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Canada: Unvaccinated Father Loses Right to See His Child

LTRJ Note: The following is posted for informational and research purposes.

Although nearly 90% of Quebec residents are vaccinated, they make up nearly a third of all hospital cases. – BBC

BBC News

A Canadian father who has not been vaccinated against Covid has temporarily lost the right to see his 12-year-old child.

A judge ruled his visits would not be in the child’s “best interest”.

It followed a request by the father to extend his visiting time during the holidays.

The judgement is the first depriving a parent of access rights on immunisation grounds, a family law expert told Le Devoir newspaper.

The judge’s decision, made at the end of last month in Quebec province, suspends the father’s visitation rights until February, unless he decides to get vaccinated. Click here to continue reading.

 

 

Author and Pastor Bill Randles Passes Away at 62
photo: Bill and Kristin Randles

On Friday January 21st, Lighthouse Trails author and friend, Pastor Bill Randles, passed away. The following is a notice from his family:

My Beloved husband Bill Randles, 62, of Marion, passed away peacefully into the hands of his Savior Jesus, on Friday, January 21, 2022. There will be a visitation from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday, January 28. His Memorial Service will be on Saturday, January 29, at 10:00 am. Both events will be at Believers In Grace Fellowship, 8600 C Avenue, Marion, Iowa.

All that know him, know he loved deeply and is now rewarded with his crown.

His daughter-in-law Alexis Randles wrote, “My father-in-love, The most gentle of all giants, You were many things. Teacher, pastor, father to six, brother to many, grandfather to seventeen, author, traveler, husband of 40+ yrs—the list goes on. I know you weren’t ALL knowing but you sure did know a whole lot. Many hats look good on a guy like you. The best of them all is the crown which you received today. We are left here with questions and a crater in our heart where your laughter and tenderness filled. “Well done, good and faithful servant. . . ”

We love you and will continue to praise Him, for He is still faithful.”

Bill wrote many wonderful articles, books, and booklets that Lighthouse Trails readers have been blessed by for many years. While we know Bill has gone to a better place, we will deeply miss him and his contribution to helping equip the saints.

In the last six years, Lighthouse Trails has said good-bye to several of our beloved authors and friends: Ray Yungen, Caryl Matrisciana, Anita Dittman, Diet Eman, Tamara Hartzell, and Larry DeBruyn. With each one that passes, a little of our own hearts goes with them. We rejoice that we will see them all again because of the wonderful promise of eternal life to those who believe in and put their trust in Jesus Christ.

Please pray for Bill’s wife, Kristin, their children, and grandchildren – that their hearts would be comforted as they begin adjusting to life without Bill.


Some articles by Bill Randles:

Silver Linings (?) On a Dark and Cloudy Day . . .

This “Woke” Generation Needs Truth and Love

“Satan Desires to Have Us” . . . The Slaying of George Floyd

An Open Letter To A Young Friend . . . (gender: confusion and clarity)

“War Against the Saints”: The Subtlety of the Serpent

 

Canada: Unvaccinated Father Loses Right to See His Child
Author and Pastor Bill Randles Passes Away at 62
Letter to the Editor: Former Mormon Distressed About Promotion of The Chosen by Prominent Figures Jack Hibbs and Kirk Cameron
The “Great Reset”? Or the GREAT Reset!
Bryce Homes Kenya Report
“How an Attorney and a Holocaust Survivor Stopped Vaccine Passports in Orange County, California”
Jesus Set Aside Divinity, Empty of Divine Capacity (Bill Johnson Sermon)
NEW BOOKLET: THE CHOSEN Series—10 Critical Concerns
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Letter to the Editor: Former Mormon Distressed About Promotion of The Chosen by Prominent Figures Jack Hibbs and Kirk Cameron
LTRP Note: Last week, Lighthouse Trails began posting information about the series, The Chosen, because evidence shows that this series and the story behind its creation are lacking biblical integrity though the creators say the contrary is true. Director Dallas Jenkins says that God told him The Chosen would be the “definitive portrayal of God’s people” (source: 19:50 minute mark) yet admits that 95% of the content is not in the Bible (source: 25 minute mark). The following letter to the editor is written by a former Mormon who, along with her husband, became very distressed when learning that Christian figures they have admired and trusted (who have actually warned about the teachings of Mormonism in the past) were promoting The Chosen.

A Lighthouse Trails team of writers is currently working on a booklet addressing The Chosen.

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

Some time ago, a friend called me and asked if I had heard of the TV series The Chosen and if so, what I thought about it.  I had not heard of it but told the person that normally I do not watch depictions of what the Bible teaches because my experience has been that they do NOT hold to “inerrant truth.”  However, I did commit to doing some research to see if in this case I would reconsider.

I did enough research to discover that the production is an ecumenical venture to include: an evangelical producer, Mormon supporters, and funding through different faiths and backgrounds.  This was the information I needed to make a decision.  Consequently, based on 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, I cannot encourage others to watch The Chosen.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

The entities involved do not worship the same Jesus as the Jesus of the Bible.  Having been saved out of Mormonism, I know first-hand that the Jesus of the Bible and the Jesus of Mormonism are not one in the same (even though the director of The Chosen, Dallas Jenkins, says they are). Also, Mormonism teaches that the Bible is only “the word of God as far as it is translated correctly” and not the inerrant word of God.  Additionally, they also “believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” Refer to their 8th article of faith: “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.”

Recently, I was watching a sermon by a prominent pastor [Jack Hibbs] with a very large congregation and international prominence.  During the sermon, he played a scene from The Chosen.  This was troubling on many levels but extremely distressing when he encouraged his parishioners to watch the series.  I have heard this same pastor extol the errors of Mormon doctrine and am aware that he understands Mormonism to be a cult. What is happening to the church and its leaders that so many are being led astray?  Should we not take heed to Matthew 24:4-31 (especially 24:4,5, &11)?

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. . . . And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

As a “Born Again” believer and having been saved out of Mormonism decades ago, these are only a few of the reasons I am extremely concerned that the series The Chosen is being accepted as biblical truth and something people of all faiths can embrace. The cry of many of my Mormon friends and family is “we believe like everybody else but have further revelation” and “let’s embrace what we agree on and not worry about what we differ on.”  This is a very slippery slope.  How do we ignore “another Jesus”?  (Galatians 1:8-9)

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Oh, that we would “incline our ears unto wisdom” and “apply our hearts to understanding”! (Proverbs 2:2)

Gratefully, Saved by Grace! L.A.

