Hollywood Movie Trailer ‘Songbird’ Will Make You Sick

The movie about a pandemic, made entirely during the pandemic, is not something that anybody needs right now … or ever

The movie about a pandemic, made entirely during the pandemic, is not something that anybody needs right now … or ever

SONGBIRD is a dramatic science fiction thriller about a fictitious virus, COVID-23. In the movie, COVID-23 has infected the world. The plot focuses on a few Los Angeles residents who have their own needs for human connection despite mandatory quarantine orders. Tensions come to a new high when a woman’s grandmother starts to feel terrible. On taking her temperature scan one morning, they discover she has the deadly virus. Meanwhile, the woman’s boyfriend pursues an immunity bracelet for her.

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements: Light mixed pagan worldview about a new global pandemic with moral and Romantic elements such as characters care for other people’s health and take drastic measures to ensure it and there’s a sense of loyalty and hope running through the movie too, subtle Christian elements where one character labels the pandemic as “the Fall” and mentions angels, but the Romantic elements come into play when some characters idealize what could be if not for the global pandemic, plus two villainous characters do whatever they want for personal gain, and one of them goes so far as to declare he’s a “god” because he’s immune to the virus, but it’s clear they are bad, and a patriotic element where a positive character is a veteran.

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Irreducible Elements of the Gospel

The gospel is the great nonnegotiable of Christian truth. We aren’t allowed to add to, subtract from, embellish, or rejigger the sacred message of how sinful men can be reconciled to a holy God.

That’s why the apostle Paul reserved his sternest warning for anyone who would dare to mess with the message: “If any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed” (Galatians 1:9).

The preacher is left with one option when it comes to faithful gospel proclamation—and it’s not an elusive option reserved for scholars. Paul expected his audience to be able to clearly differentiate between the one true gospel and all the other pretenders. It is an expectation implicitly placed upon all believers. With that in mind, we recently asked John MacArthur to identify and explain the essential truths of saving faith—the irreducible elements of the gospel.

Our destinies hinge on the unshakable nature of those truths. Any variation in just one of them and the hope of eternal life completely collapses.  

If you present a different god than the God of Scripture, you are effectively calling people to idolatry. If you preach another Christ you do not have the Lord; you have a liar or a lunatic. If salvation by grace through faith alone is corrupted with even the smallest amount of works-righteousness, “Christ will be of no benefit to you” (Galatians 5:2). If we don’t repent from our former sinful ways, we will perish (Luke 13:3,5).

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