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Christian TV Meets Provacative Documentary

July 28, 2010

By Dan Merchant
NW Filmmaker
Producer of Lord Save Us Movie

Sometimes it seems this Lord, Save Us journey I’ve been on has lasted a decade or two, in fact it’s been about 5 years and we reached yet another milestone this past week – our broadcast television premiere on the oldest Christian television network in the world, TBN. A couple of snap shots that illustrate for me the breadth of the journey with the Lord, Save Us From Your Followers book and movie: my Spring 2008 appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show” where I was interviewed by Matt Lauer and then sitting with Paul Crouch Jr. on the set of Praise The Lord.

In between these two sit downs the film had been released theatrically in 30 cities, we’d won film festivals and awards, I’d completed three tours of colleges and churches and amazingly, a beautiful, powerful and productive conversation had sprung to life in every venue. The wider the film reaches, the more positive things happen. That’s pretty encouraging to me and is, for me at least, an affirmation to keep pushing on. Now, while talk show sets of “The Today Show” and “Praise The Lord” bear some similar elements, I have to say my mind was swimming during both appearances: “I can’t believe Matt Lauer is asking me about Jesus on national television,” and “I can’t believe Paul Jr. just said ‘Tonight on a very special Praise the Lord, we’re going to be watching one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen, Lord Save Us From Your Followers.” For me, it just seems like there is something going on here that I didn’t cause. Perhaps God is on the move, because this stuff has been getting pretty weird. Hah. But as long as it stays weird, I’m in.

  
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jackie alnor July 28, 2010

Yeah, dude – got that right – something is going on here and you’re on the forefront – lucky you -= It’s called the great apostasy and the prince of the power of the air is behind it all – and behind you. Congrats!

Sinner Saved By Grace July 28, 2010

From the first I heard of it & saw the clips of this movie & its promotion, I felt it was a mocking-title & slap in the face of the Lord who was willing to suffer shame & a death by torture for all these same “followers” that you now want Him to “save” you/your audience from.

Just the title alone & the cartoonish-graphics of the Lord was an immediate turn off. The title, the premise, the cartoonish graphics are all in Very bad taste & are Very disrespectful to the Lord & to His followers who “HE is NOT ASHAMED to call them/us HIS BROTHERS.”

If the Lord is not ashamed, why should you be?

Hebrews 2:11 >> “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is NOT ASHAMED to call them brethren.”

Hebrews 11:16 >> “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is NOT ASHAMED to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

1 Peter 3:16 >> “Having a good conscience; that, whereas they (YOU, Mr. Movie-maker) speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they (YOU, Mr. Movie-maker) may BE ASHAMED that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.”

Sinner Saved By Grace July 28, 2010

Also, it was impossible not to notice that the filmmaker’s last name is MERCHANT.  

Is this movie just another case of the prophesied “making MERCHANDISE of the saints”?

 2 Peter 2:3 >> “And through covetousness shall they (YOU) with feigned words make MERCHANDISE of you (the Lord’s Followers): whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their (your) damnation slumbereth not.” 

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