Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. (Colossians 2:8-9)
Dallas Jenkins, the director and co-producer/co-creator of the extremely popular series The Chosen, believes that the Jesus of The Chosen is the “authentic Jesus” whom he hopes to present to the world. But from the beginning of our research and reporting on The Chosen, we have witnessed a very unauthentic false Jesus being presented. And yet pastors and leaders who should know better are giving a hearty pass to this Jesus. From the beginning of The Chosen, both Jesus and the disciples have been re-invented and even slandered with unbiblical depictions and stories. Taking that a step further, the Jesus of The Chosen is actually un-deifying the Jesus Christ of the Bible who is God in the flesh. In the video below, produced by a woman by whom we have previously posted her video critiques of The Chosen, the unauthentic Jesus illustrates what we are talking about. And this is just one example of so many, some of which we documented in our report on The Chosen (and incidentally mailed to over 900 pastors).
The Bible warns about spiritual deception, false christs, familiar spirits, demons, anti-christs, Satan himself (coming as an angel of light), fallen angels, and Satan’s ministers (who come as ministers of righteousness). Why are Christian pastors and leaders standing by, and even abetting, while their congregations are being seduced by such figures? They warn about homosexuality, abortion, and other evil cultural issues (rightly so), but they fall short and say nothing about the false christs that have entered the church and are seducing countless Christians through avenues such as the Jesus of The Shack, the Jesus of Jesus Calling, and now the Jesus of The Chosen. These things ought not to be so.
If your pastor has given any kind of thumbs up to The Chosen (or has somehow inadvertently okayed it), please speak to him and ask him to look at all the facts. And have him watch this short video, which may change his views. Remember, if God wanted us to think of Jesus the way The Chosen is presenting him, why didn’t He include these types of things in the Bible? Did God get it wrong and omit things we needed to know about Jesus and Dallas Jenkins corrected God by overly humanizing Jesus, even to the point of vulgarity? You know the answer to that. Frankly, a growing number of Christian believers are finding it offensive and insulting the way The Chosen’s group of emergent Christians, mystical Catholics, and Mormons are depicting the one true God that exists and that is to be revered above all else.
For those Chosen followers and creators who find nothing wrong with how Jesus Christ is portrayed, we encourage you consider the meaning of the “fear of God.” In former New Age follower Warren B. Smith’s booklet, Fearing God in a Fearless New Age, he examines this through Scripture. He states:
Our Spiritual Adversary . . . wants to redefine fear as something that is the opposite of love and not even real. He wants to eliminate fear because he does not want us to fear and revere the one true God. He does not want us to know the benefits and blessings that come from fearing God. And he most certainly does not want us to know that Jesus Christ Himself specifically taught that we should all fear God. . .
The “fear of the Lord” is not only something God desires (Deuteronomy 5:29) but also what He requires (Deuteronomy 10:12)—not for His good, but “for our good always” (Deuteronomy 6:24). Contrary to the false New Age Christ and those who wittingly or unwittingly espouse his false New Age teachings about fear, Scripture repeatedly tells us just how important and necessary the fear of God is for the serious believer.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
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