A cyber friend (Coyote on the FFF) shared some of James White's "concerns" about Mel Gibson and his brand of christianity. 1. Mel is a pre-Vatican 2 Catholic and definitely believes, has stated unequivocally, that outside of the RCC there is no salvation. 2. The book Mel read that inspired him to write the movie was written by a 19th century nun who claimed to have experienced stigmata and had visions of what actually took place at Calvary including the pain Mary suffered as co-redemptrix. These visions were written down and became the book that inspired the movie. 3. Mel carries a relic from this woman, who is not yet a saint, in his pocket. 4. According to White, part of the reason that Mel is doing the movie is that he is doing the sacrament of penance, that this is the reason it is Mel's hands that hold the nails, Mel is still seeking relief from the guilt of his sin. 5. There are elements in the movie which hint at Mary being co-redemptrix and at transubstantiation, elements that will be obvious to a devout Catholic and probably be completely missed by an evangelical Protestant. IOW - they are not overt. 6. Mel had two priests flown in to the set in Italy to give mass each day to the whole crew. He flew these guys in from other countries, a demonstration of how much Mel is at odds with the Church of Rome - he couldn't find an acceptable priest in Italy. 7. White believes one of the results of the movie will be the conversion of marginal evangelicals to the RCC faith - one of the reasons he cites is the resurgence in popularity of that 19th century nuns book. 8. He compares Mel spiritually to a young Martin Luther still in the monastery spending hours in the confessional seeking relief from his sins that the sacraments and the church will never give him. We should pray for Mel Gibson and lovingly confront him with the gospel, not just blindly accept him as a Christian because he made a movie we like and said some words we wanted to hear. Thoughts?