Wow! I just heard that Kent Hovind is endorsing “The Shack” by William P. Young!
Kent Hovind has done much work for the cause of Young Earth Creationism, but now as he has gained much credibility with his stand against the US government, he seems to be slipping in some serious heresy into his teachings! (This is a pattern we are seeing with a lot of false teachers like Chuck Swindol, David Jeremiah, and Ravi Zacharias, but today I just want to focus on Dr. Hovind)
Dr. Hovind says that he has read “The Shack” 7 or 8 times, and while he doesn’t agree with everything in it, he recommends it as the best book he has ever read!
I tackled this book briefly in “The Spirit of Prophecy”, and I present a section of the book for you here;
“Well, I had to get it out of the library and check it out. Indeed it is true that the God presented in “The Shack” is not the God of the Bible. The God of this book is a pantheistic (God is all things) or panentheistic (God is in all things) God, that has more in common with Santa Claus than the God of the Bible.
The Shack is a cleverly crafted fable that sucks the reader in with the use of emotion, but in the end it teaches a false view of God.
God the Father is portrayed as an African-American woman, named Eloise, but called “Papa”, who has scars on her hands. This is turning God into a goddess. The scars on her hands are extreme heresy since it was the Father who sacrificed His Son for mankind.
The Father did not suffer on the cross, it was Jesus alone who died for our sins! The Father abandoned His Son on the cross, and he did it for you! He did not suffer as did His Son. If He did suffer at all it was emotional, but the atonement was done by Christ alone!
While it is true that Jesus did come as a man, to portray God the Father and the Holy Spirit in this way is definitely idolatry. (Exodus 20:4) Our culture is so used to this that we do not see it when it happens right in front of us.
What does the God of the Shack have to say about sin? “I don’t need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it; it’s my joy to cure it” (The Shack, page 120).
What does the God of the bible say about the punishment of sin? And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:1015)
The Father was satisfied by His Son’s sacrifice! It was actually the Father who demanded the sacrifice, though Jesus is just as Holy as His Father. The Jesus of the Shack is not the Jesus of the Bible, but “another Jesus”. This guy is a Jewish carpenter who goes around fixing things, and is some sort of “good old boy”.
Paul Young elevates experience to a level equal to or even above Scripture, and is demeaning to the reformation doctrine of “Sola Scriptura”. He also subtly promotes a form of Universalism, called Universal Reconciliation, or Christian Universalism. Though he publically denies this, nevertheless this is what is presented in the pages of this book.
Dr. Michael Youssef has counted thirteen heresies promoted in “The Shack”. (13 Heresies, Youssef) As an engaging read, the author sneaks these ideas into your head while you are preoccupied with the emotion of the story. The ideas presented serve to undermine biblical Christianity. The “Jesus” of the Shack says “I am the best way any human can relate to Papa (God the Father), or Sarayu (God the Holy Spirit).(p. 110) The clear implication is that there are are other ways to relate to God. The Jesus of the bible says something very different:” (The Spirit of Prophecy, pages 127-128)
I recommend you watch this video by Brian Moonan on Dr. Hovind’s views.
Notice, at the 25:20 point he plays an interview by Stephen Anderson, a self-professed Nazi sympathizer, with Dr. Hovind. In this section he endorses a form of Eugenics, stating that the human race would get better if adulterers, homosexuals, murderers, those who practise bestiality, and several other sins, were put to death! Here he is bringing back the Old Testament law, and does not seem to have the discernment to realize that the Church-Age believers are not under the law, but under grace.
The problem with all of these behaviours is not genetics, but the old problem of sin. We are sinners by nature, and the only solution for this is not ISIS’ solution of “death to the infidels” but the new birth, and salvation through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ! For him to make statements like these, plus the company he keeps, make me think that Dr. Kent Hovind does not understand salvation!
Large parts of the Holy Bible were written by three murderers, Moses, David and the Apostle Paul. Moses killed an Egyptian slave owner who had been beating a Hebrew slave. Here is Moses’ own account, and note that he did not intervene while the beating was going on, but went later and premeditatedly killed the Egyptian. Interestingly, in all the law that Moses would later write, he never once said it was OK to kill a man who beat his slaves!
11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. 13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? 14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known. 15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian:…” Exodus 2:11-15
No, Moses was a murderer, and his murder was not OK, but God had a plan for Moses, and saved him in spite of this murder, as He has done with other murderers, like David for example;
David had an adulterous affair with Bathsheba, and then to cover it up he had his soldiers abandon her husband, Uriah, in battle, so that he was killed by the sword of the Ammonites. God, however, held David accountable;
“Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.” II Samuel 12:9
Did David deserve to die for this crime? Yes, absolutely, but God was showing us a principle that He employs over and over again: “I desired mercy and not sacrifice” (Hosea 6:6) Time and time again God shows us mercy, hoping that we will repent, and turn to Him for forgiveness.
Today David knows that he deserves the depths of the lake of fire, and yet he is not there because of the mercy of God! As a result David has an exceedingly great love for the Lord!
This is the same principle Jesus explained in Luke;
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. Luke 7:47
Do you realize that your sins separated between you and God also? Have you turned to Him in repentance and faith?
The man who eventually became known as the Apostle Paul went about killing Christians before his conversion. I have heard Christians excuse Paul because it says “he was consenting” to the killings. Let’s be clear here, the word “consenting” here means that Paul gave them permission to kill Stephen, and other Christians, and also that he took responsibility. The buck stopped with Saul of Tarsus!
The high ranking Nazi officers who gave the orders were the ones the western governments held responsible, and put to death at Nuremburg, even though they were not the ones who carried out the crimes personally. In the same way, Saul of Tarsus, the Apostle Paul, was indeed guilty of murder, but he was forgiven and repented.
It is not the place for Christians to advocate for the death penalty for any person. Many people deserve death, but that is the place of the civil government, and I would argue that most civil governments do not approach the subject in a just way. The place of Christians is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The early Church got its start in a society where many murderers walked free, and many innocent people were put to death; the Roman Empire. In spite of this travesty, the church did not set its goal to make society more just. Rather they simply preached the cross of Christ, and salvation in His name! The Lord demands no more, and no less of us today!
The British government in the American colonies, and the early US government did not apply biblical law in the New Testament fashion, but more in the way the Old Testament applied it, only much more harshly. Actually, more like Rome. This is because of the Calvinism of the early settlers, and the fact that they did not understand the mercy of God.
In fact the Apostle Paul actually lists those guilty of some of the very same sins on Dr. Hovind’s list, as members of the early Church;
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. I Corinthians 6:9-11
The early Church did indeed have former idolaters, adulterers, gays and homosexuals, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners in its membership. If our governments were to put people like this to death the whole world would be empty! We live in an age of grace where God wants us to be merciful to sinners, yet not ignoring sin, but calling sinners to repentance.
A man who advocates the death penalty for these people is a man who does not understand the mercy of God toward himself! It makes me wonder if Dr. Hovind is saved himself!
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29 And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. Matthew 18:23-35
Dr. Hovind is a man who should be avoided, because he is teaching heresy to Christians!