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  1. Dena

    Wow! I watched 2 episodes and the Holy Spirit convicted me it was lies. I never watched it again. I did not know Hibbs and Kirk were promoting it!!!

  2. Margot

    I recommend The Jesus Film Project to those who want to watch a portrayal of the life of Christ.
    Jesus said of John the Baptist…. I tell you, among those born of women , there is not a prophet greater…

  3. Bobby

    This is so concerning, because for so many this show will be the only source of information that they will learn as their Biblical theology. Many will never crack open a Bible to see if the things in this show are the truth. I am a former Catholic, and just like the Catholics the Mormons teach a different Jesus. It really upsets me when true Bible believing Christians line themselves up with false teachers.

  4. Angela

    The entire response from Jack Hibbs’ team is (for lack of a better description) bipolar. It literally swings from one side to the other and back again. It doesn’t even make sense and is, indeed, troubling.

  5. Sharon, however, Satan comes as an angel of light. It would make sense that our adversary (the devil) would use something seemingly good and “positive” in a time of such darkness throughout the world to deceive the masses. And we must not forget that the Bible frequently warns about deception as well as false christs. We will be addressing Jack Hibbs’ team’s letter soon because it concerns us deeply.

  6. Sharon

    Millions of people watch TV shows with violence, language, sex, etc. I know my Lord and am not deceived by Mormon theology. The Chosen is a much better choice than the previously mentioned options. I agree the doctrinal differences should be addressed and what better platform than watching The Chosen to open up conversations with your family. I agree with Jack’s Team. Use discretion and listen to The Spirit’s leading.

  7. Thank you for posting this Jamie. Here is the full response from Jack Hibbs and his ministry team regarding The Chosen. This was emailed to another person in response to concerns:

    he Chosen is television show about the life of Christ. Season 1, released in 2019 (with a pilot episode on the birth of Christ released in 2017), garnered attention for several reasons: it is the first TV show of its kind, presenting the life of Christ over multiple seasons (it plans seven seasons total); it was crowd-funded, bringing in more donations (over $11 million).

    The show’s creator, Dallas Jenkins (son of Left Behind co-author Jerry Jenkins), has a degree” in Biblical Studies. In creating the show, Jenkins put together a panel of “expert consultants” to ensure biblical and historical accuracy in the script he was co-writing for the show. On the panel were a Messianic Jewish rabbi, a Catholic priest, and an evangelical professor of biblical studies. This is part of the problem with the series!

    Jenkins’ goal in creating the show was to help people know Jesus better and love Scripture more. To reach that goal, he and the other scriptwriters took the gospel accounts and added plausible details about the lives of the biblical figures found there. They added backstories to well-known characters and fleshed out other characters who might receive only a passing mention in Scripture.

    As with all storytelling based on historical events. some artistic license is evident and when it comes to the word it needs to be spot on 100% In telling the gospel accounts, remember a little levin, leavins the whole lump as the writers have inserted or modified some characters, storylines, and details of the inspired original. No one is claiming that the show is God’s Word and that too is a problem! The Bible, is the Bible they have stated license is acceptable which is unacceptable especially for believers who know the truth and those who don’t are lured in.

    We have great concern that members of the Mormon Church are involved in the production of The Chosen and that resources owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are used to film the show. In fact, the distributer of the show, VidAngel, was founded by two Mormons. Also of concern are some statements made by Dallas Jenkins that seem to embrace Mormons as his brothers and sisters in Christ. Are these concerns enough to keep us from viewing The Chosen? We need to really ask; “Is this a Mormon show?” Anything unique to Mormon doctrine, or Catholic, is suspect.

    The show’s evangelical creators still retain full control over the content of the show. As long as that doesn’t change, and The Chosen keeps producing a faithful retelling of the life of Christ, all is well. If elements of Mormon (or Catholic) theology begin creeping into the show itself, then they will have betrayed their viewers and the truth of the gospel. Until that time, watching The Chosen is a matter of conscience. Some Christians will appreciate the retelling of Jesus’ life. Others will balk at the involvement of Mormons, even if Mormon theology is not promoted on the show. “Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind” (Romans 14:5). If it betrays any portion of the true word of God, it should be label as such. Anything else is deceptive. We know the author of deception.

    Trusting in Him,

    Your Real Life Ministry Team

  8. jamie in Illinois

    PS, if you guys would like the full reply, let me know. No doubt Pastor Jack didn’t write the reply to my friend but his “team”. At any rate….

  9. jamie in Illinois

    I could not put the total reply from Hibbs in here, there was not space. But this is the last two paragraphs of their reply to a friend who wrote to him. Truth mixed with error (artistic license) is all error, in Charles Spurgeons humble opinion!

    We have great concern that members of the Mormon Church are involved in the production of The Chosen and that resources owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are used to film the show. In fact, the distributer of the show, VidAngel, was founded by two Mormons. Also of concern are some statements made by Dallas Jenkins that seem to embrace Mormons as his brothers and sisters in Christ. Are these concerns enough to keep us from viewing The Chosen? We need to really ask; ”Is this a Mormon show?” Anything unique to Mormon doctrine, or Catholic, is suspect.

    The show’s evangelical creators still retain full control over the content of the show. As long as that doesn’t change, and The Chosen keeps producing a faithful retelling of the life of Christ, all is well. If elements of Mormon (or Catholic) theology begin creeping into the show itself, then they will have betrayed their viewers and the truth of the gospel. Until that time, watching The Chosen is a matter of conscience. Some Christians will appreciate the retelling of Jesus’ life. Others will balk at the involvement of Mormons, even if Mormon theology is not promoted on the show. ”Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind” (Romans 14:5). If it betrays any portion of the true word of God, it should be label as such. Anything else is deceptive. We know the author of deception.

    Trusting in Him,
    Your Real Life Ministry Team

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