Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson has recently stated that watching graphic entertainment such as a horror series or X-rated material can give demons "permission" to haunt a person.
The host of the television program "The 700 Club" received a letter from a viewer named "Michele" who asked a question about the linkage between demonic hauntings and disturbing entertainment.
"I was watching a horror movie the other day on the recommendation of others. It was rather strange and awfully macabre. And then, this past Sunday, I got into an accident leaving church," wrote Michele. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham and his ministry will be honored with the Hope Medallion for Graham's worldwide leadership in creating life-changing films through "unswerving commitment to the gospel message" by The JESUS Film Project, a ministry of Cru.
Presenters say the award, which is given to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication and unfailing commitment to sharing eternal spiritual hope around the world, will be given to Graham's daughter, Gigi, accepting on her father's behalf, on Saturday in Asheville, N.C.
"Mr. Graham long ago recognized the impact that various forms of media had on people and culture, both as a method for communication and as a means to influence opinions and perceptions, or more viscerally, to impact hearts and minds," said Dr. Erick Schenkel, executive director of The JESUS Film Project. "Much as he used a microphone to amplify his voice to reach those present in a stadium, he leveraged all the various forms of media that could be utilized in the presentation of the gospel, from the printed page, to radio broadcasts, then to television and motion pictures, extending all of that around the world via satellite and then Internet." more >>
Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis organization has posted a review of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's "Son of God" movie, arguing that it is full of errors and fails to talk about sin, repentance and hell.
Ham, who is also the Creation Museum CEO and president, wrote in a Facebook post on Monday that talk on repentance and sin is missing from the movie, which was released at the end of February, and posted a link to AiG's official review.
AiG's review starts off by praising the movie's beginning, which is told from the perspective of the Apostle John, where he says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning." It says, however, that after the intro, the movie "fails to ever make it clear just why Jesus came and why He died." more >>
Despite its box office success, the Son of God Movie isn't very good. Despite its widespread endorsement by Christian leaders, it is not faithful to the Scriptures. Watching this film reminded me of my dealings with seriously disturbed children.
Attachment disordered children have had no loving adult in their lives to whom they can entrust themselves. Their parents are absent or indifferent. Other adults they have encountered have been positively harmful to them. When loving and competent adults do finally enter their lives, these children are afraid to trust.
It would be an understatement to say that these kids can be difficult to deal with. Picture this situation. more >>
The Jesus-centric "Son of God" fell three places last weekend, taking in $10 million as it became the fifth highest grossing movie in the country.
"Son of God" was released on February 28, taking in $26.5 million in its opening weekend, making it the number two movie in the country behind the airplane thriller "Non-Stop."
Prior to the film's release, producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett and actor Diogo Morgado (Jesus) appeared on mainstream entertainment shows promoting the movie, as well as meeting with prominent Christian leaders and pastors in an effort to galvanize church-goers to see them film. In response, some churches bought out entire screenings in advance. more >>
The upcoming Bible-based epic "Noah" has been banned by three Arab countries after Islamic critics took aim at the movie for offending religious teachings by depicting a biblical figure on screen.
"Censors for Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) officially confirmed this week that the film will not release in their countries," a representative of the producer, Paramount Pictures, told Reuters on Saturday.
"The official statement they offered in confirming this news is because 'it contradicts the teachings of Islam,'" the representative added, saying that Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait are also expected to ban the $125 million Darren Aronofsky film. more >>