2 Timothy 4:3 "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry".

Friday, December 5, 2008

Burning down "The Shack"

Many of the folks who attend the local church in which I serve have come to me in recent months asking about the book "The Shack". I must confess, I have not read it, as yet, because I do not really frankly have the time. I have done quite a lot of reading about the book, its author, and what it teaches as the truth. I have decided that I will not be spending my time reading it, rather, I will trust the reviews of trusted brothers and sisters in Christ. I recommend highly Dr. Michael Youssef, Tim Challies
, and Berit Kjos

For those who have little time to read, and are interested, Dr. Michael Youseff has put together thirteen heresies refuted by scripture that he found in The Shack. I post this her because I believe the most important thing that we must know and agree upon is the truth about Christ as we find in scripture, not the pictures of God that the world is more comfortable with.

1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.

Because God's eyes are pure and cannot look upon sin, the Bible says that God would not look upon His own beloved Son as He hung on the Cross, carrying our sins (Habakkuk 1:13; Matthew 27:45).

2. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice.

The Bible declares that God's love and His justice are two sides of the same coin — equally a part of the personality and the character of God (Isaiah 61:8; Hosea 2:19).

3. On the Cross, God forgave all of humanity, whether they repent or not. Some choose a relationship with Him, but He forgives them all regardless.

Jesus explained that only those who come to Him will be saved (John 14:6).

4. Hierarchical structures, whether they are in the Church or in the government, are evil.

Our God is a God of order (Job 25:2).

5. God will never judge people for their sins.

The Word of God repeatedly invites people to escape from the judgment of God by believing in Jesus Christ, His Son (Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-3).

6. There is not a hierarchical structure in the Godhead, just a circle of unity.

The Bible says that Jesus submitted to the will of the Father. This doesn't mean that one Person is higher or better than the other; just unique. Jesus said, "I came to do the will of Him who sent me. I am here to obey my Father." Jesus also said, "I will send you the Holy Spirit" (John 4:34, 6:44, 14:26, 15:26).

7. God submits to human wishes and choices.

Far from God submitting to us, Jesus said, "Narrow is the way that leads to eternal life." We are to submit to Him in all things, for His glory and because of what He has accomplished for us (Matthew 7:13-15).

8. Justice will never take place because of love.

The Bible teaches that when God's love is rejected, and when the offer of salvation and forgiveness is rejected, justice must take place or God has sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for nothing (Matthew 12:20; Romans 3:25-26).

9. There is no such a thing as eternal judgment or torment in hell.

Jesus' own description of hell is vivid ... it cannot be denied (Luke 12:5, 16:23).

10. Jesus is walking with all people in their different journeys to God, and it doesn't matter which way you get to Him.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one will come to the Father but by me" (John 14:6).

11. Jesus is constantly being transformed along with us.

Jesus, who dwells in the splendor of heaven, sits at the right hand of God, reigning and ruling the universe. The Bible says, "In Him there is no change, for He is yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 11:12, 13:8; James 1:17).

12. There is no need for faith or reconciliation with God because everyone will make it to heaven.

Jesus said, "Only those who believe in me will have eternal life" (John 3:15, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40).

13. The Bible is not true because it reduces God to paper.

The Bible is God-breathed. Sure, there were many men through 1,800 years who put pen to paper (so to speak), each from different professions and different backgrounds, but the Holy Spirit infused their work with God's words. These men were writing the same message from Genesis to Revelation. If you want to read more about the place of Christ in the Scripture, read "We Preach Christ" (2 Timothy 3:16).

HT Dr. Michael Yousaf

This Christmas, the Shack may have been on a list of books you might want to give to a loved one who is hurting or seeking God. A far better gift would be the Bible, which is the only text from which you can discover God's answer to the human condition, as well as the one true God. It is the only inspired Word, and it is the only source that can claim divine authorship. If you must read the shack, do so with the Bible nearby, Do not trust the words of the human author, who himself has denied scripture and turned from the truth.

1 comment:

ewamjlu said...

I think this would have been much more effective if the book references were matched with the points. This list expects one to accept that these complaints actually exist in the book. Also, as faithful as the names you have listed are to the Truth, be wary of placing your faith in men rather than the Holy Spirit to teach you (which is plainly said in scripture). Lastly, there's a reason it's called fiction: because it is. Yes, plenty of people pervert fiction into doctrine, and plenty of people pervert the holy scripture into false doctrine.