The Passion of The Christ and the Antichrist
Actor Jim Caviezel, a devout Catholic, plays Jesus in the film
"I ask Mary to guide me and my career. . . This film is something that I believe was made by Mary for her Son. Because it was made by her, it will be attacked by the enemy." Jim Caviezel in an interview.
"The Passion of The Christ offers an unprecedented cultural opportunity for you to spread, strengthen, and share the Catholic faith with your family and friends. Unlike any other, this movie will inspire hearts and change minds. And it will evoke questions." The Catholic Passion Outreach website
Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. (Jeremiah 14:14)
A Movie About the Coming Anti-Christ?
Actor Jim Caviezel,
"Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened" -Zechariah 11:17
The Right Eye of Big Brother in London
Mel has a one eyed icon as his logo for ICON PRODUCTIONS .
Jesus' right eye is swollen shut at the beginning, never to open again throughout the movie.
The movie is based on a large part on Ann Catherine Emmerich visions of Christ, who is pictured on the website of the Order of Brothers of Saint Augustine, an international Catholic religious community as in bed with one eye in a pyramid over her, enlighten her with the visions to write the book which later Mel used for The Passion of the Christ.
We also find "one eye in a pyramid" of Freemasonry, just like with Ann Catherine Emmerich visions of Christ. This is interesting to anyone who knows of the Fascist P2 lodge that were found in Rome.
The future Antichrist we are told also will have one eye in Zechariah 11:17
JFK Airport Retina Scan
The Prior General (worldwide leader) of the Augustinian Order, elected to a six-year term at the General Chapter held in Rome September 4 - 21, 2001, is a member of the Augustinians of the Midwest. He is Fr. Robert F. Prevost, O.S.A., a native of Chicago, Illinois. Up until the day of his election, September 14 (which coincided with his 46th birthday), he was Prior Provincial of the Augustinians of the Midwest. (see #3 above and the one eye in a pyramid.)
We here at King James Bible Believer's of the North have been told over and over again by loving Catholics, (who would never think about cutting the fingers off one by one of any Bible believer to provoke him/her to confess the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and thereby asking forgiveness to Mary the Co-Redemptrix, before using the passion of the Christ by burning them to death, thus entering heaven as a true Christian Roman Catholic); we have been told it is only Catholics who are acting outside the Church that would think of such things. If this were true, the Pope himself would be acting outside of his own Church!
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was once known as the Holy Inquisition. They declare, "There is no salvation outside the Church." A court coming to you...
Gibson was interviewed by the Herald Sun in Australia, and the reporter asked the star if Protestants are denied eternal salvation. "There is no salvation for those outside the Church," Gibson replied. "I believe it."
Gibson goes on to calmly condemn his own wife to hell. Mel readily admits that she "believes in God" and "she knows Jesus" – but that is not enough. According to Gibson’s own words, "knowing Jesus" will not save a person. Mel Gibson clearly believes "There is no salvation for those outside the Catholic Church."
"Put it this way. My wife is a saint. She’s a much better person than I am. Honestly, She’s, like, Episcopalian, Church of England. She prays, she believes in God, she knows Jesus, she believes in that stuff. And it’s just not fair if she doesn’t make it, she’s better than I am. But that is a pronouncement from the chair. I go with it."
Mel Gibson, The Herald Sun
The "pronouncement from the chair" Gibson is referring to is the pronouncement by the Pope, which to Catholics, is literally the voice of God and infallible. The "chair" has more authority than the Bible.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church number 780 says, "The Church in this world is the sacrament of salvation, the sign and the instrument of the communion of God and men"
The Deception is very great in these last days!
The Poison in the Passion
Churches who have given themselves over to rock and roll music, Westcott and Hort perverted Bible versions, Harry Potter, Promise Keepers, the Alpha Course, and other compromises will love and accept this movie! Many professing Christians today are basing their faith upon the lustful pagan emotions of Catholicism, hoping one day to enter back into the womb of their spiritual mother Mary - Queen of heaven. This pagan faith of the son committing fornication with his mother can be found back at the very beginning of time with Nimrod, who founded the city of Babel (Genesis 10:9-10).
