A noted bishop from Dallas, Texas said that the film Fifty Shades of Grey could be a sign that the end of the world is near.
According to Pastor Robert Jeffries of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Fifty Shades of Grey constitutes one more factor in the string of moral and cultural signs that herald the coming of the apocalypse as foretold in the Bible.
"I just think this movie may represent a new low in popular entertainment," Pastor Jeffries told Alan Colmes in his radio show last week.
"I'm just saying the Bible prophesised that in the End Times, there will be a lack of moral restraint, and I think we're seeing that manifested in so many different ways," the pastor explained.
Jeffries is one more voice to the many others that are criticising the controversial film, which is based on EL James' trilogy of novels. Criticism is particularly focused on the abusive relationships between the two characters, Christian Grey and Anastacia Steele.
The two characters engaged in a sexual relationship that includes sadism, domination, and bondage, which attracted the ire of various social and religious groups who view the film as promoting sexual abuse against women. The film has been banned in Malaysia by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board because of its "pornographic" content, while various groups in the United States have called for its boycott on its release.
This week, a joint coalition composed by LifeSite News, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. the Family Research Council, and the website Counter Cultured spoke out against the film, calling it "a particularly dangerous example for younger viewers," while Archbishop Dennis Schnurr told the Christian Post that the film is "a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God's people."
The film was released in the United States on February 13, one day ahead of Valentine's. The film is rated as "R" in the US, while it holds an 18+ certificate in the United Kingdom.