I can give you a couple dozen reasons why you shouldn’t see the movie “The Shack”, and I can give you a hundred blogs detailing how horrible the doctrine is. But I think you should see it. I intend to go see it and here’s why:
Recognizing False Doctrine
The point isn’t to be afraid of false doctrine, but to easily recognize it so we can help others.
How do we easily recognize false doctrine? By knowing the true doctrine. 1 John 2:27 says to ‘abide in Him’. Reading the source of correct doctrine in the Bible will steer you in the correct direction.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
It is important for us as a Church to be as well versed in scripture so that we can recognize heretical teachings and false doctrines. The more that we know as a group, the more that those who stray from the teachings pull away from the group.
Recognizing True Believers
1 Corinthians 11:18-19 – For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.
Division in a group of people is sometimes necessary for there to be a recognition of those who hold fast to the truth.
What does this have to do with going to see ‘The Shack’?
Which do you think is better, reciting what you read on a dozen blogs on saying what is wrong with a false teacher? Or being able to hold a conversation with someone who is confused? I assure you, you will never get anywhere interrupting someone mid-sentence about why you’ll never see it. Instead, hold close to the truth and know what you are talking about.
“But I don’t want to support that movie with my hard earned money.”
I promise you, your $10 will not ensure a sequel just like your lack of purchasing that book didn’t stop them from making the movie in the first place. My money is worth being able to intelligently discuss the difference between the doctrines expressed in the movie, and what is actually taught in scripture. The same way about half the podcasts I subscribe to are produced by skeptics, a few are false teachers; and about 10% of the books I purchase are written by skeptics.
“I don’t want to be led astray.”
That is a very valid point. In fact, this was the biggest reason why I would always look to someone else to find out what was heresy and what was the truth. I consistently would try to find someone else to tell me what was right. Focusing on the Word of God directly is the ONLY way to determine what is right teaching 100% of the time. That is how you keep from being led astray. There is a difference between experiencing something, and making it your worldview just because you enjoyed it.
Recognizing Where It All Fits In
That is precisely what I am looking for in this movie. Where it will fit in with Christianity as a whole. How it is perceived by others. What I can do to make sure that I am discipling in a way that the people I have influence with don’t mistake a feel-good story built off false teachings as the true Word of God.
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