Another ‘Bobby Fisher’ movie being released


The ‘theatrical release of another movie about the late chess champion Bobby Fischer is scheduled for September 18, 2015

He once had a connection, for a time, with the old Worldwide Church of God.  Here is some of what Wikipedia reported about his religion:

Religious affiliation

Although Fischer’s mother was Jewish, Fischer disavowed having Jewish roots.In an interview in the January 1962 issue of Harper’s, Fischer was quoted as saying, “I read a book lately by Nietzsche and he says religion is just to dull the senses of the people. I agree”.

Fischer joined the Worldwide Church of God in the mid-1960s. The church prescribed Saturday Sabbath, and forbade work (and competitive chess) on Sabbath.  During the mid 1970s Fischer contributed significant money to the Worldwide Church of God.  In 1972 one journalist stated that “Fischer is almost as serious about religion as he is about chess”, and the champion credited his faith with greatly improving his chess.. …Fischer eventually left the church in 1977 (Bobby Fischer, accessed 09/14/15)

Here is some of what The Journal reported in its print date December 20, 2011 edition related to Bobby Fischer:

ARCADIA, Calif.—Harry Sneider, former WCG and AC employee and personal trainer to actor and former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and many other notables, is featured in a new movie about the late chess champion Bobby Fischer. The film, Bobby Fischer Against the World, appeared in January 2011 on HBO television and in movie theaters. Mr. Fischer moved to Pasadena, Calif., in 1972 to be near the college and church headquarters after his triumph over Boris Spassky in the World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. “He was a coworker with the Church of God, and Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong wanted to help Bobby in any way he could,” Mr. Sneider remembers.

Bobby Fischer and a 2011 HBO movie about him were also mentioned in that article. While Bobby Fischer has been mentioned here from time to time (e.g. see Bobby Fischer Died and Bobby Fischer Problems in the Philippines Post Mortum), his movie was not.

FWIW, I do not believe that Bobby Fischer was ever a truly converted member of the Church of God, but God will make the actual judgment of course.  It also was never clear to me if Bobby Fischer was truly actually a member of the Church of God or not (a long time member told me that she was fairly sure that he never was, though she was not 100% positive)–his interest seemed to ebb and flow.  In 1975/6/7 he went completely off on his own and disassociated himself from the Worldwide Church of God and did not come back.

Jesus explained a parable:

18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower:  19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.  20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;  21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.  22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.  23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13:18-23)

Which group Bobby Fischer may be in above,  God will judge.  But hopefully, you will chose to be among those that bear fruit.

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