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The Sound from the Tops of the Mulberry Trees

August 18, 2014

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2 Samuel 5:23-24 “And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; [but] fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. 24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.”

Hear is an excerpt from a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon back in 1857,

Now, my Brothers and Sisters, is the time for us to bestir ourselves! Oh let us cry to God more earnestly! Let our Prayer Meetings be filled with men who come full of vehement petitions. Let our private altars be more constantly kept burning, causing the smoke of prayer to ascend and let our closets continually be occupied by earnest intercession! Bestir yourself—there is a “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.”

That is concerning the Church at large and the same Truth holds good of any particular congregation. One Sabbath-Day the minister preached with great unction. God clothed him with power—he seemed like John the Baptist in the wilderness, crying, “Repent you, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” He spoke with all the earnestness of a man who was about to die. He so spoke that the people trembled—a visible thrill passed through the audience. Every eye was fixed and the tears seemed to bedew every cheek. Men and women rose up from the sermon, saying, “Surely, God was in this place and we have felt His Presence.” What ought a Christian to say, as he retires from the House of God? He should say, “I have heard this day the sound of the leaves of the mulberry trees.” I saw the people earnest. I marked the minister speaking mightily, God having touched his lips with a live coal from off the altar. I saw the tears in every eye. I saw the deep, wrapped attention of many who were careless. There were some young people there that looked as if they had been impressed— their countenances seemed to show that there was a work going on. Now, what should I do? The first thing I will do is I will bestir myself! But how shall I do it? Why, I will go home this day and I will wrestle in prayer more earnestly than I have been likely to do, that God will bless the minister and multiply the Church! Well, what next? Where do I sit? Was there a young woman in my pew that seemed impressed? When I go this evening I will look out for her. I have heard the “sound of the leaves of the mulberry trees,” and I will bestir myself. And if I see her there, I will speak a word to her, or, what is more, if I hear another sermon like it and I see any who seem to be impressed, I will try to find them out, for I know that two words from a private person are often better than 50 from a minister! So that if I have seen a young man impressed, I will touch him on his elbow and say, “You seemed as if you enjoyed this sermon.” “Yes, I liked it very well.” “And do you like spiritual things?” Who can tell? I may be made the means of his conversion! At all events, I shall have this sweet consolation to go to bed with—I heard the “sound of the leaves of the mulberry trees,” and as soon as I heard it, I bestirred myself that I might serve my God and be the means of winning souls from Hell! But, alas, my Brothers and Sisters, much of the seed we sow seems to be lost for lack of watering! Many an impressive sermon seems to lose much of its force because it is not followed up as it should be. God’s purposes, I know, are answered. His Word does not return unto Him void. Still, I think we might sometimes ask ourselves, have we not been too dilatory, too neglectful in not availing ourselves of favorable times and seasons when the power of the Spirit has been in our midst and when we should have looked upon it as the signal for more strenuously exerting ourselves in the service of our Master?

The same I might say of any time of general sickness, or any time of plague or cholera, or sudden death. There are times when the cholera is raging through our streets. The people are all trembling, they are afraid to die. Mark—that is the “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.” It is the business of you and me to bestir ourselves when people are by any means led to serious thought—when God is walking through the land and smiting down first one and then another and the minds of the people are all on tiptoe concerning what the end shall be. When there has been some alarming fire; when a sudden death has taken place in the street, or in the court, or in a house, it is the Christian’s business to seize upon the time and to improve it for his Master!

“Now,” said the Puritans, during the great plague of London, when the hireling parish priests had fled from their Churches—“now is our time to preach!” And all through that terrible time when the carts, filled with the dead, went through the streets overgrown with grass, these strong-minded Puritans occupied the pulpits and boldly preached the Word of God! Brothers, that is what we should do whenever we see a time more favorable than another for telling sinners of the wrath to come! Let us seize it, just as the merchant looks out for every turn of the market, for every rise and every fall—and just as the farmer looks out for a good season for sowing or planting or mowing. Let us look out for the best times for seeking to do good! Let us plow deep while sluggards sleep and let us labor as much as possible in the best season to make hay while the sun is shining and serve our God when we hear the “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.”

Excerpt from a sermon by Charles H. Spurgeon, May 31st 1857
Online source: The Sound in the Mulberry Trees

Philippians 2:15-19 “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.”

