Let this Kitten Purr – A Review of Let the Lion Roar

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Let this Kitten Purr – A Review of Let the Lion Roar

There comes a time in every movie reviewer’s life when he has to decide whether or not to cover a movie because doing so would give the movie way more credibility than it deserves. Most sane producers know that even a bad review is good for business because all publicity is good publicity. This is one of those moments.

The people who promoted God’s Not Dead are also promoting a documentary called Let The Lion Roar. This documentary seeks to buy its credibility by loading the film with well-known faces in Christian entertainment like Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead), Stephen Baldwin (a Baldwin brother), and Brad Stine (the Christian comedian). There are lesser knowns who have graced the screen in movies you’ve seen such as Jason Burkey (October Baby), John Schneider (also October Baby), Michael Joiner (The Grace Card), Ben Davies (Courageous), and Shannen Fields (Facing the Giants). There’s a Christian novelist (Bodie Thoene). There’s a motivational speaker (Dani Johnson). And there are a couple of whackos thrown in for good measure such as Chuck Pierce (the guy who brought you’and keeps trying to bring back– adulterer and false teacher Todd Bentley) and Sid Roth (who really isn’t acting in his bit). If that’s not enough we can throw in some CCM stars: Jaci Velasquez and Jeff Owen of Tenth Avenue North. And to give it some secular draw in spite of the fact that this will never be shown in a theater, Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight).

Since this isn’t a complete listing of all of the Christian film stars and heretics who appear in this film, you might wonder how this can be a documentary. It’s like this: the narrator of this rubbish, one Derek Frank, guides us through a purported revelation that he claims to have received from the Lord. In it, he claims to have seen an ancient building with Greek columns and heard the words, Complete the Reformation. With the appropriate amount of false humility, he wonders why the Lord would call him to such a work. Not one of his charismatically endowed friends could tell him what it means (they had probably never heard of The Reformation before). The Lord hides the meaning of his dream for 25 years until he takes a trip to Geneva, Switzerland where low and behold, he stumbled upon the church where John Calvin used to hold court in the 16th century. This begins a time of study where he discovers: 1) that the Reformers did a lot of really super cool things like bring back the gospel for individuals and 2) that the Reformers were deceived because some said things that are either obviously anti-semitic or can be spun that way if you can get an actor to give the right voice inflections. Frank is going to complete the Reformation by exposing the fact that the Reformers believed in what is popularly but erroneously called Replacement Theology.

The actors come in with brief vignettes as they quote mostly unsubstantiated yet seemingly anti-Semitic quips from Reformers and early church leaders. [They also wear fake beards that are very badly done. Your mall’s Santa Claus has a better fake beard.] To be fair, Derek Frank’s book does have some incomplete citations as proof, but without publication information or page numbers, it’s hard to check the context of these quotes. Most of these sources are not original; most are quotes that come from books which appear to have an axe to grind with the Reformers and so credibility is a major issue with this documentary that does not clearly document anything.

Frank would have us believe that it is his prophetic calling to expose the belief that God has always had one covenant people of God: the Church. He would also have us believe that Israel must be given her props or else. In the marketing of this film and the accompanying book, Escaping the Great Deception, we are told that, Until you recognize the Great Deception you will never be able to completely embrace your destiny as a believer. Until you understand the Great Deception you will never be able to fully live out God’s purposes for your life. Until you expose the Great Deception you will never be entirely effective in reaching a lost world. Escaping the Great Deception is your key to success (from the blurb on the back cover of Escaping the Great Deception). In short, this is dispensationalism meets Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now.

This is nothing more than grandiose posturing on Frank’s part. You’ve heard this stuff before if you’ve ever been to a dispensational prophecy conference. People who see the Church in the Old Testament are anti-Semites, the Reformers did some great stuff but they also said some mean things about Jewish people, and the Holocaust is their fault. The fact that Frank tries to claim this as some kind of divine revelation and therefore makes him the spokesman for this stuff is disingenuous at best and snake oil salesmanship at worst. He’s either lying or is suffering from a narcissistic episode accompanied by hallucinations.

