One thing you can be absolutely certain of. . . The Holy Spirit does not want your mind filled with the “imaginations” of a demon-possessed Catholic mystic through the “images” of The Passion .
There is no doubt that Peter loved the Lord
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to SEDUCING spirits, and doctrines of devils; 1 Timothy 4:1
One of the biggest surprises about The Passion is the wholesale acceptance from the Christian community. I have been saved for over 28 years and I have never seen such an indiscriminate reception. It has been called The Passion Phenomena .
It is even more surprising when the known Catholic influence is considered. Many of the Christian leaders who are adamantly promoting The Passion , are well aware of Mel Gibson’s fanatical Catholicism and it’s inspiration in The Passion . And yet many of these men are ecstatically promoting The Passion . Normally, most of these Christian leaders would draw a straight and deep line of separation against Catholicism – but not with The Passion .
Mel Gibson was also surprised at how the evangelicals have “hands downs responded” to The Passion , especially since it openly promotes the Catholic adoration of Mary.
” I’ve been actually amazed at the way I would say the evangelical audience has-hands down-responded to this film more than any other Christian group .” What makes it so amazing, he says, is that “the film is so Marian [the Roman Catholic worship of Mary].”(Mel,
What is the hook in The Passion ? What is about The Passion that Christians are closing their eyes to the blatant doctrinal errors and welcoming it with open arms?
The Passion is “seducing” most Christians because of their desire to know more about the Lord Jesus. They believe if they can just “see” the scourging, the beating, the pain and anguish – they could love Him more .
Their motives are certainly right. They want to know more about their Lord. They want to draw closer to their Lord. No problem here.
If they could “see” the blood, the torn flesh and what the Lord Jesus went through for them – oh how they could love Him more!
Let us understand something very important, something that is missing in today’s Christianity – and that is, the right motive does not make the action right. You can have the right motive, but you can be completely wrong.
Matthew 16 contains a very interesting dialogue in the Word of God. It is the popular conversation between the Lord Jesus Christ and Peter. It begins in verse 13, with the simple question, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am”? And they answer, “Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets” And the Lord asks them, “But whom say ye that I am?”
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Matthew
Peter apparently got a direct revelation from the Father. The Lord said, “flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee”. There is no doubt at this point the Lord is pleased with Peter. It would be safe to say at this time Peter is in the perfect will of God.
Just 4 verses later, the Lord tells his disciples how He be must beaten, crucified and rise again third day.
From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Matthew