Church Members Speak Out About Da Vinci Code Movie

MAY 17, 2006 -- A controversy in the making hits theaters in just a few days.  The Da Vinci Code movie opens Friday in Wilmington and around the nation.  The film focuses on a scandalous secret about Jesus' life and faces some serious opposition around the world and in our area.

There are mixed feelings around town about the Da Vinci Code.  WECT spoke with members of several Wilmington churches, and it seems to be split down the middle. Half the people are outraged the movie is about to open and others don't understand the controversy.  A sign is up at the Seagate Community Chapel on Oleander Drive denouncing the Da Vinci Code.

Some pastors and deacons told us they think some Christians may watch the movie and believe the story to be true instead of believing the Bible.  Others told us they're not upset about the movie, and they're planning to go see it in the theatre.  One of those people is Pastor Roger Underwood from Winterpark Baptist Church.

"No it doesn't bother me, and to be honest with you, I don't understand why everybody else may be so upset about it. Fiction is fiction," says Pastor Underwood.

Underwood says he thinks many people are concerned for the movie to come out, because they think it's offensive to Jesus.

Reported by Kacey Gaumer