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I Repent for Commending Kirk Cameron's 'Monumental'




I've repented privately to the LORD my God. And now, to prove my repentance is true, I repent publicly for my public commendation (review) of Kirk Cameron's "Monumental" movie back in 2012 (which I've removed from my site and requested Examiner.com to do as well).

My dear friends and readers, please forgive me for showing Kirk favoritism, for misleading you, and for not doing what I've always encouraged you to do—be Bereans, test everything with the Word of God; show no favoritism, but share truth in love.

About two weeks ago, my husband and I realized we gave Kirk a pass. We sanctioned everything he said or did because of his former years of good and faithful work for the true Gospel. But over the past several years, Kirk has demonstrated a slow digression towards the false social gospel of "we can transform the world and make it better", rather than what he used to preach and teach, "let's share the Gospel of Jesus Christ which alone transform lives".

I can't believe I watched the trailer of "Monumental" and missed the man-centered perspective that was so clearly portrayed within the first few minutes with Kirk sharing, "Everybody's telling me the world's going to Hell." Then he includes the financial, moral and spiritual decline of our country, then continues with..."And to top it off, I have friends in church who tell me, that 'The worst things get, the better it really is, because it means the end is near; and that Jesus is returning.... Really? Because I have kids in this world. I have friends who have children in this world, that I want a great future for them."

Throughout the movie, Kirk tries to inspire us all to be better Americans and do what we can to save our world and make it a better place for our kids. This kind of euphoric, self-actualized ideology is not new and will render the same fate as those who tried it before (Jer. 7:4-15, Ps 44:6-8). We can't save the world, but we can and must share the Gospel.

So what did God use a couple of weeks ago to open my eyes to my sin?

I heard Brannon Howse's radio program, Worldview Weekend where he and another faithful brother in the Lord, Justin Peters spoke of their disappointment with Kirk's digression from preaching the true Gospel since about 2012 to his most recent descent, which included Kirk's radio interview on the Busted Halo (a Roman Catholic) program with "father" Dave Dwyer. As I carefully listened to Brannon and Justin, I was very upset with their assessment of Kirk and decided to listen to Kirk's interview myself to prove Brannon and Justin were wrong and urge them to recant their disapproval of Kirk.

I not only listened to Kirk's entire interview on Busted Halo, but I also revisited "Monumental" and my review. I was deeply grieved by both. I discovered not only were Brannon and Justin correct, but they kindly spared Kirk by not sharing the entire interview because it was worse than they mentioned.

So I contacted Kirk through his website asking him to recant much of what he shared on Dave Dwyer's program and asked him why he's taken this path away from the true Gospel. I then emailed both Brannon and Justin asking them if they had contacted Kirk prior to publicly airing his digression, not that it was required since Kirk's public comments are open to public reproof. But that out of love for Christ and a brother, did they try to urge him not to stray.

Both brothers graciously and thoughtfully responded. And they both at one time, tried to contact Kirk hoping to keep him from sinfully mixing light with darkness as we're commanded in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16a. This passage is often used to speak about marriage, but that's not necessarily the context here. The context is referring to how animals used to be "yoked" together to work in one accord, so that if one animal moved in one direction, it affected the direction and work of the other. We, as God's holy and dearly beloved children are commanded to not "yoke" ourselves with unbelievers so that we are not swayed to move away from the Lord. So this includes marriage, but also any close partnership between believers and unbelievers. And Kirk has done this repeatedly.

Brannon tried to urge Kirk away from this sin in 2012 during the Glenn Beck mess. But it was to no avail. Justin tried calling Kirk prior to his recent interview on the Busted Halo program, but Kirk never returned the call.

Kirk called me later that same evening. Our conversation lasted a little more than an  hour and because I still want to protect Kirk from any unnecessary and non-beneficial grief (2 Cor 7:8-9), I'm only going to share a snippet of our conversation.  I still want God's best for my brother Kirk—his private and public repentance of pride, yoking with unbelievers for "God's work" and straying from preaching the true Gospel to promoting the happy-go-lucky-unoffensive-better-the-world false gospel.

Here's what I learned about Kirk's opinion of his interview and facts about his new Christmas movie:

  • Kirk said he had no intention of sharing the Gospel with the unsaved priest who hosts the Busted Halo radio program. He said he didn't want to do or say anything offensive, but went on the program for the sole purpose of promoting "Saving Christmas", and that's not possible when you offend people with the Gospel.

