Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ"
so many discussing Mel Gibson's movie, "The
Passion of The Christ", and so many in
"Christian leadership" endorsing this movie as
Biblically sound, and many viewing it as an
"evangelism opportunity," it seems appropriate
to compile a list of comments about it.
to a press release, January 26, 2004, titled, "A
Revival is Coming: Will you be ready?", "...dawn
is coming in the way of a revival sparked by "The
Passion of the Christ."
January 5, more than 15,000 pastors had participated in
three Pastor Premieres of the movie. They came from
around the United States, to Rick Warren’s Saddleback
Church in southern California, Bill Hybels’ Willow
Creek Church in Chicago, IL and Clark Whitten’s
Calvary Assembly Church in Orlando, FL, to view the
Siemon Designs is the officially licensed manufacturer
and distributor of jewelry and gifts products related to
"The Passion of Christ". As the leading
designer, manufacturer and distributor of religious
jewelry and gift products Bob Siemon Designs has been
producing designs from its factory and corporate
headquarters since 1970. The company is most notably
known for its sterling silver "Jesus Saves"
ring, WWJD? products and Guardian Angel lapel pins.
release stated, "Signs of a revival are already
starting to reveal themselves. "Just in the last
week several churches have contacted Christian retailers
to purchase thousands of our witnessing cards and lapel
pins", said Dwight Robinson, Marketing Manager for
Bob Siemon Designs. "This is not about product,
this is about the Great Commission and spreading the
release also asked: "A revival is coming! Will you
be ready?" [Source: http://www.sharethepassionofthechrist.com/news.htm]
"revival" is being helped along with the
merchandising of witnessing tracts and memorabilia,
mugs, pins, crucifixion nails and jewelry, for this
Mania, a youth ministry, offers a CD-ROM and DVD package
for youth based on the movie. The International Bible
Society has created a special edition New Testament and
Gospel of Luke with scenes from the movie. Among the
publicists hired to promote the film are Larry Ross,
Billy Graham’s publicist.
Gibson invested about $25 million of his own into the
movie and has told supporters that he regards it as a
spiritual calling. Instead of doing his own promotion
using his own money to promote his movie, Mr. Gibson has
used a strategy and wisdom beyond what most understand.
Amidst controversy and campaigning to 'the
converted," the dollars needed for promotion were
whittled down to the use of religious leaders, religious
organizations, churches and grass roots.
promotional brochure for the movie given to 4,500
participants at a "Global Pastors Network"
conference in Orlando, Fla., Mr. Gibson stated, "I
hope the film has the power to evangelize."
Jewish leaders suggest that the movie distorts the
Scriptures and that they are alarmed at the prospect of
the movie being accepted as gospel. David M. Elcott,
director for inter-religious affairs for the American
Jewish Committee, said, "And our anxiety, and
sure it is the anxiety of our Christian colleagues as
well, is that this movie becomes gospel and it isn't
gospel its just one man's telling."; "It would
be a deep disappointment to the Jewish community if this
movie would become the vehicle for teaching
Christianity, even within Christian settings."
by Public Figures or Religious Leaders
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
> Billy Graham, President, Tuesday November 25,>
" After watching 'The Passion of the Christ,' I
feel as if I have actually been there. I was moved to
tears. I doubt if there has ever been a more graphic and
moving presentation of Jesus' death and resurrection –
which Christians believe are the most important events
in human history." "The film is faithful to
the Bible's teaching that we are all responsible for
Jesus' death, because we have all sinned," Graham
continued. "It is our sins that caused His death,
not any particular group. No one who views this film's
compelling imagery will ever be the same."
Mission America Coalition
>Paul Cedar , Chairman/CEO > MAC Press Release
12/19/03 > Paul Cedar, chairman of MAC, believes
the film "offers a tremendous opportunity for
Christians across America to introduce people to Jesus
Christ." Cedar adds that the meeting of leaders had
significant potential for mobilizing Christians who will
then invite their friends and neighbors to see and
experience the film and prays "tens of thousands of
people will come to believe in Christ through The
Major Charles F. Gillies, Jr., the Evangelism, Prayer
and Spiritual Formation Secretary for the Salvation Army
USA Western Territory, "It (the movie) was very
brutal and realistic – if that doesn’t move people,
I don’t know what will. Mel has given the Church a
tremendous opportunity to engage our culture." Dr.
