Foster actually misses the concern here. It is that people will buy into the false god that Paul Young is selling. The Bible is very clear that we can believe in vain and that we can spend our entire lives thinking we are serving God only to discover when it is too late that He never knew us. That is the danger of false teaching. As for this recurring theme from Foster that he knew no doctrine when he was saved, he is either mistaken or never truly converted. Yes of course no one comes to Christ by understanding the intricacies of the Trinity but that is a red herring argument. Beloved, the core theology and doctrine of Christianity is that we are sinners in need of a Savior. Once again, God so loved us that Jesus died for us but without understanding why Jesus had to die you cannot be saved. These sloppy agape lovey-dovey fancies of Mr. Foster are simply unbiblical. I will assume he is genuinely saved and as such he most certainly had a correct view of the core doctrines of salvation when he became saved or quite frankly he would not be.
"I contend that at least some of Paul Young's critics have forgotten their first love, as I have and sometimes still do. They have forgotten what first drew them to Christ. They have forgotten what draws anyone to Christ. Some of the critics seem to believe that it is doctrine that saves rather than the love of God shed abroad in our hearts. They are wrong, and worse, may have fallen into the same trap fallen into by the Ephesians. They have forsaken love." -- DK Foster
No Mr. Foster. What drew me to Christ is that I knew I needed to be saved from the wretchedness of my sin. Not some uber-mystical experience thingy that you keep referring to. What draws people to Christ is the conviction of the Holy Spirit. That conviction is dealing with our sin. You continue to miss the point of the love of God. It is to rescue us from our sin. As for your false notion that love saves and not doctrine:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. -- Romans 1: 16 (ESV)
The Gospel Mr. Foster. Not love. The Gospel is the only thing that has the power of God unto the salvation of man -- period. The Bible also teaches us that division in the body of Christ comes not from the watchmen or "theological gatekeepers" but rather from those who teach falsely such as Mr. Young. It is for love that I make these statements because if God so loved the world that He sent His only Son to die for it, people need to know it and the Shack does not teach it. Foster closes:
"I believe this movie will be used by God to bring many into the kingdom. As for those of us who are theologically well-trained and who are throwing grenades at Paul Young for not being more perfect in his fictional tale, we need to ask ourselves, if in the midst of our great learning, we haven't lost our first love--for God, for each other and for the lost. It is so easy to do. Indeed, I wouldn't have made that one theological error if I had written The Shack. It would have been theologically perfect. And I would have basked in the "Atta boys" and pats on the back from my evangelical peers. I'd have been very proud of myself, but I doubt very many people would have gotten saved with the story I would have written." -- DK Foster
No Mr. Foster. God will not contradict His Word. If only the Gospel can save and the Gospel is not in this movie then this movie will bring no one to Christ. Is it possible that someone could lead a person to the cross after this movie? Sure but not without the Gospel and if that is the case why not just skip the movie that teaches the opposite? David Kyle Foster has tried his level best to minimize this movie. It's just a work of fiction! C'mon, no one is perfect! It's just one little theological error! But it is not one theological error. The entire movie is incorrect. There is one huge theological false underpinning in the teachings of Universalism -- which are blatant by the way.
"I don't need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It's not my purpose to punish it; it's my joy to cure it." -- The god in The Shack
Perhaps the most frightening thing however is the close here from Foster. This truly is how warped the purpose driven mind has become. In his world, many will come to the Lord by a vehicle other than the Gospel that teaches God does not punish people for their sins but if one sticks to the Bible and sound doctrine, he doubts many would be saved at all. How revealing and unbelievably frightening that should be to us all as Christians.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- March 11, 2017