The Doctrine and Defense Against the Message of The Shack

There are so many troubling aspects of the movie/book The Shack that I’ve decided hold up 6 messages its espouses and bring a biblical defense against its claims.  I do this from a heart the desires that Christ be exalted, God’s Word be the final authority and for my fellow brothers and sister in Christ not get hung up on the misconceptions about God which can affect our relationship with God in the aspects of trusting, loving, and intimacy in getting to know Him and ultimately worship Him better.

I will post my class notes here but I’ve provided a link for a PDF for better reading:

Doctrine and Defense against the message of The Shack

 

The Doctrine and Defense Against  the message of The Shack

Here is where we are going this morning.

A.              I have three goals.

  1. To examine Scripture in light of the six major messages of the Shack.
  2. To encourage biblical discernment.
  3. To expose false teaching in popular culture.

III            The Road We Are Taking Today

A.              Berean Class 201

  1. Acts 17:11 1Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
  2. I enjoy the NIV 84 rendition where it says: “and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
  3. Many people are receiving the faith based message of the Shack with eagerness
    • Pastors have said it was better than his seminary training
    • Many have called the book better than the Bible
  4. But many are not examining Scripture everyday to see if what Paul says is true.
  5. Interestingly enough the author is Willian Paul Young who goes by his middle name Paul…

B.              Reason Why Some Are Not Examining

1.              It’s Fiction

  • Rebuttal 1:  It is true but the concerning part of the genre is that even the author says:  “Its fiction but it is teaching theology” It is not an allegory with symbolic secondary meanings, like Narnia and Piulgrims.  It’s didactic fiction designed to impart information or advice or some teaching of morality  or philosophy.
  • Rebuttal 2:  This book/ movie puts words in God’s mouth. There are truths and half truths and flat out lies that even though we know what the word fiction means a lot of people are looking at this film as allegory that reflects the Bible and its truths. This is also concerning.
  • Rebuttal 3: Films and Fiction form what we believe.
  1. Albert Mohler: “Some of the defenders of the book and the movie insist that we should all just take a deep breath and remind ourselves that this is fiction not a work of systematic theology. But readers of the book and watchers of the movie are actually getting a sustained theological argument. It may not be packaged as systematic theology, but it is a rather systematic destruction of biblical Christianity in favor of an entirely new theology.”
  2. With an undiserning filter Entertainment does form our thoughts and imagination.
  3. Mohler: “But the real danger, the seductive danger of “The Shack” is that it’s presented as a retelling of the Christian story. Its close proximity to evangelicalism in terms of the marketing of the book and of the movie and even evangelical endorsements, the fact that the movie is clearly counting on a massive evangelical viewership, all this points to the particular dangers of the kind of fictional representation that is found in “The Shack.” Christians armed by Scripture and committed to the Christian worldview should highly value fiction and thus evaluate it by Christian norms. But we can never value a vehicle for importing heresy into the church or misrepresenting Christianity to the watching world. The Christian worldview reminds us that it is not true that Christians can only see what we already know, but it does mean that we must know what we’re actually seeing”
  4. Unless we hold up the Word of God and think through the truths of Scripture in light of the messages we get from Entertainment and arts in general- we can have misconceptions about God which can affect our relationship with God in the aspects of trusting, loving, and intimacy in getting to know Him better.

 

  1. How We Will Examine The Six Messages Of The Shack
    1. We will be looking at the contents that are found in both the book and the film.
      1. We will first state the message.
      2. How it is portrayed or stated in the book and film
      3. We will be looking at the true doctrines in Scripture and the supporting texts
      4. We will be summarizing with statements of defense against false teaching.

 

But before I do that I wish to actual give you the application part of the lesson first because I wish for you to grow in discernment as a result of this class. After trudging  through  some heavy topics, I don’t wish for you to miss it.

Preliminary Thoughts

IV             Discern Four Distinctives

A.              Don’t confuse the Freedom of Religion and the Validity of Religions

  1. Just because we have the freedom, doesn’t mean they are all true.
  2. Only one is true

B.              The grammar of fiction and film is a much looser grammar than the grammar of doctrinal statement (Fred Sanders)

  1.               If you are going to portray a theological or philosophical truth its going to be looser.
  2.               But it doesn’t mean anything goes and you can make quality judgements if something is done well or missed the mark.
  3.               Artistic expression (poetry, sculture, painting fiction etc) can have good theology as long as you lean heavily on the Bible and Theology part- don’t rush over it to get to he tricky fun stuff. Be deeply informed so it shows up organically in the art

C.              Faith based films are not the same thing as Biblical based films

  1.               Faith based films is becoming a genre of entertainment where messages of faith and spirituality will connect with an ecumenical audience.
  2.               Faith based films will in the future continue to blur theology for the biblically based Christian.
  3.               And will become films that will include doctrine and messages of other faiths and religion that are non Christian.
  4.               So be aware of the faith based label and all that it will encompass.

