A Sanctuary for Saints and Sinners in Need of a Saviour. Luke 18:9-14
An El Elyon Entertainment Inc. Production
Three Act Structure
The central character is a 30 year old man named Steven Briar who is V.P. of Jubal Dove Productions. His father, David Briar, is the President of Jubal Dove Productions which is the top Christian music and television production company in the world. Through the study of the Bible and series of divine interventions, Steven comes to a solid Biblical conclusion that the merchandising of Christianity is unscriptural and is sin!
Due to these convictions, he boldly confronts his father David, on the issue. He warns him to repent from merchandising God and then uncompromisingly resigns from Jubal Dove Productions. Steven then ventures out to revolutionize the Christian media, by establishing a company which operates on free will offerings called, “Jesus-Christ-Productions” (J.C.P.’s).
Steven’s father, David Briar, his family and fellow Christian media giants, reject his new venture, classing it as a cult, and Steven, “the fallen elect”, in desperate need of psychiatric help.
Steven then, starting from rock bottom, buys an old theatre house in Hollywood and establishes Jesus-Christ-Productions, with an objective to minister to the homeless problem. The initial, “head honcho’s”, of J.C.P.’s, a staff of ex-cons, ex-drugies, ex-prostitutes, etc., who through Steven’s ministry, have been restored to some sense of normalcy through salvation in Jesus Christ and are living testimonies of the transforming power of the Almighty Saviour.
The major hurdles Steven has to overcome are:
Steven’s family and Jubal Dove Productions are investigated big time by the news media and Steven is interviewed by V.I.P. News. The news media examines the issues, why he left Jubal Dove Productions, his present relationship with his family, other Christian media giants and what J.C.P.’s is all about.
Steven makes it very clear that there’s no turning back to compromise his stand with the Christian media, his family and friends. As a result of the newscast, Bob Mylon, the top secular film producer in Hollywood, sets up a meeting with Steven and ends up born again. Bob does a 360 degree turn for God, shuts down his company and merges with J.C.P.’s, sending a shockwave throughout Hollywood and the world.
Jack Davies, a big wig who makes millions off of Bob Mylon, sets up a contract on Steven’s life. Through a supernatural angelic intervention the contract is cancelled and Jack Davies is born again. V.I.P. News continues on the witch-hunt of Jubal Dove Productions, and uncovers a sex and financial scandal involving David Briar. David is incarcerated and takes his own life in prison. His son Steven bears the reproach of his father before the media and the world with honour, giving no place to bitterness and unforgiveness, only mercy and love.
In the midst of the scandal, Steven and Mylon agree to a much awaited interview with V.I.P. News, only on the condition that a panel of top Christian media personal, who are involved in the merchandising of Christian products, appear on the program, to discuss the David Briar fall and a proposed law against the merchandising of Christianity. V.I.P. News sets up the program with the Christian media without them being informed that Steven and Mylon will be there. Steven and Mylon show up 15 seconds to countdown. The panel is shocked and one by one, the Christian media is exposed as being unbiblical in their business, and in their own hearts, back-slidden from God. A national Gallup Poll is taken up to determine if the public is for or against the proposed law of the merchandising of Christianity. The end result is a Supreme Court ruling in North America, establishing a law against the merchandising of any illumination, inspiration or revelation of the Holy Bible. Every Christian business that is not willing to operate on a free-will offering non profit basis, is shut down permanently. In the face of all the persecution from the Christian media, J.C.P.’s through Gods grace, and the Supreme Court ruling, successfully put an end to the idolatry and the love of money in the Christian media.
The full Feature Film Script " Travesty " was reviewed over a 7 week period during our Sunday Illustrated Messages. It was broken down into different scenes and then Pastor Richard shared Bible verses that reflected the content of those scenes. Below is the weekly review of those scenes. To read Travesty, please click here.
Travesty, it’s a revolutionary word ... who’s willing to preach it? As you’ve read the Three Act Structure and the full feature film script, you can see that the topic is about the merchandizing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The sin of putting a price tag on the gifts that God has freely given to us; whether it is any illumination, inspiration or revelation that we receive freely from God.
