by Glenn Christopherson
Psalm 29(selected verses)
The voice of Yahweh is over the waters; the God of glory thunders. The voice of Yahweh is powerful and full of majesty. The voice of the Yahweh breaks the cedars, shakes the wilderness and strips the forests bare and in His temple all cry, “GLORY!!”
And so it was when Jesus finished these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Two books claiming conversations with God have been best sellers in the last few years.
One called “Conversations with God” (CWG) and one by the name “The Shack”
Many gifted Christian apologists and researchers have done brilliant work in exposing the lies contained in both these books, and I have never felt any desire to read them my self…until recently.
A friend very taken with CWG insisted I read his copy to better understand what was written and to more effectively debate him on my concerns. I flicked through it, noted this “god’s” view of the Bible and of Christ and didn’t need waste any more time on that.
The other book , “The Shack” has had a more profound impact on the people of God with many Christians endorsing and promoting the writings of William Paul Young and his universalistic views. As some close to me had been so impressed I though I would flick through it as well and I found something very interesting. Apart from the doctrinal failures in both books the voice of the “god” supposedly involved in conversation is the same voice. There is a whiny, supertolerant, almost desperate to be liked tone in both the voices that claim to be God and I wondered how so many supposedly Bible believing Christians could be taken in by the decidedly un Godlike voice found in both these manuscripts.
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob does not sound like a first year philosophy major.
There is no echo of eastern mysticism in His words.
The Alpha and Omega does not indulge in pop psychology, or downplay His own written word to make men feel better about themselves.
The wishy-washy, man centred theology of both these books reveal for the alert believer just who is behind both of these gospel denying, religious books… and it’s not the author of The Book.
Of course there will always be satanic counterfeits to the only saving faith. The devil is a liar and the father of lies. And of course those who do not know the God of Glory will be taken in by seductive deceptions, but why do those who claim Christ as Saviour fall for the obvious errors promoted by the ancient serpent?
Far too often church leaders tell us what they think the Word of God should say instead of what it does say. This is one of the reasons many struggle to read the scriptures. They are constantly told pleasant-sounding half-truths (or blatant untruths) and then they open the Book to find it doesn’t reflect the things they’ve been told. As it is impossible to believe two contradictory facts at the same time, they go with the supposed authority of men rather than the perfect authority of God.
This makes people ripe for delusion. It is only a short hop between what is taught in many churches to what Walsch and Young have portrayed in their religious conversations.
A ‘god’ without standards. A ‘deity’ without authority. A humanity without sin. A feel good gospel with no forgiveness. An unnecessary cross. A heaven for all. A denial of Hell
This may make people feel good. But God is not primarily concerned with making us feel good. The true gospel does indeed lift men out of the mire and put a new song in their mouths…but first it brings them low. There is a profound, eternal joy for those who follow Christ. The joy of personal sin and rebellion forgiven and covered by the sacrifice of the lamb.
Peace, liberty and hope are all part of the inheritance of the child of God. But only when they have had revealed first that they were a child of the devil and headed for the same place of judgement.
The voice of God to His people can be and often is gentle but it’s a gentleness with the deep rumbling of authority. God is love and His love is wrapped in a mind numbing majesty.
The weak and powerless pseudo wisdom of the voice in both these books leaves me cold and unmoved. My God does not speak like Gandhi or the Dalai Lama. His uttered words that are not light and wispy. His words speak universes into existence, He doesn’t waste them on low-level philosophy.
When the Ancient of Days speaks, men don’t respond with a distracted, “How nice.” Rather they are rendered silent or else simply declare, “GLORY!!” Men lost in sin don’t find the words of God comfortable even though, if they will lay down their arms against Him, they will find comfort.
God’s voice is rarely wasted telling us how wonderful we are. Rather those who hear the voice of the good Shepherd are forever speaking how wonderful He is. They have lost interest in their own supposed value.
How interesting it is that the voice of the conversational ‘god’ in both these man-pleasing books should sound identical. The same tendency to use many words when a few would do. The same emphasis on man as the measure of truth. The same weak riddles repeated from new age gurus. The same downplaying of God’s holiness. The same sidelining or ridiculing of Yahwehs Book. The same weakly offered hope to men lost in sin.
I believe in conversing with God. It’s a covenant conversation called prayer, to the living God who knows better than me. I bring my requests while submitting to His infinite wisdom. I approach Him with confidence… not in my inherent value but on the eternal value of Christ’s provision on the cross. My God hears my voice and responds as He does with all His twice born children. I hear His voice rumble through the pages of His book and reverberate into my heart by His Spirit and I rejoice. There are many voices today claiming to be God. There are many “deities” questioning “Did Yahweh really say??”
There are many writing books with new revelations of God.
Some will choose the “god” of Neale Donald Walsch over the Holy One of Israel. What a tragic folly.
Some will settle for a fictional deity in an imagined shack rather than bow to the living God who sits on the throne surrounded by an uncountable multitude of worshipping angels . What a loss.
As for me I’ll take Jesus’ word on what He is like. I may only be a sheep but I’m one of the sheep of His pasture. And those in the sheepfold know the voice of the Shepherd and we will not listen to another.