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Dr. Jay GrimsteadThe American Evangelical Church Needs a Massive Reformation

By Jay Grimstead

 (This article is excerpted from a Coalition on Revival Update newsletter for June, 2010. It is a response by dear friend Dr. Jay to our previous newsletter presentation on The Shack: Good Entertainment or Undermining of the Faith, June 10, 2010—ed.)

The Evangelical and supposedly Bible-believing Church in America needs a massive reformation.

One symptom of this need is the acceptance of and enthusiasm by a large number of Christians and Christian leaders about a grossly heretical, anti-Biblical, fictional novel that is a New York Times best seller, which has sold over two million copies, called The Shack. For several reviews of The Shack, I encourage you to go to the Nordskog Publishing website (“Review of The Shack,  “What You Need to Know About The Shack, The Shack: Helpful or Heretical?”“Refashioning God,” and “Is The Shack Heresy?” (a pro-Shack article by Wayne Jacobsen, collaborator on The Shack)).  Or read the book and check it out for yourself if you are theologically sound and stable. 

Those promoting this book claim it can minister much to those hurting people who have been hurt by the church and are disillusioned with traditional Christianity and traditional “church.” But it seems obvious to me that such a book cannot do much of anything except lead disillusioned people further into error, anti-Biblical thinking and further disillusionment. For example, in Dr. Norman Geisler’s review of The Shack on that website mentioned above, I have more or less paraphrased some of the serious problems he raises about the book in the points following:
  1. This book rejects traditional Christianity and orthodox theology.
  2. One’s Experience is considered more important in finding Truth than scripture; experience trumps revelation.
  3. The doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Only) is rejected as the absolute standard for Truth and for one’s Worldview.
  4. There is a grossly unBiblical view of the Trinity and the nature of God. One of the sub-points under this problem is the presentation of God the Father as a human woman. Also, it abolishes the Biblical perspective of there being an economic hierarchy within the Trinity.
  5. It claims that God does not need to punish sin. God’s love overpowers God’s justice and His holiness is sacrificed for His mercy. A view close to universalism is presented.
  6. It has a false understanding of the Person and Work of Christ, and claims all three Persons of the Trinity were incarnated into Jesus’ body, not just the Son.
  7. It eliminates a true, factual knowledge of God because God is claimed to be so “wholly other,” and beyond our ability to understand (which sounds a lot like the Neo-Orthodox Karl Barth).
  8. It embraces an irrational view of faith and pits faith against reason.

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Second American Revolution: Jay Grimstead

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When our leaders used to call us to prayer and fasting

Bill Federerby William J. Federer

To punish Massachusetts for the Tea Party, King George III decided to destroy its economy by blockading Boston's harbor on June 1, 1774. 

Thomas Jefferson drafted a Resolution for a "Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer" to be observed the same day. It was introduced in the Virginia House of Burgesses May 24, 1774, by Robert Carter Nicholas and supported by Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee and George Mason, passing unanimously:
"This House, being deeply impressed with apprehension of the great dangers, to be derived to British America, from the hostile invasion of the City of Boston, in our sister Colony of Massachusetts … deem it highly necessary that the said first day of June be set apart, by the members of this House as a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, devoutly to implore the Divine interposition, for averting the heavy calamity which threatens destruction to our civil rights. … Ordered, therefore that the Members of this House do attend … with the Speaker, and the Mace, to the Church in this City, for the purposes aforesaid; and that the Reverend Mr. Price be appointed to read prayers, and the Reverend Mr. Gwatkin, to preach a sermon."
George Washington wrote in his diary, June 1, 1774: "Went to church, fasted all day."

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I do not like this Uncle Sam, I do not like his health care scam. I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books. I do not like when Congress steals, I do not like their secret deals. I do not like this speaker, Nan, I do not like this 'YES WE CAN.' I do not like this spending spree, I'm smart, I know that nothing's free. I do not like your smug replies, when I complain about your lies. I do not like this kind of hope. I do not like it, nope, nope, nope!

—author and illustrator unknown

"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government, lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."
Patrick Henry

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