LOS ANGELES – Christian evangelist Ray Comfort plans to release a movie next year that will address the controversial topic of homosexuality from a biblical perspective.
Comfort, founder of the California-based apologetics ministry Living Waters, has produced a number of film projects in recent years, including the abortion documentary “180.” As previously reported, Comfort’s most recent projects included the documentaries “Evolution vs. God” and “NOAH—And the Last Days.”
Now, Comfort has decided to release a film on homosexuality—a topic that he describes as “the most controversial issue of our day.” In an interview with Christian News Network, Comfort said has was initially reluctant to address the contentious issue in a movie.
“I didn’t want to do this movie,” he said. “When different people kept asking for one that addressed the subject of homosexuality, I said an adamant ‘No!’ and I was deadly serious. It just wasn’t going to happen. One of the major reasons for this was that to speak even slightly against homosexuality nowadays is tantamount to being a hate-filled racist.”
Despite the cultural pressures to remain silent on the topic, Comfort says he realized it is possible to frankly address homosexuality without compromising the truths of the Bible. He says the film’s focus will be the gospel—not political activism.
“This movie isn’t motivated by an ounce of hatred,” he promised. “It’s just the opposite. We love gay people, and that’s what we believe will be the conclusion of most who see it.”
The movie, to be titled “Audacity,” will be released in early 2015.
“We wouldn’t have made this movie if we didn’t care about homosexuals,” Comfort explained. “‘Audacity’ doesn’t stereotype or vilify gays in the slightest.”
Unlike Comfort’s previous films, “Audacity” will feature a script and professional actors. Comfort says the film will offer a “stirring story” that will “hold the attention of an avid skeptic.”
Despite the non-confrontational nature of the film, “Audacity” has already generated sharp backlash from non-Christians. Additionally, Comfort says he has even received “hate speech” warnings from Facebook.
“When we produced ‘180’ they said we hated women. When ‘Evolution Vs. God’ came out, we hated science. Neither accusations were true,” Comfort stated. “We are now in post-production of a movie that shows how much we love gay people, and they are already saying that I hate gays.”
Comfort believes the unbelievers’ criticism is ultimately driven by a hatred of God.
“The issue isn’t about women, evolution or gays,” he said. “These critics hate any thought of God, and they think that if they can vilify me they can vilify the message—when they just confirm it with their hatred.”
Comfort told Christian News Network that he has been encouraged by the response has received from Christians.
“The response from Christians has been wonderful,” he stated. “We have received nothing but support and encouragement from those who have seen the importance of this issue.”
A crowdfunding campaign for “Audacity” has already raised over $130,000, with hundreds of people supporting the project. Overall, Comfort hopes the movie will show Christians how to effectively address homosexuality without compromising biblical truths.
“The biblical perspective is very clear on homosexuality. It’s stated in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10,” Comfort stated. “However, there is a way to handle the subject without compromise, to handle it biblically, and in a way that defuses the hatred. ‘Audacity’ will show Christians how to do that, and we believe it will be a wonderfully effective tool to give to those who don’t understand the issues that are at hand.”