Sadly, the show continues its slippery slide into becoming a Jehovah’s Witnessed produced soap opera.

I can look past a lot of the added storylines and such, because it is a TV show. They are making it entertaining. However, they need better Christology and soteriology.

Christological error?

When asked who healed the blind beggar, Peter replied, “He was healed by God in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.”

Obviously, to the casual listener, this sounds like Jesus Christ is not God, but was raised by God.

Peter’s actual reply in the Scripture was, “[L]et it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health” (Acts 4:10).

For what it is worth, they called the Holy Spirit an “it” in this episode, as well…at least they didn’t botch Acts 5:3-4 which clearly expresses that the Holy Spirit is God. Peter in the show says, “What’s in your heart Annanias that you lied to the Holy Spirit…You lied not only just to us, but to God.”

Bad Soteriology.

“The Kingdom of God is coming and we must be fit to enter,” declares Peter in the show. Hey, script writers, why did Jesus die in episode 1, for our sins right? Then, if our sins are paid for, why is it what we do that makes us fit to enter? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say it is what Christ has done on our behalf?

Communism?

Peter admonished his fellow Christians to not use more than they need and share with others. Further, Barnabas is introduced later in the episode and he says, “I have spent my wealth collecting wealth only to find that it has taken my place.”

I am sure there are a lot of red-meat conservatives who will get angry at this blatant promotion of lefty-propaganda. However, I am not one of them, for the Scripture says: “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him” (1 John 3:16-17)?

All in all, the show is good fun, just don’t take it seriously.

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