The front page of the Vatican's newspaper on October 11th, 2000, blasphemously proclaiming that "Mary brings light and hope to all people", with a picture of the Fatima idol on the evening of October 7th, shoulder born in procession, with thousands of candles to honor the statue. Opening of the Jubilee Year 2000
THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS
APOSTOLIC LETTER ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF JOHN PAUL II TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY
AND FAITHFUL ON THE MOST HOLY ROSARY
The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? (Jeremiah 7:18,19)
"The motto of Pope John Paul II contains within it the theology of the Entrustment of the Third Millennium. "Mary I am totally yours! You, who are the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, form us into images of your Divine Son." As we begin the Third Millennium of the Christian era our world desperately needs this entrustment, an act which begs the grace to reform and renew human hearts. Only in this way can the Third Millennium become a Civilization of Love, rather than a culture of death." ACT OF ENTRUSTMENT OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM TO THE BLESS VIRGIN MARY
QUEEN OF MUSLIMS, QUEEN OF ALL
"On June 24th, 1981, at about 6 pm, six young people - Ivanka Ivanković, Mirjana Dragićević, Vicka Ivanković, Ivan Dragićević, Ivan Ivanković and Milka Pavlović, saw on the hill called Crnica, several hundred meters above the place called Podbrdo, a young woman with a child in her arms, who gave them a sign with her hand to come nearer. Surprised and scared, they did not approach her."
"The next day, June 25th, 1981, at the same time, four of them: Ivanka Ivanković, Mirjana Dragićević, Vicka Ivanković and Ivan Dragićević, felt strongly drawn towards the place where they had seen the person the day before which, they had recognised as Our Lady. Marija Pavlović and Jakov Čolo joined them. The group of Medjugorje visionaries was formed. They prayed and spoke with Our Lady. This is why June 25th is celebrated as the Anniversary of the apparitions. According to the testimony of the visionaries, from that day onwards, they had daily apparitions, together or separately, wherever they were. Milka Pavlović and Ivan Ivanković never saw Our Lady again. "
"The third day of the apparitions, June 26th, 1981, Our Lady gave the call to peace for the first time with the words: “Peace, peace, peace – and only peace! Peace must reign between God and man and between men!” Attracted by Our Lady’s apparitions and messages, people – first the parishioners and then from other villages and from all over the world – started to gather and pray."
Jozo Zovko, Catholic pastor of Medjugorje at that time, was arrested a month and a half after the first apparition. The Serb government arrested him for his support in using the satanic apparitions to place the Ustashi back in power.
The place of the first apparitions is today called Apparition Hill.
Medjugorje – a simple village parish – became a place of gathering for millions from around the whole world (in the first 20 years, more then 20 million)
At the very place of the apparitions, in honour of the 20th anniversary of the apparitions, a statue of "the Queen of Peace" was placed, sculpted according to the model of the statue, which you can find in front of the parish church (the work of Dino Felici).
Interview Jim and Kerri Caviezel "We were told that it was true. We were from a mixed catholic community: mostly Croatians and Italians. My grandmother is a 100% Croatian...I pray that we are open to wherever Mary is leading us"
Mel Gibson's Secret Meeting With Fatima Visionary
"The movie, called The Passion, is using actual Aramaic dialogue and stars Jim Caviezel who, underwent a conversion after visiting with a seer from the famed apparition site of Medjugorje."
Gibson’s Passion and Mary “Co-redemptrix” "In a recent interview with Mel Gibson, Christianity Today referred to Gibson as a traditionalist Catholic who “likes the Tridentine Latin Mass and calls Mary Co-Redemptrix.” There’s another well-known Catholic who also calls the Mother of Jesus the Co-Redemptrix: His name is Pope John Paul II. He has done so on six occasions during his post Vatican II pontificate...Mel Gibson has given the world its most powerful cinematic portrayal of the Mother of Jesus precisely as the Co-Redemptrix in his blockbuster film, The Passion of the Christ...In The Passion of the Christ, Gibson has accomplished a Marian feat no pastor or theologian could achieve in the same way. He has given the world through its most popular visual medium a portrayal of a real human Mother, whose heart is inseparably united to her Son’s heart. This Mother’s heart is pierced to its very depths as she spiritually shares in the brutal immolation of her innocent Son. Hers is an immaculate heart which silently endures and offers this suffering with her Son for the same heavenly purpose: to buy back the human race from sin. Mary Co-Redemptrix has been given her first international film debut in a supporting role, and it’s a hit." Eternal Word Television Network
T"he Passion of the Christ and His Mother is perhaps the most detailed, inspiring and moving account of the Passion of Christ you will ever read. Find out more about the revelations from the Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, a full account of the Last Supper, medical aspects of the crucifixion and theological explanations of why The Passion was necessary. Both Mel Gibson's film "The Passion" and Professor Bartholomew's book are sure to spark controversy and debate but, above all fuel the fires of faith for years to come." Queenship a Catholic publishing ministry in 1993.
"This book helped inspire Mel Gibson to make the movie, "The Passion of the Christ." Faithful to the Bible story of the Passion and death of Jesus, it fills in many details and is edifying and inspiring beyond belief; plus, it is surprising and heart-rending. It will melt a heart of stone. This book is the best on the Passion we have seen. It is also wonderful on the Blessed Mother's role in our redemption. Includes a short biography of Sr. Emmerich. A great, great book for the whole family!"
Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774 - 1824), a mystic, stigmatist and visionary. Toward the end of her life, she bore the wounds of Christ, ate no food save the Catholic mass, and. was in ecstasy a great deal of the time. It was during these ecstasies that she witnessed in vision the details of Our Lord's life which are recorded in this book.
The above nonsense is alive even today!
In devout Catholic circles 50 years ago, Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824), a German mystic and stigmatic, was a well-known and revered figure. She was later all but forgotten by most people until last fall, when Mel Gibson mentioned in an interview that her book on Christ’s Passion had influenced him and his new film, “The Passion of the Christ.” Gibson thus turned the spotlight on her again, which helped bring to light the news that she will probably be beatified early next year.
According to her biographer, as a child Catherine received visitations from Jesus and John the Baptist, who appeared to her as children like herself. In 1799, shortly after she entered the Augustinian convent in Dülmen, near her birthplace in Westphalia, she began to bleed from a ringlet of tiny wounds around her head and three years later exhibited the stigmata on her hands, feet and side.
Only modestly educated, she never attempted to write down what she experienced, but she won the interest and admiration of the German Romantic poet Clemens Brentano. From 1818 until Emmerich’s death, Brentano sat frequently by her bedside and took down the words Catherine spoke during her ecstatic transports.
Nine years after her death, Brentano published The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ After the Meditations of Anne Catherine Emmerich. This is the book to which Mel Gibson referred, which in English translation runs to some 350 pages of relatively small print and is very anti-Semitic.
The Catholic League purchased 1,200 tickets at $9.75 apiece and will make them available to members for $5. The film was shown to members of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and all of them expressed unanimous appreciation and approval. This is the same Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith office that priests burned Bible believers at the stake.
The June 1997 issue of New Covenant Magazine (A Roman Catholic publication) featured an article entitled "Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit: What God Has Joined Should Remain Joined in Our Hearts." by Catholic priest and Promise Keeper Michael Scanlan. Bill McCartney and other Promise Keepers leaders have a "warm, uncritical relationship" with Priest Michael Scanlan and with the Franciscan University. They ask men everywhere to join hands with every man who "loves Jesus". Which "Jesus" do Promise Keepers now expound on? (2Cor.11:3-4)
Pope Pius XII did think that Mary was "firstborn daughter of the Father", but Leo VIII went so far in his Encyclical Augustissimæ (Sept.12, 1897) to say of Mary: "God chose her from all eternity to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word, and for that reason so eminently disguised her among all His most beautiful works in the triple order of nature, grace and glory, that the Church justly applies to her these words: - 'I came out of the Mouth of the Most High, the FIRSTBORN BEFORE ALL CREATURES" (Papal Teachings: Our Lady, 151).
- Confess to the Virtual Mary on The premier International Fan Website Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (next they will have people send money to buy their love ones out of purgatory)
All Pagan Religion have a Male deity (see Christ above) and a female deity (see Mary above).
"To the ancient Egyptians, the right eye symbolized the sun and the left eye the moon." (Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, Dr. Cathy Burns)
PROTESTANT LEADERS PRAISE POPE JOHN PAUL II
"No, the gospel isn’t sacrificed at the altar of Hollywood and no, the movie isn’t anti-Semitic." Lawrence Barns, Promise Keepers Canada
- Mel Gibson and Promise Keepers Team Up - You Have a Part to Play Too!
"'The Passion of the Christ' is the most moving film I've ever seen. I've never encountered anything that I reacted to as passionately, or responded to as strongly, as I did this movie. This is a movie you have to see."
Tom Fortson, President and CEO, Promise Keepers
Tom Fortson, President and CEO of Promise Keepers, and other PK leaders recently attended an exclusive screening of the film "The Passion of the Christ" with Mel Gibson. Promise Keepers has officially endorsed the movie, and encourages you and your family to see it. (NOTE: The film is rated "R" for graphic violence. Discretion is advised.)
He believes his wife and Protestants are going to hell Is this the gospel the promise keepers are talking about (see above)
WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE AGAINST MEL GIBSON'S PASSION MOVIE? (the international hoax)
"Early in the filming of The Passion, he gave a long interview to Raymond Arroyo on the conservative Catholic network EWTN. In that interview, Gibson told how actor Jim Caviezel, the film's Jesus, insisted on beginning each day of filming with the celebration of the Mass on the set." The Passion of Mel Gibson Why evangelicals are cheering a movie with profoundly Catholic sensibilities. | posted 02/20/04
Quotes found on the Official Website of The Passion of The Christ Outreach on March 19, 2004...
“All I can say is Whoa! And get ready! It is one of the most powerful things I've ever seen. It basically starts at the Garden of Gethsemane and ends at the resurrection. It is without a doubt the best portrayal of Christ and the Crucifixion I've ever seen. In fact, it makes you want to take all Biblical epics and most "Christian" films and throw them right in the trash. This will do for "Jesus" movies what "Saving Private Ryan" did for war pictures. Every Christian MUST go see this movie and hold Mr. Gibson up in prayer. He's going to take a lot of heat for this project, but if we'll support him, this movie could have a profound spiritual effect on millions of people.”
Paul Crouch, Jr.
