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Satan's Non-Stop Attack on God's Word
(August 30th, 2010; Robert Marino)

Many of my readers have heard me rant, rage, and fume over some Bible translations in some of my past newsletters and I have given reasons for it. You probably have thought to yourself, “What's the big deal? It's still the Word of God”. But is it?

Something just recently happened in my life that made me look further into this whole area of English Bible translations since there are so many now. I believe there are 5 or so out of the 50 or so “complete English Bible” translations that I feel are safe to study with and teach from.

There is an estimated 450 English translations of the scriptures that have been written roughly over the last 1,400 years; however, not all of these were English translations of the ENTIRE Bible. Some of these were translations of some of the books within the Bible or large sections of scripture. Another thing to note is that some of these translations came way before John Wycliffe's translation of the ENTIRE bible in 1411 and were written in Old English, and Middle English. Early Modern English (EmodE) was from around 1450 A.D. to 1650 A.D. and most of the translations of the ENTIRE Bible were translated in the Early Modern English and Modern English times.

Another thing to take note of is that when we say Bible version we mean Bible translation (Version = Translation).

[Since most people can't read Greek, we must rely, therefore, upon men who are fully fluent in both English and Greek. These "scholars" read the original Greek Bible and come up with an English equivalent. This process is called translation. We have all seen a foreign diplomat give a news conference through the help of a translator. One translator may choose different words or sentences, but the message is identical. Translation is a reliable science of communicating between different languages. Remember, it was God Himself who created all the language barriers in Genesis 11 at the Tower of Babel. God is satisfied that His inspired word can be maintained although translated into over 200 languages.] (From: www.Bible.ca)

I am not King James Version only as some might think. I do 99% of my study from the KJV but I also will read commentaries from various individuals, look up words in the Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries, and at times use a lexicon. The most important thing one needs to do if one wants to understand the scriptures is to read it within its context.

We must remember that when a Bible translation is translated into another language, it is not translated from the KJV Bible, it is translated from the original Koine Greek and Hebrew and Aramaic right into that nation or tribe's tongue (language). Some KJV Bible only people have a very weak argument when I put that analogy to them. I am sure there are some that would take an English “literal” translation of the original languages and make a “paraphrase” Bible into another language from the English but this is making a copy of the copy and not a copy from an original and will be susceptible to error. This would not be wise.
     Just make a photocopy of something and then take the copy and make a copy of that and then take that copy and make another copy and do that about 30 times or so and see how bad the last copy looks compared to the original. Quality is lost each time one makes a copy from a copy. So it is very important that we make copies from the original language copies. Those copies were meticulously copied in the past. It wasn't a rush job or where they ran Microsoft Word spelling and grammar check and thought they made a good copy. If you use Microsoft Word enough, you will find out that it overlooks errors in your writing and grammar. For example, you might put the word “to” in a sentence and since it is spelled right, the software doesn't think there is an error so it doesn't question the validity of that word but the proper word that you should have had in there was “too”.
     When they had to make copies in the original language because paper does wear out and disintegrate over time, they did it through very painstaking measures to assure that not one jot or tittle was left out and that not one jot or tittle was added to God's Word. That is a whole other subject. Let's get back to this one.

On a personal recommendation, I believe the KJV is the best version to study with if you are a minister and if you teach others on a regular basis. I believe this for two reasons. Reason one is because the best study tools available for the person who is unlearned in Koine Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew are geared toward the KJV Bible version and it will be easier to find the original words in the Koine Greek and Hebrew if one is using a KJV Bible. Some of these study tools are Strong's Exhaustive Concordance and some of the lexicons. These will help the modern reader understand things better since most are not familiar with these languages, their grammar, and their tenses. Reason two is that I found it to be very accurate and it has been overwhelmingly trustworthy now for 399 years. Some may say it is hard to understand. I don't think that is true. If anything, you will increase your vocabulary when using it. Should we dumb-down the Holy Scriptures just like they dumb down the SAT's in our schools so American kids scores are higher than they really are? To dumb down things, sure hasn't made anyone any smarter.

