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Wordwise Insight, Issue #142
June 14, 2016


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Is the film War Room true to God's Word?

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War Room Movie

QUESTION: What do you think of the Christian movie War Room?

ANSWER: My wife and I watched the recently released film. Later, I went back and watched it again, double-checking some things. Here are a few personal observations.

War Room provides an interesting and emotionally intense story about a husband and wife in serious conflict (an all too common problem), and how God answered prayer and got them on the right path. Great! Miss Clara's desire to pass on what the Lord had taught her was also good, providing an example of personal discipling (cf. II Tim. 2:2).

However, there were a number of things that concerned me, so that, in spite of what is positive, I would not personally recommend the film to others.

1) First, there's the "closet" issue--going into a clothes closet to pray. It's apparently based on Matthew 6:6, in the old King James Version, "when thou prayest, enter into thy closet." Most modern translations simply have "room," or "private room." In the context of the Matthew text, the Lord is decrying the hypocritical Pharisees' practice of offering their personal prayers out in public, "that they may be seen by men" (vs. 5).

In narration over what Elizabeth is doing to her closet, Miss Clara does acknowledge that the place is not the critical thing, But Clara, Elizabeth, and the couple's young daughter, all turn their clothes closets into a prayer rooms. If that's not an essential point, why not show alternatives by having one or two choose someplace different? (And what have they done with their clothes and other things? Closets are storage areas.)

Personal prayers are best offered in a quiet and private place. I often pray in the living room, before my wife is up, in the car on my way to the city, and in the office alone, while I work.

At the end of the film, a pastor goes in Clara's closet...

(To read the remainder of this article, click on War Room Movie.)


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