The Bewitching Power of The Chosen
It’s astonishing how popular The Chosen has become and continues to increase among evangelicals, even though more than a few (thankfully so) have not watched the series nor do they care to. Some of those who have shunned the series have done so because they are aware that the Word of God condemns the programs for adding men’s ideas to what's presented in Scripture.
That condemnation is stated unequivocally in Deuteronomy:4:2 and 12:32: “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” Furthermore, whatever is added is a lie: “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Proverbs:30:6).
The Chosen backstories of the biblically derived characters that have been added to what God's Word presents—are lies. The added dialogues, the added film story plots, the added highly dramatic scenes, the added characters (some added for social/political correctness purposes), and the unbiblical even blasphemous character traits of The Chosen's Jesus, are all lies.
If they are not true to God’s Word, what else could they be but lies? Again, that Bible-believing Christians would be deceived by The Chosen is astonishing. At the same time, I'm not surprised. Grieved, but not surprised.
Here are a few reasons, which I give mainly for prayer, for church leaders and their fellowships, as well as individual believers, that have been caught in this snare of the adversary (2 Timothy:2:26). Most Christians would rather watch a dramatized biblical movie rather than read the Word. Like sheep, they would rather follow the flock led by their shepherds than be like the Bereans (Acts:17:11). Much, if not most of Christendom, has turned from reason to emotionalism, which is central to the bewitching power of motion pictures.
In addition to our prayers for deliverance for our brothers and sisters in Christ who have been bewitched, ask the Lord for opportunities to minister to them according to 2 Timothy:2:24-26.
T. A. McMahon