The Chosen is Amazing! – A Pastor’s Review

A Pastor’s Review of The Chosen TV

“Sorry to The Passion of the Christ but The Chosen is the greatest Christian entertainment I have ever seen” – Faith, 17 yrs old

(Update – Season 2 drops on Easter Sunday. I am so excited. The Chosen Season 2 – Trailer ).

I was holding my breath watching The Chosen last night.  This was a very good thing.  I was so engrossed in the show that I forgot to breath.  I was too excited to see what happened next.  I know the Biblical account they were portraying so I knew exactly what Jesus would do.  I have read the passages involved many times.  It was just so thrilling to watch it play out perfectly on the screen.  I couldn’t wait to see how they would depict what I already knew would happen.  I was not disappointed once.

The Chosen is just that good.  I listed it as my favorite Christian movie of all time even though it is not technically a movie.  It is so worth watching.

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I want it to be your first choice too!

My whole family is in agreement.  It is the best depiction of the Gospels we have ever seen.  It is our favorite picture of Jesus and His disciples outside of the Bible.  If you read the movie reviews here, you will understand that means a great deal.  We have seen most of the Christian movies and TV shows out there.  We are also Jesus people.  We love the Lord and His Word.  We love Christian movies.

The Chosen surpasses them all.  It is that good!

Real Life with Authentic Jesus

The Chosen vividly brings the Gospels to life.  The sets, clothing, and atmosphere look and sounds like ancient Israel.  It doesn’t stop there, though.  It seems like you are transported back in time.  You feel like you are there with the disciples watching the works of Jesus play out before your eyes.  It a very personal and often emotional experience.

I cried as I watched the healing of Mary Magdalene.

I laughed as Jesus playfully interacts with children.  I saw myself in the disciples as they begin to learn their calling.

I wanted to shout “Hallelujah” as Jesus heals His first of many lepers.

I felt like I was there for each of these events and more from the Gospels in a way that I have not experienced before.  Jesus is so much more than just a preacher or just a solemn man of God.  The Chosen does a great job of showing the more.  He is shown as fully God and fully man with all of the amazing complexity, humility, and humanity that involves.  He is love.  All this comes through each episode.The-Chosen-Review

The Chosen is a masterpiece of Christian entertainment.

If you haven’t watched it, go out and do so.  You will not be sorry.  It is also a great introduction to Jesus for those new to the faith and those searching.  The Chosen just gets Jesus right.  That is hard to do and makes it worth showing to anyone who will watch.  I recommend it for those who don’t know Jesus! If you are curious, Jesus was a real historical person.  You can get to know Him.

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The Chosen is a dream project for director Dallas Jenkins.  Those in the Christian world will recognize him as the son of Jerry B. Jenkins of Left Behind fame.  Dallas Jenkins is an accomplished filmmaker on his own.  He has a long career in the movie industry.  His movie The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is excellent in the Christian genre.  Yet, The Chosen is the project he always wanted to make.  It is a very ambitious one.  The Chosen is meant to be a multi-season series about the life of Jesus. As far as I know, there has never been a similar series.  I sure hope he is able to get it done with the results so far.

Jenkins has done a beautiful job in bringing the world of Jesus and His first disciples to life.  He does so without sacrificing any of the wonders of the Bible in the process.  The episodes include both the backstories and first encounters with Jesus of Mary Magdalene, Peter, Andrew, Matthew, and Thomas.  They also include great Biblical characters such as Nicodemus, Salome, and Zebedee, father of James and John.  The season concludes with the Woman at the Well, Jesus, and His disciples marching into Samaria to preach the Gospel.  Some fictional aspects are added but not at the expense of doctrinal accuracy.

This is not the old flannelgraphs of your Sunday School or a church drama production – as much as I love those.  The Chosen presents a fuller picture of the people and culture involved in a rich and compelling way.  It is overflowing with the love and grace of Jesus.  It is also intentionally relatable but not watered down.  The makers add in modern elements to help you see yourself in the characters.

My family was excited as we watched a scene with Jesus leading His disciples into a city to preach for the first time as a group.  Jesus walked at the head of the men and women down a path towards ministry.  Yet, rather than presenting a scene of serenity or fear, a modern country rock Christian song plays in the background.  This type of music was not invented in 1st Century Jerusalem.  It’s not the usual background music.  Yet, it is perfect for the scene.  It captures and relates the mood of these early disciples as they start their battle for Christ.  They are eager and on mission.  They joyfully charge into enemy territory, the lost world, following the King of Kings and they know it.  I wanted to charge Gates of Hell with them after the scene.

I know you likely have warning bells going off right now with the mention of “fictional elements” added.  I did too, initially.  It is something you must be on guard for in any depiction of the Bible.  The fact that the studio involved is Mormon adds to the concern.

