Jim Denison, a Christian writer who runs the Denison Forum, warned Christians on Feb. 10 not to see the new film "Fifty Shades Darker," which is the sequel to the 2015 hit "Fifty Shades of Grey."
In an op-ed for Charisma News, Denison recalled that he warned people not to see "Fifty Shades of Grey" and listed his reasons for not viewing the sequel:
The movie is pornographic in the extreme. It exhibits behavior so explicit and immoral that I will not repeat even what reviewers have said about it. Jesus warned us to refuse lust in all its forms (Matt. 5:28). His Spirit will be grieved by any Christians who open their minds to such blatant immorality.
The plague of pornography is an epidemic in our culture, and these movies are making things far worse. They are intended to legitimize and normalize behavior that, according to researchers, damages the brain and escalates deviant behavior.
The movie normalizes sexual abuse. The timing could not be worse: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 64 percent of American women have been victims of rape or other sexual violence.
The Friendly Atheist, which flagged the column, counters that the R-rated film is not pornographic and says the movie "is all about consent," not sexual abuse.
Joel and Luke Smallbone, members of Christian singing duo For King & Country, are offering up their own alternative to "Fifty Shades Darker" with a film entitled "Priceless."
Joel told The Christian Post how his film is countering "Fifty Shades Darker":
[We're] in a time, era and a culture that really focuses on the most unstable variation of love which is this emotionally charged, extravagant initial spark of love. We have to counter that with the calmer, truer, deeper love which is the truest. It's a decision and a sacrifice.
When you're experiencing these intimate things, these ideologies, these films and this music, somehow in turn it's reshaping the way you look at things. It's reshaping the way you perceive yourself, the way I perceive women, [and] what I value in life.
My hope is that with films like "Priceless" releasing on Valentine's Day it's pushing towards a really timeless message of extravagant chivalry in the face of trafficking and slavery while celebrating a woman's worth.
My concern is that to date it doesn't feel like we're really even culturally asking the questions of, "is this ok -- that these sorts of films and ideas are being celebrated the way they are?"