Posts Tagged ‘emergent heresy’

wiping with the shack

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
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As a Christian it is difficult to refute all of the garbage being spewed by the enemy in this world we live in. There is not time or space to list all of the potential folly and distractions the enemy places in front of us at any given time – so prudence would suggest an ignoring to a large degree of the cacophony of potential distractions as they fester around us.. We don’t need to go hunting for arguments or error – it’s everywhere. You might find this a strange intro to a book that is being hailed as a Christian classic – but I am convinced this book – The Shack – is part of a larger initiative by the enemy to confuse, muddle, deceive and prep for more error anybody that would care to read it – especially Christians. While I can name a long list of reasons this book is bad – you might find the comprehensive review by Tim at Challies… DOWNLOAD PDF and while I am not Calvinist as Tim is- he does a great job revealing this book in light of scripture. Tim is a lot more thorough than I would care to be about this book. For the record I believe this books main goal is deconstructing orthodox Christianity. I heard a sermon by the author and he twisted scripture, replaced healing for salvation – and described writing this book for his children under divine guidance (nice abduction murder story for the kids night night time) and emphasized his main reason for writing it was to portray his healing from an adulterous affair he had, hence the going to the shack i.e. – you have to revisit the past to heal – psychobabble. One more point I would like to make is this; I love fiction. I love fantasy and I love story telling. There are a lot of really good books out there I would suggest in place of the shack – especially when one needs edification (it isn’t just taste buds). While the book may not be ideal wiping tissue in your nearest outhouse – winter is coming – and I am pretty sure this will catch a match rather nicely.

God, war and destruction

Monday, July 13th, 2009
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In the last weeks I have been working my way through the book of Isaiah, and I have to say I have been experiencing an opening and broadening of perspective that is profound. I would like to share a few thoughts on my experience to date. There are a lot of uninspired preachers and teachers that say God is not a God of war, and frankly, the only way I can see this being true is if someone ignores scripture. I think some of this fallacy comes from not understanding the true, or essential war that is taking place. That would be the war between good and evil, or the war between the kingdom of Christ VS the kingdom of Satan. In Isaiah there are many and varied judgments of war, apparently divinely decreed and executed. There are illustrations in images and sounds and implications of the coming doom that are absolutely terrifying. In Isaiah 13:9 we read;

Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

…cruel, wrath, anger, desolation, destroying… who? sinners. those committed to sinfulness and rebellion. Further on in the book God says through Isaiah He will “sweep her with the broom of destruction”.
Destruction in this case is to annihilate or lay waste.

In order to think correctly about war and destruction, we need to first consider Gods view on evil and sin. The bible warns over and over again that those who practice evil and sinful lifestyles will be punished, defeated, cut off…destroyed. In the new testament it is said Christ came to destroy death, the devil, and his works. Christ is victorious in this with his death and resurrection. At this time, however – you and I are in the midst of an all out war, and daily there are prisoners and victims of sin and evil, as well as those being saved and delivered from the power of evil. Not only are the terrors of the spiritual war all around us today, but there are repeated warnings and prophecies of coming war and destruction, including this salient scripture from
Revelation 19:11

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

What you will find too, is that those that twist the scriptures to deny these truths of war, destruction and judgment – also have a tendency to have a very “lenient” view of sin and a very compromising and socially correct inclusiveness to their preaching. Some names that come to mind are Greg Boyd, Brian Mclaren and Tony Compolo – who together excrete multiple books (distractions) to employ hours of your time in an effort to distract you from seeking Christ through scripture, empowered by the Holy Spirit. I would advise you as a servant of Christ to turn away from these kinds of authors – take your bible, ask God Himself to teach you His way, ask Him for an undivided heart, pray that He would lead you in the way of everlasting. It is sad to me to see so many being led by blind authors such as I mentioned – and missing the simplicity that is in Christ.

When Paul warned against those having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof – I believe one class of people would be those denying the reality of Gods war against evil and sin, and the power that comes from a truly repentant heart as we kneel before the cross and ask forgiveness for our sins and repent, seeking Gods will to be done in our life today. This power of repentance and a biblical view of sin is one of the most glorious gifts given to mankind, let us not forsake it (and ourselves in the process).