“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” Jeremiah 5:31
by John Lanagan
My Word Like Fire
In the novel, The Shack, the “Jesus” says of “God,” “Isn’t she great?” (pg.88)
Actually–theologically–she’s a horror.
With all the controversy still raging around this novel, with the author’s admission that he does not believe the Father punished Christ on the cross for our sins, a demonic goal has been accomplished: Goddess worship has entered the church.
This may seem like a wild exaggeration.
Yet, as Professor Mary Kassian has noted, the liberal, mainstream church introduced “Christa,” a “female” version of the Lord decades ago. There has been a significant change since that liberal, limited attempt of the 1980s–that is, the Body of Christ as a whole is far more amenable to errant theology. No denomination has entirely rejected the lure of The Shack.
According to Kassian,
The Shack contains terribly wrong concepts about God. Plain and simple. If you think it doesn’t, then you’re well on your way to accepting the image of the Christa on the cross. In a few years, you’ll be hanging her up in your church. I don’t think I’m overstating the case. In my book I’ve carefully documented the way it happened in mainline churches. The arguments used to justify their feminist Christa are the same ones The Shack uses to justify its feminized version of God. In essence, there’s no difference between the artistic image of a feminized Jesus (a.k.a. “Sophia”) hanging on a cross and the artistic image of a feminized Aunt Jemima Papa god in a book. If the latter doesn’t offend you, then the former really shouldn’t. (Re-Imagining God In The Shack by Mary Kassian)
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
There are three objectives in spreading The Shack theology among God’s people: The introduction of goddess worship; the introduction of a false “christ;” and a denial of the purpose of the cross. Click here to continue reading.