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Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s ‘Son of God’ Film


Just wanted to pass this along.

Over the past few months I’ve been reading a lot about the Roma Downey/Mark Burnett film, Son of God, which is due out in theaters in about a week.  It’s really being played-up on a number of Christian websites as a “break-through epic film” for Christians and their families, and even an “evangelistic-tool”.

The Christian Post, for instance, has posted a number of stories concerning this film over the last 6 months, including an “Exclusive: Roma Downey Presents ‘Son of God’ Trailer to CP Readers“.

Before you run out to your nearest theater to see it, I wanted to pass this article along for your reading.

What do you call someone who is a student of new age psychology and spiritualism? Do you call them new agers? Do you call them seekers? Would you dare call them Christian? Well, if you’re Roma Downey, then yes, you would call yourself all the above.

Recently I was coming across one of the Christian channels and stumbled upon The Jim Bakker Show. On the program, Jim and his wife Lori, were hosting their special guests Roma Downey and Mark Burnett as well as musical guest Jason Crabb. It was such a weird mixture of evangelical mish-mash that I was lured in to watching the program myself to find out exactly what was going to happen. I was not disappointed.

As I sat and listened to Jim introduce his two guests (Downey and Burnett), I recalled their previous work on the History Channel’s The Bible and how they managed to literally re-write the Bible itself, and presented another gospel message altogether. I was captured by their (Downey and Burnett) aggressive but subtle attempt to portray themselves as “believers”. The sappy spiritual love fest that permeated on set showed me that something was indeed changing within Christianity, and that something was another Jesus being introduced to the masses.

It needs to be understood by all who read this article that some facts need to be addressed, and once they are laid out for all to see, then a genuine decision can be made as to why these two individuals are making inroads into mainline Christianity and what their true motives are.

Roma Downey, a devout Roman Catholic, along with her husband, were heavily influenced in new age spirituality. Downey graduated from the University of Santa Monica, a private graduate school founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John-Roger, and will graduate with a master’s degree in spiritual psychology in June.

Roma went even further into her new age Catholic spirituality by teaming up with acclaimed psychic John Edwards and co-produced a CD for children to be used for meditation and enlightenment, while Edwards introduced the teachings of contacting the dead (necromancy). In the book, Loyalty to Your Soul: The Heart of Spiritual Psychology,  by H. Ronald Hulnick, Ph.D., Mary R. Hulnick, Neale Donald Walsch. The New Age Roma Downey provides this glowing endorsement (viewable online) near the beginning of the book as follows:

“As a USM [University of Santa Monica] graduate, I know firsthand the value I received from participating with Ron and Mary in the Master’s degree Program in Spiritual Psychology. I am so grateful to have Loyalty to Your Soul to sweetly remind me of all I have learned. Let’s just say that I went from playing an angel on TV to living more of an angelic life every day. The teachings in this beautiful book have sent me on a journey to the very center of my own being where, wrapped in the safe wings of Love, I feel as though I have come home.”

Even further in regards to Ms. Downey’s position regarding spiritualism and her Catholic religion, Roma advocates the eastern mysticism teachings of Eckhart Tolle, another spiritual giant in the field of new age teachings, not to mention the connections Tolle has with Oprah Winfrey. But it’s fascinating to see such a connection that someone has to the world of the occult and then try to present a so called gospel message. Yet that’s exactly what Roma Downey and her husband are indeed doing, presenting another gospel, another Jesus.

Roma has consistently stated in past and current interviews that she is on a spiritual journey, not that she’s been “born again”, but that she regularly seeks a greater understanding of the world and the universe thru different means, namely spiritualism through higher intellectualism called spiritual psychology, where the mind connects to the energies surrounding the individual to gain a higher understanding of themselves and the world they live in. This is occultism 101.

Personally, I  don’t watch, or attend theaters to see films or documentaries concerning the bible. (Though admittedly I did watch The Passion of the Christ.)

Believe it may have ben 10 or more years ago when I tuned into one of the frequent “bible-based” programs shown on the History channel which was airing some ‘special’ about Jesus (or the disciples–can’t recall) at Easter time, and after watching less then half an hour, realized how totally unbiblical it was and turned it off. That’s been my one and only experience so can’t comment on Downey and Burnett’s History Channel miniseries, The Bible, which aired last year with much acclaim.

