Monday, March 01, 2004

talk about the passion, #3 ('til death do us part, and then we get on elevators going different directions)

All kinds of evangelical Christians are getting riled up by Mel Gibson's passion, like the Pentecostals in Denver who put up the sign reading "Jews Killed the Lord Jesus." These Protestants probably think that Jesus died for their salvation as well as Mel Gibson's, and they will all eventually be strolling arm-in-arm together down the golden midway of heaven someday. However, does Mel Gibson believe this? No! His belief is that his Protestant defenders will all be joining his wife and the rest of us unredeemed in hell. Quotes from one interview:
"There is no salvation for those outside the (Catholic) church," Gibson replied. "I believe it."

He elaborated: "Put it this way. My wife is a saint. She's a much better person than I am. Honestly. She's, like, Episcopalian, Church of England. She prays, she believes in God, she knows Jesus, she believes in that stuff. And it's just not fair if she doesn't make it; she's better than I am. But that is a pronouncement from the chair. I go with it."

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