In another episode of his continuing compromises and endless photo-ops – Greg Laurie had actor/ director Mel Gibson as a ‘surprise guest’ at his 2016 SoCal Harvest Crusade on Aug, 28th. Gibson revealed he’s been “discussing” a sequel to the “Passion”, with his screen writer, Randall Wallace.
Gibson was then asked about his upcoming film “Hacksaw Ridge,” a film based on the true story of Army medic Desmond Doss during World War II. Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist and a conscientious objector, was credited with saving many lives while under enemy fire during the 1945 Battle of Okinawa.
Gibson stated: “Desmond was a conscientious objector and he went into battle without a weapon as a medic and what he did was supernatural and He only did it through faith. He was armed only with his faith.” Gibson asserts that Doss could not have done what he did without the power of God.
First, one has to question here WHY Greg would allow the faith of a Seventh -Day Adventist to be held up as an example to those he is trying to “evangelize”? Aside from the fact that Gibson’s behavior at the Harvest was very erratic – One has to question WHY Greg Laurie would bring in famous Hollywood people like Mel Gibson – even those who’s commitment to Christ is highly questionable?
Factually, Mel Gibson is NOT a born-again Christian believer. He is rather a adherent of the Catholic Traditionalist movement – which practices the traditional Catholic Mass and believe that Mary is a “co-redemptrix” and “mediatrix”! [Gibson has funded and attends the Church of the Holy Family in Malibu, CA. see http://www.religioustolerance.org/chrgibson1.htm] Thus, Mel Gibson does NOT follow the Biblical Christ Jesus – So WHY is Greg promoting him to believers a & unbelievers alike?
Is the power of the simple, straightforward Gospel just not enough to win people to Christ anymore? And why did Greg seize the opportunity at the crusade, to praise & promote Gibson’s neo-Catholic depiction of Jesus in his “Passion” movie? Is Christ really being magnified in all this, and is the true Biblical Jesus really being presented to the Crusade audiences?
Greg Laurie says Seventh Day Adventists (cultists) are “Christian“!
Another major problem is that at 6:24 in the You Tube video, [Greg Laurie Interviews Mel Gibson at the SoCal Harvest – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZHuzzEKHfU] >>> Greg Laurie states:
“I would say that Hacksaw Ridge [Gibson’s new movie] is THE BEST DEPICTION OF A CHRISTIAN in a main stream film that I’ve seen since Chariots of Fire!”
BUT: Are Seventh Day Adventists actually Christians?
The problems with the teachings of the SDA are many and serious. Not the least of which is that they elevate the teachings of their founder, Ellen G. White – to the status of infallibility!
Ellen G. White (EGW), the Seventh-day Adventist’s prophetess makes the following claims:- “In ancient times God spoke to men by the mouth of prophets and apostles. In these days He speaks to them by the testimonies of His Spirit. There was never a time when God instructed His people more earnestly than He instructs them now concerning His will and the course that He would have them pursue.” —Testimonies, vol. 4, pp. 147-148. (1876)
AND:- “In these letters which I write, in the testimonies I bear, I am presenting to you that which the Lord has presented to me. I do not write one article in the paper expressing merely my own ideas. They are what God has opened before me in vision–the precious rays of light shining from the throne.” —Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 67.
The fact are that the SDA church has all the earmarks of a cult. It adherents are cult followers of Ellen G. White, and are not biblical Christians. For Greg Laurie to call the story of this SDA follower, “The BEST depiction of a Christian” is not only misleading, but dangerous!