A little bit of leaven is very dangerous and I don’t shy away from identifying it.  Here are examples of bad movies about the Christian faith and Jesus.

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The Chosen is not at all like The Shack.  Jenkins goes to great lengths to stay faithful to the Bible in its stories.  He deftly balances a clear and authentic telling of the stories of the Gospels with some fictional “coloring in” of the actual men and women involved.  The episodes uses what you know about them to tell a story consistent with the Biblical account.

It takes Nicodemus, for example, and adds backstory leading up to his interaction with Jesus in John 3.  The Chosen’s depiction stays true to the heart of the Bible and the historical record.  The-Chosen-Review2Nicodemus is depicted as an honorable man who loves God.  He is earnestly trying to understand Jesus while struggling against the pressure of his role as Pharisee and “the teacher of Israel”.  It also adds in a gripping backstory for Nicodemus explaining how he ended up face to face with Jesus.  It is superb storytelling. Importantly, it stays true to the Bible’s information about Nicodemus while also telling a story…and what a story it is.  You will relate to Nicodemus’ struggles to decide between Jesus and his “duty” to his wife, job, and traditions.  You will root for him and feel his pain.  It is not meant to demean Nicodemus but to help you understand his humanity and your loving Savior.

For more on Nicodemus’ Question about being “Born Again” read

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The Chosen depicts the encounter between him and Jesus magnificently…and tenderly.  I ended up filled with more love for both Jesus and Nicodemus and praising God’s goodness.  It is one wonderful scene among many.  Intimate love and grace are so central to the Christian faith and they can get lost in times in movie and TV Bible stories.

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Jesus Loves the Little Children

Another great example is the episode centered around Jesus encountering a group of small children.  It is not in the Bible. It is therefore fiction. Yet, it is my family’s favorite episode.  It is also consistent with the Biblical depiction of Jesus.

You are Enough in Jesus

The story shows Jesus tenderly welcoming a number of children when they find him outside of their town camping out.  He befriends them and over the course of a few days gently teaches them the message of the Gospel.  Jesus is patient and kind with the kids.  His love for them is obvious.  The relationships are meant to be pictures of His relationship with His disciples and the world.  It works beautifully.

Jesus’ interactions with the children reveal his tender heart as expressed in the Bible.  It highlights why the little children loved coming to Jesus.  The conversations are peppered with Bible verses.  Jesus’ teachings from the Bible are expressed through the dialogue naturally and correctly.  This is consistent throughout the first season.

Jesus Wept and LaughedThe-Chosen-Review1

The actor who plays Jesus also captures the love, tenderness, and accessibility of Jesus in a way that I have never seen.  He is serious and intensely focused on doing the work of the Father.  He is also warm and gently teasing.  His eyes are filled with amusement and love for His creations.

The Woman at the Well from John 4 is also depicted.  She asks Jesus why He is trying to convince her that He is the Messiah.  He responds to her question with a loving, amused chuckle:

You are the first one I told, I hope you believe me.”

This is not in the Bible, I  know.  Yet, it captures the accessibility and heart of Jesus so well.  He is Lord of Heaven and earth with all power and truth in Him.  He called the woman out for her sins with all truth.  He is also lowly, gentle and full of love.  We don’t need to see Jesus as solemn and detached from emotion in order to obey Him as Lord.  Jesus also laughed, and it was a pleasure to see this side along with the holiness and obedience.

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Peter, Mary Magdalene, Andrew, and the other disciples are depicted equally as well.  Wait until you see the storylines of Matthew and Thomas.  They are brilliant in their characterizations of these great Christians – though again it is “coloring in” the backstories.

A Story of Redemption and Love

The Gospels are so well known and loved by millions.  Creating media that depicts these stories authentically, while also in a way people can relate to, is a huge challenge for anyone.  I am overjoyed to report Dallas Jenkins and The Chosen exceeded all of my hopes and expectations for the series.  They have created a series that is a testimony to our wonderful Lord and Savior.  This is the Jesus who I preach:

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It is a great story of the redemption of the unredeemable and love for the unlovable – just as it should be.

I highly recommend watching it.  I love Christian films and TV shows.  I have watched most of them out there.  The Chosen is by far my favorite.  It is just that good.

When I polled my family for their favorite Christian movies for my this list,  33 Great Christian Movies to Grow Your Faith, everyone immediately agreed The Chosen should be #1.  There are other great Christians films to check out there as well.

FYI – I am not in any way affiliated with The Chosen or receiving anything for this review.  I just loved it and want you to see it.

The Chosen is available free on The Chosen app, which connects directly to streaming devices. VidAngel also has the whole season for those who subscribe to this filtering service. (Which is great btw)

Here is the first episode.  They get even better in the later episodes once you get to know the show.