Cornell Haan, National Facilitator of Spiritual Unity
for MAC, believes the film asked the key question,
"Can one man die for the sins of another?" and
"then gives the answer that Jesus shed His blood as
atonement for the sins of each person. The film is a
wonderful evangelism tool."
MAC National Committee includes some 500 national
Christian leaders, from 80-plus denominations and over
350 Christian ministries, with a goal of uniting
Christians for evangelism and revival. Honorary
Co-chairs are Rev. Billy Graham (Billy Graham
Evangelistic Association), Mrs. Vonette Bright (Campus
Crusade for Christ) and Dr. John Perkins (Christian
Community Development Association).
Cedar also made statements posted to Gibson's website
:"...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...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..."
>Brian W. Blomberg > VP and Chief Development Officer
> "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
National Association of Evangelicals
>Ted Haggard , President > NAE Release, July 22, 2003:
"...The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) affirms the importance of the
authentic retelling of the New Testament accounts in Mel Gibson’s latest film, The Passion. The NAE
has established this position of support for the film in response to numerous attacks
leveled at Gibson and the film. In interviews on CNN and various radio networks, Ted
Haggard, President of the NAE has described The Passion as, "A beautiful, wonderful
account of the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ.
It is consistent with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John."
At a special showing in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Haggard, along with 30 other
prominent evangelical leaders, reviewed the film and encouraged Gibson to release it with
minor stylistic adjustments. All acknowledged the biblical accuracy of Gibson’s creative
dramatization of the historical account. ..."The movie portrays historical accounts
realistically, but the Body of Christ worldwide does not blame Jewish people for the
crucifixion.... He maintained that evangelical Christendom values the realistic portrayal of Jesus' last day and believes that the final
effect of The Passion will be positive for Judaism in America and around the world...."
>[Late] Bill Bright >"...Mel Gibson captures with explosive poignancy the final
excruciating hours of Jesus’ life. Although it was humanity’s worst hour, it was God’s finest
as He demonstrated His tremendous love for us when we all least deserved it.
will forever change your view of God Himself..."
Focus on the Family>
James Dobson, Chairman: "...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
Focus on the Family
> Donald Hodel >President and CEO > July
14, 2003 "... 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...While some of its depictions of violence are adult-level material,
this stunning film must be seen by as many people as possible.
For our part, Focus on the Family applauds The Passion and it is a film we will heartily
recommend to our constituents. (From a letter to Icon)
endorsement also said] "...For our part, Focus on
the Family applauds The Passion. It is a film we will
heartily recommend to our 10 million listeners and
constituents in North America, and 220 million
Focus On The Family
> Del Tackett ,Executive Vice President >
"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. It is powerful, moving, and disturbing.
The film is true to the Bible and other historical evidence, yet it is alive with emotion and the
harshness of reality. I do not want to see it again, yet I will be compelled from within to do
so – not only again, but again and again. No one will be able to leave the theatre and not
be moved at the core of their being. (From a letter to Icon)
Christian Broadcasting Network
> Pat Robertson, Chairman and CEO > "...the finest work that has ever been done on this subject.
... The action is gripping, and I believe that having the dialogue in Latin
and Aramaic adds tremendously to the dramatic effect...More than anything your portrayal of the suffering of Jesus is with a few exceptions in total
accord with the biblical narrative. It is therefore wonderfully
authentic...I understand there are at least 50 million evangelicals in the United States and nearly as
many Roman Catholics...It will be my pleasure to use whatever facilities we have available at The Christian
Broadcasting Network to help you publicize this outstanding work. (From a letter to Icon)
>Albert Mohler >Author, Speaker, President of
the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary > Tuesday,
February 10, 2004> "....Without doubt,
Gibson has based his movie on the New Testament
accounts. He drew his narrative largely from the
Gospels of John and Mark, though passages from Matthew
and Luke also appear. The movie is a graphic account of
the crucifixion and suffering of Christ, and the
violence of the movie--true to the biblical accounts--has
earned the film an R-rating...Christians have
historically believed that the actual words of the Bible
were directly inspired by God through the Holy Spirit....
Biblical Christians understand the Bible to be the very
Word of God, and thus our responsibility in
interpretation is to understand the text--not
to correct it.... The controversy over the movie will
produce many opportunities for truth-telling in the
midst of the confusion. It's up to us to tell the rest
of the story."
