Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have asked a number of theologians to help consult and promote their miniseries, The Bible. These “experts” are well known for Scripture twisting and presenting a false gospel to millions of sheep. Along with high-profile names like Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes tied to the project, we’ve learned leftist activist Jim Wallis was also asked by Roma and Mark to weigh in on accuracy and even produce commentary video clips to air on The Bible website.
As Wallis explains on his Sojourners Blog,
What won me over to the whole series was the clip about Jesus meeting Peter, the fisherman. In a Washington, D.C., premiere of “The Bible” series a few weeks ago, I had wonderful conversations with Mark and Roma. Mark asked me if they were right to have Jesus say that he wanted to change the world. Those words are not literally in the scriptures, but it seemed to him and Roma that’s exactly what Jesus was talking about. Absolutely correct, I told them both. And we went through the first few chapters of Mathew which demonstrate that truth. I love the clarity and courage of the statement from Jesus in “The Bible.”
Yes, I thought of Wallis immediately when I heard the line he is referring to: “What are we going to do,” Peter asks Jesus. “Change the world,” Jesus of The Bible replies.
That’s what we are going to do: change the world. Not just to save a few people from hell and get them to heaven, not to judge all the non-Christians, not to abandon the earth for mansions in the hereafter, not to make sure we all believe the right doctrinal things … No, Jesus came to change the world and us with it. To join him is to join the changing of the world with the in-breaking of a new order called the kingdom of God.
What else did Wallis love about the miniseries? Yesterday we reported that a glaring omission to the Last Supper scene was left out. It is the part where Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6. The words, “for the forgiveness of sins” is also missing, as are “broken for you,” and “shed for you.”
But Wallis sees this scene, not as a declaration of His divinity, but as a guy who is saying goodbye to his friends around a dinner table. He says he likes the idea of a fellowship table rather than an altar:
Notice that Wallis doesn’t connect the Passover meal, or the fact that Jesus is the perfect sacrificial Passover Lamb, to this scene. Instead it’s just a regular dinner, more of a friendly meal for fellowship and conversation. A place to plan how we can change the world.
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