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47 thoughts on “The Chosen is Amazing! – A Pastor’s Review
  1. I wholeheartedly agree with all you have said. The Chosen has depicted the humanity and holiness of Jesus. I have fallen so in love with him from watching this show.

    1. I do agree that it is well made and enjoyable to watch. I was a little troubled by the episode where Jesus was in the Temple at 12 years old and his parents were looking for him. When they found him, Mary was relieved. Joseph makes a comment to the boy Jesus about his “transgression.”.

      The issue is, if Jesus transgressed against his parents then he is not without sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21 indicates that Jesus became sin, but he knew no sin.

      If Jesus had sin, he would not be qualified to atone for my sin, or anyone else’s. He must be a spotless Lamb, a Sinless Savior in order to fulfill the law and the Prophets, otherwise the work on the cross is not sufficient, it would be just another Roman execution.

      The makers of “The Chosen” probate did not intend this, but it is important.

      Blessings

      1. I agree with you there. Jesus being sinless is an important part of His mission and identity. But many people,including His parents had all sorts of opinions about Jesus when He was here in the flesh. They thought He was a winebibber and worse. It does not mean that they were correct.

        The show is not perfect – men make it – and that is one comment I agree could be left out. But I think they were showing the parents grappling with understanding rather the truth on the situation.

      2. I completely agree with you. I have been watching the show and getting caught up in the wonder of it all, but the moment I heard that line, my heart sank. Most people who have read the Bible or even heard sermons preached know what the word, “transgression,” means…so why use it. Why even add any confusion about it at all? Especially when progressive christians are already poking holes at that aspect of Jesus’ character? It’s unnecessary, and even worse, dangerous. I will keep watching the show, but even my 15 yo son heard it and immediately asked me to hit pause and said, “Wait…did Jesus sin there?” It was a great conversation as we talked about it, but I hope other parents are also having those conversations!!!

      3. Good point, Cheri! My kids and I discuss these moments as well and try to balance the possibility for misunderstanding with being charitable. There are so many who can benefit from a show that presents Jesus in a way that is understandable AND Biblically accurate. It is worth bearing with them when they have missteps (as long as they are not totally off the rails).

        I honestly have been less happy with some of the decisions in Season 2, but will pray for the work to come.

      4. Jesus didn’t speak English. Neither did Mary or Joseph. Don’t get so hung up on that.

  2. Wow, The Chosen, There really isn’t enough that could be said about it. You know how to pick the seemingly right people for each part. Each actor and actress performed amazingly. God is with this whole production. Im delighted that it’s a serious, so that you can take your time through each meaningful performance. It’s the most accurate to scripture that I’ve ever seen. Which I would imagine isn’t easy when there is imagination at play to help us look closer into what their lives could have been like. The first one, at the very end, when Mary got delivered. When He spoke those words to her, “you are Mine”, I literally broke. I since meditate on that whole first verse in Isaiah 53,I believe it’s transforming me. As soon as I can, I’m going to contribute. I have to, I’ve gotta have those cd’s. I’ll be praying that God show you what passages and portions of the bible to include for what the public needs a revelation on. THANK YOU, for obeying the call. Phx

  3. I’m not posting to be confrontational. I could not disagree with you more about this show. I’ve viewed it multiple times and cannot get past the misrepresentation of the disciples. This alone should give every educated Christian pause. Bringing Christ down to our more relatable human level because we like Him better than way is wrong. Scripture is the one book that is not up for creative license. Frightens me how many are embracing this.

    1. Hi DB – no need for confrontation, disagreeing in the Body of Christ in love is normal and healthy. I understand your point but believe since it is clearly labeled as fiction – decidedly not inspired – it can be enjoyed as such. Thanks for the comment!

    2. No doubt you have a real hard time with the First Miracle scene……I’m betting I am 99% right here….

  4. I agree with DB. It is the best Christian film I’ve ever watched. I do have several concerns and cultural inaccuracies is one of them; but my main concern is that in the end we will have a different Jesus preaching a different gospel. The seeds of the social gospel have been planted here, and they will certainly grow. That “gospel” may be popular and easily embraced by the world, but it is void of repentance and holiness. Sin is redefined and sinners can comfortably stay in sinful lifestyles. Unless everyone who watches this reads the Bible, I fear that in the end this series will not lead people to the Jesus of scripture, merely the Jesus of The Chosen.

    1. Thanks for the thoughts, DL. The series is not meant to be the Bible. It encourages people to read the Bible and is clearly marked as fiction. But, to your point, how is the Chosen preaching a different Jesus? The Chosen certainly is a fictional depiction of Jesus but do you oppose anyone portraying Jesus or going outside the Biblical dialogue?

      You mention sin and I agree holiness is important to our Christian lives. How do you think the Chosen does not endorse repentance and allows people to stay in sinful lives? Matthew leaves tax collecting, Peter leaves fishing and Mary is completely transformed by Jesus.

