FROM THE PASTOR
Last Friday the movie “The Shack” opened nationally. The film is based on a ten year old book by William Paul Young which has now sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into over thirty languages. Young was a missionary kid who worked his way through Bible college and later seminary. He wrote “The Shack” as an attempt to answer the question of evil and the character of God by means of a story. In many ways it is his theology of suffering as the book deals with a horrible murder and kidnapping of a child.
As I have stressed throughout the past month in our series on “Surviving the Storms of Life,” we must have a proper, Bible based understanding of who God is, His sovereignty, and the purpose of suffering. Mr. Young’s book, while entertaining like science fiction might be, falls far short of Biblical truth. In fact, many of his statements in the book are downright heretical.
That’s why I’m devoting this Communique to this film and book. I’ve included a link to a balanced summary of “The Shack” published by Probe Ministries. You can find it at https://www.probe.org/critique-of-the-shack/.
One my duties as a pastor is to protect the flock. Peter warned us of the danger of anything which, even though it appears to be good, is actually harmful. He wrote this in 2 Peter 2:1-3.
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words.
I have read “The Shack” and I want to say this. If you choose to see the movie or read the book be very discerning about what it says about God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and salvation because “The Shack” can be very confusing. I don’t want any of you to be misled into thinking that everything it “teaches” in its dialogue is Biblically accurate. Feel free to enjoy the film like you would a superhero movie or a fantasy, but not as a guide to God and how He works. Remember, God is much greater than Mr. Young’s imagination.
Think about that,