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“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13

Before I get to the reason for this article, I want to make sure we are all on the same page. Succinctly, Mormonism is not Christian, but is a cult that serves another Jesus (who is the brother of Lucifer), holds the Book of Mormon equally with the Bible, and teaches that Jesus was conceived when God had sex with Mary. Mormonism also teaches that Jesus is a created being, and as such he became God, and we can do the same. Buddhism is also not Christian, and any enlightenment (bright lights or visions) achieved during a meditative trance and/or spirits that appear during such is demonic and demonically inspired. Along with this, former New Ager Caryl Matrisciana has so adeptly explained that yoga is not Christian nor can it be redeemed nor should it be practiced in any form by Christians, for it is Hinduism at its core, and its many poses are that of the many Hindu gods. And Catholicism is not Christian either, for it teaches a works-based salvation as well as the concept of praying to saints and to Mary who they are taught is a co-redemptrix with Jesus. All of this is imperative to know as we go forward in uncovering a particular deception unfolding in the Church today. (I do have sources listed below regarding this information).

Many have already written about what I am broaching in this article, so I will be brief and list sources below.

Since Jesus warned us that the major sign of the end of the age just before His return would be deception, why do we think that we will not be deceived? Jesus said that to believers, not unbelievers. So, think about that a minute. That’s you and me. But, Jesus said, deception would be everywhere, and would be aimed at believers with lying signs and wonders accompanying. “24For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25See, I have told you beforehand.” (Matthew 24:24-25)

One of these deceptions today is an enormously popular program about the life of Jesus and the lives of those who surrounded Him. One of the three writers has become the spokesperson and frontman for the series, and calls himself an evangelical, which stirs up trust in many Christian viewers. But with whom is this evangelical “yoked”? To name a few, he is working with

* Mormons,

* a Jewish Buddhist calling himself a Messianic,

* a supporter of homosexual marriage,

* and a Catholic who believes strongly in the Rosary and praying to Mary and who supports a work of fiction that powerfully depicts a New Age/Hindu gospel.

* And to add insult to injury, the evangelical writer calls Mormons his brothers and sisters and states that Christians and Mormons believe in the same Jesus.

To what am I referring: The Chosen.

Dallas Jenkins considers himself an evangelical Christian, when in fact he is ecumenical to his core. He is ecumenical for he sees Mormons as brother and sisters, and as lovers of the same Jesus as Christians, and I heard him say that he will sink or swim on that statement. He not only views them in this light, but works right alongside them as producers, marketers, financiers, and in other capacities. And he has not merely worked with them on the Chosen in this manner, but also on a short film called “The Shift” which was written and directed by a Mormon and presents Mormon beliefs about various Bible topics including Satan.

Dallas Jenkins also easily works alongside ecumenical Biblical advisers. One of them David Guffey is a strong proponent of the praying the Rosery, praying to Mary, and loved the blasphemous book the Shack. Another of the Biblical advisers is a Jewish rabbi, Jason Sobel, who while attending rabbinic school also practices yoga and Buddhism. It was while actively practicing Buddhist meditation he left his body and came before “a king” on “a throne” in heaven, and that king said he was to follow him. Sobel was never called to repent, nor ever says that he repented, but merely that he came to believe in “Jesus”, and assumed Jesus was the one on the throne. However, this experience is more akin to what Johanna Michaelson tells about in her book, The Beautiful Side of Evil. Johanna had come to faith in Jesus as a freshmen in college, and considered herself a Christian, but was captivated by the supernatural. Because of this, she actively pursued Occultism, and while in training to be a medium, she also learned the art of going into a deep meditative state. While in that state she came into contact with her spirit guides, one of which was Jesus. She explained that there was such a feeling of holiness about him and a great deal of light. But, this spirit guide was not the real Jesus, and later this was revealed to Johanna in a startling scene where the demonic creature parading as Jesus was unmasked. She was dumbfounded to find that Satan really does appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).

And then there are the lead composers of the music, one of which is the former frontman for Jars of Clay, Dan Haseltine who openly spoke up for homosexual marriage on a social media platform and stated that the Bible is not clear regarding the issue. This is one of the two men behind the music of the Chosen.

