It should go without saying that The Gospel Coalition (TGC) has absolutely nothing to do with the gospel or any other biblical teaching or exhortation. The Gospel Coalition is nothing more than an outlet for the carnal consumption of worldly influence into the Church by compromised Evangelicals who are bound together by their propensity toward embracing the culture. It is, in fact, The Gospel-less Coalition.
As with previous years, Brett McCracken, a prominent author at The Gospel Coalition has released his “Best Movies” of the year list for 2023, and just like previous years, it’s filled with sex, violence, foul language, and blasphemy. First up is McCracken’s recommendation of the movie, Killers of the Flower Moon.
According to Common Sense Media, Killers of the Flower Moon is filled with violence and blasphemy, presenting an unsettling cinematic experience steeped in vulgar language and gratuitous brutality. The film’s rampant use of profanities, including incessant “f–k” and “s–t,” and even taking the Lord’s name in vain, coupled with racial slurs, tarnishes the dialogue and diminishes its historical significance. Its depiction of violence—marked by guns, shootings, and bloodied corpses—is excessive, making this movie a perfect fit for the carnal-minded TGC world-lover.
Next up is McCracken’s recommendation of the movie Past Lives. According to Common Sense Media, Past Lives delves into a romantic narrative yet is marred by inappropriate elements. The film includes scenes of smoking and drinking, along with occasional strong language such as “bitch,” “s–t,” and uses of “f–k.”
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And finally, McCracken’s “honorable mention” of The Holdovers, as reviewed by Common Sense Media, is an indecent portrayal of debauchery, laden with a barrage of profanities such as “p—y,” “d–khead,” “nut punch,” and “f–k.” This film not only normalizes but glorifies crude language, heavy drinking, smoking, drug use among teenagers, and pornography, along with needless sexual references and explicit content. The use of such crassness, especially in a setting involving a teacher, is irresponsible and deeply concerning and has no place in the lives of Christian audiences. This film is a glaring example of the decline in morality in entertainment.
While I didn’t review every single movie on McCracken’s list, I’m sure there’s much more there. McCracken has been known to promote the worst of the worst, including homosexual sex scenes, even claiming that they have helped him become better at evangelism after watching them. But his list for 2023 pretty much fits the bill of what was to be expected.