Posted: March 4, 2014 in HOT TOPICS, Uncategorized
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“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.


  1. Thank you Christopher for this post. It was very frustrating reading all the negative comments directed at you on the “Beware of Roma…” post; I knew you were right, but I couldn’t put my finger on the details. I saw that Lazarus scene in “The Bible” movie and knew that wasn’t right, but I didn’t make the connection on that touching the dead was sin!! Being the days we are in I have been concentrating on the New Testament; I think I need to renew my knowledge in the Old Testament. Thank you again, and I pray all those who bashed you have the love of Christ in them and apologize; that would be the “Christian” thing to do!! God bless you!!

  2. a_l_henley says:

    Reblogged this on Intrepid Didymus.

  3. robhar says:

    Exactly. But most Christians do not know Torah, which was never “done away with” as most have been taught. Yeshua was accused by the Pharisees of breaking the law, but it was their oral law that he was against, not Torah. And you are right in that if he had broken one jot or tittle of the Torah, He could not have been Messiah.Thank you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    very good point. watched the movie and didn’t catch that! “There is safety in a multitude of counselors!”

  5. Anonymous says:

    i was going to see the movie “The Son of God” but after your truthful comments about it I have changed my mind. Pastor Jack

  6. Streim says:

    Thank you!! Your review isn’t just your “opinion” of the movie… it is based on Biblical facts!! I will be following your blog and would like to at some point reblog to my blog.
    Keep standing on the Word of God.

  7. Joseph Bock says:

    How do you explain Luke 8:53-56?

  8. mandy b says:

    Joseph Bocks; Luke 8:49-52 she had been healed BEFORE CHRIST arrived, just as Lazarus was raised by GOD so to life was given back to the child by GOD BEFORE CHRIST touched her, read ALL of the WORD not just a part………….Luk 8:49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.
    Luk 8:50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
    Luk 8:51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.
    Luk 8:52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.

  9. eddie says:

    How do you explain Mark 5:41?

    • The girl was not “dead” notice that Jesus himself said, “She is not dead, she is asleep”. There is a big difference between clinically dead where someone is brain dead, the heart and organs have completely shut down and their spirit has left the body – that is the truest definition of being dead, as in the case of Lazarus. He was dead 4 days, for he stank, the body was decaying, this was the reason why after a 24 hour period a person was “dead” and considered unclean and it was thus a violation of the law to touch a dead body in such condition.

      This however was not the case with the young girl, she was merely asleep, meaning, her spirit and soul were not under the power of death itself, there was still time to bring her life back to her, it was not a 24 hour period, he did not violate the law, he simply told the girl to arise as he took her hand, so no, he was perfect in exactly what he did. This was much different than the case of the young boy who had in fact been dead for possibly several days, if you notice Christ did not touch his body, which clearly shows he kept to the law perfectly. Had he touched the boy he would have been guilty of not obeying the word, even though he was the word in the flesh, he did not violate his own law, so he was perfect.

      The movie depicts another type of Christ altogether.

      • eddie says:

        Where do you see scriptural evidence that the girl is not clinically dead and that Lazarus is? For the NT even refers to the saints that died in this flesh as asleep…

      • Lazarus was 4 days dead (he stinketh) the girl had just died. There is no such thing as “soul sleep” every person who dies either immediately goes to heaven or hell.

      • eddie says:

        but listen to your words, they both DIED. The OT laws were non corcumstancial. It didn’t matter if the body had just died or if it was dead 4 days; it died. If its a matter of thinking Jesus sinned by touching a corpse than in THEIR eyes He was wrong. They even thought He blasphemed by saying He was the Son of God… did they just judge righteously? Assuredly, the Son of Man, through Whom all was created indeed has authority to touch the dead and raise them to life; before and after the cross. The feeble minds of men are irrelevant (the pharisees).

        I agree that it would’ve been better if they went accurately with scripture… I will do more research (God willing) and I will reporr my findings.

        Concerning falling asleep, see 1 Thesselonians 4:14 and 1 Corinthians 5:18. I go by the word of God and His Spirit. Theology is of no avail for it is by what pharisees fell by and what paul himself refers to as cow dung. God is able to reveal all things by His Spirit.

  10. eddie says:

    and Luke 7:11?

