Posted in bible miniseries, history channel, the bible

Jesus miniseries in the works

From Hollywood reporter.
“We believe the audience continues to have a hunger for life- and faith-affirming films,” says Michael Landon Jr., who is writing and producing the new version of Jesus of Nazareth with Brian Bird for Brad Krevoy’s MPCA. “The monumental success of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s The Bible just underscores that.”

Ah. So it’s a spinoff. Like The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo spun off from B. J. and the Bear. Next we’ll see “Three’s Company in the Fiery Furnace!” Or “This Old Wall at Jericho with Bob Vila”. Or maybe some reality shows like “The Great Galilean Fishing Boat Race” or “Pick Up Your Mat and Walk!” Can you just imagine the green room pitches?

Says Bird: “We’re not looking to cause controversy to anybody. What we hope to do will be orthodox and faithful to the gospel and pleasing to whoever sees it. The idea of helping skeptics see Christ in a different way than they’ve ever seen him before, that’s not going to upset the choir.”

Why does Jesus have to be “different“? Wasn’t the ‘old’ Jesus good enough?

I think it is God they need to worry about ticking off, not the choir.

“Every generation should have the chance to experience this story,” says Krevoy. “It’s perfect for today with all the things happening in the world. It’s great entertainment and educational.”

Jesus as entertainment. Lord, preserve us. I know that TV people can’t imagine any other activity except TV, but every generation can do something to experience the bible, and every generation already has. It’s called r.e.a.d.

Landon says their version “will be traditional in the sense we’re going to stay true to the gospel, but it won’t be traditional in the sense that our version is actually going to be made for the skeptic, not the believer.”

Um. OK. We’ll see.Perhaps they didn’t read 2 Peter 3:3. Or Hebrews 6:6.

Posted in history channel, the bible

The Guardian: "History Channel’s The Bible series is worse than reality TV"

The British newspaper The Guardian has a US edition. Here is one reviewer’s assessment:

“The scriptures according to basic cable make a mockery of history and religion. Surely all these viewers deserve better”

Couldn’t have said it better myself! Some good quotes from the review:

“The History Channel more or less abandoned the pretext of history years ago. As programs like “UFO Hunters”, “Swamp People” and “Hairy Bikers” added up, the network’s decision to broadcast The Bible as a mini-series seemed like an obvious disaster. It is, too, in all ways except one: ratings.”

I never thought I’d see the following in one sentence together: “UFO Hunters”, “Swamp People”, “Hairy Bikers”, “The Bible”. It’s like a bad ‘which one of these doesn’t belong?’

“Bubonic plague…..Dismemberment…..Infanticide…..Puppies”
Uh, plague?

To continue- “The sum is bland, erratic, and would be incoherent if it weren’t somewhat familiar material. The Wire this is not.”

“Nobody expected art – or even history – from the History Channel, but the producers veered so far in the opposite direction that they erased all the personality and depth of the source, not to mention heart or wit. The History Channel has given us the Bible as reality TV. The result amounts to little more than an exploitation of faith.”

What have I been saying?!?! —

“and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; (make merchandise of you KJV) their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” (2 Peter 2:3)

Posted in history channel, parable, the bible

"A Parable: History Channel Does a Reagan Documentary"

A reader of this blog who corresponds occasionally, has started his own blog. He is young, eager, and loves the Lord. He is learning. It is a pleasure to see what the Lord can do with a willing heart.

The young man sent me this essay he’d written as an email, that he turned into a blog post, that he sent to me to link to or post it in its entirety myself, if I wanted to. I want to.

The Lord is alive and well in His body, growing us, sanctifying us, comforting us, delivering wisdom and discernment to us. We are all stripes, young and old, energetically vital or world-weary and plodding, male and female, singles and marrieds, parents and childless. What unites us is the Lord, who by no merit of our own, elected us to His saving grace and brought us to His bosom. We’re many facets of a single prism, and the light pouring out from it is Jesus.

Please take a moment to read his essay. And if you ever have time, go on over to his blog to offer some guidance, encouragement or just to read what comes from the Lord’s work in His young people. I really liked the essay about today’s praise music, called “The Wretched Podcast“.

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Begin contributed essay “A Parable: History Channel Does a Reagan Documentary

Imagine that I’m a movie producer.

I really love president Ronald Reagan. I want to honor his contribution to American politics and to the world by filming a dramatic documentary featuring him. It’s going to cover his personal life, his journey to the White House, the events of his presidency, and finally end with his death and funeral.

So I set about doing research so that I’ll do my best job representing Reagan as who he was. First, I need to consult historical experts. I decide to ask the governments of Russia and Iran for their historical analysis of his contributions. Furthermore, I interview Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, for their insight into the presidency. I go to other famous documentary filmmakers such as Michael Moore and Oliver Stone to see what I can learn from them. Naturally, I consult with Matt Damon, Ricky Gervais and George Clooney, whom I might consider inviting to play a key acting role in the film.

Now that I’m ready to film, I decide that the best location would be Johannesburg, South Africa. I film exclusively there. While there, one of our crew members gets shot in the butt, since South Africa has the world’s highest violent crime rate–2,000 per 100,000. We interpret this as a miraculous occasion, since Reagan was also shot by someone but survived.

