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Discerning Deception

May 8, 2014

1 John 4:1 – “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from Yahweh, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Hebrews 5:14 – “Solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”

A mature Christian is empowered by the Ruach Ha’Kodesh not only to tell the difference between good and evil, but also between what is good and what is better. Testing of the spirits to determine whether they are from Yahweh or from Ha’Satan within the church body is at times lacking, all but dead – commentaries on three recent movies prove this point.

Generally Good
God’s NOT Dead.  Commentaries on this movie have been generally positive.  And the movie does have a generally good message – its spirit is good, not evil.   L.A. Marzulli writes: “We are surrounded by the Darwinian paradigm, both in academia and the scientific community.  Our kids have Darwinism and by default atheism pounded into their head in middle school!  God’s not Dead, is push back against the prevailing paradigm.  I think it’s brilliant and while catered mostly for a college crowd, I found myself cheering for the Christian Freshman who chooses to defend the reality of a good God rather than write on a paper that God is dead.”  This is the good message of the movie.

However, other parts of the movie do not portray a good spirit.  Yes, the professor’s girlfriend finally realizes that they are unequally yoked and moves out.  True discernment has to ask: “Why is the professor’s girlfriend, who professes to be a Christian, living with him in sin in the first place even part of an otherwise good message?”  Couldn’t she have been living separately and simply “testing the spirits”?  This would have been more appropriate message for an otherwise good message in the spirit of good, not evil.

Blatantly Bad
NoahNoah, the movie, is by no means about the Biblical Noah. In fact, there is nothing scriptural about the film.  From only one of Noah’s sons being married, to watcher angels released and reconciled to Yahweh as they ascend to heaven, to the stowaway Tubal Cain, to Noah being a homicidal maniac, the movie is a complete departure from scripture and the message of Genesis chapters five through nine.

The Bible says that all three of Noah’s sons were married and only Noah, his wife, his sons, and their wives were aboard the ark (Genesis 7:7, 7:13, and 8:18).  The Bible says the watcher angels are “reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” of the Lord (Jude 1:6).  Noah is no homicidal maniac according to the Bible, but is in fact found to be righteous in Yahweh’s sight (Genesis 7:1).

This movie is so blatantly evil in nature that even the least discerning have not misjudged its message and intent.  However, some Christian critics have recommended that believers watch the movie, one calling it the “Biblical Epic Christians deserve”, and another a “four star” movie.  Unbelievable.

Subtly Insidious
Heaven Is Real.  Both the movie and the book by the same name are subtly insidious.  Both have a feel good message, but use satanic means to portray it.  When Colton’s version of heaven is compared to the Bible’s version, almost every significant assertion concerning heaven made in this book deviates from scripture.  From Yeshua’s blue-green eyes to rainbow horses, to humans with wings who fight the bad guys, the images contradict scripture time and time again.

The Bible says, “His eyes are like a flame of fire” (Revelation 1:14).  The Bible says it is a “white horse” (Revelation 19:11).  Humans are never depicted with wings in the scripture. The Cherubim have wings, (Exodus 25:20), the Seraphim have wings (Isaiah 6:2), the four great beasts have wings (Daniel 7), and the four living creatures have wings (Revelation 4:8). Nowhere in the Bible are humans either depicted with or predicted to have wings.   And it is Yeshua alone who slays those who oppose God (Revelation 19:21).

But most disturbing is the description of visits with family members and other individuals.  The Bible is expressly clear that the living are to have no interaction with the dead, often called familiar spirits.  In fact, those who do interact with familiar spirits anger Yahweh and are to be brought down, cut off, and put to death! (Leviticus 19:31 and 20:27, 1 Chronicles 10:13, Isaiah 8:19 and 19:3).

Where is true discernment?  How abhorrent that one “Theologian,” Roger E. Olson, even says: “I will say the movie was not at all bad. I was pleasantly surprised. For the most part, evangelical Christianity was treated sympathetically or at least realistically.”  Alex Murashko says: Take “yourself to see an extremely powerful movie that, in the end, is a movie about our own questions regarding life and the life-after . . . I’m going with the Burpo family on this one – this is a good thing.”  Others claim that the movie is primarily for those that already believe that heaven is real and its inconsistencies with scripture are easily dismissed – that its central message of contact with the dead is okay. Unbelievable!

Conclusion
Ha’Satan is actively trying to convince people that the Bible is false.  Two movies expound this lie, this deception – one blatantly and the other subtly.  But critics, both secular and Christian, encourage people to see these abhorrent films.  The third does a better job but still portrays lifestyles that are not fully “good”. Testing of the spirits to determine whether they are from Yahweh or from Ha’Satan within the church body is at times lacking, all but dead – numerous commentaries by so called “Christians” on three recent movies prove this point.  Unbelievable.

Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew prophets. The stage is being set for the great delusion. Deception is rampant already, and true discernment is lacking. The birth pangs are just over the horizon. Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.

Related Links
Marzulli God’s Not Dead Commentary
Marzulli Noah Commentary
Variety Noah Commentary
Matt Walsh Noah Commentary
Patheos Heaven Is Real Commentary
Crosswalk Heaven Is Real Commentary
Christian Post Heaven Is Real Commentary

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