Broadcasting Network > Paul Crouch, Jr. > "All
I can say is Whoa! And get ready! It is one of the most
powerful things I've ever seen. ... ... it makes you
want to take all Biblical epics and most
"Christian" films and throw them right in the
trash. (Including many of ours!!) 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. (From a TBN
Fellowship.org >Review by
Denis Haack > >http://www.ransomfellowship.org/A_Staff.html
response to The Passion as a Christian is first and
foremost one of worship. I would hope churches consider
encouraging their people to see the film together, and
to gather at the church for the Eucharist afterwards.
Certainly I desired that after the film ended far more
than I desired talking about it....After one of the
advance showings, a Christian in the audience told
Dennis Prager that he wished he could take a gun and
shoot the people who had so mistreated Jesus. “I
couldn’t blame him,” Prager, a practicing Jew,
said...And my response is unequivocal: Christ forgave
those who crucified him, so your desire is wicked, your
speaking it aloud inexcusable, and your failure to
identify with a sinful humanity a reason to doubt your
acceptance of grace. Jews have been persecuted
repeatedly by Christians over the past 2,000 years as
“Christ-killers.” We must use this opportunity to
repent and promise, Never again!..."
The King’s Seminary
>Jack W. Hayford, Chancellor > "“The Passion” is a forthright, compassionate,
evenhanded presentation of the historic facts of the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. I found it deeply moving,
factually accurate and unprejudiced in its presentation.
As a Bible scholar, I was impacted by the integrity of the film to the testimony of
>Pastor – Saddleback Church >Author – “Purpose Driven Life”
>"Brilliant, biblical – a masterpiece."
following a screening)
Southern Baptist Convention
>Jack Graham, President >Baptist Press, Aug 22, 2003
> "The movie is biblical, powerful and potentially life-changing."
Worship Leader Magazine
>Chuck Fromm > "...He makes all past Biblical narrative cinematic interpretation seem tepid
or grossly unreal. As I said in the meeting, I thank God that my 17, 16 , 15, and 11, year
old children will have an opportunity to experience the Passion of Jesus Christ in a
language they can understand, and to be confronted with the killing of God, and finding
their own lives washed in the blood of the redemption story.
My hope and prayer is that Icon’s investment will pay off 1,000 fold so that you can
continue to create and promote media art with eternal meaning for decades to come."
Magazine (Crisis, Aug, 2003) > Deal Hudson
[Catholic] > "... 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..."
2000 > Fr.
Tom Forrest> "In time, I expect the film to
be declared a masterpiece, and more importantly believe
that it could have stunning and very positive
repercussions throughout the world. For sure, it will
make people talk and think, and that alone is a
wonderful thing. Count on it that he and you have our
prayers and the prayers of everyone we can invite to
join with us in storming heaven for the spiritual and
artistic success of this fine work of art." (From a
letter to Icon)
Clara University Jesuit Community >
Rev. Matthew Carnes > "... a deeply
moving and reverent presentation of Jesus’ suffering
and death on the cross. ... this film will have a
special appeal to young adults. I think "The
Passion" will give them a rich sense of the person
of Jesus and the meaning of his suffering, and will
invite them deeper into faith and exploring the Bible. I
will certainly promote the film among the students with
whom I work, and can imagine hosting student discussions
of it after viewing it. (From an email to Icon)
of Columbus > Carl Anderson >Supreme Knight >
Anderson, head of the 1.6 million member Knights of
Columbus, attended a July screening of The Passion.
In introducing Gibson to leaders of the Knights,
Anderson said "The Passion" was a powerful
depiction of Christ’s crucifixion. ....If there is
going to be a public debate about "The
Passion" and religious rights, Anderson said, the
Knights "would not duck from it." Giving
Gibson the opportunity to meet with the Knights, he
said, "was making sure ‘The Passion’ gets a
fair hearing. We hope such a hearing will promote better
religious tolerance and dialogue among all religious
faiths." (Knights of Columbus, Aug 12, 2003)
The Liberty Channel
> The Liberty Channel >Dr. Jerry Falwell >Falwell
Confidential, Sept 24, 2003 > "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."
>Doug Martinez, Chief Operating Officer >
" It is not a movie but an experience... It is my hope that the body of
Christ will embrace this movie as one of the most opportunistic forms of Outreach of their
lifetime and will be obedient to invite their friends, family members, and people they come
in contact with to theatres to experience Gods love."
>Pastor – Best selling Author > "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”.