While filming, we present Reagan as a transgendered Japanese orphan growing up in a cardboard-and-sheet-metal “house” in the slums outside the city. He was forced to become a member of an underground boxing ring to earn money to feed his family. One day he meets the King of France, Genghis Khan, who takes him back to Brazil in his rocket ship to be his personal servant. Reagan grows and learns to maneuver through Brazilian politics, and eventually becomes a successful leader of a drug cartel. This is how he eventually gets to America. Reagan then becomes elected to the White House, and while president, invades Russia and nukes Iran. Minor details, it’s called artistic license. Get over it. Eventually Reagan leaves the white house and dies by getting shot by a Tea Party maniac wielding an AR-15 while he was attending a pro-Obama rally during the 2012 election campaign.

Wait, wait, wait, you say. You’ve got all the details wrong. This isn’t the real Reagan. Sure, he was president of the US, but all the facts are wrong. Who he is, where he came from, what he did and why he did it. Everything is changed in your movie.

But my supporters respond by saying, well, shouldn’t you be happy that at least someone had the nerve to do a documentary about Reagan in the first place? Think of all the people that could become Republicans as a result!

It’s like that with History Channel’s The Bible. It’s the Bible in name only, but all the details are wrong. Which Jesus do you follow? The one who came to “change the world,” or the one who came to SAVE the world?

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See? Pretty good huh?! The Lord uses all His children.

“Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:6-7).

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)

Posted in history channel, sunny shell, the bible

Watching The Bible miniseries is like eating brownies with cockroaches baked into them

Sorry to be graphic in the headline, but I find it helps sometimes to be blunt. We live in such a tolerant age where we are supposed to tiptoe around, not calling the Pope an antichrist, not calling false teachings gangrene (2 Timothy 2:17), nor calling false teachers by name (1 Timothy 1:20) nor judge their works as evil. (2 Peter 2:1).

Oh, wait, I do that every day. So much for political correctness here at The End Time. I live for Jesus correctness.

I’m sorry to write about The Bible miniseries from The History Channel again. I said at the outset that I was worked up, that I felt that this was an especially pitched spiritual battle. The January conference in Atlanta, “Passion2013” was a spiritual battle at a level I hadn’t experienced. Yet this miniseries coming along in March has raised the bar in terms of engagement.

Some people, including myself, have asked or wondered how to respond to people who understand that the Bible miniseries show is not optimal, but say anyway that God can still use it. A very insightful blogger called Sunny Shell, who was asked by the media producers of the television show The Bible to promote it, and declined, stated her reasons why. More on that in a minute. Here is her response as to why God won’t use ‘The Bible’ tv show to save people:

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

A. No, I don’t think this movie is a great way to reveal the truth about God since it’s filled with lies about God. And yes, I realize God can use anything to save someone, but He only chose to use the message of the true Gospel to save all men (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Nowhere in Scripture does God command or allow His children to use the work of Satan to proclaim His truth. And God is clear, anyone who denies Him and defiles His holy character or word, works for the devil, not for God.

Sunny Shell

Here is Sunny Shell’s wonderful review of the flaws and errors and attacks on the Gospel in “The Bible”. For those of you (and me) having a hard time clarifying just what it is that is off about the series, her essay should being it into focus for you. For those of us wondering (as am I) if there is a list of errors, and a discussion as to why and where they vary from the biblical text- and why it matters, click on over to her review.

With the episodes coming up featuring Jesus, I want you to be aware of two glaring and blasphemous omissions in the series.

1. Although at the Supper Jesus recites the verse we are familiar with, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life,” ‘Jesus’ STOPS speaking and never says “no one comes to the father but through Me”!!! (John 14:6).

2. Worst, when ‘Jesus’ breaks the bread and lifts the wine, he never says it is for forgiveness of sin!! (Matthew 26:26-28). This is very bad!

You can see the clip for yourself at the link to the review above. There is a 5-minute excerpt from the series showing the Last Supper there.

Here is one nugget from Mrs Shell’s review, to encourage you to go there and read more:

Last Supper and Fifth attack on the Gospel: While the actor who portrays Jesus says the bread is the body of Christ and the wine is Jesus’ blood, he never says the most important thing: it is for the forgiveness of sins (Matt 26:28). Though all of Scripture points to the Gospel, in this mini-series, there is no Gospel message; only a message of man’s power to have enough “faith” to see himself through and lead others to a “better place”.

None of us are autonomous. If we are diligent, we have attached ourselves to a local church assembly which means we enact Hebrews 13:17. Or perhaps we are married which means we submit to our husband. Or perhaps we are under the leadership of a teacher or deacon in a home group. The difficulty comes in being both bold and submissive. We want to boldly proclaim Jesus and point to any infringement on His Person or Glory by false teachings or teachers. But at the same time we commit to submit to the pastor, leadership, or spouse’s guidance. The sticking point comes if one of those says, “Watch with bible in hand, and I’ll lead you through the errant parts and show you what to avoid…” Maybe your husband or teacher or pastor to whom you have submitted has said “Trust my decision to show/use/promote/reach from this.”

