The Shack is back for round two. To those who say, “Yay!” read on. To those who say, “Nay!” read on anyway.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
“But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
Wm. Paul Young is preaching a different gospel plain and simple and if a person fails to see this maybe because they are new in the faith, one needs to reassess where his/her allegiance lies. Do you think this man’s fiction holds more weight than what is actually revealed in the Word of God?
One can reason and make allowances for interpretations clearly deviating from what is revealed to us in Scripture and invoke both “grace and compassion” to reach the lost but at the cost of compromising the very truth that leads to deliverance. Can we reason with God and tell Him He knew our intentions? Will our good intentions actually be enough to save the person’s soul should the recipient of our “kindness and compassion” die suddenly without knowledge of the “true” Christ and not the Christ that is invented by an unregenerate mind? (I say this because a person who believes that people can go to heaven without repenting and continuing to lead lives contrary to God’s standard of righteousness is the very definition of that.)
If your answer is yes, you don’t know Christ. If your answer is no, then stop compromising the truth for your good intentions. You know it won’t save anyone. You can hope it will but unless the person actually hears the truth and gets convicted by it, they will remain in that state.
Bad theology will always be palatable to the natural man. Why? Because the natural man does not have the mind of Christ, the Holy Spirit who illuminates one’s understanding.
“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 2:14
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”
The natural man will only grasp to the limit of his/her comprehension, coming short at understanding the spiritual implication, that is why he/she rejects the truth coming from above.
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
Verse 17 gives us clarity that without God opening the person’s mind to understand, people will always come up short. In Verse 14, people are going by what other people are saying without absolute certainty.
People devoid of the Holy Spirit will easily flock to false interpretations and bad theology. Satan then promotes the false interpretation along with false Christianity so that when the light of truth comes to the hearer, those who have built their theology on the lie will flat out reject it. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
This is why The Shack is selling by the millions.