"For we wrestle not against
flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
"Wraith," the recently-released
supernatural thriller, seeks to drive home that all life
is God-breathed and sacred at every stage, according to
writer-director Michael O. Sajbel.
Released on May 8, the PG-13 film explores the
supernatural story of a family who invites evil into
their home after they decide they might not go forward
with an unplanned pregnancy.
Sajbel, a born-again Christian who previously directed
"One Night With the King" based on the biblical story of
Esther, told The Christian Post he set out to make a
"scary" film that would appeal to teens while promoting
a strong pro-life message.
"The theme of this movie is that life wants to live,
life wants to thrive, and God is the author of that
life," he shared. "Unfortunately, today, out of our
arrogance, we believe we can control it and manipulate
and terminate it for our own convenience. We're taught
that life isn't viable and it's a mass of tissue.
Really, what's in the womb is a living, God-breathed,
God-knitted person. This film, while not promoting any
particular agenda, is very life-affirming."
The film's synopsis reads: "After living uneventfully
for years in their historic home, the Lukens family have
somehow awakened a ghostly presence. Who is this
frightening spirit and why won't it leave their
14-year-old daughter, Lucy, alone? Everything changed
when Dennis and Katie Lukens discovered they were
pregnant again. Expecting a baby in your 40s is always
high-risk and dangerous, so when the Lukens decide all
options are on the table — including termination — the
unexpected starts to happen. Sinister forces are now
conspiring against the family. But is this eerie,
wraith-like spirit actually trying to haunt them ... or
Sajbel, who filmed "Wraith" in Wisconsin, acknowledged
that abortion is a relatively taboo topic in Hollywood.
Integrating a pro-life message with a horror story, he
said, was a unique way to grab viewers' attention.
"It's such a divisive topic," he admitted.
believers in the film industry, but these kinds of films
don't get made. And, whatever you want to say in a
movie, you have to first entertain people; you have to
do something in a way that someone else hasn't before. A
bump-in-the-night storyline was a way to do this."
Throughout the film, Sabjel incorporated biblical
themes, imagery, and figures such as Molech, a Canaanite
god associated with child sacrifice, who is referenced
in the Old Testament books of Leviticus, 2 Kings and
"I wanted to demonstrate the reality of spiritual
warfare; the Bible tells us our struggle is not against
flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the
authorities, against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly
realms," he said. "When you're dealing with naming an
evil entity, you have to take a lot of precautions
because the spiritual realm is very real. Because of
this, we made sure to start every day of filming with a
prayer of protection."
Sajbel told CP he was initially inspired to write the
ghostly script after his 13-year-old daughter wanted to
bring some friends to the family home to watch a horror
"So I watched the film in advance, and within five
minutes, I said, 'There's no way you're watching this,'"
he recalled. "It was raunchy and full of inappropriate
language. She said, 'Well, what can I watch?' That
planted a seed of, let's make a horror film that is not
deeply offensive and has no violence, language or
nudity. Parents are always agonizing over what films
their kids should or shouldn't watch, and I want them to
know that this is a film that resonates with their
values, even though it is scary."
"That's one message," he added, "and the other is, life
is sacred and life in any form — and it's God's property
and invention — and at any stage should be treasured and
One of the areas that has caused great division within
the Christian Faith is the understanding of the origin of the earth, the nature of angels and the
understanding of the angelic role during these last days.
When I talk about the angelic I am referring to both Gods
angels and fallen angels.
Christians historically have had a lot of
hang ups about these topics because they involve
understanding the supernatural, spiritual warfare and
specific areas of science and technology.
Unfortunately many churches are the descendants of the
intellectualism that plagued the church during the middle
ages and sought to create the perception that many of these
subjects were at worst "myths and legends", or at best, subjects which needed to be far removed from our psyche.
When talking about the works of darkness
Christians feel comfortable relating it to the break down of
society and moral values but there is a sense of
apprehension when the question comes up about UFOs, Angels, the time before Adam and Eve, the paranormal and how and when did dinosaurs
exists. What about people in Church who seem to have the
ability to see into the future or have special gifts that
they hide for fear of being demonized. What counseling can
we provide or what biblical context can we provide to give
them a framework for knowing how these gifts should or
shouldn't be used?
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