P.S. from L.A.: My husband and I just finished watching the video that you posted [see link below]. I cannot even begin to tell you how valuable I believe this is and how brave the person who did it is. If possible, I am even more distressed about The Chosen than I was before. My heart aches at statements like: “It is an accurate portrayal of Jesus” and “We love the same Jesus.” This is what the Mormon church has been working toward for years. The Scripture references at the end of the video are so important.

Also, recently my husband, while he was channel surfing, came across a program titled: “Takeaways with Kirk Cameron,” dated December 20, 2021.  We have seen several things by Kirk Cameron in the past, revealing the errors of Mormonism so he taped it. We finally got around to watching it, and it was primarily about The Chosen with Dallas Jenkins.  It was disappointing to Kirk Cameron support the production. We haven’t heard or seen anything by him for a long time, and we were unprepared to hear him extol the virtues of The Chosen.

I wish I had words to describe my heart break concerning how rampant and far reaching The Chosen has been so far. My husband observed that once again “financial gain seems to be one of the roots of this evil.”

May God bless your ministry and the ministry of those who are actively working to get the word out that The Chosen is not only fiction but biblical heresy. Thank you for bringing light to this darkness!


More on The Chosen:

Behind the Scenes: YouTube Video Examines The Chosen

Dallas Jenkins states Mormons, Christians “love the same Jesus” by The Word Like Fire ministries

An older documentary on the teachings of Mormonism

 

The “Great Reset”? Or the GREAT Reset!
By L.B.S.
Guest writer from Canada

By now many of us have heard of “the Great Reset” that the globalists intend to impose on the citizens of Earth, where they say, “You will own nothing, and you will be happy.”  I contend that it is a proposition based on the assumption that the populace will consent to their positive sounding hypnotic rhetoric.

Without God’s direction and protection, we would be herded into a corral, alternately goaded by hype from media puppets on mainstream media and contrasting dire conspiracy theorists and grave warnings from covert backstreet alarmists (even if those conspiracies have some truth), and I am not talking about true watchmen that, through all this, point the hearts of men toward God. The confusing and often opposing messaging serves to keep the masses in a strange state of flux.  The mandates and laws seem to change from day to day. The political, medical, and media mouthpieces say one thing on one day only to deny it on another day. The end goal is to gain the collective resignation that our futures are somehow solely in the hands of some mysterious global elites, the ones who think they know best; the ones who think they hold our destiny in their hands. But it is all a distraction, and it does not matter if it is perhaps partly true or partly false. God has other plans!

As I read the Word of God, I am learning that when God presents a truth, Satan will be right there to present his opposition to the truth, often a partial truth because that is easier to convince people than an outright lie: and if need be, he will “generously” offer more than one “correct” option; and then perhaps one in his repertoire will appeal to us.  Satan presented three options to Jesus when he tempted Jesus (Matthew 4, Luke 4). Jesus could have “sold his soul” for a piece of bread, for safety, or for untold riches and power, but Jesus consistently refuted temptation with Scripture. Satan even attempted to use Scripture to tempt Jesus, but it was out of context and Jesus rejected it. We must know our Scripture – it is the sword of the Spirit – our weapon (Ephesians 6) and our protection – we must put on the full armor of God! 

God offers only one option, and that is to put our trust in Him and accept His offer of salvation. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Sounds simple, right? Too simple perhaps?

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

God’s great “reset” is simple, and this is it.  The Bible says, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

And what is the Gospel? The apostle Paul defines it in the Bible too:

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

Now regarding our current “pandemic” world situation—the purported segue for the opportunistic elite to set into motion their plan for their great reset—have you noticed that we are given choices: we can take a failing vaccine that is not yet finished being tested so we can get a passport with the hope it will be our “get out of jail free card” as in free from disease, free from restrictions, free to have a job, etc; or we can take endless PCR or antigen tests with the hope of avoiding getting a passport, but, in reality, the endless testing is intended  to wear us down; or we can rise up together (something I have heard even from professing Christians) and resist and defeat the tyranny of the unseen governing hand as described in Ephesians 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

A Way That Seems Right

I would contend that the options of the vaccine, the testing, and the collective resistance are all wrong! But if I had not read my Bible that last choice would seem correct to me, but I know what God says about what I think: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

God explains what is happening in the world in this passage:

For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. (Isaiah 8:11-13)

Why would it be wrong to come together and resist the tyranny and to think we could defeat the enemy by ourselves? It is the blanketing coming together and trusting in one another instead of God that is wrong. If we trust in the old adage that there is strength in numbers, one should read what God told Gideon in the book of Judges 7.

“And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me” (Judges 7:2).

God reminds us that He is to be our only hope! We are to sanctify God in our hearts.

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. (1 Peter 3:12-16; emphasis added)

If we rise up together to defeat the enemy, by implication we would be joining together with everybody else with the same goal whether or not they are believers in Christ, but the Bible says:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Godly Resistance

I realize now that if those who profess Christ stand, they must stand alone. If there be a whole lot standing alone, it might look like they are standing together, but they are each trusting in God and not in each other. The Bible tells us how we are to relate to one another and to love one another, but we have to put our trust in God, not man.

We can encourage our fellow man and provide assistance, comfort, or friendship, but we cannot make him trust God. We cannot instill in him the knowledge of the holy if he does not seek it.  That is each man’s burden. Here are a few examples of how we are to relate to each other:

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3)

Resistance is not futile as “they” would like us to think. The Bible says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Have you noticed how the current mélange of “laws” and “mandates” target the people who might resist, who might question, or who might trust in God who is higher than “they” are?

The Bible describes it in Psalm 94:20-23: “Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge. And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.”

A Better Way

So now I come to the whole point, The GREAT reset – the one offered by God! We are truly helpless sinners in need of a savior. Put your faith in Christ and no other:

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

And what is the result of this great reset.  Will it be to own nothing and be happy?

Well the Bible says:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8)

So if we take the offer of God’s reset, we don’t have to own anything, but we will have everything we need, and, I venture, that we could possibly want.  We also won’t just be happy, but we will have joy unspeakable.  I cannot explain it well.  God’s Word does though. I implore you to read it, and read it again, and again.  Of the forty-plus years that I have called myself a Christian, I failed to read the Bible very much for most of that time, but I have been reading it now faithfully for seven years, and now I see the hope that God alone offers. God alone can only make the blind see and the deaf hear.

