Summary: This sermon tackles The Da Vinci Code claims concerning the reliability of Scripture, the divinity of Christ, & Jesus’ maritial status.
Dealing With The 3 Major Claims of The Da Vinci Code
(This sermon uses ideas from the Grizzly Adams DVD, The DVC Deception, CH Spurgeon, Billy Sunday, & others. Precious few of these ideas, if any, are original to me.)
May 7, 2006 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor
A Video clip "I Believe" from Sermonspice.com
1 Dan Brown has written a runaway best-seller call The Da Vinci Code
a Over 40 million copies sold
b Translated in over 40 languages
2 The story of intrigue, murder, & ecclesiastical conspiracy has many of the readers of The Da Vinci Code asking if the major claims of the novel are true.
a The Bible is unreliable, or incomplete at best
b Jesus wasn’t though to be divine until 325 AD
c Jesus was married & had a child
3 What do you believe?
B Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. 4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:1-4 (NASB)
1 The early church was instructed to test the spirits to see if they were from God (essence of the text in a sentence)
2 Believers are to be prepared to determine if a teacher (teaching) is from God (essence of the sermon in a sentence)
C I hope you’ll be prepared to talk about the fantastic claims of The Da Vinci Code from the standpoint of a believer (objective)
1 How ready are you to engage your culture when they call in to question the most basic tenants of your faith? (Probing question)
2 Let’s learn to deal with the 3 major claims that The Da Vinci Code makes about the Christian faith.
II Is The Da Vinci Code a reliable source of world & church history?
A The Da Vinci Code is a novel-a work of fiction.
1 To use The Da Vinci Code as a source book for your view of world & church history is tantamount to going to Metropolis & looking for Superman. (Hunting permit for a unicorn, gas under $2)
2 Fiction/conspiracy theories are not history!
a A church cover-up for 2,000 years? Not likely.
aa Jesus married with children
bb Mary Magdalene the head of the church
b I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. Matt 16:18 (NASB)
For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. Eph 5:23 (NASB)
B The history of the Christian church is rooted in recordable fact (not fiction) & history (not conspiracy).
III Can we trust the Bible as God’s Word?
A The Da Vinci Code elevates a set of ancient writings (Gnostic Gospels), that were dismissed by the early church as heretical, to the same level of authority as the Bible in your hands now.