Becoming a member of a church, or married to a spouse, by definition means I submit in trust to their leadership. In the case of encroaching false doctrine, it is not about trust. Anyone can make a mistake. No one is infallible. Mistakes are not trust. And here I use the brownies example.

If a leader or husband or someone to whom you have submitted presents a pan of brownies and says “I baked this pan of brownies and I baked cockroaches into it. But trust me, I know where they all are so when I cut a piece, you probably won’t eat one.”

Now, I said it is not about trust. The question becomes, why is the leader or husband or pastor presenting infested food for your consumption in the first place?

Not when there is unadulterated food available just to your right, over there, in THE BIBLE- you know, the one that God wrote.

Navigating the infested minefield of The Bible show is the same. You may indeed be able to detect where all the cockroaches are, but why go to all that trouble, when you can have spiritually safe food right from God’s bible? Why?

For those reasons, I think it is incumbent upon us to warn people who are watching the show and gently warn leaders who are using the show as a springboard to preaching. (2 Timothy 2:25).

If they refuse to listen and heed your warning, pleas, or exhortation, then you have a decision to make. But whatever decision you make, whether to continue with the show or to sit out, or to continue warning, or to remain quiet, do so as Ephesians 4:2 tells us.

For those of us the Holy Spirit has gifted with discerning of spirits, (1 Corinthians 12:10), you know that it is not just an intellectual ability. Sure, we know stuff, like where the false doctrine is or who is spouting it, and we know it earlier and more deeply than others do. But knowing is only half the battle. He has also “gifted” us with an emotional and spiritual capacity for agony in the knowledge. Literally, sometimes it feels like jaguars ripped my flesh (HT Tim Cahill). I put ‘gift’ in quotes, only partly tongue in cheek. All gifts are good which come from above, but sometimes it will take until eternity for me to experience the goodness. Seeing what The Bible is doing to evangelicals, churches, friends, is like the agony of Jeremiah. I know it is bad, and it affects me deeply. I know it does for some of you, as well.

Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem
REMBRANDT (1630)

My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain!
Oh the walls of my heart!
My heart is beating wildly;
I cannot keep silent,
for I hear the sound of the trumpet,
the alarm of war. (Jeremiah 4:19).

Isaiah wasn’t immune to the agony of such knowledge either.

Therefore my loins are filled with anguish; pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labor; I am bowed down so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot see. (Isaiah 21:3)

For the ones among us who feel these things deeply, the bible of course captures the feeling. I hate what I am seeing. I agonize over each person who is caught up in the web of deceit the History Channel series is producing. I writhe in seeing the blanket of confusion thrown over once-discerning heads.

O LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult? (Psalm 94:3).

Perhaps…not long. And then we will see TRUTH in human form appear in glory to call us home, and never agonize over such things again.

Posted in history channel, sassa, sexting, the bible

(UPDATED) ‘The Bible’ producer caught sexting and checking out escort sites: summarily fired

Scott Sassa, the producer of the History Channel series, “The Bible” quickly exited his $6 million position as president of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication this week over a sexting scandal with a stripper. The New York Post reports that there’s more to Sassa’s exit than just sexting explicit messages on his company phone. The publication’s sources state that the former Hearst executive was also checking out the “high class” escort site, Kingzzz.com while on the job.”

The LA Times reports, “Sassa’s resignation was confirmed Thursday after the New York Post published a story saying Sassa had been cavorting with strippers and one — in partnership with her boyfriend — had tried to blackmail him and sent texts he’d written to senior officials at the magazine and television company. … Sassa also oversaw Hearst’s partnership with powerful producer Mark Burnett, whose latest program — “The Bible” — has scored big ratings for History.”

In 2011, Hearst hired “The Bible” producer Mark Barnett to form a parnership with the ousted Sassa for the purpose of creating hit television shows. One of these, apparently, is “The Bible”. It reminds of of Peter’s warning in 2 Peter 2:3: “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” They are exploiting us with false words in order in their greed to make merchandise of us, aren’t they?

I had asked in one of the blog essays about this tv series “The Bible”, can anything good come from leaven that was kneaded by people who are enemies of God?

Answer: No.

As we see with this unfortunate story about the producer who was fired.

As for the people and organizations who say that The Bible series can be a useful ‘hook’ to get people interested in Jesus and holy things, well, if the producer who is intimately involved in shaping the series like a nurtured child and bringing it to fruition was so immune to The Bible’s charms, what hope has someone else to come away from the series with a right view of the righteousness of Jesus? Not so much, if you ask me.

Posted in history channel, the bible

The scarlet thread: present in the Old Testament, absent in "The Bible"

This article is on Dr. Adrian Rogers’ website “Love Worth Finding.” There is a button to share it on blogger so I am taking advantage of that to present this essay to you. Dr. Rogers is in heaven now with the Lord, but his work remains and continues to bear fruit for the kingdom.

If you read the essay then at the end I make a remark about something in today’s culture.