  11. eddie says:

    Again, what do you say of Peter lifting up Tabitha in Acts?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Jesus touched many “unclean” people. leprosy (Matt. 8:1-4), man with dropsy (Luke 14:1-5). BUT he never sinned because the whole Law can be summaries by ‘Love the Lord your God. …and you shal live your neighbor as yourself’ (Mark 11:28-34). Defilement comes from within (Mark 7:1-23). If we only judge this movie based on the law then it might not be the most theologically accurate account, but I dont think that was the goal! The goal was to show that God IS LOVE and He has come to us!!

  13. Marg says:

    In the movie, it bothered me that Jesus laid his hand on Lazarus. The Bible says Jesus called him out.
    Jesus also laughed with a young girl and laughingly said that Jerusalem would be destroyed.
    In the Bible, Jesus wept as He saw the future destruction of Jerusalem. That was inaccurate.
    There were more inaccuracies: The bread at the Last Supper was leavened bread, not unleavened bread. (symbolically significant mistake,representing sin).
    Lots of Jewish details were wiped out. Jesus would have had His head covered and would have worn a prayer shawl .
    I took all this as ignorance of facts, or compressing to get alot into a short time.
    I find no contradiction that Jesus laid His life down, WILLINGLY became the Passover Lamb, and the fact that His mother felt He was murdered. There was murder in the hearts of those who conspired to kill him….both Jews and Romans. A mother would feel that way.
    Knowing it had to happen, that it was planned from the beginning, I still felt that way while I watched him being whipped and humiliated and tortured.
    I look forward to the day when the story will be told, and the Jewish details will be correct, and Jesus will look Jewish, they will use His Hebrew Name that He was called when He walked the earth, and the Land and Sea of Galilee will be the real thing. Anyone who has been to Israel will realize it was NOT filmed on location!!!!

  14. San Juan says:

    My Observations:

    Film: ‘Son of God’
    by Mark Burnett & Roma Downey
    PG-13 rating: Care and discernment must be taken with younger children!
    Hollywood’s self-proclaimed “Year of the Bible Movie”.
    Professionally well done, spectacular cinematography and high quality production, cast, musical score and writing.

    Some parts were extremely well done but others leave out scriptures that are crucial to the Bible events and true to factual history.
    Some would excuse this by saying they must be viewed with an open mind and heart???

    BUT! It is New Age ‘Feel Good’ religious bunk. It is in conflict with Christian, Bible based truth.

    Diogo Morgado, who played Jesus, did a believable portrayal. The problem is that Morgado was too good looking so that it distracts from reality and makes it just entertainment and a myth. The Bible clearly tells us that Jesus of Nazareth was comely.??????

    Mary Magdalene is cast in a flagrant unbiblical over reading of Scripture in which she is portrayed as if she were a disciple in a similar vein to how the Bible speaks of the Twelve Disciples.

    In this film Satan is intentionally excluded to make it more palatable with the ‘feel-good’ New Age ‘Emergent Church’ religious philosophy. Satan is as much a part of the story of Jesus as His disciples, and perhaps even more so, since the ‘evil one’ has been around long before and after them.
    Without Satan, there really is no need for Jesus, since Satan introduced the Sin for which Jesus had to pay the price for and defeat for all humanity. This subtle change allows Jesus to fill any role or myth you desire to place on him other than that which the Bible gives him, which is that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah who redeems and delivers us from the penalty of Sin-Death/Hell and provides Peace and Joy with Eternal Life.

    Whenever you dilute the Word of God under whatever title you give it, you lead people away from the Biblical truth. This world is full of deception but we are encouraged to go see these films because of the subject matter and not to worry about Hollywood’s liberal use of artistic license.
    If it’s not portrayed exactly as told in the Bible, then they are subtly turning the truth into a myth and it’s not worth your life, time or money.

    The Theological Revisionism is subtly and skillfully woven throughout the story to support a ‘feel good’ – New Age/Catholic – ‘Emergent Church’ religious philosophy.

    Also there are too many non-biblical artistic liberties taken which to the unbelieving world makes the Biblical truth appear as a myth.

    Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have developed a set of  teaching and preaching resources based on ‘feel good’ -New Age/Catholic – ‘Emergent Church’ Religious Philosophy for use in home, Bible study, small group or church setting.


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