Dispensationalists have been saying this stuff for years and they didn’t even need a hallucination to do it. [At least on the issue of so-called Replacement Theology. We’ll leave the discussion of the origins of the rapture for another time.] The delicious irony here is that even though dispensationalists from the Dallas Theological Seminary and The Master’s Seminary stripe would cringe at the endorsement of a Chuck Pierce or Sid Roth, this is essentially what they believe.

A critique from those quarters would probably pick up on is the subtle accusation that the Reformers focused on personal salvation and not corporate salvation. While it’s not spelled out in this documentary perhaps for fear of aligning with the flak that John Hagee got for using the same thing as a basis, it’s possible that Frank believes that Israel is saved whether they believe in Jesus Christ as Messiah or not. At the very least, Frank’s position on the need for Jewish people to come to faith in Christ is not definitive.

Considering the fact that Frank submits as damning evidence the idea that Luther believed that Jews must come over to the church for salvation and that Frank writes, This statement clearly exposed Luther’s view of the Jewish people. It showed how for him the Church was no more than a Gentile bubble (page 11), he seems to contradict the entire Book of Ephesians which states that there is one new man in Christ (Eph. 2:14-22). A new man insinuates a putting away of the old. This is the error of Messianic Judaism which seeks to preserve the ceremonial laws that have been fulfilled in Christ (as per Hebrews). It is an attempt to unbiblically continue ceremonial practices that have found their fulfillment (Galatians). This is not anti-Semitic. This is New Testament teaching.

By the way, the corporateindividual false dichotomy is also a convenient way to debunk the doctrine of election. Perhaps that will be the sequel.

As to film quality this is a weird collection of 1990’s CGI graphics and creepy monologue. Frank is the narrator in this documentary where he does an unblinking, emotionally blank tour through his delusion. It comes across like something between Rod Serling and Alfred Hitchcock on depressants. While he rarely blinks, his eyes do follow the teleprompter as he reads his dialogue. Strangely the creepiness is appropriate considering the content. If you take the time to watch this–and you’ve been warned–you will keep watching for the same reason you cannot take your eyes off of a train wreck. As to the performances of the actors and celebrities, most of them are stilted with a few exceptions (Brad Stine’s Ambrose of Milan, Baldwin’s Jerome and Sorbo’s Calvin are pretty good).

If you really like obvious ironies, here’s one–the title of the film. It comes from Amos 3:8, The lion has roared’who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken’who can but prophesy? One of the great things about taking Scripture out of context is that it makes for really cool documentary titles. Until you look at the context and discover that the text is actually teaching what the documentary purports to be attacking. Amos 3 has a context of judgment on Israel. Consider verse 2: You only have I known of all of the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. The roaring Lion of Amos 3 is roaring at Israel for her sin. He is not roaring in defense of Israel. He is roaring as He attacks her. Think Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and the mountain lion ripping apart the deer.

In short, this film exposes what’s wrong with the newly arrived Evange-wood. If you have enough money you can buy star power to promote any message you care to foist on unsuspecting evangelicals. You can put God on trial and you can slander the Reformation. Actors need to stick to drama and let the pastors and teachers take care of teaching theology. The teachers that aren’t false prophets, anyway.

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PostTenebrasLux
PostTenebrasLux

This is an excellent review of a truly execrable piece of work. The bottom line is that if you are going to write a book called "Escaping the Great Deception" it is best not to engage in deception yourself. But deception occurs at multiple levels in this film. The first is to imply that the traditional reformed view of the relationship between the church and Israel is grounded in the alleged anti-semitism of reformers. They may or may not have been. But the driving force behind reformed theology is that Israel's believing remnant are justified through Christ, in the same way that Christ's atoning death is sufficient to justify all believers. This forms the basis of God's single covenant people through history, now made manifest in the church. Frank's view is that were it not for their alleged anti-semitism, the reformers would have thought otherwise, but that's not the case: what's doing the work are their view of imputed righteousness that satisfies the covenant requirements God's people would otherwise be unable to meet.

