and suggested that children younger than 12 or 13 not see the film. (Is 'Passion' for children? The Marian Star. <<http://www.marionstar.com/news/stories/20040225/localnews/17560.html>?)

    Columnist Nell Minow, "Movie Mom" for Yahoo! Movies, warns parents about The Passion:

    "That's no reason to subject youngsters to Passion's adult themes. Disturbing images can be what sticks with a child, not the message behind it. I would have severe concerns about exposing children to that kind of violence."
    (Is 'Passion' for children? The Marian Star.

    Doris Davis, theater manager for Lewiston Flagship Cinemas in Maine warns parents:

    "A lot of parents are bringing their children to see this movie, I'm not so sure about that."
    (Felix Doligosa Jr, Felix. 'Passion' called gory; not for children. Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc

    James Dobson has praised The Passion as "the most powerful and important [film] ever made" and a great evangelistic. But when it comes to the children – like the disciples whom Jesus was "much displeased" and "rebuked" – James Dobson "forbids" the children:

    "First, although accurate to the biblical account, you need to know that The Passion of the Christ is excruciatingly violent in its depiction of our Savior's scourging and crucifixion. As such, it is wholly inappropriate for young children."
    (Dobson, James. The Greatest Story Ever Told.

    Rev. Russell Cotnoir Jr., of Fayette Baptist Church in Maine says:

    "I would caution people, the film is not for everybody. It is very graphic and not for the squeamish. I suggest no one under 13 watch it. . ."
    (Felix Doligosa Jr, Felix. 'Passion' called gory; not for children. Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc

    "The Passion" has been called "near pornographic violence" by Kirk Honeycutt of the Hollywood Reporter and "The Goriest Story Ever Told," by Time's Richard Corliss.
    (Felix Doligosa Jr, Felix. 'Passion' called gory; not for children. Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc

    Larry Poland, chairman of Mastermedia International, who met with Mel Gibson after viewing an earlier release of The Passion, says:

    "I’m very concerned about people taking children. You’re basically watching a guy being tortured to death".
    (Greg Garrison, Greg. Most ministers feel ‘Passion’ not for kids. The Birmingham News. Feb. 27, 2004 p. H1)

    "I know the images it left in my mind, It would be very difficult for an elementary-age kid to see it and deal with it."
    Greg Davis, executive Director of First Priority of Alabama
    (Garrison, Greg. Most ministers feel ‘Passion’ not for kids. The Birmingham News. Feb. 27, 2004 p. H1)

    "I don’t see the benefit to a kid that’s under 13."
    Don Ankenbrandt, regional director of Young Life
    (Garrison, Greg. Most ministers feel ‘Passion’ not for kids. The Birmingham News. Feb. 27, 2004 p. H1)

    Hundreds of more warnings concerning the children could easily be produced. Even Mel Gibson himself has said no children under 13 should see The Passion.

    How does The Passion measure up against the many admonitions of the Lord Jesus to "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me . . ." Not very well.

    The stern "forbidding" and "inappropriate" exclusion of children to "view" The Passion should provide irrefutable proof to any Bible Believer – that The Passion is not from the Lord.

    With the glowing endorsements by hundreds of Christian leaders claiming The Passion is "true to the Gospels", "factual", "like it really happened" and "bringing the Bible to life" this begs an important question. Some have even redefined the "R" rating as "R for Reality". Since The Gospels are a "real" representation of The Bible – and since virtually every Christian leader recommending The Passion are "forbidding" children to view it –- does that mean they also "forbid" young children to "view" and "read" The Bible?

    Don’t laugh. When Jay Leno asked Mel Gibson on NBC’s The Tonight Show about the R rating of The Passion, Mel said:

    "The Bible is R-rated. I mean, look at that book...that's a hot book."
    (Mel Gibson, The Tonight Show, NBC, Feb. 26, 2004)

    "R" rated. Hmmm. . . So, no one under 17 should read the Bible? I don't think so.

    Isn’t it amazing how quick and how far we can wander from the will of God when we forsake the Bible? I say this with fear and trembling, but without any hesitation of the truth, most of these popular Christian leaders recommending The Passion are far, far away from the Word of God and the will of God. Like Esau, most sold their birthright [The Word of God] for one morsel of the world’s meat long, long ago.