What I do know is this: Satan is attempting in any-way possible to pervert the Gospel message…to “mis-portray” our Lord’s character, and to pervert the truth found in God’s Word. You may believe because you know the Word and are solidly planted in the truth that seeing something which is at the very least, questionable’ is ok–after all, you may think, “it can’t affect me.”

Wrong. Yes it can. It’s amazing how just by hearing (or watching) something a small seed will be sowed: and it will. What’s that old saying about, ‘once you’ve seen something it’s forever implanted in your conscience?”  It’s true. This is how doubt is planted.

Anyway, I’m sure not here to tell you to see or not see a film.  But I do encourage you to please, read the remainder of this article before running to the theater next week to see what is being promoted as a “true depiction” of The Son of God.

Please See: BEWARE OF ROMA DOWNEY AND MARK BURNETT’S OTHER “JESUS” 

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18 comments on “Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s ‘Son of God’ Film

  1. Reblogged this on The Diary of a Slave.

  2. I will watch Jesus of Nazareth or even the Passion on television. But most believers do not have much discernment, and no unbelievers do. So it seems very crafty for the evil one to use what seems harmless portrayals of the gospels in order to take a few evil steps forward. The devil will use even some “good” things in order to deceive.

    • The devil will use even some “good” things in order to deceive.

      Thats true. Many Christians don’t understand that. Satan doesn’t mind giving us 99% truth if he can slip in 1% lies. I personally think that’s how he works most, if not all the time.

  3. I can’t tolerate most “Christian” film. It’s all the same or has really bad acting. And I’m sad cuz the pastor at my church interviewed these two and is promoting the film. I think they’re slippery. They tell whichever interviewer what they want to hear, changing up their positions. Too slick for me.

    • Sorry to hear your church is promoting this Micey. Maybe you could print out the article i linked to, and pass it on to your pastor? Or if printing it out isn’t possible, take some notes from it and pass them along.

      Will pray for you about possibly doing this.

    • Wouldn’t do any good. I go to a church of 20,000. He doesn’t even look at email until it’s filtered through other people. Pray for the leaders of my church. The teaching is sound, just every now and then, they go off on a left field tangent. I do believe the Lord opens his eyes to his errors and receives the corrections. He’s always been transparent when he makes an error. That’s what I pray for, that he listens and obeys. 😊

    • Micey i actually stopped reading and responding to comments yesterday, after reading yours, and prayed for you, your pastor and church. Was kind of odd, for i usually don’t do that. Perhaps this is a good sign…that God is trying to ‘speak’ to your pastor. I’ll continue to pray sister….

      Just a side-note, but i received an email from the 7 Mountains of Culture organization this morning…the largest dominion theology group here in the States. They specifically sent out this email letter to encourage all their subscribers to see this film. Apparently Oz Hillman, who runs this org. knows Downey and her husband (Burnett) personally, and has met recently with them concerning the film. To me, this does not bode well for this film at all—to know dominionist leaders are singing it’s praises.

    • Thanks! I don’t agree with every little thing he believes, but he has the majors right. And I know he listens to The Lord. He’s also super transparent, repenting and asking forgiveness from the congregation when he messes up. Thanks for your prayers. I trust God. He knows what He’s doing.

  4. What do call a person who violates the 2nd Commandment? Someone who doesn’t respect the 2nd Commandment!

    Nuff said!

  5. This is further testimony on Roma Downey and Rick Warren.

    Miguel Hayworth of Plumbline Apologetics in the UK total demolishes the principality of Roma Downey and The Bible on TV, which was the foundation for the Son of God movie at:http://www.firstplumbline.net/html/hope14bible.html

    In both the TV series and the movie Jesus looks attractive, handsome and fair to look upon and Aryan. The real Jesus in scripture looked the opposite and more resembled an Iraqi:

    “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3

    Roma Downey and all of her apostate advisors couldn’t even get that right.

