Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dr. Mohler on The Shack

On occasion, I get asked about the popular book, "The Shack." This review and comment by Dr. Al Mohler says it far better than I ever could.

Dr. Mohler quite correctly lambastes the lack of discernment in the modern-day evangelical community. I concur with his comments, while also noting grimly that I'm not surprised. Scripture talks about last-days apostasy, and this is part and parcel in keeping with such apostasy.

1 comment:

lee n. field said...

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"the fact is that the Christian church has explicitly identified these teachings as just that -- heresy. The obvious question is this: How is it that so many evangelical Christians seem to be drawn not only to this story, but to the theology presented in the narrative -- a theology at so many points in conflict with evangelical convictions?" --A.M.

What evangelical convictions? I suspect evangelical political convictions are far clearer and more focused than evangelical theological convictions.

Because teaching is scattershot, and I suspect most people in the pew's theology consists of unsystematic sound bites from all sorts of sources and out of context "life verse"-type snippets of scripture, and whatever they absorb from Christian radio, where you might go from the likes of John McArthur to a Word-Faith heretic within an hour.

Can we agitate for systematic catechesis of the laity? Maybe working through the Nicene creed and a sound catechism. The Heidelberg Catechism is explicitly laid out to be gone through in a yearly cycle of Lord's days. From the beginning: "What is your only comfort, in life and in death?" "That I an not my own, but belong, body and soul, in life and death, to my faithful saviour....."

--"lee n. field", the obviously pseudonymous grumpy curmudgeon.