    By the way, did you notice how many times the age of 13 came up as the forbidden age? No one under 13 should see it. What? No one under 13 should see the "greatest evangelistic tools in modern day history"? No one under 13 should see the "the most powerful evangelistic tools of the last 100 years"?

    A very enlightening survey was conducted by the Barna Research Group titled Third Millennium Teens: Research on the Minds, Hearts and Souls of America’s Teenagers. The research consisted of extensive nation-wide surveys of teenagers. Using statistical analysis the margin of error is less than 5%. The research discovered some enlightening information concerning the average age in which people accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. According to the Barna Research, "The data show that if a person does not accept Jesus Christ as savior before the age of 14, the likelihood of ever doing so is slim."

    Barna Research went on to say, "if they’re not saved by age 13, they probably never will. The data shows clearly that the prime evangelistic years are those before a person becomes a teenager". (Third Millennium Teens, Barna Research, p. 65)

    Wow. No wonder the Lord Jesus Christ put so much emphasis on the "little children".

    There has been much controversy accusing The Passion of being Anti-Semitic or Anti-Jewish. More publicity has been devoted to the possible Anti-Jewish interpretation of The Passion than any other issue. But where is the outcry against the anti-children discrimination of The Passion? If The Passion is the "greatest evangelistic tools in modern day history" and "the most powerful evangelistic tools of the last 100 years" – where does this leave the "little children"? Are we to let "these little children" go to hell because they can not see The Passion?

    And what about the "little children" whose parents take to see The Passion? They watch over 45 straight minutes of bloody, close-up graphic detail of a man virtually beat to death. Their little eyes watch in large-screen, living color, graphic surround sound as ripped bloody flesh is flying through the air as blood splatters all over the Romans executors. What will those images do to those tender young vulnerable minds? Judging by the many adults who leave The Passion shocked and dazed over the extreme blood and violence, I would dare say the "little children" will have some confusing questions, to say the least.

    James Berardinelli of "reelviews" recognizes the potential danger to young people:

    "The torture of Jesus is presented in such a brutal, unflinching manner that it's almost impossible not to look away as chunks of flesh are ripped out by a scourge, and the bloody, mangled skin is shredded to appear like a grotesque parody of ground meat. This is tough stuff, capable of unsettling adults and potentially traumatizing young viewers."
    - James Berardinelli, reelviews

    One reviewer says of the bloody Passion:

    "What is most depressing about "The Passion" is the thought that people will take their children to see it. Jesus said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me," not "Let the little children watch me suffer."
    (Denby, David. Nailed. Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of the Christ.)

    Considering all the irreverent and graphic violence mixed in with the occult Catholic teachings and rituals, it might just be the loving protection from God that these children are restricted from viewing The Passion.

    2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
    3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
    5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
    6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
    Matthew 18:2-6
    Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
    Proverbs 5:7

    Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
    Psalm 34:11


    Mel Gibson is not exactly the "poster boy" for good, clean G rated-films. Mel has appeared in many films, such as Mad Max, Payback, and the extremely violent Lethal Weapon series. Most of Mel's movies are steaming with profanity and vulgarity mixed in with the typical "Helly-wood" sexual scenes.

    Gibson had a leading role in the sexually charged comedy, 2000 film, What Women Want. Mel starred as Nick, who after a freak accident possessed the ability to read women's mind. Soon Nick's "goal in life was to bed all the women his lustful heart desired." The Target review ironically says of What Women Want, "Add Mel Gibson--as Nick, the divorced 'man's man' who can charm almost any woman into bed--and you've got high-concept comedy made in Hollywood heaven, right?"

    Screenit's review of What Women Want reads, "There's also some brief fooling around between a 15-year-old girl and her older boyfriend and related comments that she plans to lose her virginity to him after their prom, other kissing and gazing at body parts of the opposite sex, and various instances of cleavage and some brief, partial nudity in a flashback." (Screenit)

    Monica Bellucci, the actress who plays Mary Magdalene in The Passion, posed for the "2001 GQ Italia Totally Nude" calendar.

    The French film, Irreversible, which Monica Bellucci (aka Mary Magdalene) plays a leading role, features total male and female nudity with violent and filthy perverted sex scenes including homosexual S&M acts.

    Scoop news agency says, ". . . the film delivers a stomach-churning opening punch set in 'Rectum,' a sado-masochist gay club." Monica performs in a 10 minute perverted-sex, graphic and violent sodomy rape scene.