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” (Isaiah 55:1)

The great reset offered by man versus the GREAT Reset offered by God Himself!  That is the question!


Related Articles:

“Covid, Vaccines, Global Reset,” and Israel”

(photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission)

Bryce Homes Kenya Report
LTRP Note: Lighthouse Trails readers have been supporting the Bryce Homes for Widows and Children in Kenya since 2011 when Roger Oakland of Understand the Times established the program there. To learn more about the Bryce Homes and/or to help support them, visit Understand the Times.

By the Bryce Homes Board in Kenya

The month of December this year has been quite unusual and a sad month for the entire Bryce Homes Kenya as a family. First it was BH #28 (Molly, now the late) followed by BH #35 (Leah, now the late). The two Bryce Homes have left behind children most of whom are too young to live on their own. The deceased have been under this Program for a couple of years. They experienced occasional ill-health, and this Program has indeed done a lot to keep them until the time of their demise. We pray for the orphans and trust in God for their future.

Bryce Homes Kenya has been in existence over the last 10 years, and it has impacted positively the lives of widows and hundreds of orphans. This Program currently reaches out to over 33 homes with foodstuff and laundry. This is done every month, and it has been really useful in the lives of these humble families. In some instances, the Program even built houses which were more improved compared to the temporary ones that housed the widows with the orphans.

Despite the sad news, we also registered some good news when another girl, Lydia, graduated at one of the renowned universities in Kenya. Lydia is one of the girls that Bryce Homes provided for their education. In fact, at the beginning, it is Bryce Homes Kenya that provided homecare for Lydia (a FGM escapee) alongside other 13 girls at a Centre that later became established into a Christian School. It is so encouraging to know that some of the readers further helped pay for her university fees. We thought this is a milestone that we should celebrate together.

As a Bryce Homes family, we are praying for more doors to open so that the Program may continue reaching out to the needy in the society. We believe, by the grace of God, the Program will continue to sustain lives even as we reach out to Understand the Times and Lighthouse Trails readers who can come together for this worthy cause.

Below are the selected photos from our recent activities and reports. The testimonies are enormous and most of these will be delivered in the form of monthly Newsletters.    Click here to see the photos.

“How an Attorney and a Holocaust Survivor Stopped Vaccine Passports in Orange County, California”
Photo: Linda Henry has her COVID-19 QR code scanned by Jonathan Gagne, manager of Orangetheory Fitness in Montreal, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, as the Quebec government’s COVID-19 vaccine passport comes into effect. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

LTRJP Note: The following is posted for informational and research purposes.

‘That is exactly how Hitler started hunting my people’: holocaust survivor

By Enrico Trigoso
The Epoch Times

California and New York were the first areas in the country to take steps toward vaccine passports last year. New York City implemented it, but Orange County didn’t, thanks to the efforts of human rights Attorney Leigh Dundas and holocaust survivor Vera Sharav.

Dundas is leading some of the nation’s most notable efforts to counter the vaccine mandates, which are regarded by many as unconstitutional and encroaching on civil liberties. She played a key role in the prevention of what she considers a Nazi-type “show your papers” framework.

She is the lead organizer of Nationwide Walkout, as well as the principal author and signer of a letter to the FAA that asks them to medically flag all vaccinated pilots, since, according to the letter, the federal agency is violating its own rules concerning flying after taking new medication. Click here to continue reading.

 

 

 

Jesus Set Aside Divinity, Empty of Divine Capacity (Bill Johnson Sermon)

By John Lanagan
The Word Like Fire ministries

Below is a video of the Alabaster House of Bethel Church of Redding, California. According to the Bethel Redding website, it is a place to “be in contemplative prayer and enjoy God’s presence.” You are listening to the voice of Bill Johnson from a sermon given some years ago, and Johnson is poisoning his flock with the heretical doctrine of kenosis. He wants them to believe that Jesus gave up his divinity and performed miracles etc. solely via the power of the Holy Spirit. This is false. This is not what Philippians 2:7 means at all.

“but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” (Phil 2:7)

According to Bill Johnson (Start at 2:37):

If the Spirit of God is on a person, so what’s going on? Jesus was so empty of divine capacity. Eternally God, but He chose to live with the restrictions as man. Why? To set a model. To set something to follow, an example. His lifestyle … if He did all of his miracles as God I’m still impressed, but I’m not compelled to follow. I just stand back and go that’s amazing God, do some more, that’s awesome do some more God but when I find out that He set aside divinity… Click here to continue reading.

Video: start at 2:38 minute mark (use caution and discernment)

 

LTRP Note: It is interesting to note, in view of our currently addressing The Chosen series and its Mormon influencers, that somewhat similar to Bill Johnson and other extreme unbiblical charismatic teachers who teach wrongly about Jesus Christ's divinity (or lack thereof), the Mormon church teaches that Jesus was not always God (nor was the Heavenly Father) but had to attain to godhood.

Related Articles:

Beware of Bethel: A Brief Summary of Bill Johnson’s Unbiblical Teachings

BOOKLET: Did Jesus Identify Himself as God?

(photo from cover of Mike Oppenheimer’s booklet, Did Jesus Identify Himself as God?; photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission)

 

 

 
NEW BOOKLET: THE CHOSEN Series—10 Critical Concerns
THE CHOSEN Series—10 Critical Concerns is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet. The booklet is 18 pages long and sells for $1.95 for single copies. Quantity discounts are available. Our Booklets are designed to give away to others or for your own personal use. Below is the content of this new booklet. To order copies of THE CHOSEN Series—10 Critical Concerns click here.

 

Editor’s Note: While this booklet discusses the unbiblical teachings of the Mormon church, the Catholic Church, and the New Age, we care deeply for Mormons, Catholics, and those involved in the New Age.

THE CHOSEN Series—10 Critical Concerns
A Lighthouse Trails Publication

The incredibly popular series The Chosen is being described as a “global phenomenon” and growing “movement” that is creating the groundwork for world “revival.” However, there are some critical concerns about this series and where it is heading. The following are ten of these concerns:

1) The Chosen and Its Mormon Influencers

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)

The Chosen series was initiated and inspired from a partnership between Dallas Jenkins, an evangelical filmmaker, and three Mormon businessmen, Jeffrey and Neal Harmon and Derral Eves after the three men viewed a film written and directed by Jenkins called The Shepherd. The Mormon influence on The Chosen is considerable: the executive producer is Mormon, the distributor is Mormon, certain episodes were shot on a special Mormon set in Utah, and the crowdfunding and media expertise is provided by Mormons.

