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Stallone Returns to “The Gym of the Soul”

John on January 14, 2007 at 3:41 pm

If you’ve passed a tabloid in the last decade, this story might come as a surprise. Sylvester Stallone is turning his life around:

“I was raised in a Catholic home, a Christian home, and I went to Catholic schools and I was taught the faith and went as far as I could with it,” he said. “Until one day, you know, I got out in the so-called real world and I was presented with temptation. I kinda like lost my way and made a lot of bad choices.”

But, Stallone added, he’s been going through a change in his life. He’s realized that he was wrong to place his career and fame ahead of his family.

“The more I go to church,” he said, “and the more I turn myself over to the process of believing in Jesus and listening to His Word and having Him guide my hand, I feel as though the pressure is off me now.”


“You need to have the expertise and the guidance of someone else. You cannot train yourself,” he said. “I feel the same way about Christianity and about what the church is: The church is the gym of the soul.”

This comes from a conference call that was part of Stallone’s effort to market his latest film to Christians, something that is all the rage in Hollywood these days. The author of the article reporting from this notes:

I was skeptical. Alright, I’ll admit, I laughed out loud when I learned that the film was being marketed to the “faith and values” crowd. I believe my exact words were, “I’m not believin’ this!”

But over the course of the phone conversation he seems to have come around to the idea that Stallone is quite sincere. I can believe it, but I’m still not sure this is a good idea:

I can only imagine Rambo sneaking into Burma to free Christian missionaries who are being held by militants. And, as the invincible one-man army looks into the eyes of the ordinary folks from Oklahoma and South Carolina who are risking their lives for the Gospel, he is swept up by their commitment.

“It rekindles something in him. He doesn’t believe at first, he’s seen too much. He’s bitter. But when he meets these people and looks into their eyes, he’s swept up in it, and literally he’s just taken on this journey,” Stallone said. “He’s a Christian warrior! Can you believe it?”

First Blood is an excellent film in my opinion, the other two…not so much. But if you’re going to make Rambo a “Christian warrior” don’t forget this key verse:

For 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. (Eph. 6:12)

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