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  • 16 Sep 2021
    TOZER DEVOTIONAL Thu, September 16, 2021 Being and Doing Emerson complains in one of his essays that society tends to overlook our essential humanity and to think of us as being what we do. There should be no farmers, he argues, or carpenters, or painters; there should only be men who farm and paint and do carpenter work. This distinction is fine but vastly important, for the most vital thing about any man is not what he does or what he has but what he is. And first of all, a man must be a man — that is, a human being free in the earth, free to do anything his basic humanity requires him to do. And apart from sin (which is a moral abnormality, a disease in the heart of the man), whatever the man does is good and natural and pleasing to God. Man was made in the image of God; it is that image that gave him his high honor as a man and marked him out as something unique and apart. His occupation — farmer, carpenter, miner or office worker — is altogether incidental. Whatever he may do for his living, he is always a man, the special creature of God. Except for the presence of sin in human nature, there could be no nobler sign than the one seen so often on city streets or in the middle of busy highways: "Men at Work." Whatever he may be doing, the significant thing is that he is a man. "You made him a little lower than the angels" (Romans 2:7). And nothing he does can change in any degree his essential humanity. His work can neither elevate nor degrade him; being made in God's image, he can elevate work by the very fact that he engages in it. A prince walks casually across the field, and his path becomes to the populace something different and wonderful. A thousand oxen had walked there before, but now the field is royal. The humble cow path did not degrade the prince; rather, he elevated it by his presence. That is as men see things, but it serves to illustrate a higher truth. Verse And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.2 Corinthians 3:18 Thought We have been created in the image of God. Because of sin that image has been marred and distorted but not destroyed. As those of second-birth God purposes to transform us into the likeness of Christ. Understandable it is, then, being colors doing! Prayer May I be increasingly aware, Lord, that my being colors my doing.
  • TOZER DEVOTIONAL Thu, September 16, 2021 Being and Doing Emerson complains in one of his essays that society tends to overlook our essential humanity and to think of us as being what we do. There should be no farmers, he argues, or carpenters, or painters; there should only be men who farm and paint and do carpenter work. This distinction is fine but vastly important, for the most vital thing about any man is not what he does or what he has but what he is. And first of all, a man must be a man — that is, a human being free in the earth, free to do anything his basic humanity requires him to do. And apart from sin (which is a moral abnormality, a disease in the heart of the man), whatever the man does is good and natural and pleasing to God. Man was made in the image of God; it is that image that gave him his high honor as a man and marked him out as something unique and apart. His occupation — farmer, carpenter, miner or office worker — is altogether incidental. Whatever he may do for his living, he is always a man, the special creature of God. Except for the presence of sin in human nature, there could be no nobler sign than the one seen so often on city streets or in the middle of busy highways: "Men at Work." Whatever he may be doing, the significant thing is that he is a man. "You made him a little lower than the angels" (Romans 2:7). And nothing he does can change in any degree his essential humanity. His work can neither elevate nor degrade him; being made in God's image, he can elevate work by the very fact that he engages in it. A prince walks casually across the field, and his path becomes to the populace something different and wonderful. A thousand oxen had walked there before, but now the field is royal. The humble cow path did not degrade the prince; rather, he elevated it by his presence. That is as men see things, but it serves to illustrate a higher truth. Verse And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.2 Corinthians 3:18 Thought We have been created in the image of God. Because of sin that image has been marred and distorted but not destroyed. As those of second-birth God purposes to transform us into the likeness of Christ. Understandable it is, then, being colors doing! Prayer May I be increasingly aware, Lord, that my being colors my doing.
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  • 16 Sep 2021
    The Mystery of Beit Lechem Thursday, September 16, 2021   Bethlehem - in Hebrew is really two words: Bet and Lechem. Bet means house. Lechem means bread. Bethlehem means - THE HOUSE or PLACE - OF BREAD. What is the Bread of Life? It's what we need more than anything else. If you needed money, marriage, pleasures, alcohol or drugs - then they would have them all in Bethlehem - for Bet Lechem is the House of Bread. But these they did not find. Instead, they found a baby, a person. They didn't even find His teachings or miracles or words - they just found Him. For what do you need more than anything? You need Him, He who is LOVE. And if we needed more, He would have come with riches and accompaniments. You want your needs to be met? Then turn away from seeking all the other things and come to Bet Lechem - the House of Bread. There you will find the Bread of Life. It's not a thing nor an idea - but HIM alone. For God would only give what you need most. And He gave you Jesus. He is all you need - and the only thing that fills. From Message #430 - The House of Bread   Today's Mission Put away something you may have sought fulfillment in (a habit, an indulgence, an entertainment) - and seek instead to be filled in His presence.   Scripture: John 6:35   Rabbi Jonathan Cahn
    3 Posted by Bud Stilwell
  • The Mystery of Beit Lechem Thursday, September 16, 2021   Bethlehem - in Hebrew is really two words: Bet and Lechem. Bet means house. Lechem means bread. Bethlehem means - THE HOUSE or PLACE - OF BREAD. What is the Bread of Life? It's what we need more than anything else. If you needed money, marriage, pleasures, alcohol or drugs - then they would have them all in Bethlehem - for Bet Lechem is the House of Bread. But these they did not find. Instead, they found a baby, a person. They didn't even find His teachings or miracles or words - they just found Him. For what do you need more than anything? You need Him, He who is LOVE. And if we needed more, He would have come with riches and accompaniments. You want your needs to be met? Then turn away from seeking all the other things and come to Bet Lechem - the House of Bread. There you will find the Bread of Life. It's not a thing nor an idea - but HIM alone. For God would only give what you need most. And He gave you Jesus. He is all you need - and the only thing that fills. From Message #430 - The House of Bread   Today's Mission Put away something you may have sought fulfillment in (a habit, an indulgence, an entertainment) - and seek instead to be filled in His presence.   Scripture: John 6:35   Rabbi Jonathan Cahn
    Sep 16, 2021 3
  • 16 Sep 2021
    Jesus: The Son of the Blessed But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, "Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" Mark 14:61   During the trial of Jesus, the high priest asked Him, “Are You . . . the Son of the Blessed?” (Mark 14:61). The rabbis used the title “the Blessed” as a substitute for Jehovah; they didn’t want to blaspheme the Lord’s name by carnal speech. The sarcastic high priest didn’t realize that Jesus was actually the Son of the Blessed; therefore, he didn’t receive blessings from Jesus. The high priest didn’t realize that Jesus was the Christ—the Messiah; therefore, he didn’t believe in Him or worship Jesus.   Jesus, I recognize who You are. I accept You as Christ, who died for my sins. I realize that You are the Son of God, so I worship You.   The high priest knew all about the doctrine of the Messiah in his head, but he rejected the Person of the Messiah when He stood before him. The Jewish leaders knew in their heads all the names of God; but when their Messiah stood before them, they were blinded by their unbelief. Doubt begins in the heart when we feed our appetites on sin. Corrupted belief comes from corrupted living. Keep yourself from outward evil so you that won’t deny the Lord as the high priest did.   Jesus, I recognize that You are the Son of the Blessed. Be honored in my life. Amen.   Go Deeper: Mark 14:53-65   Jesus is the Son of God, who blessed us.
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  • Jesus: The Son of the Blessed But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, "Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" Mark 14:61   During the trial of Jesus, the high priest asked Him, “Are You . . . the Son of the Blessed?” (Mark 14:61). The rabbis used the title “the Blessed” as a substitute for Jehovah; they didn’t want to blaspheme the Lord’s name by carnal speech. The sarcastic high priest didn’t realize that Jesus was actually the Son of the Blessed; therefore, he didn’t receive blessings from Jesus. The high priest didn’t realize that Jesus was the Christ—the Messiah; therefore, he didn’t believe in Him or worship Jesus.   Jesus, I recognize who You are. I accept You as Christ, who died for my sins. I realize that You are the Son of God, so I worship You.   The high priest knew all about the doctrine of the Messiah in his head, but he rejected the Person of the Messiah when He stood before him. The Jewish leaders knew in their heads all the names of God; but when their Messiah stood before them, they were blinded by their unbelief. Doubt begins in the heart when we feed our appetites on sin. Corrupted belief comes from corrupted living. Keep yourself from outward evil so you that won’t deny the Lord as the high priest did.   Jesus, I recognize that You are the Son of the Blessed. Be honored in my life. Amen.   Go Deeper: Mark 14:53-65   Jesus is the Son of God, who blessed us.
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  • 16 Sep 2021
    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus,   Thank You for the example You gave us while You walked on the earth.   There were times when Your silence was powerful.   Other times Your wise questions and Scripture responses spoke volumes.   You are the best example of thinking before speaking; planning before acting; being angry without sinning; loving Your enemies.   I love You Jesus, You are the Living Word who was in the beginning, is now and forever will be...   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1-5   May You be glorified through my life.   In thankfulness and love I come to You, asking for and accepting Your gift of forgiveness.   I am so unworthy, but because of You, I have become righteous before God the Father.   I offer myself to You   In Jesus' holy name I pray,   Amen.