The second level of deception is to imply that a Christian's faith is incomplete without an understanding of Judaism or the special role of Israel. The idea that there is something to be mediated to the believer outside Christ is simply the false teaching that Paul decries in Galatians. Moreover, in expounding his views Frank simply butchers the relevant biblical texts with his ham-fisted exegesis. This is clearly apparent in his conception of a One New Man. In the context of Ephesians, Paul presents this as the fulfilled work of Christ bringing Jew and Gentile together as one community of believers. Frank finds a way of twisting this into a requirement on gentile Christians, as he calls them, to accept the special calling of Israel.    

J Porter
J Porter

We should not excuse fallible men who've made grievous mistakes, because they're "our guy", no more than we should rip the bible out of context and read it with an Israeli, or any other race, centered hermeneutic. We also shouldn't see history through some "the Reformers are beyond scrutiny" lens. Folks need to hit the books, both the reformed dismissive types, as well as the sound biting "salvation by", or more accurately, "sanctification by, loving all things Hebrew" types.  I'm as tired of hearing about how the Gentile church is "this, this and that", as I am this condescending tone from my Reformed guys who have great theology but no clue about the validity of all of the nastiness of many men through church history. Both sides take a pretty privileged attitude on the matter. Be sober minded and examine things thoroughly, folks

JKXP
JKXP

@J Porter Gloriously well said- I'm so sick of the ethnocentric judaeolatry of these dispensationalists. Newsflash- not all believers are Jewish! Not all believers are interested or want anything to do with (on a theological or personal level) Jewish and Hebrew culture! Some of us just want to get on with our relationship with God, working out our salvation with fear and trembling in the context of our own language, culture and people without bowing to the supposed Hebrew master race (get the irony?).

mcguyver77
mcguyver77

@JKXP @J Porter What i find ironical is that if you don't look at your past mistakes (history) you tend to repeat it. What one should realize is that "God" created the world in the Hebrew Language. His only son was a Hebrew (yes, the very one you need to accept as your Messiah). If their history does not interest you, you are living your own delusion or even dilusion of reality.

J Porter
J Porter

@mcguyver77 @JKXP Please open up all of the comments and read all of mine. After that, if you wanna dialogue further, we can. My gripe is that Evangelical Zionists seem to miss the point and so have many other Evangelicals who have been guilty of varying degrees of antisemitism through church history.  Make sure you hear me out completely. 

@mcguyver77 Jesus (Yeshua) is the eternal Son of God. He created angels, humans, rocks, trees, Hittites, Jebusites, Israelites, dogs, cats, penguins, and dinosaurs for His glory. So, please don't shrink him into the son of God who was so crazy about all things Hebraic, or perhaps boosting up all things Hebraic, that he elected them as his chosen people. Read Deuteronomy 7, please? God chose a gentile named Abram, set him apart and formed a nation in order to show how faithful, loving and mighty He is, and ultimately, He did so so that He might bring forth the Savior of mankind, fallen Jews and Gentiles, from a sovereignly chosen group of people who didn't deserve His affection more than any other group roaming the planet. I hope that you get my point. 

mcguyver77
mcguyver77

@J Porter @mcguyver77 @JKXP Thanks for your reply. Did I anywhere state that you go to hell if you don't become a Jew or learn Hebrew? I may be mistaking but it does seem from your reply that you have an inherent dislike in the Jews and anything Hebraic. If that is not the case, then I apologise for the misunderstanding. I was hoping to trigger your interest in the most amazing language on earth - used by the Creator Himself. If you don't find it fascinating, interesting and worth investigating - so be it.It is much rather expanding than shrinking. Shrinking is taking away; diminishing; removing. How can one shoot down and diminish everything Hebraic while that was the very choice of the Creator Himself? He ultimately designed the language himself before giving it to any human. Abram was an Iraqi. However, setting apart for Abram meant getting a new language (Hebrew), a new country (Israel), serving a new King - not the idols of his father. Is the gentile not supposed to be GRAFTED IN to the original tree?


