I see that a few visitors are linking from the “comments” section of some sites that I posted on over the last couple days regarding William P Young’s The Shack. Here are some quick links to the posts on my site discussing my view of the book in more detail if you are interested:
One of the endorsers on the back of the book read the Take Two post and left the following comment:
Wow. That’s pretty low, dude. Kicking something you’ve never even walked with. Oh well, at least you’re honest…
By Mike Morrell
In my reply to Mike, I wrote:
I normally wouldn’t review something I have not read like this. However, I did flip around and read a few pages here and there. Interestingly, one of the first passages I read when flipping through the book was on page 123: “Don’t confuse adaptation with intention, or seduction for reality.” While this might have been a good statement from the real Holy Spirit for anyone reading this pseudo-Christian New Age tripe, in The Shack that was actually a comment from Sarayu (William Young’s interpretation of the Holy Spirit) in a conversation where Young’s trinity was educating Mack not to buy into hierarchical systems, whether political, social, religious, or what have you because they are all man-made… in Papa’s opinion, “Such a waste!” In essence, the teaching here is against Biblical submission because if there is no hierarchy, there is no authority! This seems to me to be much more Buddhist or New Agey than Biblical, however. If you read the Bible, you will see that hierarchy, order, and authority have been established since, well, “In the beginning…”
Then I happened upon page 182, where Mack and Young’s Jesus are talking about “what it means to be a Christian.” Actually, Mack apparently felt “stupid” for even asking what it means to be a Christian (or Christ-follower), although I think it is a question that many who call themselves Christ-followers today would do good to ask. The Jesus in The Shack answers by saying, “Who said anything about being a Christian? I’m not a Christian… those who love me come from every system that exists. They were Buddhists or Mormons, Baptists or Muslims, Democrats, Republicans, and many who don’t vote or are not part of any Sunday morning or religious institutions. I have followers who were murderers and many who were self-righteous. Some are bankers and bookies, Americans and Iraqis, Jews and Palestinians. I have no desire to make them Christian, but I do want to join them in their transformation into sons and daughters of my Papa, into my brothers and sisters, into my Beloved.”
Then when Mack asks if that means all roads will lead to Jesus, Young’s Jesus answers, “Not at all. Most roads don’t lead anywhere.”
Now, if Jesus is “The Way, The Truth, and The Life” as He claims to be, and if by faith we are saved by grace alone (and that not of our own), how is it possible that Buddhists, Mormons, Muslims, and Baptists can all belong to Christ when 3 of the 4 outright deny His deity? Read what Young wrote again:
“I’m not a Christian… those who love me come from every system that exists. They were Buddhists or Mormons, Baptists or Muslims…”
This seems to suggest that is not faith in Christ, but “being good and doing good” that merits God’s favor. Being a Buddhist and stating that the Sermon on the Mount is a supreme teaching while denying the deity of Christ, sweeping sin and the need for a Savior completely aside–this is NOT loving Christ. It is rejecting Him. We do not have a right standing with God because of what we have done; it is all because of what Christ has done for us.
Beware the yeast of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. I highly recommend you read that post, written by the venerable JC Ryle over 100 years ago, still (perhaps even moreso) relevant today.
There are also a couple of good articles on John Mark’s site here:
Peace & Blessings,