From the "What were ya'll thinkin'?" department comes this news (via Agape Press):
A Christian leader is criticizing the way some churches have handled the controversy surrounding the recent film version of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code. He believes it was a mistake to use the movie as an evangelistic tool. ...
... audiences are turning out in great numbers to see the highly publicized film starring Tom Hanks. Rob Schenck of the National Clergy Council says much of that audience comes from churches that have encouraged their members to go see it. He believes that was not a good idea.
"Urging people to go and see it to make it an evangelistic opportunity I think was a big mistake," the ministry leader says, "and will backfire and will only lead people down the wrong road."
Schenck feels people should have been warned not to spend their money in support of a film considered blasphemous by numerous religious leaders and groups. "We probably would have been better to ignore it," he laments.
He adds that the movie turnout will only encourage Hollywood to make more anti-Christian films. "[T]his was clearly made to make a statement against the gospel," says Schenck.