read more here: http://www.hebroots.org/hebrootsarchive/0012/1211/001211_h.html



J Porter
J Porter

@mcguyver77 Thank you for the gracious reply. With that in mind, I really want you to understand what my position is on the matter. I, in no way, have disdain for the Hebrew roots of the faith. However, the exultation of the Hebrew roots as some superior enlightenment in contrast the tiny faith of the "gentile church", who're merely a bunch of pagans with barely a foot in the Kingdom. This is where many show their ignorance of church history as a whole. I have family members who were walked into this matter from a completely one sided view. They came off thinking that every Christian form the second century til now was antisemitic, and then we silly gentiles have nearly destroyed the faith. They then presented our new hero, the Hebraic Roots. Scripture, that's good, so long as you read it through Jewish lenses. Jesus, so long as you focus on the "Jewish Jesus". The sufficiency of the Holy Spirit to seal and sanctify, so long as the Spirit is the Ruach, and you have a Jewish view of the Spirit and His work. Do you get my drift? Many have been given a tiny view of church history, this goes for your everyday gentile protestant, as well as many Messianic Jews and proponents of the Hebrew roots of the faith. This is a problem. This what I'm trying to communicate. The Gospel is sufficient, the Savior is sufficient, the indwelling Spirit is sufficient, the word of God is sufficient, and the plan of God to redeem evil people made up of Jew and gentile is sufficient...I hope that you get my point. 

God is not Hebrew. I fear that's what many conclude. He is stooping low to communicate with fallen human beings. He had to use a language to set His covenant people apart. This does not make Hebrew special, it makes it blessed because of Who set it apart. We can not elevate gift above Giver. We can not divorce God from His divine nature by forgetting that He has condescended in order to communicate with lowly creatures. Does that make sense? I need to understand the feasts, but only in as much as they are shadows of Messiah who came, reigns and will come again. I'll stop there. Are you with me?

J Porter
J Porter

The film sounds like it is very dismissive to the context of the quotes, but then again so does this review. The author basically assumes there's no validity to any Reformer's "anti-semitism" because this is just more dispensational blah...all the while he's not engaging with the context of their quotes either. Pretty pitiful. It's sounds a lot like those who wanna dismiss Puritan's owning slaves, for their own idolatrous purposes, in the same way many on the other side of the fence idolatrously worship all things Jewish, without considering biblically and historically. The occasionally hot headed and sometimes greatly hypocritical reformer, Martin Luther, who also did marvelous things for the people of God (see Romans 1:17) once warning that history, "is like a drunk man on a horse. No sooner does he fall off on the left side, does he mount again and fall off on the right.” This is how I feel about much of the ongoing Christian dialogue, regarding racism, both historically and present day.

JonSpeed
JonSpeed moderator

@J Porter Tell me how to engage the context of their quotes when the producer of this nonsense doesn't provide any first hand citations?  

J Porter
J Porter

@JonSpeed Are you at all aware of Luther's "On Jews and Their Lies"?

NickSchoeneberger
NickSchoeneberger

Dispensationalism is a cancer on the church. This is just more proof.

PaulaCoyle
PaulaCoyle

This film's trailer struck me as another Chris Pinto wannabe conspiracy video.  *yawn* -- it's amazing how these movies end up put it all on our shoulders to make sure we're doing everything right, to save the world, to avoid being deceived, and very little emphasis is put on Christ as our hope.  


I am so tired of dispensationalists who are more focused on the nation of Israel than Christ. (not all of them are)

EricPeloquin
EricPeloquin

Wow, this is truly shocking! The arrogance, the disingenuous accusations are truly sobering to see. I am speaking of this "review" and not "Let the Lion Roar". Yes, I agree that the CGI is poorly done, the beards are silly looking. However, how could we expect a reasonable "review" of this work from John Speed. If he rejects the charismata, then he rejects the very premise of the project. When he refers to Frank's vision as a "hallucination" how can we expect a fair review?

