Philip Anschutz: Bringing the Message of Christ Into Everyday Life



He is the owner of Walden Media, a children’s movie production and publishing company. He is also an entrepreneur, buying out his father’s drilling company in 1961 and working it to earn large returns. He has invested in stocks, real estate and railroads, as well as entertainment companies, multiple sports organizations including the the Los Angeles Lakers, and major venues including the Staples Center. Forbes ranks him the 38th richest person in the U.S. with an estimated net worth of $10 billion as of 2013. As the owner of Walden Media, he invests in family-friendly, faith-based films such as The Chronicles of Narnia series, Amazing Grace, and Charlotte’s Web among many others. He says that he expects all movies produced by Walden Media to be “entertaining, but also to be life affirming and to carry a moral message.”

Although he prefers to largely stay out of the limelight, he is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and is a conservative Christian. He has championed numerous social and political causes including standing up for traditional marriage and creationism. He uses his money to fund a number of conservative and Christian organizations including: Institute for American Values, Colorado for Family Values, and The Foundation for a Better Life. He and his wife were named the winners of the 2009 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership. Part of the reason why he started Walden Media is because he was troubled by Hollywood’s infatuation with sex, vulgar language, and violence. He said, “My wife and I now have a number of grandchildren who are growing up surrounded by products of this culture. So four or five years ago I decided to stop cursing the darkness.”

Douglas Gresham, a minister who lives in Ireland and the stepson of C.S. Lewis said of him, “I admire him for bringing Christianity into the mainstream of everyday life as something that’s quite acceptable and normal. Movies are a good vehicle for that.”

His name is Philip Anschutz (AN-SHOOTZ).

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This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Philip Anschutz gave his life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws just as I have. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. Now, that is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life”, means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer:

Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your new found faith in Christ, go to and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!