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“Magdalena Released from Shame”—An Agenda of Post-modernism, and More of Today’s Christianity

This movie produced for Campus Crusade for Christ, “Magdalena: Released from Shame,” is disquieting. Actor, Brian Deacon, portrays Jesus, as he did in the “Jesus Film” also released by Campus Crusade and used widely for easy evangelism. Deacon is not a Christian believer according to his bio and he played in a pornographic movie, “Triple Echo,” which Campus Crusade attributes to him, his Hollywood credentials, as presented at the cast link. This is his point of fame according to them.

Movie trailer link that includes bios of the stars: http://magdalenamovie.com/

It is extremely depressing that CCC does not expose Triple Echo’s vile sinfulness nor reprove this man. Instead, they co-star the man.  If CCC was upfront, it would explain the man who portrays Jesus is a porno film star. Triple Echo is about a man who enjoys playing a female role and is sexually promiscuous with a married woman.

Triple Echo or Soldier in Skirts: “Deserting soldier dresses as a woman to escape detection; liking the female role he goes to a dance with another soldier and is exposed. Barton is a soldier in WW2 England; he meets Alice, who is looking after her farm single-handed as her husband is a prisoner of the Japanese. Barton stays overnight and they get friendly, and he decides to desert and stay with Alice. They become lovers (with explicit sex). As a cover, she tells people in the village that her sister is staying with her, and Barton dresses the part. He has mixed feelings about the feminine role but evidently grows accustomed to it. Eventually an army sergeant comes to the farm, and is glad to learn that there are two unattached women there; he has sexual designs on them. Alice rebuffs him and he concentrates on Barton, as “Cathy”. Barton is flattered by the attention, and foolishly agrees to go to a Christmas dance at the army base with the sergeant, obviously not realizing that sexual activity will be involved, despite Alice’s warnings. At the party, Barton realizes what is developing, but can’t escape, and the Sergeant won’t take no for an answer.”

CCC also honors Rebecca Ritz who depicts Mary Magdalena—the actual star of this movie whose photo is set before all others. She is promoted at the CCC site for acting with pornographic actor Tom Cruise. She has played in short sex films, including a 2009 flick entitled “Space Girls.” Her movies are listed at her Hollywood data base page.

Now why would any godly, chaste, modest Christian woman have anything to do with pornographic movies? Nothing in the CCC cast bio reveals her having a walk with Christ, and it would be dead crazy if it did. Both she and Brian Deacon, who are dead in trespasses and sins, simply play Christian parts.

This movie production of Mary Magdalena may stem from the fact that some people claim Mary Magdalene wrote a Gospel: The Gospel according to Mary Magdalene.

http://www.thenazareneway.com/the_gospel_of_mary_magdalene.htm

Here are a few verses from the pseudo writings of Mary Magdalene of dialog following Christ’s death.

Mary Magdalene:
22) The Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots.
23) For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone.
24) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
25) Peter said to him, Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?
26) The Savior said There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin.
27) That is why the Good came into your midst, to the essence of every nature in order to restore it to its root.
28) Then He continued and said, That is why you become sick and die, for you are deprived of the one who can heal you.
29) He who has a mind to understand, let him understand.
30) Matter gave birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from something contrary to nature. Then there arises a disturbance in its whole body.
31) That is why I said to you, Be of good courage, and if you are discouraged be encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature.
32) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Peter said to Mary, “Sister, I we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of women. Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember – which you know (but) we do not, nor have we heard them.” Mary answered and said, “What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you.” And she began to speak to them these words: “I,” she said, ” I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to him, ‘Lord, I saw you today in a vision.’ He answered and said to me, ‘Blessed are you, that you did not waver at the sight of me. For where the mind is, there is the treasure. ‘I said to him, ‘Lord, now does he who sees the vision see it (through) the soul (or) through the spirit?’ The Savior answered and said. ‘He does not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind which [is] between the two – that is [what] sees the vision…”
“Interest in Mary Magdalene, the quasi-legendary woman of the Gospels who stood in an ambiguous relationship to Jesus, is booming just now … Among those unorthodox sources is one of the fragmentary early texts rejected by the church fathers and now called the Gnostic gospels.”
The Bible is complete and no woman, including Mary Magdalene, wrote a Gospel. This is a lie of the Gnostics and others. Such nonsense is promoted in an attempt to prove Mary Magdalene was actually the head apostle and the true New Testament historian, being inspired above the Gospel writers. It is falsely believed she held supremacy in the New Testament church as the only one Christ actually confided in. She is viewed as more important than Peter regarding scripture and ministry. This book about her pseudo gospel, penned in the second to fourth century—http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnostic_Gospels —is obviously false as Mary would have passed on before the year 100 AD.