A confession I must make here. I was guilty of a false statement that I heard others say and I repeated it. They will talk about the thee's, thou's, and ye's that are in the KJV and say that people don't talk that way anymore. Surprise!  Well, that wasn't common to talk like that back in 1611 either. They put thee's, thou's, and ye's in there for a reason. Let me explain. The thee's and thou's were put in when something was meant to be singular and the ye's were put in when it was meant to be plural. Let's look at a few verses to quickly explain what I mean.

Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

It says, go “ye” and not go “thou”. Now, if it would have said go “thou” into all the world we would have to assume that Jesus was only talking to the eleven apostles (Judas was already dead and gone by then) and that would have left all of us off the hook and we would not be in disobedience to the Word of God if we didn't share our faith with others. Let's go to one more example.

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. And Joh 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Here you see Jesus getting very specific with Nicodemus in verse three as I like to do when witnessing to an individual but then in verse seven, Jesus transitions from being specific with Nicodemus to saying ALL (ye) must be born again. Now if these passages are read in their entire context you should come to that conclusion anyhow but people like to read a verse here and there so I believe it was a wise thing that the King James translators reinforced things in the way they did by using the thee's, thou's, and ye's.

Now for the real message that I am supposed to be speaking on. Me so sorry! I just wanted to give a little background on some things before I went into today's article.

Some of you would call me a creationist junkie and that Bob needs his daily fix on debunking the religions of Atheism and Evolution. So there I was getting my much needed creationism fix while I was watching a debate by a young earth creationist and an evolutionary biologist. As usual in these debates, when the evolutionist is either trapped in his own words or realizes he has no come back, they go to the Bible and they like to try to point out what they say are contradictions in the Bible to try to stump the creationist and/or apologist. Here this biologist read a verse in Matthew 27:5 and then in Acts 1:18 in one of the English Bible translations that clearly contradicted what it said in the gospel of Matthew. I am not sure what English translation he was reading from but he was convinced that the Word of God was a lie from what he read in the Bible that he had. Many atheists have read the Bible more than many Christians in America and that is to our shame. I don't recommend most Christians to try to debate an atheist unless you have a very good understanding of the difference between natural Israel and the Church, understand the difference between Old and New Covenants and realize that there is an awe-inspiring theme throughout the Bible, and understand the character of God - He is both an all-consuming fire yet also rich in mercy.

Anyhow, in the debate between the two opponents, it was two-minute question and answer time so the creationist was not given any time to refute what the biologist claimed was a contradiction in the Bible. This made me very distraught, and I thought to myself, “Self, you are distraught and you are going to look up what he said to see if what he said is true or not.” I opened up my KJV to find that what the evolutionist said was false. The problem though is that about 1,000 students left there that day believing the Bible was inaccurate and not worth reading. Then I went to an online sight that allows you to read many different English and foreign translations of the Bible including “literal”, “dynamic equivalent”, and “paraphrase” Bible versions.

Since some of the pastors from my area quote a lot out of The Message Bible and sometimes use it as their main teaching Bible, I decided to look up the scripture references this man quoted and compare The Message Bible with the KJV Bible to see if there were any BIG differences in what each one said. Keep in mind the KJV is a literal translation while The Message Bible is a very, very bad paraphrase translation. I like to call it a New Age translation because of Eugene Peterson's use of New Age terminology throughout it. Why are pastors compromising God's Word so much anymore? If it is in ignorance, I can't say much. But it seems to me that it is either laziness or compromise with most.

     I would like to sidetrack here for a moment. Now I need to interject this to the flocks in America, that if this is your pastor's main teaching Bible you need to go have a loving talk with your pastor and show him the error in it. The flock of God is getting an idolatrous false Jesus that doesn't exist in the Bible through some of these translations. I will not go to a church that uses this translation for the sake of me and my wife's spiritual well being.