Now it has been said that there are those who have come to faith in Christ through the series. After all, even the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 1, “15Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16The 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.” Thus, in this I also rejoice if people are indeed coming to Christ.

I am writing this warning to Christians. I am not telling anyone to discontinue viewing the Chosen. But, I am compelled to reveal the truth behind it, the spirit of ecumenism behind it (ecumenism is the view that all religions are equal, have the same Jesus and can work together), but it is up to you what you do with it.

As Christians I adamantly appeal to you, beware of what is being presented in this series. Notice that most of the story is not even found in the Bible, but is creatively written by the three writers of the Chosen. It is fiction mixed with a small amount of Biblical fact, 95% fiction to be exact according to an interview of the frontman and writer Dallas Jenkins. And what is he doing working closely, intimately with those who do not know the true Jesus of the Bible? And for that matter, why would we as Christians want to be taught by such a presentation? Why would we want to be entertained with lies about Jesus?

14Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”17Therefore “Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18“I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

As those who have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2) let’s be vigilant about what goes into our minds, what we allow to color our view of Jesus, especially when deception is rampant and deceivers are waxing worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. Now is not the time to let our guard down, not that there was ever a time for that, but especially now when the days are evil and the time must be redeemed (Ephesians 5). We are children of light, and as such must not let our lights grow dim with untrimmed wicks that cause our lights to be smokey and unclear. Let’s be in the Bible, not watching a movie with only 5% of the word in it. As the return of Christ is drawing nearer by the second, let’s allow the true, unadulterated word of God to cleanse us, to wash us, to transform us, to make us without spot or wrinkle, to prepare us for our coming holy King.

I want to end with the remainder of 2 Timothy 3. Please, heed what it says.13But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.16All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

For more information, please refer to the sources below.


Holy Light Ministries


“MG-22 – Do Mormons Believe Jesus and Lucifer are brothers?” May 2018, https://www.4witness.org/mg-22-do-mormons-believe-jesus-and-lucifer-are-brothers/

What Do Mormons Believe About God,” July 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRfN0MInEl0

“The Mormon Cult,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljzVkt-I4Co

“Contrasting Buddhism to Christianity,” https://www.termpaperwarehouse.com/essay-on/Contrasting-Buddhism-To-Christianity/134411

Out of India by Caryl Matrisciana

“Mary Co-Redemptrix,” Feb 2006, https://catholicism.org/mary-co-redemptrix.html

“The Blessed Virgin Mary: Co-Redemptrix,” March 2021, https://fatima.org/news-views/catholic-apologetics-106/

A Phenomenology of Meditation-induced Light Experiences: Traditional Buddhist and Neurobiological Perspectives,” Jan 2014 publication, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3879457/

Letter to the Editor: Former Mormon Distressed About Promotion of The Chosen by Prominent Figures Jack Hibbs and Kirk Cameron,” January 2022, https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=34418

The Chosen Dilemma,” January 2022, https://midwestoutreach.org/2022/01/06/the-chosen-dilemma/

The Chosen – Why Doesn’t It Matter?” https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2022/01/10/the-chosen-why-doesnt-it-matter/?fbclid=IwAR0VklL5ziYYh_-sjWc5lxbRrhjAN52aEwFCSy2vf8K7BGI3boutk5sEmDc

The [Counterfeit] Chosen -The Chosen Exposed. A Biblical Review,” November 30, 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsLmMTKxmD8

“Jars of Clay frontman faces backlash for comments on homosexuality: ‘Conservative argument doesn’t hold up to scrutiny’,” April 2014, https://www.christiantoday.com/article/jars-of-clay-frontman-faces-backlash-for-comments-on-homosexuality-conservative-argument-doesnt-hold-up-to-scrutiny/37127.htm

“Jars of Clay frontman faces backlash for comments on homosexuality: ‘Conservative argument doesn’t hold up to scrutiny’,” April 2014, https://www.christiantoday.com/article/jars-of-clay-frontman-faces-backlash-for-comments-on-homosexuality-conservative-argument-doesnt-hold-up-to-scrutiny/37127.htm

“The Shack – Leader – David Guffey,” https://vimeo.com/200260779

Guest: Rabbi Jason Sobel,” May 2021, https://sidroth.org/television/tv-archives/rabbi-jason-sobel/