    The sleaze provoked veteran movie critic of 25 years, Jack Mathews of The New York Post, to write:

    "You may feel debased. . . I won't be surprised if an audience member somewhere leaves his seat in the midst of the rape scene and tries to get at the projectionist." (Mathews)
    According to Scoop news agency,
    "The movie, Irreversible, premiered at last years Cannes Film Festival, 'Irreversible' proved so shocking that 250 people walked out, some needing medical attention. . . Fire wardens had to administer oxygen to 20 people (at the Cannes Festival) who fainted during the film - which includes a 10-minute depiction of sodomy [of Monica Bellucci], and also contains graphic scenes of rape and murder." (Scoop)
    Movie critic, Mathews, adds this frightening professional opinion of Monica's Irreversible:
    "France, where mainstream filmmakers have been taking sexuality and sexual violence to unprecedented extremes in recent years, the elevated shock quotient of 'Irreversible is nearly a demonic achievement." (Mathews)

    And friends, these are professional secular people trained and prepared for such films!

    Fire brigade spokesman Lieutenant Gerard Courtel said of Irreversible:

    "In 25 years in my job I've never seen this at the Cannes festival. The scenes in this film are unbearable, even for us professionals." (Scoop)
    For that kind of severe nauseating response from them - Irreversible is pure, 100%, unadulterated violent filth!

    Monica Bellucci, of The Passion, calmly says of the filthy and vile, Irreversible:

    "This is a film that people love or they hate, but it's good to have these kind of extremes."
    No wonder Gibson chose Monica for the extreme graphic blood and gore-fest of The Passion. As the old saying goes, "Birds of a feather flock together." Or as the Word of God says, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3

    Searching Google with "'Monica Bellucci" and porn will return a whopping 44,100 hits of extreme graphic vile and filth!

    What about those Christian young people who viewed The Passion and now innocently search the internet for some info on Monica and get 44,000 pages of wicked vile and filth! Don't tell me it does not happen. I have already received emails from some of the surprised innocent victims! Some of the Monica Bellucci laced "porn sites" will literally take over your computer browser replacing your browser's home page with their filth. You have to cancel or re-boot to get out of their filthy sewers. This happened to me personally many times simply researching this chapter!

    Rosita Celentano, who plays Satan is not exactly your cute "little girl next door". A Google search with "Rosita Celentano" will pop-up over 6,000 pages of porn-garbage. She has starred in such wonderful movies as "Diary of a Porn Star" (which is a gay porn star).

    Maia Morgenstern, who plays the virgin Mary in The Passion is not exactly pure. She starred in the move, "The Whitman Boys". It is a bizarre death film which contains prostitution, animal sacrifices, violence and nudity. One review describes it as," two brothers become obsessed with death after the death of their father. They investigate the cemetery, dissect small animals, and then meet a young prostitute who becomes an important presence in their lives" (Hollywood). The "warning" on CVMC's film site reads: Contains "adult themes; brief nudity; sexual themes; violence" (CVMC)

    Claudia Gerini, who plays Pilate's wife in The Passion, is also very popular in the Internet "Hall of Scum". A Google search on "Claudia Gerini" and porn will infect your computer (and mind) with over 6,000 hits of depraved vile.

    The height of hypocrisy is James Dobson's recent praise of The Passion as "the most powerful and important [film] ever made." (Dobson). Remember it was Dobson a few years ago that was viciously fighting pornography and even on the attorney general's Commission on Pornography and now he is lavishly recommending a film to Christians virtually infested with "porn stars". Shame on you Dobson!

    Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed,
    neither could they blush:. . .
    Jeremiah 6:15

    Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
    Titus 1:15


    The Bible is crystal clear. God’s people are to be separated from the world, and the things of the world.

    Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
    2 Corinthians 2:17

    Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    1 John 2;15

    Ephesians 5:11-12, resembles the "darkness" of a theater, where "it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them. . .". It is a shame, but the world projects the "shame" on huge color screens in stereo surround sound.