The Scarlet Thread through the Bible
Dr. Adrian Rogers

Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by…and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him. Joshua 2:18-19

Rahab, the woman spoken to in this passage, was a harlot in the city of Jericho. As the Israelites came to possess the land, her city was destined for destruction — and she along with it. But she was delivered, and her life transformed, simply by tying a scarlet cord in her window.

This cord represented the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it pointed toward the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. In fact, all of the Bible is about Jesus Christ and His blood redemption, and you will find this scarlet thread throughout the Word of God.

The Prophecy of the Blood

From the very beginning of human history, it is revealed. When Adam and Eve sinned, God shed innocent blood in order to make them clothes from animal skins (Genesis 3:21). This is a picture of the covering of righteousness that we receive when the Lord Jesus Christ died for us.

In Genesis four we read that Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. They instinctively wanted to worship God. Cain sacrificed the fruit of the ground. Abel had already learned that God demanded blood, so he brought a lamb. God accepted the blood of Abel’s lamb, but He did not accept Cain’s offering. Why? Because “without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin” (Hebrews 9:22).

And God told Abraham to sacrifice his long-awaited son Isaac (Genesis 22). Just before Abraham plunged the dagger into the quivering heart of his son, an angel stopped him. Abraham saw a ram caught in a thicket. Isaac was set free, but an innocent animal’s blood was shed instead.

Then, God wanted to deliver His people from bondage in the land of Egypt. On the night of the Passover, God instructed each house to slay a lamb and put the blood on their door. God said in Exodus 12:13, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”

And in the tabernacle and later in the temple, thousands upon thousands of sheep, oxen, and turtle doves were killed and their blood spilt as sacrifices for sin.

And finally, the Lord Jesus Christ died upon the cross. His death was the fulfillment of all the prophecy and promises. Revelation 13:8 proclaims that He was slain before the foundation of the world. He came to die; He planned to die; He lived to die; and He was born to die.

Blood is throughout Scripture, but what does Christ’s blood mean to us?

The Power of the Blood

His blood redeems us. There was a price against us that we could not pay, but the blood of Jesus redeemed us. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…. But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

His blood brings us into fellowship with God. According to Ephesians 2:13, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Without the blood of Christ, man is a long way from God.

His blood makes peace with God. Man, by nature, is at war with God; and we can only come to God on His peace terms — the blood atonement. The Bible says in Colossians 1:20, “And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself….”

His blood cleanses. Not only does it remove the punishment of sin, it removes the pollution. I don’t care what sin you’ve committed; “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

His blood gives power over the devil. It’s the blood that Satan fears. Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb….” The devil doesn’t want you to learn about the blood. He hates it!

