After reporting that The Chosen went Mormon in the trailer for its third season, Dallas Jenkins responded to these accusations in a grifty livestream which mostly advertised the theatrical release of the upcoming first two episodes and merchandise. Treated as an ancillary note, Dallas Jenkins responds to what he characterized as the one percent of people that weren’t completely enthralled with the trailer. He talked about how 99% loved the line “I am the Law of Moses,” delivered by the Jesus character.
Yet as Evangelical Dark Web and others pointed out it was eerily similar to, “I am the law” in the Mormon text. Dallas Jenkins claims that he’s never read the Book of Mormon and just wanted Jesus to own the Pharisees in a moment. He claims that the line was “theologically plausible.” That’s his standard. But in reality the line is a flawed metaphor which is why it’s not one of the current canonical “I am” statements.
Additionally, there is a line about stirring in your heart” which sounds eerily similar to “burning in your bosom,” as pointed out by numerous comments I received.
But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.
While also not a direct quote, this is a sentiment that resonates with the Mormon audience of The Chosen. As pointed out in the above video, Dallas Jenkins equates Mormons and Evangelicals. He believes some on both sides are saved and some are not saved. In reality, Mormonism began as a cult with the same backstory as Islam.
Dallas Jenkins is exceedingly aware that a large portion of his audience is Mormon and like a seeker-friendly church, he is compromising Jesus to unify them into the fold.