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Give What You've Got
by Dr Bruce Woolard
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Shackled to the Shack

By Dr Bruce Woolard

FOREWARD

Discerning Christians worldwide are concerned by the feeble gullibility of so many believers who name the Lord as Saviour and redeemer and succumb to deception and heresy.

The first century Christians faced deceptive and subtle lies that threatened the name of Christ. They named and shamed heretics who promoted doctrines of devils. The sacred Christian Scriptures warn of a future age when confessing believers will depart from the faith and fall victim to the seductive lies of Satan.

The purpose of this booklet is not to harm fellow believers but to help them to better understand the revival of ancient Gnostic beliefs and the grave consequences of entertaining and asserting novels which purport to be Christian but covertly promote heresy.

INTRODUCTION

At first glance the novel “The Shack” by William Paul Young seems an innocent and harmless story or allegory written to help people of faith who grapple with their relationship with God. Most Christians are unaware of the diabolical plot hatched by the forces of evil to undermine the Bible as our authority and road map for life. There is an attempt to redefine “Christianity” so that it embraces all religions.

Faithful godly whistle blowers have been warning the church for decades that a sinister new age philosophy will make inroads into evangelical churches and create a new concept of Christ that will lead to apostasy. “The Shack” follows that on the leads of books like the “Da Vinci Code” and the paraphrased Bible called “The Message” and “A Course in Miracles”.

Christian fads come and go. Modern churches and their leaders are constantly seeking new methods and means to retain the interest of their followers. A change in methods of reaching and teaching people sometimes is necessary as society and technology changes but the concern and danger lies not with methods but man’s attempt to alter and change the message of the Cross and the cardinal doctrine of Christianity to suit his listeners.

The Scriptures warn of an age of deception and apostasy.

1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Ti 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 
2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 
2Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

1Jn 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1Jn 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 
1Jn 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 
2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 
2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 
2Co 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 
2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The Shack is a human attempt to redefine the Trinity and other important Christian doctrines.

The novels main character, Mack Philips, received an invitation to visit “The Shack” where his daughter was murdered. “God” extends the invitation to Mack so that he can meet the Trinity.

The book portrays Jesus as a down to earth carpenter (a buddy Orpal), the Holy Spirit as an enlightened Asian woman and God the Father as an Afro-American woman named Papa. The Shack presents God to form that he is willing to accept. It’s in vogue to present God in a form that is palatable and pleasing to the seeker. A seeker friendly message is more appealing than the Gospel message of the Bible.

The book is an allegory or fictional story that is written to promote “new truth.” The unsuspecting reader is entertained by a clever and subtle dialogue that gradually seduces the mind and sows seeds of error about salvation and the Trinity. The concept that there is no place for the historical Jesus is gaining support in Christendom. There is a movement within the rank and file of the church that seeks to overall the orthodox view that Jesus and the Bible. There is a popular call to re-invent or re-think the teaching of Christianity.

The Shack offers a standard from right and wrong so there is no real need for Biblical repentance. The deluding Gospel of another Jesus and another Spirit is the false Gospel being promoted in books, like The Shack.

Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 
Gal 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed

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