I think Mark Driscoll is WRONG. I would like to give my four picks that I feel trump Mr. Driscoll’s suggestion of which movie the Prince of Darkness himself might be most proud of.
NUMBER ONE: I almost couldn’t resist falling to my knees and worshipping Zeus after watching Percy Jackson & The Olympians…. which would actually be much more plausible (I should say possible) than growing a long pony tail and trying to get it to mate with a tree or rubbing it against my dogs tail hoping for some spiritual connection.
NUMBER TWO: Just in case… I have acquired some silver bullets and have become a bit jumpy on a fool moon. For some reason I find it much more likely that I would run into a Werewolf than ever here of someone actually naming a planet Pandora. There is at least some scripture that references the former, Daniel 4:31-33?
NUMBER THREE: May God guide a blind man’s arrow straight threw a pervert’s head! Does not violence seem like something that would make the heart of any demon skip a beat? Movies glorifying violence would seem more demonic than one that compels tree hugging. Then again, it is The Good And Right Reverend Driscoll himself that suggest we worship a UFC Jesus? I’m guessing he loves movies Rated R for violence… I never have heard him speak out against a Tarentino movie.
NUMBER FOUR: What about SEX and DRUGS? I would think a movie marketed at teens that aren’t even old enough to watch it would have a much more damaging, or should I say damming, effect than Avatar. For example, Youth In Revolt, with all its Sexual, Crude and Profane Content. It’s a wonder how Mark D. would have Avatar rated XXX and allow Youth In Revolt to somehow manage and escape his scathing judgment. I can assure Pastor Driscoll that Youth In Revolt will influence more people to take a light hearted approach to drugs and sex than Avatar will lead people to literally connect with trees, animals, beasts and birds! He should consider giving other movies a review…. unless of course the only reason he mentioned Avatar is because of its popularity. In that case I would just have to say that’s pretty shallow. Nevertheless, I have spent four times as much time on this topic than Mark did in his sermon… hope people listen to the rest of what he has to say. My guess is THEY WON’T!
Monica Guzmán recently wrote the folloing at her blog at the Seattle PI. you can read it here: http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/archives/195724.asp
NOW HERE IS WHAT SHE WROTE:
‘Avatar’ is the most satanic film Mark Driscoll has ever seen
Was “Avatar” satanic?
Mark Driscoll thinks so. In fact, the founder of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church told his congregation last Sunday that the highest grossing movie of all time is “the most demonic, satanic film I’ve ever seen.”
If you follow local theological circles, you know Driscoll is something of a superstar among national evangelical leaders. Or at least, he’s someone to watch.
Driscoll helped build the popular Mars Hill Church into one of the most talked about evangelical mega-churches in the country, despite its home at the heart of a secular stronghold. That distinction, combined with his church’s culturally savvy but socially and theologically conservative views, gives him significant weight in religious debate.
Or at least, significant attention.
Though his “Avatar” comments made up just a fraction of the Feb. 14 sermon, Driscoll managed to condemn the film in both religious and nonreligious terms. He denounced its “demonic paganism,” but also a message that “primitive is good and advanced is bad.” He resented its portrayal of a “false Jesus” and a “false heaven,” but also the idea of “connecting, literally, with trees and animals and beasts and birds.”
His main objection appears to be that “Avatar” preaches a worship of “created things” rather than the creator. Of nature rather than God.
In that, Driscoll sees demons. And demons — to him as to many Christians — are as common as weeds.
“[‘Avatar’] is new age, satanic, demonic paganism, and people are just stunned by the visuals,” he said. “Well, the visuals are amazing because Satan wants you to emotionally connect with a lie.”
Art critic and religion writer Menachem Wecker took Driscoll to task for his comments on the Houston Chronicle Web site Wednesday.
“I don’t think that Driscoll is correct that the Na’vi are demonic or that the film is demonic. If anything, Avatar should be applauded for celebrating a spiritual approach to life,” he wrote.
But I think Driscoll would stick to his point.
“Spirituality is demonology,” Driscoll said earlier in the sermon. “Just because it is spiritual does not mean it is good.”
Read the “Avatar” segment of the sermon below. See it on pages 4 and 5 of the PDF of his sermon here. If you’d like to watch, Driscoll begins speaking about it at 17:02 in this video:
The world tempts you to sin, to use people, to disobey God, to live for your own glory instead of his own, to be a consumer instead of generous, that’s the world system.
And if you don’t believe me, go see Avatar, the most demonic, satanic film I’ve ever seen. That any Christian could watch that without seeing the overt demonism is beyond me. I logged on to christianitytoday.com and the review was reflective of Christianity today, very disappointing. See, in that movie, it is a completely false ideology, it’s a sermon preached. It’s the most popular movie ever made, and it tells you that the creation mandate, the cultural mandate is bad, that we shouldn’t, we shouldn’t develop culture, that’s a bad thing.
Primitive is good and advanced is bad and that we’re not sinners, we’re just disconnected from the divine life force, just classic, classic, classic paganism, that human beings are to connect, literally, with trees and animals and beasts and birds and that there’s this spiritual connection that we’re all a part of, that we’re all a part of the divine.
It presents a false mediator with a witch. It presents false worship of created things rather than Creator God in absolute antithesis to Romans 1:25, which gives that as the essence of paganism. It has a false incarnation where a man comes in to be among a people group and to assume their identity. It’s a false Jesus. We have a false resurrection. We have a false savior. We have a false heaven. The whole thing is new age, satanic, demonic paganism, and people are just stunned by the visuals. Well, the visuals are amazing because Satan wants you to emotionally connect with a lie.