Thoughts on a movie about a witch

The Witch: A New-England FolktaleAAAA22
Directed by Robert Eggers and featuring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, and Kate Dickie
2015, 93 minutes

My wife and our two sons REALLY enjoy horror films. Me? Eh, not so much. Anyway, my wife is always pestering our oldest son who lives in town about five miles away to come over with his brood for a scary movie sleepover. Well, they finally agreed to stay over last night.

We started things off with lots of junk food and pizza. So, what’s to complain about? After our youngest granddaughter, age 4, went off to bed at 9 PM, the rest of us watched “The Witch,” which our son provided via his laptop. The plot of the film centers around a Puritan family that’s banished from their community in 17th-century New England and start a farm on the edge of some very dark woods. We all know that dark woods spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e. As the story continues, the family’s set of young twins admit to conversing with the goat, Black Phillip, an infant and pre-teen boy are apparently abducted by a witch, and the oldest daughter is drawn ever closer to the diabolical. After having escaped the clutches of the witch, the pre-teen boy declares his faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior in a dying swoon.

I know a lot of Christians object to this type of entertainment and it’s certainly not my first choice but Satan doesn’t attract anyone to his cause by these repulsive horror films. On the contrary, the Bible says Satan is transformed into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). He does his damage by presenting an alternative “christian” religion that teaches a “gospel” of salvation by merit rather than the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. He advises everyone can merit salvation by “following the light they’ve been given” and by being “good” even if they don’t believe in God. The belief straight from the pit of hell that’s widely accepted throughout the world today is that everyone is basically “good” and most will merit Heaven IF there is one. Christians strongly object to a dumb horror film about a witch but it’s perfectly fine and even commendable to embrace those who preach a different gospel of sacramental grace and merit as “brothers and sisters in Christ.” Oy! Does anyone else see the irony operating here?

I’m not an expert on the topic but I do know the Puritans of colonial times did not always act in accordance with God’s Word. They continued the Catholic practice of uniting church and state into a theocracy. Those who disagreed with church leadership were punished by the civil authorities. Charges of “witchcraft” were leveled against congregants, neighbors, and associates out of hatred or jealousy. Praise the Lord for raising up Reformers like Roger Williams and others to challenge the lingering Roman residue.

Neither of our two sons are Christians but they’re confronted with the message of Jesus Christ even in a lowly film like “The Witch.”

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8 thoughts on “Thoughts on a movie about a witch

    1. Thanks, Andi. I can understand why many Christians would not want to see this film, it is pretty disturbing, but Jesus got His message across. And as I pointed out there are other things that are MUCH more dangerous that Christians unfortunately embrace. Also, the actors all speak with English accents that are somewhat difficult to understand at times…make that most of the time.

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  1. Do you hate Catholics? You use such narrow segments of history which do not reflect Catholic dogma, doctrine or teaching, and you blame the Church for the justice system of the State? Why not study history so that you might understand what the facts are about the Church versus the sins of individuals within the Church? If you would study the history of John Calvin, and his personal justice system, or the history of the post-Protestant rebellion English monarchs who were themselves “supreme head of the church” and head of state, you would know that “reformers” were all about building theocracies and harshly punishing anyone who did not follow their rules. I recommend that you take Church History courses with Catholic Distance University online. I also recommend getting to know God more, especially how He loves.

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      1. Again, cherry picking a single person here. We could also say the US Federal Government is corrupt because Bill Clinton had an affair in the Oval Office, using your logic.

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  2. A challenge with those who do good, but don’t believe in God, is that they credit themselves with the ability to do good. This is arrogance and pride, and when people fall from their pride, they no longer have themselves to credit. And then what? They begin to blame someone else. This demonstrates a lack of integrity where they go from having faith in themselves (where they place their self-appointed merit), to placing blame on others, others who were never given credit for merit in the first place. See how the waffling goes? Hopefully, they realize their mistake and begin to realize God’s role and ability to help.

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  3. “Neither of our two sons are Christians”

    I did not know that Tom. Neither of my own children are either. Largely because of my own lack of faith and the things I taught them as they grew up. Prayers that some person will reach them before it is to late.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Wally. My prayers for your children as well. Our boys went to church with us 3X/week for 8 years and were hating it by the end. Then I walked away from the Lord for 23 years…not a good testimony. Yes, I also did a lot of things wrong as a Dad and I’m very sorry about that. Yesterday, our pastor began a series on parenting and he mentioned, like for all things, we can go to the cross of grace for His mercy and forgiveness for our shortcomings as parents. My wife and I pray every day for our sons’ salvation and bring up Jesus as much as possible. They know the Gospel but choose to follow the world at this point.

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