    11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
    12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret
    Ephesians 5;11-12

    Hundreds, probably thousands, of separated Bible-Believing Christians who have never stepped inside the darkness of a movie theater, with the encouragement of their pastors, will enter the movie house for the first time. And it will probably not be their last. Once that wall of separation is broken, it is very hard to repair. The carnal mind (which we all possess) instinctively says, "Now that wasn’t that bad. And the picture and sound was awesome! And after all, there are some decent shows available. Maybe I’ll just come back". As Proverbs 30:20 testifies, "Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness."

    Before someone jumps in and says, "Well the movie theater is no worse than the television.". While I am certainly not attempting to justify the filth on the TV, anyone who has spent any time in the theater (as I did before I was saved) can testify to the contrary. As bad as network television is, most of the really vulgar scenes are removed – but in the movie house, it is full-life, large-scene, filth with the vilest language and complete nudity – and that is an R rated show, which by the way, is what The Passion is rated.

    The opening day of The Passion in the U.S. alone grossed over $23.6 million in one day. The Passion is by far the largest opening day not on a holiday or in the summer. If the first few days are any indication, The Passion is destined to be crowned one of the biggest selling, possibly the greatest selling movie of all time. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of the viewers flooding the theaters are professing Christians. According to news reports, many churches have leased complete theaters – some have them completely booked up until March! The Christian community has purchased over $10 million in advance ticket sales. A new advance sales ticket record! God only knows what these millions of dollars could have done for the missionaries around the world and the spread of the Gospel.

    And another wall of separation comes tumbling down. . .

    He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
    Proverbs 25:28

    Abstain from all appearance of evil.
    1 Thessalonians 5:22


    While we have The Passion on our examination table, we dare not ignore the actor playing "Jesus".

    I find it very degrading and irreverent for anyone to "play" or "act" as the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe there are some things a Christian should not "play" with. I believe there are some things that are simply too sacred and too glorious for man to "touch". And the person of Lord Jesus Christ is one of these.

    I know what some are already thinking. "C’mon, chill out, it is just a movie. All they are trying to do is bring the Gospel Story to life. What is the big deal?"

    I am reminded of a story in the Old Testament found in 2 Samuel 6. It is when David decided to retrieve the sacred ark from the house of Abinadab. As they lifted the ark on a new cart and began rolling the ark out. As the ark was moving the oxen shook the ark, and in order to help the Lord to keep the ark from possibly falling, Uzzah put his hand on the ark to steady it – and the Lord immediately killed him. Somebody says, he was just trying to help the Lord. He was just trying to steady the ark. What is the big deal? Friend, there are some things that are too sacred for depraved men to "touch". And the person of the Lord Jesus is one.

    3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.
    4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.
    5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
    6 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
    7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
    2 Samuel 6:3-7

    For someone to "act" as the Lord Jesus Christ is the creation of "another Jesus" (2 Cor. 11:4) As we saw previously the full-screen, incredible images enhanced with surround creates an atmosphere that is larger than life. Remember how amazed Billy Graham was after viewing The Passion:

    "I feel as if I have actually been there. I was moved to tears. No one who views this film's compelling imagery will ever be the same. Every time I preach or speak about the Cross, the things I saw on the screen will be on my heart and mind."

    Now every time when millions of people read their Bible or think of the Lord Jesus Christ they will instinctively picture Jesus as Jim Caviezel. Friend, Jim Caviezel is not Jesus.

    Caviezel, claims he got a "sign" six months before he even auditioned for the role of Christ when a complete stranger just came up to him and said, "You'll be playing Jesus." Caviezel has proudly noted that his initials are J.C. and he is 33, the same age Jesus Christ was when He was crucified. Caviezel also claims he has actually had fans bow down before him in worship.

    For some strange reason (like blasphemy), I do not believe The Passion and this "another Jesus" is pleasing to the Lord.

    According to reports there were many strange and bizarre incidents during the filming of The Passion.

    Jim Caviezel, the actor who played "Jesus" was struck by lightning twice while filming The Passion. Here is how Caviezel describes one of these lightning episodes:

    "I was lit up like a Christmas tree! I was doing the Sermon on the Mount. I knew it was going to hit me about four seconds before it happened. I thought, "I'm going to get hit." And when it happened, I saw the extras grab the ground.
    What they saw was fire coming out the right and left side of my head. Illumination around the whole body. . . I looked like I went to see Don King's hair stylist."

    Caviezel makes this incredible admission in an interview with The 700 Club – even though I was "playing Christ many times I felt like Satan, I had obscenities wanting to come out of me"!

