The Star movie review (an FEDBP ministry Biblical review of a very unBiblical movie)
This movie completely scrambled the nativity story. To say that this movie had 25% accuracy to the Bible would be way too generous… it’s more accurate to put them down to about 5% to 10% - yes, it’s that bad. Just a few notes to start with… The movie had the wedding of Joseph and Mary before Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant of the Holy Spirit and accepted it (completely scrambled). The movie had animals given some kind of telepathic yet unclear visions and/or “senses” and then had the animals as the heroes – literally saving Joseph and Mary’s lives (etc), and pretended fate had more to do with protecting them than God. This movie pretended Mary was almost angelic – or close enough to it to push the almost perfect feminist woman image with just enough “foresight” to be close to the Vatican’s “all-knowing Mary”, “mother of God”, as they like to say (as caring as many ladies are, they aren’t angels or perfect, but they can/need to grow in holiness just like guys). Joseph was played up to be a non-studied young man who knows little about life but is genuinely caring – far different from the Joseph the Bible describes who would have known some of the Torah and God’s Word and prophecies – unlike depicted in this film. The movie had Herod send one non-verbal non-roman-soldier to follow Joseph and Mary to try to murder them and the animals protecting. The Bible describes Herod only hearing about Jesus’ incarnation *after* He was born and the wise men showed up a few months to a couple years later (again scrambled). And the Bible is clear that the soldiers were sent *after* the wise men left – not before, and not to follow anyone to the stable.
In scrambling all of these details and adding an odd
“romance” between animals and extra “action” scenes that are not only not
Biblical, but also blasphemous, this movie tries to confuse people (especially
children) into getting confused and thinking Jesus’ coming was a legend, and
not truth and history and fact. (Matthew 18 talks about how God feels about
those who lie to children about God and God’s Word, the Bible). But to say that
followers of Christ shouldn’t just watch this “one bad film” would be
completely missing the point. This is one of many. This is the same quality and
comfortable “warm” lies of disney and pixar and universal and any other
Follywood agency/corporation you can think of. Sony is just one of the top
twisted satanic companies/corporations who love to mock God’s Word in as many
ways (even sneaky ones) that they can. That’s what they do. But they have to do
it in a way that entices you to come watch their visual sermon… so they use
many forms of deception to get you to hear it and then follow it. How many are
you seeing? If you can’t see dozens, you are not seeing as clearly as you think
Parents, every time you and your family watch something fiction for “entertainment”, you are losing. You are losing truth, you are becoming desensitized to sins, and you and your family are getting closer to being able to be deceived, because you show by your actions that you are more interested in loving pleasure rather than loving God. And one of God’s consequences explained by Jesus Himself is that when you entertain yourself with a lie, God allows you to be deceived and lose truth. Truth is tangible, and so are the consequences every time you turn on your trash vendor (TV) and entertain yourself with “fiction” for “entertainment”. You are not escaping God’s judgment – you are just blinding your eyes to the truth, and getting that much close to abandoning God for the sake of your favorite sins and instead following an antichrist instead of Holy Jesus, who is The Christ. This needs to be – for you and your family, a life-change. This needs to be, for you, a crossroads – will you follow Christ or the world. Jesus said you can’t choose both. See Matthew 5-7, Matthew 13 and John 10 and John 14-15 for more on that, in addition to this passage:
“7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:7-9)
>> Jesus commands us to not be deceived – why? Because we can be, and many times are deceived by both the sins that we want and by the lies we want to believe. So, your choice is here and now: follow God and grow in turning from sin and lies (of all types), or becoming a Laodicean “Christian” who is simple-minded because you are letting go of truth in favor of your favorite sins, pride, and entertainment and temptations of sins. (Exodus 20, Proverbs 6, Romans 1, and Galatians 5 have lists of things God calls sin.) Remember, a Laodicean “Christian” gets God’s grace up until His patience runs out – then He spits them out of His mouth as clearly rejecting Him. As long as you’re breathing, you have time to repent and change your life, your patterns, your affections, your ambitions, your life-goals, and your home-patterns. It’s not about rules – it’s about walking pure before God in a growing covenant with Him. If you’re growing, He will bless you and teach you more, just as Hebrews 12 says He does – only with His children, not satan’s children.
Let’s look at a few other key notes here. Several high-profile religious “leaders” and popular non-Christian singers were hired to do voices for some of the characters. Oprah Winfrey (one of the camels) got to pretend to revere Jesus as a Messiah. So did Mariah Carey (a hen), so did Tyler Perry (one of the camels), so did Kelly Clarkson (the horse), and so did Joel Osteen (one of the wise men). None of these people believe the Bible – if they did, they would take it literally and walk away from the sins of Follywood, not participate in them (and yes I mean all of the trashy sins that happen there).
This movie also mixed up something else that critical. It has a “PG” rating from the MPAA (a non-caring agency who keeps changing the standards to get more sin and sin-displays and lies and false religions into your homes and lives). Yet, with this “PG” rating, it will draw families, even with the youngest of children. So, why then teach them that in the “Bible story” as they made it out to be, that a sheep “falls in love” with a donkey? And that both of them talk? Along with 3 camels, 2 dogs, a dove, a horse, a cow, a crazed goat, and a selection of smaller rodents like mice, etc. No animals at the manger scene talked in the Bible – none. Also, there was no lone-man “soldier” following Joseph and Mary to kill Mary with 2 dogs – a bulldog and something like a wolf. There were no cows or horses at the manger scene, or a “gerbil” or whatever it was. And why was the dove depicted as giving a distraction with a suggestive dance scene that he did a couple of times?