D.              A fully relatable god that doesn’t inspire a worshipful awe and reverence is not God reveal in the Holy Bible.

  • It is Good that we know that God is approachable.
  • The scriptures invite us to draw near because Christ has torn the wall down
  • Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water
  • However Scripture also shows that those who were in the presence of God
    • It caused a reverent fear and worship to happen
    • It never accounts man being disrespectful and irreverent.

 

  • While the Shack encourages a personal relationship with God, its familiarity with the Almighty, Holy God borders too close to irreverence.
    1. Don’t take your cues of intimacy from its example
    2. God is big enough to handle your complaints, questions and emotions. His grace covers a lot. But be careful that your venting doesn’t cross over to a disrespect that is the fruit of a hardened heart that needs to be humbled and repentant.

 

The Summary of the Shack

The story starts with a kidnapping and a murder. While on a camping trip with his children, Mack Phillips simultaneously saves his son from drowning and, in all the commotion, loses track of his youngest daughter. He soon discovers that she has been kidnapped, and eventually the police find evidence that she was murdered in a shack somewhere out in the wilderness.

Three years later, with Mack still struggling over this Great Sadness, as Young calls it, he receives a letter from God asking him to meet him at the shack where his daughter was murdered. At first Mack wonders if it’s a cruel joke. But he decides he must go. He needs some kind of closure.

“When he arrives, God is there, but not like anyone would expect. God the Father is an African-American woman named Papa. Jesus is, well, Jesus — a Middle Eastern carpenter. And the Holy Spirit is an Asian woman named Sarayu. But don’t get too distracted by this bizarre, and unhelpful, portrayal of the holy Trinity. Strange as it is, the story is moving somewhere deeper — to touch a more tender theological nerve.

Without spoiling the height of the story for those who plan to see the movie, Mack’s weekend at the shack with God culminates by confronting his Great Sadness. Mack’s anger with God over the death of his daughter eventually boils to the surface. He finally admits, “Yes, God is to blame!”

Points of interest:

  • The Father god character “Papa” is suspiciously akin to a Polynesian/Hawaiian goddess who also happens to be known as “Papa.” When I quizzed Young on this, he denied any knowledge of such a deity. However, the similarities with The Shack’s God character are stunning.
  • Or the Oracle from Matrix
  • The Holy Spirit is depicted as an Asian woman named after “Sarayu,” a mystical river in ancient India related to the Hindu deity Kali

Meet The Author:

Wm. Paul Young grew up as a missionary kid and was sexually abused (not by family) on the mission field. The Shack, he says, was birthed in his own wrestling with his trauma and his existential “problem of pain” — how God can be sovereign and good, and not just allow such evil in the world at large, but such evil toward me personally.

 

Disclaimer:

I will not have time to cover every heresy and doctrinal rebuttal that The Shack displays. I realize there numerous. The Trinitarian errors alone are its own class. For that I apologize , but the intention will be one class only.

I’m going to stick to my notes pretty hard so please treat this like lecture and if need be hold questions to the end.

 

The Doctrine and Defense against the message of the Shack. 

I’m indebted to the ministry of Michael Youseff for organizing this 6 thoughts  I brief.  But I have added considerable information to make this class more

Central point of the class:

The Shack doesn’t represent God as revealed in Scripture

 

  1. 1st  Message: THE WORD OF GOD IS INADEQUATE AND NOT THE FINAL AUTHORITATIVE
    A. This message comes through in three way