Before this planet was ever swung into space, God had determined in His heart that He would send His Son to die upon the cross. How wonderful it is to trace the scarlet thread of the blood of Christ woven throughout the Bible! How much more wonderful to experience its redemption personally. Praise God for the blood of His Lamb!

~~~~~~~~~end Dr. Rogers~~~~~~~~~

I want you to understand how important the Old Testament is. The scarlet thread runs throughout it. There are pictures and shadows and copies of the Messiah to come. See these verses

Hebrews 8:5
They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.”

Hebrews 9:24
For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

Hebrews 10:1
Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All – For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.

HE is the scarlet thread and woe be upon anyone who removes Him from the Old Testament as well as the New.

Yet the producers who created the History Channel’s series “The Bible” have removed this scarlet thread. We heard nothing of the promise of a redeemer as Noah recited the early Genesis verses. Passover was not explained. The sacrifice of Isaac was not explained and they made a monumentally blasphemous substitution of the lamb for the ram. The sin of Sodom was removed.

As the series unfolds, the doctrines which the series presents are crafty and subtle, just as we would suspect satan to be (Genesis 3:1-2). It subtly overemphasizes man’s acts, underemphasizes God’s sovereignty, and worst, underemphasizes man’s sin. Noah is responsible for reconciling man to God after the flood. Saul is responsible for uniting the two kingdoms. Sins are ‘mistakes’, and judgment comes because of ‘bad decisions.’

As the series moves forward, the reason for the coming of Jesus is repeatedly stated that men will “change the world.” Paul is going to change the world. Peter will change the world.

However, Jesus came to save the world and the second coming will be to punish the world. Nothing about Jesus’s intentions are to ‘change the world’ yet that thread is the one which the series creators have replaced the scarlet cord with. And who will change the world? Men.

It is very well to be aware of the doctrinal problems in The Bible miniseries, but it is hard to use the bible to see what isn’t there. It is always harder to detect what is missing than what is present.

The Jesus we know and love and honor is missing, and that is because His scarlet thread is plucked out of the perfect tapestry of the interwoven Word. And you know what happens when a thread unravels from the piece: it comes apart.

Posted in history channel, the bible, weird

Mark Burnett says ‘weird’ things happened on set of ‘The Bible’

Christian Post reports some more on Mark Burnett‘s miniseries “The Bible”. Burnett reportedly is  pleased that the hand of God was over the production and is confident that it will be the most-watched thing that he, Mark Burnett, has ever produced and they will be watching what he, Mark Burnett made, even 50 years from now.

Let’s take a station break for this verse. And now, our sponsor, GOD:

“A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.” (Proverbs 29:23)

And … we’re back. Burnett went on to say that the proof of God’s hand on the production is that weird things happened. Once, get this, the wind blew! It has been a still night, but then the wind blew. And for 20 seconds!

That is not a miracle. It’s called “weather”.

In another incident, the set’s snake wrangler, who usually recovered one or two snakes per day on set to protect crew members, found 48 cobras and vipers hidden near the scene of the cross, where the crew was to film Jesus’ crucifixion.

In a third incident, part of the man playing Jesus’s costume floated away in the river and a boy brought it back a couple of days later. That’s not a miracle. That’s manners.

And with those, Burnett ascribes some sort of Godly supernatural glory or blessing to the production.

I want to remind one and all of some things. I have a particular peeve with people who ascribe God to every manifestation of every twitch under the sun. Things like, “I sneezed as I drove under the bridge so that means God will bridge the gap” or some such tripe like that. Or when the toast comes out burned and someone sees the face of Jesus on it. John MacArthur told of a woman who burned her tortilla and thought the face on it was the face of Jesus and she made a shrine and thousands came to look at it. He said,

“Well, evidently, skepticism is a rare commodity these days. People’s hunger for the mysterious and the astonishing and phenomena is a little unsurpassed in the history of the church. It’s pretty popular stuff in the secular world and it’s found its way into the church. Eager to witness miracles, many people seem willing to believe that almost anything unusual is a genuine heavenly wonder. The problem with that is it poses a severe danger for the church because it plays right into the hands of Satan, doesn’t it? False wonders and false signs, false miracles, extremely believable ones, the Bible tells us will be the primary tool of Satan in the end times. Jesus said, “False Christ and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders so as to mislead if possible even the elect.” Then He added as if knowing that many would ignore the warning, “Behold, I have told you in advance,” Matthew 24:24-25.”

Like, the wind blowing in the Sahara is not a heavenly miracle, people!

He says, “And the types of miracles that are being claimed today are absolutely nothing like New Testament miracles, absolutely nothing like them. In fact, the types of miracles today could be distinctly seen as different than New Testament miracles. Jesus and the apostles instantly and completely healed people born blind, a paralytic, a man with a withered arm. All obvious and disputable miracles, even Jesus’ enemies didn’t challenge the reality of His miracles that He had the people there to verify them. He raised the dead, of course, as we well know. They never did a miracle that was slow, they never did a miracle that took time, they never did a miracle that was less than permanent. By contrast, most modern miracles are partial, gradual, temporary, sometimes reversed, and almost impossible to verify.”

The snakes, now that seems like it was more from satan than from God.

Not everything is a miracle and not everything that happens that’s “weird” is from God. Satan is coming with signs and lying wonders, remember. (2 Thessalonians 2:9).

“Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.” (Revelation 13:14).

Sometimes in the past, God worked a miracle that circumvented His natural laws in order to accomplish something He wanted to accomplish. In most cases today, and even in the past, He works through providence.

When Burnett claims weird things happened and they were from God so that meant God’s hand was upon the production, he is claiming direct Divine Intervention. Mary’s virginal gestation of the baby Jesus was Divine intervention. The Red Sea parting is Divine Intervention. As GotQuestions explains:

“At the opposite end of the spectrum are believers who view virtually everything as an example of divine intervention. A good parking spot being open is clearly a miracle from God. A sudden gust of wind or the chance meeting of a friend is clearly a sign from God to move in a different direction. While this mindset is more biblical than the approach a deist might take, it poses serious problems. Interpreting virtually everything as divine intervention can lead to very subjective conclusions. We tend to read into things what we want. It is tempting to study cloud shapes to find “proof” for what we want God’s will to be instead of truly seeking God’s will in a biblical manner.” (Romans 12:1-2). … “But the Bible does not instruct us to seek hidden spiritual meanings in everyday life events. While we should be aware that God does intervene, we should not spend every waking minute trying to decode secret messages from above.”

I pray that for you, the real miracle you experience is the living, breathing word of God, alive and profitable for everything.

Posted in false, history channel, the bible

Why I am not watching The History Channel’s "The Bible", part 2. It sows error and confusion

I believe the contending for the faith over the History Channel’s presentation of the miniseries “The Bible” is a pitched one. I have almost never received the number of views on one essay as I have on part one and in such a short time too. Christian blogger Mike Ratliff said the same. Further, Mr Ratliff said the following, with which I agree:

“… As I stated in an earlier comment referring back to this post, I haven’t experienced such a strong level of dark spiritual warfare protecting some stronghold of darkness in quite some time. Our enemy has obviously staked quite a bit into this…”

Why? Why is this such a battle to get people to see the error and corruption in this film?Look how bad it is, as Ratliff describes,

“I’ve watched extended previews of it Kim that are not available on TV. It is comparable to taking a man-centered version of the Bible and watering it down even further to make it entertainment. I believe the Bible calls that removing the offense of the Cross since the purpose of our Lord’s incarnation, which is the Atonement, is totally submerged into the “Change the World” view that Rick Warren and those who emulate him teach. Paul rejoiced when others preached Christ, but that’s not what this is since the gospel they preach is “another gospel” and the Jesus they preach is “another Jesus.”…

In the film “The Bible”, the bible is mishandled, period. It removes sin, the cross, the need for the cross, changes verses, inserts events, takes liberties, and puts man at the center of a feel-good social Gospel. Anything that is this grossly man-centered is bad, a different gospel, and to be avoided. But let me give just a few examples of how the producers and writers and paid ‘Christian’ consultants have put forward a Gnostic gospel of man to the dilution of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Remember, in the Gnostic series I had written a few months ago, the Gnostic will always seek to change the emphasis of the gospel away from the work of Jesus to the worth of man. Always.

An early example is Noah. As he tried to comfort his family on the ark, we listen to the voice-over tell us something that is simply not true. We hear the reason for the flood was: “Wrong choices, wrong decisions, that’s why this [the flood] is happening.”

In the pre-flood world according to the movie “The Bible”, man didn’t sin but simply made mistakes. An entire world was drowned because some people made a bad choice? The bible says, “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” They diminish the rebellion of sinful man against Holy God by making it sound like someone picked sauerkraut for their hot dog instead of ketchup. God didn’t send the flood because of an “oops.” He sent it because He determined to wipe out man due to his continual evil. (Genesis 6:7).

The truth is, after the fall, all humans born on earth were born with a total sin-nature. In the Gnostic world they tell us that we still have the capacity to do right by simply deciding to make good choices and avoiding bad decisions. Without faith in Jesus and His indwelling Holy Spirit, we don’t have that capacity. We see this incapacity and total sin-nature right away, when the son of Adam and Eve, Cain, became a murderer. (Genesis 4:8). We see it when David says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5). And again, Solomon knows, “Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins” (Ecclesiastes 7:20). It has nothing to do with man’s choices but all to do with man’s evil.

Next: When we hear in the film that God ‘cleansed the land’ by sending the flood, it shifts the emphasis away from man’s sin to the oopsies he did. If I poured out milk onto the floor, the analogy would be that in the real bible I would own up to spilling the milk (man is culpable for his actions.) In the film version of The Bible, God just cleansed the land, so the focus becomes the mess and the mop that wipes up the mess, not the man who made it. It changes from focus on the sin of the sinner to the consequence of his sin, which, after all, was just a little dirt to be cleaned up. Just by saying ‘cleansed’ it removes man’s participation in the reason for the flood. But look at what the real bible has to say–

“for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” (Genesis 6:12b-13)

In another example, in the film series “The Bible,” we hear the narrator say after the flood: “it was a new beginning for Noah’s descendants & a chance to restore the relationship between God and humanity.”

They would have you believe that the restoration and reconciliation between Holy God and sinful man was up to Noah and his progeny. There was no mention of God’s promise of a Messiah to redeem us. According to “The Bible” filmmaker’s Gnosticism, it is up to man to make that reconciliation. A Gnostic always changes the emphasis away from the work of Jesus to the worth of man. Always.

In another example, we hear the narrator say the “Covenant between Abraham and God.” The covenant was not between man first and God second. The covenant wasn’t even between God and man, it was between God and God because it was an unconditional promise of a sovereign God to sinful man, who simply received it.

The truth of that covenant is, “This unconditional covenant, first made to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3, promised God’s blessing upon Abraham, to make his name great and to make his progeny into a great nation. The covenant also promised blessing to those who blessed Abraham and cursing to those who cursed him. Further, God vowed to bless the entire world through Abraham’s seed. Circumcision was the sign that Abraham believed the covenant (Romans 4:11). The fulfillment of this covenant is seen in the history of Abraham’s descendants and in the creation of the nation of Israel. The worldwide blessing came through Jesus Christ, who was of Abraham’s family line.” (source “The Covenants of the Bible“).