Furthermore, this review states that the book/video cite "quote mostly unsubstantiated yet seemingly anti-Semitic quips from Reformers and early church leaders". It goes on to suggest that the quotes are of dubious origin and come from books "with an axe to grind with the Reformers". While I agree that their bibliography could have been far better, the antisemitism of the "reformers" is well documented. 

In Martin Luther's book "The Jews and Their Lies" he states "Therefore know, my dear Christian, that next to the Devil you have no more bitter, more poisonous, more vehement an enemy than a real Jew who earnestly desires to be a Jew". He goes on to accuse Jews of poisoning wells, stealing children and mutilating them. He then says "A person who does not know the Devil, might wonder why they (the Jews) are so at enmity with the Christians above all others; for which they have no reason, since we only do good to them. They live among us in our homes, under our protection, use our highways, market and streets. Princes and government sit by, snore and have their mouths open, let the Jews steal from their purse and chest, steal and rob whatever they will. That is they allow themselves and their subjects to be abused and sucked dry and reduced to beggars with their own money, through the usury of the Jews." He later says that "we Christians have been tortured and persecuted by the Jews in all the world" and he continually states that the Devil was stealing the wealth of Christians through the Jews.


The "Reformers" were antisemitic one and all. Attack "Let the Lion Roar" as the product of a "hallucination" all you like, but the premise is nonetheless valid. This review mockingly states "the Reformers did some great stuff but they also said some mean things about Jewish people, and the Holocaust is their fault". The reality is that there is an indelible line between the antisemitism that the Reformers helped entrench in Europe through their influence and teachings and the Holocaust that took place four hundred years later. They indeed have blood on their hands.

What saddens me most about this "review" (diatribe might be a better description) is that due to the evident disdain for the Charismata, the validity of the message is lost. I would urge those reading this to do their own research on the antisemitism of the "Reformers". Here is a little help, it is the English translation of Luther's book "The Jews and Their Lies" in PDF.
http://www.resist.com/Instauration/OtherPubs-20120723/TheJewsAndTheirLies-Luther.pdf

JonSpeed
JonSpeed moderator

@EricPeloquin Thanks for your reply, Eric.  

If the context of every single quote from the Refomers in the movie bears out that the Reformers were anti-Semitic, to claim somehow that Frank is on a God-given mission to complete the Reformation by teaching doctrine which is contrary to the Word of God is foolish.  Why?  God doesn't instruct people to teach doctrine which is contrary to His Word.  

The real problem is the theology of the movie.  

When Jesus Himself predicted the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in Mark 13, was He anti-semitic?  When the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews says emphatically in Hebrews 9-10 that Jesus' sacrifice is "once and for all" is he anti-Semitic for suggesting that there is no further need of a Temple?  Was Paul anti-Semitic when he taught that the Church is God's plan A in the Book of Ephesians?  Is it anti-Semitic to point out that the kingdom of priests referred to in Deuteronomy has been fulfilled in the Church according to Revelation 1?  

When Jesus referred to the Jewish religion as the "synagogue of Satan" in Revelation 2:9, was He anti-Semitic?  

The anti-Semitic claims are merely red herring arguments meant to distract from the real issue--what the Word of God teaches.  The Jewish religious system is finished because Jesus said it was.  That's not anti-Semitism.  That's gospel.

EricPeloquin
EricPeloquin

@JonSpeed @EricPeloquin I really can't tell if your comment is disingenuous or obtuse. I don't care to debate whether Frank is on a bonafide mission from God or not, to me that is irrelevant to the greater issue, which is the current of antisemitism in the Church.

Again, you stated that the video/book cites "quote mostly unsubstantiated yet seemingly anti-Semitic quips from Reformers and early church leaders" which is patently false and only demonstrates that you have not done any research into this subject.

