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Shreveport church leaders respond to controversial documentary

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Rev. Chris Currie of First Presbyterian Shreveport and Rev. Ed Gonzalez, pastor of Linwood New Life Ministries. Rev. Chris Currie of First Presbyterian Shreveport and Rev. Ed Gonzalez, pastor of Linwood New Life Ministries.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport church leaders aren't sure if a documentary-style movie set to release next month will help or hinder their message.

The movie, "Fight Church," showcases a group of Las Vegas pastors who join a mixed martial arts fight club and use it to spread their Christian faith.

Rev. Ed Gonzalez, pastor of Linwood New Life Ministries said "Fight Church" may be on to something. 

"Why not turn around and do this and be able to share the gospel," he said. "I know it sounds crazy."

Gonzalez added that the film's message is right in line with the word of God. 

"God told us to put on the whole armor of God," he said. "Why would he tell us to put on the whole armor of God, if there wasn't going to be a fight?"

Rev. Chris Currie, pastor of First Presbyterian Shreveport, disagrees with Gonzalez. 

"What happens when somebody, obviously not on purpose, gets really hurt maybe even killed?" he asked. "I mean, are we doing that in the name of Jesus too?

"Jesus seems to offer a different alternative to a culture of violence in the way he lived his life."

"Fight Church" is set to premiere April 24 at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, then on April 25 at the Nashville Film Festival, according to the movie's Facebook page.

"We're not wimps and we don't need to teach our children to be wimps," Gonzalez said. "We need to teach our young men to be men."

A representative from the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport said if "Fight Church" gains a lot of interest, they might decide to show it sometime late this summer.

"I just don't see how the church can endorse that," Currie said..

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