“If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.” Ezekiel 3:18
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8).
It’s apparent that in Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s religious worldview Jesus was a sinner. Yes, you read that right, according to Downey and Burnett’s theological slant, Jesus was a sinner – and for the creators of this religious epic, he had to be. But how could that be? How could two people who claim to have a personal one on one relationship with Jesus Christ, who have touted their spirituality on every major Christian program for the past month just prior to the movie’s release, promote the idea that says Jesus was not sinless? I’ll tell you how – it’s a new Christ.
One of the prophetic warnings as outlined in Matthew 24 was the arrival of another form of Christianity. Jesus said that in the last days, false Christs would appear on the scene leading many astray. So how does Son Of God produce another Jesus? This is where an insightful understanding of the movie process begins. Whenever a movie is produced, before a film crew is hired, before actors and actresses are cast, the due process of a motion picture always begins in an office and with a script. It is at the script level that ideas are formulated and designed and a project is developed, this is called pre-production.
Having already presented facts based on Roma Downey’s personal religious views here, it is then no stretch of the imagination as to why the makers of this film would present Christ as a mere human being, not God in the flesh, but subject to sin. Once you take away the deity, sinless perfection of Christ, then you have created a Christ which cannot truly save, nor can redeem mankind from their sin. This is found in the movie itself where Christ is seen breaking the law. To understand the Christ of Roma and Mark’s vision, one must go back nearly 5,000 years into the Old Testament and with Moses and the law.
When God established the law with Moses, he established a set of precepts that the people were to live by, for the dispensation of grace was yet to come, as Numbers 19:11 states, “Whoever touches the dead body of any person shall be unclean seven days.” Why did God establish a law which forbade anyone from touching the corpse of someone who had died? The answer is simple, death was the result, or the wage of sin. When Adam disobeyed the Lord and followed the pressing seduction of Eve, who equally became seduced by the serpent, Adam’s disobedience brought sin into the world (Romans 5:12). The law could not conquer death, nor abolish it, as the gospel does, by bringing life and immortality to light, and so introducing a better hope. By touching a corpse, the person was then considered unclean and the only correction from that disobedience was seven (7) days of separation. In God’s eyes that person was defiled and had to be purified to be considered clean once more (Leviticus 21:1; Numbers 5:2; Numbers 6:6; Numbers 9:6).
Was Jesus defiled? Was Jesus unclean? Was Jesus disobedient? If you believe in the Jesus of Roma Downey’s version of her gospel apparently so. Yet this is not scriptural and not only unscriptural, but heresy, for it makes Christ a mere human, not sinless. Yet the word makes it clear in 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 1 John 3:5 says ” You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.” Even still, let us read the words of Peter in this matter regarding the sinlessness of Christ, “He committed no sin and no deceit was found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:22).
But not in the movie Son Of God. Roma and Mark were very candid in their concept of Jesus, as in this interview where Roma Downey stated that Jesus did not lay his life down freely, but was actually murdered; “It is the ultimate trusting; that she had to trust God, that she was so privileged to be the mother of the Savior, that she had to stand there as a mother and watch her son being murdered…” (source). Let it be completely understood by all, that if Jesus Christ, the son of God had violated one aspect of the law – just one, he could not be the true, son of God, nor could he redeem man by being the most perfect sacrifice. This is very important to remember as I make my case.
Which brings us to the film itself Son Of God. In the movie Lazarus has died, he’s actually been dead four (4) days, so when Jesus arrives to comfort those close to Lazarus, the scriptures says Jesus wept (John 11:35) then the word says, “So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.
When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” (John 11:41-43)
But the Christ of Downey and Burnett did not stay outside the tomb, he actually walked in, finding an uncovered Lazarus, there, this Jesus placed his hands upon the head of Lazarus, and kissed his forehead while uttering some curious word of prayer and Lazarus’ eyes were opened, as he came back from the dead. And while this might make good for drama effect, it projects another Christ, a Christ which had supernatural powers but had no problem violating the law! This makes this Jesus another Jesus, another Christ. The Jesus of Roma Downey is clearly another Jesus altogether and still it’s deceiving multitudes of believers presently.
The word says we are not to be deceived, for in the last days perilous times are coming where miracle workers, claiming Christ will appear on the scene deceiving the masses, all behind the cloak of Christ and the gospel, but it’s another gospel altogether.
There is no doubt in my mind Roma Downey is sincere in her desire to know the Christ of the Bible, however, due to her involvement in spiritualist teachings and new age beliefs, this has sadly introduced her to another gospel, another Christ. This Jesus Roma has fallen in love with has seduced her to project and deceive many well meaning Christians along the way, for this Jesus comes from another source and that source is Satan, the master deceiver. He is antichrist.