Remember, Satan's attack is always on the Word of God.

Here are some key things to note about The Message Bible and then I will go into a comparison between the KJVB and TMB that deals with what this evolutionist was trying to use as a contradiction. His translation was wrong, as also was The Message Bible.

The Message Bible:
It is a paraphrase and not a literal or dynamic equivalent.
It was written by a NEW-AGER named Eugene Peterson of which if you know any New Age doctrine you will notice key words and phrases in there that are held highly by New-Agers by which Christ is brought down to the level of “Master” and man is elevated more than he should be.
Eugene Peterson is also a big name in The Emergent Church Movement of which many ministers such as Brian McLaren and William Paul Young (writer of The Shack) now reject the doctrine of the atonement of Christ and push Universalism. If you believe in Universalism, Christ shed His blood in vain for the most part and the preaching of the gospel is useless and the cross has been made of “none-effect”.  I have even heard that The Shack has been used as curriculum in one church's Bible College. We need to get our discernment back; many claim to be led by the Holy Spirit but they seem to have no holy discernment at all. Discernment for the most part is learned as one gains understanding through a continual reading of the Word of God and understanding good doctrine. At the end of this article are some good links that one should check out to understand where the Church in America has been heading along with some critiques of the book “The Shack”. With The Shack selling over 1 million copies, these should shock every one of you.

So here we go. Let's read everything in the KJV so we know what this evolutionist is getting at and then compare it to The Message Bible.

Mat 26:14  Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
Mat 26:15  And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
Mat 26:16  And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

Okay, we know where the 30 pieces of silver came from now.

Mat 27:3  Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Mat 27:4  Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
Mat 27:5  And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
Mat 27:6  And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and
said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. [Wow. These guys were more concerned about a wicked man's blood then the innocent blood of Christ that could wash away their sins.]
Mat 27:7  And they [the chief priests and elders] took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.
Mat 27:8  Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
Mat 27:9  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they [the chief priests] took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
Mat 27:10  And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.

Now let's jump to the book of Acts where Peter stands up and speaks to the 120 in the upper room about Judas and the need for one to take his place with the other main eleven apostles who were with Jesus daily. This is where the evolutionist said there was a contradiction.

Act 1:15  And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
Act 1:16  Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
Act 1:17  For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
Act 1:18  Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity (lawlessness); and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
Act 1:19  And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
Act 1:20  For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

Now unless you had already known the story very well by reading it through a good “literal” translation and then read The Message Bible, you might be all right. If not, you would be very misled in your beliefs if you started with The Message Bible. Here is what The Message Bible says in Acts 18-20.
Acts 1:18-20 (The Message)
 18-20"As you know, he [Judas] took the evil bribe money and bought a small farm. There he came to a bad end, rupturing his belly and spilling his guts. Everybody in Jerusalem knows this by now; they call the place Murder Meadow. It's exactly what we find written in the Psalms:
   Let his farm become haunted
   So no one can ever live there.
"And also what was written later:
   Let someone else take over his post.