In 2017, Dallas Jenkins had reached a self-described career low as a filmmaker when he was given an opportunity to partner with the successful Mormon businessmen who believed they could create a “global phenomenon”1 with The Chosen. With the Mormon church’s long-standing hope and efforts to be viewed by the evangelical church as just another denomination and Jenkin’s unsatisfied desire to be a successful Christian filmmaker, it seemed like the perfect match to help each other out. Thus, the birth of The Chosen.2

Those who defend The Chosen may say that so far (through Season 2), no Mormon doctrine has been introduced into the series, and therefore, it’s not a problem that Mormons and evangelicals are working together. If this were a secular film, perhaps that would be a valid argument. But in a film series that is supposed to be depicting the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and His disciples and which claims to complement the Bible’s message, then 2 Corinthians 6:14 must be applied where believers (who are to be in the light) are instructed not to be unequally yoked with those who are in spiritual darkness.

It is ironic that forty years ago, Christians were flocking to their churches by the tens of thousands to watch a film called The God Makers, which warned about Mormonism, most particularly about the false Jesus of Mormonism.3 Today, in stark contrast, countless Christians are enthusiastically watching a film about Jesus that is Mormon-influenced with seemingly little concern or spiritual discernment.

2) Are the Biblical Jesus and the Mormon Jesus the Same?

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. (2 Corinthians 11:4, emphasis added)

The apostle Paul warns that some will present a “Jesus” to the church who is not the Jesus of the Bible but is one who brings a spirit that is not the Holy Spirit and a gospel that is not the one that can save men’s souls. Paul’s concern is that some members of the church will embrace and “bear with” a false Christ.

The Chosen’s director, co-writer, and chief publicist, Dallas Jenkins, has gone on record stating that the Mormon Jesus is the same as the Bible’s Jesus. In an interview Jenkins did in May of 2020 on a Mormon program, he stated:

I can honestly say . . . one of the top three most fascinating and beautiful things about this project has been my growing brother and sisterhood with people of the LDS community that I never would have known otherwise and learning so much about your faith tradition and realizing, gosh, for all the stuff that maybe we don’t see eye to eye on, that all happened, that’s all based on stuff that happened after Jesus was here. The stories of Jesus, we do agree on, and we love the same Jesus. That’s not something that you often hear. . . . I mean I’ll sink or swim on that statement, and it’s controversial, and I don’t mind getting criticized at all for the show, and I don’t mind being called a blasphemer. . . . I’ve made it very clear that if I go down, I’m going down swinging protecting my friends and my brothers and sisters . . . I don’t deny we have a lot of theological differences, but we love the same Jesus.4 (emphasis added)

In the book, The God Makers, Ed Decker and Dave Hunt state:

Mormon missionaries claim to be bringing true Christianity to the world. . . . When questioned, Mormons insist that their gospel comes from the Bible and that they have the same God and the same Jesus as Christians. In actual fact, they have a completely different God from what the Bible presents, a different Jesus, and a different gospel. These differences are denied or glossed over by the missionaries, who are often evasive and unwilling to tell the whole truth to a prospective convert for fear of losing him.5

Below is a list of some of the “attributes” of the Mormon Jesus:

  • Jesus is Lucifer’s brother.
  • Jesus is a spirit child conceived through physical means between an exalted man (Heavenly Father) and the virgin Mary.
  • Jesus is not eternal and had a beginning (i.e., not part of an eternal Trinity).
  • Jesus was not always God but earned his way to godhood just as we will become gods someday.
  • The work of the Mormon Jesus was insufficient for man’s salvation, and to complete it, one has to believe in Joseph Smith that he came from God to restore the church (i.e., Smith has a role in salvation).
  • Mormon doctrine teaches that without our own righteousness, there is no forgiveness of sins (contrary to Romans 4:5 and many other Bible verses).6

These and many other teachings of the Mormon church clearly show that the Mormon Jesus is not the same as the Jesus of the Bible. And for Dallas Jenkins to say otherwise helps to legitimize Mormonism as true Christianity and to bring it into the evangelical fold.

In 2021, Dallas Jenkins further defends what he calls his “brothers and sisters” in the Mormon religion when he states:

[The] calling of my life is to make the authentic Jesus known to the entire world, and anyone who’s going to help me do that is welcome.7 (emphasis added)

Jenkins’ open invitation to “anyone” who wants to help present his alleged “authentic” Jesus is a prime example of what the apostle Paul was warning about in 2 Corinthians 11:4.

By calling Mormons his brothers and sisters (obviously in a spiritual sense), this implies there is no reason to introduce them to the one eternal God and evangelize them to a true biblical faith.8

3) The Chosen—“A Definitive Portrayal of God’s People”?

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)

In a 2021 interview, Dallas Jenkins says the following:

I felt like God was saying like [The Chosen] is going to be the definitive portrayal of my people, and this is what people are going to think of around the world when they think of my people, and I’m [God] not going to let you screw it up.9
In other words, Jenkins seems to be saying that everything in the series has been approved by God. And what’s more, God isn’t going to let Jenkins mess any of it up, even though Jenkins went to Mormons to help create, produce, and promote The Chosen and develop a “definitive portrayal” of the church, and even though most of the content of The Chosen is not found in the Bible (by Jenkins’ own admission).

When Dallas Jenkins “felt” he heard God telling him these things, did he test what he heard, as Scripture instructs us, to see whether these things were of God? One of the ways a Christian can “try [test] the spirits,” is to compare what he thinks he is being told with Scripture.10 Would the God of the Bible actually tell Jenkins that his film series is going to be the “definitive portrayal” of His people (the church) when most of the content is not in the Bible and is made up? Wouldn’t this put The Chosen above God’s Word? But according to Scripture, God puts His Word even higher than His name!:

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. (Psalm 138:2)

The Mormon church teaches that the Christian church went completely apostate and basically became non-existent until the early 1800s when Joseph Smith came on the scene and restored the church. However, the biblical Jesus says this about His church: “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Now, was there some apostasy that came in after the resurrection? Absolutely (just as the apostle Paul warned about in Acts 20:29). But from the beginning of the church that Jesus and His disciples established, there has always been a remnant of the true church which has consisted of born-again believers in Jesus Christ (God in the flesh). Thus, it is unbiblical and absurd to think that Joseph Smith was used to restore the Christian church. If God really told Dallas Jenkins that The Chosen would be the “definitive portrayal” of His church, it stands to reason that God would not condone Jenkins’ turning to Mormons to market and influence this “portrayal.”

