It’s FRIDAY…be careful what you read
Presented, from Nathan Pitchford’s review of the latest book to inform us all that The Shack is a work of heresy, Burning Down the Shack by James DeYoung:
To anyone who says, “It is but fiction, one must understand the artistic intentions of the author,” I reply, “And who are you, O man, to spurn God’s second commandment, and frame God in terms of an African woman named ‘Papa’ and an Asian woman named ‘Sarayu,’ when God has never revealed himself that way? Who are you to put thoughts and words in the mouth of the Almighty which he himself never uttered, and which never entered his heart?”. If one should grind this book to powder and make all those who embrace its teaching to drink it down and expel it in the latrines, he would be doing less than such intolerable presumption warrants. If you fear for your soul and tremble to despise infinite Majesty and balk at omnipotent Dominion, whoever you may be who has read The Shack, then I plead with you to read it only with a heart full of terror at those who presume to fashion God in their own image, and a humble resolve to submit to the true God of scriptures, fully and perfectly revealed in Christ alone, so that in him alone you may find mercy and grace on the coming Day of Judgment.
Guess I’m screwed then…
While Paul Young continues to receive criticism of his book years after its release, an informal review (mine) of the Reformed web over the past few years shows that similar books and sermons against the purveyors of so-called Jesus junk aren’t likely to be forthcoming (but guys like Jeff Dunn at Internet Monk are more than willing to take them on).
It’s funny that we live in a world where concerned Christians look at a book like The Shack that has so greatly impacted thousands of people and seem to overlook the reason why it has made such an impact.
Christians in America have grown up in and around a church where perfectionism is pushed almost daily, and God is shown as someone who loves you only when you jump through all the hoops and live a perfect life.
To be reminded, through preaching or through allegory or whatever that not only did He so love the world, and not only that He loves you but is especially fond of you is life-changing to people who have had perfectionism relentlessly pushed to them.
The intelligentsia who sit in their ivory towers and seminaries and take up tables at Starbucks and Panera Bread with their laptops frankly don’t seem to engage this. It’s all about Paul Young’s theology.
And now one man goes so far as to channel the best hellfire and damnation preachers from the Arminian/semi-Pelagian aisle of the church, to condemn millions of people who read The Shack and got something out of it that ministered to them and was helpful…
I await the follow up reviews of Kincade’s Paintings of Light, and the Dr. Phil-esque Christian philosophy books all over the shelves of the typical Christian bookstore.
I think I’ll be waiting quite a while…unless one of those authors or painters gains as much notoriety and popularity as Paul Young…
Is it truly important for Christians to know that God is especially fond of them…or is that too emotional and childish for men whom seem to live exclusively in academia?
I once fully embraced Reformed theology, by accepting the basics as I understood them and figuring I would learn the rest as I went along.
This is one aspect of Reformed Christianity I can do without…and if that kicks me completely out of the club then fine.
Sometimes when life sucks and you feel like the world is against you, as a child of the Father you need to know that your Daddy loves you and is especially fond of you and that’s not going to change regardless of what anybody says or thinks of you…and that His opinion counts the most.