Something 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.
Congress of Racial Equality
>Niger Innis , National Spokesman > "...a compelling motion picture while staying
directly consistent with the passages of the New Testament recounting the last hours of Christ.
Those who would take issue with The Passion of the Christ would do so because they
would take issue with the New Testament itself…which is fine. However, those same
individuals should not use The Passion of the Christ as a vehicle to condemn the New
Testament. Mr. Gibson’s rendition of the New Testament
is consistent with the teachings of the New Testament...."
President > American Enterprise Institute > Weekly Standard,
08/25/2003, Volume 008, Issue 47> "...It is the most powerful movie I have ever seen.
A week after having watched a rough-cut version, I have still not been able to get The
Passion out of my mind. At every Mass I have attended since, at the raising of the Body of
Christ and then the Chalice of his Blood, its darkly colored, shocking images have flooded
my memory, and suffused new vividness into the passion being reenacted on the altar."
Cal Thomas> Syndicated Columnist > Tribune Media, Aug 5,
2003 > "...the most beautiful, profound, accurate, disturbing, realistic and bloody depiction of this
well known story that has ever been filmed. ...To those within the Jewish community who worry that the film,..
might contain anti-Semitic elements, or encourage people to persecute Jews, fear not. This film does not indict Jews for the death
of Jesus. It is faithful to the New Testament account. Gibson, a devout Roman Catholic,
does not elevate Mary, Jesus’ mother, beyond what Scripture says of
> Pontifical Council for Social Communications > Archbishop John Foley
, President > Associated Press, Sept 13, 2003 :
"...I don't think they would be well-founded criticisms because all the material in the film
comes directly from the Gospel accounts. There's nothing in the film that doesn't come
from the Gospel accounts. "So, if they're critical of the film, they would be critical of the
Crystal Cathedral / Hour of Power
>Dr. Robert Schuller > "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. I make available to you the use our television program – the most widely viewed religious
television program in the world – to promote your upcoming film!
"(From a letter to Icon)
Faith Television Network
>Jim West , President > "The Passion” is the most graphic, gritty and
gripping depiction of Christ’s arrest, trial and execution ever made."
(From an email to Icon)
>Denny Rydberg, President > "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
Youth For Christ/USA
>Roger Cross, President > "...I feel the film is the most powerful treatment of Jesus passion that I have ever witnessed.
It is true to the text and done with the quality that it
deserves. The range of emotions caught me by surprise but the message is so powerful that it captures your soul.
...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)
International Bible Society
>Stan Kellner > "...Mel has chosen the narrow road of staying
true to the Scriptures." (From a letter to Icon)
> Pastor Greg Laurie > "I think the Passion is going to make history...Mel has created
a resource that will make a difference in the lives of many for time and eternity." (From an email to Icon)
> Tim LaHaye Ministries > "THE PASSION is the finest presentation of the last hours of Jesus’ life I have ever seen.
It is a scripturally accurate account of how He really suffered for the sins of the whole
world...Everyone should see this movie. The believers who see this film will be renewed in their commitment to Christ....It is sensitive to the Savior, Biblically accurate,
...extremely impressed with Mel Gibson’s spiritual passion on wanting to present
the true nature of Christ’s suffering for all the world to see. It gives a message that will benefit
people of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds. (From a letter to Icon)
Colson, “A Passion for Getting
Commentary No. 030715,
15 July 2003, "Tolerance,’ you see, is
no longer a two-way street. It’s a weapon to
intimidate certain groups. And, as Gibson has learned,
the list of groups definitely includes devout
Christians. A film that unapologetically says that there
is such a thing as Truth and that His name is Jesus
Christ violates all the taboos our culture has
> A Viewer's Guide February
20, 2004 > "...even a
faithful film adaptation of the Bible...requires
artistic license. ...
