Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Burning Down ‘The Shack’

P.I.D. Radio Live: Burning Down ‘The Shack’ | P.I.D. Radio
ONE OF the best-selling books aimed at Christians in recent years, The Shack presents a gospel that the Apostles of the first century would not have recognized.

Prof. James DeYoung, author of Burning Down ‘The Shack’: How the ‘Christian’ Bestseller is Deceiving Millions, talks about the deceptive, unbiblical doctrine of universal reconciliation and how it’s propelled The Shack to the top of the New York Times Best-Seller Lists.

I found "The Shack" to be an interesting emotional experience. I am however secure in my theology (in a shaky sort of way) and was not affected by the strange fire areas other than to be amused by them (is God a woman?). When we hear people swoon over now seeing or understanding God as never before after having read "The Shack", one does wonder what that means, exactly. Many want to be Christian out of tradition but have never "experienced" Christ in some "born again" fashion. Maybe that is behind all the mystery about what God is like. Whatever the reason people are drawn to "Shack", understanding its theological shortcomings is a good thing. This interview is a good one <link>. Hearing that the "Shack" author was a Universalist at some time comes as no surprise. The book shouts Universalism in a few spots. I heard Mr. Young speak and he disavous Universalism now.

The book has had unnatural success or one could say supernatural success. But supernatural has two sides and neither proves good nor evil. If you have succumbed to the prosperity gospel you are convinced it is good. That is another subject.

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