1 Corinthians 9:26-27 “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

2 Peter 1:10 “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”

In this day and age where false teachers abound – now is our time to shine for the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Suicide – A Harsh Reality of Depression a Dreadful Snare!

August 17, 2014

RobinWilliamsSnareRobin Williams’ suicide is a sensitive and serious subject, but it needs to be talked about openly.

We don’t want anyone following the dark path of this and other Hollywood idols!– while I will certainly agree depression is real, it is also a snare. In Robin Williams’ case and many other ‘Hollywooders,’ depression I believe it was worsened through the use of drugs and alcohol at the very least, then compounded by prescription antidepressants. A snare is not a disease, and once you are caught in it you can ultimately destroy yourself unless you escape it!

Jesus Christ is the ultimate escape for depression because He is God and He is real. If you are thinking of using antidepressant drugs instead – well from what I have seen in life those drugs only help temporarily. If you have a television, or read the news, look and see how many who have committed suicide were actually taking or had recently stopped taking antidepressants! Listen, and read the side effects – thoughts of suicide is one of many!

I know of no man or woman regretting a decision to surrender to Jesus Christ seeking His forgiveness. I know I will never meet a man or woman in Heaven after I die that will regret that decision – the side effects of that decision are joy and peace that surpasses understanding! Oh, and how about life like that eternally! Sound good!?

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

As for where Robin Williams is for eternity is ultimately up to God, but the Bible teaches us to judge according to the scriptures (fruit of the spirit) not by our emotions. While Robin Williams was a very funny man to many, and yes may has done good things for the USO and other charities, his own words mocking God – are no laughing matter. He was known for perverse stand-up comedy routines shocking listeners who thought he was “family friendly” and add to that what he said of himself, “It was during his stand-up where he was most able to tap into what he calls, “possession…Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde… that’s where people can get as dark as they can in comedy ‑ in the name of comedy.”” Williams said that himself and he wasn’t joking when he said it! That quote made my hair stand on end!

Robin Williams’ life like many other celebrities are/were complete train wrecks – we shouldn’t be looking up to them. We should be warning others to put their faith in no man except Christ. “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16), Jesus said. When judging the “fruits” this is not judging the heart – we must judge by God’s Word, not by what appeals to human reasoning.

As the photos I included here show, no matter what expression he has, to a degree it was a facade – a mask covering the real man who was caught in the awful snare of depression. He like thousands of others did seek help – but from those who could not really help!

Mark 10:49-52 “And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”

Are you blinded by depression today and somehow stumbled upon this webpage? Is Jesus calling to you through these scriptures? I believe He is! Stop where you are this second and pray to Jesus, surrender to Him this moment and let Him carry this load!

He will give you the escape and I sincerely believe it because I have the assurance of salvation, and you can too!

1 Peter 5:6-8 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

Jesus also said,

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

I promise you will not regret surrendering to God who has sought you out from the darkest place in your life that you are!

- John A. Beardsley III, August 17, 2014

 

RESTING IN PEACE?

Another famous actor died today;
An apparent suicide is what they say.
He was funny, and made a great impression;
Yet he was overcome by his depression.

He had all that this world could give;
A life many would kill to live.
What happened? Why this man?
I’ll try to explain as best I can.

A life without Jesus as the Savior,
Is destined to tormented failure.
True happiness will never depend
On how much money you have to spend;

Neither will a popular reputation
Save you from a depressed infiltration.
Resting-in-peace can only be achieved
When in Jesus as Savior you have believed.

I’m sorry to burst the sad and sympathetic bubble,
But things of this world are just wood, hay, and stubble.
When people die without salvation by grace,
Peace is definitely NOT a part of their resting place.

Death is a serious matter! We need to think before we speak.
R.I.P. to one whose salvation is too late to seek,
Is sadly, nothing more than an empty farewell.
Don’t let this be your fate. There is no rest in Hell!

2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

© Kathy Beardsley 8/11/2014

Apprising Ministries – Liberty University Defending Glenn Beck At Its Convocation

May 26, 2014

I guess Liberty University is answering the question if Mormonism could be considered another denomination as the article from Apprising Ministries shows: Liberty University Defending Glenn Beck At Its Convocation on May 23rd 2014.

It is really a sad day when what is purported to be a Christian University could betray our Savior welcoming a leader within the Mormon cult for their convocation!

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Mormons Are A Different Denomination?

May 1, 2014

Glenn Beck is to Evangelical Liberty University what Albert Mohler is to Mormon BYU!