4) “95% of the Content Isn’t From the Bible”—Dallas Jenkins

Dallas Jenkins told one interviewer that “95% of the content [of The Chosen] isn’t from the Bible.”11 This means that The Chosen is almost completely man’s word—not God’s Word.

The Chosen writers do not hesitate to add their own ideas and opinions to actual Bible events. For example, Mary Magdalene backsliding is not in the Bible; Matthew portrayed as autistic—not in the Bible; Jesus rehearsing His sermon on the mount—not in the Bible (John 12:49-50; John 17:8). With future episodes yet to be written and future seasons to come, how far afield will the writers of The Chosen take their creative liberties to recreate and reimagine God’s Word?

Matthew 7:29 says, “For he [Jesus] taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” The meaning here for the Greek word “scribes” is writers. Dallas Jenkins often says that the fictionalized stories he’s created are “plausible.” According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word plausible means “superficially fair, reasonable, or valuable but often specious (i.e., having a “false look of truth or genuineness” and “having deceptive attraction or allure”).12 When Jenkins writes into The Chosen script that the apostle Peter had a gambling debt that pressured him to fish overtime on the Sabbath to pay back what he owed, Jenkins suggests that this is “plausible.”13 But in the Matthew verse, it is clear that Jesus was not offering plausible ideas but was “one having authority” (i.e., speaking the truth).

Jenkins continually elevates the practice of “artistic imagination”14 over literal Scripture. In interviews, he gives the impression that Scripture, by itself, is flat, boring, and one-dimensional (contrary to Hebrews 4:12 which says it is “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword).” The result is a cleverly devised extra-biblical story that is 95% fiction.

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables . . . (2 Peter 1:16)

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God . . . (2 Corinthians 10:5)

There are serious ramifications that can occur with fictionalizing the Bible. For instance, in Season 1 of The Chosen, where Jenkins has Peter fishing on the Sabbath, Jenkins asked Messianic Jew, Rabbi Jason Sobel (one of Jenkin’s advisors), what he thought about adding this in; the Rabbi did not believe such a scenario would be plausible and that “this would be a huge deal to the point where I don’t even believe it would have ever happened.”15 Non-believing Jews who watch the series and see this scene could easily believe this is in the New Testament, and knowing that something like this would be nearly impossible in the Jewish culture of the time, it will be further evidence to them (in their minds) that the New Testament is a collection of fictitious stories that never could have happened. This is just one example where Jenkins’ “artistic imagination” could backfire and be detrimental to those searching for truth.

Dallas Jenkins appears to believe that reimagining the New Testament on screen will draw people to reading the Bible and, at the same time, draw people to Jesus. However, by presenting 95% fictionalized content, it may create a “Jesus” with a great personality but one with no redeeming power and rather present “another Jesus” where viewers will be entertained but not saved.

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:21)

5) Jonathan Roumie’s Spiritual Affinities and His Influence on Millions

Jonathan Roumie, the actor who plays Jesus in The Chosen, is a fervent Catholic with a strong affinity toward the New Age. He is a Knight’s Templar, and in 2020, he was nominated for papal knighthood;16 he also claims to have had “personal interactions” with a deceased Catholic “saint.” Roumie “credits his Catholic faith as the foundation of his portrayal of Jesus.”17 And now, because of his newfound celebrity status playing the role of Jesus, Roumie has gained a significant global platform through interviews, live events, YouTube, TV, radio, and social media—a platform he is using to draw his fans and followers to his Catholic beliefs and his New Age propensities.* The following is just a small sampling of Roumie’s involvement with both:

  • In a YouTube video that as of this writing has had over half a million views, Roumie testifies that he utilizes the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a meditative Catholic prayer ritual that was started in 1935 by Saint Faustina. “Mother” Mary Angelica (founder of the popular Catholic station, EWTN, and teacher of the Chaplet) says this about the Chaplet:

“[Saint] Faustina stated that she received the prayer through visions and conversations with Jesus, who made specific promises regarding the recitation of the prayers.”18

  • In an August 2021 statement on his Twitter account, Roumie posted a photo of himself standing next to the tomb of Padre Pio, a Roman Catholic priest and mystic who died in 1968. Roumie stated:

“Visiting Saint Padre Pio, one of the most powerful saints and witnesses to the suffering and the miracles of Christ in the 20th century, as well as one with whom I’ve had personal interactions; also the first priest on record to have had the stigmata (physically documented)!”19 (emphasis added)

*(In an interview with Roumie, a Catholic priest stated: “God bless Dallas for being able to help us [the Catholic Church] to actually spread this message of divine mercy in a way through you [Roumie].”)20

  • Jonathan Roumie has also become a popular voice on Hallow, the number one Catholic contemplative meditation, prayer, and sleep app. For those not familiar with contemplative prayer, you may request a free booklet from Lighthouse Trails that explains its New Age roots.21
  • On June 9, 2019, on Roumie’s Instagram account, Roumie praises and promotes New Age practitioner Russell Brand, a strong proponent of Transcendental Meditation.22 After spending an evening with Brand at a TM presentation, Roumie states, “fantastic night of do-gooding, meditative appreciation, and transcendental inebriation.”23
  • Roumie’s recommended reading list on Amazon includes The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything by Jesuit priest and New Age sympathizer, James Martin. The book openly teaches the panentheistic New Age doctrine of God “in” everyone and everything as the following quotes from that book illustrate: “God can be found in everything. And everyone too”;24 “ We’ll look at how to find God in everything and everything in God”;25 “. . . goal: finding God in all things . . . encountering God . . . In all things. And in all people.”26

Martin’s book teaches that one can reach a panentheistic state of New Age awareness through meditative exercises such as Lectio Divina, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (the founder of the Jesuits), contemplative prayer, imaginative prayer, and centering prayer. These are all forms of New-Age style meditation under the guise of “Christian meditation.”27 Also referenced in Martin’s book several times is Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (considered the “Father” of the New Age movement). For Roumie to list a book on his recommended reading list that is so outrightly filled with New Age practices and beliefs makes it wholly evident that he is definitely drawn to the New Age.28

Some will say it doesn’t really matter that a devout Catholic who has “interactions” with the dead, participates in and promotes Catholic/New Age mystical prayer practices, and who resonates with numerous New Age-sympathizing public figures is playing Jesus because he is just acting a part. What he does with his personal life can cause no harm. But this is faulty reasoning. It is because of his role in The Chosen that he has this newly found platform that has given him a celebrity status. For example, Roumie was listed as one of “10 Catholics Who Restored Our Faith in Humanity in 2021.”29 He is already influencing millions of people.