    8 Posted by Bud Stilwell
  • Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus,   Thank You for the example You gave us while You walked on the earth.   There were times when Your silence was powerful.   Other times Your wise questions and Scripture responses spoke volumes.   You are the best example of thinking before speaking; planning before acting; being angry without sinning; loving Your enemies.   I love You Jesus, You are the Living Word who was in the beginning, is now and forever will be...   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1-5   May You be glorified through my life.   In thankfulness and love I come to You, asking for and accepting Your gift of forgiveness.   I am so unworthy, but because of You, I have become righteous before God the Father.   I offer myself to You   In Jesus' holy name I pray,   Amen.
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  • 16 Sep 2021
    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1-5
    4 Posted by Bud Stilwell
  • Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1-5
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  • 15 Sep 2021
    SIMPSON DEVOTIONAL Inspirational Readings by A.B. Simpson Days of Heaven on Earth Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Some things have their cycle in an hour and some in a century. Long or short, God's plans shall complete their cycle. The tender annual which blossoms for a season and dies, and the American aloe which develops in a century-each is true to its normal principle. Many of us desire to pluck our fruit in June rather than wait until October, and so, of course, the fruit is sour and immature. But God's purposes ripen slowly and fully, and faith waits while it tarries knowing it will surely come and will not tarry too long. It is perfect rest to fully learn and wholly trust this glorious promise. We may know without a question that His purposes shall be accomplished when we have fully committed our ways to Him and are walking in watchful obedience to His every prompting. This faith will give a calm and tranquil poise to the spirit and save us from restless fretting and trying to do too much ourselves.   Wait, and every wrong will righten, Wait, and every cloud will brighten, If you only wait. Scripture Though it tarry, wait for it; for it will surely come, and will not tarry —Habakkuk 2:3
  • SIMPSON DEVOTIONAL Inspirational Readings by A.B. Simpson Days of Heaven on Earth Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Some things have their cycle in an hour and some in a century. Long or short, God's plans shall complete their cycle. The tender annual which blossoms for a season and dies, and the American aloe which develops in a century-each is true to its normal principle. Many of us desire to pluck our fruit in June rather than wait until October, and so, of course, the fruit is sour and immature. But God's purposes ripen slowly and fully, and faith waits while it tarries knowing it will surely come and will not tarry too long. It is perfect rest to fully learn and wholly trust this glorious promise. We may know without a question that His purposes shall be accomplished when we have fully committed our ways to Him and are walking in watchful obedience to His every prompting. This faith will give a calm and tranquil poise to the spirit and save us from restless fretting and trying to do too much ourselves.   Wait, and every wrong will righten, Wait, and every cloud will brighten, If you only wait. Scripture Though it tarry, wait for it; for it will surely come, and will not tarry —Habakkuk 2:3
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  • 23 Jul 2016
    Once again, I have had several instances of a recurring theme show up, getting my attention. In this case it revolves around a shoe. You see, ever since I broke my leg, the time I spent recovering and healing, I found myself truly diving into Gods word for solace and comfort. I also spent a great deal of time painting, (although the paint was digital, just me and my iPad) I was playing around one day and just happened to start a free-form painting, something that looked like a woman's high heel shoe emerged, so I went with it. It came out fantastic, it pleased me so much, that it became the first in a series of shoes. I thought later on about it that perhaps it was because I was injured and desirous of being able to return to such attire (which seemed really far off, if ever at all).LOLRolling ahead, I've recovered, but keep painting my fancy shoes amongst other works of art. Incidentally, over over the last few weeks, I've been drawn to several passages in the Bible, all of which revolve around a shoe or shoes. I watched the movie, the Story of Ruth from the Bible, (Ruth 4:7) who became the wife of Boaz, (the Great Grandparents of David) I read about Moses being instructed to remove his shoes, as he was standing on Holy ground (Exodus 3:5) and the same thing for Joshua (Joshua 5: 14-15). Further research uncovered yet other mention of shoes, such as (Amos 2:6) which refers to Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into slavery! (which speaks to the injustices of this world, those who sit in high places who have dominion and power, supposing to be in good standing, who are not)Every account mentioned above, has different meanings, different connotations attached, one meant concession (forfeiting their possession or rights thereto) another meant humbleness, in standing before God and yet another stood for symbolism of an injustice (where money, possession and power were favored over the kinship of blood and brotherhood). So what is the underlying unifying theme to all of this. It is obedience, obtaining it, remaining in it or the lack of it!I think of a baby, walking around with no shoes, barefoot and it conjures up thoughts of trust, being carefree and cared for. God wants us in spirit to be barefoot to Him, like a baby. We see the loss of a shoe, as symbolic, this applies to anything you might have lost in your life; if it's yours and meant for you, worn by you, what use is it to anyone else?! In all honesty those that take from others will find that their spoils are as useful as one shoe, in other words useless! That which is taken from us wrongfully, will surely have to be returned or counted to us for restitution. Then we have the conscious and intentional forfeit, isn't that a picture of dying to this world for the gain of Christ Jesus?! Having the Lord dwell within us, shouldn't we allow Him to fill our shoes? To order our footsteps and keep us on that path?! Blessed are the feet of those who spread the Gospel! Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! I hope that gives you some new insights on the significance of walking with the Lord and staying in step with the rhythm of obedience! Have a Blessed week!Heavenly Father, I plead the blood of the lamb protection over me and mine, over the family, my brothers and sisters in Christ, Lord. let our footsteps always be in proper alignment. Keep us on the path to attaining Your righteousness, go before us in all things preparing the way. Help us to stand strong in Your will and walk swiftly away from anything that is not pleasing to You. Steady us in our endeavors and bless us as we carry out your commands in this life as well as the one promised to us, which is coming soon! In Jesus Yehushua Mighty name, we pray amen!Amos 2:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;Joshua 5: 14-15 He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” 15The captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.Ruth4:7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.Isaiah 52:7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, Your God reigns!*´¨) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan SMZ3D ت smz ™ © ® NOW on Podcast!http://www.spreaker.com/show/the_monday_message_by_susanmarie_z The Monday Message Blogwww.TheMondayMorningMessage.comThe Monday Message of FBhttps://www.facebook.com/MondayMorningMessageThe Eternal Body Of Christ on FBhttps://www.facebook.com/TheEternalBodyOfChrist
    37138 Posted by Susan Marie
  • Once again, I have had several instances of a recurring theme show up, getting my attention. In this case it revolves around a shoe. You see, ever since I broke my leg, the time I spent recovering and healing, I found myself truly diving into Gods word for solace and comfort. I also spent a great deal of time painting, (although the paint was digital, just me and my iPad) I was playing around one day and just happened to start a free-form painting, something that looked like a woman's high heel shoe emerged, so I went with it. It came out fantastic, it pleased me so much, that it became the first in a series of shoes. I thought later on about it that perhaps it was because I was injured and desirous of being able to return to such attire (which seemed really far off, if ever at all).LOLRolling ahead, I've recovered, but keep painting my fancy shoes amongst other works of art. Incidentally, over over the last few weeks, I've been drawn to several passages in the Bible, all of which revolve around a shoe or shoes. I watched the movie, the Story of Ruth from the Bible, (Ruth 4:7) who became the wife of Boaz, (the Great Grandparents of David) I read about Moses being instructed to remove his shoes, as he was standing on Holy ground (Exodus 3:5) and the same thing for Joshua (Joshua 5: 14-15). Further research uncovered yet other mention of shoes, such as (Amos 2:6) which refers to Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into slavery! (which speaks to the injustices of this world, those who sit in high places who have dominion and power, supposing to be in good standing, who are not)Every account mentioned above, has different meanings, different connotations attached, one meant concession (forfeiting their possession or rights thereto) another meant humbleness, in standing before God and yet another stood for symbolism of an injustice (where money, possession and power were favored over the kinship of blood and brotherhood). So what is the underlying unifying theme to all of this. It is obedience, obtaining it, remaining in it or the lack of it!I think of a baby, walking around with no shoes, barefoot and it conjures up thoughts of trust, being carefree and cared for. God wants us in spirit to be barefoot to Him, like a baby. We see the loss of a shoe, as symbolic, this applies to anything you might have lost in your life; if it's yours and meant for you, worn by you, what use is it to anyone else?! In all honesty those that take from others will find that their spoils are as useful as one shoe, in other words useless! That which is taken from us wrongfully, will surely have to be returned or counted to us for restitution. Then we have the conscious and intentional forfeit, isn't that a picture of dying to this world for the gain of Christ Jesus?! Having the Lord dwell within us, shouldn't we allow Him to fill our shoes? To order our footsteps and keep us on that path?! Blessed are the feet of those who spread the Gospel! Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! I hope that gives you some new insights on the significance of walking with the Lord and staying in step with the rhythm of obedience! Have a Blessed week!Heavenly Father, I plead the blood of the lamb protection over me and mine, over the family, my brothers and sisters in Christ, Lord. let our footsteps always be in proper alignment. Keep us on the path to attaining Your righteousness, go before us in all things preparing the way. Help us to stand strong in Your will and walk swiftly away from anything that is not pleasing to You. Steady us in our endeavors and bless us as we carry out your commands in this life as well as the one promised to us, which is coming soon! In Jesus Yehushua Mighty name, we pray amen!Amos 2:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;Joshua 5: 14-15 He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” 15The captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.Ruth4:7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.Isaiah 52:7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, Your God reigns!*´¨) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan SMZ3D ت smz ™ © ® NOW on Podcast!http://www.spreaker.com/show/the_monday_message_by_susanmarie_z The Monday Message Blogwww.TheMondayMorningMessage.comThe Monday Message of FBhttps://www.facebook.com/MondayMorningMessageThe Eternal Body Of Christ on FBhttps://www.facebook.com/TheEternalBodyOfChrist
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  • 27 Aug 2016
    God only requires of his adult children, that their hearts be truly purified, and that they offer him continually the wishes and vows that naturally spring from perfect love. For these desires, being the genuine fruits of love, are the most perfect prayers that can spring from it. It is scarce conceivable how strait the way is wherein God leads them that follow him; and how dependent on him we must be, unless we are wanting in our faithfulness to him. John Wesley
    22480 Posted by Bud Stilwell
  • God only requires of his adult children, that their hearts be truly purified, and that they offer him continually the wishes and vows that naturally spring from perfect love. For these desires, being the genuine fruits of love, are the most perfect prayers that can spring from it. It is scarce conceivable how strait the way is wherein God leads them that follow him; and how dependent on him we must be, unless we are wanting in our faithfulness to him. John Wesley
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  • 04 Dec 2016
    WHEN THE SUPPOSEDLY "CHRISTIAN" FICTIONAL BOOK, "THE SHACK" CAME OUT, I WAS GIVEN A COPY OF IT AS A GIFT.  I READ IT AND WAS SHOCKED, SADDENED, AND AT POINTS APPALLED BY THE AUTHOR, WILLIAM P. YOUNG, AND HIS CHARACTERIZATION OF OUR TRIUNE GOD OF THE BIBLE.  I WAS FURTHER SADDENED THAT ANY TRUE GODLY CHRISTIAN PASTOR, TEACHER, OR CHURCH WOULD CELEBRATE IT, MUCH LESS RECOMMEND IT.   IT IS A SAD INDICTMENT OF THE LACK OF TRUE BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE AND GODLY WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT PROLIFERATING THE PULPITS OF CHURCHES TODAY. THERE ARE AT LEAST 26 GLARING TWISTED DECEPTIONS, IF NOT OUTRIGHT LIES IN THE BOOK THE SHACK. MANY THANKS TO L.L. SHELTON FOR THE DETAILED BIBLICAL SCRIPTURE REFERENCES.   NOW THAT THE SHACK HAS BEEN MADE INTO A MOVIE TO BE RELEASED SOON, I WANTED TO GIVE THE CSN FAMILY THE BIBLE'S RESPONSES TO THIS BOOK, BY WAY OF COMPARISON.   JOHN 8:32, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."   “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16 “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:20-21   HERE ARE THE COMPARISONS...WHAT THE SHACK SUGGESTS AND THEN WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES.   1. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, PAGE 22: God does NOT punish sin. (“Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it; it’s my joy to cure it.”)   1. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Sin is most certainly its own punishment, as the consequences of sin are most likely to go unrelieved even in the presence of genuine forgiveness, however sin is definitely and finally punished. We condemn ourselves through our persistence in sin, and He finally punishes our persistence in sin. (See Num. 14:18, Ecc. 11:9-10, Jer. 12:17, Jer. 34:17-20, Ezekiel 38:17-23, Isaiah 33:13-16, Isaiah 53:5-6, Micah 1:13-15, Hos. 8:11-14, Hos. 9:7-9, Nahum 1:3, Matt. 10:28, Matt. 13:49-50, Matt. 18: 7-9, Matt. 24:50-51, Matt. 25:33, Matt. 25:41, Matt. 25:46, Mark 9:42-48, Luke 3:9, 16-17, Luke 10: 13-15, Luke 13:28, Luke 16:23-24, John 3:18, John 5:28-29, John 12:48, Romans 4:25, Romans 6:23, 2 Cor. 11:15, James 2:12-13, James 4:19-20, 2 Peter 2:1-10)   2. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p.124: There is NO absolute authority present in The Trinity. (“Mackenzie, we have no concept of final authority among us, only unity.”)   2. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: All must submit to Our Great Father, Christ included, though He does not have to be made to submit, as in His sinless perfection, He does so willingly; and submission implies authority, though you may be volunteering to allow that authority. (Matt. 26:39,42, Matt. 14:35-36, Luke 22:41-43, John 6:38, John 8:28-29, John 10:18, John 12:49-50, John 14:30-31, John 15:10, John 17:1-4, 1 Cor. 15:28, Philip. 2:5-8, Heb. 5:1-7)   3. LESSION FROM THE SHACK, p. 121: It is NOT okay for God to hate. (“I don’t like a lot of the choices they (my kids) make, but that anger-especially for me- is an expression of love all the same. I love the ones I am angry with just as much as those I’m not.”)   3. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God allows Himself to hate, and He is sinless in it. He is pure as He hates. The fact that God is Love does not imply that He can not hate. We are not allowed to hate anything but sin, because we are not perfect. We can not remain pure in our hatred of anything other than sin; our own sin, as well as that of others. We must accept our own limitations, and we must refrain from re-designing God into a being of our own desiring. We must remember: It is not God’s character that is on trial- it is our own. (Psalm 5:5, Malachi 1:1-5, Romans 9:6-21, Ps. 11:4-5, Ps. 45:7, Ps. 97:10, Amos 5:15, Rom. 7:15, Rev. 2:6)   4. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 124-125: Authority is BAD. Authority destroys relationship. (“Once you have a hierarchy you need rules to protect and administer it, and then you need law and the enforcement of the rules, and you end up with some kind of chain of command or a system of order that destroys relationship rather than promotes it.” “Don’t confuse adaptation with intention…”)   4. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Authority is good. The presence of authority is not the evil. The abuse of authority is the evil. Furthermore, lack of submission to the authority of God is the ultimate evil which will send many to hell.It is true that we should not confuse adaptation with intention. We must intentionally submit to the authority of God, through Christ, and in The Holy Spirit. We must intentionally submit to all authority placed over us that is not sin; however we must not submit to sin for any cause! Therefore, we certainly must not merely adapt to our position. We must readily evaluate all authority in The Light of God’s Holy Scripture; we must submit to that which is not sinful, and we must resist or flee that which is sinful. While we will not be perfect in this, and God stands ready to forgive in the face of confession and genuine repentance, still it is a mandate. (2 Chron. 30:8, Jer. 42:6, Matt. 8:5-13, 27, Matt. 10:28, Matt. 12:30-32, Matt. 14:40-43, 49-50, Mark 1:27, Luke 4:36, Luke 7:1-10, Luke 9:1-2, John 3:30-31, Rom. 13:1-7, John 5:27, John 10:18, John 14:30-31, John 17:2, Eph. 1:18-23, Eph. 2:1-2, Eph. 6:5-6, Eph. 1:15-23, Philip. 2:5-8, Titus 2:15, 1Peter 3:10-17, 1 Peter 5:8-9)   5. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 126-127: God does NOT exercise His power over human will. (“As difficult as it will be for you to understand, everything that has taken place is occurring exactly according to this purpose without violating choice or will.” “If you could only see how all of this ends and what we will achieve without the violation of one human will- then you would understand.”)   5. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God does exercise His power and authority over human will. He chooses us, and He saves us from our sin, not only the inherited condition of being born in sin, but also the condition of our slavery to sin. God frees the one who is a slave to sin that he may volunteer to become a slave to righteousness! Oh, and we can see the way it all ends- Revelation- Jesus wins! (Exodus 9:15-16, Ex. 10:1-2, Ex. 11:9-10, 1 Chron. 1:13, Daniel 4:28-37, Ps. 14: 2-3, Ps. 51:5, Ps. 58:3-5, Ps. Ps. 65:4, 105:43, Ps. 106:4-5, Is. 44:1-2, Jer. 7:24, Jer. 11:8, Jer. 17:9, Jer. 32:33-34, 39-40, Ezek. 36:26-27, Matt. 1:21, Matt. 4:19-22, Matt. 11:27, Matt. 22:14, Mark 3:13-14, Luke10:22, Luke 24: 32, 45, John 5:6-9, John 5:21, John 6:39, 44, 55, 65, John 8: 34-36, 44, John 13:18, 26-27, John 15:16, John 17:2, John 17:6, 9, John 18:9, Acts 1:1-2, 24 Acts 10:41, Acts 13:48, Acts 16:14, Rom. 2:4, Rom. 6:5-7, 16-18, Rom. 7:14-15, Rom. 7:25, Rom. 8:6-7, Rom. 9:15-18, Rom. 11:1-6, Gal. 3:22, Eph. 1:4-12, Philip. 2:5-13, 1 Peter 2:4-10, 2 Peter 2:19)   6. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 128-129: It is NOT necessary to please God. (“For now I just want you to be with me and discover that our relationship is not about performance or your having to please me.” “Mackenzie, you cannot produce trust, just as you cannot ‘do’ humility.”)   6. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: It is all about our having to please God. As slaves to sin, we are incapable of pleasing a Holy God, and as slaves to righteousness, but not yet made perfect, we are unable to please God perfectly. Therefore, Christ willingly laid down His life in perfect submission to God as an atoning sacrifice for our sin- past, present, and future sin. His act of perfect obedience satisfied God’s requirement for justice. Now, this is why faith is absolutely necessary, because without it, it is impossible to please God; as without faith there is no salvation -no mercy- and God requires mercy as well as justice. Trust begins with faith- that is our believing in His ability and willingness to save. Humility begins with our understanding of who we are in relation to a Holy God; it begins with our comprehension of our need for rescue. Humility is the catalyst urging the plea for saving faith, without which it is impossible to please God! (Psalm 69:31, Job 42:5-6, Dan. 10:12, Luke 2:52, Luke 11:28, John 3:36, John 5:44, John 8:29, Acts 13:22, Rom. 3:10, Rom. 6:14, Rom. 8:1-8, Rom. 12:1-2, Rom. 14:17-18, 1 Cor. Gal. 1:10, Gal. 6:7-8, Phillip. 2:12-13, Col. 1:10, 1 Thes. 2:4, 1 Thes. 2:14-16, 1 Thes. 4:1, Heb. 11:6, Heb. 13:16, Heb. 13:20-21, 1 Peter 5:6, 1 John 4:10)   7. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 129: God is NOT justifying His own; He is only redeeming the earth and humanity in general. (“We are not justifying it. We are redeeming it.”)   7. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God is both justifying His own and redeeming His own, as it is His plan to save His creation in this way. (Is. 44:24, Is. 53:11, Acts 13:39, Rom. 5:1, Rom. 8:30, 1 Cor. 6:9-11, Titus 3:4-7)   8. LESSON FROM THE SHACK,, p. 147: God is SUBMISSIVE to humanity. (“To force my will on you, is exactly what love does not do. Genuine relationships are marked by submission even when your choices are not helpful or healthy.” “In fact, we are submitted to you in the same way.”)   8. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God is submissive to no one. He is Sovereign Lord of All. {If you will permit me a bit of fun here- I was beginning to feel really sorry for poor Mack at this point. He is perfectly clear on the fact that he needs a HIGHER POWER to RULE him, but God just refuses to be it.} (Isaiah 44-45, Job 38-41, ENOUGH SAID!) Also on p. 147: In this scene, “Jesus” seems to contradict himself as he states “Well, this blue-green ball in black space belongs to me.” Mack then asks, “So why don’t you fix it?” To which “Jesus” replies, “Because we gave it to you.”   9. LESSON FROM THE SHACK,, p. 148: Men turned to the work of their hands. Women turned to men. Men and women have chosen to declare what’s good and evil. (“Most men have expressed it by turning to the work of their hands and the sweat of their brows to find their identity, value, and security.” “…so the woman’s turning was not to the works of her hands but to the man, and his response was to rule ‘over’ her, to take power over her, to become the ruler.” “By choosing to declare what’s good and evil, you seek to declare your own destiny.”)   9. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Men were forced, as a consequence of their sin, to do work with their hands to eat, and to feed their families, and the earth would not be cooperative toward men (Man and woman may have worked in the garden before, but it would not have been in order to stay physically alive. Physical death was ushered in at this point.). Women were forced, as a consequence of their sin, to long for relationship with their husbands (whose nature it would be to deny relationship and to abuse their authority) and to bear the children of their marital unions in a state of pain. Also, we were made aware of good and evil- its existence, and which is the one and which is the other. Therefore, we became accountable for that knowledge, accountable for our sin; which is anything that displeases God, and is therefore evil. (Genesis 3, John 9:41, Rom. 1:18-20, Rom. 7:7-13) Also on p. 150: A contradiction is apparent here as ‘Jesus’ states “We want male and female to be counterparts, face-to-face equals, each unique and different, distinctive in gender but complementary, and each empowered uniquely by Sarayu (The Holy Spirit), from whom all true power and authority originate.” Please see #4.   10. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 151: Jesus did NOT intend to be an example for us to follow. (“Seriously, my life was not meant to be an example to copy.”)   10. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Jesus meant to be an example for us to follow. (Matt. 10:37-39, Mark 1:16-17, John 12:26, Eph. 5:1-2, Heb. 13:7-8, 1 Peter 2:21, 1 John 2:6)   11. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 166, 192: Man and woman, in eating the forbidden fruit, demanded their independence from God and He GRANTED it. (“Your world is severely broken. You demanded your independence, and now you are angry with the One who loved you enough to give it to you.” “All evil flows from independence and independence is your choice.”)   11. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Man and woman, in eating the forbidden fruit, earned humanity’s enslaving to sin and God granted it. God did grant our independence from relationship with Him, but it did not result in free will, but rather in our becoming slaves to our flesh- to our sinful nature. ( John 8:34-36, Rom. 6:6,14,18, Rom. 7:14-18, 1 Peter 2:19)   12. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 166: Justice and mercy are competitive, with the one OVER-RULING the other. (“She (God) chose the way of the cross, where mercy triumphs over justice because of love.”)   12. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Jesus satisfied God’s wrath in His perfect sacrifice. He satisfied God’s justice, and earned God’s mercy for us, and so God’s mercy was also satisfied. Mercy triumphs over judgment, which is different than justice. Judgment is the process of determining justice and is not always just; particularly in the hands of sinful men. (Nahum 1:2, Jer. 13:14, Eph. 2:3, Rev. 14:9-10, Deut. 16:20,Is. 42: 1-4, Is. 56:1, Is. 59:9, Is. 61:8, Ps. 89:14, Ps. 99:4, Hos. 2:19-20, Hab. 1:4, Matt. 12:15-21, Deut.4:31, Luke 6:36, Heb. 2:17, 1 Peter 2:10, James 2:13) The scene on p. 178 of “Jesus” and Mack fishing together is cute and I’m convinced that it could play out just the way Mr. Williams has described it, however I would hope that it will not be lost on the reader that Jesus did in fact command the fish to fill the nets of Simon Peter, James, and John; as well as on a separate occasion, commanding a fish that had in ‘some strange manner’ obtained a coin- to hold it in its mouth, until the the proper time for Peter to take the four-drachma (coin) from it. Now that’s awesome! It’s in The Bible with many other beautiful and consistent, non-contradictory Truths of our Amazing God!   13. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 183: God requires ONLY that we love Him and others. (“It’s not your job to change them or to convince them. You are free to love without an agenda. “Remember the people who know me are the ones who are free to live and love without any agenda.”)   13. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God requires that we love Him above all others, and that we love Him with our entire being. Next, He requires that we love ourselves in an appropriate manner, and that we love others likewise. He then requires that we express that love by obeying His commands; one more time- we will not be perfect until we are glorified, but the mandate is to make an honest attempt at it!We are instructed, also, to examine ourselves for evidence of His ownership of us, and to inspect for that same evidence (fruit) in others; not for the purpose of judgment or hostility, as this right belongs ultimately to God alone, but for the purpose of reassurance that we are saved and for the purpose of knowing to the best of our ability, who is our brother with whom we should share fellowship, and who is outside the faith that our primary focus will be our witness to that one.His agenda is to be our agenda, just as His agenda was Christ’s agenda- which is to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. While I agree that God will do the changing and the convincing through His Spirit in us, and through His Word, we are not free from the responsibility to be available to Him for His use. (Matt. 22:36-40, Matt. 28:18-20, Matt. 7:13-20, Matt. 13:22-23, Gal. 5:22-23, Mark12:29-31, Luke 8:21, Luke 10:26-27, Luke 11:28, 1 John 2:17, John14:15, John 15:2, 10-11, 16, Mark 11:12-14, 1 John 2:3-6, 1 John 3:10, 18-24, 1 John 5:2-3, 2 Cor. 4:11, 2 Cor. 13:5-6, Gal. 6:1-4, Is. 4:2, Eph. 5:8-17, Heb. 13:15)   14. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 184: The term ‘Christian’ is one with which Jesus does NOT associate Himself. (“Who said anything about being a Christian? I’m not a Christian.”)   14. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: The first church-goers were proud to be identified with Christ in spite of the terrible persecution that they would undergo for that identity. This famous and beautiful group, portrayed so vividly in the book of Acts, named the disciples of Jesus, therefore us- Christian, literally ‘little Christ’. While I agree that the term is used much too loosely these days, I am persuaded that the label is not the problem, but rather those of us wearing the label who do not spend enough time examining ourselves, confessing and repenting of our sin, and therefore becoming right with God, then others. This is known as our sanctification and is an on-going process, not a one time event. (Acts 11: 25-26)   15. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 186: There is NO need to grieve over our sin. (“But that is in the past now, where it belongs. I don’t even want your sorrow for it , Mack.”)   15. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Blessed are those who mourn over their sin. We are blessed, meaning favored, or selected out for something altogether good, when we are sorry for our sin. We are not only instructed to grieve over our past and present sin, but to take care not to grieve the Holy Spirit with future sin. Though we will be imperfect in this, it is nonetheless a mandate. (Ps. 38:8, Matt.5:4, Eph. 4:30, 2 Cor. 7:8-13)   16. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 192: God’s love for His creation, including humanity in general, is THE SAME as His love for His own children. (“Just because you make horrendous and destructive choices does not mean you deserve less respect for what you inherently are- the pinnacle of my creation and the center of my affection.”)   16. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God’s love for His creation, as in the world and all of humanity, is different than the love that He has for His own children. A parent may love all the children of the world, but he will love his own differently, in a way that is reserved especially for them; and His expectations of them will vary from his expectations of the whole group. Humankind are the pinnacle of God’s creation; but it is the elect, God’s own children, who are the center of His affection. This is not to say that God does not love His creation; but it is to say that there are varying degrees of love that differ in origin, intensity and result. (John 1:12-13, Rom. 8:12-17, Rom. 9 :6-18, 2 Tim. 3:8, 1 John 2:15-17, 1 John 3:10, 1 John 4:4-5, 1 John 5:19, Jude 1:1-2, Heb. 3)   17. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p.194: God is reconciled to ALL of humanity, through Christ. (“The whole world, Mack.)   17. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God is reconciled to His creation which includes a portion of humanity, through Christ. (John 3:16- Obviously not everyone will believe.)   18. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p.194: It would be UNLOVING of God to over-ride our free will to bring us into relationship with Him. (“It is not the nature of love to force a relationship…”)   18. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: It is the nature of Love to pursue the object of Its affection, and Perfect Love does not return empty from that pursuit. Love finds its home in the relationship that can not be forced, but will instead develop as a result of Its perfect labor. (What free will? Please see Scripture references for #5.)   19. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 199: The principles in the Bible are NOT important. (“Just don’t look for rules and principles; look for relationship- a way of coming to be with us.”)   19. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Relationship with God, through Christ, is the definite point, however the principles found in The Bible are to be sought after as well, and to be highly valued. Christ is seen in the principles found in The Scriptures, and the “rules” or the law is an arrow to point us to Christ, as our inability to keep the law illustrates beautifully our great need for a Savior. Christ explained that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the law, but that through Him we will understand why the law exists. It is for the best good of the world, as is, ultimately, everything else. (Psalm 119:45, 129-136, Rom. 15:4, 2 Tim. 1:2, 15, 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)   20. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 205: The law NO longer has the power to accuse or command. (“The law no longer has the power to accuse or command.”)   20. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: The law is perfect, and does still command. Christ, in His sinless perfection, fulfilled the law in the sense that He is willing and able to free one to keep it, however imperfect one may be in the attempt. We are unable to keep the first and greatest commandment and the second which is like it, without being saved from our sin; also, the original ten, when kept perfectly, are simply a fulfillment of the two greatest commandments spoken of by Christ in the New Testament. (Matt.5:17-19, Mark 7-9, Rom. 8:1-4, Rom. 13:8-10)   21. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 207-208: We ARE free from ANY responsibility in any relationship, as well as being free from expectations in any relationship. (“Responsibilities and expectations are the basis for guilt and shame and judgment, and they provide the essential framework that promotes performance as the basis for identity and value.”)   21. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: We are certainly not free from responsibility in relationship, or from expectations in relationship. God does not free us from these things; He empowers us in these things! He enables us to carry out our responsibilities and to meet the expectations that He has of us- and at the risk of beating a dead horse, of course we will not be perfect in our attempts but we are forgiven when we fail, are again reminded of our need to subdue the flesh and walk in the Spirit, and are restored to right relationship. Also, an expectation is not a demand, and the fulfilling of an expectation does not mean that one is not free (A close consideration of the Scriptures may indicate that freedom in Christ is not freedom- as in what we normally think of as free will.). In fact, if one practices the meeting of God-given responsibility and living up to the expectations of God consistently, that one has the potential to become a servant-leader, as was Christ, Himself. Furthermore, God is a loving Father and is fully aware of each of our individual limitations and never expects more than we are capable of giving; thus guilt and shame occur for us only when we fail to live up to our God-given responsibilities. (Please see #6.)   22. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 217: Repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation can occur AFTER physical death. (“Daddy!” yelled Mack…)   22. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God does not allow or endorse necromancy, in fact it is strictly forbidden; and this scene from The Shack may reinforce the unfounded idea that people may be pardoned after physical death. Reconciliation between humans requires confession and true repentance of the offender, and forgiveness by the offended, while both parties are living on the earth. (Lev. 19:31, Deut.18:10, 11, 14, 2 Kings 21:6, Is. 8:19–20, Acts 19:19, Rev.9:21, Rev. 18:23)   23. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 225: God is NOT involved in the humiliation (humbling), guilt, or condemnation of anyone. (Son, I don’t do humiliation, or guilt, or condemnation. They don’t produce one speck of wholeness or righteousness…”)   23. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God is involved in producing humiliation, guilt and condemnation, as well as conviction in the form of The Holy Spirit. However, it appears from Scripture that He prefers that we humble ourselves before Him; and also from The Bible, it appears that we condemn ourselves when we stand against Him, as well as the fact that at judgment, many will rise and stand to condemn those who have finally opposed God. (Lev. 14:25, Lev. 26:41-42, Deut. 8:3-4, Deut. 19:13, Ps. 44:9, Ps 107:39, 2 Chron. 28:19, 2 Chron. 33:23, Jer. 51:5, Is. 2:12, Hos. 5:15, Hos. 13-16, Malachi 2:7-9, Luke 14:11)   24. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 226: God needs for us to forgive those who have offended us for Him to be able to redeem THEM. (Mack, for you to forgive this man is for you to release him to me and allow me to redeem him.”)   24. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God redeems His elect, ultimately, without any help from us. God does not need for us to forgive another person for that person to be saved. He wants us to forgive so that we will know the joy of it and we will be released from the bitterness that grips us when we are unforgiving; however whether or not we forgive someone does not determine that one’s final destiny, though there is some evidence to suggest that the decision may affect our own. (Luke 17:1-4)   25. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 227: Jesus has FORGIVEN all humans for their sin, but only some choose relationship with Him. (“I have forgiven all humans for their sins against me, but only some choose relationship.”)   25. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: All humans are not forgiven for their sin; precisely because not all humans choose relationship, because not all are drawn and persuaded to choose Him, or are chosen by Him. (Please see #5 and #6.)   26. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, pp. 131, 140, 166, 193: Chaos Theory, the existence of fractals, and time-dimensional coupling (a term I am assuming Mr. Williams is associating with String Theory), present new and different truths about God.   26. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: These theories and discoveries in the realm of physical science being presented, considered, and discussed among modern physicists can not and will not change The God of Scripture into someone other than He has so perfectly, carefully and consistently revealed Himself to be in Holy Scripture. We must never believe or fear that The Creator and Designer of All while being dynamic and unlimited, will be undermined by the discoveries and accumulating knowledge of His created beings. The discoveries of new Truths in any scientific realm will ultimately and finally agree with The Holy Scriptures. (Ecc. 12:9-14, Is. 40:8, John 1:1, Hebrews 13:7-8, 2 Timothy 3:16, Jude 1:3-4)   L.L. SHELTON says it well, "Within The Shack, Mr. Young has created a God quite different in many respects from The God of The Bible- thankfully, he does not claim to be a prophet or claim his book to be Truth; for we are to love The God of The Bible as He has there revealed Himself to be, and we are never to attempt to re-design Him according to our own desires and preferences. As is beautifully illustrated in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), and as I have previously pointed out, it is not the character of God that is on trial- it is our own."  