      If you read my reviews of The Shack, for example, https://pastorunlikely.com/the-shack-movie-a-christian-movie-review/ I disliked that movie immensely for the heretical depiction of Jesus.

      1. I have two doctrinal concerns with the movie. I appreciate the commenters who also had concerns and posted respectfully, which I would like to do.

        My Two concerns are:

        1. The scene where Mary and Joseph found Yeshua at the Temple, Joseph pointed out to Yeshua His transgression for staying back in Jerusalem. And Mary told Him “don’t do that again”. That’s a big turn off for me. He had ZERO sin… He was doing the Will of The Heavenly Father. The movie shouldn’t have even made light of it.

        2. On the way to the wedding Yeshua states that the most important person at the wedding is His mother. Over Yeshua?! Really. We all know what Religious Flavor that is when putting His mother over Him.

        The movie is entertaining and you can’t help but love the characters but they Humanized Yeshua way too much. He is the Son of G-D… I like the intimacy of His relationships with his disciples, the children, and the community…. but at the expense of His deity?! Skirting a fine line, imho….

        How many people will read their Bible because of this movie? You are taking about a society with an attention span of seconds. But hey who am I?

        I can handle artistic license but not doctrinal error. Sorry.

        Thank you for allowing me to post

        Shalom!

      2. HI there – thanks for the comment. I agree that the makers have a really hard line to walk. They are trying to depict Jesus in all of His wonderfulness – both God and man – and that is really hard to do. I also agree that there are a couple of moments I would not have included. The comment about His mom and the wedding struck me as well, but I am from a Catholic background so I am sensitive to it. It does makes sense that Jesus would love and honor His mom though so I think intent is important on that one.
        On the comments when Jesus was a young man, I don’t think they were saying that Jesus sinned. He was doing the will of His Father but if you read that passage as a parent, it had to be scary for Joseph and Mary. I thought they were just expressing the human reaction to raising the Son of God – not inferring Jesus was a sinner.

        I think a similar moment occurs when Nicodemus is going to kneel before Jesus and they have Jesus say you don’t have to do that. I understand they are trying to protray the intimacy and deal with people’s feelings of a far off God, but I would not have included that moment either. Is it doctrinally wrong, I don’t think so but Jesus allowed people to worship Him as it is His right.

        It doesn’t make me throw out the entire work though.

        But with the humungous task they took on, I do think they did a great job avoiding such errors and potraying Jesus.

  5. I apologize. I transposed two words. I meant to ask, “in the end ‘will we’ have a different Jesus” — not state ‘we will’. Many of my concerns come from dialogue shared by Dallas Jenkins from season 2. There were a lot of red flags in some of that dialogue with Mary, but there were issues for me in season one as well.

    You hit the nail on the head, though. I am wary of fictional representations of Jesus. I guess what makes me so uncomfortable with them is the second commandment.

    I don’t see the examples you point to as clear messages regarding the Bible’s teaching on sin. However, I was talking about the social gospel. The social gospel stays away from the subject of sin, and I think this series has already made a good beginning in the social gospel direction. It wants this to be relatable to a 21st century culture — the roles of women, for example, were nothing like this series presents, but it will appeal to feminists. I am a woman, but I am not a feminist. It went very far afield with many of the cultural realities of that time to make this relatable. I guess one of the reasons I am so skeptical of this is that if it went so far afield with the little things, what will happen with the big? Luke 16:10, “Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” I’m not sure fictional representations of Jesus get a pass on that.

    Another serious issue, though, is does this add to scripture? I am still wrestling with that question. It’s not like the series has added anything to the Canon. Our Greek texts have not been monkeyed with by Dallas Jenkins. And it is a far cry from the heresies of “The Shack”. But this is still fiction. The danger comes from those who do not, and will not, read the scriptures. I know many people are reading the Bible because of this series, and that commends the series to me all by itself. However, not everyone who watches this series will read the Bible. For the biblically illiterate, this series may be as close as they ever get to the New Testament. They will form their views of Jesus and the apostles based on fiction. In that scenario, it seems that this does add to scripture, and it certainly alters it. Anyway, something about it unsettles me, and I’m not sure I can really put my finger on the bullseye.

    Thank you for letting me express my concerns!

  6. Pastor, I have thought long and hard about this and regret my comments here. If the gospel remains intact, I take Paul’s words to heart. Philippians 1:17-18, “The former, however, preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can add to the distress of my chains. What, then, is the issue ? Only that in every way, whether by false motives or true, Christ is preached. And in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice.” If Paul could rejoice even when people preached the gospel out of selfish ambition, surely I can rejoice when people of good intent do so. I pray this series brings many to Christ.

    1. Amen! I appreciate your diligence and heart. Yes, indeed, let’s rejoice that the gospel is going forth! I will join you in that prayer as well. God bless you.

