I’ve heard of The Shack, a book that is all the rage now in Christian circles, particularly, apparently, among emergent-types; it would seem to be this year’s Blue Like Jazz, from all I’ve heard. I spent a few minutes perusing it at Barnes & Noble recently, reading particularly the chapter where the Trinity messes around in the kitchen with the main character (sounds kinda queasy just saying that). I’ll tell you, I’m not a fan. Yes, yes, I know, I should read the whole book before I castigate it–so I’m not going to castigate it, only say that some folks I trust are nonplussed by it. I’m not a reader of fiction anyway, and there seems to be enough objectionable stuff in it that I won’t be recommending it.
But there’s another reason I’m not going to be recommending it, and that is the attitude of its author, William Young, toward the church. In a word, he’s dropped out. This article gives some of his reasoning; I find that I can perhaps identify with some of his concerns, but I totally and completely reject his conclusion, this bogus notion, echoed a lot recently by some commenters on the Ronald Weinland post, that the local church is not important. That notion I find unbiblical, and more godless than many other things that we’d stick with that label. I have no interest in reading a guy who is so wrong on such a fundamental issue.
Instead, I concur, almost completely, with John MacArthur’s very Biblical words regarding the church. Here are several posts that outline his thinking, entitled “Why I Love the Church”:
Finally, this post on the local church:
Reading and understanding a Biblical theology of the church, such as MacArthur espouses, will be very helpful; I highly recommend it.