Indictments Against the Church

by Pastor Josh Buice

The success of The Shack is a true indictment on the shallowness of mainstream evangelicalism. The church is not only called to evangelize the world with the gospel, she is also called to have biblical discernment. That lack of concern when it comes to understanding the Bible and the core essential teachings of Scripture among many evangelical Christians should bring about great concern. When bookstores, even Christian bookstores, are willing to peddle books like The Shack and other sub-Christian titles, we should be greatly concerned. Albert Mohler writes:

The Shack is a wake-up call for evangelical Christianity…The popularity of this book among evangelicals can only be explained by a lack of basic theological knowledge among us — a failure even to understand the Gospel of Christ. The tragedy that evangelicals have lost the art of biblical discernment must be traced to a disastrous loss of biblical knowledge. Discernment cannot survive without doctrine. [4]

A further indictment must be centered on the pulpit in the evangelical church today. Christians, if taught properly each Lord’s Day from the pulpit, would detest such books as The Shack.  If robust teaching was the common diet, books like The Shack would be so unsuccessful that a movie producer wouldn’t give it a second thought—because in his mind he needs the evangelical church to buy tickets to watch it. Therefore, when the pulpit is shallow, dysfunctional, and sub-Christian—you can expect the people to crave that same type of entertainment.

Pastors guard your people by telling them the truth. Brothers and sisters in Christ, please make the movie version of this heretical book far less successful by staying home.


TGhe above remarks are part of a longer and well written article by Pastor Buice concerning The Shack. You can read the entire article here.

9 responses to “Indictments Against the Church

    • I remember wondering how genuine believers could endorse the Shack when the book came out, and also when the movie came out, and even more so now, when The Shack’s author has been forthright in conforming rather strong indications he might be a heretic. Recently, it dawned on me that it didn’t and never could have happened overnight. And as usual, I found that someone else had already spotted the ‘indictment’ due the church.
      Today’s ‘Christ followers’ (I still don’t like the term) have been prepped over time to embrace, if not celebrate, the good stuff in The Shack about dealing with pain that life brings us, and completely ignore the heresy. That can only happen if the average young believer (and some not so young) knows only the ‘love’ attribute of God’s nature, and little else. And that can only happen if believers aren’t reading the Bible for themselves.

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      • Dan, separating the content of our faith from our emotional life is dangerous. It seems also that this is all one with individuals hearing from the Lord without His Word. All of this is diabolical and corrupts the faith. You are so right that our willingness to be moved by this story shows we don’t know the God of the Bible.

        Isaiah 8:20

        To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

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