Mark Driscoll slams Twilight

Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll has some unashamedly harsh criticism for the Twilight series and the parents who let their children indulge in the vampire saga - including some Christian parents.

Writing in his blog, Driscoll says the film, which opened over the weekend, is anything but harmless fun for young girls.

"Twilight is for teenage girls what porn is to teenage boys: sick, twisted, evil, dangerous, deceptive, and popular," he says.

Millions of people went to see Breaking Dawn Part 2 over the weekend, pushing it to the top of the US Box Office.

The final chapter in the Twilight story - or "garbage-tastic phenomenon", as Driscoll puts it - pulled in a massive $341 million (£215 million) worldwide. The entire Hollywood franchise has grossed $2.5 billion at global box offices over its four-year run.

One family that won't be rushing to see the film is the Driscoll family.

Lamenting the fan frenzy, he said: "Tragically, many will be driven by their parents, including some cougar moms encouraging and joining their daughters' obsession with handsome young males."

Driscoll, the father of a 15-year-old daughter, further warned that the popularity of supernatural soap operas was inspiring some real-life demonic trends.

"Overreaction? Tell that to the kids biting, cutting, drinking blood - sometimes while having sex - and sinking deeper into the occult," he said.

What people may be tempted to dismiss as harmless entertainment, Driscoll says is one of the methods Satan is using "to lure people towards darkness".

He expressed dismay at the interest among some teens in things like "awakening" - the word for converting to paganism - and becoming a "donor" - someone willing to offer their blood to real-life vampires.

"This is entirely pagan," he said.

"These storylines offer eternality without God and salvation; in the place of Jesus' shed blood, girls and boys shed their own blood to be awakened to their own salvation of a new spiritual way of life filled with sex and occult behaviour."

Driscoll's advice to parents is not to hide their kids from these things but to educate them.

He said: "I do not shelter my children from these sorts of things. Pop culture is too pervasive to hide from.

"My wife and I talk to my daughter about these things so that she can be discerning, informed, and safe.

"However, we do not treat things like movies, books, and TV shows as harmless entertainment, but rather a potential threat to her well-being to be aware of so she can walk in wisdom by God's grace."

He continues: "As a pastor and a father, I am particularly concerned for Christian parents who are naively allowing this filth into their children's lives, buying these books and driving kids to see these movies. To such parents, 'It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God' (Phil. 1:9–11)."