American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD
American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD

American Gospel: Christ Alone DVD

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Everyone you know needs to see this film. Let me tell you why: 

I want you to watch this film so badly.

To all my irreligious friends: I want you to know that much of what you have seen touted as Christianity and have rejected, I utterly reject it too. In fact, I despise it. I hate it with a perfect hatred.

To all my religious friends: I want you to know that much of what we are being fed from pulpits and bookstores today could not be further from the Word of God, no matter how many Bible verses a preacher strings together to make his point.

To all of you: More than anything else in this world, I want you to hear the Gospel—the true and genuine Gospel. And that is going to mean that the lies and deceit of the so-called "American Gospel" are going to have to be exposed for what they are. That is just what my friend Brandon Kimber has done in this film, and I commend it to you wholeheartedly.

- Matthew Robinson | Director, Media Gratiae

 

American Gospel: Christ Alone is a film about what Americans understand to be the good news of the Christian faith. It asks, “Is Christianity Christ + the American dream?” It then tells “how the prosperity gospel (the Word of Faith movement) has distorted the gospel message, and how this theology is being exported abroad.” It is, in short, a film about how the gospel espoused by so many so-called Christians is not good news at all. This gospel is not drawn from the Bible but from the worldly desire for a long, comfortable, and affluential life.

Much of the film is spent exploring the history of the Word of Faith movement, explaining its key claims and promises, and showcasing clips from its foremost leaders. We see how its chief proponents live in ostentatious wealth, how they take advantage of their hopeful but gullible followers, and how they misuse the Bible to suit their own purposes. We see their empty promises and the long trail of devastated lives they leave behind them. We see the sheer ugliness of this gross distortion of the true and glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.

American Gospel is framed around several key characters and a number of ongoing narratives. These provide the cohesion, the interest, and the human dimension that makes it so compelling. We hear from Costi Hinn as he tells of the days he traveled in luxury with his uncle Benny before he eventually came to see that he was participating in something abhorrent. We hear from Sean Demars and Katherine Berger as they explain how they once bought into the promises of the Word of Faith movement before finally seeing them as the Satanic distortion they are. Christians leaders like Michael Horton, Jackie Hill-Perry, Matt Chandler, Bryan Chapell, Nate Pickowicz, R. Scott Clark, Julius Kim, and Justin Peters serve as teachers and guides.

The great strength of the film is that it’s not only a negative examination of the Word of Faith movement, but also a very positive and helpful examination of biblical truth. Those who watch it will not only be convinced that the prosperity gospel is evil, but they will also know exactly why it is so evil. Even better, they will hear the true and saving gospel of Christ’s atoning death and resurrection. They will be equipped to resist and refute what is wrong and to explain and celebrate what is so much better.

American Gospel is an excellent film to watch individually or as a family. It may also be ideal to play before a church, youth group, or young adults gathering (though you’ll want to talk to Transition Studios about a special license for that before you do it). I highly recommend it.

- Tim Challies

Media Gratiae is an independent nonprofit (501c3) multimedia ministry based out of New Albany, Mississippi. Our desire is to produce film, print, and other media for the glory of Christ and for the good of His Church.

Media Gratiae (pronounced "GRAH - tee - ā") is Latin for "the Means of Grace."

Fallen man receives all the blessings of salvation out of the eternal fountain of the grace of God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ and through the operation of the Holy Spirit. While the Spirit can and does in some respects operate immediately on the soul of the sinner, He has seen fit to bind Himself largely to the use of certain means in the communication of divine grace. " (L. Berkhof)

In other words, Christ has fully accomplished the redemption that the Father planned, and now the Spirit is applying that grace in time to the lives of God’s people all around the world. God has appointed certain “means” to serve as the channels through which the Spirit applies that grace. The scope of the work Media Gratiae produces is meant to give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission by the use of those means.

We believe that the chief means of grace is God’s word. It alone has the promise of being the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:16). Paul tells us that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. In doing so, he elevates the preached word of God to the foreground as the means by which God’s own voice is heard by sinners (Rom. 10:13-17). Paul's determination to preach Christ and Him crucified is understood in light of the fact that it is the voice of our Savior that brings dead men out of their tombs (John 5:25).

In Acts 2 we see that the early church not only gave themselves to the apostles' teaching and prayer, but also to fellowship with one another. In addition to the crucial fellowship we experience by being committed to a local body of believers, we can also experience something of "the communion of the saints" by making use of Christian Biography. In this way we can be helped by the example of those who have followed our Lord before us, and follow Paul's admonition to keep our eyes on those who walk according to the example we have in him.

Two lines from a hymn by John Berridge—one a statement, the other an earnest prayer—sum up the mission and hope of Media Gratiae:

The means of grace are in my hand,
The blessing is at God’s command
Who must the work fulfill;
And though I read, and watch and pray,
Yet here the Lord directs my way
And worketh all things still.

Prepare my tongue to pray and praise,
To speak of providential ways,
And heavenly truth unfold;
To strengthen well a feeble soul,
Correct the Wanton, rouse the dull,
And silence sinners bold.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 Matthew Robinson | Director, Media Gratiae