David Briar, a man who started Jubal Dove Productions as a non-profit ministry giving people the opportunity to give what they could for the things he produced, is then blinded by ungodly, smooth talking people, to include for-profit business ventures (book, CD, film etc. sales), not relying solely on non-profit donations, and from there, the demise and downward spiral begins.
When Jesus sent the 72 disciples out in Luke 10:4-12, he said that when they went into the cities and homes, they were to eat and drink what was set, offered, or provided for them ... because the laborer deserved his wages. Notice that Jesus says whatever ‘they’ set before you, not what ‘you expect them’ to set before you or give to you? They didn’t charge money for their evangelistic endeavours. Don’t those who author Christian books, literature, music, teachings, prophetic insights, entertainment, and the like, come into our churches and homes daily, yet we’re having to ‘pay’ for their ‘services or ministry they produce’ to come in, instead of them receiving what we’re able to give them for their services and ministry? Jesus sent his disciples out, commissioning them with His fullness to preach the Kingdom of God, to be a blessing, to give freely, to teach, preach, heal, cast out devils, prophesy ... all at no cost! It was free!
For the most part, those who sense a call on their lives for ministry (in whatever capacity that looks like) have the same prayer as Isaiah when he said, “Here am I, send me!” We’re passionate about doing what God has called us to do! Yet we lose faith and doubt when we don’t see the provision, we start faltering and get our eyes off Jesus like Peter who steps out on the water and starts sinking, and we end up sliding into the world system of trying to bring in the money so that ultimately we can do what we feel we’re called to do.
I believe that’s why Jesus was continually admonishing his disciples, and continues to admonish us, about their/our lack of faith. If God calls you, He’ll provide for you! If He calls you out, don’t you think He’s big enough to bring in the provision or finances ahead of time to do what He wants you to do? Or maybe you’re to just step out and watch Him provide! Then when you minister and go into homes and churches via books, music, arts, literature, preaching and teaching, you don’t have the cloud over your head about how you’re going to pay for it. Then, the saints can give what they’re able to, not grudgingly or under compulsion, but joyfully, cheerfully and freely to support you!
Simon, who was renowned in Samaria for his supernatural sorcery powers, became a Christian. But when he saw the gifts of the Spirit in manifestation, wanted to buy the ‘gift’ that he saw in Peter and John in Acts 8:14-25. Peter says; “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.” To look at it from a different perspective, we can’t sell our gifts. Peter said ‘THE GIFTS THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS GIVEN TO US ARE NOT FOR SALE!’ Jesus has freely given them to us; whether it be an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher; or ones who have the word of wisdom, knowledge, faith, healings, working of miracles, discerning of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues; gifts of helps, administrations or anything for the edification of the body of Christ, they’re not to be accompanied with a price tag. The vehicles that are used to give or use these gifts, i.e. books, music, Christian concerts, CD's, teachings, film, entertainment, etc., should not have a price tag on them.
This script isn’t disqualifying that a laborer in the ministry, called to minister in some capacity, doesn’t deserve wages, we know that they do. What it is saying is; don’t put a price tag on what Jesus has freely given to you. Trust Him! Step out on the water in faith and see His provision! Be radical! Go against the tide of the culture! See God provide above and beyond all that you could have asked or thought of! Walk by faith and not by sight like our hero’s of faith in the book of Hebrews!
Are not the two greatest commandments to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and the second is equal, to love your neighbour as yourself, Matthew 22:36-40? If we do good to those who do good to us, what credit is it? The sinners do the same. If we lend those who lend to us, what credit is that to us? The sinners do the same thing. If everything we do then in ministry is motivated by love, then we’re to minister that love through the gifts Jesus has given to us...expecting nothing in return, then our reward will be great! Luke 6: 33-35.
This message is meaty and controversial, we know that. But let’s ask the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to see if there has been compromise in our lives in the gifts, calling and election.