To show a story rather than telling it, some imagination
question that we need to ask ourselves while watching The
Passion of the Christ is not “Why are there
differences from the Bible?” but rather “What
differences are there, why are they there, and how
important are they?”....Is this a Roman
Some evangelical Christians have worried that,
because The Passion of the Christ was made by a
Catholic director, it will reflect a specifically
Catholic interpretation of Scripture—... that it might
put too much emphasis on the role of Mary, or that the
fundamental truths about what salvation is and what it
requires might be obscured in some way. ... Gibson
based much of the movie on a book by Anne Catherine
Emmerich, a nun who wrote about her visions of the
Crucifixion. Gibson was inspired by her book and used
many details from her account...But what comes
across in the film is not a reflection of the particular
beliefs of any one denomination, but rather a
painstaking, honest effort to give a faithful
interpretation of the facts about Jesus’ death. As
for Mary, although she does have a prominent role to
play in the movie, this role is consistent with the
biblical account of the Crucifixion. And she is not
presented as a co-redeemer, as some Protestants might
Mark Roberts >Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian
Church> Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard
University> Teaches New Testament courses for
Fuller Theological Seminary.> Review of The
Passion of the Christ > ...."The Passion of
the Christ meticulously follows the New Testament
accounts of Jesus’ death,... As one who has spent
thousands of hours studying and writing about Jesus, I
had anticipatory doubts about the accuracy of The
Passion of the Christ. ... I was gratefully
surprised by a film that is faithful to the gospels
without being slavishly bound to them. Beyond having
his characters speak in original languages (Aramaic
and Latin, with subtitles), Gibson skillfully depicts
the historical and theological nuances of the biblical
narratives....a distinctive, creative, and biblically-faithful
one....though I recommend The Passion of the
Christ highly, I do so with a major warning: only
those who can bear to see depictions of graphic torture
should view the movie. Parents and church leaders, in
particular, should exercise careful discernment before
exposing youth to this film...."
Dallas Theological Seminary
>Dr. Darrell Bock >Research Professor of New Testament Studies
> "...Sobering, Stunning, Haunting. ... 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 details are very accurate -- this is the kind of death our Lord died for me. (From an email to
Land> Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
>"the most powerful and moving experience he
has ever had as a moviegoer."
Hybels > Willow Creek> "...Senior
Pastor Bill Hybels took the stage to address the crowd
of 4,400 pastors and their guests....“After I saw this
movie for the first time last month, I was in a state of
dis-equilibrium. I was disturbed, drained, wrung out,”...
“I was in awe of the price that was paid for our sin.
I was dumbfounded at the suffering of the one who is our
leader. “If I was seeing this for the first time
today, I wouldn’t be able to stand in front of you
now.” .... "Whenever there’s a strong work of
God, you can always trace it back to a leader, somebody
who got an idea, pursued it, paid the price when things
got hard,” Bill said. “With this movie, that was Mel
Gibson.” ... the silence was broken. The audience rose
to its feet, offering a thundering ovation. “I believe
I was faithful to the Gospels, but I was able to use my
imagination somewhat,” Mel said in an interview with
Bill... Author and former Willow Creek. Teaching Pastor
Lee Strobel, ... “This is an anointed and powerful
work of art. Art is good at asking questions — not
answering them,” Lee said. “The people who see this
movie are going to look for answers to their
question.” The assembled guests experienced the power
of The Passion. ... None of the pastors who experienced
The Passion of the Christ at Willow will soon
Strobel > "I believe this is one of the most
powerful evangelistic tools in our generation.”
Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
> Chuck Moore , President > "...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)
>Larry Poland, Chairman and CEO > "Based on first century eyewitness accounts, The Passion is a
historically accurate film ...My plea to everyone is, “Go see The
Passion!” ... You will leave the film forever changed." (From an email to Icon)
>Kelly Williams , Senior Pastor > "Our team went to see the movie –
... came away from that movie greatly impacted and affected by the images and scenes...
Without reservation we will recommend this film to our community. If there is anything we can do as an
organization to help promote this film..." (From an email to
American Life League
>Judie Brown, Founder and President > "Please rest assured that we at American Life League will do all we can to help promote
this amazing film." (From an email to Icon)
Evangelicals For Social Action
>Ron Sider , President > "“The Passion” is simply fabulous.
...John’s simple words, “the 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..." (From an email to Icon)
Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS)>Elisa Morgan
,President and CEO >"...I am still haunted by the images, the characters, the powerful action, and
of course, the message. I find myself reviewing certain scenes in my mind, and longing to
see the film again…and again. It was that compelling. The audience that MOPS represents is mothers of preschool age children. There are 14.3
million in the United States alone...This film offers a graphic picture of the hope all mothers’ want. It is a powerful telling of a
message that families need to hear. I plan to encourage our audience to see this movie
and to take their families with them." (From a letter to Icon)
Berean Christian Stores
>Roger Feenstra , President > "...producers have attempted
to portray the life and death of Jesus Christ, but they were never able to get it right.