  7. I’m curious to know what you think about Season 2 of “The Chosen” being filmed on a set dedicated to the Mormon church and built specifically for movies made by and for Mormons. Does it change your endorsement? How do you think God views it? It’s a sincere question.

    1. Hi – Thanks for the question. My thought is very similar to when I learned that VidAngel, a Mormon run company was involved in the first season. That I would wait and evaluate whether it affected the show in any way to see if it is an issue or not.

      I take the heretical teachings of the LDS church seriously and don’t overlook the fact that it could influence the production – I just will wait and see. Like filming in Hollywood or on a non-believers set, it may have an affect, hopefully it will not.

      In case you are wondering, here is some of what I have written about the LDS church.

      https://pastorunlikely.com/the-mormon-historical-problems-that-destroyed-a-true-believer-how-an-earnest-search-for-proof-ended-in-despair-and-disbelief/

      https://pastorunlikely.com/a-conspiracy-of-silence-the-mormon-church-and-a-covenant-of-hushed-disbelief/

  8. Thank you, Pastor. I used to be a Mormon, so you can imagine how bothered I am by this. I was uncomfortable with the association with VidAngel, but this seems worse, even though I’d suspected VidAngel would use the money they made off of “The Chosen” to further Mormon programming — and knowing that viewing “The Chosen” on VidAngel would expose people without discernment to Mormon programming. That was terrible enough. Now, it’s not just the money they are pouring into the Mormon church, it’s the fact that they’re on ground dedicated to another Jesus, another gospel, and other testaments. No matter how good this production is, I just don’t see how I can pretend this is okay any longer. It’s like the Apostle Paul going into the cultic worship centers of his day and giving them money to preach, knowing that the money would be used to buy meat sacrificed to idols. From my comments, you can probably tell how grieved and conflicted I am by all of this. I have to decide if that is the Holy Spirit or just a critical one.

    1. I understand how this would be very painful for you, friend. I suggest you also consider whether this is simply a conviction for you as well. I have certain associations from my past where they are so bound together with bad feelings and pain that I don’t wish to revisit them. I just steer clear and let the Lord handle them entirely. Not saying this is your answer, just another possibility to consider with a difficult issue. I will pray the Lord leads you to His answer! I always like when Peter is trying to but in on Jesus’ relationship with JOhn as well at the end of JOhn. Jesus essentially says to Peter, trust me with running John’s life, you follow me. So Jesus has this whole situation under control, we just follow HIm the best we can.

    2. Well stated brother* we have sung with a noted Christian pastor who was delivered from the Mormon Church. This is the first we heard VidAngel is Mormon owned!
      Yes, we loved it except we were unclear. Was Jesus depicted with his disciples staying at the Samaritan womens home knowing she is unmarried? John 4 says the other Samaritans came out to see Jesus and believed, and He stayed with them in Samaria for a few days. An unmarried daughter, who lives with her boyfriend, uses this as an example that “shacking up” is condoned by Jesus. Not one Pastor has even mentioned this Chosen faux pax! We know about forgiveness and grace, but Jesus came to die for our sins…
      Blessings and let’s keep spreading the Truth in love!

      1. Hi Eric and Elizabeth – thank you for comment! First, I am sorry for the situation with your daughter. I will pray for your family and a change of heart there.

        Is she using this depiction from the Chosen, specifically?

        Regardless, I will have to go back to Season 1 to double check but I am pretty sure the Samaritan woman is shown as married to the guy who shows up in season 2. The story line includes her asking him for a divorce as she was living with another man at the time prior to meeting Jesus. This would be consistent with Jesus saying she has had 5 husbands and the one she was living with was not her husband. So, if my memory is correct, the scene was depicting not only that she and her husband reconciled but that he was healed (hew as very sick in season 1) and he became a disciple. I will check and please double check as well – let me know.

        I agree with you it would be a faux pas at least.

        I wrote about the most common objection to the sexual immorality issues among single people: Here is the response to the most common, but the rest is here:

        https://pastorunlikely.com/33-blazing-hot-bible-verses-on-sexual-immorality/

        1 Corinthians 7:1-40

        Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me:

        It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment. For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.

        But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

        “But what about single men and women”, many protest, “unmarried people cannot commit adultery”.

        I appreciate the argument as a lawyer, in a way, as it does pay close attention to wording. It then claims pre-marital sex is therefore not sinful for unmarried people because Jesus did not specifically mention them. This misses Jesus’ entire point in the prior verse. But also look at Paul’s direction in 1 Corinthians. He says:

        It is good to get married if you burn with passion for the opposite sex. Why? To avoid sexual immorality if you cannot exercise self control.

        What does that tell you? Pre-marital sex is not a loophole. It is sexual immorality and therefore a sin. Please notice that Paul does not scold these saints. He did not shake a judging finger at them. He was a man subject to the same temptations. He helped them deal with the desire towards sexual immorality.