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    WHEN THE SUPPOSEDLY "CHRISTIAN" FICTIONAL BOOK, "THE SHACK" CAME OUT, I WAS GIVEN A COPY OF IT AS A GIFT.  I READ IT AND WAS SHOCKED, SADDENED, AND AT POINTS APPALLED BY THE AUTHOR, WILLIAM P. YOUNG, AND HIS CHARACTERIZATION OF OUR TRIUNE GOD OF THE BIBLE.  I WAS FURTHER SADDENED THAT ANY TRUE GODLY CHRISTIAN PASTOR, TEACHER, OR CHURCH WOULD CELEBRATE IT, MUCH LESS RECOMMEND IT.   IT IS A SAD INDICTMENT OF THE LACK OF TRUE BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE AND GODLY WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT PROLIFERATING THE PULPITS OF CHURCHES TODAY. THERE ARE AT LEAST 26 GLARING TWISTED DECEPTIONS, IF NOT OUTRIGHT LIES IN THE BOOK THE SHACK. MANY THANKS TO L.L. SHELTON FOR THE DETAILED BIBLICAL SCRIPTURE REFERENCES.   NOW THAT THE SHACK HAS BEEN MADE INTO A MOVIE TO BE RELEASED SOON, I WANTED TO GIVE THE CSN FAMILY THE BIBLE'S RESPONSES TO THIS BOOK, BY WAY OF COMPARISON.   JOHN 8:32, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."   “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16 “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:20-21   HERE ARE THE COMPARISONS...WHAT THE SHACK SUGGESTS AND THEN WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES.   1. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, PAGE 22: God does NOT punish sin. (“Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it; it’s my joy to cure it.”)   1. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Sin is most certainly its own punishment, as the consequences of sin are most likely to go unrelieved even in the presence of genuine forgiveness, however sin is definitely and finally punished. We condemn ourselves through our persistence in sin, and He finally punishes our persistence in sin. (See Num. 14:18, Ecc. 11:9-10, Jer. 12:17, Jer. 34:17-20, Ezekiel 38:17-23, Isaiah 33:13-16, Isaiah 53:5-6, Micah 1:13-15, Hos. 8:11-14, Hos. 9:7-9, Nahum 1:3, Matt. 10:28, Matt. 13:49-50, Matt. 18: 7-9, Matt. 24:50-51, Matt. 25:33, Matt. 25:41, Matt. 25:46, Mark 9:42-48, Luke 3:9, 16-17, Luke 10: 13-15, Luke 13:28, Luke 16:23-24, John 3:18, John 5:28-29, John 12:48, Romans 4:25, Romans 6:23, 2 Cor. 11:15, James 2:12-13, James 4:19-20, 2 Peter 2:1-10)   2. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p.124: There is NO absolute authority present in The Trinity. (“Mackenzie, we have no concept of final authority among us, only unity.”)   2. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: All must submit to Our Great Father, Christ included, though He does not have to be made to submit, as in His sinless perfection, He does so willingly; and submission implies authority, though you may be volunteering to allow that authority. (Matt. 26:39,42, Matt. 14:35-36, Luke 22:41-43, John 6:38, John 8:28-29, John 10:18, John 12:49-50, John 14:30-31, John 15:10, John 17:1-4, 1 Cor. 15:28, Philip. 2:5-8, Heb. 5:1-7)   3. LESSION FROM THE SHACK, p. 121: It is NOT okay for God to hate. (“I don’t like a lot of the choices they (my kids) make, but that anger-especially for me- is an expression of love all the same. I love the ones I am angry with just as much as those I’m not.”)   3. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God allows Himself to hate, and He is sinless in it. He is pure as He hates. The fact that God is Love does not imply that He can not hate. We are not allowed to hate anything but sin, because we are not perfect. We can not remain pure in our hatred of anything other than sin; our own sin, as well as that of others. We must accept our own limitations, and we must refrain from re-designing God into a being of our own desiring. We must remember: It is not God’s character that is on trial- it is our own. (Psalm 5:5, Malachi 1:1-5, Romans 9:6-21, Ps. 11:4-5, Ps. 45:7, Ps. 97:10, Amos 5:15, Rom. 7:15, Rev. 2:6)   4. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 124-125: Authority is BAD. Authority destroys relationship. (“Once you have a hierarchy you need rules to protect and administer it, and then you need law and the enforcement of the rules, and you end up with some kind of chain of command or a system of order that destroys relationship rather than promotes it.” “Don’t confuse adaptation with intention…”)   4. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Authority is good. The presence of authority is not the evil. The abuse of authority is the evil. Furthermore, lack of submission to the authority of God is the ultimate evil which will send many to hell.It is true that we should not confuse adaptation with intention. We must intentionally submit to the authority of God, through Christ, and in The Holy Spirit. We must intentionally submit to all authority placed over us that is not sin; however we must not submit to sin for any cause! Therefore, we certainly must not merely adapt to our position. We must readily evaluate all authority in The Light of God’s Holy Scripture; we must submit to that which is not sinful, and we must resist or flee that which is sinful. While we will not be perfect in this, and God stands ready to forgive in the face of confession and genuine repentance, still it is a mandate. (2 Chron. 30:8, Jer. 42:6, Matt. 8:5-13, 27, Matt. 10:28, Matt. 12:30-32, Matt. 14:40-43, 49-50, Mark 1:27, Luke 4:36, Luke 7:1-10, Luke 9:1-2, John 3:30-31, Rom. 13:1-7, John 5:27, John 10:18, John 14:30-31, John 17:2, Eph. 1:18-23, Eph. 2:1-2, Eph. 6:5-6, Eph. 1:15-23, Philip. 2:5-8, Titus 2:15, 1Peter 3:10-17, 1 Peter 5:8-9)   5. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 126-127: God does NOT exercise His power over human will. (“As difficult as it will be for you to understand, everything that has taken place is occurring exactly according to this purpose without violating choice or will.” “If you could only see how all of this ends and what we will achieve without the violation of one human will- then you would understand.”)   5. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God does exercise His power and authority over human will. He chooses us, and He saves us from our sin, not only the inherited condition of being born in sin, but also the condition of our slavery to sin. God frees the one who is a slave to sin that he may volunteer to become a slave to righteousness! Oh, and we can see the way it all ends- Revelation- Jesus wins! (Exodus 9:15-16, Ex. 10:1-2, Ex. 11:9-10, 1 Chron. 1:13, Daniel 4:28-37, Ps. 14: 2-3, Ps. 51:5, Ps. 58:3-5, Ps. Ps. 65:4, 105:43, Ps. 106:4-5, Is. 44:1-2, Jer. 7:24, Jer. 11:8, Jer. 17:9, Jer. 32:33-34, 39-40, Ezek. 36:26-27, Matt. 1:21, Matt. 4:19-22, Matt. 11:27, Matt. 22:14, Mark 3:13-14, Luke10:22, Luke 24: 32, 45, John 5:6-9, John 5:21, John 6:39, 44, 55, 65, John 8: 34-36, 44, John 13:18, 26-27, John 15:16, John 17:2, John 17:6, 9, John 18:9, Acts 1:1-2, 24 Acts 10:41, Acts 13:48, Acts 16:14, Rom. 2:4, Rom. 6:5-7, 16-18, Rom. 7:14-15, Rom. 7:25, Rom. 8:6-7, Rom. 9:15-18, Rom. 11:1-6, Gal. 3:22, Eph. 1:4-12, Philip. 2:5-13, 1 Peter 2:4-10, 2 Peter 2:19)   6. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 128-129: It is NOT necessary to please God. (“For now I just want you to be with me and discover that our relationship is not about performance or your having to please me.” “Mackenzie, you cannot produce trust, just as you cannot ‘do’ humility.”)   6. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: It is all about our having to please God. As slaves to sin, we are incapable of pleasing a Holy God, and as slaves to righteousness, but not yet made perfect, we are unable to please God perfectly. Therefore, Christ willingly laid down His life in perfect submission to God as an atoning sacrifice for our sin- past, present, and future sin. His act of perfect obedience satisfied God’s requirement for justice. Now, this is why faith is absolutely necessary, because without it, it is impossible to please God; as without faith there is no salvation -no mercy- and God requires mercy as well as justice. Trust begins with faith- that is our believing in His ability and willingness to save. Humility begins with our understanding of who we are in relation to a Holy God; it begins with our comprehension of our need for rescue. Humility is the catalyst urging the plea for saving faith, without which it is impossible to please God! (Psalm 69:31, Job 42:5-6, Dan. 10:12, Luke 2:52, Luke 11:28, John 3:36, John 5:44, John 8:29, Acts 13:22, Rom. 3:10, Rom. 6:14, Rom. 8:1-8, Rom. 12:1-2, Rom. 14:17-18, 1 Cor. Gal. 1:10, Gal. 6:7-8, Phillip. 2:12-13, Col. 1:10, 1 Thes. 2:4, 1 Thes. 2:14-16, 1 Thes. 4:1, Heb. 11:6, Heb. 13:16, Heb. 13:20-21, 1 Peter 5:6, 1 John 4:10)   7. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 129: God is NOT justifying His own; He is only redeeming the earth and humanity in general. (“We are not justifying it. We are redeeming it.”)   7. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God is both justifying His own and redeeming His own, as it is His plan to save His creation in this way. (Is. 44:24, Is. 53:11, Acts 13:39, Rom. 5:1, Rom. 8:30, 1 Cor. 6:9-11, Titus 3:4-7)   8. LESSON FROM THE SHACK,, p. 147: God is SUBMISSIVE to humanity. (“To force my will on you, is exactly what love does not do. Genuine relationships are marked by submission even when your choices are not helpful or healthy.” “In fact, we are submitted to you in the same way.”)   8. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God is submissive to no one. He is Sovereign Lord of All. {If you will permit me a bit of fun here- I was beginning to feel really sorry for poor Mack at this point. He is perfectly clear on the fact that he needs a HIGHER POWER to RULE him, but God just refuses to be it.} (Isaiah 44-45, Job 38-41, ENOUGH SAID!) Also on p. 147: In this scene, “Jesus” seems to contradict himself as he states “Well, this blue-green ball in black space belongs to me.” Mack then asks, “So why don’t you fix it?” To which “Jesus” replies, “Because we gave it to you.”   9. LESSON FROM THE SHACK,, p. 148: Men turned to the work of their hands. Women turned to men. Men and women have chosen to declare what’s good and evil. (“Most men have expressed it by turning to the work of their hands and the sweat of their brows to find their identity, value, and security.” “…so the woman’s turning was not to the works of her hands but to the man, and his response was to rule ‘over’ her, to take power over her, to become the ruler.” “By choosing to declare what’s good and evil, you seek to declare your own destiny.”)   9. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Men were forced, as a consequence of their sin, to do work with their hands to eat, and to feed their families, and the earth would not be cooperative toward men (Man and woman may have worked in the garden before, but it would not have been in order to stay physically alive. Physical death was ushered in at this point.). Women were forced, as a consequence of their sin, to long for relationship with their husbands (whose nature it would be to deny relationship and to abuse their authority) and to bear the children of their marital unions in a state of pain. Also, we were made aware of good and evil- its existence, and which is the one and which is the other. Therefore, we became accountable for that knowledge, accountable for our sin; which is anything that displeases God, and is therefore evil. (Genesis 3, John 9:41, Rom. 1:18-20, Rom. 7:7-13) Also on p. 150: A contradiction is apparent here as ‘Jesus’ states “We want male and female to be counterparts, face-to-face equals, each unique and different, distinctive in gender but complementary, and each empowered uniquely by Sarayu (The Holy Spirit), from whom all true power and authority originate.” Please see #4.   10. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 151: Jesus did NOT intend to be an example for us to follow. (“Seriously, my life was not meant to be an example to copy.”)   10. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Jesus meant to be an example for us to follow. (Matt. 10:37-39, Mark 1:16-17, John 12:26, Eph. 5:1-2, Heb. 13:7-8, 1 Peter 2:21, 1 John 2:6)   11. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 166, 192: Man and woman, in eating the forbidden fruit, demanded their independence from God and He GRANTED it. (“Your world is severely broken. You demanded your independence, and now you are angry with the One who loved you enough to give it to you.” “All evil flows from independence and independence is your choice.”)   11. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Man and woman, in eating the forbidden fruit, earned humanity’s enslaving to sin and God granted it. God did grant our independence from relationship with Him, but it did not result in free will, but rather in our becoming slaves to our flesh- to our sinful nature. ( John 8:34-36, Rom. 6:6,14,18, Rom. 7:14-18, 1 Peter 2:19)   12. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 166: Justice and mercy are competitive, with the one OVER-RULING the other. (“She (God) chose the way of the cross, where mercy triumphs over justice because of love.”)   12. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Jesus satisfied God’s wrath in His perfect sacrifice. He satisfied God’s justice, and earned God’s mercy for us, and so God’s mercy was also satisfied. Mercy triumphs over judgment, which is different than justice. Judgment is the process of determining justice and is not always just; particularly in the hands of sinful men. (Nahum 1:2, Jer. 13:14, Eph. 2:3, Rev. 14:9-10, Deut. 16:20,Is. 42: 1-4, Is. 56:1, Is. 59:9, Is. 61:8, Ps. 89:14, Ps. 99:4, Hos. 2:19-20, Hab. 1:4, Matt. 12:15-21, Deut.4:31, Luke 6:36, Heb. 2:17, 1 Peter 2:10, James 2:13) The scene on p. 178 of “Jesus” and Mack fishing together is cute and I’m convinced that it could play out just the way Mr. Williams has described it, however I would hope that it will not be lost on the reader that Jesus did in fact command the fish to fill the nets of Simon Peter, James, and John; as well as on a separate occasion, commanding a fish that had in ‘some strange manner’ obtained a coin- to hold it in its mouth, until the the proper time for Peter to take the four-drachma (coin) from it. Now that’s awesome! It’s in The Bible with many other beautiful and consistent, non-contradictory Truths of our Amazing God!   13. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 183: God requires ONLY that we love Him and others. (“It’s not your job to change them or to convince them. You are free to love without an agenda. “Remember the people who know me are the ones who are free to live and love without any agenda.”)   13. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God requires that we love Him above all others, and that we love Him with our entire being. Next, He requires that we love ourselves in an appropriate manner, and that we love others likewise. He then requires that we express that love by obeying His commands; one more time- we will not be perfect until we are glorified, but the mandate is to make an honest attempt at it!We are instructed, also, to examine ourselves for evidence of His ownership of us, and to inspect for that same evidence (fruit) in others; not for the purpose of judgment or hostility, as this right belongs ultimately to God alone, but for the purpose of reassurance that we are saved and for the purpose of knowing to the best of our ability, who is our brother with whom we should share fellowship, and who is outside the faith that our primary focus will be our witness to that one.His agenda is to be our agenda, just as His agenda was Christ’s agenda- which is to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. While I agree that God will do the changing and the convincing through His Spirit in us, and through His Word, we are not free from the responsibility to be available to Him for His use. (Matt. 22:36-40, Matt. 28:18-20, Matt. 7:13-20, Matt. 13:22-23, Gal. 5:22-23, Mark12:29-31, Luke 8:21, Luke 10:26-27, Luke 11:28, 1 John 2:17, John14:15, John 15:2, 10-11, 16, Mark 11:12-14, 1 John 2:3-6, 1 John 3:10, 18-24, 1 John 5:2-3, 2 Cor. 4:11, 2 Cor. 13:5-6, Gal. 6:1-4, Is. 4:2, Eph. 5:8-17, Heb. 13:15)   14. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 184: The term ‘Christian’ is one with which Jesus does NOT associate Himself. (“Who said anything about being a Christian? I’m not a Christian.”)   14. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: The first church-goers were proud to be identified with Christ in spite of the terrible persecution that they would undergo for that identity. This famous and beautiful group, portrayed so vividly in the book of Acts, named the disciples of Jesus, therefore us- Christian, literally ‘little Christ’. While I agree that the term is used much too loosely these days, I am persuaded that the label is not the problem, but rather those of us wearing the label who do not spend enough time examining ourselves, confessing and repenting of our sin, and therefore becoming right with God, then others. This is known as our sanctification and is an on-going process, not a one time event. (Acts 11: 25-26)   15. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 186: There is NO need to grieve over our sin. (“But that is in the past now, where it belongs. I don’t even want your sorrow for it , Mack.”)   15. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Blessed are those who mourn over their sin. We are blessed, meaning favored, or selected out for something altogether good, when we are sorry for our sin. We are not only instructed to grieve over our past and present sin, but to take care not to grieve the Holy Spirit with future sin. Though we will be imperfect in this, it is nonetheless a mandate. (Ps. 38:8, Matt.5:4, Eph. 4:30, 2 Cor. 7:8-13)   16. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 192: God’s love for His creation, including humanity in general, is THE SAME as His love for His own children. (“Just because you make horrendous and destructive choices does not mean you deserve less respect for what you inherently are- the pinnacle of my creation and the center of my affection.”)   16. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God’s love for His creation, as in the world and all of humanity, is different than the love that He has for His own children. A parent may love all the children of the world, but he will love his own differently, in a way that is reserved especially for them; and His expectations of them will vary from his expectations of the whole group. Humankind are the pinnacle of God’s creation; but it is the elect, God’s own children, who are the center of His affection. This is not to say that God does not love His creation; but it is to say that there are varying degrees of love that differ in origin, intensity and result. (John 1:12-13, Rom. 8:12-17, Rom. 9 :6-18, 2 Tim. 3:8, 1 John 2:15-17, 1 John 3:10, 1 John 4:4-5, 1 John 5:19, Jude 1:1-2, Heb. 3)   17. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p.194: God is reconciled to ALL of humanity, through Christ. (“The whole world, Mack.)   17. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God is reconciled to His creation which includes a portion of humanity, through Christ. (John 3:16- Obviously not everyone will believe.)   18. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p.194: It would be UNLOVING of God to over-ride our free will to bring us into relationship with Him. (“It is not the nature of love to force a relationship…”)   18. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: It is the nature of Love to pursue the object of Its affection, and Perfect Love does not return empty from that pursuit. Love finds its home in the relationship that can not be forced, but will instead develop as a result of Its perfect labor. (What free will? Please see Scripture references for #5.)   19. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 199: The principles in the Bible are NOT important. (“Just don’t look for rules and principles; look for relationship- a way of coming to be with us.”)   19. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: Relationship with God, through Christ, is the definite point, however the principles found in The Bible are to be sought after as well, and to be highly valued. Christ is seen in the principles found in The Scriptures, and the “rules” or the law is an arrow to point us to Christ, as our inability to keep the law illustrates beautifully our great need for a Savior. Christ explained that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the law, but that through Him we will understand why the law exists. It is for the best good of the world, as is, ultimately, everything else. (Psalm 119:45, 129-136, Rom. 15:4, 2 Tim. 1:2, 15, 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)   20. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 205: The law NO longer has the power to accuse or command. (“The law no longer has the power to accuse or command.”)   20. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: The law is perfect, and does still command. Christ, in His sinless perfection, fulfilled the law in the sense that He is willing and able to free one to keep it, however imperfect one may be in the attempt. We are unable to keep the first and greatest commandment and the second which is like it, without being saved from our sin; also, the original ten, when kept perfectly, are simply a fulfillment of the two greatest commandments spoken of by Christ in the New Testament. (Matt.5:17-19, Mark 7-9, Rom. 8:1-4, Rom. 13:8-10)   21. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 207-208: We ARE free from ANY responsibility in any relationship, as well as being free from expectations in any relationship. (“Responsibilities and expectations are the basis for guilt and shame and judgment, and they provide the essential framework that promotes performance as the basis for identity and value.”)   21. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: We are certainly not free from responsibility in relationship, or from expectations in relationship. God does not free us from these things; He empowers us in these things! He enables us to carry out our responsibilities and to meet the expectations that He has of us- and at the risk of beating a dead horse, of course we will not be perfect in our attempts but we are forgiven when we fail, are again reminded of our need to subdue the flesh and walk in the Spirit, and are restored to right relationship. Also, an expectation is not a demand, and the fulfilling of an expectation does not mean that one is not free (A close consideration of the Scriptures may indicate that freedom in Christ is not freedom- as in what we normally think of as free will.). In fact, if one practices the meeting of God-given responsibility and living up to the expectations of God consistently, that one has the potential to become a servant-leader, as was Christ, Himself. Furthermore, God is a loving Father and is fully aware of each of our individual limitations and never expects more than we are capable of giving; thus guilt and shame occur for us only when we fail to live up to our God-given responsibilities. (Please see #6.)   22. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 217: Repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation can occur AFTER physical death. (“Daddy!” yelled Mack…)   22. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God does not allow or endorse necromancy, in fact it is strictly forbidden; and this scene from The Shack may reinforce the unfounded idea that people may be pardoned after physical death. Reconciliation between humans requires confession and true repentance of the offender, and forgiveness by the offended, while both parties are living on the earth. (Lev. 19:31, Deut.18:10, 11, 14, 2 Kings 21:6, Is. 8:19–20, Acts 19:19, Rev.9:21, Rev. 18:23)   23. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 225: God is NOT involved in the humiliation (humbling), guilt, or condemnation of anyone. (Son, I don’t do humiliation, or guilt, or condemnation. They don’t produce one speck of wholeness or righteousness…”)   23. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God is involved in producing humiliation, guilt and condemnation, as well as conviction in the form of The Holy Spirit. However, it appears from Scripture that He prefers that we humble ourselves before Him; and also from The Bible, it appears that we condemn ourselves when we stand against Him, as well as the fact that at judgment, many will rise and stand to condemn those who have finally opposed God. (Lev. 14:25, Lev. 26:41-42, Deut. 8:3-4, Deut. 19:13, Ps. 44:9, Ps 107:39, 2 Chron. 28:19, 2 Chron. 33:23, Jer. 51:5, Is. 2:12, Hos. 5:15, Hos. 13-16, Malachi 2:7-9, Luke 14:11)   24. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 226: God needs for us to forgive those who have offended us for Him to be able to redeem THEM. (Mack, for you to forgive this man is for you to release him to me and allow me to redeem him.”)   24. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God redeems His elect, ultimately, without any help from us. God does not need for us to forgive another person for that person to be saved. He wants us to forgive so that we will know the joy of it and we will be released from the bitterness that grips us when we are unforgiving; however whether or not we forgive someone does not determine that one’s final destiny, though there is some evidence to suggest that the decision may affect our own. (Luke 17:1-4)   25. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, p. 227: Jesus has FORGIVEN all humans for their sin, but only some choose relationship with Him. (“I have forgiven all humans for their sins against me, but only some choose relationship.”)   25. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: All humans are not forgiven for their sin; precisely because not all humans choose relationship, because not all are drawn and persuaded to choose Him, or are chosen by Him. (Please see #5 and #6.)   26. LESSON FROM THE SHACK, pp. 131, 140, 166, 193: Chaos Theory, the existence of fractals, and time-dimensional coupling (a term I am assuming Mr. Williams is associating with String Theory), present new and different truths about God.   26. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: These theories and discoveries in the realm of physical science being presented, considered, and discussed among modern physicists can not and will not change The God of Scripture into someone other than He has so perfectly, carefully and consistently revealed Himself to be in Holy Scripture. We must never believe or fear that The Creator and Designer of All while being dynamic and unlimited, will be undermined by the discoveries and accumulating knowledge of His created beings. The discoveries of new Truths in any scientific realm will ultimately and finally agree with The Holy Scriptures. (Ecc. 12:9-14, Is. 40:8, John 1:1, Hebrews 13:7-8, 2 Timothy 3:16, Jude 1:3-4)   L.L. SHELTON says it well, "Within The Shack, Mr. Young has created a God quite different in many respects from The God of The Bible- thankfully, he does not claim to be a prophet or claim his book to be Truth; for we are to love The God of The Bible as He has there revealed Himself to be, and we are never to attempt to re-design Him according to our own desires and preferences. As is beautifully illustrated in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), and as I have previously pointed out, it is not the character of God that is on trial- it is our own."  
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  • 06 Jan 2021
    TOZER DEVOTIONAL Wed, January 06, 2021 Godly Sorrow that Leaves No Regret There is indeed a godly sorrow that worketh repentance (2 Cor. 7:10), and it must be acknowledged that among us Christians this feeling is often not present in sufficient strength to work real repentance; but the persistence of this sorrow till it becomes chronic regret is neither right nor good. Regret is a kind of frustrated repentance that has not been quite consummated. Once the soul has turned from all sin and committed itself wholly to God there is no longer any legitimate place for regret. When moral innocence has been restored by the forgiving love of God the guilt may be remembered, but the sting is gone from the memory. The forgiven man knows that he has sinned, but he no longer feels it. The effort to be forgiven by works is one that can never be completed because no one knows or can know how much is enough to cancel out the offense; so the seeker must go on year after year paying on his moral debt, here a little, there a little, knowing that he sometimes adds to his bill much more than he pays. The task of keeping books on such a transaction can never end, and the seeker can only hope that when the last entry is made he may be ahead and the account fully paid. This is quite the popular belief, this forgiveness by self-effort, but it is a natural heresy and can at last only betray those who depend upon it. Verse Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.2 Corinthians 7:10 Thought Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation. Godly sorrow leaves no regret because genuine repentance has occurred. Perpetual regret is not from God. It only leads to endless effort to earn God's grace. Prayer I know, Lord, that I can never earn Your forgiveness or merit Your grace. Forgive me for trying.
  • TOZER DEVOTIONAL Wed, January 06, 2021 Godly Sorrow that Leaves No Regret There is indeed a godly sorrow that worketh repentance (2 Cor. 7:10), and it must be acknowledged that among us Christians this feeling is often not present in sufficient strength to work real repentance; but the persistence of this sorrow till it becomes chronic regret is neither right nor good. Regret is a kind of frustrated repentance that has not been quite consummated. Once the soul has turned from all sin and committed itself wholly to God there is no longer any legitimate place for regret. When moral innocence has been restored by the forgiving love of God the guilt may be remembered, but the sting is gone from the memory. The forgiven man knows that he has sinned, but he no longer feels it. The effort to be forgiven by works is one that can never be completed because no one knows or can know how much is enough to cancel out the offense; so the seeker must go on year after year paying on his moral debt, here a little, there a little, knowing that he sometimes adds to his bill much more than he pays. The task of keeping books on such a transaction can never end, and the seeker can only hope that when the last entry is made he may be ahead and the account fully paid. This is quite the popular belief, this forgiveness by self-effort, but it is a natural heresy and can at last only betray those who depend upon it. Verse Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.2 Corinthians 7:10 Thought Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation. Godly sorrow leaves no regret because genuine repentance has occurred. Perpetual regret is not from God. It only leads to endless effort to earn God's grace. Prayer I know, Lord, that I can never earn Your forgiveness or merit Your grace. Forgive me for trying.
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  • 25 Feb 2021
    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Your ways are higher than my ways...   “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9   I come to You this morning with peace in my heart and my mind, knowing that You go before me...   ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight.. Isaiah 45:2   You go before me in my workplace and with my family.   I know You are with me in my pain and in my most joyous moments.   Thank You Lord for going before me and for walking with me throughout my life.   I shall not fear because I know You are with me every step of the way.   I pray now for those who do not know Your presence, love and grace.   Let my life be a living testimony that shines Your light, encouraging others to embrace the love of Jesus Christ.   In Jesus' loving name I pray,   Amen.
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  • Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Your ways are higher than my ways...   “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9   I come to You this morning with peace in my heart and my mind, knowing that You go before me...   ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight.. Isaiah 45:2   You go before me in my workplace and with my family.   I know You are with me in my pain and in my most joyous moments.   Thank You Lord for going before me and for walking with me throughout my life.   I shall not fear because I know You are with me every step of the way.   I pray now for those who do not know Your presence, love and grace.   Let my life be a living testimony that shines Your light, encouraging others to embrace the love of Jesus Christ.   In Jesus' loving name I pray,   Amen.
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  • 10 Jun 2017
    My Attorney After living what I felt was a "decent" life, my time on earth came to the end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. The doors opened, and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table. As I looked around, I saw the "prosecutor." He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen. I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me; I felt I knew Him.The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room. I couldn't take my eyes off of Him. As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, "Let us begin." The prosecutor rose and said, "My name is Satan, and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell." He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and times when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life, and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about. As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all. I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done? Satan finished with a fury and said, "This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged, and there is not a person who can prove otherwise." When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench. The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan and beckoned Him to come forward. As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty. I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior. He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, "Hi, Dad," and then He turned to address the court. "Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned. I won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this man deserves to be punished." Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, "However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life, and he has accepted Me as his Savior, so he is Mine." My Lord continued with, "His name is written in the book of life and no one can ****** him from Me. Satan still does not understand yet. This man is not to be given justice but rather mercy." As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said, "There is nothing else that needs to be done. I've done it all." The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips... "This man is free. The penalty for him has already been paid in full. Case dismissed." As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, "I won't give up, I will win the next one." I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, "Have you ever lost a case?" Christ lovingly smiled and said, "Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you, "PAID IN FULL."
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  • My Attorney After living what I felt was a "decent" life, my time on earth came to the end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. The doors opened, and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table. As I looked around, I saw the "prosecutor." He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen. I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me; I felt I knew Him.The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room. I couldn't take my eyes off of Him. As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, "Let us begin." The prosecutor rose and said, "My name is Satan, and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell." He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and times when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life, and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about. As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all. I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done? Satan finished with a fury and said, "This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged, and there is not a person who can prove otherwise." When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench. The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan and beckoned Him to come forward. As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty. I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior. He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, "Hi, Dad," and then He turned to address the court. "Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned. I won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this man deserves to be punished." Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, "However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life, and he has accepted Me as his Savior, so he is Mine." My Lord continued with, "His name is written in the book of life and no one can ****** him from Me. Satan still does not understand yet. This man is not to be given justice but rather mercy." As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said, "There is nothing else that needs to be done. I've done it all." The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips... "This man is free. The penalty for him has already been paid in full. Case dismissed." As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, "I won't give up, I will win the next one." I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, "Have you ever lost a case?" Christ lovingly smiled and said, "Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you, "PAID IN FULL."
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