Now, I will interject my commentary in brackets, with italicized red text so you can see how OFF this Bible is in just three verses. The total meaning is changed. The evolutionist said that the Bible contradicts itself because Matthew 27:3-10 says the chief priests had bought the field with the “blood” money while Acts 1:18 says Judas bought the field with the “blood” money but that isn't what Peter meant if you read it in the KJV. We will go back to the KJV at the end of this article. Did Judas go and buy himself a burial place within one day of his betrayal of Christ? When one is about to commit suicide, believe me (I was there at one time) they don't care about where they are going to be buried.
Acts 1:18-20 (The Message)
 18-20"As you know, he took the evil bribe money and bought a small farm. [I don't know Eugene; I thought the chief priests bought the field according to Matthew 27:3-10). Here I guess Eugene Peterson is saying that Judas bought the farm. Here, The Message Bible agrees with the evolutionist biologist and does contradict the Word of God. It clearly says that JUDAS used the evil bribe money (30 pieces of silver) to buy the land. Secondly, I would like to note that TMB says “farm” and not “potter's field” - two very different things. B, I, N, G, O, and BINGO was his name-o.]  There he came to a bad end, rupturing his belly and spilling his guts. [Did Judas eat too many matzah balls at a buffet in Jerusalem the day before? How DID he rupture his belly?] Everybody in Jerusalem knows this by now; they call the place Murder Meadow. [I'm sorry, but I had to laugh when I read this part. Murder Meadow! Come on! That would be a good name for a soap opera. You all know it would be a good name for a soap opera so don't snide me. Now did Judas gun Jesus down in this field or was he a murderer because he betrayed innocent blood? Did Judas go around cow-tipping at night? Yes, I am being facetious.]  It's exactly what we find written in the Psalms:
   Let his farm become haunted [That's not in the Psalms; I looked; and the cow goes moo-moo and the little piggy goes wee-wee all the way home. How would it be haunted anyhow? What, you walk through Murder Meadow and silver coins come flying at you out of nowhere? That sounds like a place I would like to go. I wouldn't have to ever work again. I would just collect the coins off the ground and thank Judas' ghost for making me rich. Yes, I am being sarcasticly facetious now. Eugene, give me a verse that proves the potter's field became haunted. Quit adding to scripture.]
   So no one can ever live there. [So no one can ever live there because it is haunted or because it is desolate (lonesome, deserted, solitary) or is it just because it was such a horrible betrayal that no one wants anything to do with that piece of land anymore?]
"And also what was written later:
   Let someone else take over his post.

After reading that, you need to ask yourself, “Why would I want to read the rest of this Bible translation?” I did read John chapter one and a part of John chapter three today and whoa-nelly; sounded pretty New-Agey and confusing to me. If I were a new born Christian this would all sound like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo to me. I would recommend The Living Bible for a new believer just to get familiar with the stories. It is a decent paraphrase Bible although I don't recommend it for Bible study and definitely not for teaching from a pulpit because it is far from perfect. The Message Bible is not only an insult to God's Word but it is also the most corrupt translation I have ever wasted some (and it wasn't much) time reading. A good orthodox Jew respects God's name so highly that they will write it like this G-D for fear of taking His Name in vain and here we have this Bible that is so far from the original texts that Satan is laughing at mankind for using it. The Message Bible feeds the main course more like a Harlequin Romance Novel with a side dish of New Age than it does the true Word of God.

Now let's go back to the KJV of Acts 1:18-20 and clarify some things.

Act 1:18  Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
Act 1:19  And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
Act 1:20  For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

Let's look at verse eighteen again.

Act 1:18  Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity (lawlessness); and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

[In effect Judas purchased the field because of his betrayal of Jesus but it doesn't say he purchased it with the thirty pieces of silver or bribe money that he betrayed Jesus with. It says right in the verse with WHAT he purchased the field with - “the reward of iniquity (lawlessness)”. KJV gets it right. People just read it wrong or are reading a bad translation. There is no contradiction at all.

So we see that it was the chief priests and elders that did buy the potter's field to bury Judas in. So what is the reward of iniquity?

Simply stated, the Bible says in Galatians 6:7,8 -  

Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

It also says in Romans 6:23 that the “wages of sin is death”.

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

And this is the best example of all of one's reward for iniquity.

Mat 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

You might find this interesting but there are only 5 verses in the whole Bible that render the phrase “Lord, Lord”. Two of them are above but they all refer to not entering the kingdom of God. Here is the other three.
This parable comes right after Jesus gives signs of the end times in Matthew 24. Jesus is the bridegroom in scripture coming back for a bride that is without spot or wrinkle.