When I initially viewed this video, I was completely ambivalent. I have heard mostly wonderful things about Martin Luther, John Calvin et.al. I NEVER take a person's word for it. If they make statements such as were made in this video, then I allow that to be the impetus for my own research. That research bore out the claims of Frank and others. In fact, this video is quite tame in its telling of the truth. Martin Luther proved himself to be an anti-Semite of the highest order.


Martin Luther's pamphlet "The Jews and their Lies" became the blueprint for the pogrom that came to be known as Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) when, in commemoration of Luther's 455th birthday, the Nazi party carried out much of what Luther recommended in that pamphlet.

Your statements regarding the destruction of the Temple etc. are simply asinine. The Temple fell because of God's judgment against His people. Of COURSE Jesus is the sacrifice Once and For All. When did I suggest that the Jews are sinless? When did I suggest that the sacrificial system should still exist?

As far as your statement regarding Revelation 2:9...are you really serious? Or am I to try to figure out if you are being either disingenuous or obtuse again? Jesus did not refer to the "Jewish religion" as a "synagogue of Satan". Either you know that and are suggesting it just the same, or you don't know that which means you didn't bother to actually read the text and study the context. The Jews that Jesus accuses were false Jews, like He said they were. They were informers, bringing persecution on the Church at Smyrna. There is no way this passage can be construed to be a reference to the "Jewish religion" as you stated. That is just bad hermeneutics. I'll keep my own counsel on the antisemitism of it.

Jesus said the Jewish Religion is finished? Really? Where? Because my bible states that God is not at all done with the Jews.

Romans 11:25-32 ESV 

Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. [26] And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; [27] “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”
  [28] As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. [29] For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. [30] For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, [31] so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. [32] For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.
   

Jeremiah 31:31-37 ESV

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, [32] not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. [33] For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [34] And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

[35] Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the LORD of hosts is his name: [36] “If this fixed order departs from before me, declares the LORD, then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.” [37] Thus says the LORD: “If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done, declares the LORD.”







EricPeloquin
EricPeloquin

@PaulaCoyle @EricPeloquin Paula, you seem like a decent person. However, it is evident that you have not read what Luther said about the Jews. His statements were not directed at a religious system of belief. They were directed at the Jewish people. And while Speed may have a mocking tone about it, the pogroms against the Jews un the late 1930's were fueled by a deep seated anti-Semitism that had simmered in Germany for well over 400 years. 

On November 9-10, 1938 in commemoration of Martin Luther's birthday (Nov 10, 1483) the Nazi party destroyed 7,500 Jewish businesses and more than 1,000 synagogues. Thousands of Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. The Evangelical Lutheran Church not only didn't oppose this pogrom, but they celebrated it by publishing a compendium of Luther's writings on November 11th 1938. Most in the Evangelical Lutheran Church stood by giving either active or passive approval to the policy against the Jews because they had been taught for hundreds of years that God was done with the Jews and that they were under judgment, that they were paying the price for killing Jesus and rejecting Him as Messiah.

Please don't take my work for it. Read Luther's own words for yourself...

http://www.resist.com/Instauration/OtherPubs-20120723/TheJewsAndTheirLies-Luther.pdf

Also, please read Romans chapters 9, 10 and 11 and then see if God is done with the Jews.

PaulaCoyle
PaulaCoyle

@EricPeloquin We know Luther said some things about the Jews.  Please don't confuse the Jewish system of religion (which is what Luther was usually writing against) with the Jewish people themselves. Also remember that many of the Jewish prophets wrote equally scathingly against the Jews who thought they could earn God's favor.


This is a fabulous review btw JonSpeed.

CyberAngel
CyberAngel

Mathew 5:17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 


LitoNosa
LitoNosa

I am appalled at the audacity of modern Gnosticism in its relentless attack on the Christian church through media in this postmodern world. Producers are cashing in now in a wave of the Bible-according-to-Hollywood band wagon that has brilliantly misrepresented Christianity and rewrite theology, church history and entertain witless "Christians" and pagans alike to uproot the foundations of the Christian church and replacing it with their own concoction of mythologies disguised as documentaries.