        So sex outside of marriage for the married and unmarried is sexual immorality.

        God bless you!

  9. Thank you, Pastor. Yes, and I keep thinking of Romans 14:4, “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.” One issue I have with the VidAngel involvement is that it will expose new believers, unschooled in scripture, to Mormon teaching. I know how dangerous that is, but for some reason, probably because “The Chosen” is so well done, I talked myself out of that concern. After the latest development, my concerns have only deepened. As you point out, each Christian should be led by their own convictions, which makes me think of James 4:17. The whole thing grieves me greatly, though, because this could have been so great. I just feel there are too many problems with this for me to recommend it without a really, really, really strong caution — sort of like the warning on a pack of cigarettes.

      1. Hi Charity – there are a few moments in the series that I would not have depicted the way they did. Not exactly unbiblical, but things just landed wrong. I know it is a joke but when Jesus at the wedding says there are things He can’t fix. It is a joke but it was a bit cringey for me. When Jesus tells Nicodemus to get up there was need for that as he tried to worship Jesus was another.

        Not huge issues but depicting Jesus is a big deal.

        They also have a biblical reason for their choices as well so I get it. I think it is still very worthwhile though.

      2. Fair enough.

        I didn’t remember any egregious departures from scripture in a theological sense, so I wondered if I’d missed something. 🙂

      3. Nope, I don’t think you missed anything. It’s still a great show.🙌

  10. Aloha,
    I watched this program with great enthusiasm. I found it entirely entertaining and found myself cross-checking the scripture against the scenes I knew were taken directly from the Bible. In doing, so I found that the overall message of this series is on point as a gospel message. Like some of the other comments above, however, I did see some things that I found to be theologically questionable. The most significant of these is the scene in which Nicodemus cannot bring himself to join Jesus. The impression I was left with was that Jesus was hopeful that Nicodemus would join Him and seemed disappointed that he didn’t. Putting aside for a moment that the gospel of John does not chronicle Nicodemus being personally called as a disciple (as suggested in the earlier scene that chronicled Jesus meeting with Nicodemus in John 3), I found this scene a challenge from the perspective of God’s omniscience and sovereign election. As God the Son, would Jesus not have been fully aware of Nicodemus’ ability and willingness to answer a call to be a disciple? Just as He is accurately portrayed in knowing he hearts and minds of every other character He encounters, I believe he would have known and expected that Nicodemus would not join the group. Furthermore, if in fact, Jesus had worked salvation in the heart of Nicodemus and indeed had called him to be a disciple, would Nicodemus not have had the courage and strength to follow through? See John 10:27-30. Thank you for the opportunity to comment. If I have misinterpreted this scene in light of Christian theology, please write back.
    Mahalo.

    1. Aloha, my friend! Great questions. The thing to remember when watching the Chosen is the writers have drawn conclusions from the verses where the Bible sometimes does not lay out things completely. Nicodemus story is unclear in the Bible other than John 3 and his later showing up at the Tomb with Joseph of Arimethea. The Chosen draws a reasonable conclusion that the encounter in John 3 resulted in Nic being a disciple but that is not clear from the text. They then tell a fictional story based on that – in my opinion – to highlight someone who does not detach from the world before setting out to follow Jesus. Is it a true story, no. But it is one that highlights the issue based upon a reasonable conclusion from the text at John 3.
      As far as Jesus’ reaction – here you have doctrinal conclusions based inserted as well. I think they are portraying Nicodemus as a disciple in the scene where he doesn’t follow Jesus but if not, then it comes down to the Calvinist vs. Arminian view on salvation. Calvinists have the irresistable grace and election doctrines that say God chooses and Nic could do nothing to resist. Arminians would acknowledge God’s sovereignty but also say that Nicodemus has free will to choose.
      God surely knows what will happen but this does not mean He is detached from it. The Bible depicts heaven rejoicing when someone comes to faith and Jesus wept when He saw the mourners at Lazarus’ tomb even though He knew He would raise Lazarus in just a few minutes. Or when Jesus prays for Peter at the Last Supper – that Peter’s faith would not fail, but also that he would come back after it failed. Jesus walks along with us and loves us even as He knows the outcome.
      So I think they were depicting Nicodemus as a Christian when he is deciding to follow. He is behind a wall so Jesus is expressing His knowledge as God knowing that he is there and struggling and is praying that Nic’s faith won’t fail, like Jesus did with Peter. He wants Nicodemus to do well and feels it but knows the outcome, much like with Lazarus.
      As a practical matter, each of us have the power and ability to live a life that is holy and without besetting sin. Jesus intercedes for us that we would live that life and not be sidetracked. He loves us as we set out to do that. Yet, when we fall, He already knew we were going to and picks us up, dusts us off and puts us back on the path until the next stumble.
      Does this make sense?
      Hope the aloha means you are experiencing the beauty of God’s creation in Hawaii right now. I have only been to the Big Island but what a beautiful place!
      God bless you

      1. FYI William Lane Craig has much to offer on this subject in his research on what he characterizes as God’s “middle knowledge”.

