Sad News About “End of the Spear”

Jason Janz has written a very informative critique of the movie, “End of the Spear,” the movie being released tomorrow about the 5 missionaries murdered by the Auca Indians in Ecuador in 1956. The story of those men and their families, told brilliantly in Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot, has inspired untold numbers of men and women to give their lives to the work of missions. Steve Saint, the son of Nate, one of the 5 martyrs, is behind the movie project, having released a book by the same name a few months ago.

As Janz writes, however, this incredible story now has a huge blemish that will forever be attached to the movie. Chad Allen, who plays Nate Saint, is an outspoken homosexual advocate for the gay lifestyle. The way that this came about and the response of the production company to expressed concerns is sad.

Obviously, it does not change the fact that 5 young men and their families made the ultimate sacrifice in order to make Christ known to the most murderous people that anthropologists have ever studied. What is tragic, it seems to me, is that the implicit stamp of approval on homosexuality that the casting of Chad Allen inevitably gives, will now be associated with this story.

This is not about “homophobia” (interestingly, I was charged with that yesterday in a very long phone call from a homosexual activist, talk show host that started out as an interview, moved quickly into verbal assault, calmed down into a sane conversation and ended with a friendly recognition of our respective concerns and beliefs; maybe I will blog about it soon). It is not a suggestion that a homosexual cannot be an accomplished artist. It is about Christians promoting a film not only as a faithful retelling of an important story but as a “Christian movie” that Christian churches should support. I find it very sad.

HT: Steve Camp

Tom Ascol has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology for various colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary, the Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, African Christian University, Copperbelt Ministerial College, and Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Tom serves as the President of Founders Ministries and The Institute of Public Theology. He has edited the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written hundreds of articles for various journals and magazines. He has been a regular contributor to TableTalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He has also edited and contributed to several books, including Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry, The Truth and Grace Memory Books for children and  Recovering the Gospel and Reformation of Churches. He is also the author of From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist ConventionTraditional Theology and the SBC and Strong and Courageous. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries. In addition he regularly contributes articles to the Founders website and hosts a weekly podcast called The Sword & The Trowel. He and his wife Donna have six children along with four sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law. They have sixteen grandchildren.
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