According to Mormon Glenn Beck,

“I share your faith. I am from a different denomination. And a denomination that I’m sure can make many people at Liberty uncomfortable—I’m a Mormon—but I share your faith in the atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ.” (source)

To my Bible believing Christian readers, do you find this as offensive as I do? Continued dialogue with Mormon leaders will result in more Mormon lies being taught to our kids in college. What Mormon leader Glenn Beck said is a lie that has been perpetrated for decades, even the US military chaplaincy program treated Mormons as Protestants! I experienced that fact first-hand, and now here it is again openly shared in what I thought was supposed to be a Christian university! Perhaps they are joining with Mormons as well as Benny Hinn too!?

To anyone at Liberty University, when did you hand the keys to the hen house to the wolves?
As for my savior’s blood atonement not the Mormon’s concept please consider the fine work done by Mormon Research Ministry exposing the many lies of Mormon teaching. In particular this quote from their site regarding the Mormon view of salvation and atonement it is a sharp contrast of the non-Christian Mormon cult to that of Biblical Christianity.

“7. You’re Saved By Works

More than any other Mormon lie, this undermines Christ’s atonement, which is the most sacred doctrine of the Bible. Mormons usually equate salvation with resurrection. Likewise, they refer to eternal life as “exaltation.” I did both while teaching prospective converts. I relished the church’s third Article of Faith, which claims, “through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”

Trying to bridge the doctrinal divide between Mormons and Christians, I emphasized that salvation is by grace “after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23). What classic Mormon double-talk. Unmistakably, the Bible says eternal life is a gift from God (Romans 5:15; 6:23) to those who believe in Christ (John 6:47), call upon Him (Romans 10:13) and receive Him as Lord and Savior (John 1:12). Contrary to Mormon dogma, this gift cannot be awarded meritoriously.” (source)

If you are considering sending your kids to LU, I hope you take a really hard look since there is such a huge lack of discernment!

John Beardsley, Truth with Snares

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Franklin Graham Is A Chip Off The Old Block – Interview on TBN!?

April 24, 2014

 

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Franklin Graham is a chip off the old block, and you may be sure that he will compromise as much or more than his father. (Biblical Discernment Ministries, August 1999)

I have wondered from time to time if I should continue the work of Biblical Discernment Ministries (BDM) by maintaining that somewhat dated website. Well thanks to Billy Graham’s son Franklin that question is answered again – yes! What is on BDM may be old, may have some material that appears irrelevant it is a picture of a date and time of what was going on in churches and with so called leaders. Many of these leaders are still in the business of false teaching and the contrast from 1999 to 2014 shows the meaning of Bible verses such as,

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

While this verse may seem very harsh to describe this latest act by Franklin Graham, I believe what is worse than your typical unbeliever is someone who claims to be a believer and makes a total mockery of Christianity. - Who does that better then TBN? TBN in my estimation is nothing a Bible believing Christian wants to be associated! Now we have notice of the son of the most well-known name in Evangelical Christianity Franklin Graham interviewed on TBN. (Online source Apprising Ministries)

Our BDM article on Billy Graham’s teachings has this to say in August 1999 about Franklin Graham,

In 1995, Billy Graham’s prodigal son Franklin, was named first vice chairman and eventual successor to his father’s crusade organization. Billy Graham will remain chairman and head preacher as long as he is able. Franklin wears jeans, boots, denim shirt, and leather jacket. He was a teen rebel who drank, smoked, fought, and led police on high-speed chases. He was kicked out of LeTourneau College. He will continue as director of Samaritan’s Purse and World Medical Mission, both social gospel organizations.

Early in June 1996, Franklin Graham, interviewed on CNBC, declared, “[W]hether it’s the Roman Catholic Church … the Orthodox Church …we’d all agree … it’s Jesus Christ who paid the penalty for sin.” That statement was tragically deceptive. Could Franklin, like his father, be unaware that Catholicism and Orthodoxy, while using the same Biblical words as evangelicals, mean something else? Franklin Graham told the Indianapolis Star(6/3/99) that his father’s longstanding ecumenical alliance with the Catholic Church and all other denominations, “was one of the smartest things his father ever did.” The charismatic Charisma magazine in 10/95 contained a 7-page article on Franklin Graham. They quoted him as saying, “I thank God for the warmth I see within many of the charismatic churches — their love for the Lord and love for the scriptures. …” He also said, “Probably (Samaritan’s Purse) largest base of support comes from the charismatic community.” He has referred to “Mother” Teresa as an “example of the woman God uses” (4/1/99, Calvary Contender).

