While Hollywood continues to be a den of iniquity producing movies that only serve to proliferate our country's moral and cultural collapse, there are a few refreshing exceptions. Of course, one man responsible for these uplifting deviations is Mel Gibson.
Gibson's blockbuster film, Braveheart, seemed to start the trend toward better movies. He followed Braveheart with the inspiring story of America's fight for independence in his film, The Patriot. Of course, he is currently working on what promises to be his best film yet. It is called The Passion and tells the Gospel story of the Lord Jesus' death on the cross.
Producer Ron Maxwell also added a film to the list of recently released laudable movies by producing Gods And Generals. This film tells the true story of the great Christian Confederate General, Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson. It is a classic film that every American, especially every Christian, should see.
Now, there is a new motion picture that tells the true story of the life and ministry of "The Father of the Reformation" Martin Luther. From all the reviews I have read, it seems destined to be included in the above-mentioned list of great modern movies.
Martin Luther, of course, is credited for starting the Protestant Reformation in Europe by his courageous separation from Romanism and his bold proclamation that men are justified by faith alone. He went on to become the founder of the Protestant denomination that bears his name and is regarded as one of the great preachers of post-Biblical history.
Reviews of the film suggest that Luther aptly depicts the life and character of Martin Luther. Reviews seem to disagree on just how pointedly the film allows the character representing Martin Luther to declare his famous "justified by faith alone" message. At this point, I can only hope the film's producers left it in, for it was indeed central to Martin Luther's methods and message. To leave it out would be a serious deficiency in the film's authenticity.
However, if the reviews I've read are anywhere near accurate, Luther is a film that everyone should go see. I plan on seeing it at my earliest convenience.
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