DeBruyn is pastor of Franklin Road Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN and the author of a few other books which I have enjoyed. This book is both a critique of the popular book The Shack, and an evaluation of popular new spirituality theories. The subtitle of the book is, “Breaking away from seductive spirituality, ‘As Above, So Below.’” DeBruyn gives one of the best warnings of The Shack I have read. There is hardly anything in that book that would square with Scripture, especially portrayals of the God-head (God the Father as a black woman named Elousia). DeBruyn writes, “Let the obvious be stated at the outset: The Shack is a work of fiction, a work of imagination. For reason of the caricature of God it presents, does the ‘it’s-only-fiction’ excuse exonerate the book from the charge of heresy? I think not.” In addition to the warning regarding The Shack, DeBruyn has a wealth of valuable material on the new seductive spirituality that is swamping our American culture. The sections on the connection to quantum physics (quarks and fractals, etc.) and clarification of immanence and transcendence were also helpful.
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]
Human Nature, America, and the ChurchApril 29, 2017
America and, therefore, the Christian church are experiencing an upheaval unique to the present age but unlike any phenomenon in recent history. Cultural watchers have described it as post-Christian, post-modern, post-morality, slouching toward Gomorrah, God is dead, and also with Biblical terminology such as the great apostasy, the one-world church, the harlot of Revelation, etc. […]
The Local Church of RevelationOctober 1, 2016
All conservative scholars agree that Revelation is the last book to be added to the canon of sixty six inspired books and that the apostle John is the author. John is given his three-fold division of the book as, “the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall […]