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Lilies of the Field
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1963
Comments:
Director: Ralph Nelson
Screenplay:
Producer:
Cast: Sidney Poiter, Lisa Skala, Lisa Mann, Isa Crino, Francesca Jarvis
Genre: African American Cinema

Running Time: 94
Aspect Ratio:  1.66:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: Spanish, French
Features: Black and White
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD) DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Mar 2001 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$14.98]
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Reviews:  A Baptist getting along with Roman Catholic Church (1)! Yep! Why? Why would Sidney Poitier playing Homer Smith, a Baptist, do all of this work for Nuns? Are Romanists bad? Do they worship Mary, the mother of Jesus, and perform Transubstantiation during the Eucharist? For the most part, yes, they do all of that. So Baptists are safe, right?

In recent days (like mid-1800's) there arose some Baptists who espoused a doctrine called Arminianism. As I am a Calvinist (like C. H. Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher during the late-1800's) I find that doing Salvation by yourself or with a little help from God is not much different that worshiping Mary. Either Mary or yourself, will not earn your Salvation; only God can do this, no one else.

Now I am afraid that I have stepped on a few toes. So be it. Remember, I am a Reformation Calvinist, I can say such things if I want to with Scripture to back me up. If you have a "doctrines of demons" (I Timothy 4:1, NKJV) as your belief, take advantage of the Internet to read more (2), and see that you don't have a leg to stand on when it comes to calling God, Father! When you can honestly say that, you are on your way to a more glorious Christian life than you can ever imagine. I did it because I WAS a Arminian, Dispensational Baptist. Why don't you?

But a Baptist doing work for Romanists? We all, Baptists, Romanists, Presbyterians, Methodists and whatever you happen to be are all centered on one thing and one thing only: Jesus Christ (3). Christ, despite the differences which separate us, will use us to bring us together, one day. All are united in Christ, are we not?

I think this film is wonderfully inspiring comedy.
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(1) "Catholic" means "universal," thus I am a catholic Presbyterain, my parents are catholic Baptists. "Catholic" is in the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed to name a few. So to keep "catholic" a Roman Church thing is wrong, don't you agree?

(2) www.ligonier.org, www.reformed.org, www.chalcedon.edu, www.americanvision.org

(3) Muslims, Hinduists, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and all their ilk are not centered on Christ.


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