LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Fifty Shades of Grey comes out this weekend, and fans aren't the only ones paying attention. Pastors of three large East Texas churches preached about the movie last Sunday.
"Fifty Shades of Grey is not a love story," Pastor Dr. John Greene, of Harmony Hill Baptist in Lufkin, said in his sermon.
"Do not bother wasting your time seeing 'Fifty Shades of Grey,'" Pat Kelly, pastor of Fredonia Hill Baptist in Nacogdoches, told his congregation. "It is pornography it is sickening, it will destroy marriages ok? Can I just say that?"
The movie's overtones has East Texas pastors so riled up that several of them took time to address it during last Sunday's sermons.
"It's a perversion of something that's supposed to be holy and good and enjoyed between a married man and a woman," Dr. Allen Reed, pastor of First Baptist in Nacogdoches, said in an interview Tuesday.
The pastors all say they haven't read the books, but from what they've heard and seen in trailers, they agree that seeing the film would stir up emotions that shouldn't be stirred. They also shared one concern:
"I fear the influence it's going to have on young people who are allowed to see the film," Reed said.
"I don't think anyone can see the movie and leave unscathed," Greene said.
The pastors pointed out that Mr. Grey's version of submission was very different than the Bible's use of the term.
"It's not all about the woman being submissive, it's also about the husband loving," Greene said.
"Not to be domineering and abusive, but to lead out," Kelly said.
Kelly says the kinds of images in the film are fantasies that could actually hurt marriages.
"They're together physically," Kelly said. "They're not together emotionally."
So could a Christian go and see the film just for entertainment?
"That's my take on Fifty Shades of Grey, God is not gray, he's black and white," Greene said. "It's not rocket science."
The pastors say they aren't there to condemn those who show up to theaters, but they hope that their members will stand for what God stands for.
"Fifty Shades of Grey is not God's way," Greene said.