    "And let me tell you, I was on that cross. Many people who looked up there, I may be playing Christ, but a lot of times I felt like Satan. I had obscenities wanting to come out of me."
    (Jim Caviezel Talks About Playing Christ in 'The Passion'
    700 Club. <http://cbn.org/700club/features/ScottRoss-Jim_Caviezel_1.asp>

    Caviezel says later in the same 700 Club interview, "I felt like a great presence came within me at times when we were filming.. . ." (Ibid)

    Interestingly Caviezel also starred in the movie "Ride with the Devil".

    Caviezel experienced several close-calls and bizarre incidents.

  • Caviezel received a 14-inch gash on his back during one of the scenes of Christ’s scourging.
  • Caviezel dislocated his shoulder carrying the cross.
  • Caviezel caught pneumonia.
  • Caviezel developed a lung infection.
  • Caviezel describes one incident that speaks volumes of this "another Jesus":

    At one point, Gibson instructed the two actors inflicting the beating to hurl their lashes overhand as if throwing a baseball. Caviezel took a blow to his back after one of the actors aimed poorly.

    "It just extended over the board and hit me with such a velocity that I couldn’t breathe," Caviezel said. "It’s like getting the wind knocked out of you. The stinging is so horrific that you can’t get air."
    "I turned around and looked at the guy, and I tell you, I may be playing Jesus, but I felt like Satan at that moment. I turned to him, a couple of expletives came out of my mouth."
    (For Caviezel, playing Christ proved to be a challenge
    MSNBC news, <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4297029/>)

    That is the second time Caviezel has said that "he felt like Satan".

    Caviezel, a fanatical Roman Catholic "asks Mary to guide him". He believes The Passion was made "by Mary for Her son":

    "I ask Mary to guide me and my career. . . This film is something that I believe was made by Mary for her Son. Because it was made by her, it will be attacked by the enemy"

    Caviezel also carries in his a pocket a piece of wood from the "original" cross Jesus died on. (Yea, right. If you believe that nonsense, you probably believe the Pope is the Vicar of Christ). As mentioned earlier, Mel Gibson’s sacred Catholic relic he carries in his pocket is a piece of the habit [nunnery garment] from the demon-possessed nun Anne Catherine Emmerich.

    James Dobson, who is known for his anti-Biblical, pro-Catholic support, publishes in Focus on the Family that Caviezel is a "devout Christian".

    "Actor Jim Caviezel, himself a devout Christian, plays Jesus; he is almost unrecognizable by the end of the scourging scene."
    (Neven, Tom. The Passion of the Christ. Focus on the Family)
    3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
    4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
    2 Corinthians 11:3-4

    For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
    Matthew 24:24



    The overwhelming feature of The Passion is the "scourging".

    Everyone that sees The Passion leaves shocked by the amount of torn flesh and blood graphically displayed. Even with all the news media reporting on the extreme violence, people knowing before hand what to expect, leave literally dazed at the amount of blood and gore. Over 45 non-stop, continuous minutes are nothing but "Jesus" scourged, beaten and whipped with nails. All the while, close up graphic scenes in slow motion show every gruesome detail of the torn flesh flying and blood splattering over the Roman executors. And this is surrounded and enhanced with gruesome sound effects.

    To give you an idea of the amount of scourging and torture was displayed, it took eight hours of makeup to create the beaten "Jesus".

    Mel Gibson boasts of the extreme blood and violence of The Passion. Gibson told Diane Sawyer, he wanted it this way.

    "I wanted it to be shocking. And I also wanted it to be extreme. I wanted it to push the viewer over the edge ... so that they see the enormity - the enormity of that sacrifice"
    Mel Gibson, PrimeTime

    According to every review I have read, he certainly succeeded.