Mat 25:1  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Mat 25:2  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mat 25:3  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
Mat 25:4  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mat 25:5  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Mat 25:6  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Mat 25:7  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8  And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Mat 25:9  But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
Mat 25:10  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Mat 25:11  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Mat 25:12  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Mat 25:13  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Next one:

Luk 6:43  For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Luk 6:44  For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
Luk 6:45  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Luk 6:46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Luk 6:47  Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
Luk 6:48  He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
Luk 6:49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

The last time Lord, Lord is used:

Luk 13:23  Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
Luk 13:24  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Luk 13:25  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Luk 13:26  Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
Luk 13:27  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity (lawlessness).
Luk 13:28  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
Luk 13:29  And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
Luk 13:30  And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.


Now, let's look at what the apostle James says in the Word of God, and what is revealed about Satan and what Satan says in the Word of God and what Jesus says in the word of God. I think all three of these personalities know a little bit more than The Flying Spaghetti Monster and Eugene Peterson. Let's learn from these three and start to take God's Word serious.

James:
My brethren, be not many masters (teachers, instructors), knowing that we shall (not maybe) receive the greater condemnation (damnation, judgment).
- James 3:1

Satan:
Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Gen 3:2  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Gen 3:6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

[If Satan, in the beginning lied to Eve to get her to do his bidding and ultimately bring sin upon the whole human race, wouldn't his ultimate goal be to turn God's written Word into a lie by having men change it, corrupt it and teach out of a corrupted Bible?]

Jesus:
Take heed to what you hear -
Mar 4:24  And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Are you listening to what Jesus is saying?
Mat 11:15  He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Mat 13:9  Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mat 13:40  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
Mat 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
Mat 13:42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 13:43  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Mar 4:23  If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Mar 7:16  If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

Luk 8:8  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Luk 14:35  It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Joh 8:47  He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Also see Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22

If Jesus repeated over and over and over again for you to take heed to His words, why do so few ministers preach the words of Jesus that cut to the bone of man's soul? That's something to consider. And as far as Thomas Nelson Publishers and Zondervan Publishers go, it is all about the money. They will publish and sell anything if people are stupid or ignorant enough to buy it.

Remember, “Ignorance can be fixed but stupid is forever.”

Here are a few links that may be of interest on the subject of the book The Shack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYvjRiun3MA (CBN had no discernment here; before one promotes an author or their book especially in the realm of Christianity, shouldn't they research what that person believes to see if they are not teaching something heretical? I do feel bad that William Young went through some things in his life but to create a God that doesn't exist in scripture or to twist whom God really is, is another subject. God is not Father to the wicked. Jesus said plainly to some that their father was Satan. This video is far from the truth. We talk to thousands on the streets and most think they are going to Heaven BECAUSE many preachers have instilled in them the loving part of God's character so much that they do not feel the need to turn from their sins and as the Apostle Paul says in Galatians 5, such people will not inherit the kingdom of God. Many that we talk to on the streets believe they will go to Heaven because God is that forgiving. Why don't we all go out there and fornicate and commit adultery then? Common sense tells us that this is presenting the holiness of God in a false manner and many will be judged for it some day. Jesus didn't go to the cross because He is so forgiving but because the Father hates sin so much and man cannot come to Him without being purified. The Father crushed His own Son for us.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHV7xNhu18k&feature=related (Here is a good video on the subject although there are a few typos in the text.)

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/theshack.htm?zoom_highlight=the+shack (Excellent article by Warren Smith, ex-New-Ager)

http://www.crosstalkamerica.com/shows/2008/07/the_shack_in_light_of_the_bibl.php (Radio program with radio personality Ingrid Schlueter from Crosstalk Radio and Slice of Laodicea discussing The Shack and its heresies. July 02, 2008)

http://www.leadingtheway.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sto_TheShack_13heresies (Michael Youssef's preaching on the thirteen heresies of The Shack)