• Modern Day Hero Declares: God’s Children Are Not for Sale

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    Surge Summary: The new film “The Sound of Freedom” exposes the hideous modern practice of child sex-trafficking. Responsible people need to support this film and do what they can to overthrow this scourge.

    by Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., Providence Forum

    [Photo of the real Tim Ballard, whose story is told in “Sound of Freedom,” and the author] Some people discount America as founded because of slavery. However, the founders created the framework by which it could be uprooted one day; and it was, at a cost of about 700,000 men who died in the Civil War.

    Meanwhile, slavery was not unique to America, as the late Dr. Walter Williams of George Mason University once observed. In fact, what is unique were the considerable resources spent to uproot it in the Western world.

    Fast forward to today. It is estimated that there are more human slaves today than there were back then, partly because of the increase in population.

    Perhaps about two million of today’s slaves are kidnapped children that are being sex-trafficked.

    Well, just in time for July 4th comes a powerful new movie exposing this particular problem, and it’s called “Sound of Freedom.” It stars Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ.”

    Jim Caviezel says that by watching the movie you are sending a statement that you are willing to fight this horrible practice of child-sex trafficking. Part of the goal of the film is to create awareness of the problem in the first place. He also said, “It’s got to stop. We have the power to do it.”

    I got to speak with Dr. Ted Baehr, the founder and publisher of Movieguide.org, which helps provide a Biblical perspective on the movies, about this new movie.

    Ted told me, “It’s a wonderful movie. It’s a 4-star movie….These are great film-makers. They did Bella, which is a beautiful film.”

    “Sound of Freedom” is based on the true life story of a Homeland Security agent, Tim Ballard, who doggedly works to rescue these children that are victims of sex-trafficking. But after a while, in dangerous parts of Latin America, he is beyond the agency’s jurisdiction. So he ends up choosing to lose his job and his pension in order that he might gain the freedom of these poor kids he is striving to rescue. He also risks his life to do all this.

    In particular, Ballard arrested an American pedophile and rescued an 8-year old boy from this miserable servitude. When Ballard found out the boy had a sister about 11-years old, he could not rest until he rescued her.

    Baehr notes, “But Homeland Security was not about to fund all that…so the next thing that happens is he starts his own organization to go out and start dealing with some of these problems. It is an exciting and thrilling movie…It is a heavy topic. It’s not for younger children.” Ted said it’s not for viewers under 17.

    Stanley Goldenberg of South Florida has a ministry, in which he promotes faith-based movies. In a radio segment, Stan told me, “These are little kids being used as sex slaves, sometimes multiple times a day. And then when they’re worn out, they sell their organs. This is a horrendous crime, and the thought of the film-makers is to put this in front of people in a very well done film. This is a top notch film, incredible to watch in every way.”

    I’ve seen the movie, “Sound of Freedom,” at a premiere in Miami and highly recommend it—to age appropriate audiences. The film makers and Tim Ballard himself appeared afterward. They said they want the movie to be like today’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which pricked the conscience of the nation, helping to spark the war that ended American slavery.

    Of course, it deals with a most disgusting subject but it does so in a tasteful way. It’s like a crime drama that keeps you glued to your seat. But this is not about entertainment. The movie-makers said they want to make movies that make a difference. They are succeeding so far.

    Here’s the trailer for “Sound of Freedom.”

    Historically, the church of Jesus Christ has been on the forefront of setting the prisoners free of rescuing those in danger. The least we could do is to support the efforts promoted in this movie—to work toward ending this terrible scourge of our time.

    In a forward to the new bookStealing Freedom, Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., asseverates, “As Christ’s ambassadors, we are called to be at the heart of every good movement of social and political concern.”

    William Wilberforce was the great Christian abolitionist who got slavery ended in the entire British Empire, which took him 50 years to accomplish. He once said, “Let it not be said that I was silent when they needed me.”

    One of the lines in the movie is, “God’s children are not for sale.” Sound of Freedom aims to pressure authorities to much more aggressively arrest and convict both the buyers and the sellers. And thus destroy this illegal market that ruins the lives of these poor children and the souls of the perpetrators.


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    Originally posted here.

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    Dr. Jerry Newcombe is the executive director of Providence Forum, a division of D. James Kennedy Ministries, where Jerry also serves as senior producer and an on-air contributor. He has written/co-written 33 books, including (with D. James Kennedy), What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? and (with Dr. Peter Lillback), George Washington’s Sacred Fire. 

    Jerry Newcombe

    Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. He has written/co-written 31 books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, American Amnesia: Is American Paying the Price for Forgetting God?, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) & the bestseller, George Washington's Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback) djkm.org @newcombejerry www.jerrynewcombe.com

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