Did the enemy get him?

I used to think highly of Gordon McDonald until I read this, http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/currenttrendscolumns/leadershipweekly/theshackbykingdavid.html

How he can talk about God the Father in this way “I found myself wanting to sit at her kitchen table and to enjoy her cooking, her conversation, and her maternal affection.”

I find no reference in the Bible to God’s “maternal affection” but I have heard that “…faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”  Romans 10:17 (ESV)

That is where we need to start, with the Bible; any book that takes liberties and rewrites what the Bible says is dangerous.

Revelation 22:17-19 (ESV)

 17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

Heavenly Father,
You are great and merciful and we are weak and needy.  Thank you for giving us your word; please protect us from those who would twist and distort it for intentions other than your will.  We know that all will be shaken so we ask for great strength from you that we may be good witnesses to your glory, for Jesus’ sake we pray.


3 Responses to “Did the enemy get him?”

  1. Amen!

    It really bothers me that he compares what the author of the Shack is doing to David in the writing of the Psalms. David was writing by the Holy Spirit the inspired words of God. God has a right to describe Himself any way He wants. We don’t. He has dictated to us how we are to think of Him.

    This picture of God as a woman clearly rejects how God refers to Himself and even subverts Scripture which tells us that a woman is not to have authority over a man – and here is this guy representing God as a woman having authority over Christ. This book is subversive on so many levels.

  2. Jim,

    I kind of like the ideal of having a shepherd with me while I walk through the shadow of the Valley of Death. Not sure what kind of point Young was trying to prove but I like the ideal of going through Jesus to get to the Father..Good post

  3. Paul Young seems to have issues with all authority because he believes authority to be incompatible with love. (I am basing this on statements made by the God-characters in The Shack) In the book the Trinity deny that they wield authority either as between each other or in relationship to creation. Instead of a hierarchy they are all part of a co-equal circle of love. Salvation consists of drawing humans into this circle. I think this is the true significance of the choice of a woman to portray the Father. Young wanted to show God as something other than an authority figure.

    Needless to say, this sweeping denial that God’s love can co-exist with His authority owes nothing to scripture and everything to the limitations of Young’s own imagination. I believe that the damage done by his early experiences is showing here. It is unfortunate that he has been unable to rise above it. If you feel led to pray for him in any area, I think this is it.

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