Tom Hank's Born Again "Experience"

(Being Born-Again is Not An Experience)

By David J. Stewart

I recently read a statement by actor Tom Hanks that disturbed me:

'Because of all the people I lived with, I had a chequered religious upbringing. Then, when I was in high school, I had a serious born-again experience,' Tom explained in a Los Angeles Times interview. [emphasis added]

SOURCE: http://www.ldsfilm.com/actors/TomHanks.html

Being born again is NOT an experience.  Many people today speak of being born again as merely an "experience" in their past; but salvation MUST involve the guilt of personal sin, the condemnation which God Law brings, the sacrifice of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ for our sins, and one's personal faith in Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness.

Hanks was raised in the Roman Catholic church, but as a boy he also attended Mormon services with his stepmother and Nazarene services with his aunt. He has said that in high school he had "a serious born-again experience", and he joined the Greek Orthodox Church when he married his second wife, actress Rita Wilson.

Tom Hanks is listed under "Famous Greek Orthodox Christians."  The Greek Orthodox Church is nothing less than diet-Catholicism.  Greek Orthodox Church members are required to observe the 7 sacraments, just as in the Catholic religion, to be saved.  Salvation is by works and faith in the Greek Orthodox religion.  Sacramental salvation is required, which means they require water baptism in order to become a true Christian.  Of course, this is completely unbiblical. 

Baptismal Regeneration is of of the Devil.  Eternal life is the free gift of God, paid for by Jesus' precious blood which He shed for our sins.  Salvation is receiving; NOT giving.  Man's part in salvation is simply to "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 16:31).  No works are required for salvation other than believing on the Lord for salvation... "Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent" (John 6:29—All Scriptures are quoted from the Authorized King James Bible).  Thus, the Greek Orthodox Church is straight out of the pits of Hell. 
 

Worldliness, Blasphemy and Apostasy

In the movie, Philadelphia, Hanks played a gay lawyer with AIDS who sues his firm for discrimination.  Certainly, it is not befitting for a professed Christian to endorse gay rights.  In another movie, Charlie Wilson's War, with Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks appears butt naked for all to see.  A fan of the movie stated:

"In this new film, we get plenty of nude girls galore in a Vegas hot tub with Tom Hanks himself.  Hanks even shows his butt too and though he's a long way from "Forrest Gump" the man has got guts.  This guy is a Congressman surrounded by naked women in a hot tub..."

SOURCE: Reader's Review: Charlie Wilson's War - Movie News - Latest Movie Reviews and trailers

Real fine Christian testimony, huh?  No professed born again believer should be sitting in a hot tub with a bunch of naked women, even if it's just to make a movie... "Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them" (Romans 1:32).  Speaking at the London premiere of the film on 09-01-08, Tom Hanks told BANG Showbiz:

"That's the great thing about being an actor - you play characters have a little bit of something in common with or you play characters you have nothing in common with at all... But hey, I'm a professional - I've never been a playboy and I've never had a taste for the life." [emphasis added]

Tom Hanks refers to himself as only being "a professional."  Sadly, wicked Americans have actually turned being a horrible sinner into a respectable profession.  Acting or not, it is sinful.  It's an abomination unto God Almighty!  Is it any wonder why we've renamed one of our most popular cities... SIN CITY!

Is it any wonder why America suffers more gun deaths than any other nation in the world, when we glamorize violence in Unholywood?  Japan has the lowest gun death rate in the world... only 1 gun death per 2,000,000 people.  In America, we have 285 gun deaths per 2,000,000 people!!! statistics   So you're 285 times more likely to be shot to death here in "The land of the free" than you are in Japan.  God bless America?  I don't think so.  I wholeheartedly agree with Pastor Jeremiah Wright (and he is RIGHT!)... God is going to damn this country because of the way we are rebelling against God, mocking His Word, exploiting the poor, and because of our tyranny and as a nation.

Although God has given mankind a freewill, no one has a right to be immoral, nor to promote immorality.  Freedom and immorality are diametrically opposed to each other.  This is why America is slowly, but surely, becoming enslaved to sin.  We are losing our freedoms to the same degree we are turning away from God's Word in apostasy.  Hollywood ought to be renamed to Unholywood!  God's hand of blessing is being removed from America, and we have cursed ourselves.  James 4:4 states: "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."