In a Zoom interview with the National Catholic Register, Roumie said that he “hopes to lead people ‘to Christ in some way.’”30 Given what he is promoting and practicing, the Christ he is leading people to is a different Christ and not the biblical Jesus.

6) Dallas Jenkins—Unequally Yoked or Equally Yoked?

In August of 2021, Dallas Jenkins joined Jonathan Roumie for a visit with Pope Francis. As the two were sitting together waiting for the meeting, Roumie asked Jenkins what he was thinking at that moment. Jenkins replied:

I am honestly . . . This is a big deal because for me it represents two things that are important. One is the branching out of the show to the world. Another one is the branching out of the show to people in traditions that I wasn’t part of. So it shows that the walls are coming down. I’ve never . . . I’ve been a Christian a long time. . . . I’ve never seen a project that united more faith traditions.31 (emphasis added)

While critics have said that Dallas Jenkins is “unequally yoked” in his connections with those of different “faith traditions,” perhaps he is actually “equally yoked.” In other words, if you look at statements like the one above, Jenkins makes it increasingly apparent that he may be more in the camp of those outside traditional biblical Christianity than those within it. Even one of the three writers for The Chosen, Tyler Thompson, is described by Jenkins as a “Cathelical” (what Jenkins says is “partly Catholic, partly evangelical)” as a 5-hour documentary on YouTube shows.32 It would be difficult for creators of The Chosen to deny that the atmosphere they’ve created is definitely ecumenical. In one YouTube video, where a Catholic interviews Mormon Executive Producer, Derral Eves, The Chosen is praised for its “ecumenical” and “inter-religious” appeal.33

One of the people Jenkins favorably quotes is the panentheistic mystic and Franciscan priest, Richard Rohr, who is a proponent of the New Age concept of the “cosmic christ.”34 In a March 14, 2019 Facebook entry, Jenkins posts an excerpt of Rohr’s book, What Do We Do With the Bible? saying that the quote was “rocking my world.”35 Jenkins’ 2019 Facebook entry by Rohr states:

Just because you use Scripture, even in a God-affirming way, does not mean you’re using Scripture for life and love, growth and wisdom—and for the sake of God or others. Many of the worst genocides and atrocities in history have been supported by Scripture quotes in the mouths of selfish and scared people. Excessive God talk and quoting of Scripture are the best cover possible for a narcissistic personality. In fact, sometimes it seems to me that the churches that go on and on about “the greatness of God”—in both their sermons and their music—are often filled with the very groups and individuals that most want that greatness for themselves. I doubt if God needs us to be saying how great God is, as Satan does here with Jesus. Yes, religion is the best thing in the world and also the worst thing in the world—and so is Holy Scripture.36

Rohr tries to attribute genocides and atrocities to the quoting of Scripture;37 but atrocities and genocides are committed by people who do not care to follow Scripture. They are committed when people add to Scripture that which does not belong there and by people who take away from Scripture that which should be there. Scripture shines a light on evilness and is the beacon that is a light unto our path. Thus, it reveals the secrets of the heart and exposes darkness.

The derogatory manner in which Rohr speaks of God’s Word (and of those who talk about it and quote it a lot) is typical for Rohr and other popular figures today who resist the truth of the Bible.38 It is disturbing that Dallas Jenkins resonates with and is “rocked” by statements such as Rohr’s, especially in light of how little scriptural content Jenkins uses in The Chosen. But it is also disturbing that Christian leaders such as Jack Hibbs39 and Kirk Cameron40 are yoking themselves to The Chosen by openly promoting the series to their countless followers.

7) Seduction by Fiction

In December of 2021, T. A. McMahon of The Berean Call ministries wrote an article titled “The Chosen Fiction.” T. A. studied filmmaking in graduate school, worked for Century Fox studios for several years, then entered a career as a screenwriter in Hollywood prior to becoming a believer. This section is an extract of T. A.’s article; used with permission.

The Chosen Fiction”

Can the Bible be presented through the filmmaking process and stay true to what God’s Word says about His Word? This is how the process works. A movie begins with a screenplay. It’s either an original story or a screen adaptation from someone else’s work (such as the Bible). The screenplay or movie script, in addition to presenting the storyline or plot, the characters, and the dialogue, consists of visual descriptions of what is taking place in the movie story. . . .

Changes to the script always take place during filming. . . . Reasons for the changes from the original script are seemingly endless: actors’ egos, budget cuts, weather problems, location problems, the executive producer’s ego, the cameraman’s “inspirational idea” for filming a scene, union problems, stunt failures, the director’s ego, etc. . . .

As with other theatrical endeavors, “biblical” production comes about primarily through the screenwriter’s interpretation of what has been written in Scripture. Add to that the movie-making necessities and changes—things such as a storyline and dialogue related to the plot that are obviously lacking in the Bible—that, therefore, must be supplemented by the screenwriter in order to create a theatrical production.

Character descriptions are limited, at best, and must be added in order for a casting director to select the actors. Along that line, how does one cast the sinless God/Man, Jesus Christ? The perfect attributes and righteous characteristics of the Son of God could never be displayed by an actor on the screen. When such an idea is incorporated into the script, the end result is a counterfeit Christ, at best. . . . If what a person is taught about Jesus is not true to the Person revealed in the Scriptures, that character is “another Jesus” and a false Christ, no matter how endearing and engaging the actor may be. The same is true regarding all the actors representing biblical characters.

Movies are perhaps the most seductive of all media the world over. I learned as a screenwriter that manipulating an audience’s emotions was the key to a box-office success: make them laugh, make them weep, frighten them, make them cheer, arouse their passions, their lusts. In other words, control their emotions. That power of persuasion through the film medium seduces believers who normally would recognize that they are being snared by a fictional screen character. The comment most often given by those who enjoy The Chosen series is, “I really like a lot of the human qualities displayed by The Chosen’s Jesus. It’s so easy to relate to him.” . . .

