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While browsing for a more reliable source of recommendations for edifying movies than Christianity Today last night (any site rating “Pan’s Labyrinth” higher than “Amazing Grace” must be about as “Christian” as George Bush, and we all ought to know by now how far his “Christianity” really goes), I finally came upon “Crosswalk,” a site not free of the hyper-patriotic and warmongering mindset of US-Insanity Today, either, but at least not as mind-warped & pseudo-intellectually twisted. So, if you’re looking for edifying movies, that’s the site, we’d presently recommend, rather than CT.

Before we found Crosswalk, there were a few other sites, recommending what they considered the “best” movies, say, of 2006, and one recommendation that caught my eye was “Shut Up and Sing,” the documentary with and about the Dixie Chicks, and particularly what happened after their statement in London in 2003, that they were ashamed of Bush being from Texas.

Being a big-mouth-afflicted artist myself, who has refused to go the way of all flesh for the sake of popularity, naturally my heart went out for the girls, and we thoroughly enjoyed watching their metamorphosis from “merely a Country band” into a “furious voice for the truth.

Even though it becomes clear during the course of the film that the Chicks are not promoting Christian values or view points, it’s almost as if God winked an eye and anointed them to a somewhat prophetic voice against the insanity and hypocrisy that so many people have the audacity to actually call “Christianity.”

Of course, the whole incident reminds one of the episode with John Lennon and the Beatles in the 60s, after John’s prognosis that Christianity would vanish, and, after all, they were more famous than Jesus.

I ran a Google check recently, ”Beatles” vs. “Jesus,” and while the Beatles yielded a whopping 54.000.000 results, Jesus took the cake with 180.000.000. So, this just shows how fleeting fame and popularity are in this world. You may be more famous than Jesus one day, but then, never underestimate immortality: it’s got something that’s going to catch up with you sooner or later.

So, in the long run, John was wrong about that one. Nevertheless, he was right about a lot of other things he said. For instance, that New York is like the Rome of today. Or “All You Need Is Love” (providing you truly believe that God IS love, and that He’s capable of supplying all your needs, that is). Or “Give peace a chance!” (Remember, it was the time of the Vietnam war, a situation very similar to the present rape of Iraq).

We Christians have a saying, “There is no peace without the Prince of Peace,” but I also believe that it works the other way around: “Where there’s no peace, there the Prince of Peace isn’t, either,” no matter how ardently one may profess to believe in Him, or claim to have exclusive rights as His representatives on earth.

What people don’t realize is that He Himself prophesied that there would be many speaking and acting in His name, whom He would not recognize as His, but whom He will tell at the end of the world, “Depart from Me; I never knew you!”

Personally, I can’t blame folks for not buying into the kind of “Christianity” most people are selling as such, and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if what Jesus said comes true, and there will be many from the East and the West, who will enter into His Kingdom before those who call themselves the children of the Kingdom.

As far as I’m concerned, I’d much rather see the Dixie Chicks there than pseudo-pious mass murderers.

I don’t know about you…

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July 5th ‘07

This was the second time we fell for some totally screwed up movie rating from Christianity Today’s movie section. The first time was a while back, when we went out of our way to get “Millions,” CT’s “most redeeming” of 2004 or 2005 or whatever, which turned out to be about as “redeeming” as “George of the Jungle.”

But to give “Pan’s Labyrinth” a 4-star (highest possible) rating was downright sick.

The only thing it did for me was to give me a speck of greater understanding of Revelations 12:15-17: “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

It doesn’t matter what sort of vomit the Devil spews out, earthly-minded and carnal minded people will always swallow it, even if they call themselves “Christians.” I never understood why this was supposed to be all that much of a help for the true church, though, until last night. The “help” consists of that one and only painful lesson: you can’t trust them for anything. Not even their movie tastes and recommendations of what’s good or bad. You can only rely on the Lord.

The people the Devil hates and tries to destroy are those who “have the testimony of Jesus Christ,” and in a later verse in Revelation we find what exactly that means: “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev.19:10).

The Devil couldn’t care less about pseudo-intellectual pseudo-Christians who swallow his crap, because he knows he’s already got them in his pocket. In fact, his legions of demons are riding on their backs in their war against the true believers, as depicted in Rick Joyner’s visions in “The Final Quest.”

Such people only lead others astray, they think they’re doing God service, but are in fact fighting for the other side, they don’t gather with the Lord, but scatter abroad, deceiving themselves and others. The ones who pose any threat and challenge to the Devil are those who have the testimony of Jesus: the spirit of prophecy, those who use the gifts of the Spirit (instead of their own misled and misleading carnal reasoning) and are being led and guided by God’s Spirit of truth and accordingly show forth the fruits thereof.

The total lack of any trace of God’s Spirit, of discernment, and instead, their pseudo-intelligent babble, finally only serves to help us realize that you can’t rely on such people’s judgment at all. They swallow the Devil’s lukewarm puke, hook, line and sinker, and go, “Yummy! Moooore!” They are those whom the Lord will spew out of His mouth, because they are neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm, spiritually wretched and don’t even know it (see Rev.3:15-17).

It’s because their God isn’t really the true God, the God of truth, and the God of love. The only reason any so-called Christian (“because my daddy was a Christian, and the USA are a Christian nation”?) could give a top-rating to a ghoulish and hellish nightmare concocted by some demoniac, such as “Pan’s Labyrinth” is because he finally found a movie featuring his true god: Pan himself, the demonic principality of the mind, the god of (pseudo-)intellectualism and carnal reasoning per se, worshiped by millions of Satanists and occultists throughout the world, and recognized, fought and resisted unto blood only by a few who have the testimony of Jesus Christ, the spirit of prophecy and the other gifts of the Spirit, such as discernment.

Any true Christian or true believer in the true God, or even a sane non-religious person with a half-way properly working mind wouldn’t have given that movie more than half a star, because it is anything but edifying. It only glorifies murder, cruelty, bloodshed and Satan’s wickedness, and only a spiritually totally deaf and blind person would have fallen for the thinnest layer of sugar coating the Devil ever had to apply to any of his deceitful devices: the worn out line about preferring to shed one’s own blood to shedding the blood of the innocent. Now, what a revelation!

And such wisdom coming from Pan’s mouth in the movie probably means that he must be a “good” spirit, right?

If Pan be your god, then keep on, dude, and serve him, but me and my house, we shall serve the living God of truth, Whom you know not, probably have never known, and which is probably why He will say to you, “I have never known you” (Mt.7:23; 25:12).

Thanks for opening my eyes yet another bit more about where Christians and Christianity today truly stand: certainly not on God’s side. So, get out of our way, and stop wasting our time! We have a war to win!

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