The movie is set during the 16th century, around the same period that Martin Luther had nailed his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Cathedral door supposedly setting off the Protestant Reformation (if you follow the “special person” concept of some historians to explain what drives history). But while Martin Luther gets credit for starting off a firestorm of controversy and eventual war as people rebelled against the shackles of the formalistic and legalistic religion that the official Holy Roman Catholic church had devolved into, there were actually many currents of such rebellion among the people as they saw more and more of the official actions of the church go against the very teachings that the church espoused. This movie portrays some of those currents since the rise of the Anabaptists shown in the movie was one of the early, organized movements against the official church. They were rising up against the formalism and against the Pharisaical legalism in which church officials adhered to the extra-Biblical letter of the law that they had formed through tradition, edicts, etc., while their practices and procedures were far from the law of Christ which is based in God’s love first and foremost.
The times were very complicated and chaotic as all periods of Satanic mischief are. While the Roman Catholic church had been taken over by legalism and political maneuvering, getting away from the original intent of Scripture, there were still good people, led by God within the church, and there were still many good works taking place through the efforts of the church. But it was definitely in need of reform as their brutal practices are portrayed in the movie, excesses of the church supposedly in the name of Christ such as torture to exact confessions. But truth in history is always a little more complicated than some people like to portray it in nice, neat packages that correspond with a dominating theme. Life is never that simple. But surprisingly, the producers of this movie apparently think that it is. At the very beginning of the film, after the first few credits roll, there are three short passages that display on the screen to give the setting of the time period and the events of the movie. The first two passages merely set the scene, but the third one makes a seemingly subtle philosophical statement that might be missed by most viewers. For just a few seconds this following passage is displayed in the center of the darkened screen: “Then as now a fundamentalist alliance of politics and religion pointed the way to an age of darkness.”
More on this tomorrow. I pray that you will all be blessed by walking in God’s love and that He will give you eyes to see all that He does for you and for all of us every moment of every day. I pray that you will see this so that you can know how much He loves you, and so that you can be thankful to Him for His Amazing Love which blesses us every day in countless ways which we often do not recognize or comprehend.