Trinity Broadcasting Network
(from a TBN email)
Every time I preach or speak about the Cross, the things I saw on the screen will be on my heart and mind. -Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
The Passion tells the story of the twelve hours surrounding the Crucifixion. While The Passion is only the latest in a series of films about Jesus, it stands out for two reasons: First, it is unsparing and unsentimental. In Gibson's opinion, previous cinematic efforts had failed to capture the enormity of Jesus' suffering on our behalf. -Chuck Colson, Break Point
Having viewed the film in Chicago, I see no basis for the ongoing allegation that the film is anti-Semitic in any fashion. Please express our deep appreciation to Mr. Gibson for his excellent work and assure him of our ongoing prayers in this important endeavor. (From an email to Icon) -Chuck Moore, President, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
It has been nearly three weeks since I saw the rough cut of The Passion. It is still impacting my life. I can't stop thinking about it nor can I stop talking about it. I have never seen a film that has so affected my life. -Del Tackett, Executive Vice President, Focus On The Family
Three words summarize for me: Sobering, Stunning, Haunting. The film speaks for itself. I hope you keep the graphic nature of it complete in the film, because it will cause everyone to reflect on what His death was. The world tends to wash over this directness. The details are very accurate -- this is the kind of death our Lord died for me. (From an email to Icon) -Dr. Darrell Bock, Research Professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary
As President of Young Life, I am pleased to voice my strong support for The Passion. The Young Life sphere of influence includes tens of thousands of staff and volunteers, as well as hundreds of thousands of adults and kids who would be lining up in an instant to see this film. In addition, I think the film will have mass appeal to people of any faith or no particular faith, simply because of the quality of the production and the historical nature of the content. -Denny Rydberg, President, Young Life
I have no doubt that the movie will be one of the greatest evangelistic tools in modern day history. I think people will go to it and then flood into the churches seeking to know the deeper implications of this movie. -Ed Young Jr., Pastor, Dallas-Area Fellowship Church
I believe The Passion of The Christ may well be one of the most powerful evangelistic tools of the last 100 years, because you have never seen the story of Jesus portrayed this vividly before. -Greg Laurie, Harvest Crusades
The thing that I'm most excited about is the opportunity it's going to give those of us who preach the cross. -Jack Graham, President, Southern Baptist Convention
I found it deeply moving, factually accurate and unprejudiced in its presentation. -Jack Hayford, Chancellor, The King's Seminary
It is deeply moving, powerful, and disturbing. A film that must be seen - although the graphic scenes of the scourging of Jesus are emotionally wrenching. (From an email to Icon) -James Dobson, Chairman, Focus on the Family
Mr. Gibson has attempted to painstakingly recreate the crucifixion of Christ, not to assail Jews, but to arouse in people a desire to understand the price paid for their salvation. I am praying that Mel Gibson's movie will have a powerful impact on our culture and that it will appeal to millions of movie lovers who are starving for a glimmer of honesty regarding the miraculous and life-changing story of the One who died for everyone, no matter their religious heritage, station in life, sexual preference or skin color. (From Falwell Confidential, Sept 24, 2003) -Dr. Jerry Falwell, The Liberty Channel
It took a brave heart to make "The Passion". "The Passion" is the most graphic, gritty and gripping depiction of Christ's arrest, trial and execution ever made. As a film, it will become a classic work of art with dramatic lighting, authentic sets, compelling music, realistic dialog, believable actors coupled with a timeless story. (From an email to Icon) -Jim West, President, Faith Television Network
The Passion will stun audiences and create an incredible appetite for people to know more about Jesus. I urge Christians to invite their spiritually seeking friends to see this movie with them. -Lee Strobel, Former Atheist & Author "The Case for Christ" & "The Case for Faith"
This will do for "Jesus" movies what "Saving Private Ryan" did for war pictures. Every Christian MUST go see this movie and hold Mr. Gibson up in prayer. He's going to take a lot of heat for this project, but if we'll support him, this movie could have a profound spiritual effect on millions of people. -Paul Crouch, Jr., Trinity Broadcasting Network
Brilliant, biblical - a masterpiece. -Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church and Author of "The Purpose Driven Life"
