“The Passion Of Christ” – Blasphemous Movie
There is so much evil in the world that we do not normally turn aside to comment on most of the dreadful happenings that take place.
However, we feel we must make an exception in the case of the film, “The Passion of Christ,” released in the United Kingdom on March 26th.
This is a film about the last twelve hours of the life of the Lord Jesus, and we understand His agonizing bodily sufferings are shown in detail.
We feel we must write, at least for three reasons:
1. Incredible interest has been shown in the U.S.A., amounting almost to fanaticism, and people have spoken of wonderful spiritual experiences in viewing the film.
2. In this country the film is being used as “a tool for evangelism.”
It is one thing for the Pope to recommend, but another for Baptist churches, professedly evangelical, to promote it.
3. But details have even been sent to us personally by the promoters, addressed to the Editor of the Gospel Standard, naively expecting our support and recommendation.
In the Word of God the Holy Ghost has reverently drawn a veil over the deep sufferings of the Son of God. It is most solemn to seek to portray them in a film, and blasphemy for a sinful man to impersonate the Lord Jesus. Moreover, no picture, image or representation of the Lord Jesus, however reverently intended, can ever set forth His glorious Person as God as well as Man.
We understand the portrayal of the Saviour’s sufferings is gruesome and horrifying.
But how can anything be shown of the deeper sufferings of His holy soul under the weight of imputed sin and the wrath of the Father?
But what especially appears to be dreadfully lacking in the whole of the carnal performance is the purpose of the Saviour’s death – the great theme of the New Testament.
No wonder that a leading atheist (completely unaware of the plan of salvation) should comment, “If there is a God, and this is His Son, why did He allow it?”
May it be our blessed portion reverently by faith to approach the cross of Christ, as Joseph Swain did, who having sung of the death and resurrection of Jesus, concludes:
“No nearer we venture than this,
To gaze on a deep so profound,
But tread, whilst we taste of the bliss,
With reverence the hallowed ground.”
By B.A. Ramsbottom