William P. Young just recently released a new book titled Lies We Believe About God. Conveniently this book was released following his previous book The Shack being made into a movie and debuting in theaters last week. There was a lot to say about The Shack from many who were adamantly opposed to it and those who were in support of it. The ambiguous theological overtones in this fiction story were very concerning to those who, for all intents and purposes, had discernment towards the danger of the movies theology.
Even William Young stated that the book was fiction but was based on his view of God. It was not until just recently that the argument could be made that there was no theological value to Young’s writing. That he was simply a fiction author who wrote a story of his view of God. All of those speculations are now put to rest with the release of Lies We Believe About God which is in fact a non-fiction book of Young’s very skewed and damning theology.
Without doing rework on what others have said about this new book I want to highlight some of the most disturbing and frustrating things that Young has said. Thanks to a fantastic author and book reviewer Tim Challies we can look directly at what Young teaches without having to support this damnable book.
Challies takes the main themes in Lies We Believe About God and breaks them down to help us see the true character of the god of The Shack. Young teaches;
-that man is inherently good (Ch.2)
-that God is not in control but that He submits to us (Ch.3)
-that Christianity is a human institute and not a religion brought about by God (Ch.5)
-church structure and “religion” is dangerous (Ch.12)
-everyone is saved (Universalism)(Ch.13)
-Hell isn’t real (Ch. 15)
-the cross was not God’s plan but man’s attempt to destroy God (Ch.17)
-that Jesus was God’s “child sacrifice” (Ch.19)
“In Lies We Believe About God, we see Paul Young apart from the subjectivity of narrative. And as he proclaims what he denies and affirms, he outs himself as beyond the bounds of Christian orthodoxy. This book is a credo for false teaching, for full-out heresy. I do not say this lightly, I do not say it gleefully, but I do say it confidently. Christian booksellers should be utterly ashamed to sell this book or any other by its author. Christians should not subject themselves to his teaching or promote his works, for he despises sound doctrine that leads to salvation and advocates false doctrine that will only ever lead away from God.” – Tim Challies
What’s the problem? Popular Christians have been endorsing The Shack like it’s the new addendum to the Bible itself. Air1 and KLOVE have been praising the movie for the way it demonstrates the God of the Bible. Artists like Lecrae, Mandisa, Michael W. Smith and more have either endorsed this heretical book or have written music to go along in its soundtrack. For the amateur believer, to read a book that displays God in a way that is counter to how He is seen in scripture will severely confuse and impact their view when they read the Bible. Here is to hoping that those who supported The Shack will openly apologize and correct their mistake.
Please read the full review from Mr. Challies here: http://www.challies.com/book-reviews/what-does-the-shack-really-teach-read-lies-we-believe-about-god