Franklin Graham is a chip off the old block, and you may be sure that he will compromise as much or more than his father. Look for little change from the current ecumenical stance of the BGEA once Franklin takes over full time — or worse — Franklin Graham does not use his father’s word, “crusade,” but uses the secular seeker-sensitive word “festival” for his meetings. His 5/99 “festival” at the University of Alabama drew 50,000. The 5/13/99 Alabama Baptist listed some Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) performers, and said “contemporary Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman had the young people rocking and singing on the coliseum floor. …” (Source: 6/15/99, Calvary Contender.)

I am sure there is more that can be said but suffice it to say TBN’s fleecing of the flock, ‘nuttier than thou’ hyper-charismatic hypocrisy is self-evident. Any proclaimed Bible believing Christian working with them deserves the black eye they get!

 

 

Heaven and Hell Are Real!

April 20, 2014

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 Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

This morning I think not only of Jesus’ resurrection but that He is coming back from Heaven for me! I am happy, joy filled, and my only problem is finding words to express it! Can you honestly say that this morning?

Psalms 27:1 The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Isaiah 60:1 – 3 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Yes, Jesus is coming again! The scriptures are true but remember Hell is a real place too!

Hollywood’s versions of Jesus won’t save you or their ridiculous movies such as The Son of God, Noah or Heaven is for Real. You do not go to the trash pile of the world to find God! So my questions for you this morning, will you find yourself one day in Heaven or Hell? Do you have the faith that comes from the word of God or from Hollywood? Here’s an excerpt from a sermon to help you consider,

And let me remind you yet once again, that there will be in you an undoubted personality—you will be known in Hell. The drunkard shall have the drunkard’s punishment; the swearer shall have the swearer’s corner to himself. “Bind them up in bundles to burn and cast them into the fire.” Thus says the voice of inflexible Justice! You shall not suffer in another man’s body, but in your own, and you shall be known to be the very man who sinned against God. You shall be looked at by one who sees you today, if you die impenitent, who will say to you, “We went up to that hall together; we heard a sermon on the resurrection which had a frightful ending; we laughed at it, but we have found out that it is true.”

And one will say to the other, “I should have known you, though we have not met these many years till we met in Hell. I should have known you, there is something about your new body which lets me know that it is the same body that you had on earth.” And then you will mutually say to one another, “These pangs that we are now enduring, this horror of great darkness, these chains of fire that are reserved for us—are they not well deserved?” And you will curse God together again and suffer together and will be made to feel that you have only received the due reward of your deeds.

“Did not the man warn us,” you will say, “did he not warn us; did he not bid us fly to Christ for refuge? Did we not despise it and make a jeer of what he said? We are rightly punished. We damned ourselves, we cut our own throats—we kindled Hell for ourselves and found the fuel of our own burning forever and ever.”

Oh, my dear Hearers, I cannot bear to stay on this subject! Let me finish with just this word. “Whoever believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved.” That means you, poor man, though perhaps you were drunk last night and scarcely got up in time enough to come here this morning. If you believe, William, you shall be saved! This means you, poor woman, harlot though you are—if you cast yourself on Christ you are saved! This means you, respectable man, you who

trust in yours own works—if you rely on Christ, you shall be saved—but not if you trust in yourself. Oh, be wise, be wise! May God give us Divine Grace now to learn that highest wisdom, and may we now look to the Cross and to the quivering Lamb that bleeds upon it and see Him as He rises from the dead and ascends up on high—and believing in Him—may we receive the hope and the assurance of a blissful resurrection in Him. (From sermon by, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Resurrection! No. 306, April 1, 1860 source: www.spurgeongems.org)

My word to you this resurrection day, open the Bible! Read what God ACTUALLY says to us – don’t listen to the drug induced vision/dream of a four year old boy! Do not let Hollywood reshape your God with their special effects and acting – our God is REAL! Hollywood’s non-condemning mush god will lead you to a Hell that is a REAL PLACE! When it comes to anything coming out of Hollywood, don’t believe it! Don’t listen to it! They lie to take your money and the one behind them desires to destroy you! Run from this world and look to God, the true and very real God who made it all and gave His only Son for you!

This resurrection morning, think on the many verses in the Bible that speak of Jesus Christ’s return – it will be no secret when He arrives! He is coming back as He left and if you have not given your life to Him there is still time! If you are reading this then there is still hope for your soul!

