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"The Jesus Film" 

From Evangelical Times letters page January 2002

Dear Sir, We have read with interest your articles and comments regarding the above subject. We joined up with a mission organisation in South Africa that regularly showed this film to crowds of Zulu people, sometimes num­bering well over 300.

 The mission leader said that in all the years of normal preaching few were saved but that, through the film, countless souls had been saved. Understandably, we were very enthusiastic about this work.

We showed the film three times a week (to predominantly young people) since we made no charge and most people had noth­ing to do in the evening. We got an over­whelming response from the 'altar call', and believed the film to be the latest tool the Spirit was using.

However, as the days went by, we no­ticed that time and time again, the same peo­ple who had responded to the film before, put up their hands to again receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. 

We became troubled by this lack of un­derstanding and wondered what might be done. No further tracts or teachings were given but a pastor was on hand to gather the respondents and 'church' them. 

To our surprise (or lack of it), that church grew by perhaps 10 or 20 folk, which later fell to about 10. At each meeting we counted over 200 'decisions for Christ', yet only a minority followed this through.

 One of our criticisms of the film was that it played on the emotions of the people. We concluded that the people were think­ing: 'Poor Jesus, he needs our help', while many said: 'What a terrible way to die'. What they failed to understand is that people were often crucified in those days. The film, while of historical benefit, cannot show the true nature of what happened on the cross. The unseen work of Christ on the cross is paramount.

 David and Anne Kellar

Potter's Hands Ministry (Missionaries from UK)       

Some points to consider:- by Chalan Hetherington

We live in a day and age where it appears that many Christians have never been taught that God has declared that to make an image of Him is a violation of His Holy Law. In particular the second commandment. The Word of God clearly tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ is the express image of God, (Colossians 1:15)

Films or plays that have actors that play the role as the person of Christ clearly violate this commandment.

Images of God will always blemish proper thoughts of God. Another danger is that images or actors draw the focus of the believer from the Lord Jesus Christ's Word to an image which is something other than God.

The important thing to remember is that, what God desires for us to learn of Him is not what He may or may not have looked like, but what He has said.

Films and the like have the potential to give undue emphasis on aspects of God that are inconsistent with the Bible. Whether it be the subject of Christ's physical agony or His spiritual and emotional anguish.

The Word of God alone declares unashamedly that it alone is "the power of God unto salvation"

There will be the danger of spurious faith where these films are watched, many may feel greatly moved. Whereas those who felt moved by the production may even believe that they had some kind of spiritual experience. These will for the most part be emotional feelings. These films work upon the emotion and leave the mind disengaged!

The Bible clearly says "Faith comes by hearing, and that hearing the Word of God"

We are told that many stood by and witnessed our Lord's execution in shock and horror, but He said: “do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children” Luke 23:28-30

1 Corinthians 21-25 says “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men”.

Listen to The Passion film - To see or not to see:Albert N. Martin - Trinity Baptist Church

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