Nine Arguments Against Watching The Film: “The Passion of the Christ”
1) Since most films contain sinful elements, involve drama, and are shown in undesirable environments, watching films is worldly.
“And be not conformed to this world.”
2) It has pleased the Lord to use His Word and not entertaining films to convert sinners.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
3) The Lord Jesus does not desire to be pitied.
“But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.”
4) This film takes the attention away from the invisible.
a) His divine nature.
b) Soul suffering.
c) Being forsaken by His Father.
5) The Lord Jesus has given only the simple signs of broken bread and wine to remember His death.
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My body.”
6) The film adds many words and details to the simple message of the crucifixion, which distracts from the Biblical message.
“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.”
(1 Corinthians 1:17)
7) The second commandment forbids using pictures and images in conveying the gospel.
“We must not pretend to be wiser than God, who will have His people taught by the lively preaching of His Word.”
(Heidelberg Catechism Q/A 98)
8) This film arouses human emotions, which can easily be mistaken for the saving work of the Holy Spirit.
“Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.”
9) It is mockery and blasphemy for a human being to portray the suffering of the eternal Son of God.
“And He said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”