All lined up for a Valentine’s Day release is what experts are predicting to be the most financially successful film ever—Fifty Shades of Grey. The highly controversial film is based on the book by the same name, with two sequels that are just as popular. Experts also refer to this book as the worst piece of writing ever to make the New York Times best-seller list. Aside from the disgusting topic, the juvenile writing style and story plot make it an embarrassing joke to be listed alongside real works of literature. But the millions of fans worldwide, and the millions of dollars it’s generated is not a joke. How could a book that everyone agrees is terrible become such a financial phenomenon? It’s simple: demons of perversion.
The plot is about a wealthy businessman who preys on a young woman with low self-esteem. She is a virgin who struggles with feelings of rejection from her father, and is hungry for affection and romance. He overwhelms her with attention, lavish presents and money, and then asks her to submit to his sexually depraved desires that include bondage, sexual torture and unspeakable sadomasochistic violence. She is infatuated with him and agrees. The book glorifies every juicy detail and pulls its readers into this emotional pit of hell. After their sexual episodes, the woman is left bleeding and so badly bruised she can’t move. But she “loves” him, and in the last book of the trilogy, she marries him.
Doctrine one of Fifty Shades of Grey: women should view abuse and violence as noble and courageous. The author wants to counterbalance all the perversion with hope and faith, that a pure young woman has such power of love that she can save a man from his torment. But any social worker or psychiatrist can tell you that this plot is the typical model of abuse: A woman loves a man who is dangerous. She has very low self-worth. He is controlling, threatening and manipulative. She feels wanted and needed, and tolerates his violence because she believes that she will be his “savior.” In real life, too many of those stories end in death. Police records prove it.
Doctrine two: sexual perversion is amazing. Fifty Shades of Grey is supposed to be the new standard of a fulfilling marriage. People believe they have to seek out more exciting, more perverse forms of sexual pleasure to be happy, and the deeper they sink into these experiments, the more demons of depravity fill their lives and destroy their homes. It’s a doctrine that glorifies sexual excitement with no love, no kindness, no giving, no God—selfishness and pain give the greatest pleasure. It’s unbelievable, but even Christians are being enticed by this. If you want to know what real excitement in marriage is, read the book “Bulletproof Marriage” instead to transform your love life as God intended.
The devil is the master of physical and sexual abuse, found at all levels of society and the effects are devastating. From child slavery in East Africa to human trafficking in Arab countries, to the sex trade in Thailand, the Philippines and South America, to the shiny high-tech pornography industries in California, the Netherlands and the UK, to the individual homes where horrific violence against women and children occur on a daily basis everywhere, an aggressive demonic principality is orchestrating all of that pain. And now as the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is already selling millions of pre-ordered tickets, those same demons are prepared to invade the souls of millions more.
So if you have been thinking of seeing this movie, if you’ve enjoyed the book, and have even allowed your teenagers to read this, congratulations. You are contaminating your own mind with filth and filling the vulnerable minds and emotions of your children with demonic desires that will stay with them for a lifetime unless they fight for those curses to be broken by faith. You also have the added benefit of giving your offering to the global industry of demonic perversion. You are helping abusers to harm children and innocent people all over the world. You are making life very comfortable for those who live off the suffering of others, thanks to your purchases and your personal advertisement as you walk into that movie theater, condoning these lies. Please think smart, and choose wisely.
But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me—it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea! Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes. (Matthew 18:6,7)
With the help of: Evelyn Higgibotham