Let The Lion Roar is a shameful misrepresentation of the Christian church. It has more in common with Dan Brown's novels than witness and testimonies of the Christian church. It accuses the Church of anti-Semitism by presenting a strong anti-Christian position. The trailer is rigged with gnostic presentations of secret hidden knowledge that they (the producers) only possess and making it the only way that could liberate the church. Gnosticism, after being declared as heretical for the past 2000 years now creeps back into mainstream and the Church did not even recognize it.  

Here ye the accusations and the "revelations" from this picture;
1. The reformers rewrote the Bible to suit their anti-Semitic views? How was this possible when the reformers went back to the Greek manuscripts rather than the Latin Vulgate for the translation into the vernacular? Sorbo asserts in one interview that the reformers used the Latin versions. He could have just sat down for a day of Church history lessons and save himself from 2 minutes of slander against godly men.
2. A secret kept hidden for 2000 years? I wonder where was God in all of this. These are trademark of Gnosticism who claims they have secret knowledge for salvation. Just read the bible for heaven's sake. What else God could have kept from us when he called all men to repent and be saved?
3. That Luther and Calvin were rabid anti-Semites? Then they may say Paul as well, (Philippians 3:2, Galatians 1,) or maybe Jesus himself ( Revelations 3:9). They purposely slandered others to prop themselves up as vessels of truth. Heresy upon heresy, flashing all over the movie.
4. That by embracing their secret that they will reveal in this mockumentary, the church's power will be unleashed!! My oh my, where was the Holy Spirit all this time? In any case, as far as the producers are concerned, the power of the church is not with the Holy Spirit, it is with their secret knowledge.

I saw many illustrious Christian personalities in this movie. How could they be so gullible and be deceived to be involved in "Church-vandalism" movies like this? Even Christian posts, blogs and the Dove foundation fell for this too.

As preposterous in the Noah movie of having rock creatures build the ark for him, or Jesus inviting Simon to follow him and “change the world”, Let The Lion Roar is just the devil the roaring lion seeking to devour.

Theophilus



pftaylor61
pftaylor61

@LitoNosa On an issue of fact: you obviously disagree with Mr. Frank's theology, and this is your right. However, at no point in either his movie or his film does Frank accuse the reformers of re-writing the Bible with anti-semitic views. The Bible is the Bible. How can the Bible be anti-semitic, when all of its authors were Jewish (with the possible exception of Luke)? It is the unbiblical comments of well-known, and otherwise godly men of history, which are criticized for being anti-semitic. And Frank's commentary, and his book, also make it abundantly clear that he actually accepts the overwhelming majority of the things said by Luther and Calvin. So Luther's part in the Reformation (which we celebrate today) is not criticized, nor Calvin's important and godly contribution to theology. It is simply their regrettable anti-semitic remarks which are criticized, and shown to have had devastatingly serious influence throughout history. 

JonSpeed
JonSpeed moderator

While the movie does not make the claim of the Bible being rewritten, Kevin Sorbo has made public statements to that effect since the movie's release.

PaulaCoyle
PaulaCoyle

@pftaylor61 @LitoNosa ok, reinterpreted, if you will.  Many KJVO's have made similar cases about people corrupting the text of Scripture however.  Maybe they didn't use the phrase "they rewrote the Bible" but the intention is clear.  They intended to say that the Reformers in some way misrepresented the message of Scripture to the world and now *thanks to Derek Frank,* everyone who's been missing this incredibly important truth that God for some reason was unable to teach his church for how many hundreds of years?  Seriously?  Every person that comes up with the "lost key" to understanding the Scriptures ends up in grave error.  I can say with confidence that Frank is in grave error already, hearing from "God" outside of the word.  Self-importantly prophesying his own imaginations.

longmirejd
longmirejd

Great review - editorial: "lo and behold" not "low and behold"


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