This book was published for the purpose of placing women over men as the leaders in the church. Of course, so called, post-modern Bible versions adhere to contemporary thought that blasphemes Scripture, boldly turning truths into lies through fallaciously translating the Hebrew and Greek.

This movie is only akin to The Gospel according of Mary Magdalene in that what takes place in the depiction is according to her account and falsely elevates her position in Christendom. It is the Campus Crusade for Christ gospel according to Mary Magdelena; written, produced and distributed for this questionable organization.

This production presents a lie, as there is no record of Mary Magdalene’s movements outside of the truth of the inerrant Bible. There is nothing stated regarding her after Christ’s ascension. I will add women and men are not to be uplifted and acclaimed, only Jesus Christ who is sinless God!

http://video.pastor.tv/video/Magdelena-Released-From-Shame

Please go to the link above and view the segment of “Mary Magdalena Released From Shame.” The film begins stating Mary’s “narration dramatically and accurately recounts the true story”… The Filming began with an entry set that appears to be in a Jewish village. There is a bit of dialogue that leads to Mary entering a house to explain her gospel account. However, Bible believers know it is never stated in the Word that Mary Magdalene went into a home to explain her story.

Mary proceeds to explain Genesis and the Garden of Eden. Please note, the Bible never states that the rib removed to create woman was taken from Adam’s side to make the woman equal with him. This is not Scripture!! Rebecca Ritz, the actress, lies and states it is Scripture. Lies, Lies Lies!!!! What do you expect from a woman who plays in sexually explicit movies? She cannot stoop any lower so why not do this for a so-called Christian organization.

These words regarding Eve, stated in this movie, were first penned by Matthew Poole (1624-1679) in his English commentary of Genesis 2:21-22 and revised to the exact words of the actress who quoted Matthew Henry who penned his own version of the poem around 1710. Needless to say, we know the words are not Scripture, and they were penned long after the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament were text. These are merely man’s words and man’s interpretation. We must diligently study the Word of God so we are never taken in by satan’s lies and here lies his lies. He is the father of lies; John 8:44.

In the movie clip segment, you view a snake. Please remember the lying snake (satan in this form) probably walked as it was not yet cursed to crawl on its belly; Genesis chapter 3. The snake was most likely an attractive creature to induce Eve. Also no one knows how the fruit appeared. No one knows how Adam and Eve appeared, nor their first loving responses to each other outside of Adam’s recorded words in Scripture—Genesis 2:23.

As I stated, within the film, statements are made regarding its own authenticity. The validity accredited to itself is a lie. For instance, when it comes to smiles and laughter, no one can verify Jesus laughed or smiled nor the disciples as it is not recorded. “God laughs” is only found when it addresses Him laughing at sinners, when His justice arrives upon them—Proverbs 1:26-30 and Psalm 2:1-4. We do know Jesus Christ wept in sorrow and was angry over sin. He did walk in all seriousness while on the earth. He knew many wanted him dead, especially the religious leaders, because he walked in complete righteousness. He had to continually avoid those who desired to trap him in one way or another.

Regarding the woman caught in adultery that can be viewed at the CCC trailer website, the Bible does not say that Mary Magdalene asked, “Where is the man?” Of course, both man and woman were to be stoned by the law, but this is not stated in any Gospel nor does any Gospel author record that Mary Madeline was present during this incident. She was present during some of Christ’s ministry (Luke 8:1-3), but we do not know if she was present at this particular time.

In addition, the Bible states seven demons were cast out of Mary Magdalene (Luke chapter 8). We do not have any idea how this occurred or any circumstance involved outside of the fact she was a sinner set free by Christ. The movie makes a dramatic presentation that arises from the mind of men and is not Scriptural.

 Remember the movie states everything in it, is Scriptural fact.

“Go and sin no more” was omitted from the trailer excerpt. Very Sad! I do not know if it was deleted from the movie itself.

It is important that we know the inerrant Word of God, Old and New Testament, well enough to know the facts of the law, and the specifics of occurring events in both Testaments. We are commanded to “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workmen that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”—2 Timothy 2:15. We can never study to the point of knowing too much.

We cannot add or subtract from Scripture, being in fear of being cursed for doing so. “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ”—Galatians 1:6-12.

Here is another incident of addition to Scripture in the movie: Brian Deacon, the Hollywood Jesus, puts a veil over the head of Mary Magdalene. This is not in the Bible! Unfortunately, people now speak of this as something that actually occurred. This should place fear of the judgement of God in the hearts of those who are showing and distributing this movie.

The LORD Jesus must weep deeply over this vileness performed in His name. The end never justifies the means though people may say, “many have been saved through viewing the movie.” But have they been saved unto a false gospel?

People are to be saved through the preaching of the Word by Spirit-filled men who meet all the qualifications of godliness as stated in the books of Timothy, Titus and elsewhere. They are to be above reproach in every way! We know this movie does not involve people being above reproach. This movie is not presented by those who do not want to preserve the untarnished Word of God.

