The 'Left Behind' movie finds commercial airline pilot Ray Steele (Nicholas Cage) struggling to keep his passengers calm and his plane afloat after the Biblical Rapture occurs in mid-flight. Meanwhile, GWN reporter Cameron "Buck" Williams (Chad Michael Murray) becomes Ray's reluctant co-pilot, and Ray's terrified daughter Chloe (Cassi Thompson) braves the chaos of the city streets in search of her brother and mother. "
No genuine Christian should even bother viewing this film. Why? Because it is not really Christian and most definitely not Biblical. Here are the problems I had with the film.
1) The name, Jesus Christ, is not mentioned, not once, not at all.
2) The Plan of Salvation was not given, even after Chloe Steele, the daughter of the pilot, Ray Steele, confronts the pastor of her mother's church as to why he was "left behind"! She asked him, "What am I to do now"?
At this point, the writers of this movie had a perfectly good opportunity to present the Gospel message; after all, a person will be raptured only if they have genuinely gone through the Plan of Salvation, which includes:
* An understanding of their own sinfulness;
* Their inability to save themselves;
* Their recognition that Jesus is the Savior whose blood sacrifice on the cross paid for all their sins past, present and in the future;
* Expressing their grief over their sin and repenting of their sin
* Praying that Jesus will forgive them of their sin and rejoicing in being granted eternal life in Heaven
This Plan is not difficult, and is easily understood. Yet, Hollywood butchered this scene, and the entire movie, by not accurately describing the Biblical view of the Rapture of the Church. Early in the movie, the people who were later Raptured were presented as "nut cases" and "crazies".
Hollywood has now conditioned us to the Rapture of the Church and other aspects of Christian belief, in several non-biblical venues:
* Left Behind movies 1 and 2
* Left Behind books which presented the lie that a Christian can take the 'Mark of the Beast' and still go to Heaven.
* TV series, "Leftovers"
* TV movie, "Heaven Is For Real". Dr. Gary Frazier Biblically responded with "Hell Is For Real". You see, 'Heaven Is For Real" does not present God's requirements for a person to gain Heaven, thus strongly implying that, in the end, everyone goes to Heaven.
"Heaven Is For Real" thus erases the very existence of Hell in the mind of the viewers. Dr. Frazier compassionately presents the Biblical teaching on Hell, without leaving out any "negative" details. He presents the Plan of Salvation at the end, thus making this DVD a genuine soul-winning documentary.
* "Noah' -- Truly horrific. Not Biblical in any way. 'Noah' even concludes that God wants him to kill his entire family!
* ‘God’s Not Dead’ - I have not seen this movie, but close friends who have say it is Biblical and heart-warming.
* The forthcoming ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’
In the end, "Left Behind" is just another movie about plane crashes, worldwide upheaval and physical disaster, and the near-death of the key figures. In my opinion, the movie "2012" is a much better disaster flick.
Don't waste your money on this film. Don't give Hollywood any Christian money. Stop rewarding the Hollywood Illuminati with profits from movies and TV shows that do NOT present the truth of our Christian Faith!
Dear Watchman on the Wall
I so appreciate the Watchman on the Wall! I wanted to comment on the post about the new movie, “Left Behind”. First, I’ll comment on the book points (1 – 7), then the movie (points 8 – 12).
1) How many times has the movie content drifted so far from the book anyway? Hollywood can be trusted? Nah.....
2) Can Hollywood possibly do a 180 degree turn and drift more TOWARDS the truth from the book series content, even if it's heresy?
3) The Bible is the ONLY book that can be 100% trusted, and other books can be trusted if they are 100% rooted in the Bible.
4) The Left-Behind series is a collection of 12 volumes of a series of what happens when Christ raptures His church. Is the premise OK, and is each volume 100% OK with me? No. But who’s to say it’s 14% or 87%?
5) The Left-Behind series did something many books could never do, and that's get unbelievers involved in an unprecedented way. The books like a novel, and with Scripture sprinkled in there. The reader would be FORCED to confront themselves with the decision to read on, or stop to actually GET A BIBLE and verify the substance for themselves. That, in itself is a huge thing. So if the INTENT of the book series was to get a large mass of people at least INTERESTED in end times, this worked very well.
6) I don't know if both authors WANTED to be totally accurate. I don't read minds that well. 8-) Maybe they wanted to involve unbelieving readers into at least getting SOMETHING from the references, and then let the Holy Spirit take it from there. Sometimes the interest in the series gave me a perfect opportunity to focus on the spiritual significance of what the Bible says. So I use this as a tool, not as a reference or commentary.
7) There have been martyrs and will continue to me martyrs. The opinion of the blogspot writer talked about the martyrs. Fine. But the Bible does NOT say if they martyrs went willingly or went down fighting. I am sure in times past there were those who willingly bowed their heads maybe in some Colosseum are were beheaded. But I am also convinced that there were those who resisted an attack maybe defending their families against a powerful foe of God, and were killed in the fight. In other words, I don't think anyone knows the correct way for someone to die and be called a "martyr".
8) There were a few movies a few years ago that were lower budget, and represented the same book series. These used somewhat unknown actors and actresses. There were some special effects, but not high-budget ones. The current movie uses more well known actors and actresses for a bigger box office, and I expect the level of special effects will be high.
9) I know a few years ago, Hollywood made a movie about NOAH, and it was SO far from the Bible, it was literally trash. Very little truth and accuracy. I don't know if this latest movie about Left Behind is as bad.
10) Mel Gibson took his own money and made a movie about The Passion. No one would back him. But he did it anyway, and there was startling accuracy in that film. He was black-balled and still is feeling the repercussions from that effort. There’s a lot to tell about Mel Gibson’s personal life, but that movie was pretty accurate.
11) As you know, I had a radio program for almost a year and a half, and I never did strive for perfection, I only strived for excellence. But I never stopped trying for excellence!
12) If the Scripture is 100% reliable, why did the New Testament record in Acts 18 about Apollos being well versed in Scripture and in verse 25: "He had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he SPOKE AND TAUGHT ACCURATELY the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John." Here, Apollos said what he knew, and said it accurately. But when Priscilla and Aquilla instructed him, he became even more powerfully used of the Lord. Read more verses from 26-28 of that same chapter. So Apollos knew what he knew, but the Bible reads that as he learned more, he became an even more powerful witness for the Lord.
God Bless Watchman