168 Films do not require any overtly Christian characters. Authentic Christian characters are encouraged versus one-dimensional Christian caricatures. Heroes should come to be aligned with truth, goodness, God & the Bible. A respectful, traditional interpretation of scripture is obligatory. Heretical or blasphemous films and gratuitous elements are unacceptable. This means the following:
- No swearing
- No gratuitous sex, violence, language or drug use.
- No overly revealing costumes
- No using the word “God” or “Jesus” as an expletive or showing disrespect to Jesus, God or the Spirit of God
- No morally ambiguous films (like purely black comedies) or films that wink at, poke fun at, or deride hell, sin or other core Christian doctrine. (Potentially divisive denominational differences should be avoided.)
As Jesus is our redemption, redemptive stories are ideal, even if it's just a hint of redemption. If tragedies are produced, they must show real consequences for bad behavior (sin). By poking fun at the seriousness of murder, etc., TV and movies have helped to destroy the pursuit of virtue and make light of the miseries of mankind. We want to start to reverse that trend.
We also encourage filmmakers to avoid doctrines that may be divisive in the wider Christian community, concentrating instead on the core of the Gospel message.