The Da Vinci Code is now showing in the movie theaters. It is being promoted by the media. Our local newspaper had something promoting the movie at the top of the front page of the Sunday paper. They are treating it as big news, but in the process they are also promoting it, including a discussion of “10 reasons why people should see” the movie.

Last Friday some Christian college students came here to give us some practical help. There were four young men and a young lady, all delightful young people who obviously love the Lord. But my family and I were both struck by how vulnerable they are. There is so much deception out there, and these young people are not well prepared to deal with it.

Some people see the Da Vinci Code movie as an opportunity to evangelize. It is, and I hope that some people will come to Christ because of it. However, I see that as God being able to bring good out of a bad thing.

The lies in the book (and therefore in the movie) are so bad, so horrible, that it is better not to know about them. I read a few quotes online yesterday, and I’ve been grieving ever since.

If you have a compelling reason to read the book, then God will give you the grace to deal with it. But if you do not have a real need to read it, then don’t. It is better not to know about such things, not to have such things in your head.

Some lies are so destructive that even refuting them can cause harmful fallout. Somebody has to do that job. But it is hard on the people who have to learn about those things.

If today’s Christians were strong, well informed, disciplined, and people of strong integrity, then they would be equipped to stand up to these lies. But so many Christians today are weak and confused. And so many Christians have become worldly.

I’m amazed at the stuff that even serious Christians watch on TV. Psalm 1 says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” (Psalm 1:1) And isn’t that precisely what happens with most TV shows? Viewers wind up listening to the counsel of the ungodly, and seeing things from the perspective of sinners, and listening to scornful, cynical, mocking people. That is not healthy, either spiritually or emotionally.

And what happens when people who have been spiritually weakened by watching such TV shows go to see the movie of The Da Vinci Code? When they get so caught up in the suspense, and the action, and the beautiful girl, that they hear the horrible lies, but they are too distracted to deal with them or to even recognize how serious they are.

Jesus said that the way is narrow. He said that many would fall away from the faith. But it is heart-breaking to watch it happen.

Please pray for our young people. They are so vulnerable. And the deception is snow-balling.

I went to the Christian section of Barnes & Noble yesterday, and there are a lot of books out there promoting the Gnostic “gospels,” including the “Gospel of Judas.” One of the college students is interested in those “gospels” and the others didn’t see any problem with that.