    1. In the central image of the narrative itself … is what? The Shack. An empty shack in the wilderness with no Bible where Mack can go and get all he needs to cope with the tragedies of from extra biblical voices. Experience trumps divine revelation and the solutions to life’s problems comes from this experience, not the Bible. In fact, this experience is to interpret Bible, instead of the Bible interpret the experience. See the trouble here?
    2. Sarayu (The Spirit) teaches to prefer any other form of revelation and that Scripture is just one of many possible revelations of God.
      1. How will we hear from God in day-to-day life (away from the miraculous shack)“You will learn to hear my thoughts in yours,” says Sarayu. “Of course you will make mistakes; everybody makes mistakes, but you will begin to better recognize my voice as we continue to grow our relationship.”
      2. And where will we find the Spirit? “You might see me in a piece of art, or music, or silence, or through people, or in Creation, or in your joy and sorrow. My ability to communicate is limitless, living and transforming, and it will always be tuned to Papa’s goodness and love. And you will hear and see me in the Bible in fresh ways. Just don’t look for rules and principles; look for relationship—a way of coming to be with us.”
    3. Mack recalls that in seminary, he had been taught that Christians should “listen to and follow sacred Scripture, properly interpreted, of course. God’s voice had been reduced to paper, and even that paper had to be moderated and deciphered by the proper authorities and intellects. It seemed that direct communication with God was something exclusively for the ancients and uncivilized, while educated Westerners’ access to God was mediated by and controlled by the intelligentsia. Nobody wanted God in a box, just in a book. Especially an expensive one bound in leather with gilt edges, or was that guilt edges?” (65, 66)

The implication is that God’s voice being “reduced to paper” is somehow insufficient for Christians

  1. In summary The Bible is never seen as a real authority or as the sufficient Word of God.
  1. Here’s what God’s word says:
    1. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
      1. The word “Scripture” here indicates graphe or the writings of (specifically here) Old Testament.
    2. Matthew 4:4 “But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’””
      1. Fully sufficient to sustain life.
    3. Exodus 31:18 “And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.”
      1. This is the first instance of many times where God’s word were put in written form
    4. Deuteronomy 31:9-13 “Then Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel. 10 And Moses commanded them, “At the end of every seven years, … you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law, 13 and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”
    5. Joshua 24:26 “And Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God.”
    6. God commanded Isaiah: Isaiah 30:8 “And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever.”
    7. In the NT Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would bring to remembrance the words which he, Jesus, had spoke. John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
    8. Paul can say what he writes to the Corinthians are “a command of the Lord” 1 Corinthians 14:37: “If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.”

 

  1. The Defense
    1. Because the written Scriptures are “God-breathed” they hold authority as God’s very word.
    2. The Old and New Testament writing are regarded as God’s Word in written form and to disobey or disbelieve any Word of Scripture is to disobey or disbelieve God himself
    3. We remember it is God himself who gave us His written Word for the purpose that we might be complete and equipped to live in this life. (trained in righteousness and equipped for good works).
    4. God himself gave us his written word not to be reduced to just paper or a book it is given to us in order to be preserved, inspected and accessible to many more people and subsequent generations.

 

 

  1. 2nd Message: YOU ARE THE POTTER. GOD SUBMITS TO YOU
  1. This message comes through in a variety of ways Here’s are the quotes:
    1. The Holy Spirit figure, Sarayu, tells Mack, “We have limited ourselves out of respect for you … Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself.

 

  1. The Father reveals himself to Mack in a form that is acceptable to him -a woman- rather than Mack accepting who’d Truly is: “hasn’t it always been

 

  1. And Papa sympathetically responds to Mack who is reluctant to demonstrate emotion: “That’s okay, we’ll do things on your terms and time.”

 

  1. The Jesus of The Shack confesses to Mack, “Submission is not about authority and it is not obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect. In fact, we are submitted to you in the same way.”

 

  1. So the common question is Why would the God of the universe seek to be submitted to mere humans? “Because we want you to join us in our circle of relationship.”

 

  1. Here’s what God’s word says:
    1. The Lord says in Isaiah 29:16: You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker,    “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it,    “He has no understanding”?

 

  1. Romans 9:19 “ You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?”

 

  1. The answer of course He does.

 

 

  1. Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

 

  1. Isaiah 45:9 ““Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles’?”

 

  1. The Defense
    1. Simple created order humbles our heart as we remember- He is God we are not. He knows more. We are the work of his hands and are not to demand the God conforms to our wants, will and powerless decrees.
  • 3nd Message: UNIVERSALISM: GOD SAVES EVERYONE, REGARDLESS.*

* This is only one tenet of universalism and arguable the most attractive pat of the message especially for the hope filled Christian with loved ones who are not yet saved. We will not be dealing with the whole subject of Christian Universalism (aka ultimate reconciliation, universal reconciliation) But severely note:  It is a most dangerous heresy.