Christians are not to hide behind a Hollywood movie screen of vile actors. This is the lazy Christian’s out. Believers are to forthrightly proclaim the Gospel.

I might also add that Mary Magdalene is uplifted by the Catholic Church in idolatry. She is a false saint that is prayed to. At the sites below, you can view prayers for the Catholic Church to pray to Saint Mary Magdalene: http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/prayers/mag.htm

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=1095

(Reported in the July 1991, CIB Bulletin, p. 2.)”
“When the FEA’s Foundation editor, M.H. Reynolds, asked Bill Bright (original founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ) how he could Scripturally justify having Roman Catholics on CCC’s staff and working with them in evangelism, Bright replied, ‘I can work with anyone who calls Jesus Lord.’ Mormons, Moonies, and many other cults also call Jesus Lord but like the Catholics they follow a different false Christ. The Bible warns of many false christs. (Reported in the July 1991, CIB Bulletin, p. 2.)”

I do not think it is by accident that in the movie and in promotional photos, the headdresses, at times, resemble a nun’s habit—the band around the head to cover all the hair and a headscarf atop.

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Campus Crusade has joined hands with gays and lesbians—An Unlikely Gay-Straight Alliance:

 http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/januaryweb-only/102-22.0.html

“Campus Crusade for Christ International, wants to launch an HIV/AIDS outreach with a campus gay-lesbian group … What we wanted to do is find common ground where we can serve along side with them …”

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Jesus Film by Campus Crusade alters verses and facts

And appears to conform to the woman’s lib agenda

Porno actor, Brian Deacon, plays Jesus

Some of the below is quoted from “Biblical Discernment Ministries”

Much license is taken with Luke’s Gospel in this Jesus movie. Words are removed from a man’s mouth and put into a woman’s or girl’s. In Scripture, when a certain lawyer tested Jesus, asking what he must do to inherit eternal life, he asked, “And who is my neighbor?” In the movie, a woman asks the question. After Jesus gave the example of the Good Samaritan and asked, “Which now of these three thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves,” the lawyer answered, “He that shewed mercy on him.” In the movie, a little girl provides the answer.

“Luke 3:17 is chopped in half, allowing for the wheat to be gathered into the barn, but omitting the chaff being burned with unquenchable fire. Also, the word ‘sin’ is only found when it is being forgiven, such as Jesus forgiving the woman of sin at the Pharisee’s house (Luke 7:48); never when it is being condemned. Areas that truly convict of sin are omitted.”

Jesus is depicted kissing the scroll of Isaiah. This is not recorded in Luke 4! How crazy! This is another lie—adding to the Scriptures. Why would Jesus who is God and the One who relayed the entire Bible to man, kiss a scroll? This again is adding to the inerrant Word of God!

 Luke 9:13 states, “And they (the disciples) said, “We have no more but five loves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.” In the movie, a woman says, “But we only have five loaves and two fish.”

People have the audacity to create a false gospel in no fear of God’s curse.
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Sadly, Beth Moore is now involved in demonism through the contemplative prayer movement that stems from Hinduism and Catholicism:
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/bestilldvd.htm

More info on this movement:
http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/dissent/centerprayer.htm

http://www.ecatholic2000.com/pray/prayer2.shtml

What basically is involved is copied from a contemplative informative website:

1.Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within. Examples: God, Jesus, Abba, Father, Mother, Mary, Amen. Other possibilities: Love, Peace, Mercy, Listen, Let Go, Silence, Stillness, Faith, Trust, Yes.

2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.

3. When engaged with your thoughts*, return ever-so gently to the sacred word.

4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes. [*Thoughts include body sensations, feelings, images, and reflections]

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I must ask who is teaching people to simply pray the prayers of Scripture such as Colossians 1:9-12, Ephesians 1:16-19, Philippians 1:9, Psalm 51 and 19, etc? We can read through the Bible and pray for the godly attributes stated to be made part of our lives and the lives of others. Jesus stated to his disciples if they asked anything of the Father in Jesus’ name, He would answer in the affirmative. (John 15:16) True believers know if we ask for anything within His will, that being according to Scripture, and with hearts pure before Him, He will answer; 1 John 5:13-15, James chapter 4, etc. God does not want the prayer of believers to be silly, complicated, designed by man, nor demonic.
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The book of Micah states, “The godly person has perished from the land, and there is no upright person among men.” Most Christians are bent on justifying some sort of evil today, which makes the upright of heart to be few in number.

Jesus took a whip to drive out the money changers who employed a place of prayer to earn money. True believers should desire that His church be purified by His hand of discipline no matter how it may pain us.

In Him who patiently waits for His church to repent,

Val Lee  (1 John 5:10-13—the Bible)   paradise

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