Viral Video: Christian Walks Out of 'The Addams Family' for 'Demonic' Content
Christian musician Bryann Trejo made viral waves on social media when he livestreamed walking out of The Addams Family movie. "Growing up we watched Addams Family and it was like costume comedy," he said walking through the movie theater lobby. "The Addams Family right here, it's inappropriate."
"The first thing that startled me was that they had the voice of a demon growling," Trejo said. "Second, the little boy in the cartoon started crawling up the wall, possessed. Strike three was when they pulled out the Ouija board." At that point, Trejo and his wife walked out of the movie. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. I know the kids are probably mad. But it's our job to protect them from this stuff."
Trejo has faced much mockery on Facebook for standing up for Christianity. Over 100,000 people shared the video and there are thousands of snarky comments. The most troubling are the ones from "Christians" claiming that he is wrong and has "weak faith" for not subjecting his children to demonic themes. Others insist that demons can't hurt them.
This is bad theology and the majority of Christian faiths are at fault for not teaching what the Bible has to say on the issue. Demonic possession and influence is well-documented both in the Bible and through the Church. The Catholic Church still employs exorcists and they are so overwhelmed by the need for their services that they are currently recruiting more. "It's only in recent years that the demand [for exorcisms] has risen exponentially," Father Pat Collins said. He added that anyone denying this is "out of touch with reality."
Recently, I've noticed within Christian communities a lack of concern for demonic influence including allowing kids to play with Ouija boards, consult mediums, and adults taking children to demonic-themed Halloween events. Jesus dealt with the demons in one way only— rebuke and cast out immediately. He did not entertain them, speak to them, listen to their arguments or in any other way appease them or use them for entertainment. He sent them to hell. He then gave His disciples the power to cast them out in his name.
As far as theory goes, the real question is whether possession has ever occurred in the past, and whether it is not, therefore, possible that it may occur again. And while the cumulative force of centuries of experience is not to be lightly disregarded, the main evidence will be found in the action and teaching of Christ Himself as revealed in the inspired pages of the New Testament, from which it is clear that any attempt to identify possession with natural disease is doomed to failure. ...
If, therefore, possession were merely a natural disease and the general opinion of the time based on a delusion, we might expect that Christ would have proclaimed the correct doctrine as He did when His followers spoke of the sin of the man born blind (John, ix, 2, 3), or when Nicodemus misunderstood His teaching on the necessity of being born again in Baptism (ibid., iii, 3, 4). So far from correcting the prevalent conviction, He approved and encouraged it by word and action. He addressed the evil spirits, not their victims; told His disciples how the evil spirit acted when cast out (Matt., xii, 44, 45; Luke, xi, 24-26), taught them why they had failed to exorcize (Matt., xvii, 19); warned the seventy-two disciples against glorying in the fact that the demons were subject to them (Luke, x, 17-20). He even conferred express powers on the Apostles “over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities” (Matt., x, 1; Mark, vi, 7; Luke, ix, 1), and, immediately before His Ascension, enumerated the signs that would proclaim the truth of the revelation His followers were to preach to the world: “In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them: they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover” (Mark, xvi, 17-18). Thus does the expulsion of demons become so closely bound up with other miracles of the Christian dispensation as to hardly permit of separation.
To deny demonic possession and influence as a Christian is to deny the teachings of Christ. If demons do not exist, then Jesus was a madman. There's no in-between here. Christians who deny the existence of Satan and his minions of chaos are not Christians at all, but heretics and unbelievers.
As for me and my family, we will avoid The Addams Family movie and "hold fast to what is good," and "abstain from every evil" (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)..
On a positive note, Trejo is making Christian rap that's actually fun to listen to (and my kids agree, which is the real test). That's rare.
Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo.” Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter