As a young man living in Aus- tralia, and not yet a Christian, Gary Bates was as much a sci- ence fiction fan as the rest of
popular culture. He vividly recalls driving
home from a drive-in movie in which he
saw the Spielberg classic Close Encounters
of the Third Kind, which deals with aliens
and abductions of humans, and thinking to
himself: Man, I wish that was me.
Fast-forward many years and Bates—
CEO of Creation Ministries Internation-
al’s (CMI) USA offices—now has an add-
ed role: to use culture’s fascination with
sci-fi to reach men and women with the
truth of the Gospel of Christ. It’s clear the
massive appeal is there: from Star Trek
to the ever-spawning Star Wars episodes
to E.T. to the Independence Day flicks to
Avatar—the latter still the highest total-grossing movie of all time. But it goes
deeper: millions across the globe believe
they’ve either a) seen UFOs in the sky or
b) had encounters (from bedroom visits
to actual abduction-type experiences)
and believe in life on other planets.
Bates is putting out a movie about all of
this. But it may not be what you first think.
Bates was a sci-fi fan then and now, but he’s
the first to admit he’s using “a weird subject like aliens and UFOs” to reach people
for Christ. It’s led to the documentary The
Alien Intrusion, which will release this fall.
To clear the air, first: no, Bates doesn’t believe real aliens from real distant galaxies
visit and really interfere with earth. What
he does believe is sincere people have real
experiences that are deceptive and greatly
impact their lives.
But here’s the rub, and here’s where
the movie will, as they say, get good: real
doesn’t mean truthful. People are being
The Alien Intrusion:
How CMI Hopes to Use Culture to Reach
‘Earthlings’ for Christ
By Bob Irvin Gary Bates
There’s no question about it: people are
fascinated with the supernatural.