Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Doctrines of Demons

DOCTRINES OF DEMONS

Are you grieved that our culture thinks so little of the God who created us and the world in which we live that they accept when our Sovereign, Holy God is reduced to a caricature or a joke in a monologue? I mean, where is their fear? Not just reverential fear, I’m talking real out and out fear of Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.[1]

Do you think it’s just a sign of the times and the prophesied falling away?[2]

In Luke 18:8, Jesus asked a question, “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” You might think this is a rhetorical question, but it’s not. He’s telling of things to come and trying to make us think.

So, what type of thing would cause a believer to lose faith and possibly walk away from the TRUTH of the Holy Scriptures they may have known from childhood[3] or as an adult that brought us to Christ?


It would have to be something very subtle or else we would reject it immediately. It must grab us with emotion, infuse a spiritual element and impart some truth so we will accept it. But, once accepted, it would slyly and methodically inject lies; lies so cunning, believers must fight to remember and hold fast to Truth and the faith once delivered to the saints[4]. And if we can’t hold on, we come away with an altered God[5], another Jesus[6], a different gospel[7] and not even realize it.

Akin to this is Paul’s warning, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,”[8]

Sadly, the latest in a long line of doctrines of demons, is the new movie, The Shack, based on the 2007-2008 best-selling book of the same name.

It’s a gripping story about a man whose five-year-old daughter is brutally murdered in an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. The book/movie documents Mack’s journey from “the great sadness” to healing through three individuals who appear to him in this shack and call themselves “God”.

Yet, The Shack, because of its so-called Christian nature, makes 99% of our God-breathed Bible irrelevant.

The Shack grossly misrepresents Almighty God. It teaches there’s no need for repentance from sin because everyone goes to heaven when they die.  But please stop and think about this and other errors The Shack teaches. Are they true according to God’s revealed TRUTH in the Bible? No, a thousand times NO[9]. These are subtle, undermining LIES seeking to alter your understanding of who God is. Believing these fallacies has led some to reject the real Jesus and seek more false teachers who will tickle their ears, like Rob Bell.

I’m not the only one shouting warning. Praise God, brighter minds than mine are also warning with tears. Dr. Michael Yousef of Leading the Way Ministries, in his sermon – “The Shack – Uncovered” – warns of teachings, preachings, and books that are, “…half-truths, almost right, outwardly appealing are far more dangerous than plain wrong and evil.” Then he lists thirteen heresies of The Shack.[10]

In 2008, God guided me to write a critique and distribute it to area churches, because I found some were using The Shack as a Bible study. Now that the movie is out, God directed me to dust off the critique, post it to my blog, and again give warning. If you are interested, please check it out to the right of this article listed under Pages.

I pray God will increase your discernment and open your eyes to the doctrines of demons taught by The Shack.

I love you all in Christ Jesus,
Anita





[1] Matthew 10:28
[2] II Thessalonians 2:3
[3] II Timothy 3:15
[4] Jude 1:3
[5] Romans 1:18-24
[6] II Corinthians 11:2-4
[7] Galatians 1:6-7
[8] I Timothy 4:1
[9] Luke 13:1-5; Acts 17:30

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