'Black Panther' movie: A springboard to the Gospel?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

"Black Panther" movie posterA number of churches across America are reportedly throwing their support behind the new blockbuster film, Black Panther

They are doing this by playing Black Panther in their main sanctuaries for their congregations – or by getting younger church members to flock to the local movie theater.

"Many churches have either hosted screenings or are buying tickets in bulk for youth to see it," The Christian Post reported

The news outlet went on to cite church involvement in Virginia and Oklahoma, as well as support from the Christian community in Dallas, Texas. 

However, one evangelical leader has expressed concerns about church support of the Marvel superhero movie because it features ancestor worship and cultism. 

Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, maintains this this aspect of the film is problematic because it could cause doctrinal confusion.

Jackson pointed out to OneNewsNow that the black community is flocking to the film because of the predominantly black cast and the message in the movie.

"I believe that many are reaching out because there's this secularized need for us to feel like those who have been told that they were less than … [that they] can really be powerful people,” Jackson posed. “And we don't have to compromise the Gospel for that message to come to blacks and Hispanics and other minorities. What we need to do is use this as a stepping stone to preach."

With this in mind and Easter approaching, he said that he is strongly considering preaching a sermon entitled "The Real Black Panther."

"And the idea is that is name is Jesus," the nationally renowned African American pastor shared.

Jackson stressed that every Christian should use this movie and its subject matter as a springboard to present the Gospel to friends and family.

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