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Doctrines of Demons

Are you grieved that our culture thinks so little of the God who created us and the world in which we live that they accept when our Sovereign, Holy God is reduced to a caricature or a joke in a monologue? I mean, where is their fear? Not just reverential fear, I’m talking real out and out fear of Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.[1]

Do you think it’s just a sign of the times and the prophesied falling away?[2]

In Luke 18:8, Jesus asked a question, “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” You might think this is a rhetorical question, but it’s not. He’s telling of things to come and trying to make us think.

So, what type of thing would cause a believer to lose faith and possibly walk away from the TRUTH of the Holy Scriptures they may have known from childhood[3] or as an adult that brought us to Christ?

It would have to be something very subtle or else we would reject it immediately. It must grab us with emotion, infuse a spiritual element and impart some truth so we will accept it. But, once accepted, it would slyly and methodically inject lies; lies so cunning, believers must fight to remember and hold fast to Truth and the faith once delivered to the saints[4]. And if we can’t hold on, we come away with an altered God[5], another Jesus[6], a different gospel[7] and not even realize it.

Akin to this is Paul’s warning, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,”[8]

Sadly, the latest in a long line of doctrines of demons, is the new movie, The Shack, based on the 2007-2008 best-selling book of the same name.

It’s a gripping story about a man whose five-year-old daughter is brutally murdered in an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. The book/movie documents Mack’s journey from “the great sadness” to healing through three individuals who appear to him in this shack and call themselves “God”.

Yet, The Shack, because of its so-called Christian nature, makes 99% of our God-breathed Bible irrelevant.

The Shack grossly misrepresents Almighty God. It teaches there’s no need for repentance from sin because everyone goes to heaven when they die.  But please stop and think about this and other errors The Shack teaches. Are they true according to God’s revealed TRUTH in the Bible? No, a thousand times NO [9]. These are subtle, undermining LIES seeking to alter your understanding of who God is. Believing these fallacies has led some to reject the real Jesus and seek more false teachers who will tickle their ears, like Rob Bell.

I’m not the only one shouting warning. Praise God, brighter minds than mine are also warning with tears. Dr. Michael Yousef of Leading the Way Ministries, in his sermon – “The Shack – Uncovered” – warns of teachings, preachings, and books that are, “…half-truths, almost right, outwardly appealing are far more dangerous than plain wrong and evil.” Then he lists thirteen heresies of The Shack.[10]

In 2008, God guided me to write a critique and distribute it to area churches, because I found some were using The Shack as a Bible study. Now that the movie is out, God directed me to dust off the critique, post it to my blog, and again give warning. If you are interested, please check it out at in by freebies.

I pray God will increase your discernment and open your eyes to the doctrines of demons taught by The Shack.

I love you all in Christ Jesus,

Anita

 

[1] Matthew 10:28

[2] II Thessalonians 2:3

[3] II Timothy 3:15

[4] Jude 1:3

[5] Romans 1:18-24

[6] II Corinthians 11:2-4

[7] Galatians 1:6-7

[8] I Timothy 4:1

[9] Luke 13:1-5; Acts 17:30

[10] https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=michael+yousef+on+the+shack&view=detail&mid=C135998D5C0F57637D60C135998D5C0F57637D60&FORM=VIRE

 

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Why I Wrote The Shack Critique

 

I was first made aware of the 2007-2008 best-selling book, The Shack, by a co-worker, who stated, “This is the best book I have ever read.” I accepted the book and took it home to read because the cover listed raves reviews by Eugene Peterson, the author of The Message, and Michael W. Smith, Christian recording artist. Nevertheless, it sat on my nightstand for weeks and for some reason, I couldn’t bring myself to read it. The day I decided to return the unread book to my co-worker, I received a letter and monthly catalog from Southwest Radio Church. The correspondence read, “The Shack” teaches New Age thought.

 

“Ah-ha!” I thought, “Now I know why I couldn’t read this book.”

 

The Holy Spirit had kept me from reading until I could be warned of the errors within. Then He gave me the desire to read as an exercise in discernment.

 

As I read The Shack, not only was I horrified by the blasphemy, but I found my co-worker had underlined, highlighted, and starred statements in this book that were disturbing to say the least. Continuing to read, I was appalled at the lies, half-truths, and speculations made about our God. I did realize this book was supposed to be fiction, however when you take real characters [i.e. Abraham Lincoln] and put them in fictional situations, giving them fictional words, you confuse truth and those reading – something the enemy of our souls delights in.

 

When I got to about chapter five, I felt the Lord say to my heart, “You need to write this down.” So, I reread from the beginning documenting the major errors and the scriptures the Lord gave to refute each error. It took me at least two months to finish.

 

Of course, this was in 2008 when The Shack paperback was all the rage. At that time, I sadly discovered many in my church had read the book and loved it. Once I typed up the errors with the scripture references, I distributed this critique to a few interested individuals and then the Lord prompted me to mail it to area church pastors, some, of whom I learned, were using The Shack as a Bible study.

 

At the same time, Southwest Radio Church offered a DVD entitled, “The Death of Discernment” by Eric Barger, an apologist I had the privilege to hear in person at the Ohio Christian Education Association Conference in Akron, Ohio, several years earlier. I purchased the video and was further enlightened.

 

It’s my opinion everything we read teaches something and affects us in some way. I also know some have been comforted or helped by reading The Shack, but the end does not justify the means. PS. 11:1-3 “In the Lord I put my trust, how can you say to my soul, ‘Flee as a bird to your mountain’? For look! The wicked bend their bow. They make ready their arrow on the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

 

After I wrote and distributed the critique, I thought this was over. But now Hollywood has made it a movie. People who won’t read the book will see the movie.

 

Please be warned, just because The Shack is fiction does not mean it won’t affect your understanding of who God is. It plants subtle lies to undermine and suppress the Truth of God in unrighteousness.

 

Teaching the Holy Word of God is the spiritual gift the Lord bestowed on me. The enemy was strong in this book and I literally fought and prayed my way through it. The Shack sought to change what the Lord had already taught me through the Truth of His Word.

 

I am hoping I am not too late posting The Shack, A Critique (please see my “Freebies” on this blog).

 

I have only been called to inform of The Shack’s error to keep many from being deceived. You may use the critique as reference guide whenever there is a question regarding The Shack. Yet, what you do with the information is between you and Almighty God. If you agree or disagree please feel free to comment.

 

I love you all in Christ Jesus,

Anita

 

 

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