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.