“…shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11b

Will you mourn when you see Him coming or will YOUR resurrection be unto an eternal life with Him in Heaven!!?

Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Mark 13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

2 Thessalonians 1:7 – 10 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Revelation 6:16 – 17 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Revelation 7:1 – 4 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number!

Revelation 7:9 -14 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and [about] the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, [be] unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. 13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Has your robe been made white?

Rick Warren to the Defense of Noah Movie Writer-Director Darren Aronofsky!?

April 6, 2014

Recently I posted then edited our article on Brian Houston where the writer-director Darren Aronofsky was said to have openly stated the Noah movie is,

“…the least biblical biblical film ever made.”

And regarding some test screening scores used by Paramount studios Aronofsky said,

“I don’t give a [profanity removed] about test scores. I’m outside the test scores.”

My quotes were in the context from Time magazine and match several other major media outlets. Here is exactly how this was portrayed in Time with the entire quote minus the profanity only,

“While a key concern with The Bible was making sure churchgoers would find the miniseries to be an accurate representation of what Christians believe to be the word of God, Noah is a bit different. For the past few months, Aronofsky and Paramount have been at odds over the direction of the film. Paramount execs have been screen-testing versions that give more obvious nods to Scripture, while Aronofsky stood by his original vision for a movie he has called “the least biblical biblical film ever made.” And: “I don’t give a [profanity] about test scores. I’m outside the test scores.” It’s typical for a film to be screen-tested in a few different versions, but Noah went through about half a dozen, shown to predominantly Christian audiences, including one that featured religious imagery at the beginning and a Christian rock song called “Spirit Break Out” by Kim Walker-Smith played over the credits.”

Their source appears to have been the New Yorker magazine with a press release dated March 10th, 2014 where Aronofsky is quoted directly as saying,

“The unanticipated success of Aronofsky’s last film, “Black Swan,” has given him “access to new and dangerous toys,” Friend writes. Paramount Pictures produced “Noah,” a retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark, featuring an expanded narrative that includes family strife, an epic battle, sci-fi—including pipe guns, explosions, and six-armed fallen angels—and Darwinian evolution, at a final cost of a hundred and thirty million dollars. The visual-effects budget alone is three times the cost of “Black Swan.” Aronofsky tells Friend that “Noah” is “the least Biblical Biblical film ever made.””

Then later in the press release separately from Noah that represents Aronfsky’s feelings about movie studio screen test scores in general not about people of faith,

“In August, at a test screening in suburban Phoenix, the audience responded equivocally. Paramount, which had the right of final cut, asked for some radical changes before the remaining test screenings. “The idea was to see if the studio could placate the audience that had flocked to Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’—the twenty-nine per cent of Americans who, the studio’s research said, consider themselves evangelical or ‘Bible-minded’—even if that meant making the film less faithful to Genesis and more faithful to people’s sentimental recollections of Genesis. Regarding studio testing, Aronofsky tells Friend, “I don’t give a [profanity] about the test scores! My films are outside the scores. Ten men in a room trying to come up with their favorite ice cream are going to agree on vanilla. I’m the Rocky Road guy.” In December, Paramount tested its fifth, and “least Aronofskian,” version of “Noah”: an eighty-six-minute beatitude that began with a montage of religious imagery, ended with a Christian rock song…”

Time magazine I believe misrepresented Aronofsky or it at least made it come across as an attack on people of faith. My point is not diminished however, Aronofsky no doubt referred to Noah as being his least Biblical film and he is a profane man by Biblical definition when cursing about movie studio test scores. He did not appear to be attacking people of faith directly when cursing but rather the Paramount movie studio screen test or any studio test scores for that matter.

So why does Rick Warren apparently now defend Aronofsky? I will let my readers answer that one…

“The quote arose after an interview with The New Yorker in which Aronofsky referred to “Noah” as “the least biblical biblical film ever made.” In using the word biblical twice in the quote, the director meant that “Noah” is unlike any other previously made religious film in a cinematic sense and feel.” (Christian Post)

So according to the Christian Post, Rick Warren is saying Aronofsky didn’t mean it was the least biblical but rather that “…Noah is unlike any other previously made religious film in a cinematic sense and feel.”

Baloney, I believe Aronofsky as quoted said it right! It is BOTH the least biblical and unlike any previously made religious film produced!

 

 

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