Mel Gibson got it right!..." (From an email to Icon)
Last Days Ministries, > Protestants
see the "Passion of Christ" film as a great
evangelistic tool..." >
"...influential Pentecostal and evangelical leaders
have embraced it anyway, seeing its value as a tool in
evangelism. Evangelical Christians account for 30
percent to 40 percent of the American population, ...
their leaders declare that the nation is primed for a
return of the ecstatic Great Awakenings that moved
Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries to convert to
Christianity in droves...." http://www.tldm.org/News6/PassionOfChrist.htm.
Luce, president of Teen Mania,> "... children
would benefit from seeing it, "This isn't just
violence for violence's sake," Mr. Luce said.
"This is what really happened, what it would have
been like to have been there in person to see Jesus
Fiona McIlwaine Biggins
>Belfast Telegraph Home [Ireland]> March 6,
2004 > Church hits out over
Christ film > "....a statement from the
Reformed Witness Committee of the Reformed Presbyterian
Church said "evangelicals must reject it [the movie]
and look to God to bless, as in former days, his own
Biblically-appointed means of evangelism, especially the
public preaching of the content of his own written Word, the
Bible". ... The statement concluded that in rejecting the film and advocating the public preaching of the Bible: "Then needy sinners will be turned, not to Mel Gibson's non-existent pseudo-christ, but to the Christ who really saves, the Christ of the Scriptures."
Radio Talk Show Host; Rush Limbaugh Show, July 28, 2003 :
"... Some people are probably put off because they think this movie is religious. They shouldn't be, because it's not. There is
nothing offensive about this film. It's a movie about a religious figure, but the movie itself
isn't religious...There is violence, of course, and that's
factually accurate. This movie does not preach; it doesn't try to convince you one-way or the other who or
what Jesus was...."
O. Scott, The New York Times> Good and Evil Locked in
Violent Showdown, February 25, 2004 >"...is
so relentlessly focused on the savagery of Jesus' final
hours that this film seems to arise less from love than
from wrath, and to succeed more in assaulting the spirit
than in uplifting it. Mr. Gibson has constructed an
unnerving and painful spectacle...His version of the
Gospels is harrowingly violent; the final hour of
"The Passion of the Christ" essentially
consists of a man being beaten, tortured and killed in
graphic and lingering detail....has the feel of a horror
From MSNBC: DRUDGE: "...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..."
Schwartz, CRANKY CRITIC® > "....Regardless
of where your religious beliefs lie, parents should
think more than twice about taking little kidlets to see
The Passion of the Christ. Two hours of
gruesome, sadistic, stomach-turning and hard core
graphically violent torture detached from any background
information is not something to expose kids to,
regardless of religion..."
Lumenick, New York Post Online Edition, "THE
GORIEST STORY EVER TOLD"> "...an
impressive, ultra-violent - and deeply troubling - take
on Jesus' final hours....relentless violence is so
difficult to watch - even for a hardened critic like
myself - that it ends up overwhelming Gibson's movie.
This R-rated epic is wildly inappropriate for children,
as well as posing problems for adults with normal
sensibilities who may have trouble enduring a seemingly
endless sequence where Christ is brutally scourged by
sadistic Roman soldiers (a couple of lines in the
Gospels, 15 minutes on the screen), as well as a
sickening, blood-spurting crucifixion..."
Long, DETROIT NEWS >Wednesday, February
25, 2004 >
Passion of the Christ” will surely be the feel-awful
movie of a lifetime, a filmed bloodletting like no other
on record, essentially a terribly graphic two-hour
torture sequence. It may also be more than a bit
confusing to those not schooled in the history of
Christianity, since director/co-writer Mel Gibson offers
virtually no background or context...It’s hard to
imagine anyone enjoying this film, but it’s easy to
imagine people being moved by it. Myself, I wish I’d
never seen it. The film’s images are likely to haunt
me for a long time. And while that may be the intent,
this world has nightmares enough."
, Author, Columnist [Catholic] > "It is a powerful film, and I believe it will prove historic -- a real moment in the history of
cinematic treatments of the greatest story ever told. Be happy and proud. It is going to be
huge." (From an email to Icon)
Roeper, EBERT & ROEPER >"This is
the most powerful, important and by far the most graphic
interpretation of Christ's final hours ever put on
24, 2004> Chicago Sun-Times Inc.>
"....This is the most violent film I have ever
seen.....You must be prepared for whippings, flayings, beatings, the crunch of bones, the agony of screams, the cruelty of the sadistic centurions, the rivulets of blood that crisscross every inch of Jesus' body. Some will leave before the end."