But when it came time to mention the covenant, “The Bible” writers put man first and made it sound like man cut a deal with God and God capitulated. That is a Gnostic tactic.

Then there is what Mike Ratliff mentioned, the “Change the World” theology. This is most troublesome.

When Peter is called; he is told that he “will change the world.”

When Paul is converted and baptized, he is told the reason for his baptism is so he may “change the world in [Jesus’] name.”

When the man playing Jesus emerges out of the water, he says he is going to “change the world.”

This ‘change the world’ theology’ is a repeated message in the film and one that the Gnostic loves. Why? They love it for two reasons. First, because it is man-centered. Who is going to change the world? Man. Jesus is a footnote in this world-changing. It elevates man’s worth above the work of Jesus, something the Gnostic always likes to do. A Gnostic loves himself more than God, who is enemy to Him. And second because it focuses on this world and all the temptations that the Gnostic offers and wants.

Ratliff said,

The scene that sealed this for me was in Peter’s boat after Jesus had him catch all those fish after he had fished all night and caught nothing. The stuff that went on in that scene is found nowhere in Scripture. Instead of Peter saying, “Depart from me Lord for I am a sinful man!” he asked Jesus what he is going to do if he follows him. Jesus replied, “Change the world!”

I have news for you. This world is going to melt. (Matthew 24:35). It is a temporary world. The SOULS on this world are eternal. Yet the ‘change the world’ mentality is simply another name for social gospel, and social gospelers say that the kingdom of God is to be realized by social improvement. They would have you believe this is why Jesus came. It is a different gospel, and if it is a different gospel, it is false. (2 Corinthians 11:4; Galatians 1:8; Mark 7:9).

The encroachment of the Social Gospel is a tactic and a barometer at the same time. Dr. Paul Hiebert was a Doctor of Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and missionary for 6 years under the Mennonite Brethren Board of Missions. Art Azurdia explained in a lecture on the series, Drive By Discernment,

“Hiebert said that the first generation of Mennonites were a people preoccupied with the Gospel and concerned with some social responsibility. The second generation of Mennonites assumed the Gospel, and became increasingly absorbed with social responsibility. The third generation of Mennonites abandoned the Gospel and was consequently altogether was completely preoccupied with social responsibility. Preoccupied. Assumed. Abandoned.”

Over the last century, theological liberals were increasingly defined by the social gospel accompanied by their view of the kingdom. To the liberals the “kingdom was not future or otherworldly, but ‘here and now.’ ” (source)

We want to do good for others but the reason we are called to the Kingdom by grace to go out is not to change the world. Often, that is the result. But the reason we go is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

I heard one of the pastors I listen to say that if there is an adjective in front of “Gospel” it is not the real Gospel. We see this split between Gospel and social gospel in David Platt’s book Radical.

“A similar voice is David Platt’s and his book Radical. Platt offers better balance than Chan but still propagates a two-tiered gospel composed of the true gospel of redemption and the social gospel. While Platt is careful to elevate the true gospel, the social gospel of feeding the hungry and giving to the poor is the primary focus of the book and accounts for its popularity. He writes, “As we meet needs on earth, we are proclaiming a gospel that transforms lives for eternity.” The author does not advocate the social agenda as opposed to true evangelism, as mentioned above, but he does say that caring for the poor is evidence of salvation. As a matter of fact “rich people who neglect the poor are not the people of God.” However, when we turn to the New Testament, we find that, while Christians are to be loving and generous to all people, they are never told to attempt to remedy the consequences of the sin of unbelieving humanity through social action. Instead, they are instructed to meet the needs of brothers and sisters in Christ, something Platt admits in a footnote (p. 225). In fact, the church is never commissioned to rectify injustices by dealing with the symptoms of sins but to “radically” uproot sin itself through the gospel.” (source)

Do you see how insidious The Bible series is and its evil ‘change the world’ gospel? It shifts the emphasis away from the work of Jesus on the cross to the worth of man, so that he may boast. “Look what I did! I changed the world!”

No…that was Jesus, our beloved and holy Savior.

The Bible miniseries on The History Channel is not worth your time or energy. The Lord is too Good, too Pure, too Precious to waste even a moment on the darkness and corruption of that show. I am personally convinced that the show is a pivot point in the deepening apostasy of the church. The show sows error, confusion, and corruption.

Like Chris Rosebrough said, lol, don’t watch the movie, the book is so much better!

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 Part one here

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Why I am not watching History Channel’s "The Bible"

Part 2 here: “It sows error and confusion”

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I am seeing a lot of tweets and other social media discussion about the debut of the History Channel’s presentation of the miniseries “The Bible.”

I am not going to be watching it. I will tell you why.

First, before watching, reading, attending, or in any way absorbing anything related to the bible, it is wise to look into the background of the people who prepared the material. In our day we have the internet to look into the doctrines of the people bringing us their message. Even in the first generation church, they have heard things about certain men who bring false doctrines and evil words. (Acts 9:13, Acts 15:24). So because we have the opportunity to be Bereans ahead of time, we are.

The people putting together this production adhere to false doctrines and do not know the truth.  As Erin Benziger wrote on her blog,

“Not only, then, were seeker-driven and Word Faith pastors such as Warren, Osteen and Jakes consulted, but others of questionable convictions like Erwin McManus, Craig Groeschel, Gabe Lyons, Samuel Rodriguez and others. Time and space prevent from examining here each of these names in depth. The producers of The Bible even have consulted with Tom Peterson, founder and president of Catholics Come Home. The inclusion of Peterson is most interesting when one considers that the Roman Catholic Church preaches a false and deceptive gospel, having anathematized the true gospel as found in Scripture. The official Board of Advisors for the miniseries also includes such troubling names as Richard Mouw and Miroslav Volf. One cannot help but wonder, with the consultation and input of so many differing theological views (albeit most of them liberal), can this production actually be an accurate representation of inspired Scripture? Having viewed an extended preview (50 minutes in length) of the production, this writer would honestly like to ask the producers and consultants of this miniseries: Was the Bible itself consulted, or was this written using vague memories from stories learned in Sunday School years ago?”