  11. Thank you very much for this explanation. Yes, I am a calvinist, but understand the Armenian perspective. Your examples of Christ’s reaction to mourners for Lazarus and His prayers for Peter are helpful. Yes, I am also in Hawaii. We came here with the military many years ago and never left. Mahalo again for your time. Iron truly sharpens Iron.

    1. Hi Matt, I don’t think I have seen either of those. Are they good? Would love to watch more Bible TV.

      I have seen the John adaptation that is a word for word depiction which appears to be similar to the Matthew one. It is very good. The difference with The Chosen is they flesh out the humanity of Jesus and the Apostles much more in The Chosen. It is not really better or worse, just different. The result is they really flesh out the character of Jesus as a three dimensional man without losing His identity as God. So Jesus is loving, kind, and playful with young kids. He has an amused glint in His eyes when He is dealing with the stubborness of Peter. He is always loving and gentle, without being just that. It is an in depth look at Jesus without sacrificing the real Jesus.

      I liken it to what I try to do in my sermons. I add in a lot of details from the rest of the Bible to show people what Jesus is doing in in a section and the character of God on display. The show includes fictional aspects but they are their to help us understand and love Jesus more and based on the patterns of the Bible.

      It is very well done. It akes you back to Israel, plops you in the middle of their loves, and makes you understand why these guys had no qualms about laying down their lives for Jesus.

    2. Matt my wife said the Matthews series was the best she’d ever seen…til Chosen….and that Chosen blows it away.

  12. This isn’t going to be a popular post. I don’t post it to antagonize, but to declare the truth. THE most important thing you should know about the Chosen is that VidAngel is owned by mormons. Dallas Jenkins says they worship the same Jesus we do. They do NOT. I was born and raised in that false religion, but God had mercy on me and I was saved when I was 18, and never went back to the cult. Our Lord Jesus Christ is God incarnate. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. The mormon jesus is not God, but the brother of satan, and an extra-terrestrial from the planet kolob. He’s married, and to more than one wife. He has sex in heaven. They’ve taught that. It’s no joke. Blasphemous heresy from the pit of hell.

    The fact that many sincere and well meaning mormons are ignorant of their doctrine and history, and are spiritually blind, only makes the error worse. Christians should not have any fellowship with the unfriuitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. We should not be unequally yoked together with false cults, whether in a chapel or in a movie studio – particularly if we are to portray the life of Christ. We should instead point lost cultists to the true Savior, Jesus Christ, as defined in the Bible, and tell them how they can be born again, have their sins forgiven forever, receive the free gift of eternal life, and have a personal relationship with Him. Placating lost men, mingling with them, making movies with them, providing an air of legitimacy to them, and telling them we worship the same God does not help them! It is not loving them. Loving them means loving them enough to tell them the truth, and to warn them of the hell that awaits the person who trusts rituals, sacraments and good deeds to save himself, rather than the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Jenkins should know better. He doesn’t

    1. Mormon investors or not, it’s not a Mormon story they are presenting. On balance, this will bring a lot of people closer to The Bible and closer to Jesus in my opinion…..it has done that for me. It really doesn’t matter whether Dallas Jenkins has some bad theology he believes or not, if that bad theology does not creep into this series. So far, it has not. I doubt it will.

      What is un-Christ like is the judgmental attitude some have, thinking they are the only “watchmen on the wall” smart enough to self edit these presentations and sift through anything dangerous.

      1. Hey Edmund – thanks for the comment! I am glad Jesus used the show to bring you closer to Him and the Word! That is a wonderful thing!

        God actually used a legalistic works based cult to bring me to faith. Their presentation scared me but their pride and impossible standards made me really open a Bible for the first time to ask – “Ok, God, what do YOU say?” I have been celebrating the real Jesus ever since.

        But I agree with you – I haven’t seen any hints of Mormon or extra Biblical doctrines slipping in.

        I totally understand Robert and others concerns, though. I have good friends who came out of Mormonism and it is hard for us to understand how oppressive and all encompassing that church is – it is involved in every part of life. Their leaving was extremely painful and involved losing much of their families.

        I have a concern about Vidangel as well as one of the really subtle things the Mormon Church does is try to slip into the Christian tent by claiming “We are just like you” and “We worship Christ too so why are you being mean to us” to get people interested without disclosing it is a completely different Jesus, God, Gospel, Grace etc and there are a million and a half strings attached.

        https://pastorunlikely.com/are-mormons-christian/

        So the concern about The Chosen comes from a good place. But they, the Chosen, have been upfront about that and repeatedly told people to go to their Bibles. So I will continue to enjoy the show while respecting that it is not for everyone.