I can't tell you how I admire, respect and applaud you. May God give you the blessing you need, where you need it most. The Passion is an awe-inspiring portrayal of the last hours of Jesus' life. It is an accurate account of Jesus' real sufferings for the sins of the whole world. This is not a film anyone should miss. -Dr. Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral / Hour of Power
From a ministry perspective I tried to imagine what young people would think and how they would respond. My hope is that they will also be captured by the presentation. I believe they will because it is simply the telling of God's story. I am most encouraged by the fact that they will see a true representation of Jesus: fully God and fully man. (From an email to Icon) -Roger Cross, President, Youth For Christ/USA
"The Passion" is simply fabulous. It is emotionally wrenching because it is brutally honest about the violence of Jesus' death. Never in my life have I seen any movie that comes even close to depicting what Roman crucifixion was really like. Long familiarity and theological explanation have leached out in our minds the awful brutality of Jesus' trial and death. John's simple words, "then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him" feel vastly different as you watch two brutal Roman soldiers go on minute after terrible minute bludgeoning Jesus near-naked body with flesh-gouging whips. Pious talk about Jesus' death for our sins takes on a whole new meaning. (From an email to Icon) -Ron Sider, President, Evangelicals For Social Action
As a Jew, while I see why some Jewish leaders might be offended, I must say that the only reason they would be is because of how close to the Scriptures you stayed in the telling of the story. There are a whole host of reasons why we, as Jewish people, can feel a keen sense of rejection, offense or other things by what some Christians have done "in the name of Christ" during the last 2,000 years. But, let me assure you that Mel Gibson is not to be named in that number. Mel has chosen the narrow road of staying true to the Scriptures. (From a letter to Icon) -Stan Kellner, International Bible Society
Everyone should see this movie.It could be Hollywood's finest achievement to date. -Tim LaHaye, Tim LaHaye Ministries
...if they're critical of the film, they would be critical of the Gospel. -Archbishop John Foley, President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications, The Vatican
"I've read the Passion narratives of the Lord and contemplated them and prayed over them many, many times, and I've never thought of the crucifixion with the images that I received while watching this," George said. "I'll never read the words the same way again." (Chicago Sun Times, Aug 3, 2003) -Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago
I thought it was an extraordinary work of art and extraordinarily faithful to the gospels. If I was critical of the film's detractors it's because I think it's unwise for any group to try to intimidate either the church or people of Mel Gibson's faith from speaking very clearly what they believe to be true. You know anti-Semitism is a terrible sin; it's a sin the church has repented from and will need to continue to repent from if and when there are examples of it in church life. But to clearly proclaim our belief that Jesus is the messiah and that he suffered, died and rose from the dead is for us something we have a duty to proclaim. (Rocky Mountain News, Aug 21, 2003) -Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Denver
I urge critics who have not seen the final film to keep an open mind and not prejudge it. -Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus
I think what you have done in "The Passion" is extraordinary and will probably be recognized as the best religious film ever made. I will continue to pray for you and for the success of the film, and will ask our students to do so as well. (From a letter to Icon) -Thomas Dillon, President, Thomas Aquinas College
From an aesthetic standpoint, the film is beautiful. Its visual narrative carries traces of the long tradition of Christian art, from the very earliest Christian styles and medieval iconography up to pre-Raphaelite images. My wife Theresa and I came away from the film with a sense that our faith had been revitalized. Make no mistake: this movie will convert and uplift hearts. Once you've seen it, you'll never again take for granted the words: "He suffered, died, and was buried." -Deal Hudson, Crisis Magazine
In my opinion, one of the great achievements of this film is to have shown so effectively both the horror of sin and selfishness, and the redeeming power of love. Seeing this film provokes love and compassion. It makes the viewer want to love more, to forgive, to be good and strong no matter what, just as Christ did even in the face of such terrible suffering. The viewer is drawn into a powerful experience of God’s strong yet gentle love, of his overflowing mercy. It is my belief that if we could understand what Jesus Christ did for us and we could follow his example of love and forgiveness, there would not be hatred or violence in the world. This film will help to make that possible.
