Christian News: A website dedicated to marketing the controversial film “The Shack” states that 1,000 “faith leaders” have given their endorsement of the movie—a film that is based on William P. Young’s bestselling novel of the same name, which some say contains universalistic doctrine and teaches that God is all love and no holiness, wrath or justice. more …
Opinion: I didn’t think it world be necessary to cover the movie The Shack – until yesterday. A Christian couple who are good friends casually mentioned they went to see the movie and although they knew that much was wrong with it, they went anyway.
As I looked at the reviews this morning, I could not believe my eyes that there is a “Church Kit” for small group study in much the same way The Purpose Driven Life did a decade or so ago.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 immediately comes to mind:
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
Universalism is permeating Christianity. Many people today may understand the term “Universalism” as it relates to religion, as a word that designates the belief that “All religions are equally true, good, and that they all equally will lead to heaven, or to God.”
The Shack teaches:
- There is no such thing as eternal punishment
- There are many ways to get to God
- Love trumps justice
- God forgives all of humanity
- Everyone will make it to heaven
That message was suggested by Pope Francis: “I start by saying — and this is the fundamental thing — that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart.The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience. Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.”
In the movie, God is portrayed as a woman. Feminism characterized by the denigration of the male and father’s role in the family is now a universal sport.
From “Answers in Genesis” (here):
“Because of the influence of evangelical feminism on the church (and the influence of feminism on the culture as a whole), some in the church balk at the idea of male headship in the family. In an attempt to conform to the popular ideas of the culture, evangelical feminists and others have proposed alternate interpretations of the meaning of the woman’s “desire” and the Curse’s affect on the marriage relationship.”
Satan’s work destroying the male role in society and the family is greatly advanced in the movie.
As Randy Alcorn said about the book, “The story is largely the wrapper; the “truths” are what’s inside it. It’s hard to fall back on “Yeah, but it was just one of the characters saying that” when the character happens to be God.”
“You will find distorted shadows of the true God in the pages and scenes of The Shack, but you will not find Him in His full, Triune glory,” Patterson says. “That can only be found in the pages of Scripture. Only that God can truly heal the wounded heart and satisfy the longings of the soul.,” Roger Patterson of Answers in Genesis.
(See Sunday Study How is a Woman’s desire for Her Husband a Curse here)