My writing of this article, I know, will bring some who will disagree with my words. Yet from the platform that I believe God has granted me, with a little more in-depth knowledge of the author of a popular book than some, and since we’ve interviewed him, as well as those who have been personal friends with him, I feel it is my place to speak up, in response to Paul Young, author of The Shack, which became a best seller and recently a movie that I’m sure will become very popular as well, and has caused the book to again soar in sales.
With any book or project one must not just look always at the product but also the maker of it. I know people who have had personal friendships with the author. The last I knew, Young didn’t believe in the organization of the church. In fact, he does his own thing and doesn’t even attend a church.
In 2004, Paul Young wrote a document in which he rejected the evangelical faith and embraced universalism because of its teachings on judgement. He believes you can repent and get out of hell. One man, an evangelical seminary professor, is calling The Shack the greatest deception in the church in the last 200 years. Many of Young’s friends and authors he recommends are members of the Emerging Church which believes we all will be saved, that God’s love will rescue us all, that hell is only for the devil and his demons and they eventually will get out as well. This type of thinking fits perfectly into the New Age philosophy of no real need of repentance, that everyone is eventually saved.
In Young’s book, “Eve”, he continues to undermine Christian theology by stating that Jesus created Adam as an infant from the dust of the ground and sees how God personally nursed Adam from his breast and not only that but that Adam in some way gave birth to Eve in some form. Do you see the likeness to transgenderism? God is a woman in The Shack. Now He’s supposed to nurse Adam. This fits in with the LGBT, plus anyone who may choose to have a broader view with their faith, or a more open type of relationship with Jesus for it removes the holiness of a Holy God.
This book, and now the movie, is causing separation among friends, especially some of those who like a more “feel good” gospel. I’ve watched pastors and Christians get in arguments over this. All people have the right to their opinion, but the Christian must be willing to point their opinion as it aligns with scripture and then be mature enough to let God adjust their thinking about any matter to bring out truth. Without this process then their human reasoning, emotions and thoughts will keep them from making good Godly decisions on the subject.
It would be refreshing in the kingdom of God to see more leaders in the pulpit and more Christians in society to be willing to defend the Bible and its author, which is God, about the issues of people’s sexual behavior, the disregard of the Bible or what is truth and what is evil today. Are these same people being vocal and standing up before others and speaking out when ungodly political laws are being thrown in the face of the church? Are they willing to defend the gospel with as much effort? Yet they are willing to defend and promote an author of a book that is subject to human error.
Paul Young’s newest work is about lies we believe about God, and in this he says that he embraces universalism. It is no wonder that today’s Christian research reveals that only 10 percent of the American public holds a Christian worldview and in the millennial generation that number is 4 percent. This book and movie removes the holiness of who God is by making Him whatever the reader or viewer needs Him to be and demeans the place of the Holy Spirit and Jesus the same way.
Young and others in the emerging church believe this kind of thinking will open up a new reformation for the church and bring it out of its former suppressed state. Here Young believes that evangelical faith and its teachings about judgement make God grossly unjust. This is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous, deceptive moves the enemy has tried through mankind in many years. And though I know I will be criticized by some, God has given me a platform through Christian media, and therefore my duty is to speak.
I keep thinking of the scriptures in the Book of Mark 13 , where it says that false prophets would deceive, if possible even the elect.
For other resources on this subject please look at Michael Youssef’s sermon from The Church of the Apostles, or www.nowtheendbegins; James B. DeYoung; with http://www.Burning down the Shack.com; or Berean Research; or http://www.challies.com/bookreviewseve. Also, YouTube has a lot of information from both sides.
The decision is as always yours to make, but we all need to remember the consequences will not be our decision. What we support, we put our stamp of approval and our reputation as Christians.