 

  1. This message comes through the story like this:
  2. 182 Jesus: “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 no desire to make them Christian but I do want to join in their transformation into sons and daughters of my Papa, into brothers and sisters, into my Beloved.”
    1. Regardless if they come to Christ or not in repentance and trust
    2. They dialogue tries to make it sound like he saved people who had these back grounds. But its not. Because he say has no desire to make them Christian.
    3. This promotes religious pluralism- “Christianity is just the best of many ways” and portrays Jesus using all religions to reach people.
  3. The conversation continues between Mack and Jesus: Mack asks: Does that mean all roads lead to you? Jesus says Not at all… most roads don’t lead anywhere. What it does mean is that I will travel any road to find you
    1. Question: Do all roads lead some where? Yes they do.  One leads to heaven- the rest lead to hell.
    2. Question: If Jesus will travel any road—how wide is it?
  4. 192

Papa: “Honey, you asked me what Jesus accomplished on the cross, so now listen to me carefully: through his death and resurrection, I am now fully reconciled to the world.”

 

Mack: “The whole world? You mean those who believe in you, right?”

 

Papa: “The whole world, Mack. All I am telling you is that reconciliation is a two-way street, and I have done my part, totally, completely, finally. It is not the nature of love to force a relationship but it is the nature of love to open the way.”

 

  1. Here’s what God’s word says

 

  1. John14: 6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 

  1. Jesus in Scripture actually says: John 12:48 “ The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”

 

  1. Acts 4:10-12 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus[a] is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.[b] 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men[c] by which we must be saved.”

 

  1. John 3:15-16No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.[g] 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.[h]16 “For God so loved the world,[i] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

 

  1. John 3:36: Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

 

  1. John 6:40: “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

 

  1. Matthew 7:13,14 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy[a] that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

 

  1. The Defense
    1. The Bible is very clear that only those who call on the name of Jesus will be saved. 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man[a] Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time”

 

  1. Within Scripture there is a category of people repeatedly spoken of as having lose their souls, being denied Christ and doors shutting

 

  1. Mark 8:36 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

 

  1. Mark 8:38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

 

  1. Matthew 25:10-11: And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’

 

  1. Scripture accounts there is an overwhelming and intense urgency of the need for repentance and faith now in this life to avoid exclusion from the kingdom (or eternal life, age to come), in the speeches and parables of both Jesus and the apostles.

 

  1. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 indicates that the existence of hell is not unpopulated. “He (Jesus) will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord.”

 

  • 4th Message: IF YOU STRUGGLE WITH SUFFERING CHANGE WHO GOD IS.

 

  1. Here is the disturbing message
    1. Pg 92 Papa is telling Mack, “Honey, there’s no easy answer that will take your pain away. Believe me, if I had one, I’d use it now. I have no magic wand to wave over you and make it all better. Life takes a bit of time and a lot of relationship. [bold emphasis mine]
      1. Young’s defense of pain amounts to God’s hands being tied. Humans choose evil.
      2. Here is one of those times we see half-truths. In the Shack Papa’s remedy for our pain is not answers to our questions but a relationship of trust. We see the same thing in Job (which we will get too in a minute)
      3. But the disturbing part is what kind of God are we being called to trust in through The Shack’s Message?

 

  1. God is limited by the choices they make with their free will. Wisdom (a Hispanic woman portraying divine wisdom) explains, “Papa has never needed evil to accomplish his good purposes. It is you humans who have embraced evil and Papa has responded with goodness.” As Papa has said to Mack, “There was no way to create freedom without a cost.”

 

  1. Do you see the problem here? It is presenting God as less than powerful and truly sovereign and the power of man’s choices derail God’s will.

 

  1. Here’s what God says
    1. Psalm 118:5,6 Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.

What can man do to me?

  1. God can comfort and free us.

 

  1. Joel 2:24-26 “The threshing floors shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 I will restore[a] to you the years    that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,  my great army, which I sent among you
    1. God will restore

 

  1. Psalm34:22: The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
    1. God will redeem

 

  1. Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
    1. God will give you rest when you are suffering and need healing.

 

 

  1. A look at Job: Job 38- 42
  2. 38:1-3 Then the Lord qanswered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Who is this that rdarkens counsel by words swithout knowledge? tDress for action1 like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.

 

  1. 38:4-5 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know!

 

  1. 38:12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
    and caused the dawn to know its place,”

 

  1. 39:19,20: “Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane? 20 Do you make him leap like the locust? His majestic snorting is terrifying.

 

  1. 40-8,9: “Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right? Have you an arm like God,and can you thunder with a voice like his?

 

  1. Finally in 42:1-6 Job answers: “Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things,    and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,     things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.‘Hear, and I will speak;     I will question you, and you make it known to me.’I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,    but now my eye sees you;therefore I despise myself,    and repent[r] in dust and ashes.”

