The Mount Zion Film Ministry’s first introduction into the movie industry dates as far back as 1992, this was subsequently followed by some major hits in 2005 and 2008. Most of these movies were written, directed, and produced by Mike Bamiloye, the founder of the ministry.
One of the most beautiful things to witness to date is the ministry’s seamless transition into making movies that meet the present needs of the body of Christ, despite the current trends. Recently, the ministry has focused on finding more innovative ways to tell new stories while passing the same old message. This is evident in their latest movie titled “Legion“.
What is the movie ‘Legion’ by Mount Zion about?
Legion is a Christian movie that was written, directed, and produced by Damilola Mike-Bamiloye, Mike Bamiloye’s first son. Coming off the back of the huge impact of the movie, “Abattoir”, Damilola does not seem to be slowing down as he goes full-throttle on the Legion movie.
It is an uplifting film that expanded the highs and lows of youthful exuberance and what most young people engage in. The movie covered relative issues of the present day such as cybercrime, parenting, relationships, spiritual warfare, and so on.
Like most Mount Zion movies, Legion is rich in content that there is a piece for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a youth, a parent, a budding Christian, or an unbeliever, there is something for you to pick from this movie. Let’s briefly discuss some of these things.
Casualties of Trauma
The protagonist in this movie “Fred” (a character perfectly portrayed by Joshua Mike-Bamiloye) and his father were casualties of trauma. The loss of his mother marred him so badly and filled his father with anger, this eventually led them to be separated for 10 years. This unfortunate event was the genesis of the whole story because it created the perfect avenue for the devil to come in.
The loss of loved ones and the traumatic experiences that follows are some of the major reasons why many Christians deviate from the faith, it often gives the devil the chance to wreak havoc just like he did to Fred.
Darkness Reigns Where There is No Light
Even though Fred was kicked out of the house by his father, the fact remains that he was raised in a Christian home. Like many young Christians today, he was taught to pray and memorize bible verses. But being a casualty of trauma, not only was he separated from his father, but he was also distant from God and all the Godly values he had learned as a kid.
As he who breaks the hedge, the serpent will bite, it comes as no surprise that Fred was friends with those people who most parents wouldn’t want their children to associate with. The devil’s sole aim is to steal, kill and destroy, a mission he carries out with his legion whenever they have the chance.
The Devil is Tricky
The devil is so manipulative that when he plays his games, he usually leaves one with the responsibility of playing the last card. Like the case of Fred and Zachie, all he did was to fan the flames of their greed till their love for money rose above everything that mattered to them.
So with that done, he watched them make moves with eyes full of desperation, he watched them ignore the red flags, he baited them with blissful promises as he dragged them further into darkness. And that’s how he has gotten so many captives, with the promises of an end without a means and purchase before cost.
Assistant Holy Spirits and Whatnot
Of all the characters in the movie, the one whose role struck me the most was Titi, Fred’s girlfriend. Titi was a girl raised in a Christian home but who isn’t really a Christian. You can call her the religious type that only went to church simply because her parents did. But the University is where many people like her are often tested, and having one foot in the church and the other in the world is a confusing position to be.
That was demonstrated in her relationship with Fred, it is laughable how she tried to make him a different person like she had the power to change him. Today, there are so many Titis who are trying to make God-fearing suitors from promiscuous and unbelieving men. It is time they know that it isn’t their job.
Having Spiritual Parents/Covering is Vital
The spiritual controls the physical, battles are mostly fought and won in the spiritual realm as the case was in this movie. Fred was heading to his doom until his father who had been spiritually reconnected to God had a dream, and that was where the rescue mission began.
So was the case with Titi, though consumed by flesh and heading to her doom, she was rescued just in time by the intercessory prayers of her parents. Imagine what could have happened if their parents were not spiritual or if they had no one standing in the gap. They probably would have ended up like Zachie and Efe.
Victims of Circumstances
People who do not have their feet planted anywhere, nor have a spiritual covering over their heads will most likely end up like Efe, a victim of circumstances.
They are usually innocent and often oblivious of the happenings around them, and that makes them easy targets because they have no covering. If you stand for nothing, you’d most likely fall for everything.
The Beautiful Exchange
Matthew 16:26 says “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?“.
This movie highlighted one thing, the devil doesn’t give free gifts. He is dedicated to his sole mission of stealing, killing, and destroying God’s people. So you shouldn’t be expecting any good thing from him cause he has none to offer.
Why run to the devil for temporal blessings when the Bible already stated that God makes rich and adds no sorrow? Jesus already paid the price and an exchange has been made, He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes, we are healed.
Legion, the movie, leaves us with an eminent question “Are You Lost and in Need of Direction?“. A lost man walks aimlessly, with no direction and purpose. And that is not very different from a life that has not yielded control to Jesus.
We can only lead ourselves to destruction when we are in control of the ship because the devil and his legion are always ready to fill with darkness, any place that is void of light.
So what would your answer be?
Legion is a must-watch for every family and young person that desires to win the battle of the soul. Thank God for the Mount Zion Film Ministry for putting out this powerful production, it reminds us that though they are many, He that is in us is greater!