The Chosen’s audience has been conditioned to accept whatever the screenwriter, director, and other creative personnel contribute, with no apparent concern for biblical accuracy. . . . Yet for the greater number of viewers, many of whom have not read the Bible regularly, the images they watch are received as though they are actually in the Bible.

I’ve been told biblical movies are great motivators for people to check the Bible out. Really? And if they do, what happens when they can’t find the movie scenes such as the gritty backstory of Mary Magdalene? Furthermore, most people would rather watch a highly dramatized Bible story with little concern that it’s fiction than read the actual words of Scripture.41

8) “Get Used to Different”?

The Jesus of The Chosen tells his disciples and global viewership to “get used to different.”42 However, the Bible’s Jesus Christ emphasized to His disciples and followers just the opposite—beware of different. The true Jesus warns to beware of a different Christ—a false Christ—who will pretend to be Him (Matthew 24:3-5, 15, 24). God reiterates and magnifies this warning about the coming of a different Christ—Antichrist—in the thirteenth chapter of Revelation.

While The Chosen’s creators, directors, and producers may argue that “get used to different” was just a throw-away comment in a particular situation, why has this statement become the flagship motto for the series? It’s emblazoned on Chosen merchandise from T-shirts and hoodies to ball caps and coffee mugs; and Chosen actors and staff often wear “get used to different” T-shirts when being interviewed or making a speech. In January 2022, the owners of the series applied for a U.S. Trademark for this seemingly benign and innocent motto.43 We can find some very interesting insights into the marketing of The Chosen by examining a book written by Executive Producer Derral Eves, The YouTube Formula. From a section titled “The Ultimate Unicorn: Jesus,” Eves, states:

On a big project like [The Chosen], we do a multiday lockdown marketing session, but beforehand, we have several brainstorming sessions to get a good handle on who the right viewer persona would be. . . . we realized that Gen X and millennial women are the biggest spenders online, so our target buyer persona was females aged 25 to 45. We targeted the people who were the community, school, and church volunteers, the I‐love‐Jesus type. . . .

Some of our biggest contributors said they donated money because someone had pushed it to them—that someone was usually a person who fit our target persona profile (our buyer strategy worked!). In just a few short weeks, we were able to get tens of thousands of Facebook followers.

The essence here is that the more you understand and relate to your audience and create content for them, the more YouTube will connect the dots and feed them their preferred flavor of ice cream, so to speak. Maybe it’s the unicorn‐poop‐flavored kind, or maybe it’s the Jesus kind. . . .

You have to keep going back to look at your data and reevaluate. The more data that comes in, the more patterns you will see and the better you will be able to shift your strategy as needed to make better decisions about your content. . . .

When I work with clients, I always have them develop a plan to build their following before they create more content. . . . make sure you create the content specifically for them. . . .

[L]et me tell you how my partners and I built a loyal following around . . . The Chosen, and it has nothing to do with religion. Every client I work with is required to read a book called Primal Branding that teaches the fundamentals of community building. . . . When . . . Dallas Jenkins and I connected, one of the first things we talked about was building an audience. . . .

We needed a passionate social army who could see our vision and our mission and make it their own. . . . As The Chosen’s community grew, our Creed changed based on feedback and interactions with our followers. . . .

“Get used to different” became a catchphrase that viewers really responded to. So it became a Creed. . . . The same thing happened with the phrase, “Binge Jesus.” Our viewers latched onto it, and we integrated it into our Creed.44 (emphasis added)

As you can read above, a big part of The Chosen’s popularity can be attributed to adjusting the content to fit into what the “community” of targeted viewers want to see. Underlying what on the surface appears to be a project affirmed by God (as is claimed by its creators) is a well-researched, market-driven, and calculated formula to make The Chosen successful and “different.”

9) The Chosen—The Stage for a Worldwide “Revival” and “The Healing of the World”

God is tilling the soil and sowing seeds for a fertile revival. . . . I think it’s already happening, and I think we are an additional element of that story and of that accomplishment, by God.45—Jonathan Roumie

In Season 2, The Chosen’s Jesus says he is starting a “revolution” and invites everyone to “partner” with him in “the healing of the world.”46 But the true Christ said He did not come to bring revolution or international peace and healing, but rather “division”—to separate those who desire truth from those who oppose it (Luke 12:51). Similarly, New Age leaders talk about a world-wide revival as well. In both cases—The Chosen and the New Age—the goal is to break down barriers and bring all faith traditions together.47

In 1898, a book titled Christianity and Anti-Christianity in Their Final Conflict by Samuel J. Andrews was released. Andrews was concerned that the church was not being warned about the Bible’s account of the last days when the Antichrist would come on the scene and deceive the world. Pastor Andrews described the Bible’s warning of “great deception”—not of a world-wide revival:

This summary of the Lord’s teaching shows us that anything like a conversion of the world before His return by the preaching of the gospel was not in His thoughts. Had it been, He could not have failed to comfort His mourning disciples, and encourage them to vigorous action by assurances of the success of their mission. But He persistently holds up before them hatred, persecution, death. His life on earth was prophetic of the history of the church; and the greatest manifestation of hostility to her, as to Him, would be at the end.48

In former New Age follower Warren Smith’s 2020 book The Titanic and Today’s Church, he shares important insights about a coming false “revival” and “revolution”:

Looking for spiritual experiences while hurrying toward “revival” without identifying, confronting, and repenting of the false teachings, false teachers, and spiritual danger in our midst . . . is symptomatic of the same false confidence and complacency the crew of the Titanic exhibited as they underestimated the physical danger in their midst. The Bible describes a great last-days deception, not a great last-days revival. . . . For the church to have revivals without repenting of the sin and deception entrenched in it does not make for a true revival.49

10) “Never Underestimate the Enemy”

Jesus Christ warned that in the last days, there would be many false christs. He said, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:4-5). Is it possible that our adversary, the devil, could use a series such as The Chosen to deceive many?

In Season 2, Episode 4, a religious zealot, in referring to the Roman official they are seeking to kill, turns to his accomplice and states—“Never underestimate the enemy.”50 But have Dallas Jenkins, his Mormon partners, his Catholic Jesus, and complacent viewers underestimated the enemy and where this all may be going?

