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Monday, September 8, 2008

"'The Shack' Is Dangerous" - Calvary Chapel

Calvary Chapel has issued a statement on the popular novel by William P. Young, "The Shack":

"Due to the popularity of this book and the positive endorsements it has received from the Christian community, we felt that it would be prudent to explain why, as those who hold fast to the word/nature of God as inerrant, we will not be endorsing this book. Some of our concerns include:

The minimizing of the word of God: The Shack errs in the presumption that God desires to be freed from His word as expressed by the characters, yet, the Psalmist tells us in Psalm 138:2 "For You have magnified Your word above all Your name."

The redefining of the nature of God: the book implies a theology of modalism which is defined as the non Trinitarian belief that the Heavenly Father, Resurrected Son and Holy Spirit are different modes or aspects of one God, as perceived by the believer, rather than three distinct persons in God Himself.

The book's conversational tone is intended to catch the reader off guard with overt casualness. There is a personalized-trademarked version of God that requires the least bit of commitment; seeker-friendly experience over truth; an air of anti-authority for the spiritually lazy consumer. The double-speak and theology that is embedded in this book with its underlying condescension, protesting agenda, and liberal theology are genetic markers of the emergent church.

We recognize the enormous popularity of The Shack but are wary of the overlying theological implications and the presentation of the person of God within this book."

3 comments:

  1. This seems rather vague and typical of the papal-like groupthink culture that I've seen continue to grow in prominence at CC since I first started attending one in 1991. Why is CC even publishing an official position statement on a 3rd party book? So us Calvary Chapelites know how we're supposed to think of course.

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  2. Why offer an official statement? Read Acts 20:17-31; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Ezekiel 3:16-21.
    The sheep can do what they want but the under-shepherds are responsible to God to watch and WARN.
    BTW, my experience has been just the opposite of what Anonymous states. My brother was attending a CC- based church in the Pacific NW when the pastor got up one Sun AM and announced that the church was going to be using the Shack in its upcoming adult classes and that there would be "no criticism of it" .
    In my own personal experience, I am BANNED from the online Gather Community because I posted some critical remarks regarding The Shack. The intentionally emotion-charged content of the Shack has spawned a host of loyal fans who will not tolerate the slightest criticism- even when it is pointed out that the Shack blatantly contradicts the Holy Bible and blasphemously insults the person and atoning work of Christ.

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  3. when one considers that on t.v. the auther said God gave him this message, due to its blasphamy in the early part of the book alone which caused me to stop reading, I am very glad christian leaders are warning people

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