This film is a triumph of art and faith. It will be a tool for explaining the person and message of Christ. I am confident that it will change for the better everyone who sees it, both Christians and non-Christians alike. It will bring people closer to God, and closer to one another. -Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, The Vatican, Worldwide Prefect of the Clergy
[Gibson's film] represents by far the most moving, substantive and artistically successful adaptation of biblical material ever attempted by Hollywood. -Michael Medved, Jewish Film Critic and Radio Show Host
It's a monumental accomplishment. It continues to impact me in ways I couldn't have imagined. (From a letter to Icon) -Pat Boone, Singer/Actor
I thought Passion was a superior recounting of the 'greatest story ever told,' the last days of Jesus. There is in the film the gravity and seriousness it deserves. There are moments so heart-rending, the tears come easily. I cannot but believe that people of all religions will find this truly an impressive (and respectful) piece of art and realism, emerging from the New Testament. As a cinema artist, you have just reason to be proud of what you have done. (From a letter to Mel Gibson, July 2003) -Jack Valenti, CEO, Motion Picture Association
The precept of freedom of expression often takes a back seat once the ideologues and pedants get involved. Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion," provides the latest and most vivid example. Though Gibson is still editing his film and has shown it to a very small number of people, there already are cries of protest and dark insinuations of an anti-Semitic subtext. .These blatherings strike us as irresponsible.... Some will be moved by this film, others disturbed. As with all previous films depicting the period, some scholars and theologians will doubtless challenge Gibson's historical accuracy - indeed he is an actor, not a Biblical scholar. But to condemn both the film and the filmmaker in advance reflects both bigotry and a disdain for free expression. -Peter Bart, Editor, Variety
This may be the last movie Mel Gibson makes. This is the ultimate film. It's magical. Best picture I have seen in quite some time, and even people like Jack Valenti were in the audience in tears at this screening. There was about 30 of us. It depicts a clash between Jesus and those who crucified him, and speaking as a Jew, I thought it was a magical film that showed the perils of life on earth... They haven't seen the darn film and those of us, every single person in there, and I'm not talking about tears, I'm talking total tears. It is something Mel Gibson stood back at the end and took questions for about an hour, and he is -- he told me he's tired of Hollywood. That this is it. He's going to do it. He's going to do it his way, and this film, I tell you, is magic. It's a miracle. It's a miracle... (In an interview on MSNBC, July 23, 2003) -Matt Drudge, Drudge Report
Film makers are the history teachers of our culture -- and Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ," teaches us about history's most important event. The impact of this movie will be immeasurable. -Mark Mittelberg, Author, "Building a Contagious Christian"
The Passion is one of the most amazing images of the real account of the Crucifixion. What struck me most was the gritty, in your face account of the ultimate hero Jesus Christ. Although graphic and brutal, it is a film worth taking your children and friends to witness on the big screen. This may be the next great evangelism tool of our time. -Brian Blomberg, VP and Chief Development Officer, Promise Keepers
"The Passion of The Christ" is impacting, compelling, transformational and truthful. It is a powerful retelling of the most important story in history. Go see this film and be reminded of God's great love, better yet take a friend who needs to discover Jesus. -Jon R. Wallace, President, Azusa Pacific University
For what I believe to be the right reasons The Passion was profoundly compelling and affecting. The quality and realism of the acting, the setting, adherence to the historical record, its intensity and pacing all amount to an outstanding and moving film. It is unusually provocative concerning vital spiritual issues. For both Christian believers and for non-believers The Passion will penetrate the mind, heart and soul in ways that can only be memorable and positive. -Donald Hodel, President and CEO, Focus on the Family
I was moved deeply by the film. In fact, it was a deep spiritual experience for me. Without a doubt, it was the closest experience I have ever been to actually witnessing the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I highly recommend this powerful film to you. I believe that it is accurate and very consistent with the Biblical account of the passion of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I am very grateful to Mel Gibson for his vision in producing this marvelous film. It is not exaggerated or glamorized in ways that many of the Hollywood films in the past have portrayed the life and death of Jesus. It is a film that I would encourage every young person and adult of every religion or philosophical persuasion to view. -Paul Cedar, Chairman and CEO, Mission America Coalition
Thank you for allowing our congregation to preview the movie trailer of The Passion. In just four short minutes, the images and the authenticity left our members "spell bound". The message went right to the heart of those who watched the trailer. You have our prayers and support as we look forward to the release of the movie. -Max Lucado, Pastor - Best selling Author
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"I've been actually amazed at the way I would say the evangelical audience has—hands down—responded to this film more than any other Christian group." What makes it so amazing, he says, is that "the film is so Marian [the Roman Catholic worship of Mary as Co-Redemptrix ]." --Mel, Mary, and Mothers, Christianity Today; interview, Gibson March 2004
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