    Here are some reviews of The Passion:

    ". . . the film is the most violent I have ever seen. It will probably be the most violent you have ever seen."
    (Ebert Roger. film critic for the Chicago Sun Times

    "The torture of Jesus is presented in such a brutal, unflinching manner that it's almost impossible not to look away as chunks of flesh are ripped out by a scourge, and the bloody, mangled skin is shredded to appear like a grotesque parody of ground meat. This is tough stuff, capable of unsettling adults and potentially traumatizing young viewers."
    - James Berardinelli, reelviews

    "…Gibson's ‘Passion’ is also so visceral, so stomach-churningly graphic in its depiction of Christ's trials, torment and Crucifixion that some audiences may emerge from the experience more drained or enraged than elevated or vibrant with Christian love.
    - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

    "His [Mel Gibson] version of the Gospels is harrowingly violent; the final hour of ‘The Passion of the Christ’ essentially consists of a man being beaten, tortured and killed in graphic and lingering detail. Once he is taken into custody, Jesus (Jim Caviezel) is cuffed and kicked and then, much more systematically, flogged, first with stiff canes and then with leather whips tipped with sharp stones and glass shards. By the time the crown of thorns is pounded onto his head and the cross loaded onto his shoulders, he is all but unrecognizable, a mass of flayed and bloody flesh, barely able to stand, moaning and howling in pain.
    - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

    "Jesus is lashed until his entire body is covered in bloody crisscrossing canals. When he rises, amazing the Roman soldiers with his stamina, they go for the scourges, which rip and puncture his flesh in slow motion—all while the Romans and the Jews cackle wildly. Carrying his cross, he falls again and again in slow motion on his swollen, battered body while the soundtrack reverberates with heavy, Dolby-ized thuds. It is almost a relief when the spikes are driven into his hands and feet—at least it means that his pain is almost over."
    - David Edelstein, The Slate

    ". . . after being an entertainment writer for nearly 14 years and a movie fan for much longer, I can say without hesitation that ‘The Passion of the Christ’ is the most violent film I have ever seen."
    (Tim. Commentary: 'Passion' Violence Is Not For Kids. The Hawaii Channel.
    <http://www.thehawaiichannel.com/entertainment/2872399/detail.html>) >

    The above disturbing reviews could easily be reproduced by the thousands. Virtually everyone that experiences The Passion leaves traumatized by the extreme and graphic violence.

    But what was the actual Passion of the Lord Jesus really like?

    Was it really this violent? What is as bloody and graphic?

    It was worse. . .

    Much worse.

    The Bible describes the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus "as a lamb to the slaughter". Isaiah 53:7

    Isaiah 50:6 says the Lord Jesus "gave’ His back to the "smiters", His beard was literally ripped from His face and He was "spit on".

    I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
    Isaiah 50:6

    Isaiah 53 describes the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
    Isaiah 53:3-7

    Isaiah 52:14 says the Lord Jesus was so beaten, people that saw Him was astonied. His visage or face was so marred more than any man – His form or body more than the sons of men. He was hardly recognizable as a man.

    As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
    Isaiah 52:14

    There is no question the Lord Jesus was beaten unmercifully before He was crucified.

    But friend it was not something to be viewed in graphic, bloody, full screen, enhanced stereo surround sound with music blaring in the background! When the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified it was not eight-hours of makeup with polyurethane simulating torn flesh and fake blood. It was His actual torn flesh and sinless blood!

    And there were no movie theaters with millions of people gazing at the blood and torture. No. He died all alone.

    The Bible says, "And they all forsook him, and fled". Mark 14:50

    Jesus Christ died a curse. The book of Galatians 3:13 says, Jesus was "made a curse for us".

    Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
    Galatians 3:13

    Beloved, the cross of Jesus Christ was the darkest, shameful, disgraceful moment in the history of the universe. It was such a shame His own Father could not even look upon His Son.

    In Matthew 27:46 the cry that literally shook the universe was uttered as God the Father forsook His Son – "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

    And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
    Matthew 27:46

    Friend, that was such a day of darkness the sun refused to shine. Darkness veiled the Son of God on the cross to hide the shame. And yet Christians by the millions are flooding theaters to view the scene.

    Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
    Matthew 27:45

    As the Lord Jesus Christ was hanging on the cross, Matthew says the "earth did quake, and the rocks rent".

    And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
    Matthew 27:51

    The songwriter got it right:

    Oh the shame of it
    My sins crucified Him that day
    My sins were to blame
    Forgive Lord I pray
    I'll live so the world can know
    I love Him
    For nailing my sins to His cross

    It shocks me at the huge number of Christians that are literally overflowing the theaters to watch their Saviour beat and tortured unmercifully for nearly two hours! They are coming for one reason, and one reason only – to see the blood! To view the extreme graphic scenes of torn flesh and blood! There are no teachings. There are no miracles. The Gospel is not even told The sound is not even in a language they understand! The only thing they understand is the blood!