And that leads to the next topic, mysticism woven throughout. Oprah Winfrey is well-known for rejecting Jesus as the only way to God and Heaven.
In 2008, Oprah had this live conversation on her show as she was trying to preach “many paths to God” lies.
Oprah: “… One of the mistakes that humans make is believing there is only one way to live, and we don’t accept that there are diverse of being in the world. That there are millions of to be a human being, and…”
[a lady asks from the crowd] “Then how do you please God?”
Oprah: “And many ways, many paths to what you call ‘god’. And her path might be something else, and when she gets there, she might call it ‘the light’. But, her loving and her kindness and her generosity brings her… if it brings her to the same point that it brings you, it doesn’t matter whether she called it God along the way or not.”
[Lady replies] “I guess the danger could be in that… I mean it sounds great on the onset. But when you really look at both sides…
Oprah interrupts: There couldn’t possibly be just one way.
[Second lady chimes in] “What about Jesus?”
Oprah replies: “What about Jesus?”
[2nd lady’s words aren’t clear because she doesn’t have a microphone in her hand yet… but when she does, she say]: “How can you say that there isn’t only one way? There is one way and only one way, and that is through Jesus.”
Oprah repeats: “There couldn’t possibly be only one way…”
(the discussion continues from there – on live TV).
That was not the last time Oprah has said such lies and blasphemy against the only real God. But, God says she is a liar just like her father the devil – according God, not man. Jesus said this: “6 Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” (John 14:6) Oprah since then has tried to weave new age mysticism that we can be our own “god” or that we have “god” inside of us into many of her teachings and promotions since then. As you noticed, those are also lies. We are human – we cannot be God, but we can find salvation from our active rebellion against God and our excusing of our sins by believing on Jesus and making a covenant with Him to live for Him. But, the reason I mention Oprah specifically is because she is a key person in this film – and in the religious circles. Oprah and Joel Osteen are good friends and they both excuse many sins and sin-lifestyles and false religions, preaching only a fake hollow superficial outward appearance of “morality”, just like masonry and every other religion you can name. So, Oprah being in this “Christmas” movie is key, not just because of her presence in this film, but also because she had a few key things to preach in it. Those things included that this baby was the fulfillment for the “Christian belief” and that many would be celebrating it for “thousands of years” and she made sure to include giving to get gifts and decorating a Jeremiah 10 tree in honor of this celebration. There was also the lies woven throughout the film that God is kind of standoff-ish… as though He is somewhere off in space and we have to fend for ourselves most often… but it was implied that He sometimes takes a minute to hear our prayers and invisibly work his “magic” to solve our problems, especially when we ask. This movie also promoted the implied idea that God is sometimes unfair too – but that it somehow magically works out in the end (just like the “fates” of Greek & Roman myths). This movie certainly had the “God helps those who help themselves” lies in it, as well as even having not just a “talking donkey” (reference to Balaam), but also a “praying donkey” who was trying to imitate Mary – a light reference to the pagan idolatry of the Vatican religious system and blasphemies. But, that’s the kind of “God” these blasphemous actors and singers and “religious leaders” like – a “god” in their own image, according to their own likeness who lets them do the sins that they do and excuses them, while cheering them on for their condemning of others with their twisted version of “morality” that they use to help themselves think more highly of themselves than others. They judge – by appearances, and condemn with their words – based on appearances, in direct contradiction to Jesus, in Matthew 7 and John 7.
“1 Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)
“24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)
But judging with God’s right and wrong is what Oprah and her friends refuse to do. Mentioning Joel Osteen again – he refuses to help the poor (as he was so well caught on during Hurricane Harvey just a few months ago). He lied to cover, but he’s still caught doing what he’s done for years – raking in the money with a false gospel, comforting unrepentant sinners in their sins, and empowering them to grow the “champion” (aka, “god” likeness) in themselves. God’s Word is true and describes liars such as Oprah and Joel Osteen very, very well.
“8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:8-10)
“13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
That’s what this movie did – tried to change Jesus to a myth and tried to change God’s Word into legends. So, why did people like “Focus on the Family” and their movie “review” site “Plugged In Online” give it a good review? Because both groups care more about being friends of the world than they care about being enemies of the God of the Bible. Do not be like them. Do not follow them.
~ I pray these short notes have helped you to step out of the lying sermons sold to you as “good movies” and inspired you to get back where you and I need to stay – close to God and daily in His Word, the Bible – the only 100% honest and 100% reliable fact checker for everything. Yes, everything.
~ Watching, Preaching, Praying, your growing bro, SH with the FEDBP ministry team
P.S. If you want to prove that Oprah and Joel are liars for yourself, you only need to hear their own words with your own ears, and read their own words with your own eyes. See below for links.
Focus on the Family and “Plugged In” caught
commending a false gospel, sins, and blasphemies in this film:
The Star, thankfully, will not be joining that list. This film tells an imaginative and sweet version of Jesus' birth—from the point of view of animals—while remaining faithful to the biblical narrative. Tyler Perry, one of many A-list stars to lend their voices to this production, said of it, "This is such a clever and genius way to tell the real meaning of Christmas. I was honored to be a part of it."
Apart from some intense moments of perilous pursuit that might be frightening to very young or sensitive viewers, the film's only other content issues all have to do with occasional bathroom humor—usually courtesy of Dave the dove.
But those moments are only very mild concerns in a film that's otherwise admirably focused on retelling the familiar story of our Savior's birth from a fresh perspective.”