Watch the video above of Grant Gaines, son of Steve Gaines, tell the Bellevue Baptist congregation about how he explained to his 6-year old daughter that Disney characters are going to burn in hell.
And to show how ignorant some of these hotshots can be, Grant throws Pocahontas in with the fictional Disney characters and says:
"I don't think there's a time...where Pocahontas at some point in the movie gets down on her knees she repents of her spiritual paganism and turns to Jesus and is saved. It doesn't ever happen. Maybe there is some alternate ending I'm not aware of."Well, actually, Grant, there WAS an alternate ending. It is called "history". Pocohontas was a character in a popular Disney movie, but that doesn't mean she didn't become a Christian. Grant, unlike Sleeping Beauty, Pocahontas was a figure in history. It is widely believed that at some point she DID convert to Christianity.
Just a few questions for Grant and Watchdog readers:
How can it be a good thing for a fundamentalist father to explain to his 6-year daughter who is into Disney and princess stories, that all of the princesses are going to die and go to hell unless they "repent, accept Jesus, and start fearing the Lord."? Obviously none of the characters in their respective movies did walk the aisle of a SBC church and pray and accept Jesus, so now a 6-year old has in her mind that her favorite characters are burning in hell??
Do we purposely need to get 6-year olds, in all of their innocence and trust, to focus on the horrors of hell and fire and brimstone, and that their favorite characters are there in eternal torment? Really?
Sadly, I can picture this little girl going to school and when she hears the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, or the Jungle Book thinking (or saying out loud), "Goldilocks is burning in hell! Mowgli needs to accept Jesus and fear God or he will be where there's weeping and gnashing of teeth." Sheesh.
And of course poor modern-day Santa is headed to hell - although St. Nick was a bishop in the 4th century Greek church, but he probably didn't tithe or believe in inerrancy of scripture and probably didn't literally "accept Christ" - so Grant can explain to his kids that even Jolly Old St. Nick is burning right now with the Disney characters.