William P. Young is an author of religious stories. You might know him as the author of the runaway bestseller a few years ago, The Shack. (2008). He also wrote Cross Roads in 2012. Young said The Shack was fiction, nonetheless he used biblical theology to twist God's word and manipulated the "fictional narrative" to present a different Jesus, a different Holy Spirit, a different God, a different view of sin and a totally different view of the atonement. Young's book harmed Christians by insinuating Young's aberrant theology into their minds, all under the sensitively emotional flow of 'fiction.' You can read a substantive Christian review of The Shack here at Tim Challies' site.
In addition, I did some digging and discovered that Young channeled some of The Shack. Channeling is when an author turns off his mind, gives it over to a supernatural entity, and allows that entity to write the book for him. The writer is then simply a vessel used by an entity on the other side (a demon) speaking what the demon wants said. It is an occult practice that is surprisingly prevalent. One example is Beth Moore channeling "When Godly People do Ungodly Things." An ironic title when a supposedly godly person channels demons to teach about God.
Stay away from The Shack.
Unfortunately, Young is not finished with writing, and he has another book of religious fiction coming out. It's called "Eve". Read some of the promotional material describing the upcoming book Eve below-
Eve is a bold, unprecedented exploration of the Creation narrative, true to the original texts and centuries of scholarship—yet with breathtaking discoveries that challenge traditional misconceptions about who we are and how we’re made. As The Shack awakened readers to a personal, non-religious understanding of God, Eve will free us from faulty interpretations that have corrupted human relationships since the Garden of Eden.I want you to double down and really think about what is being said here. This is a discernment lesson on how to resist language that is designed to get you to succumb to curiosity and read a heretical book. I am going to re-paste the same blurb from above with some words highlighted and then explain why they are highlighted.
Eve is a bold, unprecedented exploration of the Creation narrative, true to the original texts and centuries of scholarship—yet with breathtaking discoveries that challenge traditional misconceptions about who we are and how we’re made. As The Shack awakened readers to a personal, non-religious understanding of God, Eve will free us from faulty interpretations that have corrupted human relationships since the Garden of Eden.Any time you read that someone has discovered a new way to interpret the biblical narrative, RUN. Key words are "unprecedented" and "breathtaking discoveries." How can a text be 'true to centuries of scholarship' yet yield discoveries no one else has ever noticed? Has the Holy Spirit hidden these new interpretations until now? From everyone except Young? No. Just think of the pride and hubris here. Everyone, just everyone has gotten it wrong about Eve, and Wm. Paul Young as he likes to sign himself, is the one man to find out the real interpretation.
"Challenge traditional misconceptions." 'Tradition' is a loaded word, used by bible twisters to paint Christianity, or the Bible, as irrelevant. It's another way to say what Young said in The Shack, subtly undermining Christianity, with using the word 'old', such as "the old seminary training wasn't helping" and "he half expected him to pull out a huge old King James Bible...". When a word is used like that enough times within the story, slowly the reader comes to accept the undermining. And again, the hubris and pride here is evident. We have all been shackled to misconceptions and "faulty interpretations", and William P. Young is going to "free" us. With a book. Of fiction.
You can have a pretty good idea what these so-called interpretations are that "have corrupted human relationships since the Garden of Eden." All this hyperbole makes it sound like it is another Bible, the book Eve is going to be that startling and powerful. But secondly, given the age of feminism, I am surmising that Young is going to throw out there an egalitarian view under cover of supposed scholarship coated in narrative and then when the blow-back comes coyly say, "It's just fiction..."
Here is more of the blurb seeming to affirm that indeed, feminism is on the table:
Eve opens a refreshing conversation about the equality of men and women within the context of our beginnings, helping us see each other as our Creator does—complete, unique, and not constrained to cultural rules or limitations.In an interview, Young said of his new book,
Having said that, most of the existing assumptions we have of the Genesis story have been told from an either/or, and dominantly male, viewpoint rather than holistic and human, and I believe that has had a devastating impact on our view of God and our relationships, one with the other. This novel is not intended to add to the existing adversarial divisions but look for something deeper and truer about us as human beings that will bring freedom to us all.
Secondly, there's that coyness again, dis ingenuousness, or outright lie. The book Eve IS intended to add to the existing adversarial divisions, because in another interview Young said he fully expects his 'evangelical friends' to be upset.
Thirdly, there is that hubris and pride again. Young is saying here that his interpretation of the Garden story of sin has found something truer (than the Bible?!) and will "free us all." Jesus freed us, not Young. His Word frees us, not Young's new interpretation of it. Wm. Paul Young is going to free us with his new interpretation? RUN.
Young says that for 40 years he has had questions regarding those moments in the Garden. Quite often the false teachers will seek to affirm their piety by placing a lengthy time frame on something. I've been studying for 10 years...I prayed for several hours...Beth Moore told a long story about her 21 days of fasting before coming to some sort of epiphany, which she then taught to the audience. Here, Young seeks to buttress his faulty scholarship by placing it within a long time frame because he seeks to give it substance.
I understand his fascination with that moment in the Garden that changed everything. I have read and re-read Genesis 1-3 many times. My favorite places to go in the Bible are the early part of Genesis and all of Revelation, tremendous bookends. There are many questions, some that can be illuminated by the Spirit with proper scholarship and consistent with traditional interpretations for the last 4000 years, and other questions that will not be answered this side of the veil, if ever. God put in His word what He knew would benefit us and what He wanted to put in there. So we wait, and if it still matters to us in heaven, we an ask there. It's part of submitting to the authority of God and of trusting Him
However, Young's questions are sad. He said he has for 40 years asked:
--Where did we all go wrong?
--What is it about us as human beings that can produce such great wonder and do such catastrophic damage?
Answers: "What happened" is contained in Genesis 1-3. Period. It is clear and beautiful and enough.
We "all went wrong" when we absorbed Adam's sin-nature. Biologically, generations subsequent to Adam and Eve changed when disobedience (sin) entered their heart and mind. Witness son of Adam, Cain, who killed his brother, failed to properly worship God, and backtalked Him. At the Fall of Man, God cursed the earth and prophesied about the pain and anguish Adam's rebellion will bring to all future generations. This is information that is presented clearly in Genesis 3. Anyone having trouble with it means they repudiate the corrupt nature of our biology and the fact that we are all born sinners. (Psalm 51:5, Psalm 14:3, Romans 3:12, Romans 5:12).
The reason some "humans produce great wonder" is that they are energized by the Holy Spirit to do such wonders. And remember, what seems a wonder to us is not a wonder if it is not done in Christ and for Christ. Anything done in the flesh is a filthy rag to God, even what seems a wonder to our innocent or ignorant eyes. (Isaiah 64:6). Others who remain in sin do "catastrophic" damage to each other and to our Holy God, as did Eve and Adam, because satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. That's what sin does. It is always a catastrophe. These are not difficult concepts.
Now, I am not totally being flip when I say that. Young is a perfect example of the verse which warns that some are "always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth." (2 Timothy 3:7). For 40 years Young has been seeking answers to questions that are already answered in the Bible. He continues to ask them because he does not like the answers.
Some, like Young, "... devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith." (1 Timothy 1:4).
At some point, a Christian must come to a settled conviction about what they believe. It might seem pious to wonder about why it all went wrong for 40 years, but it actually betrays the heart of an unregenerate person. When one engages in endless speculations, one cannot witness to truth. If Young wondered for 40 years about the origin of sin and its effects, then he does not understand our need for a Savior from that sin. A person who doesn't understand why we need a Savior is not a Christian.
When I say we must come to a "settled conviction," I'm not talking about uninformed dogmatism. The Spirit's ministry is to make scripture clear. Ask Him to help you come to an informed, grace-filled conviction. Once you know what you believe and why, you can witness with power.
I am being tough on Young and advising you my dear sisters and brothers strongly about the language that Book Publishers are using to arouse curiosity regarding this book. Young himself said in an interview that he understands that many of his evangelical friends will be alarmed at the concepts in the book. Therefore Young said to "read first and ask questions later." That is exactly what the serpent got Eve to do! Eat first, ask questions later. Don't fall for it. Book promoters are good at whipping up curiosity. If you read "Eve", you will become frustrated and upset at the twisting going on, or you will succumb to the confusion that endless questions bring and begin to say "yes, maybe he has a point..."
It is all for the glory of God however. Whom He allows to be drawn to these false notions about Him and engage in unedifying things (Philippians 4:8) it is for the purpose of showing who the genuine Christians are. Bear fruit, stay the course, pray always, and exalt Jesus with your heart, mind, strength, tongue and heart. These things please our Sovereign. And that is what we are put on earth for.
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man's chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy him for ever. [b]
[a]. Ps. 86:9; Isa. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11
[b]. Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4