        God bless you!

    2. Hey Robert – thanks so much for your comment! I appreciate your heart for the lost and for those stuck in the LDS church. Praise God you were saved from it.

      I agree with you about the Mormon church and have posted quite a bit about it here. Check these out –

      https://pastorunlikely.com/are-mormons-christian/

      https://pastorunlikely.com/41-authentic-bible-verses-to-contradict-mormonism/

      https://pastorunlikely.com/the-mormon-historical-problems-that-destroyed-a-true-believer-how-an-earnest-search-for-proof-ended-in-despair-and-disbelief/

      I also disagree with Dallas Jenkins, if he said that.

      I am certainly concerned about the association with VidAngel but I judge the content of the show based on the show itself. In the event that LDS doctrine starts to show up, I will be the first to note it.

      I have the same concerns about films/shows that use secular studios and have other influences as well. There have been terrible movies like the Noah movie that have catered to non-Biblical ideas and plots.

      But I do believe that a show pointing anyone to a depiction of the loving, grace filled Biblical Jesus (as opposed to the false version of grace “as much as it is up to you” as set out in LDS doctrine) is a positive thing for the Kingdom of God.

  13. I am writing in April 2021. The filming has now been moved to Texas, so they are no longer filming on Mormon land, and I don’t think they will be on VidAngel anymore… I think? I thought I heard Dallas say it would be only viewable from their app soon.

    1. Hi there – thanks for the information! Yes, the shooting has been moved to Texas. I do think Vidangel is still part of the production, though. As long as the show stays in the world, but not of the world, including any aberrant doctrine, I still think it will be doing a good thing. God bless you!

  14. Nitpickers lighten up! The Chosen tells a story that for millions needs to be heard. To make it a story and not a erudite commentary the characters need to be developed in a way that makes them human and real according to the prevailing culture and customs of the time. The producers and writers are following the Biblical narrative quite closely; be glad and pray for them that they continue in the Light of scripture. The whole idea of The Chosen is to reveal the Gospel by catching the attention of those who might normally change the channel.

    1. Thanks for the comment! I do understand the concern about the show as depicting Jesus and the Bible is not something to be taken lightly. If people are uncomfortable with it, that is ok. The Lord still loves them. I think the reaction has been overall very positive.

      And yes, I agree, they are telling common human stories through the back stories and interactions in the series. It is like a sermon illustration or a parable. Teaching a Biblical point using a commonly understood narrative. Praise God people are watching and wanting to know more about Jesus.

  15. It’s been a long time since I commented expressing my concern about “The Chosen’s” affiliation with Mormons. I understand filming has been moved to Texas, and it is possible that it is no longer associated with VidAngel. However, the damage is done. Now Dallas Jenkins is publicly telling his countless followers that Mormons are saved, worship the same Jesus, and are his brothers and sisters. Still supporting “The Chosen,” pastor? Has the advance of Mormon doctrine, new converts to Mormonism, and additional funding to the organization, been worth it? If so, how is that a good thing when it is a cult? Remember, I was a Mormon for years, so I’ve seen it from the inside. I now understand why I have been so bothered by this series, and why my discomfort was justified. “Get used to different” is a sad thing when the difference is another Jesus, another gospel, and another set of “testaments.” Now Dallas Jenkins himself has been deceived by this cult and is leading others into deception as well. I have not watched anything from season 2. Nor will I. Same goes for any more episodes he might make. Hopefully, God will soon bring this thing to an end before it can deceive anyone else.

    1. Hi DL – hope you have been well. I cannot tell whether I am reading your comment correctly, as it seems uncharitable. As we previously discussed, I am well aware of the concerns about the show. I also have published here how the Mormon church is deceptive and does not follow Jesus. So no confusion here. It is simply recognizing that the actual content of the show was not Mormon or Mormon flavored. The statement of faith also was clear. So the association with that organization is just as concerning as watching something like the Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson’s theology is quite messed up, or the many Christian movies produced by non-Christians. Paul rejoiced that the Gospel was going forth while he was in prison, even when those doing it were preaching for selfish reasons:

      15Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16[c]The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice. Phil 1

      So though I try to do the same.

      As I said previously, I do understand why you would not watch it. I also understand the continuing concerns. I watched season 2 and am more concerned now than after season 1. But it still has not presented any Mormon doctrine that I saw.

      Do you have a reference for Dallas Jenkins saying Mormons are Christian? I have not seen or heard that but would be interested in checking it out.

    2. Can you give a reference for your statement of Dallas Jenkins’ Mormon beliefs? Or is this just something you heard or read from someone else? I am curious. Thanks

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