Note: I said the film is the most violent I have ever seen. It will probably be the most violent you have ever seen. This is not a criticism but an observation; the film is unsuitable for younger viewers, but works powerfully for those who can endure it. The MPAA's R rating is definitive proof that the organization either will never give the NC-17 rating for violence alone, or was intimidated by the subject matter. If it had been anyone other than Jesus up on that cross, I have a feeling that NC-17 would have been automatic..."
Rhodes, STEVE RHODES' INTERNET REVIEWS >"With
a pervasive NC-17 level of gore, its simplistic and
relentlessly pedantic but effective with its single
theme that Christ suffered. But where is its
Schwartz, OZUS' WORLD MOVIE REVIEWS > "Has
such anti-Semitic possibilities and no upside for anyone
but believers in Mel's vision that the execution of
Christ is more important than his life."
Rogers, STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER (SPRINGFIELD, IL)
> "As it plays out, the brutality brings
about more numbing revulsion than the revelatory empathy
that Mel Gibson intends."
Westhoff, NORTHWEST HERALD (CRYSTAL LAKE, IL) >
"...If Jesus ... actually received the
amount of punishment dished out in this film, he would
have been dead three times over before arriving at
Calvary...The brutality begins right away. As soon as
they arrest Jesus in Gethsemane, the temple guards
repeatedly belt him in the face, then drop him off a
bridge and dangle him from the chains that bind him.
These preliminary beatings do not occur in any of the
four Gospels...the scourging, which is the film’s
monstrous centerpiece. Roman soldiers cane him until he
drops....That’s when they reach for the cat o’ nine
tails and filet him for perhaps the 10 bloodiest minutes
in film history...Why would Jesus need to prove how
tough he was to these soldiers? Was he wearing a
wristband with initials that stood for “What Would
Mark Palermo, COAST
(HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA)> "...the last
thing this blood opera needs is more attention....Unless
you view movies as punishment, or as a means of feeling
your own Christian guilt, there’s nothing of interest
in The Passion of the Christ. Watching it is an act of
LOWELL SUN > "[A] stunning film,
sometimes remarkably moving — at times sublimely
beautiful, often sickeningly brutal, but never banal,
nor specifically blameful...there will inevitably be a
divide among people who see it. ... straddles the line
of fiction and nonfiction, depending on your
perspective...unbendingly bloody vision will also prove
divisive...certainly not a movie for children. Teenagers
might be able to handle the violence, but a parent who
brings in a younger child simply isn’t being
Lawson, DETROIT FREE PRESS February 25, 2004
>Gibson's vision is one of beauty amid violence
> "...even those who believe
that the four gospels of the New Testament are literal
and contemporaneously written accounts will find little
of them in the film....There are scenes in The Passion
that will remain forever with those who see it."
Butler, Tyler Morning Telegraph, February 25, 2004>
"...most horrific series of images ever captured
onscreen...such horrific detail and at such length it
becomes almost impossible to watch. The barbarity and
gore continues interminably after Gibson makes his point
- then makes it, and makes it some more - and regardless
of his spiritual bent and the ultimate power of his
images in intellectualizing the Christian construct of
"love thy enemies," the carnage is so
unrelenting as to eventually become pornographic
Collette Staff Writer > Tyler
Morning Telegraph> "I can't see how
anyone's faith (or lack thereof) might be challenged by
this film - I didn't walk away with a sense of any
challenge other than the endurance it requires to watch
an execution in all its brutish, extreme, perfunctory
& Con Comments About Mel Gibson's "The Passion of
Different View of Mel Gibson's The Passion of The
available split into 2 parts > gibson1,
About Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The
& Con Comments About Mel Gibson's "The
Passion of The Christ"
Gibson, Biblical Accuracy & The Other Passion
Source: The 15 Prayers of St. Bridget
Can Use Anything...But Should We? Q
& A About The Passion of The Christ
& A: More Scriptural Comparison's of The Passion of the Christ
A: About the
Cast & Crew of Mel
Gibson's The Passion of the Christ
Anne Emmerich to be Beatified
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment & Zondervan To
of Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ
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