 

  1. The Defense
    1. All these verses point to one solid defense we must humbly accept considering Job’s suffering: God’s reply to Job makes one simple point: while human beings may have questions about how the Lord rules His world, they have no justification for demanding answers from Him. He is the Creator, but we are the creatures. We do not know enough about creation to understand all of God’s ways, much less to call Him to justify Himself.

 

  1. Submission on our part includes resting our case, including our desire for vindication, in the hands of a sovereign and good God who is not our enemy.

 

  1. True reverence that is displayed in a relationship with God is not based on comprehending everything about God, but in trusting in his wisdom and goodness and as we saw above, his power to help in time of suffering

 

 

 

  1. 5th Message: GOD WILL NEVER JUDGE BECAUSE LOVE AND JUSTICE  ARE INCOMPATIBLE.
  2. Here’s how  The Shack presents it.
  1. Love
    1. 102 Papa: “The God who is—the I am who I am—cannot act apart from love!”

 

  1. 118-119 Mack: “You seem to be especially fond of a lot of people. Are there any who you are not especially fond of?” Papa: “Nope, I haven’t been able to find any.”

 

  1. Justice
    1. 164 Wisdom: “He chose the way of the cross where mercy triumphs over justice because of love.”

 

  1. 169 Wisdom: “Mackenzie, judgment is not about destruction, but about setting things right.

 

  1. Papa talks to Mack about being a parent being fond of his/her children, no matter what mess they are in (119; also see 163). (The indication in several parts of the book is that all are God’s children). But Mack is confused; he asks, “What about your wrath?” Papa prevaricates but Mack keeps pushing the question. Finally, Papa replies, “I don’t need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it; it’s my joy to cure it” (120).

 

  1. In two lines the penal substitutionary death of Christ on the cross is wiped out and render meaningless

 

  1. See what the Scriptures say:
    1. 1 John 4:8: “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. “
      1. God is love and is loving

 

  1. Deuteronomy 32:4 “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are just A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.

 

  1. All His ways are just.

 

  1. Psalm 33:5 He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
    1. Wait a minute God loves justice? But I thought…

 

  1. Isaiah 61:8 For I the Lord love justice;  I hate robbery and wrong;[a] I will faithfully give them their recompense,  and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

 

  1. Romans 3:25-26 : whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

 

  1. 2 Timothy 4:1-3: 4 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,

 

  1. Isaiah 53:4-6: Surely he has borne our griefs    and carried our sorrows;yet we esteemed him stricken,    smitten by God, and afflicted.
    But he was pierced for our transgressions;    he was crushed for our iniquities;upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,    and with his wounds we are healed.All we like sheep have gone astray;    we have turned—every one—to his own way;and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

 

  1. John 3:16: 18 “For God so loved the world,[i] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

 

  1. Notice the summary of God’s love, God’s justice
  1. The Defense
    1. We know that God’s attributes work harmoniously. The idea that justice and love conflict, is the result of the attributes being defined in isolation from one another.
    2. Actually, love and justice have worked together in God’s dealing with the human race. God’s justice requires that there be payment of the penalty for sin. God’s love, however, desires humans to be restored to fellowship with him. The offer of Jesus Christ as the atonement for sin means that both the justice and the love of God have been maintained,”
    3. The wrath expressed toward unbelievers in the final judgement will be an expression of love and justice, it just won’t be an expression of love and assumed fairness to its object.
      1. It will be an expression of complete love and justice between the persons of the Trinity- which is hard for us to understand yet they enjoy.
      2. It will be an expression of love and justice to the rest of creation in God’s providence and common grace that will cause Glory to come the Lord’s way.

 

  1. Jesus came for a very specific reason

 

  1. 6th Message: ENCOUNTER GOD ON YOUR TERMS, IRREVERENTLY

This last point is more informal than the rest. So here it is. The God portrayed in The Shack seems casual and unconcerned with holiness, which is inconsistent with what we see in the Bible. Mack’s troubling disrespect and disregard for the Trinity would be impossible if he had encountered the sovereign, holy God.

By presenting a god wholly different from the true God revealed in the Bible, The author Young mocks the importance and uniqueness of the Word of God. He makes the Bible equal to or less than whatever personal imagination anyone might have of God. Mack did not encounter the Holy God of heaven and earth in the shack, but a created god who is controlled and manipulated by man—like an idol that is put away in a closet and brought out when needed. The Shack exchanges “the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being” (Romans 1:23).

God is awesome, and we simply cannot stand in His presence. Neither can we live without Him. It is a blatant violation of the Second commandment

CONCLUSION

From earlier  2Timothy  the warning: For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

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