Furthermore, Mr. Hanks promotes blasphemy against the Lord Jesus Christ in his new movie, The Da Vinci Code; based on the novel by Dan Brown The Da Vinci Code:

Hanks' church boast

April 27 2006 -by AskMen.com Editors

Tom Hanks hopes the 'The Da Vinci Code' will make people flock to church.

The Oscar-winning star hopes church leaders use his new movie - which investigates the possibility that Jesus had a child with former prostitute Mary Magdalene - to increase attendances. [emphasis added]

He told US magazine Entertainment Weekly: "I think the movie may end up helping churches do their job.

"If they put up a sign saying, 'This Wednesday we're discussing the gospel,' 12 people show up. But if the sign says, 'We're discussing 'The Da Vinci Code', 800 people show up."

Earlier this month, it was revealed Hanks stripped in front of the Mona Lisa while filming the controversial movie, which has angered Catholic Church officials.

SOURCE: AskMen.com - Celebrity News - Tom Hanks

Leave it to Unholywood to portray the Lord Jesus Christ as an adulterous fornicator who impregnates a prostitute through an immoral affair.  Tom Hanks starred in the film and promotes this blasphemy!
 

True Salvation

True salvation is by faith ALONE in Christ Jesus.  Romans 4:5 states: "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."  1st Peter 1:18,19 tell us that it is Jesus' precious blood that washes our sins away; and not religion or sacraments.  Tom Hanks (as many people today) has religion without truth; churchianity without Christianity.  To be saved—a person must realize their guilt of sin, i.e., that they are condemned under God's Holy Law (the Bible) and are justly deserving of Hellfire—and then turn by faith to Jesus Christ to be forgiven of those sins.  We are the sinners, and Jesus is the Savior.  Salvation is found ONLY in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:10-12).  Jesus said in John 14:6... "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Salvation is not an experience; It is a sinner coming to the Savior to be forgiven, born anew from above by the Spirit of God.  Although salvation may be accompanied by some type of experience (as evidenced by Saul's conversion in Acts chapter 9), salvation itself is NOT an experience.  Many people "think" they are saved because they remember a religious experience.  This is not Biblical salvation.  Psychics and false prophets abound today, with stories of past experiences (or near-death-experiences).  Many people have been genuinely saved without any accompanying experience.

Salvation is not a prayer, although one may certainly pray a sinner's prayer to express his or her faith in the Lord and a desire for forgiveness.  Salvation is a supernatural act of God Almighty in response to our FAITH in Jesus Christ.  It is one's faith which causes him to pray the sinner's prayer.  The very moment we place our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, we are saved forever.  The Bible states concerning Abram (i.e., Abraham) in Genesis 15:6: "And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness."  This is the simplicity of God's salvation.  Eternal life is a free gift (Romans 5:15;6:23), for all sinners who are willing to receive it by faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:26), because of the precious blood that He shed to pay for our sins (1st John 1:7).  Salvation is not an experience; It is a sinner repenting, i.e. turning by faith to the Savior to have his sins blotted out.
 

Conclusion

I did not write this article to be unkind.  I wrote this article because something is very wrong with a professed Christian whose salvation testimony is summed up merely as an "experience."  What about the issue of sin?  What about faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ?  Salvation is a matter of dealing with one's sins.  The only remedy is the precious blood of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:14; 1st John 1:7; Revelation 1:5). 

Jesus said in Matthew 5:16: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."  There is little evidence of Tom Hanks being a true Christian, other than his claim of having had an "experience" as a youth.  If Mr. Hanks is following the damnable teachings of the Greek Orthodox Church, than we know for certain that he's not saved.  Sacramental salvation is of the Devil, and is taught by most Protestant religious groups. 

God deliver us from so-called "born again" Christians who consider it a legitimate profession to be filmed butt-naked in a hot tub with several naked women.  May every true believer let his or her light shine, by abstaining from such sinful living, for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

"For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning." —2nd Peter 2:20


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