Right now we are on the edge of the Da Vinci Code movie has been released, and it’s doing a lot of damage and becoming a focus point for attacks on the church and the Word of God. The movie, based on the book written by Dan Brown, is spiritually hurting a lot of people, especially weak, ungrounded Christians.
I read the book a few years ago. The basic plot: Someone discovered an ancient conspiratorial plot by women-hating, patriarchal Catholic priests going back to Constantine who covered up the “truth” – that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, and that Jesus’ descendants went on to live in France, etc. etc. A laughable story if so many gullible people didn’t believe it. It’s sad to hear of many Christians who believe the book is true because Brown stated in the foreword that the book was “based on historical facts.” What he of course does not say is that he took a few historical facts (he doesn’t tell you which ones) and builds a huge fictional fabrication out of it. And in my research so far I’ve learned that even basic stuff in the book turns out to be not accurate. Regardless, people are buying – and buying into – this rot, and are now going out and buying Brown’s other books, without even giving thought to the fact that Brown has a very specific feminist, pagan, anti-church and anti-Christian worldview and agenda.
I’m not surprised by the popularity of these kinds of books and movies in our post-Christian western world. What scares me is the number of believers who are being influenced and taken in by these lies. Even before the movie (probably in preparation for it) news has come of the discovery of part of an old manuscript – the Gospel of Judas! Everyone acts like it’s revelation. It’s not. In fact, there were over 300 manuscripts called “Gnostic gospels” that are out there, and have been known for centuries – completely rejected by those who were compiling the scriptures we now hold – not because these men were trying to “oppress women and bury the real truth about Jesus” but because these so-called gospels were GARBAGE and CLEARLY not God-breathed.
A lot of this is like deja-vu all over again for me, for as a young occultist, one of these so-called Gospels, the “Gospel of Thomas”, was required reading in the occult world! And I thought it was ridiculous even then, even when I was practicing the occult! I easily recognized it as bad literature and clearly not “inspired”. But today it’s sparking the interest of many people, including believers, who wonder if maybe we missed a book or two when we compiled the Bible!
Anyone who has a basic working knowledge of the scriptures and has even a limited relationship with Jesus can read the Gnostic gospels and see and feel the difference between them and the God-breathed Word. Here’s a couple of samples from one of the Gnostic Gospels: “They asked Jesus, ‘Why do you love her (Mary Magdalene) more than us?’ The savior answered, saying to them, ‘Why do I not love her like you? If a blind man and one who sees are together in darkness, they are the same. When light comes, the one who sees will see light. The blind man stays in darkness.'” (Huh?!? – GR.) And this one: “God is a dyer. The good dyes, true dyes, dissolve into dyes dyed in them. So too for things god has dyed, his dyes are imperishable because of their colors. What God dips, he dips in water.” (WHAT?!? – GR.)
And it gets not just more ludicrous and incomprehensible, but more dangerous. Here’s a quote from the Gospel of Philip: “God created humanity; but now human beings create God. This is the way it is in the world – human beings make gods, and worship their creation. It would be appropriate for the gods to worship human beings!”
Such is the substance of the worldview of Dan Brown and the modern Gnostics. Gnosticism, by the way, is old enough to be referenced by Jesus in Revelation (see references to the doctrine of the Nicolaitines) as well as John the Beloved:
” Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (I John 4:2,3) The Gnostics believe Jesus was a spirit, nothing more: He did not resurrect; he had not “come in the flesh.” This revival of old Gnosticism is truly making the way for the antichrist, just as John said.
As for the “Gospel of Judas”, as I told someone, it’s unlikely Judas wrote it as he killed himself the day Jesus was crucified, and it’s extremely difficult for a dead person to write a book. Even the phenomenon of the “Gnostic Gospels” which were clearly not written by Peter, Mary, Judas or whoever, seems to have had a start in Paul’s day when he said:
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. (2Th 2:2)
Apparently, even then, people were using the apostle’s names on their own fraudulent or heretical documents!
Again, if you read the ridiculous, confusing and totally scripturally contrary nature of the Gnostic gospels, you will see that it has nothing in common with the power, the authority and TRUTH of the scriptures we hold. So there is nothing to fear in them.
But the Gospel according to Dan Brown is a dangerous thing, indeed – partly because we have a generation of untrained believers who have been fed nothing but a diet of Bible crumbs on powerpoint that do not know the scriptures, and have not walked and worked and ministered in the AUTHORITY of the scriptures, and who are easy prey for the lies that Brown and others are bringing in.
This new wave is a demonic “John the Baptist” that is “preparing the way” for this coming antichrist new world order and one world religion. Christians who believe the Word of God and in the exclusive claims of Jesus as the only way to God are going to be seen as divisive cancers on the body politic of the one world government and religion. This new one world religion believes, according to the Parliament of World Religions, that:
– No one religion is superior to another
– Doctrines should be viewed as subjective paths that need revision rather than inflexible truths
– Proselytizing should be forbidden
– The most important pursuit is one that seeks a religious experience defined according to personal taste and inclination (Sounds like the seeker-friendly, “emerging church” to me – GR)
You can see where all this is going, can’t you? But when I was at Barnes and Nobles the other night, I got a little further, and I believe prophetic, glimpse of what is coming, and it had me trembling. I already was aware that, in advance of the release of The Da Vinci Code, several cable channels like A&E and the History Channel were doing “specials” about the “lost gospels” and other Jesus-denying, scripture-burying subjects – but when I walked in to Barnes and Nobles, I was not prepared to see the dozens and dozens of books covering all the most visible areas, and on all the shelves of the new age and Christian sections – all that were denying the faith, “proving” that the Bible is not the Word of God, and undermining Jesus as the Son of God. My knees got weak and I began to tremble, literally. And I saw this: There is going to come a very carefully created, deliberately crafted and placed “historical document” that is going to appear so authentic as to be almost foolproof, which is going to “prove” that Jesus was not who Christians have always believed Him to be. It is going to be DEVASTATING. It is going to be a demonic hoax of the most powerful kind, and it is going to SWEEP AWAY most nominal Christians into apostasy and despair. I’m warning you so when it happens you won’t be caught off guard. IT IS COMING.
So how are we going to stand against this onslaught? One thing was very clear to me. Only those who have these two things will survive with their faith intact: (1) Those who are committed to, and who have studied, read and fed on the Word of God so that it is part of them and part of all they do, think and say: (2) Those who have a REAL relationship with Jesus Christ; intimate, personal, active and ALIVE. Only if you have those two things, will you stand in this time of great falling away in which Satan will deceive, if possible, even the elect.
And this war for true followers of the Savior Jesus Christ is not going to be a war of words or philosophy or we-believe-versus-you-believe. No, it is going to be a war of truth based on the power of God and the living Jesus. It will, in the end, be Elijah’s war: If Baal is God, serve him; if God is God, serve Him, and the God that answers by FIRE, HE is God. You see, we are going into a time when there will even be lying signs and wonders as the scriptures say. But as the Egyptian magicians did their “miracles” to prove they were as good as Moses’, God WILL NOT BE MOCKED, and God’s judgment “miracles” are coming and believers better be standing on the right side when it comes. I know I cannot argue anyone out of lies. And the whole world, and most of the church, is beginning to be deluged by these lies. What I DO know is Daniel’s words:
“They that KNOW their God will be strong and do mighty exploits.” And I know that in the end, I have nothing to fear, for the God of Elijah, the God who can bring down fire, is in me. And His authority and power rest in every true believer, and if we know Him intimately and are surrendered totally to Him, we are going to STAND.
Dr. Gregory Reid