  • He stands by his comparison of his new life in Christ to, "trading in bachelorhood" where he was having a good time, "for something better" and like "going from eating a burger to eating a filet mignon," He said he used these analogies because they were easy to understand. He could've said it's like a dead person being raised to life. I'm pretty sure Dave Dwyer and and many others can understand that analogy. And definitely more accurate. Dead people aren't bachelors and dead people don't eat...anything. Kirk's analogy was that of the false social gospel (Joel Osteen's gospel), likening Christianity to just a better, upgraded you, rather than saying that becoming a Christian is an act of God alone, making you a new creation in Christ; something you never could be on your own.

  • Kirk admitted he was wrong when he included "Son of God" as one of the good Christian movies all children should see and want to emulate. He said he never saw the movie, wasn't aware it was blasphemous and heretical, and mentioned it because it did well in the box office. In other interviews, Kirk carelessly commends other heretical and blasphemous movies (he's never seen nor knew anything about) like "Noah", "Heaven Is For Real", etc.

  • He claims "Saving Christmas" will reveal how our cherished Christmas festivities like decorating Christmas trees, exchanging gifts, Santa Claus, etc. are all found in the Bible as good and encouraged practices. Kirk also told me that the Christmas trees represent the Cross of Christ. When I asked him for a chapter and verse for these claims, he said he preferred not to give it to me because he wanted me to see the movie.
  • I went into this conversation hoping I gravely misunderstood his interview on the Busted Halo radio program. But my hope was doused when Kirk shared that he actually believes promoting a movie trumps sharing the Gospel with the lost, and that he's willing to work closely with anyone (believers and unbelievers) who will help him promote his work. When I tried to offer him an "out" and suggest perhaps he misspoke during the interview (and our conversation), that perhaps all that he said wasn't what he meant, he stood firm that he did not misspeak.
Though my family and I celebrate Christmas on December 25 and have a Christmas tree we decorate, we do not believe any of this is in the Bible as commandments or even slight suggestions for Christians to practice. We neither claim everyone needs to celebrate Christmas nor do we belittle those who don't because their conscience bears witness that they ought not (c.f. Romans 14).

I purposely waited to share this because I wanted to be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:18-19). I wanted to give Kirk a chance to repent, respond to my second email and give opportunity to others who said they'd try to help him. But as of the date of this article, and to my knowledge, no repentance, neither private nor public has been made.

If I hadn't publicly sinned and misled others; if Kirk didn't have a public ministry and hadn't publicly misled people into the false social gospel for the past couple of years, then I wouldn't be writing this public piece.

This is how it's done within the Body of Christ. What is private is handled privately unless a public address is warranted for the safety of others. And a public matter is kept public with grace, truth and love so that the world can see that we are not perfect, but we belong to a perfect Father and God who commands and empowers us to love one another His way—perfectly.

"For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.

"For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him"
~2 Cor 2:4, 6-8 (ESV)

Please join me in prayer for our brother Kirk and for those who are lovingly trying to deter him from compromising the Gospel, so that he can promote and encourage more "faith-based" movies in Hollywood.

Any judgmental or derogatory comments regarding Kirk, Brannon, Justin or Ray will be swiftly deleted.

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17 comments:

  1. i was only concerned in one part of monumental and that was why God made the clothes for Adam and Eve, he missed a very crucial import part and that was it represented the shedding of blood for sins. the covering of Christ over them. etcc... i was disappointd but let it go... as for all the rest of this im confused and will read this article again. sounds like he means well and is just not wording it. sharing the gospel will lchange the world. i will read it agian and comment as to understand it better

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  2. Oh Sister know that your sins are already forgiven. Thanks for publicly addressing your own error and graciously dealing with other's errors.

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  3. Excellent article, tough topic, continuing to pray for Kirk. Thank you for handling this with such grace.

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  4. Way off base. Kirk Cameron is a Postmillennialist/Theonomist now (or at least heading more and more in that direction). I don't understand why Premillennialists equate postmill with social gospel. Not the same thing. This might help: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-ingersoll/kirk-cameron-reconstructionist-friends_b_1439062.html

    I used to be postmill, just like he was, just like MacArthur, Friel, and Peters are. I was converted through Way of the Master ministries in the latter part of 2006. But since studying scripture, I just can't subscribe to the Dispensationalist Premillennial thoughts anymore. Scripture is consistent with Covenantal Theology, Postmillennialism, and partial-Preterism. I still appreciate those that differ and consider them my brothers and sisters, but please don't go around saying that we need to repent because you misunderstand our position.