In Primal Branding, the book Derral Eves recommends all his clients—including Dallas Jenkins—read, there is a haunting quote at the end of the book. The author states:

In the end, the question that primal branding finally asks is, do you want to be just another bland service organization or product on the shelf, or do you want to become a necessary and desired part of the culture? As Maureen White, a former vice president at Target, said to me, “I get it. Don’t just build a church; create a religion.”51 (emphasis added)

Is the revolutionary “movement” and “revival” The Chosen is spearheading actually sowing the seeds of a new “religion” for a New Age? Are Dallas Jenkins and his cast and crew unwittingly walking millions of people in the world and the church into a deadly deceptive trap? Would it not be wise for them to take heed to the words quoted in their own production?

Never underestimate the enemy.

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. (Amos 8:11)

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Endnotes:

  1. The Chosen, the Pope and Going Global” (RNS, August 11, 2021, https://religionnews.com/2021/08/11/the-chosen-the-pope-and-going-global).
  2. The Chosen Exposen—The Full Documentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LI484mywHU), minute mark (mm): 20:00.
  3. Ed Decker and Dave Hunt, The God Makers DVD (Jeremiah Films, 1982).
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXIiv3NhIhc&t=796s, mm: 9:37-10:55.
  5. Ed Decker/Dave Hunt, The God Makers (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 1984, Kindle edition), chapter 1, Kindle location: 125-129.
  6. In addition to The God Makers (1984), there is also The God Makers II by Ed Decker and Caryl Matrisciana (Harvest House, 1993) and Walter Martin’s The Maze of Mormonism and Kingdom of the Cults.
  7. A Candid Conversation with Dallas Jenkins, Director of The Chosen (Melissa Dougherty, 4/27/21, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__-Yyq1FPQI), mm: 67:45-67:55.
  8. Read Mike Oppenheimer’s booklet, Did Jesus Identify Himself as God? (read free online at: https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=19180).
  9. A Candid Conversation with Dallas Jenkins, Director of The Chosen, op. cit., mm: 14:26-14:37.
  10. Read “Neglecting to Test the Spirits—A Tragedy of Enormous Proportions” (https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=30277).
  11. A Candid Conversation with Dallas Jenkins, op. cit., mm: 25:11.
  12. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plausible.
  13. The Chosen’s Biblical Roundtables (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRN3PtFebyo).
  14. https://eurweb.com/2020/12/04/the-pulse-of-entertainment-season-2-of-the-chosen-begins-filming-in-utah-at-lds-motion-picture-studio.
  15. The Chosen’s Biblical Roundtables, mm: 16:33.
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnM0jIKQnbs, mm: 55:30.
  17. https://www.ncregister.com/interview/actor-in-the-chosen-hopes-to-lead-people-to-christ-in-some-way.
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVGEHr_lzbw&t and https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=34091.
  19. https://twitter.com/JonathanRoumie/status/1424372235205283848.
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3zTl7jIZO0&list=RDLVjAF5bxfNmCQ&index=3.
  21. Write to P.O. Box 307, Roseburg, OR. 97470 or e-mail editors@lighthousetrails.com for the free booklet, or read online free at: https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=18192.
  22. https://www.instagram.com/p/ByhHES6pzul.
  23. Ibid; also see: https://www.facebook.com/JonathanRoumieOfficial/photos/i-love-how-eloquently-and-magically-my-brother-russellbrand-addressed-the-global/10158031802889597.
  24. James Martin, The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything (New York, NY: HarperCollins e-books, 2010 epub edition), p. 6.
  25. Ibid., p. 27.
  26. Ibid., p. 391.
  27. See endnote #21.
  28. Read Warren B. Smith’s testimony, The Light That Was Dark: From the New Age to Amazing Grace (Mountain Stream Press,2nd Ed. 2006).
  29. https://aleteia.org/2021/12/30/10-catholics-who-restored-our-faith-in-humanity-in-2021.
  30. See endnote #17.
  31. https://twitter.com/JonathanRoumie/status/1428034768852160515?s=20.
  32. The Chosen Exposen—The Full Documentary, op. cit., mm: 259:34.
  33. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxqYx9Li_aM, mm: 26:29, 39:38.
  34. https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=30756.
  35. The Chosen Exposen—The Full Documentary, op. cit., mm: 244:00.
  36. Richard Rohr, What Do We Do With the Bible? (Great Britain, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2019 edition), pp. 69-70.
  37. Read Carl Teichrib booklet, Is Religion to Blame?—War, Religion, and the Interfaith Global Peace Agenda (https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15995).
  38. Read https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=28301.
  39. One example: from Jack Hibb’s 11/17/21 study, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2li4P6Rx_aM, starting at 4:36 minute mark.
  40. One example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ena4yu_Coc.
  41. T.A. McMahon, “The Chosen Fiction” (December 1, 2021, https://www.thebereancall.org/content/chosen-fiction), used with permission from TBC.
  42. “Get Used to Different” Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKYpA3A-4eY.
  43. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: https://uspto.report/TM/97208962.
  44. Derral Eves, The YouTube Formula (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2021, taken from the Kindle edition), pp. 149-151, 251-252, 256.
  45. https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2021/december/god-is-sowing-seeds-for-a-fertile-revival-says-actor-who-plays-jesus-as-nbsp-the-chosen-is-set-to-blitz-france.
  46. Season 2 trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tZ7cg4D_z8 (also in Season 1, Episode 7).
  47. Read “The New Age: ‘All the World’s Great Spiritual Traditions and Paths” by Ray Yungen (https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=30719).
  48. Samuel J. Andrews, Christianity and Anti-Christianity in Their Final Conflict (Bend, OR: The Berean Call edition, 2017; first published in 1899), p. 17.
  49. Warren B. Smith, The Titanic and Today’s Church (Mountain Stream Press, 2020), p. 125.
  50. The Chosen, Season 2, Episode 4, mm: 25:33-25:37.
  51. Patrick Hanlon, Primal Branding: Create Belief Systems That Attract Communities (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, Free Press, 2006, Kindle edition), p. 244.

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For Further Study:

The Word Like Fire bloghttps://thewordlikefire.wordpress.com.
Letter to the Editor by a Former Mormonhttps://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=34418.
The [Counterfeit] Chosen YouTube channelhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IijbpfCQBnA&t=43s.
Let Us Reason Ministrieshttps://www.letusreason.org.
Spiritual Research Networkhttps://www.spiritualresearchnetwork.org.

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