***Warning: This blog post contains material that may be offensive to those who think that movies are sinful. Reader’s discretion advised***
So I’m at the movie store, and though there are a ton of videos, there is really little to choose from.
I come across this one titled, “States of Grace“. Looks interesting, so I read the back cover.
Synopsis: A drive-by shooting in Venice, California, changes the lives of five people forever. States of Grace tells the story of a homeless street preacher, Louis, a gang banger, Carl, an aspiring actress, Holly, and two young missionaries, Lozano and Farrell, in what critics have hailed as one of the finest films of the year and one of the best Christian-themed films ever made.
Review: “Bravely ventures where previous Christian films haven’t dared. A provocative, penetrating look at the power of faith and redemption.”
—Wade Major, Box Office Magazine ****
Sounds interesting. Let’s try it out.
Well about 2 minutes into it, I see a Mormon missionary (you know, white shirt, black tie, backpack – you can spot them a mile away and in a large crowd). I have seen some of their films, due to curiosity, and they are all really cheesy. So I figure I will watch this one too.
Let me tell you, this was an attempt at Mormon drama, and they are all about assimilation. They try to look just like any other denomination, whether the Baptists, Lutherans, Pentecostals, etc.
It was amazing… the Mormons are really trying to go mainstream. I knew this has been a goal of theirs, but to see it was different than simply hearing about it. It made me really mad.
The worse part is, the undiscerning, which is the majority of Christianity these days, will not care about their doctrines, but be more impressed by their “work” and “love”.
The movie is called, “States of Grace” reflecting their doctrine of grace… which is actually very subtle in the film.
Essentially, according to the Mormons, God is gracious because He gives you the grace to do the works of the law. In other words grace is power or strength to become good, and lay hold of eternal life. So you better hope that you are in a “state of grace” when you die, so that you are good enough to merit eternal life.
YUCK! Beware of this Cult, who DENY the Person and Work of Jesus the Messiah and only Mediator between God and man.
Consider the Larger Catechism on the “estate of grace”:
Q. 79. May not true believers, by reason of their imperfections, and the many temptations and sins they are overtaken with, fall away from the state of grace?
A. True believers, by reason of the unchangeable love of God, and his decree and covenant to give them perseverance, their inseparable union with Christ, his continual intercession for them, and the Spirit and seed of God abiding in them, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Q. 80. Can true believers be infallibly assured that they are in the estate of grace, and that they shall persevere therein unto salvation?
A. Such as truly believe in Christ, and endeavour to walk in all good conscience before him, may, without extraordinary revelation, by faith grounded upon the truth of God’s promises, and by the Spirit enabling them to discern in themselves those graces to which the promises of life are made, and bearing witness with their spirits that they are the children of God, be infallibly assured that they are in the estate of grace, and shall persevere therein unto salvation.
Q. 81. Are all true believers at all times assured of their present being in the estate of grace, and that they shall be saved?
A. Assurance of grace and salvation not being of the essence of faith, true believers may wait long before they obtain it; and, after the enjoyment thereof, may have it weakened and intermitted, through manifold distempers, sins, temptations, and desertions; yet they are never left without such a presence and support of the Spirit of God as keeps them from sinking into utter despair.