    Oh my God how far we have wandered from your Word! No wonder we are seeing same-sex marriages, abortions and perversion of the Word of God with hardly a whimper from God’s people!

    I have no desire to watch someone I love beaten and tortured in graphic gruesome detail. I have no desire to watch my Saviour beaten, bruised and bloody anymore than I had see my wife and children beaten and tortured.

    Yes, I know it happened. Yes, I know it was real. Yes, I know it was very gory and bloody.

    Yes, I know.

    Thank God, I know what happened on the cross of Calvary. I know what the Lord Jesus did for me. Thank God I can say with the apostle Paul in Galatians 6:14, "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,. . ." But I think it’s a shame and a disgrace for Christians to wallow in the blood and gore of watching their Saviour tortured.

    Before I end this critique of The Passion, let me ask you dear reader – do you really know what the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus was really about? Are you aware of what took place that night? Do you realize it was so much more than the physical beatings and physical death on the cross?

    When the Lord Jesus was praying in the Garden He said, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me. . .".

    And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
    Matthew 26:39

    The "cup" Jesus Christ was referring to was more than just the physical death of Calvary. That cup was the wrath of a Holy God filled to the brim with the sins of mankind. The Lord Jesus would literally pay for the "sins of the whole world". When John the Baptist saw Jesus in John 1:29, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."

    In order for Jesus Christ to "take away the sin of the world" He had to drink the "cup" of the wrath of God.

    No wonder as Jesus Christ was praying in the Garden He was in such agony, Luke 22:44 tell us, "his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground". Jesus Christ knew what was ahead. He knew what was about to happen! Oh beloved don’t you love Him so! Oh what a Saviour is mine!

    And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
    And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
    Luke 22:44

    All the sins of the world, every perversion, every abortion, every murder, every child molestation, every rape, every curse word, every thought of hate, every single sin ever committed by man in all of history was going to be "drunk" by the Sinless Lamb of God. 6,000 years of filth, violence, hate and sins was going to be placed on the pure, spotless Lord Jesus Christ!

    2 Corinthians 5:21, tells it all: "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

    When Jesus Christ hung on the cross He cried, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Do you know why God forsook Him? Do you realize this was the only time Jesus Christ referred to His Father as God? Every other time, He called Him "Father". But not this time. . .

    When Jesus Christ was "made sin for us", the fellowship He had with His Father from all eternity was broken. That is why God the Father "forsook" Him. Jesus could not even refer to His Father as "Father". The wrath of God was placed on the sinless Son of God. Oh, what a price the Lord Jesus Christ paid for our sins! Oh, do you love Him my friend? Do you know this wonderful Saviour?

    Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes the crucifixion:

    The central event around which all of human history revolves was about to unfold. God would take the mass of guilty, blood-soaked sin which had accumulated against His people and place it on the body of His beloved Son. But that's barely half of it. This One who had never known anything except the presence, fellowship, and communion of God would be heard to cry out, "My God, My God! Why hast though forsaken me?!!" This One who had lived as eternal spirit had taken on a body which would be so racked with pain that Isaiah would declare, "His visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men" (Isaiah 52:14). His body was torn and distorted as God poured out the cup of Holy wrath. He was beaten, bruised, and abused by men and God. As it loomed before Him, He feared. The more amazing side of this story, though, is that He knew it was coming. He cried out to the one who could save Him, "if it be possible, let this cup pass from me." Yet, He submitted Himself. You're not getting it...I'll say it again... Yet, He submitted Himself!!! In humility and obedience to the will of His Father, knowing the horror that lay ahead of Him, our eternal Priest acquiesced, "nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."
    — Charles Spurgeon, Hebrews commentary

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    Friend, I want to ask you the most important question you'll ever answer:

    Have you ever received Jesus Christ as your Savior?

    Not joining a church, not religion, not baptism, not good works, not sacraments — but trusted Jesus Christ and Him alone, as your Savior. If not, Friend you could be — one year, one month, one hour, one minute, one heartbeat — away from eternity in a lake of fire!

    Revelation 20:15 says, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."

