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Sunday, January 11, 2009

THE SHACK & Its New Age Leaven

Well, I was going to move on to something else, but The Shack seems to be a hot topic. So here a Warren Smith article from Herescope about the New Age implications of The Shack. I will follow this up with an in depth article by Warren Smith about the New Age in the church. Warren was a New Ager for years and is now a Christian who is fighting for Truth. His book The Light that was Dark tells his story of how he was deceived into the New Age cult. I highly recommend it. He went on the write Deceived on Purpose a book about the New Age tendencies in the Purpose Driven Life. For more information on these two books click on the link Lighthouse trails under the discenment site links. -Chris


God IN Everything?

By Warren Smith

“A little leaven leaventh the whole lump.”
- Galatians 5:9




The Shack is being described as a “Christian” novel and is currently ranked number one on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback fiction. Many believers are buying multiple copies and giving them to friends and family. The Shack reads as a true story, but is obviously allegorical fiction. The book conveys postmodern spiritual ideas and teachings that challenge biblical Christianity – all in the name of “God” and “Jesus” and the “Holy Spirit.” Author William P. Young’s alternative presentation of traditional Christianity has both inspired and outraged his many readers. All the while his book continues to fly off the shelves of local bookstores.

Much like New Age author James Redfield’s book The Celestine Prophecy, The Shack is a fictional vehicle for upending certain religious concepts and presenting contrary spiritual scenarios. Allegorical novels can be a clever way to present truth. They can also be used to present things that seem to be true but really are not. Some books like The Shack do both.

I was drawn into the New Age Movement years ago by books and lectures containing parabolic stories that were not unlike The Shack. They felt spiritually uplifting as they tackled tough issues and talked about God’s love and forgiveness. They seemed to provide me with what I spiritually needed as they gave me much needed hope and promise. Building on the credibility they achieved through their inspirational and emotive writings, my New Age authors and teachers would then go on to tell me that “God” was “in” everyone and everything.

I discovered that author William P. Young does exactly the same thing in The Shack. He moves through his very engaging and emotional story to eventually present this same New Age teaching that God is “in” everything.

But I am getting ahead of myself. Let me first provide some background material concerning this key New Age doctrine that “God is in everything.” A good place to start is with Eugene Peterson, the author of the controversial Bible paraphrase The Message. After all, Peterson’s enthusiastic endorsement of The Shack is featured right under the author’s name on the front cover.

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