Roma Downey, wife of producer Mark Burnett, plays Mary  in the mini-series, and was best known as the kind hearted angel on the long-running television program “Touched by an Angel.” However, Downey’s spiritual journey has taken a turn toward darkness. She openly embraces New Age and Mysticism. It is reported, “Roma also attends the University of Santa Monica, a private graduate school founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John-Roger, and will graduate with a master’s degree in spiritual psychology in June.”

She listens to and is influenced by New Age false doctrines such as Oprah-promoted Eckart Tolle and Tony Robbins, and as she says her husband claims, “‘My husband says I’m so self-realized I’m practically levitating.'”

Self-realized, but not sanctified. When she reaches for the actor playing Jesus, which Jesus is she reaching for? The Jesus of the bible, or the Gnostic/Mystical Jesus that Eckhart Tolle teaches?

With the crew behind the production seeming godly but denying its power, I wonder how much of the pure truth will be presented. Can truth spring forth clean and pure from a whitewashed tomb?

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.” (Matthew 23:27)

Another reason to avoid this production is that the makers of the series admit to “dramatizing” the events, something that in the normal world is called “exaggerating” at the least and “lying” at worst. This is OK when dramatizing a story, but the bible is not story- it is truth. It is written, “But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:2).

CNN Religion Blog reports, “They took many artistic liberties to compress the story lines while hoping to remain true to the story. A public relations manager for the project described the liberties to me as “extra-biblical but not contra-biblical.”

“Artistic liberties”? If your preacher took liberties with the bible the deacons would be having a conversation with him on Monday morning. “Hoping” to remain true? That means they know they already aren’t.

Ultimately, if it is extra-biblical, it is against the bible. Anything from outside the bible and inserted in, is false because it is not from God. (2 Timothy 3:16). If it is not from the bible, it is from man. Man’s philosophy is called “hollow and deceptive” according to Colossians 2:8.

Third, I’d expect the liberal New York Times to give the mini-series a pan on the basis of it being religious, but that is not the total reason. Here is part of their reasoning:

“In this heavy-handed treatment, having Jesus born in a manger is not enough; the arrival also has to occur during what looks like a typhoon. Because why have a moderate amount of hardship when you can have an excess of it? … The feelings behind the series may be sincere — Ms. Downey has said that she and her husband “felt called to do this” — but the approach here actually shows a lack of faith in the power of the biblical stories.”

“This doesn’t serve the source material — so rich in interconnections across time — very well, and it doesn’t make for very involving television. Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel and the other great biblical figures aren’t really developed in a way that illuminates them or makes them linger in our minds; they are simply called forth to perform a set piece or two. It’s like a trip through a Christian theme park. “Next stop on the tour, ladies and gentlemen: the Noah’s ark tableau, followed by the Daniel in the lion’s den diorama.”

In other words, no only has the source material been manipulated, the results aren’t even that compelling, despite the dramatizations. It isn’t even good tv.

Should we be grateful anyway that such a production offers us an opportunity?

Patheos acknowledges the problems with the way the bible was handled and presented in their piece, History Channel’s ‘The Bible’- Less Filling, Tastes Great’, but they urge us to compromise. “So perhaps in this Lenten and Easter season we may be thankful for any conversation starter, however cheesy, that may give us a chance to have a richer discussion about the Bible and its riches.”

Well, is Jesus a crumb and an afterthought that we are willing to grab onto because the world finally allows a sliver of a conversation about Him – on their terms? No. Did Paul say, ‘well that slave girl is possessed of the devil but at least she is saying the right things. I think I’ll use her as a conversation starter’? No. By the power of the Holy Spirit he ordered the demon to come out of her and he went on presenting the Gospel purely and unadulterated by any compromise (Acts 20:27). The Holy Spirit does not need the devil’s help.

One thing that may help, is to imagine yourself on the couch watching the ‘dramatization’ of His life and His word with that big logo of the “H” on the screen, and Jesus was sitting next to you on the couch. In that case, would watching the show be edifying? Jesus-exalting? Well, the Spirit is in you, present with you always, and if you watch with your spouse then where two or more are gathered in His name, He is there also. (Matthew 18:20). So He will be with you while you watch it. How will you explain the compromise when you give an account for everything? (Romans 14:12).

Remember, this is the same channel that says evolution is truth and the big bang caused everything to come into existence from nothing. That happily teaches our children that dinosaurs roamed millions of years ago, and that archaeological data recorded through fossil dating is scientifically accurate.

There may be some people in your sphere who do watch the series, and may indeed come to you with questions. I’d take the time, rather than spend it putting something vile before your eyes, (Psalm 101:3) to instead brush up on the parts of the bible that the Spirit leads you to. Use the bible itself to witness, not a flawed and corrupt whitewashed tomb. Use the Word from the resurrected Savior, delivered by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Take the hours you’d watch the mini-series to instead study John’s Gospel, or another section, Genesis 1 or Genesis 6 perhaps. Imagine how sanctifying that would be! :0 Then you’d really have some refreshed chops to speak to a person who asks you.

Psalm 119:3 says that the unrighteous walk in His ways- they do not compromise. If you know ahead of time that the people involved in the writing and scriptural oversight of this series are false, and the people acting in it are false, and you already know they messed with the word, can they really do the justice to the bible that you would want? Are you willing to absorb that?

“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” (Revelation 3:11)

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Part 2 here: “It sows error and confusion”