    Friend, God does not want you to go to hell. 2 Peter 3:9 says, "The Lord is. . . not willing that any should perish. . ." Jesus loved you so much He died on a rugged cross, to pay for YOUR sin, and to keep YOU out of hell! Revelation 1:5 says, ". . . Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood."

    Friend, don't EXIT this message, until you MAKE SURE you've received Jesus Christ!

    I assure you — if you die without Jesus Christ — it'll be the biggest mistake you'll ever make!


    Friend, If you've never been saved, don't wait another minute!  


    Please let me show you how to get to Heaven from the Bible, God's Word...

    1. Man is a sinner.

    • Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

    • John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

    • Romans 3:10, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”

    • Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

    2. There is a price on our sin―eternal death in Hell 

    • Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

    • Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

    • 2nd Thessalonians 1:8, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    • Revelation 20:15, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

    • Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

    3. Jesus paid that price by dying on the cross and shedding His blood; Christ was buried and rose again!

    • Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

    • John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

    • 1st Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

    • 1st Peter 1:18-19, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ...”

    • 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

    4. By faith in Jesus Christ ALONE we can be saved.

    Salvation is NOT found in a religion or good works, but in a Person... The LORD JESUS CHRIST!

    • John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

    • John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

    • John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

    • Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

    • Acts 26:18, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

    • Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

    • 1st Corinthians 3:11, "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

    • Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”


    Do you admit that you are a GUILTY sinner, under the condemnation of God's LAW, deserving of Hellfire?

    Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God (God in the flesh) who died upon the cross, sacrificing His precious blood to pay for your sins? Do you believe that Jesus was buried and rose again three days later?

    That is the good news of the gospel... Jesus DIED, He was BURIED and He is RISEN!

    If you'd like to be saved, simply come in your heart as a guilty sinner and BELIEVE upon the Lord Jesus Christ. 

    Perhaps you'd feel comfortable praying a sinner's prayer as did the publican in Luke 18:13... “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto Heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

    Dear Jesus,
    I admit that I am a sinner deserving of Hell. I believe that you died, were buried and rose again. Please forgive me of my sins and take me to Heaven when I die. I now believe upon You alone, apart from all self-righteous works and religion, as my personal Savior. Thank you. Amen.

    Just as you were born physically to your parents, so you were born spiritually into the Family of God when you received Jesus! Please understand that we are not saved because we pray a prayer; but because we believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ. It is certainly appropriate to ask the Lord in prayer to forgive and save us; but it is our faith which prompts us to pray. You could just as easily believe in your heart upon the Lord to be saved, and not pray at all. Salvation is of the heart, as we read in Romans 10:10, For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness...”

    It's not what you're doing that gets you to Heaven, it's where you're looking. Look to Jesus!

    You do NOT have to be water baptized nor do anything to get to Heaven other than trust upon the Lord as your Savior. Romans 4:5 proclaims... But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him (Jesus) that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. What a wonderful truth! Our faith is COUNTED for righteousness! There is NO self-righteousness involved in salvation. It is the gift of God. You see, we have no righteousness of our own to offer God. No amount of good can undo the bad we've done. Thus, Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt that we could not pay. Salvation is receiving, not giving. We are Sinners and Jesus is the Savior. Jesus is precious!

    Unbelief is the only sin which can keep you out of Heaven. 

    Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!

    Trusting Jesus is meaningless without the cross. You must believe that Jesus died, was buried and rose again. 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 teaches that the gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    God's simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.

    You say, “Surely, it cannot be that simple!” Yes, that simple. It is scriptural; it is God's plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.

    If you've never been saved, then now is the time to believe upon the name of Jesus, the Christ, that your sins will be blotted out forever and you can know that your name is written in Heaven.

    Christ died for your sins. You are a sinner by nature and by choice. Jesus took your sins and charged them to His own record. He went to the cross and paid the penalty for your sins. He says if you're willing to receive Him in faith; He will transfer His payment to your debt, and His righteousness to your sins. He will impute to you His goodness, and impute to His own record your sin; if you in faith will trust Him as your Savior.

    Romans 8:34, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”

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    If you'd like to learn all about salvation, then please read the book Salvation is More than Being Saved.

    Dr. John R. Rice speaks on worldly Christians  Are they not saved?

    Dr. Curtis Hutson speaks on Biblical repentance Must a person stop sinning to be saved?

    Also, you may want to read Ye Must Be Born Again and God's Simple Plan.

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