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  5. You may want to read the article again Sarah. The issue is not his eschatology but his mingling with other religions, giving the impression that he is endorsing or recognizing these false religions (Mormonism and Catholicism) as valid expressions of Christianity, and repeatedly failing at opportunities God has provided him to clearly communicate the gospel in these settings. Something he has done very well in the past, but seems to be forgetting(?). From your comments, you also assume to know Sunny's eschatology, which in this case would be a mistake.

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  6. Kirk Cameron is not endorsing Mormons and Catholicism. I remember when Ravi Zacharias came under fire for preaching the gospel at a Mormon 'church.' People need to calm down. There is no endorsing going on. I listened to the radio interview as well.

    https://www.facebook.com/kirkcameron/posts/10150691544438735

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  7. I was afraid Kirk Cameron might be going in the direction of theonomy. It's an easy thing to get caught up in as I was an advocate for Christian Reconstruction for a decade. Sunny is right to be concerned that Kirk is missing opportunities to share the Gospel. I did the same thing as a theonomist. At least to me it seemed there was more focus on redeeming the culture than on sharing the Gospel. I'm praying for Kirk.

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  8. I don't know what Theonomists you were hanging out with, but Theonomy is *all about* proclaiming the gospel. It's what the church historically did, too.

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  9. I was "hanging out" with the well known ones. Not to seem boastful but I was quite active politically.

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  10. Hi Sarah,

    First, just a kind reminder of my commenting rules (located on my right sidebar under the "share" options) and gentle warning sister, I don't allow for continual arguing of the same point nor anything that's not in accord with Ephesians 4:29-32, 5:4 and 2 Tim 2:14, 24-26.

    Second, I'm aware of Dr. Zacharias' speaking at the Mormon Tabernacle where he CLEARLY preached the true Gospel and pointed out the error of those who didn't adhere to it. You can find my interview with him here: http://www.sunnyshell.org/2012/01/interview-with-dr-ravi-zacharias-on-his.html


    He never spoke to the Mormons or even hinted that they were co-laborers in the Lord.


    Also, Dr. Zacharias was humble enough to admit his error for commending heretics like Nouwen and admitted he misspoke. If someone like Dr. Zacharias who's far more equipped and qualified to teach/preach the Gospel than Kirk, can humbly and publicly admit he misspoke, it's quite bewildering and heartbreaking that Kirk won't.

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  11. Thank you for your wise counsel and encouragement sweetheart. ♥

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  12. Thank you brother Michael for forgiving me. I so need much forgiveness. It's refreshing to receive the grace of God through brothers and sisters in the Lord.

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  13. Sunny - I did not forgive you, I was referring to Our Father's forgiveness already bestowed on you because of Christ!! How awesome is that!


    I really didn't see a need to forgive you, personally. Be encouraged, sister.

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  14. Thank you for this post, Sunny! We all are being changed, conformed to Christ's image, and we all must repent (a lot).
    One short comment: Kirk doesn't seem to see that if we were to "lose Christmas," the church would be purified and strengthened. Christmas really isn't ours.
    Maria

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  15. what was that in the bible about God giving us a job to be good
    stewards, to take care over the earth and his creatures... I am in no
    position to judge anyone. For God and myself I will bring His word to
    the lost, rejoice in fellowship and at the same time take care of His
    creatures and try my best to leave His earth in better shape then when I
    came in.

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  16. Oh, okay. Thanks for the clarification brother. Yes, I rest confidently, humbly and gratefully in God's forgiveness for me in Christ. :o) However, it is right for me to repent to Him and others who were affected by my sin of favoritism. :o) The Lord bless you brother.

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  17. We should pray for him the same as we should pray for anyone who rushes to the role of leadership. Just because we are given a platform or have the approval of men, doesn't mean our words are approved by God. Scripture teaches us to confront but every time we do so there needs and urges the same in introspection. We should not run so hastily to the office of teacher or leader, and if confrontation is cause for gossip or applause then hopefully we too shall soon be confronted.

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