Evangelist and author Ray Comfort's new online movie about John Lennon, released to coincide with the 32nd anniversary of the Beatles' leader's death Dec. 8, has received more than 100,000 views in four days.
"This is exceptional because this isn't a two-minute clip of grandma's hair catching on fire," said Comfort, producer of Genius. "It's a 34-minute commitment, but it's so fascinating and fast-moving viewers can't look away."
Released Dec. 7, the movie was produced as a companion to Comfort's latest book, The Beatles, God, and the Bible.
"Genius is reaching a culture with the gospel through an effective medium; using a fascinating subject—the Beatles, who have crossed generations, selling more than 2.3 billion albums," he added.
Comfort—founder and president of Living Waters ministry and producer of the award-winning, pro-life documentary 180 viewed by millions worldwide—said people will be shocked to learn about Lennon's evolving faith.
Comfort said Lennon made comments such as claiming the Beatles were more popular than Jesus at the group's height because to the artist Christianity in the 1960s was an old, stone church surrounded by a cemetery.
Lennon's hit single "Imagine" "came as a result of a Christian prayer book that someone gave him," Comfort said. "He said 'Imagine' is the concept of a positive prayer. If you can imagine a world at peace, with no denominations of religion—not without religion, but without this my-God-is-bigger-than-your-God thing, then it can be true."