    So you don’t have to pay to see a movie, whose own ads portray a myth of how Jesus looked. So don’t listen to the voices that say you have to pass (pay) for the movie in order to see what’s in it, any more than you would follow Saul’s example to visit the Witch of Endor to see your future…rather flee…don’t even go near the door as Proverbs warns about prostitutes. And don’t listen to the voices that say: “Do not condemn a fortune teller unless you have paid to see one and tried it.”

    Blessings,

    James Sundquist
    http://www.perfectpeaceplan.com

    • Thank you James. I’ll be sure to check it out!

      Having not watched it (The Bible) i wasn’t familiar with it’s contents. This may help me to catch up on what it included, again thanks!

  6. Sarah Palin endorsed the movie, calling Roma et al. “my friends”:

    “Just a reminder that my friends Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s new film “Son of God” opens in theaters today. I’m really looking forward to seeing it and hope you all do as well!” https://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin (Feb 28th entry)

    Wonder how much she got paid for that?

    • Not surprising. They probably promised her or her daughter a role in their next endeavor. (just kidding…i think) aha!

  7. I saw The Passion of the Christ and found the portrayal of demonic spirits presented as spot on.
    I haven’t seen Downey’s movie though and a reviewer of the movie referred to Downey’s Jesus as “Surfer Jesus” which appears pretty accurate from the commercials advertising the movie.

    • I’ve seen quite a few articles or reviews which seem to make a point of pointing out how “hot” this actor (who plays Jesus) is. Some of the comments left under at least one of these articles (at the Christian Post) were down-right disgusting and filthy. I mean they were ‘sexual’ in nature. And not just from woman.

  8. This is further testimony on Roma Downey and Rick Warren. This is right up your alley, and if this does not prove yours and Warren Smith’s New Age warnings about Rick Warren…I don’t know what would!

    Miguel Hayworth of Plumbline Apologetics in the UK total demolishes the principality of Roma Downey and The Bible on TV, which was the foundation for the Son of God movie at:http://www.firstplumbline.net/html/hope14bible.html

    In both the TV series and the movie Jesus looks attractive, handsome and fair to look upon and Aryan. The real Jesus in scripture looked the opposite and more resembled an Iraqi:

    “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3

    Roma Downey and all of her apostate advisors couldn’t even get that right.

    So you don’t have to pay to see a movie, whose own ads portray a myth of how Jesus looked. So don’t listen to the voices that say you have to pass (pay) for the movie in order to see what’s in it, any more than you would follow Saul’s example to visit the Witch of Endor to see your future…rather flee…don’t even go near the door as Proverbs warns about prostitutes. And don’t listen to the voices that say: “Do not condemn a fortune teller unless you have paid to see one and tried it.”

    Blessings,

    James Sundquist
    http://www.perfectpeaceplan.com
    On Mar 1, 2014, at 9:23 PM, WALT KAM wrote:

    BEWARE OF ROMA DOWNEY AND MARK BURNETT’S OTHER “JESUS”

    “No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-14

    What do you call someone who is a student of new age psychology and spiritualism? Do you call them new agers? Do you call them seekers? Would you dare call them Christian? Well, if you’re Roma Downey, then yes, you would call yourself all the above.

    Recently I was coming across one of the Christian channels and stumbled upon The Jim Bakker Show. On the program, Jim and his wife Lori, were hosting their special guests Roma Downey and Mark Burnett as well as musical guest Jason Crabb. It was such a weird mixture of evangelical mish-mash that I was lured in to watching the program myself to find out exactly what was going to happen. I was not disappointed.

    As I sat and listened to Jim introduce his two guests (Downey and Burnett), I recalled their previous work on the History Channel’s The Bible and how they managed to literally re-write the Bible itself, and presented another gospel message altogether. I was captured by their (Downey and Burnett) aggressive but subtle attempt to portray themselves as “believers”. The sappy spiritual love fest that permeated on set showed me that something was indeed changing within Christianity, and that something was another Jesus being introduced to the masses.

    It needs to be understood by all who read this article that some facts need to be addressed, and once they are laid out for all to see, then a genuine decision can be made as to why these two individuals are making inroads into mainline Christianity and what their true motives are.

