Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion Of The Christ, has attracted glowing tributes from a host of evangelical leaders.
Though pleased with their praise, Gibson has been rather surprised by its generosity. He told Christianity Today: "Iâ€™ve been actually amazed at the way I would say the evangelical audience hasâ€”hands downâ€”responded to this film more than any other Christian group." What makes it so amazing, he says, is that "the film is so Marian."
This tallies with Mel Gibson's religious convictions. He calls Mary "a tremendous co-redemptrix and mediatrix." For Mary to be the co-Redemptrix, she must be pictured with Jesus, suffering all the wayâ€”precisely the role Gibson affords her.
Many other Catholic dogmas and traditions are promoted through The Passion. The film rigidly follows the 14 Stations of the Crossâ€”familiar Catholic staging postsâ€”as Gibson directs it to its brutal climax, the crucifixion. At this point Mel is at his most dangerous as he alternates, in slow motion, between scenes of Christ on the cross and at the Last Supperâ€”a calculated effort to propagate Catholic teaching that "the sacrifice of the cross" and "the sacrifice of the altar" are "the same thing."
This book by Ian Brown details how this is a movie no evangelical Christian should endorse.
[ Check a recommendation of it by Pastor Ralph Ovadal that accompanies the audio message:
'The Passion â€“ Recut, But Not Rectified!'
(also by Rev. Ian Brown) ].
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