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Dear TBC,

In one YouTube video, [Dallas] Jenkins, talking to the “Jesus” actor, says, “We have these running gags that Jesus can raise the dead, he can heal the sick, but he's horrible with directions . . . so that Jesus can’t get directions right for the life of him. . . . So that became a running gag of almost every scene that involved travel. You were always turning left instead of right. The disciples were always going, ‘Jeeze!’” So not only blasphemous disrespect but also taking the Lord’s name in vain. In a scene where Andrew is a clumsy dancer and Jesus is asked to help him, he says, “Some things even I cannot do.”

There are other scenes where “Jesus,” under the guise of humor, effectively denies his divine power and nature. I have only watched the first episode (at the urging of an enthusiastic fan) and it didn’t really impress me. It was The Berean Call’s recent article that tipped me off to the Mormon connection, and I have recently watched several pro- and anti-Chosen videos, some of which contained clips from the series. I have also watched a video of Jenkins gushing about what an honor and amazing opportunity it was to meet the “pope” while also exposing his determined and unshakable belief that Mormons and Christians are “brothers and sisters” and “love the same Jesus.” He says he is willing to die on that hill. Unfortunately it is not a hill, rather an abyss of heresy.

It occurs to me that The Chosen is similar to the blasphemous and heretical book The Shack in the way it attempts to make Jesus more attractive to unbelievers by making Him more human. That might be OK if it did not depart from the Jesus revealed in Scripture and especially if it were not at the expense of the truth of Christ's divine nature. In The Shack, Jesus is portrayed as someone who cannot catch a fish that he wants to catch and at one point he drops a bowl of sauce and is called “Old greasy fingers” and “clumsy” by the two other bizarre supposed members of the Trinity present in the shack. Sorry, but I would not put my eternal future existence in the hands of someone who cannot even walk across the room without dropping something. In contrast, my Savior and Lord holds in perfect balance every subatomic particle in every one of the billion galaxies in the vast universe he spoke into existence out of absolutely nothing. DB (email)

Dear TBC,

“For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians:2:8-10). I always like how, no matter what the topic is, the Bereans keep coming back to salvation through faith in Jesus alone. BA (email)

Dear TBC,

If a man is not “elect,” that means (according to Calvinism) that he has no choice in the matter of salvation, right? If election overrides choice, and man can't choose because he's not elect, how can he go to hell, seeing that he's not guilty of making the wrong choice or any choice? The ability to choose assumes that man, not God, is accountable for the decisions that he makes. LC (email)