Beware of “The Bible”

“The Bible” mini-series currently airing on television is a big hit. 

Yet the producers have stated that three of their theological consultants were Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and T.D Jakes.  All three of these men teach heresy, and some, if not all, a blatantly false gospel.  Therefore their contribution to the miniseries is a warning to viewers to be on guard.

Not having a television of my own, I caught about forty-five minutes of a broadcast while on vacation, and now back in Seattle I have heard audio clips and I can say I am unimpressed with what was produced and some of the things I have heard are actually quite deceitful and clearly contradict Scripture. 

One example would be the narrator’s introduction to the story of Samson, in which he states:  

A hundred years after Joshua, the twelve tribes of Israel have spread out across the promised land.  But hostile neighbors surround them.  Better armed and better trained, the Philistines are the deadliest threat.  Without great leaders like Moses or Joshua to unite them, the Israelites must rely on local heroes, called judges.  People like Samson.

According to Scripture, here is the reason for the judges:

The anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.  Wherever they went, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had spoken and as the LORD had sworn to them, so that they were severely distressed.  Then the LORD raised up judges who delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them.  Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed themselves down to them…  Judges 2: 14 – 17

The narrator says that Israel was surrounded by hostile enemies and God gave them local heroes since there was not one central uniting figure like Moses.  Scripture says that it was God’s wrath that caused Israel to be plundered and it was God’s mercy that also gave them judges.  However Scripture says that Israel did not listen to the judges. 

If you are watching the series, be on guard.  The producers have taken liberties such as the ones demonstrated above, to advance their plot and keep their story “exciting”, and by doing so they have changed the historical and theological truths found in Scripture.

The Bible is not a story to be re-interpreted by entertainers as they see fit.  It is the word of God documenting the need for and work of Jesus Christ, and every word of the Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit. 

Every Bible teacher, including the entertainers making movies, ought to tread carefully when teaching the word of God.

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