    Roma Downey, a devout Roman Catholic, along with her husband, were heavily influenced in new age spirituality. Downey graduated from the University of Santa Monica, a private graduate school founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John-Roger, and will graduate with a master’s degree in spiritual psychology in June [2010].

    Roma went even further into her new age Catholic spirituality by teaming up with acclaimed psychic John Edwards and co-produced a CD for children to be used for meditation and enlightenment, while Edwards introduced the teachings of contacting the dead (necromancy). In the book, Loyalty to Your Soul: The Heart of Spiritual Psychology, by H. Ronald Hulnick, Ph.D., Mary R. Hulnick, Neale Donald Walsch. The New Age Roma Downey provides this glowing endorsement (viewable online) near the beginning of the book as follows:

    “As a USM [University of Santa Monica] graduate, I know firsthand the value I received from participating with Ron and Mary in the Master’s degree Program in Spiritual Psychology. I am so grateful to have Loyalty to Your Soul to sweetly remind me of all I have learned. Let’s just say that I went from playing an angel on TV to living more of an angelic life every day. The teachings in this beautiful book have sent me on a journey to the very center of my own being where, wrapped in the safe wings of Love, I feel as though I have come home.”

    Even further in regards to Ms. Downey’s position regarding spiritualism and her Catholic religion, Roma advocates the eastern mysticism teachings of Eckhart Tolle, another spiritual giant in the field of new age teachings, not to mention the connections Tolle has with Oprah Winfrey. But it’s fascinating to see such a connection that someone has to the world of the occult and then try to present a so called gospel message. Yet that’s exactly what Roma Downey and her husband are indeed doing, presenting another gospel, another Jesus.

    Roma has consistently stated in past and current interviews that she is on a spiritual journey, not that she’s been “born again”, but that she regularly seeks a greater understanding of the world and the universe thru different means, namely spiritualism through higher intellectualism called spiritual psychology, where the mind connects to the energies surrounding the individual to gain a higher understanding of themselves and the world they live in. This is occultism 101.

    It’s equally interesting to note that Roma Downey is close friends to Della Reese, the famed singer and actress, as well as founder and pastor of the church of Universal Foundation for Better Living. A Universal new age church which promotes mystic teachings and New Age Spirituality. It is also important to note that when one goes to miss Reese‘s church, its tenants has nothing to do with sin, for the concept of original sin is not accepted, nor is the concept that man is initially a sinner which needs a sinner, nor a Savior, for all men are God’s children, even the worse individual, so there is no need for repentance. Yet the word disputes this notion in Jeremiah 17:9. Yet it was Della Reese who influenced Roma as well as Downey’s husband Mark into seeking another gospel yet keeping some connections to their Catholic teaching, the combination between another Christ found in Catholicism and the addition of New Age spiritualism is a combination that seeks to do one thing, produce another gospel entirely. That is the agenda of those like Ms. Downey and her husband and the mere fact that Jim Bakker, a Pentecostal minister, who began his life preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, but now supports and embraces this new gospel, only cements the belief the apostle Paul warned about in many of his letters to the church, that the time will come when men, having itching ears, will not endure sound doctrine. (2 Timothy 4:3)

    This new gospel which is being presented is what we have been warned about which was coming long before its arrival, yet many Christians, not understanding what is being promoted and taught, mainly due to the lack of genuine teaching in most pulpits today in many churches across America, is producing an illiterate group of believers who will not know what type of gospel message, or worse, what type of Christ is being presented, and what’s worse, it’s notthe Jesus of the Bible, but another Jesus entirely. It is antichrist.

    The gospel of Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett, is another Jesus, another gospel and another way, and if one accepts this Jesus, sadly, he will not save, nor redeem them, but condemn them for there is no truth in this Christ but only death, for his name is antichrist and he is the deceiver. Be warned.

    Christopher
    The Prophetic News

  9. […] What do you call someone who is a student of new age psychology and spiritualism? Do you call them new agers? Do you call them seekers? Would you dare call them Christian? Well, if you’re Roma Downey, then yes, you would call yourself all the above. (Source) […]

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